STUDENTS EARN BIDS FOR NATIONAL SPEECH CHAMPIONSHIP
Congrats to our Upper School Speech and Debate students who earned bids for the state and national championships at recent local tournaments. Read more.  
 
BC FACULTY TO PRESENT AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Three Berkeley Carroll Lower School faculty members have been asked to present at the 2016 NAEA National Convention in Chicago on how we use STEAM to drive innovative thinking in our curriculum. Head Teacher Jennie Benipayo, Art Teacher Phaedra Mastrocola and Science Teacher Erin DiLeva will speak on how BC's first graders used thousands of plastic bottles caps and Peter H. Reynolds's book, "The Dot," to inspire multi-disciplinary, project-based learning.
 
BC STUDENTS EARN AWARDS AT ELLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Upper School Jazz Ensemble participated in the NYC Invitational Ellington Jazz festival at Fordham Lincoln Center. Congrats to Aaron G. '16, Henry P. '16, Michael E. '17, and Graham S. '19 who were given outstanding soloist awards. Jazz greats Bob Stewart and James Chirillo worked with the band after the performance. Photos.  
 
SPRING INTENSIVES EXPLORE NYC
The Upper School offered nearly 20 Spring Intensives over the past two weeks and many of them took their learning all over NYC! Each class gave a final presentation to the rest of the division on what they learned.  More photos from Closing Assembly.  

Snapshots from some intensives
: The Beautiful Game: How the World Sees Soccer students met with staff at Red Bull Arena; Designing a Musical: 'The Music Man' students saw Bright Star: A New Musical on Broadway; Journalism students visited and spoke to a reporter at Guardian, met with the deputy press secretary for Mayor Bill DeBlasio and an Associated Press reporter, and learned to cover politics; Innocence Project students met renowned Innocence Project founder Barry Scheck  and heard from Yusef Abdus Salaam, a member of the Central Park Five - a group of teens who were forced into confessing a crime they didn't commit. 
 
SPRING INTENSIVES EXPLORE FRANCE
From their base in Cap d'Ail, students have been attending school, learning about the Cote d'Azur and the many artists who were based there (visiting their museums), and exploring various aspects of French life. In »ze, students visited a perfumery and excelled in an exercise where they had to identify flower, fruit and spice scents. Read more (and see photos) on their blog.
 
SPRING INTENSIVES EXPLORE INDIA
In Mumbai, students visited Gandhi's house, the Gateway of India, and the second largest slum in Asia to dispel the most commonly held myth about slums. Then they attended a local school, harvested peanuts, learned a religious dance, and practiced speaking Kannada with their homestay families in Heranjulu. Throughout the trip they reflected on "Who Am I in India?" and wrote about it in their journals. Read more

STUDENTS ATTEND YOUNG MEN OF COLOR SYMPOSIUM
Six BC students attended the 2016 NYC Young Men of Color Symposium, "I Am Present: Using My Voice for Action," a leadership conference for young, self-identified men of color in grades 6-12. The symposium was developed to create a collaborative community of schools serving these students. It featured workshops and other opportunities for participants to learn and hone skills geared toward self-advocacy and academic achievement. Learn more.
UPDATE: MIDDLE SCHOOL COSTA RICA SERVICE PROJECT
7th and 8th graders are deep into their service learning trip in Costa Rica. The 18 students raised nearly $8,000 for service projects with the local community. They've already repaired and painted the playground at Linda Vista School and will spend the rest of their budget and time finishing the outdoor auditorium at a nearby elementary school, which they started working on last year. Read more on their blog.
 
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: MIKE WILPER & MEGAN SAXELBY
Middle School Humanities teachers Mike Wilper and Megan Saxelby are attending a week-long master class in Miami with John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game, which enhances students and adults' critical thinking, self awareness, global citizenship and promotes dignity. Ms. Saxelby reports, "It has been an amazing week, and the growth for both Mike and myself has been immense. We hope to learn from a master teacher to hone our own skills in project-based learning and come back to BC even better."
 
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: NAIMA GREEN
Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher Naima Green spoke about her photo series "Jewels from the Hinterlands" with Arts Black, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. The interview was also highlighted by Hyperallergic, an influential contemporary art blog. View some photos from the series here.  
1ST GRADERS SHARE WORK WITH 4TH GRADE BUDDIES 
First graders shared their recent work with their fourth grade buddies and parents at a "gallery walk" last week. More photos. 
 
VARSITY SWIMMING RAISES $2K FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Members of Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming partnered with Friends Seminary's team and raised $2,000 for cancer research through Swim Across America.  
 
BESTSELLING AUTHOR SPEAKS TO PARENTS 
Author Nancy Jo Sales spoke to BC parents about her New York Times bestselling book, "American Girls, Social Media and The Secret Lives Of Teenagers."  
 
STUDENTS TAKE SAFE SITTERS COURSE
BC students learned the ins and outs of babysitting last weekend at a two-day Safe Sitter course. The 21 babysitters-to-be covered CPR, choking rescue and the business of babysitting. More photos.
  
LUNCH MENUS 
 
  
DON'T MISS:
March 21 - April 1: Spring Break (School Closed) -- ENJOY YOUR BREAK!
April 6: 11th Grade Student/Parent Meeting
April 8: 7th Grade Math Fair  **re-scheduled from 3/18**
April 8: Best Buddies
April 8: BC Parent Association's Barn Dance
April 11: BC Blood Drive
April 13: 10th Grade Student/Parent Meeting
April 15: Grandparents Day
April 16: Science Research & Design Conference (Day 1)
April 19: Upper School Info Session for 7th Grade Parents
April 19: BC Film Series Presents "A Place at the Table"
April 20: Science Research & Design Conference (Day 2)
April 20: Lower School Parent Association Meeting
April 22: Best Buddies
April 25: Evening of Poetry
April 26: Speech & Debate Evening
April 27 - 30: The Music Man (Middle & Upper School Musical)
April 28: "Transition to the Middle School" Session for 4th Grade Parents
 

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