School Day Activities
Students that are Good Shepherd parishioners have an opportunity to be Altar Servers. The students receive special training in 5th grade during the school day. When the training is completed the servers have the opportunity to serve at school Masses, weekend Masses, weddings, and funerals. This is a great opportunity for service as many students continue their serving Mass right through their high school years.
The fifth and sixth grade students at Good Shepherd School attend the Junior Achievement BizTown program every other year. "JA BizTown is a 10,000 square foot kid-sized city within Junior Achievement headquarters in Maplewood, MN. Several weeks of classroom learning culminates in a day-long visit to this fully-interactive simulated free market facility where students become adults for a day. By working in one of 15 JA BizTown shops, students learn what it takes to run a successful business, manage a checking account and work as a team. Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated community, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a global economy." - Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.
Creativity abounds at the Invention Convention, held every other fall for students in grades 5 and 6. Students develop and present inventions of their own design. The inventions are judged with outside evaluators.
The Zellmer Library offers a quiet study atmosphere and the opportunity to check out books. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. Books may be checked out for a two week period. Students in kindergarten and first grade are allowed to have one book out on loan. Older grades may have two books out on loan. There are no overdue fees, but a lost book fee is charged if books are not returned before the end of the school year.
The Safety Patrol will be staffed by the students in the sixth grade. Because of the great responsibility involved, the patrols will be given directives by the person designated by the principal as to their obligation in maintaining safety. Students will respect the patrols and obey them in all that is concerned with published safety rules.
All sixth grade students are members of our Service Club. They are assigned a job within the school to help with various tasks under the teacher's supervision. Assigned roles may include: teacher aides, kitchen scrapers, office helpers, and recess patrols.
Service projects are a huge part of the student's life at Good Shepherd School. Some are done in the classrooms by grade levels and others are done school-wide. The school-wide projects include the following: collecting toys for those in need at Christmas, helping our local food shelf on a monthly basis, and working to help a school in Guatemala. Classroom projects may vary slightly from year to year, but most grades have a set project they do every year. Some examples are: the first graders make Easter baskets for children of a local charity, the third graders visit Feed My Starving Children every year, the fourth graders make sandwiches which are distributed to the homeless. The most important service project is done by the 6th grade, every single day. The 6th graders give up their daily recess to help through out the school. Their jobs consist of helping in the lunchroom by washing tables and scrapping plates to working in teacher's classrooms as classroom helpers. Good Shepherd is proud of its commitment to service, as it helps focus on the values that all Good Shepherd students should strive to obtain.
The Spirit Club consists of representatives from each class who work together to plan activities to promote a greater community spirit at Good Shepherd School.