is well established that students who are involved in extracurricular
activities get better grades in school.
There are numerous clubs and activities at
which are responsive to the interests of our student body.
We encourage all students to become involved in some type of
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TEAM CHALLENGE (A-TEAM)
A-Team is open to all
students in grades 9 through 12.
The team travels throughout the state to compete on various
levels in a quiz bowl setting.
The club also participates in a team Jeopardy contest as well as
a competition of
students against the faculty.
Qualification is through practice contests.
A national club based on
leadership, character, service, and academic achievement. Beta
Club is open to students in grades 9-12. Students will be selected
for membership based on a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
The PCHS Book Club is for
anyone who loves to read! Our purpose is to promote recreational
reading. The club gives students an opportunity to discuss
literary works across different genres, feeling free to voice their
opinions while listening to and being open to the opinions of others.
Students may also have the opportunity to hear published authors speak
about their books and writing styles. Meetings are held at least
once a month throughout the school year, and at least eight different
books are read and discussed. Club members vote on the books to be
read. Club officers are elected at the end of each school year for
the following year. The Book Club is always welcoming new members
who love to read and talk about what they’ve been reading!
The Creative Writing Club was formed with the intention of giving young
writers a chance to critique their writing and develop a unique writing
voice. The club is determined to provide a positive culture of writing
. Some of the projects in which this club is involved include: the
formation of a PCHS "Writing
Center”, promoting “open mike” nights, and writing contests, interacting
with local writing resources, and exploring opportunities for
Dance Team is a group that leads, practices and performs modern dancing.
Hip-hop and rap moves are combined with popular music to create dance
routines. The group performs at school events. Members are
responsible for coming to meetings, paying dues, learning routines and
performing. Team members are selected by try-outs held at various
times during the year as needed.
DECA helps students develop skills and competencies for marketing and
business careers, build self-confidence, experience leadership and
practice community service. DECA is committed to the advocacy of
marketing education and the growth of business and educational
The Environmental Club at PCHS is committed to the preservation of
nature flora on campus and in the surrounding community. This
service-centered organization participates in the Adopt-A-Road Program
and cleans, quarterly, a section of
. The Environmental Club also cleans brush from various areas of
the campus and works closely with the district office to aid in the
beautification of gardens around the facility. Club members also
volunteer their time at several community endeavors and place
service-learning as one of its most vital attributes. Students in
this club learn the fundamental procedures in planting flora and the
basic concepts inherent in Xeriscaping.
OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES (FCA)
FCA is a non-denominational, nationally affiliated organization that
provides a spiritual outlet for students. FCA’s weekly,
student-led meetings are high energy, youth group style events,
generally focused on important topics and issues faced by today’s
teenagers. FCA’s primary purposes include: (1) providing
relevant insight and perspective into teenage areas of concern (2)
integrating the Christian faith into everyday life (3) providing support
for students seeking to live a life of integrity and
(4) serving as a positive influence on campus. FCA is known
for its creative special events as well as an opportunity for students
to interact with each other in a discussion setting. Presentations
from student leaders and guest speakers, games, drama, and tasty
breakfasts are also part of the FCA experience. FCA has no
specific membership and seeks to be open to all students regardless of
religious or athletic involvement. It provides a comfortable
environment for Christian students to grow in their faith, as well as a
pressure-free opportunity to welcome newcomers to explore the claims of
Christianity for themselves.
Students of French have the opportunity to extend their learning of
language and culture beyond the classroom by becoming members of the
French Club. Members elect officers who work with the faculty
advisor to plan language and culture based activities based on the
members’ interests. Some examples of such activities are this
year’s “Fete au Chocolat” in which students made and enjoyed
traditional chocolate desserts, and a Mardi Gras celebration feature
Cajun music, colorful beads, and King Cake. Students watch two
feature films in French and have a French breakfast. Students
interested in membership may sign up for the club through their French
class. All levels of French are welcome.
A gathering of students that like to game. We have Xbox style
tournaments, almost always have a group playing cards of one type or
another. There is always Chess available. We even play
dominos. Whatever arrives on a Wednesday afternoon is what
everybody plays and enjoys. We also have the novel pastime of
conversation. We are very informal and meet once a week.
Interact is an international service organization dedicated to serve
It is sponsored by the Port Charlotte
Key Club is a service organization
for students in grades 9-12. It is
sponsored by the Port Charlotte
Mock trial team competes annually in local and area competitions.
The focus of the competitive season is the
competition. The local competition has the opportunity to advance
to regional events, which PCHS has done on numerous occasions.
Students are trained to prepare criminal or civil case materials,
serving in the roles of both attorney and witnesses. The trial
competition is based upon actual rules of procedure and resembles an
authentic trial, complete with opening and closing statements, witness
examinations, and procedural objections. Students are judged on
their knowledge of both the case and pertinent procedures, as well as
their ability to think and react in a fast moving, dynamic environment.
While primarily made up of students of Law Studies and Court Procedures,
other students who demonstrate superior academic skills and work ethic
are occasionally invited to participate. Since most of the
training takes place in the classroom, no regular meetings are held,
although preparing sessions are usually scheduled outside of school time
as competition approaches. Case materials are distributed in late
October and competition takes place in late January or early February.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC TEAM (MUN)
’s Model U.N. Academic Team is the most successful competitive team of
any kind in
history. The team has won 6 consecutive
state championships, 8 consecutive
state championships, 8 national level and 8 international championships.
Our team competes at the most challenging and prestigious conferences in
the country and internationally, including Harvard, Yale, Brown,
University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Duke, Georgia Tech, and McGill
University in Montreal, Canada. Students represent U.N. member
nations and debate the same international issues as the real United
Nations does. Students develop a significant repertoire of skills,
including research, public speaking, leadership, collaboration, writing,
and global awareness. PCHS
Model United Nations graduates are currently attending top universities
such as Harvard, Duke, MIT,
, Vanderbilt, Swarthmore, Emory, Cornell, and
in this highly challenging academic activity will prepare your son or
daughter for success at the university and professional levels.
purpose of this club is to give serious math students the opportunity to
participate in local and state math contests. Students are
recommended based on grade point average and math courses.
ART HONOR SOCIETY (NAHS)
The NAHS emphasizes outstanding artistic scholarship and service to the
school and community through the development of artistic endeavors
together with a strong moral character. The individual student
members of the society promote an awareness of art and become active
participants in the education process at their school and in their
community. Students in grades 10-12 who have a minimum of one
semester in art and maintain a “B” average in art are eligible.
Ninth graders are eligible during the second semester of their freshmen
year, on probation status to earn points toward upperclassmen status.
HONOR SOCIETY (NHS)
The purpose of the National Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for
scholarships, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote
leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary
schools. Membership is a privilege, offered only to those meeting
specific criteria after completion of the first semester of their
sophomore year. Each February, all sophomores and juniors that
have maintained accumulative weighted GPA of 3.500 or higher in high
school are invited to a meeting for instructions for completing the
“Candidate Survey Packet”. All students meeting the membership
requirements are invited to join NHS. In addition to a cumulative
weighted GPA of 3.500 or higher, candidates must be able to document
examples of school service, community service, and leadership
activities. Candidates will also be asked to have five teachers
complete a character reference form before they can be considered for
membership. If you believe in the purposes of NHS, make sure to
participate in activities that will allow you to meet all membership
requirements during your freshman and sophomore years.
JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CORP (NJROTC)
NJROTC has a Drill Team, Color Guard Team, Rifle Team, Academic Team and
a Physical Fitness Team which meets before or after school hours.
These teams compete against other
NJROTC, Air Force, JROTC, Army JROTC,
and Marine Corps NJROTC units in the tri-state area of
. All competitions are held at major colleges/universities with
ROTC programs or at a military installation. These teams also
compete against all NJROTC units throughout the
at home postal matches. The practices are normally held two or
three days a week after school during the entire school year. This
is an equivalent commitment as participating in a varsity sport.
Members of these teams are eligible to qualify for additional NJROTC
medals and ribbons, including the PCHS letter.
PCHS Pirate Crew is a student driven organization designed to foster and
continue the tradition of Pirate Pride. Members are assessed an
annual fee and are given a shirt to wear proudly. This shirt is
also their ticket to gain entry into ANY home athletic event absolutely
FREE. The savings alone are a worthwhile reason to join the Pirate
Crew. (For example, with 5 home football games and 15 home
basketball games, a student would normally spend around $60.
Pirate Crew membership allows a student to attend not only those
contests, but girls' basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball,
wrestling, swimming, and weightlifting. The list includes ALL home
sporting events.) In addition to free entry into our home athletic
venues, members are also invited to several “social” events during
the year at which they are given the opportunity to have a snack
(usually pizza or even ice cream) and socialize with other students and
student athletes. These socials occur during the school day and
are quickly becoming a highlight to the school year. Becoming a
member of the Pirate Crew is an opportunity to greatly enrich a
student’s high school career, getting them involved in activities and
events that occur outside the range of the classroom. As high
school is a social time in a teenager’s life, Pirate Crew membership
can be an integral part of the high school experience.
& EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR CAREERS IN HEALTH (REACH)
, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with
of medicine, in coordination with the Career Information Center (CIC)
of Port Charlotte High School (PCHS) is offering the REACH program.
The REACH Program is for all PCHS students interested in health
careers and career exploration. The program is designed to
provide students interested in health careers a rare and unique
opportunity to explore and examine a variety of health career
occupations. It will also supply students with an abundance of
knowledge about what is available to them within the health care
industry, while encouraging them to envision it as a future employment
opportunity. The REACH Program activities will include: *One-on-one
guidance from the Program Coordinator to address students’
*Guest speakers that will highlight different health professions;
*Field trips to colleges, universities, and conferences; *Career
Workshops and Skills Enhancement Classes; *Possible summer internships
to provide the students with hands-on health care. There is no
cost to the students to participate in this program.
Transportation is provided for all field trips. The group will
be meeting in the PCHS CIC. Dates and times are subject to
change according to student’s needs. Students can pick up an
application in the CIC.
Since the founding of the
Junior Red Cross in 1917, youth and the Red Cross have been
partners. Today, the involvement of young people with the Red
Cross is more important than ever. Our goal is to provide young people
opportunities for education, training, and volunteer/community service
so that they remain a part of the Red Cross family throughout their
lives. Young people up to age 24 make up 35 percent of all Red
Scholars Club was created to promote scholarship, education and a
sense of inclusiveness among minority students.
Volunteer Service Program (Silver Cord) is to encourage young people
to offer their talents and energies in the service of others with no
thought of earning money in return. Documented voluntary service
hours are a valuable addition to the college application.
Seventy-five hours of community volunteer service is a required
component of the Florida Academic Scholar Certification Program; 150
hours is required for earning a Silver Cord to wear in the graduation
ceremony. Students who are actively pursuing the Silver Cord or
the Florida Academic Certificate should have the necessary hours
completed by May of their senior year. Information and the
necessary forms for documentation of hours are available from the
Spanish Club is for those students who are interested in Hispanic
dance, music and cultural activities. Students do not have to be
taking or even have taken Spanish classes in order to join! Our
activities vary from year to year, but include Latin dancing, trips to
Hispanic festivals and cultural celebrations of the Hispanic
community. For the past two years we have also participated in
Relay for Life, the first year as a team and the second as part of the
Luminaria Committee. The principal mission of Spanish Club is to
promote Hispanic cultural awareness on the PCHS campus.
organization committed to promoting scholarships, school morale, good
citizenship, good student-faculty relations, leadership, service to
school and community, and the general welfare of the school.
Thespian Society is an organization designed for students who wish to
pursue a career in the performing arts. The society provides
opportunities required to compete in both the District individual
events and one-act competition. During competitions, expect a
minimum of 2-3 hours per night plus all day competitions.
Music Society is an international musical honorary whose members have
excelled not only in the music field but also academically and have
shown a willingness to assist through volunteering to better the
community in which they live. Students are selected for
membership based on criteria established that are related to the above
Water polo is a sport best described as mix of basketball and
wrestling. Water polo takes place in a pool; you do not have to
be a good swimmer to play. There are two 10’ by 3’ goals at
the ends of the pool. There are six players and one goalie in
the pool at a time. The players move up and down the pool trying
to gain control of the ball and put it in the opposing goal. The
sport is very fast-paced with many quick direction changes like
basketball. Like wrestling you will learn how to turn and place
opponents so that they are in a favorable position and your team can
score. This is a great sport to improve your stamina and cardio
fitness levels and have fun at the same time. Anyone can
play, just come to the pool after school and talk to one of the
is a journalism class that produces, designs and markets the memories
of PCHS in book form using words and pictures. This is a class
for sophomores and older and is all about leadership, writing skills,
creativity, and school participation. Our staff captures the
highlights throughout the year and brings them into focus for the
“scrapbook” of high school. Members need to be
self-motivated, responsible, and energetic to sell ads, interview
subjects, and take photographs that will capsulate the year’s
events. It truly teaches lifelong skills of running a business
and creating a product to market.