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holic 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.

Academic Decathlon

STM Catholic has earned FIRST place in Archdiocese Academic Decathlon in 2022.

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
  • 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 questions on five broad academic themes.  The remaining eight events test individual knowledge of the Catholic doctrine, English, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and Music).  Awards are given for individual and team performance.  

American Heritage

American Heritage Girls is a Christian-focused scouting program for girls in grades K–8 to experience new challenges, serve others, make new friends and have tons of fun, all in a safe, faith-filled environment. See more about AHG at www.ahgonline.org. Contact Donna Engel at 303.770.3531 or donnae@stthomasmore.org. 

Beta Club

STM Catholic Beta Club is an important Middle School tradition! It is a service organization dedicated to helping our community while providing student
leadership opportunities. Members must retain high academics and exhibit strong Catholic values to be inducted into this club.

STM Chess Club

Chess class is held by National Chess Master Todd Bardwick. Class is an eight-session held in the fall. Students will receive instruction and then have time to play chess with each other while the instructor will provide suggestions, answer questions and help with chess strategies. Website is www.coloradomasterchess.com.

Cub Scout Pack 770

Cub Scouts is available for boys in 1st–5th grade. Our Cub Scout Pack focuses on character development, citizenship training and mental and physical fitness. Sponsored by St. Thomas More Catholic Parish and School. We live by the faith and morals as defined by the teachings of the Catholic Church. Contact Debbie Sears at 303.522.6291 or tiggerz4u@yahoo.com.

 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

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.

Speech

Our award winning speech program helps students build confidence and develop presentation skills by preparing them for competition in the areas of improvisation (humor, drama, oratory, poetry), speech making and impromptu speaking. Students participate in two Archdiocesan meets per year: an
open meet and a trophy meet.

STEM Club (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math)

STEM Enrichment Program is held at STM one afternoon per month for five months, beginning in the September. Requires registration prior to the first class. Website is www.sciencematters.tv.

Student Council

Student Council is a club available to Middle School students. Members coordinate service projects, middle school parties and assist with Catholic Schools Week activities and other functions throughout the year. Involvement in Student Council develops teamwork, leadership and responsibility. 

Spelling Bee

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.

Year Book

STM Catholic encourages students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to participate in the Yearbook Club. As a member of the Yearbook Club, students are given the opportunity to take photos to be included in the yearbook, as well as help design and coordinate the final yearbook product!

 

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