Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School offers many opportunities for meaningful involvement for students.
Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are eligible to become members of the Student Council at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and an A in conduct. Each homeroom class elects a representative who serves for the school year. Eighth grade students who have served at least one year in student council are eligible to run for an officer position. Meetings are held approximately every two weeks and as needed. Student Council members participate in Bingo, Life Choices Week, Fall Fest, Food Drives, Grandparents Day, Random Acts of Kindness Week, Field Day, 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony, and at anytimes their help is requested.
The Math Club is open to all junior high students who enjoy doing math problem solving and puzzles. As a Math Club member, students have the opportunity to compete in different math tournaments. We are usually invited to compete in 1 - 3 math competitions during the year. Most competitions are held on Saturdays. To prepare for these competitions, we practice approximately twice a month on Friday after school for 1 hour.
Peer Helpers (Eighth Grade)
The Peer Helper Program is a nationally recognized program that fosters youth helping youth. The Peer Helpers role model leadership principles in grades PreK-4 to fourth grade by creatively participating in interactive classroom and small group lessons. Recruiting for Peer Helpers occurs at the end of seventh grade. If interested, they sign up during a specified week. All students who sign up are accepted into the program. In mid-August they attend a Leadership Workshop from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at school. The program has three major components. When they sign up to
participate in the program, they choose one of the following components. The components/areas are: (1) to lead a Friendship Group of 3rd or 4th graders in 30 minute lessons and meet twice a month; (2) the Reach Out Group present interactive life skill lesson from grades K-4th for 30 minutes; (3) the Peer Helper-at- Large Group visit the PreK4 classes and read a book for 15 minutes. All group members are excused,but are responsible to make up work,from their class during this activity. The Peer Helpers, by their win-win attitude, have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other youth. At the Awards Ceremony, the Peer Helpers will receive a Certificate of Recognition for their ministry and commitment in serving other students.
Junior High Quiz Bowl is an academic competition featuring teams of 6th, 7th, & 8th graders who compete to answer challenging questions in matches sponsored by both Junior Beta Club and the Junior League of Lafayette. Fatima's Quiz Bowl team is comprised of students who qualify for the team based on thier performance on formidable aptitude examinations given at the beginning of each academic year. The team practices once weekly and competes biweekly in both the fall and the spring in matches sponsored by the Junior League of Lafayette. The team also competes at the statewide Beta Convention in an effort to qualify for the national competition. Fatima's Junior Quiz Bowl team perennially distinguieshes itself at local, statewide, and national levels.
4-H Club is open to all students in grades 4-8. Interested members pay $10 to join the club. Each student receives a project book to complete (optional). Project books include activities related to crafts, outdoor skills, science projects, etc.
Our monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 12:45-1:45. Several times a year, we invite guest speakers from the community to come and share information with the students on topics related to health and community help.
Students may participate in many activities and competitions outside of school. Some activities include sporting clay shooting, sewing contests, cooking contests, public speaking presentations, livestock showing, pet showing, etc.
Our school club participates in the fall school-wide canned food drive and conduct a "pop tab" collection to help raise money for The Ronald McDonald House. We also conduct several service projects throughout the year such as making cards for community members and collecting donations for organizations that support vulnerable populations in Lafayette.
Club members have an opportunity to attend summer camp for a week. Older Junior High students are given the opportunity fo participate in leadership development programs at the 4-H Parish level.
The vision of Science Olympiad is to increase student and teacher participation in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The goal is to create opportunities for student teamwork, problem solving, and collaboration in the area of science.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and the Fatima community bond together and work toward a shared goal.
Due to the nature of the various events, meetings between teammates are organized by the students participating in each event and their parents, rather than large group meetings. Other than these, an organizational meeting is held, and meetings are held before each of the 2 competitions. Teacher and parent mentors assist students in obtaining needed information and materials. The Regional Competition is held at UL on a Saturday in February or March. The State Competition is held at Southeastern University in Hammond on a Saturday in April. Parent involvement is a must for Science Olympiad, not just for attendance at competitions, but as mentors and coaches.
Tryouts are held and a team is chosen from students in grades 6-8. The 15 member team and alternates are chosen and events are assigned based on the students personal preferences and the needs of the team. Ninth grade former members are allowed to participate in events as part of the Fatima team during their first year in high school if they so desire.
The Science Olympiad Team encourages all STEM activities and appeals to both boys and girls.
The team members gain valuable knowledge and experience which will aid in success in high school, college, and life.
Jr. Beta Club
The Junior Beta Club at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School is a service organization that recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, exemplify worthy character, and maintain a commendable attitude. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and earn an A in conduct. Throughout the year our club reaches our to those in need. Whether it is as simple as helping teachers in the classrooms or as huge as hosting a week-long food drive for St. Joseph's Diner, Beta Club will provide the services to get the job done successfully. Club meetings are generally held once a month. If competitions are your strong point, then Beta Club is the club for you. We have up to three competitions that our club attends every year. We attend District, which is at a local school, State, which is at the Cajundome, and even Nationals, which is in a different state every year. Beta Club's four pillars are achievement, character, leadership, and service, and at Our Lady of Fatima School, we excel at all of them.
Technology Club (Grades 6-8)
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School is very excited to be a part of the UL CAPE Satellite Program. This project is a result of a grant UL received from NASA. Our students will research, design, and develop an experiment to be conducted using an Arduino board all under the guidance of the UL CAPE team. This board will be launched on a low earth orbiting satellite along with other experiments designed by other schools in Lafayette. Results of our experiment will be sent back to the students here on our campus. We are proud to be part of this three-year long experiment.