In April of 2012, the administration and faculty of St. Pius X School attended the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Conference in Boston. The Middle School faculty attended the conference to find ways to revitalize their traditional form of student government, The Student Council. After attending the conference, it was decided to create a new student government program where all students would be involved. In the fall of 2012, The SPXS Middle School House System was implemented.
The mission of the SPXS Middle School House System is to create a middle school community where students work together and support each other as they grow in their Catholic faith. The purpose of each house is to guide and support the academic, spiritual, social and personal development of each student during their time at the middle school of SPXS.
While participating in the SPXS House System, students have the opportunity to mix with students at their grade level, but also with other students in different grade levels in the middle school. This allows friendships and interests to extend throughout the Middle School. Students learn to work hard individually for the good of their house, along with working with the members of their assigned house. Our house system encourages teamwork, friendship, cooperation, and leadership.
At the beginning of the 2012 – 2013 school year, each house chose a saint whose character best reflected the qualities they wanted their house to personify. Once chosen, the students created a house motto and chose a house color and symbol. All characteristics of the four houses are maintained during subsequent school years.
Students from grades 5 – 8 are assigned to a house. They will be a member of their assigned house throughout their school experience at SPXS Middle School. House assignments do not change from year to year. Upon reaching fifth grade, younger siblings will be assigned to the same house as their older siblings. Each house will have two co-captains as leaders, along with middle school faculty and staff members to act as facilitators. House meetings will take place once a week during the school day.
House Cup Competition
Throughout the school year, there is competition between houses to see which house earns the House Trophy at the end of the year. This competition is to promote a good-natured rivalry between houses as students work together to win the House Trophy. A tally of each house’s points is displayed on the bulletin board in the middle school hallway and the house system page on the SPXS website and will be regularly updated with earned points. Once earned, points will not be deducted. Students who are dismissed from an activity/sport for behavior will not receive points for that activity for their house. Points toward earning the House Trophy will accumulate from the following activities/behaviors:
- Community service
- Extracurricular activities within the school, such as sports, drama club…
- Participation in house activities
- Christian behavior
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