St. Dennis School Electives and Extracurricular Activities

In addition to core curriculum taught by accredited teachers, St. Dennis offers a robust range of electives and extracurricular activities. All grade levels are exposed to gym, art and music classes. Foreign language is introduced in fifth grade. In middle school, students have the opportunity to choose from an array of unique learning opportunities that suit their interests and expand their knowledge in preparation for high school and beyond.

St. Dennis Middle School Electives

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Advanced Art

Students gain skills in creating various pieces of art. This elective may be taken as often as desired during a student’s middle school career.

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Battle of the Books

Similar to a book club format, books will be read and reflected upon with classmates. May be taken as often as desired.

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Business Education

Students learn about entrepreneurship and the skills it takes to create a business. This elective may be taken as often as desired.

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Choir

Students deepen their understanding of choir by advancing to four part harmony choral arrangements.

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Culinary Arts

An opportunity to learn a variety of cooking skills. Students make and serve treats during the Christmas and Spring music programs. May be taken only once.

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Finance

The basics of home financing and the stock market are covered in this practical, life skill-building class.

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Game Programming 1 & 2

Students begin by learning skills to create games using software in the first class, then deepen their understanding of the second.

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Graphic Design

This photo editing class uses a variety of software to achieve desired effects. May be taken only once.

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Google Docs/Keyboarding

Curriculum focuses on using Google programs more effectively while sharpening typing skills. Must be taken as a 6th grader.

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Gym

This elective is required once a semester and features various physical activities.

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iMovie

Specifically for 8th graders, students learn how to use iMovie as they create their 8th grade graduation video.

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Music Appreciation 1 & 2

The basics of playing ukulele are learned in the first course, and skills are deepened in the second. Class culminates with a performance during either the Christmas or Spring music concert.

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Newspaper

Heavy on informative and creative writing, students may take this class at any time as they learn skills to create a newspaper.

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Photography

High grade cameras are used to learn the technical aspect of photography and its many applications.

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Sewing

At least two projects are completed during a semester as students learn the basics of sewing.

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Shop

Simple woodworking skills and understanding of small engines are taught in this hands-on class.

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Spanish 1, 2, 3 & 4

These classes may be taken any year, but must be taken in order as they build on written and verbal skills.

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Study Skills

Students are invited to this class, typically taken as extra support to assist in building academic skills.

Extracurriculars

Outside of the regular school day, St. Dennis offers multiple opportunities for additional enrichment. This includes our athletics program as well as the following:

Student Council

Made up of one representative from each class, student governance gives students the chance exercise leadership as they work toward making our school a better place. Major activities include a Crush soda sale that happens annually in February. The council is advised by teachers Jason Pothof and Ann Pitz.

Forensics

This activity has been proven to boost self confidence and oral competency by developing and practicing fundamental public speaking skills. If you are interested in having your student participate, contact either Ann Pitz or Barb Brochtrup.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts is a non-formal, experiential and cooperative educational program that promotes girls’ personal growth and leadership development. Partnering with caring adults, girls design fun and challenging activities that empower them and raise their voices within a local, national and global sisterhood. Girls discover, lead and take action as well as develop the courage, confidence, character and leadership skills to succeed for a lifetime while making the world a better place. Troops are organized by grade level. Contact the troop leader that corresponds with your child’s grade if you’re interested in having her participate.

Daisies (Grades K-1)

No current troop

Brownies (Grades 2-3)

No current troop

Juniors (Grades 4-5)

Troop #1030

Cadettes (Grade 6)

Troop #1024

Cadettes (Grade 8)

Troop #2755

Cub Scouts

Cub scouting is year-round family-oriented part of the Boy Scouts of America Program, designed for boys in first through fifth grades. Dens meet twice a month and consist of boys in the same age group. The pack – all dens together – meets once a month. Cub Scouts is the largest of three membership divisions in the Boy Scouts of America. St. Dennis Parish has sponsored Pack 149, part of Glacier’s Edge Council for more than 50 years. If you’re interested in having your son participate, or if you have any questions, contact one of the following leaders:

Cubmaster

Matthias Raulin

Troop Scoutmaster

Mark Rodwell

Girls On The Run

This dynamic program encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, culminating in a celebratory 5k run. To learn how you can get involved, contact our advisor below.

Club Soccer

St. Dennis hosts soccer in the fall and summer for children entering 4K through 8th grade. Mr. Beisser will send out information when it’s time to sign up. In the meantime, you can explore club soccer opportunities at Capital East Soccer.

Band

Band is offered through Overture Band Programs, a Wisconsin 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing instrumental music education to private and parochial schools and home-schooled students in and around Dane County Wisconsin through quality band programs. Teachers recruit students in grades 4 – 8 to join band at the beginning of each school year. Parents pay a “band tuition” to Overture to have their student(s) participate in the band program. Teachers provide weekly group band rehearsals and semi-private lessons, teaching students all aspects of playing their musical instrument, preparing them for two concerts per year, as well as providing other musical opportunities including Honor Band, Solo & Ensembles Festival, Summer Band Camp, and Summer Lessons. An informational meeting will be held in the fall. Stay tuned for more information.

Piano Lessons

Deb Scalissi offers piano lessons to St. Dennis students during the school day on select days of the week. To coordinate lessons, contact Deb directly.