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In addition to an outstanding academic program, San Jose Catholic School offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities. These meaningful opportunities provide our students with outlets designed to balance academic studies and recognize individual and team skills, learn the value of putting forth best effort, and achieving personal growth and development. Whether it’s serving on Student Council or the National Junior Honor Society, competing in Lego Robotics, Geography Bee or Science Fair, or performing in a school play, each student is encouraged to become involved in activities which they enjoy.

Please browse through the Extracurricular Activities made available to our students.

The Arts

Art Enrichment Club

Open to Students in grades 2 - 8
Faculty Sponsors: Jean Ossi

The Art Enrichment Club is offered to students in grades 2-4 and 5-8. Each group will meet for two quarters. The Art Club meets weekly. Activities include painting, printmaking, working with clay, weaving, jewelry making, seasonal crafts and more. The club will also include a quarterly service project. Members can select from a list of charities or make suggestions of their own.

Bell Ringers

Open to Students in grades 5-8
Faculty Sponsor: Annsley Edwards

Handbells are a unique instrument to play. They can be played in choirs, or even as a solo instrument and require using techniques that are not used on any other instrument. Handbells offer a unique musical (and visual) experience that people of all ages and experience levels can enjoy.

Piano & Singing

Open to Students in grades K-5
Faculty Sponsor: Annsley Edwards

This new once a week program runs from February to May and gives students an introduction to piano and singing. The students will have a spring performance.

School Play

Open to Students in grades 4 - 8
Faculty Sponsor: Carol Parry

For more than 18 years, San Jose Catholic Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL, has produced Broadway-style musicals each year, including Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, and Willy Wonka Jr., among others. These beautifully staged and costumed musical productions are not only drama, music, dance, and entertainment, but an opportunity for students, faculty, parents, and community to profess their Catholic identity and serve the common good by serving others.

The school community has embraced this theater program, with parent volunteers spending countless hours creating costumes, building sets, publishing playbills, and seeking support from local businesses. As hundreds of students had the opportunity to participate in the program, there was a desire to extend this experience to students from Holy Rosary and St. Pius. In 2013 a new tradition was initiated, as students from these schools were invited to audition for the productions. This cultivated Catholic identity among young people of different social backgrounds through song, dance, and drama.

In 2014, Today's Catholic Teacher awarded San Jose Catholic School the Innovations in Catholic Education award for our school play as an innovative project promoting Catholic identity.

Yearbook

Open to Select Students in grade 8
Faculty Sponsor: Carol Parry

Yearbook meets on a monthly basis after school. The student members of the staff organize, design, and do all of the writing necessary for the production of the school's annual yearbook. If you've got a creative mind and enjoy being a part of a team, this is the club for you! New members are always welcome!

Religion

Altar Servers, Cantors, & Readers

Open to Students in grades 4-8
Faculty Sponsor: Carla Chin
Director of Religious Education: Anita Michaels (San Jose Catholic Church)

Cantor selection takes place throughout the school year. Students should be encouraged to let their teachers know that they would like to participate. Training with Carol Burns, Director of Music and Liturgy at San Jose Catholic Church is required.

Students interested in becoming an Altar Server should be encouraged to let their teachers know that they would like to participate. Training with Carol Burns, Director of Music and Liturgy at San Jose Catholic Church is required.

Bishop's Bowl Competition

Open to Select Students in grades 2 - 8
Faculty Sponsor: Stacey Orlando

Bishop Felipe Estévez created the Bishop’s Bowl competition in 2011 in the Diocese of St. Augustine, located in Northeast Florida. The contest is akin to a brain brawl, with questions ranging from saint identification, Catholic vocabulary that could stymy even an adult, to Church doctrine.

Choir

Open to Students in grades 3 - 8

All students in grades 3 - 8 perform in the choir during weekly school masses. Classes are placed in a rotational roster ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate.

San Jose Mini Vinnies

Open to Students in grades 6-8
Director of Youth Ministry: Michael Diaz (San Jose Catholic Church) send email

The San Jose Mini Vinnies are a service group focused on meeting the needs of our local and parish communities. Students enjoy faith, fun, food and fellowship at our meetings. Mini Vinnies meet twice a month: every first and third Thursday of the Month from 3 to 4pm in the Spanish Room. We will also have monthly scheduled service opportunities. Parent volunteers are needed for this group, volunteers must be finger printed, background checked and have taken the course, Protecting God’s Children.

School Involvement

Angels in the Outfield

Open to Students in grades 7 - 8
Faculty Sponsors: Carol Parry and Carla Chin

The Jacksonville Miracle League provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system, pairing players with an able-bodied peer. The Miracle League is always in need of Buddies - adults or teenagers - to help the players with batting, rounding the bases, and fielding. Buddies need to be physically able to protect the players from harm and assist the players as needed. Safety is the primary goal; the fun comes naturally! Though the Miracle League calls them Buddies, many refer to them as Angels in the Outfield.

National Junior Honor Society

Open to Students in 8th grade
Faculty Sponsor: Kate Olinto

Five main objectives have guided chapters of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection at San Jose Catholic School. A NJHS membership is a distinction that holds significance throughout a student's academic life - and beyond.

Requirements are that a student maintain a 3.5 GPA in their core classes or higher throughout 7th grade and continue to maintain this standard throughout 8th grade. Students will also be required to be in good standing concerning discipline. i.e. honor code violations, attendance concerns, and reminders.

Safety Patrol

Open to Students in grade 5
Faculty Sponsor: Julie Farrell and Amanda Beltz

Safety patrol is a service organization at San Jose Catholic School for all 5th grade students. Patrols arrive at the school by 7:30am and leave at the end of car pool each morning. They assist with the efficiency of the carline process by helping our young students get safely from their car into the school building.

Student Council

Open to Students in Grades 4-8
Campaigning and election will take place in August
Student Council is active from September to June
Faculty advisors: Joann Thomy, Emily Montvilas, and Carol Parry

The student council helps share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals and is comprised of students elected from grades 4 through 8. Service is their main focus as they help raise funds for school-wide activities, community projects, as well as helping those in need. Throughout the school year, the words of St. Ignatius Loyola are the mission statement of this service group - “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”

School Competition

Battle of the Books

Open to Students in grades 6 - 8
Information available in September
Faculty Sponsor: Joann Thomy

Battle of the Books is a Diocesan wide reading incentive program for students in grades 6th through 8th. Students read pre-selected books and come together in school teams to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The student competitions are usually similar to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competitions. This event takes place in March on a school day whereby all participating Diocesan elementary schools come together for this exciting and fun day.

Brain Brawl

Open to Select Students in grades 6-8 with try-outs being held before the season
Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Moore

Brain Brawl is an academic competition in which Diocesan Grade School teams are pitted against one another. Teams consist of up to six players, only four of whom play at any given time. A moderator reads questions from a variety of subject areas that include humanities, mathematics, natural science and social sciences.

The Diocesan Grade School Brain Brawl Tournament is hosted by Bishop Kenny High School in November.

FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics

Open to Students in grades 6 - 8
Faculty Sponsors: Carla Chin and Patrick Madigan
Practices twice a week from October through February with multiple competitions

Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO®-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

Elementary and middle-school students get to:
• Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
• Apply real-world math and science concepts
• Research challenges facing today’s scientists
• Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
• Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Geography Bee

Open to Students in grades 5 - 8
Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Moore

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades five through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.

History Bee

Open to Students in grades 7 - 8
Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Moore

The National History Bee is an academic competition for middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics.

Science Fair

All grades create science fair or Engineering Design projects for the school competition held in December.
Diocesan Science Fair Competition open to students in grades 6-8
Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair Competition open to students in grades 6-8.
Florida State Science Fair open to students in grades 6-8
Faculty Sponsors: Patrick Madigan and Carla Chin

Science fair is an opportunity for students to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research. The results of each student's research is presented in a school wide science fair--or sponsored local science fair-- where the student's efforts are displayed and where students are interviewed to determine scientific merit. Students who have been judged to have used the scientific method properly and who have demonstrated thoroughness in their studies and effort are awarded prizes and are advanced to compete in regional, state, national and international science fairs

The overall goal of the science Fair is for the students to gain lifelong skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, communication, and public speaking.

Spelling Bee

Open to Students in grades 5 - 8
Faculty Sponsor: Kate Olinto

Every fall, tens of thousands of schools enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. During the fall and winter, schools will conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom, grade, and/or school level, and send their spelling champions to the next level of competition as designated by their local spelling bee sponsors