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Student Life

Student life at St. Thomas High School is filled with activity and tradition. The young men of St. Thomas are first and foremost students navigating a challenging curriculum that prepares them for college and 21st century careers. They are also enriched by a great many activities that contribute to their education and shape their character.

Athletics, clubs and service opportunities bind them together through shared experiences that foster friendships, leadership, creativity and spiritual growth. Our students embrace the rituals that have been part of St. Thomas for generations and after four short years, go forward to join the lifelong brotherhood of St. Thomas alumni.

2016 Grade Level Book Lists and Required Summer Reading


 Purchasing Books

  • Online Bookstore – MBS Direct
    All required digital and print textbooks are sold through our online Virtual Bookstore, operated by MBS Direct.  We use a "Shop by Schedule" system (previously called FastPass) which will use your course schedule to select books for you. Click here to view the instructions for purchasing your books online using Shop by Schedule. All sales will be handled through MBSDirect. The MBSDirect customer service phone number is 800-325-3252.
  • EBOOKS
    Many of our textbooks are eBooks for use on the Windows tablets which will not need to be purchased before the beginning of school or before you have received your school issued tablet. These books will mostly be purchased through our online Virtual Bookstore, however some content will be made available through the teachers of specific courses or through other channels. You will receive instructions from STH for how to access your eBooks.
  • Outside Sources
    If you choose to purchase books from another source other than our official online bookstore, you must match the ISBN# to ensure that you have the correct editions which can be found on the Grade Level Book Lists above.

    Please note that all workbooks, some novels and selected texts must be purchased new. Other books may be purchased used. Digital books (ebooks) and Digital/Print Combos must be purchased through our online Virtual Bookstore in order to ensure the correct edition, unless otherwise noted.
  • Used Book Sale
    Each spring the Eagle Shop hosts a Used Book Sale in which students can buy used books from classmates as well as sell their books. Date and Time will be announced.
 

Selling Your Books

  • Selling through MBS Direct
    Go to the MBSDirect virtual bookstore, log in by clicking the "Sell Your Books" button, and go through the process to print out a buyback quote.  Bring the buyback quote with you to the book sale on May 27, and we will box up your books and ship them back for you. After processing, you will receive a check in about two to three weeks.  If you print out a buyback quote but end up selling one or more of the books, you can still use this service to sell back your remaining books on the quote list.  Please note these condition requirements given by MBSDirect. MBS will only buy back textbooks in good condition.
  • Selling through the STH Used Book Sale
    STH hosts a Used Book Sale each spring. Students are encouraged to bring textbooks that they are looking to sell as well as cash to buy books from others for next year.

If you have any questions regarding textbook issues, please send an email to Joshua Wilson, at bookstore@sths.org.
The cafeteria is open before school beginning at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, studying or just gathering. Breakfast, hot lunches and a variety of other items are available from Sage Dining Services. Please click on each link below to learn more about Sage Dining at St. Thomas.

Parking Permits

All students that park at St. Thomas High School are required to purchase and display a parking permit. This permit is valid only during the school year it is purchased. Parking permits may be purchased online in our Eagle Store beginning August 1st. Additionally they may be purchased in the Business Office in person. Parking permits may not be purchased over the phone. A completed Vehicle Registration Form will be needed to pick up the parking permit. All instructions are on the top of the form.

Parking Guidelines

Students need to display their parking permit on the rear-view mirror at all times.

Student parking is located in our parking garage. Vehicles on campus should be properly parked and locked when not in use. The school is not responsible for damage or theft of the vehicles parked nor for the property in them.

Levels two and three of the garage are for seniors only. Since it is possible to have more seniors than spaces on these two levels this will be on a first come first serve basis each day. All other students will park on levels four and five.

Additional information regarding student parking is on page 17 of the Student-Parent Handbook.
The Choices Program is a high-risk behavior prevention AND treatment program that is run in conjunction with The Council on Recovery. The mission of the Choices Program is to prevent, reduce and treat high-risk behavior through a comprehensive education and counseling program involving all members of the school community including students, parents and faculty.

Each year students take an anonymous survey regarding current prevalence rates of student high-risk behavior. Choices utilizes this data to create prevention programming and treatment specifically tailored to the needs of the STH community. Education focuses on the effects of high-risk behavior on the developing adolescent brain and increasing the use of executive functioning skills. Contact Patrick Hagler at 713-864-6348 x 254. Communication is confidential.
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