STA EXTRACURRICULARS 2020-2021
Affinity Group Asian - Varady/Earl
The Asian Affinity group works together with the Inclusion Project to plan events that raise cultural awareness at STA, such as a Lunar New Year celebration or activities during Asian Heritage Month. It is also a space for Asian students to discuss and learn more about their heritage.
Affinity Group Hispanic - Lopez
To promote and offer exposure to the Spanish-speaking world and its rich and diverse cultures.
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 involves any student who desires to enhance the prayer experiences at STA. Some of the ways a student may be involved in this group is planning prayer services, reading at Advisory and All-School Masses, creating a slideshow for Masses or prayer services, and/or leading the school in daily prayer over the PA. All students are welcome to participate in Campus Ministry. Mrs. Arredondo will notify students of different upcoming opportunities and interested students will meet as needed for brainstorming, training, and/or planning meetings.
Class Retreat Planning Team - Arredondo
Retreat Planning Team rotates throughout the year depending on which Class Retreat is coming up. From August - October, Sophomores - Seniors partake in Freshman Retreat planning; from November - February, Sophomores partake in Sophomore Retreat planning; from February - April, Juniors partake in Junior Retreat planning. If you are interested in helping plan any of the above Class Retreats, reach out to Mrs. Arredondo.
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
Must be in a marketing/entrepreneurship class to attend. Students will be competing at the District DECA competition and will move on to State/International competitions dependent on previous results. This organization is co-curricular; more information will be presented in class.
French Honor Society - Amick
The national French Honor Society is known as Société Honoraire de Français (SHF), and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Our local Chapter (known as “Windmoor Chapter”) was established by the issuance of Charter #4687 on July 31, 2012. In keeping with its national constitution, the aim of this organization is to stimulate interest in the study of French, to promote high standards of scholarship, to reward scholastic achievements, to create enthusiasm for and an understanding of Francophone cultures, and to promote international friendship. Our chapter is governed by SHF's National Constitution (see below) and by STA's Local Bylaws (see below). At STA, eligibility is determined by the sponsor (Ms. Amick) after the fall semester of College French III and above. Please see requirements and procedures in the local by-laws. The sponsor will notify students of their eligibility and invite them to join SHF. The induction ceremony takes place in the spring.
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
The purpose of the Gardening Society is to stimulate the love of gardening by means of educational meetings, hands-on skills for planting flowers and composting food waste, in addition to the opportunity to volunteer for various local civic organizations. The community outreach opportunities is optional for club members, but is encouraged. These activities will be of a non-academic nature and will be geared toward enrichment and a greater appreciation of their environment.
Gender and Sexuality Alliance - Daily
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. Meetings are held monthly during Activity period.
Girls Who Code - Montag
Girls Who Code is a national organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Started by Reshma Saujani in New York City, Girls Who Code and is now over 90,000 members strong nationwide. The motto is Learn to Code and Change the World. Teams of students work to solve problems using computer science. Girls Who Code meets weekly and gives students an opportunity to deepen their computer science skills and confidence. Members include students from all grades and computer science abilities.
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
Green Team - Pilcher
The goal of this club is to encourage and provide ways for STA students, faculty and staff to be more environmentally friendly. This student-led group researches, reflects, plans and educates the STA community on green initiatives such as reducing waste and saving electricity.
Junior Classical League (Latin Club) - Hawley
The Junior Classical League (JCL) is the largest classical organization in the world today with over 50,000 members. Its purpose is to encourage an interest in the language, literature and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The STA JCL holds monthly meetings in Ms. Hawley’s room. JCL members also attend and compete in the Missouri JCL (MOJCL) State Convention in April and the National JCL (NJCL) convention (a week-long convention on a college campus) in July.
Math Team - Fietsam/Toma
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 - Gajewski
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 the 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. The moderator coordinates, attends and facilitates all meetings.
Philosophy - Bannister
Philosophy of Mugs 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. Philosophy of Mugs is an extracurricular ; it does not meet during club Fridays, and it will meet at least once per month throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Information and applications can be obtained at the club fair.
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.
Robotics - Lewis/Varady
Robotics involves building, programming, and competing with a robot in the FIRST Tech Challenge competition. No prior experience necessary! Building occurs in STA's makerspace. Then, students will both program the robot to perform autonomous tasks and learn to drive the robot to play this year's game - Skystone. The season starts in September and lasts into April for teams that perform well.
Sources of Strength - Whitcomb
Sources of Strength is a strength-based, comprehensive wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention but impacts other issues such as substance abuse and violence. The program is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of Peer Leaders mentored by Adult Advisors to change peer social norms about help seeking and encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their life.
Sources of Strength is most often implemented as a school-based program in middle school, high school, or college. It promotes and focuses on connectivity, school bonding, peer-adult partnerships, and help seeking behaviors.
Sources of Strength Peer Leaders are a diverse group of individuals who leverage their personal and collective leadership qualities as well as their social influence in leading the charge in norming and culture change campaigns using strength-based messages to impact multiple issues including suicide.
Trained peer leaders use their network of friends to:
- Have one-on-one conversations
- Develop a Hope, Help, Strength messages using local faces and voices
- Present peer-to-peer presentations
Spanish Honor Society (Sociedad Hispánica Honorífica) - Gargallo
The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish 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!
Stars for Literacy - Taber
Stars for Literacy is a club that promotes literacy in the greater KC area. This club recognizes the importance of and seeks to improve reading, especially for students who may not have the same opportunities as others. Students often tutor or read with children in local elementary schools, or do book drives to support libraries that need books. Activities in meetings include planning fundraising that will support the club’s goals.
STEM/STEAM Certificate - 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.
Flyer | Application
Windmoor Collective - Talken/Adams
Students in Windmoor Collective engage our student body in beautiful music at our STA Masses. These students meet every Monday Activity 1 to rehearse in the St. Joseph Chapel (you do not have to commit to every single Monday in order to be in WC). In-school service hours are awarded to students if desired. There are no auditions. All singers and musicians are welcome! Windmoor Collective is the group formerly called Praise Band.
Yoga - Finn