Programs and Extra Curricular Activities
Gifted and Talented Program
The Extended Learning Program at Beechwood Independent Schools identifies students in Grades K – 12 as gifted and talented in the areas of General Intellectual Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Creativity, Leadership, and Visual and Performing Arts Ability. Services to meet the needs of the students that qualify include, but are not limited to, the following: *Collaborative Teaching and Consultation Services * Cluster Groups * Advanced Placement and Honors Courses * Enrichment Services * Independent Study * Pull Out Settings * Subject Area from Higher Grade Level * Differentiated Study Experiences. For more information about the program, please feel free to contact Jodi Ludmann, Gifted Program Coordinator by phone at 331-1220 ext. 5211 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Team is an extracurricular activity for 4th and 5th grade students. 6th grade students have the opportunity to participate on the Middle School Academic Team. The team consists of approximately 12 students, selected by written and verbal exams. The team competes in the Northern Kentucky Academic Team League in “jeopardy”-type competitions. At the end of the season the team will compete in the Governor’s Cup competition in the “jeopardy”-type competition and also in individual subject areas. For more information please contact Norine Sullivan at email@example.com.
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program whose mission is to develop creative-thinking skills in students from kindergarten through college. Students develop creative-thinking skills in a team environment that can be transferred to real-life situations. Teams from almost every U.S. state and more than 20 other countries participate in the program. It is open to each and every student who would like to participate. Teams are made up of 5-7 students and are coached, usually, by a parent volunteer. Problems range from technical in nature, artistic, performance based to structure. There are five different problems to choose from each year and teams are divided by age and grade. NASA is a sponsor of Odyssey of the Mind and Microsoft has become involved in Odyssey of the Mind. For more information please contact Sally Andress at 331-1220 ext. 6002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary Student Technology Leadership Program(STLP) is open to students in 4-6th grade. Any students in those grades can become members. There are no restrictions/requirements to be in STLP except to fill out the required handouts and get them in on time.
The Mission of STLP is to advance the individual capabilities of students; to motivate all students; and to create leadership opportunities through the use of technology.
The Student Technology Leadership Program uses project-based learning to empower students to use technology to learn and achieve. The program helps students model digital citizenship. Mrs. Dawn Norris (email@example.com), the sponsor, helps guide students to create products, provide services and carry out projects that help the school and community.
Tigers Who Care
Tigers Who Care is a volunteer group for sixth graders. The students organize different community service projects for local charities and non-profit groups. Tigers Who Care also relies on the entire school to help reach certain goals. This thoughtful group of students learn so much from volunteering their time to better the community in which they live. Ideas and/or questions, please contact Michelle White by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls in 5th grade. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. The objective of Girls on the Run is to educate and empower girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future. At risk activities include substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, early onset of sexual activity, sedentary lifestyle, depression, suicide attempts and confrontations with the juvenile justice system. If you would like more information, please contact Amanda Klare at email@example.com. Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA)
The Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) is a three-day experiential learning conference for middle school students to participate directly in simulated international diplomacy. As Ambassadors emulating the culture and representing diverse interests of UN member countries from around the world, students dive deeply into the culture of another nation and are encouraged to re-examine the world from another perspective.
In collaboration with the YMCA, Beechwood has participated in KUNA. During the past, students have offered solutions for international issues by writing, presenting, debating, and voting on proposals. Students have also celebrated the cultural diversity by presenting aspects of their chosen country’s culture at the Global Village and International Stage in Louisville, KY. Officers elected by students have served as conference leaders, supported by Beechwood advisors, Ms. Jenny Eskridge and Ms. Lisa Hartke. For more information about KUNA, please feel free to contact one of the advisors by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Beechwood Science Club is designed for 6th grade students who have a high interest for science. The Science Club allows students to participate in challenging and upper level science experiments and hands-on activities. Some activities may include guest speakers, field trips and problem solving investigations. Science Club will meet from 3:00-4:00 after school in Mrs. Caylor’s room one Monday a month throughout the school year with the possibility of additional times depending on activities. Exact dates to be determined. If you have any additional questions you may contact Pam Caylor at firstname.lastname@example.org Parent volunteers are welcome and appreciated!
Middle School Forensics (grades 5-8)
he Forensics team is a competitive performance team for students who love acting and public speaking or want to develop their skills in those areas. The coach will host auditions in late August or September. All students in grades 5 - 8 are welcome and encouraged to audition. Once the team has been announced, all members are required to attend a one hour-long practice session per week, as well as to practice one hour per week at home. (There is much flexibility with practice days and times, so students can easily participate in forensics and other clubs and teams!) Students must be available for all four invitational tournaments held on Saturdays in October through January, as well as the Regional Tournament in February and State Tournament in March. This is a fantastic program that will allow students to express their individuality, receive one-on-one coaching, develop confidence in public speaking, and work to develop life-long communication skills that will benefit them in all areas of life. For more information, please contact Molly Seifert at email@example.com.
Elementary Athletic Opportunities
Golf – Boys 7 and up
Golf – Girls 7 and up
Tennis (Boys and Girls) 7 and up
Swimming and Diving (Boys and Girls) 4 and up
Track (Boys and Girls) 4 and up
Cross Country (Boys and Girls) 6 and up
Basketball (Boys and Girls) 3 and up*
Volleyball (Girls) 3 and up*
Football (Boys) 6 and up
*Grades 3-5 participate in a recreational program.