Extracurricular and Enrichment Activities

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School strives to develop the whole person, made in the image and likeness of God. We address the growth of the Soul (Spiritual), Mind (Academic) and Heart (Community) aspects of all our students. These various activities allow us to expand our support of the students’ development beyond the classroom.

*Please note, additional fees may apply for some programs.

Middle School Extracurricular Opportunities

The school sponsors a Middle School musical annually. Middle school students may audition to perform or act as stage crew in a full-length musical drama production in the second semester. Rehearsals take place after school. The performances take place offsite in a local theater. Past performances have included Mary Poppins, Jr., Disney The Lion King, Jr., My Son Pinocchio, Jr., Wizard of Oz, Annie, jr., The Little Mermaid, jr., Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mulan, Guys and Dolls, and Oliver!. Our 2018 Middle School Musical will be The Music Man.

Each fall our 8th graders participate in a Student Council Election. The elected officers work with the principal to support student activities, a Thanksgiving food drive and other charitable activities.

Faculty nominate 8th grade students to join the National Junior Honor Society based on academics and character in accordance with the 5 pillars of the society. A special induction Mass is held each November to honor those students.

Every morning, rain or shine, you will see the dedicated members of our middle school Safety Patrol assisting with morning drop off. The Safety Patrol members help PreK and younger students from their cars to the safety of the pathway and into the building.

Select students work with Mr. Wage to support technology needs for special events.

Sports Centered Activities

see more information on the Athletics page

RunFit Kidz, sponsors a running and fitness program developed specifically for boys and girls in grades 3 – 5. RunFit Kidz is designed to teach youths of all fitness levels about proper running mechanics, nutrition/hydration, pacing and goal setting. The class will include dynamic warm-ups, strengthening and speed drills, form, stretching and plenty of games. Our commitment is for children at all levels to run better, faster, and smarter and for the students to end the 8-week program with increased running knowledge and enhanced love for being active. The program concludes with a 5k run/walk that is held locally.

for more information and registration, please see the Run Fit Kidz website

Sponsored by the Players Soccer Academy.  After school soccer sessions for k-4th grade students who would like to learn the game and practice soccer skills are offered. These Thursday Sessions will be weekly starting 3/30 through 5/25.  See the attached flyer for more information. Registration is online and limited.

Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Please more information on the Advanced Language Arts (ALA) program on the Curriculum webpage.

Our St. Albert the Great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, more information available on the STEM page

Sponsored by Mrs. Jenni Mendell-FIRST® LEGO League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14*, to the fun and excitement of science and technology. Students program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® EV3 robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. – See more

The purpose of the Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SHS) Program is to provide the opportunity for seventh and eighth grade students with experience in Spanish at home or in their families to participate in an accelerated course of Spanish in accordance with the Diocesan Spanish Language Curriculum Objectives.

The SHS program is a two year program of study beginning in seventh grade for students who are academically motivated and desire a more rigorous course of study that keeps them constantly challenged and interested. The demanding program of study requires a high level of academic performance, discipline, and appropriate maturity for each student participating

Clubs

Sponsored by Mrs Judy Beda for 5th or 6th graders who love to read, Battle of the Books is a national reading enrichment program. Participating schools within the Diocese form teams comprised of 5th and 6th grade students.  Over the course of the school year, students read 15 books from a pre-selected list, meet regularly with their team and coaches to discuss the books, and ultimately compete in an “It’s Academic-style” tournament against other Diocesan schools in the spring.

Sponsored by Mrs. Hernandez and Mrs. Aleman,  The purpose of the STARS Junior Baker Club is to inspire children to learn basic recipes and how to decorate sweets in a simple and fun way. Food is such an important part of our everyday life and brings family and friends together.

This club is open to students in 3rd to 5th grade (maximum of 15 students).  Registration fee for this club is $25.00 per student, to cover food and supplies.

Here are a few of the skills and learning abilities that children may develop:
Sensory skills – Through tasting, hearing, touching, smelling and seeing, children will be
exposed to and identify different foods.
Math – Students will count, measure and follow recipe directions in the food-related activities.
Safety – During food preparation children will be taught the importance of safety when dealing
with food and utensils.
Social skills – Working with other children will give the students a sense of sharing and cooperation.
Emotional development – As children learn to make something for themselves, they develop a
sense of independence and a positive self-image.
Language skills – Food activities provide a rich opportunity to learn the names of foods and utensils.

Sponsored by parent volunteers, the Robotics Club meets every Monday from 3:15-5:00 pm in the Science Lab classroom. Students who participate in the Robotics Club will learn the programming and engineering involved in designing a robot and preparing it for a mission. They will also learn the important skills of teamwork, collaboration and communication. The club is currently limited to returning pilot club members in grades 5-6. There are plans to expand the club to more students after the pilot year.”

Sponsored by Mrs Jeanne Newcomer, the Aquinas Cartooning and Comic Book Club for 5th-7th graders. The purpose will be to make and share comics and cartoon characters. We will meet Wednesdays from 3:15-4:00 in the middle school science room. If you appreciate true and appropriate humor and virtuous joy, sign up! Ask your homeroom teacher for a permission slip.

Musical Opportunities and Activities

Students in grades 4-8 may audition for a place in the Aquinas Choir, which provides vocal and instrumental accompaniment primarily at school Masses. The choir also performs two concerts at the school, participates in the Diocesan Music Festival, and takes a special trip to compete in choir competitions hosted by local amusement parks. This is a serious musical endeavor requiring before or after school practice and regular attendance.

Mrs. Riley also teaches group piano lessons* after school.

Band is offered at the beginner and advanced levels to any interested students beginning in 4th grade. Families pay a quarterly fee to the Garwood Whaley Music Program, a highly respected diocesan-wide band program. Students meet with the band director for sectional lessons and full band practice once a week. Both the beginner and advanced bands perform two concerts a year, in December and May. The advanced band competes at the Diocesan Band Festival in February. Band members are also called upon to play at special events such as Grandparents’ Day and school Masses. Seventh and eighth grade students are eligible to participate in the Honor Band at Bishop Ireton High School after nomination by the band director.

Lessons are offered in violin, viola and cello. Students in grades 3-8 may take lessons after school on Thursdays. Cello practices from 3-4 pm and violin and viola lessons are from 4-5 pm. Students taking violin and viola lessons attend a study hall from 3-4 if they must stay after school until their lesson begins.