Creating a sense of community is one of the most important things we can do to help our students learn. But, it’s hard to measure. As schools turn to the analytics and hard data of the business world to evaluate performance, standardized test scores and 3rd party rankings are becoming the balance sheets of education used to quantify school success, teacher effectiveness, and student achievement. Lost in this analysis is “the margin of the heart,” the often unquantifiable curriculum of community – the good stuff that enriches humankind.
Our Head of School, John Suitor, sat down with Boulder realtor, Lynn Ryan of RE/MAX of Boulder, to share what makes Boulder Country Day unique and a great place for students to discover their excellence.
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?”
Thanksgiving reminds me to take stock of the things in my life for which I am most grateful. Of course I am thankful for my family and friends and that I am in good health; I also am thankful that my dishwasher works, that my husband makes me a cup of coffee each morning as I’m getting ready for work, and that I landed in Boulder with a job that I LOVE to come to each and every day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week Preschool is using drawing and labeling experiences to create individual dictionaries. Each day students have added at least three words (of their own choosing) to their dictionaries. In turn, they use the dictionaries alongside their journals to help build confidence as well as develop appropriate writing habits and strategies.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and preschool is a perfect time to introduce children to these concepts when they are naturally so inquisitive and curious about their world.
In our recent conferences we spoke to some of you about helping your children become more resilient. In preschool we measure that resiliency by many characteristics including the ability to be autonomous or independent, and only ask for help when it is really needed.
Every year in 4th grade we begin a project with the theme of discovery and learning about oneself that naturally becomes the theme for our year. It helps us discover what is most important to us. It also helps us learn more about who we are as individuals. We have been engaging in this work for the last week in writing and we can't wait to share our project with you. Below you will read a little description of what is known as the 4th grade project.
Its back-to-school-night and roundtable season and the anticipation is unfortunately more than amply over shadowed by its coinciding with fantasy football draft season. And as seasons go, so goes the airwaves.
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.
Back to school can conjure images of your child taking forever to pick out that just right kitten-faced spiral notebook, or coaxing their sleepy-head to rise at a their abruptly revised wakeup time, or generally ratcheting up the pace of our days back to their ‘school year’ level.