The Elective program takes place on Fridays during the school day and is offered to students in grades 3-8.
Teachers present learning activities for students at the different grade levels (grades 3-5 and 6-8). Each trimester, students are provided new options from which to choose. The offerings provide students an opportunity to connect with teachers and other students in an environment outside academic programming. These groups also engage students in these activities within a diverse grade level environment. An activity group may have a combination of third, fourth and fifth graders or sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
Some offerings include LEGOs, board games and puzzles, Jeopardy, keyboarding and coding, mindfulness activities, musical theater, STEM and stories as well as art-based activities.
Examples of Middle School Electives Include:
Mrs. Vane - Babysitting class
You will become an American Red Cross certified babysitter. Designed primarily for youth ages 11 and older, this course will prepare students to be better babysitters. Topics include how to provide care for infants and children; how to stay safe; what to do in an emergency; how to choose age-appropriate activities; and how to recognize and handle a variety of behaviors. There is a $17 fee to receive the American Red Cross Certificate. You may take the class and not receive a certificate for no cost.
Mr. Wisler - Chess Club
Come play chess! We will partner up and compete in chess matches each week. After a few weeks of practice we will have a competition to see who the best chess player is. Come with your favorite strategies and come ready to play!
Ms. Principe - Cooking Club
Come join me as we celebrate the art of cooking, increase our knowledge of skills, techniques, and recipes, and cook delicious meals from all countries and cultures.
Ms. Hedden - iMovie
In this class you’ll have the opportunity to work with St. Philomena iPads and iMovie to create mini movies. Video related activities will include learning to storyboard, conducting on-camera interviews and editing video and audio segments to create a final product. Come have some fun and make some movies!
Mrs. Capuano - BOOKS N’ MORE
Each week we will do a book related activity in the Library. We may experiment with blackout poetry, make bookmarks that we can use to spread reading joy throughout the school or use discarded books to make craft projects. Please join us if you like books and libraries.
Mr. Quinn - TRIVIA & GAMES
In this elective, we will compete in individual and group competitions. We will play chess, connect 4, UNO and different card games (pitch, spades, rummy). We will learn the rules and strategies for different games.
Mrs. Towers - CARD GAMES
Welcome to the exciting world of card games! In this elective, we invite you to embark on a journey filled with strategy, skill, and endless fun as we delve into the fascinating realm of card-based entertainment. Whether you're a seasoned card shark or a complete novice, this course is designed to cater to all levels of expertise, providing you with an opportunity to sharpen your card-playing abilities and explore the diverse and captivating universe of card games.
Ms. Nadeau - SUPER ART
Art History Exploration - Spend some time using scholastic art magazines to learn about and explore various artists and the many time periods in art. Once you have found something that inspires you, you will make your own masterpiece using what you have learned to drive the art you make.
Teacher Helpers (PK-4 Teachers)
Students will assist the teachers in Grades PreK-Grade 4.
(The teachers’ names and grade level will be listed)