Clubs & Activities

Band

The St. Mary's School band is comprised of students from grades 4-8. Lessons, for a fee, are given during the week, before and after school. In the event that lessons are during school, the student is usually pulled out of study hall. Everyone in band also takes private lessons from myself. Anyone from grades 4-8 who might have the slightest interest in band is encouraged to consider joining. New members are always welcome, and have an enjoyable time.

It is important for students to explore the world of music. Music allows one to express emotions through what words sometime cannot describe. It also allows students to experiment with their creative side (how to interpret a passage of music) and play a piece with that idea in mind. When someone creates music out of nothingness, there is a sense of surrealism that makes that performance unique to the student.

Moderator: Mr. Patrick Hickey


Chess Club

Chess teaches students logical thinking and the ability to recognize complex patterns. It also develops higher order thinking skills, discipline and creative resolution methods. While enjoying time with friends, students will learn and practice self-control and recall skills. Memory improvement, logical thinking, improved observation and analysis skills, and operant conditioning are four areas that will grow and benefit from participation.

Moderator: Ms. Sandy Aversano


Faith Family Program

Students in all grades meet once a month to participate in activities that relate to their monthly stewardship focus. Faith Families are formed with an eighth grade student as the leader and at least one student from each grade level (K-8) in their group. The groups meet in classrooms under the supervision of a teacher, but the eighth grade student is responsible for running the monthly activity.

Moderator: Mrs. Melanie Patena


Instrumental Lessons

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to partake in weekly half hour individual lessons. Private lessons are taught (for a fee) in piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and voice.

Moderators: Ms. Angela Kovic, Mr. Patrick Hickey, Mr. Jason Klinect


Lego Club

Students in kindergarten through 5th grade participate in this after school activity. Beginning in January the students participate in the activity by building creations as a response to various challenges. Some challenges include: building a boat that can float, building a zip-line that can travel across the room, building a tower that can withstand an earthquake test. Students must bring their own Legos from home to participate.

Moderator: Mrs. Marisa Schiele


Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring program began in order to give our eighth grade students the chance to enhance their academic and leadership skills while allowing them the opportunity to help others academically. The eighth grade tutors volunteer their time in the morning before class and after school to assist younger students in a variety of academic areas. The tutors can also be used to provide a challenge to students who may be performing at a higher level in the classroom.

Moderator: Mr. Brian Jones


Robotics Club

Students in 1st - 8th grade participate in this after school activity. Several modules are scheduled throughout the year so that robotics can be taught at various levels. Each module consists of 4 sessions and is open to specific grades. Robotics and block coding are taught using a variety of robots including Dash robot, Lego WeDo 2.0, Lego Mindstorm, Cubelets, and Ozobots.

Moderator: Mrs. Virginia Dober


Spelling Bee

The St. Mary Spelling Bee occurs once a year during Catholic Schools Week. It gives our seventh and eighth grade students a chance to compete against each other with the winner advancing to the Cleveland Bee. Once at this level the winner has the opportunity to advance to the National Bee held in Washington, D.C.

Moderator: Mr. Jones


Student Council

Student representatives from grades 5-7 meet every Tuesday morning, along with elected 8th grade officials. The students, under supervision of adult moderators spend time planning school-wide activities and events, as well as community outreach activities.

Moderator: Mrs. Melanie Patena


Talent Show

Each year students in grades 4-8 are encouraged to showcase their talents for the school in May. During an afternoon assembly students can perform singing, dancing, skits, gymnastics, sports or other skills. Specific guidelines are provided to students in the spring.

Moderator: Mr. Jason Klinect