The Book Club meets approximately four times a year, and all 6th through 8th graders are invited to join. The fifth graders are invited to our last meeting of the year. Students are asked to read the selected book before attending the meeting date. The Book Club president is careful to choose a variety of books that will appeal to a broad spectrum of reading interests, and, most importantly, we strive to make reading fun!
Chess Club is held on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15-4:15 for students in 1st through 8th grade. It is a great time for kids to learn the game of chess from our chess coach or engage in games with friends to better their skills.
First LEGO League
First LEGO League (FLL) is for children ages 9-14. Though based on the LEGO robotics platform, FLL is far more than playing with LEGOs. Each year FIRST releases a theme based challenge. FLL team members work with their coaches and mentors to:
- Build a robot to perform challenge missions in a head to head competition
- Develop and present an innovative solution to solve a problem related to the annual theme
- Demonstrate how the team embraces the FIRST core values within the program and also integrates those values into their daily live
Math Olympiads is a world wide program where middle school students participate in challenging math activities. The program is designed to provide challenging, thought-provoking problems that stretch the abilities of middle school students, strengthening their foundation for both assessment tests and more advanced studies. At St. Paul's, middle school students have the opportunity to join this program if they wish. Students meet once a week to work independently and in teams to tackle these unusual and difficult problems and to think creatively.
Minecraft Challenge and Creative Minectraft Class are computer opportunities for students.. The Challenge course is designed to challenge students to think “outside-the-box” while engaging in various building and survival challenges using the award winning program Minecraft. By incorporating creativity with teamwork, every class will be presented with a different challenge.
In the creative class students will import models and edit custom worlds using the MCEDIT world editor for Minecraft. They will also create a custom skis and texture packs from scratch! Lastly, students will learn to program their own rules using Command Blocks as they create a mini-game.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. St. Paul's competes in Division B which is made up of middle schools, grades 6-9. Each team can consist of a maximum of 15 team members. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.
Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, and parents bond together and work toward a shared goal.
Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad's most popular events.
St. Paul's is the current Regional Champion, an honor we have earned two years in a row!