Athletics at the school include volleyball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, track & field, and football. These sports, with practices after school, make well-rounded students with strong team bonds and an excellent sense of community.
Beginning in the fall, weekly rehearsals for the Spring Rama Drama production take middle school students through the entire process of putting on a play – memorizing lines, creating costumes, and making sets. The final production is open to the public in the Spring.
Enrichment clubs such as Book Club and First-In-Math meet once a month to give students an opportunity to dive deeper into academic topics.
Science Fair, one of the long-term projects open to middle school students, exposes students to one specific field and topic within the sciences. Winners at the school level go on to compete in the Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair.
Quiz Bowl competitions happen at Trinity High School between Good Shepherd and other schools. This academic challenge pits schools against each other in a fast paced knowledge competition.
Art Club, meeting twice a month all year long, gives students the opportunity to create and design in a freer way than only in weekly art classes. Students are charged with important artistic creations which are used in a variety of ways throughout the school year.
Good Shepherd boasts two choirs, for elementary school and middle school. The students sing at weekly Mass, concerts, and in the community.
Students Councill officers and representatives are responsible for leading and planning student activities throughout the year, including dress down days, pep rallies, and charitable fundraisers. These peer elected students take pride in their roles of leading the students to create a better school.
Students act as altar servers for weekly Masses at the school along with certain services held at the Parish. Students are exposed to religious experiences and training on a regular basis.
History Day, a long-term project, shows students an in-depth way to research and present on an important topic in history. In creative and knowledgeable ways, students make visual and oral presentations on their topic.
Good Shepherd offers a challenging, educational experience maximizing the potential of all its students spiritually, academically and socially. We recognize parents and teachers as partners in creating an environment in which students are presented an atmosphere to learn. Students are consistently recognized and awarded for their achievements at Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair, Pennsylvania Junior Science Fair Academy, Math 24 Challenge, Math Counts, National History Day, Diocesan Spelling and Geography Bees, Scholastic Art and Writing and South Central Pennsylvania Quiz Bowl.
Congratulations to the following winners in local competitions:
Caroline Dash – Winner of Good Shepherd Spelling Bee; 2nd place in Diocesan Spelling Bee
Nick Minnich – Winner of Our Lady of Lourdes Faith Bee; 1st place in Diocesan Faith Bee
Kirby Povilaitis – Winner of Good Shepherd Faith Bee; top 10 in Diocesan Bee
Nick & Alex Damico – 1st place in group documentary category at Regional History Day at Messiah College, going to state competition
Capital Area Science Fair-received at least honorable mention
Middle States Commission Accreditation
The Middle States Commission of Elementary Schools (MSCES) has accredited Good Shepherd Catholic School for a seven-year term from December 2008 until December 2015. The accreditation process involved a rigorous 18-month self-study, a three-day visit by a team of professionals, and the development of an on-going goal oriented Strategic Plan for continued school improvement. Accreditation signifies that Good Shepherd Catholic School has met MSCES standards and that we have made a commitment to continue to provide the highest quality education for our students.
National Catholic Education Association
The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a voluntary association of educators and institutions. Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction, and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing, and teaching mission of the Church. Visit their website for more information.
The volunteer opportunities at Good Shepherd Catholic School are endless. Parents and volunteers are needed on a daily basis to serve the school community in multiple capacities. On the front lines, volunteers are needed for the hot lunch program, serving and organizing lunch for students. Volunteers also help in the computer lab with younger students to aide in the teaching of early technology skill.
In organizing important events, volunteers are always needed with the Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO supports many events throughout the year including Springfest, Santa’s Secret Shop, and Race for Education. These events add to the students’ experience with friends, parents, and volunteers. The PTO’s care and enthusiasm stretches into special events that all students look forward to having.
We are proud to track the accomplishments of graduates of Good Shepherd School. The values and skills learned at Good Shepherd School set a solid foundation for success in high school and beyond. The majority of our students continue their Catholic education at Trinity High School, qualifying for honors and advanced placement courses.
Click here to view the view the list of colleges and universities attended by the Good Shepherd School graduating classes of 2008-2010 (high school graduates of 2012-2014).
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
To benchmark our students’ performance, each spring Good Shepherd students in grades 3-8 take the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills Assessment. This standardized test allows Good Shepherd to compare its students with others from across the country. The feedback from these tests also gives Good Shepherd valuable data about the strengths of our curriculum.
Click here to view the average results by grade level for our 3rd through 8th graders on the Spring 2014 test.
Celebrating 60 years of Catholic Education! 1953-2013
Good Shepherd Students are consistently recognized and awarded for their achievements at Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair, PA Junior Science Fair Academy, Math 24 Challenge, Math Counts, National History Day, Diocesan Spelling and Geography Bees, Scholastic Art and Writing and South Central Pennsylvania Quiz Bowl.
In 2008, The Middle States Commission of Elementary Schools (MSCES) has accredited Good Shepherd Catholic School for a seven-year term. Accreditation signifies that Good Shepherd Catholic School has met MSCES standards and that we have made a commitment to continue to provide the highest quality education for our students.