We are pleased to offer many after-school and lunchtime activities, clubs, and sports to help each student find and develop his or her own talents and skills at all grade levels. Clubs and sports support healthy socialization, leadership development, and community service. We encourage all students to try new things and get involved.
Becoming a Student Council Representative (grades 2-8) is an important and serious obligation. The elected person serves as a direct representative for the entire class and in some cases the entire school in relationship with the school administration, particularly the principal.
The existence of a student council teaches our students many things, including such principles as: decisions should be made only after considering the input of many people, students need and deserve a voice, and that every honor also requires responsibility.
Since the voice of the students is the elected student council representative, that student should be a leader and possess leadership qualities such as: honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, the ability to listen, perseverance, organizational skills, and above all a desire to serve others. Student Council meetings are held after school once or twice per month.
Drama & Musical Theatre
The after school drama program here at Saint Joseph School is designed to foster a love of the performing arts and give the students a positive theatrical experience in a supportive environment. The program is directed by our school’s music teachers.
Interested students in Grades 4-8 learn acting, singing and basic dance skills that are put together in rehearsal for an age appropriate musical performance for all to enjoy! Each program is designed to expand the children’s ability as they grow more and more comfortable on stage.
Student involvement in our drama program helps to build our community and enables children to work creatively. Exposing students to the world of theatre is a positive experience that will enable them to "think on their feet" as well as creatively work in a supportive environment. Our hope is that this drama experience will not only improve the students’ imagination and boost their self-confidence, it will also develop a life-long appreciation for the arts as they become more aware of the world around them. Students are encouraged to join-in in all aspects of the performance including acting, singing, set design and tech production.
Our most recent productions include Frozen, 101 Dalmations, and Annie.
The primary responsibility of the choir is to provide music for the monthly First Friday Liturgies. However, the choir also participates in many all-school functions both in and out of the building, providing music for prayer services, concerts, and assemblies.
The choir directed by our music faculty rehearses once a week on Wednesdays from 2:40-3:15 in the Music Room. In addition to singing at the monthly masses, the choir is featured in the school concerts in December and May and at other functions throughout the school year. Students in grades 3-8 are welcome to participate.
Paul Effman Music leads our band program. Students are grouped by instrument and level of performance. The band meets weekly for 30 minutes altogether, and then will additionally meet in small group for lessons. The Saint Joseph School band will host two concerts through the year: the Christmas Performance and Spring Concert.
To support our Band program, private lessons are offered at our school in the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. Students in grades 4-8 are invited to take private, semi-private, or beginner group lessons. Instrument rentals can be arranged.
Lunch Bunch and Breakfast & Books
The library sponsors book groups that meet during lunch on alternate months for third, fourth and fifth grade students. Middle school students enjoy Breakfast & Books in the morning before school begins. The groups meet informally to discuss a book selected either by the librarians or by the students themselves. All are welcome, and there is no charge for this activity. The school supports this effort to encourage reading by purchasing multiple copies of each book chosen.
After School Clubs
Throughout the year, the teachers run various fun and age-appropriate clubs for all students. Clubs run in short sessions of approximately 8 weeks. Offerings change from year to year and season to season. Some of the activities that have been offered in the past include:
Flag football, art, LEGO building, soccer, games & strategies, yoga, Girls Who Code, and journalism
Future Problem Solvers
The Future Problem Solving Program International's Mission is to develop the ability of young people globally to design and promote positive futures through problem solving using critical and creative thinking. The past few years our team has included students from grades 4-6 and have advanced as far as the International level competition.
The club meets weekly as they practice challenges using the creative process.
Step 1: Identify Challenges
Step 2: Select an Underlying Problem
Step 3: Produce Solution Ideas
Step 4: Generate and Select Criteria
Step 5: Apply Criteria
Step 6: Develop an Action Plan
Extra Co-Curricular Offerings for Grades 3-8
St. Joseph School belongs to the South Shore Parochial School League.
Practice begins the first week of November. Girls practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays and boys practice on Mondays or Wednesdays, except when a game is scheduled on those days. Please check the school calendar for the most up to date schedules.
League games begin right after Thanksgiving break and end during the second week of February. If the teams qualify, playoff are the last week of February.
Parents are responsible for transportation to all games. All students in grades 3-8 are invited to participate.
We are pleased to offer a girls’ field hockey program for grades 6-8. Students are eligible to participate and learn the skills, rules, and game experience of field hockey. Practices are held twice a week with several scrimmages against local middle school team's scheduled during the fall season.
Ski Club is open to grades 5-8. This activity provides an opportunity for students to grow socially, emotionally, and physically. Students make new friends and have an opportunity to learn how to help each other. The program is open to all levels of skiers and snowboarders alike. Professional instruction is available at the mountain for those who wish to learn the sport. The program takes place at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, MA and is run by faculty.
The Ski Club takes place on Fridays, beginning in early January and ending mid-February. Busses leave school at 3:45 pm and return at approximately 9:45 pm. Should there be any cancellations, make up dates will be on a Friday following the program. We will have a ski hot line that is in effect during the program.
Golf is a fun and challenging game that can be played throughout one's lifetime. Students in grades 5-8 are welcome to join. There are 5 one-hour group lessons (10 students per group) covering all aspects of the game with a PGA-certified teaching professional.
All equipment and balls are provided. Students who have their own equipment are encouraged to bring it along to the course.
The program is held at Ponkapoag Golf Club in Canton, from 2:45 to 5:00 pm. Transportation to the golf course is provided via school bus. The Golf Program begins accepting registrations in March.
The Fall and Spring Intramurals Program, which runs for several weeks, promotes physical fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork, with students split into new teams each day.
This is a great way for students to get to know each other and to play and develop skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Activities include Gatorball, kickball, indoor soccer, basketball, floor hockey, wiffle ball and gauntlet dodgeball.
The middle school after school study hall program is a chance for students to complete homework and other schoolwork in a supervised setting from 2:40 - 4:15 pm, Mondays - Thursdays. Payment options are available monthly for the full month, two days/week, and per diem at $17.
Meeting once a seven-day cycle, middle school students are encouraged to come discuss favorite books, learn about new titles, share writing pieces such as poetry, scripts, and stories, or encourage one another in reading and writing! The clubs will meet during lunch block on a designated day with Mrs. Jensen and Ms. Spence.
We are pleased to offer Cross Country to our students in grades 3-8. We want out students to gain a love of running and exercise. They will have the opportunity to run distances ranging from 1 to 3 miles and compete in local races.
To build the virtue of social charity in the students, MHMS has a Christian Service hour requirement. Mr. Kiessling monitors student's service hours. From time to time, he announces service opportunities in class or on the Christian Service board across from the office. If parents have an opportunity that students may wish to participate in, please contact Mr. Kiessling at firstname.lastname@example.org. All service opportunities for middle school students should go through Mr. Kiessling who will organize sign-ups. Some charitable work does take place at school during school hours with an accompanied education component.
One of our most popular service options is participation in Living Legacies. This is an intergenerational visitation program with North Hill in Needham. It is open to students in grades 6-8. Students in Living Legacies visit with residents of the Vista Terrace Enhanced Living Neighborhood, many of whom have memory impairments. For an hour, the students visit with them, playing games such as the crowd favorite Wii Bowling, doing crafts, or simply sharing conversation to get to know one another. Students learn that for those with memory impairments they may not remember what event made them happy, but the joy they feel from spending time with our students can last for days.
Homework Strategies Club
This program is designed to assist students who are struggling to get organized and /or getting their homework done on time. To be eligible for this program, the student must be having difficulty organizing assignments and be referred to the program by the guidance department or a teacher. The Homework Strategies moderator tries to diagnose the student's issues to enable the student to do his/her work independently. When a student is enabled, it may be suggested to the parents that their child no longer needs to attend the program.
Math Extra Help
Students can get individual or small group help on current math topics or basic skills practice.
Students can work in pairs or small groups on homework, projects, or in preparing for tests. Teacher help is provided if needed.
Composing the Yearbook is a fun and memorable experience where students will get to see their creation from start to finish as it transforms from articles and photos to a published book. Working together to incorporate student's individual strengths is the key to create the beset edition possible. If you are skilled and motivated at writing, art, photography, organization, or any other quality you think would help, please join the yearbook staff, and help us make the best yearbook yet. Meetings are held in the Tech Lab.