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.
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.
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.
The Elementary Quiz Bowl earned third place in the quiz bowl at Franklin on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Ten teams participated in the meet. Viking participants included Ryker Schroeder, Christopher Hock, Payton Way, Brayden Evans, Rylan Renken, Drake Olesen, Creston Wagner, Addie Andersen, Shelby Schoene, August Nelsen.
The Elementary Honors Program was held on Monday, May 13 prior to the Elementary Field Day. Elementary students were honored for academic successes.
For reading, the top three students in each class who accumulated the most points from reading books and taking tests during this school year were recognized. The recipients are listed below by grade:
Top Point Earner Most Improved 1 st Grade – Sadie Nelson Morgan Tate 2 nd Grade Bailey Vinzant Wyatt Hueftle 3 rd Grade Ivy Nelson Hunter Nelson 4 th Grade Payton Way Yulissa Lopez 5 th Grade August Nelson Nena Escobar Salas 6 th Grade Aislin Kidder Tipton Bieker
1000 Point Club Garrett Scholz also won a trophy for reading over a 1000 points in AR during his elementary school years – First through Sixth Grade.
The Bertrand basketball and volleyball programs plan to host basketball and volleyball camps for athletes this summer.
Drake Beranek will be teaching basketball skills to elementary and junior high students at the Bertrand High School gymnasium June 12-13. Junior High and High School students entering grades 7-12 will be offered sessions in the mornings, and elementary age students entering grades 3-6 will be offered sessions in the afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm. The cost of these camps is $40.
On July 10-12, volleyball instruction will be offered in the mornings from 9:00-11:30 by Bertrand High School coaches and team members. Students entering grades 3-8 are eligible to attend. The cost of the camp is $30. The deadline in order to receive a free t-shirt is June 10. T-shirts for either camp cannot be guaranteed after the deadlines.