Mobile Board Meeting Wed., Sept. 13, 2017

BPS101 Board of Education Members took their board meeting on the road. Board members, BPS101 administrators, and central office staff stopped at all eight BPS101 schools to learn firsthand about new initiatives and achievements from students, teachers, and principals. The BPS101 mission, "Always Learning, Always Growing," was evident at every stop. Take a look at what's happening in BPS101 schools. It's impressive ...

First Stop: Rotolo Middle School

Barb Theuerkauf, administrative assistant for Human Resources, and Amy Nelson, special projects secretary for Student Services, showed off their new Rotolo Middle School swag: lanyards from Principal Bryan Zwemke!
RMS students served as guides during the RMS tour. They did a great job!
One of the stops at RMS was Nicol Christianson's Project Lead The Way (PLTW) classroom.
Mrs. Christianson is one of two educators from Illinois chosen as a "Teacher Fellow" in the 2016-2017 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. Selected from targeted areas across the country, she and 25 other Teacher Fellows participated in a number of science, engineering, and technology-related activities and professional learning opportunities.
In Brianna Heisler and Angela Carlson's co-taught classroom, guests got to observe learning in small, personalized groups.
Angela Carlson with a small group of students in the classroom she shares with Mrs. Heisler.
New vinyl flooring is being tested in a RMS classroom. The faux woodgrain flooring doesn't require waxing and looks HGTV-worthy. Hopefully it can stand the test of time.

Second Stop: Hoover-Wood Elementary School

Board Member Jon Gaspar getting a warm welcome from a Hoover-Wood student.
Morning meetings are a daily routine in Andrea Woods' multigrade class at HWS. Board Members and BPS101 staff experienced a morning meeting and it was eye-opening. In 15 minutes, A LOT of ground was covered: public speaking, interpersonal and listening skills, Spanish, and a few rounds of "Frogger."
Here's a snapshot of the game "Frogger" in action. It takes eagle eyes and serious concentration to win!

Third Stop: J.B. Nelson Elementary School

Principal Nicole Prentiss showed guests JBN's Outdoor Learning Space, which now features Wi-Fi, thanks to the BPS101 Tech Team!
The JBN LRC got a major makeover this summer!
Principal Prentiss sharing the redesign process.
One of many seating areas.
A makerspace for JBN students to create and collaborate.
To secure more reading space—yet stay in budget—bench seating was built by Principal Prentiss and Julie Phillips' husbands. They do great work!
Principal Prentiss' husband also built this scooter rack to keep scooters safely tucked away from foot traffic.
JBN has a new student art museum wall that students will soon curate.

Fourth Stop: Louise White Elementary School

At LWS, students showed off their counting, coloring, and fine motor skills with Board Member Jon Gaspar and BPS101 Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hichens.
BPS101 staff member Barb Theuerkauf and Board Member Chris Lowe observed a reading lesson in a shared LWS classroom designed for personalized learning.
LWS Principal Dr. Kevin Skomer showed guests the progress on the memorial for LWS student Katie Jonak who died last year in a tragic car accident. It is a beautiful outdoor extension of the playground and should be completed in the next few weeks.
LWS students painted rocks in memory of Katie and "planted" them in the memorial.
BPS101 families, organizations, and community members purchased engraved stones that line the memorial. The sweet messages keep Katie's spirit on the playground.
Hopscotch in the new memorial space is really cool!

Fifth Stop: Batavia High School

The Mobile Board Meeting included a trip to Batavia High School's new "Backroom." The quiet reading space is connected to the BHS LRC and was designed by graphic arts students. BHS English Teacher Molly Jackson (pictured) is a huge fan!
The BHS Backroom includes an art gallery curated by BHS art students.
BHS INCubator Entrepreneurship Teacher Dennis Piron showed guests the renovated classroom for the INCubator program. The space now looks and feels like a corporate office.
Board Member Jon Gaspar learning about "Navigamers," a business started by BHS INCubator students last year.
BPS101 Chief Human Resources Director learning about "Direct Aisle," an app that helps users navigate the grocery store.
Outdoor Adventure P.E. class now includes rock climbing! The rock climbing wall and all equipment were funded by a grant from the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Outdoor Adventure P.E. Teacher Ryan Farwell explaining safety measures and class activities to Board Members and central office staff.
BHS Culinary Arts II students prepared cookies, lemon squares, apple crisp, and pumpkin rolls for the mobile Board Meeting. The students' desserts were delicious and their presentation was professional level.
BHS Culinary Arts II students
BHS Culinary Arts II students
A fall treat made by students!
BHS Culinary Arts II students
BHS Culinary Arts II students
BHS Culinary Arts II students

Sixth Stop: Alice Gustafson Elementary School

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hichens and Board Member Chris Lowe had fun with Alice Gustafson's life-sized Facebook post.
Guests got to observe fourth-grade math classes and students' use of Chromebooks.

Seventh Stop: H.C. Storm Elementary School

Principal Anne Paonessa opened the doors to HCS's new Spark Lab at the beginning of this school year. The space is designed for student collaboration around the 4C’s of 21st Century Learning: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.
In the Spark Lab, students have the opportunity to try a wide range of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) challenges.
Principal Paonessa and other HCS staff members have been adding items to the Lab that spark imagination, such as a scale, mini windmill ... and 3D printer.
Check out H.C. Storm PTO's autumn spread for HCS staff members!

Last Stop: Grace McWayne Elementary School

Guests got to see Grace McWayne's multigrade classroom in action. Second- and third-grade students learn together in Sarah Barrett's classroom.
Board Member Chris Lowe learning about student-driven digital portfolios in Ginger Sitarz's 5th-grade classroom.
Something new has sprouted at GMS! Grace McWayne LRC Director Geralyn Wyatt turned the school's old computer lab into a quiet reading sanctuary for students. The new "Reading Garden," which is connected to the LRC, is beautiful!
BPS101 Chief Human Resources Officer Steve Pearce testing out one of many seating areas in the new Reading Garden.
Zzzzzzz ... BPS101 Data Systems Specialist Charlene Wittry found her favorite spot at GMS!

Thank you BPS101 Principals and Teachers for highlighting so many great things happening in our schools for students!


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