BCS recently received a $4000 NOAA Oceans Guardian Grant for our school’s ongoing commitment to protecting local waterways. As part of that grant, Ms. Lura and her co-curricular students organized a “Turtle Camp” for our kindergarten and first grade students to teach them about protecting our oceans and helping save the leatherback sea turtles.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Supporting and developing our teachers is a cornerstone of our program at Bullis, and we have made the commitment to provide opportunities for teachers to learn and to work collaboratively to improve their teaching and to meet student needs. In addition to the two weeks of professional development in August, our teachers meet regularly in grade level teams, in vertical teams, and around curricular and school initiatives.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Last weekend, BCS choir director David Belles conducted a workshop at the CMEA Bay Section Winter Conference, an event for music educators from throughout the Bay Area.
Mr. Belles shared teaching strategies and highlighted important key elements essential for teaching elementary choral music.
G-Clef and Sonore, the BCS 4th-5th grade choirs, had a very special opportunity to demonstrate how these techniques can be successfully implemented.
Mr. Belles said that both his presentation and the choirs' performances were well received by all in attendance.
We're so proud of our students as they helped show what is possible for singers at such a young age!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at BCS
At BCS, we strive to empower students to become digital citizens; students who think critically, behave safely and ethically, and participate responsibility in the digital world. This means giving students opportunities to use technology in a variety of ways as well as teaching explicitly about certain topics.
Like all BCS programs, digital citizenship is integrated into what we teach every day. It is a part of our character education strand, it is woven into technology use, and it is part of our core content.
Being a digital citizen today doesn't just mean being safe online but also entails thinking critically and participating responsibly. All Bullis students, regardless of grade level, learn about online safety, how to be responsible online, and how to be creators of creators of content, not just consumers. In addition to explicit classroom lessons, there are many opportunities for students to explore what it means to be a digital citizen.
|Ms. Cheng teaches best practices to her|
fourth graders before they begin using
their school email accounts.
To support our digital citizenship strand, Bullis Charter School and Intel Security are hosting three online safety presentations--two for students and one for adults. Please read the latest Bear Essentials Newsletter for dates and times.
Parent Resources & Information on Technology, Being Safe Online, and Digital Citizenship
Common Sense Media, website (We rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools)
Think Before You Link Online Tips Website, Intel Security
Mimi Ito on Learning in Social Media Spaces, video, Big Thinker Series
Stay Safe Online, website, National Cyber Security Alliance
Articles and Books on Character & Digital Citizenship
Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap, book, by Carrie James
Holly Korbey (Mind/Shift May 24, 2013)
What if the Secret of Success Is Failure? By Paul Tough, September 14, 2011
Friday, January 9, 2015
Every month at BCS, our K-5 students and staff meet together in their "Houses" - mixed grade level groups that participate in activities together and earn points as a team in various school wide competitions (reading points, chalk murals, relay races, etc.).
This month, after reading the illustrated poem "The Crayon Box That Talked," students and their buddies made a "crayon box" out of self portraits during the school wide Houses activity in honor of Martin Luther King and his fight for equality and respect for all people.
Mrs. Felder put the finishing touches on the project this week - stop by the Art Room to see it in person! Click here to see how our students created their crayons.