The Upper School just announced the 19 topics for this year's popular Spring Intensives program, where students choose one subject to study in great depth for 8 hours/day during two weeks in March, combining reading, writing, research and discussions inspired by texts, speakers and fieldwork.
As always, this year's courses will cover diverse ground: opera, Brooklyn art & architecture, neuropsychology, creative writing, designing a musical, robotics, the American economy, Greek drama, Gettysburg, human origins, hunger and homelessness in NYC, photography, the Innocence Project, journalism, music & technology, Gabriel García Márquez, physics and sports, and sustainable Brooklyn as well as academic travel programs to India and Granada, Spain. Read a full list of course descriptions here.
THE FIRST GRADE BOTTLE CAP PROJECT
First graders created a giant bar graph made of bottle caps they have been collecting the past few months. After the graph was completed, students discussed what they could learn from the data, such as how many people might drink orange juice versus how many may drink water. Many of the caps came from our Global Read Aloud partner school in Colorado. See more photos here.
Next week will be one of the biggest of the season for many of our Upper School teams and the Middle School teams are also moving into high gear. Read the Athletics Update for Athletics Director Dick McGrath here.
"EVERYONE IS GAY" AT THE UPPER SCHOOL
Upper School students and faculty heard from Everyone Is Gay co-founders Danielle Owens and Kristin Russo this week! They discussed (with much song and dance) what inspired them to start their organization and what they do to help LGBTQ youth and their parents, as well as things anyone can do, such as not assuming sexuality or simply giving someone a smile. The event was organized by Spectrum , a student group which works to "create a safe space for students of all genders and sexualities."
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: NAIMA GREEN
Congratulations to MS/US Visual Arts Teacher Naima Green who, like many of our arts teachers, is a working artist and will have her work featured in three upcoming shows over the next few months. The first show, "The Migration" opens on January 15th at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. Learn more here.
TURKISH UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS VISIT BERKELEY CARROLL
Before Winter Break, Turkish educators visited Berkeley Carroll to see and learn why the National Association of Independent Schools designated us as a "School of the Future!"
WORLD AFFAIRS BREAKFAST CLUB
Did you know that students, faculty and staff meet each week at our World Affairs Breakfast Club to discuss current events? This week the group spoke about police work with a retired NYPD detective. Read more here.
FACULTY WORKSHOP ON GENDER & SEXUALITY DIVERSITY
Before students returned from Winter Break, BCS faculty and staff participated in an all-day workshop on gender and sexuality diversity!