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!
Newspaper Club is open to junior high students who are interested in reading, writing, and editing. Together, we look at real-life news articles and discuss the different components of each. Using those as models, students choose topics of interest to write about, such as movie reviews and school sports. The students in this club will work together to write articles, edit and provide meaningful feedback to each other, and format an electronic newspaper to publish for the St. Mark School community.
Student Council is a faith-based organization that provides students in Grades 5-8 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.
Harry Potter Club
Students in grades 5-8 who love all things Harry Potter will meet weekly to discuss their common obsession! Potterites plan to have trivia contests, watch the movies, and, of course, debate on the characters and plotlines. Member are always welcome to bring new ideas for more Harry Potter fun!
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 lunch recess or enrichment period. There will also be additional meetings scheduled occasionally to accommodate special projects. We look forward to our service projects tis 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.
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.
Are you interested in reading new books for fun?
Do you like discussing the books you read?
Then join our new book club! This club is open to grades 6-8. We will meet twice a month during lunch to discuss and analyze what we are reading. Club members will make the book selections. Members will also lead the club and choose the path this new adventure takes.
St. Mark Safety Patrol is voluntary and open to all interested, sixth grade students who are responsible and dedicated. At the beginning of the year, students self-schedule themselves for the whole year, based on their preferences.
For Safety Patrol to be an effective program, it is essential that students demonstrate the following qualifications:
Be responsible, Report to duty on time, Perform duties faithfully, Strive to prevent traffic casualties, Be a good role model and set a good example, Report dangerous practices or situations to an adult, and Strive to earn the respect of other students.
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 6. Students are eligible for participation in the program based upon teacher recommendation. The program can accommodate ten students per grade. Parent and parishioner volunteers lead the Great Books Program during the enrichment period several times a month. Students will be expected to prepare for each session by reading the short story assigned by their group leader.
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 and occasionally after school. 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 a chess tournament!
Altar Serving is one-way students can give service to the church and enrich the worship experience. Servers assist Fr. Adam on the altar during our weekday masses. If they wish they can also sign up to serve the week-end 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.
We dance, we play, we laugh, we cry, we sing! Singing can be scary; it can make you feel like the whole world is looking at you . . .but it also feels amazing to just let go and make a big, beautiful sound! Singing has the power to express the indescribable things we feel inside.
In choir, we do all this together. Despite our fears, we sing in one voice, and our voices become something greater than we could have imagined. We discover that those deep things we can't express with words are understood by the people around us and we find greater sympathy with one another. There is nothing quite like it.
Choir is open to students in 5-8th grade. We rehearse on Thursdays during enrichment. The choir will perform at the Christmas and Spring concerts. In the coming years, the choir will look for opportunities to perform in the greater community as well.