Throughout Junior Achievement's sequential and integrated kindergarten through grade 8 programs, students use information, apply basic skills, think critically, and solve complex problems. Junior Achievement helps students to learn the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace. Students thoroughly enjoy the hands-on activities at each level.
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week became an annual event in 1974 with a different theme every year. It is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USSB). The purpose of Catholic Schools Week is to build community awareness of, and involvement in, Catholic Schools throughout the country. Catholic Schools Week begins the last Sunday of January and continues for a week. Saint Therese joins in the activities by planning varied activities throughout the week.
Saint Therese School holds two spelling bees during Catholic Schools Week, one for contestants in grades one to three and one for contestants in grades four to six. The winners in each group receive a cash prize and a gold, silver, or bronze medal. The winner of the spelling bee in the grades four through six section becomes the Saint Therese School representative in the Diocesan Spelling Bee which is held in the spring.
A science fair is held annually for middle school students during Catholic Schools Week. Each student presents an experiment as their science project in the form of a report, display board, or models that they have designed, studied, and created.
Pennsylvania Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Qualifying middle school students participate in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) which is open competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering at Heinz Field. This competition is open to students in grades 6-12 from 23 counties in Western Pennsylvania, three counties in West Virginia and Garrett County in Maryland.
The English Festival is sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English. They select a list of books to read and all participants have to read every book on the list. Each year, the 8th grade students at Saint Therese School participate in this event.
Students are divided into teams of 4 or 5. Each team represents Staint Therese School. On the day of the festival students travel by bus to Duquesne University where teams then compete with other school teams from across Western Pennsylvania in various events that show knowledge of the books. Prizes are awarded to the teams, but the best prize is the participation in this event. While at the Festival participants from all schools get an opportunity to see and hear the featured author.
Students look forward to the annual Walk-a-Thon held each fall. Students walk laps around the Saint Therese Parish campus in a fun, relaxed, spirit filled environment. All money raised by students through donations is used to update technology throughout the school. Prizes are awarded to individuals and classes. Many school families volunteer to assist with this fun-filled day.
The music program presents at least two major productions each year, the Christmas program, for students in Kindergarten through grade four, and the Spring Musical, for students in grades five through eight. Working closely with the music teacher, students practice and perfect the programs for parents and other school students.
Field Day, usually scheduled during the last week of school, provides students in grades K through eight the opportunity to participate in competitive sports and games. The activities scheduled for the day are varied and exciting for all age levels. Parents are invited to help with the event by supervising and/or running the games. At the conclusion of the day the the VIP provides treats for all students.
Principal for a Day
Each year during Catholic Schools Week there is a contest to benefit the Chimbote Foundation. This is done through the Principal for a Day competition. Chances are sold to students who want to participate. Money collected from this event is donated to help build a bridge of loving care between the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the missionary work done in Chimbote, Peru.