The St. Clare Student Council is a group of student leaders who have been elected by their peers to represent and share student ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and administrators. They organize student activities, social events, community service projects and fundraisers. Students have an opportunity to use and apply their student experience and learning about leadership, public speaking, and decision-making within a school system.
2016-2017 Student Council
Coordinator/Teacher: Mrs. Donna Cantwell
President: Samantha Lorelli
Vice President: Jack Tellier
Treasurer: Tyler Mistretta
Secretary: Isabel Gonzales
Historian: Kailey Nelson
School Spirit: Sydney Corbitt
Public Relations: Margaret Kamp
Member at Large: Carlos Alonso
8N HR Representative: Logan Blitstein
8S HR Representative: Erin Fink
7N HR Representative: Martin Gonzales
7S HR Representative: Kelsey Belamy
6N HR Representative: Mira Sayegh
6S HR Representative: Andrew Berntsen
Student Altar Servers assist at all weekend Masses, as well as during special events such as weddings, First Communion, and Confirmation. Student Altar Servers also participate in all school Masses and at graduation. Students are eligible to become Altar Servers as they begin fourth grade. Training sessions are conducted by one of our parish priests to ensure that the servers know what they have to do during the Mass, but also to understand the Mass and the history of some of our Catholic traditions. New servers are always scheduled with an experienced server to help them carry out their responsibilities. Altar serving is a wonderful way for students to become active members of their church community while also providing a service to the parish community that is greatly appreciated by Fr. O’Shea and the parishioners of St. Clare Church.
The St. Clare School Yearbook Committee is open to 7th and 8th grade students who excel in academics and computer technology. Students are interviewed and selected by the Yearbook moderator (Anne Craig, a teacher who provides support and guidance to the Yearbook staff). The Yearbook staff meets every Tuesday and Thursday at noon in the Library, and much of the work is done independently at the students’ homes. Student photographers may also at times take pictures of various St. Clare School activities and events.
National Junior Honor Society
The St. Clare School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is open to 7th and 8th grade students who are eligible to apply for membership. Membership is based on scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship (details listed below). A Faculty Council is chosen by the Principal to vote on each student who has applied based on the above criteria. Once a student has been inducted into the NJHS, he or she is expected to continue to grow in scholarship service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Service projects take place each year to keep the NJHS actively involved in the community. (http://www.nhs.us/)
Once the first semester is complete, grades are reviewed and averaged along with conduct and effort for the first half of the school year (7th & 8th grades only). IF a student is eligible to apply for NJHS, he or she will receive an application packet in the third quarter.
Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character, and citizenship for NJHS.
This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.
Middle School Dances
The St. Clare School Dance Committee is comprised of 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in the planning and execution of school dances. These students select a theme for the dance, plan each dance, obtain the decorations and decorate Parish Hall on the day of each dance, and clean up after the dance.
Fall Dance – To be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew
Spring Dance – Friday, February 3rd
Graduation Dance – Friday, May 12th
Cub Scouts Pack 714
Cub Scouting at St. Clare School is for boys in 1st through 5th grade. It is an organization designed to have Scouts learn by doing and also have fun while doing it. Scouts have outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and fishing, and they also build things and play games as a den or pack. Scouts may earn awards for these activities, and they also have trips to visit police and/or fire stations, among other excursions. In addition, the St. Clare School Cub Scouts build and then race pinewood derby cars. When a boy joins Cub Scouts, he becomes a member of a pack. The pack is divided into smaller groups called dens. All boys in a den are in the same grade and may even be from the same school. Pack 714 Cub Scouts belongs to St. Clare Church. The church makes sure the pack has qualified adult leaders, a place to meet, and things to do. The church and the pack receive help and guidance from the Boy Scouts of America.
Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1812 in Savannah, Georgia. Since then, Girl Scouts has become a worldwide organization with the goal of building courage, confidence, and character in girls who want to make the world a better place. St. Clare School has a long tradition of hosting Girl Scout troops at our school. Because St. Clare School girls have always had a high interest in scouting, each grade typically has its own troop. In this way, the girls are able to grow up together in Scouts.
The troops decide how active they want to be. Troops from St. Clare School have participated in a variety of activities, including camping, snow skiing, taking trips to Savannah to visit the birthplace of the Girl Scouts, spending the night with the dolphins at Sea World, and numerous service projects. Girls have the opportunity to earn the Bronze and Silver Awards in elementary and middle school, which are the second and third highest achievements a girl can attain in scouting. There are also several religious awards available to the girls. Girl Scouting is a great way for girls to spend time with their friends while becoming confident, capable young women ready to succeed in all their future endeavors.