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!