Promoting Student Involvement and Leadership
St. James School has implemented the House System for Middle School students. Students are divided into mixed-grade houses and a middle school teacher serves as a mentor and as the Head of the House. In addition, each House is led by a Captain (8th grader) and Co-captain (7th grader). Each house is named for an American Saint, has a house motto, color and symbol.
Mixing the students from all three grades in the House provides opportunities for students to meet peers with whom they may not otherwise interact, and enables the sixth graders to become more involved as they move up to middle school.
Students earn points for their House by participating in school activities, sports, clubs, performing church and community service,
recycling, collecting box tops and labels, canned food drives, etc. Houses are also awarded points for positive behavior and sportsmanship.
Positive peer mentoring gets students involved in school sponsored activities in order to support their House and students gain a sense of pride in being able to contribute. When all students feel they can make a difference, it creates a positive climate, making the House System a win-win situation!
Middle School Houses
St. Isaac Jogues
St. Rose of Lima
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Frances Cabrini
St. Kateri Tekawitha
St. John Neumann