Boiler Buzz - February 2020
Spring has Arrived!
From the Director of Communications
February was a great month at BBCHS. Our students are continuing to do amazing things every day, and I love sharing these positive stories with all of you. I am so excited for what the rest of spring has in store as the warmer weather starts to show up and spring activities begin full force. I will continue to keep you updated next month; however, if there is anything you would like to see in these newsletters, please feel free to contact me! I would love to talk to you!
Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Mia Bella's Wins Second Annual Pizza Wars
Pizza Wars quickly became a community favorite after last year's event. The Academic Foundation and Junior class partnered together to bring it back for another year. Families, students, staff, and community members came to support BBCHS while tasting and voting for their favorite pizza in the county. There were many friendly disagreements regarding which pizza to vote for, but ultimately Mia Bella’s came out on top for the second year in a row. Congrats Mia Bella’s for continuing to hold the winning title! Thank you to everyone who came out to support. BBCHS would not be what it is without the businesses, families, and community members who consistently give in a variety of different ways.
Racial Equity Lunch & Learns for Personal and Professional Staff Development
Earlier this month we hosted a week of lunch and learns centered around equity. Lunch and learn week is a time of professional development for our teachers and staff. During this time, staff use their lunch period to listen and participate in conversations being presented and discussed each day.
On the first day, Naomi Shepard shared her story with our staff. Naomi presented her AP Studio Art portfolio which focuses on her experiences as a biracial student. She used this opportunity to share from her heart about how art has helped her convey her struggles, victories, and journey in discovering her true self.
We want to thank Naomi for being open and vulnerable as she presented to our staff as well as our Board of Education. Everyone who listened to her story felt inspired and thankful for her willingness to share. Thank you Naomi!
Day two was another student led discussion which is always so powerful. During this day, fiive students shared their multicultural classroom experience with our staff.
Last January our Board of Education approved a new class offering for the 2019-2020 school year: Multicultural Studies. This class is designed to introduce curriculum surrounding various American cultural and racial groups. Each curriculum outcome is focused around central questions and learning objectives that center the historical and current situations regarding racial diversity in America. The hope of this class is that students will engage with multiculturalism and learn to become knowledgeable, understanding, and empathetic of diverse values and views.
Each one of these students had their own take away from the class curriculum as well as the real and honest conversations they began to have with friends and family inside and outside the classroom. We are so proud of these students for opening up about their personal growth with our staff. Watching these students become aware and informed citizens who lead with compassion despite their differences has been a beautiful and inspiring experience! Thank you Giavonna Butler, Ajanei Kennedy, Allison O'Gorman, Blake Minor and Abigail Chinski!
The rest of lunch-n-learn week involved revisiting race strategies and discussions. BBCHS has been on a journey over the last few years as we have taken a deep dive into how we are being culturally responsible as individuals and as a district. Revisiting some of those conversations and strategies is important to continuously grow and challenge ourselves.
Special Olympics Brings Joy to BBCHS
We wanted to take a moment to highlight our amazing Special Olympics basketball teams. We have two teams in our district, the “Black” team and the “Red” team. At their tournament, the Black Team received second place and the Red Team received first place. This first place finish means the Red team will be advancing to the state tournament in March!
Last week we also hosted a big home game that had such a fantastic turn out! The Black Team played a unified game with their best buddies and the Red Team played against a team of some of our teachers and administrators. The atmosphere was simply unmatched. There was so much joy throughout the gym. Fans, parents, cheerleaders, band, and staff all came to show their support for our Special Olympics teams. We are also so thankful for a school family who accepts, loves, and celebrates every individual!
Ironclad FTC Robotics Competes at State
A few weeks ago, our FTC Robotics team presented to a panel of judges, collaborated and formed new partnerships with phenomenal teams, and performed the best they have so far earning them a 2nd-place ranking out of 25 teams and allowed them to earn the Finalist Alliance award giving them a ticket to the state championship. At state, our students were able to advance to the semi-finals in their division but eventually fell to very elite teams. We are so proud of these students for their growth mindset and positive attitude that led them to such an elite competition.
The FRC team is also kicking off their competition season in the Midwest Regional this weekend. We can’t wait to watch their season unfold throughout the rest of the school year!
Students Take the Stage to Perform “A Piece of my Heart”
If you know anything about BBCHS, you know how prestigious our theatre department is. This weekend our students performed A Piece of my Heart, a true story that follows courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them. Our students have such talent to portray this story in a way that left the audience with chills.
Stay tuned for the Spring Musical: Into the Woods, April 15-19. This show promises to be a showstopping performance, and we can’t wait to share it with all of you later this Spring!
Speech Team Members Qualify for State
Three of our students qualified to represent BBCHS at the State Speech Competition in Peoria, Illinois. Allison O'Gorman, Thomas Musgrave and Kyle Dailor qualified in their respective speech events. They were one of the top 20 students in each of their categories!
Allison O'Gorman qualified for state in two events. She qualified in Original Oratory which is an eight minute persuasive speech she wrote on the topic, "Unlocking the Bail System". Allison also qualified in Radio Speaking which is an event where the contestant is given a packet of world, national and local news, as well as sports and weather. The contestants are given thirty minutes to put together a five minute speech that is performed as if they are a radio announcer. Allison placed 3rd overall in Original Oratory and 2nd overall in Radio Speaking.
Thomas Musgrave qualified for state in Extemporaneous Speaking. Extemp speakers are given a topic, usually of a political nature, and have thirty minutes to put together a seven minute speech on the topic. The speech must include several citings from news reliable sources. Thomas placed 3rd overall in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Kyle Dailor qualified for state in Original Comedy. Kyle wrote his piece, "Just Like My Dad" and performs it with different character voices and "pop's" which are quick movements to enhance the different characters. Kyle placed 3rd overall at the sectional in Original Comedy.
BBCHS Athletes Signed
In November, the Athletic Department held an official signing day to recognize and congratulate athletes who have committed to colleges and universities around the nation. This month, we hosted another signing day to congratulate even more athletes who have committed within the last few months. Congrats Boilers on taking the next step in your future; we can’t wait to watch and cheer you on at the next level. Go make us proud!
Carlie Jenkins - Trinity Christian College - Softball
Courntey Hunter - St. Xavier University - Volleyball
Reece Brown - Millikin University - Volleyball
Emma Russel - Olivet Nazarene University - Basketball
Dakota Brooks - Olivet Nazarene University - Soccer
Gaetana Davis - Governors State University - Basketball
Elizabeth Noble - Emory University - Diving
CJ Dunn - Northern Illinois University - Football
Derek Byrd - Valparaiso University - Football