Chess Club - POP Chess Club is open to 2nd - 8th graders. We partner with Chess America - they provide chess classes given by local chess professionals across the United States in schools and libraries. All instructors undergo thorough background checks, and are screened for their skills as teachers in addition to their chess experience. Chess clubs are typically held after school. Tournaments are held the last few classes of each program, and they are enjoyable for all. All participants get trophies or medals or other prizes- no one goes home empty-handed. No chess equipment is necessary, as Chess America provides all chess sets and instructional materials. Visit Chess America for more information or contact Ms. Heather Hornor.
Destination Imagination (DI) - The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament. We are excited to have teams in grade levels Kindergarten - 8th. DI is for all ages and capabilities. Please contact Mrs. Melissa Ternet for more details! To learn more about DI, please visit their website: Destination Imagination.
Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) - PSIA is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit education organization serving all privately-schooled grade 1–8 students in Texas. Offering 59 academic contests in Math, Science, Language Arts, Speech, Social Studies, and Fine Arts since 1998, PSIA remains the most comprehensive academic extracurricular program in America for students in grades 1 through 8.
Speech Team - Speech Team is a diocesan-sponsored activity in which any middle school student may participate. It provides a fun, relaxed environment for students to develop and receive constructive feedback on their presentation and public-speaking skills. Participation in Speech Team looks GREAT on high school applications. Additionally, it helps to build confidence and poise for activities like classroom presentations and future high school interviews. Please visit the POP Speech Team Page or contact Mrs. Becca Edwards for more information.
St. Patrick's Academic Fair (St. Pat's) - St. Pat's is an annual competition held by St. Patrick Catholic School. Typically 7 Diocesan schools participate in the Academic Fair. The events are mental math, math, algebra, geography, on-site drawing, spelling, and poetry.