Extracurricular Activities

Chess Club

St. John the Evangelist students in grade 5-8 are invited to join the Lourdes High School Chess Club on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. beginning November 3, 2015. These meetings will continue every Tuesday through March 22, 2016. At the meetings, students will be divided according to their skill level and receive instruction from an experienced chess coach and players. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a free scholastic chess tournament at RCTC on November 21, 2015. Students play against other students of similar experience level.

Students interested in participating in Chess Club, please contact Mr. Mays at dennismays101@gmail.com

Lego Robotics™

Lego Robotics is an outreach activity of IBM that invites students to become involved in the programming of Lego Robotics. Using “Mindstorms” software and kits, Lego Robotics helps to promote science, technology, engineering, teamwork, presentation skills, and math education in our school. The Lego Robotics Club meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for students in grades 5-8.

Students interested in participating In Lego Robotics, please contact Mr. Charlie Swanson at cswanson@rcsmn.org or Mr. Larry Leibovich at lleibovich@rcsmn.org

Math Counts™

Math Counts is a national program offering students challenging mathematical concepts and problems in an effort to develop students to be effective problem solvers in the areas of math, science, and engineering. High level competition is offered at the regional, state, and national levels. Math Counts is offered to students in grades 6-8.

Students interested in participating in Math Counts, please contact Mrs. Smith at psmith@rcsmn.org

Math League

Math League is designed as an enrichment program for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Topics for the five competitions throughout the year are predetermined and offer students opportunities to compete both individually and/ or as a team against other schools in the region and in the state. Math League is a friendly competition between area schools (St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X School, Holy Spirit Catholic School, St. Francis of Assisi School, RCLS, Byron, and Stewartville) and consist of five meets over the course of four months.

Math League practice is held on Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:45 a.m. The meets occur on Monday’s from 4:15-5:30 p.m. and are generally hosted at St. Francis of Assisi School. This year, the meets are scheduled to be held on October 17, November 7, November 28, December 19, and January 9.

Students interested in participating in Math League, please contact Mrs. Smith 
at psmith@rcsmn.org.

Math Masters

Math Masters introduces students in grades 5 and 6 to higher level math concepts. This exceptionally challenging activity invites students to learn new ways of mathematical thinking and problem solving resulting in higher levels of math understanding and aptitude. Through an emphasis on problem solving, Math Masters seeks to apply real life settings to challenging mathematical concepts.

Students interested in participating in Math Masters, please contact Mrs. Kilen at mkilen@rcsmn.org

Spelling Bee

Students in grades 5-8 celebrate their spelling skills by participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This competition begins at the homeroom level. The winner of each homeroom competition then goes on to compete in a school-wide Spelling Bee. The top three spellers from St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X compete in the Rochester Catholic Schools Spelling Bee. Our RCS winners will then advance to the Regional Spelling Bee. Regional winners compete at the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Students interested in participating in Spelling Bee, please contact: Mr. Chris Miller at cmiller@rcsmn.org or Mrs. Trista Zobitz at tzobitz@rcsmn.org or Mrs. Colleen Streefland (System Coordinator) at cstreefland@rcsmn.org

Student Council

Student Council at St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X School serves the school and the community by organizing and participating in service projects, planning activities to cultivate school spirit, and modeling positive values-based behavior. Students elected to the Student Council practice leadership, responsibility, and cooperation as they work to create a healthy and vibrant school environment where the democratic process and a commitment to productive collaboration are evident. Council members seek to model Christ as they witness their faith to others through their words and actions.

2015-2016 Student Council Members:
President: Alyssa Ustby
Grade 8 Vice President: Liz Walston
Grade 7 Vice-Presidents: Sophie Boes
Secretaries: Carolyn Zobitz(8) and Sonja Pierson (7)
Home Room Representatives: Isabella Talbot, Jackson Knoepke , Emerson Illg, Imani Jack, Lauren Dwyer, Jaxon Hopkins, Annabel Boughey, Leo Noser, Katie Gilman, Adam Betz, Gabby Schimnich, Jack Hobday, Abby Clasemann, Amelia Gossman, Cole Smith, Keegan Jones, Cate Cox, Ben Beckenbaugh, Lucia Willaert, Andrew Haworth, and Emily Leitzen

Students interested in participating in Student Council, please contact Mrs. Lawler


In January/February, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Fair is held. Students in grades 2-8 are invited to create a project, and display it for viewing at our fair exhibit. The projects are then reviewed by volunteer judges and constructive feedback is given to the students. Students may have the option to enter their projects in more advanced competitions such as the Regional STEM Fair or the GATEway STEM Fair which is sponsored by the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented and Mayo Clinic. Students interested in participating in the STEM Fair, please look for electronic communications coming home in November or contact Mr. Charlie Swanson cswanson@rcsmn.org (SJ campus)

Mrs. Karen Gonzalez kgonzalez@rcsmn.org (SP campus)
Mrs. Laura Anderson landerson@rcsmn.org (SP campus)