Pope Francis offers a number of different clubs and activities in which students may be involved. Students interested in joining a club should contact the club advisor.
A Cappella Chorus
The Pope Francis High School A Cappella Chorus sings to celebrate life and to reflect the richness of Catholic social teaching. The chorus inspires and awakens listeners to follow the gospel call to foster justice and peace. The chorus’s repertoire consists of songs from around the world – reflecting humanity’s diversity. The group sings an eclectic array of songs and genres in 12 different languages, such as spirituals, sacred chants, American folk, South African protest music, hymns, and hospice related songs.
Our goal is to educate and enlighten, as well as to entertain. We sing at churches, schools, civic events, liturgies, nursing homes, social justice events, and at educational conferences and gatherings of all sizes. In concert, we invite audience participation in an attempt to break down the boundaries between performers and spectators.
Anyone can join this group.
Adviser: Mr. Toritto
Anime Club is a group of students who appreciate various types of modern media such as: anime, science fiction, fantasy, and manga. It is a time for them to share their particular interests. The club meets twice a month, on the first and third Mondays, after school in the library.
Adviser: Miss Niemiec
Circus Club meets every Friday. We start with an aerobic warm up and split into groups to focus on balance, prop manipulation, flexibility, and clowning. Some of the skills we practice include stilt walking, unicycling, juggling, partner acrobatics, and contortion. We foster a collaborative environment in which students instruct other students and maintain a culture of safety. Members are invited to work together to create short acts for various performances.
The Creative Writing Club offers students a chance to share their work, receive and provide feedback on occasions, and unleash their creative genius in the community of fellow young writers. Meetings involve writing prompts, sharing of favorite publications and original student work, the occasional edible treats, and great conversation. Members of the creative writing club will also be working toward publication of a literature magazine that publishes a collection of original work by Pope Francis students.
Adviser: Ms. Koenen
Dude, Be Nice! Club
French Club meets the first Thursday of each month and hosts an out-of-school event every month. Some of our regular activities include crêpe dinners, movie nights, and a Mardi Gras party. You do not have to be a French student to participate. If you enjoy food and good company, this is a club for you!
Future Leaders of America
The Key Club is an international, student – led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service to the community; build character and develop leadership. Sponsored by the Greater Holyoke Kiwanis Club, the Pope Francis Key Club also seeks to provide its members with vocational guidance and personal enrichment. The Key Club’s motto “Caring – Our Way of Life” exemplifies its mission to serve the Pope Francis School Community as well as the local community.
The Key Club welcomes students from all four grade levels and looks to each student for their input and opinions concerning club projects and events. The club usually meets every two weeks at schools’ end. Meetings are announced after daily prayer and sometimes through text message.
Adviser: Mr. Bresnahan
Mathletes is a competitive mathematics team of seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen from about 20 surrounding high schools! There are 5 Western Mass Mathematics League sponsored competitions, once a month, in October through February. If you were a member of Mathletes in the past, please sign up to represent Pope Francis High School! Bring your classmates to join in the fun! Competitions are fun-filled and competitive, with snacks provided!
Adviser: Mrs. Brunetti
Matthew 25/Community Service
Just as the United Nations is a collaboration of a majority of the world’s countries who strive to tackle and resolve world issues, the Model UN club also strives to collaborate to tackle and resolve issues. As a club, once we register for a conference we are given a country to represent. We are also given one or more global issues to research in the context of our country and its relationship with the rest of the world. There is a lot of research and work put into this preparation, and the teamwork, debate, and problem solving skills required are beneficial in their classes, their communities, and the world.
At Model UN conferences, students and there peers from all over the region and the world come up with resolutions through the lens of the country they worked so hard to prepare for.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization that was established in 1921 by the NASSP to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. The Aquinas Chapter of NHS at Pope Francis not only recognizes students who have demonstrated these characteristics, but challenges them to further their active involvement in school activities and community service.
Students who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.600 and receive the recommendation of the faculty and administration of Pope Francis are invited to become provisional members of the Aquinas Chapter of NHS. Their induction as permanent members of the organization would occur in the spring of their junior or senior year.
Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:10 am in the cafeteria. At this time, students are made aware of any current or upcoming service opportunities, and discuss some ideas for other projects. This year students have participated in the “Rays of Hope Walk and Run Toward the Cure”, and helped serve at the Lion’s Den at the Big E to raise money for the Lions Club of West Springfield. Currently, students are working on organizing the “Adopt-A-Family” program, in which NHS students purchase, wrap and organize gifts to be delivered to needy families in the Springfield area through Sr. Eileen at St. Michaels’ Cathedral. Some ideas for future events include organizing a visit to a local nursing home and a spring “clean-up” in a local park.
Outdoor Adventure Club
The Outdoor Adventure Club is designed to give students the opportunity to explore God’s beautiful nature. The club is open to all students interested in a variety of adventures, including: rock climbing, hiking, camping, biking, kayaking, white water rafting, snow sports, etc.