We have lots of clubs for you to get involved with. But, if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, let us know, and we’ll help you get it started!
Saturday Scholars is a distinguished and unique scientific lecture-demonstration series is offered to talented high school students. It is an opportunity to interact with intellectual equals, to expand their knowledge in a variety of areas, and to talk with outstanding professionals.
The Saturday Scholar Program meets every Saturday in February and includes a field trip to a different venue every year. The program offers parents/guardians the opportunity to meet with a college admissions representative to help navigate through the college application process.
There is a slight cost to attend the lecture series. Contact Karen Asbury for further information.
Students involved in Model UN are assigned a country to represent and then meet to discuss world issues from that country's perspective. The focus is to resolve differences and gain a better understanding of each country represented.
Twice a year Model UN students travel to McKendree University in Lebanon, IL to participate in a mock United Nations. For more information about Model UN, contact Heather Johnson.
FCA: Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a group of Gibault athletes that desire to see Jesus Christ glorified through the influence of coaches and athletes.
The mission of FCA is to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. They meet once a month on Sunday evenings to discuss and challenge one another in their walk with Christ in relation to athletics.To learn more about FCA and hear about upcoming events follow @Gibault FCA on Twitter.
The Critique Club is a hybrid book club. Not only do we read books and discuss as a group, we then go and see the movie version together and talk about the film version versus the book. With so many books being made into big production films, there are plenty to choose from!
Last year, the group read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. We also had a Harry Potter movie marathon and watched the first four films in the library, with lots of food and snacks for everyone.
This year we are off to a great start with our first outing to see If I Stay by Gayle Forman. This semester we will be reading and watching Maze Runner by James Dashner, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins which is the final installment in the Hunger Games trilogy, and Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand. We are also planning on having a Harry Potter movie marathon part two in October.
The Critique club is open to all students that are interested in reading great books and watching fun movies! Contact Mrs. Kovarik for more information.
This club is open to freshmen and sophomores who are good communicators, are enthusiastic about Gibault, and have a positive attitude. Members will assist in recruiting activities for the junior high students throughout the school year. This includes hosting shadow visitors, acting as Open House tour guides, and mentoring freshman summer fun activities. Meetings will be once a month on the late start Wednesday schedule. Additional meetings of the executive board or select members may occur during off mods throughout the month. For more information, contact Mrs. Herzing or follow us on Twitter.
The Gibault Dance Team is open to all students. No experience required, just a love for dance. The Dance Team performs at men's home varsity basketball game halftimes. The Dance Team performs routines in the areas of Hip Hop and pom. For more information, contact Athletic Director Jim Montgomery.
Gibault Drama consists of two groups: The Actors and Stage Crew. Gibault presents three drama events during the school year - the fall play, the winter play, and the spring musical. Auditions are open to all students. Stage Crew is responsible for building the set, running the lights and sound, and creating props and costumes. It is open to all students, no experience necessary. For more information about Gibault's drama department or pending drama productions contact MaryBeth Babcock.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To accomplish its mission, FFA:
- Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
- Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
- Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
- Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
- Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
- Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
- Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
- Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
- Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
- Promotes healthy lifestyles.
- Encourages excellence in scholarship
For more information please contact Greg Wiegand.
The Gibault Gaming Club is an extracurricular activity open to any interested student, from those who simply want to casually play to the dedicated player. The club will focus mostly on casual play among members on specific video games, namely Smash Brothers and Mario Kart, but we are open to expanding and adding board games as well. Depending on the enthusiasm of our club, we may also organize semi-official tournaments for interested members. Meets are normally held Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the half hour before classes begin for the day.
History Club gives students the opportunity to discuss current projects, research, writing, and debates occurring in Gibault's history courses. We will also examine and interpret history in practical, hands-on approaches by visiting local museums and historical events and watching and discussing historical-based movies. Last year's group attended Fort de Chartres' Striking the Colors- a reenactment of the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War; went to Maeystown for food and horse-drawn carriage rides at Christmas-time; and had a movie and pizza night at the school. History Club is open to all students with an interest in exploring and discussing local history! Contact Mrs. Hoke for more information.
HOPE FOR TOMORROW
The Hope For Tomorrow Club’s mission is to bring cancer awareness to the Gibault and local communities; to shed light on the disheartening aspects of cancer; to support those affected by the hardships of cancer; and to instill hope and positivity for a cure in the future of tomorrow.
We help those with cancer by sponsoring an annual “Teddy Bear Toss”. This past year, we delivered the stuffed animals and personal care items to patients of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Mercy Cancer Center for Valentine’s Day. Throughout this school year, the club raised money that was used to create get well baskets for cancer patients in our local communities.
We also made donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and to the Teen Initiatives Fund of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. And each year since our inception, we have participated in the Monroe County Relay For Life.
The Hope For Tomorrow Club meets on the Wednesday Group #3 Club Schedule, at 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium. Please feel free to join us!!
Contact Janet Thomas in the front office for more information.
International Club offers students the opportunity to learn, appreciate, and participate in the rituals, customs, and cultures found throughout our diverse world. International Club offers a "buddy system" for Gibault's international students, and gives all students the opportunity to learn more about the cultures represented in our school over breakfast at our monthly morning meetings. Additionally, we test our taste-buds at local transnational restaurants for dinner and discussion. Last year's group went to the Thai House in Colombia and Dreamland Palace for German food! International Club welcomes all Gibault students. Contact Mrs. Kara Hoke for more information.
The Gibault Math Team is open to all students at Gibault who have an interest in math. Tests are either multiple choice or short answer and, as such, are good practice for standardized tests such as the ACT or SAT. Participating on the Math Team may increase self-confidence and improve scores. The team competes at meets held at Soutwestern Illinois College, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and University of Illinois against other high schools in the area and the state. Gibault's Math Team has created a tradition of success winning 1st place at the Southwestern Conference competition held at SWIC in 2013, 2014, and 2015 winning 1st place at Regionals at SIUe in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and placing 10th in the State competition at U of I in 2016. We also had the 1st place Algebra 1 student in the state in 2015 and 1st place Geometry student in the state in 2016. If you are interested in participating in math team and helping us to continue our winning tradition, contact Mr. Andrade.
Nearly one-third of the student body is involved in concert band, jazz band, chorus, or the women's a cappella group. These groups perform twice a year at the Christmas concert and the Spring Concert and Art Show. The concert/ pep band performs at every home basketball game. The women's a cappella group and the jazz band perform for civic and church groups throughout the year. Membership in the jazz band and the women's a cappella group is by audition. And, of course, Gibault is different! Many of our band members are athletes as well - something that doesn't happen in a typical high school. Music ministry for Masses and prayer services is provided by the Liturgical Choir. Membership in the choir is open to any student. For more information about the music program at Gibault, contact Scott Ruppel.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Membership into the Pierre Gibault Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is an honor bestowed on students by the faculty in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in scholarship, service, leadership and character. Each July, incoming juniors and seniors who have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA are invited to apply for membership in NHS. A faculty review board meets to evaluate each application for strengths in the four criteria areas. Membership applications are only accepted at the beginning of the school year; juniors who attain a 3.5 GPA at mid-year will receive invitations the following July. The Induction Ceremony is held in March. Students who graduate as members of NHS wear the Honor Society stole at graduation ceremonies. NHS meetings are once a month for current members and “pledges” and are held on Wednesday mornings using the club schedule. Please check the yearly calendar for this year’s dates.
For more information about the National Honor Society, contact Kara Hoke.
Peer Counselors are Gibault seniors who are in good standing, and who have been approved by the moderators, faculty, and existing peer counselors.
Peer Counselors are in place for the students. They are not only trained to counsel those with problems, but also get to know the underclassmen, be a friend for them, and tutor when necessary.
Peer Counselors meet once every 6 school days to discuss pending projects and issues, organize and manage the freshmen retreat, and plan and supervise additional activities. Peer Counselors are assigned a freshmen homeroom for the entire school year and tutor when necessary.For more information about peer counselors, contact Susan Mackin.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES BOARD
Student Activities Board (SAB) is a group of student representatives from the sophomore, junior and senior classes. Our objective is to build school spirit and bring the student body together for events such as:
- Super Fan Activities
- Dances: Homecoming Dance (September to end Spirit Week) and the Winter Dance ( February to end Catholic Schools’ Week)
- Pep Rallies (The Gibault Games – Spirit Week, Christmas Games – December, and Catholic Schools’ Week.
- Talent Show
- Senior Countdown
Scholastic Bowl is open to all levels of students. Students work in teams of 5 to compete against teams from other schools. A moderator reads questions in various categories and the teams try to ring in first with the correct answers. Players do not have to be experts in every category; they work in teams. There are three levels of teams: Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman. Each team practices once a week. Gibault competes on an independent basis with area schools including Waterloo, Columbia, Freeburg, Carlyle, Breese, Marissa, Dupo, Wesclin, Mater Dei and Althoff. The Varsity team also participates in several tournaments, including Scholastic Hi-Q, a televised tournament sponsored by SIU-Carbondale, and the Masonic Tournament. Varsity players start practice in October and other teams begin practice in November. The regular season lasts from December to early March. For more information about scholastic bowl, contact head coach, Mrs. Pat Hurst.
SCOPE: Students Concerned with Our Planet & Environment
This group's mission is to actively preserve the earth, protect its environment, and raise the consciousness of the Gibault student body on conservation issues. SCOPE has adopted a section of highway on Route 3 and is in charge of keeping the extensive grounds of the Gibault campus clean and well-groomed. SCOPE also manages the recycling program at Gibault. Contact Mrs. Asbury for more information.
Student Council (STUCO) is a body of elected representatives from each class who form the student voice. The council acts as a liaison between the students and the faculty/administration by mutually conveying issues and concerns from one to the other. Student Council sponsors activities throughout the year to build school spirit and create community. These activities include:
- Freshmen orientation
- Spirit Week
- School Charity Drive
- National Student Council Leadership Workshop
- Christmas Caroling at the local retirement homes
- Christmas gifts for U.S. veterans
- 7th Grade Christian Leadership Workshop
- Fall Festival
- School Assemblies
- Catholic Schools Week Breakfast
- Veterans Day Collection
SWAT CLUB: Students Working for the Advancement of Technology
S.W.A.T., or Students Working to Advance Technology, helps faculty/staff & other students with tech questions or issues and inform them of any apps, programs, & websites that have a productivity &/or educational benefit. Additionally, the group will explore other tech related issues and provide assistance when possible. Past projects included setting up school iPads and building a computer. Contact Mr. Kirkpatrick for more information.
The art department at Gibault offers the opportunity to create in a wide range of media. When the artwork is complete, your piece may be entered into any one of the many contests in which our students participate. A recent Gibault graduate won the Congressional Art Award and had his artwork displayed in the Capitol in Washington, D.C., as well as a $40,000 scholarship. Another received a national award in the Sister Cities Art Contest and was one of twelve in the nation to have his artwork included in a calendar. Gibault art students have been recognized most recently as winners in Art on the Square and Art DuJour where they took 4 of the 5 top prizes offered in each category. Gibault art students also host art shows and contests throughout the year.
Students on the yearbook staff create a book that summarizes the school year in pictures and captions. The staff chooses the theme of the yearbook, designs the cover, takes pictures at all school events, and prepares the layout.