BMS has been a national School to Watch since 2012
Students build community between different grades in Crew
Students hold grade-level meetings and offer "shout-outs" to peers.
Our school motto
Choir director Brittany von Stein recently won a Colorado Outstanding Young Educator award.
8th graders mentor 5th graders
Our playground offers middle school challenges as well as Crew activities
Principal Ellsperman regularly meets with students
The Basalt Bands play over 20 concerts a year
Crew is a vital part of every day at BMS
Pep rallies are full of Longhorn Pride
Hands-on learning in science class
Crew activities practice our Habits of a Scholar
Welcome to College Row-- the academic wing of BMS
More than half of 8th graders sing in choir
Whole-school meetings happen throughout the year.
Students explore the Makerspace
Music and performances fill our auditorium year-round
5th graders learn their instruments in time for a fall concert.
Students take pride in their school and help in their community through Crew
The following are websites dedicated to providing resources and information about gifted and talented learners which parents, teachers and students may find helpful:
- National Association for Gifted Children: “Supporting the needs of high potential learners” www.nagc.org
- Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. The purpose of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented is to foster an understanding of all gifted children and their exceptional needs, and to advocate for appropriate education through partnerships with educators, parents, administrators, legislators, and the general public.CAGT is a non- profit advocacy organization with a 30-year history of providing leadership and support to students, parents and educators of gifted young people in Colorado. By way of affiliate members across the state, CAGT has endeavored to keep all school districts and policy makers aware of the issues surrounding gifted education. http://www.coloradogifted.org/
CAGT's annual conference is in October and includes a parent night:
- Colorado Department of Education: Helpful information and resources for parents. http://www.cde.state.co.us/gt/parents.htm
- The NRC-G/T is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to investigate, develop, and disseminate new methods for identifying and teaching gifted students. Special emphasis is placed on research that serves highly able students from culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse populations. The NRC-G/T is located at the University of Connecticut and is run collaboratively with the University of Virginia. In addition, researchers work in conjunction with more than 300 public school districts across the country as research study sites. http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt.html
- SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It provides resources. www.sengifted.org
- Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is the "All Things Gifted" resource for parents, educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and even gifted kids and teens themselves!” http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/
- Council for Exceptional Children: Addresses current special/gifted education policy and advocacy issues. www.cec.sped.org
- Twice-exceptional newsletter. For parents, educators and other professionals. Helping 2e children reach their potential. www.2enewsletter.com
- Byrdseed is a website dedicated to differentiated instruction for high level learners. www.byrdseed.com
- Davidson Institute offers a great resource and article section. https://www.davidsongifted.org/Search-Database