Clubs & Organizations
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Ancient Kings and Queens Club (African American Club): We celebrate African-American history, culture, music, and current events. Our members focus on achievement in academics and school involvement in a wide variety of clubs, activities, and personal development. Membership is open to all Panas students. Meets every two weeks.
Advisor: Brandon Thomas
Bella Voce: Bella Voce (Treble Choir) is an auditioned group of students who perform the highest level of treble choral literature. This group performs at concerts, NYSSMA events, school assemblies, community functions, and local/national competitions. Students will be auditioned and selected by the choral director.
Advisor: Jamie Stroffolino
Chess Club: : The Chess Club provides students with the opportunity to play chess games with their peers and learn more about the game. Players of all levels are welcome, including those who are interested in learning the game. The game is a great way to exercise the mind through strategic thinking. Joining the club is something that will look great on a college application. Meets bi-weekly.
Advisor: David Ticker
Class Of 2022: All members of the Senior Class are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. Students perform fundraising activities for the Senior class. Essentially, the goal of the fundraising is to earn money to offset the costs of class activities and their Senior prom. Other activities include making the Senior Homecoming banner, and keeping the entire grade level aware of issues affecting their class. Class of 2022: Text @7c7f2D to 81010. Meets every Thursday
Advisors: Erin Boyle and Cynthia Wilson
Class Of 2023: All members of the Junior Class are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. Students perform fundraising activities for the Junior class. Essentially, the goal of the fundraising is to earn money to offset the costs of class activities and their Senior prom. Other activities include making the Junior Homecoming banner, and keeping the entire grade level aware of issues affecting their class. Meets Mondays in room 109.
Advisor: Kayla Baruffo and Courtney Petriello
Class Of 2024: All members of the Sophomore Class are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. Students perform fundraising activities for the Sophomore class. Essentially, the goal of the fundraising is to earn money to offset the costs of class activities and their Senior prom. Other activities include making the Sophomore Homecoming banner, and keeping the entire grade level aware of issues affecting their class. Meets Wednesdays after school.
Advisor: Frank Tamweber
Class Of 2025: All members of the Freshmen Class are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. Students perform fundraising activities for the Freshmen class. Essentially, the goal of the fundraising is to earn money to offset the costs of class activities and their Senior prom. Other activities include making the Freshmen Homecoming banner, and keeping the entire grade level aware of issues affecting their class. Meets Tuesdays in room 201.
Advisor: Briana Kreamer and Kelly-Jean Ingram
Community Service Club: The Community Service Club provides students the opportunity to get involved in school, local and national projects where helping others is the primary focus. Students can show their leadership by organizing events as well as their compassion by participating in events designed to help others. The club is a powerful way to get involved in making positive change with the school and community. The club will meet twice a month to organize events.
Advisors: Marie Jankowski and Margaret Clarke
Dance Club: The dance club is a place where students come together to learn dances from various cultures for the purpose of performing at pep rallies and other school events throughout the school year. We meet on Wednesdays after school until 3:00 pm in the PAC lobby.
Advisor: Andrea Coady
The Debate Club: The Lakeland District Debate Club meets during 9th period on Thursdays, with additional online meetings and practice based on experience level at mutually agreeable times.
The club is the foundation of a competitive debate team that competes locally, regionally and nationally against other clubs in weekend debate tournaments that attract 500-5,000 students from across the United States, Canada and East Asia (the tournaments are online until the spring due to COVID-19).
Recent debate topics include European security, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, Medicare for All and universal basic income.
Students who participate in at least 100 hours of practice, preparation and competition and help host the Lakeland District Debate Tournament, which last year attracted more than 1,000 students from Canada, Taiwan and the US, receive academic credit for the Debate elective.
Advisor: Stefan Bauschard
The Digital Citizenship Club: Members work to help students in Walter Panas High School, fully engage in their digital communities while making responsible online choices and taking ownership of their digital footprint. We will be meeting two Fridays a month.
Advisor: Fatima Elmouchtari
District Youth Council: Provide a link between the Board of Education, the Superintendent and the students in the district, establish a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and concerns and generate cooperative efforts for the benefit of students. Meets quarterly.
Environmental Club: The Environmental Club’s main focus is to raise money to donate to an environmental organization of the students’ choosing. This is done mostly through bake sales and a plant sale at the end of the year. The club also provides students with the opportunity to obtain community service hours by recycling paper, cans and bottles after school. We are also working on the refurbishing of the Shakespeare Garden. The Environmental Club meets every Wednesday in room 312.
Advisor: Michael Billy
Equity Club: The Walter Panas Equity Club is a student-led club with a faculty advisor that works to promote equitable practices within the high school and surrounding community for all students regardless of race, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, religious affiliations, and more. Equity Club participates in national activities like "The Day of Silence" and supports other clubs as they celebrate different events that raise awareness to various groups, like Black History Month, Women's History Month, and Pride Month. The club also strives to educate students, staff, and the surrounding community about equitable practices and inclusivity, both in everyday interactions and school curriculum. The club meets every other Thursday in room 106.
Advisor: Terri Bauer-Lamport
Estamos Unidos: Estamos Unidos is a club that promotes Hispanic culture and supports Hispanic families in our community through service projects. Our biggest event is a baby shower that we hold in the spring to collect supplies for Open Door Family clinic in Ossining. We also collected food at Easter time last year and donated to a church in Peekskill. We meet on Tuesdays twice a month.
Advisor: Kathleen MacDougall
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America): FBLA is a non-profit education association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Meets twice a month.
Advisor: Candie Lorenz Ed.D.and Barbara Caldararo
Gaming Club: An opportunity for students to socialize and have fun together based on their hobby of playing games. This is a club for all fans of gaming: video games, board games, card games, role playing games, etc. Gaming club meets weekly to play, talk about gaming strategies and preferences, and have fun. Meets on Mondays in Room 315, barring any faculty/department meetings
Advisor: Jason Marrero
Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA): The Walter Panas High School Gender-Sexuality Alliances (GSA) is a student-led club with a faculty advisor that works to promote respect for all students. The GSA participates in national activities such as 'The Day of Silence' and 'World AIDS Day' to raise awareness, educates students and staff, and promotes respect and understanding for everyone in the WPHS community. Students may participate in social and political activities with GSA members from Lakeland High School and other area high schools.
Advisor: Michael Coffey
Inter-ethnic Club/United Nations: This club is a multicultural community outreach whose main objective is to help the less fortunate in all communities. We feed the homeless at Thanksgiving and help provide gifts for children of displaced families during the holidays. Meets every two weeks.
Advisor: Bozena Sidorowicz
Interfaith Club: A sharing place for students of different faiths. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Jazz Ensemble Club: Students practice and learn new jazz arrangements, and participate in several concerts during the school year. This ensemble has a required weekly rehearsal.
Advisor: Patrick Murphy
Let Girls Lead: A female empowerment group that was created to foster support, achievement and awareness about women's issues, particularly those effecting young women. Let Girls Lead is a local group that is part of the larger Girls Up organization for the United Nations. The club is open to all Panas students. Meets every other Thursday.
Advisor: Laurainne Mosca
Marching Band: : The Marching Panthers is an ensemble of instrumentalists who play at school and community functions and events with the purpose of entertaining and engaging the crowd. This ensemble meets multiple days a week after school during the fall and spring, with less frequent rehearsals in the winter months.
Advisor: Patrick Murphy
Mountain Bike Club: The Mountain Bike Club meets once a week for group rides on local trails, weather permitting. Students will need to provide their own bike, helmet, and safety gear. You will also need to provide your own transportation to and from the trails. All skill levels are welcome.
Advisor: Frank Tamweber
Musician's Spot: Musician Spot is a club for student musicians and writers who are interested in writing song lyrics, playing music or participating in jam sessions with other student musicians. We encourage students to stop by to share their musical/lyrical ideas and skills with others. Meets on Thursdays, at least three times per month.
Advisors: Margo Schepart and John Binaso
National Honor Society: This club is by invitation. Seniors carrying at least an 88 average may be invited. The time commitment is several hours per week. It is a national organization whose purpose is to promote the four characteristics of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Students tutor, volunteer in the community and raise funds for different charities and organizations. Meets twice a month on average.
Advisors: Allison Haugh and Andrea Coady
National Italian Honor Society: National Italian Honor Society: The NIHS is for students who have maintained a cumulative average of 90 in their Italian classes throughout their high school career and are currently enrolled in an Italian course junior and senior year. The NIHS does various community outreach projects to promote the Italian language and culture in the school and community. Meets Tuesdays in room 205.
Advisor: Diana Palumbo
Open Weight Room: Open Weight Room: Open weight room for any student that wants to participate in using the equipment.
Advisor: Pat Vasi
Panas for Pawsitivity: Want to help someone who is struggling but do not know how? Want to make yourself less stressed and comforted? Want to help educate about mental health and stomp out the stigma? The goal of the club is to reach out to those in need of comfort and solace and to help teach empathy. Being aware and educated about mental health and not being afraid to talk about it promotes a healthier lifestyle. Meets Every other Tuesday after school.
Advisors: Reva Druskin and Kayla Baruffo
The Panas Players, Drama Club, Stagecraft & Lighting: These groups are all part of the Panas Players. The Panas Players are an inclusive community that become family to one another. Actors meet on a regular basis when preparing for a show; rehearsals are held daily but most actors are only called twice a week. Rehearsals involve many aspects of the show: vocals, blocking, choreography, and character development. The Stage Crew is responsible for moving the sets and running the backstage and props during the plays. The Tech Crew handles the lighting and other technical aspects of the shows. Stage Art deals with set construction, which includes painting and building. Crew meets less often than the cast of the show, in the weeks closer to the final performances.
Advisor: Naomi Schachner
Panther Post: This club produces and publishes Panas’ school newspaper, Panther Post. We meet 2-3 times per month and/or more as needed to brainstorm ideas and to work on article assignments and editing. The meeting times are posted on our google classroom and announced and the dates/times are determined based on the group needs and the timeliness of our production of a particular publication. Meets two to three times per month.
Advisor: Cristina Kreamer and Gina Cerone
Advisor: Michael Coffey
The Philosophy Club: The Philosophy Club meets weekly and is a place where critical thinking is encouraged. Topics concerning just about everything--from the concepts of reality, truth and perception to the ideas of time, infinity and existence--are explored and discussed in a safe and respectful environment. This year the club is meeting every Wednesday right after school in Room 101.
Advisor: Donna Anderson
The Poetry Club: The Poetry Club is a student led gathering that explores and shares beloved poems. Students are also encouraged to join in on free writing their own poems based on the topic of the day. Everyone's work and interpretations are respected. This is an extremely encouraging atmosphere. Beginning November, meets after school on Thursdays in Room 101.
Advisor: Donna Anderson
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision-Making): SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision-Making): SADD Club is a club that believes in the power of youth to influence peers through positive peer pressure. SADD is dedicated to spreading the word about making positive decisions about challenges in everyday life. Focusing on alcohol, drugs, and other issues related to general wellness, students deliver education and prevention messages to their peers through school and community wide activities. All students are encouraged to attend. Students, please listen to announcements and sign up to receive meeting notices via the Remind App. We meet in room 400 after school on Wednesdays.
Advisors: Briana Kreamer and Jessica Trainor
SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Club ( Sandy Hook Promise): This club provides an opportunity for students to show their leadership, creativity and passion for protecting their friends, schools and communities from violence BEFORE it happens. This club is a powerful approach to preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization). Meets Mondays.
Advisor and Promise Leader – Teri Petrucci
Promise Leaders – Staycee Vasquez and Heidi Gannon
Science Club: A fun and educational way to explore the fields of science. The Science club explores science and connects it to real world problems. Meets Tuesdays.
Advisor: Kyle Baldus
Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Spanish Honor Society):The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. It is a club by invitation only to those seniors that are carrying at least a 90 average. The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies. Meets twice a month on Fridays.
Advisor: Fatima Elmouchtari
Student Government Advisor (Sub Group Spirit Committee):The goal of council is to improve Walter Panas through student activities and maintain school spirit. As the needs and issues of the school vary over time, Student Government stays attuned to the pulse of the building and attempts to address current issues. Various activities include Pep Rallies, Dances and Spirit Week. Meets twice a month.
Advisor: Candie Lorenz
Tri-M Music Honor Society: The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership.
Advisor: Jamie Stroffolino
UNICEF CLUB: Learn about children and the issues they face around the world; participate in community projects and fundraisers (ie. multilingual reading night at the library, notes of encouragement for a local shelter), and connect with likeminded socially conscious students. All are welcome! Meets every other Monday.
Advisor: Marlene Moussa
Yearbook: This club plans the yearbook pages, types and alphabetizes the names, does necessary mailings, selects and typesets students’ pictures, gathers information on sports teams and clubs to enter into the yearbook. Some students assist by taking candid photos. The commitment runs throughout the entire school year. Meets twice a month.
Advisor: Candie Lorenz