Bishop Leibold School Extracurriculars
Afterschool Spanish is an enrichment program for student in Grades K-3, designed to promote proficiency in a foreign language. Students who participate in the program experience the language through a variety of activities: games, songs, small group interaction, in-class handouts and take-home worksheets all reinforcing the concepts offered. Cultural views of Spanish-speakers as well as religious beliefs are presented through the incorporation of prayers and various hands-on activities. Each 10-week course culminates in a fiesta celebration. The Afterschool Spanish program meets once a week for ten sessions.
AthleticsThe Bishop Leibold Athletic Association offers variety of sports throughout the school year and participation fees are kept reasonable through support from school fundraising . This is a great way to play and compete with friends from school against other area Catholic schools. BLS fields about 600 roster spots annually; 80% of BLS students participate in at least one sport.
Fall Sports: Intramural Soccer (Kindergarten) ▪ SAY Soccer (1st - 4th) CYO Soccer (5th -8th) ▪ CYO Golf (6th -8th) ▪ Feeder Football (3rd - 8th. Alter, CJ, & Fenwick High School Feeder program)
Winter Sports: Intramural Basketball (K -1st Gr.) ▪ Kingdom Basketball (2nd -3rd) CYO Basketball (4th -8th) ▪ CYO Cheerleading (5th- 8th) ▪ CYO Volleyball (4th - 8th)
Spring Sports: CYO Track (1st - 8th)
Cub Scout Pack 248 - Boy Scouts of AmericaPack 248 welcomes all boys in 1st to 5th Grades. We currently serve boys from Bishop Leibold School and others from the surrounding area. The vision of Pack 248 is to develop character and values-based leadership that will be used through an individual's lifetime. This is accomplished by: Offering the boy's safe, fun and challenging adventure; training scouts in the meaning of citizenship, service to community and mentoring leadership qualities; and preparing the boys to enter the Boy Scouting program to further their lifetime personal qualities. Cub Scouts Pack 248 is chartered by Our Lady of Good Hope Church, and belongs to the Wright Brothers District in the Miami Valley Council of the Central Region. There is a monthly meeting for all the 248 Cub Scouts, and monthly meetings for the scouts of each age group (dens). Our boys attend Summer Day Camp, compete in the Pinewood Derby and The Amazing Race, and enjoy each other’s company at the Annual Cookout and Corn Maze Trip.
Boy Scout Troop 248 - Boy Scouts of AmericaBoy Scouting works toward three aims: Moral strength and character, participating citizenship, and development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. Scouts learn to live the Scout Law, and engage in activities and trips to build skills of self-sufficiency, teamwork and leadership. They develop an appreciation of the outdoors and engage a range of skill and character building activities in as they progress through scout rank and maturity. Troop 248 is chartered by St. Henry Parish and welcomes young men 6th Grade and older from the parishes, school and community.
Girls Scouts of AmericaGirl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouting Program serves girls seven years and up, and the troops at our school build character, encourage discovery and promote friendship in trips, activities, and projects. Our Girl Scout service projects include park clean-ups and nursing home visits. They explore and build self-sufficiency through BLS Girl Scout Summer Camp, celebrate together in the annual Bridging Ceremony, and celebrate their faith together in the Religious Badge Program and Scout Sunday. They meet about twice a month, and encouragement membership each year in the Fall Roundup.
STEMpm Science Club
Students in Grades 4-8 will have the opportunity to participate in the STEMpm science club. STEMpm is the newest BLS innovation in our 15 year tradition of after-school math and science programming. STEMpm is designed to more fully explore all disciplines of the STEM mission, extending the emphasis from Science and Math to projects involving Technology and Engineering, and is open to all students in Grade 4-8 with an interest in these areas of study. Hands-on learning, experimentation, critical thinking, the application of mathematics, and teamwork focusing on the scientific method are important components of every monthly session. For grades 4 through 6, the sessions are held in the fully-equipped Science Center at the East Campus. Due to the rotating curriculum, a student in STEMpm for 5 years will never have the same session twice. Junior High STEMpm students take a variety of off-site tours through their two final years, including sessions at Wright State Medical School, The University of Dayton Research Institute, Motoman Robotics and Kodak. A flight through the Young Eagles Program is a favorite trip of our STEMpm 8th Grade students.
National Geographic Bee Club and Scripps National Spelling Bee Club
Our school competes in these national competitions, and generally 4th through 8th Grade students participate. The contests are designed to encourage teachers to promote these skills tests in their classrooms and spark student interest in the subjects through friendly contests and special clubs that meet to hone their skills and practice for school competitions. Bishop Leibold School has even had a student progress through all levels of competition to the National Spelling Bee!
Regal Eagle Book ClubThe Regal Eagle Book Club consists of seventh and eighth grade students of all reading levels. The group’s monthly meetings promote the love of reading outside of the classroom, offer an after-school social experience, and provide a student-driven academic enrichment opportunity. Book choices range from more contemporary books such as Rita Williams-Garcia’s recent Newbery Honor book One Crazy Summer to more classic works such as Lois Lowry’s The Giver or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. At the end of each meeting, the club members and the teacher/facilitator work together to select the following month’s book.
This after-school extracurricular provides students in Grades 5-8 with an opportunity for more specialized instruction, an introduction to new art materials and media, and the time and support to work on projects better explored out regular art class due to their complexity.
This new club meets for two hours weekly, and has explored several new areas of artistic expression and techniques through projects such as ceramic coil pots and marionettes. Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night is the model for fragmented reproduction pieces for each campus, interpreting the landscape at each site. The blown-glass artist Dale Chihuly provides inspiration for a recycled art piece. The Art Club meets twice a month, for two hours. Our field trips include the Dayton Art Institute, University of Dayton Nativity Exhibit, K12 Gallery and more! Students will be introduced to and encouraged by the art opportunities in the Miami Valley.
Robotic Eagles: BLS First Lego League Robotic TeamBishop Leibold is proud to have a Robotics Team that competes in the FIRST LEGO® League. The team is formed of interested 6-8 Graders who meet after school once a week for three months.
FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) is collaboration between the LEGO Company and FIRST, a non-profit organization committed to creating robotic competition programs that will excite and inspire children from Kindergarten through high school to excel in math and science.
FLL is a multi-disciplinary program that combines engineering, computer programming, problem solving, researching, presenting and teamwork. Teams of three to ten students work to build and program a robot to complete a number of tasks in a 2.5 minute robot round. Robot design, programming and problem-solving strategies are evaluated by Design Judges. Project Judges examine the research project, solution and outreach, and Teamwork Judges gauge how well the group functions as a team. Past annual challenges have included “Body Forward” (the BLS Team developed a movable ankle for a prosthetic leg), “Food Factor” (designing a radio-frequency identification tag that was time-sensitive temperature sensor) and “Senior Solutions” (designing five innovations to expand human mobility in seniors).
Band Program5th Grade Beginning Band ▪ 6th - 8th Grades Advanced Bands
The elementary band program at Bishop Leibold is led by The Director of Bands at Archbishop Alter High School. (Anyone who is a 5th grader is encouraged to join as a beginner. There is no experience necessary!) While in the band program at Bishop Leibold students will learn many skills, including problem solving, critical thinking and how to work with their peers to achieve a common goal. Each student will learn how to play and read music. It has been researched and documented that students who learn to play a musical instrument have been proven over the years to achieve higher test scores, have better focus, and be more goal-oriented. And playing a musical instrument has been linked to improving reading and math skills. The band experience at Bishop Leibold also encourages well-rounded students and develops an appreciation for the arts. Band participants will be exposed to the latest in music technology, and will have the opportunity to play alongside and be mentored by award-winning Alter High School music students.
View the enrollment packet for Beginning Band and the forms for Advanced Band.