Modern Woodmen of America’s School Speech Contest
At John F. Kennedy Catholic School, students participate in Modern Woodmen of America’s School Speech Contest in grades 5 through 8. Each year Modern Woodmen announces a contest topic that enables students to take pride in personal accomplishments, their community and America. The students gather resources, write a research paper, and create a 3 to 5 minute speech.
The oral presentations are done within the classrooms first with the top six speeches in grades 5 and 6 and the top six speeches in grades 7 and 8 advancing to the Parish Center to give their speeches to a panel of judges and JFK students. The top three speeches in each area advance to the regional competition at Modern Woodmen of America.
We are proud to have this excellent enriching program for all of our students. The knowledge students gain from the experience is immeasurable. John F. Kennedy teachers allow each student to excel as they guide the students through the process of research, note cards, outlines, rough drafts, memorization of speech, preparation of their works cited, and the actual oral presentation.
Musical Performances and Drama
JFK holds a fall play, Crusader Theater, performed entirely by the eighth grade class each year. The students and faculty put in many hours of practicing lines and putting together the scenery, props and costumes. The seventh grade class performs a pre-show prior to the play.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Spring Show
Each spring, the seventh and eighth grade classes perform a variety musical show. Every seventh and eighth grader has at least one solo, speaking part, dancing role, or other featured role in the performance.
Christmas and Spring Show
The fifth and sixth grade classes and the third and fourth grade classes alternate performing the Christmas and spring shows. Each student has a unique opportunity to showcase their individual acting, dancing, or singing talents.
Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Christmas Show
This show, performed by our youngest students, is held in the church each December. A combination of festive winter songs and Christmas Carols are a joy for all the young at heart.
All seventh and eighth grade students prepare and present a science fair project in the winter. Science fair projects are the only time in a K-12 education, and possibly through college as well, that students proceed through all the steps of the scientific method on their own. Several projects are chosen by a panel of teachers to be displayed at the area Catholic schools’ science fair competition at Assumption High School.
The Crusader Chronicle is JFK’s school newspaper which is written and compiled by our 5th-8th grade students, with the help of teacher advisors. The Crusader Chronicle is always looking for students who are interested in photography! There are four issues per school year which are distributed to each JFK and Guardian Angel family.
The Crusader Chronicle is integrated into the fifth-eighth grade classrooms curriculum. Each quarter one of the grade levels from fifth through eighth will write for the Crusader Chronicle. Students conduct interviews, take photographs, write articles, and revise and edit each other’s work. In addition to print copies, the Crusader Chronicle is also available in PDF for on the Crusader Chronicle webpage.
Students at JFK participate in the Junior Achievement program by welcoming community leaders who take time out to share their experience and expertise in various business related areas. The sessions are once a week for approximately 4 weeks. In the seventh and eighth grades, students also take a field trip to the Junior Achievement Finance Park where students participate in a hands-on budgeting simulation.
Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives. More information can be found at www.ja.org.
Mock Trial, Speech & Debate, Lego League
Many students also participate in after school activities such as Mock Trial, Speech & Debate competition, and Lego League. These activities are often led by parent volunteers. Those interested in leading these or similar activities should contact the school office.