October 22, 2014 - October 23, 2014
No School - Teacher Work Day
October 23, 2014
October 31, 2014
2nd Scheduled Make-Up Day
October 31, 2014 01:00 - 03:00
November 1, 2014 06:00 - 08:00
FEP Radio Show Appearance
November 21, 2014
November 21, 2014
3rd Scheduled Make-Up Day
November 25, 2014 09:00 - 12:00
November 25, 2014 12:00 - 01:00
November 26, 2014 - November 28, 2014
No School - Thanksgiving Break
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This is an exciting time for our school! Enrollment for the elementary school is at an all-time high and our classrooms are overflowing, so we've invested in a mobile classroom to accommodate our middle schoolers. With the students attending the brand new Blue Mountain High School at the EcoVillage we have a 50% increase in enrollment this year!
With expansion comes growing pains, which is why we're having our $10K in 30 days Growing Pains Campaign, which will help us get started on the right foot this school year.
As you may imagine, starting a new school and adding a new classroom is no simple feat.We need all sorts of materials to optimize these spaces, and we need more of the best teachers we can find to educate the next amazing generation of Blue Mountain students, and bring a little more light to the world.
If every person who reads this donates just $20 (tax deductible) we will achieve our goal! If you can give more we hope you will consider doing so. Please take a moment today to make your contribution - it is quick and easy - just click the link to be taken to our secure donation page.
If you donate $25 or more, we'll happily send you a copy of Colored Pencils - an entertaining publication featuring our students' voices, stories, and drawings.
If you need a little more incentive, here's some! Every donor goes in the draw to win:
One of five copies of theBMS Children's Storiesbook;
One of ten copies of the school's upcoming Local Gifts Coupon Book(featuring hundreds of dollars in savings around Floyd); or
One of two packets of hand-made paper greeting cards made by BMS students!
All donations of $100 or more will also go in the draw to win a beautiful art piece created by every class of the elementary and middle school!
And if you're able to make an even bigger donation, our biggest donor will get the following:
Naming rights on the new mobile classroom;
A personalized song, written and performed by the students; and
A potluck meal in your honor!
We have two money saving options for BMS families for next year:
1. Tuition Futures - introduced last year, tuition futures allow families to save on future tuition while giving the school advance funds to plan ahead for the school year! (Currently this program is only available to elementary school students.)
2. Referral Bonus - any family that refers a new BMS family that enrolls their child for the 2013-14 school year will receive a $250 tuition credit for their child for the 2013-14 school year! The referring family will receive the credit in May 2014 if the new family stays enrolled for the entire school year and is in good financial standing, and the new family cannot have had their child enrolled at BMS anytime before the 2009 school year. The new family must not have enrolled for the upcoming school year at this point and time, and must be enrolled no later than Sept 1.
Please contact the office if you want to take advantage of either of these programs!
Last school year, Miranda and her students welcomed a graduate student from Radford University into their science class. Susan Slate, who was working on her masters' degree in curriculum and instruction in secondary science education, had some great questions about alternative schools. With the help of Blue Mountain School teachers, students, and staff, Susan's questions were answered, and she wrote an article, State Science Standards in a Progressive School.
The article was recently published in Encounter: Education for Meeting and Social Justice, a "journal of educational research and perspective featuring articles about returning balance to education by embedding teaching in a framework that enhances students’ personal growth as humane beings and cultivates in them a genuine commitment to social justice and an awareness that we are all but a part of a larger natural world — while insisting on genuine achievement in learning and skill acquisition."
Susan enjoyed working with Blue Mountain School so much, she joined our Board of Trustees last fall.