*Some clubs may be inactive this year due to Covid.
Calling all St. Mark thespians! Are you interested in letting loose your inner dramatic side? Consider auditioning for Saint Mark's annual spring performance! Whether it be a play, musical, or Shakespearian performance, we give you a chance to audition in the early winter after the holiday break. Keep you eye out for more information on upcoming performances.
Classroom of Champions
St. Mark students regularly participate in Classroom of Champions hosted by St. Eds and Brain Brawl hosted by St. Ignatius. Questions are drawn from the fields of history, geography, literature, math, science, religion, sports, popular culture, current events and general knowledge on the junior high level. Reaction time is as important as subject-matter knowledge!
Come join fellow St. Mark students in prayer. The Rosary club is open to students in 1st-8th grade who are interested in praying the rosary. Our club will pray together once a month in the church after school. Students will learn and pray the different mysteries of the rosary. Students will also have the opportunity to lead the rosary.
Looking forward to meditating on the life of Jesus through the rosary.
Student Council is a faith-based organization that provides students in Grade 7 and 8 with the opportunities to develop their leadership abilities. Backed by parent support, it challenges students to develop relationship/partnership between the school and community. Using their skills and talents, student council members are empowered as the active-voice representing the student body.
WSMS is the St. Mark School intra-broadcasting station. Our reporters and videographers report the morning news to all of our classrooms, as well as create and produce special videos, commercials and projects. All classrooms and students throughout the year have an opportunity to see themselves on T.V. through songs, skits and interviews. What a great way to see what is going on in our school as well as our parish community. WSMS is open to eighth graders, as well as 7th graders and 6th graders as the year goes on.
Girls on the Run
Girls in grades 3-5 who are looking to empower themselves and others through connections are invited to join! Girls will gain an understanding of themselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and lastly recognizing how they can shape the world around them. The lessons focus on building social, emotional and physical skills in girls while encouraging healthy habits for life. Each season ends with a non-competitive 5k with other Girls on the Run organizations around us! The anticipated start date is late March.
First Floor Mission Club
The third and fourth grade students are invited to join the St. Mark Mission Club. The Saint Mark Mission Club offers the students the opportunity to experience ways to care and pray for others in our community and around the world. The children engage in prayer experiences, service projects, and guest speakers have been invited to address the children as well.
Mission Club will usually meet twice a month during the enrichment period. There will also be additional meetings scheduled occasionally to accommodate special projects. We look forward to our service projects this year.
Learning to play an instrument is a tremendous joy! It is as much about learning the skills of discipline and reliability as it is about having fun. Together with the accountability of the ensemble, you will practice your instrument and build your skills as an ensemble member. The skills you learn as an ensemble member reach far beyond the music classroom because you learn to become a responsible member of a community.
Each Wednesday, sectionals are held during class for 4th-8th grade instrumentalists. The intermediate band (for 5th grade students) rehearses during 7th period and the advanced band (6-8th grade students) rehearses from 1:48-3:15. Members of the string ensemble (5-8th) rehearse during enrichment on Friday.
Art Club - Grades 3 & 4
We are excited to invite the students in Grades 3 and 4 to join the first floor Art Club! The students will enhance their growth as young artists and continue to develop skills and techniques in art. The students will be able to create with their imaginations, work individually on projects, discuss art, collaborate on group projects, and do service for others with the power of art.
The Art Club will meet in small groups twice a month during the Enrichment period. Additional meeting times will be scheduled as needed.
I am looking forward to creating with you!
The Lego Club is open to all students in Grades 4-8 and has been established to provide a structured environment for children to develop friendships and gain experience with social interactions while building and constructing with Legos. The Lego Club meets weekly during the enrichment period at the end of the school day. Meetings are held in the newly created Lego Club room on the 2nd floor of the Kindergarten building. Additional meetings may be scheduled as necessary.
The St. Mark Lego Club will be taking a field trip to the newly renovated Joseph and Helen Lowe Institute for Innovation at St. Edward High School. The expanded engineering wing and their Robotics Club are just a few things in store for our club members. The St. Mark Lego Club is also excited about returning to compete in the First Lego League this November at Lorain County Community College.
Come “Have Fun” and “Build Friendships” at the Lego Club! This is an experience not to be missed. Put away your paper and pencil and come build!
Club Expectations include:
Don’t take LEGO bricks from other people. Respect the creations of others. Clean up when you’re finished.
Book club is a way to get together with friends to share and discuss books we are reading. This club is open to students in grades seven and eight. Members pick the books and lead discussions. We plan to read many different interesting genres and explore some new authors. Members meet twice a month during the lunch/recess period in room 15.
Do you enjoy helping others while promoting a safe environment? Are you a natural leader? Safety Patrol is looking for you! As a 6th Grade ONLY opportunity, students will guide other students before and after school at the crosswalks near school to ensure safe crossing for the student body. Students in Safety Patrol work outside and assist many students in all grade levels! This is a year-round opportunity! Ready to serve others? Safety Patrol meets daily!
St. Mark Mediation is a team of seventh graders who have been trained in conflict and resolution skills by staff moderators. This service organization consists of volunteers that assist first floor students in resolving disputes that may occur during the recess period. Our seventh grade mediators promote the Gospel message of peace and justice as they assist in conflict resolution.
The Odyssey Program is open to students in grades 1-6 who are interested in being challenged. These are students who are willing and eager to go above and beyond what is expected in the classroom. These students will work collaboratively with classmates to complete special projects involving math, writing and science. This is an ungraded program that requires a minimum of work outside of the classroom. The class will meet weekly on Fridays. Students will be working on projects that have real world implications. Hopefully, they will be sharing these projects with the school community in some way.
The Junior Great Books Club is a reading enrichment program for students in grades 2 through 5. Students are eligible for participation in the program based upon teacher recommendation. The program can accommodate ten students per grade. Mrs. Horning, our school librarian, will lead the Great Books Program during the enrichment period several times a month. Students will be expected to prepare for each session by reading a short novel assigned by Mrs. Horning. These novels are recommended by the Junior Great Books Program.
The Liturgical Choir leads and supports the singing for School Masses. All students in grades three through eight have the opportunity to develop and share their musical talents with the Church. All choir members also attend weekly Monday rehearsals where they learn songs for upcoming liturgies, meet new friends, and learn the structure of the Mass.
Chess Club is open to all 5th – 8th graders. Meetings will take place during lunch. Participants will learn how the pieces move, the rules of the game, strategies for success, how to checkmate, and some lessons about admirable sportsmanship. We are hoping to end the year with an in-school chess tournament!
Altar Serving is one-way students can give service to the church and enrich the worship experience. Servers assist Fr. Adam in the sanctuary during our weekday and weekend masses. Serving is open to boys and girls in grades 6,7, and 8. Students can generally enroll during October and will then begin training. Also, open to the students of grades 6, 7, and 8 is to be a lector at mass proclaiming the reading, the Psalm and the Prayers of the Faithful. The lector must have deep respect for God's presence in that Word.
Entrepreneurship club is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Through the AlphaJump! Cleveland program, in partnership with St. Ignatius and St. Joseph Academy, students will learn how to create and market their business ideas. In the spring, students will present their ideas to a St. Mark community panel and may even advance to a competition among other local teams and schools for a chance to win a cash prize. The Entrepreneurship club will meet during lunch and recess twice a month.
Physical Fitness Club
Have you wanted to increase your strength, endurance, and stamina for a sport, or simply for your own personal fitness? Physical fitness improves brain health! In Fitness Club, you will improve your fitness levels through various cardiovascular exercises and weight training while improving your flexibility through proper stretching techniques!
Better your overall health with the addition of routine physical exercise! With a gain in higher energy levels and muscle growth, your personal fitness levels will improve throughout the course of the Physical Fitness Club for Grades 6-8. We look forward to helping you build your physical fitness with us! We will meet Monday’s and Wednesday’s in the Pavilion from 3:00 - 3:30 PM starting October 5th. Do you want to boost your fitness levels in a team setting? Challenge your fitness potential with us!