Clubs & Activities
Student Activities Committee - Students work with a teacher moderator to plan a variety of events and activities to involve students sharing with others. The committee offer students in grades 6-8 an opportunity to grow in leadership and responsibility.
National Junior Honor Society - Membership in NJHS is based on national guidelines and local standards. Students in grades six through eight are invited to become members each year based on exemplary academic achievement (an A average in each major subject) followed by demonstrated leadership, service to the school and parish, and good character.
Peer Mediation Club - Our Peer Mediation Program is an approach to help students work cooperatively to resolve their conflicts when they have been unable to solve them on their own. Student mediators are taught skills used to guide disputants through specific steps to reach an agreement. The training involves twice weekly lunch meetings for a period of approximately four months. All mediations are supervised by the school counselor. Mediators help foster a positive environment at school and serve as role models/leaders for younger students.
Magic Club - Our talented magicians in grades 6-8 meet twice a month during recess to share different magic tricks and ideas with members of the club. They also perform and share these dazzling tricks at the end of the year for younger students.
Safety Patrol - Middle School Students are able to volunteer for this activity. It is a service to their school. They assist at morning arrival and afternoon dismissal in order to assure procedures are followed and all are safe.
Altar Servers - Sixth through eighth grade students have the opportunity to be trained to assist the priest on the altar during Mass or other liturgical celebrations. These students participate in parish and school liturgies. Commitment is an important part of this activity.
Student Ushers - This is a volunteer group of 8th grade students, willing to give service to their school community through ushering at school liturgies and graduation.
Recess Ref Program - Eighth grade Recess Refs work in pairs to assist 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers weekly to insure that organized games are played fairly. The school counselor coordinates the program for the students.The Refs are role models, exemplifying the qualities of good sportsmanship, responsibility and leadership for the younger students at recess time.
Finding Kind Committee - was formed by a group of middle school girls and the school counselor, after attending a powerful presentation by the founders of the program at Seton Keough High School. The committee meets weekly and at times twice monthly throughout the school year and provides presentations for girls in grades 3-6, in an effort to reinforce the message of kindness, compassion and understanding among girls.
Instrumental Music - This program is open to students in grades four through eight. It is offered as an extra-curricular activity. All band students take lessons once a week during the school day and have recess or after school practices depending on their group. Parents who want their child to participate in this program sign a contract directly with the Instrumental Music Program of Columbia, MD who sets all fees. Our band has been ranked #1 many times over!
Music Ministry - Fourth and fifth grade students volunteer to become part of this program. Students taking advantage of this activity have opportunities to cantor, become part of the choir, and contribute to the liturgy.
Reading Buddies - This is a program designed to provide a chance for our older students to mentor their younger schoolmates. Each grade is assigned a "Buddy Class". Students meet to share experiences such as reading, writing, or special day activities.
Talent Show / Middle School Play - Held in alternating years, these performance opportunities allow students to showcase their talents, whether on stage or behind the scenes.
Red Ribbon Parade - This annual event is held in October to promote a drug-free lifestyle. Students in any grade may participate.
Art & Writing Contests - Community organizations sponsoring these contests contact teachers and they in turn make the opportunity available to students. Saint Joseph Students have received awards in both Art and Writing Competitions.
School & Archdiocesan Spelling Bees - St. Joseph School holds an annual Spelling Bee each spring for its students. Champions are named in the primary, intermediate, and middle school grades. A School Winner is also determined. Top spellers are asked to represent our school in the Archdiocesan Spelling Bee.
Academic Competitions - Middle School students may participate in a variety of academic competitions hosted by area high schools. Teams meet after school with a moderator to prepare as needed.
Educational Field Trips - Students are expected to participate in the planned trips for their class. These trips serve an educational purpose and enhance the classroom curriculum. Information is sent to parents and signed permission is necessary for all trips.
Child Safe - This is a program offered to grades kindergarten, five, and eight. Catholic Charities Children Continuum sponsors it. This program is designed to provide personal safety skills and help children know how to tell supportive adults if situations occur. Our school counselors facilitate this program.
School Masses - School Masses are planned by a committee of teachers and are child oriented. Students also attend regular 8:15 a.m. Parish Mass every Wednesday throughout the school year.
Prayer Services - Led by students, faculty, deacons, or a parish priest, prayer services are an integral part of the student's prayer life at St. Joseph.
Stations of the Cross - Students in grades 3-8 participate in the Stations of the Cross in church on Fridays during Lent. K-2 experience the Stations through video or other teacher initiated activities.
Living Rosary - We honor Mary in the month of May. The Living Rosary is one way students actively show devotion to The Blessed Mother. This devotional celebration involves students from all grades. It concludes with traditional May hymns and the Crowning of Mary.