How are electives chosen?

The junior high teachers meet with specialists and discuss our strengths and interests. We discuss which of our talents would be beneficial to share with students and create a list.

How will electives work this year?

Junior high teachers and specialists will each teach one elective per semester. Students will take electives for two days. They will have PE once per week and computer once per week. The fifth day will be either a study hall or be used for clubs (more information on that will be coming).

How are students placed in electives?

The 8th graders are placed first. They are placed in an elective and then in computer and PE. 7th graders are placed after that. Though we do our best to place students in the elective of their choice, sometimes schedules don’t work or an elective fills up and students are placed in a 3rd or even 4th choice.

What electives will be offered for Fall 2022?

San Jose Sacristans

Learn how to arrange flowers, clean and prepare linens, and perform other duties to show honor to our Eucharistic King! (Sister Mary Angela and 2 C.K. Missionaries)

Behind the Scenes

Come be part of the fun! The members of this elective will assist Mrs. Krinke in selecting the K-3rd and 4th-6th Christmas musicals. They will also come up with, create, and organize all the props, costumes, scenery, etc. needed. It is mandatory that you are at both nights of the performances (December 14 and 15) to help with everything we have created and organized in order for the musicals to go smoothly. (Mrs. Krinke)

Sports Statistics

In this elective students will use fantasy football to analyze statistics and break down key analytics at different player positions. Math will be used to help understand the information. (Mr. Kubistek)

Quiz Bowl

Students will learn a range of academic information on a variety of topics leading up to a quiz bowl competition. (Mr. Koperski)


Students will be able to explore a variety of art methods such as drawing, painting, wood burning, and sculptures, as well as choosing art projects of interest. (Mrs. Blumenstock)


Do you enjoy chess? We will learn a bit about strategy and tactics, and play lots of chess in this fun elective. (Mrs. Donlan)


This course will encourage students to look at challenges from many different angles. It will allow students to explore and rework their designs to find their best solution to the different challenges. Some challenges will be done individually and some will be done with a partner. (Mrs. Stewart)

Passport: Latin America

Be immersed in the Spanish language while exploring Latin American countries. We will learn beginning Spanish through culture, literature and language immersion. Take a step towards becoming a global citizen! (Mrs. Munoz)

Current Events

In this student-led class, students will explore news stories in a variety of topics at the international, national, and state/local level. Students will do independent research on their given topics and come to class ready to share and discuss their news stories with the class. Students will learn how to understand bias when reading the news, interpret world events from a Catholic perspective, and see the ways in which events around the world affect their lives, even if they don’t always directly notice the impacts. (Ms. Reifenrath)

Bullet Journaling

Looking for an fun and easy way to be more organized and productive? In this elective we will explore the method of bullet journaling to set goals, make to-do lists, and be more productive with your time. (Ms. Cunningham)


Play your instrument in the Junior High Band (Mr. Widhelm)

How are electives graded?

Students receive a letter grade for electives, but these grades do not count toward their GPA.

Where do I find information on sports?

Visit our Athletics page!

Meet the Jr. High 2022-2023 Faculty

Sara Stewart 7A/Jr. High Science Sara-Stewart@cdolinc.net
David Koperski 7B/Jr. High Religion David-Koperski@cdolinc.net
Kathy Donlan 7C/Jr. High Reading Kathy-Donlan@cdolinc.net
Katie Cunningham 8A/Jr. High Language Arts Katherine-Cunningham@cdolinc.net
Ben Kubistek 8B/Jr. High Math Ben-Kubistek@cdolinc.net
Anna Reifenrath 8C/Jr. High Social Studies Anna-Reifenrath@cdolinc.net