DESTINATION IMAGINATION: (Grades K-8) Every grade level has the opportunity to form a Destination ImagiNation team. Teams of five to seven members work together to apply creativity, critical thinking and their particular talents to solve a Team Challenge. The Destination ImagiNation Team Challenge is a challenge that is solved over a period of eight weeks or more. There are five competitive Team Challenges from which teams may choose, each with its own educational focus. Each Team Challenge is designed to be open-ended and solvable in many ways and on many levels. St. Joseph School has gone on to the World Competition for the past two years!
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS: (Grades 4-8) A reading incentive program for students in grades 4th-8th. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. Competitions are similar in style to the TV series Family Feud, but the structure and format of the competitions may vary depending on the needs, resources and personal preferences at the regional/state competition levels.
LEGO ROBOTICS CLUB: (Grades 4-8) Groups of students are organized by grade to form teams which participate in this international competition. This program introduces children around the world to the fun and experience of solving real-world problems by applying math, science, and technology. Student teams build Lego robots that solve a problem, and then take them to the regional competition.
FLINT REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR: (Grades 4-8) Middle School students have the opportunity to submit Science Fair projects into the Flint Science Fair. The mission is to stimulate an active interest among young people in the several fields of scientific study and to give public recognition to talented students by sponsoring and promoting expositions of science projects developed and built by students and awarding prizes and scholarships to students who create and display outstanding projects.
SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE: (Grades 5-8): In January of each year our school hosts a school-wide Spelling Bee. Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. The winner of the school bee participates in the Oakland Press Bee before moving on to the national bee.
GEOGRAPHY BEE: (Grades 5-8): Sponsored through National Geographic, the contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. The Bee which is usually held in January is an entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.
AMERICA AND ME ESSAY CONTEST: (Grades 8) Sponsored through Farm Bureau Insurance, the annual America & Me Essay Contest encourages Michigan eighth grade students to explore their roles in America's future. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan students have participated in the contest since its inception in 1968. St. Joseph typically has several students who have their work selected to be published in the yearly anthology.