Clubs and Activities

Art Club is a meeting place for those St. Pius X Students in 1st – 7th grades who are passionate about visual art and want to work on extended projects beyond the regular classroom sessions. All Art Club members carry a sketchbook for drawing practice and create a portfolio of their best work. Art Club members also serve the community, reinforce our Catholic identity, and further beautify the St. Pius X campus.

Directed by Mr. Ward Smith, a long-time veteran of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Band Program, the St. Pius X Band meets Mondays after school. The club is open to students in grades 4-7 and to third graders who pass an audition. Students must provide their own instrument; a rental company is available.

The St. Pius X cheerleading squad is open to girls in 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. The cheerleaders promote school spirit, develop personal leadership skills, and support our school teams at various sporting events.

All students in grades 4-7 are welcome to join the Choir. Students learn the basic principles of singing while preparing fun music for our Christmas and Spring Programs. The choir performs at school and at public events. Being a member of the choral program gives a student the opportunity to create something beautiful in cooperation with his or her fellow students.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a program committed to identifying academically talented students and to providing innovative programs and services to support the development of their optimal educational potential. Participation in this program offers students the opportunity to build their test-taking skills and learn more about their academic abilities. St. Pius X participates in the 4th and 7th grade talent searches.

Our newly formed Garden Club is working hard to teach our SPX students about the importance of eating healthy and growing their own vegetables. Students have learned the power of patience as they watched their own seeds grow to maturity. We recently resurrected Msgr. Doskey’s garden and will be planting vegetables in our spring garden. Students have also planted annuals around the school as beautification projects.

Seventh grade students lead the Helping Hands Club. Dedicated to community service, the Helping Hands Club uses grant monies from the Joe Dorsey Brown Foundation to fund various service activities. They host Christmas and Easter celebrations at St. Mary of the Angels Head Start Program, cook and serve lunch at the Lakeview Shepherd Center, sort cans for Second Harvest Food Bank and additional projects during the school year.

Over 60 St. Pius X students in third through seventh grade are participating in a yearlong dramatic experiment. The SPX Improv Club membership is divided into teams by school quarter. The team for that quarter presents a short one act play in front of the entire school. In one short week each team works together to create scenery, costumes, and props. The assigned quarter Improv team has afterschool rehearsal culminating with their performance on Friday. Emphasis is on teamwork and spirit of cooperative fun. Each meeting is lively and full of laughter.

The St. Pius X LEGO Club is open to all students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Each meeting, students are given a new challenge and are encouraged to utilize library materials to get building ideas. LEGO Club provides students to use their imagination and to work together to create something new each meeting. Building with LEGOs helps develop literacy skills by putting together pieces in order to create something with meaning. LEGO creations are showcased each week in the school hallway.

Panthers on the Prowl is a new a walking club for middle school students that will take advantage of our unique campus by walking and discovering the neighborhood lanes while discussing exercise and healthy eating. Mrs. Cassini heads up this club on Mondays after school.

At Science Enrichment Club meetings, the students observe and participate in several demonstration labs to show how science affects us. The Science Enrichment Club discusses the scientific method and how it can be used in all problems we face each day. They hold a science fair where the students display a project or experiment that they have researched and created on their own. The Science Enrichment Club, which meets weekly, is designed to foster a student’s love of learning by success and, as they will see in some demonstrations, by failure.

The Science R.E.C. Cub is offered for students in kindergarten and first grades who wish to investigate the world around them in order to learn why our planet Earth is the perfect home for millions of living things. Mrs. Yoder and her scientific team: Read stories to introduce the topic of the day; Explore the topic through hands-on activities, demonstrations and/or video clips; Create artifacts to showcase what was learned.

St. Pius X Catholic Church enjoys a more than fifty-year relationship as the chartering organization of both Cub Scout and Boy Scout units participating in the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, the school and church sponsor vibrant troops in the Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scout programs of the Girl Scouts of America. Scouting has a long and active history among both the adults and youth in the St. Pius X parish community.

The purpose of the Spanish club is to expose our Middle School students to more of the Spanish language and culture outside of the classroom. This is accomplished through listening and communication activities, videos, games, music, food, and group activities. The Spanish Club has elected officials that implement and organize ideas for special activities or projects. The students learn more about the countries, the people, and the customs.

Our Student Council offers middle school students the opportunity for school and community leadership. In addition to providing opportunities to develop leadership skills, this organization also helps develop positive self- images, and teaches the importance of responsibility. The Student Council leads the entire school in fundraising activities for charities; these students also organize school events, such as candy sales and sock hops.

Students in the ToneChimes Ensemble learn the skills of reading music notation and performing as part of a music group by playing Suzuki ToneChimes, which are modified hand bells. The group is open to students in 5th through 7th grades. They rehearse once a week during recess and perform at the Christmas and Spring Concerts.

St. Pius X is open to all qualified students regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, or handicapping conditions.