Through an anonymous Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity grant by a BCD parent, Boulder Country Day School and I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County(IHAD) have partnered to form a combined First Lego League® (FLL) team. The grant funds transportation and course expenses for participating IHAD students and brings together students, technology, and BCD’s goal of inspiring students to reach their full potential.
For several years running, usually around the time reenrollment contracts are due, parents have asked me about investing in PS – 8 education. “College is so expensive,” they say, “Shouldn’t we save our resources when our children are younger so that we can afford to send them to the college of their choice?”
Children are acquiring literacy from birth; from dinner table conversations promoting oral language development, to bedtime storytelling demonstrating that meaning can be made from text, to creating shopping lists which help children learn sounds and alphabetic symbols.
Free and Open to the Public. All Boulder County middle school students and their families are invited to come meet with local public and private high schools as well as the over 60 boarding schools that will be in attendance. The event will run from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Boulder Country Day School gymnasium and is structured open house style.
The Award for Excellence is given each year to a male and female graduating 8th grade student whom displays excellence in their daily lives at BCD. This year’s recipients of the Award of Excellence were Hoben Chargualaf and Anna Wittenberg. They were presented with their awards by BCD middle school math and science teacher and BCD alumna (and also the recipient of the Award of Excellence upon her graduation from BCD), Ms. Rebecca Fellows. Congratulations Hoben and Anna.
Each year Boulder Country Day School welcomes artists-in-residence to work with students from Kindergarten through 8th grade to share their passions and skills and create an environment of collaboration and inspiration for our community. This year’s Art Week is underway.
The BCD mission states in part that we are committed to developing responsible, globally aware citizens. But this “ideal” isn’t just the catalyst we use to promote our desire to evolve, it is also very much a reaction to the existing diversity within.
BCD 3rd grade students, Rider Neeb and Summer Mansfield, welcomed a Syrian family to Denver over the winter break. Several BCD families gathered essential household items as well as winter clothes, car seats, kitchenware, detergents, toothpaste, etc. for over 50 Syrian families and presented these items to show their support for their resettlement in Colorado. Way to go, Bulldogs!
Congratulations to the middle school student council on a very successful toy drive again this year. Thanks to the generosity of the BCD community, student council president Hoben Chargualaf, was able to deliver the toys just before Christmas to a very thankful There with Care. Thank you to everyone who donated, and we hope you had a wonderful holiday season.
Educators nation-wide are struggling to work with next week’s election. Normally a vibrant opportunity to teach concepts like the importance of civic engagement, the complexity of electoral politics, or the history of the United States’ two party system, this election is terrifying even the most experienced educators.
This Friday we open the doors of our school to our grandfriends and I hope it serves as a reminder to us all to open our hearts and minds to them as well. It is said that a wise man allows others to speak into their life.
The importance of enrolling young children in a high quality preschool is a no-brainer for many parents. However, choosing the perfect program often feels like a pivotal decision that will impact a family and child for years to come.
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.
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.