- Our younger students are paired with the upper classmen, who teach by example reverence for our faith and each other. Working together they attend monthly masses, create seasonal crafts, share buddy reading and take part in retreat days. This gives the younger students the opportunity to develop a special relationship with the older students who serve as a role model and a friend.
Living Rosary and May Crowning
- For centuries, Catholics have honored Mary, the Mother of Jesus, during the month of May with various devotions, often culminating in the crowning of a Marian statue with flowers. During the month of May, Saint James the Apostle School and parish community come together for an age old tradition of our outdoor May Crowning and Living Rosary. Members of the student body and First Communicants dressed in their Communion attire serve as the Rosary 'beads', while reciting prayers led by the Pastor. The eighth graders dressed in their Sunday best process to crown the statue of the Blessed Mother. The May Crowning is a treasured tradition at Saint James the Apostle School.
- Another special tradition, is our Christmas Pageant which includes a Living Nativity. This reenactment of the First Christmas in the stable, is enhanced by religious songs and Christmas carols. The angelic voices of the entire student body from PreK-3 through eighth grade are enjoyed at an afternoon matinee and evening performance.
- Saint James the Apostle School’s yearbook, called LEGACY , is a collaborative effort of faculty members as well as the graduating class. The yearbook includes messages from the pastor, principal, a dedication page, student portraits, and much, much more. Eighth graders look forward to choosing the yearbook’s cover design and theme and then creating their own page with a favorite Bible verse, words of appreciation and pictures of family and friends.
- The transition to Middle School is marked by the opportunity to attend school dances by the sixth,, seventh and eighth grade students. Students dance the night away and enjoy each other’s company during these much-anticipated events!
Baccalaureate Mass and Pass-It-On Ceremony
- At the time honored Baccalaureate Mass, the eighth grade students pass their responsibilities and memories to the seventh graders in a very inspiring candle light observance known as the Pass-It-On Ceremony.