Fellowship of Christian Athletes:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillippians 4:13
FCA is a nationally-recognized organization for student athletes interested in coming together for Bible devotion, Christian fellowship, and service outreach. Judy Kane, D. Min., is the Chaplain of our school chapter and Coach Jay Turner, our Athletic Director, is our faculty sponsor. FCA meets on a monthly basis.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY:
“And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations unto God.” Revelation 21:26
The National Junior Honor Society at St. Mark’s Cathedral School is a club that recognizes and honors high grades and exceptional service. To be considered for the NJHS, 7th grade students must first have a GPA of 3.5 or higher from their 6th grade year. Those students who meet the GPA requirement will then be invited to fill out an application, which focuses on service (at school and in the community) as well as leadership. A committee of teachers will evaluate the applications, and upon averaging the grades, invitations to join will be distributed. If a student in 7th grade or 8th grade has not made the GPA requirement in one semester, he or she can be reconsidered in the second semester of the school year, and if the GPA has risen, he or she will be invited to fill out an application. Once a student is a member of the NJHS, he or she will work on service projects throughout the year. Our biggest project is the Veteran’s Day Ceremony. This program honors all of the heroic men and women that fought and continue to fight for our freedom. In addition, students in the NJHS must complete 5 additional hours of service over the course of the year.
Service Leadership Club:
“Whoever decides to become great among you shall be your servant.” Mark 10:43
The Service Leadership Club is an opportunity for students to create, plan, implement, and evaluate community outreach projects. Ideas for charitable projects come from the students with the guidance of the Chaplain and the Christian Education teacher. This club meets once a month during lunch. The purpose of the club is to provide meaningful service to a community agency, hospital, or organization while simultaneously gaining new skills, knowledge, and understanding of contemporary issues. Being responsible for marketing and organizing their projects offers the club members an opportunity to learn how to structure the helping process, how to conduct effective meetings, and how to build positive community relationships. Middle school students are Service Ambassadors. 5th grade students may join as Junior Ambassadors in supportive roles, which give them a view of their turn as leaders.
“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2.
St. Mark’s Student Council consists of officers as well as classroom representatives. The council provides leadership for our middle school, sponsors school dances, holiday events, and charitable giving opportunities. Student council officers attend both the local and state conferences and typically do very well in the competition.
Teacher’s Assistant Program:
“Through love, serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
Middle school students have an opportunity to learn and practice service, accountability, time management, and interpersonal skills as Teacher’s Assistants (TAs). Students commit their time and talent to become a TA for a Teacher Mentor for one school year. The Teacher Mentors provide guidance, affirmation, and opportunities for on-campus service approximately once a week throughout the school year at study hall (usually on Fridays). At times the students act as role models and helpers for the lower school children.