St. Michael's Academy

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Enrichment Programs


Christmas Program

Christmas Program


In December, the entire school participates in the Christmas Program as part of their music curriculum. Students perform songs for their friends and family, and the Christmas story is retold as students narrate and act in a Living Nativity.

Community Music School

Community Music School

There are several opportunities for music education available at St. Michael's Academy through a partnership with the Community Music School, in addition to the traditional music curriculum offered at St. Michael’s Academy.

Violin Program (Grade 2)

Second graders may opt into a violin program. Instructors from the Community Music School will visit St. Michael’s Academy once a week throughout the school year to teach students how to play the violin. The year’s instruction culminates in a performance where students may demonstrate what they have learned.

Drumming Program (Grade 3)

All third graders participate in a half-year drumming program, led by instructors from the Community Music School. At the end of the program, the third grade treats their family and friends to a drumming performance.

Choral Program (Grade 4)

All fourth graders participate in a half-year choral program, led by an instructor from the Community Music School. Throughout the program, the fourth graders often sing at local events, such as the Springfield Police Department’s ceremony to honor fallen officers. At the end of the program, the students delight friends and family with a final performance.

Environmental Center for our Schools (E.C.O.S.)

Environmental Center for our Schools (E.C.O.S.)
Students in fourth through seventh grades have the chance to learn more about the environment through the E.C.O.S. program. By spending two school days at Springfield’s beautiful Forest Park, students experience nature up close as they examine pond life, hike in the forest, or practice winter survival skills

Field Day

Field Day
In the springtime, students in preschool through eighth grade participate in Field Day as part of their physical education curriculum. They compete in various games and races, and enjoy the day at Nathan Bill Park, across the street from St. Michael’s Academy.

MathCounts

MathCounts
Middle school students practice their math skills together and then show off their mathematical abilities at a day-long competition against other middle school students. For more information, visit mathcounts.org

Poetry Café

Poetry Café
After weeks of studying poetry in class, eighth graders celebrate their studies with a capstone event: the Poetry Café. The students present original poetry through readings, recitations, and musical performances.

Science Fair

Science Fair
Eighth grade students demonstrate their abilities as young scientists by performing experiments using the scientific method and displaying their results at an annual science fair. Students must be prepared to explain their findings to a group of judges, and prizes are awarded at the end of the fair.

SchoolsNEXT Competition

SchoolsNEXT Competition
As part of their science curriculum, eighth grade students participate in an annual competition: SchoolsNEXT. Sponsored by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, the SchoolsNEXT competition challenges students to design a learning environment that incorporates the best in environmental and educational practices and technology. Students are given a budget and must research all associated costs, build a 3D model using primarily recycled materials, design plans using computer technology, produce a detailed written report, and give an oral presentation before a panel of judges. The winning eighth grade team’s entry is submitted to the regional contest.

In 2012 and 2013, the winning teams from SMA were state champions and advanced to the Northeast Regional level of competition:

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee
Students in fourth through eighth grades may compete in an annual interscholastic spelling bee. SMA students vie for the top honor against other students from area Catholic schools.

Student Banking

All students are given the opportunity to learn about financial literacy and responsible stewardship of goods through Springfield’s Freedom Credit Union. Each week students may meet with representatives from the credit union and deposit money into a personal student banking account, learning to save wisely.

Yearbook

Grade 8 students may be part of the yearbook staff, helping to prepare the book of photos and memories for distribution at the end of the year.