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.
Hey Bridge Point, it's all about the books! Take the Bookspring reading challenge and be an All-Star Reader! The annual Bookspring READ-A-THON kicked off on Monday 1/26/15 & will continue for 2 weeks until 2/6/15. Packets of information went home with all students on Thursday, 1/22. Get those books ready! This is a great opportunity for our students to get pledges for reading and the funds generated go directly to help other schools in our community get much needed books! All students must register online to be eligible for Read-A-Thon prizes. Contact Sherry Deitrick, email@example.com or Christina Utkov,
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you like it then you should've put your name on it! Uh uh oh...
Struggling with the ever-mounting piles of lost and found items in our hallway, BPE's Student Council delivered a message to the student body via a song they wrote in the style of Beyoncè hit song, If You Like It.
This week, Bridge Pointers tall and small worked to challenge their minds to demystify the world of computer programming. Every Bridge Pointer had the chance to join the largest learning campaign in the history of the world to promote Computer Science Education. A team of BPE teachers rotated through every classroom at BPE to teach a variety of computer programming lessons. On Tuesday, with the entire world trying out the Hour of Code, their servers crashed and we had to do some finagling. Luckily we had a team of great teachers on hand!
Each Friday our school fills with the sweet voices of 752 students directed by our fabulous music teachers. It's an amazing experience to behold, enjoy!
November's Life Skill of the Month is Citizenship. Bridge Point 3rd graders created this video to help students know how to be a good citizen. If you get "caught" showing citizenship, you will get a flag to put on our Life Skills board.
Live from New York it's...Professor Poppick! Streaming in from SUNY Purchase College in New York, Professor Dan Poppick popped in to have a conversation with Mr. Root and Ms. Cowan's 4th graders about writing poetry. Students were able to ask questions about the writing process and learned that it can take 10 minutes to five years to write a poem! Professor Poppick read aloud, with great gusto, Wallace Stevens' poem, A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts. When a 4th grader inquired, What's the best way to come up with an idea for a poem? His answer was, "Just empty your head and let the ideas stream in..."
A new iPad roll out procedure this year left Kindergartners and First graders with the daunting task of setting up their own iPads and installing Apps with their own Apple IDs for the first time. Not a problem – our fabulous 5th graders came to the rescue. Giving up some of their own recess time, they worked in assembly line fashion to get their younger school mates up and running like they were on a mission (in fact, here's an example of one of their missions: Mission 1). As the year progresses even our littlest ones will become iPad experts. Way to be awesome!
Bridge Point transformed our old "Macbook" lab into a new collaborative learning, teaching and meeting place. BPE staff voted to have it called the Think Tank. With the idea of movement, learning styles and how the environment affects learning, all teachers have the opportunity to utilize this new space. Take a look at how the Think Tank turned out!
Bridge Point is getting ready for Science Day by launching our annual Science Day Logo Contest. Check this video out, we can't wait to see your designs!
This school year we are welcoming a new Tech, Mr. Tim Fuller. He has an
an Associate's degree from A.C.C. in Local Area Network Administration and has worked in computer networking and I.T. for about 15 years. He's married with 3 beautiful children, all girls, aged 13, 4 and 2 months. His last job was overseeing the VoIP conversion at U.T. and he currently lives in Pflugerville but has been in Austin since the late 80's. His hobbies include wake boarding, golf, riding my motorcycle, and taking his oldest daughter to her basketball games and practices. We feel so lucky to have such an experienced, kind and conscientious "tech guy" to help us with all our technology challenges! Welcome to Bridge Point, Mr. Fuller!
This school year, Eanes ISD is embarking on a new, even more personalized level of customized education. Our elementary students have been using iPads successfully in their classrooms since November of 2012. In the past, student iPads would be delivered to classrooms with a standard set of iPad apps. Customizing delivery of updates and new apps to those iPads was a cumbersome and laborious process. Sometimes, even student iPads were erased in the process.
With Apple's new Apple ID for Students Under 13 program, schools can, with parent consent, utilize Apple IDs for kids in kindergarten on up. As with any new endeavor, there will be learning and teachable moments all along the way. But in the meantime, we look forward to this more efficient way of syncing apps with student learning in the classroom.
Apple IDs for students under 13 are restricted in the following ways: