Breakthrough Magnet Hosts Winter Olympics and Break the Beat!

Breakthrough Magnet Hosts Winter Olympics and Break the Beat!

BMS 2014 Winter Olympics

With the 2014 Winter Olympics happening in Sochi, Russia, Breakthrough decided to host our own “Breakthrough Winter Olympics”.  The Olympic Games are a wonderful symbol of international community building, goal-setting and perseverance, all of which are foundations of BMS’s character education curriculum.

We started our Olympic Games with a Community Meeting Olympic Kickoff, where middle school students led the school in an interactive trivia game show.  We also had a group of middle school musicians who volunteered their lunchtime to write and produce an Olympic theme song.  The next week started off with our “Parade of Nations”, when the entire school waved flags from different nations as they walked throughout the hallways, and it culminated in our Gymnatorium where students took an "Olympic Oath”: I promise to follow the rules of the game.  To be fair. To be a good sport and honor my teams.  I’ll remember to play for fun!

In addition, our Wellness teacher and PE teacher organized daily “Minute to Win It” style events in the Olympic Village near the front office.  Middle school students led events & assisted younger students, as well as took pictures as our medal winners stood on the Olympic Podium.  Every day, students got the opportunity to earn “character medals” for showing BRICK behavior throughout the day.  These character medals were included in the gold medal count for each class. 
Finally, there was an Olympic Trivia Question of the Day, where teachers stepped back and let students discuss, compromise and reach a class consensus, and emailed their answer to our Wellness teacher.  Winning classrooms earned a gold medal for their medal count and were acknowledged over the intercom at the end of the day.  Students were also encouraged to discuss trivia questions at home with their families to continue the conversation!

Robbi Kumalo & Friends "Keep the Beat"

Ms. Kumalo and her band were guest artists for the day at Breakthrough Magnet School.  They performed at a special Community Meeting in the morning for the whole school, provided workshops for all of the grade level teams, PreK – 8 through the day, and then performed a Global Citizenship Concert (although with participation of the students) in the afternoon.
Submitted by,
Holly Gustafson, Curriculum Specialist
Breakthrough Magnet School South
290 Brookfield St.
Hartford, CT 06106

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