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.
One of the fundamental building blocks of education, and life, is facing challenges and overcoming them. We aim to instill in our students a sense of meeting challenges with optimism, determination and perseverance. The Capstone Project is the embodiment of this ideal. Eighth grade students choose an independent study project that represents something of their own interest or passion. They work with a community mentor to develop their project over the entire school year. Past projects include writing a book, oil painting, designing a golf course, smelting a sword, learning Russian, and much more! This year’s projects are diverse and impressive. On Friday, April 24th at 1:00pm the eighth graders will present their projects with speeches and displays. This event is for parents, students and their mentors. We look forward to celebrating their achievements with them.
Author of Tools of the Mind and expert on Executive Function, Dr. Elena Bodrovato, will speak at BCD on April 9th at 6:00pm.
This event is free and open to the public.
Boulder Country Day School is proud to co-sponsor this event with Boulder CAEYC.
The Tools of the Mind curriculum began in 1993 at Metropolitan State College of Denver (now Metropolitan State University of Denver) when Dr. Elena Bodrova and Dr. Deborah Leong began working together in early childhood classrooms to improve children’s ability to learn and to teach educators new techniques for working with children. Dr. Bodrova came to the United States from Russia, where she had studied with students and colleagues of Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky and had worked on the application of Vygotskian-based teaching methods.
Tools of the Mind has been the subject of numerous research studies, ranging from single district evaluations to multi-site, nation-wide implementations. In 2001, Tools was named an “exemplary educational intervention” by the International Bureau of Education, a UNESCO program. The November 30, 2007 issue of Science Magazine presented the results of research on cognitive control from a study conducted in Tools of the Mind classrooms by the National Institute for Early Education Research. In 2012, Tools of the Mindwas included in the 2013 CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs.
BCD’s upper elementary classes have partnered their service learning projects with There With Care whose mission is to help families with children in the critical phase of an illness.
The 3rd grade classes will write notes of hope for the children and fill 20 cheerful buckets with their words of encouragement as part of There With Care’s “Buckets of Hope” program. Ms. Kana’s and Ms. Demler’s classes will visit There With Care’s facility on Monday, March 16th.
The 4th grade classes are tying fleece snuggle blankets for There With Care’s clients and their siblings. Mrs. Chargualaf’s and Mrs. Woodring’s classes plan to visit There With Care’s facility on Thursday, March 19th to deliver these precious ‘hugs’. The lower elementary classes have partnered with Boulder County Parks and Open Space. The kindergarten classes will be traveling to Walden Ponds on Wednesday, April 1st to learn all about mammal habitats and how we can best protect them.
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.