• PARK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Extra-Curricular Clubs/Activities Offered to Grades 9-12

     

    Art Honor Society

    Membership requirements: open to all students

    The Art Honor Society is a club that meets after school two to three times a month.  The purpose of the club is to enhance the school aesthetic and use art to communicate with the school and the Park Ridge community.  In the past, the club has painted murals in the school buildings, painted signs and Halloween decorations for the town, made sculptures and paintings for the PRHS media center and West Ridge elementary school.  Our members have also volunteered with the elementary students at the “Parent’s Night Out” event.

     

    Chess Club

    Membership requirements: open to all students

    The Chess Club is open to students in grades 7 through 12 for students who have played before or for students who are interested in learning the game.  There are many chess boards for the students to compete against each other or other faculty members.  Within the club, different strategies are spoken about: openings, end game, sacrificing pieces for position, etc.  While we have not entered any tournaments yet, we would love to compete against other schools in the near future.

     

    Class Government:

    Freshmen class council

    Membership requirements: open to 9th grade students via election

    Freshman Class Council is a group of elected officers.  A person would have to run for office and be elected to serve.  The group meets once a week and their primary job is to raise money for their class.  They also create and order the tee shirts for color war.  They attend student council meetings twice a month and vote on issues at these meetings.

     

    Sophomore class council

    Membership requirements: open to 10th grade students via election

    The Sophomore Class Council is a part of the Student Council.  It consists of a class president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and three representatives.  Students must run for and be elected to these positions at the end of their freshman year.  The members of the Sophomore Class Council are liaisons between the students in their grade and the Executive Student Council, so we are looking for students who are open-minded, like to be involved, have school spirit, and are looking to become leaders.  The Sophomore Class Council meets on a weekly basis to discuss fundraising initiatives, school spirit ideas, upcoming pep rallies, and more!

     

    Junior class council

    Membership requirements: open to 11th grade students via election

    The Junior Class Council is a part of the Student Council.  It consists of a class president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and three representatives.  Students must run for and be elected to these positions at the end of their sophomore year.  The members of the Junior Class Council are liaisons between the students in their grade and the Executive Student Council.  The Junior Class Council meets on a bi-weekly basis to discuss fundraising initiatives, school spirit ideas, upcoming pep rallies, and more.  In addition to our general council responsibilities, the junior class helps out at the snack shack for all home football games, raises money to lower to cost of the junior/senior prom as well as plans, books, decorates, and finalizes the junior/senior prom.

     

    Senior class council

    Membership requirements: open to 12th grade students via election

    The Senior Class Council acts as a liaison between the Executive Student Council and the senior class.  The responsibilities include conducting meetings to discuss student council events and specific to the senior class events.  Events may include spirit weeks, Homecoming, theme days, fundraisers, charities, Snowball dance, and end of the year class party.  Senior class officers are chosen through yearly elections and follow the Student Council Constitution.  They learn how to run council meetings, fundraise, work for charities and plan for small and large-scale events to build school support, unity and spirit.

     

    DECA

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12 that have taken a business course in the past, are currently in a business course, or are locked in to take a business course in the second semester

    DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools around the globe.  The program enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning in the context of business, connect to business and the community, and promote competition.  DECA members leverage their experiences to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and therefore experienced leaders.

     

    Environmental Club (Culture Club, High School)

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    It is the mission of Environmental Club to spearhead green initiatives throughout the schools in the district and the Park Ridge community, raise awareness of recycling, and raise funds for causes that positively impact the environment.  Students will have the opportunity to help with community-wide environmental clean-up efforts, discuss sustainability factors, and experience real-world environmental field data collection.  In the words of the great John Muir: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

     

    E.R.A.S.E. (End Racism and Sexism Everywhere) Club

    Membership requirements: open to all students

    The E.R.A.S.E. club provides students and staff a venue to discuss the topic of racial inequality.  The benefits of this club cannot be understated as it will help us in our quest to provide a school climate that promotes acceptance, diversity, tolerance and safety.  Even students who do not directly participate in the E.R.A.S.E. club will benefit from a school environment that reinforces enhanced inclusion, respect, and tolerance.

     

    Expressions Show Choir (Formerly Madrigals)

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12 via audition

    Expressions Show Choir is an auditioned, mixed ensemble open to high school students.  The group generally meets once a week to rehearse pop and musical theater repertoire for the winter and spring vocal music concerts.  Participation in this group requires students to have advanced singing and dancing skills.

     

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

    Membership requirements: open to all students

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes or FCA (formerly known as the Christian Club) is an interdenominational group founded in 1954, with the vision of seeing the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.  FCA’s core values are integrity, serving, teamwork, and excellence.  Students who attend FCA meetings will be inspired to apply Biblical principles and integrity in all areas of student life, including academics, student involvements, social relationships, and especially sports involvements and performance.  All are welcome to attend.

     

    Future Problem-Solving Team

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 10-12

    The Future Problem Solving Team is an activity that is part of an international competition program that is open to students from all English-speaking countries throughout the world.  The team is comprised of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  During the course of the year, the team is asked to solve problems ranging from the environment to medicine to relationships and society that may occur in 2040 and beyond.  Team members follow a six-step plan to derive possible problems stated in a specific scenario and solutions to their various possible problems.  Team members are creative, insightful, forward-thinking students who enjoy brainstorming and problem-solving.  There is a state bowl in the spring, followed by an international competition.  Students from Park Ridge have often qualified for these competitions.

     

    GSA Club

    Membership requirements: open to all high school students

    The GSA Club is a place where students can discuss issues related to sexual orientation, homophobia, and respecting each other’s freedom to choose.  The GSA also discusses ways to increase tolerance, respect, and support for each other.  Students of all sexual orientations (including heterosexuality) are welcome.

     

    High School Dramatics – Fall Play / SPRING Musical

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12 via audition

    The Fall Play and the Spring Musical offer all high school students a true opportunity to learn the skills that are required to put on a professional theater production.  Students are needed to act, sing and dance on stage, to work on and paint sets, and to create and/or work on costumes, makeup, publicity releases, programs, stage management, lights & sound.

     

    Homework Club

    Membership requirements: open to all students

    Homework Club is an opportunity to work on school assignments and is available to all PRHS students.  It is supervised by teachers and is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the mornings from 7-7:45 am and in the afternoons from 2:45-3:45 pm.  National Honor Society members are there to give help to anyone who needs it.  It is a quiet place to get school work completed with access to help, the internet, and to our school printers.

     

    Interact Club

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    Interact is a club for high school students that helps others or people in need.  The club is involved with many aspects of volunteerism. The motto of the club is “service before self.”  This club gets involved with current issues, for example, hurricane disaster relief.  Each year the club sponsors a food drive and donates the food to the Park Ridge Center for Food Action.  During the holiday season, the group has collected hundreds of gifts for needy families.  In the spring, the club participates in the Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  Thousands of dollars have been raised by participating in this event.  Many Interact members have gone on to sponsor this event in their colleges.  This club is a great way to give back to others and to the community.

     

    International Thespian Society

    Membership requirements: open to all students who participate in 2 theater productions

    Students who demonstrate dedication to at least two Park Ridge High School theatrical productions may join the International Thespian Society, an honors organization for theater students.  Troupe 4629 of the International Thespian Society assists the school productions with advertising, supports the local food banks through community service, and stages a one-act play festival featuring the work of PRHS playwrights each May.

     

    Literary Magazines:

    High School – Imprints

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    Imprints is the high school literary and art magazine featuring student poems, short stories, plays, and various forms of visual art.  The staff collects, reviews, and selects written and visual pieces throughout the year for publication in the magazine.  Once final selections are made, the staff creates the layout of the publication.

     

    Marching Band/COLOR GUARD

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 7-12 who play an instrument or want to be in the Color Guard

    The Marching Band was established in 1986 and performs in the fall for football games, in the county, regional and state competitions as well as at Metlife Stadium and Montclair University.  The Marching Band consists of instrumentalist and Color Guard members who learn dance and flag work to enhance the show.  Any student in grades 7 through 12 playing an instrument or willing to be a guard member is eligible to participate.  The Marching Band is one of the best Group II Marching Bands in the state of New Jersey and has won numerous state, regional and county championships.

     

    Math Club, High School

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    The High School Math Club is open for students grades 9 through 12, who are interested in trying to figure out more challenging types of math questions.  There are six competitions held in different schools.  Three of the competitions allow the use of calculators while the other three are non-calculator.  Each competition has a total of six questions, and students have twelve minutes to answer two questions (so a total of thirty-six minutes to answer all the questions).  This is an individual competition and the student(s) with the highest number of correct answers get recognized at the last competition/end of the year dinner meet.

     

     

    Mock Trial Club

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    Through the Mock Trial Club, students participate in the nationally renowned Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition.  This is a state and national competition for high school students which provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American legal system.  Students learn proper courtroom procedure by taking on the role of attorneys, litigants, witnesses, and members of the jury in a simulated criminal or negligence case fact pattern.  We compete against many other high schools in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey by participating in three separate trials which are held at the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, New Jersey.  These are full trials held before actual judges who preside in the NJ Superior Court.  This exciting experience brings law to life as the operation of law, court procedures, and the legal system is demystified.

     

    National Honor Society (high school)

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 11-12 with a GPA of 94% or above, minimum of 20 hours of community service, leadership skills, and good character

    The May E. Hallett Chapter of the Park Ridge High School National Honor Society establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.  The criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.  The National Honor Society raises money for educational purposes in our school.  For example, Makerspace supplies and the Lego wall were purchased by the National Honor Society.  The NHS also offers a tutoring program for students in need of academic help.

     

    Newspaper-OWL

    Membership requirements: open to all students

    Students work collaboratively and independently to produce content for the school newspaper, “PRHS Night Watch.”  Students are encouraged to create content based on their interests.  The club offers opportunities to explore video production, video editing, photography, podcasting, writing, and editing.

     

    Outdoor Club

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    The Outdoor Club is offered to all high school students.  The club goes on monthly hiking trips where students can disconnect from technology, explore nature and be present in that environment.  Students learn about the importance of respecting nature, hiking safety, and orientation skills.  We hope this opportunity will show them the local areas where they can be outside and experience all the outdoors has to offer.

     

    Park Ridge Exchange (P.R.E.)

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    Park Ridge Exchange is a club in which we learn about other regions in the United States.  Each year we visit a school somewhere in the US for a few days, and they in turn visit with us.  We attend school with our peer school and they shadow us in our school.  Students gain insight into what it is like living in different parts of the United States and what makes our own state unique.

      

    Renaissance

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12 with a minimum of 93% for three out of four marking periods

    Renaissance is a program that promotes and recognizes positive student achievement.  The goals of the Renaissance program are to motivate students to achieve academic excellence and then to recognize their success.  Every year, to make Renaissance, students must attain a minimum of 93% for three out of four marking periods (the four marking periods include marking periods one through three from the current school year and marking period four from the previous school year).  There is an annual awards dinner honoring the recipients at the end of the school year, typically in May.

     

    Robotics Club, High School

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    The High School Robotics Club builds and designs a robot out of metal, programs the robot to be remotely controlled, wires the electronics, conducts fundraising and markets to the local community for sponsorships and support.  Students learn a host of skills that are directly applicable to future careers.  They learn principles of design, engineering and computer science.  Between October and January, we have a handful of meets and qualifying events during which the robot needs to accomplish a set of tasks autonomously and by remote control.  The rest of the year we spend learning and redesigning.

     

    S.A.D.D.

    Membership requirements: open to all students

    Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) is a club that promotes healthy adolescent development.  S.A.D.D. often focuses on topics such as bullying, substance abuse, stress management, friendship and dating issues, family communication skills, and many other topics related to healthy adolescent development.

     

    Student Council, Executive, High School

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12 via election

    The Park Ridge Executive Student Council is the student governing body of the school.  The organization is comprised of elected students who run school and community-based events, influence the establishment of school policy and curriculum, and serve as a link between school administration and the Board of Education.  Those who are interested in serving their fellow students to improve Park Ridge are encouraged to attend their meetings and run for office.  Some events sponsored by the student council include pep rallies, homecoming events, powder puff football, blood drives, and other community-based fundraisers.

     

    Student Library Advisory Board

    Membership requirements: open to all students

    The Student Library Advisory Board is offered to all middle and high school students.  Members support the library by recommending and planning programs for students, creating bulletin boards, suggesting books for the library to purchase, and generally advising the library on ways to meet the needs of today's teens.

     

    Teen Book Club

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    Teen Book Club allows readers to discuss books in a comfortable, casual setting.  The informal atmosphere allows the students to get a better understanding of the book by voicing their opinions, hearing other perspectives, and asking questions.

      

    Women’s Choir

    Membership requirements: open to all female students

    The Women’s Choir is a non-auditioned choral ensemble open to ladies in grades 7 through 12.  The group generally meets once a week to rehearse a wide variety of repertoire for the winter and spring vocal music concerts.  No experience is necessary, just a desire to sing and perform!

     

    Yearbook, High School

    Membership requirements: open to students in grades 9-12

    The High School Yearbook Club is comprised of a group of high school students involved in the design, editing, photography, and layout of the yearbook.  The yearbook is designed completely online.  Many of the photos used this year are from student members who have taken a more active role in the creation of the yearbook.