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
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
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.
Members of the Anime Club watch and enjoy anime films, draw and create anime characters, and play anime-based card games.
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 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: Katherine Vancavage
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: Sam Silsbee
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.
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/ Rick Bergman
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
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: Cristin Ryan
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
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.
Students in the French Club enjoy activities that promote an understanding of the French culture.
GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)
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
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. The club sponsors the Hispanic Heritage Festival at PBHS during Hispanic Awareness month.
Sponsors: Daniel Burgos/ Carolyn Kelley
Meetings: Fridays at LAP in 1316 and other days at LAP as announced
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.
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.
Participants in this club will learn about the popular Korean Culture.
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
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.
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: Erica Gardes and Amy Rose
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.
Muslim Student Association
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.
National Honor Society (NHS)
The National Honor Society is an organization that invites students entering the 10th and 11th grade who have earned a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Students must also have completed a minimum of 75 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: Kimberley de la Cerda
Pet Advocates Club
Meetings: Wednesdays at LAP
Mission: To raise funds and gather supplies so that every animal has the possibility of a “fur”ever home!
Photo Club is a student led student organization providing students the opportunity to develop their creative/technical skills while building community through art.
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
Student Government Association (SGA)
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: Latasha Kelly/ Tasha Kelly
Meetings: Tuesdays in room 3301