September 16, 2015
Monday afternoons under the moderation of Mrs. Courtney Dechsler
Middle School Grades 6, 7 and 8
Interested students in grades 6, 7 and 8 help with the day to day maintenance of the computers in the school. Tasks such as moving equipment, setting equipment up, installing software, printers, monitors, and wireless cards are just some of the jobs the computer club takes on in the course of a year. The club is open to all students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Students learn from one another and from their advisor. They perform an invaluable service to the school, while learning and having fun.
MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide math contest for middle school students. Its mission is to increase the enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States. Currently celebrating its 36th anniversary MATHCOUNTS has helped more than 7 million students develop their mathematical abilities by tackling MATHCOUNTS problems.
Each year middle school students take sample MathCounts tests in their math classes. The four students in middle school that have the highest number of problems correct on those tests are chosen to represent Southington Catholic School at the MathCounts competition at the University of Hartford in West Hartford Connecticut the first Saturday in February for the Hartford Regional MathCounts competition.
Advisor: Mrs. Kathleen Welch
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 take part in the NEED energy project every third year. Middle school students research energy and energy conservation to educate themselves about energy and then proceed through skits, presentations, posters, games, collections, and other various forms of communication to teach others about energy and energy conservation. Winners of this project go to Washington DC in the summer to collect awards.
Students in Grades 5 to 8 experience the fall fair season with a trip to the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield Massachusetts. They tour the state buildings, get a glimpse of old time New England, check out the animals, and in general have a great time learning and bonding at the beginning of a new school year.
All Middle School Students Grades 6, 7, and 8
Peer mediation is a peer leadership program with trained student mediators who follow a clearly defined mediation process between two student disputants. The mediators help disputants to understand and respect different views and help them reach agreements that address the interest of both sides. The end result of mediation is to utilize the skills of reconciliation, compromise and cooperation. Peer mediators learn this process to be used with others and as a life long skill that they may apply to situations that arise in their lives.
Middle school students grades 7 and 8
Middle school students that excel in math work with other students that may be having trouble in math after school one day a week.
Coordinators: Mrs. Shannon Kief and Mrs. Denise Wagner
Open to any interested students in Middle School Grades 6 to 8
Students help in the mornings and at dismissal time. They are responsible for helping the duty teacher at the front door in the morning and the duty teacher at the north door at dismissal time. They are usually assigned one day of the week and a morning or afternoon duty. They serve as an extra pair of eyes when students are loading and unloading the school buses.
All middle school students grades 6, 7, and 8 as part of their science class do an individual science project. They follow the scientific method doing an experiment to answer a question of their choice. They then display and communicate their finding to the class. Projects are due in January and are on display in the cafeteria during Catholic School’s Week for parents and others to view. The top two projects in grades 7 and 8 go on to the State Science Fair in March.
Our "Giving Tree" is looking beautiful with all of the hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves donated by the Southington Catholic School families! I would like to thank everyone, including the Student Council members who voted on and helped organize this. Now many people who needed winter apparel to stay warm will be blessed with these gifts!
We received a letter with signatures from the recipients of our Halloween gifts. They were overwhelmed with gratitude over the gift baskets collected by the Southington Catholic School families. Thank you all for donating shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and other toiletries to people in need!
The objective of the SMG program is to introduce its participants to the fundamentals of investing. Each fall the middle school students are divided into two teams for each grade. They choose a team leader and are given $100,000 in virtual money that may invest as they see fit in the stock market. Through the SMG they buy and sell stocks and get a day to day tracking of their investments. Each week in the Hartford Courant they list the top 10 teams by grade levels. At the end of the six weeks the top teams in Connecticut are invited to an awards ceremony at the Hartford Courant and receive prizes for their work. A congratulatory ad is put in the newspaper also at the end of six weeks for the top winning schools.