Pirate Led Conferences
Bonny Eagle Middle School was named an Apple Distinguished School earlier this year. As part of the application process they had to compile their qualifications in an iBook publication. Since the book was first published they have continued to refine the content, polishing it like a rosy apple until it was perfect.
The content paints a picture of a vibrant school focused on student learning. It includes information on the following topics:
- Clubs and activities
- Special Olympics
- Supports for student learning
- PBIS program
- Restorative practices
- Marzano Teaching Framework
- Proficiency based learning
- Allied Arts
- Their library
- Heath and wellness
- Professional development
Principal Mick Roy, now Assistant Superintendent of SAD # 6, commented that the process of writing the book was an extremely positive experience because so much reflection on their curriculum and program was involved.
The book is free and can be downloaded from iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bonny-eagle-middle-school/id1006792542?mt=11
Creating an iBook is certainly an excellent way to demonstrate to the community the strengths and culture of a school. The Bonny Eagle iBook is a model other schools might want to explore as a possible way to tell their unique story.
This post is from Paula Vigue, a computer science/literacy teacher from Winslow
Students from Winslow Junior High School, led by Winslow teacher Mrs. Paula Vigue, spent a week in Costa Rica during the 2014 summer. Their job was to research the biodiversity of the area, the flora and animals, specifically bats, amphibians, and reptiles. In addition, students were able to see a volcano close and personal, see the black-sands beach, and spend time in the hot springs. That was only the beginning!
Students and parents alike, zip-lined through the trees of a tropical rainforest and worked together to conquer the rapids (and their fears) before performing a biological survey and water tests on that same river. Learning the local food and dance were other experiences shared by all. It was an amazing science adventure!
“I really liked learning about the poisonous dart frogs. The Blue-jean dart frog was everywhere.” ~Ryan
“The beach had black sand! It was funny that they had beans and rice at every meal, even breakfast!” ~ Ely
“The food was delicious. There were so many interesting tropical fruits and juices. I’ve never tasted such fresh, yummy pineapple. The cows were strange looking- skinny with baggy skin. Our guide was great. He made it fun and interesting; he was very knowledgeable.” ~Lassandra
“Zip-lining was awesome! I’m glad you made me do it.” ~Stephanie
Next science trip is to Iceland the summer of 2016!