Where Arts, Academics, and Global Perspectives Share Center Stage
School Year 2015-16 starts August 31st!  *** Bell Schedule for 2014 - 2015: Breakfast 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.   Start time 8:05 a.m.   End time 3:05 p.m.   ***

Upcoming Events

Independence Day (Observed)
Date: 7/3/2015
Independence Day
Date: 7/4/2015
School Board Meeting
Date: 7/13/2015, 6:30 PM
Location: Brooklyn Center Secondary (6500 Humboldt Ave. N. Brooklyn Center, MNN 55430) Alumni Room in the Media Center
New Employee Orientation
Date: 7/28/2015, 8 AM 12 PM
Location: TBD
New Employee Orientation
Date: 8/5/2015, 8 AM 12 PM
Location: TBD

Principal's Message

BCS- A Centaur Year in Review

As we prepare for graduation 2015 and the closure of another year at BCS, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a few defining experiences this year. This year has been another year for us at BCS of evaluating our current programming to determine the best choices for our students to be set up for success. 

Enrollment

We have seen a steady increase of students enrolling in our school throughout the year. Our numbers have risen from 845 last spring to 945 this spring. We attribute this to a continued development of trust with the community and our families.

Centaurs weather winter flooding

After a very unexpectedly flood in our gym on the evening prior to students returning from Winter Break, we were faced with instant adversity. We weathered through the loss of one of our instructional spaces that services hundreds of student each day; in addition to our winter sports teams losing their practice space as well as the space to host any home games. We are now ready to open our new and improved gymnasium, which come fall, will boast new mats and a student-developed fan mural. We look forward to having you in our gym this fall.

Student Shoutouts

There are endless examples for this section. Our students continue to amaze me each and every day.  For the purposes of this message, I will highlight student government, scholars, performers, and student athletes.

Centaur Council- student voice in government continues to build momentum at BCS. The students visited the Hennepin Co Government Center and were guest at the Hennepin County Board meeting. The students also did a Q & A with Commissioner Marion Greene; took a tour of the government center; and sat down with the senior Hennepin County Judge for a Q & A. The Hennepin County staff and myself were very impressed with the level of questions asked and the respectful nature of the students during the visits. Next year, we will work to build the council’s voice in decision-making throughout the building.

Teen Alliance- our Teen Alliance group was recognized as the “Teens of the Year” at this year’s Teenwise conference. This award recognizes a group of youth who are devoted to creating a safe space for students to show up as themselves. The group is led by Leah Post. Congratulations, Teen Alliance!

Centaur Scholars-

Hodan Jibrell (attending University of MN Duluth) was the very deserving recipient of the Rose Reese Peace Award. The Council of Jewish Women gives this award yearly to a deserving senior who embodies activism toward creating a more peaceful world. Amanda Ferry (attending St. Cloud State) and Gaonia Yang (attending University of MN) were the recipients of the Wallin Scholarship this year. The Wallin foundation selects scholars who show a sustained commitment to their studies while being well-rounded and involved members of their school community. Each year along with Channel 12, we highlight Star Students. This year our recipients were Isabella Annan (attending UW Madison); Riley McIlrath (attending St. Cloud State) ; and Laura Epding (attending Hamline University). Thirty-five members of our sophomore class completed Personal Projects this year, Our fair highlighted wood carving, spoken word, origami, make up application, cooking, and a variety of gorgeous cakes and cookies. 8th grader Andy Wong participated in state history day over the weekend at the U of M, and was selected to represent the state of Minnesota at the National Competition in Maryland in June!  He is one of an elite group selected from a pool of over 25,000 students who participated in Minnesota History Day this year.

Centaur Performers- As an Arts magnet school, we have the pleasure of being able to offer robust visual and performing arts courses for our students that are often not the norm in most schools.  I have seen our programs grow by leaps and bounds this year. Under the direction of Ms. Anna Miller, our theatre program showcased the gifts of BCS students through a fall play, one act, and a spring musical.  This spring I had the pleasure to witness a choir-dance collaboration between Mr. Countrymen’s Centaur Choir and Ms. Stein’s DP dance class. It was progressive, creative, and beautiful.  On one of my coffee with the principal visits, we had the pleasure of a private concert with BC’s middle school challenge band who knocked my socks off with their musical gifts. The future is so bright for BC performers!

Centaur Athletes

Jason Barto (attending Concordia St. Paul), Tyrell Beasley (attending Itasca Community College), and Romell Carr (attending Itasca Community College) have all signed letters of commitment to play collegiate football in the fall. This accomplishment is no doubt due to the dedication and advocacy shown on behalf of these young men by their coach, Mr. Will Finley.  Keanndra “Bubbles” Auld was the very deserving recipient of BCS’s Athena Award this year. The Athena recognizes one female student athlete each year who shows dedication to her studies and devotion to athletics. Bubbles has exemplified this very dedication throughout her time with us at BCS. We are so proud of her for her leadership, her team spirit, and most importantly- her commitment to learning at high levels. Best of luck in your future, Bubs!

A Better Way

BCS leadership team has spent this year engaged in a training sequence entitled, A Better Way. The focus of this training is around the reduction of exclusionary practices for our students. In short, suspension from school is not effective. It does not change behavior; in fact, it sets students who are potentially academically fragile further behind. In addition, it puts them into the community without the proper support of their family or school staff.  To that end, I am committed to taking a critical look at what has been past practices at BCS.  I believe that when a student makes a misstep, we need to teach them how to make a different decision next time. After all, if a student has trouble reading, we teach them to read. If a student has trouble with math, we teach them. If a student has trouble behaving, we suspend them…this no longer makes sense. It is not right for kids.

Achievement

While our preliminary testing data shows growth in students meeting and partially meeting the standard, we still have a way to go. I look at our achievement data across grade levels and am struck by the high numbers of students accepting failure in their classes. We hope combat this by focusing heavily on transition and tradition within our building. We believe that by establishing urgency and not accepting failure for students, we will see an impact in student achievement.

Next year’s work begins now

We are balancing the celebration of a strong SY 15 with simultaneous planning for SY 16. Last Friday, I met with staff to discuss the next layer for our collective instructional practice for next year. Creating more opportunities for student voice in the classroom is emerging as the next right step. Our students are showing growth across grade levels in reading with the implementation of BC-style Close Read; and they are starting to move forward in math at the middle levels with the development of student voice in the learning. I can’t wait to watch the accelerated growth of our students when we take this practice school-wide.

 

In sum, this year has been filled with challenge and success. I believe so strongly in the abilities and potential of our young people. I know that we will continue to build BCS from a good school to a great school by working with continued commitment and partnership with our families and community. I am available to you at any point should you have questions regarding your child’s education.

Always remember- It’s a Great Day to be a Centaur.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carly Jarva

Very Proud Principal, BCS Arts and IB World School

 


2014-2015

First Day of School:  September 2, 2014
Last Day of School:  June 4, 2015

Start time is: 8:05 a.m. and Dismissal Time is 3:05 p.m.

Spring Break will be March 30 to April 3, 2014.

BCHS School Phone Number: (763) 561-2120




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