Student Leadership

In addition to sound religious instruction in biblical truths, St. Matthew’s students are also well prepared for high school and for life in this world. As future leaders in our community, it is important that our students are prepared for the situations they will face in adult life. Our students have some wonderful opportunities to grow as leaders.

One of these opportunities is Survival Quarter, a special unit for 8th graders that deals with real-life topics such as resume writing, job interviews, investments, checking accounts, and insurance. Another opportunity for our middle school students is participation in the Cardinal Council, a students’ leadership group that is elected by peers and works with school staff to enhance the overall educational experience at St. Matthew’s.

Survival Quarter

This unique unit was designed to give eighth grader students an appreciation for, and an understanding of, adult responsibilities through real-life simulations.


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Financial Literacy at St. Matthew’s

Survival Quarter is a special unit dealing with real- life topics and situations. The simulations are intended to be a beneficial reference in the future.

Topics include:
• Resume Writing and Job Interviews
• Investing in the Stock Market
• Checking Accounts
• Health and Life Insurance
• Real Estate and Home Loans
• Wills and Living Wills
• Income Tax Filing

Organization / Set Up

At the beginning of Survival Quarter, the focus will be on employment. In addition to earning “wages” for their homework assignments, students apply and interview for actual “jobs” at school. Students will not be guaranteed jobs. As we progress through the unit, guest speakers will focus our attention on the areas listed above in the overview. As new activities are introduced, students will have more opportunities to “get involved” in real-life simulations. The unit lasts approximately 8 weeks and takes place in the months of February and March.

The St. Matthew’s Cardinal Council

The purpose of the St. Matthew’s Cardinal Council is to nurture Christian leadership and decision-making responsibilities in the 6th-8th grade students and to provide students an opportunity to:

  1. Glorify God by strengthening leadership abilities.
  2. Promote a positive and interactive school climate.
  3. Represent our school and Savior to the congregation and community.
  4. Provide a means through which students can address school related issues which affect their lives.
  5. Improve what we do as a school as more “stakeholders” partner together.
  6. Foster an attitude of Christian stewardship as 6th-8th grade students help care for our school.