This month's Life Skill is Healthy Choices. BPE 5th graders read The Goat Who Ate Everything by John Montgomery to teach us that making healthy choices is the way to a better you!
First day of school, first lost tooth, first haircut, and FIRST SELFIE? Boy, how times have changed! This year was the first school year that our school district had iPads follow our students. That meant that our kindergartners received iPads from our graduating seniors.
Using Apple's new Apple ID U13 Kiosk feature, many parents were able to set up their kindergartner's Apple ID before school started. However, we still had to individually enroll over 100 iPads into the Jamf server. This server is responsible for distributing paid and free apps to our iPads. A little tough to do with five year olds! But with the help of third and fifth graders as well as our tech staff, our kinders finally received their iPads and happily took their first selfies. Say cheese!
Learning with a friend is awesome, learning with an older grade level buddy is even more awesome! Buddy classrooms, Ms. Hester's kinders and Ms. Price's third graders really enjoy learning from each other during their "Buddy Time". On this visit, third graders patiently helped kindergartners learn to use the apps TanZen lite, Geoboard, and ABC Magnetic Alphabet. What fun!
Formative assessment is the process of checking in with students to get their feedback about their learning and understanding of a topic or opinions in order to guide instruction. A quick way to informally assess your students is by using Padlet. In this example, Ms. Bennett set up a Padlet wall for her 3rd graders and had them check in with a guiding question.
What's super cool is that Padlet now provides a QR code for students to snap and quickly go to a wall to add their questions, ideas, or comments. From that springboard of beautiful student feedback, you can quickly tailor your lesson based on what your students know, think or wonder. Want to find more ways to use technology for formative assessments? Check out this Listly list and get students involved in their own learning!
Have you ever wondered what activities, events, and amenities our amazing Booster Club has sponsored? Check out this video to see the incredible improvements that have come about due to the support of our parents. Thank you so much for making Bridge Point an amazing place to teach and learn!
Ms. Skonieczny's class loves to Go Noodle, Ninja style! Go Noodle is a fantastic researched-based site that helps kids get their wiggle with activities that are healthy for the body, engaging for the mind, and beneficial to the brain in specific ways that help students stay focused and get ready to learn. Did you know you can Go Noodle at home for free too? Happy Go Noodling!
BPE 5th graders started their speeches this week for their chance to be apart of our amazing Student Council. After speeches were given, students used their iPads to vote using Google Forms. To make sure each student only voted once and for their homeroom only, 5th graders had to sign in using their Google credentials and we used the Go to Page Based on Answer feature of Google Forms. Way cool, best of luck to all of our Student Council candidates!
"Didja" get it? @bpe_principal has made his debut on Social Media! Mr. Wirht sent out his first tweet today about that mysterious thing we call Late Start. If you ever wondered (in 140 characters or less) what we do on those late starts, check out Mr. Wirht's tweet today.
If you are't into the Twitters, you can soon catch him on Instagram and Facebook too. What a "tweet"!
September's Life Skill is responsibility. Get caught this month showing responsibility and you'll earn a bobcat for our board!
Bridge Point teachers and staff drummed in the new school year this morning with a song in their hearts under the tutelage of Ms. Hatch, who just returned from an amazing experience in Ghana and Kenya with the program, Recorders without Borders. Here's to another great school year!
Spring is in the air and moms were everywhere! BPE 5th graders worked hard to create special Mother's Day books using the Mixbook website. Students wrote their memoirs using the Pages App or Google Docs and then logged onto computers to create their masterpieces. At the Mother's Day Tea, 5th graders proudly presented their memoirs to their mothers.
Bridge Point students in kindergarten through 5th grade really dazzled a crowd of educators this week as a part of the iLeap Academy run by our school district. Kindergartners in Ms. Skonieczny's class impressed our visitors with their abilities to use QR codes, access You Tube videos, practice sight words and work independently to email their parents their work. See her lesson plan here. A remark from one visitor, "When she [Ms. Skonieczny] told the kids to screenshot their sight words and email it to their parents, I about passed out!"
Not to be outdone, 3rd graders in Ms. Cimino's class went about their daily learning utilizing the multifaceted learning tools of the iPad. Students were engaged in creating presentations, making inferences, evaluating commercials and setting up cupcake shops to learn more about great ways to run a business and the concept of free enterprise. See her lesson plan here. When in this room, a visitor said, "Wow! This room is so comfortable, I want to stay here all day to learn!"
The visit ended with a distinguished panel of 1st-5th grade Bridge Point students giving their points-of-view of how iPads help them learn. When asked about their favorite App, a 4th grader stated, "I like Motion Math's Cupcake Edu because it helps us to learn more about personal financial literacy." When asked what would school be like without iPads, another 4th grader gasped and said, "Geez, I'd rather stay home all day!" View a little of one of our student panel sessions here and hear more out of the mouths of babes. Just another great day to be at Bridge Point Elementary!
May is all about getting caught doing your best and showing that you are a Bridge Point All Star! Check out this video and learn more about getting an All Star Star to put up on our Life Skills board.
Bridge Point students had the opportunity to be virtually whisked off to Washington D.C. today for a live-streamed interview with President Obama. From sharing his favorite books as a child to how he views eBooks and digital learning, listen in and learn how our President views the future of Technology, Math and Science in education. And, to hear a question from a student at West Ridge MS, fast forward to 14:38! See the archived interview here.
Jump Rope for Heart was another great success this year! Thanks again to Ms. Dean and Ms. Rose for helping Bridge Point 3rd-5th graders learn to jump rope. This year our students raised over $20,000 for this great cause, WAY TO GO BRIDGE POINT!
Bridge Point is an awesome place to work, learn and play. We are thankful for all of our staff and teachers who make Bridge Point so fantastic. This morning a few of these outstanding staff members were recognized by our Superintendent, Dr. Tom Leonard with Eanespriation Awards. Winners were: Sheri Bryant (1st grade teacher), Amanda Gerentine (Teacher Assistant), Roger Sanchez (Playground Monitor), Laura Lee (Art Teacher), Natalie Smith (Art Teacher), Lisa Smith (Life Skills Teacher), Eleanor Thompson (Life Skills Teacher), Marianna Ricketson-Husain (Educational Technology) and Nancy Turner (RTI). Thank you all for your hard work, spirit and dedication to the students and staff at Bridge Point Elementary.
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Happy days are here again! Students have been cleared to complete a long overdue update for their iPads. Our local servers cache the update to help our iPads update quicker. To see how to update your student iPad please view the short video above and make your iPad happy! Why so happy? We are happy because, with this update, students will no longer need to put in their Apple ID password for each and every app delivered to them. Input one and they're done! Happy day!
What's even better than reading a book? How about a reading a talking book that records your voice, quizzes you and gives you points for reading? RAZ Kids is an awesome subscription based resource for students to build their literacy skills through access to thousands of non-fiction and fiction leveled readers. Teachers can differentiate instruction by assigning students different books and can even listen to their students recordings. Now that is a RAZzle dazzle way to make reading engaging!
Nothing beats using your brain to think! Blend thinking with tinkering and you get some major Think-Tinkering! While BPE classroom teachers were engaged in the PLC process this week, Ms. Ricketson-Husain and Ms. Medina seized the opportunity to sneak into classrooms and teach a little bit more about computer programming. They challenged students to use their critical thinking skills and logical reasoning skills by letting kids Think-Tinker with several different apps and programs. BPE students learned more about programming with these apps: Robo Logic 2 HD lite, Scratch Jr., Cargo Bot, Kodable, Run Marco!, Bee Bot, Lego Mindstorms Fix It Factory, Tynker, and Hopscotch. Online activities from the Hour of Code initiative were also used: Angry Birds Coding, Frozen Challenge, Flappy Bird Challenge. Happy Think-Tinkering!
At our morning assembly today, we had the great pleasure of meeting Drew Karakourtis, 20 year-old brother of Becca Grace Karakourtis who is a BP 4th grader. This morning with EISD parent, Mike McDonnell, he informed our students of the I CARE FOR RARE awareness day at the Capitol on Saturday. Drew, who has a rare progressive disease (just 350 cases nationwide), will continue his initiative to inform the public about the many rare diseases that receive relatively little or no attention, funding, research effort, pharmacological curiosity or entrepreneurial support. Drew is a courageous advocate who wishes to raise awareness of Rare Diseases and increase sensitivity as we live among those who are afflicted or affected by them. To raise awareness and support of his initiative, Bridge Pointers are encouraged to wear denim tomorrow and will be given a blue ribbon to wear home.
Third graders in Ms. Powell's and Ms. Cimino's class decided to take indoor recess to a new level today! Using GoNoodle their kids participated in a video to release endorphins and get their students' blood flowing. Nothing improves mood and cognition like getting up and moving around! Don't fret, GoNoodle also has deep breathing activities to calm down a class as well. Kitty Hi-Five!
There isn't anything like it anywhere else in the world! Bridge Point's stop-drop-and-do Science Day is a spectacular event that makes science sizzle, pop, bang, explode, bubble and whinny it's way into the minds of 750 students. Take a look at this video recap of some of the amazing hands-on learning events of BPE Science Day created by Dan Nguyen, Bridge Point parent. The slideshow features two popular songs, Rather Be by Clean Bandit and Count on Me by Bruno Mars.