The purpose of Student Council is to serve the needs of the students, teachers and school in general. It is also to build a sense of the democratic process with the students and to develop a practical sense of rights and responsibilities. The Council is made up of Officers and Commissioners elected from the 8th grade class, and one representative from each of the homerooms.
The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8. There are ten events. Two are collaborative team efforts – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of:
∼Fine Arts (Art and Music)
Please visit https://academicdecathlon.wikispaces.com/ for more information.
The Catholic Schools Activities Board (CSAB) of the Archdiocese of Denver sponsors Open and Trophy Speech Meets for 7th and 8th graders. Individual students compete against other students in the Archdiocese in the categories of speechmaking, impromptu, reader’s theater, oral interpretation, and drama.
Eighth graders put together our yearbook using templates on the computer. To offset the cost of the yearbook, eighth graders also sell advertisements. Many hours of learning go into the production of the yearbook. Meetings are held after school with a parent acting as advisor.
Junior Great Books
This is an extra-curricular reading and discussion program which is offered to children who are scholastically eligible. The program is designed specifically to enrich the intellectual life of the child. The rewards to be derived from such a program are invaluable.
Young AmeriTowne is an award winning educational program to help teach students about business, economics and free enterprise in a fun and hands-on way. The Young AmeriTowne curriculum introduces concepts such as supply and demand, job skills and work habits, banking procedures, democratic process, civic consciousness, and career awareness. These lessons prepare students for the culminating experience, a day in “Young AmeriTowne,” where they will physically apply concepts they’ve learned by working together to operate a 17-business town. Young AmeriTowne is offered to 5th and 6th grade students.
National Geographic Geography Bee
Beginning at the school level, students in fourth through eighth grade have the opportunity to participate in the annual National Geographic Geography Bee. The winner from our school then completes a written exam. The top 100 scores from the written test move on to the State level. Winners of the State Bee move on to the national level held in Washington, D.C. Participants show great knowledge of maps, capitals and current world events.
Frontier Girls Club
Frontier Girls was founded as an alternative to Girl Scouts to provide a scout like program for girls that goes back to the values and goals of the original Girl Scouts. Frontier Girls mission is to raise women of honor to be the mothers and leaders of the future through life skills, leadership, character building, teamwork and service to others. Frontier Girls make a pledge to love God, be loyal to their country, and to love their neighbor as themselves. Troops are composed as all age levels where the girls participate together for some activities and within their own age groups for others. The age groups are named for animals which display characteristic that the girls within the level display and develop. Frontier Girls is the only scouting organization that awards badges for learning and demonstrating character traits. Troops are required to earn at least one character badge every year. For more information, visit the Frontier Girls Club website at: www.frontiergirlsclubs.com.
Archdiocesan Spelling Bee
Students in grades 4 – 6 are eligible to participate in the Archdiocesan Spelling Bees. Meetings are held after school to help prepare students. There is an intermediate and advanced bee. This is a great opportunity for all A students.
The students prepare broadcasts on Dragon News Network (DNN) highlighting the school and activities they are involved in. Log on to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sts-Peter-and-Paul-Catholic-School-Wheat-Ridge and click on DNN Daily or DNN Special Announcement to view.
National Junior Honor Society
Sts. Peter and Paul School is a member of the National Junior Honor Society which is open to 7th and 8th graders who maintain and encourage high standards of: scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.