Clubs & Activities

Drama Club

Students who are interested in any aspect of theatre arts are encouraged to join the Drama Club. Membership provides the opportunity to explore all aspects of theatre production including designing and acting as well as workshops and service projects.

Foreign Language Clubs & Trips

Italy Trip

Foreign language clubs (German Club, Italian Club, Junior Classical League (Latin), and Spanish Club) provide an opportunity to experience the culture of a language, as well as actively participate in raising money for the annual Christmas For Others program.

Second, third, and fourth year language students can participate in a summer foreign language trip, which are generally offered every other year. Through these trips, students are afforded the opportunity to experience a foreign culture and make practical use of what they have learned in their classes.Italy Trip

German Club – Mrs. Kuvin
Italian Club – Mrs. Niro
Junior Classical League – Mr. Lupica
Spanish Club – Mrs. Kinzie

Check out the current Travel Brochure.


National Honor Society


Students maintaining a G.P.A. above a certain grade point average (3.8 for Sophomores, 3.65 for Juniors, and 3.50 for Seniors) may be elected by the faculty to serve the Padua community, academically and socially, through the National Honor Society.  NHS members participate in tutoring, recycling, and Christmas For Others.  Mr. Larson is the moderator.

Quiz Team

The Quiz Team is a select group of students who are prepared academically to appear on the Academic Challenge television show.  Mr. Larson is the moderator.

Science Club

The Science Club is designed to offer experiences and opportunities that foster interest in Science beyond the classroom. Activities may include, but are not limited to, field trips, hands-on experiences, participation in research or science-related competitions, and guest speakers.  The goals of the club are to encourage the pursuit of scientific knowledge, stimulate interest in science and engineering careers, and explore the practical nature of science.

Horizon Magazine & Yearbook

Horizon Magazine and Yearbook, while commonly thought of as extracurricular activities, are both elective courses available for credit.  You can learn more on the Visual Arts page.


Ambassador Program

Sponsored by the Office of Recruiting, the Ambassador Program is a public relations organization comprised of students, teachers, parents, and administrators who are actively involved with recruiting and retaining quality Padua Franciscan High School students. Members of the organization will assist with numerous activities and programs that support our school’s recruitment efforts. Mrs. Shuman is the moderator.

Student Ambassador Application

Charities Receiving Donations

Key Club

Sponsored by Kiwanis International, this organization is a community and school-service oriented group. Their goal is to help others in need. Key Club sponsors four Bloodmobiles per year and organizes Christmas For Others, an all-school project that has collected funds, food, clothing and toys for area needy for four decades. It is Northeast Ohio’s largest student-organized holiday service project. Mrs. Oles Smith and Mrs. R. Green

St. Francis School Partnership

Padua students get together with children at St. Francis Elementary School through the Church in the City program – tutoring for older kids and play time with the younger kids.

St. Francis School

Teen Institute

Padua Franciscan’s Teen Institute, or T.I. as it is often affectionately called, is a chapter of the national organization of the same name. T.I. is a student-run organization whose goal is to empower youth to lead confident and drug free lives by building a diverse and dynamic community.  We welcome students from all walks of life.  We are involved in monthly activities such as our annual kickball game, visiting Mapleside Farms, or just having fun at Mr. Divot’s Miniature Golf course.  We also offer weekend retreats in the fall and spring, which encourage students to make positive choices and grow as leaders among their peers.  Teen Institute also visits grade schools where we peer-teach younger students with our message of living a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle using skits and small group discussions.  If you are looking for an organization to help you live life to the fullest T.I. is for you!  Ms. Bilancini and Mr. Sabo are the moderators.

Spirit Organizations


Cheerleading tryouts for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are held in the spring. You have the chance to cheer for football or basketball, as a junior varsity or varsity cheerleader. Padua cheerleaders lead the student body in enthusiastic support during athletic competition. They also promote school spirit by making signs, decorating lockers, and planning and participating in pep rallies.

Marching Band

The Padua Franciscan “Marching Bruins” are comprised of students of all grades and ability levels who play any wind or percussion instruments, dance, or would like to spin a flag.  The marching band performs at all varsity football games, pep rallies, and other selected events such as parades or band shows through out the year.  Other performances in recent years have included:  The Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Parma Labor Day Parade, Downtown Cleveland’s “Winterfest”, and band shows in the surrounding communities.  Throughout the first semester, the band rehearses on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  All members must attend summer band camp during the two weeks before school starts.   Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals and performances unless approved by the director in advance of any absences.  Course grade and credit are awarded at the end of the first semester (1/4 credit).

Dance Team

The Padua Franciscan “Bruinettes” Dance Team is one unit of the Padua Franciscan Marching Band. The Bruinettes are comprised of 10-14 girls who are accepted by audition only. Dance experience is highly recommended. Auditions are typically in April and last for a few days, all of which are mandatory. The Bruinettes are responsible for all rehearsals and performances as outlined by the Padua Franciscan Marching Band schedule.

Color Guard

The Padua Franciscan Color Guard is one unit of the Padua Franciscan Marching Band. The guard is comprised of 10 – 14 girls who are accepted by audition only. No prior flag experience is necessary – skills needed will be taught at auditions. Auditions are typically in April and last for a few days, all of which are mandatory. The color guard is responsible for all rehearsals and performances as outlined by the Padua Franciscan Marching Band schedule.

Spirit Band

The Padua Franciscan Spirit Band is a volunteer group comprised of students of all grades who play any wind or percussion instrument.  This band uses drum set, guitars, and electric bass by permission of the director.  Spirit Band plays a variety of rock and pop music as halftime entertainment for select home basketball games (varsity boys and girls), and for winter and spring rallies.  Additional performances in recent years have included Padua Varsity Hockey games (played at IceLand USA in Strongsville), public relations performances at local grade schools, and a performance at a rally for Vice President Dick Cheney during the presidential election of 2004.  Students interested in Spirit Band should contact Andrea Mikolajczyk at