Co-Curricular Program

Anime Club

Life. Death. Anime in between.

The Anime Club gathers to celebrate the art of Japanese animation. Club members discuss the varieties of Anime and learn about the differences between them. The Anime Club shares its passion for the art form with students in the Preston High School community by participating in the Asian Club Festival. Anime Club meets on alternate Tuesdays. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Vellani at rvellani@prestonhs.org.

Art Club

Find a way to express what moves you.

 

The PHS Art Club consists of a group of young artists within the Preston High School community with similar interests in the visual arts. Students in the club work on various individual and collaborative art, craft and design projects.

Art club meets once a month from 3:00 -4:00 p.m. in the Art Room. If you are interested in developing your artistic skills and meet like-minded people, please join us!

For more information, contact Mrs. Larsen at klarsen@prestonhs.org.

Asian Club

To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.

The Asian Club works to inform students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds of the cultural and social aspects of the East. Students explore the traditions and customs of China, India, Japan, Thailand, and other Asian nations through a variety of activities. Focusing on a single country each month, the members plan an event that is both exciting and educational. For instance, while studying Japan, the members experienced a traditional Japanese tea party and participated in an origami workshop. Members also planned a henna party for the entire school and have offered classes in Hindu and Indian dancing, yoga, and Pilates. Other events have included cooking classes and cultural seminars. The club has enjoyed Japanese sushi while watching Memoirs of a Geisha and Indian curry while viewing Bride and Prejudice. Since New York City is an accessible resource, the club undertakes a variety of fieldtrips. Various destinations have included the Museum of Modern Art, the Korean Palace, and, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Green Dragon Restaurant. The club is proud of its diversity and seeks to foster “the inner Asian” in all of its members.

 

Asian Club meets bi-weekly on Thursdays in Room 220.  For more information, please contact the club moderators, Dr. Mark King, at mking@prestonhs.orgor Dr. Ilze Bulbika-King at iking@prestonhs.org.

Big Sisters/Little Sisters

Helping one another is part of the religion of sisterhood.

Big Sisters/Little Sisters’ purpose is to provide student mentors for younger girls. Each “big sister” works with one specific “little sister,” helping her with homework, creative theatre arts and craft projects. Through this club, young girls, ranging from six to eleven, experience two hours of individual attention every Tuesday in Rooms 231 & 232. To celebrate Halloween, the sisters created masks, celebrated birthdays and enjoyed line dancing. When special holidays occur, both the big and little sisters complete craft projects and enjoy parties. If you are a person with a compassionate heart and a love of children, consider joining Big Sister/Little Sister. This program is conducted at Preston High School under the auspices of the Preston Center of Compassion. The advisors for this activity are Sr. Patricia Warner, RDC, Sr. Carol Wagner, RDC and Ms. Cathy Mulvaney. For more information, please contact Sr. Patricia Warner at pwarner@divinecompassion.org.

Campus Ministry

What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.

The activities of Campus Ministry foster the spiritual development of the Preston High School community and thus fulfill the school’s mission. Led by three enthusiastic juniors and monitored by the Religion Department, Campus Ministry members organize daily prayers, special liturgical celebrations, and monthly communal reflections. By focusing on one virtue a month, Campus Ministry hopes to instill in the PHS community important, character-enriching values. Campus Ministry also encourages all Prestonites to share their faith and thus enrich the community. All students are invited to join Campus Ministry to serve the PHS community as lectors and altar servers and to live lives of compassion. While PHS is a Catholic institution, students of any denomination or religious background are welcomed and embraced.

For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Ms. Thomas at  bthomas@prestonhs.org.

Compassion Connection

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

 

Compassion Connection’s mission is to promote compassion within the Preston High School community and beyond.  Members of the club participate in a number of theme-oriented events which vary from year to year (hunger, the elderly, the working poor, etc...)

The club's projects and events have included

-the annual Food Drive which collects almost 3 tons of food for four separate charities

-a holiday Thanksgiving celebration for marginalized children or elderly in the local community

-drives for whatever is needed - coats, jeans, glasses, cell phones...

-a Bone Marrow Drive registering 120 new possible donors

-Dance Marathons (to aid organizations like Make-a-Wish Foundation, Shepherd's Flock, etc...) 

-Cardboard City to raise awareness of the homeless

-Open Mic events

 

Co-Co meets on the first Wednesday of each month. 

All are welcome as COMPASSION MATTERS ~ PASS IT ON!

 

Anyone who wishes to do service with us, please contact the moderator Mrs. Dekajlo (dekajlo@prestonhs.org).

Digital Arts and Media Club

Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.

The Multimedia-Computer club’s purpose is to expand the knowledge of computer software for its members and the school. The students plan and teach various skills to the members and offer tutorials for others in the school community. Some of the programs include: Photoshop, Word and Web Design. Together with the Junior Web design class, students of the club compete in the NJIT Web Design Competition in March of each year. The club plans a trip to a local technology site each year, whenever possible.

The club meets twice a month from 3:00 to 3:45. For information please contact the club moderator Mrs. Cuomo at mcuomo@prestonhs.org.

Digital Photography Club

Our goal is to provide a place for those who are interested in photography to share. Our members are people at all levels of photography who are passionate about their art. We provide information and resources to those who want to learn. We encourage members to share their expertise and give them an opportunity to show their work.

We heartily welcome photographers at all levels of experience.

For more information, contact: Mr. Edelstein at gedelstein@prestonhs.org

Drama Club

Life's like a play; it's not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters.

The Drama Club, which meets once a week, is open to any Preston High School student interested in the dramatic arts. Student-run meetings give participants the opportunity to hone their skills in improvisation and performance. Through monologue and scene study, members learn not only how to analyze a character, but how to tap the emotions necessary to make the character come to life. Our year culminates in the Spring Arts Festival, when we present an evening of dramatic performances focusing on a common theme. For more information, contact the club moderator, Mr. Abel at sabel@prestonhs.org.

English Honor Society (EHS)

Gelast Sceal Mid Are (Duty Goes With Honor)

As a selective society, membership in the Sr. Mary Ellen Bernard Chapter of the E.H.S. is determined by a student’s academic performance in her English classes. In addition, E.H.S. members must demonstrate leadership and character. Students are expected to share these gifts with the rest of the student body to promote the enjoyment of literature, reading and writing. While initial eligibility is based upon their previous grades, they must also maintain their grade point average to remain in the Society.

For more information about membership, please contact Ms. Forlini at cforlini@prestonhs.org.

Gaelic Society

Cead Mile Failte!

The Gaelic Society’s primary purpose is to preserve and advance Irish culture. The club sponsors Irish events, such as an annual Ceili and participation in the Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Naturally, March is our busiest month because of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations when we hold our Ceili and march proudly down East Tremont Avenue. In addition, we always visit the local nursing home right before Christmas and bring the residents some home-baked treats. We also set aside some time to watch Irish films during some of our meetings so that club members can get a better insight into Irish culture and traditions.

The Gaelic Society meets on the second Monday of the month in Room 204. If you are interested, please feel free to come visit us some Monday. Our moderator is Ms. Moran-Muldoon. For more information, contract Ms. Moran-Muldoon at  pmoran@prestonhs.org.

Gospel Choir

Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.

The purpose of Gospel Choir is to enrich the Preston High School community through the voices of PHS students who harmoniously render gospel tunes. This student-run choir sings at liturgies, the Black History Month Celebration, and various assemblies. They have also been featured performers at the U.S. Postal Service’s annual Christmas Stamp unveiling.

The Gospel Choir meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. in Room 101 and is moderated by Mr. Hayes. At the beginning of the year, students who wish to join can sign up at the Co-curricular Fair. Auditions are then held at the next meeting. All are welcome to join, and anyone can join throughout the year. For more information, please contact the moderator at jhayes@prestonhs.org.

Italian Club

I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.

Open to student of all backgrounds, the Italian Club is an organization that celebrates Italian culture. Through events such as the Festivale Culinario and the annual trip to Little Italy, our members are given the opportunity to experience Italian heritage. Also the club organizes assemblies to educate all Preston High School students about Italian cultural contributions and holds periodic bake sales to raise funds for charitable causes.

The club meets on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please drop by Room 103 any Wednesday! For more information, contact our advisor, Ms. DeMaio at rdemaio@prestonhs.org.

Italian Honor Society (IHS)

Con un po’ di coraggio, si finisce ogni viaggio (With a little bit of courage, one can finish each journey)

The Italian Honor Society is open to students of all nationalities who have an interest and passion for the Italian language and culture. Students must have a 90% average in Italian 2, 3, or 4 by the second quarter and an overall GPA of 87% in order to apply for admission to the Italian Honor Society. Upon approval of a student’s application, she is inducted into the IHS at a ceremony in April. All students in the IHS are required to take Italian 4.

Members of the Italian Honor Society take part in many activities throughout the year to assist those in need. Students write letters, translate them and package clothes, food, and shower supplies to donate to the Morningside Day Shelter before Thanksgiving, the Morningside Assisted Living Facility before Christmas, and POTS Shower Services before Valentine's Day. Members also donate all proceeds from the sale of handmade pink flower pens to the American Italian Cancer Foundation. In May, they donate to Help the Hospitalized Veterans to thank them for their selfless service. Members also work at the POTS soup kitchen in the Bronx. Members also enjoy a welcome-back-to-school party, a Christmas Party and an end-of-year celebration.

Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. We anticipate continuing and expanding our services in the community. For more information, please contact the faculty mentor, Mrs. DeMaio at rdemaio@prestonhs.org.

Junior Ambassadors

In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.

Junior Ambassadors are students who have demonstrated leadership, academic success, and notable social skills and so are invited to be ambassadors. Their main roles are to advise and encourage the school’s freshmen. At the beginning of each school year, three or four juniors are assigned to each freshman homeroom. The juniors work with a small student group and help those students navigate their freshman year. Ambassadors not only explain upcoming Preston High School events and suggest ways to excel academically but they also form friendships with the freshmen and become their “sisters.” In addition, the Junior Ambassadors visit their freshman groups weekly and are available during quiet studies for help

. For more information, please contact Sr. Carol, at cpeteson@prestonhs.org

Ladies of Color: LOC

We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

Ladies of Color is a club open to students of all colors to celebrate the diversity of our cultures, while the goal is to celebrate and learn about African American culture as well as the many cultures of Preston High School. Meetings consist of dialogue about various cultural issues, as well as personal issues of interest. During the year, our major activities include the Poetry Koffeehouse, February 1st and the annual cookout on May 11th.  We also organize assemblies during Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March) as well as fundraising and/or awareness campaigns for a particular charity.  Meetings are held every Wednesday at 3:15 in Room 204. For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Mr. De Bona, at jdebona@prestonhs.org.

National Honor Society (NHS)

Noblesse Oblige (With privilege comes responsibility)

The Thomas S. Preston Chapter of the National Honor Society provides academic leadership consonant with the mission of the national organization and the goals of this school. Members of the Chapter assist in promoting enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulating the desire to render service, and fostering the qualities of leadership and the development of character. As such, they attest to the essential values of a Christian community of scholars-in-process. Students who are academically eligible for membership are invited to submit a nomination form on which they profile and document their leadership and service. These forms are made available to eligible students in their sophomore year.

NHS meets the first Tuesday of the month in Room 103. For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Mr. Lueck at klueck@prestonhs.org.

Panther Vision

Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.

The Philos-o-film Club's purpose is to produce short student films. Students write, produce and direct a few projects throughout the year. The process of filmmaking is also documented. Our plan is to produce these films with some festivals in mind (e.g. McCormick Freedom Museum's Seen & Heard National Student Contest, ThinkQuest NYC, etc.). Therefore the films should conform to standards/genres as applicable, and the club's schedule will intensify as deadlines near. For additional information, contact the faculty advisor Mr. Youngren at youngrec@prestonhs.org.

Preston Echoes

The first duty of a newspaper is to be accurate. If it be accurate, it follows that it is fair.

The Preston Echoes is the student newspaper of Preston High School. Written and edited by students, The Echoes publishes quarterly and presents an accurate reflection of student life and concerns. Editors learn management, proofreading, and layout skills. Reporters learn the basic tenets of journalism as they write news, feature articles and editorial opinions. Editors determine the content of each issue, assign articles to reporters and follow-up to make sure deadlines are met. Working on layout, they put in long hours after school to make sure the paper looks sharp and reads well.  Reporters are responsible for digging up information, verifying the truth, interviewing subjects if necessary, and writing acceptable copy under deadline pressure.

General meetings are held monthly for assignment purposes. Editors work several days per week after school to ready the paper for publication. This year the staff anticipates bringing in guest speakers and touring a major publication site. For more information, contact the faculty advisor, Ms. Duarte at mduarte@prestonhs.org.

Preston Players

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

The Preston Players is an encounter with the rich world of theatre. Through a mainstage musical production, students develop and sharpen their dancing, singing, and acting skills in an effort to share their collective abilities with the community. But this collaborative effort requires more than just onstage talent. Opportunities exist for learning and participating in set design and construction, props, lights, sound, costume design and production, make-up, publicity, and house management. Students also take on leadership roles as stage managers, assistant directors, choreographers, and dance captains.

Vocal and dance auditions are November 7th and 9th with four performances going up February 28 – March 3. The almost four-month rehearsal period is a demanding and time-consuming one that requires students not only to memorize dialogue, music and choreography, but also to prioritize and manage their time efficiently in order to bring the best possible production to life for the edification of the members and the enjoyment of the audiences. For more information, contact the director, Mr. Abel, at sabel@prestonhs.org or the producer, Mr. De Bona, at jdebona@prestonhs.org.

S.T.A.R.

Word of mouth is by far the most effective way to recruit students.

The S.T.A.R. (Student Team Admissions Recruiters) club is a team of dedicated students from all grades who have a passion for Preston High School. Their purpose is to spread the word about the “Preston Spirit” by coordinating and participating in events and visits for potential new students.

S.T.A.R. members participate in a training session at the beginning of the year that prepares them to give tours, visit elementary school classrooms, and help run events such as the Open House, Math Olympiad, Leadership Workshop, and Registration Day, for those students interested in coming to Preston.

Because the S.T.A.R. club is an events club, we do not hold regular meetings. The moderator of the S.T.A.R. club is Mrs. Cristina Fragale (cfragale@prestonhs.org).  Please contact either moderator if you wish to participate.

Science Club

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

Science Crew is a team of dedicated students from all grades who have a passion for science. We will be conducting exciting experiments through which we will learn about the world around us. Occasionally, we will present education programs for the whole student body on important topics such as health and the protection of our environment. In addition, we will also participate in volunteer opportunities and take trips to local science-oriented sites. For more information, contact moderator Mr. Dillon at jdillon@prestonhs.org.

Spanish Club

Ser latina quiere decir que una reconoce todas las culturas que viven en una. (Being Latina means that you recognize all the cultures that live in you.)

The Spanish Club is an organization that promotes pride in Hispanic culture, celebrates the achievement of its members, sponsors children in need in other countries, and maintains and funds a Spanish Scholarship that benefits Preston High School students. Leadership development and social responsibility, as well as promotion of pride in the Christian faith of Hispanic students are integral parts of the Spanish Club’s mission. Nevertheless the club is open to students of all backgrounds. Thanks to its fundraising efforts, such as the annual Masquerade Ball, the Velada Cultural Hispánica, the Multicultural Volleyball Tournament and monthly bake sales, the club has been able to raise more than $30,000.00 since it was created in 1995. The club meets every Tuesday in room 201. For more information, contact moderator Sra. Varela at avarela@prestonhs.org.

Spanish Honor Society (LA ALIANZA ESPANOLA)

Todos a Una (All for One)

Preston’s Chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Its purpose is to recognize high achievement in Spanish and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. Students who are academically eligible are invited to apply for membership in their sophomore year, documenting their academic status, leadership and service. Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month in Room 201. For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Sra. Varela, at avarela@prestonhs.org.

Step Team

Kick that beat!

Stepping is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps (Wikipedia). Stepping dates back to the early 20th century, when Black veterans of World War I enrolled in colleges. Inspired by their military training, they brought to their dances a highly rigorous, drill-like component and combined it with elements from other Black dances, just as today's steppers often add hip-hop movements. PHS’s Step Team performs their routines at home basketball games, march in the Morris Park Columbus Day & Throgs Neck St. Patrick’s Day parades, and provide entertainment by exhibiting their skills at various school and community functions. They practice extensively after school Tuesdays and Thursdays and are highly regarded for their skills and discipline.

Student Council

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

The Student Council is composed of students who have been elected to represent their peers, articulate student concerns and bring those issues to the attention of the administration and faculty. Student Council meetings serve as a forum for the free exchange of student opinion on matters relating to school life. The Council demands both leadership and responsibility from its members. Council members provide leadership in their homerooms, assist with readying the school during the summer and arrange for the class parties that kick off the school year.  In February, the Council sponsors its annual “Lock-in” where students spend the night at Preston High School enjoying friends, films, games and refreshments. In addition, Council members participate in a Leadership Workshop for local 7th graders.

Student Council has its general meetings on the first of the month in the cafeteria while the leadership team meets other Mondays in Room 204. For more information, please contact the moderator, Mr. Joseph De Bona at jdebona@prestonhs.org

Tennis Club

 

The primary conception of tennis is to get the ball over the net and at the same time to keep it within bounds of the court; failing this, within the borders of the neighborhood.

The Tennis Club is a great outlet for Prestonites who wish to learn to play tennis or who want to have some fun competing against their friends. Members of the Tennis Club meet at the New York Tennis Club on Fridays during the spring. At the club, members are taught the game’s basics by professional and collegiate players and occasionally engage in friendly competitions. Members are also able to get in shape by improving their speed, agility, leg strength, and arm strength. They also develop a great work ethic, learn sportsmanship, improve social skills, and, most important, have fun as they learn to play the sport. Students can sign up to join the Tennis Club either at the beginning of the year or at the beginning of the spring. Then in the spring, they must register at the New York Tennis Club. Members of the club meet in the main lobby on Friday afternoons and walk to the New York Tennis Club.

For more information, contact the Tennis Club moderator, Mr. Lueck, at klueck@prestonhs.org.

Veritas

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.

Fiction. Playwriting. Poetry. Members of The New Scribblerians Club work in all of these genres. We take our name from the 18th Century English community of writers that included Addison, Steele, Pope, and Swift.

During our bi-monthly club meetings, we write. We follow the motto – First Thought…Best Thought. Our goal is to unleash our creativity without the interference of our critical mind. Only later do we use our critical skills for editing and re-writing. We use a variety of writing prompts, such as photos, painting, images, or lines from other books as jumping-off points for our imagination. Once the students complete their work, they can choose to share their work with the group.

Additionally, after editing and revising our work, much of it appears in Veritas 2.0, our literary eBook, published online. The eBook requires our club members to learn about Adobe InDesign 3, layout, and desktop publishing, as well as Web 2.0 skills that have transformed the publishing industry.

For additional information, contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Vellani at rvellani@prestonhs.org.

Yearbook

We all have our time machines. Some take us back; they're called memories. Some take us forward; they're called dreams.

The Yearbook is a student-edited chronicle of the Preston High School academic year. It is a hardbound book, published by Herff Jones, that prints formal and candid photos of every student, faculty and staff member at PHS. Each club, sports team, and most major events are also featured.

Students on staff devise a theme, which drives all section stories and artwork. Staff members lay out stories and pictures in our +/- 160 page book using “Herff Jones” layout programs. Time management, photography, and proofreading are key skills that are learned and sharpened in order to meet deadlines for page and proof submissions with the publishing company. Meetings are held before school, from September through March. Regular participation in Yearbook earns .25 academic credit.

For more information, please contact the yearbook’s moderator Mr. Edelstein at gedelstein@prestonhs.org

Yoga Club

"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without."

Yoga Club is an open group of students from all grades who are dedicated to the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat. By exploring asanas (postures), vinyasa (the flow of postures with the breath), dharana (meditation), and the yamas and niyamas (right action towards oneself and others), we hope to improve our skills as yogis with patience and grace.

 

Yoga meets on Mondays after school. It is an excellent afternoon complement to the ongoing morning Yoga classes held at Preston. For more information, contact Alexandra Lupo at alupo@prestonhs.org.

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