Clubs & Organizations
Adventurers Club: This club is for those looking to explore and discuss the sci-fi / fantasy worlds that exist in the media. The majority of meetings are spent playing sci-fi and fantasy board games, mainly Dungeons and Dragons. Newcomers are welcome. New games are welcome. If you like immersing yourself in a far away land, this club is for you.
Advisor: Michael Marash
Advocators and Navigators: This club provides peer support for students who have chronic health issues or have friends or family members whose lives are affected by such health problems. We strive to support one another and also to educate our school community about the impact chronic health issues have upon out students.
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.
Advisor: Brandon Thomas
Arabic Club: The Walter Panas High School Arabic Club is dedicated to celebrating diversity by introducing various components of the Middle Eastern/Northern African cultures. The club is organized to foster appreciation for the Arabic language and provide the opportunity to participate in cultural activities that broaden students’ understanding of the Arabic-speaking world. All are welcome to join the club.
Advisor: Marlene Moussa
Art Club: The Art Club will be an open studio time for students to work, experiment with different styles of art and be given the opportunity to work using various art media that they are interested in learning about and experiencing. There is also the possibility to work on school-based projects such as murals and art contests and preparation for art show.
Calliope, Literary Magazine: This club produces and publishes Panas’ literary magazine, Calliope. The first issue was published in 2002/2003. The magazine features students’ poems, short stories, essays, artwork, etc..
The 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.
Advisor: David Ticker
Class Of 2020: 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 their Senior class color pages for the yearbook, class activities and their Senior prom. Other activities include making Junior the Homecoming float, and keeping the entire grade level aware of issues affecting their class. Reminder Code: Text @20202 to 81010
Advisors: Kyoko Yamakawa and Jason Woods
Class Of 2021: 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 their Senior class color pages for the yearbook, class activities and their Senior prom. Other activities include making the Sophomore Homecoming float, and keeping the entire grade level aware of issues affecting their class. Reminder Code: Text @2021 to 81010
Advisors: Ryanne LoPresti and Erica Werney
Class Of 2022: 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 their Senior class color pages for the yearbook, class activities and their Senior prom. Other activities include making the Freshman Homecoming float, and keeping the entire grade level aware of issues affecting their class. Reminder Code: Text @7c7f2D to 81010
Advisors: Ms. Boyle and Ms. Wilson
Class Of 2023: All members of the Freshman Class are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. Students perform fundraising activities for the Freshman class. Essentially, the goal of the fundraising is to earn money to offset the costs of their Senior class color pages for the yearbook, class activities and their Senior prom. Other activities include making the Freshman Homecoming float, and keeping the entire grade level aware of issues affecting their class. Reminder Code: TBD
Advisors: Kayla Baruffo and Courtney Petriello
Club Comfort: Club Comfort is accessible to all students. The goal of the club is to reach out to those that need comfort in the community and to teach empathy to students. Club Comfort also utilizes Olive, a therapeutic service dog in order to provide comfort and reassurance. Dogs provide a comfort that humans often find difficult to convey. Members of the Comfort club will fundraise to continue to support Olive and help implement new ways to use her throughout the building on a daily basis.
Advisors: Reva Druskin
Community and Interact Club: The Community Service Club sets up a variety of monthly activities in the community as well as within Walter Panas. Examples of past activities include: Breast Cancer Walkathon, clothing and food drive for local shelters, “Senior Prom” at local nursing home and other activities.
Advisors:Cristina Kraemer and Laurainne Mosca
Computer Programming Club: Learning about computers in an advanced manner - preparation for college and the work force with increased knowledge of operation of computers.
Dance Club: This activity provides students who are trained dancers the opportunity to perform at Panas events.
Advisor: Andrea Coady
Debate Program: Debate is offered as a combined program of WPHS and LHS by the School District. Students receive academic credit for their participation. All students are welcome and encouraged to join. The club is open to all students in grades 9 to 12. Debate consists of three levels: Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity. On Fridays and Saturdays, the team travels to various tournaments and championships throughout the Northeast and the nation. The club develops skills of success in the areas of learning, travel, friends and healthy competition.
Advisor: Stefan Bauschard
District Youth Council: The District Youth Council is an open forum whereby the superintendent, representatives from the Board of Education and students meet to discuss issues of concern; make recommendations; and work on educationally-related projects. There are two students per grade on the Council. Selected as 9thgraders by the school principal, they serve until they graduate or resign.
Environmental Club: (Environthon Team) Program designed to gain further knowledge of our environment along with creating projects geared towards recycling, helping to improve the environment in general. Members can become affiliated with the Environthon Membership as well.
Advisor: Michael Billy
French Club “Le CercleFrançais”: The Walter Panas High School French Club will provide the students the opportunity to participate in cultural activities that broaden their understanding of the French-speaking world. The club is open to all Panas students who wish to pursue their interest in the language and their understanding of Francophone culture. ALL are welcome to join the club.
Advisor: Marlene Mousssa
Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA): The Walter Panas High School Gay-Straight 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
Graphics Novel Club: This club is a place to meet and share your love for graphic novels, manga, anime, trading card games, and video games. All are welcome. Come out and join your fellow comic aficionados!
The Interfaith Club: A sharing place for students of different faiths. Meets on Thursday at 2:04 in Room 409.
Advisor: Janet O'Toole and Heather Chapdelaine
Hiking Club: Enjoy the outdoors, exercise and socialize. Good pair of hiking boots or footwear with proper treading, bottle of water are the only prerequisites. Please remember hikes are canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Advisor: Michael Billy and Mariellen Hagens
Horizons Peer Leaders Group: (Tolerance Initiative)The World of Difference Peer Training Program provides an opportunity for students to be leaders and role models for respect and civility in our school. The program focuses on ways to combat prejudice and discrimination and promotes awareness and understanding of differences. Peer trainers are selected through an application and interview process. Interested students should see Horizons advisors for more information.
Jazz Ensemble Club: Students practice and learn new jazz arrangements, and participate in several concerts during the school year.
Advisor: Patrick Murphy
Let Girls Lead: is a female empowerment group that was started last year here at Panas. The goal of the club is 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 UN. The club was started last year by Sienna Campbell who is our current president and she has been the driving force behind the group here at Panas.
Advisors: Laurainne Mosca and Erin Boyle
Library Teen Advisory Club: The Library Teen Advisory Board Meets when needed to plan reading motivational events such as books clubs, reading circles, creating digital book talks, etc.
Advisors: Gina Cerone and Cynthia Wilson
Marching Band: The pep band is an ensemble of instrumentalists who play at functions or events with the purpose of entertaining and "pepping" up a crowd.
Advisor: Patrick Murphy
The Musicians' 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. Having two teacher facilitators allows us to utilize two separate locations when necessary if a quieter location is needed for writing. We encourage students to stop by to share their musical/lyrical ideas and skills with others.
Advisor: Margo Schepart
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 organization.
Advisors: Jessica McHugh and Andrea Coady
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 carrier 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.
Advisor: Diana Palumbo
Open Weight Room: Open weight room for any student that wants to participate in using the equipment.
Advisor: Scheduled through the Panas Athletic Dept.
The Panas Players, Drama Club, Stagecraft & Lighting: These groups are all part of the Panas Players. The Stage Crew is responsible for moving the sets and running the backstage 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.
Advisors: Ms. Shea
Panther Post: This club produces and publishes Panas’ school newspaper, Panther Post.
Advisor: Ms. Kreamer and Ms. Cerone
Advisor: Michael Coffey
Pawprints 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.
Advisor: Candie Lorenz
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.
Advisor: Donna Anderson
Regional Youth Leadership Organization (RYLO): The Regional Youth Leadership Organization was establishes shortly after September 11, 2001, to cope with issues and feelings among students in area schools. The Regional Crisis Team, under the leadership of Putnam/Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services BOCES Guidance and Child Study Center, organized this group. RYLO members meet on a regular basis since that time with representation from the P/NW regional high schools. RYLO’s mission is to help create safe schools, promote student leadership and foster community bonds between school districts. Student leaders now take leadership of the group. The purpose of this group is to formulate activities to help others from their own school and our region – student-to-student.
Advisor: Sonia Recuppio
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).
Advisor and Promise Leader – Teri Petrucci
Promise Leaders – Kayla Baruffo, Andrea Coady, Staycee Vasquez
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. The SADD Clubmeets most Wednesdays after school in Room 106, and students are encouraged to listen to announcements and sign up to Remind App for meeting notices.
Student Government Advisor (Sub Group Spirit Committee): 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.
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.
Advisor: Fatima Elmouchtari
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.
Advisors: Marlene Moussa and Janet O'Toole
Warr:ors Mental Health and Advocacy Club: The goal of the club is to advocate, educate and support those that struggle with mental illness, have a friend or family member that struggles and or is interested in pursuing social work, counseling, teaching and or any field that works with people. Members 16 and older will have the opportunity to become Youth mental health First aid certified. There are many activities and leadership roles available for all!
Advisor: Kayla Baruffo