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Our Special Subject areas include classes in Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Library and Technology. Students in preschool through eighth grade visit each special at least once weekly. The goals of our special area subjects strive to:
- create enthusiastic and lifelong learners
- meet the needs of every learner
- promote the value of reading, music, movement, art, technology, and wellness
- make learning a positive experience
- encourage each child's potential for growth
- recognize and cultivate each student's giftedness
- collaborate with the school community to create a relevant learning experience
Student Council at Holy Spirit School comprises an energetic and highly motivated group of students in grades 5-8. Students are chosen in a Middle School Wide election. The students take a leadership role in the school and help to foster strong connections to the larger community. Many fundraisers and community activities are supported by the Student Council. Recent organizations that have received donations as a result are the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, The Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Project: Cameron's Story, Holy Spirit Parish and CoNSERNS-U. Our goal is to share our energy and faith through the good deeds we do.
Girl Scouts "builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place." It is the goal of our Holy Spirit School Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scout troops to provide each member with opportunities to develop leadership skills, strong morals, and much more. The troops are coordinated by parent volunteers and meeting dates and times can be found on the school calendar.
Holy Spirit School offers basketball teams for both boys and girls in grades 3-8 depending on numbers. Our 3-4 grade teams generally practice 2 times per week and play games with local teams on the weekends. Our grades 5-8 programs participate in the Troy CYO basketball league. Practices are usually twice per week with games on the weekends. Game scheduling is done through the CYO program. The basketball practices generally begin at the end of October or beginning of November and run through March. During Catholic Schools Week, Holy Spirit holds its annual basketball tournament.
Holy Spirit School offers co-ed soccer for grades 5-8 as members of the Friendship League (St. Pius, Menands, St. Gregory’s, Doane Stuart, Montasori, and Brighter Choice Boys). Practices are held at the Greenbush Soccer Fields on Phillips Road in East Greenbush, where our home games are also played. The soccer season begins in September and runs through October.
Holy Spirit track is co-ed and is open to grades 4-8. Track meets are held on Tuesdays in May at Rensselaer High School with many events represented. Members of the Friendship League also participate. The Championship meet usually takes place at the end of May.
Students (gr. 2-8) interested in playing an instrument receive lessons in small groups during time periods that are flexible so that academic time is not impacted. The instruments involved in the school band include: Bells, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Drums, as well as many background instruments. Instruments are available through rental or purchase. The school band participates in the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert.
The Amazing Athletes year-round program is specifically designed to enhance your child’s learning experience through movement. At Amazing Athletes your child will learn the basic fundamentals and mechanics of 10 different sports while also building self-confidence, practicing team work, and improving 7 key areas of motor development. Our Amazing Athletes coaches come directly to your child and are trained to work with every child at their own developmental level within a non-competitive, learning-based environment. Each class focuses on 2 different sports and incorporates activities proven to increase your child’s overall cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone, hand-eye coordination, reaction time, and more!
We offer cheerleading for students in both elementary and middle school. Our cheerleading team performs at our pep rally during Catholic Schools Week, and cheers on our basketball teams throughout the season.
We offer students in grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in our LEGO Robotics program after school. Our 5-8 middle school team competes each year in competition, and recently took home 1st place in Robot Design and 2nd place overall. This is a great opportunity for middle school students to learn about programming, research, teamwork, and to have fun while competing with other schools in the area and around the state. For our elementary students, this is a great program to introduce students to different forms of technology at a young age, and to build their basic knowledge of coding and programming.
Each week, students have an opportunity to participate in our school banking program through Capital Communications FCU. This is a great opportunity for students to learn financial responsibility from a young age. For more information, please email Mrs. Spain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each quarter, our middle school students are invited to participate in an Activity Night. Activity Nights include music, games, movies, food, and fun. These nights are a great chance for students to have fun with their classmates. We encourage students to attend, and parents to participate.