St. Mary's School Offer a Variety of Club to our Students!
National Jr. Beta Club
The purpose of this organization is to encourage and support academic excellence within the student body of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School Junior High (6-8); to foster and develop leadership; to aid in character development using the Christian philosophy of this school as a guideline; to encourage the attitude and desire for individual achievement and to develop a willingness to offer service. Junior Beta Club membership is open to all students in Grades 6-8 who maintain for two consecutive marking periods at least a B (86-88) in each subject. The students must also exhibit characteristics of leadership and personal integrity. Students who have earned greater than three detentions are not eligible for induction in the Beta Club. Students who are suspended for any reason are not eligible for induction that school year. If already a Beta Club member, students become inactive for the remainder of the current school year.
In order to maintain full membership status, an average of at least a B- (83) in each “academic subject,” is required. One C on a quarter report card will result in the student being placed on probationary member status. The student will then have one quarter to bring the C up to a B. If this is not achieved, or if one or more other subjects falls below 83, the student will lose membership status. The Junior Beta Club moderators are Mrs. Annmarie Gorensek and Mrs. Michelle Jordan.
Our Youth Choir is open to 5th - 8th graders. Students sing weekly at our school Mass on Wednesdays. Youth Choir has a maximum of 25 members due to space in the choir loft. Auditions are held at the beginning of each school year. Tryouts consist of singing a favorite song a cappella (without music), and repeating a tune. Students have an opportunity to cantor for the Responsorial and the Alleluia each week at our school Mass. Choir members also sing special songs during our Christmas and Patriotic programs. Most practices are held for a few minutes during recess to practice for a specific event and for their turn to cantor. The choir take at least two music infused field trips each year! The choir is directed by Mrs. Jane Timmerman and assisted by Mrs. Shana Pearsons.
In God's ears, all voices are angelic. So, find a positive song and sing it out!!!
Fr. Kolbe and St. Cecilia Vocations Clubs
The Father Maximilian Kolbe Vocations Club for Young Men and the St. Cecilia Vocations Club for Young Women meet periodically during the school year. Students in grades four through eight are invited to attend meetings. Attendance is always optional. Students receive club t-shirts after they attend their second club meeting. The meetings focus on students praying and listening to how they might utilize their talents to serve God and others. Meetings usually include a speaker, an activity, or a service project. The St. Mary's School clubs have become the model clubs for other schools in the Diocese of Charleston. The club moderators are Mrs. Karen Henry and Mr. Matt Kuhn.
The Yearbook Club is open to seventh and eighth grade students. The club generally meets once a month on early release Fridays. Club members are responsible for the layout of the yearbook. They learn basic digital design in a web-based design program. Members are also responsible for selling ads in the yearbook. For their service to SMS, club members can earn service hours for time spent on yearbook design. The club moderators are Mrs. Katie Craney and Ms. LeAnne Chelchowski.
Student Council - (Elected Positions)
The purpose of this service organization is to help promote a Christian atmosphere in the school, to strive for a harmonious relationship between the faculty and the student body, to help guide and direct other school functions and organizations, to provide a form of student expression, and to promote the general welfare of the school. Ms. Krushinsky is the moderator for the St. Mary’s Student Council.