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This year Bear Grass Charter School will be “Going Google”. Google offers a suite of tools to centralize all their academic efforts under one school-managed online domain. It is highly interactive, and positively encourages collaboration. It has benefits for both staff and students and is instantly familiar and easy to learn. This year each student will receive a brand new Chromebook to use for their educational purposes while attending Bear Grass Charter School.
BGCS will be using Google Docs which is the core foundation of Google Apps for Education. This online office suite allows you to create word processing documents, slideshow presentations, and spreadsheets. Usefully, these documents can be worked on collaboratively in real-time, by both staff and students, and they can be shared with the world or kept private according to your needs.
The benefits of becoming a Google Apps for Education School are numerous, but some of the most important ones include the ability for staff and students to have access to their email and files and home and at school. This, in theory, could eliminate the need for flash drives, mislaid work, and so forth. It is also, undeniably, a great collaboration tool that can be used to enhance communication between staff and students. It provides an instant and reliable file backup system to the cloud, and, perhaps most importantly, it is free for educators!
BGCS focuses on integrating technology as the 21st century economy has become so fierce, competitive, and rugged. BGCS employees and students will use Google Apps for Education as a tool to think outside the box and do different things in order to have a competitive edge over their counterparts. Bear Grass Charter School “goes Google” as a way to use educational platform to empower the next generation of administrators, teachers, and students.
Matthew Kalmowitz, Bear Grass Charter School’s IT Specialist has worked extremely hard this summer to have BGCS students prepared for their 2015-16 school year.
The bus routes have been updated for the 2015-2016 school year and can be found here.
We will hold our budget meeting for the 2015-16 school year on May 29 at 2pm in the BGCS office.
Mrs. Karen Coltrain wrote a Century Link grant for technology equipment for the classrooms entitled “Full STEM Ahead”. The max of the grant was $5,000.00 we received a check for $4,902. Presented by Mr. Fred Womble. Special thanks for Century Link!
The BGCS 2015-2016 School Year Calendar has been finalized and can be found here.
Our BGCS Skills USA represented Bear Grass with great pride Tuesday at Lenoir Community College regional competition. Congratulations to the following students!
Jacob Hubbard 2nd Place Construction 1
Kayla Hoggard 2nd Place Extemporaneous Poster
Sierra Manning 3rd Place Extemporaneous Poster
Brandon Sawyer 4th Place Core Construction
Katelyn Steward 4th Place Extemporaneous Poster
Chandler Williams 4th Place Spelling
Crime Scene Investigation-Team 4th Place
March 12, which was originally an early release day, will now be a full school day due to recent weather related days closings.
Morehead’s Stemville Science Symposium is a one day science conference for 4th-7th graders that will be held on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The conference will feature a light breakfast reception in the Rotunda, keynote address in the GSK Fulldome Theatre featuring Dr. Chris Emdin, (#HipHopEd; Science Genius; http://chrisemdin.com), and breakout science enrichment and learning sessions facilitated by undergraduate and graduate students from UNC. The morning will be filled with local high school volunteers assisting the conference participants. The conference participants are expected to be a reflection of the underserved and underrepresented groups in STEM education with a target focus on rural and urban communities of lower socioeconomic status, Latinos, women, and African-Americans; however, ALL are welcome to attend. This is a joint effort and collaboration with the UNC Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Latino/a Collaborative.
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 8:30 am ¬to 12:30 pm
Cost: $25 per student participant (non-refundable)*
*Registered participants will each receive a conference tote bag, name badge, notepad, pencil and t-shirt as well as have access to a light breakfast reception and session snack stations. Limited scholarship assistance will be available on a first come, first served basis for registered students receiving free or reduced lunch.
Registration: March 2 – April 3, 2015 (online only online credit card payments or mail-in check/money order payments accepted. Deadline for mail-in payments is Friday, March 20). Registration information can be found at www.moreheadplanetarium.org.
Bear Grass Charter School will be closed Thursday, February 19 and the Board Meeting has been postponed until Monday night (February 23).