Category Archives: Elementary

Preschool Community Helpers

The preschool students enjoyed the month of February with our Community Helpers unit! We are so thankful to have wonderful people in our town to teach us about what they do.

Our curriculum, World of Wonders has provided tons of ideas with books, songs, and questions to provoke ideas and conversations within our classroom. We love taking it one step further and asking our community members to come in and visit our classroom or for us to visit them in their workplace!

Our first community helper was Jonny Sand with Holdrege Family Dental. He brought his stuffed dragon with large teeth and a large tooth brush to show proper technique of brushing and why it is important to brush our teeth. The students and Jonny also talked about why we should eat healthy foods to help our teeth. Thank you, Dentist Jonny Sand for coming to visit our classroom and teach our students about teeth!

The next visitors were our firefighters who brought in their gear and taught us about staying safe in a fire. The students talked with the firefighters about the outfits that they wear, the things that they do to help people besides fighting fires, and how we can be proactive with our families about planning of where to meet and how to get out safe in case of a fire. Thank you to our volunteer fire department for the hours that you put in to keep us safe and provide an education to our children.

Aryn Schwarz, of Divine Stylez came in to talk with our students about being a hair stylist. She brought in a variety of things that she needs to accomplish doing her job, such as the brush to color hair, a comb, and the sheers that she uses to cut hair. Our students had fun with the doll that she brought with to practice doing hair. We even got out our pretend doll heads to practice doing hair after Aryn left. We may have some future hair stylists in our preschool classroom, thank you for teaching us about your job Aryn!

Our final community helpers visit was to our local post office. We learned about what it takes to mail something, how they sort mail, and how they deliver things different ways. Our students got to see mail coming in to the post office and the drivers showed us where they put our mail before they put it in our boxes. Some of the students got to see their specific slot of mail! The students got to see P.O. boxes, stamps, and boxes, all thanks to our local post office workers. Thank you for taking time out of your schedules to teach our students about the mail.

We are so thankful to have a great group of community helpers in our town! We like to visit each “set” of community helpers every other year so that our students, in their two years of attending preschool, get to visit two different groups of community helpers. Next year we will visit new places and have new visitors! Thank you for being willing to come visit our students and educate them on the work that goes on in our town.

After School Club Kicks off for second semester

The BCS “After School Club”  kicked off for the second semester last Monday, Jan. 27.  In this second session of the year, the students will be focusing on problem-solving and social skills. To improve these skills, students participating will get to play interactive games that require strategy and advanced thinking.  

In the past, only students in grades 4-6 who met criteria based on testing scores were nominated for the “After School Club”.  For the spring semester, the club instructors Sheila Philips and Shauna Wilken wanted to give these advanced learning skills opportunities to any student that wanted to participate.  The club will run in three four-week sessions; one for fourth graders, one for fifth graders, and one for sixth graders. Fifth graders are tentatively set to start their four weeks on February 24 and sixth graders on March 23.  Permission slips will be sent home soon for those two groups.

On Monday, twelve fourth graders were divided into groups and had opportunities to play checkers, Yahtzee, Mancala, Blokus, and Otrio. These students will continue for three more weeks with new games being introduced throughout the session. 

ShelbY Schoene wins NETA award

The Nebraska Educational Technology Association, an organization that helps teachers expand technology into the educational setting, hosts student technology contests each year. Contests are offered at different grade levels in five specific categories including audio, infographic, interactive media, still image, and video. Students from across the state enter projects for the contest.

This year Shelby Schoene, a current sixth grade student at Bertrand Community School, was the winner of the Infographic category in the 3-5 grade division for the current school year.

Shelby completed her project on “The History of the First English Colonies” last year while in fifth grade with Mrs. Katie Holland. Unfortunately, the deadline for the submission of the contest had passed, so Mrs. Holland submitted the project along with 2 others (Thunder Nelson and Waylon Olesen) for this year’s contest. Last week, Shelby and Mrs. Holland were notified that she had won her division. NETA organizers indicated that Shelby’s award would be sent out within the next few weeks.

Mrs. Holland integrates a variety of technology apps/websites into her social studies curriculum. With this particular assignment, students were challenged with the task of creating an infographic that would demonstrate their knowledge of the first English colonies. A website called Visme was used to create their project. They were able use their textbooks and watch a youtube video that Mrs. Holland made using Powerpoint and Screencast-o-Matic to help review the lesson after it was taught in class.

Shelby’s winning entry can be viewed at the following site. Please take a moment to view this awesome project!

Trout in the classroom

Trout in the Classroom Project
Trout in the Classroom Project

The 5th grade class is eagerly expecting the arrival of 200 Rainbow Trout eggs from the Nebraska Game and Parks this week.  Approximately 100 schools statewide take part in the Trout in the Classroom program through the Nebraska Game and Parks.  This hands-on program gives students the opportunity to learn how to care for a cold water species and watch them grow from eggs to fingerlings.  Students keep weekly journals of the fish to document their growth and to monitor for any potential problems.  Students also learn about conservation and the various species of fish found in Nebraska.  This project runs from January to May.  The 5th graders will attend the Fort Kearny Expo in May where the fish will be released into the trout ponds.