Winter 20-21 Curriculum Newsletter
Everything related to curriculum and instruction in Butler!
Winter Has Been Busy in the Curriculum World!
Math Curriculum Writing
BHS is Proud to Offer New Elective Courses for the Fall
Please visit our Google Slides presentation below to read more about specific courses we will be offering in each department. Some highlights include courses like Human Genetics, Engineering and Robotics, AP Music Theory, Contemporary Literature, Journalism, American History Through Film and Music, and American Sign Language.
Seniors will have new options for their English IV Courses:
Students Participated in Hour of Code
Students Earn Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy opens up a sea of vast opportunities for those pursuing higher education or joining the workforce. As the world increasingly becomes more global, the need for employees with bilingual and multilingual skills has also been increasing
The Seniors who passed will be honored at a BHS Awards Ceremony on the spring. Congratulations to all students who passed the requirements! We are so proud of Hannah Quiros, Wiktoria Jaworska, Kaled Lopez, Kinnereth Lopez, Alia Santos, and Julia Sklodowska.
K-12 Benchmark Assessments
At the 9-12 level, we have been working in Professional Learning Communities to build teacher-created benchmark assessments that align to the curriculum standards and will help us track our students' progress.
Social Studies Teachers Working To Make a More Inclusive Curriculum
Next year, our K-12 history will be taught with the inclusion of the narratives of people from a wider range of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and backgrounds and will include education on the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, in accordance with NJ Education Laws C.18A:35-4.35 and C.18A:35-4.36.
BHS Students Compete in DECA States Competition
This year's DECA States Competition is entirely virtual, and students are currently competing throughout the month of February! They completed their 100-question test online recently, and will now begin recording their virtual role-plays. We will have the results from the States competition in the beginning of March, and our students are looking forward to possibly competing in Nationals which will also be fully virtual and will take place in the spring.
DECA (or Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an association of marketing students that encourages the development of business and leadership skills through academic conferences and competitions.
The Arts and Music...
RBS and BHS Holiday Winter concerts were a success thanks to Dr. Nishimura, Ms.Lowndes, and Mrs. Bocchino for all the hard work (and production) it took to share our students’ talents.
At Aaron Decker it was a collaboration of media, art, and music that gave us a wonderful winter arts and musical showcase. Thank you so much for all of your hard work Mrs. Wisneski, Mrs. Hennig, and Mrs. Casey!
The marching band is busy planning a full regular season in Fall 2021 with 55 members signed up so far. Parents are welding and painting equipment and doing so much for the program. The concert band and choir are both planning to conduct a spring concert either outside or virtual in the spring. Stay tuned.