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Next Generation of Science Standards

Date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

On Friday September 21st, science consultant, Paul Andersen showed the parent community the power of the Next Generation Science Standards. Parents were shown a phenomena, asked questions about how it might work, drew models of their thinking, and then suggested ways to carry out an investigation.

Paul´s message...

  • Kids should be doing more science and at younger ages; 
  • Don´t kill the wonder of science by explaining how the science works. Show them a phenomena that they have to figure out first and let them investigate how it might work.
  • We can support scientific thinking by helping kids ask questions, model their thinking, and plan and carry out investigations.
  • Thinking should be framed through the following lenses:Patterns, Cause/Effect, Scale/Proportion/Quantity, Systems, Energy/Matter, Structure/Function, Stability/Change.

The video of this session will be available soon.

We are committed to offering sessions like these throughout the year to support the exciting shifts happening across the school.  

Author Paul Cookson at BFIS

Date: 
Friday, February 2, 2018

Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make our author visit with Paul Cookson such a great success!  Paul really showed us the power of poetry.  His performances of his poems, like The King of All the Dinosaurs and Mr. Shadow’s Shoes were mesmerizing.  Everyone in the audience was listening and participating without exception.  His funny and charming way with all the students was a delight to watch! As well as being superbly entertained by Paul and his wonderfully comical poetry,

He is one of the UK’s most popular and successful performance poets and is no stranger to Spain, having visited schools in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Castellon and Alicante. We were  looking at his work here in the library before his visit. His books were on sale after each session. 

We sold an incredible 168 poetry books!

This would not have been possible without the generosity of parents and students.  A big thank you also to the parent volunteers who did an outstanding job of helping students find just the right poetry book.  It is a wonderful achievement and my gratitude goes out to all those who made it possible.  Your help and support is always very much appreciated.
 If you did not get a chance to buy one of his books, please come and check out his books in the ES Library.

Watch Paul in action, check out one of his performances.


Thank you!
Miss Emma & Mr David
ES & MSHS Librarian

When there is a will, there is a way

Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018

On January 2018, our 6th grade Community Service session counted on the presence of a very special guest, María Petit. During her presentation, she explained what life has been like since she lost her vision at the age of 17. María has since then run marathons, trains Tacfit regularly, does yoga (and is getting her certification to become a yoga instructor), works as public relations for a fashion company and travels alone or with friends. 

During today’s session, María inspired our 6th graders to overcome obstacles and hard times when feeling different or unable to succeed. She has given them a great example of self-kindness and motivation. I hope that this message can also inspire you and remind you of how very blessed we are.

FCD visits BFIS for a week

Date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

During the week of November 27-December 1, as part of our health education program and ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, we have invited prevention specialists from FCD Prevention Works to join our MSHS community. A part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools. Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages.

FCD prevention specialists are highly trained professionals who have achieved long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. This unique perspective enhances the credibility of their message and provides students with role models for happy, healthy, drug-free living.  The FCD prevention specialist will present parent workshops to offer support and guidance in helping your children enjoy a drug-free adolescence.

Tuesday November 28th
9:00 am 
ES Cafeteria

Thursday, November 30th 
4:15 pm 
ES Cafeteria 

The content will be the same for both meetings. All parents are welcome!

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • Effective ways to communicate with your child about drugs and drug use
  • Up-to-date facts about current drug use and trends
  • What to say about your own experiences with alcohol and/or drug experimentation
  • How to spot early warning signs of trouble and effective ways to respond.

This program presents a perfect opportunity for discussing alcohol and other drug-related issues with your children. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risks teenagers face. We want our students to hear from both school and home that we are concerned about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by adolescents, and that we are committed to keeping our children safe.