Art club offers seventh and eighth-grade students many opportunities to express and develop their creativity. Students employ a variety of media to design works of art that appear in numerous venues. The members of Art Club will be assisting with service projects throughout the school year as well as practicing more complex artistic techniques in their own works of art. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare portfolios for high school.
Students in grades four through eight may enroll in the Instrumental Music Program. Lessons are held during school hours once a week for one-half hour. It is the responsibility of each student to contact the teacher of his or her academic subjects for any missed work. Full band practice is held after school once a week. The school has contracted with the Instrumental Music Program of Columbia, Maryland for this program.
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Archdiocese of Baltimore CYO Basketball Committee will offer two divisions of basketball for children in grades 4-8: the Playoff Division, a competition-focused division, and the Non-Playoff Division, a skill-building/social-focused division. St. Louis Basketball Program will have a new structure for all students and parish children that want to participate. Sports teams may only represent themselves as St. Louis teams with the permission of the principal and the pastor. Visit our Basketball page for more information.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books gets fifth-grade students excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship. Teams of five students and one adult coach each read the same 16 pre-determined books. In addition to reading the books, teams choose a team name and dress accordingly. During the "battle" (a 50-question exam), a moderator asks questions that relate to one of the following: a direct quote from one of the book characters; a statement about something that happens in the book; a passage taken directly from the book; details about an illustration or picture. Prizes are also awarded at the competition in April.
Learn chess from a Silver Knights Chess coach! State and national champions have come from this program, but most students are just looking to have fun! Class time is split between lesson and play. Lessons range from learning the rules to advanced tournament strategies, depending on the children. Play time is structured to pair each student against an opponent of similar skill. This club accepts students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Silver Knights will supply all the equipment during chess club. Students will have the opportunity to play in tournaments. Click here for more information.
Students in grades one through four are invited to join the Primary Chorus, and students in grades five through eight are invited to join the Middle School Cantor Chorus. Primary Chorus performs at the Christmas program, the Cultural Arts Evening, and takes two field trips to perform for the residents of Charlestown Assisted Living Center in Catonsville. Middle school participants will cantor during liturgies and prayer services. Each chorus rehearses once a week.
This club is a great way to stay in shape and be an ambassador for St. Louis School. It is open to any interested students in grades five through eight. All practices are held at St. Louis School and meets are all run at Trinity School.
Students in grades four through eight are invited to engage in computer-based and hands-on STEM activities through gaming, modeling, and simulation with an emphasis on logical thinking, problem-solving, and the application of coding to real-world problems. Participants will learn and apply basic concepts of programming, cryptography, and cybersecurity while exploring the interconnections of science, math, technology, and engineering. Students will program with Scratch and will be introduced to Python, HTML, and Java Script.
Design and Build
Primary students joining this club will have the opportunity to design, create, and build using Legos. Imagination will meld with construction as students bring their creations to life.
Primary Drama Club is offered for students in grades three through five, while Middle School Drama Club is offered for students in grades six through eight. Interested students select a play, rehearse after school and, in middle school, stage a dinner theater in the spring. Primary Drama Club will perform during Catholic Schools Week.
Girls on the Run
This club inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The programs combine training for a 3.1-mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development. Girls on the Run registration can be accessed here.
Students in grades six through eight are encouraged to participate in friendly, fun competition through It’s Academic. St. Louis students compete against students from other schools in a quiz-bowl style format.
Manners Lab Cotillion & Etiquette Program
This new club is a 5-week program consisting of two hours each week and includes a series of ballroom dance and etiquette lessons. Students will enjoy a final ball on the last week of the program. The program covers greetings and introductions, first impressions, verbal and non-verbal communication, social media, social skills, dining etiquette, and several popular styles of ballroom dance. Throughout the program, respect for self and others is promoted and encouraged. Click here for more information.
The Poetry Club offers a welcoming and creative environment where students have the opportunity to collaborate with others who share a love of words. The club will provide students with a venue to read and write poetry and perform their original work at an open mic night. Although the focus of the club will be on spoken word poetry, we will celebrate all forms of creative writing.
This club is offered for students in grades 3-5. Students will have an opportunity to reach out to those in need in our community to share God’s love and compassion. They will be making lunches, placemats, blankets, cards, etc. to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Speech & Debate
Students learn to create factual, logical, ethical, and emotional arguments to persuade others that their point of view is correct. The club’s purpose is to teach and train students in the fundamentals of debate and public speaking. The goal is to prepare students to compete in local debate competitions.
Students who participate in Student Council have the opportunity to learn about and participate in the political process, serve others, raise money for the school and for various charities, and have fun. Seventh and eighth-grade students are elected to serve as officers, while students in grades five through eight are elected to represent the entire student body.
Open to all students in grades five through eight, this club will practice once per week during the spring semester in our new John Evans Memorial Gymnasium. No prior experience is necessary to participate in this club, only a willingness to learn the game.
Children in grades 1-3 who choose to take part in Yoga and Mindfulness will experience yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation practices, and mindfulness awareness.