•      Through partnerships with local businesses, educational organizations, and neighboring school districts, we have expanded our base of knowledge, resources, and allies in learning. We made great strides in the 2016-2017 school year towards transforming our learning spaces and instructional practices. We continue to engage our students and teachers in hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities that promote creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. To follow our efforts in S.T.E.A.M. integration, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) follow this blog!



  • Flipgrid Fever

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 4/9/2018

    BAEC has caught...

    Flipgrid Fever

    Mr. Rendulic shared Flipgrid with staff at a recent professional development and it has caught on! Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that can expand the classroom walls and ignite a discussion! Students can use the tool to share a booktalk, discuss current projects and events, or collaborate on anything. The potential for the tool is limitless. 

    Presenting at Board Meeting

    Alice Kubatka accompanied Mr. Rendulic at this month's School Board meeting to demonstrate the tool. We hearing our students' voices!


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  • Dash and Dot

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 4/5/2018

    Meet our new friends in Ms. Knouse's Information Technology class... Dash and Dot!


    Our robotic friends respond to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing. They make learning to code fun and hands-on!


    Click here to see them in action! 


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  • Remake Learning Days

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 4/3/2018

    Join us as we celebrate Remake Learning Days and showcase the amazing accomplishments of our students!


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  • EdCamp PGH

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 3/24/2018

    EdCamp PGH

    I had the fortunate opportunity to attend my first Edcamp with Mr. Rendulic & Miss Fulgenzio. An Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs. What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that's created by the participants at the start of the event. It was great day of networking and learning. I also gave "sketchnoting" a try! 


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  • Genius Hour = Personalized Learning

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 3/23/2018

    On Act 80 days, 8th grade students have been participating in Genius Hour. Genius Hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.

    Hummingbird Kits

    Students have a pluthera of high and low-tech resources at their disposal, such as robotics kits, cardboard, and hot glue. They can choose any media or materials to showcase their learning. 


    Student projects will be on display at our "STEAM Show and Tell" event on May 24 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. 


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  • "Making" Mitosis

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 3/20/2018

    Mr. Selva's class moved to the Makerspace to creatively apply their knowledge of mitosis. 

    Using Pipe Cleaners

    Using low-tech materials such as yarn, duct tape, cardboard, and hot glue, students made physical representations of the stages of mitosis: prophase, prometaphase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase.


    Hot Glue

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  • STEM K'NEX Challenge

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 3/19/2018

    Congratulations to our 5th grade STEM K'NEX Team! They placed 3rd in the 4th/5th grade division. Thank you to Mrs. O'Brien for mentoring the team. 




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  • National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 3/19/2018

    Mr. Roth took several of his Advanced Ceramics students to the 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The event featured innovative labs and discussions with masters and historians in the field of ceramic arts. 

    Advanced Ceramics Students

    They even had 3-D ceramic printing! Amazing!

    3-D Printing

    3-D Printed Ceramics

    Click here to read the feature in the Observer Reporter about this unique learning opportunity.

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  • ATTA Girl! March Meeting

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 3/15/2018

    This month, Miss Fulgenzio introduced the ATTA Girls! to Scratch. Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

    Introducing Scratch a


    The girls were given the option to watch tutorials on the site or dive right in. We were so impressed with how they fearlessly tinkered in the site and took on the role of teacher when they found an exciting trick or tool to share. 


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  • Pi-Day Posters

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 3/14/2018

    Pi-Day Shirts

    Mrs. Kline and her 7th grade students took the annual Pi-Day celebration to a new level this year. In addition to the traditional t-shirts and posters, students were required to incorporate a Hummingbird Robotics Kit into their display. 


    Every poster had to have a component that lit up and moved. They were the perfect combination of high and low-tech. What a creative way to learn math! 


    CS- Pi

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