Points of Pride

Global/Real World Learning


  • In an effort to provide students with a real world hands-on experience that explores the nutrient cycle, 3rd and 4th graders at BCS have engaged in hydroponic gardening.

  • Our BCS fourth grade students placed in the top 10 finalists for the 2015-16 Global Enterprise Challenge.  This is a fantastic achievement out of approximately the 250 teams that took part from around the world.

  • Students in both grades 3/4 and 5/6 continued their partnership communicating with students at Olympia Schools in Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • During the past two school years, BCS was recognized by GreatSchools.org as one of “The 50 Best Middle Schools in the US," based on several distinct criteria including providing a “rich school experience that prepares students superbly well for high school, college, and life."

  • The BCS philosophy continues to include the leveraging of technology across all curricula with a focus on global learning and local service opportunities.

  • Our students participate in many field trips including the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Detroit African American Museum, the Detroit Historical Museum, the DSO, the Ford Rouge, the Henry Ford Museum, Mexicantown, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Sea Life Aquarium, and a Spanish immersion trip to Chicago.

  • A group of 7/8 students travel to Boston, MA, and Washington, D.C., in alternating years for experiential learning in U.S. history and social studies aligned with the curriculum at that level. In 2013, the group attended the Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

  • A group of 5/6 students travel to Colonial Williamsburg and Virginia Beach every other year for experiential learning aligned with the social studies curriculum at that level.

  • In March 2014, a team of BCS faculty was invited to the Microsoft Education Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain where they were immersed in learning opportunities with other educators from across all regions of the world.

  • Students from the BCS Bees project spread the word about the plight of the honeybee as guest presenters at the Taylor Conservatory and the Baldwin Public Library They also presented at the Southeastern Michigan Beekeeping Association, the Detroit Zoo, and the Birmingham Education Association Expedition: Designing a Better World. The purpose of this project is to help educate others about the impending honeybee crisis.

  • BCS students participate in Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart, raising money for the American Heart Association.

  • A BCS teacher was one of 25 teachers nationally who earned a scholarship for a summer Fulbright Study Exchange in Japan.

  • In January 2014, a team of BCS students in grades 5/6 shared information with citizens outside the legislature in Lansing regarding the issue of climate change.

  • BCS and teacher Pauline Roberts are highlighted throughout a report entitled A Rich Seam: How New Pedagogies Find Deep Learning (Fullan & Langworthy, January 2014).  The “report is about three new forces that are converging to break open prodigious learning possibilities…new pedagogies…new change leadership…new system economics.”

Measured Academic Achievement


  • Along with rigorous academic courses and a variety of co-curricular opportunities, BCS students in grades 3-8 participate in Engineering Technology classes, as well as classes based in inquiry and design. These courses, called Engage and Thinkering Studio, offer project-based learning opportunities for all students.

  • Both BCS Middle School Science Olympiad teams placed in the top ten in their respective divisions at the Oakland County Regional Science Olympiad Competition.  The team competed against 48 other schools from around the United States at the Wright State University Invitations coming in 17th place overall.

  • In January, 2016, more than 13 schools with 36 teams and over 300 students competed at Birmingham Covington School in its Second Annual Cobra Invitational Science Olympiad.  BCS Black team placed 2nd overall.  

  • For the past four years, BCS placed first, second, first, first respectively in the district at the Elementary Science Olympiad Competition. Also, at the May 2015 Wayne-Oakland County Science Olympiad competition, our BCS Elementary School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 40 teams from Wayne & Oakland County in the first WOSO county competition. Our Gold team placed 5th overall and the White team placed 6th overall in the 5th grade division.

  • In 2015 the BCS Forensics Team traveled to Mackinac Island to compete in a Spring State Tournament. One BCS student was named Tournament Champion in Imaginary Sales receiving perfect scores in her final round against all high school students, making her the tournament's youngest winner. Additionally, BCS had six semi-finalists in Mini Multiple and Triathlon categories. Finally, our coach was awarded the Michigan Middle Level Speech Coach of the Year.

  • In 2016, The BCS Forensics Team traveled to Mackinac Island to compete in a Spring State Tournament. Every student who competed earned a the rank of semi-finalist. One student placed seventh in the category of After Dinner Speaking in which she used humor to persuade an audience that today’s youth are too device-dependent. Another highlight of the weekend was a BCS student’s invitation to perform in the Evening of Champions. The Evening of Champions showcases the year’s premiere performances in the Grand Hotel Ballroom for an audience of 500 people. This was the first time a middle school student was ever invited to perform. Overall, the team placed 4th in their division.

  • Eight BCS students in grades 3-8 were selected to participate in the District Art Show in May.

  • BCS offers daily, school-wide enrichment through our extended day Choice Hour program.

  • BCS 4th and 5th grade students were invited to participate in the annual reading incentive program Battle of the Books.  Of the 216 eligible students, 175 read at least one Battle book in 2015-2016.  Of these students, 110 read at least 6 books to make a Battle team.

  • BCS 6th-8th grade students were invited to participate in the annual reading incentive program Birbery.  Five of the students who read all ten titles were randomly chosen to join the committee at Baldwin Library, where they discussed the merits of all the nominee books and then selected the 2016 Birbery award-winning book, Masterminds by Gordon Korman

  • BCS orchestra students attended the Michigan Schools Solo and Ensemble Festival through Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.  All students received superior markings.

  • 8th Grade students participated in a S.T.E.A.M conference during which engineers, artists, gardeners and a host of business leaders came to explain the role that science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics play in their everyday working lives.

Global Citizens of Character


  • The BCS Moral Compass is the foundation of who we aspire to be in our community with a focus on displaying a high degree of character in three key areas, the 3E’s: Education, Each other, and Environment.

  • In January 2015, our school community lost a teacher after her year-and-a-half battle with cancer.  In October 2014, our community organized a walk in her honor to raise money for medical expenses and honor her as an individual.  Over 600 people attended the “Walk for Fitz”.  Additionally, in June 2015, we held a memorial ground-breaking of the “Fitz Hive” reading corner dedicated in her honor.

  • The Character Education Partnership awarded BCS teachers two 2013 Promising Practices awards, and a team of teachers and students were invited by the CEP to present at the October 2014 CEP annual conference in Washington D.C. describing their service learning journey.

  • Annually, BCS 7th grade students participate in Challenge Day whose vision is that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved and celebrated.

  • The BCS Diversity Committee helped plan, implement and facilitate the professional development sessions during the Martin Luther King, Jr. professional development day in January 2015, and the team continues to host their Film Series with the highlight being the viewing of the film, Bully, followed by a student panel discussion. 

  • "Character Connections" provides opportunities throughout the year for all 3-8 students, in cross-grade level teams, to connect, learn, collaborate and problem solve toward building character and enhancing our positive school culture.

  • A group of 7/8 students traveled with their Spanish teachers to Puerto Rico in January 2015 where they experienced Latino culture and worked with families in a local community to rebuild homes damaged by hurricanes.

  • A beautiful painting was hung in honor of Jerry Melton and the service he provided to students over his 50 year career.

Collaboration and Teamwork


  • The BCS PTSA is an integral part of our educational design, connecting students and staff to the community, and helping to further the mission as a world-class learning community with a focus on science and technology in the digital age.

  • The BCS Proud Dads offer additional programs to enrich students’ school experience such as Career Day, intramural athletics and Eat-and-Run lunches.

  • Aladdin, BCS’s  9th annual musical production, was performed by students in grades 6-8 with great success. 

  • BCS is proud to offer the following competitive sports programs: boys soccer, girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, boys basketball, girls swimming, boys swimming, girls volleyball, boys and girls track and field, girls soccer and boys tennis.

  • In 2015, the BCS Lego Robotics Team, Crazy Cobra Crafters, won first place for “Inspiration” in the Core Values category at the First Lego League Thunderquest Competition.  They were one of eight teams to qualify for the Southeast Michigan State Championship Tournament.

  • BCS added a robotics and engineering Choice Hour that challenged students in a variety of creative intramural competitions.

  • In 2014, the 3/4 Engineering Technology classes mass produced over 240 toy electric vehicles.  The model chosen for this bi-annual event was a 3-wheel jungle transport vehicle to align with the theme of the Project Cope Zambian partnership. In 2016, the 3/4 Engineering Technology classes mass produced 248 R2D2 functioning robot models.   This was the first time the project did not produce a transportation vehicle. The classes created robots based on the theme of the new Star Wars movie. 

  • A group of 3/4 teachers received training in Conscious Discipline and attended county-wide training sessions from August 2013 - June 2014.  They have integrated the strategies and components they learned in character education lessons within their classrooms.

  • The Library of Michigan approved Birmingham Covington School’s application for SL 21 status. BCS received Exemplary status.  To achieve Qualified or Exemplary Status for a School Library program schools must submit completed measurement benchmark evaluations to the Library of Michigan for review.

  • A team of 54 students in grades 5 and 6, along with four teachers (ELA/Social Studies, Math/Science, Eng. Tech. and Engage) collaborated with an elementary school in Waterford, MI around the theme “Building Bridges” where both academic and social-emotional learning were the focus.  The BCS teachers developed interdisciplinary activities around this theme for the BCS students to lead with the students visiting us from our partner school in Waterford.

  • BCS has welcomed students from the local high schools to assist in classrooms as part of their community service class.

Service Learning/Environmental Stewardship


  • Service learning is a key component at BCS based on our theme:  Learn Globally, Serve Locally.  BCS began what will be a lasting partnership with a village in Zambia through Project COPE. During the 2013-2014 school year, our community raised collaboratively over $15,000 to help the village of Chilupula augment their agriculture industry by providing two, 2-wheeled tractors to the local farmers in addition to requisite ploughs, rippers, and water pumps. Helping us reach our goal was Microsoft’s surprise donation to our effort while our students participated in Seattle’s We Day, live via Skype.  They also donated two Surface Pro tablets and a solar generator that will be given to the village as a way to connect our students with the children of the village as well as lantern for girls to study during the evenings. During the 2015-2016 school year, our community raised over $4,000 for the Mwachilele School to drill a bore hole which will provide fresh water for all the teachers, students and the local community. Chess sets and soccer balls were also purchased for the students at the school.

  • BCS was named a 2012-2013 Microsoft Pathfinder School due to teachers integrating technology, service learning and problem-based learning into the curriculum. Two BCS teachers won first place at the Global Forum in Prague for their collaborative efforts with students.  In 2013-14, BCS was named a Microsoft Mentor School and two of our teachers Master Educators for enhancing our efforts around innovative teaching and learning.

  • BCS 3/4 teachers were selected to participate in the Salmon in the Classroom program sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This instrumental learning experience granted students the opportunity to raise, care for and maintain the salmon in their classroom from fall until spring. The program culminated at the end of the school year with the release of the young fish in a local watershed that feeds one of the Great Lakes. Students and teachers participated in this program to follow the life cycle of salmon from eggs, to hatchling to smolt, starting in the classroom.

  • 5/6 students work twice annually with the Friends of River Rouge collecting data from the river to help in maintaining river's health.

  • Each year all of our 3/4 students and teachers travel to local senior centers to read to our community.

  • A variety of BCS student-initiated teams led local service opportunities making a difference in our community.  Efforts supported Lighthouse, Gaga pit construction, Wish upon a Teen, remodeling the school garden, Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW), Project Warm Winters coat drive, Disabled American Veterans, and the list goes on.

  • A sixth grade student took the leadership role in a two-year project to build a greenhouse from used 2 liter bottles. It was quite an undertaking in terms of time and labor as over 1400 bottles were collected from the community, cleaned, cut and threaded onto over 140 poles. This sustainable and creative project will not only lengthen the growing season for BCS gardeners but also provides an excellent model for environmental stewardship and leadership within the community.

Leadership


  • The 7/8 Leadership Team is involved with leadership training to further infuse character education throughout BCS using the “Be the Change” program.  Student responsibilities include formulating a plan on how to deliver and implement the message behind “Be the Change” to the rest of BCS.  The leadership choice hour meets twice weekly and supports students in growing their self confidence and developing skills essential to think broadly about their impact and influence from where they lead. The goal of this student leadership team is to improve our school climate by promoting additional character education experiences and upholding The BCS Touchstone, our Moral Compass.

  • 2015-16 Faculty awards and commendations include:
    • Amanda Husband, art teacher, was selected to participate in the Henry Ford Teacher Fellow program which “utilizes a “co-creation” method to construct new education products and ideas that employ The Henry Ford’s extensive collection in an innovative and engaging way.”
    • John Prisciandaro, engineering technology teacher, was selected to participate in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers Program through Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science.  This Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program seeks to strengthen K-12 education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

  • 2014-15 Faculty awards and commendations include:
  • BCS students and staff made numerous national and international public presentations, including Microsoft Educator Network, the Birmingham Learning Conference, Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), The Governor’s Summit on Education, Galileo Leadership Consortium, Character Education Partnership (CEP), the Boston Learning Conference, and the Michigan Innovative Schools Conference.

  • BCS teachers earned Microsoft Expert Educators honors for innovative teaching and learning and were invited to the Microsoft Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

  • The BCS Ambassador program trains 150 students in leading New Family Tours whereby one student from each team (3/4, 5/6, 7/8) lead families on 30-minute tours of BCS, sharing our school's unique educational programs and experiences.

  • The BCS Spirit Committee plans, coordinates, markets and facilitates student-led extracurricular activities throughout each school year.

  • BCS students are provided leadership opportunities through mentoring programs where 3/4 students paired with 7/8 students and LINKS programming for students with social support needs.

  • John Prisciandaro has been awarded a position as a teacher researcher in the field of engineering in the ongoing mechanical engineering research.

  • Chris Emmi and Amanda Husband have been named 2016 Henry Ford Fellows and this summer will collaborate with the Henry Ford curators to develop curriculum for Michigan educators.

  • BCS teacher Rick Joseph was invited by the Detroit News to provide an Op Ed article for the newspaper.  Rick wrote an editorial entitled Even the Best Teachers Can’t Erase Inequities  where he shares his view that standardized test scores have little to do with the dedication, passion and sacrifice teachers statewide offer every day.

  • The BCS staff came out on top as the 2016 first annual BPS Staff Kickball Tournament Championships