Monday, November 13, 2017

November 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 November is:


Christina Narayan!



Mrs. Narayan is a 1st grade and elementary special education teacher for Branson School Online. Read on to learn more about this talented BSO teacher!

Name: Christina Narayan

Years Teaching: 17 years

Years with BSO: This is my 16th year at BSO.

Favorite food: I love so many different kinds of foods! Indian, Korean, Mexican, Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai... and don't even get me started on chocolate. I think I'll stop right there and go get a snack. 

Favorite color: It depends on what I'm choosing a color for, but I'll say red.

Pets: My daughter has a hamster but my kids are begging for a dog.

Hobbies: Going to my kids' sporting events, traveling, reading, watching movies, Zumba, and baking.

What do you love about teaching? I love being a part of the joy students experience during light bulb moments.

What do you love about teaching with Branson? BSO allows me to try new things, pushes me to continually grow as a teacher, and supports me in lifelong learning.

Favorite season? Why? I love the summer! That's when I can read in a hammock with the sun on my face and if it's a really good summer... I'll be reading on a beach and feeling the sand between my toes.

Favorite place you have traveled to? My top three would be Fiji, Hawaii, and Cancun, Mexico.

# 1 item on your bucket list: My list is too long but #1 is to go to the Taj Mahal with my husband.

Favorite book/author: This is nearly as impossible to answer as the food question. I love reading and have been in the same book club for years. We combine reading with eating so it is perfect for me. :) I'll just share my favorite genre which is historical fiction.

Favorite sport: My favorite sport to watch is Rugby Sevens and my favorite sport to play is basketball. 


Anything else you’d like to share: BSO is my family and it is an honor to be a part of my students' lives! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Student Spotlight Kelsey E.

Here are some highlights from Kelsey's 2017 Quarter Midget Season!

"The 2017 Quarter Midget season has come to an end. Kelsey finished the year third in points in the Senior Honda class. She also won the "most improved senior driver " award as voted on by her peers. This is a huge award. Kelsey also raced at the national event in Phoenix, Az, the states race at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Co and at the states race at the Sky Sox Stadium in Colorado Springs, Co.   Kelsey also competed in a second car in the 160 class for part of the season.  Kelsey races regularly in Pueblo, Co and Ellicott, Co. "

Great job Kelsey! 




Monday, October 30, 2017

Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2017











Click on the following link to see all of the incredible submissions for the 2017 BSO Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October InterestEd


Our October InterestEd sessions were a huge success!  Students had the opportunity to explore careers in the medical field, upcycle old t-shirts, learn basic sign language, learn the basics of machine sewing and much more!

Scroll down to check out the pictures of our students participating in several of the different sessions.

Mark your calendar and watch your email for the next round of InteresEd opportunities!

Next InterestEd: November 16, 2017

(Click on the images below to enlarge)


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 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 October is:


Marlo Nickell!

Ms. Nickell teaches high school language arts for Branson School Online. Read on to learn more about this talented BSO teacher!





Name: Marlo Nickell

Years Teaching: 4

Years with BSO: 1

Favorite food: Pasta or Sushi

Favorite color: All shades of green 

Pets: 2 dogs and 3 cats

Hobbies: Reading, playing with my nephew, traveling 

What do you love about teaching? I love to share my passion for literature with ready minds. 

What do you love about teaching with Branson? I love the flexible work environment that allows all students to be successful and the wonderful people that are always willing to help.

Favorite season? Why? My favorite season is always the next season! I love them all so much that I just can't wait for them to change. 

Favorite place you have traveled to? Duluth, Minnesota

# 1 item on your bucket list: My list is so full, there is no way to narrow it down, but most of them involve exploring. 

Favorite book/author: I love Harry Potter! 

Favorite sport: To play, basketball or volleyball but to watch, baseball. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tips and Tricks










BSO parent Stacie S. has a great idea she'd like to share!









This is a picture of our touch math chart. I taped this on the corner of my student's desk and it saves us time, because instead of pulling out the blocks, we just look at the chart. It works for counting on and counting back. For us, it's very useful and over time, he'll memorize the dot placement. To be honest, I learned this in 2nd grade and I still use it!

Thanks for the awesome idea Stacie! 


If you have a tip or suggestion you'd like to share with other BSO families, please email cherith@bransonschoolonline.com .