All students are eligible for participation in school activities. Click on the tabs below to learn more about those offered at Chaminade, as well as contact and meeting information. Some clubs do not have meeting times listed; they may vary during the course of the year.
- Art Club
- Aviation Club
- Bagpipe Band Club
- C.S. Lewis Society
- Catholics for Life
- Chess Club
- Chess Team
- Columbian Squires
- Communications Club
- Computer Technology Club
- Crimson and Gold Yearbook
- Culinary Club
- Darby Players Drama Club
- Economics Club
- Educational Television Service (ETV)
- General Student Organization (GSO)
- Glee Club
- Hiking Club
- Hospital Volunteers
- Intramural Officials Club
- Language Clubs
- Library Service
- Literary Club
- Martial Arts Club
- Mathematics Club
- Mathematics Team
- Music Club
- Parish Religious Education Program
- Photo Service
- Production Crew
- Robotics Club
- School Store Staff
- Science Club
- Science Olympiad
- Science Research Club
- Social Studies Club
- Skylight Literary Magazine
- Speech and Debate
- String Ensemble
- Tarmac School Newspaper
- Woodworking Club
The Art Club provides students of all divisions with the opportunity to work creatively in the field of art and hand crafts. The club provides individual instruction to its members in a variety of media and works as a group on various school-wide projects. Further, the club assists the art program in a service capacity.
Moderator: Mr. Justin Accordino
Meetings: Tuesdays 3 p.m., Art Room
The Bagpipe Band Club offers the opportunity to learn the necessary skills and develop the talents of students interested in playing the Highland bagpipes or drums. For the advanced students who are already proficient in performance, the band offers the chance to further their abilities while representing Chaminade High School at selected school functions.
Moderator: Mr. Thomas Cassidy
Meetings: Tuesdays 3 p.m., Room 104
The Band provides interested students with a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular musical activities. Chaminade has three Concert Bands and a Pep Band. The concert bands, in conjunction with the Chaminade Glee Clubs and the String Ensemble, give two public performances each year at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. The Pep Band performs at home league varsity football and basketball games and their playoffs. All members of the Band are required to take individual, weekly music lessons which are scheduled during regular school hours. The weekly thirty minute lesson fee is $24 and is paid directly to the music teacher. Because of the dual purpose of the Band Department, personal proficiency in instrumental music and participation in a performing art, school and Regents credit may be earned by Band members. Members of the Band participate fully in the activities of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA). Band practices are held every school day as a regular part of the school schedule.
The C.S. Lewis Society offers the student body the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis and share an appreciation for the literary works of C.S. Lewis. Students read excerpts from some of his classic works and discuss the theological and philosophical significance. The C.S. Lewis Society is open to all students.
Moderator: Mr. Matthew Chicavich
Meetings: Tuesdays, Room 1
Students who are members of Catholics for Life defend the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and every stage in between. Students participate in weekly discussions and monthly evenings of adoration, in addition to retreats and service events throughout the year. Catholics for Life members seek to understand, protect, and enhance the religious and civil rights of all people, especially Catholics. They defend the rights of the unborn, the elderly, those with special needs, those facing religious discrimination, and other groups whose rights are not always protected.
Moderator: Mr. Michael Strandberg
Meetings: Mondays 3:50 p.m., Hearst Auditorium
The Chess Club is open to students interested in playing or learning the game. Members meet for games among themselves on an intramural basis.
Moderator: Mrs. Alanna Kump
Meetings: Wednesdays 3:15 p.m., Room 103
Students compete to qualify for the Chess Team. The Chess Team conducts matches and tournaments with other schools in an interscholastic chess league.
Moderator: Mr. Joseph Amorizzo
Meetings: Mondays 3:30 p.m., Room 2
According to their constitutions, the Squires branch of the Knights of Columbus exists for “the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members, and the development of their leadership qualities.” The Squires at Chaminade support and organize a number of activities, service projects and events on a regular basis. As needed, the Squires hold investiture ceremonies throughout the year. Offi cers are elected in May for a 12-month term. Membership in the Squires is open to all divisions. Students who are members of other Squires Circles are welcome to participate in Chaminade Squires events. When they reach age 18, Squires are invited to join the Knights of Columbus.
Moderator: Bro. Patrick Sarsfield, S.M.
Meetings: Tuesdays 3:10 p.m., Room 15
Open to all divisions, the Communications Club provides members with practical experience in television broadcasting and public speaking. The club provides announcers for the televised morning announcements and broadcasts the afternoon announcements.
Moderator: Mrs. Rita Santiago-Espinal
The Computer Technology Club is open to all divisions, and provides members with the opportunity to learn about computer and telecommunication hardware, software, and infrastructure. The club is responsible for maintaining all computer hardware used by students, as well as voice and data cabling throughout campus. At weekly club meetings, students are given the opportunity to sign up for upcoming projects. Project teams, consisting of 2-10 members, then schedule and work on projects after school during the week.
Moderator: Mr. Christopher Cava
Meetings: Mondays 3:45 p.m.
The Crimson and Gold, Chaminade’s yearbook, is an artistic and literary work published specifically to memorialize a year in the history of the Chaminade High School family. Yearbook staff members participate in various aspects of production, including writing, photography, layout, and desktop publishing. Membership on the yearbook staff is open to all divisions. Each member of the student body automatically receives a copy of the yearbook. An advertising campaign is conducted at the beginning of the school year to finance the yearbook.
Mr. Peter Vanderberg
Meetings: Monday-Thursday 3:15 p.m., Publications Office
The Culinary Club provides the student body with the opportunity to learn the basics of kitchen skills and food preparation. Meetings are announced and each division meets monthly. Students may attend meetings as time and kitchen space permit.
Moderator: Mrs. Annamarie Mansueto
Meetings: Tuesdays, 3:15 p.m.
The Drama Club offers interested students an opportunity to develop in the creative theatre arts. These arts include acting, singing and dancing, stage management, set design, stagecraft, costumes, make-up, and the opportunity to play in the pit band for the musical. The group usually produces a play and a musical each year.
Moderator: Mrs. Nancy Dufek
The goal of the Economics Club is to promote and develop an interest in economics, finance, financial investments, financial markets, etc., and to present student access and information in regard to further academic studies and preparation into economic and business careers. In addition, our mission is to provide interest and support among students and faculty; and to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to the benefit of Chaminade H.S. In doing so, the Economics Club involves guest speakers, field trips, use of The Bloomberg Business Center and other activities. Any junior or senior at Chaminade is eligible to be an active member and may hold office.
Moderator: Mr. Kevin Parente
Meetings: Tuesdays 3 p.m., Room 209
The Emmaus Apostolic Program is a school-wide effort which seeks to engage students in service to the Church, the school, and the community. The name is taken from a passage in the Gospel of St. Luke (24:13-35), in which two disciples meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The disciples recognize the Risen Christ after walking, talking, and breaking bread with Him. In a similar way, Emmaus volunteers come to a deeper relationship with Jesus and discover new ways to actively express their faith. Emmaus volunteers participate in a wide variety of projects. Planting, painting, visiting the elderly, and working with children are just a few of the many types of service that Emmaus volunteers perform. Emmaus volunteers also perform service and lend their support to many of the spiritual programs on campus.
Moderator: Mr. Daniel Haslbauer
Members of this organization are responsible for the technical production of morning TV announcements and provide video recordings of educational programs for classroom use, as well as for various school functions and activities. Students are trained in the techniques of video production on state-of-the-art digital equipment.
Moderator: Mr. Peter Carriero
Meetings: Wednesdays 3:30 p.m., ETV studio
The object of the General Student Organization (GSO) is the participation of the student body with the faculty and parents in promoting the goal of the school: the formation of the Christian man in all areas of life -- religious, moral, intellectual, social, physical and emotional. To this end, the GSO organizes apostolic, recreational, intramural and social activities for the students. Through their activities, the members of the GSO render a service to their fellow students while they experience themselves the maturing demands of responsibility and commitment which help to develop reliability and competence. The GSO is organized by various committees. The GSO has two levels of committees: school-wide committees, and divisional committees. The school-wide committees include a dance and intramural committee. Divisional committees are organized by their respective moderators. In order to encourage greater participation from the student body, the General Student Organization is organized on a volunteer basis. Membership on any committee is open to all students.
Moderator: Mr. Gabriel Ramos
Freshman section: Wednesdays 3 p.m., Room 209
Sophomore section: Thursdays 3 p.m., Room 19
Junior section: As events occur
Senior section: As events occur
The Glee Club is a co-curricular Activity which is open to all students who are interested in choral music. Chaminade has two Glee Clubs and, in conjunction with the concert bands and String Ensemble, give two public performances each year at the Christmas and spring concerts. In addition to these concerts, the Glee Club also sings during the Masses for the student body. Accordingly, both sacred and secular music are of interest to the Glee Club. The Glee Club participates fully in the activities of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA). All members of the Glee Club are required to take individual, weekly music lessons which are scheduled during regular school hours. The weekly thirty-minute lesson is $24 and is paid directly to the music teacher. Glee Club practices are held every school day as a regular part of the school schedule. A calendar of all mandatory Glee Club activities, as well as volunteer opportunities, is published in September as well as posted on the Chaminade website. Membership in the Glee Club is contingent upon interest, cooperation and singing ability.
The Hiking Club provides the student body with the opportunity to experience nature firsthand by sponsoring hikes on a variety of trails, mostly in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Most hikes are day hikes; some are camping experiences. The club is open to all divisions.
Moderator: Bro. Ryszard Decowski, S.M.
Chaminade students commit themselves to three hours or more of service per week after school or on weekends. They assist the following departments: X-ray, accounting, admitting, physical therapy, pharmacy, and the emergency room. The majority of Chaminade’s students participate in a program administered by the community hospital, which is within five blocks of the school. However, Chaminade also sponsors participation in volunteer programs in the students’ local communities. 33 Application is made to the program by students between fourteen and eighteen years of age. Once accepted, a student may work all four years of high school. Working papers are required in filling out an application for volunteer work. Students are required to complete a minimum of 35 hours of service to receive credit. The hospital volunteer program is endowed in memory of Philip C. Kantz, Jr.
Moderator: Mr. Robert Paul
Members of the Intramural Officials Club assist the Intramural Program through effective refereeing of the various intramural events after school. Emphasis is placed on learning the rules of various sports by means of clinics and experience. The club is open to all students and awards are presented on the basis of the number of games in which a student has been a referee.
The Language Clubs go beyond what is presented in the classroom. The clubs allow interested students to further pursue the cultural and linguistic aspects of the language they are studying. The clubs provide the members an opportunity to increase their appreciation of a different culture though various activities such as games, movies, celebrations of holidays, field trips, guest speakers, discussions, and more.
Moderator: Mr. Gregory Walsh
Meetings: Wednesdays 3 p.m., Room 119
Moderator: Mrs. Rita Santiago-Espinal
Meetings: Wednesdays 3 p.m.
Moderator: Mr. Terence Fitzgibbon
Meetings: Wednesdays 3 p.m., Room 115
Moderator: Mrs. Marta Agosti
Meetings: Thursdays 3:10 p.m.
Opportunities are available for any student who wishes to join the Library/Resource Club. The student is instructed in library science skills in addition to assisting the EdTech Center in delivering technological support. The Library/Resource Club is also responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the Library/ Resource Center.
Moderator: Bro. John McGrory, S.M.
The Literary Club provides interested students with the opportunity of enriching themselves through reading the works of great authors. The club provides its members with open forum discussions concerning the literature that they have read.
Moderator: Mr. Michael Ingrassia
Meetings: Various, Room 116
The Martial Arts Club seeks to instill in its members self-confidence and discipline through the martial arts of Kenpo, Jeet Kune Do, and Muay Thai. Students are instructed in a variety of self-defense techniques with an emphasis on cardiovascular workouts and stretching exercises. No prior martial arts training is required for membership.
Moderator: Mr. Michael Ingrassia
Meetings: Mondays 4 p.m., Small Gymnasium
The Mathematics Club, Mu Sigma, is open to all students with an interest in mathematics. The purpose of the club is to stimulate an interest in mathematics and to challenge the student with problems and opportunities beyond those encountered in the classroom. Members of the Math Club also assist in tutoring students in mathematics.
Moderator: Mrs. Carol Leotta
Meetings: Tuesdays 3:05 p.m., Room 117
Students compete to qualify for the Math Team. The Math Team participates in various “Mathlete” competitions, especially those of the Nassau County Interscholastic Mathematics League and the New York Mathematics League.
Moderator: Mrs. Carol Leotta
Meetings: Tuesdays 3:05 p.m., Room 117
Music Club promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Classical music beyond playing an instrument and the scope offered in the classroom. Members are not required to play a musical instrument or have any prior musical knowledge, although an intermediate understanding of music is assumed since all members have either passed or will currently be studying the freshman music course.
Moderator: Mrs. Sally Zehnter
Meetings: Wednesdays 3 p.m., Room 121
Chaminade sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to perform service to the local Church by instructing children in religious doctrine through the religious education programs of various parishes. Chaminade provides transportation and supervision for this instruction. Instruction in methodology and direction of class preparation are provided for these student instructors on a daily basis in the period 09 practicum. All students involved in parish religious education through Chaminade are scheduled for the practicum. Sophomore and junior members of the practicum also participate annually in a retreat for teachers. Upon completion of the second year of the practicum, members receive the Basic Theology Certificate from the diocesan Office of Faith Formation. The Parish Religious Education Program is endowed in memory of Philip C. Kantz, Jr.
Moderator: Mr. Vincent Jeffrey
The Photo Service is open to all students interested in learning and working at the art of photography and digital imaging; a student need not own a camera to become a member. Although the chief purpose of the service is to provide photographs for the school publications, a training program is also conducted each year for students who have no experience.
Moderator: Mr. Peter Accardi
Meetings: Thursdays 3 p.m., Room 206
The Production Crew designs and operates the lighting, sound, and scenery for all assemblies, Masses, prayer services, movies, concerts, and dramatic productions that occur on the Chaminade campus.
Moderator: Michael Bruno
Members of the Sacristans, a volunteer service organization, are responsible for the liturgical appointments for all school Masses. The Sacristrans meet the day prior to each school Mass to arrange everything necessary for the celebration of the liturgy. On the day of the Mass, the Sacristans assist in vesting the celebrants, preparing the sacred vessels, and in cleaning after the celebration of the liturgy. The Sacristans are endowed in memory of Philip C. Kantz, Jr.
Moderator: Mr. Michael McCarthy
Meetings: Afternoons before a Mass day, AAC
The School Store staff ensures the smooth operation of the Chaminade store. Staffers greet and assist student, parent, or alumni customers who may be visiting for school supplies or spirit items.
Moderator: Mr. Christopher Safrath
Meetings: 7:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily
The Science Club has as its objectives the cultivation of an awareness of science, the familiarization of the student with scientific research, the encouragement of critical thinking, and the involvement of students in activities of a scientific, technological, or environmental nature. The Science Club’s activities include meetings, lectures, videos, and field trips to places of scientific or technological interest. The club sponsors the annual Science Fair and the Chaminade Invitational Science Fair for seventh and eighth grade students in Catholic schools.
Moderator: Mr. Joseph Amorizzo
Meetings: Wednesdays 3 p.m., Science Labs
Chaminade’s Science Olympiad Club is a multidisciplinary co-curricular activity. Its ultimate goal is allowing students to enthusiastically participate across a broad sampling of the sciences, such as the natural sciences, physical sciences, different aspects of engineering, mathematics, and problem-solving skills. Club members demonstrate these skills during inter-scholastic competitions. The club also participates in the North American Envirothon, a nationwide competition focusing exclusively on ecology and environmental science.
Moderator: Bro. Benjamin Knapp, S.M.
Meetings: Fridays 3:15 p.m., Physics Lab
The Science Research Club aims to promote student-based, translatable, scientific research. The research will be conducted at Chaminade’s state of the art Science and Technology Center. Students will gain knowledge for initiating and conducting all aspects of scientific research. The fundamental use of the Scientific Method will be emphasized. Collaborative initiatives with local hospitals and research facilities will also be in place allowing students the opportunity to gain real world experience. In addition, students will have an opportunity to enter their research projects in both local and national science competitions.
The Social Studies Club has for its object the investigation, discussion and debate of the major national and international issues of the day. This organization restricts its activities to the school proper and does not directly participate in the political life of the community. Once a trimester the Club sponsors a fi eld trip to some area of historical interest.
Moderator: Bro. Lawrence Syriac, S.M.
Freshman section: Thursdays 3 p.m., Hearst Auditorium
Sophomore section: Thursdays 3 p.m., Room 209
Junior section: Tuesdays 3:40 p.m., Room 209
Senior section: Thursdays 3 p.m., Room 215
Skylight is the school literary magazine. This magazine features creative writing in such areas as poetry, short stories, and essays, along with photography and art. Publication of additional literary magazines (divisional literary magazines, etc.) must meet with the approval of the School Council.
Moderator: Mr. Peter Vanderberg
Tuesdays, 3 p.m.
The Sodality of Our Lady of the Pillar is an organization whose purpose is:
a) To foster a greater awareness of oneself as a Christian,
b) To develop a greater sense of community among its members,
c) To promote among the members of the group an interchange of ideas and practices, and
d) To acquire a deeper knowledge of Christ and Mary by studying and discussing the Scriptures.
These purposes are achieved through the following:
a) The weekly meetings of the group, usually held on a Monday afternoon from 3:10 until 3:40 p.m. No other activity meets during this time period;
b) A personal interview with the Moderator of the group;
c) Participation in one of the programs at Meribah, the Chaminade retreat house; school-wide prayer services; and in the various Sodality Days of Recollection;
d) Participation in some form of apostolic activity.
Membership in the Sodality is open to all students. The groups will be organized according to division by the Director of Sodality.
Moderator: Bro. Patrick Sarsfield, S.M.
Meetings: Mondays 3:10 p.m.
The Robert C. Wright Speech and Debate Club is an activity composed of students from all four divisions. Its purpose is to develop forensic ability in its members. To this end, the students compete in local, state, and national speech and debate leagues.
Moderator: Bro. John McGrory, S.M.
The String Orchestra is a co-curricular activity open to interested students. In conjunction with the Band and Glee Club, the String Orchestra gives two public performances each year at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. All members of the String Orchestra are required to take individual, weekly music lessons which are scheduled during regular school hours. The weekly 30-minute lesson fee is $24 and is paid directly to the music teacher. String Orchestra practices are held every school day as a regular part of the school schedule. Members of the String Orchestra participate fully in the activities of the New York State Music Associations (NYSSMA).
Tarmac is the school newspaper, published by the students of Chaminade. The word "tarmac" means an airport runway, an appropriate name for the newspaper of Chaminade students, who call themselves “Flyers.” Membership on the Tarmac staff is open to all students interested in the various aspects of newspaper publishing, such as writing articles, selecting and cropping photos, layout design, and desktop publishing. The Tarmac is published in both school-wide and divisional editions, with school-wide Tarmac appearing both in print and online. The divisional editions reflect the particular interests and personalities of the divisions. Students who work on divisional editions gain valuable experience for use on the school-wide edition.
Moderator: Mr. Patrick Reichart
Meetings: Monthly for all staff
The Woodworking Club enables students with an interest in the manual crafts to learn the basic skills of carpentry and cabinetmaking. Students assist on construction projects in the school and work on their own projects. Instruction is given in the use of both hand and power tools.
Moderator: Rev. Garrett Long, S.M.