After-school offerings vary according to student interest, teacher availability, and space.  After-school opportunities for the 2022-2023 school year will be posted soon.  Some of the more popular offerings from past years include:

  • Band (both beginning level and intermediate)
  • Dance (hip hop, etc.)
  • Language (typically Spanish or French)
  • Chess Wizards
  • Minecraft Club
  • Lego Club
  • Drama
  • Cooking
  • MATHCOUNTS
  • Robotics

As many conflicts escalate or go unresolved because students do not have the necessary skills to handle them successfully, MPB teaches weekly classes in
K-5 where students learn and practice positive approaches to conflict situations, gain an increased understanding of themselves and others, learn to respect and accept differences and learn self-control and the appropriate expression of emotions such as anger and frustration. As students learn conflict resolution skills, they become equipped to respond creatively to conflict situations rather than to respond with coercive, destructive behaviors.

Research shows that both bullies and their targets have a limited ability to solve conflicts. As bullies continue to pick on their targets and as the targets continue to find themselves bullied, they each develop patterns of response that eventually become a part of their personalities. As behavior is learned, MPB teaches children developmentally appropriate conflict resolution skills before these aggressive/passive behaviors become personality traits. By learning assertion, communication, negotiation skills, and appropriate bystander skills, our students are preparing themselves for living in a diverse and multicultural world.

MPB as well as the Archdiocese of Denver takes teasing, bullying, and harassment very seriously whether in written, verbal, or other media form. Though rare, serious incidents at Most Precious Blood are handled on an individual basis with the final discretion and consequences determined by the principal, principal designee, or pastor. Most incidents at MPB are due to lack of judgment, disruption to learning, or a lack of skills with most incidents being handled by the teacher in the classroom.

MPB prides itself on the proactive approach it takes to children learning pro-social and friendship skills from kindergarten through fifth grade. Lessons are taught by the assistant principal weekly in the classroom. In junior high, the approach shifts to more character, life-building, and leadership skills. Check out the videos below to see MPB in action.

The Archdiocese defines HARASSMENT as follows: Any verbal, physical or visual conduct on the part of students that has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

The Archdiocese defines BULLYING as follows: A conscious, willful, and deliberate hostile activity intended to harm, induce fear through the threat of further aggression, and create terror. Bullying includes three elements – imbalance of power, intent to harm, and the threat of further aggression.

The Archdiocese defines TEASING as follows: Children may regularly interact in a manner that would be unacceptable among adults. They are still learning how to interact appropriately with their peers. It is understandable that, in a school setting, students often engage in teasing, insults, banter, shoving, pushing this is upsetting to students. Teasing behaviors – while needing to be addressed by school officials – do not constitute bullying or harassment and the interventions and consequences are of another level.

For grades K-8:

Our BASE program is available to all students in grades K – 8. BASE is available before school from 6:30 – 7:45am and after school from 3:15 – 6pm. BASE is available afternoons on full school days only – no half days.

Contact  303.756.1279 for registration and fees.

MPB currently offers three club opportunities.

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee has two divisions, intermediate (grades four and five) and advanced (grades six through eight).   Interested students attend weekly meetings where they play games, practice their spelling, and take “quizzes” to prepare them for actual competition.  In the winter of the year, all participating students may attend the Archdiocesan Spelling Bee (January for the intermediate team and February for the advanced team).  In March, there is a state competition where the winners of all regional competitions can compete.

We are pleased to announce that in the winter of 2013, an MPB seventh-grader was the advanced bee winner for the entire Archdiocese!

Math Counts

Math Counts is open to any students in grades six through eight.  It is an extra-curricular math club that meets once a week.  Math Counts emphasizes two skills:  mental math and problem solving.  The math problems, which are written by the national Math Counts group, are designed to be solved by sixth through eighth-graders in a multitude of ways depending on ability level.  Math Counts was designed to further students’ skills in math no matter their present skill level.   This club is for any student who wishes to improve his or her math skills.  Typically, there is a general school competition in the winter and a regional competition at DU in the spring.

Speech

The Archdiocese Speech Association provides 7th Graders and 8th Graders the opportunity to present speeches to judges at different archdiocesan venues.  The benefits of being on the MPB speech team include fun, excitement, a sense of achievement, and a boost of self-confidence (and the extra credit from Language Arts teachers).  Students select their speeches (or write them in eighth grade) early in the process and practice repeatedly in front of volunteer teachers and sometimes classrooms of students.  Speeches fall into a number of categories depending on the meet.  Some possibilities include drama, humor, poetry, oratory, Readers’ Theatre (where each student has a part in a play-like piece),  speechmaking (where students prepare their own original speech), and impromptu (where students write a 45-second speech at the meet based on categories that they are given at the meet). MPB has been very successful at the recent speech meets and looks forward to continued success in the future!