Palmyra High School
Clubs and Activities

 

Palmyra High School Marching Band
Director: Mr. Moore

STUDENT COUNCIL
Advisors: Mrs. VanZandt, Mrs. McClure

Student council was established to voice the opinions of the students and create a positive environment in our school. It is comprised of Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes.
The purpose of Student Council includes the following:

·         Provide a democratic forum in which the students may address school-related issues.

·         Train students in the duties and responsibilities of leadership, good citizenship, and community service.

·         Promote a general air of school spirit and a sense of community between the students and faculty through a series of student-initiated activities.

Spanish National Honor Society
Advisor:  Mrs. Salvo

This society is open to students enrolled in Spanish 2 classes or higher who fulfill the G.P.A. requirements.

Our objective is to celebrate Spanish language and culture through community service activities, fundraisers and field trips. We have guest speakers, take trips to Spanish restaurants, have taco sales and taco eating contests, piñata parties, and help raise money and donations for charities abroad.

 

After School Computer Club
Advisor:  Mr. Rosato

The After School Computer Club allows students the opportunity to complete class assignments and projects that require Internet research and/or Microsoft Word. Room 215 is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rosato  jrosato@palmyra.k12.nj.us

 

Palmyra Junior Student Council
Advisor: Mrs. Bostock

Junior Student Council is an activity open to all 7th and 8th grade students.  It is a service organization that is dedicated to supporting the 7th and 8th grade classes, the high school and the Palmyra community at large.

Elections take place in June of the preceding school year.  Students are required to obtain 25 signatures of their classmates in order to have their names placed on the ballot.  Elections take place in June, and all elected 7th/8th grade students are placed in a Junior Student Council homeroom for the following school year.

Junior Student Council is responsible for several of the social activities at the high school.  There are two dances sponsored by the organization as well as a Spirit Week.  The dances are chaperoned by teachers and the administration.  The dances are only open to Palmyra 7th/8th grade students.  Refreshments and music are included in the price of the admission.  Spirit Week is a week-long activity, which fosters friendly competition among the student/faculty teams.

As a service organization, the students are responsible for raising funds and supplies to support a variety of needs.  Annually the students collect non-perishable items for our local food bank, and contribute funds to the “Almost Home” animal shelter.  In addition, as specific needs arise among our student population and their families Junior Student Council donates the necessary items or provides financial assistance.

The Palmyra Junior Student Council is a member of the New Jersey Association of Student Councils and participates in their statewide business meetings in October, January and May.  For more information about this organization, please contact Mrs. Bostock, the advisor, at cbostock@palmyra.k12.nj.us.

 

German Club
Advisor: Mrs. Feinleib

Founded in September 2005,  this club has offered students  an excellent opportunity to meet outside of class for social purposes, develop their organizational, communication, and leadership skills, as well as to enrich their knowledge of the German-speaking people, their community, their language, and their culture. 

The German Club at Palmyra High School meets once a month, mostly on the third Wednesday. Our schedule is posted on the bulletin board outside Room 11 and on Mrs. Feinleib’s website.

PHS German Club members celebrate major German festivals, listen to German music, and attend German music concerts. We view German television coverage of current events, German movies, and videos. We take field trips (subject to the approval by the Palmyra Board of Education) to various cultural events sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German, German cultural center Goethe-Institut in New York City, and Philadelphia German American Marketing Company, just to name a few. You may find a list of approved and proposed trips on the bulletin board and on the website as well.

PHS German Club conducts two major fundraisers a year: we sell Advent Calendars in the fall and gummibears in the spring. There is no membership fee, but you have to be enrolled in the German class in order to join.

In 2009 we founded a chapter of the National German Honor Society for High School Students (Delta Epsilon Phi – DEP) at Palmyra High School as a logical extension of PHS German Club. Our chapter is called New Jersey Alpha Alpha.  To be eligible, a student must have completed three semesters of German attaining an average of 3.5 in German and a 3.0 general average in these three semesters, on a 4.0 scale. The student must also be actively involved in extracurricular German-related activities.

The German National Honor Society induction ceremony traditionally takes place in May. There are currently six seniors who are members of DEP. Once inducted, German National Honor Society members assume responsibilities of being active advocates for German studies, mentors for elementary and middle school children, and volunteers to promote German in our community and beyond. German NHS members typically meet once biweekly and run the committees of PHS German Club.  Mrs. Ann Feinleib, PHS German teacher, is an advisor to both German Club and German NHS, however, both are truly student-run organizations.

 

Art Club
Mr. Budden

The art club is designed to give the student an extra opportunity to be involved in making art. Some projects are designed for school beautification and will be explored as time and budget allows.  Field trips may also be available as time and budget allows.

 

Yearbook Club Description
Mrs. VanZandt

The Yearbook Club meets throughout the school year to produce the Tillicum which is distributed to students in June.  There is a separate yearbook produced by and for seventh and eighth grade students. Students take pictures, conduct interviews, and write articles documenting school events, sports, academics, and student life.  Students from all grades are welcome to join the staff. 

 

The Pinnacle, PHS School Newspaper

Advisor: Mr. Licata

"The Pinnacle is the Palmyra School District's on-line "Newspaper". All students are welcome to join. Meetings are held once a week in the morning and afternoon in Mr. Licata's room, Room 15. The purpose of The Pinnacle is to provide readers with information on all of the exciting happenings in our district as well as to help students develop an understanding of media."

 

Consumer Affairs Club
Advisor: Mr. Dyl

This club researches and discusses consumer related topics for the NJ Consumer Bowl.   The NJ Consumer Bowl is sponsored by the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and was created to educate students and the public on consumer related issues.  Topics like Lemon Laws, The Consumer Fraud Act, scams, mortgage loan modifications, credit card skimming, and repairing credit will be discussed along with many other topics regulated by the Division of Consumer Affairs.  The club is open to all Palmyra Students and five of those students will be chosen to represent Palmyra High School in the NJ Consumer Bowl. 

 

Palmyra Youth and Government
Advisor: Mrs. Werner

Palmyra has been participating in the Youth and Government program run by the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties for decades.  There are two separate programs, NJ State Youth and Government (NJYAG), and Burlington County Youth and Government (BCYAG). 

NJYAG is open to students in grades 7-12 and is centered on the legislative branch of NJ State government, though the judicial and executive branches are also represented.  It involves a Friday through Sunday trip to the Statehouse each spring to collaborate with students from across the State of New Jersey in a mock legislative conference, as well as one Sunday conference preparation trip.

BCYAG is open to students in grades 9-12 and focuses on the workings of Burlington County government.  Students from various schools in the county gather for two Wednesdays to discuss budgeting, run for offices and vote in elections, and visit various branches of the county government.

Together, students in both NJYAG and BCYAG form Palmyra Youth and Government.  In addition to their participation in the above programs, they hold voter registration campaigns; give educational presentations to the school regarding important elections; discuss and debate local, state, and national issues that concern them; and fundraise to help finance their trips.

 

Book Club
Advisor:  Mrs. Foster

The most important objective of the PHS Book Club is to foster a love for reading.  Students will read without fear of being tested afterwards.  Reading will, therefore, be purely for recreation, for entertainment, for relaxation, for information, and for many other reasons, aside from being evaluated.  The book titles are decided by students and the discussion that follows is also student driven.  Hence, membership is for students in grades 9-12th.

 

Interact
Advisor:  Mrs. FosterI

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people.  Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.  PHS’s Interact Club is sponsored by Palmyra, Cinnaminson, Riverton Rotary Club District 7500.

Each year, the club completes many local community service projects and at least one international project to promote understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity.
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others.
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work.
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill.

 

HSPA Review Classes
Advisor: Mr. Mehler

Juniors are invited to attend HSPA tutoring  after school starting in February.  Classes will be held 2 days a week from 2:30 to 3:30 in Room 209.  Traditionally, students who attend most of these sessions pass the HSPA.

You have enough to stress about Senior year.  Make sure the HSPA is not part of it by doing some extra practice now.

 
 
 
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