Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

Bowling a perfect 300 requires pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset. (Madeline Rockhold)

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

April 22, 2014

The no hitter, the hat trick, and the triple-double are what every athlete strives to accomplish. They require pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset, but one achievement is often left off of the list: bowling a perfect 300. For BSM junior Joe Kleven, this dream has become... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
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SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
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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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