Friday, May 22, 2015
Our 7th graders recently finished a PBL in which they explored the driving question, “How can we move people through poetry?” The culminating PBL event was a poetry slam, an opportunity for every single 7th grader to perform an original poem. For most of our students, this was their first time participating in such an event.
Teachers live-tweeted the slam and invited audience members to provide students feedback through surveys within Twitter - check out the stream here! Students’ poetry covered a range of emotions and topics. It was inspiring to watch and listen to our students finding their voices and speaking their truths.
As a result of this PBL, many more students have expressed an interest in poetry and a desire to continue writing and performing. They may even initiate a middle school poetry slam club!
This creative group of students will be back on stage to performance A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the end of intersession. This is another opportunity for our 7th graders to plan and execute a unique performance. We can’t wait to see what they create!
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
This spring, over 20 students competed in the California National Archery in the Schools Program tournament (CANASP) tournament both individually and as a team, and were competing against schools who have been doing archery for many years. As a team, BCS did an amazing job for the first tournament in the first year of our archery program.
Individually, 8th grader Skyler Rosenberg scored high enough to be the #1 middle school archer in California for the year. He came in 3rd place overall in the tournament coming in behind two veteran high school students.
After the tournament, Skyler’s mom Kate had this to say about the unique opportunity to pursue a sport like archery at BCS:
"Skyler is learning the exhilaration of following his heart... of jumping in and trying something new simply because it feels joyful, without worrying about succeeding. It is powerful to take risks and explore activities in a low pressure and fun way. Archery requires a uniquely calm and singular focus which balances other demands of being a middle school student in Silicon Valley."
We also had two more students with impressive finishes in their first tournament: Anderson Wang placed 7th for the middle school boys division and Alisha Xiong placed 3rd for the 6th grade girls division.
All of the archers did an amazing job representing BCS during the tournament. Congratulations Mr. Stark and the entire archery team for this tremendous accomplishment!
You can read more about our archery program in this article from the Los Altos Town Crier.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
BCS Middle School students sharedthe amazing work they have done this year on the clubs they initiated at the Clubs Fair this week.
Students in grades 6-8 collaborated to design and develop club programs based on their interests - this year's clubs included Girls Learn International, Woodworking, Web/App Design, Parody, Cooking Around the World, and several others.
Check out the photos below to see some of the great work students produced in their clubs this year!