Student-Led Services

Ambassadors – Moderator: Carrie Borkhuis

Juniors and Seniors take on leadership roles in hosting prospective students and hosting Admissions events. Ambassadors are called upon throughout the year to act in a variety of ways in order to support a welcoming environment for new students. There is an application process and training for all new members.

Mentors – Moderator: Amy Waud-Reiter

Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to serve as critical point people for incoming Freshman. Each of our incoming Freshmen connect with their Mentor during Freshman Orientation. Mentors also serve as community hosts throughout the year. There is an application process and a two day training session for all Mentors.

NHS Tutors – Moderator: Richard Lemos

Per, “The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.”

To be a nominated for NHS, students must…

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or greater
  • Be help in good standing within the school committee

To be selected for NHS, students are expected to…

  • Complete the necessary application which outlines a student’s Leadership, Service and Character
  • Present their Leadership, Service and Character traits to a Faculty Council in which they exhibit proof of these traits

Upon acceptance, NHS students are require to serve their community through after school tutoring and mentoring.

NHS Student Form


Student Government (Associated Student Body or ASB) -  Moderators:  Nicholas Reynolds & Amy Waud-Reiter

Expectations for all ASB Members

  • Represent St Vincent de Paul High School with dignity, honor and pride
  • Add your own ideas to improve your position or responsibilities
  • Help others with their projects Work before, after and during school hours to fully and effectively implement ASB activities
  • Wear ASB Lettermen Sweater on Mondays, Mass Days and formal school events presenting our school to the public Setup and cleanup ASB activities
  • Maintain academic and social standing on campus Communicate effectively with each Advisor to ensure success, open lines of communication and to resolve any struggles you may be having.
  • Keep a complete record of the work in the form of a notebook
  • Be supportive and positive member of SVDPHS's Student Government Uphold and respect all school rules - dress code, attendance and respect for teachers, students and school property


Garden Club – Moderator: Mrs. Debbie Crosby

The SVHS Garden Club is a cooperative effort between students, staff, and teachers. Since our first garden in 2008, the Garden Club activities have included gleaning for produce, growing our own vegetables, donating our vegetables to local pantries, helping distribute food at pantries, and realizing the importance of nutritious food.

Our crops are seasonal and have included tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumbers, tomatillos, garlic, potatoes, kale, swiss chard, apples and flowers.
After the crops are harvested, the gardeners are encouraged to bring some of the harvest home to share with their families. Over 90% of the produce is donated to the Petaluma Bounty, local food pantries, and the Petaluma Ecumenical Project.
Gardening times take place during office hours or after school. Times are publicized in the daily announcements. All are welcome!

Chess Club
- Moderator: Kenneth Blake

Chess Club is a place where students can come to play chess with each other in a relaxed environment for one hour per week immediately after school. All skill levels are welcome.

Chess Club will take place every other Wednesday from 3-4pm.

Philosophy Club
-Moderator: Kenneth Blake

Philosophy Club is, as the name suggests, a place to discuss philosophy. It will be a student led club, meaning that students will choose topics they wish to discuss and the moderator will offer guidance regarding authors and resources that address the topic.
Philosophy Club will take place every other Tuesday during Office Hours.