News from Blue Ridge School

Another great school sent us their newsletter, and we loved seeing the performce of the Barontones from The Blue Ridge School!

The video below is a performance of the Blue Ridge a capella choir, the Barontones, singing at the Jefferson Area Board on Aging (JABA) Greene County Senior Center on March 27.  They were a big hit, and have been invited to sing at the JABA Volunteer Recognition Event in Charlottesville on April 24 before an audience of 1,800. Directed by Mr. Jerry King, the choir members include: Masa Mizuno, Johnny Atkinson, Sam Kalinski, Spencer Scruggs, Richard Oshodin, Jared Arntzen, Peng Kamonprapasawat, Mason Schmidt, Isaac King, Jason Zhang, Hassan Dasuki, Yibo Zhou, Asa Thomas, Steven Jeon. For more videos of this performance, click here. (If the video should not appear in this email, click here to view it.)

Character Education: In March, Blue Ridge School boys were privileged to have Dr. Philip M. Rosoff as the Saturday morning speaker – part of the school’s Character Education program. Dr. Rosoff gave the boys three case studies, each involving a child facing difficult medical decisions, and asked the boys to answer several questions that had no easy answers about parents’ rights, minor’s rights, and the role of government in family decisions. Dr. Rosoff is the Director of Clinical Ethics at Duke University Hospital. His main interests are clinical ethics with a concentration in medical decision-making including equitable allocation of scarce resources. Dr. Rosoff’s presentation is part of the Blue Ridge School Character Education Program which is centered around our Code of Conduct. This year, Blue Ridge teachers are weaving themes from the Code into their lessons throughout the year. For more on this story, click here

Academic News: Three Blue Ridge boys won ribbons in the Greene County Art Festival held at William Monroe High School this weekend. Peter Dozal won 1st prize for his sculpture titled “Deep”, Peng Kamonprapasawat won 1st prize for his drawing, and Vincent Guo won 2nd prize for his multimedia piece. Art teacher David Welty organized the Blue Ridge exhibit at this annual student art show that includes work from students in all Greene County schools.

Mrs. Marcia Kozloski has been selected to receive a 2013 Golden Apple Award for Blue Ridge School. Ms. Kozloski teaches Portuguese and Spanish, and is the chair of the BRS Foreign Language Department. She has taught at Blue Ridge since 2001.Mrs. Kozloski is one of several local teachers who have been selected for this award, and will be featured in the Daily Progress in early May.

The ninth grade science students had a blast exploding water last week. Mr. Jamie Bourland dropped pure metal sodium in plain water, causing an immediate reaction that released Hydrogen from the H2O in the water. It also released heat energy. “Hydrogen, Oxygen and heat make combustion or fire. If you play around with the containers, you get a small explosion,” says Mr. Bourland who adds that one of the surprises is the cost: chemistry teachers pay roughly $200 per pound for Sodium metal which is stored in a can, immersed in oil, to prevent any water or humidity reaching it. For videos of the experiment, click here.

Tomorrow, all students will participate in activities in preparation for the college application process. The seniors will learn about what to expect in their first year in college. Juniors will learn more about writing their college essays and the application process, and freshmen and sophomores will go on their first college visit touring Bridgewater College.

Athletic News: The Barons’ Lacrosse team is off to a great start with a decisive 16-12 win over Collegiate on Thursday, and an 18-3 win over North Cross yesterday. For more on this, click here.

Sophomore Daniel Curran won the third annual Washington Capitals Youth Hockey Shootout in the High School category on Tuesday, March 12. The shootout was held at the Capitals’ halftime in front of a crowd of 20,000.  The Youth Hockey Shootout competition allows budding hockey players to demonstrate their skills while competing to become the top shooter or goalie in their age bracket. For more on this story, click here.

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