At Christ the King, we believe that a child’s strengths form the path to successful learning. Here, children are taught to be insightful, faithful, notable people who use their understanding of knowledge to live wisely, and to treat others with compassion.
Please read below about our Special Programs or visit the Academics pages to learn more.
Advisors (6th - 8th Grade)
Each middle school student is assigned an advisor with whom he/she meets regarding academic and social success in middle school. Advisors also help to prepare students for student-led conferences in the fall and spring semesters. For more information regarding the advisor program, please contact Melissa Cashman.
Academic Team (6th - 8th Grade)
Middle School Academic Team competes in ten weekly "quiz bowl" matches with other public and private middle schools in Fayette County during the fall. Questions in the matches cover all academic areas: math, science, language arts, social studies, and the arts. Matches are on Mondays after school from early October to early December. A Varsity tournament is held at the end of the season. Practices are held Mondays and Wednesdays during September in the Library from 3:00-4:00. Beginning in October practices are held on Wednesdays only.
Battle of the Books (2nd - 8th Grade)
From the Battle of the Books website: America's Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 2-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.
Green Team (5th - 8th Grade)
The CKS Green Team is an environmental science club open to all students in fifth through eighth grades. Ms. Leonard, the middle school science teacher, sponsors this group. The club meets once a week for six weeks in the fall and six weeks in the spring to complete projects and activities related to keeping our school “green and healthy.” In recent years students have stenciled storm drains, grown and harvested vegetables for the cafeteria, and investigated water quality at Ecton Park.
Kentucky Youth Assembly (7th - 8th Grade)
KYA is a three day, hands-on experience of Kentucky's state government. KYA is a student-led conference in which teens experience first-hand what it's like to debate a bill in the capitol chambers, run for state office or argue a case in the State Supreme Court. To prepare for the conference students study the way that bills are written and passed to become laws. Students work in teams to prepare a bill which they will present to committees at the beginning of the conference. The bills that pass in the committees then move on to the Senate or House. Bills are usually based on student created and researched solutions to issues that students see in the state of Kentucky. At the conference each student is encouraged to participate by speaking about his/her bill or to give a pro or con speech regarding another bill. Participation in KYA helps students to learn about how bills are made into laws, the importance of involvement in one’s government, and communication skills. KYA is a great way to meet other students from around the state! The group meets once a week from September until the conference in Louisville/ Frankfort at the end of November.
Math Counts (6th - 8th Grade)
From the MATHCOUNTS website: MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. Often referred to as the MCP, the MATHCOUNTS Club Program was introduced in 2007 for our 25th anniversary year. The MCP is a fun, challenging and FREE program aimed at engaging a wide spectrum of students. The MATHCOUNTS Club Program provides schools with the structure and activities to hold regular meetings of a math club. Depending on the level of student and teacher involvement, a school may receive a recognition plaque or banner and be entered into drawings for prizes.
Learn more at the MATHCOUNTS website.
Scouting (K - 8th Grade)
Scouting opporutnites are available for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 8th.
School Mass Cantors (4th - 8th Grade)
Students may audition to be a school mass cantor, beginning in fourth grade. For the audition, students demonstrate rhythmic and melodic sight reading skills, and prepare a song from mass.
Cantors are trained that singing for mass is two-fold: vocal leadership and spiritual leadership.
Musical Production (6th - 8th Grade)
Auditions are held each year for our Middle School musical. The performance is Students are involved, not only as performers, but also as stage crew and production crew. During rehearsals, students work with the directors on all areas of producing a musical: vocal/music, drama, and choreography. After-school rehearsals are held three times a week and conclude with performances open to the general public.
Past productions include: Beauty and the Beast Jr., Seussical Jr., and Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Each year the Middle School faculty nominates students to enter this premier academic event which is sponsored by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition. Students may be chosen to take multiple choice tests in various subject areas, to write compositions, or to participate on a Quick Recall (quiz bowl) team. Top finishing individuals and teams win awards and advance from district, to regional, to state competition.
This fall sport has evolved into a crowd pleaser at CKS. Students of all abilities and ages join our team sport with interest and excitement as they hit the grass courses provided at meets. Students learn the importance of the team aspect, while seeing personal improvement weekly as they run to improve their times. The success and size of the team has grown over the last 7 years. The strength of the team and enthusiasm is joined by the leadership of our older students. They encourage and set a terrific example for our younger and less experienced runners. The season is short with only 5 meets, and the season ends with an exciting banquet to honor the hard work of our runners.
Lego Robotics Club
The Lego Robotics Club allows students to let their imaginations come to life as they work as young scientists, engineers and mathematicians. The students will build and program a working Lego machine. The Lego Robotics club focuses on the 4C learning process. This includes connecting a previous learning experience with a new one. Constructing, when the students are engaged and actively building and learning. Contemplating, when the children have completed their constructions and then need to adapt, change or modify their designs or programs. Continue, the learning environment is most enjoyable when students are being challenged. In the continue section the children are being challenged to rebuild and program a more complex model. The Lego Robotics club is an exciting way to offer science, technology, engineering, mathematics and even language to students. It is truly amazing to see what their imaginations can create!