National Junior Honor Society
The National Elementary Honor Society chapter of St. John the Apostle School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, responsibility, service, and leadership. Students are selected for membership by majority vote of a principal-appointed faculty council, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each winter and spring. Students in grades four and five are eligible for membership.
Students who meet these criteria are invited to complete a candidate form that provides the faculty council with information regarding the candidate's leadership and service. Any solicited faculty input and all candidate forms are carefully reviewed by the faculty council to determine membership. A majority vote of the council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or non-selection according to a predetermined schedule.
Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection.
Saint John the Apostle School National Junior Honor Society Selection Criteria
Prayer Partner Mentoring Program
The St. John the Apostle Prayer Partner Mentoring Program pairs students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Prayer partners attend the monthly Friday Mass together, read together in the classroom and celebrate various holiday events together. This program gives older students the opportunity to learn responsibility and keep them connected with the younger students. It also gives the younger students a chance to develop a special relationship with the older students who serve as role models and friends.
Through the living rosary, students stand to represent each bead of the rosary. Students in grade 8 form the cross to complete the formation. It is a beautiful event to pray and pay tribute to our Mother Mary.
Fourth-grade students prepare an exceptional presentation for their parents to set the mood for Thanksgiving. They sing about the things they are thankful for and count their many blessings.
The school community comes together for an evening of Christmas carols. The angelic voices and holiday attire of the students in Kindergarten through 5th grade is a school concert tradition not to be missed.
The grade one play, The Shiniest Star, is a lively version of the nativity featuring stars with attitude, proudly shining over the stable in Bethlehem. This is a beautiful Christmas tradition.
Annual Christmas Bazaar
Children and parents alike love this Christmas event. Children can go Christmas shopping for everyone on their list, make crafts, play games, have fun, and of course visit with Santa.
8th Grade Dance
This is a unique event at St. John the Apostle School where parents design and build a themed event for the graduating class. It is a rewarding experience bringing the entire 8th-grade parent community together.
Pass-It-On Ceremony and Communion Breakfast
In June, our grade eight students pass on their responsibilities and memories to the incoming eighth-grade class in a very special candlelight ceremony at the Baccalaureate Mass. A communion breakfast follows for the graduates, their parents and the incoming eighth-grade class where recognition awards are presented to both graduates and their parents to acknowledge their accomplishments, dedication, and years of service to St. John the Apostle School.
Producing Oratorical Skills
The St. John the Apostle School Forensics Team promotes the essential oratorical skills of public speaking as a means to develop communication, interpretation, and critical thinking skills to our 5th to the 8th-grade student population. The St. John the Apostle forensic team has been a leader in both county-wide and high school competitions, ranking in the top three schools in the Union County Catholic League of Forensics since the team's inception in 1998. The team holds more than seven first place titles.
St. John the Apostle School students compete locally with the Union County Catholic League of Forensics, the Union Catholic High School Annual Forensics Tournament, the Mount St. Mary's Forensics Tournament in Watchung, and the Roselle Catholic Scholastic Olympics. Many of the St. John the Apostle Forensics Team students go on to compete at the high school level. Several graduates have also competed at the national level, in areas such as prose, poetry, declamation, and duo interpretation of literature. Top high school public speakers from around the country compete each year and St. John the Apostle School is proud to have provided the foundation for many of its students to compete at such a prestigious level.
The SJA Math Club is open to students in grades 6-8 who maintain a 95% or greater math average. Our club meets on Wednesdays from 2:35-3:30pm in the annex math room from January through May. Students collaborate and compete to master challenging math problems and famous math puzzles. In addition, we hold an annual “Challenge 24 Tournament” for the upper grades during Catholic Schools Week. In March, we celebrate “Pi Day” by sharing math activities with students in the younger grades.
The Saint John the Apostle STEM Club is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who are in good academic standing. This club is offered from September through December and meets on full-day Fridays from 2:35-3:30pm. The purpose of our club is to create and explore projects in the makerspace located in the school library. We collaborate and learn from each other while tinkering with a variety of digital tools. Our activities combine technology with arts and crafts. In addition, we organize events for all grade levels to participate in. These events include an annual cardboard challenge and a family engineering night.