Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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 December is:

Kelly Kenney

Mrs. Kenney is the District Assessment Coordinator for Branson School Online. Read on to learn more about this talented BSO teacher.

Years Teaching: 15 years 

Years with BSO: 10

Favorite food: Italian

Favorite color: turquoise 

Pets: 1 Dog (Duke), 2 Horses (Nitro and Shiner), 1 Pony (Sugar), Barn Cats 

Hobbies: Photography, Reading, Exercise

What do you love about teaching? It has been a while since I have taught in the classroom. I have been the assessment coordinator for many years, but my favorite thing about teaching was always coming up with creative ways to present material. And, of course, getting to know my students. 

What do you love about teaching with Branson? It is exciting to be a part of an organization that is innovative. Also, it is great to work with the wonderful teachers, staff and students in Branson School District. 

Favorite season? My favorite season is fall. I like all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available that time of year. I like the long days with nice weather and the the opportunity to think about all that I have to be grateful for. 

Favorite place you have traveled to? This is hard to answer since I love to travel. Top three: Italy, Dominican Republic, and Hawaii. 

# 1 item on your bucket list: Charter a yacht and travel to all Caribbean Islands by boat.

Favorite book/author: I love all Richard Paul Evans' books! He puts a new one out every November. They are all set around Christmas time. Perfect read during Winter Break!

Favorite sport: Football! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The ICAP Unveiled

All students in grades 9-12 are required by state law to have an ICAP (Individual Career and Assessment Plan) on file with their district.  However, what is an ICAP?  Why do you need one? 

An Individual Career and Academic Plan(ICAP) is a documented plan for students to plan out college and career milestones for future success.  

The ICAP process is driven by the individual student with the support of the parent/guardian and in collaboration with the student’s school counselor. 

Click on the link below and watch this exciting presentation where you will learn more about ICAP Plans, what is required on each plan, and powerful ways to utilize your ICAP Plan. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BSO Email Tip

Welcome to 2nd Semester!

Are you looking for an easy way to keep track of your student's work and communication with teachers? Would you like to be more informed and involved in their day to day interactions?

Today's tip comes from a veteran BSO parent. Follow the directions below to set up your BSO student's email account to send you a copy of every email they receive.

1.  Sign into the student's email account.
2.  Click on the gear (Settings) at the top right of the screen, then click on Settings.
3.  Click on the "Filters and Blocked Addresses" tab at the top. 
4.  Click on "Create a New Filter."
5.  In the "From" box in the pop up window, enter the email address you would like to receive copies from.
6.  At the bottom of that pop up window, click on "Create a Filter With This Search."
7.  In the next screen, check the box by "Forward it to:", then click on "Add Address."
8.  In the next screen, you will be able to enter your email address. Be sure to check the button next to the "Forward a Copy of Incoming Mail to" as well as choose "Keep Branson School District RE-82 Mail's Copy in the Inbox" in the drop down box.
9.  Scroll down and save changes.

You should now receive a copy of every email your student receives.