January is one of our favorite times of year because it kicks off our Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition season. Our first competition each year is the Liberty County Reading Bowl where we compete against Liberty County High School for county bragging rights. Although we don’t compete against many teams at this competition, it is the one that our team most looks forward to because of the big rivalry between our two high schools.
We are proud to share that for the second year in a row, our BI HRRB Tigers dominated the county bowl and came out on top by a final score of 310-200. Congratulations to the eight students who have spent many hours reading and studying to prepare for this bowl. We have already been hard at work this week preparing for the Southern Regional bowl to be held in Valdosta on Saturday, February 1st.
Along with over 20,000,000 others, Bradwell students participated in the Hour of Code in December. We hosted two self-paced sessions in the media center for all students and staff interested in learning more about computer programming. We had great participation and so much fun completing the tutorials and activities.
Are you interested in computer science and coding? Check out http://code.org to learn how you can get involved. Here are some of our enthusiastic coders in action!
We were fortunate to have 12 Donors Choose projects funded during the month of December. This means that we will be adding more resources for our students this month. Check out some of the great items that are on the way:
-An assortment of supplies (paper, pens, scissors, etc.) for our maker space area
-30 new graphic book titles (requested by students this fall)
-Three new cameras for our yearbook and Tiger TV staffs
-Ink for our student’s laser printer
-Ten rolls of MakerBot 3D printer filament in assorted colors
Mrs. Lukkarinen and I still have three projects pending funding on Donors Choose. When these projects are completed, we will add four Hokki stools to our Mac video editing workstations. These stools are great for collaboration and are easily moved for flexible seating.
Check out our individual Donors Choose profiles to keep updated on our progress!
Congratulations to Bradwell’s 2013 International Media Festival winners! Each year BI holds a media festival, and projects that score a 96 or better advance to the next level of competition. We had 20 projects submitted last year, with 15 moving on to the Liberty County festival, 14 that advanced to Georgia’s state festival, and 7 that went to the international competition. Here are the 5 international level winners:
Social Media for Young Adults by Raveenn Smith
How a Bill Becomes a Law by Felix Linzan
The History of Graffiti by Mychal Outlaw
Ireland by Joshua Bowen
The Unforgettable Love by Jun Wei Ren
We are also pleased to share that Jun Wei Ren’s project was named a Top Honors project, making it a best of festival winner.
Learn more about the ISMA here:
Wow…December came and went before we had a chance to blink. While that is always the case this time of the year, we were especially busy this year! We are not complaining, though, as we had one of the most successful months in the media center ever. How does one measure success in a media center you may be wondering? Well, of course there are many ways – a high number of student visits (we had 2993 in just 15 school days…a record number for us), a high number of circulated books (not too bad, but no records this month), and special events hosted (Hour of Code comes to mind). These are all great ways to measure success, but the one we celebrate the most is the number of lessons taught, as this is one way that we can directly impact student achievement in our school. It also happens to be our very favorite part of the job!
This month, Mrs. Lukkarinen and I taught at least one class of students every day of the month. Most days, we each had a separate class and lesson for three blocks of the day. After reviewing our statistics at the end of the month, we were astonished to find that we taught 40 lessons in December. We want to give a shout out to the following teachers that stepped outside of their comfort zone and tried something new with us last month. You are awesome Mrs. Eastlake, Mrs. Reese, Mr. Richards, and Coach Miller! Thank you for allowing us to collaborate with you throughout your project, and we can’t wait to do it again (only better) this semester.