St. James School Extracurriculars
St. James School has many extracurricular activities available to students.

Book Bee (Grades 4th - 8th)

Book Bee is a competition between schools which takes place in the Archdiocese of Louisville in the spring of each year.

Students in grades fourth through eighth read books on the Book Bee list. Questions from these books are developed and used for the year-end competition. Students practice with their respective teams throughout the year in preparation for the tournament. A group of students choose a book and attempt to become proficient in the knowledge of all aspects of the story.

Book Bee Philosophy

Book Bee originated with the idea that reading is fun! It has been designed to increase enthusiasm for reading and to give students a chance to be part of a team.

The books used in Book Bee have been chosen on a variety of subjects and to expose students to many genres. Some of the books address social issues such as racism, treatment of the elderly, and child abuse. Other books are adventure stories, fantasies or science fiction. The books include a variety of reading levels within one grade. In every grade there is a book for everyone.

With this in mind, suggestions for forming a Book Bee team are:

1. All students are encouraged to participate.

2. Reading all the Book Bee books should not be required to be a member of the team. (Not all the books on a list are necessarily appropriate for all students.)

3. Emphasis should be placed on student generated study. This may include the students making up practice questions, discussing the books, and encouraging teammates.

4. The role of the adult sponsor should be limited to scheduler, organizer, and facilitator.

Following are the Book Bee books for the 2013 - 2014 school year:

Grade Four

Because of Mr. Terupt Rob Buyea
Contest (Book One: Everest) Gordon Korman
Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm Series #1) Michael Buckley
*Lemonade War, The Jacqueline Davis
Magic Half, The Annie Barrows
Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Kate di Camilo
Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, The Jeanne Birdsall
Phineas L. MacGuire…Erupts! Frances O’Roark Dowell
Power of Un, The Nancy Etchemendy
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio Peg Kehret
*Strange Case of Origami, The Tom Angleberger
World According to Humphrey Betty G. Birney
*new for 2014

Grade Five

All the Lovely Bad Ones Mary Downing Hahn
Blood on the River: James Town 1607 Elisa Lynn Carbone
Candy Shop War, The Brandon Mull
Esperanza Rising Pat Munro Ryan
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Wendy Mass
Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller Sarah Miller
Mostly True Adventure of Homer P. Figg Rodman Philbrick
Mysterious Benedict Society, The #1 Trenton Lee Stewart
*Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes Jonathan Auxier
Rules Cynthia Lord
*Savvy Ingrid Law
Swindle Gordon Korman
*new for 2014

Grade Six

Abduction Peg Kehret
Al Capone Does My Shirts GenniferChodenko
*Eleventh Plague, The Jeff Hirsch
Elijah of Buxton Christopher Paul Curtis
Found Mary Peterson Haddix
*Klipfish Code, The Mary Cassanova
Powerless Matthew Cody
Red Kayak Priscilla Cummings
So B. It Sarah Weeks
Travel Team Mike Lupica
Two Hot Dogs With Everything Paul Haven
Wednesday Wars Gary D. Schmidt
*new for 2014

Junior High 2014

Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Michael D. Scott
*Between Shades of Gray RutaSepetys
Code Orange Caroline Cooney
Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II Joseph Bruchac
Hero S.L. Rottman
H.I.V.E. Mark Walden
*Legend Marie Lu
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment James Patterson
Petey Ben Mikaelsen
Premonitions Jude Watson
Scat Carl Hiaasen
Zach’s Lie Roland Smith
*new for 2014

Junior High 2015

Acquaintance with Darkness, An Ann Rinaldi
Hattie Big Sky Kirby Larson
Life As We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer
Nation Terry Pratchett
Nothing But the Truth Avi
Peter and the Starcatchers Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor
Schwa Was Here, The Neal Shusterman
Tale Dark and Grimm, A Adam Gidwitz
Tangerine Edward Bloor

Student Government (All Students)

All students, K - 8, can be involved with student government. Students sign up to be representatives from their classes. Meetings are scheduled periodically throughout the year with students deciding which projects they wish to take on for the year. This school year, 2010 - 2011, Mrs. Snapp and Mrs. Kelly Durrett are sponsoring the student government. In November, student government sponsored a donation drive for Hand in Hand Ministries. After student government collected over 200 hundred items, Mrs. Snapp drove to Appalachia and presented them to the Hand in Hand Ministries.

An ongoing project for the student government over the past few years has been the purchase and placement of a flag pole.

The student government also sponsors the Santa Brunch which takes place in early December.

Quick Recall (Grades 5th - 8th)

Chess Club (2nd - 8th)

Events for Thursday, April 24th
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Events for Saturday, April 26th
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Events for Sunday, April 27th
1st Holy Communion

St. James School
1818 Edenside Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40204