Our after-school choir, Young Saints in Praise, for students in grades 3 through 8, meets Tuesdays from 3:30-4:15. The after school choir provides an opportunity for students who have the desire, energy, dedication and time to commit to performing arts enrichment. Participation in the choir enhances musicianship, increases self confidence in a performance setting and promotes a sense of camaraderie among the members who strive to represent their school in the best way possible, both in and out of the school setting.
Catholic boys and girls in 3rd through 8th grades are invited and encouraged to participate in this ministry. The student must have received the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Training sessions are set up by the church and are held at night or on weekends.
The student council promotes citizenship and organization of services to the student body and parish as well as charitable contributions to the community. The council is guided by a member of the SMS faculty. Students in grades 6 through 8 run for the positions of officers and class representatives each year. Elections are held in September. All students in grades 6-8 belong to the Student Council and are represented by these officers. Members of the council help during special events at the school, such as Open House, Grandparents Day, etc.
6th grade students under the guidance of a faculty member aid younger students during dismissal.
Spilling Ink Writing Club
Spilling Ink Writing Club is open to all students in grades 3 through 8. The group meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30. During writing club students write to themes, learn writing skills, work with peer groups and share their writings. Writing club is focused around creativity in students’ writing.
St. Mary’s Chess Club is an informal gathering for students in grades 3 and up. The club meets from 3:30 – 4:30 in the library. It is open to those who are just learning the game and those who are very skilled players. The club meets every two weeks in the school library. Along with our school sponsor, a member of the Jackson Chess Club comes occasionally to watch and offer tips to our students to improve their game.
Students in the 7th and 8th grades meet on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 to learn by playing with robots. They collaborate to design, build, program and test LEGOS Mindstorms EV3 robots that are capable of performing set tasks on a competition field. While learning basic computer programming skills they also learn and apply concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Cub Scout Pack 6 is a large, very active group that was chartered over 30 years ago. Currently, Pack 6 has approximately 50 scouts. We are one of very few Catholic chartered packs in the Jackson Deanery. Boys in grades 1 through 5, of any denomination, from any school are welcome. Pack 6 meets each Monday night during the school year in the Holy Family Hall prior to the Boys Scouts.
St. Mary’s Boy Scout Troop 6 was created in 2007 due to the growth in numbers in our Pack 6. Boys in 5th grades through 17 years of age can join our troop welcoming boys of all faiths and from any school. The troop is very active throughout the year working to earn badges and reaching the various acts. The boys earn service hours by working to collect food and raise money for those less fortunate in our community. Our leaders are registered with national scouting program and are well-trained, with their goal being to help these boys become young men who will be an asset wherever their future takes them. Troop 6 meets each Monday night in the church’s Holy Family Hall facility.
Two members of our parish staff give private music lessons to children who are in the third grade or above. Mrs. Carpenter teaches piano during the school day. The student does not miss class time as the lessons are scheduled by the instructor during non-academic time.
Mrs. Haynes gives piano, flute, violin and guitar lessons during the school day as well but also after school in the church. For more information on these lessons, you may call Mrs. Connie Carpenter or Mrs. Pam Haynes at 731-668-2596.
Students in grades 6th-8th have the opportunity to be a part of plays and musicals that are hosted by Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, under the direction of Mrs. Carrie Prewitt.