The St. Charles Difference This is a place where our students participate in numerous activities throughout the year that support our five core values. When you’re a part of our community, you and your children will benefit from our commitment to teach Respect, Honor, Service, Faith and Effort. Everything we do here revolves around these five core values, which results in the development of strong character, good citizenship and a wonderful community. Schedule a tour today, and come experience the St. Charles School difference first hand. Student Council The Saint Charles School Student Council is a group of dedicated and hard-working students in grades 5-8. Led by a faculty advisor, the Student Council is dedicated to service toward the Saint Charles School, and the Woburn community. Student Council officers are elected each year after running a campaign and being voted into office. The Student Council has sponsored a variety of events such as: the annual fundraising walk to support Alzheimber’s Research, a food booth at Woburn’s Halloween parade, and the annual Veteran’s Day program. Students also have represented Saint Charles in the community by working at Woburn’s Dwelling Place Food Pantry, and have donated money in the past to support various local causes. Social events such as school dances, and participation in school-related events are also sponsored by the student council. Money raised by the Student Council has been given back to the school in the form of 8th grade scholarships and support of the community as needed. The Saint Charles School is eco-friendly, and the Student Council has established a variety of recycling programs throughout the school including Capri Sun/Terracycle recycling of juice pouches and the recycling of paper and clear plastic water bottles. Students in the Saint Charles Student Council have participated in the Woburn Conservation Commission’s green-up day at Horn Pond. National Junior Honor Society St. Charles School started its own chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) in 2010. National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS and NJHS. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. A chapter consists of a Chapter Advisor and Faculty Council, five voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal. They meet once a year to review the procedures of the chapter and to select members. Membership in NJHS is based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Candidates become members when they are inducted in a special ceremony in November. Eligibility for membership: Sixth through eighth grade students, B average in classes and then evaluated on the bases of service, leadership, character and citizenship. Once accepted into NJHS students continue to perform service activities. Each chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year with all members participating in those projects. CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP (PDF) Yearbook No school year would be complete without a great yearbook and at St. Charles the eighth grade class produces a wonderful record of the events of the year. All students are pictured in the yearbook, with a special focus on the graduating class. The yearbook also displays pictures of the faculty, sports teams and cheerleaders, and our school clubs. Work begins on the yearbook right after the New Year and continues to deadline in late March. All members of the eighth grade are welcome to join the yearbook committee and their ideas, artwork, and creativity make the yearbook a fabulous keepsake for all the students. The yearbook is handed out at Class Night (the night before eighth grade graduation). One of the biggest surprises of the year is the yearbook dedication, which is not revealed until the last possible moment. The eighth graders vote on the dedication, but only the yearbook advisors knows for sure who the honored recipient is. Programs Girls Basketball (grades 5-8) Boys Basketball (grades 5-8) Cheerleading (grades 5-8) Talent Show School Dances (Grades 5-8) After School Enrichment Program (Grades K-8) Choir The choir, also know as the Saint Charles School Angels, is made up of students from both the lower and upper building. The Angels sing at the school Masses as well as during the School Christmas Program and other annual performances. Recently, the School Choir sang the national anthem at a UMass Lowell Baseball game! Altar Servers Mrs. Lynn Burns teaches third and fourth graders how to be altar servers. All children from grades three and four may participate, even if they are members of other parishes. This will allow students to serve at school masses. Training sessions are held once weekly after school.