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Student Life!

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular Activities

 

Battle of the Books:

This reading program is open to all 5th and 6th grade students and is sponsored by the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Arlington. The selected 15 books are read by the students and discussed at book club meetings. The Holy Spirit Team competes in the spring against teams from across the diocese to answer questions about these books. Last year, our team placed first in their division and third place overall. The group meets2-3 times per month after school.

Teacher moderators: Mrs. Brooks-Kenney (mbrooks@holyspiriflames.org), Mrs. Black (jblack@holyspiritflames.org), and Mrs. Locke (mlocke@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Board Game Club:

The Board Game Club allows Holy Spirit students the opportunity to interact socially while exercising good sportsmanship, critical thinking and strategy skills. The group is run over the course of several weeks by grade level with limited participation.

 Teacher moderators: Mrs. Franchi (bfranchi@holyspiritflames.org) and Mrs. Marino (jmarino@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Book Club (Primary Grades):

The Book Club for the primary grades is open to students in grades 1-3. This year’s emphasis is on fairytales. Stories are read and retold by students through play-acting and crafts.

Teacher moderators: Mrs. Orrick (sorrick@holyspiritflames.org), Mrs. Simmons-Le (ksimmons-le@holyspiritflames.org), Mrs. Crone (pcrone@holyspiritflames.org), Mrs. Payne (mpayne@holyspiritflames.org), Mrs. Barger (kbarger@holyspiritflames.org), and Mrs. Molino (amolino@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Chess Club:

 Open to students in kindergarten through 8th grade, there are two sessions during the school year which meet on Mondays after school. Learning the game of chess assists students in developing social skills, memory, spatial skills, numerical abilities, verbal aptitude, creative thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills.

Moderator: Silver Knights Chess Company (https://www.silverknightschess.com)

Choir:

The school choir serves the Holy Spirit Parish as the choir for the Friday 9 am mass. Weekly rehearsals are held after school on Mondays to practice proper singing technique and a repertoire of sacred music for Mass. The choir is open students from grades 3-8.

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Gullickson (lgullickson@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Cor Unum for Boys

This group is meant to help our young men learn what it means to be a man of God in today’s world.  Led by dedicated adult and college age men, this group is an incredible way for our boys from all different middle schools in the area to come together to discuss topics of the Faith, form good friendships and have a lot of fun! Snacks will be provided and the group will let out just in time for our Friday Night Youth Group!

Contact: Mrs. Renner (msyouthministry@holyspiritchurch.us)

 

Cor Unum for Girls:

Cor Unum for girls is a place where 7th and 8th grade girls from all different middle schools can come together to discuss important topics of the Faith, pray together, create new friendships and learn how to be young women of Faith in today’s world. Led by some of our dedicated school teachers this is not something you will want to miss! Snacks will be provided!

Contact: Mrs. Renner (msyouthministry@holyspiritchurch.us)

 

Geography Bee:

Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Holy Spirit School geography bee.  Traditionally held in December, the school winner goes on to compete via a written test to advance to the Virginia State competition and possibly a national competition.

Teacher moderator: Ms. Dailey (tdailey@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Math Club:

Assists students in grades 1-5 who may need extra math support. Inclusion in the program is based on teacher recommendation. Students receive math help from “peer tutors” in grades 6-8. Math Club meets once a month.

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Crone (pcrone@holyspiritflames.org) and Mrs. Payne (mpayne@holyspiritflames.org)

  

Math Olympiad:

Math Olympiad is a nationally recognized fun math competition team. Students meet twice a month from November to May. We learn skills, mental math tactics, and practice speed drills in order to be competitive math students. Monthly math competitions allow the students to be ranked locally and nationally with their peers.  Math Olympiad is open to students in grades 6-8

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Schwartz (cschwartz@holyspiritflames.org)

 

National Junior Honor Society:

Members of the society must meet and maintain the academic, service, character, leadership and citizenship criteria of the Society. Students in the second semester of 6th grade, 7th and 8th grades are eligible for membership. The Society maintains the gardens in front of the school, co-hosts a school dance with the Student Council, conducts fundraisers to donate to worthy causes, completes 15 hours of service every school year and promotes academic achievements. The society maintains an estimation station all school year in which the middle school participates.

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Cogliano (dcogliano@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Newspaper:

Produced by the middle school students, the Holy Spirit School newspaper includes articles on events and happenings within the school community.

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Jean Black (jblack@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Respect for Life Club:

To help students develop a respect and appreciation for all human life from conception to death. Students are given a meaningful way of showing this respect through tangible projects and opportunities for spiritual growth. Monthly meetings will include prayer, projects and food! Open to grades 5 – 8.

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Knox (kknox@holyspiritflames.org), Ms. Menapace (emenapace@holyspiritflames.org), Ms. Gregas (jgregas@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Running Club:

Holy Spirit Running Club, open to grades 3-8, participates in CYO Cross Country in the Fall and CYO Track and Field in the Spring. Students meet one day per week to enhance their strength, endurance, and running abilities in a fun and supportive Catholic setting.

Teacher moderator: Ms. Menapace (emenapace@holyspiritflames.org), Mrs. Orrick (sorrick@holyspiritflames.org), Mr. Gordon (ggordon@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Safety patrols:

Sixth grade students may participate in AAA National Safety Patrol program.  Students learn leadership skills in a friendly environment focused on keeping our students safety during arrival and dismissal.

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Schwartz (cschwartz@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Shakespeare Festival:

 Huzzah!  Eighth grade students merrily embark on a discovery journey of the “Bard of Avon” resulting in a 30 minute Shakespeare production performed at the Diocesan Shakespeare festival in May.

Teacher moderator: Mr. Gordon (ggordon@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Spanish Club:

The Spanish Club provides students in grades 7 & 8 an opportunity to practice the Spanish language and experience the Latin culture in a fun and relaxed setting.  Activities may include games, films, projects, crafts, and cultural celebrations.

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Marino (jmarino@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Spelling Bee:

Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Holy Spirit School spelling bee.  Traditionally held during Catholic Schools.

Teacher moderator: Mrs. Black (jblack@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Student Council:

Holy Spirit Student Council consists of students from 4th through 8th grades, however, only students from 6th through 8th grade are eligible to run for an officer position. The mission of the Student Council is to promote an understanding of school events by communicating with the students and teachers; work for the greater good of the students by providing an opportunity for student expression; develop leadership skills among representatives; improve school spirit; and promote positive citizenship. The student council meets monthly, to plan activities such as the Ton of Love and Spirit week.

Teacher moderator: Ms. Dailey (tdailey@holyspiritflames.org) and Ms. Virusky (kvirusky@holyspiritflames.org)

 

Yearbook:

An annual tradition, the school’s yearbook is designed and created by 8th grade students. Meetings are held weekly from October through April.

Teacher moderators: Mrs. Marino (jmarino@holyspiritflames.org) and Ms. Hicks (shicks@holyspiritflames.org)

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