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Student Council

Criteria for Student Council:

8th grade students are elected by the students of St. Thomas to the Executive Board in the spring of their 7th grade year. 

Each class elects a representative to deliver information back to the classrooms about events that Student Council is involved with and sponsoring.

The representatives and Executive Board members must maintain an overall average of 85 with no grade lower than an 80 during their term and may not drop below a 3 in any special subject or in effort/conduct. The students council members must possess and exhibit qualities of leadership, such as responsibility, maturity and concern his/her fellow students and the school.

St. Thomas student council members are expected to communicate activities of the Council to the classroom teacher that he/she represents within 24 hours. They must also communicate students suggestions to the Student Council Moderators and the Executive Board.  They are required to attend and assist in all Student Council Activities and be active within the school community

National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society is one of the oldest and most respected student recognition organizations in the United States.  NJHS was established to recognize outstanding middle level students.  While academic achievement is a core component, membership is determined based on demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character.

NJHS is more than just an honor society.  NJHS members are required to attend monthly meetings and perform service projects that benefit the school and the local community.  Students will build the skills and relationships they need to achieve success throughout their academic years and beyond.

Please contact our Chapter Advisers if you need additional information:  

Mrs. Delbuono:  adelbuono@staglenmills.org
Mrs. Close: mclose@staglenmills.org
Mr. Gricco: jgricco@staglenmills.org

MEMBERSHIP OBLIGATIONS:

Membership in the National Junior Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility and open to students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character.

Students in 7th and 8th grade who have attended St. Thomas the Apostle School for a minimum of one full semester and who have achieved a General Average of 93% or higher, in the first and second trimester. These two averages are NOT combined to make an average. They must receive that average in both trimesters. This makes for initial eligibility, and a packet will be sent home and be returned by the assigned deadline. Students will be notified by mail of selection results. Students selected for membership are required to maintain the standards for which they were selected.

Prerequisites for eligibility:

  • A students must have attended St. Thomas the Apostle School for the equivalent of one semester
  • Membership is open to 7th and 8th grade students based on the General Average of 93% in the first and second trimester.

Scholarship Requirement:

  • A student must have a General Average from the previous school year of 93% or higher 

Leadership Requirement:

  • A student must have and provide a list of leadership roles either at school or in the community achieved since the beginning of sixth grade. All roles must include the name of the adult who supervised the activity.  Leadership exists outside an elected position and can include leadership roles in the classroom, as well as positions of responsibility in school, sports, or in the community. Faculty Evaluation Forms will be distributed to all faculty members to assist with this requirement. The candidate may also submit additional documentation to verify this leadership.

Service Requirement:

  • A students must demonstrate completion of a minimum of ten (10) hours of service either at school or in the community since the beginning of sixth grade. These hours may NOT be included in those required for any other purpose (Scouting, Confirmation, etc.) All service activities must include verification by an adult supervisor. Feel free to include any additional documentation for the service you perform, for example, a letter from the organization or individual for whom you are providing service.

Citizenship Requirement:

  • A student must demonstrate mature participation and responsibility through involvement in such activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs. Candidates should consider what it means to be a “good citizen” and how they feel they meet that definition.

Character Requirement:

  • A student should demonstrate the following qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
  • A student must be able to demonstrate an outstanding record of conduct and behavior with regard to school and community rules, guidelines, or policies, or be able to demonstrate sufficient growth and improvement.

While NOT a checklist, the following list “can be used” to describe a student of character:

  • Consistently exemplifies positive and desirable qualities of behavior
  • Cooperates by complying with school policies and regulations and codes of student conduct.
  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty, academic integrity, and reliability.
  • Regularly exhibits courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
  • Complies with all instructions and rules, and displays personal responsibility.

Members will pay yearly dues of $10 to enable the chapter to have funds when needed for chapter service projects.  Other fundraising may be done as needed and as determined by the members.  

2017-2018 Officers:

President:  Pauline Hartman
Vice President: Erin Lynch
Treasurer:  Hannah Ellett
Secretary:  Bridget Furlong

                

Band

The St. Thomas the Apostle Instrumental Music Program has been under the direction of Mr. Paul Baldino for the past 25 years.  3rd grade students have the opportunity to participate in recorder lessons. This provides an introduction  to music reading and develops basic music fundamentals.  4th through 8th graders are eligible to participate in band. Lessons are offered on flute, clarinet, alto & tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn and percussion. The fee for the lessons are paid monthly, September through May.  Both groups perform 2 concerts per year and also have the opportunity to audition and participate in the Philadelphia Archdiocese music festivals. Through the years many STA band students have participated in these ensembles performing at both the Academy of Music and the Kimmel center.

Any questions may be directed to Paul Baldino ppbaldino@gmail.com

 

As far back as can be remembered, St. Thomas the Apostle has published  an annual  book of memories. It started small and has evolved into a portrait of a place full of heart and soul. The yearbook shows the true picture of what happens every day at our school. Under the direction of Mr. Szatkowski and the editorial eye of Mrs. Crane, the eighth grade students have produced a masterpiece of memories. We know that all who see it will agree that the students have perfectly preserved the memories of this year.

                       

                     

Debate Team

The St. Thomas the Apostle Debate Team was established in the 2015-2016 school year and is available for 6th through 8th graders.  The Debate season runs from October through March and meets once per week after school until 4:30.

Glee Club

The Glee Club is for students in grades 1-8 and is run by the music teacher.  Practice is every other Tuesday during lunch recess in the Music classroom. 
Your children can have so much fun singing together in the Glee Club. We sing songs by artists such as Taylor Swift, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Adele, Katy Perry, Journey, Bon Jovi, the Beatles, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Pink, Ed Sheeran, FUN., and even some Disney songs!

There is no cost to join the Glee Club. All your child needs is excitement about singing together!