EDGE Program (Grades 6-8)
Co-Directors: Mrs. Tracy Watson and Mrs. Annette Oliva
Contact Person: Mrs. Tracy Watson
(includes Schedule for SPARK Elementary Sunday Sessions and Summer Religion Program
as well as First Communion Prep classes, EDGE middle school,
and IGNITE high school classes, and Confirmation activities)
While Grades 6 and 7 will continue to use EDGE resources for our middle school classes, Grade 8 will now focus on Theology of the Body. Here is a brief description of both components of our middle school program:
Middle school class sessions are held from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings for Grades 6 and 7. Beginning in Spring 2021, Grade 8 will meet on Tuesday evenings. A Schedule of Classes/Activities is available in the registration packet (linked above). Our core leaders do attempt to schedule a one-day EDGE retreat in our church parish hall. The retreat will be mandatory for all registered students in Grades 6-8. The date and time will be advertised as soon as it is scheduled.
To assist with social distancing, Grades 6 and 7 will meet in our church parish hall on alternate nights.
New program beginning in Spring 2021 (Theology of the Body for Grade 8): Students in Grade 8 will now meet with Mrs. Tracy Watson (girls’ class), Fr. Metrejean (boys’ class), and other volunteers on Tuesday evenings to focus on a chastity program called Theology of the Body for Teens (Middle School Edition): Discovering God’s Plan for Love and Life; ©Ascension Press). This program is divided into eight (8) age-appropriate lessons that reflect on St. John Paul’s Theology of the Body. These lessons will help our young teens address and answer difficult questions regarding who they are, the consequences for our actions, the difference between love and lust, balancing important people in life with the fun things of life, discerning our vocation in life, dealing with peer pressure and other social obstacles for teens, and how to live out the Catholic Faith even after we fail attempting to do so. This program also features a digital parent guide which includes a basic introduction for parents, a summary of each chapter, questions for home discussion, and practical applications to help create and foster a “ToB” (Theology of the Body) culture at home.