Fine Arts & Technology
Artistic talent is a God-given gift that can be honed through discipline and study. At BCS we believe that exposure to creativity nourishes the soul and opens the mind. So, we invite students to blend their gifts and faith through arts, music and drama.
Our 17,000 square foot McClure Center for Fine Arts and Media Technology provides the perfect venue. The McClure Center also houses two large music rooms, ensemble practice booths and video/sound production studios. The students use the accomodations to produce a video program used throughout the elementary classrooms on a regular basis. Students create, edit and anchor the on-air program.
Students bring their concert, chapel and drama productions to the stage either in the Elementary Auditorium or in the newly renovated Wichers Auditorium. The Auditorium boasts state-of-the-art acoustic, sound, light and AV systems. Music students appreciate the enhanced stage which can accommodate a full orchestra.
Our Media Center offers a myriad of research tools including two computer labs in addition to a bank of computers and bound books to enhance learning. A wide range of services are offered to our student body and faculty as well. The following list includes recommended resources for students and families. Each year, BCS subscribes to online resources to augment the research opportunities in the public realm.
Reading Counts!© is a computer-based reading program that facilitates and monitors independent reading. Click here to access Scholastic's Book Expert online, a searchable database which provides information about books that are supported by Scholastic Reading Counts! quizzes.
Online Resources for Research
SIRS Knowledge Source: Editorially-Selected Resources Supporting Research Assignments. Full-text articles from newspapers, magazines, reference books, and websites, plus leading social issues. See a BCS media specialist for user name & password.
SIRS Discoverer: Research and homework help for younger researchers. See a BCS media specialist for user name & password.
Florida Electronic Library: The Florida Electronic Library is a gateway to select Internet resources that offers access to comprehensive, accurate and reliable information. Available resources include electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias and books, providing information on topics such as current events, education, business, technology and health issues. The Florida Electronic Library offers information for all age groups which includes homework help for students and resources for teachers.
Public Library Manatee County houses electronic information resources databases: EBSCO Host, INFOTRAC, infoweb, World Book Online, plus many more.