Boiler Buzz - December 2019
Fall Semester Wrap Up
From the Director of Communications
It seems as if the fall semester came and went in the blink of an eye. Our spring semester is here, and there are a lot of amazing and fun things to look forward to in the coming months. I just wanted to send out a December recap letting you know all of the amazing events that happened last month before we move into a new year and a new semester. There is a lot of excitement that comes new semester, a fresh start for students and staff. We can’t wait to share it with all of you!
In this edition of Boiler Buzz you will find:
Meijer donation to our music department
Strategic Plan: Goal 3 Update
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!
Thank you, and enjoy!
Director of Communications and Community Engagement
BBCHS Five Days of Giving
Five Days of Giving is something that we started last year on our Facebook page to focus on opportunities for our staff, students, and community to give back during the holiday season. If you are interested, head over to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bbchs307/ for all five stories. Be sure to like our Facebook page while you are there in order to stay up to date about what is going on at BBCHS.
Meijer Donates $500 to Music Program
Since Meijer has come to our community, their generosity toward BBCHS has been overflowing. They support all aspects of our school and are continuously asking how they can partner with us. Last month, a few of our band students showcased their talent and appreciation and accepted a $500 donation to the music department. Thank you, Meijer, for all you do for our school, students, and community!
In September, we partnered with the I-KAN Regional Office of Education on their Miss School … Miss Out campaign for attendance awareness month. As the end of the semester was approaching, we wanted to find a fun way to encourage students to finish the semester strong. During the month of December, we hid 10 attendance presents around the building as part of our “Holiday Presence” attendance reward program. When students found a present, they brought it to the attendance office to claim their gift if they had 90% attendance or better. We believe being in school is important, and we love finding fun ways to encourage and reward good attendance! Huge thank you to Mrs. Rewerts for all her hard work on these projects!
Students Head to Chicago for Culinary Field Trip
In December, our Culinary II and Baking students had the opportunity to experience just a little of what Chicago has to offer. The first stop was the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery located on the city’s Magnificent Mile. Students were sent on a scavenger hunt around the establishment to explore the passion for craft and innovation in every product sold.
The next stop was Fogo de Cháo, a Brazilian steakhouse inspired by the grand kitchen tables on the farms of Southern Brazil where family and friends gather to share the finest and freshest from their harvests. This culinary experience included seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, seasoned and barbecued meats, imported cheeses, and so much more. Culinary II students just finished up their meats and dairy unit, and this was the perfect opportunity to see information taught in the classroom, brought to life.
Huge thank you to Fogo for accommodating our students. They provided informational background on the establishment, answered a variety of different questions about the meats, and even gave students a tour to see just a glimpse behind the scenes. Thank you for making education a priority!
Strategic Plan Update: Goal 3
The Board of Education is given periodic updates on the goals of Vision 307. During the month of December, Principal Brian Wright presented on Goal 3, Professional Culture. During this presentation, many staff members were invited to talk to our board about how BBCHS is ensuring the consistent implementation of effective instructional practices. It was a great opportunity to hear the people that make this school what it is talk about their craft and why they love growing themselves, and our staff professionally.
Strategy 1.3 of our strategic plan focuses on partnering with elementary districts to improve K-12 articulation. Last month, BBCHS met with teachers from Bradley Central and BUGC to discuss student transition into BBCHS. Teachers observed our classrooms and took part in a collaborative conversation to discuss what curriculum at BBCHS looks like. They also focused on how teachers can use their content area to set students up for success during their transition to high school. Days like this are huge steps forward for our districts. It is always an amazing experience to see teachers across the community collaboratively working together to set students up for success.
Staff Appreciation Holiday Events
Throughout the school year our staff is constantly busy, going above and beyond to be the best they can be for the students that walk into our building every single day. During the holiday season, we wanted everyone who works at BBCHS to know just how important and special they are.
Every year, our technology office hosts a day of hot chocolate and treats. Our tech team is simply unmatched. Everyone in the building loves being around them, they are always on top of everything, and their office often radiates happiness even on the busiest days. They hosted this event to say thank you to the staff, but we want to take a moment to say thank you to them! BBCHS would not be possible without these amazing people doing what they do. So thank you for the hot chocolate, but also for everything you do for the district!
Administrators hosted a luncheon for staff just a few days before break as a way to say “thank you” for a great semester. Laurie Blake, along with many others, did such an amazing job making sure everything was perfect and all staff members were fed and full! It is always a great time to get everyone together for a meal as a time for conversation and fun!
Food for Thought
Food for Thought is an annual event at the end of our Fall semester where we invite recent BBCHS graduates back to share about their experience outside BBCHS, and how we can help aid our current students for life outside of high school. We want to say thank you to everyone who came back to share and talk openly about their experiences here. We received many ideas about things we are doing well and things that we can change to make us better. It is always important to us to receive feedback from our graduates, so thank you again for helping make BBCHS the best place it can be!
Senior Citizen Spaghetti Dinner
We had a great time at our annual Senior Citizen Spaghetti Dinner! Thank you to everyone who came out! We love having you in our building and being able to say thank you for all you do in our community.
We also want to thank everyone who helped to make this event a success. Many hands went into this night to help cook, serve, and host. Thank you everyone!