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Various pieces of artwork from Miss Russo’s and Mr. Kupcha’s classes were
selected to be on display at the Somerset County Youth Art Month Exhibit
at the Center for Contemporary Art in
Enrichment Day 2
Students and staff participated in Enrichment Day 2 and it was a great success! Over
180 students were on ten different, small group field trips, 150 students participated
in our a Spring Pop-up Gallery with displays of art from artistic activities and 40
students from four performance enrichment groups showed their work at the Gallery .
It's truly inspiring to see so many students and staff collaborating on activities that
magnify their strengths and interests or trying something totally new!
The Spring Enrichment Day included trips to a Kissimmee Pottery Studio for clay on a
pottery wheel, rock climbing at Defy Gravity and Rutgers University for a study of
physics, nutrition and growth mindset, Washington's Crossing State Park Museum and
Vanderveer House for historical reenactments, Strength & Honor Fitness for exercise
and nutrition, Sophie's French Bistro for French culture and crepes, geocaching at
Duke Farms for orienteering and problem solving, Pinot's Palette for painting, math
and OJ, and the Branchburg Police Department for police explorer training.
Some students chose to participate in service activities like Ziti for the Needy and
Supporting SHIP as well as Blankets for a Cause making fleece throws for hospitalized
children. Others pursued their interest in science or history through Trebuchet Toss
Engineering, The Science in Science Fiction or Presidential Trivia while artists and
performers chose topics such as Zentangling, Guitar Lessons, Lego Animation movie
making, Fold it Like Origami, Doodles and Designs, Creating Electronic Music, and
Calligraphy. One of the most popular options was again Cupcake Wars! complete with
challenges, twists and guest judges.
Puzzle and problem solvers worked together in Breakout!, Can you Say It Fast?, Chess
Dynamics, Cracking the Rubik's Cube, Diplomacy, and Storytelling Games. Athletes
who didn't go on a trip could choose from Field Hockey, Baseball Trivia, or The History
of the Yankees.
Performances by four enrichment groups were highlighted in our Pop-up Gallery at the
end of the day. Cheerleading performed a new routine with stunts, Actors Unite! did
an improv skit about superheroes and not so supervillans, Write a Team song
premiered a potential BCMS alma mater and Color Guard gave a performance with
flags, sabers and dance moves choreographed by the Somerville color guard coach.
An Enrichment Day trip to defy the laws of gravity at the Gravity Vault in Chatham,
quickly turned into a lesson on resilience and perseverance. Students were
encouraged by Gravity Vault coaches to set goals, respond to coaching in developing a
growth mindset on the spot.
Students engaged in trust activities and they went as far as to climb blindfolded.
Many students participated in a 3-legged event where they had to climb with their
one leg banded to their partner’s one leg. This encouraged tolerance and
Instruction was differentiated based on interest, ability and a desire to push
Thank you Mrs. Updegrove for an amazing opportunity to educate students this way!
Most of the BCMS math teachers jumped on the band wagon to get their
students involved in a Math March Madness competition. They are using
the ALEKS technology program and have students complete as many
topics as they can each week. Some created pairs and teams to help
motivate one another. Winning teams from each grade and also a handful
of MVPs will get a celebration of some sort.
The 6th graders took off in the first week with having some students
completed over 70 topics!!! Mrs. Jordan shared this with her 7th and 8th
grade resource students to light some fire.
Students in Language Arts and Social Studies explained how the Bill of
Rights would have made a difference in people's lives during the
Holocaust, Japanese Internment, and the Jim Crow period. Students used
access lenses to examine different photos from these time periods as
well. Here is a video of a student explaining her photo using the access
Canstruction creations are being completed this week. Over the next
week or so students will have a chance to vote for their favorite
structure. 6th grade has built Pac Man destroying hunger, 7th grade has
built the Snapchat App Logo and 8th grade has built a NASCAR track,
(pictured). Thank you to all the teams for your hard work!
Animals of the Future
This week in Mrs. Heaney's science class, students used their
understanding of adaptations to create an animal species of the future.
Students were given a choice of 4 planets on which their species could
live. They designed their species giving it at least 5 adaptations to help
it survive. They created drawings of their species and wrote paragraphs
discussing how these adaptations were useful. Students truly enjoyed
The BCMS Drama Club performed The Humor Games on Friday, March
10th and Saturday, March 11th, after almost 5 months of preparation!
The students studied character development, memorized and learned
how to deliver lines, practiced blocking, attended workshops on physical
comedy, worked in costumes and props, learned how to use lighting and
sound, designed beautiful sets and logos, and much more. We are so
proud of the hard work, talent, and dedication shown by each and every
actor and crew member in the final product!
Here is a review of the performance from Mrs. Emmons:
Congratulations!! Such an entertaining show!! The cast and crew did the most amazing job. I
laughed out loud the entire show!!! The set, lighting and costumes had me laughing before
the jokes even began!! I know I have to give the playwright credit for providing the script,
but that script came alive last night. I love it when the acting is so good that you forget they
are our students and you just think of them as those characters. I don't ever recall the
lighting being more effective. The set was perfect, and it changed so seamlessly.
The students were surprised and delighted to learn that Dean O’ Carroll,
the playwright of The Humor Games, was present in the audience on
Friday night’s performance! He also came backstage after the show to
meet the cast and crew, which gave them the opportunity to ask
questions about the script and characters.
Almost every seat was full on both nights, thanks to the wonderful
support of family members, teachers, students, and community members!
Here are a few photos from the performances:
On March 10th at Kean University, these six students presented @NJAMLE
on our reverse inclusion program, Be-A-Buddy.
They inspired a middle school principal from Nutley to bring her team to