Eucharistic Ministry allow students that have been Confirmed in their Catholic faith the opportunity of committing themselves to the ministry of the Eucharist. Students begin their ministry at school masses and then advance to parish masses upon graduation. This is an excellent way for many of our young adults to actively engage themselves in the service of Christ.
Students from grades 4-8 have the honor of assisting in the acolyte ministry. Once students are trained, they assist Fr. Paul at weekly masses, weddings, funerals, and other services. This is a wonderful way that many of our students live out their growing faith as they embrace Jesus’ ministry to serve others.
Students that have been given the gift of music have a wonderful opportunity to work with Mrs. Sandler and the Youth Choir. Students from 5th – 8th grade learn how to develop their talents in choral singing, cantering, and musical instrumentation. The Youth Choir sings at all of the school masses, with opportunities to join the Parish Choir on the weekends.
6th-8th grade students participate in the KY Youth Assembly, this three day conference is a mock legislature where students act as senators and representatives. Students research topics pertinent to Kentucky, write bills, and present their ideas in front of their peers from all over the Commonwealth. The conference gives students an opportunity to learn how a bill becomes a law.
Junior High students also participate in the KY United Nations Assembly. KUNA is a model UN conference. Students represent their chosen country by dressing in native attire, dancing or singing on the international stage, carrying their national flag in the Parade of Nations, building a cultural display, and also by writing UN proposals. In only three days, students become fully immersed in their chosen culture and become well versed in international issues.
Quick Recall challenges our students to achieve their highest potential not only in sports, but on the academic playing field. St. Athanasius fields up to four different quick recall teams from 4th – 8th grade. On these teams, our best and brightest students compete against other schools with great success.
Governor’s Cup Competition continues our commitment to challenging students to compete academically. St. Athanasius sends their best to compete in the statewide Governor’s Cup Competition. Students pit their mental abilities in science, mathematics, language arts, arts & humanities, written composition, and social studies. In the last three seasons, we have advanced students in every category to regionals and individual students to the state level in social studies.
READING BOOK CLUBS
The Intermediate Book Club (grades 3-5) and the Middle School Book Club (grades 6-8) will be meeting in the Spanish room this year. Each club will meet once a month with meetings dismissing by 3:30 p.m. Parents should park in the back of the building as students will be dismissed from the back exit near the second grade room. The meeting dates and books to be read can be found on the library website. Order forms and permission slips should be gotten from the librarian. Books may be obtained from any library, borrowed, or purchased.
BOOK BUDDIES CLUB
Book Buddies is a program in which older students (gr. 3-8) meet younger students (gr. Pre-K-2) right after school on Wednesdays to read to them. It is an effort to promote reading enjoyment and increase student literacy.
The meetings should not last longer than 3:15 p.m. Parents should be in the back parking lot between the gym and the ball field to pick up their club members no later than 3:15 p.m. Students in gr. 1-2 will be read to in the Fall. Students in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be read to in the winter.
The National Junior Beta Club recognizes high academic achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, fosters leadership skills, and provides settings for your child to develop interpersonal relationship skills. Our St. Athanasius members will take on leadership roles in the school and in the community through stewardship projects and services. Requirements to join include 6th-8th grade students, 3.5 GPA, acceptable behavior, bi-monthly progress reports, attendance, 10 service hours, and $30 membership fee. Our bi-monthly meetings will be held every other Tuesday morning at 7:10a.m. beginning December 2, 2014.