Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities are developed and reinforced throughout the program. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5K running event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaching girls that they can.
Middle School Dances
Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades are given the privilege of attending school-sponsored dances throughout the year. Hosted by the middle school students, the dances provide a time for socialization with classmates after school hours.
National Junior Honor Society
Seventh and eighth graders may be eligible for membership in the National Junior Honor Society. The NJHS recognizes students who excel in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. SMA students are eligible for membership beginning in the second semester of seventh grade, assuming they have completed the equivalent of one semester of enrollment at SMA. They must achieve and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Candidates for NJHS membership are selected by the Faculty Council and are awarded membership at a spring induction ceremony.
Special Events Choir
Middle school students have the chance to share their musical talents outside of music class through the Special Events Choir. Under the direction of music teacher Ashley Duplessis, students practice together and perform at special events both on and off campus. The choir sang at a press conference hosted by the Bishop of Springfield, and the student singers were also featured on the Chalice of Salvation televised Mass.
Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades may assume leadership roles through the Student Council. The Student Council meets regularly to plan and perform community service activities, such as collecting blankets, pajamas, and stuffed animals for The Gray House, or raising money for the Sisters of Saint Joseph.