Extracurriculars

STA EXTRACURRICULARS 2018-2019

Asian Affinity Group-Varady
To provide a space for Asian students at STA and to foster an environment where informed learning, discussion and equity-mindedness is a priority.

Asian Cultures - Varady
Asian Cultures Club is  a cultural awareness organization dedicated to creating an understanding of Asian cultures, heritage and identity.  Members will decide what everyone would enjoy doing during the activities: whether hands-on crafts, or sharing the knowledge of traditions or fascinating pop culture throughout Asia.

Black Student Coalition-Walker
To provide a space for Black students at STA to challenge their own ideas about what it means to be a student of color on this campus and in this world while also fostering an environment where informed learning/discussion and equity-mindedness is a priority.

Campus Ministry - Arrendondo
Campus Ministry students meet to share their faith and plan meaningful, on-campus prayer experiences for their peers. Students in this group help to plan all-school prayer services for holidays by choosing readings, selecting music and creating a reverent environment. Campus Ministry students also plan events for Catholic Schools Week in January.

Creative Writing Workshop – Finn/Roark
This club will offer an opportunity for students to share the works of their favorite authors and write independently or collaboratively in a workshop-style environment with time allotted for peer editing and small-group review.  In the fall, an emphasis will be placed on compositions that may be entered in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

Croquet Club-Meyer
The purpose of the Croquet Club is to introduce a new, unique sport to students and allow them to practice the art of the sport. Croquet is a great way to meet new people and grow your knowledge of the game. It is proven that croquet can be intellectually and mentally good for you.

Cultural Diversity Committee - Whitney
The Cultural Diversity Committee’s primary mission is to support St. Teresa’s Academy and reflect and respect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the students, academic programs, support programs, as well as the faculty, administration, staff and student body.The committee designs and implements programs which hopefully promote recruitment and retention, as well as the pursuit of academic success. We attempt to expand cultural, historical and community awareness and maintain an open, safe and inclusive environment for all students.

Current Events-Egner
Current Events Club/Extracurricular is offered to interested students who would like to  LEARN, DISCUSS, and UNDERSTAND more about current happenings in the city, state, nation and world.

Dance - Skowronek
Dance Club experiences dance as an art form – through basic technique as well as creativity and performance. Projects include:

  • Master Classes
  • ​Guest dance teachers in a variety of styles
  • Developing relationships with area professional dance companies through performances, workshops, etc.
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, Kauffman Performing Arts Center, City in Motion Dance Theater
  • Field Trip
  • Passion for the arts requested.

Debate – Absher/Stewart
Outside school time is required to participate in a minimum of 2 interscholastic competitions during the semester. we will touch on the various types of debate, but will concentrate our efforts primarily on parliamentary. Students will develop and refine debate and speaking skills, leadership, teamwork, and cooperation. Students will discuss current events and be expected to argue either side of a given issue. Activities will include group discussions and building skills required to make the student more confident. Students will become better listeners and more accepting of various viewpoints. This is a lifelong skill that will help form our leaders of tomorrow. In debate each student will:

  • explore speech as a competitive skill
  • learn the proper ways to debate in Parliamentary Procedure
  • learn how to structure a successful argument
  • gain confidence in the art of public speaking and argument
  • master the importance of projection, enunciation, rate, volume and pronunciation
  • build a strong sense of team with her partner(s) and class
  • study current events, historical events, and the US government to create argumentative presentation

DECA-Leatherman
DECA is a co-curricular club connecting classroom instruction to competitions that encourage students to build public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership skills. DECA allows students to use classroom content to create authentic experiences or research and a chance to explore their entrepreneurial spirit to help the dear neighbor and explore solutions to problems in today's world.

French Honor Society (Société Honoraire de Français) - Amick
The Société Honoraire de Français is a national organization chartered by AATF, the American Association of Teachers of French.  The organization’s goals are to stimulate interest in the study of French, to promote high standards of scholarship, to recognize scholastic achievement, to create enthusiasm for and an understanding of Francophone cultures, and to promote international friendship.  Membership qualifications are posted on the French Honor Society’s Moodle page.

Activities:  New candidates will be notified in January.  The initiation ceremony will take place in April.  The sponsor organization, AATF, invites students to promote National French Week (in November) and to participate in national contests (such as writing or poster contests to win individual prizes).  On campus, the French Honor Society sponsors charity drives for organizations that support the French-speaking world, such as Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and relief efforts for Haiti.

Freshman Retreat Core Team - Arrendondo
A group of 10 Juniors and Seniors selected for this planning team organize and host the Spring Freshmen Retreat. Students meet every 2 weeks during the year to plan the retreat theme, activities, small group discussions, speakers, and food. Students apply in the late spring to lead the retreat for the following year.

Future Business Leaders of America - A. Stewart
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the nation's largest student business organization with over 215,000 members across the nation.  Missouri has the second largest state chapter with 15,000 members. FBLA's mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.   Locally we support the national goals and mission by conducting workshops and bringing in guest speakers at local meetings. Each Spring the chapter competes in the 50+ competitive events offered by FBLA at the district, state, and national level.  We also work to support our national philanthropy the March of Dimes. There are opportunities to network and travel at the National Leadership conference held at different locations each year.
Our Website: http://stafbla.wix.com/stafbla

Gardening Society-Blake
Landscape and compost club

Gateway Reading Program - Jacquin
The purpose of the Gateway Reading Program is to promote literature, literacy and reading.  The program is open to Missouri students in grades 9-12. In the Spring, students vote for their favorite book from the list of nominated titles.  The library at STA has copies of the books on the list and information about the program is on the library’s Moodle page. Student have to have read at least three books from the list before they can vote.  The library sponsors a Gateway Readers Pizza Party in the Spring. At the party students vote for their favorite title and have an opportunity to talk about the books they have read.

Gay/Straight Alliance - Papineau
Our mission is to decrease discrimination against people due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, socioeconomic status or religious beliefs and raise awareness about the importance of community through education, support, social consciousness, and faith. We believe that students are entitled to respect and should be allowed equal opportunity.

  • We believe that schools need communities, such as this organization, to embrace diversity and raise awareness on how to help others be more respectful and kind.
  • We believe that schools are a safe place in which no student should have to fear harassment or unfair treatment due to their differences.
  • We promote an accepting atmosphere throughout the school by welcoming any and all individuals to participate in this organization.

Girls Who Code - Montag
Girls Who Code is a weekly group designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. We have activities for girls with ZERO computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills we teach are:
Girls Who Code is a national program for girls from 6-12th grade.  Students will learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages — whether they want to build a website, an app, or a robot. Club girls work in teams to design and build a Computer Science “CS” Impact Project that solves real world problems they care about through code.

G.I.V.E. (Get Involved. Value Everyone) Arrendondo/Sirridge
A. Get every student volunteering at least once per year
B. Provide an opportunity for leadership development and personal growth through service
C. Embody the mission statement of G.I.V.E.
D. Embody the mission statement of St. Teresa's Academy

Hispanic Affinity Group - Lopez
To provide a space for Hispanice students at STA and to foster an environment where informed learning, discussion and equity-mindedness is a priority.

Inclusion Project – McKee/Walker
To focus on diversity, iInclusion is celebrated through writing. The group collects short stories and statements to use as examples of inclusion on campus.

JCL National Honor Society - Hawley
The NJCL Latin Honor Society is a special designation given to Junior Classical League students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and citizenship in Latin class.
A student must be a member of the NJCL and the STA JCL, have a 90% in her current Latin class, an 87% overall GPA, and high citizenship according to STA standards.
Induction into the NJCL Latin Honor Society costs $2.00 per student plus the cost of other items that can be ordered, such as pins, patches, and cords. Prices for these items vary and can be found on the NJCL Latin Honor Society Order form.
NJCL Latin Honor Society induction matters because it shows prospective colleges and employers that a student values high academic achievement and has maintained proper citizenship. Colleges especially value language honor society induction because they are eager to accept students who challenge themselves in meaningful courses and who succeed.
In addition to making a student a more attractive candidate to colleges and prospective employers, graduating seniors, who are inducted into the NJCL Latin Honor Society for their senior year of high school (and one other additional year), may apply for the Anne Covington NJCL Latin Honor Society Scholarship. Students who apply must plan to take at least one Classics course in college, and preference is given to those students who plan to teach Classics. The scholarship is $2000 and is paid directly to the college or university of the recipient.

Literacy Club-Taber
Promoting literacy in the Greater Kansas City area.

Math Team - Romine/Sirridge
The STA Math Team includes students of all levels from Algebra I to Calculus. We compete in local, state, and national competitions throughout the school year, with most opportunities taking place during the Fall Semester. All students are welcome to join and attend any of the competitions.
There are several competitions that take place during the school day, on campus, typically during the lunch/activity period to reduce absences from class. Other competitions can occur over the weekend, usually a half day on a Saturday. Students are able to place and earn medals or plaques for individual or team events. Some of these Saturday meets allow for the opportunity to qualify for the State Competition, which takes place in Columbia, MO. We have had students attend State, as well as make it to the next level of Sectionals.
Math Team does not meet on club days; therefore, students can still also join a club. Math Team is a great option for students who thoroughly enjoy math and like taking on a challenge.

Number One Club - McKee
The #1 Club is a club for Freshman students who are the only student from their grade school class to attend St. Teresa’s Academy.  The club provides these new students the opportunity to meet and get to know other students who may not have any previous friendships or acquaintances with classmates at the start of their St. Teresa’s High School experience.
The #1 Club has monthly lunch meetings throughout the fall semester and meets 1-2 times during the Spring semester.  For the first meeting in early September, lunch is provided for the club through the Guidance Department budget. All other meetings are brown bag lunches with a dessert provided by moderator for the club members. Two sophomore students from the previous year’s #1 Club are also invited to attend meetings so they may be able to share their experiences and answer questions in regards to what to expect during their freshman year at STA.

Philosophy - Bannister
Philosophy Club is a small community of students who are passionate about interesting philosophical, spiritual, psychological, theological, and sociological ideas. Members meet to present, discuss, and interact with interesting philosophical topics, as guided by designated leaders from the club for each meeting. ​

Praise Band-Arrendondo/Pherigo
Praise Band students lead liturgical music worship on campus. These students meet every Monday, second activity, to rehearse in the St. Joseph Chapel. Praise Band performs the music at all Class Masses, all-school liturgies and prayer services, Alumni Reunion Mass, Open House Mass and Graduation Mass. Service hours are awarded to students if desired. There are no auditions. All singers and musicians are welcome!

Operation SMILE-Watts
STA’s Operation Smile Student Club will be the second established Operation Smile student organization in Missouri. Operation Smile is a nonprofit organization that sends medical teams, as well as volunteers, to developing countries to perform free cleft palate surgeries. The club is for girls who are interested in the medical field, as the main goal is to go on a medical mission with Operation Smile to volunteer at one of their bases. We will brainstorm fundraisers to fund the mission and promote awareness for medical issues in developing countries.

ReBeL – Jacquin/Prentiss/Whitcomb
REbeL is a student-driven education and prevention program designed to address eating and body image concerns. We’re a group of educated, determined students who have committed to redefining beauty for every body. But we aren’t like most organizations. We drive change – in the way people view themselves, in their self-confidence, in their understanding of beauty. We are a group of students making a profound impact. And we urge you to join the REbeLution. (Retrieved from re-bel.org)

Recycling - Scott/A. Stewart
Recycling Committee is working to increase recycling on campus, raise awareness on environmental issues, and create a more eco-friendly STA

Robotics-Lewis/Varady
Coding, building and competing with a robot on a competition basis. As the competition season gets closer, that may increase a bit as students tweak and hone their driving skills. The season starts in September and lasts into April for teams that perform well. Building happens at STA’s makerspace.

Science Fair-Farb
Participation in the local science fair and opportunity to engage in real research venues

Spanish Honor Society (Sociedad Hispánica Honorífica) - Amigo/Gargallo
The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).  The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students in the Spanish language, to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies and to serve the Hispanic communities within the metro area.

Stars for Life - Arrendondo
Stars for Life is a student-led group that exists to support loving, respectful, educational, and prayerful discussions on pro-life issues within the STA community. We focus specifically on the death penalty, abortion, and euthanasia. Our group approaches these issues from the perspective that every life is valuable and sacred. We evaluate secular and faith-based arguments dealing with our focus issues. We meet once a month. Everyone is welcome!

STEM/STEAM Certification-Hudson
St. Teresa’s launched a STEAM Certificate program in the fall of  2016. The STEAM Certificate acknowledges students for their achievements and involvement in STEAM related activities. This is a multi-year effort that focuses on several academic subject areas and community learning. The program is designed to provide preparation and opportunities related to STEAM fields in and beyond the typical classroom day. Students completing the STEAM certificate will receive special recognition in the commencement program, honor code, as well as documentation on their transcript.

Young Americans for Freedom – Boland
A chapter dedicated to public service based on America’s founding principles.