Student Life | An Abundant Amount of Choices to Get Involved
To create graduates who are concerned about others, leadership opportunities and a range of exposures are introduced. Pairing older and younger students in buddy classes, assisting teachers through the Future Teachers Club, all provide opportunities for students to lead and start "making a difference" in our school community.
With small class sizes, St. Michael School can be flexible to meet the changing needs of students with various additional opportunities or resources. Fortunate to be located in communities where enrichment for children is a priority, students are encouraged to participate in programs such as their local civic centers and libraries.
Student Council is an organized group of students sharing in the life of the school, including planning a Veterans Day Tribute Mass and coffee social each year.
The Smiles program has been a long-standing tradition for first graders at St. Michael's School. It is a one-on-one reading program that partners a student with a volunteer senior citizen. Each Thursday, one first grade class meets with their Smiles reading partner. The volunteer readers begin the year by reading to the students and by the end of the school year, the students are reading to the volunteers. This program was designed to improve reading skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Our first graders look forward to this program every week. In addition, Smiles will form friendships that we hope will last a lifetime.
The Bowling Club is open to students in grades 5 through 8. Approximately 50 students participate in the league each quarter. Bowlers with the top three averages receive trophies, as do the members of the team with the highest overall team average. Science Club Students in grades 4 through 6 are welcome to join the Science Club. The club meets monthly and they investigate various topics such as "science in the kitchen" where they investigate different foods and ingredients.
Jump Rope Club
Early morning exercise before school each week if good for the brain and good for the heart! Students enjoy jumping rope and perform throughout the year, especially at Open House.
The school choir is open to any student regardless of musical training in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Students sing, play bells, or play other instruments to lead or accompany singing during the liturgies.
Power of the Pen
Power of the Pen is a statewide competition for creative writers. Each school enters one team of six students for seventh and eighth grades. Writers compete at the district, regional and state levels.
Kiwanis K-Kids Club
St. Michael School has partnered with the Independence Kiwanis Club to form a K-Kids Club for students in first through fourth grade dedicated to providing community service to the surrounding areas. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach students, at a young age, the qualities of being a leader as well as the importance of giving back to their community. The club meets twice a month and has performed many projects. They have made ornaments for American soldiers, collected coats for Coats for Kids, made Thanksgiving placemats for a local nursing home, collected more than 1,000 books during a book drive, and honored local librarians during National Library Week.
Kiwanis Builders Club
Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school students in the world. St. Michael students that are in fifth to eighth grade are welcome to be a member of this student-led community-service organization. Students learn teamwork, organization, and leadership. Students learn that working together can and will make a difference in the world around them. The club is in partnership with the Independence Kiwanis Club.
Drama Club is open to students in grades 6 through 8. The club promotes interest in theatre and cultural arts with the presentation of one musical drama each February. The school hires professional directors, musicians, lights and sound people. We partner with Independence Schools to perform in their auditorium.
Students can participate in three different bands: Beginning Band, Advanced Band , and Jazz Band. We offer lessons in instruments as an extra-curricular opportunity. Our music curriculum begins at the kindergarten level. Students participate in a liturgy and bell choir and also take musical field trips to Severance Hall and the Cleveland Orchestra. Instrumental music, starting in the fourth grade, has long been an important part of St. Michael School. There are three performing bands. The talented musicians participate in local solo and ensemble competitions. Piano and violin lessons are also offered.
WSMS Morning Announcement Crew
St. Michael School broadcasts morning announcement over the TV to start the day off in a positive, uplifting way. Students have the opportunity to be announcers, reporters, or work the camera and behind the scenes equipment.
St. Michael School has an outstanding CYO program, led by the Athletic Association. St. Michael's teams do well in developing young talent and fair play skills, as well as winning competitions. Students in grades four through eight may participate in the CYO sports program.
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