St. Theresa’s Catholic School’s extracurricular program complies with the mission of the school to develop students to their full potential in a Catholic and academically excellent environment. The extracurricular program is part of the whole curriculum and strives to develop a well-rounded individual, with emphasis on responsibility, commitment and best personal effort. Goals include the following:
- Develop and maintain an environment that promotes Christian character, sportsmanship, physical activity and teamwork
- Provide students with high-quality extracurricular and social experiences
- Provide quality leadership and management
- Provide middle school students with the opportunity for interscholastic competition in a variety of sports, music and academics
Student Eligibility and Discipline
The criteria and parameters for participation in extracurricular activities are defined in the Parent/Student Handbook. St. Theresa’s Catholic School strives to create an atmosphere of Christian charity and respect for all students and faculty. Coaches and sponsors provide many opportunities for students to develop a strong self-image. Positive reinforcement is used to help students grow in self-discipline and personal responsibility.
All families are encouraged to attend games and competitions. Parents are required to demonstrate good sportsmanship. All parents must sign the Parent Code of Conduct form and return it to the school office. Parents are required to be prompt in dropping off and picking up students for events, meetings and practices. St. Theresa’s coaches and parents are required to participate in the “Play Like A Champion” coaching and parent seminar created by the University of Notre Dame. The Sports as Ministry initiative of the “Play Like A Champion Today (PLC) Educational Series” is a research-based, child-centered curriculum designed to help us recognize the spiritual nature of sports, to train youth sport coaches to be effective ministers and to promote the moral and character development of our youth.
Uniforms and Fees
Athletic team uniforms are required of all participating students on sports teams. St. Theresa’s Catholic School uniforms are required for clubs and other activities. An extracurricular fee is required per student for most activities. These fees cover
sport uniform costs and vary by activity. No student will be denied participation in extracurricular activities due to financial concerns.
Early Elementary, Intermediate and Middle School Activities (Grades Pre-K – 8)
Private School Interscholastic Association: St. Theresa’s students participate in the Private School Interscholastic Association’s academic competition. A school-wide competition, in a variety of subject areas, is held for 1st through 8th grade students. Some of the events may be held during the school day as part of the curriculum. Leading students advance to an Austin-area district competition. Top-placing students then advance to the state competition.
Learning Fair: The spirit of the St. Theresa’s Learning Fair is to celebrate student gifts and talents in their chosen area of interest. This event takes place during Catholic Schools Week and features a Science Fair competition. The middle school Science Fair entries are judged, with the top-placing projects advancing to the Diocesan Science Fair.
Altar Servers and Lectors: 5th through 8th grade students can serve the parish by assisting as altar servers during Mass. Participating students must complete a training program. Middle school students who are 13 years or older can serve as lectors but must also complete training and co-lector with a parent.
Angel Choir and Children’s Choir: Students in pre-kindergarten through 1st grade can participate in the parish’s Angel Choir. This younger group enjoys music through play and games. 1st through 5th grade students can participate in the parish’s Children’s Choir. Both groups practice weekly. The older students sing at Mass once a month and on special occasions, with the Angel Choir occasionally joining the group.
Extreme Math: This competitive Math group is available to all students in 5th – 8th grade as a class. For 2nd – 4th graders, it is offered as an after-school activity. The mission of this program is to challenge students in a fun and engaging way. The group competes in math competitions at the local, state and national level.
Scouts: Both Girl Scout and Cub Scout organizations are active at many grade levels. Each troop or den meets at the time and frequency determined by their leader. Cub Scouts hold monthly Pack meetings and semi-annual campouts.
Middle School Activities (Grades 6 – 8)
Athletic Objectives: In 5th and 6th grade, sports are introductory programs designed to introduce each student to competitive athletics. Emphasis is placed upon learning the fundamentals of individual and team skills, as well as Christian character and conduct during practices and games. In 7th and 8th grade, the emphasis of the sports program is to develop and advance individual and team skills, as well as Christian character and conduct during practices and games. Additionally, these students are given leadership opportunities within the teams, as well as with younger athletes.
Sports Program: St. Theresa’s Catholic School is a member of the Austin Interparochial League (AIPL). AIPL is an independent organization whose purpose is to provide extracurricular, competitive sports for 5th through 8th grade students attending private schools within the Austin area. St. Theresa’s Catholic School fields sports teams each season based upon student interest. These sports teams include:
FALL: girls’ volleyball, boys’ flag & tackle football
WINTER: girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball
SPRING: co-ed soccer, track, tennis, golf
All eligible students may participate in sports. St. Theresa’s Catholic School has a no-cut policy. Students who wish to participate in other sports should contact their local league.
Cheerleading: Cheerleading is offered to 7th and 8th grade students. The cheer squad cheers during fall, winter and spring seasons, and also leads the school’s pep rallies. The cheerleading fee covers uniform cost.
National Junior Honor Society: The St. Theresa’s Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society was formed in 2005 to promote appropriate recognition for 7th and 8th grade students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship and service. Making a positive difference in the lives of individual members and in the spirit of the community and school, NJHS is a co-curricular activity open to all students who choose to apply themselves and meet the five established criteria for membership. It provides a way for members to bring new offerings such as service projects, activities, etc. to other students in the school, thus broadening the overall variety of opportunities available to all students.
Band: St. Theresa’s Catholic School offers a band program for middle school students. Band is an outside program that is incorporated into the school day for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The organization presenting this program is The Round Rock Academy Of Music (http://www.rracademyofmusic.com). Band members practice several times a week, play in concerts and participate in area competitions. Please contact me for more information.
Choir: Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in choir. Choir is incorporated into the middle school day as an elective. Choir members practice several times a week, perform concerts during the school year and compete in area competitions.
Social Events: Middle school students have several opportunities to socialize outside of the classroom. The 7th and 8th grade students may attend school dances. Additionally, students can participate in social activities organized by the parish middle school religious education program as well as participate in other Catholic school socials.