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  • Sixth Grade Returns from Engaging and Educational Week at Walker Creek Ranch

    Posted December 10, 2014
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    Sixth graders braved the rain and wind during their outdoor education experience at Walker Creek Ranch—a Marin County nature retreat—last week. Students from both campuses hiked to various locations, from pond habitats to creeks to lush bay/oak forests. In the evenings, students participated in night hikes and the famous “barn boogie.” The sixth graders also participated in a solo hike, where they learned to find their way on their own using information cards that provide clues. Walker Creek’s location near Point Reyes allowed students to view the San Andreas fault line during their all-day hike to Walker Peak. In addition to learning about science and nature, this experiential education trip provided our students with an opportunity to discover themselves through physical challenge and the power of working as a team. The week was very engaging for our students, with many hands-on examples of science all around them! MORE PHOTOS

  • Kindergarteners Introduced to Computer Science through iPad App

    Posted December 8, 2014

    Kindergarteners have just begun their computer science curriculum and are being introduced to the concept of sequencing. Instructional technology and media speclialist Leo Stern began the lesson with an overview of what computer science is and what it helps computer programmers do. Then, using Kodable—an iPad app that teaches the basic concepts of computer science programming through game play—kindergarteners were tasked with getting their fuzzball character through a maze by providing a sequence of directional arrows. MORE PHOTOS

  • Music Talks! Symphony Program Engages Fifth Grade

    Posted December 8, 2014

    Fifth grade enjoyed a trip to see the San Francisco Symphony last Friday. The field trip to the symphony provides our students with exposure to arts in the world outside of BHDS. The students heard a special symphony performance called Music Talks!—a program that focuses on the unique communicative power of a symphony orchestra, engaging young listeners with the power of music to create moods, express emotions, and tell stories. The fifth graders heard pieces by Mussorgsky, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Britten, and Stravinsky.

    "It's a great way to experience the symphony, since the music program is designed for children," says BHDS music teacher Kimberly Lotstetter of the Music Talks! program. "The students loved [the program] and wished that they had played even more music!"

  • In Homage to Sendak: Third Graders Create Their Own Wild Things

    Posted December 10, 2014

    Inspired by the book Where the Wild Things Are, third graders examined the illustrations of Maurice Sendak, paying particular attention to textural detail, such as crosshatching, and to capturing expression through facial features. The students were especially charged with using texture to express their monsters' emotions—such as spiky hair to show an excited monster or long, droopy hair to show a sleepy monster. While using pens and ink was challenging at first, the students were ultimately excited by the fine detail work produced by the medium.

  • Reading Rocks! Book Fair a Great Success; Breaks Sales Record Set Last Year

    Posted December 3, 2014
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    The campus was transformed into a musical performance venue, marketplace, bookstore, food festival, and community celebration culminating in a DJ dance party on Sunday, November 16 for this year’s Reading Rocks! Book Fair. We are proud to announce that book sales came in at just over $26,000 and Books Inc. has made a donation to the BHDS Parents’ Association of $5,000. This year's book sale total represents a nearly 10 percent increase over last year’s sales and is the highest sale total BHDS has had since collaborating with Books Inc. Over 250 books were distributed to classroom teachers and another 100 titles were purchased for the library and other specialist areas. Read on for more...

    Click here for a gallery of PHOTOS (Photos taken by parent Dale Rogers)

SF Campus Calendar

Wed Dec 17

SF Hanukkah Celebration

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Mon Dec 22

Winter Break, School Closed

Thru: Friday, January 2, 2015
Mon Jan 05

School Resumes

Thu Jan 08

"All About Middle School"

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tue Jan 13

Full Board Meeting

Location: SF Campus
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed Jan 14

Parent Association Board Meeting

Location: Conference Room
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mon Jan 19

MLK Birthday, School Closed

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