In 2015 - 2016, the St. John's Middle School Latin Team tookfirst in the regional Latin Forum for an unprecedented 12th year in a row and first for an amazing sixth year in a row at state. Less than 1% of the over 140,000 students who took the National Latin Exam in 8th grade received perfect scores, and two of those are St. John's students. Over 22,000 students took the National Latin Exam at the 7th grade level across the world, of those students, only a fraction received perfect scores, and 3 of those students are here at St. John's. For one of our students, this is his third year in a row to do so, an amazing achievement.
In 2015-2016 St. John’s Odyssey of the Mind teams placed First and Second at regional competition, qualifying them for State. The teams from St. John’s made it to the World Finals, placing 14th. Though this is not St. John’s first time at the World Finals, in 2014 St. John’s Odyssey of the Mind team placed 4th in the World Finals and the team brought home the prestigious Renatra Fusca Award for creativity.
Beginning in Form V (3rd grade), St. John's students compete in the WordMasters Challenge, a difficult vocabulary competition based on completing analogies which develops verbal reasoning abilities, addresses higher-order thinking skills, and emphasizes logic and reading comprehension. Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the Challenge in 2015-2016, six fourth graders, one seventh grader, and one eighth grader earned a perfect score of 20 on the second challenge of the year. Nationally, only 46 fourth graders, 12 seventh graders and 24 eighth graders achieved this result.
Twenty-nine Form IX (7th grade) studentstook the ACT or SAT for the national Duke University Talent Identification Program in 2016. Of that twenty-nine, eleven students qualified for state recognition for their high scores.
Six studentsin Form VII and three form IX (5th and 7th grades) receivedperfect scores on the National Mythology Exam in 2016.
Annual Dads’ Club Day of Service
Form I (K4) brought in donations of school supplies for Hillsborough Education Foundation's A Gift for Teaching, while Form II (K5) assembled snack/care bags fro families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Forms III through VI (1st through 4th grade) assembled tug toys and puppy collars for dogs being trained to be service animals.
In partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Forms VII and VIII (5th and 6th grades) worked to clean the Courtney Campbell Causeway, while Forms IX and X (7th and 8th grades) worked to clean up Fort De Soto Park.
In the Primary Division, parent readers join the classrooms each week to read a special book. In the Lower Division, parents volunteer in the library during lunch and recess through the Friends of the Library program.
We have an active Parents’ Club that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the School each year and which has more than 60 committees to create and run fun and enriching events throughout the year like Lower Division Reading Partner Parties, Primary Division Circus Day, Middle Division dances and socials, fundraising "Spirit Nights" at local businesses, and our largest annual Parents’ Club fundraiser, Celebratio.
Our Dads' Club joins the students for an annual Day of Service in February, and dads and kids work together to give back to our community through service to the needy, collections of items for underprivileged students, and letter-writing campaigns.