We are proud that 100% of our students participate in at least one service learning project each year to help the school, parish, community, or the world and experience firsthand how acts of service can make a difference in someone’s life. We blend the classroom curriculum with community needs to provide our students with a unique opportunity to be young men and women of action guided by their faith.
Some examples of our well-known student service traditions include:
- Fourth Grade hosts a Senior Breakfast, partnering our students with seniors from the parish
- Students coordinate an effort to collect unwrapped toys in December to donate to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
- Eighth Grade completes a “Memory Project,” interviewing and recording the many life stories of local Alzheimer’s patients
Saint Thomas School offers opportunities in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
Girls Scouts is open to all girls K-12. At Girl Scouts, she’ll get to lead her own adventure and team up with other girls in an all-girl environment to choose the exciting, hands-on activities that interest her most. Along the way, she’ll gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:
- Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
- Life Skills
Offered to Grades 5-8, Student Council fosters leadership for students who want to serve as a voice for the student body, practice civic involvement, and help provide new opportunities for our school. Interested students have the opportunity to be elected to the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. In addition there are 2 student representatives per grade within Grades 5-8. The student council meets the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Robotics and robotics teams can support many academic goals for students. Robotics provides a child with an opportunity to explore new ideas and apply concepts learned in class. Students are also developing important 21st century skills needed for the workplace.
Students learn and use the following skills:
- Creativity: Robotics can provide students opportunities to use creativity to solve real problems. The missions encourage creative thinking in terms of design and programming.
- Communication: By working on a team, students develop important communication skills. Team members learn how to clearly communicate their thoughts and ideas to teammates as well as learn how to listen to others.
- Collaboration: The competition is team based, not individual based. Students must work together for the good of the team.
- Critical Thinking: Robotics encourages critical thinking through problem solving. If a program is not running correctly or a robot is not performing as desired, the students must observe and analyze the problem then think of ways to correct the problem.
- Math: Robotics allows students to apply math skills learned in class. Measurement, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, proportions, fractions, decimals, geometry and algebraic skills are just a few of the math concepts that students may use.
- Science : Robotics also allows students to apply science concepts learned in class as well as math concepts. Students can apply information learned from studying structures and functions as well as forces and motion when designing a robot for specific missions.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a non-profit organization in Bethlehem, Pa, here are the top 10 skills employers most want in 20-something employees; in order of importance. Robotics is demonstrated in four of the top five.
- Ability to work in a team (Demonstrated in RCX)
- Ability to make decisions and solve problems (Demonstrated in RCX)
- Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work (Demonstrated in RCX)
- Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
- Ability to obtain and process information (Demonstrated in RCX)
- Ability to analyze quantitative data
- Technical knowledge related to the job
- Proficiency with computer software programs
- Ability to create and/or edit written reports
- Ability to sell and influence others
Art Club is offered for students in grades 5-8. The meetings allow art exploration that cannot happen within a regular 50 minute art class. The artwork created is based upon the interest of the group of students for each school year.
The Dulcimer Club is open to grades 2 through 8. We learn about Kentucky’s string instrument, play music and sing. We even have snack and holiday parties! We meet on Monday afternoons in the Music Room for an hour.