"Watching one of the frequent plays put on by the students and staff gives you the feeling that there is not one shy or 'left-out' student at this wonderful school." — Vickie, parent
Family Fun Night is our students' annual opportunity to use their God-given dramatic talents to entertain their family and friends. After six weeks of rehearsal, the lower and upper grades perform musical plays and songs to end the year with a bang! Additional theatrical performances are presented at the annual Spring Fair.
Field trips are an integral part of our curriculum at St. Stephen. Among the benefits associated with field trips are social skills experience, hands-on learning, new encounters, and enhanced concept development.
Students benefit from real-world experiences as they cement concepts learned in the classroom, or they experience something new. People learn in different ways, and field trips involve various approaches to learning-visual, oral, and tactile. Field trips are also wonderful opportunities for students to live out their faith as ambassadors for Jesus Christ.
Some examples of field trips we've taken in the past are:
- Ano Nuevo State Park
- Ardenwood Farm
- California Theater Center plays
- Minolta Planetarium
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Natural Bridges State Park
- San Francisco Symphony
- San Francisco Zoo
- Sutter's Fort
- State Capitol
- U.S.S. Hornet
- Wilder Ranch
Science Camp is an outstanding opportunity for our students to learn more about the world that the Lord has given us, and about each other. We are planning on attending a science camp with our 5th-8th graders every two years, choosing a different venue each time. Our experience in the Santa Cruz mountains in the spring of 2001 provided the students with the chance to identify flora and fauna, explain how different factors affect an ecosystem, and even participate in a town hall meeting. In the fall of 2002 and 2004, we enjoyed another wonderful week at Camp Cazadero, with a greater emphasis on team-building. Our students came back to school as a more unified class!!
Book Club is a student-led book discussion held bi-annually. This discussion among parents and students not only reinforces reading comprehension skills and critical thinking, but also emphasizes public speaking and listening skills. The leaders of the group become skilled in managing and leading a discussion. This year, the students read and discussed books such as The Hiding Place, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
Each year, our 5th–8th graders have the option of participating in an annual basketball tournament. The team practices from November to March, and this culminates in a tournament with other Lutheran schools held in Eau Claire, WI. This has been a great team-building experience, as well as providing fellowship with other Christian schools.
We have developed a tradition of holding a Spring Fair every year. This is a chance for the students to explore a subject area in more depth. In the past, we have held a Science Fair, a Literature Tea, and an Art and Creative Writing Fair. We have also enjoyed performances of various Shakespeare plays. These fairs have provided the students with an opportunity not only to research and prepare an exhibit, but also to polish their public speaking skills.
SSLS provides two opportunities to participate in track meets, occuring every other year. Bethel Track Meet is intermural, with competition among local private schools. Students also have an opportunity to experience preparing for and participating in a track meet intramurally. Events include dashes, the mile run, relays, and various jumps.
In the alternate years, the students participate in Jump Rope for Heart, with opportunities to raise money for heart health and research through the American Heart Association.