At Edgewood Campus School we believe that co-curricular activities are central to developing confidence and educating the whole child. We encourage our students to participate and explore all opportunities that interest them. Gifts and talents that lie hidden in the core academic areas often flourish in co-curricular activities. These are opportunities to engage in kinesthetic learning, to discover practical applications of intellectual knowledge, and to improve personal, social, and physical skills.
We offer a wonderful band program to students beginning in grade 4. This elective program is brought to us by Overture Band Programs, Inc. Our program offers:
- Individualized instruction through small group lessons
- Weekly group band rehearsals
- Positive learning environment
- Comprehensive curriculum
- Detailed progress reports two times per year
- Two concerts per year
- Festivals and solo/ensemble contests for advanced students
Advanced musicians may be selected for the Overture Band Program Honor Band. The founders of Overture have over 30 years of combined experience teaching band in private and parochial schools in WI. All instructors are state-certified, experienced professionals. The cost of this program is billed directly from the Overture Band Program and is not included in the ECS tuition fees.
Camp Tech Terra
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 use the best STEM learning tools to learn code using web-based and app-based programs; program robots with micro-controllers; take photographs and videos using digital tools to create Digital Stories; produce original creations with 3D pens; discover, use and create with augmented and virtual reality; and work in a make-it-take-it station, imagining, designing, and creating.
Chess Scholars offers a fall session and a spring session for students in 5K through grade 8. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Each class consists of a fun, interactive teaching period and guided practice time. The Chess Scholars coach guides both new and experienced students to their next level in chess. A chess championship takes place at the end of each session.
Boys' and girls' choirs are elective opportunities ECS offers to students in grades six through eight. Each choir provides training in vocal technique and musicianship, and students gain experience singing in two and three part harmony. Special attention is paid to the unique needs of the middle school voice, including the changing male voice and helping young women develop strength and beauty in their upper registers. The choirs perform at the Christmas and spring concerts, help lead all-school liturgies, and share their music in the wider community.
First Act Children's Theatre
From novice to seasoned actor, this after-school program at Edgewood College offers a well-rounded approach to children's theatre. Audition skills are introduced and refined. Creative movement, vocal control, memory, cooperation, and more are fostered through weekly theatre games. Participants develop and create sets and props during their downtime from rehearsal. And of course, all the fun culminates in a fully-costumed performance where they can't wait to show off all they've learned! Students in grades 1-8 are welcome to participate. The fall 2017 production is The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Students in fourth or fifth grade can participate in our Global Inventors course. In this after-school class they learn about 3D printing and how to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create and print designs. Students exchange video messages with a partner student who lives in a developing country. Together these student teams identify and learn about a global issue, and then collaboratively design, print, and test inventions to help solve that issue. Participants learn the engineering design process, while also learning about their partner student and that student’s country.
Guitar Stars is an after school activity for students in grades 1-8. Students learn the fundamentals of guitar playing, including using a pick, proper fret-hand finger position, sight reading, playing by ear, and playing basic songs. Experienced students are taught cords and other harmony parts to accompany the class. The guitars are provided by Edgewood Campus School.
The Campus School Leadership Council is an elected board of two student representatives from the fourth through eighth grades. They are responsible for keeping communication lines open with the student body and are the voice for ECS students. Students, teachers, and administrators make suggestions together to help improve our school. Their mission is to lead all students in service, social, and personal growth.
Students participate in fundraisers for various charities and for school improvements. Specifically, Leadership Council supports and promotes the annual Tanzania walk, a fundraising event for St. Therese of Lisieux, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Leadership council encourages students to share their special gifts and talents during the spring ECS Talent Show. The students in this council plan, promote, and emcee a wonderful showcase of student talents. Examples of performances include gymnastics, dance, comedy, and musical performances.
Our leadership council heads the Spirit Day celebration held during Catholic Schools Week–the most anticipated week of the year! The council students plan and organize games, skits, cheer contests, and a pep rally. The event culminates with the very popular faculty vs. eighth grade volleyball games.
Our safety patrol crew consists of fourth and fifth grade students. Every morning before the school day begins, our crew is responsible for monitoring the safety of students outside the Campus School as well as the kindergarteners on the benches outside their classroom. Participants must arrive at school at 7:40 a.m. on the days they are on duty.
Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to more than 7,300 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad's ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience. At Edgewood, we field a team for students in grades 6-8. During the year, students work to master three to four STEM challenge areas, then compete in events built around those challenge areas at the regional and state levels. This group provides students with a terrific opportunity to drill deep into an area of passion and fascination in all areas of science and engineering.
- January 27, 2018 - Regional competition at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- April 7, 2018 - State competition at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Science Olympiad Jr.
Science Olympiad Jr. is an after-school science and engineering club for students in grades four and five. Each week we investigate, experiment, design, build, and test. Some semesters we concentrate on a theme (such as rockets) and other semesters we try something new each week. Our goal is to give participants fun, interesting, intriguing, challenging, and motivating experiences with science and engineering. Together we learn, create, and share. Edgewood College Elementary Education majors work with Edgewood’s K-16 Science Director to plan and conduct the weekly activities.
Students in seventh and eighth grade have the opportunity to produce and perform a musical each spring. This experience is part of the music curriculum. Along with choral and dance performance opportunities, students may also elect to participate in set-making, costume design, and stage crew. Being involved in a musical is a wonderful opportunity to work together and support each other as students demonstrate their individual gifts, talents, and abilities.