Extracurricular Activities

Sts. Joseph and John School encourages students to develop their talents and to reach their fullest potential. To that end, SJJ offers a wide variety of enriching and challenging co-curricular and extracurricular activities. We take pride in the fact that students involved in these activities are routinely recognized for their excellence. These activities include:

Art Club, led by art teacher Mrs. Basch, is offered to grades 3 – 5. It is a chance for students to create art projects in a fun, relaxed, and informal setting. We will be focused on creativity, exploring new art materials, and having fun!

SJJ offers our students the opportunity to learn communications and broadcasting skills through our student-run closed circuit T.V. station. Our students learn communications, broadcasting, writing, and technology skills by producing a daily news broadcast using our closed-circuit television station. Our students broadcast the morning news, weather, and announcements. This provides students with a hands-on way to learn about broadcasting as well as to gain communication, organization, and research skills.

SJJ offers both Beginning Band (Grade 5) and Advanced Band (grades 6-8). Band is led by Mr. Lantry through Padua High School with lessons at SJJ.

Sts. Joseph & John School has an excellent bell choir music program for students in grades 5th-8th. This includes Intermediate Bells and Advanced Bells. Practices are held after school at St. Joseph Church.

Book Club, led by Junior High teacher Mr. Beck, is offered to 7th and 8th graders. Students read and discuss various books in this engaging club!

Builder’s Club is a student community service organization.  Students in grades 6-8 may join the Builder’s Club. As a member of Builder’s Club, students assist in a variety of community service projects, such as visits to retirement homes, painting projects, collecting food for the local food bank, and assisting in U.S. flag raising ceremonies.

Chess Club is offered to grades 3-5. SJJ has partnered with Progress with Chess. They provide small group instruction and a practice booklet. Chess Club is open to all levels from beginners to advanced.

Want to refine your singing? Sts. Joseph & John has fantastic Vocal Choir and Cantor Choirs. Students practice at St. Joseph Parish and sing at our all-school Masses. The Liturgical Music Director is Melissa Rusu. She can be contacted at (440) 238-5555 ex. 12

Welcome to the SJJ Athletic Boosters

We are proud of our excellent CYO Boosters athletic program.  The goal of the CYO Boosters is to promote a positive athletic educational experience for the student-athlete.  Our goal is to nurture spiritual, physical, emotional, and social growth while encouraging individual and team skill development.  Sportsmanship and Fair Play are cornerstones of our program.  We work to develop our athletes’ character and to emphasize the importance of integrity, respect, humility, and accountability.

The Catholic Youth Organization endeavors to help young people be more Christ-like in the way they live. The CYO promotes participation and sportsmanship to foster the total development of participants and influence the formation of Christian values. The CYO serves the youth of the Diocese of Cleveland with the leadership necessary for the coordination and administration of athletic activities between members, which will provide equitable opportunities for participation, reduce the risks of participation and enhance the experiences of the young athlete.

Saint Joseph and Saint John Neumann parishes sponsor the following CYO athletic programs:

  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Tackle Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Track and Field
  • Cheerleading

Eager Engineers, led by technology teacher Ms. Puliafico, is offered to K-4th graders. This STEM based club gets the kids building with legos, K’nex and more!

Tuesdays from 2pm-3pm

9/14- 10/12 Fall Session I
10/19-11/16  Fall Session II
1/18- 2/15  Winter Session I
2/22- 3/22 Winter Session II
3/29- 5/3  Spring Session

(no class 4/19)

Thursdays from 2pm-3pm

9/16- 10/14 Fall Session I
10/21-11/18  Fall Session II
1/20- 2/17  Winter Session I
2/24- 3/24 Winter Session II
3/31- 5/12  Spring Session

(no class  4/15 & 4/21)

Led by 5th grade teacher Mrs. Thomas and Junior High teacher Mr. Leneghan Geography Club explores the physical features of the Earth by labeling maps and playing games to gain a better understanding of the planet we live on.

Girls on the Run is a confidence building journey that helps girls realize their inner and outer strength. Each lesson will include physical activities, group conversation, personal reflection, journaling and lots of fun! It is offered to girls in grades 3 – 5 and led by 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Slezak.

This club has students practice and then entered into the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition. It is a team even where teams compete against other teams from area schools. It is open to grades 4 and 5 and led by 5th grade teacher Mrs. Estephan and Junior High teacher Mr. Sands.

Then Invention Convention inspires students to create and problem solve, while developing their inventions. It is open to 5th graders and led by 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Byrne.

This student led club with teacher supervision from Mrs. Blake, Mrs.McChrystal and Miss Webb is offered to 5th – 8th graders. This club allows our students the opportunity to become a Lego Master with friendly build competitions between students.

Interested in Science? Join our Science Olympiads. Our Science Olympiads learn about science and compete in the Science Olympiad Competitions. Science Olympiads is open to children in grades 7-8.

The Norman Rockwell involves students choosing a Norman Rockwell illustration and writing an original script that leads up to the final scene which is the Norman Rockwell illustration. The students rehearse their play and create scenery and props for the play before actually taping their final presentation. This club is lead by Junior High teacher Mr Beck and open to grades 6-8.

Power of the pen is a creative writing club. Students refine their creative writing skills and enter creative writing competitions. Power of the Pen is open to 7th and 8th-grade students.

SJJ offers our students the opportunity to learn the fine art of sewing through the Sewing Club. This group is open to girls and boys grades 3rd and up. Members learn how to follow a pattern and create projects relevant to the modern age.

Want to learn to ski or refine your skiing skills?  Join Ski Club. The SJJ Ski Club goes skiing on six Mondays over the winter at Boston Mills ski resort. 7th and 8th grade students are given the first choice for Ski Club openings because space is limited. If space is available, 5th and 6th grade students may participate. Mrs. K. Thomas and Mrs. Hamski are in charge of our Ski Club.

Show Choir is open to students in grades 4-6 and led by music teach, Ms. Webb. It invovles a musical ensemble that combines singing with choreographed dance.

The Spanish Culture Club is open to students in grades 5-8 who are interested in participating in activities which are related to Hispanic Culture, traditions, language, games, crafts and food in a fun manner.  It is led by Spanish teacher, Ms. Figueira and will create interest in the Hispanic culture of various countries, provide an opportunity to speak Spanish in an informal setting and learn more about the Hispanic World.

A Sampling of SJJ’s Extracurricular Awards

  • Grand Champions of St. Edward’s High School Academic Challenge
  • Padua High School Art Contest Awards
  • Music Alliance Summer Honors Band
  • National Science Olympiad Awards
  • State Geography Bee Awards
  • Power of the Pen Competition Awards
  • Spelling Bee Awards
  • Invention Convention State Champions