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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.