Monday, October 31, 2011


Halloween came with a trip to ZOOBOO on Friday, October 28th as we loaded up to the Maryland Zoo. There was a costume change then off to see the wild animals! Students saw many creatures including chimpanzees, penguins, cheetahs, birds, giraffes, and lions that were so close you could touch them. Later the students went trick- or- treating, navigated through a maze and gathered pumpkins. What a scary day it was!

Friday, October 21, 2011

First few weeks in the Creative Arts Studio

These first few weeks in the art studio have found the BUGS students discussing why people make art & why they personally make art (see Maurice), constructing their first self portraits (value self portrait projects pictured below), sewing journals, and completing a basic print making project. It's going to be a year full of glue, paint, clay, hula hoops, sewing machines, learning, fun & growth!

Why Maurice makes art: "I make art because it's really really fun!!"

Below: Shoniqua works in her hand sewn self expression journal.

Value Self Portrait Projects
Students filled their traced profile with images of their personal values and objects they liked and then wrote an artist autobiography.

Working on the Bridgers' Community Values Banner

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

End of Summer/Fall Gardening

Recently in gardening component, students completed a gardening scavenger hunt in which they identified many plants like kale, lettuce and sunflowers.
They did plenty of harvesting and planting and created beautiful gardening journals to record their activities and progress.

How Many Seeds In A Tomato?

Students dissected tomato seeds. Using their estimation skills, they tried to determine the number of seeds in several tomatoes based on the number they counted in the first one. Their estimation skills improved greatly from their first tomato! 
Students were amazed at how many tomato plants can be grown from the seeds in just one tomato!

Some End-of-the-Day Rec Room Fun

Camp Puh'Tok Day Trip

New students from Commodore John Rogers got to experience their first trip to the legendary Camp Puh'Tok! They saw and touched many exciting animals and got to cool off in the pool.

Baltimore Orioles Game

On June 8th
B.U.G.S. watched the Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland. As we munched on peanuts
and popcorn, we cheered and cheered until we could not wait any longer. The Orioles won 3-2!

Hula Hooping Fun In The Summer!