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  • 2022/2021/2020 Instrumental Ensemble students will be performing a Holiday Concert Thursday, Dec. 10 from 5:30-6:00 pm in the “Wolf Den Concert Hall” (aka the 4-8 Campus gym).

     

    All semester 1 student-athletes will be invited to an athletics banquet next Tuesday, 12/15 from 630-730 pm in the Gym. 

     

    The Bella Romero Academy was recently awarded a $12,500 “Innovation Station” grant from the OtterCares Foundation

     

    Getting Smart, a national online educational technology outlet, recently listed The Bella Romero Academy as one of the “Top 65 Elementary and Middle Schools Worth Visiting”. 

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Welcome to The Bella Romero Academy

Bella Romero Academy and OtterBox

Partner to Prepare Students for 22nd Century

           

The Bella Romero Academy was recently awarded a $12,500 “Innovation Station” grant from the OtterCares Foundation to fund upgrades to the 4-8 Campus makerspace (defined as a space where people can gather to create, invent, and learn).  Otter Products and its OtterCares Foundation are passionate about supporting students in being innovative and entrepreneurial - a perfect match with The Academy’s commitment to operating as “Tomorrow’s School…Today”.  The grant has been used to purchase additional 3D printers, CAD (computer-aided design) software, professional video production and editing equipment/software, and other cutting edge products to enhance learning.

 

Students use these futuristic tools in combination with a model called the “Design Thinking Process” developed by the Institute of Design at Stanford to solve complex problems.  Design thinking is defined as “a formal method for practical, creative resolution of problems and creation of solutions, with the intent of an improved future result."  For example, students may invent a robotic device to solve a problem they researched, use CAD software to create a prototype of that robot, print the robot parts using the 3D printer, and then program this invention to complete the task using computer science coding software.

 

The makerspace is used in the school’s “Advanced Robotics”, “Science/Technology”, “Computer Science”, “Introduction to Engineering”, “Digital Media”, and “Electronic Publications” courses.  In the future, parents, and community members will be invited to use this innovative space to work on their own projects and creations.  In fact, a facilities employee just recently visited the school to request the manufacture (via 3D printer) of a part needed to improve the stability of mounted “exit” signs in schools throughout the district.  A perfect project for an entrepreneurial young engineer to tackle!  

 

The Bella Romero Academy is grateful to the OtterCares Foundation and looks to continue this partnership through involvement of Otter Products employees in supporting students as they tackle design challenges using first-class tools and 22nd Century models of thinking.  Tomorrow has officially been introduced to today.
 
 
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Bella Romero Academy Listed in Top 65

Getting Smart, a national online educational technology outlet, recently listed The Bella Romero Academy as one of the “Top 65 Elementary and Middle Schools Worth Visiting”.  The list was generated “based on a couple thousand school visits and with help from colleagues and readers”.  It was intended to list “schools that achieve extraordinary results for underserved communities, create powerful learning experiences, and/or are innovative blended and competency-based models.”  The Academy is grateful to be recognized for our dedication to creating a more personalized experience for students.  Co-Principals Justin Ungeheuer and Jon Cooney stated, “Our journey of innovation is far from over and has been met with both celebrations and challenges.  However, we are dedicated to our focus on continuous improvement on behalf of our phenomenal staff, amazing students, their families, and this supportive community.”  Click the following link to see the Top 65: http://gettingsmart.com/2015/11/66-elementary-middle-schools-worth-visiting/

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Friday, November 6th, 2021 and 2022 attended a field trip to the Greeley Police and Fire Departments.  It was awesome! Students toured the police station, including the holding cells.  They got to get into police cruisers and look at the motorcycles.  We did latent fingerprinting (dusting for prints) and fingerprinting with ink.  They shared the SWAT gear and weapons with us, as well as letting us get into the SWAT vehicle.  We also saw the bomb diffusing robot and the drug dog.  The dog sniffed out the drugs and also turned his trainer into a human dog toy.  At the fire station, we toured the facility and learned about what it takes to be a firefighter.  We did an agility test and toured both the ladder and engine trucks.  Some students are considering careers in either law enforcement or firefighting as a result of this field trip.

 

Field Trip



 
To view the updated school handbook, click on the following link 2015-16 Handbook. 
 
 

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