BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014

As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading

Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014

As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading

Boys SoccerTue, Sep 02 7 p.m.OronoHome
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 02 5 p.m.OronoOrono HS
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
FootballFri, Sep 05 7 p.m.ChaskaChaska HS
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 11 7 p.m.ChaskaHome
Girls SoccerThu, Sep 11 5 p.m.ChaskaHome
FootballFri, Sep 12 7 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperHome
Boys SoccerMon, Sep 15 7 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Mon, Sep 15 5 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 16 5 p.m.RichfieldRichfield HS
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BSM plans strategically for the year 2020

BSM plans strategically for the year 2020

After the recent additions of Wellness classes and the 1:1 laptop program, change has become a constant at BSM, and in order to continue to advance, BSM sets its sights on the future, trying to design a new and more progressive curriculum for 2020.

Knowing that the world perpetually continues to develop, BSM wants to keep up with the ever-changing advancements in learning and technology. “Things are going to change exponentially, and one of the things that’s becoming more and more apparent is that education will have to transform along with it,” said Mr. Stephen Pohlen, Director of Technology and Learning at BSM.

The new curriculum will try to be more inclusive and use real-life applications to solve real world problems. “Certainly you’re going to learn knowledge, you’re going to learn content…but it’s more important that you know what to do with that stuff, how to analyze this, and how to apply it to another situation,” said Mr. Pohlen.

Mr. Pohlen strongly believes that aspects of this this more inclusive curriculum already exist within our school, putting BSM one step ahead technologically. “One of the places you would find [technological advancement] is the Advanced Competitive Science program where you’re taking some knowledge and applying it to a situation, and it’s requiring you to solve problems that the teacher isn’t going to tell you the answer to,” said Mr. Pohlen.

The Journalism program at BSM also belongs in this progressive category, incorporating learning that involves application of concepts for practical use—the production of a newspaper and news website. “There’s a real product that’s going to be consumed publicly, not just within the walls of the school, but outside of school as well. It changes the importance of how meaningful it is, how relevant it is, for the kids,” said Mr. Pohlen.

However, between all these changes, Mr. Pohlen recognize that some points in the curriculum need to stay the same. “We already have a lot of things going on in terms of critical thinking and problem solving…we don’t want to lose the best of what we have already,” said Mr. Pohlen.

This process continues, as Mr. Pohlen is meeting with teachers, the school board, and students, asking them what they want in this new program. “It’s just been a lot of researching the best practices, talking about the best practices, brainstorming ideas, trying to dream big, and trying to think outside the box,” said Mr. Pohlen.

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