Bethesda Christian School captured several ribbons issued at the ACSI Area Math Olympics, held at St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in Arlington on Friday, Feb. 15.
More than 200 students representing 18 schools qualified for the Area competition on the basis of their performance in the ACSI District Math Olympics contest. Mrs. Nancy Berman, elementary dean, serves as Math Olympics Coordinator for the BCS Math Olympics team, stated, "Being involved in the ACSI Math Olympics competition enhances learning beyond the classroom. It equips and challenges our students toward God-honoring applications of their math abilities...and it's fun!"
A total of 27 BCS students qualified for the Area Math Olympics. Fifteen Ambassadors earned Superior ratings, ten received Excellent and one attained a Good rating.
We are so proud of these students' hard work and accomplishments. Below you'll find the results from the competition:
Abram Alexander, Computation–Superior, second place
Nikolai Burgess, Reasoning–Superior, first place
Chloe Jefferies, Computation–Excellent
Aubrey Nguyen, Computation–Excellent
Yanza Nyunja, Reasoning–Excellent
Matthew Benson, Computation–Excellent
Chloe Preston, Reasoning—Superior, third place
Joshua Snow, Reasoning—Superior, third place
Jared Hatfield, Reasoning—Excellent
Cole Hamilton, Computation–Superior, second place
Emma VanZuiden, Reasoning–Superior
Allen Varghese, Reasoning—Excellent
Mark Abraham, Computation–Superior, third place
Ben Burgess, Reasoning—Superior, first place
Alana Cooper, Computation–Superior
Asher Isgitt, Reasoning—Superior
Mitchell Minyard, Reasoning—Superior
Bo Scheufler, Computation–Superior
Cason Clagg, Reasoing—Good
Elijah Holdeman, Reasoning—Excellent, second place
Stephen Lovelady, Computation–Superior, second place
Eden McKenzie, Computation–Excellent, fourth place
Hephzibah Sujoe, Reasoning—Superior, first place
McKenna Franks, Computation–Superior, first place
Eli Haddox, Computation–Excellent, fourth place
Zachary Hall, Computation–Excellent
BCS Parents & Students,
In September, we asked you to share your spare change to help South Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey. We are excited to announce that the school collected $3554.47!
Our elementary students collected $797.74 and our middle and senior school students collected a whopping $2756.73!
Thank you so much for partnering with us and Convoy of Hope to help take care of our neighbors.
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.
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We are so excited to announce that Mack Cleveland, Class of 2019 graduate, has been named a Finalist in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Taylen Day, Rachel Gruenbaum, Caleb Phelps and Anson Sujoe have been named as National Merit Commended Scholars, placing them in the top 3 percent of the nation!
Last but not least, Caleb Shelter 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.