Student co-curricular activities enhance the overall academic experience and provide opportunities for social formation. Saint Vincent de Paul has a wonderful variety of activities from which students can choose.
Art Shows – Saint Vincent de Paul School hosts an art show every other year in which art work from every student in the school is on display. Our art teacher, Mrs. Sharon Burke, is a true master in her field. She is the first Catholic educator to ever receive the Colorado Art Education Association’s “Teacher of the Year” Award, which she received in 2008. Any time you walk into our building, you will be amazed at both the quality and quantity of artwork created by our students.
In addition to our school art show, Saint Vincent de Paul students have an opportunity to participate in the Archdiocesan Art Show.
Destination Imagination - Destination Imagination is a Worldwide organization that helps children to problem solve using their creative gifts. St. Vincent de Paul has been very successful in the past and sends teams to the state competition almost every year. They send teams to the Global competitions almost yearly as well. Teams consist of groups of between 2 and 7 and parents serve as coaches. If you want some general information on DI please visit www.ExtremeCreativity.org.
Junior Great Books – Junior Great Books is an extracurricular reading and discussion program designed to enrich the intellectual experiences of the participants. Students are invited to attend based on exceptional class performance and strong ITBS scores. Participants read classic works of literature and discuss them with peers from their own school and from Most Precious Blood and Our Lady of Lourdes schools. Groups are led by two trained volunteers dedicated to children, books, intellectually stimulating literary discussion and, of course, fun! The schedule usually includes 10 meetings and runs from October through March. The program begins in the fifth grade and continues through eighth grade.
Math Counts - Students in grades 6th through 8th may participate in the MATHCOUNTS Club. MATHCOUNTS builds math skills, promotes logical thinking, strengthens problem solving skills, and sharpens students’ analytical abilities. Students are given the opportunity to work in groups on interesting and unusual problems. Participation in the club is open to all ability levels. Participants truly enjoy working in groups to solve the problems! In January, all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are invited to participate in the school’s competition. After the school’s competition, a team is selected to compete at the regional competition held at the University of Denver in February. Finalists from the regional competition compete at the state competition.
Musical Performances – Students in every grade of the school participate in at least one musical performance each school year. Performances for the current school year are listed in the Performances section under Students.
Speech Competitions - Speech competitions are open to 7th and 8th grade students. The categories are set by the Archdiocesan Speech Association.
In 7th grade the categories are Oral Interpretation and Readers' Theatre. Oral Interpretation involves taking a written piece and interpreting it orally. Readers' Theatre is a play performed in the style of old-time radio -- no props or gestures, etc. The voice and facial expressions express the piece along with the rapport among the readers.
In 8th grade the categories are Original Speechmaking and Impromptu. The original speeches may be one of three types: informative, persuasive, or entertaining. Whichever they choose, the speech must have an introduction, supporting details and a conclusion as well as at least two cited sources. Impromptu speeches are short speeches that the students have five minutes to write. The topics are assigned randomly. This category involves high levels of creativity!
Spelling Bee – The St. Vincent de Paul Spelling Team is an extracurricular activity open to all students in grades 4 – 8. The purpose of the SVDP Spelling Team is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, and learn new concepts. Spelling Team participants work with their classmates and students from across grade levels to prepare for and participate in the Archdiocesan Intermediate and Advanced Spelling Bees. Winners of these spelling bees may qualify to compete in a city-wide spelling bee sponsored by the Denver Post. Students prepare for spelling bees using a variety of materials provided by www.SpellingBee.com , www.MySpellIt.com , and www.Merriam-Webster.com. The Spelling Team meets in advance of the Archdiocesan Spelling Bees to study the Scripps National Spelling Bee Word Lists and improve spelling skills and techniques.
Student Council - Saint Vincent de Paul Student Council is a member of the National Association of Student Councils, and is composed of six eighth grade officers and six class representatives from the 5th - 7th grades. As leaders in the school, Student Council members plan and run activities such as fund-raisers, Catholic Schools Week, and special dress days. Due to the exemplary nature of the Student Council and the time it requires, members must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to continue to serve.
Yearbook - The SVdP Yearbook Club is a student-run, parent adviser-guided, after-school activity. There is an Application & Teacher Recommendation process for 7th & 8th Grade students interested in Yearbook Club. In yearbook club, we actually design, promote, and sell the SVdP Yearbook which is distributed each spring. This club meets one day a week after school in the Computer Lab. Assisted by parent advisers, students use an online computer program to create pages, and are also primarily responsible for choosing the cover and taking/selecting the pictures that will end up in the yearbook. Our main goals are to capture the annual school theme and loving atmosphere of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School as well as make every attempt to include every student's picture in the book. Adults in SVdP community are encouraged to contribute pictures and/or volunteer with the club!