Clubs & Organizations
8th Grade Class
The 8th grade visits Catholic High Schools during the fall, they organize and run the school’s field day, and are in charge of bringing food to needy families during Thanksgiving and Christmas. They participate in various activities to promote a sense of unity and to raise money for their graduation and 8th grade trip. Each graduating class selects class colors, a class song, a class flower and a class T-shirt. They take a three-day, two-night trip to San Antonio and celebrate graduation with a breakfast, a Church ceremony and afterwards a dance.
Jr. High students have a mid-morning book exchange in which they are allowed a ten minute break to socialize with their peers, switch books, use the restroom, drink water and eat a snack for energy. It allows for a more focused student and therefore more productive late morning classes.
Jr. High students are welcome to participate as a cantor in our Wednesday weekly mass. Cantor practice for 6-8th grade students is on Thursday mornings from 7:10 – 7:50 am in the church. Cantors must attend either this practice or choir practice on Tuesday afternoon from 3:25 – 4 pm in order to cantor for the following Wednesday mass.
Cheerleading (Varsity & JV)
Cheerleaders learn the fundamentals of cheer, dance, tumbling and stunting at summer camp. Cheerleaders plan the first official school gathering, “Meet the Hornets Night” in which members of the sports teams are introduced. A junior high dance follows. Cheerleaders prepare Pep Rallies, banners and spirit sticks to encourage school spirit for the football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball sports programs, as well as other student organizations.
The Children’s Choir is open to 3rd through 5th grade students. Practice for this group will be on Tuesday afternoons from 3:10 – 4 pm in the Fine Arts Building.
Children in grades 2nd through 8th may participate in choir. The choir performs the liturgical songs at the weekly masses, as well as visits elderly people in area assisted living homes to perform for them. Choir practice is on Tuesday afternoons from 3:25 – 4 pm.
The SAS Drama Club participates in both public school and private school drama tournaments throughout the year. The SAS Drama Club practices weekly (after school) for these tournaments. In addition, Drama Club does props and narration for the Christmas play and participates in fund-raisers throughout the year. We have won numerous tournament awards, including two first place sweepstakes trophies, at various drama tournaments.
Fitness Club for 4th and 5th Grades
Our goal is to mix fun and fitness along with information about healthy eating. We stress the positive. Each member sets their own fitness goal. We do not compete against each other, rather we encourage and lift each other up.
Handbell Choir - NEW!
Junior high students are invited to join our new and exciting handbell choir. This group is open to 6th graders and select 7th and 8th grade stidents. Handbell Choir practice will be Tuesday mornings in the Fine Arts Building from 7:05 – 7:55 am.
High School Entrance
Students work on the High School Preparation test books throughout the first of the year in preparation for the Catholic High School Entrance Exam test towards the end of January.
The teachers host a “Practice HSPT test” for the seventh and eighth graders which takes place one Sunday in November and one Sunday in January. This helps the children prepare for the actual three hour exam.
National Junior Beta Club
The St. Ambrose Chapter of the National Junior Beta Club is open to students in sixth through eighth grade. Teacher recommendation, grades and conduct determine membership. It is a leadership-service club whose purpose is to encourage effort and reward merit, and to promote those qualities of character that make for a good citizen. Members participate in various service projects throughout the year and attend the Texas State Beta Convention. At the convention students participate in various academic, talent and art competitions. This honor society allows a place for students to shine outside athletics.
This is a fast paced game show type competition where students are formed into three – four player teams. They compete against other teams in a question and answer format based on current events, history, and general knowledge. Prep Bowl encourages teamwork and cooperation as well as allowing students to demonstrate their abilities and overall knowledge.
The Jr. High students take part in speech tournaments offered by several high schools. They compete against other middle schools in prose, poetry, and Spanish interpretation.
The sports program offered at St. Ambrose is an excellent way to show school spirit, sportsmanship and athletic ability. St. Ambrose offers boys basketball, football, track and baseball. The sports for girls are Varsity cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, track and softball. All students must meet behavior and academic eligibility in order to participate in sports and extracurricular activities.
The purpose of Student Council is to: arouse school spirit, encourage scholarship, promote good citizenship, advance the welfare of the school, and sponsor school dances. Student Council involves the total school. There is an executive board that includes a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and class representatives.