Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Mack Cleveland (pictured left) has been named as one of the 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for one of the National Merit Scholarships. Out of 1.6 million students, this places Mack in the top 1/2 percent of the nation!
Taylen Day, Rachel Gruenbaum, Caleb Phelps and Anson Sujoe (pictured left to right) have been named as National Merit Commended Scholars, placing them in the top 3 percent of the nation!
Last but not least, Caleb Shelter (pictured right) has been named one of the 7,000 College Board National Hispanic Scholars, and among the top 2.5 percent of all Hispanic students who took the PSAT.
These students join the ranks of Bethesda's 16 National Merit Scholars, 44 Commended Scholars, 17 National Hispanic Scholars and 2 National Achievement Outstanding Participants. We are so proud of these students and are excited to see what God has in store for them after graduation.
We are so proud of our Robotics teams! Our senior school team competed at TCC on Saturday, Jan. 6 where they qualified for the North Texas Regional Championship on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The team took 2nd place in the Inspire Award and 1st in the Connect Award. They were also 4th alliance captain in the robot game and the alliance team placed fourth in the game.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, our elementary and middle school teams, Ambassador Stars, Ambassador Lightning and Ambassador Blue competed in their second qualifier. The three teams advanced to the Regional Championship and Ambassador Blue took second place all around, the Championship Award. These three teams will be added to the other two teams who placed first and second Championship Awards from the first qualifier to automatically advance to the regional. The Regional Qualifier takes place on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Bethesda Christian School’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team has qualified for the South Super-Regional Championship, to be held March 23-25 at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.
The team's advance to the South Super-Regional will be its third appearance in four years. Faculty sponsor Una Davis stated that the squad “double-qualified” for the Super-Regional, placing second for the Inspire Award and winning the Think Award at the FTC North Texas Regional Championship on February 25.
The Inspire Award, the highest honor given at a meet, recognizes a team that embodies the spirit of the FTC program. The Inspire Award winner is a top contender for many other judged awards and exhibits Gracious Professionalism, one of the FIRST program’s highest values.
The Think Award is given to a team for the quality of its engineering notebook. Judges recognize the winning squad for its documentation of the robot design process.
Members of the Ambassador Robotics team are Noah Brown, Ben Davis, Mark Eagan, Rachel Gruenbaum and Brandon Watanabe. The Ambassadors will be one of 72 teams in 11 states competing at the South Super-Regional Championship.
Bethesda Christian School enters the final phase of its three-year adoption of Saxon Math with the implementation of the widely used math curriculum in grades 2-5 this fall. BCS instituted the program two years ago with kindergarten classes and in grades 6-11, adding first grade to the mix in 2015-2016.
Saxon combines a gradual and incremental instructional approach with homework that continually revisits previously taught skills and integrates problems covering new concepts. The method helps students achieve mastery of concepts previously taught through ongoing, cumulative review.
The change in the BCS math curriculum has resulted in a dramatic rise in math achievement test scores. In tracking student math achievement on the Stanford Achievement Test over the past four years, last year’s eighth grade class is one example of a group that demonstrated significant improvement.
As a whole, the class scored at the 80th percentile as fifth graders and the 76th percentile as sixth graders in its overall math score. Following Bethesda’s adoption of Saxon Math in 2014-2015, the group’s mean average jumped to the 89th percentile in seventh grade and rose to the 90th percentile in eighth grade.
Among individual students within the same class, some scores were even more impressive, with a number achieving 20-30 percentile-point increases after Bethesda switched to Saxon.
John Saxon developed Saxon Math out of concern about the state of math education in the United States, believing that all students can do well in math if given the right tools. Saxon understood that students needed continual practice and review to be successful math students. We are so excited to watch our students become even more successful in math as we begin using this curriculum in the entire elementary school.