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 Clubs and Activities

​​Students can find many different activities and clubs to join at Mary Queen of Apostles School. Certain programs 
are competitive. There are ​tournaments and state/national competitions in science, math, public speaking, reading, history, engineering, and robotics. There are also volunteer programs, which is where students can get involved in the community and support a good cause while having fun. Consider becoming involved in the "extra" things MQA has to offer. 

MQA offers curricular activities for students in grades fourth through sixth, curricular competitions for those in grades seventh through eighth, as well as extracurricular clubs and service opportunities.

Below you will find a full listing of all the clubs and activities Mary Queen of Apostles School has to offer. If you have any questions, please contact our school office at 724‑339‑4411.​                                                                      ​​​                                                                                                                                                                                            

 MQA Musical Calendar

​​The MQA Spring Musical has its own calendar managed by the Director, Mr. Fellowes.  The information on this calendar is not listed on the Events or Activities Calendars. If there are conflicts, please alert the musical director and the principal.  We will do our best to resolve these if possible.  Click to access the Musical Calendar​.

 Curricular

 

Mary Queen of Apostles School has a band, an intermediate chorus and select chorus. Students in these three groups perform in a Christmas concert with the primary grades. They also perform in the spring. While band meets after school, it is a curricular and assessed.

The electives offered to students in grade fourth through sixth include newspaper, design technology using Knex, Lego EV3 robotics, coding to program Hummingbirds, analog gaming, think for fun games, and conductive sewing.  Each class meets once a week. Once a month, the classes report to the gym for a session of intramural games.

 

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 Extracurricular

 

Extracurricular activities are offered to students in grades fourth through eighth. They include student council, science clubs, and yearbook club.

Competition electives are also offered for seventh and eighth grade students. The options include Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS), Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Future City, National History Day, and First Lego League Robotics.



 


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 Service

​​Students are encouraged to serve others through organized events, dress down day donations, liturgical service and service through special ​​​school, parish, and organization events.

 

Consider becoming a reader, cantor, gift bearer, or altar server.  Your ministry is appreciated.  Volunteer at the SCG Winter Carnival.  Speak with your teacher about being a peer tutor. 

 
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 Activities

​​Analog Gaming​​​
  • Analog game design allows students to incorporate the six integral core components needed for a game: the goal, a challenge, the core mechanics, necessary components of the game, the rules. as well as the necessary space needed to safely engage in the game.  After the basic game has been constructed students play test, make constructive comments, make iterations, and play test again enabling them to create a fun and yet challenging experience.​​
  • Grades 4-6​​​
  • Moderator: Mrs. Kestner
Atoms Family Science Club 
  • ​​The club members work as a team to construct bridges, solve investigations, and just have fun with science.​
  • Grade 5​
  • Moderator: Mrs. Kestner
  • Atoms Family Science Club Form​​​
​​​Band
  • ​​​Playing a musical instrument as part of an ensemble is a fun way to encourage our students to develop their artistic talents. Students may audition for the MQA Band. The band performs in the Christmas and spring concerts, a Christmas band tour, and an all band spring concert. Please print and return band form. ​
  • Grades 4-8
  • Moderator: Mrs. Capone
  • Band Fo​rm
​​Betelguese
  • ​​The sixth grade science club takes its name from one of two major stars in the constellation Orion, the hunter. The club members work as a team to solve problems and just have fun with science​
  • Grade 6
  • Moderator: Mrs. Kestner
  • Betelguese Form​​
Conductive Sewing 
  • This is no ordinary sewing class!  Conductive sewing actually uses stainless steel thread to carry a current, creating flexible circuits without soldering and adding a little bit of bling to a project.
  • Grades 4-6
  • Moderators: Mrs. Kestner or Mrs. Tassone​
​Design Technology 
  • In this activity, students work with K'nex to design and build series of objects, as they learn the design technology cycle. With emphasis on problem solving. This is a semester activity
  • Grades 4-6
  • Moderators: Mrs. Tassone or Mrs. Troiano​

​FLL Robotics Team 
  • FLL Robotics is a competition that takes place at the start of December.  Teams are judged on robotic performance, robotic design, programming, teamwork, and research presentation.   The team builds a robot and attachments and programs it to complete challenges. The team meets after school a few times a week from September through the competition.
  • Grades 5-8 
  • Moderator: Mrs. Collett
  • Robotics Team Form
Forensics 
  • Forensics is a public speaking club. Choose a reading form a novel, a selection of poetry, a famous speech or play, and present it at a forensic tournament. Tournaments are held on three Saturdays during the year.
  • Grades 5-8 
  • Moderator: Mrs. Collett
  • Forensics Form   
  • Driver Volunteer Form​​​
History Day 
  • History Day is an academic program designed to promote student research, writing, and presentation while exploring historical themes. Students can elect to submit a historical paper, a documentary, a web site, an exhibit, or a performance. Students can work as a group or individually. The regional competition is held in March. Those receiving a first, second, or third place continue to the state level. The state competition is held in May.​​​
  • Grade 8
  • Moderator: Mrs. Brill 
  • History Day Form
Hummingbird Programming
  • This elective uses a Hummingbird Duo controller and component sensors, motors, servos, and LEDs and some art and craft materials to invent a robotic creation.  The student uses CREATE Lab Visual Programmer to program the individual components and build sequences to make the creation interactive​.
  • Grades 4-6 
  • Moderators: ​Mrs. Collett & Mrs. Hyland​
Intermediate Chorus​
  • ​Being part of a choral group is a great w​a​y to encourage our students to develop their artistic talents and build performance skills. Joining chorus means committing to both Christmas and spring concert. Please print and return the Chorus form.
  • Grades 4-6 
  • Moderator: Mrs. Bernot
  • 4th-6th Chorus Form
​Lego Robotics
  • Robotics is an elective where students learn the basics of robotics programming using EV3 Lego robot kits. This includes building a robot, adding sensors and attachments, and programming it to complete challenges
  • Grades 4-6
  • Moderator: Mrs. Collett
PJAS and PRSEF
  • Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is designed to stimulate and promote interest in science through the development of a research project and investigation, followed by a written report and a oral presentation on the findings. Students compete at the regional level and those earning a first award continue to the state competition. The process can then be converted to a presentation board and entered in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF)​.
  • Grades 7-8 
  • Moderator: Mrs. Kestner 
  • PJAS and PRSEF Form
Reading Club
  • Westmoreland Interscholastic Reading Club is a competition club. Students form a team, collectively read 40 novels and practice Q&A regarding the novels. The club meets after school to read, practice, and prepare. Students also read at home.
  • Grades 6-8
  • Moderator: Mrs. Orlowski
  • WIRC Form​​​
​Select Chorus 
  • ​Being part of a select choral group is a great way for our students to showcase their talents and expand performance skills. Students who elect to participate in chorus perform in two concerts, a Christmas and Spring Concert.
  • Grades 7-8 
  • Moderator: Mrs. Bernot 
  • 7th-8th Chorus Form
Seton Hill & Sisters of Charity Fine Art Program​
  • The fine arts program includes drama, music, and art for a nominal fee. The classes are held on Saturday. Registration forms are available in the school office and are sent to all parents via email.
  • Grades 1-8
  • Moderators: Sisters of Charity and Seton Hill Students ​
​Sewing Club
  • ​Students in grades 3-8 may join this club.  Five students meet at a time after school.  There are criteria that must be met to be a part of the sewing club.  The form explains it all!  Mrs. Rapsinski and other adults work with the students on all elements of sewing, including using a sewing machine.
  • Grades 3-8 
  • Moderator: Mrs. Rapsinski 
  • Sewing Club Form
​Spelling Bee
  • Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are eligible to participate at the regional level in this spelling bee.  Students meet one day a week after school with Mrs. Orlowski to practice the spelling lists they have been given.  At the beginning of February an elimination round is held to determine the school champion, who will represent MQA at the Annual Western PA Spelling.  The winner of that bee will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
  • Grades 6-8
  • Moderator: Mrs. Orlowski
  • Spelling Bee Form​​
Student Council 
  • Elected by your peers, you have a responsibility to attend meetings to represent your class. You are also required to attend all Student Council functions
  • Grades 4-8 
  • Moderator: Mrs. Brill
  • ​Student Council Form
Think for Fun 
  • This activity allows students the opportunity to explore a variety of games that develop higher order thinking skills and build academic skills. These include chess, Scrabble and others. Students may choose this elective for the whole year or for one semester.
  • Grades 4-6
  • Moderator: Mrs. Porter