Monday, January 23, 2017

BSO Student Spotlight: Evan K.

Evan K. received his CompTIA A+ certification!

Congratulations Evan! We are so proud of you! 

A note from Evan's mom: I wanted to thank Branson for making concurrent enrollment available to the students.  Evan received his CompTIA A+ certification today in the mail. He's the only one in his class at Pickens to have passed the exams required for this certification.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

January Feature Teacher

Branson School Online is home to the most talented and dedicated teaching staff in Colorado! 

Each month we introduce you to one of our incredible Branson School Online teachers. 

Our Feature Teacher for the month of January is:


Kate Henson

Mrs. Henson teaches Kindergarten and 1st grade for Branson School Online. Read on to learn more about this talented BSO teacher.






Name: Kate Henson

Years Teaching: I have been teaching for 14 years

Years with BSOThis is my 9th year with Branson School Online!

Favorite food: I love ALL Mexican food!

Favorite color: Purple

Pets: I don't have any pets now, but I grew up having dogs.

Hobbies: I love spending time reading, watching football, and traveling with my family.

What do you love about teaching? My favorite thing about teaching is watching students learn and discover new things and seeing them meet and exceed their goals.

What do you love about teaching with Branson? I love working with and meeting so many great students and their families!

Favorite season? I LOVE fall!  I love when the weather starts getting cooler and it is beautiful when the colors start to change.

Favorite place you have traveled to? Florence, Italy

# 1 item on your bucket list: I have been to 4 continents, but I would love to go to all 7 continents!   

Favorite book/author: My favorite children's book has always been Charlotte's Web.

Favorite sport: Football


Monday, January 9, 2017

December Interest Ed

Our December InterestEd sessions were so much fun! Students had the opportunity to choose from several different sessions including making forever snowmen, learning about cross-fit, creating food gifts as well as many other incredible topics!

Check out the pictures of students and teachers participating in all of the different sessions.

Watch your email for an invitation to the next round of InterestEd sessions.

Next InterestEd Opportunity: Feb 16th

If you are unaware of or have not tried this amazing enrichment opportunity, please do so! It is a great way for students to get a break from regular classes and have some fun with their classmates and teachers.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!













Welcome back! BSO would like to wish all of our incredible families a great start to 2017! 

To get our year started on a super positive note, check out this awesome opinion letter, written by one of BSO's 3rd graders. We LOVE hearing positive feedback from our families! 

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Monday, December 12, 2016

December Feature Teacher

Branson School Online is home to the most talented and dedicated teaching staff in Colorado! 

Each month we introduce you to one of our incredible Branson School Online teachers or counselors. 

Our Feature Teacher for the month of December is:


Liz Ellingson

Mrs. Ellingson is the BSO counselor for 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th and 12th grades.  Read on to learn more about this talented BSO counselor.






Name: Liz Ellingson

Years Teaching: 13

Years with BSO: 7

Favorite food: Black Tie Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory  

Favorite color: Blue

Pets: Hamster

Hobbies: Reading, Bargain Hunting, Couponing, Going to Movies

What do you love about teaching? I love being able to work with my students to help them discover their future career interests and mapping a path to get there. I also love getting to know my students and helping them overcome obstacles that may make it difficult for them to be successful in school. 

What do you love about teaching with Branson? I love that Branson allows students to pursue interests outside of school such as dancing, gymnastics, music, traveling, working, etc which I believes makes them a more well rounded individual and student. I also love that Branson works with non-traditional learners that may have different learning styles and needs and supports students to achieve their goals and learn in a way that makes sense to them. 

Favorite season? Why? I love fall because of the beautiful colors and slightly cooler weather. I also enjoy sitting outside at our fire pit and roasting marshmallows with my husband and boys this time of year. 

Favorite place you have traveled to? Bahamas

# 1 item on your bucket list: Hawaii

Favorite book/author: I enjoy mystery books and my favorite author is Sue Grafton.  

Favorite sport: Hockey

Anything else you’d like to share: I am so thankful to be part of the Branson family and wouldn't wish to be anywhere else! 



Thursday, December 8, 2016

BSO Student Spotlight: Jack H

Our unique educational setting provides Branson School Online students the opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting extracurricular activities.

We love to celebrate and encourage our students as they pursue their dreams!


Student Spotlight
BSO student Jack H. recently competed in the 2016 Football University National Championship. His team is now moving on to the final rounds and Championship in Naples, FL!

Details below are courtesy of Dave Nagy, Director of Football Operations for the Warriors Black & Warriors Fire.

Our 8th graders has been hand-selected to the Football University (FBU), Team Colorado.
They have received the honor of being selected as one of the nation’s top youth football players and earned the chance to participate in the 2016 Football University National Championship played Dec 1-5 in Sacramento, CA representing TEAM COLORADO .  The youth teams for Colorado were from all over Denver representing the youth leagues of Warriors, Spartans and Cherry Creek which is coached by high school coaching staff from Valor, Mountain Vista, Highlands Ranch and Cherry Creek.
We were picked in the bracket from teams from Nevada, Oregon, CA and Colorado and were also picked to be sleeper team and not anticipating a win…………………. BUT we

Beat Sacramento 45-6
Beat Bay Area Metro 20-6
Beat San Diego (#2 ranked powerhouse) 35-0 in the finals

Total Scored = 100
Total Allowed = 12

Average score per game = 33-4!! We left the opponents completely shocked!
Not bad for a bunch of Sleepers!! 
We are on our way to Naples Florida to play in the national tournament.  We one of the top 8 teams in the nation.  

Congratulations Jack! The BSO community is so proud of you! Good luck in Florida! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

BSO Student Spotlight: Anna S.

Our unique educational setting provides Branson School Online students the opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting extracurricular activities.

We love to celebrate and encourage our students as they pursue their dreams!


Student Spotlight

This week the BSO Student Spotlight is on Anna S. Anna is a 5th grade student with BSO. She has attended BSO since kindergarten and loves the flexibility of attending school from home. Anna's favorite things about attending BSO are the flexible schedule and going to school in her PJs.

Anna also loves to dance. The flexible hours of BSO enable Anna the opportunity to advance this talent. She typically dances between 15 - 20 hours each week.

Anna recently auditioned for and earned the role of the white rabbit in her dance studio's upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland.

Performances are open to the public. If you are a resident of the Denver Metro area and would like to come support one of our hard working BSO students, please see below for information.

Alice in Wonderland
North Middle School
12095 E. Monteview Blvd
Aurora, CO 80010

Saturday, December 3rd

Matinee: Doors open at 1:30 pm, show starts at 2 pm
Evening: Doors open at 5:30 pm, show starts at 6 pm

Tickets: $15 each