THE ECS LIBRARY PROGRAM
The most important goal of the school library program is to create a welcoming, warm, accessible, safe, and friendly place for students. We encourage students to visit the library often and become familiar with all of our resources. The library's instructional program is designed to promote recreational reading, introduce library skills, and provide support to the teachers' curriculum.
The library is centrally located, easily accessible, and open to students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Computers are available for research, in addition to designated areas for studying. Each year, the library sponsors a book fair where students and their parents can purchase reading material, school supplies, and posters.
ECS CLUBS PROGRAM
The Student Council is a group of students who are elected by their peers to represent them and advocate for their interests. The Student Council meets regularly to discuss school issues and plan events and activities for the student body.
Drama Club (Performing Arts Club)
The Drama Club is a group of students who are interested in acting, singing, and dancing. The club produces several plays and musicals throughout the year.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is an honor society for high school students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. NHS members are involved in a variety of service projects throughout the year.
The Junior National Honor Society (JNHS) is an honor society for middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. JNHS members are involved in a variety of service projects throughout the year.
Elementary Honor Society (NEHS)
The Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is an honor society for elementary school students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, service, and character. NEHS members are involved in a variety of service projects throughout the year.
The Sports Club is a group of students who are interested in participating in a variety of sports and activities. The club organizes and hosts intramural tournaments and other sporting events throughout the year.
Oratoria (Spanish Forensics Club)
Oratoria is a Spanish forensics club that competes in a variety of events, including debate, speech, and poetry recitation.
The Green Cougars-Environmental Club is a group of students who are interested in protecting the environment. The club organizes and participates in a variety of environmental projects throughout the year.
The Robotics Club is a group of students who are interested in building and programming robots. The club competes in a variety of robotics competitions throughout the year.
The Library Club is a group of students who are interested in helping out the school library. The club volunteers to organize books, shelve books, and assist students with their research.
Elementary Talent Show
The Elementary Talent Show is an annual event where elementary school students can showcase their talents. The show includes a variety of acts, such as singing, dancing, and magic.
The Math Club is a group of students who are interested in math. The club meets regularly to discuss math problems and participate in math competitions.
The PRO-VIDAS-Miscellaneous Club is a group of students who are interested in a variety of activities and hobbies. The club organizes and hosts a variety of events throughout the year, such as movie nights, game nights, and field trips.
The Chess Club is a group of students who are interested in playing chess. The club meets regularly to play chess and learn new strategies.
The Photo Club is a group of students who are interested in photography. The club meets regularly to learn about photography and take photos.
The Book Club is a group of students who are interested in reading and discussing books. The club meets regularly to discuss the book they are currently reading.
The Bells Club is a group of students who are interested in playing handbells. The club rehearses regularly and performs at various events throughout the year.
Graduates of the Episcopal Cathedral School will be well-prepared for college and beyond. They will have developed strong academic skills, as well as a variety of intellectual skills that go beyond college entrance requirements. They will also have gained an appreciation for learning in general, as well as aesthetic and academic appreciation. Additionally, ECS graduates will have developed habits of intellectual inquiry in quest of religious truth and an informed response to issues of social injustice.
ECS graduates will also be well-rounded individuals who are committed to social justice and service. They will have developed a deep sense of honesty, fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of all individuals. They will also be motivated to have a positive impact on the lives of others and to engage in supportive and mutually beneficial interactions. Additionally, ECS graduates will be collaborative participants who are willing to interact with others to accomplish goals and tasks. They will also be willing and eager to become involved in their communities, country, and the world in a responsible, civil, and ethical manner.
Community Involvement Requirement
Every high school student at the Episcopal Cathedral School must complete a minimum of one-hundred hours of community involvement activities as a high school graduation requirement. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play in future social development. It is also an opportunity to inspire young people to make valuable contributions by supporting and strengthening their communities.
The community involvement requirement can be fulfilled by participating in a variety of activities, such as volunteering at a local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or animal shelter. Students can also participate in community events, such as park cleanups or blood drives. The activities must be completed after scheduled class time and must not be part of a credit course or a paid position.
Roles and Responsibilities
Plan and select appropriate community involvement activities in consultation with parents and/or teachers.
Complete and submit the required documentation according to standard requirements.
Complete community involvement hours to the best ability in a manner that demonstrates a positive work ethic and respect for others.
Provide assistance to their child in the selection of community involvement activities.
Communicate with the community sponsor (person or organization) and the school Principal or program coordinator if they have any questions or concerns.
Sign the required documentation if the student is under the age of eighteen years.
Develop a list of approved activities.
Develop the form on which students list their planned activities and the completed activities.
Collect and store personal information in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Ensure that the description of the community involvement requirement and an outline of the policies and procedures for completing the requirements are included in the school course calendar.
Determine whether a student's proposed activity is acceptable, in consultation with the appropriate supervisory officer, if the activity is not on the approved list.
Indicate on the Student Transcript when the student has met the community involvement requirement.
Provide students with a safe environment to fulfill their community involvement activities.
Provide any training, equipment, or special preparation that is required for the activity.
Verify the date(s) and the number of hours completed on the Student Record of Community Service Hours, and sign the sheet for approval of the hours worked.
Eligible Community Involvement Activities
Canvassing, walk-a-thons, celebrity games, gift wrapping, gala events, and sales for charitable purposes (not during scheduled class time)
Coaching, helping to organize winter carnivals, parades, and summer fairs (not during scheduled class time)
Helping to organize special meets and games, and volunteering as a leisure buddy or pool assistant
Participating in organized food drives, or support services for community groups
Participating in community clean-ups, flower/tree planting, recycling, and general beautification projects and activities
Volunteer Work with Seniors
Assisting at seniors' residences (e.g. serving snacks, helping with activities, or participating in visiting and reading programs)
Participation on advisory boards, neighborhood associations, and regional associations
Participation as a volunteer in programs for children, child minding, Sunday School assistance, special events, and clerical tasks
Volunteer assistance with the operation of youth programs such as 4H, Scouts, Guides, drop-in centers, breakfast programs, March Break programs, Leaders in Training, summer playground activities, and camps
Volunteer activity in reception, computer work, and mailings for individuals or groups providing charitable or general community benefit
Work with Animals
Volunteer involvement with animal care, horseback riding programs, or volunteer assistance at a local zoo or petting farm
Arts and Culture
Volunteer assistance at a gallery, performing arts production or program, or in a community library program
Activities for Individuals
Any volunteer activity that assists someone who requires assistance for shopping, tutoring, housekeeping, writing letters or transcribing, or involves; hospital visitation, voluntary involvement with chronic care, or service as a volunteer reading buddy
School Community Service
Service within the school community that provides benefit to others that takes place outside the regular school day. Must be approved by the school principal in advance.
If an event or activity does not clearly fall within the guidelines, the school principal has the discretion to approve or reject any activity or event that does not conform to the guiding principles and ethical standards for approved areas of involvement for students.
Guiding Principles and Ethical Standards
Activities must be safe and appropriate for students of all ages.
Activities must not conflict with the school's curriculum or extracurricular activities.
Activities must not require students to work outside of school hours during the regular school week.
Activities must not involve any form of discrimination or harassment.