Learning Updates for March 21 to March 25

March 25, 2022

Fifth Grade Studies, Researches the Immigrant Experience

Over the past couple of weeks in fifth grade humanities, students have been learning about immigration, specifically the immigration station, Angel Island. During the fifth graders’ most recent project, each student created their own questions and interviewed someone about their immigration experience. The fifth graders then created a piece of work that illustrated what they learned from their interviews. The goal of this project was for students to understand that everyday people have their own unique experiences that add to our knowledge of American history. Furthermore, the sharing of stories adds to our understanding of the people in our lives and our communities.

– Vaniecia Skinner, grade 5 teacher

Sixth Graders Author Their Own Stories on Growing Up

Throughout the year, sixth graders explore the coming-of-age genre. They ask themselves and each other what it means to “grow up,” and explore how stories help us express universal themes of growth and change. This winter, they wrote their own! Inspired by the authors in Flying Lessons and Other Stories, sixth graders drafted and revised their own coming-of-age short stories. Last Friday’s middle school sharing assembly featured excerpts from a few of the young authors. All sixth graders will submit their stories to the class anthology, which is currently in publication. Stay tuned for your copy!

– Julia Juster, grade 6 English teacher

By Kassie Bettinelli, music teacher |

November 17, 2023

In March of last year, a few students approached the music teaching team about the possibility of organizing a talent show. Knowing one hadn’t been scheduled for the spring, and that planning one for the future could be an awesome…


November 17, 2023

Second Grade’s New Mural Is a Feast For the Eyes For our summer reading book this year, second graders read Tomatoes for Neela, written by Padmi Lakshmi and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. It is a story about a young girl…

By John O'Neill, director of athletics |

November 3, 2023

This fall, BDS piloted an intramural volleyball team that spent the season learning the game, practicing skills, and holding weekly scrimmages. Over the course of the season, players improved tremendously and are prepared to step into a more competitive environment…


November 3, 2023

Spanish Students Learn, Share About El Días de los Muertos Spanish students learned about and celebrated the traditional Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Through different audio activities, students engaged in hands-on projects. Sixth grade…
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