Attending an Open House is a great way to learn about Boulder Country Day School, our academic and arts programs as well as to have a chance to meet faculty, administrators and other prospective families.
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Last Friday’s Commencement ceremony was indeed the usual bittersweet occasion we see each year. Whether it was the students who have been together for 11 years or those who have forged lasting friendship over the course of middle school, the tears and smiles they shared represented the unity of the experience that is BCD.
In the words of graduation speaker, Tommy Miller, “When those of us who have been here since pre-school started at BCD, we were literally toddlers. A few of the truly advanced students could tie their own shoes, but the rest of us were pretty much incapable of anything. To us, the middle schoolers were like adults. It’s amazing to think how much that perspective has changed and how much we have grown here. As each of us heads off to high school next year, we’re all very much still works-in-progress, but it is impressive to think how much BCD has helped to prepare us academically, bond us as friends, and shape our character in preparation for that next step.”
The “next step” for the class of 2016 is journeys in various different directions, but the BCD experience they carry into those futures will make them all Bulldogs for life.
BCD students, Ian Curd, 7th grade and Skyler Kranjcec, 7th grade, won for their projects at this year’s state level Science Fair competition. Ian’s project, entitled “SwimBot: A Robot for Testing Swimming Speed and Energy,” was awarded third place in the Junior Division Engineering category and Skyler’s project, entitled “Let’s Solve Levitation with a Sine Wave Situation,” was awarded third place in the Junior Division Physics category. Skyler also received the American Vacuum Society (Rocky Mountain Chapter) Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Engineering, the Science Toy Magic Award for Physics Classroom Demonstration and the Women in Physics (Colorado State University Chapter) Award for Promising Young Women in Science.
Boulder Country Day School 8th grade artist, Xan, will dedicated her mural (12’x9’) at the Boulder Homeless Shelter on Saturday, May 7th.
An extremely talented student, Xan chose to design a multi-panel mural for the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless for her 8th grade Capstone project. This truly exceptional piece (photo attached) took 170 hours and three months to design and was done all with paints she obtained from hazardous waste recycling. She mixed all the colors herself. The mural is strategically installed at the receiving line of the cafeteria as a permanent feature and is already receiving substantial praise from the facility leadership and tenants.
Ardith Sehulster, Shelter Board member and former President, shared the enthusiasm for the project expressed by the shelter’s volunteer cooks, “They love the mural, are so impressed with Xan's talent, and cannot imagine that wall pre-mural.” Shelter Executive Director, Greg Harms, added, “Xan caught the vision for this space in the Shelter – just the right amount of color, cheer and meaning. We trusted her and she came through with a truly thoughtful piece. Residents, staff, volunteers and visitors to the Shelter will delight in this for a very long time.” Explanation of mural: from left to right the mural moves from an upside down house with shattered windows representing homelessness and disruption across a bridge that represents path to a better future leading to an intact house and a full sun.
As part of BCD’s Middle School curriculum, 8th grade students complete a Capstone Project. Capstone Projects are a yearlong experience that encourages students to dive deeply into a subject of personal passion. This experience develops in-depth learning in the presence of an experienced mentor. 8th grade Capstone projects are a culmination of students' BCD experience bringing together the key elements of passion, innovation, and service. Art has always been a passion for Xan and the idea of using it to help others was exciting. “I wanted to contribute and give back to our community, and the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless was one of the places where art could make the most difference,” Xan shares. “I think that the most fulfilling part of this project was the impact that it made on the lives of the staff, volunteers, and clients of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and being able to have a positive effect through creativity and art on these people.”
As part of BCD’s Middle School curriculum, 8th grade students complete a Capstone Project. Capstone Projects are a yearlong experience that encourages students to dive deeply into a subject of personal passion. This experience develops in-depth learning in the presence of an experienced mentor. 8th grade Capstone projects are a culmination of students' BCD experience bringing together the key elements of passion, innovation, and service. It is always exciting to see the range of interests and directions the students take. Student projects this year range from building ovens in Nicaragua, to designing head bands for a cure, to piloting a plane, to stage fighting. On April 22nd, our 8th grade students finished the hard work they have put into their Capstone projects as they presented their work to their families and mentors. Well done, Bulldogs.
To see a complete list of this year's projects, click here.
BCD fifth grade students, with the help of the residents of Balfour Senior Living, filled 40 Easy Meal Care Bags for There with Care. The bags will go to families of critically ill children experiencing extended hospital stays so families are able to remain bedside. After their work, the students and the seniors relaxed and had some time to get to know each other. One resident even coaxed some of the students into singing for her. She loved it!