Extra Curricular Activities
“Whatever you have learned. . .put into practice.” Philippians 4:9
 
St. Paul’s gives students an opportunity to participate in the chapel musician program, chapel audio-visual training, band, safety cadets, spelling and geography bees, math and history competitions, volleyball, soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and track. Some of the extra-curricular activities are detailed below. 
SPORTS

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? 
Therefore honor God with your body.”

   1 Corinthians 6:19-20 
 
Year after year we strive to improve our sports program.  To help with the development of physical and mental skills, our school participates in various organized sports for girls and boys.  We compete in basketball, volleyball, and track and field.

All parents are urged to please pick up their children promptly after practice.
 
If a student athlete has a failing grade average in a subject at the end of any academic quarter, he or she is automatically ineligible to participate in any sport during the following quarter.  Failing grades, use of tobacco or illegal substances, or infraction of training rules make a student ineligible for any awards. 

 
CHAPEL MUSICIANS

“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet, the harp and lyre,
the tambourine, the strings and flute, and with resounding cymbals.”
 
Psalm 150:3-5
   

 
The Lutheran church is a singing church.  Consequently, the training of young musicians is essential to maintaining this tradition of musical praise.  These musicians are given the opportunity to assist in student chapel and regular services to serve and edify others as they enhance worship among us.  
 
BAND

Students in grades 4-8 who wish to exercise their musical talents beyond regular music classes may participate in the Wisconsin Rapids Area Band program.  The St. Paul’s group meets once a week within our own facility.  There are reasonable fees for instructions and instruments that enable pupils to participate in individual lessons and group band.  Band members work toward concert performances and band competition. Awards are also given at the end of the year. 
 
PIANO LESSONS

In addition to band lessons, students in grades 2-8, in good standing academically, will be given the opportunity to further their education in music through piano lessons.  Training in both band and piano will help further the pool of musicians for the church in future years.  Students wanting to take piano lessons need to be receiving a C in all classes to participate in lessons during the school day.  Failure to receive a C in all classes will not eliminate the child from taking lessons, but will require the student to take lessons after school.  The student’s grades will be evaluated at the end of each quarter.  Our piano teacher is Kristi Perry
 
JUNIOR HANDBELLS

St. Paul’s offers Junior Handbells for students in grades 5-8. The group plays once or twice a month before chapel services. They usually play when the upper grades sing in church, and also for the Children’s Christmas Service. Previous musical experience is helpful, but not required. Practice takes place twice a week before school from 8:30-8:50 a.m. Students commit to the group for one semester at a time – from the start of school to the Christmas service, and then from January to the end of the year. Since Junior Handbells qualifies as an extra-curricular activity, students need to be academically eligible to participate. This means anyone who receives an F on a report card won’t be able to participate the next quarter. Participating in Junior Handbells is a great way to work together as a group to praise our Lord through music.  
 
SAFETY PATROL

“Love always protects.”
 1 Corinthians 13:7
 
St. Paul’s participates in the safety cadet (school crossing guard) program along with the rest of the Wisconsin Rapids schools.  This is a service organization where students in the grades 6-8 have the opportunity to care for the safety of students from our school and the community.  To show their appreciation for this extremely valuable service, the program offers awards and a trip to Wisconsin Dells, and a chance to win a bike.  Mr. David Brown is the program coordinator working with the designated Wisconsin Rapids Police Department's Safety Officer. We will also be using the safety cadets to help with the monitoring of the cafeteria before school from 8:00-8:30.