Category Archives: Academics

An early finish

By Caitlin Ham

“My motivation for graduating early was just getting out of school early and the fact that I get paid full time and I’ll get to start college early. Next semester I plan to work full time, prepare for college and come back for prom and walk the stage and graduation,” Senior Michel Haase on graduating at semester

As first semester comes to a close, several BSHS seniors have elected to finish their time a little early. Graduating at semester may require students to take extra classes or advanced courses, and/or enroll in multiple courses in the same subject to finish high school with all the necessary credits. Continue reading An early finish

Battle of the biggest, brightest, best

by Emma Hibdon

“I feel like a lot of people see it as a place for little kids, but those high-schoolers really enjoyed themselves which just goes to show that all age groups are in mind when these exhibits are created.” – Angelia Schnakenberg on Science City

This fall, over 7,000 students in 250 schools from 55 school districts in a five-county area competed in the bi-annual Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. This is a STEM competition from Science CIty and Burns & McDonnell (a large Kansas City based engineering firm) that challenges students K-12 to create a new exhibit for Science City. Continue reading Battle of the biggest, brightest, best

Gaining advantage (and college credit)

by Emma Hibdon

“It’s definitely an adjustment. But I think that it’s an advantage because it gets you more prepared for college life.”

Many students take dual credit and college level classes offered at BSHS through UMKC and the AP College Board. Some students end their senior year with one or even two semesters worth of college credits and start their first year of college at a sophomore level.

Students choose to take these classes for a variety of reasons. Continue reading Gaining advantage (and college credit)

Breaking news: Wildcat TV update

By Mya Pearson

“Really it’s the relationships with the students because it’s different than a normal class. It’s a lot of fun to have those relationships with students that are different than a normal class,” sponsor Matt Marble on the rewards of teaching Wildcat TV.

Wildcat TV is back on the scene reporting this year’s news on campus with a fresh new spin on things. Continue reading Breaking news: Wildcat TV update

Education ventures outside the classroom

By Samara Bhatti

“It was a really fun experience. I’ve really improved in archery since last year, and this year I hit a bullseye,”  junior Chase Nettles on his experience at Burr Oak Woods

Physical education teacher Doug McLagan’s outdoor education class recently had an opportunity to go on a field trip to Burr Oak Woods to gain more knowledge about outdoor activities. Burr Oak Woods incorporates hands-on learning opportunities in the outdoors. Continue reading Education ventures outside the classroom

Students, staff tout benefits of PowerSchool

By Mya Pearson

“You don’t always have to leave a class or be late to your next class because you have to talk to that teacher, you can easily just check it from anywhere including at home,”  junior Taysha Taylor said.

PowerSchool, the software used by BSSD to manage student information,  is a way for parents and students to keep up with grades as the year goes by.  It has many features, including showing lunch balances and grades as well as giving teachers access to student demographics. Continue reading Students, staff tout benefits of PowerSchool