Co-curricular enrichment activities supplement our core curriculum to engage students and enhance the learning experience. These activities encourage students to excercise their creativity, develop life skills and grow in a variety of different ways.
A-TEAM (AFTERNOON TEAM)
The A-Team offers ECC students an opportunity to enjoy a highly creative and culturally enriched program. Each day will have a different focus. The A-Team is available from 11:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for students enrolled in preschool and pre-kindergarten classes. Students eat lunch and enjoy afternoons filled with discovery, creativity, imagination and fun with Early Childhood Center teachers.
The K-8th grade art show is a much-loved event that happens each spring. Our gym turns into an art gallery where all students are represented by at least five pieces of art work. Close to 4,000 pieces were displayed last year!
The Buddy Program focuses on building our school community by developing caring, trusting friendships and the sharing of learning experiences between older and younger students. Older students have opportunities to be valued helpers, teachers, and friends. Younger students benefit from having a role model that gives special one-to-one attention and kindness. Together, buddies read, write stories, play games, attend chapel and have fun.
Spiritual development and life skills are promoted by teaching children basic Christian values through the stories of our Christian faith from the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, and by involving them in the experience of Christian worship and the celebration of the seasons of the Christian church year. Chapel service is held each morning in each division's commons area. All-School chapel service is held in the church sanctuary on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Parents are always welcome to attend. In the middle school, the Chapel Leadership Team helps lead divisional and all-school chapel services.
All students participate in service projects throughout the year which are coordinated through the chaplain's office. The St. Paul's Church Food Pantry, our sister school in Haiti, local needy families and Bishop Spencer Place are a few who benefit from the students' efforts.
CULTURAL ARTS PROGRAM
Thanks to the efforts of the Parents' Guild, the students at St. Paul’s get to experience fun and educational performances on and off campus. To name a few, Paul Messner Puppets, The Nutcracker, Dickens Carolers, The Kansas City Zoo, Alvin Ailey and Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA), have all provided culturally rich experiences for the students at St. Paul’s.
Divisional field days are scheduled once a year during the school day to offer all students challenging games and cooperative activities organized by the Athletic Directors. Field Days focus on athletic activities and are usually held during the month of May. Seventh and eighth grade students direct activities for younger children with the help of the teachers.
INTEGRATED THEMATIC UNITS
From Ocean/Life and Space Exploration in the Early Childhood Center, to the Rainforest and Westward Expansion in the Lower School, to the Medieval Fair and World Culture Night in the Middle School, integrated thematic units are offered in all grade levels. These much-loved lessons allow the children to learn important concepts and skills in all content areas through the use of engaging, hands-on projects and activities. Each thematic unit has a culminating event for students to demonstrate and showcase their work.
Students in grades 4-8 participate in early morning enrichments sessions with the possibility of attending local and state competitions.
Students participate in several musical performances under the direction of the music teachers. They are held during the school year and provide opportunities for creative expression. Parents, relatives, and friends are invited to attend Christmas Concerts, the Middle School Musical, and Spring Concerts.
For the past 30 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,000 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad's ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience. Participating students in 7th and 8th grades participate in several science competitions throughout the year.