Clubs Activities and clubs

Following is a list of activities and clubs offered at Paint Branch.

Click each link below to find descriptions about each club.


Academy of Finance

Academy of Finance at Paint Branch High School

The Academy of Finance prepares students for real-life experiences in the marketplace. Students learn soft skills as well as job related skills that will assist them in obtaining a job. Students learn the basics of personal finance, develop techniques for making wise consumer decisions, interviewing skills, and learn how businesses operate.

Sponsor: Ms. Karin Anderson
Meetings:


Ambassadors For Christ Bible Study

Ambassadors For Christ Bible Study

In our BIBLE STUDY, we Pray for those who are in need of prayer, counsel, and study information from Genesis to Revelations, and in some cases we have helped those who were having financial problems at home.

Sponsor: Vincent Massey
Meetings: Mondays-Fridays during LAP in 1344d

 

Anime Club

Anime Club at Paint Branch High School

Members of the Anime Club watch and enjoy anime films, draw and create anime characters, and play anime-based card games.

Sponsor: Elizabeth Chung

 

 

Badminton Club

 Badminton Club at Paint Branch High School

For students interested in playing Badminton

Sponsor: Mr.Kirchhoff


Band/Flags

Band and Flags Club at Paint Branch High School

The Marching Band and Color Guard perform at each home game and in parades such as for Burtonsville Day. Guard members and the Band work on learning and mastering their choreography at rehearsals after school. Students from all grades are invited to try-out for this active group.

Sponsors: Gregory Casement


Best Buddies

Best Buddies at Paint Branch High School

Best Buddies International encourages students without disabilities to interact with students that are disabled. The students are paired with "buddies" and participate in many activities in school and at sports events. The club fosters an increased understanding of students with disabilities and promotes friendships.

Sponsors: Cecilia Buhl and Kieran Lally


Black Coffee Society

 Black Coffee Society at Paint Branch High School

A female group that strives to overcome the struggles of the average African American face in today's society through discussion, fund raising, and charitable donations.

Sponsors: Mr.Oliphant 
Meetings: Every Friday in the Principal's team room during LAP.


Campus Forums

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Campus Forum is a club that fosters an environment of intellectual and social exchange between students and faculty
Sponsor: Felicia Kimmel
Location: AVID Room (2227)
Meeting dates: Wednesdays at LAP
Twitter: @PB_campusforum
Officers:
Co-Presidents: Umar Boone and Kobe Goodall
VP: Nishchal Paudel


 

Computer Science Club

Computer Science Club at Paint Branch High School

Description coming soon.

Sponsor: TBD


Debate Team

Debate Team at Paint Branch High School

Students in the Debate Team learn the skills necessary for Lincoln/Douglas Debate. They participate in monthly meets where they earn points which will qualify them for the National Forensic League and the County Debate Tournament. Students research topics in teams and learn to deliberate and argue opposing points of the issues. We do Public Forum Debate which a team of two vs a team of two who debate a resolution and are judged.

Sponsor: Judy Rothstein
Meetings: We meet every thursday and participate in 5 meets at Blair (once a month October, November, December, January, February and County tournament in March)with 20 + Montgomery County schools.


Drama (Perspectives)

Drama at Paint Branch High School

PBHS presents two major productions per year: a drama and a musical. Members of the Drama Club and Stage Crew learn about every aspect of a production from performing, to set design and construction, and technical and lighting techniques to enhance the production. It is a lot of hard work, but it is a great way to meet new people and share the thrill of the final performance.

Sponsors: Amber Perkins 

Meetings: Room 1113 at 2:30pm. During productions, we meet everyday after school to work on the set under the direction of Ms. Ryan. The actors meet everyday under the direction of Ms. Perkins. Meeting times are posted on the "Call Board" across the hall from Room 1113.

Facebook page for current members: Current Perspectives
Twitter page: @perspectives_PB

Webpage: http://www.paintbranchtheatre.com/p/home.html


Environmental Club

The Enviromental club is a student centered organization, which aims to better the enviroment through service projects benefiting our local and global community. By joining the Enviromental club you will be helping the environment, learning about the environment, making new friends, and earning SSL hours.

Sponsor: Karen Sondak
Meetings: Thursdays
President: Eric Selden
Vice President: Vivek Mistry
Secretary: Milkiyas Fekade
Treasurer: Kevin


Equestrian Club

 Equestrian Club at Paint Branch High School

This club provides students with an interest in equestrian style riding an opportunity to compete in Montgomery County competitions.

For more information please see Ms. Greene


Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Ambassadors For Christ Bible Study

Description coming soon.

Sponsor: TBD


Forensics

Forensics Team at Paint Branch High School

Forensics give students a chance to increase public speaking skills in area tournaments. Students compete by preparing for categories such as extemporaneous speaking, persuasive oratory, informative speaking, and oral interpretation. They compete at tournaments and earn points toward membership in the National Forensic League, and they compete in the county tournament.

Sponsors: Amber Perkins
Meetings:  The dates for our Qualifying Tournaments this year are: October 22, December 10, and January 21. Final Tournament is February 10 and 11 


French Club

French Club at Paint Branch High School

Students in the French Club enjoy activities that promote an understanding of the French culture.

Sponsor: Adrien Morel


 

GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)

GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) at Paint Branch High School

A student-led organization that is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (sexuality and gender) (LGBTQ) youth and their straight allies

Sponsors: Leslie Miller
Meetings: Wednesdays during LAP in 1318


Hispanic Awareness

Hispanic Awareness at Paint Branch High School

This club is designed to foster appreciation of Hispanic cultures and to unite Hispanic students. The meetings are open to all students and offer an opportunity to broaden cultural understanding through activities such as dances, music appreciation, sharing of typical foods, and various other activities. The club also does fundraising for countries in need. See Mr. Burgos for more information

Sponsors: Daniel Burgos
Meetings: Fridays at LAP in 1316 and other days at LAP as announced


International Club

International Club at Paint Branch

Every member of the diverse school community is automatically a member of this club because each has a culture and tradition that are important to share. There will be several opportunities during the year to meet with others and plan ways to join together in celebrating the richness of our diverse community. If you want to get involved, see Ms. Freeman or Ms. RyanWe celebrate the vast array of ethnicities at Paint Branch. Our culminating activity is International Night, which is April 8 this year.

Sponsor: Amber Perkins
Meetings: Please see Ms. Perkins for meeting times and locations.


Invictus

Participants in this club will be exposed to activities and information that promote productive lifestyles, career paths, and goal setting for young adult African-American males.

Sponsor: Mr. Oliphant


It's Academic

It's Academic Club at Paint Branch High School

This club offers challenges to students interested in a competitive activity that requires quick recall of knowledge. The team appears on NBC 4’s Quiz Bowl Team and it participates in The Quizmaster Challenge and various trivia tournaments after school or on weekends.

Sponsor: David Fantegrossi


Japanese Club

Japanese Club at Paint Branch High School

Students in the Japanese Club enjoy activities that promote an understanding of the Japanese culture such as making Japanese flower arrangements, participating in a formal Japanese tea ceremony, and watching films. If interested in joining the club, please see Ms. Zoll

Sponsor: TBD


  

Journalism/Mainstream Club

Mainstream is the school newspaper. In Journalism 1 and Advanced Journalism, students write articles, take photos, and create layouts for the online and print newspaper. 

Meetings: Classes meet periods 4 and 5 as well as at LAP and after-school when necessary. 

Website/twitter handle/etc. – pbmainstream.com and @pbmainstream (twitter) 

Officers: Editor-in-Chief : 

Sponsor: Mr. Brian Woodward 
 

Key Club

Key Club at Paint Branch High School

The Key Club is a community service and social organization. It is the world’s largest international high school service organization. It is sponsored by its adult counterpart, the Kiwanis International. The club offers students an opportunity to provide service to the community in need, build character, and develop leadership skills.

Sponsors: Carole Raymond and Megan Kavcsak


K-Pop Club

K-Pop Club at Paint Branch High School

 

Participants in this club will learn about the popular Korean Culture.

Sponsors: TBD


Marching Band

 Marching Band at Paint Branch High School

The Marching Band and Color Guard perform at each home game and in parades such as for Burtonsville Day. Guard members and the Band work on learning and mastering their choreography at rehearsals after school. Students from all grades are invited to try-out for this active group.

Sponsors: Sean Kirchhoff


Math Team

 Math Team at Paint Branch High School

This club is open to students in all grades and math level courses. The club promotes interest and development of mathematical problem-solving abilities. For more information see Ms. Tang

Sponsor: Maxine Tang


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Mock Trial

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Students who wish to pursue a career in law should join the Mock Trial Club. Members compete in a courtroom setting and gain experience in persuasive techniques. Students gain familiarity with the legal system and the courtroom as they research cases and participate in simulated trials.

Sponsor: Samuel Silsbee 


Model UN

 Model UN Club at Paint Branch High School

The United Nations is an international organization comprising most of the countries of the world, formed in 1945 to promote peach, security, and economic development. As members of the Model UN, students will represent these countries and will compete in simulated UN sessions. Students learn to research issues of global importance and they learn speaking and debating skills. In Model UN, groups of students work together to recreate real situations of the United Nations. The students act as delegates for different countries, debate with other students from several different schools, and create resolutions for the situations.The club is open to all grades and we take a four day trip to Baltimore for the Johns Hopkins University Model UN Conference in February!

Sponsor: Stuart Miller and Erica Gardes
Meetings: We meet about once or twice a month both after school and at LAP. When a conference is approaching, we try to meet at least once a week.


Music Connection

 Music Connection at Paint Branch High School

Student musicians gather weekly to practice and prepare for seasonal performances in the school auditorium during LAP in front of their friends. Students will get a chance to perform with other students in all styles of music, including jazz, rock, classical, pop, etc.

Sponsor: Mr. Kirchoff
Meetings: Every Tuesday during LAP in the instrumental music room


Muslim Student Association

 The Muslim Student Association at Paint Branch High School

We are a group of dedicated Muslim students striving to unite our Muslim community as a whole. It is a great way to learn more about Islam and each other and it is a common club looking to build an outstanding community.

Sponsor: Ms. Arozullah & Ms. Abdul-Karim
Meetings: Every Thursday


National Honor Society (NHS)

 National Honor Society at Paint Branch High School

The National Honor Society is an organization that invites students entering the 11th and 12th grade who have earned a 3.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a 3.75 weighted GPA (WGPA). Students must also have completed a minimum of 60 hours by January of their sophomore year to qualify for an invitation. Members of NHS provide tutoring in all subjects to students who need assistance throughout the year and are required to do one service project per year of membership. NHS members may also participate in other subject honor societies including the Science Honor Society, the Math Honor Society, the Social Studies Honor Society, the English Honor Society, and / or the World Languages Honor Society.

Sponsors: Erica Gardes and Chuck Smith


Operation Smile

 Operation Smile at Paint Branch High School

Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. The children who survive have difficulty eating, and sometimes, they are shunned from society. Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles. At Paint Branch, we work to raise money for the charity so that we can aid in funding the missions that change the lives of the children who have a cleft.
Sponsor: Mr. Miller
Meetings: Fridays at LAP in Mr. Miller's room, 2218.

 

Pet Advocates Club

Pet Advocates  

Sponsor: Amy Weiss

Meetings: Wednesdays at LAP
Mission: To raise funds and gather supplies so that every animal has the possibility of a “fur”ever home!


Pit Orchestra

Description coming soon.

Sponsors: TBD


Photography Club

Photo Club is a student led student organization providing students the opportunity to develop their creative/technical skills while building community through art.
Sponsor: Brit Salem; Brittney_p_salem@mcpsmd.org  
Meetings: LAP Tuesdays in 3321 

Officers: President- Ambreen Khan, VP- Suprina Pradhan 

 


Psych Club

The "Psych Club" is designed to promote awareness of psychology and mental/behavioral problems prevalent in society today. Students volunteer assistance to individuals and organizations and work in a collaborative and friendly atmosphere.

Sponsor: Jane Wright
Meetings: Every other Tuesday during LAP
Officers: President - Vice President - Secretary - Treasurer -

 


 

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Red Cross Club

 

Students will participate in volunteer activities associated with the Red Cross.

Sponsor: Amy Weiss - Amy_k_weiss@mcpsmd.org

Meetings: Every other Wednesday during lunch in room 1128

Officers: President - Prabhleen Batra


SADD

 

SADD Club at Paint Branch High School

 

The SADD organization is dedicated to the purpose of raising the awareness of students about destructive behavior and drunk driving. Many people die each year as a result of destructive driving, and it has become an increasing problem amongst teenagers. This club is a diverse and active group in the community and it welcomes students from all grade levels as it organizes campaigns and goes on field trips to further consciousness about this important issue.

Sponsor:


 

School Store

 School Store at Paint Branch High School

Description coming soon.

Sponsor: Ms. Podosek

 

 
 

Stage Crew

 Stage Crew at Paint Branch High School

PBHS presents two major productions per year: a drama and a musical. Members of the Drama Club and Stage Crew learn about every aspect of a production from performing, to set design and construction, and technical and lighting techniques to enhance the production. It is a lot of hard work, but it is a great way to meet new people and share the thrill of the final performance. If you are interested in getting involved, please see Ms. Perkins or Ms.Ryan.

Sponsor: Cristin Ryan


STEM Club

 

 
Sponsor: David Zaleski
Officers; President: Bianca Borda  
Meetings: Every Friday at LAP in room 3106

Student Government Association (SGA)

 Student Government Association (SGA) at Paint Branch High School

The SGA provides a student voice to the Paint Branch staff, administration, and community. The SGA plans social activities for the students and organizes service projects such as the Blood Drives, relief funds, and Project Harvest. Student advocates are available to help students with school appeals, procedures, and help to resolve conflict with teachers or administration.

Sponsor: Samantha Millman

Meetings: Tuesdays in room 3301

Officers

President: Joe Salla

Vice President: Siddharaj Vaghela

Secretary: Tsiyon Berhanu

Treasurer: Prabhleen Batra