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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.

Moderators: Mrs. Mary Connors and Ms. Diane Raguz



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: Miss Kris Martinson and Mrs. Elizabeth Krogman

Spelling Bee

Any interested 7th and 8th graders may participate in the school spelling be held in November in the school library. The school champion will advance to the Northeast Ohio Media Group Spelling Bee (formerly the Cuyahoga County Spelling Bee), an affiliate of the Howard Scripps Spelling Bee, held in March at the Cuyahoga Community College – Metropolitan Campus. 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: 5-6th Grades

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:  Mrs. Holly Herald

Starry Knights Art Club

Saint Paschal Baylon”s new “Starry Knights” Art Club 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!

Miss Babin and Mrs. Proctor will be moderating this wonderful group of helpful students! 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.

The “Starry Knights” Art Club 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 Miss Babin know! Your act of kindness may make a real difference in someone”s life!!!

Moderator:  Miss Sue Babin

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

SPB Band Program

Band is offered to students in grades 4-8, and instruction is provided through Music Alliance.

Teacher: Mr. Eduardo Mandujano


Cub Scouts

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

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 mission of this extracurricular academic club is to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics in learning projects for junior high students at St. Paschal Baylon School. The activities incorporate scientific inquiry with technological design through student-focused and project-based learning to develop skills of communication, collaborative teamwork, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Past projects have included building pasta pod car racers, marshmallow towers, models of Mars rover landers for an egg drop, coding and construction of sensory Makerbot cars, among others.  Membership is limited to 30 students who must comply with the requirements of the club and be willing to present their competitive science fair projects both at school and outside of school. There is a $3.14 membership fee. Meeting dates are listed on the school calendar.

Moderators:  Mrs. Iryna Kulick and Mrs. Anna Peko


Robotics Club

The Robotics Club is open to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Meetings are held in the Jansky Learning Center after school on Wednesdays as listed on the school calendar. Working in teams and alliances, students construct programmable VEX-IQ robots to compete in a game challenge at the annual Diocesan X-STREAM Games in the spring.

Moderator:  Mrs. Iryna Kulick

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 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. Curtis and Mrs. Hanus

National Geographic Bee

Sponsored by The National Geographic Society, the bee is open to any student in grades 5-8. Practices are after school in the library/computer lab during November and December. The Preliminary Bee narrows down to a few students who qualify for the school’s Championship Bee in January. One champion emerges to take a qualifying exam for the State Bee held in Columbus. The state champion moves on to the National Bee in Washington DC.

Moderators:  Mrs. Vera Marti and Mr. Paul Martin 

GCCTM Problem Solving Tournament: 7-8th Grades

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. 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 Mac 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 classrooms over the SmartBoard. 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. Anna Peko

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

Ski Club

What is Ski Club?

Ski Club is a program for new skiers to learn how to how to ski and for experienced skiers to learn more advanced skills. It is a five-week program where skiers attend a one-hour lesson each week regardless of their level. They offer an optional rental program that will provide you with skis, boots and poles. For more information click on the Boston Mills/Brandywine link for more details

When is Ski Club?

Ski Club begins the first week of January (weather permitting) and runs for a total of five Tuesdays. This year Ski Club will begin January 7, 2020. Students are transported by Precious Cargo to and from school for each session. They leave school by 3:00 p.m. and arrive back at 8:00 p.m.

Who can join Ski Club?

Ski Club is available for students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Junior Ski Club is available for students in grades 2-4; HOWEVER, there are two requirements for Jr. Ski Club members: (1) Jr. Ski Club members MUST be accompanied by an adult EACH week. (2) They must be 8 years old by January 1, 2020.

Please go to the following website to register for ski club:

  • Click on “Club Login”, and then use the login (stpaschal) and password (member).
  • Next, click the “Go Shopping” link, then click on “Club Program.”
  • Click on the desired “Product” and fill out all the necessary information.
  • Just a helpful note, if you registered online last year you should still be in the system. All you will have to do is search for your child’s name when you “Assign a Guest.” If this is your first time, then you will have to “create a new guest.”
  • The process is very user-friendly, but if needed, there is an option to click on a “Guide to Online Ordering” once you log in to the SPB club account.

Moderator:  Mrs. Kristen Miller

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

Accelerated Reader & Library

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Contact & Directions

5360 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, OH 44143