Academic Enrichment

In the spirit of Catholic joy, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School enjoys a cooperative approach to all student activities. Families, students, administration, faculty, and staff work together within the school community, the parish community, and the world. Activities aimed at developing a strong sense of social awareness, an appreciation for the fine arts, and the importance of family-centered activities provide an essential element of each student’s education. The following selection is a preview of what is currently offered or has been offered to OLPH students based on interest and moderator availability. 

Student Council

The student council is a leadership organization of representatives that serve as the voice of the entire student body. Officers are elected from the middle school while 4th – 8th grade have homeroom representatives. The purpose of the student council is to provide service projects and community outreach programs for the entire student body and to encourage school spirit.

All eligible students are encouraged to apply!

It’s Academic

It’s Academic is a good place for curious minds to shine while enhancing knowledge in many different subjects. Students practice weekly with a Coach answering questions on topics that range over the entire spectrum of the middle school curriculum (literature, science, religion, geography, and math) plus current events, sports and pop culture. The team practices using a tournament format. The goal is to get the team comfortable with the tournament flow and rules, so that when they do compete in a tournament they can focus on the questions. There are typically 1 or 2 tournaments in early spring hosted by a local archdiocese school.  All interested 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students are invited to join. Please note, unlike the high school version, middle school It’s Academic is not televised.  

National Junior Honors Society

OLPH has received a charter to host its own National Junior Honor Society. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NJHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a faculty member, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each spring.

Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all five criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held during the school year, and participation in the chapter service projects(s). Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter adviser, Mrs. Ehrman.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books gets 5th grade students excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship. Teams of five students and one adult coach each read the same 16 pre-determined books. In addition to reading the books, teams choose a team name and dress accordingly. During the “battle” (a 50-question exam), a moderator asks questions that relate to one of the following: a direct quote from one of the book characters; a statement about something that happens in the book; a passage taken directly from the book; details about an illustration or picture. Prizes are also awarded at the competition in April. 

Spelling Bee

OLPH participates in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Scripps National Spelling Bee each year. Students begin with a classroom with the top two students moving onto a schoolwide spelling bee. From there, OLPH sends winners onto regional and state competitions.

Geography Bee

The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The bee is open to students in the sixth through eighth grades at OLPH School. Students work as a team to prepare for the competition in the school and can advance to further regional and state contests.