Clubs & Academic Teams

South Loop Elementary values the creation of teacher- and community-run clubs to cater to a myriad of interests and specialties. Students are encouraged and supported as they pursue a passion or develop a new interest. They are given opportunities that strengthen their learning environment, enrich their social life, and improve academic programs and the school itself.

The South Loop Elementary School Chess Team invites all ages and ability levels to join the team and have fun learning about and competing in chess.  We will have weekly lessons with Coach Isaac at the Primary Building. Enrollment: Open (all ages & skill level) Fee: None Meetings: Thursdays 4pm – 5pm at the Primary...
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The South Loop Elementary School Math Club is a competitive Mathematics League led by several SLES Math Teachers. The students compete throughout the city in math contests, both as individuals and in teams.  Enrollment: Open to students in Grades 5th-8th Fee: Free Meetings: Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Room 312 Commitment: Winter and Spring...
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The National Beta Club is an organization whose chief goals are the promotion of high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing character, fostering leadership skills and, most importantly, encouraging service to others.  Student service projects are enacted to positively impact our school, community, and globe. More information can be found here. Enrollment: Nomination process for Grades 4th-8th;...
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The South Loop Elementary School Debate Club teaches students the fine art of formulating an argument and how to effectively debate both sides of an issue, even if they do not agree with the stance. It is a challenging club that will greatly enhance a student’s confidence in public speaking, understanding of current events, and...
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The focus of Battle of the Books is teamwork, cooperation, developing the confidence to discuss a range of literature, themes and authors, and making reading a habit to promote life-long learning.  There will be a maximum of 15 students to create two teams of 7 with one alternate. There will be a semi-final competition at...
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Chemistry Club begins on Oct 25 and is open to all 5th – 8th graders who want to learn more chemistry concepts through fun, hands-on activities. Weekly attendance is extremely important. Enrollment: October-April for Grades 5th-8th  Fee: None Meetings: 3:30-5:30 pm, Mondays from Oct 25-Nov 29, then Tuesdays from Dec 7 – Apr 30 Competition:...
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Students will learn to come up with story ideas, interview sources, and write clearly and accurately about the people and events that make South Loop tick.   Enrollment: 6th-8th Grade Fee: None. Meetings: TBD Contact: Mrs. Garcia
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The Yearbook Club produces the school’s annual yearbook. Students work collaboratively on all aspects of the yearbook development process. They learn how to take photographs and are actively involved in photographing the numerous activities and events occurring throughout the school year. Students learn how to edit photos and lay out pages, and learn about various...
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