The Commencement Ceremony was held on May 22, 2015 for the BCD Class of 2015. We pass along these students to their respective high school choices with great pride and well wishes for their next stage in life. Congratulations graduates!
The Boulder Country Day Making A Difference Award recognizes a community member who has made a substantial difference in helping our school thrive. Recipients epitomize the answer to the question: Who has gone above and beyond to share their time, their talent, or their treasure to truly make a difference in our community? The Head of School, Director of Development, Chair of the Board of Trustees Development Committee, and the PTO Vice President collect nominations from the BCD community, review them, and decide on the winner. Past recipients are not eligible to win the award, but their contributions to our school and its community continue to make a difference. Past award winners include: Scott Martin, Kevin Mulshine, Barry Gaffner, Scott Moore, Doug D’Appuzo, Laura Tidstrom, Brooke Davison, and Britt Steiner.
This year BCD recognized Joe Brooker for 10 years of integral participation in the BCD community.
Over the last 10 years, Joe has been a steadfast volunteer, school leader, and philanthropist, giving selflessly to make our school a better place. Joe believes in our school’s motto – Respect yourself. Respect others. Take responsibility for your actions. And, as one nominator wrote, Joe lives by simple rules: “Stand up for what you believe in. Be a good person. Don’t take short cuts. Do the right thing.”
After 4 years in our community, Joe was elected to our Board of Trustees where he served in the capacities of Treasurer, Chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee, member of the Committee on Trustees, and Chairman of the Board. In his capacity as trustee, Joe has devoted an incredible amount of time to our school and its community.
Former Head of School Mike Shields says of Joe, “He certainly is a deserving recipient of the Making a Difference Award. He is the quintessential independent school trustee who selflessly gives his time, energy and resources to make BCD a better place for children to learn and grow.”
Joe and his wife Susan have been among the philanthropic leaders in our community from the moment they came to our school. Through their giving they have inspired others, from helping us raise the funds to expand the middle school to leading the charge at our Gala. Again, always with our students at the forefront of his mind. Today Joe chose to share this award with his wife, Susan, whom has also committed so much time and energy to the betterment of our school.
For all this and for truly making a difference in our community, we thank and congratulate the 2015 Making A Difference Award recipient Joe Brooker.
Be sure to get your Flat Kersey in carline before the end of school and then be sure to take him with you on your local and distant travels this summer. Here is a sampling of where he went last summer. Oh what fun!
Every year BCD's 8th grade class takes a week long trip to Washtington, DC and the surrounding area.
There stops this year included the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Department of the Interior, the White House, the Library of Congress, had lunch at Pentagon City, visited Mt. Vernon, old town Alexandria, and taken a day trip to Charlottesville and Monticello.
Add to that UVA (where they were featured on the UVA Youth Leadership Initiative website), the Washington National Cathedral, Embassy Row, the Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington Monument, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and a VIP tour of the Capital by Representative Jared Polis (students got watched the House in session from the gallery and witness Rep. Polis speak to support an amendment to a bill).
Younger students love to see our older students perform. They are the ones that play with them on the playground and that they look up to during Bulldog family time. This is a great opportunity to show our middle school students your support and show your younger students what lies ahead for them at BCD.
Isabella 'Isa' Bravo received Special Recognition in a video contest for the City of Longmont Youth Council's Anti-Vandalism campaign. The city challenged youth between 6th grade and 12th grade to create a video (no longer than a minute) to help prevent vandalism and raise awareness on the issue.
Even though Isa did not meet the age criteria, the Longmont Youth Council members and judges were so impressed by Isa's video that they gave her a Special Recognition during a ceremony that took place on March 24th at the Longmont Youth Center. While Isa couldn't receive any of the top prizes this year, her video moved the judges to elect to open the contest to younger participants for next year. Watch her video here. http://youtu.be/PitZkdm4rKs
Congratulations to our middle school Destination Imagination team - Ana Paula Gonzalez, Amelia Fawcett, Zach Strugar, Charlie Engle, Will Tuck, Mackenzie Paige and Luka Davis (not pictured). They qualified for DI Global Finals this past Saturday!
The Colorado State competition was held at the CU Denver campus on Saturday. Our team, named 'Add a Splash of Colour', competed against 18 other teams and came in second qualifying them to proceed to the Global Finals in Knoxville in May.
The team's year long philanthropy project raised over $10,000 for 6 year old cancer patient, Eliza. At the state competition, they had to make an 8 minute skit detailing the how, what, when of their project; but also what they would do differently and it had to highlight two of the teams talents which were PowerPoint presentation/movie making and singing. They also had to compete in an instant challenge which was worth 30% of their score.
This is the second year this team has competed and the second year they have qualified for The Global finals. Great job team! Good luck in Knoxville.
Everyone has hobbies. Some people golf, some people play tennis, some people knit. For the past several years, Steve Myers’ hobby has been to design a long distance trail through the Great Plains. “Think Appalachian Trail, but in grasslands instead of forests,” says Myers. The goal is a 1,700 mile trail that will run from the far northern edge of the US to the far south and will expose hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders to the qualities he sees in the Great Plains: “big open spaces, solitude, and spectacular scenery.”
Boulder Country Day’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce it elected five new members, each to serve three year terms beginning with the 2015-16 school year. BCD’s Board is self-perpetuating. It elects new trustees using a comprehensive matrix to determine the board composition. The matrix is comprised of a large number of important factors, including:
As my yearlong Capstone project, I am learning how to fly and solo a glider. I am very interested in aviation because my dad is an aviation lawyer and a pilot. I have been flying at the Boulder Municipal Airport in Boulder, Colorado. I have become a member of the Soaring Society of Boulder. My mentor is Bob Farris, a professional glider pilot. While learning how to fly a glider, I have learned many other things as well. I have gained confidence and have become more courageous to try new things.
My Capstone project is to design a golf putter and 3D print it. I chose this project because I love golf and I have always wanted to design a golf club. I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to design a club. I am working with Austie Rollinson for the designs of my putters. Austie is the head putter designer of Odyssey Golf, which is probably the largest putter maker in the world. For my 3D printing phase, I am working with Stefan Berkower and John Peot because they are 3D printing specialists. We have been working a lot together to put designs together and print them out. My takeaway is that I learned how fun a project like this can be. I picked a topic I loved and that made Capstone a joy. I also learned that I am not as big of a procrastinator as I thought. I learned that once I get started at something, I am a hard worker and I can conquer any tough task.
Thursday's Capstone: Sophie
For Capstone I am learning how to play wheelchair tennis. For my physical project, I will create an instructional video. I chose this project because I already know how to play tennis, and I find handicapped sports amazing. My mentor is Rich Berman. He used to own a small tennis company. Now he volunteers with wounded warriors, a project with the US troops who are wounded. He has coached David Hall, who has won many majors in wheelchair tennis. I have learned that I should enjoy the small things in life that others may not have.
Wednesday's Capstone: Camila
For my Capstone project, I am making a documentary at a horse rescue that I aim to use to help raise awareness about horse abuse/slaughter and helping mistreated horses in need. I chose this because I absolutely love horses and am passionate about saving horses from the horrible abuse that many of them fall victim to. I am working with my mentor, Amber Herrell, who is the owner of Shiloh Acres Horse Rescue which is the rescue I am filming at. This project has opened my eyes to what really goes on in the horse world, often things that either not many people know about or are misguided/misinformed about. I want to open other people’s eyes to the things that I’ve learned with this project.
Watch Camila's 6 minutes trailer for her 35 minutes Capstone documentary she will release this Friday, April 24th.
One of the most fun and interesting parts of going to BCD is the final project of the year in eighth grade, your Capstone Project. This is a project where you pick something that will help you in the real world and try to learn about it. In my Capstone Project, I was able to meet up with my mentor, the out of school teacher in the Capstone Project, who is head chef and owner of the amazing restaurant in Boulder, Basta. I am learning how to run and operate a restaurant. Half of my project is cooking in the back of the Basta, and the other part is learning how to manage a restaurant. My final project is going to be cooking a lunch for all of my grade. This probably was my favorite part of BCD in all the years I have been there.
Monday's Capstone: Blake
My capstone project is designing and engineering a ski lift. I have learned about how ski lifts are engineered to carry people up a hill and how they are installed. I have also learned how the towers are placed on the lift to support the drive cable. I chose this project because I love to ski. Ski lifts are a major part of skiing and I have always been interested in how they work. To learn about the process of engineering and designing a ski lift, I have meet with Russ Oberlander as my mentor. In my Capstone project, I have learned more than things about ski lifts. I have learned several things about myself. One of the things I have learned about myself through capstone is that I need to stay positive throughout the project.
Congratulations Bulldogs, you made the Shield's Family Fun Run a huge success. Thank you for supporting scholarship at BCD. $10,000 was raised to support this scholarship. The Shields Scholarship, named after former Head of School, Mike Shields and his wife Roie, was created to support a rising or current BCD Middle School student who has achieved academic excellence, a commitment to community service and has demonstrated financial need.
During the week of March 9th – 13th, BCD will welcome visiting artists and musicians, as well as, celebrate the amazing works of their own student body. “We were looking to construct a unique opportunity for our students to do hands-on work with professional artists and musicians in the hopes that students will connect with individuals doing real work in the world of performing and visual arts”, says Ryan Parker, Fine Arts Coordinator at the school.
Visiting artist will include both Boulder-based contemporary painter Will Day (www.willdayart.com) and innovative musical ensemble Kutandara (www.kutandara.com), as well as, accomplished violinist and all around musician, Jason Crosby (www. jasoncrosby.net). Will Day will share his painting methods, techniques and inspirations with students. Kutandara will provide instruction in music from southern Africa on Zimbabwean-style instruments. And Mr. Crosby will look to inspire on various instruments and share his years of experience playing with such famous groups as The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Meters, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Pete Seeger, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Dave Mathews.
A mid-week student art show will celebrate and highlight the artistic works BCD students have accomplished during the school year with accompaniment by student musicians. The week will wrap with an all-school arts assembly.
The Council for Art Education promotes Youth Art Month to emphasizes the value of art education for children of all ages; recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects, recognizing art education as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society, and directing attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking. Boulder Country Day embraces those aims and ideals and thus has chosen to commit a whole week to focusing on and celebrating The Arts. As explained by Ryan Parker, “BCD students have abundant opportunities to explore artistic interests at BCD on a daily basis—BCD Fine Arts Week will provide further depth of experience for our students.“
Join us for the second annual All School Student Art Show in the middle school activity room on Tuesday, March 10th. Each student (K - 8th) will be showing an art piece. Their creativity and interpretations will astound you. The students, as well as the BCD Arts Department, are very proud to show off their work in metal, mixed media, self portraits, color theory, and much more. There will also be a special sculpture installation by the MS sculpture students. You don't want to miss it. Bring the whole family - stop by anytime between 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.