Pingree offers a variety of Clubs and Activities in which students can become involved. These take place primarily during the academic day, and are led by adult advisors and student leaders. Each year we encourage our students to come forward with new ideas for Clubs and Activities which reflect their interests and passions. Following is the list for the Academic Year 2008-2009.
Students are participants in an intellectual competition in a quiz format. The Pingree team competes in meets against other schools on the North Shore.
Students participate in monthly mathematics competitions with area schools and solve challenging problems in categories ranging from Algebra I to Trigonometry Identities.
Pingree participates in the National High School Model United Nations simulation. It takes place in locations in New York City and Washington, D.C. After intense research and hours of preparation, students travel to a competition where they make speeches, submit position papers, and represent their respective countries in a formal debate. This is a highly charged and intellectually challenging experience for students.
In six meets each year, Pingree students compete in different areas of science by solving problems as a team. Each meet has three events in which teams of four Pingree students attempt to solve challenges in varied scientific fields.
STOCK MARKET CLUB
Students meet each week to participate in a nationwide competition to see which school can earn the most profit investing $100,000 of fictional money in the actual stock market. The purpose of this endeavor is to learn the value of investing and to explore the complexities of the stock market.
LINUX USERS' GROUP
Students meet weekly to explore the use of Linux, the open-source computer operating system. Depending on interest, a variety of topics will be examined, including open-source application, thin-client network, use of Linux on legacy equipment, bootable CD's, and the creation of custom distributions.
The Pingree Robotics Group is an after-school activity during the winter sports season. Robotics meets four days a week for 1.5 hours each day. Students will explore the world of robots by working with both the iRobot Create platform and the Vex platform by Innovation First.
This group manages the school-wide recycling program, educates the school community about the preservation of our earth's resources, and explores various environmental topics. Click HERE for information on the CFL Challenge.
PEER HELP PROGRAM
This is a group of senior student leaders who meet regularly to discuss ways to impact the school community in the areas of peer tutoring, health and wellness, and school culture.
Students sponsor a variety of activities both in school and in surrounding communities. Some events have included a holiday party for the Home for Abused Women and their Children (HAWC), various fund raising events for the victims of the Tsunami, Red Cross blood drives, and canned food drives.
Students introduce prospective students and their families to our campus facilities, classes, faculty, and students.
Student Government/Social /Athletic Organizations
Elected representatives meet regularly to discuss and deal with important student life issues, concerns, and activities.
Students meet weekly to plan and implement social activities for the Pingree School community. These events foster school spirit and provide social opportunities for students to come together.
PINGREE MULTICULTURAL COALITION
Creates a safe place to discuss issues of diversity & plan events that celebrate multicultural issues. Past events include dances, school assemblies and a school-wide Multicultural Awareness Day.
PINGREE'S GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA) is a student group that promotes open dialogue and education about sexual orientation, homophobia, and gender stereotyping. We strive to create an inclusive school community that respects and supports individuals of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and we hope to help build a future in which all diversity is appreciated as a positive and enriching aspect of our human experience. All members of the school are invited to attend our bi-weekly meetings and to participate in events such as Day of Silence.
POLITICAL AWARENESS GROUP
This club is a student-run organization striving to create a politically aware environment at school as well as a fair and balanced political voice within the community.
SNOW SPORTS CLUB
This group meets weekly in the winter to discuss equipment, conditions and ski areas. Trips are taken to local New England slopes and have also been taken to mountains in Canada.
This is a group of students who meet weekly to campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Several fundraising efforts have taken place including t-shirt sales and a coin drive for "Save Burma".
The Freshman Leadership Board (FLOB) is made up of 9th graders who meet weekly to discuss issues concerning the class and the school. Members of this group plan service projects and social events; organize study groups; oversee the care of the Freshman Area; and serve as leaders and role models for their class. FLOB also works to advise their Class Dean regarding the concerns, accomplishments and ideas of their classmates.
Arts and Publications
CHILDREN'S THEATRE TROUPE
Any Pingree student may participate in this group that performs plays and musicals during the year for a pre-school and elementary school-aged audience. Past shows include "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Emperor's New Clothes."
This activity offers an opportunity for all students to participate in the production of the school yearbook.
Students meet to discuss, review, and host film screenings.
Many instrumental and choral opportunities are available. Included are Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensembles, Pingree Singers, A Cappella groups, and Music Studio Lessons.
Members meet to evaluate art and literary submissions for this award winning art & literary magazine. The 2008 edition of Pegasus was one of twelve Pacemaker finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association competition. Pegasus WON a Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the 2008 edition. Coffeehouses are held where students and faculty gather to celebrate the arts with readings and music.
This club is an opportunity for all students to participate in the production of the student newspaper.
SOUND & LIGHTING ENGINEERING
This group meets to learn how to set up, operate and monitor sound, lighting and projection systems. The goal is to become the experts for all Pingree functions that require this sort of equipment.