Expanding Our Minds

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.

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 2018.

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 Catherine Massiello and Mrs. Colleen Pokorny, students prepare for performances for the school and also the parish community.

Moondawgs Choral Club

Students in grades 6-8 who enjoy singing and performing are invited to join this club.  Weekly meetings are held on Thursday nights in the Music Room.  Under the direction of the Gesu music teacher,  students prepare for performances for the school and also entertain for groups in the community.

Drama Club

Students in grades 4-8 are invited to be part of this new Gesu club.   In March 2019 the group’s inaugural performance was the Disney Jr.script for Aladdin.  It was performed on the stage at Notre Dame College and it was a roaring success!

The dates are set for this year’s performance and we are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the play that will be performed on March 19-21, 2020.    This production will again be directed by Gesu alum Pierre Brault along  with Mr. Michael Martinek and teachers from the school’s music staff.

Chess Club

This club meets on Monday nights and will resume again in January 2020.  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 2019.  We conclude each season with a team tournament which is open to all students.

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.

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 2019. Contact Mrs. Regan Kazel for more information.

Ski Club

Gesu’s Ski Club will begin its sixth 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.

Sew What's New Club

Students in Grade 4-8 who are interesting in learning to sew meet on Tuesday evenings in the STREAM Center with Mrs. Alice Elliott and Miss Jones for four week sessions.  Projects vary and students have options to create some amazing designs.

Girl Scouts

There are many options for girls who are interested in Scouting.  Contact Erin Donovan Goldwood at edonovan01@hotmail.com

Scouts BSA

Troop 620 has been an established troop in Gesu Church since 1960. Membership is open to all boys and girls 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). Since 1960, we have over 63 Scouts that have earned their Eagle Rank as part of Gesu Troop 620. Program focus is around developing leadership in our youth along with a focus on outdoor activities like camping, hiking and high adventure trips.

To learn more, please contact Brett Young at Troop620.gesu@gmail.com.

Computer Coding Club

This club is open to students in Grades 6-8.  It is operated remotely with the club at St. Ignatius High School.  Members meet each week in the STREAM Center on Wednesday evenings.

Minecraft Club

Students in Grades 3-5 can enjoy playing the popular video game Minecraft, with their friends during the three Wednesday night sessions arranged by Mrs. Shelly Clary.  All skill levels are welcome.  This game supports learning in math, science, computer programming, creativity and also social skills.