Earlier today, I visited BTMES 4th grade ELA teacher Mackenzie Rice's classroom. Miss Rice is a 2022 graduate of St. Michael's College, and this is her first teaching position. I have observed and visited many classrooms over the last 30 plus years, and you would never know that this person is so new to teaching after spending time with her and these 4th graders!
A group of about 40 SHS Juniors and Seniors had a great experience attending the Fall College Fair at St. Michael's College yesterday! SHS Work Based Learning Coordinator Michelle LaFrancis leads this trip annually, and according to Michelle, "WBL programming provides opportunities for students to participate in a series of college visits to determine where they can get the education, experience, and training needed to meet their professional goals while experiencing various college campuses." This was an exciting eye opener for our students!
I got to experience an extraordinarily fun and engaging math lesson with some 3rd graders this morning, and I want to share it with you. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Karen Fredericks joined me in BCEMS 3rd grade teacher Carey Miller's classroom for about an hour today, and we got to see our new math program, Illustrative Mathematics, in action. Take a look here: https://youtu.be/YSdSx0WdbtM
Focusing on Student Wellness & Engagement is key to getting everyone off to a positive start to the school year, and I am happy to show you a wonderful example of one of our school communities getting the year off to an incredibly fun and engaging start! The BTMES Middle School had their first "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament in three years on the soccer field last week, and I can promise you that watching this event will engage you and make you feel very well!
We will be sharing a Weekly School Showcase video each week that shines a spotlight on our students and staff across the district. These Showcases proved to be very popular last year, and we look forward to showing you all of the outstanding and exciting learning opportunities that go on in our schools every day!
For this week, we have a showcase video welcoming everybody back and introducing our BUUSD Strategic Plan. We hope you like it!