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.
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:
Our Principal, Mr. Wirht, made a big splash today as he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Surrounded by a cheering crowd of our very own Bridge Point teachers and staff, he let Ms. Root and Ms. Saikin pour ice water all over his head in support of fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease. Watch to see who he challenges next!
Every year, our fourth graders participate in the Wax Museum project. Students research a famous person that has made a positive difference in the world, write a speech, dress up as that person and stand frozen as if they were wax statues. This year students added another visual and informative element with trifolds. The trifolds displayed interesting facts, pictures, poems, and quotes about their famous person. Other students from our school are invited to meander through the Wax Museum and trigger the statues to come to life. Once triggered, the student wax statues begin spouting his or her biographical information. To practice for this event, students in various classes used the apps FaceTalk, and Mad Lips to help students memorize and listen to their speeches. After using the apps to create videos, students could listen to the speeches over and over again, make corrections, and re-record as needed to help them prepare for the live event. Students created Trading Cards for their famous person using the Trading Cards App. The 4th graders also created iMovie trailers to get students excited to come “see” their famous person at the Wax Museum. Great work 4th grade!
First graders in Ms. Tremel's class took a walk through history and emerged as published writers of their very own hardbound book all about famous citizens. Their beautiful book is a result of a biography genre study. Ms. Tremel’s first grade class learned that biography books are nonfiction and have identifiable features. Each student read a picture book biography with a family member, recorded notes, and sited where facts were located in their books using colorful flags and a guiding worksheet. They studied other biographies in class and noticed that this genre usually includes a Table of Contents, chapter titles and subtitles, real photos and paintings, captions, labels, timelines, maps with keys, bolded vocabulary, and a Glossary.
Using their notes, students summarized the life of their famous citizen on the word processing app Pages. They also learned editing techniques, like capitalization, spellcheck, bolding text, aligning text, inserting graphics, adding captions, and saving text. Fourth graders from Mrs. Schatz’s class swooped in as peer mentors to help their first grade friends create timelines from their notes on a mind-mapping app called Popplet. Then students learned how to use the Map app to locate Austin, Texas and the birthplace of their famous citizen. They connected these two points on their maps and were amazed to see the distance in miles and in hours. The timelines and maps were saved to their camera rolls and uploaded into their saved work on Pages where they learned to layer images with text.
Meanwhile, teaming up with Ms. Lee, the art teacher, students learned how to draw portraits while referencing pictures they had saved on their iPad camera rolls. They used pencils, Sharpies, crayons and watercolors to create portrait masterpieces of their famous citizens. All student work was uploaded to Student Treasures Online Publishing site to create this incredible printed bound collection of biographies. What an amazing journey these first graders undertook! You, too, can join us on a walk through history through the point of view of a first grader by taking a look at the PDF version of their book or ordering a hardbound copy for yourself. Go to the Student Treasures website, use the PIN 5053136 and enter the teacher's name as Tremel. Absolutely amazing work!
Bridge Point's May Madness is MADDER than ever this year! Ms. Rose and Ms. Dean (BPE's CRAZY PE teachers) and our Specials Teachers kicked off today's field day MADNESS event by dancing around as Minions to Happy by Pharrell Williams. Be sure to check out the Leader of the Minions dance moves!
Direct from the innovative minds of our magically talented music teachers, Ms. Hatch and Ms. Revering, we celebrated Earth Day this morning at Bridge Point Elementary. The performers included two talented 4th grade boys on drums and guitar, and a sweet singing and stomping crew of 120 Kindergartners and 140 4th graders sporting instruments made out of recycled items! Happy Earth Day, ya'll!