Through a broad range of clubs and activities, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School provides rich opportunities for students to explore other cultures, learn new skills, develop leadership, form new friendships and simply have fun. Most of the organizations listed below are open to all students. Dates, times, and locations of meetings will be announced in the Daily Bulletin which is read and posted in homerooms and on the website. Any student who wishes to participate should attend a meeting or contact the moderator of the activity.
The Art Club provides an opportunity for students who are interested in the visual arts to meet and work in various media of their choice
The Blue Crab Bowl Team is named after the Virginia regional competition for the National Ocean Science Bowl. Representing Bishop Sullivan CHS, this team competes annually in the Blue Crab Bowl academic competition at either Old Dominion University or the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences in alternating years.
Bishop Sullivan CHS teams have proven to be very competitive in the Blue Crab Bowl having placed in 12 of 14 years of competition, winning six of those bowls, and finishing second in an additional four Blue Crab Bowls. As Blue Crab Bowl champions, our team won trips to the national finals in Miami, Florida in 2001, Anchorage/Seward, Alaska in 2008, Washington, DC in 2009, St. Petersburg, Florida in 2010, Galveston, Texas in 2011 and Baltimore, Maryland in 2012.
Additionally, the team competes annually in the National Science Bowl, Virginia regional competition at Jefferson Labs. A competitive team has 4 members and an alternate who are selected from students with an interest in science who are willing to have lots of fun and work hard to train for the competitions. BSCHS usually fields an “A” and a “B” team.
Only in our sixth year of competition in the National Science Bowl, Virginia regional, BSCHS finished third in the state in 2009, 2010 and again in 2011.
New members are always welcome.
The Cooking Club meets after school on the first Monday of the month and is open to all. The club’s goal is to educate students on basic cooking principles and to produce young people who go out into the world after graduation and survive on more than Ramen. The club also helps identify students who are interested in careers as chefs. Signup sheets for each cooking class will be available the week prior to the class. Students must be on the signup sheet to be allowed into the class.
The CHS Drama program, through the CHS Theater Company and Crusader Players, is dedicated to getting students involved in the art of theater. The CHS Theatre Company will produce a variety of shows throughout the school year giving students the ability to learn acting techniques, set construction, and basic lighting design. The Crusader Players, a theater appreciation club, gives all students a chance to experience the theatre arts with after-school trips and production help.
The Flute Club is for anyone who loves playing flute. It usually meets on Thursday after school.
Forensics is competitive public speaking. Categories of competition involve formal speech, performance and interpretive reading. It is a team academic sport that requires dedication, practice and a desire to have fun while improving self-confidence and communication skills. The season runs from November to March and the team competes in as many as 5 tournaments. All are welcome.
The German Club is for those students who are interested in the German language, culture and food outside the classroom environment. Students can visit German restaurants, taste and cook German foods, and view German films and theater performances. The German Club is not restricted to students who are taking German but is open to all who are interested.
A competitive opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills in various computer applications and computer programming, the Great Computer Challenge is sponsored by WHRO and is held at ODU in March. Students compete in various areas, including Graphic Arts, Music, Desktop Presentations, Desktop Publishing and Web Design.
The Haiti Club is a student organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The students are engaged in fund-raising efforts to support the Maison Fortune Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti.
The jazz band is an informal group of musicians who meet after school each Thursday.
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” Explore the world of the most influential culture in history. Immerse yourself through food, lectures, film, internet, and social functions such as the Saturnalia Celebration, a film festival, a trip to the Chrysler Museum and Hampton Roads Latin Day. The goal of the Latin Club will be to promote the study and enjoyment of Latin and the Roman culture.
The Linus Project Club makes blankets for children and teens in hospitals, shelters, or otherwise in need. The group meets on Mondays after school, and welcomes all who are interested, sewing skills not necessary.
Paladin, the school literary magazine, is published every spring as a product of student work. The staff is composed of students of every grade level who are interested in reading and writing prose and poetry as well as those who have an interest in art. Students interested in creative writing are encouraged to attend, as the staff will be conducting writing workshops for beginner and advanced writers as well as providing an audience for new work. The staff meets periodically in the fall and on a weekly basis beginning second semester. The Paladin staff collects writing and art from students and works to produce a magazine that represents the current student body. Participation is open to all students.
The Bishop Sullivan CHS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta was chartered at Norfolk Catholic High School in 1961. The club meets regularly to investigate the recreational aspects of mathematics and to prepare for math competitions.
The Bishop Sullivan CHS Chapter of Operation Smile was established during the 2000-2001 school year to raise money for the children's worldwide organization that helps treat facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft plates. The goal of the club is to raise $1,000 per year. Students can volunteer at Operation Smile Headquarters, attend the Annual Leadership Conference and apply to attend a Mission Training Workshop to prepare students to accompany physicians on an actual surgical mission.
The Bishop Sullivan Relay for Life Club works all through the school year to raise money for cancer research. In the spring, club members attend the official Relay For Life overnight event. The event is designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
The purpose of Science Club is to explore the world of science through experimentation and discussion and to provide help and assistance through tutoring in science subjects to anyone who asks. Science Club is open to all students at Bishop Sullivan CHS.
The Spanish Club meets twice a month and explores different aspects of the Hispanic Culture. Students will learn to dance Salsa, cook a Hispanic dish, watch a movie, and make crafts.
The Winter Running Club is designed to help students, faculty, and staff get in shape or stay in shape over the long winter months. No previous experience is necessary to join. The runners typically exercise every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning at approximately 3:20.
The CHS yearbook, the Crusader, has students from all grade levels involved in its production. The book covers one entire school year and is published in late summer to include the final activities of graduation, baccalaureate, and prom. Jobs open to students include photography, copy writing, editing, and computer entry as well as individual specialties such as classes, sports, features, indexing and activities/clubs. Newcomers are always welcome.
The Executive Council is composed of four school-wide elected officers: President, Vice-President, Events Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator. The Executive Council plans and coordinates many activities such as spirit week and pep rallies, a Thanksgiving food drive, a Christmas Raffle, the selling of the CRU shirts, and other events throughout the year.
Class Councils are composed of three class-elected officers. They are President, Vice President, and Events Coordinator. Participation in class government provides opportunity for leadership roles. Class councils assist with Executive Council events and coordinate their own activities.
* Senior moderators: Mr. Bousquet, Mrs. McCubbins, Mr. Miani
* Junior moderators: Sra. Jimenez-Kline, Mr. Kline, Sra. Quiroga
* Sophomore moderators: Mrs. Green, Mrs. Smith, Ms. Burton
* Freshman moderators: Mr. Cavallario, Ms. Kingen, Ms. Sinclair
NHS is an organization that recognizes students for scholarship, character, service, and leadership. Students in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, who meet eligibility requirements as described in the school handbook, are invited to submit credentials. Faculty selection of new members occurs each spring. NHS members tutor fellow students one afternoon per week.
Each foreign language at Bishop Sullivan CHS has an honor society. The honor societies are
Each of these honor societies promotes the study of its language and culture. Service activities are also undertaken. In order to be considered for membership in any of the foreign language honor societies, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and maintain at least an A- average in the language for a minimum of three consecutive semesters.
Revised - September 21, 2012