Co-curriculars are clubs or activities that supplement classroom learning and occur outside of regular class time.
St. James School’s student choir is open to students in 2nd through 4th grade. This group of singers performs at Pep Rallies, School Mass, and the Variety Show. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the students acquire poise, increased self-esteem, and an understanding that discipline and hard work bring rewards.
School Music Ministry
Student Cantors & Instrumentalists
Students in grades 6-8 are invited to cantor at our school mass. Students will prepare for masses with the guidance of the music teacher before school and meet with the music teacher prior to school mass to review music. Students are also welcome to audition to play instruments and be included in leading the student congregation in song.
Students interested in serving with the music ministry during mass can offer to provide technical support as a slide operator. Students on our slide squad follow along with the mass to offer lyrics to the congregation.
The Broadway Bulldogs is our junior high theater group bringing musical productions to the stage each winter. The overall production is led by talented parent volunteers. Students in grades 6-8 are invited annually to be part of the production. Students can audition to be in the show or assist with stage crew or lighting and tech. No student is turned away! Those involved develop a wide range of skills as well as friendships and lifelong memories as they display their talent on the St. James stage.
Our band program is open to students beginning in 4th Grade.
- Students are provided with individual and group instruction to take them from being beginners on their instrument, working at finding notes and rhythms, to being full-contributing members of a band ensemble.
- Students perform in concert three times per year for both school and parent audiences. Additional opportunities evolve through the program, allowing students to further develop their musical talent and showcase their progress.
- Students have performed during the Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade, for residents at the Lutheran Home and Village, during school masses with music ministry, and also as the “bucket band” during our annual variety show providing lively, heart-thumping music.
- Our band program consists of a Beginner Band (4th Grade), Junior Band (5th Grade), Senior Band (Junior High), and Jazz Band (5th-8th Grade).