We offer a variety of extra-curricular or afters-school activities to students in our school. Here are some of the ways our students can involve themselves in the community or participate in some of the school and parish special programs.
The St. Joseph Catholic School students assist the parish priests at weekend Masses, school Masses, and may also choose to serve at funerals, weddings, and other parish events. Through altar serving, the students learn about reverence, responsibility, and serving the Church through a ministry. In order to be an altar server, students must attend training once a year and have parent permission.
Students from the second through eighth grades are encouraged to participate in the children’s choir. The choir sings at the all-school Mass once a month. Students make a commitment to rehearse once a week, each Wednesday after school, as a team and to share their musical talents with the St. Joseph community. For more information, leave a message at school, 696-2586, for music program coordinator Karl Rhode.
Middle school students meet once a week after school to learn and hone their speech and communication skills. Students may compete in the Valley Catholic Middle School Speech Tournament held each year in February.
St. Joseph Catholic Church's Cub Scout program is open to all boys in Grades 1 through 5. For nearly 60 years, through monthly pack meetings and den activities, our Scouts build character in boys, increase their citizenship, and develop their personal physical, mental and emotional fitness. Parent volunteers plan and lead fun pack events including activities such as the Pinewood Derby, Space Derby, and Rain Gutter Regatta races, Pack Olympics, Bike Rodeo, family camp, Scout summer camp, parish and community service projects, and much more! Check out http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts.aspx, to learn more about Cub Scouting in general. For more information about St. Joseph Catholic Church's Cub Scout program, contact Henry Hohn.
St. Joseph Catholic School offers a parent-coordinated LEGO Robotics Team that meets twice a week. Using challenges developed by the FIRST LEGO League, participants learn to design and build autonomous robots using special LEGO kits. The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program is an excellent way for young people, in Grades 4-8, to experience the excitement of technical creativity. Participants can build a robot and compete in a friendly robotics event especially designed for their age group. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS invention set with LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robotic inventions. This extra-curricular program includes a 10- to 12-week period in which students form teams, develop robots that can respond to individual tasks as part of an overall challenge, and then compete against other teams in tournaments around the state. St. Joseph Catholic School teams have received top awards in various local and state tournaments. Watch the school news each fall for information about signing students up for the Lego Robotics opportunity.
The Mad Science after-school program strives to spark the imagination and curiosity of kids by providing them with fun, interactive, and educational programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is and how it affects the world around them. St. Joseph Catholic School offers the Mad Science program twice per year, usually in the fall and spring. Each session lasts eight weeks and is held after school once a week. The topics are different for each session so that students can attend each session without repeating curriculum. Registration occurs about three weeks before a session begins. This program is offered to students in Grades 1 through 6 and is very popular, so registration is on a first-come basis. Watch the school news for Mad Science dates and registration.
American Chess Institute provides an after-school chess program for students in Grades K-5 on Wednesdays during different sessions throughout the school year. Instruction provided as part of the program includes the critical principles, tactics, and strategies of chess. The goal of the program is to help students achieve in chess but also to help them develop life skills that will aid them throughout life. For more information, contact Alan at American Chess Institute.
“LinC” or Life in Christ is the middle school ministry program of St. Joseph Parish. Participants in the program gather on Wednesdays, from September through June from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the St. John Bosco Room (the old Parish Hall, located right next to the Church). All middle school students (Grades 6 through 8) are invited to attend. Friends are always welcome! The ministry opportunity is designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. Kids are always welcomed and encouraged to bring their friends. The program aims to give our middle school youth the tools they need in life: Jesus, the Word, the Eucharist, and the Church! Within the context of faith, middle school youngsters are moving from a child-like spirituality and LinC-ing to one that will hopefully reach its pinnacle into an adult faith commitment to Jesus Christ and the Catholic community. For more information visit the LinC webpage on the parish website.