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At Pingry, students enjoy a rich academic and social life filled with a host of co- and extra-curricular activities, including athletics, visual arts, drama, music, journalism, community service, environmental programs, and more.

With more than 60 clubs, organizations, and enrichment opportunities spread across two campuses offering the best in facilities and resources, students have countless opportunities to pursue their interests and develop new passions.


Student Organizations

Upper School Student Clubs

The 20 Miles Away Club
The club connects Pingry Students to Saint Ann's Soup Kitchen of Newark, New Jersey. Pingry students contribute by baking approximately 50 dozen homemade baked goods per month, and transporting them to the kitchen. The club also takes monthly trips to the Soup Kitchen's literacy program, where Pingry students read with child-clients. In addition, the 20 Miles Away Club brings volunteers to annual special events at the kitchen, such as the toy and coat drive.

Archaeology Club
We in the Archaeology Club strive for learning and excellence in the field of archaeology. We go on digs, and have lots of fun.

The American Field Service Club (AFS)
This club aims to spread awareness about international studies. Every year, we invite a student from another country and have a host family take care of them while they are in our community. The club also raises money to help study-abroad students who need money for school or travel.

Ashita-Tomorrow
A registered, non-profit organization that aids the victims of Japan’s 2011 earthquake & tsunami. Students volunteer their time to communicate in English with high school students affected by the disaster.

Big Blue Pride

The purpose of the BBP is to encourage school spirit and organize things such as tailgates, pep rallies, and student sections.

Black Student Union
A platform for African-American students to not only have a fun but also safe place in which we can collaborate on ideas affecting the black community, while also making efforts to further the success of African Americans. Although this is a club targeted towards Black students, it's not exclusive as everyone is encouraged to join.

Book Club
As busy high-schoolers with packed schedules, leisure reading is the last thing in our minds. The Pingry Book Club's purpose is to offer a uniform community of leisure reading adapted to fit a high schooler's crammed schedule. Each month, the Book Club votes on a book that the club members can read over the course of a month, and facilitates debate and discussion over the book at the end of the month. Our purpose is to further enrich literature analysis, spark discussion, and revive the simple pleasure that is leisure reading.

Bridges Outreach

The Bridges Club gets Pingry students involved with the Bridges Outreach organization, a New-Jersey based non-profit that provides food and other supplies to homeless communities in New York, Newark, and Irvington. Students can participate in "runs" to New York City to assist the delivery and distribution of necessities.

Calligraphy Club
The Calligraphy Club seeks to spread the love for this fascinating art form through monthly or bimonthly meetings, in which students learn/teach calligraphy, share techniques and styles, and explore different forms of lettering and design.

Children's Specialized Hospital Club
This club is dedicated to helping the Children's Specialized Hospital through fundraising, group volunteering, donating objects such as toys and clothing, and putting together much needed welcome bags and snack/meal bags for the children and their families.

Chinese Club
The Chinese club seeks to promote the Chinese language as well as Chinese culture. By celebrating Chinese holidays, watching Chinese movies, playing traditional Chinese games, and eating traditional Chinese food, students have the opportunity to embrace Chinese culture outside of the classroom.

Creative Writing Club
To foster a love of creative writing within Pingry students. We hope to achieve this through different exercises, prompts, and safe spaces where people can feel free to share their writing.

Community Service Club

To announce and provide community service opportunities to the students.

Current Events Club
We discuss important events going on in today's world, and hold fundraisers for a charity in the case of a tragic event. Members are exposed to diverse discussions, and are encouraged to have a voice in these discussions and elsewhere. We give back to this world and always have snacks!!!

The Denan Project Club
The Denan Project (TDP) Club is an opportunity for students to work closely with senior members of The Denan Project, a nonprofit organization that supports impoverished areas around the world. We will engage in several projects and initiatives throughout the course of the year to raise money and awareness for TDP, allowing club members to make a "hands on" difference in these impoverished areas. Club members will also receive the unique opportunity to learn more about the missions, goals, and history of TDP through speakers who will attend events that the club will host.

German Club
This club seeks to raise awareness about Pingry’s German program and German-related events and programs. The club also shares its enjoyment of German culture with other members of the community.

Girl Code
Girl Code aims to educate and inspire girls to try out Computer Science to help close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. As computers and technology grow increasingly important to society, coding is quickly becoming an essential skill. The club strives to teach girls how to code, which will open up new opportunities for them in the future.

Green Group
This group promotes sustainability at Pingry and in the wider surrounding community. Learn more.

Hispanic Culture Club
Founded to celebrate, promote, and educate the Pingry community about Hispanic culture, the Hispanic Culture Club actively contributes to Pingry’s goal of racial awareness and acceptance. While designed to celebrate traditional Hispanic holidays, food, games, and movies, we also specifically target the needs of nearby Hispanic populations by organizing clothing drives, bake sales, and book drives.

The Hot Seat
Pingry's original sports website where students write articles and submit them.

Interact Club
Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps the school/community and one that promotes international understanding. Bye carrying out these service projects, students can make international connections while developing leadership skills.

The John Taylor Babbitt ’07 (JTB) Foundation Club

JTB was founded to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death like that suffered by John Babbitt, a Pingry student who collapsed and died of undiagnosed sudden cardiac death while playing basketball in 2006.The club's four main goals are: Advocacy, Education, Defibrillators, and Fundraising. We advocate to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest in the local and Pingry community. We educate those about the proper use of Defibrillators and how they can save lives. Lastly, we fundraise to purchase defibrillators for schools or community organizations who lack the funding to purchase a defibrillator on their own.

KPop Dance Club
This club promotes the exposure and acceptance of Korean Pop by dancing to KPop and performing live in front of the student body.

Lacrosse The Nations
This club seeks to unify the lacrosse community in initiatives to improve education and health while creating joy and opportunity for children in need.

Math and Games Club
We have fun solving puzzles and riddles usually related to mathematics. We also discuss theorems, proofs, and mathematical theories together.

Model Congress
This group is dedicated to promoting political awareness across the community and building a foundation for lifelong leadership skills.

Model UN
This body is dedicated to promoting an awareness of global issues and an appreciation for international dialogue, cooperation, and diplomacy.

More Than Me
More Than Me is a non-profit organization that uses education as a catalyst for transformative social change for children in Liberia, West Africa.
The club works towards benefitting underprivileged children by providing them with the education that all deserve. MTM allows the students living in this third world country to get to know members of the Pingry community on a personal level, as well as vice versa.

NextGenVest
The purpose of NextGenVest is to teach high school students about financial literacy and how to be wise about their spending. Another goal is to teach students the correct steps needed to get into college and plan out a career path that suits them.

Art Club (PAC)
This club is committed to giving every student the opportunity to experience the joy of art through projects at Pingry and the Matheny School.

Entrepreneur Club
This club promotes entrepreneurship within the Pingry community.

Outing Club
This group is committed to helping children develop a long-lasting appreciation for the natural world through activities such as hiking, camping, naturalism, and the like. Led by faculty “coaches” and supported by students, the Pingry Outing Club teaches wilderness and leadership skills while exposing children to the natural wonders of the local environment. Learn more.

Pick-Ups an Drop-Offs
Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs is a sports/charity club. We regularly host sporting events that include games of soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and more. In addition to hosting a wide array of sporting events, we will also organize a charity drive in which we will collect used sporting equipment and donate it to communities or organizations in need.

Pingry Cheer Squad
The established spirit squad which enthusiastically cheers for our wonderful Pingry sports teams.

Pingry Chess Club
To promote and encourage chess in the Pingry Community by providing a venue for experienced players to play and by introducing as many new players as possible to the game.

Pingry Film Society
Movies are an often overlooked art form that we try to bring to the forefront of the Pingry community. We meet around once a month to watch and discuss films critically. All high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Politics Club
This club examines current political, social, and economic issues in a round table format. Meetings begin with a presentation by a student member and the floor is then opened for discussion. The group’s goal is to promote critical thinking and reasoned discussion.

Potters for Peace
As part of the Pingry Potters for Peace Club, we hope to create pots, mugs, and bowls for charity (such as the American Cancer Society). These charities will sell the pottery and all the profits will be donated.

Project 80
Project 80 is a science group unlike any others at Pingry or elsewhere. Our goal is to bring science to the masses. We research scientific misconceptions, controversies, and interesting news, like the Zika virus and BPA, and deliver our findings to a broad audience in new, modern ways. Through social media and creativity, Project 80 uses as many modes of communication as possible like Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, blogs, and posters to find ways to reach everyone. We hope to impact as many people as possible with exciting topics that teach everyone that science can be interesting and cool.

Science Olympiad
We are a team of high school students who participate in the regional, state, and national Science Olympiad. We compete in events ranging from building devices and machines, such as hover crafts and wind turbines, to answering questions related to many science disciplines, like forensics and astronomy.

SNAP Club (Special Needs Athletic Programs)
The purpose of our club is to not only raise awareness about special needs such as autism but also help kids with autism play sports, do arts and crafts, and interact with friends. Through club activities such as mentor training, guest speakers, and simple tasks to help SNAP, we'll teach our club members about SNAP and what it means to be a good citizen.

Speech and Debate Team
The Pingry Speech and Debate team aims to improve the oratorical, argumentative, and critical thinking skills of Pingry students through events like Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Original Oratory, and many more. Members of the Pingry Speech and Debate Team compete at the local, regional, and national level against other students across the country.

Quiz Bowl
This group offers academically talented students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge through Jeopardy-style tournaments with other schools. The group participates in various local, regional, and national academic championships.

Red Cross Club
This club seeks to raise awareness of global crises and alleviate the hardships brought about by these crises through donation and support of the international Red Cross.

Robotics
This club offers members the opportunity to compete in a global program known as FIRST Robotics. Participants gain knowledge of engineering, problem-solving, programming and teamwork through hands-on experience.

The Salvation Army Club
This club works hand-in-hand with the Plainfield Salvation Army to provide aid on the home front without discrimination.

Student Activities Club (SAC)
This group seeks to bring the student body closer together through multiple assembly periods throughout the year.

Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC)
This group is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer research.

Toastmasters Public Speaking Club
This club provides Pingry students the opportunity to practice and receive constructive criticism for works of speech and to improve public speaking skills for real life scenarios such as job interviews or formal presentations.

Vegan/Vegetarian Club

To introduce students to the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. We also discuss the environmental impact and ethical dilemmas of diet and plan to hold bake sales.

The Young Republicans of Pingry Club
The YRP has been created this year as a comfortable environment for Pingry's young conservatives to openly discus in a forum about current events and politics.

Student Government

The student government embodies the ideals and beliefs of the students and faithfully serves their best interests through the coordination and oversight of student activities. The student government strives to advance and unify the school by promoting good citizenship and encouraging school participation. It acts as a liaison between the administration and the student body and may, with the guidance and approval of the administration, recommend changes to school policy.

2016-2017 Student Government Representatives

Upper School

Student Body President: Zachary (Zach) Keller

Form VI

Class President: Will DiGrande
Class Vice-President: James Topor

Class Council Representatives:

  • Sandeep Biswas
  • Gabriel (Gabe) Gever
  • Natalie Lucciola
  • Jason Resnick
  • Sophie Ricciardi

Form V

Class President: Michael Weber

Class Vice-President: Jackie Chang

Class Council Representatives:

  • Rachel Chen
  • Malcolm Fields
  • Nikhil Rao
  • Channing Russell
  • Max Sanchez

Form IV

Class President: Matthew Keller

Class Vice-President: Ethan Malzberg

Class Council Representatives:

  • Miroslav Bergam
  • Andrew Cowen
  • Felicia Ho
  • Allison Matthias
  • Leo Zhu

Form III

Class President: Burke Pagano

Class Vice-President: Roger Matthews

Class Council Representatives

  • Stuart Clark
  • Jacob Lamb
  • Roger Matthews
  • Burke Pagano
  • Isabelle Sheyfer
  • James Wang
  • Alexandra Weber

Middle School

Head Girl: Elections in Fall 2016

Head Boy: Elections in Fall 2016

Form II

Class Council Representatives:

  • Josie Alston
  • Nolan Baynes II
  • Noah Bergam
  • Tripp Didden
  • Emma Huang
  • Zara Jacob
  • Kaitlin Weiss
  • Henry Wood

Form I

Class Council Representatives:

  • Emma Drzala
  • Claire Fernicola
  • Samuel Henriques
  • Ashleigh Provoost
  • Samuel Wexler
  • Daniel Ittycheria

Grade 6

Class Council Representatives:

  • Gray Doyle
  • Alexa Drovetsky
  • Milenka Men
  • Sejal Patel
  • Vared Shmuler
  • Max Watzky
  • Evan Wen

Honor Board

The Honor Board, a committee of students and faculty, is charged with interpreting and applying the spirit of the Honor Code and was established to give Upper School students a direct voice in the application of the Honor Code. Although every student is responsible for upholding the standards of the community, some administrative responsibilities must be carried out by a representative body.

  1. The Honor Board’s role in the community is twofold: to educate the student body about the Honor Code and to adjudicate any violations.
  2. Broadening the student body’s understanding of the Honor Code is an equally, if not more important, role than that of arbitrating Honor Code violations

Community Duties:

  1. Every Honor Board member must balance being a regular member of the Pingry community as well as a board member in a way that is neither passive nor preachy. They should be visible leaders in the community and a resource for their peers. Students should be comfortable in approaching members of the Honor Board, knowing that that no member of the Board will judge or try to ‘prosecute’ them.
  2. Honor Board members are expected to meet at least once a month to discuss current goals and objectives. They are encouraged to come up with creative ways to promote the Honor Code in the community as well as discuss any ideas or questions that their peers may have.
  3. Honor Board members are charged with stimulating community discussions regarding ethics and morality through such activities as the annual John Hanly Lecture Series. Members are expected to spend time with the guest speaker and to ask questions that stimulate thought about morals and ethics in their own lives.
  4. Honor Board members may also be asked to come in before school to be a representative on an Honor Board Hearing. The number of hearings varies from year to year.

More information about the Honor Board, the adjudication of cases, student discipline can be found in the Student Handbook

2016-2017 Honor Board Members

Chairperson: Sean Wang

Secretary: Alexandra (Ally) Pyne

Form VI
  • Sandeep Biswas
  • Jack Laurent
  • Lindsey Lubowitz

Form V
  • Alice Berndt
  • Alexis Elliot
  • Obi Nnaeto

Form IV
  • Drew Beckmen
  • Nathan Hefner
  • Ketaki Tavan

Form III
  • Natalie Ladino
  • Leah Mangold
  • Roger Matthews

Student Publications

The Pingry Record

Founded in 1895, The Pingry Record has the distinction of being the oldest continuously published country day school newspaper in the United States. The paper began as a "lark" by a group of boys who thought it might be fun to edit a newspaper containing school news. The first paper, handed from student to student, was largely regarded as a joke by the student body and became known as "The Bughouse Tribune."

However, its successful circulation around the school presented the opportunity for a real school paper in printed form. The idea pleased everyone, and Headmaster W.H. Corbin was asked to appoint a board of editors to start an official school publication. The first editor in chief was Barton W. Currie (class of 1895), who took his work very seriously. Currie later went on to become editor in chief of the Ladies' Home Journal in 1925.

Today, The Record is staffed by Upper School students who write, edit, and provide the artwork as well as the layout in Adobe InDesign. English teacher Dr. Susan Dineen serves as the group's advisor.

The Pingry Record

Vital Signs

Vital Signs is Pingry’s student-run current events magazine, featuring Pingry students’ original analyses of serious national and world issues. Topics range from domestic politics and policy to business and economics, from science and technology to international affairs and the changing dynamics of the global system.

Since its inception in 1986, Vital Signs has grown and evolved, and has been recognized with numerous awards. Today, Vital Signs continues to be staffed by Upper School students, with faculty advising from Dr. Alfred DeSimone of the Pingry History Department. Vital Signs provides an opportunity for our contributors to grapple with the questions that shape the modern era, and is the place where “Pingry Students Take the Pulse of the World.”

Vital Signs

Calliope

Published annually, this is the art and literary magazine by Upper School students.

Calliope

Pingry Community Research Journal (PCR)

A Journal of Scientific Research conducted by Pingry students.

PCR Issues

Community Service

Pingry’s community service program is an integral part of Pingry’s educational philosophy and curriculum. Developing character and integrity and building self-confidence are essential goals of the school, and community service endeavors are prime opportunities for this personal growth. Our student volunteers generally find that the benefits they receive from these experiences are just as great as the benefits of those they serve.

Basking Ridge Campus - Upper School and Middle School

  • Pingry’s community service program encourages students to share their time and resources with others. Students are responsible for planning their own volunteer activities and are expected to complete 10 hours of service by May 1 of each academic year in one of the many individual and group-oriented projects offered.
  • A student may serve a maximum of three hours of service to the Pingry community and may serve all of the necessary 10 hours in summer volunteer work. Each student is also responsible for reporting his or her hours in the community service database. Satisfactory completion of community service hours will be recorded on the student's transcript.
  • Special Note for Seniors: Seniors must complete their community service requirements before beginning their I.S.P. in order to receive their diploma.
  • For more information about the community service program at the Basking Ridge Campus, please contact Shelley Hartz, Director of Community Service, Middle and Upper Schools, 908-647-5555 ext. 1361.

Community Service Database

Short Hills Campus - Lower School

Building character is at the forefront of the Lower School experience. Although there is not a specific time requirement for each student, all Lower School students are expected to participate in class and school-wide community service projects that occur several times per school year. Buddy classes also spend time working on community service projects together.

For more information about the community service program at the Short Hills Campus, please contact Cathy Everett, Director of Lower School Community Service, 973-379-4550 ext. 1437.

Student Handbook

This guide contains school policies on attendance, academics, athletics and physical education, community service, dress code, Honor Code and code of conduct, technology, and much more.

Learn more

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