Outside the Classroom

| January 20, 2012

The enthronement image reminds student at Holy Family School, Syracuse, that Jesus is among them.

Here are some of the interesting extracurricular and co-curricular activities that take place in our Catholic schools:

Holy Family School, Syracuse:

Students at Holy Family School, Syracuse, recently enthroned The Sacred Heart of Jesus, publicly proclaiming Him as the King of the school. Following morning Mass, each class marched out of the church and paraded back to the school to honor the shrine set up in the main lobby. The shrine will stay in place all year, and each classroom has a similar one in place. The enthroned image of the Sacred Heart reminds everyone at Holy Family that Jesus is among them during each school day.

St. Mary’s School, Cortland:

The Strings Off and Running (SOAR) program at St. Mary’s School, Cortland, is a unique opportunity for its students. The program is run by Ithaca College and staffed by music education majors. Each of the 40 enrolled students in Pre-K through grade six receives a 30 minute small group lesson with the option for private instruction. Students are also involved in a small, ability-grouped ensemble focusing on working together as a group and providing additional performance opportunities. Students perform at an annual Christmas concert and also have the chance to participate in the New York State School Music Association Solo Festival.

Notre Dame Elementary School:

Students from Pre-K through grade six at Notre Dame Elementary School, Utica, NY, are participating in the 2012 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Awards. Students in the lower grades will read ten books selected by the NYSRA and discuss their likes and dislikes with their teachers. In the end, students vote on their favorites, and teachers incorporate the books into activities, projects and core curriculum. In the upper grades, students have the opportunity to join the Charlotte Award Reading Club. Each student must read ten books and keep a log, noting likes and dislikes. They also hold “reading chat time,” an opportunity to discuss the books with their classmates. “This is a wonderful experience for the students,” said Maryann Buck, coordinator of the Charlotte Award Reading Program. “They are introduced to new books and new authors, and the variety of books chosen by the NYSRA gives students the opportunity to open up their world of reading to different genres.”

Blessed Sacrament School:

All the world’s a stage at Blessed Sacrament School, where 100 students in Pre-K through grade six participate in the Drama Club, co­ordinated by third grade teacher Sr. Nicolette and music teacher Mary Lynn Giacobbe. The students have put on wonderful productions, including last year’s “Peter Pan.”

St. John the Evangelist School:

For the past seven years, math teacher Anu Rai has offered sixth graders at St. John the Evangelist School the opportunity to participate in Mathalon, sponsored by BAE and the Coalition for Broome County Schools. The students meet weekly to prepare to compete against other schools in Broome County and demonstrate their outstanding mathematical knowledge. While competing against much larger schools in the area, St. John’s team has consistently placed in the top three.

Immaculate Conception School:

For the third year, Immaculate Conception School has offered its sixth graders a Robotics Club to spark an interest in science for both boys and girls.

Rome Catholic School:

The newly-established Chess Club is gaining popularity at Rome Catholic School, giving strategic-minded fifth and sixth graders the chance to compete against juniors and seniors. Students meet in the library and play the game on interesting chess boards made of everything from carved oak to one game with detailed chess pieces in the shapes of Yankees and
Red Sox. Weekly results are posted on the school’s website.

Trinity Catholic School:

Turkey with all the fixings was on the menu as 450 students, parents and grandparents attended Trinity Catholic School’s Harvest Feast this fall in St. Paul’s Church hall. The kindergarten class had the honor of saying grace before the meal and pre-schoolers provided musical entertainment. Later, families traveled to the school for dessert and an open house.

Holy Family School, Norwich:

Eighth grade students have created a business called “A Slice of Heaven,” centered around the production of whoopee pies. Students are producing the delicious products and learning the ups and downs of the business cycle — from planning to delivery. The students have also added a Christian service component by donating whoopee pies to the PTO as a dessert for Lenten fish fries.

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