National Junior Honor Society
In 2019, St. Philip began its own chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Our chapter of NJHS has worked hard to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. Our chapter, and the more than 7,500 other chapters in schools across the nation, strives to give practical meaning to the Honor Society’s standards of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. In order to be considered for candidacy, the student must first meet the following prerequisites :
Students must be enrolled in St. Philip school for at least one semester
Students must be in the 6th grade, 7th grade, or 8th grade
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.75
Students must participate in at least 2 after school activities
A high academic average in itself does not earn membership into the National Junior Honor Society. St. Philip and the National Junior Honor Society strive to recognize the total student- one who excels in all of these areas: scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These values should be demonstrated by in school and out of school activities and verified by teacher observation.
(Available to Grades 6 - 8)
The Middle School Student Council consists of six officer positions plus two home room representatives from each Middle School Homeroom.
Election season occurs at the beginning of each school year in which candidates plaster the middle school hallways with their creative campaign posters and canvass for votes among their Middle School peers.
The SPS Student Council runs several key initiatives throughout the year, including Middle School dances, Penny Wars, Toys for Tots, and various other service projects. The program does wonders for helping students develop self-confidence, community service, and fiscal and leadership skills.
(Competitive Public Speaking Club Available to Grades 5 - 8)
St Philip School has a long and storied history as a flagship school of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Forensics League. This includes several top-five finishes as an overall team and for individual team members at the annual All-Stars Tournament.
Students practice regularly as a group on a rotating basis Wednesdays after school and compete in the categories of drama, prose, poetry, declamation, impromptu, extemporaneous, and multiple reading at several individual tournaments throughout Fall and Winter. A select group of only 10 individuals or multiple-reading teams is then selected for the highly-competitive All-Star tournament among the Program’s top-scoring students and senior team members. The program culminates each year with the highly-anticipated Forensics Family Showcase in which all team members are given the opportunity to present their pieces for family and friends.
(Available to Grades 2 - 8)
SPS offers Chess Club as an academic enrichment opportunity for students in Grades 2 -8. The game of chess helps young people learn to concentrate, think logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize information. It also helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning, patience, focus of thought, and self-discipline.
Chess Club meets afterschool for five Thursdays in the Fall and another five Thursdays in the Spring and culminates with an intramural tournament at the end of the Spring session. The SPS Chess Club also occasionally participates in community chess events as they become available.
(Available to Grades 5-8)
In the Lego Robotics club, students learn about the basic components of robots, the kinds of jobs they perform, how they are built and programmed. Students can choose to follow online instructions on building robots or design their own robots to complete a challenge. They must then use Lego programming applications to program their robots. With some of the kits, students also learn about how robots collect data and what they are able to do with it.
We are looking forward to a great spring in the Lego Robotics Lab and the continued growth of this Lego Robotics program at SPS.
(Available to Grades 5-8)
The Journalism Club meets weekly to learn reporting and writing skills as well as aspects of photo journalism. The members post their articles and pictures to the club website quarterly.
(Available to Grades K - 4)
This popular club is separated by Primary and Intermediate grades, with each group meeting after school on alternate first Fridays of each month. The students develop crafting skills and make seasonal décor that often become beloved memorabilia from a young child’s SPS years.
(Available to Grades 3 - 8)
This program is offered by the Parent Teacher Guild’s Lifetime Activities Committee in the Fall and Spring. All students in Grades 3-8 are eligible to participate. PTG volunteers chaperone students as they walk to the Crafton Ingram Bowling Lanes afterschool on select Fridays for two rounds of bowling. Parents and guardians pick up the children directly from the lanes at 5 p.m.
Meals on Wheels Club
(Available to Grades 4 & 5)
Students in grades 4 & 5 are invited to participate in the Meals on Wheels Club. This club, which meets after school monthly, creates handmade favors to be placed in the meals of the clients of the local Meals on Wheels. Students can attend one or all of the monthly sessions. Flyers are sent home prior to each meeting with the date and time of the upcoming session, as well as the permission slip needed to attend.