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Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 23: February 1 - February 5

7th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 8th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The seventh level review period concluded last Friday, January 29th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the seventh three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday!  J

We begin the 8th level review period today!!!  The final level review period of the second trimester!!!  WHEW!  The year is moving on!  J 

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this eighth level review period (February 1st – February 19th) has begun.

To be eligible for three-week Level Reward Activities and any scheduled after-school dances, a student must have:

  • No more than 1 incomplete homework/daily work assignment per class     
  • No more than 3 incomplete homework/daily work assignments in total
  • No more than 1 detention
  • No discipline violations warranting a Wednesday School, Saturday School, ISS (In-school Supervision) or OSS (Out-of-school Suspension) consequence

 To be eligible for an end-of-trimester field trip, a student must be “on-level” 3 out of the 4 level review periods during the trimester. 


BCMS HOMEWORK BELIEFS

As mentioned previously (reference Principal Post week 2 & week 10), homework, in discipline, practice and habit, is a cultural expectation and “norm” for all BCMS students.  As the students know, our entire focus is adequately preparing them for day 541.  (Day 541 being the first school day our BCMS students enter BCHS as freshmen after investing 540 school days with us as 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.)  In getting them to that point, “growing pains” are to be expected as part of the process from time-to-time.  Growing pains . . . with the goal of . . . Growing “BRAVE!” 

The “responsibility” of school work at home is a reality at the high school level.  We accept that part of our charge is to prepare our students for that reality and to equip them to be successful in it.  Because homework is a critical and essential component of what we do, we have organizational beliefs regarding its purpose.

I would encourage you, and your student, to view our “Homework Beliefs” (please click here). 

Every student should have homework to complete every night . . . even if it is spending 30-45 minutes reading.  If your child says that he/she does not have homework, and/or tells you that they finished all their homework “at school,” please be suspicious.  Accessing your child’s teacher web pages on our school website can help to validate what you are being told.

Contacting one of the teachers on your child’s team directly is another easy way to verify your child’s assertion.

 Thank you! 


BCMS SERTOMA WINNER!!

BCMS would like to congratulate 6th grade student, Andrea Bair, as she was recently notified that she was a winner of the SERTOMA FREEDOM ESSAY Contest!!!

Andrea, along with the other Jackson County essay winners, has been invited to attend a honor banquet later this month.

CONGRATULAIONS, Andrea!!


 BCMS . . . BEES!

Submitted by:  Miss Ault, BCMS Media Specialist

For the past few weeks, BCMS students have participated in schoolwide academic competitions.

Round 1 of the National Geographic Bee was held as an online competition in all social studies classrooms. The top 7 scores from each grade level advanced to Round 2. Due to tie scores, a total of 27 students participated in the oral portion that was conducted in the BCMS Library on Tuesday.

Congratulations to 8th graders Joseph Striegel, Champion and Landon Stidam, Runner-up. Joseph completed a 70-question online test. If he scores high enough on the written test, he will be invited to participate in the state competition later in the year. Good luck, Joseph!

BCMS students also participates in the Jackson County Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee. The first round was held online in language arts classes. Twenty-three students moved on to Round 2. This round was conducted with a typical Spelling Bee format. The students had to spell words aloud.

Congratulation to 8th grader Kiley Ratliff, Champion and 6th graders Emma Brelage, 1st Runner-up and Brandon Hamm, 2nd Runner-up. These students will represent BCMS in the county tournament hosted by Lutheran Central on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 1:00. The winner will represent Jackson County in regional competition in Louisville later this spring.


 

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

 

Sporting events this week

Monday, February 1

  • 7/8 Boys vs Salem- HOME

  • 6 AB Girls vs Salem-VALLONIA

  • 7/8 Girls vs Bedford- AWAY

  • 6 AB Boys vs Immanuel- AWAY

Thursday, February 4

  • 6 AB Boys vs Lutheran Central- HOME

  • 6 AB Girls vs Scottsburg- VALLONIA

Saturday, February 6

  • 7/8 Girls BCMS Tourney- BCHS GYM


WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 8th Boys defeated Immanuel

  • 6th Girls defeated Austin

  • 6th Boys defeated East Washington


Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms


Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!


“The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” – Wayne Gretzky


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 20, 19, 18, 17, 16

 

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“The path of least resistance makes both men and rivers crooked”

 

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Respect:  Honoring Those Who Can Teach Us”

 

Until next week,



1/25

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 22: January 25 - January 29

READ ON . . . myON!!

Submitted by:  Ms. Ault, BCMS Media Specialist

For the past couple of years, IDOE has funded myON books for summer reading. Most of these books are short fiction and nonfiction reads suitable for grades K-8. Unfortunately, it does not provide access to current longer books that are popular right now like Dork Diaries, etc.

Because this was just a summer opportunity, we have not widely promoted using myON. However, IDOE just announced that they have funded the basic version with access to over 5,000 books for the entire year of 2016.

To access these books follow these instructions:

1.     Go to www.myon.com

2.     Click the green "Log in now" button located at the top right.

3.     In the "School Name:" area, begin typing Hoosier Family of Readers. (As you begin typing you will be able to select it from the list.)

4.     The username and password has been shared with all BCMS students.

The books are categorized by topics such as Animals, Scary and Gross, Science, etc., or you can use the search icon to enter specific words.

Many of these books are AR. However, students can check this quickly. Once they select a book to open it, they should click the blue button labeled “Information”. If the book is AR, the ATOS (AR reading level), point value, and quiz number will be listed at the bottom of the information provided. If these areas are blank, then the book is not AR.

Students will need to write down the quiz number (or the title and author) since several of books found in myON have common titles in AR. (For example, one of the books is called Tarantulas by Molly Kolpin. There are 28 books in AR with the title Tarantulas.)

Because the books are read aloud to students, we have told our BCMS students that anything with an ATOS level of 4.0 or higher is acceptable. AR records will be monitored to ensure that students follow this guideline.

If students choose to read the book, they should click the green button labeled READ to open it. Controls at the bottom allow the student to turn on or off the read aloud feature. Other icons control features that will highlight the words as the book is read aloud. The student can select to have each individual word highlighted, the entire sentence highlighted, or the entire sentence and the individual word.

A link to myON is available under the Library section found under the tab labeled Classrooms on both the BES and BCMS web sites. Also, a link has been added giving details on how to download free appsn how to download free apps for iPad, Android tablets, Kindle Fire HD, Chromebook and other mobile devices*, so that students can read wherever they are and whenever they need or want to read. They can download up to 20 books for an offline reading experience, leading to unlimited opportunities for reading growth.

Parents wanting/needing more information are encouraged to call the school (812.358.4947) and ask for me (Ms. Ault) in the Library Media Center.  


SUPERINTENDENT RITZ’S WINTER VIDEO MESSAGE

Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Education

January 20, 2016

I hope that your school year has been going well so far. I know that across Indiana, teachers and administrators like you are busy making sure our children are best prepared for their next challenges. Since we are over half way through the school year, I am excited to share three important messages with you to give you an update of where we are as a state.  Share these videos with your fellow educators, your student's families and other staff that are making it happen in your schools.

Click here to view a video I made for the parents of students in the State of Indiana. You will see me address my concerns about the one-size-fits-all 2015 ISTEP+ and why we need to move away from it. I also outline my legislative agenda, which includes holding schools harmless, reevaluating our assessment system and implementing strategies from my Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators to address Indiana's shortage of teachers. I encourage you to share this video with the parents of your students and your school community. 

 

 

 


 

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week

Monday, January 25

  • 7/8 Boys vs Immanuel- HOME

  • 6 AB Girls vs Austin-AWAY

Tuesday, January 26

  • 6 AB Girls vs Salem- AWAY

Thursday, January 28

  • 6 AB Boys vs East Washington- HOME

  • 7/8 Girls vs West Washington - AWAY

Saturday, January 30

  • 6 Boys at Seymour Tourney- AWAY

  • 7/8 Boys/Girls -MSC Tourney (rescheduled from 1-23)- SALEM

WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 8th Boys defeated Scottsburg & Crothersville

  • 7th Boys defeated Crothersville

  • 8th Girls defeated Seymour & Salem & East Washington

 

Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” – Ronnie Lott

 


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 25, 24, 23, 22, 21

 THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Set yourself to a higher standard than most expect.

Never excuse yourself.” -Henry Beecher (brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe; 1860)

 THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Proactive, Productive, and Proud”

 

Until next week,



1/18

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 21: January 18 - January 22

 

SIXTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the sixth level review period (December 7th – January 8th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, January 15th.

And, here are the number of BCMS students that participated in the sixth on-level reward activity:

Grade 6:  105 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 86%

Compared to the fifth level review:  97 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the fourth level review:  93 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the third level review:  85 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 70%

Compared to the second level review:  103 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 83%

Compared to the first level review:  112 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 90%

 Grade 7:  85 “on-level” / 115 7th graders enrolled = 74%

Compared to the fifth level review:  88 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fourth level review:  81 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 73%

Compared to the third level review:  93 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 84%

Compared to the second level review:  77 “on-level” / 110 7th graders enrolled = 70%

Compared to the first level review:  97 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 87%

Grade 8:  114 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fifth level review:  117 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 82%

Compared to the fourth level review:  117 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 81%

Compared to the third level review:  93 “on-level”/ 141 8th graders enrolled = 66%

Compared to the second level review:  103 “on-level”/ 140 8th graders enrolled = 74%

Compared to the first level review:  116 “on-level”/ 141 8th graders enrolled = 82%

All grades:  304 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 80%

Compared to the fifth level review:  302 “on-level” / 376 BCMS students = 80%

Compared to the fourth level review:  291 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 77%

Compared to the third level review:  271 “on-level” / 374 BCMS students = 73%

Compared to the second level review:  283 “on-level” / 374 BCMS students = 76%

Compared to the first level review:  325 “on-level” / 376 BCMS students = 86%

We will continue to track our on-level percentages as classes and as a school each level review period.

To have 100% of our student body to earn “on level” status remains our goal.  To achieve that goal would put us closer to our aim:  for all BCMS students to develop those necessary study habits which will enable our students to be successful at BCHS and allow them to reach their fullest academic potential.

And, we challenge the students to always be cognizant of their level status.  As we start “Week 18” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” in the sixth level review period. 

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


OKAY, I DID JINX US!!

It was a week ago that I posted this message about how terrific the fair winter weather had been . . . only to have plummeting temperatures and ice to greet us as we started last week with a school cancellation day (Monday, January 11th).  My bad!  I should have just left “things” well enough alone!!

Several parents and students were “timely” in signing up to receive the school cancellation text last Sunday.  Thank you!

Parents or students wanting to receive alert notifications regarding school delays or school cancellations resulting from inclement weather can sign up at any time to receive the BCMS alert texts.  Please click here for those instructions.

Sorry to have “jinxed” us last week!  J


21st CENTURY SCHOLARS . . . A REMINDER IN THE NEW YEAR!!!

Students in grades seven and eight who would like to apply for 21st Century Scholars, may now do so online at:  http://www.in.gov/21stcenturyscholars/2508.htm

Indiana started the Twenty-first Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed the cost of four years of college tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

Students must also maintain a C or better G.P.A. in high school in order to qualify.

As a Twenty-first Century Scholar, you can get help finding free tutoring, a mentor and a part-time job, and once you get to college, students who are Twenty-first Century Scholars receive support to finish their college degrees.

If you have any questions, please call Mrs. McCrary, 812-358-4947.

We would also encourage you to contact Heather Cooper with any questions you might have.  Ms. Cooper is the Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Region of the Indiana Commission for High Education.  Her contact information:

Heather Cooper

Regional Outreach Coordinator, Southeast Region

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Mobile: 317.617.0329

Student Support Center: 1-888-528-4719

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.scholars.in.gov

www.che.in.gov

 Click here to view a helpful power point presentation to learn more about being a 21st Century Scholar!!

You have to apply! Students and their parents must complete and return the application by June 30 of the 8th grade year. Don’t wait!


 BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week


Monday, January 18

  • 7/8 Boys vs Scottsburg- HOME

  • 7/8 Girls vs Seymour- AWAY

Tuesday, January 19

  • 7/8 Girls vs East Washington- HOME

Thursday, January 21

  • 7/8 Boys vs Crothersville- HOME

  • 7/8 Girls vs Salem- AWAY

Saturday, January 23

  • 7/8 Boys- MSC Tourney- Salem

  • 7/8 Girls- MSC Tourney- Salem

  • 6 Girls/Boys VS St. Vincent- HOME


WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 8 Girls defeated Shawswick

  • 7/8 Boys defeated Seymour


Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms


Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!


“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” - Heywood Broun

 


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 30, 29, 28, 27, 26

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“When truth stands in your way, you are headed in the wrong direction.”

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:

“Perseverance and Determination:  Tools for Success”

 

Until next week,





1/11

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 20: January 11 - January 15

PROGRESS REPORTS . . . COMING HOME THIS WEEK!!!

Last Friday (January 8th) marked the end of the mid-point of the second trimester.  During 8th period today (Monday), every BCMS student will be bringing a progress report home for parents to review and sign.  Every BCMS student returning a signed progress report by this Friday (January 15th) will receive extra credit in his/her classes for demonstrating the RESPONSIBILITY (second “R”) in doing so.

Many of our parents have elected to follow their student’s progress online through Harmony.  We encourage all our parents/guardians to sign up for a Harmony account, but the practice of sending progress reports home helps to further insure that those “progress” conversations occur.  Thank you for partnering with us in encouraging and expecting your student to give his/her best academic effort.

Parents wanting/needing Harmony information are encouraged to call the school (812.358.4947) and ask for Miss Ault in the Library Media Center. 

 


 

6th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 7th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The sixth level review period concluded last Friday, January 8th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the sixth three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday!  J

We begin the 7th level review period today!!!  J 

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this seventh level review period (January 11th – January 29th) has begun.

To be eligible for three-week Level Reward Activities and any scheduled after-school dances, a student must have:

  • No more than 1 incomplete homework/daily work assignment per class     
  • No more than 3 incomplete homework/daily work assignments in total
  • No more than 1 detention
  • No discipline violations warranting a Wednesday School, Saturday School, ISS (In-school Supervision) or OSS (Out-of-school Suspension) consequence

To be eligible for an end-of-trimester field trip, a student must be “on-level” 3 out of the 4 level review periods during the trimester. 

 


 

IT’S JANUARY, AND I BETTER NOT JINX US . . . BUT . . .

Was anyone else thankful for the rain last Friday morning? . . . thankful; that it WASN’T snow?

As we continue into January and February, I wanted to take another opportunity to inform interested parents of our Remind 101 alert notifications.   For any parents or students wanting to receive alert notifications regarding school delays or school cancellations resulting from inclement weather, signing up to receive the BCMS texts is available.  Please click here for those instructions.

Here’s to hoping that the fair winter weather continues! 

 


 

 BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week

 Monday, January 11

  • 6 AB Boys vs Austin- HOME
  • 7/8 Boys vs Oolitic- AWAY

Tuesday, January 12

  • 6 AB Boys vs Bedford- HOME- Vallonia
  • 6 AB Girls vs Salem- AWAY
  • 7/8 Girls vs Brown County-HOME

Thursday, January 14

  • 7/8 Boys vs Seymour- HOME
  • 7/8 Girls vs Shawswick- AWAY

Saturday, January 16

  • 6 Boys at Brown County Tourney

 WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 7/8 Girls defeated Crothersville
  • 6/8 Boys defeated St. Peters
  • 6 A Girls defeated Scottsburg

 Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

 Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!

 “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”– George Halas 

 


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 35, 34, 33, 32, 31

 THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“The one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.”

 THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:

“Overcoming Obstacles:  Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones”

 

Until next week,



1/4

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 19: January 4 - January 8

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As we begin the New Year, I am reminded, again, of Coach John Wooden’s definition of success, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” 

As we continue our 2015-2016 school year, and as we continue our second trimester this week, success continues to be our focus at BCMS for each child . . . that “peace of mind” which results in knowing that we are doing our best . . . student, teacher, parent . . . of “becoming.”

It continues to be our mandate to assist in the advancement of every child’s academic, social, emotional and mental well being, to the greatest degree possible, while in our charge.  Our mission far exceeds test results . . . and the rhetoric of those who would try to reduce it to such.

As President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” We agree, and in 2016 we continue on our journey . . . together! 

BCMS CHANGES IN SCHOOL LUNCH

Submitted by:  Mrs. Hall, BCCSC Food Services Director

There are some slight changes in the student lunches at BCMS as we return from Christmas Break this week. 

To make a student lunch students will select 1 Entree' (Doubles) from the Entree choices on the Menu Board, select between 1 to 3 fruit or vegetable sides from the choices on the Menu Board and their choice of milk, if desired.  On some days there will be additional extras offered free with any Type-A student lunch.

Large Salads will have a choice of 1 fruit or vegetable side and milk, if desired.

Student daily menu choices will be posted on the 2 large white boards in the cafeteria.

BCMS MAGAZINE SALES MID-YEAR UPDATE

It was during the week of August 24-28 that BCMS kicked off its Summer/Fall magazine fund raising sale effort.  BCMS partnered with Great American Opportunities to help generate revenue for the school to implement student reward and educational activities (our level review rewards, field trips, and “Growing Brave” tee shirts are but a few examples). 

It is exciting to report that as a result of the overwhelming student/parent response, the magazine and internet purchases that resulted has netted, as of Tuesday, December 14th (the date of Matt Wilhelm’s visit . . . more on Matt below J), $5,010.06 in total profit to date!  To restate, all of the profits from the magazine sales go directly to benefit the student body. 

We wanted to express our gratitude (especially if you purchased or renewed a magazine through one of our BCMS students J) for your effort in making our magazine sale a success!!!

One beneficial aspect of working with Great American Opportunities is that the online sales continue all year long . . . well after the formal magazine sales drive date has concluded. 

As families and individuals may wish, the online portal is always open for shopping, and we are not only talking magazines . . . with the profits coming to the school.  Whether in December for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary, whatever, whenever, the school continues to receive revenue for every online purchase that is made.  The online link is:  http://gaschoolstore.com/ 

BMX CHAMPION, MATT WILHELM

An exciting component of partnering with Great America Opportunities for our school fund raiser is that they partner with BMX Champion, and motivational speaker, Matt Wilhelm.  As part of the magazine sale effort (or “enticement”J), Matt was scheduled to speak and perform for the BCMS student body.  On Tuesday, December 14th, Matt visited to not only do some of his award winning BMX tricks (as seen on America’s Got Talent and the XGames), but to tell his story.

As a middle school student, he was often picked on, called names, and bullied . . . whether (as Matt put it) because of his “big” ears or his speech impediment.  Matt spoke of how one student became his “hero” when he befriended him and introduced him to BMX bikes.  That one friend had a profound impact on him and completely changed the trajectory of his life.  He challenged the students to be someone’s “hero,” and that starts with respect (the first “R” at BCMS J).

Matt explained how his overnight success (winning the America’s Got Talent YouTube contest) was ten years in the making.  He may have been “discovered” literally overnight, but his talent on a bike was a ten-year work-in-progress . . . practicing countless hours, falling hundreds upon hundreds of times, and battling through multiple bone breaks.  His message to the kids:  success takes personal responsibility and a lot of hard work over and extended period of time (our second “R” at BCMSJ).

Matt talked about how, when he got his first opportunity to compete for gold in the XGames, he fell off his bike four times and finished dead last.  He spoke personally about how devastating that was for him, but how he refused to let one failure define him or detour him from achieving his dream.  He encouraged the kids to use failure as an opportunity to learn and motivate them to dig deeper within themselves not give up.  (We call that being Resourceful at BCMS, our Third “R.”J)

Matt had GREAT tricks . . . and a GREAT message.

Wilhelm 1
 
Wilhelm 2 Wilhelm 3


Wilhelm 4



BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week


Tuesday, January 5

  • 7/8 Girls vs Crothersville- AWAY

  • 6/8 Boys vs St. Peters- HOME

Thursday, January 7

  • 6AB Girls vs Scottsburg- HOME


WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 7th Boys won the Greensburg Tourney


Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms


Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!


“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best” -Tim Duncan

 
2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 40, 39, 38, 37, 36
 
THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:  

“Knowledge gives a person options.  People with a poor knowledge background are not aware of the options they have to solve problems.  Options give a person the power of choice.”
 
THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  “Positive Attitude”


Until next week,


12/14

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 18: December 14 - December 18

As we break at this mid-point of Trimester #2, I would like to open this week by taking a moment to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling New Year.  From our school family to yours, God’s blessings for all the hope and promise that the New Year brings.


 

 BENCHES FROM BOTTLE CAPS

Submitted by:  Ms. Weisman

BCMS students are collecting plastic bottle caps & lids. Once they have collected enough raw material, the caps will be recycled into a new bench, or maybe 2, for the middle school campus. You can check on the middle school website, or click here, for a detailed list of acceptable lids and caps.


 

 BCMS NOVEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of December 8th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Hannah Hackman as the November Student of the Month.

 BCMS promotes and reinforces the three character traits of Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness in our students.  We focus on the development of these character traits, in addition to academic learning, to help establish a solid foundation upon which to build future success at BCHS and beyond.  Each month we look to recognize a BCMS student who models the Three R’s of our school to his/her classmates through their example.

 Hannah was selected by her teachers for her selfless example. “She is helpful and considerate, and she always has a kind word or gesture for her fellow students. Hannah is an outstanding student who plays volleyball and is a member of the newspaper staff. The teachers value her effort and attitude in class, as well as her fun-loving and outgoing personality. She is an amazing young lady who exemplifies the 3 R's at BCMS...respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.”

CONGRATULATIONS, Hannah!! . . . and THANK YOU!!


 

 CHRISTMAS CHEER – 2015

Submitted by:  Alicia McCrary, BCMS Guidance Counselor

The students and staff of BCMS have helped to serve local families who are in need of food and Christmas presents this Holiday season.  The elementary school has a canned food drive to help with food assistance and we at BCMS raise money to purchase the toys.  Over 100 children will be assisted throughout the community (both in school and younger).

 The students of the BCMS Tribal Council took the money raised through our fund raising efforts and shopped for the children at Walmart.  The Brownstown Christmas cheer committee picks up the toys, wraps them, and delivers both the toys and food to homes.  

 BCMS raised just over $5,400 for Christmas gift buying this year!!  That is our new Christmas Cheer fund raising record!!!! 

 Several events were planned to help us reach our school goal.  Those activities included: 

  • Our Annual Fall Dance
  • Selling Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt on 3 different occasions 
  • Selling healthy snacks, water, and flavor packets during class time
  • Students paying  $1 to go to gym at lunch . . . when it was their designated day to stay in cafeteria
  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
  • $1 Donation for Hat Day
  • $1 donation to use their electronic device in Tribe
  • Pizza Raffle
  • 8th grade Tribal Council students worked the concession stand at 3 athletic events and profits were donated to the toy drive.
  • BCMS Library donated fine money collected since November 23.

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FIFTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the fifth level review period (November 9th – December 4th) will enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels this Friday morning, December 14th.

And, here are the number of BCMS students that participated in the fifth on-level reward activity:

    Grade 6:  97 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 80%

    Compared to the fourth level review:  93 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 75%

    Compared to the third level review:  85 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 70%

    Compared to the second level review:  103 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 83%

    Compared to the first level review:  112 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 90%

 

Grade 7:  88 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 79%

   Compared to the fourth level review:  81 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 73%

   Compared to the third level review:  93 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 84%

   Compared to the second level review:  77 “on-level” / 110 7th graders enrolled = 70%

   Compared to the first level review:  97 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 87%

 

Grade 8:  117 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 82%

   Compared to the fourth level review:  117 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 81%

   Compared to the third level review:  93 “on-level”/ 141 8th graders enrolled = 66%

   Compared to the second level review:  103 “on-level”/ 140 8th graders enrolled = 74%

   Compared to the first level review:  116 “on-level”/ 141 8th graders enrolled = 82%

 

All grades:  302 “on-level” / 376 BCMS students = 80%

   Compared to the fourth level review:  291 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 77%

   Compared to the third level review:  271 “on-level” / 374 BCMS students = 73%

   Compared to the second level review:  283 “on-level” / 374 BCMS students = 76%

   Compared to the first level review:  325 “on-level” / 376 BCMS students = 86%

 We will continue to track our on-level percentages as classes and as a school each level review period.

 To have 100% of our student body to earn “on level” status remains our goal.  To achieve that goal would put us closer to our aim:  for all BCMS students to develop those necessary study habits which will enable our students to be successful at BCHS and allow them to reach their fullest academic potential.

 And, we challenge the students to always be cognizant of their level status.  As we start “Week 18” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” in the sixth level review period. 

 DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


 

PARENTS, HAS YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGED?

 As we enter our Christmas Break, and the mid-point of the school year, this may be a good time to inquire if your contact information has changed since starting school in August.

 It remains critical that we have accurate parent contact information in our school directory for all students who attend BCMS.  When email accounts change, cell phone numbers or even mailing addresses, we would ask that you please contact the school to provide that updated information to us.

 We are always looking to improve communication between school and home, and having up-to-date contact information greatly assists us in that effort.  Thank you!!


 

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

 Monday, December 14    

  • 7AB Boys vs Austin- AWAY
  • 6/8 Girls vs Lutheran Central- HOME

 Tuesday, December 15

  • 8AB Boys vs Silver Creek- HOME

 WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 8 Boys defeated West Washington
  • 6 Boys defeated Immanuel
  • 6 Girls defeated Immanuel & Brown County
  • 8 Girls defeated Silver Creek

 Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

 Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!

 “You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”– Mike Ditka


 

 2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 45, 44, 43, 42, 41

 THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.”

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Moral Courage:  Choosing What’s Right”

Until next week,
Mr. McClure


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"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 17: December 7 - December 11


5th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 6th 
LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The fifth level review period, and first for Trimester 2, concluded last Friday, December 4th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the fifth three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday!  J

We begin the 6th level review period today!!!  J 

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this sixth level review period (December 7th – January 8th) has begun.

To be eligible for three-week Level Reward Activities and any scheduled after-school dances, a student must have:

  •              No more than 1 incomplete homework/daily work assignment per class
  •              No more than 3 incomplete homework/daily work assignments in total
  •              No more than 1 detention
  •              No discipline violations warranting a Wednesday SchoolSaturday School, ISS (In-school Supervision) or OSS (Out-of-school Suspension) consequence

To be eligible for an end-of-trimester field trip, a student must be “on-level” 3 out of the 4 level review periods during the trimester.  


 21st CENTURY SCHOLARS 

Students in grades seven and eight who would like to apply for 21st Century Scholars, may now do so online at:  http://www.in.gov/21stcenturyscholars/2440.htm. 

Indiana started the Twenty-first Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed the cost of four years of college tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

Students must also maintain a C or better G.P.A. in high school in order to qualify.

As a Twenty-first Century Scholar, you can get help finding free tutoring, a mentor and a part-time job, and once you get to college, students who are Twenty-first Century Scholars receive support to finish their college degrees.

If you have any questions, please call Mrs. McCrary, 812-358-4947.

But first you have to apply. Students and their parents must complete and return the application by June 30 of the 8th grade year. Don’t wait. Apply today by clicking here.


 MAC GRANT AWARD WINNER – MRS. SILENCE

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Congratulations Mrs. Silence!!  On Monday of last week, she was surprised in class with a grant in the amount of $500 to spend for her classroom.  As reading a triple beam balance is a grade six Indiana Standard for science, Mrs. Silence stated that she plans to use the grant to get a couple of more of these for her students to use in their learning, practice and preparation.


 BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, December 7

  • 7/8 Boys vs Bedford- AWAY

  • 6 Boys/Girls vs Immanuel- HOME (Vallonia)

  • 7/8 Girls vs Silver Creek- HOME

Thursday, December 10

  • 7/8 Boys vs West Washington- AWAY

  • 6 GIrls vs Brown County - HOME

Saturday, December 12

  • 7/8 Boys @ Silver Creek Tourney

  • 7/8 Girls vs North Harrison- AWAY

  • 6 Boys @ Sauers Tourney

WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 7/8 Boys defeated Mitchell

  • 6 Girls defeated Sauers

  • 8 AB Boys defeated Austin

Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!

Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.”– Bobby Knight


2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

 This week:  T-minus 50, 49, 48, 47, 46


 THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“What a person chooses to do will greatly determine the quality of that person’s life.”

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Love:  Lessons of the Heart”


Until next week,
Mr. McClure

 



SAY, “CHEESE!”

Student yearbook pictures will be taken this week!  The photographer will be at the school on Friday.  Those students interested in purchasing picture packets are reminded to bring with them their picture packet information.



BCMS AUGUST STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of September 8th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Jake Pauley as the August Student of the Month.


BCMS promotes and reinforces the three character traits of Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness in our students.  We focus on the development of these character traits, in addition to academic learning, to help establish a solid foundation upon which to build future success at BCHS and beyond.  Each month we look to recognize a BCMS student who models the Three R’s of our school to his/her classmates through their example.


Jake was selected for his willingness to relinquish his personal study hall time to assist another BCMS student in class.  He has conscientiously attended to aiding and supporting his fellow classmate, and his act of compassion has helped to insure a positive classroom outcome for another.  His ability to see the potential in others, his action to lend a hand in a time of need, and his example of kindness and caring are a model for all BCMS students and staff.


CONGRATULATIONS, Jake!! . . . and THANK YOU!!



STUDENT GOVERNMENT & TRIBAL COUNSEL

Submitted by:  Mrs. McCrary

Last Friday, September 4th, Tribal Council Elections were held at BCMS. Congratulations to the following students who were elected to represent their Tribe. We look forward to a fun filled year with many fresh and new ideas!


6th Grade Representatives

Chloe Covert

Logan Burnside

Brianna Black

Grant Elliott

Kelsey Ault

Reagan Nuss

Morgan Branaman

Maddie Carr

Hannah Hackman

Maren McClure


7th Grade Representatives

Nick Robbins

Nathan Koch

Kendra McCory

Andrew Wheeles

Bailey Miley

Kylee Nowling

Meghan Turner

Rehgen Stuckwisch

Ethan Shirley

Alli Reynolds


8th Grade Representatives

Addyson Krieger – President

Olivia Hackman – Vice President

Emily Koch – Secretary

Treasurer – Halle Hehman

Grace Garland

Emma Winks

Destiny Luttrell

Abbie Reynolds

Riley Nuss

Brandon Wilson



CALL ME JIM

On Tuesday, Brownstown Central Middle School 6th grade students will have the privilege to hear a guest speaker that will be visiting our county and community for most of this week.  Our visitor to BCMS that day, Mr. Jim Williams, is a nationally recognized motivator, speaker and authority on the topic of bullying.


Mr. Williams presents his “Call Me Jim” program in many schools, churches and organizations across the country.  His message is sure to help us re-evaluate our relationships, both in and out of school, in how we talk and interact with, and toward, each other.


Mr. Williams is coming to Jackson County this week thanks to the efforts of the Leadership Jackson County team, “United We Stand.”  On behalf of Brownstown Middle School, we would like to thank them for their efforts in bringing Mr. Williams back to our school for his fourth annual visit this year.  His message always touches upon two of our “Three R’s” . . . RESPECT . . . and personal RESPONSIBILITY regarding the manner in which we speak and interact with one another.



BRAVES FOOD PANTRY

Submitted by:  Mr. Koch, BCHS Guidance Counselor


The Braves Food Pantry will open again on September 21st from 4PM - 6PM at the high school.  The food pantry will be open once a month, but it can always be made available for families in need.  


Click here for more information.



BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young

BCMS Athletic Director


Sporting events this week:


Monday, September 14

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Brown County – AWAY

  • MS Cross Country vs Jennings County- AWAY

  • 6th AB Volleyball vs Austin- HOME

  • Boys Tennis vs Bedford- HOME


Tuesday, September 15

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Highland Hills- AWAY


Wednesday, September 16

  • Fall Sports Pictures- After School


Thursday, September 17

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Austin- HOME

  • 6th AB Volleyball vs Scottsburg- AWAY

  • MS Cross Country vs Seymour- HOME

  • Boys Tennis vs East Washington- AWAY

  • 7/8 Football vs East Washington- HOME


Friday, September 18

  • Boys Tennis vs Seymour- AWAY


WINS this week for the Braves

  • 8th Grade Volleyball defeated Salem & East Washington

  • 7th Grade Volleyball defeated East Washington

  • 6th Grade  Volleyball defeated Salem & St. Ambrose

  • 8th Grade Football defeated Seymour

  • Cross Country ran against Shawswick & Oolitic. Grace Garland came in 1st Place Overall vs Oolitic.


Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms


Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court or field!


Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - John Wooden



THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Results and Responsibilities, NOT Excuses”



THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Courage and Confidence:  Overcoming Obstacles”


Until next week,

 
 

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Contact Us at BCMS!

Brownstown Central Middle School
520 W. Walnut St.
Brownstown, IN 47220

Phone:  812-358-4947
Fax:   812-358-3940

Doug McClure, Principal
Alicia McCrary, Guidance Counselor
Marty Young, Athletic Director

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