Art club offers seventh and eighth grade students many opportunities to express and develop their creativity. Students employ a variety of media to design works of art that appear in numerous venues. The members of Art Club will be assisting with service projects throughout the school year as well as practicing more complex artistic techniques in their own works of art. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare portfolios for high school.
Arts & Crafts
Students in grades one through three will enjoy creating arts and crafts to share with friends and family. All supplies will be provided by the school.
Students in grades four through eight may enroll in the Instrumental Music Program. Lessons are held during school hours once a week for one-half hour. It is the responsibility of each student to contact the teacher of his or her academic subjects for any missed work. Full band practice is held after school once a week. The school has contracted with the Instrumental Music Program of Columbia, Maryland for this program.
An inter-school basketball league offers instruction and games for students in grades Kindergarten through eight. Students in grades seven and eight may participate in a C.Y.O. league. Information is conveyed through the school office. Sports teams may only represent themselves as St. Louis teams with the permission of the principal and the pastor.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books gets fifth grade students excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship. Teams of five students and one adult coach each read the same 16 pre-determined books. In addition to reading the books, teams choose a team name and dress accordingly. During the “battle” (a 50-question exam), a moderator asks questions that relate to one of the following: a direct quote from one of the book characters; a statement about something that happens in the book; a passage taken directly from the book; details about an illustration or picture. Prizes are also awarded at the competition in April.
Students in grades one through four are invited to join the Primary Chorus, and students in grades five through eight are invited to join the Middle School Cantor Chorus. Primary chorus performs at the Christmas program, the Cultural Arts Evening, and takes two field trips to perform for the residents of Charlestown Assisted Living Center in Catonsville. Middle school participants will cantor during liturgies and prayer services. Each chorus rehearses once a week.
This club is a great way to stay in shape and be an ambassador for St. Louis School. It is open to any interested students in grades five through eight. All practices are held at St. Louis School and meets are all run at Trinity School.
CyberSTEM (Fall – Grades 4 through 8)
This program was developed by experienced Cyber STEM educators in partnership with the National Science Foundation and deployed at the University of Maryland. Students in Grades Four through Eight are invited to engage in computer-based and hands-on STEM activities through gaming, modeling, and simulation with an emphasis on logical thinking, problem solving and the application of coding to real world problems. Students will also learn to program and interact with Osmo, Ozobot and Bloxels.
CyberSTEM Senior (Fall – Returning Grades 7 & 8)
For returning students in Grades 7 and 8 who have the interest, experience and passion to further pursue STEM, this program is designed to offer more in-depth learning with an introduction to computer languages including HTML, Java Script and Python. Students in this program will also be introduced to the Arduino and Raspberry Pi computing platforms.
Dance club, offered to students in grades six through eight, will introduce students to different styles of dance, including Zumba, country western, and hip hop. No dance experience is necessary to enjoy this fun and engaging club!
Students learn to create factual, logical, ethical, and emotional arguments to persuade others that their point of view is correct. The club’s purpose is to teach and train students in the fundamentals of debate and public speaking. The goal is to prepare students to compete in local debate competitions.
Design and Build
Primary students joining this club will have the opportunity to design, create, and build using Legos. Imagination will meld with construction as students bring their creations to life.
Primary Drama Club is offered for students in grades three through five, while Middle School Drama Club is offered for students in grades six through eight. Interested students select a play, rehearse after school and, in middle school, stage a dinner theater in the spring. Primary Drama Club will perform during Catholic Schools Week.
Have you ever wondered what lives in and around the Chesapeake Bay? The Ecology Club this year will explore the many habitats of North America’s largest estuary. Students in 4th and 5th grade will learn about the Bay’s ecosystem through hands-on experiments and planting.
Girls on the Run
This club inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development.
Students in grades six through eight are encouraged to participate in friendly, fun competition through It’s Academic. St. Louis students compete against students from other schools in a quiz-bowl style format.
The Poetry Club offers a welcoming and creative environment where students have the opportunity to collaborate with others who share a love of words. The club will provide students with a venue to read and write poetry, and perform their original work at an open mic night. Although the focus of the club will be on spoken word poetry, we will celebrate all forms of creative writing.
This club is offered for students in grades four through six. Students will have an opportunity to reach out to those in need in our community to share God’s love and compassion. They will be making lunches, placemats, blankets, cards, etc. to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Students who participate in Student Council have the opportunity to learn about and participate in the political process, serve others, raise money for the school and for various charities, and have fun. Seventh and eighth grade students are elected to serve as officers, while students in grades five through eight are elected to represent the entire student body.
Open to all students in grades five through eight, this club will practice once per week during the spring semester in our new John Evans Memorial Gymnasium. No prior experience is necessary to participate in this club, only a willingness to learn the game.
Eighth grade students are eligible to join the yearbook staff. Students take pictures and work on the design and layout of the yearbook. A hard copy and digital copy of the book are published in June. The yearbook club meets once a week after school.
Children in grades 1-3 who choose to take part in Yoga and Mindfulness will experience yoga postures, breath exercises, meditation practices, and mindfulness awareness.