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.
Student Activities Committee, Jr. - 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 4-5 an opportunity to grow in leadership and responsibility.
We Got You Covered Club - This club was formed to help our school families who may need a little extra love (family member undergoing medical treatment, sudden death in the family, etc.). This group of students will get together to make a no-sew fleece blankets and cards.
Yoga Club - Students in grades 2-4 can experience the benefits of Yoga with their friends. In the fun after school yoga classes, students will explore different poses, breathing techniques, meditation practices, and mindful exercises that can improve focus, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility, confidence, and stress management.
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.
Altar Servers - Middle school 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.
Art & Writing Contests - Community organizations sponsoring these contests contact teachers and they in turn make the opportunity available to students. St. Joseph students have received awards in both Art and Writing Competitions.
Cross Country Team - Students in grades 3-8 can train to run one to two mile races in the fall. The team participates in races at public and private schools in Baltimore County. The race days will vary during the week.
Finding Kind Committee - This program 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.
First Lego League Robotics Team - Students in grades 5-8 meet to explore programming and building robotic systems after school.
First Lego League Robotics Team - St. Joseph School has a First Lego League (FLL) Robotics team for middle school students and a First Lego League Jr. Robotics Team for students in grades 3-5. Each team researches a real-world problem based on a theme and develops a solution to the problem. Teams also design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®. Members of this team participate in a local FLL tournament.
Instrumental Music - This program is open to students in grades four through eight. 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 - Middle school students volunteer to become part of the Music Ministry program. Students taking advantage of this activity have opportunities to cantor, become part of the choir, and contribute to the liturgy. Choir is open to students in Grades 4-8.
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 mediators are supervised by the school counselor. Mediators help foster a positive environment at school and serve as role models/leaders for younger students.
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.
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.
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.
Student Lectors and Ushers - This is a volunteer group of 8th grade students, willing to give service to their school community through lectoring and ushering at school liturgies and graduation.
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.
Track & Field Team - Students in grades 4-8 tryout to participate in Track & Field competitions. Training varies during the week.
VEX IQ Teams - Students on the VEX IQ teams meet after school and compete in tournaments several times during the year. During the competition, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge.