CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

STUDENT LIFE

HONOR SOCIETIES

American Sign Language Honor Society

Our primary mission is to encourage and recognize high academic achievement in American Sign Language studies for high school and college/university students. The American Sign Language Honor Society seeks to enrich the learning experience of those studying ASL.

National Honor Society

Selection to the National Honor Society is an “honor recognized throughout the nation” and “is both the public recognition of accomplishment and the private commitment to continued excellence on the part of the new member” (National Honor Society Handbook, 15th edition, p.23).  Qualification to the NHS is based upon outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service to the school and community.

Academic scholarship is based on the student’s cumulative , weighted grade point average; potential members need a cumulative, weighted grade point average of 94.5 or higher, as of the end of the second marking period of the eleventh grade school year.  Students meeting this criterion will then be informed of the responsibilities and obligations of NHS membership, and given the opportunity to support their candidacy for National Honor Society membership by completing an application packet.  Students will thus have the chance to illustrate how they meet the other criteria of membership: leadership, service, and character.

National Art Honor Society

The purpose of the chapter shall be to:

  • Inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art;
  • Foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art;
  • Further creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members, as well as the school’s entire student art enrollment;
  • Aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in an art area;
  • Bring art to the attention of the school and community;
  • Increase awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curriculum; and
  • Further aesthetic awareness in all aspects of the school’s total program.
Spanish National Honors Society

The Capítulo Santiago (St. James Academy Chapter) of the Spanish National Honor Society promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, both within the building and throughout the greater community. Members of the Spanish National Honor Society dedicate several hours throughout the year to Spanish tutoring at St. James and at Holy Cross Catholic School. Events include hosting a Latin Dance Night, visiting the Day of the Dead Altars at the Mattie Rhodes Gallery, enjoying authentic Hispanic foods at local bakeries and restaurants, and hosting a Cena Familiar (Family Dinner) at St. James for Hispanic families within our community, when we enjoy Latin dancing, authentic food, and Spanish conversation.

Students enrolled in Spanish 3 Honors or above, who have earned a grade of 90% or greater in their last semester of Spanish, and who also have an overall GPA of 94.5% or above, are invited to join. Members must receive a teacher recommendation and maintain an active status in working towards the success of our events such as tutoring, and the family dinner.

Science National Honor Society

We are very pleased to offer our students the opportunity to join the St. James Academy charter of the Science National Honor Society.  Admission into this honor society is open to all juniors and seniors who meet the following requirements.

  • Must have taken at least one Pre-AP/Honors science class during their freshmen or sophomore years.
  • Must be enrolled in at least one Honors or AP science class, during their junior or senior years.
  • A member must maintain a 90% weighted cumulative GPA overall and a 92% un-weighted science GPA. (As shown on PowerSchool.)
  • Students must complete four years of science classes.

If you meet all of these requirements, you are invited to apply for membership in SNHS.  Complete the attached application and return it to Mrs. Heinerikson by the first Friday of the spring semester.

After being accepted into the SNHS, you will receive an invitation to a Welcome Ceremony where the science department will “honor” you for your years of hard work.  You will receive a certificate of accomplishment and more details about membership.

This honor society is intended to be an opportunity for the school to honor you for your hard work in the science department.

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Heinerikson.

Tri-M Music Honors Society

Information to follow.

CLUB TEAMS

Clay Target
We are a member of the Kansas State High School Clay Target League. Currently, this involves Trapshooting. Trapshooting is one of the three major sports of competitive clay target shooting sports with a shotgun. The other primary shooting sports are skeet shooting and sporting clays. They are distinguished roughly as follows:

  • In trap shooting, the targets are launched from a single “house” or machine, generally away from the shooter.
  • In skeet shooting, targets are launched from two “houses” in somewhat “sideways” paths that intersect in front of the shooter.
  • Sporting clays include a more complex course, with many launch points.

Debate

Information to follow.

Forensics

Information to follow.

Rugby

Lord, In the struggle that goes on through life we ask for a field that is fair and chance that is equal.  In all of the strife we ask for the courage to strive and to dare, and if we should win, let it be by the code with our faith and our honor held high, glorifying you in all that we do.

Contact Coach Rob Loney at rcloney54@gmail.com

Lacrosse

Information to follow.

Contact the coach at ladythunderlax@gmail.com

Scholars Bowl

Information to follow.

Contact the coach at jwalberg@sjakeepingfaith.org

Science Olympiad

The St. James Science Olympiad team, led by Coach Evan Bradfield and Coach Brian Boutte, dedicates itself to students who want to pursue science beyond the confines of a classroom in a competitive setting.  Think of Science Olympiad as comparable to a normal sports team like track, swimming, or soccer.  As a team, we divide as individuals or in pairs to specialize in specific “events” or subjects that have varying topics from guessing how many golf balls will fit in an Olympic swimming pool to building a helicopter.  After many labs or “practices”, we take our knowledge, equipment, and devices to tournaments where the team is put to the test.  Tournaments are all-day competitions where schools from mainly Kansas and Missouri come together to see who is the best at particular events and the overall competition.  It would be like a track meet, swim meet, or game for other sports except, instead of testing physical and technical ability, they test the ability of the mind.

Now, Science Olympiad is open to everyone.  Involvement in other clubs or sports is encouraged, but you do have to have certain flexibility to make labs and meets (especially regionals and state).  Finally, you do not have to be Einstein to join.  You just have to have a positive attitude, good work ethic, and the desire to win.  

If you would like to join, please contact Mr. Bradfield at ebradfield@sjakeepingfaith.org or visit him in room 1130 in the English Department.

Powerlifting

The club meets before or after school 4 days a week for workouts.

After we lift, we will sometimes have short meetings to discuss how things are going.

CLUBS/ACTIVITIES

Academy Ink

Information to follow.

Contact Mrs. Ishmael for more information.

Art Club

The purpose of the chapter shall be to:

  • Inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art;
  • Foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art;
  • Further creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members, as well as the school’s entire student art enrollment;
  • Aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in an art area;
  • Bring art to the attention of the school and community;
  • Increase awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curriculum; and
  • Further aesthetic awareness in all aspects of the school’s total program.

Contact Mrs. Terra Henderson (henderson@sjakeepingfaith.org) so we can include you in a group text that will announce meetings and reminders.

Big Sister/Little Sister Club

Big Sister Little Sister is a club designed to relieve the stress of high school and an opportunity to grow in sisterhood with girls in every grade. The concept of the club is to have your “sister” be your friend and mentor throughout the year. For information on how to sign up, please contact Gemma Weinberg or Bella Khadivi.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is all about planning the faith aspect of the community here at St. James. We plan all-school masses and also think of new ways to lead others to Christ. We organize class retreats and build community here at St. James Academy

Improv Troupe

Improvisation is a type of acting without a script, and the SJA Improv Club creates characters, conflict, and humor on the spot!

We meet sporadically throughout the year, sometimes after school and sometimes during Thunderblock. We are committed in having a team where everyone is welcome and belongs.

We do not have tryouts! Just come and try out the fun!

More Information.

Lemon Club

Lemon Club is dedicated to raising money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization focused on childhood cancer research. We are always open to new members, and if you see us at a game, feel free to stop by and hear more about what we do!

Mass Ministries

Mass Ministries is a unique activity and club at St. James Academy, in that it is not something you choose, but rather something that you feel God calling and choosing you to do through prayer. Mass Ministries include the following ways to serve both God and His people through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:

1) Proclaiming the Word of God as a Lector;

2) distributing Holy Communion as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist;

3) assisting the priest at Mass as an Altar Server;

4) setting up for Mass as a Sacristan. If you feel God calling you to one of these ministries, you can email Fr. Mark for more information.

Men of SJA

We, the Men of St. James, are committed to growing in our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. We pledge to embrace authentic masculinity in all aspects of our lives, while striving to achieve these goals by being men of prayer, virtue, and brotherhood.

For more information, contact Fr. Mark.

Musical

When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce.

For more information about the Musical, visit this page.

Pep Band

The Sound of Thunder Pep Band combines all wind, percussion, guitar and keyboard players in the department. The group meets during Thunder Block (Aug -Oct) to prepare music and shows for fall sporting events and community activities. 

More information can be found here.

Ping Pong Club

PING PONG club is for everyone. We have all the equipment. No sign-ups are necessary. Just show up and play. We have players from all skill levels from advanced to beginner.

Ping Pong club is held some Wednesdays throughout the school year before or after school and run by math teacher Mr. Rockford. Our most popular event is the end of semester tournament where students compete to be the best. We now 8 have tables (6 professional ones and 2 recreational ones), over 30 paddles. For more information, contact Mr. Rockford.

If you would like to join the PING PONG CLUB Google Classroom, use code: 2bs4f81

Sewing Club

Our goal in Sewing Club is to provide service to others using our sewing skills. People that are interested in Sewing Club should have some basic sewing experience. Sewing club is a fun social activity that meets every Wednesday at 7:00 A.M.! We get together to work on projects that we later donate to local charities such as Advice and Aid, Safe Home, and assisted living centers. If you have any experience with sewing and would like to use your talents in a way that benefits the community, think about coming in!

Soap Making Club

Soap Making Club meets once a month to make soap and grow in friendship. All are welcome at the Soap Making Club meetings! For more information contact Mr. Supalla or join the Google Classroom (code: 933ukr).

Spirit Club

Information soon to follow.

Student Advancement Committee

Information soon to follow.

Sticker and Stamp Club

The purpose of the sticker and stamp club is to bring joy through stickers and stamps. We will bring people together by inviting everyone into the joy of stickers and stamps. For more information, please contact Justine Bichelmeyer or Grace Radke.

Table Top Gaming Club

Information soon to follow.

Thunder Broadcasting Network
The Thunder Broadcasting Network is the official broadcast streaming home of St. James Athletics. TBN offers live coverage of many home events (athletic/non-athletic) and plans to grow during the upcoming years. The link to the TBN will be sent out via @thunder_ntwrk on Twitter to access the event and every event will be available after its showing On Demand. The link will provide live access to that SJA event; including video, sound, updates, and commentary.

Visit TBN Homepage

Thunder for Life

Thunder For Life is a club that promotes the dignity and sanctity of life; the club participates in a variety of activities that honor life from the moment of conception to natural death. Some activities include the 40 Days for Life prayer service, Pro-Life movie nights, Life Chain, and Wyandotte Pregnancy Center volunteering. As a part of Thunder for Life, students are also invited to go to Washington D.C. and participate in the March For Life!

Meetings are about once a month before or after school; if you are interested, please contact clarkin@sjakeepingfaith.org and stay tuned for an announcement about the next meeting.

Google Classroom: 14w9eq3

Thunder Service (KAY) Club

The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is a character-building, leadership-training, service organization directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to fulfill their leadership potential by planning and organizing service projects and networking opportunities with other KAY Clubs in the area.

This year St. James Academy will host the area conference on November 2nd. Thirty-two clubs from the Kansas City area are invited to attend this day of idea-swapping and community-building with motivational guest speakers. The club formed committees and is working hard to make this a fun and valuable day! A few other staple KAY Club projects are helping with various aspects of the Sunflower House Pumpkin Palooza fundraiser, collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, organizing a drive for Giving the Basics, writing letters to the homebound, picking up trash around school, and showing appreciation to the teachers by cleaning their whiteboards.

Anyone interested can join! Contact Miss Miller at kmiller@sjakeepingfaith.org

WILD

WILD is a student club that focuses on activity that will take kids outdoors with activities that vary from mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and camping to gardening, sustainable agriculture, and alternative sustainable energy.

Join our Google Classroom, code: txe4nbb.

Contact Mr. Thomas athomas@sjakeepingfaith.org for more information.

Winter Play

More information can be found here.