OLG students have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities and clubs which promote Christian values, discipline and life skills in an environment that allows students to explore their interests in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.
Student Council (Middle School)
Students interested in leadership and service opportunities are encouraged to run for OLG's Student Council. Elections are held in May for the following school year; students finishing 5th-7th grades are eligible to run for the following Student Council positions (eligibility varies by grade for each position):
- President (7th)
- Vice President (6th or 7th)
- Technology & Promotions (6th or 7th)
- Secretary (5th or 6th)
- Treasurer (5th)
OLG students in 3rd through 7th grade elect one boy and one girl for each office, based on their campaign speeches and posters. Once elected, Student Council members work together to raise money for those in need, bring student concerns and ideas to Mrs. Trenary and the student body, and become visible leaders of our school community. Student Council participation is a wonderful opportunity to for students with a strong sense of responsibility to develop skills in leadership, listening and working with others. It is also a unique opportunity for students to learn the joy of giving of themselves on behalf of OLG as well as the many charities who benefit from Student Council fundraising efforts.
Continental Math (Grades 3 & 4)
Students who love math and are interested in a challenge are invited to join a math enrichment club using problems from the Continental Math League. Participants gather once a week before school to gain experience in using mathematical concepts and to develop a variety of problem solving strategies. Students practice working cooperatively to solve challenging word problems. In addition, three to four meets are held in class each year where students are asked to work independently.
Sample problems and information about the program can be found at: http://www.continentalmathematicsleague.com/cml.html
Math Masters (Grades 5 & 6)
Math Masters is an enrichment program offered to 5th and 6th graders. It is designed “to challenge students to use higher-order thinking skills and develop problem-solving abilities.”
A state 6th grade competition is held in March, and a state 5th grade competition is held in May. The event includes one session of fact drills followed by individual problem solving rounds and group problem solving rounds with team members cooperating on solutions.
The problems are formulated by the math department of St. Cloud State University and include the mathematical areas of geometry, decimals, fractions, percents, charts, graphs, statistics, probability, sequences, and properties of numbers.
More information and sample problems can be found by visiting the Math Masters website at mathmastersmn.org.
FIRST LEGO League (Grades 6 & 7)
In FLL, or Lego Robotics, students are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific problem. Using LEGO Mindstorms technology, they build autonomous robots that perform a series of missions related to their scientific problem. Students develop valuable life skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and basic engineering and programming skills. They are also exposed to engineering and technology as exciting career possibilities.
Destination Imagination (Grades 3-8)
Destination Imagination is the world's largest creativity and problem-solving program for youth of all ages. Teams of 5-7 students work together for 12-16 weeks to create solutions to their Challenge. Challenges can be in any of the following areas: Structural, Scientific, Theatrical, Technical or Improvisational. Students develop skills in leadership, performing, writing, building, creative expression and teamwork. Teams present their solutions at tournaments, and if successful they can advance to more difficult levels of competition, culminating in the Global Finals tournament. More information is available at www.mndi.org.
Future Problem Solvers (Grades 6-8)
FPS teaches students how to think through problems using a six-step process that develops their skills in critical and creative thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. FPS offers students the chance to practice and compete in teams that address up to five different topic issues, which represent complex real-world problems. Examples of topics from 2013-14 include Social Isolation, Desertification, Serveillance Society and Land Transportation. Skills developed in FPS benefit students in both academic and social settings. For more background on the FPS, visit www.fpspi.org.
Snowbusters (Grades 3-8)
Snowbusters is an after-school skiing and snowboarding opportunity available to OLG students in grades 3-8. Through Hyland Hills Ski Area, our students have the option to rent equipment and take lessons or to just go out to the hill and ski or snowboard with their friends.
The program typically runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings during the months of February and March. Lessons run from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., but lift tickets are honored until mountain closing, so many students come early and stay late. The Snowbusters group rates are roughly half the price of general public fees. OLG also offers a very affordable busing option to transport the students directly from school to Hyland Hills.
Parents can sign up for volunteer shifts distributing lift tickets, chaperoning the students, helping with equipment, etc. Families provide transportation home following the evening of skiing.
Scouts (Grades K-8)
OLG hosts Scout organizations for boys and girls, starting in Kindergarten. Grades K-5 typically have one to two dens per grade, which are run by parent volunteers. In sixth grade, Cub Scouts join Boy Scout troop 102, which is open to middle school and high school boys who are either students or parishioners at OLG.
Young Rembrandts and Mad Science offer after-school classes at OLG through Edina Community Education. For more information, visit www.edinaschools.org, and click Community Ed, then Youth Programs.