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Science Fair

All grades create science fair or Engineering Design projects for the school competition held in December.
Diocesan Science Fair Competition open to students in grades 6-8.
Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair Competition open to students in grades 6-8.
Florida State Science Fair open to students in grades 6-8.

Science fair is an opportunity for students to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research. The results of each student’s research is presented in a school wide science fair–or sponsored local science fair– where the student’s efforts are displayed and where students are interviewed to determine scientific merit. Students who have been judged to have used the scientific method properly and who have demonstrated thoroughness in their studies and effort are awarded prizes and are advanced to compete in regional, state, national and international science fairs.

The overall goal of the science Fair is for the students to gain lifelong skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, communication, and public speaking.

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. 

(Tsupros, 2009)

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Geography Bee

Open to Students in grades 5 – 8

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades five through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.

San Jose Hosts the National Geography Bee

Students compete in a school-wide geography bee that is sponsored by National Geographic.   To compete in the bee, each student had to take a preliminary test and earn a top spot in his or her grade.  

FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics

Open to Students in grades 6 – 8

Practices twice a week from August through February with multiple competitions.

Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO®-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

  • Elementary and middle-school students get to:
  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Robotics Trojans #9280

FLL Joseph Stilwell Qualifier, January 19th, 2019.

San Jose Robotic Trojans Team #9280 performed consistently in the Robot Games on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in the Qualifying Tournament held at Joseph Stilwell Military Academy. They finished second in that category, just one point behind Bolles Bots Whitehurst. Congratulations to the team on their performance!

FLL Robotics – Joseph Stilwell Qualifier – Practice Round! All the practice round programmed missions were successful. Can we do the same for 3 more rounds?

FLL Robotics – Joseph Stilwell Qualifier Round 1

FLL Robotics – Joseph Stilwell Qualifier Round 2

FLL Robotics – Joseph Stilwell Qualifier Round 3

FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO®-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, thr

Brain Brawl

Open to Select Students in grades 6-8 with try-outs being held before the season

Brain Brawl is an academic competition in which Diocesan Grade School teams are pitted against one another. Teams consist of up to six players, only four of whom play at any given time. A moderator reads questions from a variety of subject areas that include humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social sciences. The Diocesan Grade School Brain Brawl Tournament is hosted by Bishop Kenny High School in November.


San Jose Students Compete in Diocesan Brain Brawl

San Jose students competed in Brain Brawl, which is a diocesan-wide academic competition, similar to Jeopardy! Hosted by Bishop Kenny, this event showcases the academic knowledge of our students in a variety of subjects from math and science to literature and current events. These students put in many hours practicing and proudly represented San Jose. Congratulations to each of them on an awesome job!

Battle of the Books

Open to Students in grades 6 – 8

Battle of the Books is a Diocesan wide reading incentive program for students in grades 6th through 8th. Students read pre-selected books and come together in school teams to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. Meetings and competition preparation take place during lunch. This event takes place in March on a school day whereby all participating Diocesan elementary schools come together for this exciting and fun competition.

Information available in September

Student Council

Open to Students in Grades 4-8

SJCS Student Council is comprised of students from grades 4 through 8. Throughout the school year, the words of St. Ignatius Loyola are the mission statement of this service group – “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” 

Students raise funds for school-wide activities, community projects, as well as helping those in need.

Campaigning and election will take place in August
Student Council is active from September to June

National Junior Honor Society

Open to Students in 8th grade

Five main objectives have guided chapters of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection at San Jose Catholic School. A NJHS membership is a distinction that holds significance throughout a student’s academic life – and beyond. Requirements are that a student maintain a 3.5 GPA in their core classes or higher throughout 7th grade and continue to maintain this standard throughout 8th grade. Students will also be required to be in good standing concerning discipline. i.e. honor code violations, attendance concerns, and reminders.

NJHS members raise money during the school year to fund various community service projects.

Angels In the Outfield

Open to Students in grades 7 – 8

The Jacksonville Miracle League provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system, pairing players with an able-bodied peer. The Miracle League is always in need of Buddies – adults or teenagers – to help the players with batting, rounding the bases, and fielding. Buddies need to be physically able to protect the players from harm and assist the players as needed. Safety is the primary goal; the fun comes naturally! Though the Miracle League calls them Buddies, many refer to them as Angels in the Outfield.

Service to others is an integral part of Catholic education. Our 8th graders give individuals with special needs the gift of baseball by volunteering as a Buddy with the Miracle League of Jacksonville.

San Jose Junior Youth Ministry

Open to Students in grades 6-8

San Jose Junior Youth Ministry enjoys faith, fun, food, and fellowship at our meetings.

Are you looking to hang out with a fun group of youth? Looking for a way to connect with your fellow middle schoolers? San Jose Junior Youth is for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Its open to all youth in our community – not just our Parish School.