Extra-Curricular Activities

Gesu Broadcast & News Crew

An enthusiastic core of Gesu broadcasters greet the Gesu School family each day with a live TV broadcast produced in the Gesu Communications Center.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade tech and talent crews’ duties include directing, staging, reporting, writing, taping and editing.  All grades are represented with special appearances to share projects, PTO events, and sports and academic achievements.  Each week homerooms lead the school in the “Pledge of Allegiance” on the morning broadcast.

Yearbook

Each year Gesu middle school students publish a school yearbook which highlights their activities and achievements for the year. Students create the entire project online and now can publish their work in color. Many hours of hard work, creativity, laughter and fun go into the production of this Gesu tradition!

Destination Imagination

DI is a long-term problem-solving experience that stresses teamwork and creativity. Teams of seven students work with parent/team managers to prepare for local performances at Gesu in early March each year and then regional competitions held later in that month. Multiple talents and teamwork are developed and applied in this unique opportunity for Gesu students. This activity is open to students in grades K-8.

Future Problem Solvers

This activity involves teams of 5th-8th graders that meet on Mondays from 2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m. for eight months.  They employ the six steps of problem solving to write sets of solutions for significant challenges of the future.    Their work is assessed and scored by trained evaluators. Three teams qualified to participate at the State Bowl in Spring 10.

Liturgical Choral Club

Students in grades 5-8 who enjoy singing and performing are invited to join this club.  Weekly meetings are held on Tuesday nights in the Gesu Choir Room.  Under the direction of Miss Carolyn Pelley and assisted by Miss Mary Margaret Platz and Mrs. Colleen Pokorny, students prepare for performances for the school and also the parish community.

Power of the Pen

Each year junior high students with a flair for writing prepare for a creative writing competition which is held on district, regional and state wide levels.  Students advance throughout the competition by writing on a variety of genres and topics.

Chess Club

This club meets on Monday nights and will resume again in late January 2017.  Our first session is for students in Grades 5-8 and the second session is for students in Grades 2-4.  Over 80 students participated in the three sessions of the Gesu Chess Club that were held during the winter of 2016.  We conclude each season with a team tournament which is open to all students.  Thanks to Dr. Mark Waner, Mrs. Lindsey Walsh, and her son Liam who assisted with Chess Club this year. Congratulations to the members of the Bishops team who were the winners of the 2016 tournament.

Junk Box Science

This activity challenges junior high scientists to use a given set of materials to create an invention that might solve a given problem.

Science Club & Science Olympiad

The Science Club is open to all students in grades 4-6 who are interested in hands-on science experimenting.  Students will prepare for the Gesu Olympiad which is held in January.  Students also have an option to attend the Diocesan Science Olympiad at John Carroll University.

Students from the intermediate grades in local public and private schools compete in science investigations and activities at one of our local universities. Prior to this competition Gesu students have had opportunities to participate in a school competition in early winter as well as a diocesan competition which is held in late winter.

Stock Market Club

This club is open to all students in Grades 7-8 who would like to have a chance to take $100,000 and watch it grow in the stock market. Students participate with their team members in an online simulation game and have total control of their portfolios for a ten week period (fall and spring).

Robotics Club

Robotics Club focuses on programming skills and problem solving using LEGO NXT & EV3 software and building blocks.  The club will begin in October and meet from 2:45 – 3:45 PM on Monday afternoons.  Students in grades 6-8 are welcome to join during the first and second semester.

Girls on the Run

Over a period of 10 weeks, girls take part in an after-school programing preparing for a 5K run/walk. This program helps our young ladies build confidence and friendships. It will begin in the Spring of 2017. Contact Mrs. Regan Kazel for more information.

Ski Club

Gesu’s Ski Club will begin its third season this upcoming January. Registration is open to students in Grades 6-8.

Interior & Fashion Design Club

Interior & Fashion Design Club is held every Tuesday after school during the months of January and February. Students have an opportunity to become familiar with fashion and interior design through field trips and guest speakers, as well as creating their own designs.

Scouts

Gesu has scouting troops for boys and girls from Kindergarten through high school.  Most groups have weekly meetings which provide scouts with a variety of activities and projects that will help them to learn to make friends, work cooperatively, and develop a sense of their role as contributing members in their parish and community.

Minecraft

Minecraft is a video game that supports learning in math, science, computer programming, creativity, social skills, and much more! Minecraft Club is open to students in grades 3 and up and is offered in the fall, winter, and spring. Computers and accounts will be provided for everyone signed up. Please contact Mrs. Clary to learn more!

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts of the USA program is open to all girls of the parish from Kindergarten through high school. For more information, please contact Dawn Schmitt.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of America Troop 620 has been an established troop in Gesu Church since 1960. Membership is open to all boys of the parish who are at least eleven years old and have completed the 5th grade (or ten years old and who have earned Arrow of Light rank). To learn more, please contact Ed Mozdzen.

Cub Scouts

Membership in Cub Scout Pack 620 is open to all boys of the parish in Grades 1 through 5. The objectives of the group are: citizenship training, character development and personal fitness. For more information, please contact Steve Moylan.