Membership in the Ruppel Academy Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is an honor bestowed on 7th or 8th grade students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship including a 4.5 grade point average and A’s and B’s in all classes. They display positive moral character, leadership and a willingness to serve others. Membership is by invitation only and all candidates must pass a faculty review.
Robotics is an entertaining and educational activity that engages students and allows them to explore many different areas of technology. Team members design and build LEGO structures and develop missions to interact with them: move them around the mat, pick things up and deposit them somewhere else, knock things down, build or reassemble them. They must also construct a “robot” using LEGOs and a programmable “brain” brick to perform the missions. Students learn to work together and develop “Gracious Professionalism”- the idea that helping others helps all of us.
Academic Games provide a way for students to demonstrate advanced mastery of skills and concepts in social studies, math, and English. Learning and competing in these games affords students excellent enrichment opportunities and enhances their skills in communication, deductive reasoning, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal relations. The students compete against other Jefferson Parish students in grade-level division tournaments during the school day. The winners in each division receive trophies, and the top students in all five games are invited to go to the national competition April 24 – 27 in Orlando, Florida.
Members of the Ruppel Academy Library Club assist in maintaining the library by shelving books, helping with the return of checked out books, maintaining computers, and assisting with inventory. Club members commit to serving one day a week during lunch. This is a commitment that the library relies on in order to ensure that all of the required services will be provided to the entire school. These students perform a truly valuable service that benefits everyone.