STM Catholic offers a variety of extra-curricular activities to enhance our students’ overall education experience. Though voluntary in participation and more relaxed in style, these activities often provide opportunities for new experiences, new responsibilities and new friendships that can profoundly change how students see themselves, their community, and their place in it. Below is a brief description of currently available activities.
The Archdiocese of Denver introduced the Academic Decathlon in the school year 2010-2011. It is a competition for students in grades 6-8. The five goals of the Decathlon are:
- To promote academic excellence;
- To promote collaborative spirit and cooperative learning skills;
- To promote logical and higher order thinking;
- To recognize the contributions of parents, teachers, school administrators, and business and community members in supporting high standards for all students; and
- To celebrate the diversity, excellence, and tradition of Catholic schools.
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 questons on five broad academic themes. The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Roman Catholic doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and Music). Awards are given for individual and team performance. The winning Archdiocesan school team travels to California to compete in their state championship.
STM Catholic has earned FIRST place in Archdiocese Academic Decathlon for the past SIX years (2011-2017). Students have then gone on to the California Jr. Academic Decathlon Championship were they have placed in the top five in the team competition.
Battle of the Books (introduced in the 2015-16 school year)
Primarily created for 6th grade students, Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program that encourages teamwork and fun through competition both within STM and participating schools.
National Chess Master Todd Bardwick offers and eight-session fall and spring chess class for St. Thomas More Catholic School students. The class has structured teachings and playing time with the option to compete in individual or team competitions outside of the school.
Junior Great Books
The Junior Great Books program at STM Catholic is specifically designed, both in content and technique, to challenge gifted students in grades 5–8. The criteria for participation in this activity includes reading at least two years above grade level and a teacher recommendation. It is an activity that provides a forum for the participants to exercise their critical thinking skills, work on their ability to articulate ideas, and practice listening to others. It encourages participants to challenge the ideas put forth by others and defend their own.
Robotics (introduced in the 2015-16 school year)
LEGO Education enhanced technology literacy, helps develop critical thinking skills, and develops engineering skills through a multi-discipline approach to learning. This extra curricular program is offered for students grades 4-5.
Science Matters in America is an exciting after-school science and technology enrichment club hosted at St. Thomas More Catholic School. This program provides our K-5 student with an atmosphere to expand their learning and love for science through experiments and hand-on discoveries.
STM Catholic is a member of the Archdiocesan Speech Association. The speech team is open to all 8th grade students in the Fall trimester and 7th grade students in the Winter and Spring trimesters. Students work on oral presentation skills in preparation for the two Archdiocesan speech meets offered for each grade level.
7th Grade Speech Team: First Place All-School Archdiocesan Trophy for the past seven years
8th Grade Speech Team: First Place All-School Archdiocesan Trophy for three of the past four years
The Student Council’s responsibilities include implementing and executing new and exciting student initiatives, as well and being the voice of the student body.
The STM Catholic Spelling Bee team is an activity for 4th and 5th grade students who enjoy the challenge of intellectual competition. Team members practice weekly and compete in the Archdiocesan Intermediate Spelling Bee.
Students create memory books for STM Catholic School by applying creativity, photography talents, organizational and time management skills, teamwork and fun to this after school activity.
Young AmeriTowne and International Towne
Young AmeriTowne and International Towne are award winning educational programs 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 6th grade students and International Towne is offered to 7th grade students.