September 26, 2008

Bishop Leibold Earns Governor’s Award for Its Science Education

By Staff Report

MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County -- The Ohio Academy of Science selected Bishop Leibold School and one of its teachers, Pam Londergan, to receive Governor's Awards for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities for the 2007-08 school year.

This year, the academy and the Ohio Department of Education recognized 73 Ohio schools and 209 teachers who stimulate student scientific research and extend educational opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities.

To qualify for the Governor's Award, each school conducted a local science fair with 20 or more students, sent one or more of these students to one of the academy's 16 science district days, and involved students in one or more youth science opportunities beyond the classroom.

In the past school year, Bishop Leibold School hosted a daylong visit from COSI, the Columbus science museum, and established ScienceF.E.S.T., an evening of hands-on science that attracted more than 600. The QUEST Math and Science Enrichment Program, a popular academic extracurricular, is another unique opportunity offered by Bishop Leibold to encourage experimentation and inquiry-based scientific learning.

"The Governor's Award for Science is an honor we are proud to have earned," Principal Paul Beyerle said. "But just as in the field of science, as educators we are dedicated to improving on past work. For example, this summer one of our alumni led volunteers in conducting an allschool inventory of science equipment and materials for an Eagle Scout project. A new Science Center was established with the equipment, and an electronic inventory was provided for our teachers to easily plan for their student's experiments.

"We are looking forward to seeing what great things our teachers and students achieve with a dedicated space for science experimentation and project-based curricula."

Bishop Leibold School, 6666 Springboro Pike, is the shared Catholic grade school of Our Lady of Good Hope in Miamisburg and St. Henry Parish in Miami Twp., and serves more than 500 students from the Springboro, Miamisburg, West Carrollton and Centerville school districts.

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