Clubs & Activities


Providence Catholic High School sponsors a wide variety of engaging activities, clubs and organizations that allow students to meet new friends and become involved in the PCHS community. Activities are designed to give each student opportunities to have fun, work with other students and their teachers, enjoy wholesome recreation and provide service to the larger community.

All students are encouraged to become involved in activities and events. It’s never too late to “Have fun, Celtic Style” and get involved!

For more information, please contact Mr. Kyle Murphy, Student Activities Director (815. 717.3187).

View/print the Student Activities Handbook, which contains descriptions of our special student events as well as programs, clubs and organizations.

Art Club

No art experience is necessary! Art Club Is a hands on workshop that includes techniques including sculpture, painting, tie-dye, printmaking and drawing. One project will be completed at each meeting.

Meetings: Every other Tuesday beginning the 2nd week of school in the Art Room

Moderator: Mrs. Denise Zlogar (Room 21)

Augustinian Youth Ministry

AYM is one of the largest organizations at Providence Catholic with over 150 members promoting Christian service and Augustinian spirituality. AYM organizes two blood donor drives, two food drives, clothing drive and many other inside service activities that benefit Providence, as well as the outside communities. AYM members are also expected to attend mass with AYM as their intention and complete 10 outside services hours to their parish or community.

AYM season starts with meetings during the week of August 22 and ends with induction Mass in April.

View/print flyer here.

Get all AYM forms here

Moderators: Mrs. Jennifer Williams (Dean’s Office) & Mrs. Jan Maratea (Room 117)

Band

Share your instrumental music talents at home athletic events, concerts and competitions. Band is an academic class. Students must take that course each semester to participate.

Director: Mr. Lawrence Rogers

Visit the Band Page

Bass Fishing

Get to know the sport of bass fishing! This club meets for some classroom instruction and guest speakers as well as some on the water outings in preparation for various high school bass fishing tournaments. In the spring, students prepare for the IHSA sectional
tournament with a chance to fish for a state title. We will meet during the fall and spring sport seasons plus outings.

Moderators: Mr. Vince Ramirez & Mr. Keith Healy (Dean’s Office)

Book Club

Make new friends while reading and discussing a wide range books from pulse-pounding thrillers to literary favorites. Refreshments are provided as we discuss books in the Learning Commons in front of the fireplace once a month. Favorites from the past have been The Fault in our Stars, World War Z, Eleanor & Park, and Game of Thrones.

Moderator: Ms. Mary Colbert (Room 109)

Celtic Piper Corps

The Celtic Piper Corps is comprised of students that are interested in learning to play an authentic Celtic instrument. The history and heritage of the bagpipes instrument is a rich one and any student is welcome to join! There is no former musical experience needed in order to join the Celtic Piper Corps, just desire to learn and perform. The bagpipes perform at a variety of events at PCHS and out in the community and are instructed by professional piper. Students receive instruction and lessons at no charge to the student, and scholarship opportunities are available.

Moderator: Mr. Lawrence Rogers (Room 229)

Choir

Don't let only the shower hear you! Any student who likes to sing can be in Beginning, Concert or Honors Choir. We sing concerts, community events, all-school Masses and go on tour every other year. Singing Celtics graduates have received Music Scholarships for University studies.
Choir is an academic class. Students must take the course to participate.

Director: Dr. Stacy Eckert (Room 229)

Visit the Choir Page

Class President

The Class President is chosen from the Student Council Representatives. The President and Class Representatives work directly with the Class Moderator on class specific events.

Moderators:

Freshman (Bake Sales) – Mrs. Katelyn Cornfield

Sophomore (Sweetheart Dance) – Mrs. Amy Potempa (Room 115)

Junior (Prom) – Mrs. Jennifer Williams (Dean’s Office)

Senior (Senior Dinner Dance) – Mrs. Mary Beth Harris (Room 119)

Color Guard

Share your flag talents at home athletic events, concerts and competitions. Color Guard is an ensemble group that performs with the marching band.

Director: Mr. Lawrence Rogers

Visit the Band Page

Computer and Technology Club

The Computer and Technology Club explores and experiments with new computer software and hardware. The club will create games using software tools such as Scratch and Gamemaker. Students will work together to program a Finch robot (http://www.finchrobot.com/). Club members are encouraged to bring their own technology ideas to meetings. The goal of the club is to have fun and learn about the constantly changing world of technology.

Moderator: Mr. David Devine (Computer Room 2)

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian-based organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Over the summer, and occasionally during the school year, Providence Catholic students travel to build homes near and far. Being a part of this group will open the door to travel and give you an opportunity to make a difference. Be a part of the planning and building of homes for families everywhere.

Moderators: Mr. Ken MIcks (Room 12) and Mrs. Molly Schulte (Room 203)

Visit the Habitat Page

International Club

Hola! Bonjour! It’s all Greek to me! Come develop an understanding and appreciation of different cultures through movies, food sharing, cultural exchanges and celebrations of various cultures’ holidays. Come join the fun!

Moderator: Mrs. Jackie Poulos (Room 24)

Law Club

Do you like to debate? Have thoughts on today’s current issues? Then Law Club is for you! Meetings and discussions about law and current issues are held every month in Room 22 off the Main Hallway.

Moderator: Mr. Al Wycislo (Room 22)

Manga Club

A specialized book club that discusses selected Japanese Manga, and comic books of all genres. Besides reading and discussion, anime, card games, activities, snacking and even dressing up as your favorite character for our Halloween Party are all incorporated into the club. Manga Club meets 2-3 times per month.

Moderator: Ms. Mary Colbert (Room 109)

Math Team

This is an academic competition team as well as a club that challenges student’s math capability. The Math Team is part of the Chicago Catholic Math League while also competing in a number of invitationals.

Moderators: Mrs. Marynell Begeske (Room 202) & Mrs. Marie Osborne (Room 205)

Mock Trial Team

The Mock Trial team competes at regional and state competitions sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association. The team meets weekly during the first semester learning the fundamentals of trial techniques. Beginning on or about November 1st, the team continues to meet weekly and begins preparation on the actual case that is the subject of the state and regional competitions. Practices continue up until the state competition, which takes place every March in Springfield, IL.

Moderator: TBA

Movie Club

From the classics of the “Golden era” of film, to the modern day tour-de-forces, the Providence Catholic Movie Club strives to broaden students’ understanding of films, great directors and great performances through viewing and discussing seminal works of film. Whether it is a discussion of camera angles in a Hitchcock thriller, the use of multiple story lines in Citizen Kane, the use of animation in Waking Life or the use of lighting in A Touch of Evil. The Providence Catholic Movie Club is open to anyone, whether you are a seasoned critic or a teetotaler of cinematic excellence. Come on in and watch a great film, and don’t forget the popcorn!

Moderator: Mr. Sean Richards (Room 223)

National Art Honor Society

The NAHS sponsors the annual art exhibit of student work and activities, which promote the appreciation and awareness of visual arts within our school and community. In order to become a member of NAHS, 3 or more art classes must be completed with a grade of A or B.

Moderator: Mrs. Denise Zlogar (Room 21)

National French Honor Society

The Société Honoraire de Français is for students who have demonstrated proficiency in the French language. To qualify, students must have earned As for two consecutive semesters in French along with maintaining a B average in their other classes. Membership dues are $10, and students must attend the induction ceremony after school.

Moderator: Brock Austrums (Room 22)

National Honor Society

NHS is an honorary school service organization based on character, scholarship, leadership and service open to juniors and seniors. The members’ responsibilities include the Book Sale, Open House tours and representing and assisting at several school events.

Moderators: Mr. Kevin Oliver (Room 114) and Mrs. Lisa Savage (Room 111)

Visit the NHS page

National Spanish Honor Society

The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is for students who have demonstrated proficiency in the Spanish language. To qualify, students must have earned As in Spanish 3 and first semester of Spanish 4 along with maintaining a B average in their other classes. Membership dues are $10, and students must attend the induction ceremony after school.

Moderator: Linda O’Keefe (Room 103)

Philosophy Club:

This organization provides students the opportunity to discuss important issues from a prospective that draws upon moral and ethical resources. The lead discussions are developed by the students.

Moderator: Mrs. Katie Pavur (Room 102)

Proviscope

Begin your journalism career at Providence Catholic. Write for the school newspaper and develop skills such as interviewing, reporting, photography, design and layout.

Moderator: Mr. Ed Barrett (Advancement Office)

Respect Life Club

The organization provides students the opportunity to participate in projects and events dealing with respect for life. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the March for Life in Washington D.C. each year.

Attendance Form

Moderator:
Mrs. Amy Potempa (Room 115)

Scholastic Bowl

Join us for the only IHSA-sanctioned academic “sport” at Providence! Team up with your classmates for game show-style competition with other schools, as well as the faculty. Test your knowledge and challenge yourself; show that Providence has the best and brightest around! Practice is twice a week, there are tournaments and conference competitions as well.

Moderators: Mr. Chris Tagler (Room 209) and Ms. Diane Dau (Room 204)

Science Club

The club builds model bridges, does environmental projects and many more interesting science projects. Members of this club can, at times, enter their projects in local competitions.

Moderator: Mr. Sean Richards (Room 223)

Strategic Games Club

The club meets bi-weekly allowing students to challenge themselves and peers with board games such as Risk, Chess, Checkers, Axis and Allies, Go and Sorry.

Moderator: Mr. Dave Devine (Computer Room 2)

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors consist of students recruited annually by the Director of Student Enrollment. Selection is based on personal applications and teacher recommendations, as well as the applicant’s personal reputation, academic good standing, character, citizenship and school spirit.

Moderator: Mrs. Rachel Ellingson (Director of Enrollment)

Student Council

Join the Student Council by running for office in any or all of your four years of school. Plan many student activities like Homecoming Week, Harvest Drive Olympics and Christmas Dance. Student Council members are also asked to help with various other school related activities. Be a part of the action and make a difference in the Providence Catholic community. Meetings are at least twice per month before or after school. Elections are in May for Sophomores-Seniors and in November for Freshman.

Moderator: Mrs. Katelyn Cornfield (Room 105)

Theatre

Whether you are an actor, dancer, singer, costume or lighting designer, or love to work with a hammer and saw, the PCHS Theatre Club has a place for you. Come join one of the most fun and active extra-curricular groups that Providence Catholic has to offer!

Past productions have included Beauty & the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Cinderella, Once Upon a Mattress, Wizard of Oz, Godspell, and Grease.

If you don’t like to act, sing, or dance, our stage crew builds, paints, helps make costumes and works on moving the set during the show, working lights, and sound.

Moderator: Dr. Stacy Eckert (Music Room)

Visit the Theatre page

Tri-M Music Society

Tri-M is an honor society for music students who exhibit exceptional scholarship, leadership, service and character in the music field. Students must be enrolled in a Providence Catholic music ensemble to be active members. Service projects include Jr. IMEA Choral Audition Clinic, charity drives at concerts and Music Step-Up Night. Tri-M Music Society meets quarterly.

Moderator: Dr. Stacy Eckert (Room 229)

Winterguard

This is a highly competitive ensemble that explores techniques in dance, flag-work, and other equipment such as rifles and sabres. This team competes in the Midwest Winter Guard Circuit.

Moderator: Mr. Lawrence Ball (Room 229)

Yearbook

Help make memories that will last forever. The Kelt is published by students for students. Computer layout and photography are just some of the skills you will learn working on this important publication each year. This club meets weekly.

Moderator: Mr. David Devine (Computer Classroom 2) & Ms. Dawn Gura (Room 101)

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