March 11, 2014 09:00 - 12:30
ES: Half Day
March 12, 2014 - March 13, 2014
ES: No School: Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 12, 2014 08:30 - 12:30
HS: Half Day
March 13, 2014 - March 14, 2014
HS: No School: Parent Conferences
March 19, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
March 20, 2014 02:00 - 03:00
April 9, 2014 06:30 - 08:30
April 14, 2014 - April 18, 2014
April 22, 2014 01:00 - 03:00
Earth Day: All-School Work Day
April 25, 2014
ES: Snow Make-Up Day
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Friday Enrichment Program description for Winter/Spring 2014
In the summer of 2013 we had a live radio show summer camp, where the kids developed and performed funny commercials, stories and skits, sang songs, and danced. Folk singer Elizabeth Laprelle of the Floyd Radio Show (http://www.floydcountrystore.com/radio-show) and her mom came and helped one of the days, and offered to collaborate with us in a Floyd Radio Show performance this year! We’ve adapted last year’s summer camp into an 11-week Friday Enrichment Program session starting February 7, 2014 and culminating with the students taking part in the Floyd Radio Show at the Floyd Country Store on the evening of Saturday, May 3rd.
Two dynamic teachers will be heading up this class: Beth Spillman, whose background is in theater, led the summer camp last year, and dancer and teacher Katie Wells (also our Creative Expression teacher) taught in last summer’s camp, too. The students will be participating in several different activities: venturing out into Floyd to learn more about the people and places that make up our community, writing stories and funny commercials, and using creative movement and expression to complete skits for the radio show. If there are kids who want to help create material but don't wish to be in front of an audience, there are lots of ways for them to participate in a way that is comfortable.
What: Chess Club!
When: Wednesdays, Starting October 9
Time: 3:15 to 4:00pm (if enough HS students want to join, we may extend the time)
Ages: 5 to 18 years old
Cost: $90 for October through December
Where: BMES – Enrichment Room
The BMS chess club provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice one of the oldest board games. Chess is a well-structured, logical game which helps develop a person’s ability to strategize and concentrate, all the while expressing creativity. Whether your child is a Grandmaster or new to the game, all levels of expertise are welcomed into the club.The students will also have multiple opportunities through the school year to travel and participate in regional chess tournaments where they would be playing other kids their own age and skill level from around the area. As the chess coach, I encourage good sportsmanship and try to create a positive, fun environment for each of the kids.
This is an exciting time for our school! Enrollment for the elementary school is at an all-time high and our classrooms are overflowing, so we've invested in a mobile classroom to accommodate our middle schoolers. With the students attending the brand new Blue Mountain High School at the EcoVillage we have a 50% increase in enrollment this year!
With expansion comes growing pains, which is why we're having our $10K in 30 days Growing Pains Campaign, which will help us get started on the right foot this school year.
As you may imagine, starting a new school and adding a new classroom is no simple feat.We need all sorts of materials to optimize these spaces, and we need more of the best teachers we can find to educate the next amazing generation of Blue Mountain students, and bring a little more light to the world.
If every person who reads this donates just $20 (tax deductible) we will achieve our goal! If you can give more we hope you will consider doing so. Please take a moment today to make your contribution - it is quick and easy - just click the link to be taken to our secure donation page.
If you donate $25 or more, we'll happily send you a copy of Colored Pencils - an entertaining publication featuring our students' voices, stories, and drawings.
If you need a little more incentive, here's some! Every donor goes in the draw to win:
One of five copies of theBMS Children's Storiesbook;
One of ten copies of the school's upcoming Local Gifts Coupon Book(featuring hundreds of dollars in savings around Floyd); or
One of two packets of hand-made paper greeting cards made by BMS students!
All donations of $100 or more will also go in the draw to win a beautiful art piece created by every class of the elementary and middle school!
And if you're able to make an even bigger donation, our biggest donor will get the following:
Naming rights on the new mobile classroom;
A personalized song, written and performed by the students; and
A potluck meal in your honor!
BMS offers a full day of enrichment on Fridays for elementary school families who wish to enhance and extend their students’ school experiences beyond the usual 4-day school week. Our Friday Enrichment Program (FEP) is also designed to appeal to homeschooling families who wish for their children to gain the classroom and social experience that school offers. FEP classes are offered throughout the school year, follow a project-based curriculum, and include opportunities to practice math, writing, science, and communication skills. Students are encouraged to participate in developing the content of FEP sessions, and may also choose to form teams for long-term projects such as Odyssey of the Mind, the Siemens “We Can Change the World Challenge,” and River of Words.
To register students ages 6 to 12, please return a registration form to the office before the session begins. There will be four sessions, and the dates are listed below. The FEP will not be held during holidays or school breaks.
Session 1: September 13 - October 18
Session 2: November 2 - December 13
Session 3: January 17 - February 28
Session 4: March 7 - April 25
Each session is $210 for all students. Class is from 9am to 3pm. Students should bring lunch, snack, and a water bottle.
Registration forms are available on the website and in the elementary school office.
Check out this great article from the Floyd Press about the Blue Mountain High School!
“Fabric of Floyd”: Well Done, Weavers
by Randall A. Wells
TEDxFloyd made its first appearance on Saturday, April 27. It was a tribute not only to the diverse texture of Floyd County but to the skill of those who wove the event together.
It was also an inspiration as to how much can be created in Floyd County when groups interlace at right angles, weft by warp.
TED, the parent organization, shares “ideas worth spreading.” (See TED.com for its many talks recorded on video.) TEDx, by contrast, stands for an independently organized TED event, the first one being limited to 100 people. Saturday’s endeavor traced threads of the area’s cloth that were chosen by students: creativity, community, environment, and economy.
“Fabric of Floyd” was inspired by Hari Berzins, who saw it as a way of teaching Social Studies collaboratively with and among her students at Blue Mountain School. Her idea gained enthusiastic approval from Shelly Emmett, Director of BMS (www.bluemountainschool.net).
Collaboration built when Jack Wall and Kamala Bauers, who are members of the BMS board of directors, generously allowed the event to take place in the EcoVillage off Franklin Pike. Its particular venue was the Village Center, which comprises Celebration Hall with its lobby and food service areas (www.floydecovillage.com). So an institution founded in 1981 set up its community loom in a brand-new institution. By the way, this was the third major event that the Village Center had hosted within ten days, the others being Earth Day and a fund-raising concert for Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival Floyd. Look for the EcoVillage to become prominent in the design of the county.
The four overlapping threads were addressed by no fewer than fifteen local adults, who gave polished and stimulating talks enhanced with slide projections. Interspersed with these were four international TED videos, also chosen by students, a half-dozen of whom also gave brief talks and shared their endearing personalities. Serving as MC was the poised Ms. Berzins.
An attractive, glossy program included 36 color photos of participants with accompanying bios, and it gave credit to business sponsors, volunteers and the production crew.
Perhaps the idea of collaboration can be expanded even further—into the past—because Floyd artisans and products had created Celebration Hall itself. “The timber frame in this building came from our work,” declared David E. “Jason” Rutledge, who logs with horses. Jack Wall later explained privately that the eight timber trusses, made from pine logs, were milled at Streamline Timberworks by Steve Arthur; Swede Mc Broom of Natural Woodworking fashioned the trim from ash and oak; and Sam Hancock installed the stage, which is made from lumber milled from local oak.
A reminder of the area’s sometimes challenging diversity came when one speaker, Lydeana Martin, gave a heartfelt and hard-earned testimony about grace. She doubted the power of human beings to accomplish anything, however desirable ethically, socially or ecologically, without divine help. During another talk, the very “fabric” metaphor itself was called into question. The speaker, who was arguing that Art should be broadened to include all artistry, extended it to include that of elected officials--when from one small part of the hall came an audible if figurative rip.
Yet citizens and organizations of Floyd County should make the most of its somewhat limited resources by cooperating with one another. A prominent example is Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival, to be held May 30-June 9. This community effort depends on board members, other volunteers, businesses, schools, sponsors, donors—and not to forget hosts, who will provide lodging for the fellows and mentors.