get involved

The boys must participate in some sort of program or take part in one of the many activities during their time at Trinity-Pawling.  The school offers a wide range of clubs and extracurricular activities to take part in.  Click any of the links below to learn more about the Programs, Activities, and Student Organizations at Trinity-Pawling School.

Amen Boys

Faculty Advisor: Father Gedrick

Purpose: To ensure that proper thanks are made before meals.  The group is responsible for saying grace at family style meals in the dining hall. We are responsible for adhering to our schedule and meet occasionally for fellowship.

Between the World and Me

Faculty Advisor: Mark Corliss

Purpose:  A once a week, page or two at a time unpacking of the most important book of the 21st century in explaining what it means to be a Black man in America today.  Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates as a letter to his son, the book explores race historically and today.  Just talk to me if you have any questions about what we’ll do.  Words can’t begin to convey the linguistic beauty of Coates’ work and the transformative power of his ideas.

Campus Advancement Club

Faculty Advisor: Father Gedrick

Student Leader: Benjamin Gilman

Purpose:  We will meet once a week and take on different tasks that will better the community.  We will plan these tasks as a group and pick one to do each week.  Its a great way to give back to our community and will definitely be a positive addition to your college resume.

Cheese Club

Faculty Advisor:  Michele Carlin

Student Leaders:  TBA

Purpose:  The club will meet monthly to sample farmhouse cheese from around the world.  Discussion will include the origin and history of the cheese along with it's pairings with companion foods.

Coffee Club

Faculty Advisor: Frank Fritts

Student Leader: Ethan Black-Fernandes, Justin Lampert, Asa Wint

Purpose:  The Coffee Club seeks to explore the world of coffee.  By trying different coffees, making coffee with different water, trying different additives like milk, cream, sugar, members will seek to understand what goes into making good coffee.  In addition, during each session a member will be responsible for teaching the group about different aspects of the world of coffee.  Ultimately, the goal is to have students feel comfortable in picking out and making good coffee.

Computer Programming Club

Faculty Advisor:  Van Metcalf

Student Leader:  Cam Shepheard

Purpose:  The computer programming club will use a game design program called unreal engine 4.  One meeting per week will be devoted to designing levels and testing them. A second meeting would be devoted playing the levels and playing other kids' levels. 

Cribbage Club

Faculty Advisor: Jason Parker

Students learn and play the game of cribbage (a card game) one on one and in teams. Tournament play will be common.

Debate Club

Faculty Advisor:  Peter Lockwood

Student Leader:  Alex Connors-Mallory

Purpose:  The debate club will learn to argue with rules.  Competing internally and then perhaps branching out to debate other schools, student will learn the how to construct an argument in a limited amount of time.

Environmental Council

Faculty Advisor:  Dutch Keel

Student Advisors: Student Advisors: Ethan Black-Fernandez, Jeff Thompson, Ryan Winn, Jeremy Wilson, Asa Wint, Griffin Moore

Purpose:  To allow students to investigate global environmental issues and create local environmental solutions.

Film Club

Faculty Advisor:  Connie Rafferty

Student Advisor:  Hunter Olstein

Purpose:  To have a group get together that are enthusiastic and want to make movies. We will meet one to two times a month and attempt to get everyone to make a film of their own once a month. Together we can offer constructive criticism as well as assistance to the making of each other's films.

Flag Football Club

Faculty Advisor: Patrick Ruwe

Student Advisors: Austin Anderson

Purpose:  Playing on Thursdays, this club will play flag football games.  It is important to note that this club will only meet during the Fall and Spring and participants will need to be a member of another club to receive effort marks during the Winter term.

Gamage's Greenhouse

Faculty Advisor: Maria Reade

Get your hands dirty and learn about farming! Interested boys and faculty help grow and harvest some of the vegetables served in Scully Hall. We need boys to help with watering, harvesting, planting, building garden beds, and turning dinner food scraps into compost. No experience needed! Some off-campus trips to local farms may be included as well. Gamage's Greenhouse is located in the field behind Scully Hall.

Jazz Band

Faculty Advisor: Chris Kelsey

Purpose:  To expose students to various Jazz genres, to teach and practice musical instruments and offer student performances.

Karaoke & Lip Syncing Club

Faculty Advisor:  Colleen Dealy

Student Leader: TBA

Purpose: This club will meet once a week during the winter term in The Cave.  Providing an opportunity to express your inner rock star-- goofballs, show-offs and the truly talented are encouraged to attend. Full credit will also given to regular audience members. 

Math Club

Faculty Advisor:  Patrick Ruwe

Student Leader:  Zimo Huang

Purpose:  The purpose is to provide a student driven support system for TP boys in all levels of mathematics and pursue higher learning via the AMC 10/12 competitions in February.

Model United Nations

Faculty Advisor: Jim McDougal

Student Advisors:  Miles Martin and Parrish Whitlow

Purpose:  To prepare for annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference and to discuss world politics. Independent study for credit.

National Honor Society

Faculty Advisor: Meredith Durkee

Student Advisor:  Ryan Winn, Will Estony

Purpose: The National Honor Society (NHS) honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students will plan, lead, and participate in various school and community service projects throughout the year. Students with a grade point average of at least 90% will be invited to apply at specific times throughout the year.

The Phoenix

Faculty Advisor:  Tim Pillsbury

Student Advisors:  Hunter Olstein, Brennan McGuire, Chris Polletta

Purpose:  To publish a weekly newspaper, combining the traditions established by The Pawling School Weekly and The Phoenix.  We seek reporters, editors, and writers for news, sports, features, fiction, and opinion and technical help for layout and production.  We meet often, and deadlines are usually Wednesday afternoon.  Write for The Phoenix.

Reading Club

Faculty Advisor: Dutch Keel

Student Leader: Tim Wang

Purpose:  The benefits of free reading are numerous.  It will broaden the way you perceive the world.  It will improve your vocabulary and help you on standardized test.  It will help you relax and so much more.  Come and join this group that selects a book or short story and discusses the reading later.  

Relay For Life

Faculty Advisor:  Slade Mead

Student Leaders:  Jeremy Wilson and Jeff Thompson
Purpose:  Relay for Life raises money to combat cancer.  Through out the year we will be raising money and then in May, along with Westover, we will be hosting a day of celebration on the quad.

We need volunteers to help with raising money through athletics, can/bottle collection and organizing the day of.  Colleges love RFL.

Rubics Cube Club

Faculty Advisor:  Colleen Dealy

Student Leader:  Bob Li

Purpose:  Meeting weekly, this club is designed to teach students to solve this 3D, cubed wonder in record time.

Spirit Club

Faculty Advisor:  Emily Tucci

Student Advisor:  Jordi Jefferson

Purpose:  The Spirit Club will strive to bring zeal to our fans.  Initially focusing on signage for home games and this group will then branching out to other ways to support our teams.

Strength and Conditioning Club

Faculty Advisor: Kevin Richard

Student Advisor: TBA

Purpose:  In this club, students will participate in weight lifting and physical conditioning.

String Music Club

Faculty Advisor: Christina Kratzman

Student Advisor: TBA

Purpose:  Classical music for those who can read music and play violin, viola, cello, acoustic guitar, or piano.
Meets once per week for rehearsal and performs several times per year.

Student Activities

Faculty Advisors:  Meredith Durkee

Purpose:  To assist the faculty advisor with planning and promotion of a wide variety of student activities such as dances, concerts, speakers, and “play day.”

Theatre Trips

Faculty Advisor: Knox Sutterfield

Purpose:  To take full advantage of the live theatre offered in New York City, and offer additional exposure of students to the Arts. Students receive no activity rating for attending theatre trips.

Trading Card Game Club

Faculty Advisor:  Brandon Wilson

Student Leader:  Jie Wen

Purpose:  Trading Card Games club provides a space for students to come together and enjoy collectible card games. Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering are perennial favorites, but we are happy to try new games too. 

Ultimate Frisbee

Faculty Advisor:  Tim Pillsbury and Meredith Durkee

Student Advisor: 

Purpose:  The Ultimate Frisbee Club will host games of Ultimate Frisbee on Sundays down on the turf should it be available, and possibly other smaller events or meetings around the quad. We have two faculty advisers who are passionate about the game of Frisbee, so the games and meetings will be fun. We can explain the rules and teach anyone who would like to learn.

Vital Signs

Faculty Advisor:  Dutch Keel

Student Advisor: Nikolai Degenhardt, Edward Park, Jason Wang

Purpose:  To allow students to explore, research and write articles for a science magazine published twice per year.  Students will be allowed to choose the topic within science in which they wish to discuss.

Yoga Club

Faculty Advisor: Will Taylor and Maura Cody

Student Leader: TBA

Purpose:  Yoga club will meet once a week to practice Yoga. No experience is necessary however you will need to provide your own Yoga mat.

Asian Society

Faculty Advisor: Mark Corliss

Purpose:  To expose students to the international cultures present on campus and to educate them about the customs, food, language, etc. of each nation represented. The club will also provide a supportive atmosphere for students from around the world and for those American students interested in learning about other cultures. This club is open to all students - international and American.

Bridge Club

Faculty Advisor: Slade Mead

Student Leader: TBA

Purpose:  In the game of bridge there is a saying that "There are three types of bridge players: (1) Those who can count, and (2) those who can't.” This club will introduce students to this fascinating card game, which uses a combination of logic, luck and a good partner to master. In the fall we will work on the basic understanding of the game and learn by doing.

Once a week we will set aside an hour to play.  The first 20 minutes will be a quick overview of the rules and then we will start playing.  

Chapel Acolytes and Vergers

Faculty Advisor: Father Gedrick

Student Leaders:  Ira Conklin – Sacristan; David Kwon - Head Verger

Purpose:  To ensure the smooth execution of chapel services.  Acolytes assist at the altar and help maintain the sacristy, and Vergers serve as ushers.  Acolytes and Vergers are on duty about once a week for services and meet about once a month for rehearsals and fellowship.

Chess Club

Faculty Advisor: Anne Pearson

Student Leader: Jie Wen

Purpose:  Both beginners and experts at "regular" and/or Chinese Chess meet twice a month to learn, improve, have a few laughs and some snacks.  All levels welcome. 

Cooking Club

Faculty Advisor: Mark Corliss

Student Leader: TBA

Purpose:  Meeting bi-weekly, we’ll prepare a meal from desire to devouring, from recipe to restaurant-quality repast.  In addition to great feasting, we’ll learn a variety of cooking techniques that will wow your parents, your peers, and your future partners.  Membership limited to 8.

Computer Repair Club

Faculty Advisor: Van Metcalf

Purpose:  To have students help students, faculty and staff maintain their computers and fix any hardware/software issues as they arise.  Students will learn about computer hardware, software and to give students the opportunity to build their own desktops.

Dean’s Advisory Council

Faculty Advisor: Josh Collins

Purpose:  To provide opportunities for student leadership and responsibility for six to eight seniors who assist with matters of attendance, mentoring, and assisting administrators in a variety of tasks.

Diversity Club

Faculty Advisor:  Maria Richards

Student Leaders:  Nikolai Degenhardt

Purpose:  This club will meet periodically to discuss diversity on our campus and ways to become more inclusive.  

Drama Society/Tech Crew/Brute Squad

Faculty Advisor: Adam Dinsmore

Student Leader: Ira Conklin and Hunter Olstein

Purpose:  To produce student plays; to expose students to the theatre arts acting, technical work, set building, and carpentry.  The Tech

Crew attends to all the technical aspects of the shows, including designing and running the lights, and running the stage crew sound.

Finance Club

Faculty Advisor:  Bill Dunham

Student Advisor:  TBA

Purpose: The club would meet about once or twice a month. Each club member would get $20,000 to spend on stocks. The club members would keep track of the gains and losses made. When they buy or sell a stock they must provide a reason for why they bought it and some research on their stock. The person who has the most gains at the end of each term (fall, winter, spring) will get a free pizza

Fly Fishing/Fly Tying Club

Faculty Advisor: Jason Parker

Student Advisors: TBA

Purpose:  To learn the basics of fly tying and fishing.  We will work on basic fly tying skills in the fall and winter and basic casting and fishing skills in the spring.  Students bear the cost of fly tying tools/materials and rod and reel.  Students are welcome to join for any one or all three terms.

Illustration Club

Faculty Advisor:  Bryn Gillette

Student Leader:  Simon Xuan

Purpose:  This club is designed to strengthen member’s ability to draw.  Each member can utilize their own ability and drawing style and will have the opportunity to share their unique styles with the other members of the group.

Juggling Club

Faculty Advisor: Pat Hitschler

Student Advisors: Ty Gundrum and Stephen Morrissey

Purpose:  To teach the fundamentals of juggling two, three or more balls in the air, as well as to develop skills with a multitude of objects and juggling devices.  Welcome to beginners and previously experienced jugglers.

Key Club

Faculty Advisors: Kim DeFonce and Bill Casson

Student Advisors: Jordi Jefferson, Kenny McDougal, Mike Nastasi and Nate Tanner

Purpose:  To organize student volunteers who conduct campus tours with prospective students and families in cooperation with the Office of Admissions.  *Students wishing to be considered for Key Club must be in groups 1 or 2 and should notify the admissions office of their interest to join the club.  This club is by invitation only.

Mindfulness Club

Faculty Advisors:  Maura Cody and Nick LaFontaine

Student Leader:  TBA

Purpose:  What does mindfulness mean? What can practicing mindfulness do to enhance our lives? How can we be more mindful in our daily lives? On the field, in the classroom, with our friends? This club will discuss mindfulness and begin to explore the practice of mindfulness.

The Off-Campus Fun Club

Faculty Advisors:  Colleen Dealy and Maura Cody

Student Leader:  TBA

Purpose: This group takes trips off-campus several times each term to explore fun things in the area. Have you ever been to Chinatown in New York City? Do you know how maple syrup is tapped from trees? Join the Off-Campus Fun Club and check out some of the great places nearby!

Outing Club

Faculty Advisors: Mike Webber, Christina Kratzman and Brandon Wilson

Purpose:  To take the students off campus and enjoy local hikes, white water rafting trips, rock climbs or similar outside activities.

Poker Club

Faculty Advisor:  Patrick Ruwe

Student Leaders:  Dennis Ilmela and Jeff Thompson

Purpose:  In this club, students will learn to play poker and the theory and mathematics behind winning poker strategies.

Record Club

Faculty Advisor: Amy Foster

Student leader: Louis Inghilterra

Description: A club which will gather those who are interested in listening to, organizing and expanding the school's LP collection. We will meet twice monthly on Thursday evenings in the library media room and may include side trips to flea markets and other venues to purchase new materials.

Rock Band

Faculty Advisor: Chris Kelsey

Purpose:  To expose students to various Rock genres, to teach and practice rock instruments for student performances. *participation in Jazz Band is a perquisite.

Ropes Course/Senior Leadership Program

Faculty Advisors: Ralph Fedele, Josh Collins

Purpose:  To prepare and identify juniors for a variety of senior leadership positions using an outdoor education model, as well as on-campus workshops.

Shooting Club

Faculty Advisors: Dave Kelly, Jason Parker

Purpose: On some Sundays, the shooting club will use one of the many sporting clay ranges near school.  Additional pistol shooting and competition with other schools may occur. Previous experience with shotguns is preferred and parental permission required.  Costs are borne by the student and are typically between $75 and $100 per 100 shot-course.  Time required is about 3 plus hours depending on the size of the group.  Students interested should contact Mr. Kelly.

Strategy Board Games Club

Faculty Advisor: Tim Pillsbury

Student Advisor:  

Purpose: To relax and enjoy the playing of strategy games of all types.  The club has a large collection of games such as Seven Wonders, The Resistance, Cosmic Encounter, Dominion, Pandemic, Twilight Imperium, Dixit, and dozens more - perfect for a Sunday afternoon.  No experience necessary - we'll teach you all you need to know."

Student Senate/Student Life Committee

Faculty Advisor: Todd Hoffman

Student Advisors: One or more prefects

Purpose:  To initiate, encourage, and coordinate services and activities beneficial to all. Composed of elected student representatives who deal with issues like dress code, campus cleanup, dances, maintenance of the Cave, Senior activities, play days, recreational equipment, etc.

3D Printing Club

Faculty Advisors: Van Metcalf and Will Taylor

Student Advisor: TBA

Purpose:  The 3D printing club will teach students to use 3D design programs to make their own objects on Trinity-Pawling’s 3D printer.

Trinitones

Advisor:  Knox Sutterfield

Purpose:  Trinity-Pawling’s premier vocal group by audition only. The group performs on and off campus for a variety of special events and holiday and Chapel celebrations.

Type-In Club

Faculty Advisor:  Debbie Coratti

Student Leader:  Louis Inghilterra

Purpose:  The purpose of the club is to educate fellow students about the interesting and creative way of typing on a typewriter. We will meet twice a month on Mondays before study hall in the library. The members will be able to learn how to touch type and can use the typewriters provided to do some creative writing, draw, play games or even do homework.

Usher Club

Faculty Advisor: Ned Reade

Student Advisors: Chris Taylor and Jack Makris

Purpose:  To train and provide ushers for concerts and all school events in the chapel and Gardiner Theatre. These events include:

School plays

Choir concerts

Trinitones concerts

Lectures

Visiting artist presentations

Students are required to arrive at the facility 15-30 minutes before the event, help hand out programs, help with the seating of the audience, and assist at the end of the event by picking up after the audience leaves. Some months there might be several events where ushers are needed. However, five weeks could go by with no event. Ushers should plan to have one other "activity" to be involved in to be sure they always get an activity rating.

A Commitment to Character

As we prepare young men for the world beyond Trinity-Pawling, we seek to convey this fundamental lesson: Character is the single most influential force to propel us forward - whether academically, physically, socially, or spiritually.

Trinity-Pawling has so much to offer!

Check out everything you can do and be in the pages on our site.  And if you'd like to contact us, we'd be happy to hear from you.  You can reach the admission office at 845-855-4825 or by email at admissions@trinitypawling.org

Not Just In the Classroom

What makes Trinity-Pawling unique? The Effort System is at the heart of everything we do.

The Pride

At Trinity-Pawling, every boy is a three-season athlete.  Whether he is learning the basics or has been excelling for years, he is part of the School's century-old athletic tradition.  T-P competes in the Founders' League, a highly competitive arena showcasing some of the nation's best prep school talent. T-P offers 13 interscholastic sports with 30 teams.

We're Seriously Creative

The Arts are an integral part of every Trinity-Pawling student's education. Whether they wish to develop existing talents or experiment with an entirely new form of expression, each student will have at least one year of music, theater, visual art or art history.

Welcome!

As a parent or guardian of a Trinity-Pawling student, you are a welcome member of the community. Your involvement through event attendance, participation in the Parents' Association, or simply staying connected is appreciated.

This could be you!

Over 100 years ago, Frederick Luther Gamage, Trinity-Pawling's Founding Headmaster, said, "Whether a boy succeeds or fails in the first instance at everything he tries is irrelevant.  The only boy who truly fails is the boy who fails to try."  Today, a century later, 315 boys live learn and grow together in an environment that fosters commitment, effort and character across the board.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

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