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St. Joseph the Protector School

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Extras at StJP

There is something for everyone at StJP!


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Extracurricular Activites

The following activities are in addition to the regular school day. Many are held after school or during free periods. There is such a wide range of activities. There is something for everyone! Find out more below:

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    Chorus

    Students in 4th through 8th grade have the opportunity to receive vocal instruction and share their voice with the community. The chorus learns a wide variety of repertoire in multiple languages and music styles. The chorus performs at school events and concerts, as well as for the community.

     

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    Strings

    Students have the opportunity to study the violin, viola, or cello in school through small group lessons. These students are showcased in music events and concerts.

     

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    Spring Musical

    Students in 3rd through 8th grade have the opportunity to participate in the school musical as cast members. 7th and 8th grade students may choose to be crew members for the production. The musical teaches students about collaboration, leadership, and the many facets of theater including singing, dancing, acting, stage management, and technology. Look for ticket sales at the end of April!

     

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    Jazz Band

    The StJP Jazz Band is a smaller ensemble of approximately 25 musicians that is generally open to 6th-8th grade students who are more advanced and want to have more music to prepare and perform. All Jazz Band students also perform in the Concert Band. The Jazz Band performs all types of jazz, pop and rock. Depending on the year, auditions are sometimes required.

    From our own school community to Retirement communities and Barnes and Nobel, both the Concert Band and Jazz Band perform in a variety of venues.  The StJP Band Program also takes it on the road each year with the rest of the music program and performs at competitions at music festivals all around Pennsylvania. The award winning band program at St.JP is an exciting and fantastic way to learn how to play an instrument. Many of Mr. Schmauk’s students have gone on to be professional musicians and music teachers all around the country.


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    Band

    The StJP Band Program is comprised of two separate elements, small group lessons during the school day/ once a week, (groups of two or three) and rehearsals for the beginner band, concert band and jazz band. For students who have achieved a certain level of proficiency and who are interested, private lessons outside of school are an option. Lessons are offered to 4th through 8th grade students.

    Beginner Band:
    This ensemble is for students who have less than one full year of lessons. It is the first step to becoming a member of the Concert Band. Most of the Beginner Band members are in 4th grade.

    Concert Band:
    The St.JP Concert Band is comprised of all 5th- 8th grade band students who have had at least one to five years of instruction. The ensemble ranges in size from 60- 75 depending on recruiting from ....

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    About-Mr. Schmauk

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    Reading Olympics

    The goal of the Reading Olympics is to increase students' reading for enjoyment and increase reading skills. Students collaborate with their teammates to read a total of forty to fifty books that have been selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists and classroom teachers. The teachers and students read the books and write questions which teams of students answer during the competition. The Olympics are primarily a celebration of reading rather than a contest. All participants are awarded ribbons.

    Grades 4-6 participate in the Elementary Olympics; grades 7 & 8 participate in the Junior/Middle event. In November/December we begin forming teams. Team leaders (STJP faculty) will call practices after the holiday season either at lunchtime or immediately following school. The events are scheduled on separate nights, anytime between the end of March and beginning of May (set by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit).

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    Art Workshop

    Art Workshop is an after-school art program offered to students in grades four and up. The sessions are held at the Jenkintown Campus (606 West Avenue) from 3:30-5:00 pm. There are fall, winter, and spring semesters. Each semester focus on a different art challenge, while students learn to master art concepts through exposure to different mediums. At the end of each semester, there is an evening reception, open to family, friends, and the community. The moderator, Mrs. Cipolla, has been teaching the program for 19 years. FALL 2017 Registration Form

     

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    Octathlon

    The Academic Octatholn is a competitive academic contest for a select team of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders sponsored by Bishop McDevitt High School. The team takes part in eight subject area tests, as well as a live current event Super Quiz. Two students and an alternate are selected from each grade. The team is formed in January and meets weekly to discuss current events and review subject matter. The actual event is scheduled for sometime in the spring. Individual prizes are awarded in each subject area at each grade level. Scholarships are awarded to the highest scoring student in each grade. A trophy for the highest combined score is presented to the winning school. The Octathlon is both challenging and enriching. Come try out for the team!


     

     

     

     

     

     

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    National Jr. Society

    The St. Joseph the Protector Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is committed to excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship, and service. In addition to academic achievement, our members strive to live out their Catholic values as role models of faith through participation in various service activities. Not only are students required to perform 10 hours of community service each trimester, they are responsible for developing and implementing fundraising activities that benefit the school and local communities. In our school community, NJHS members volunteer their lunch/recess period to be a “Study Buddy” for our younger students. They assist in various school functions such as Grandparents’ Day and Catholic Schools Week. Realizing that each person is a contributing member of society, NJHS members have raised money and provided donations to food pantries in the local community. They have also organized and collected baby supplies for St. Vincent Homes, which provide support for single mothers and their children.


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    S.L.A.T.S

    Student Leaders Advancing
    Technology in our School. Students in grades 5-7 can apply to be a part of this team by submitting an application. The students that apply must be willing to take responsibility to perform various technical tasks. They must demonstrate a willingness to learn, an intrest in technology, be willing to make a time committment, and to teach and help others. This group is a valuable resource to the school community. The team will be called on by teachers and other students. Duties include problem solving, setting up projectors and equipment, performing updates, software installation, and printer installation. Look for an application in the fall.

     

     

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    Robotics

    FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is the result of an exciting alliance between FIRST and the LEGO Company. Guided by adult mentors and their own imaginations, FLL students solve real-world engineering challenges and develop important life skills. FLL is a robotics club is for those students in 5th through 8th grades which is designed to get children excited about science and technology.

    Teams collaborate to build and program autonomous robots (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface (the Robot Game) and create an innovative solution to a program correlated to the yearly theme (the Project), all while guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements: the Robot Game, the Project, and FLL Core Values make up what is called The Challenge.

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    Coding Club

    This is a new club to StJP. A trial club was launched in the spring of 2015 called "The Gamers". It was a great success and the kids had a lot of fun doing it. This year we will run the Gaming Club again and lauch some other clubs. This is a google sponsored curriculum. Google supplies all of the materials and the club themes. The categories include: Storytelling, Fashion & Design, Art, Friends, Social Media, Sports, and music & sound. The students will follow Google's Computer Science First curriculum which incorporates Scratch. This is a great opportunity for students to use code to make real things and share them. Check back for a signup sheet if you would like to be part of this club.

     

     

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    Student Ambassador

    An Ambassador is the first student that people see and remember. As an ambassador everyone will know your name!  The possibilities for this job are endless.  Our student ambassadors can be found right in the middle of both big and small events – attending open house, welcoming visitors, working at school expos, touring potential families around the school, and attending other school-related activities.  You will represent Saint Joseph’s to our own school community and to guests who visit our school.

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    Chess Club

    In Chess Club, you will learn about the various strategies and compete with fellow members. The meetings take place on Friday at 3:15 in Room 301 once a month. The members are broken into divisions according to abilities. Chess Club members also keep track of the scoring with a game log sheet. After the lesson to begin each session, a standings update. The members at the end of the year are seeded for a single-loss tournament, which resembles that of March Madness. Check out Chess Club and come for fun!

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    Newspaper

    The Daily Protector is the StJP news blog/Meetings take place every other week during the school year at lunchtime. The Daily Protector staff, students in grade 5-8, report on information about the school and the community, contributing to our five sections: StJP life, Features, In the News, Sports, and Literary Corner. Upper grade students can also be editors.

     


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    Girls on the Run

    This school year for the first time StJP is excited to announce we will be an official site for Girls on the Run!

    The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  The vision of Girls on the run is to create a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

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    Helping Hands

    A yearly service program, in support of our school's mission statement, to help foster positive relationships with our local community and to instill an ongoing and, hopefully, lifelong committment to service within our student body. This is a complete student developed and executed program, with it's leadership coming primarily from 7th and 8th grades and the National Junior Honor Society members.

     

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    Forensics

    Forensics is a form of public speaking. Categories that students participate include poetry and prose recitation, duo, dramatic interpretation, speeches and student congress. About 4 to 6 events are held January to May, generally on Saturdays. It is available for students in grades 7 and 8, and requires one day a week of practice after school starting late October.

     

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    Video Team

    This is a new program for StJP this year. Students who are interested in video recording community sports events and school events are invited to apply for this group. The students will be responsible to edit the videos, as well as save and distribute them. All interested students should fill out an application.

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    CYO Sports

    Saint Luke Parish, Immaculate Conception and other Parishes offer a varied sports program for StJP students through their own parish. Track, football, softball, volleyball, baseball, and field hockey are some of the sports available. Student participation is according to their own Parish offering.

     

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    CYO Activities

    Both Saint Luke the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception Parishes offer social and service activities for their CYO members. The dances are one of the activities that can attended by any CYO member at any of the local parishes.

     

     

     


Other Opportunities for Students

Morning Announcements - There are 8th grade students that announce the news in the morning. Different groups of students get a chance to be a guest, sing, and work the music for this program. This year for the first time we are going online with the program. Classroom will tune in live to see the news and announcements for that day. If your child is featured parents will be able to tune in at home to see the broadcast.

Service Activities - Students are able to participate throughout the year in various service projects. They range from bringing in a canned good for the needy to making actual products.

Math Challenge - The annual IHM Math Competition is offered each year for interested students in grades 7 and 8.  The preliminary round is held in early February.  The top 100 students will go on to the final round, which is held in early April.  Winners are announced in late May.  The competition is both enriching and challenging.

Prayer Partners and Study Buddies - Older grades pair up with younger students to make things, do activities and attend Mass.


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