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Extracurricular Activites

Student Council

Student Council is a special group of elected students that work with the student body, faculty, and administration for the purpose of serving the school. The basic reason that Student Council exists is to promote spirit, leadership, responsibility, and service within our school.
Moderators: Mrs. Michele Longano and Mr. Paul Martin


Power of the Pen

Power of the Pen is a competitive interscholastic tournament in written expression designed for seventh and eighth-grade writers throughout Ohio. Students participate in district, regional, and state competitions earning various medals and trophies for their creativity in writing. The program’s aim is to exact a positive impact upon academic achievement overall. More than 7,500 students will compete directly in a Power of the Pen writing tournament. Power of the Pen was established in 1986, and Saint Paschal Baylon School has been involved in this program since 1992 earning many individual and team awards at all levels of competition.

Moderator:  Mrs.  Beth Detzel



Brain Brawl

 Brain Brawl is a general-knowledge competition similar to Academic Challenge for junior high students sponsored by Saint Ignatius High School. Over twenty-five teams from throughout the diocese are split into divisions to display their knowledge on various topics from science to literature to pop culture. Each round of the “brawl” is composed of three sections, which include team questions, a letter round, and the final buzzer round. This competition has given our students the opportunity to showcase their wealth of knowledge. Saint Paschal Baylon team members have enjoyed great success in this academic endeavor.

Moderators: Mr. Paul Martin

Spelling Bee

Any interested 7th and 8th graders may participate in the school spelling bee held on November 16, 2023 in the school library. The school bee champion will take the Regional Qualifier Test—a 50-item online spelling and vocabulary test— in February 2024. The top finishers on this test advance to the SNSB Region Two Regional Bee which will be held virtually on March 2, 2024.

Please contact Mrs. Popelka, to register for the school spelling bee and to receive a study list.

Moderator:  Mrs. Moira Popelka

GCCTM Problem Solving Tournament: Gr. 4-5

Eight 5th graders and eight 6th graders will participate in a problem-solving tournament in February (date and location still to be determined). Tryouts will take place in October and team members will practice once a week until the competition.

The purposes of this tournament are to:
*Promote enthusiasm for mathematics among students in the fifth and sixth grades
*Recognize students for their interest, perseverance, and talent in mathematics and problem solving
*Challenge these students in an energizing and competitive setting

Moderator:  Miss Felice Ferrante

Art and Soul

Art and Soul is designed to enhance the lives of others through artistic projects.

We will pull our talents together and create things to brighten people’s days by providing artwork and cards for nursing homes, Deacon Joe’s homeless friends and any other need that arises!

Regular meetings will be on the second Wednesday of the month, but we will meet on other Wednesdays to be determined when we need it.

Art and Soul is currently open to students in grades four through eight and we meet right after school from 2:30-3:30 in the art room.

If you wish to join us, please let Mrs. Platko know! Your act of kindness may make a real difference in someone”s life!!!

Moderator:  Mrs. Kris Platko and Miss Chrissy Margevicius

Girls On the Run

Girls on the Run is offered in the fall for girls in grades 3-5. This National program is designed to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Moderators:  Mrs. Kelly Miller, Mrs. Karen Sarosy, Miss Felice Ferrante, and Miss Nicole Karpuszka

SPB Band Program

Band is offered to students in grades 4-8, and instruction is provided through Music Alliance.   Students may choose to play a variety of instruments, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, drums, etc.

Teacher: Mr. Frank Adams


Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum is a group of seventh and eighth graders who lead the singing and cantoring at our weekly school Masses. Practices are typically held on Thursday mornings from 8:15-8:45 a.m.

Moderator:  Mrs. Andrea Karpuszka

Junior Youth Group
Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th

Saint Paschal Baylon has a long tradition with Junior Youth Group, affectionally known as JYG. The Summit’s JYG meets every Sunday night, starting in August, from 5:30-7:00. Together with the high school youth group, we will all sit together and celebrate Mass at 7:00. This special Teen Mass is geared towards the youth of our parish (no matter what age!) with more contemporary music to enhance our celebration of the Eucharist!

Things we do in Youth Group:

  • Weekly focus and prayer
  • Monthly Eucharistic Adoration
  • Cedar Point
  • Pool Party
  • The Fest
  • Whirly Ball and Laser Tag
  • Kalahari
  • Bowling
  • Movie Nights
  • Game Nights
  • Advent Retreat
  • Lenten Retreat
  • Trunk-or-Treat
  • Santa Breakfast
  • Cookies with Olaf
  • Kick It For Cancer
  • Soup Nights
  • Living Stations of the Cross
  • Sky-Zone
  • Summer Retreat
  • Bible Camp

Life in the Eucharist Retreat

For more information on SPB’s amazing Youth Group:

*Like us on Facebook: Saint Paschal Baylon Youth Ministry @SPBYouthGroup
*or visit our website:

Saint Paschal Baylon Youth Ministry


The goals of STEM Club are to…

  • foster independent, self-directed learning skills
  • build collaborative learning and teamwork skills
  • develop critical and creative thinking skills
  • capitalize on the student’s natural curiosity through the inquiry process
  • use engineering to design and create

Some of the past projects in STEM Club include creating candy pumpkin catapults, designing and decorating gingerbread houses, building balloon-powered cars, using Lego Mat creations, planning and engineering a miniature golf course, and a live Candyland game board for our annual Education Fair. STEM Club also assists in running and supervising activities during the Education Fair. In addition, STEM Club has had programs from Lake Metroparks come in and provide programming and activities. Membership is limited to 30 students and there is a $30 fee to join.  Monthly meeting dates are listed on the school calendar and on the STEM bulletin board at school.

Moderators:  Mrs. Carrie Hanus, Mrs. Holly Herald, and Miss Hannah Humphrey



X-STREAM Games Groups


Moderators:  Various teachers

Science Olympiad

Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states. There are 450 tournaments annually on college campuses that showcase innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Science Olympiad is open to 5th and 6th graders. Teams are formed in late fall and practices begin in January. Parent participation is crucial as they are the coaches for the events. Parents also help with judging some of the events at the actual competition. The Science Olympiad is held in February, March, or April each year at John Carroll University. Here, our students will compete with other area Catholic Schools. The all day event concludes with an entertaining science demonstration and awards ceremony.

Advisors: Mrs. Nancy Dulzer and Mrs. Moira Popelka

GCCTM Problem Solving Tournament: Gr. 6-8

Students will work in teams of three (three eighth-graders or three seventh-graders) on four events during the contest. The problem-solving tournament will be held in March (date and location still to be determined). Tryouts will take place in November and team members will practice once a week until the competition.

The purposes of this tournament are to:
*Promote enthusiasm for mathematics among students in the seventh and eighth grades
*Recognize students for their interest, perseverance, and talent in mathematics and problem solving
*Challenge these students in an energizing and competitive setting

Moderator:  Mrs. Holly Herald and Mrs. Anna Peko


Broadcast Team

The Bourgeois Broadcast Booth in the Jansky Learning Center provides SPB students with an opportunity to use technology to create, produce, and edit video utilizing a green screen. Complete with a soundboard mixer, teleprompter, state-of-the-art MacBook Air, microphones, video camera, and extra video monitors, the Broadcast Booth allows students to work in front of a green screen. Primarily used for morning broadcast announcements, students use the software Wirecast to create layers of audio and video output to produce a live broadcast each morning transmitted to classroom ActivPanels. Our broadcast team consists of 7th and 8th grade students who rotate working on the computer, soundboard, teleprompter, scripts, camera, and behind the anchor desk. The Broadcast Booth also allows for school-wide broadcasts of special announcements, such as Buddy Bingo around Christmas time, and pre-recorded videos such as the Student Council Harvest for Hunger skit.

Moderator:  Mrs. Elizabeth Souers

Safety Patrol

“In any land, in any town, no finer patrol can be found!” – Mr. Martin

The Safety Patrol is a group of volunteer 7th and 8th graders who set up cones daily at 8 am for daily traffic patterns, recess and at 2:25 pm, set up a car-free zone using orange cones at the main entrance of the school/parish life center. Their job is to assist the faculty members on car-rider duty and help keep the students from running towards the parking lot. Each parent must exit their vehicle, walk to the car free zone and meet & walk their child(ren) back to their vehicle. The patrollers do not stop vehicles and should report any dangerous practices to the faculty member on duty. When given the OK, they clean up the cones, return the safety vests and are dismissed.

Moderator:  Mr. Paul Martin

Girl Scouts
A girl’s mind is an ember ready to glow – she just needs a spark to realize it! Girl Scouts offers girls the encouragement and support needed to succeed, and find that their dreams can become a reality. With the necessary encouragement and guidance, girls can do anything!

For more information about troops here at St. Paschal’s please contact the following troop leaders:

Katie Orlando (Daisies K-1)
Cheryl Haddon (Brownies 2-3)
Kristen Miller (Juniors 4-5)
Colleen Grossner (Cadettes 6 and up)

You can register at today at


Saint Paschal Baylon offers Dens for Tigers (1st Grade), Wolves (2nd Grade), Bears (3rd Grade) and Webelos (4th and 5th Grades). We meet at Saint Paschal Baylon School twice a month on average. We usually offer two camping weekends, two service projects, and a ton of fun! Two of the more well-known events are the Pinewood Derby Races and rocket launches. However, we pack the schedule full of fun.

Scouting is a school year-round program which allows for youth to participate in multiple youth programs or go and come as their schedules allow (understanding that some work has to be done outside of meetings to stay on track for advancement). We endorse involvement in sports, church, school, fine and practical arts, and any other activity that helps young people develop character and life skills. Scouting will always be here when they get back if they have to leave.

Contact Sean Vogley, Pack Master at Saint Paschal Baylon School for information.

Moderator:  Mr. Sean Vogley

Accelerated Reader & Library

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Contact & Directions

5360 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, OH 44143