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Extracurricular Activities

The following extracurricular activities are offered at St. Francis of Assisi School:

Chess Club

Chess Club is open to experienced and beginning chess players in grades 4-8. Students meet once a week for a six week time period to develop and hone their strategic skills. They are coached by volunteers and encouraged to enter chess competitions.

Students interested in participating in Chess Club, please contact the school office at dhatzenbihler@rcsmn.org


History Day

Students work with the Minnesota Historical Society to identify a person who has impacted history in a significant way. Under the direction of an annually chosen theme, students prepare a presentation, either as an individual or a group, which illustrates the life story and contributions made by the person whom they selected. Presentations are shared with classmates and students may also select to enter a regional competition.

Students interested in participating in History Day, please contact Mrs. Hatzenbihler at dhatzenbihler@rcsmn.org

Lego Robotics ™

Lego Robotics is an outreach activity of IBM that invites students to become involved in the programming of Lego Robotics. Using “Mindstorms” software and kits, Lego Robotics helps to promote science, technology, engineering, team work, presentation skills and math education in our school. The Lego Robotics Club meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school and is open to students in grades 6-8.

Students interested in participating in Lego Robotics, please contact
Mrs. Bagniewski at pbagniewski@rcsmn.org

Math Counts ™

Math Counts is a national program offering students challenging mathematical concepts and problems in an effort to develop students to be effective problem solvers in the areas of math, science, and engineering. High level competition is offered at the regional, state, and national levels. Math Counts is offered to students in grades 6-8.

Students interested in participating in Math Counts, please contact Ms. Gaudet
at ngaudet@rcsmn.org

Math League

Math League is designed as an enrichment program for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Topics for the five competitions throughout the year are predetermined and offer students opportunities to compete both individually and/ or as a team against other schools in the region and in the state.

Students interested in participating in Math League, please contact Ms. Gaudet
at ngaudet@rcsmn.org

Math Masters

Math Masters introduces students in grades 5 and 6 to higher level math concepts. This exceptionally challenging activity invites students to learn new ways of mathematical thinking and problem solving resulting in higher levels of math understanding and aptitude. Through an emphasis on problem solving, Math Masters seeks to apply real life settings to challenging mathematical concepts.

Students interested in participating in Math Masters, please contact the school office dhatzenbihler@rcsmn.org

Science Fair

Every January, St. Francis of Assisi School hosts an annual student Science Fair. Students in grades K-8 are invited to create a project and display it for viewing at our fair exhibit. The projects are then reviewed by volunteer judges and constructive feedback is given to the students. Students may have the option to enter their projects in more advanced competitions such as the Regional Science Fair or the GATEway Science Fair Competition which is sponsored by the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented and Mayo Clinic. (All students in grades 7 and 8 are required to complete a science project and enter into the school Science Fair.)

If you are a student that is interested in participating in the Science Fair, please contact the school office for additional information - dhatzenbihler@rcsmn.org

Spelling Bee

Students in grades 5-8 celebrate their spelling skills by participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This competition begins at the homeroom level. The winner of each homeroom competition then goes on to compete in a school-wide Spelling Bee. The top three spellers from St. Francis of Assisi School compete in the Rochester Catholic Schools Spelling Bee. Our RCS winners will then advance to the Regional Spelling Bee. Regional winners compete at the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Students interested in participating in the Spelling Bee, please contact
dhatzenbihler@rcsmn.org

Student Council

Student Council at St. Francis of Assisi School serves the school and the community by organizing and participating in service projects, planning activities to cultivate school spirit, and modeling positive values-based behavior. Students elected to the Student Council practice leadership, responsibility, and cooperation as they work to create a healthy and vibrant school environment where the democratic process and a commitment to productive collaboration are evident. Council members seek to model Christ as they witness their faith to others through their words and actions.

President: Gavin Warmkagathje
Vice President: Nick Weick
Secretary: Cam Vareberg
Treasurer: Devon Wald
Publicity Director: Rachel Taunton
8th Grade Homeroom Representatives: Owen Murphy
7th Grade Homeroom Representatives: Sabrina Schroeder and Adam Pirko
6th Grade Homeroom Representatives: Gio Mariani
5th Grade Homeroom Representatives: Gavin Kor and Anna Briese
4th Grade Homeroom Representatives: Ava Eckerman
3rd Grade Homeroom Representatives: Stella Pelowski
2nd Grade Homeroom Representatives: Etif McIntosh
1st Grade Homeroom Representatives: Julia O'Connell and Evelyn Hyder
Kindergarten Homeroom Representatives: Amanda Spors

Alternate:

Students interested in participating in Student Council, please contact Mrs. O'Hara at

johara@rcsmn.org or Mrs. Keller at lkeller@rcsmn.org

Technovation

Technovation is a world wide technology and app development program for girls in middle school. Teams of girls in grades 6-8 identify a problem in the community, develop a mobile app solution, build a business plan to launch the app, and bring the business to market by pitching it to teams of judges throughout the world. We work with mentors from around the Rochester area to create materials and videos as well as coding a working mobile app.

Girls interested in participating in Technovation should contact Mrs. Bagniewski at pbagniewski@rcsmn.org

Maker Space

Stay tuned for more information!