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Teachers, Parents and Community Members - Click here to take the Speak Up 2016 Survey related to digital learning in our schools. More details are available in Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog below. (Survey available through January 27, 2017.)
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Principal’s Post

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  January 16 - 20

Week 22

“The Principal’s Post”

CLASS OF 2021 . . . BCHS SCHEDULING
Submitted by:  Mr. Koch, BCHS Guidance Counselor

For our current BCMS 8th grade students: Please click here for an important announcement that pertains to your freshman BCHS classes schedule for next year.

CLASS OF 2021 . . . 8
th GRADE DANCE . . . The “WING DING”

This year’s 8
th Grade Farewell Dance is scheduled for the evening of Friday, May 12, 2017. Click Here to view the informational letter that went home with the students of the Class of 2021 last Friday.


BCCSC PRESENTS:  Sergeant Matthew Simmons

On Wednesday of last week, Sergeant Matthew Simmons from the Indiana State Police Cyber Crimes met with BCMS students and staff to present information regarding: Internet Safety, Cyber Crimes, and Cyber Bullying, as it relates to being on, and using, internet and social media.

We hope that you had the opportunity to speak with your BCMS student about Sergeant Simmons’ presentation and what they learned!

One piece of information that was provided to the students and staff was how to report online threats, inappropriate online requests, and/or illegal activity online. He introduced us to the Indiana State Police cyber tip line. Sgt. Simmons mentioned that over 1,700 reports were made via the tip line last year in Indiana, and he encouraged our students to make use of the tip line whenever they felt threatened online.

The ISP cyber tip line can be found at: Cybertipline.org or by calling 1-800-The-Lost.

NOTE: For future student/parent reference, the cyber tip line information will be available under the “Classroom” tab of our school web page.

SIXTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the sixth level review period (December 5
th – January 6th) will enjoy treats and/or recreation time as grade levels this afternoon (Monday, January 16th).

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

Grade 6: 85 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fifth level review: 86 “on-level” / 109 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fourth level review: 78 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the third level review: 88 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the second level review: 84 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the first level review: 95 “on-level” / 111 6th graders enrolled = 86%

Compared to the sixth level review of last year’s 6th graders: 105 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 86%

Grade 7: 95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review: 94 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review: 87 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 73%

Compared to the third level review: 94 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the second level review: 95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the first level review: 104 “on-level” / 125 7th graders enrolled = 83%

Compared to the sixth level review of last year’s 7th graders:  85 “on-level” / 115 7th graders enrolled = 74%

Grade 8: 88 “on-level”/ 116 8th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the fifth level review: 89 “on-level”/ 115 8th graders enrolled = 77%

Compared to the fourth level review: 69 “on-level”/ 112 8th graders enrolled = 62%

Compared to the third level review: 82 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the second level review: 71 “on-level”/ 111 8th graders enrolled = 65%

Compared to the first level review: 72 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the sixth level review of last year’s 8th graders: 114 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 79%

All grades: 268 “on-level” / 346 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review: 269 “on-level” / 344 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review: 234 “on-level” / 340 BCMS students = 69%

Compared to the third level review: 264 “on-level” / 341 BCMS students = 77%

Compared to the second level review: 250 “on-level” / 343 BCMS students = 73%

Compared to the first level review: 271 “on-level” / 346 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the sixth level review last year’s all grades: 304 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 80%

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 22” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” in the seventh level review period.  

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, January 16

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Seymour- HOME

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Scottsburg-AWAY

Tuesday, January 17

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs East Washington- AWAY

  • 6th Girls Basketball vs Austin- AWAY

Thursday, January 19

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Crothersville-AWAY

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Salem-HOME

  • 6 Girls Basketball vs Scottsburg-HOME- VALLONIA

Saturday, January 21

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball at Salem- MSC Tourney

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball at Salem- MSC Tourney

  • 6 Girls/Boys vs St. Vincent Bedford- AWAY

WINS this week for BCMS

  • 8th Boys defeated Seymour & North Harrison

  • 7th Boys defeated Oolitic & Seymour

  • 8th Girls defeated Shawswick

  • 7th Girls defeated Brown County

  • 6th Girls defeated Salem

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

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

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them”- Michael Jordan

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

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

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?" -Dogen

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

"Overcoming Obstacles with Positive Action”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

January 16th - It's a good day for fearlessness.
January 17th - It's a good day for inclusion.
January 18th - It's a good day for collaborating.
January 19th - It's a good day for a laugh.
January 20th - It's a good day for being on target.


Until next week,

Mr. McClure








1/9

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  January 9 - 13

Week 21

“The Principal’s Post”

WASHINGTON, D.C. PAYMENT ALERT

8th grade BCMS student Washington, D.C. trip registrants are reminded that the third payment ($238) is due this Friday, January 13th.  Please note that all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.

BCCSC PRESENTS:  Sergeant Matthew Simmons

On Wednesday, Sergeant Matthew Simmons from the Indiana State Police Cyber Crimes unit will be returning to Brownstown to make presentations to our BCCSC students at each of our schools.  Sergeant Simmons’ presentation will include:  Internet Safety, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Bullying, among other prescient topics for our kids when it comes to being on, and using, internet and social media.

Brownstown Central Community School Corporation hosted Sergeant Matthew Simmons on December 8
th to speak to parents and community members on many of these same important topics.

We encourage you to speak with your BCMS student about Sergeant Simmons’ presentation and inquire about what they learned!

SPEAK UP 2016

Submitted by:  Karen Ault, BCCSC Media Specialist

Parents and Community Members,

We need your input! The Brownstown Central Community School Corporation is participating in a national research project from Project Tomorrow. This project houses a large collection of authentic stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st Century skills, and more. 


Our participation in this project is in the form of an anonymous, quick, and easy survey that allows students, parents, educators, and community members (business leaders, grandparents, neighbors, etc.) to voice their thoughts about digital learning to our school corporation administrators. Friday, January 27, 2017, is the final day to participate!

To participate in this survey, visit Speak Up 2016. Scroll down and select your group (e.g. parents, community). Search for the BCCSC schools by entering our zip code (47220) or by selecting "Indiana" from the drop down list and then selecting the appropriate school's name. Note: if you have students in more than one BCCSC school, you can complete another survey for that school.

The results from these surveys will help our technology leaders create future technology plans for our schools. Thank you!

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

Last Friday (January 6th) marked the end of the mid-point of the second trimester.  Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 10th), every BCMS student will be given a progress report to take home for parents to review and sign.  Those BCMS students returning a signed progress report by this Friday (January 13th) 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 6th.  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 Monday, January 16th!  

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

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this seventh level review period (January 9th – January 27th) 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.

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 snow to greet us as we returned last week with a school cancellation day (Thursday, January 5th) and a two-hour delay day (Friday, January 6th).  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 texts last week.  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!  

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES
Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, January 9

  • 6th Boys Basketball vs Austin- AWAY

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Oolitic- HOME

Tuesday, January 10

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Brown County- AWAY

  • 6th Boys Basketball vs Bedford- AWAY

  • 6th Girls Basketball vs Salem- HOME

Thursday, January 12

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Shawswick- HOME

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Seymour- AWAY

Saturday, January 14

  • 6th Boys Basketball vs Brown County Tourney- AWAY

WINS this week for BCMS

  • 7/8 Grade Girls defeated Crothersville

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

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

“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else”


2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

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

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"The greatest truth must be the recognition that in every man, in every child, is the potential for greatness." -Robert Kennedy

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Making a Difference by Being our Best”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

January 9th - It's a good day for friendship.
January 10th - It's a good day for a bright outlook.
January 11th - It's a good day for being exceptional.
January 12th - It's a good day for connectedness.
January 13th - It's a good day for flexibility.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure










1/4/

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Weeks of:  January 2 - 6, 2017

Week 20

“The Principal’s Post”

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 2016-2017 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 wellbeing, 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 2017 we continue on our journey . . . together!  


CHRISTMAS TECHNOLOGY

Parents: One of our primary purposes in doing a weekly blog post as a school is to relay information and to establish regular communication between the school and home. You are a critical part of our team, and we want you to be informed as to what we are sharing with our students and when.

One of our prime modes of communication is our student handbook of procedures and protocols. Another essential mode of communication is the daily public address announcements that are made to students.

I made one such announcement to the students on the last day of school prior to Christmas vacation which had to do with Christmas (gifts, and) technology. This was that announcement:

Prior to leaving this afternoon for Christmas vacation, I wanted to clarify with everyone some expectations for your return . . . especially as it pertains to cell phones, other electronic devices (be they MP3 players, tablets, handheld gaming consoles), and . . . smart watches.

This Christmas, many of you might be the fortunate recipients of a new cell phone, an upgrade, or a new tablet. Some of you might even be the recipients of an iWatch or a different brand of smart watch from another technology manufacturer.

This is the point that I want to make, and remind you of. These electronic devices need to remain in your locker during the course of the school day as clearly stated in the student handbook.

If you choose to bring a new device, smart watch, or cell phone to school after Christmas vacation, make sure that it stays in your locker and turned off during the course of the school day.

It would be a New Year’s bummer to wear your new smart watch only to have it confiscated. With adult technology comes adult responsibility.  Your responsibility, if you choose to bring these items to school, is to know the rule, and follow the rule.

Please be advised.

We wanted all BCMS students to be aware of the expectations regarding “smart” technology.  As Christmas time is a likely time for students to receive such “smart” gifts, we wanted to clarify to help avoid any confusion when returning this week.  


Thank you!

SPEAK UP 2016
Submitted by:  Karen Ault, BCCSC Media Specialist

Parents and Community Members,

We need your input! The Brownstown Central Community School Corporation is participating in a national research project from Project Tomorrow. This project houses a large collection of authentic stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st Century skills, and more. 

Our participation in this project is in the form of an anonymous, quick, and easy survey that allows students, parents, educators, and community members (business leaders, grandparents, neighbors, etc.) to voice their thoughts about digital learning to our school corporation administrators. The survey is available now thru Friday, January 13, 2017.

To participate in this survey, visit Speak Up 2016. Scroll down and select your group (e.g. parents, community). Search for the BCCSC schools by entering our zip code (47220) or by selecting "Indiana" from the drop down list and then selecting the appropriate school's name. Note: if you have students in more than one BCCSC school, you can complete another survey for that school.

The results from these surveys will help our technology leaders create future technology plans for our schools. Thank you!

PROGRESS REPORTS . . . COMING HOME NEXT WEEK!!!

This Friday (January 6th) will mark the end of the mid-point of the second trimester. Next Monday, January 9th, 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 next Friday (January 13th) 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 office (812.358.4947).

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

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 for fair winter weather!

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Tuesday, January 3

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Crothersville- HOME

Thursday, January 5

  • 6 Girls Basketball vs Scottsburg- HOME

  • 6/8 Boys Basketball vs St. Peters Lutheran- AWAY

Saturday, January 7

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs North Harrison- HOME

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

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

“Winning is not everything but making an effort to win is”- Vince Lombardi

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 38, 37, 36

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." - Theodore Roosevelt.

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Kindness:  Making a Difference”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

January 4th - It's a good day for getting the ball rolling.

January 5th - It's a good day for good intentions.

January 6th - It's a good day for keeping at it!

Until next week,

Mr. McClure






12/19

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  December 19 - 30

Week 19

“The Principal’s Post”

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.

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!!

INDIANA WINTRY WEATHER . . . AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POSSIBLE SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND SNOW MAKE-UP DAYS

As we enter this final short week of school prior to Christmas vacation, we would like for you to be aware of the tentative plan . . . both going into the break and returning to school from it.

Wednesday, December 21st, is our corporation’s first scheduled snow make-up day. Should BCCSC schools need to close on either Monday, December 19th or Tuesday, December 20th, as a result of inclement weather, school will be in session on Wednesday, December 21st (weather permitting that day).

Tuesday, January 3rd, is our corporation’s second scheduled snow make-up day.  Should BCCSC schools need to close for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, December 20th, as a result of inclement weather . . . OR, if we need to make up a snow day on Wednesday, December 21st and can’t because of bad weather on that day . . . school will resume with classes on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Clear as mud?! Be looking to your BCMS Remind 101 texts from Mr. McClure. Once we know what the weather is going to do, we’ll get through “it” together.  

SPEAK UP 2016
Submitted by:  Karen Ault, BCCSC Media Specialist

Parents and Community Members,

We need your input! The Brownstown Central Community School Corporation is participating in a national research project from Project Tomorrow. This project houses a large collection of authentic stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st Century skills, and more. 

Our participation in this project is in the form of an anonymous, quick, and easy survey that allows students, parents, educators, and community members (business leaders, grandparents, neighbors, etc.) to voice their thoughts about digital learning to our school corporation administrators. The survey is available now thru Friday, January 13, 2017.

To participate in this survey, visit Speak Up 2016. Scroll down and select your group (e.g. parents, community). Search for the BCCSC schools by entering our zip code (47220) or by selecting "Indiana" from the drop down list and then selecting the appropriate school's name. Note: if you have students in more than one BCCSC school, you can complete another survey for that school.

The results from these surveys will help our technology leaders create future technology plans for our schools. Thank you!

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES
Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Tuesday, December 27

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball @ Greensburg Tourney

WINS this week for the Braves!

  • 7th Grade Boys defeated Austin

  • 6th Grade Boys 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!

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win”- Carl Lewis

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER


This week:  T-minus 40, 39

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“You might not be what you say you are, but what you say, you are.”- Zig Ziglar

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Winter Holidays:  Peace and Charity”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

December 19th - It's a good day for listening.
December 20th - It's a good day for rejoicing.


Until next week,

Mr. McClure










12/12

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  December 12 – 16

Week 18

“The Principal’s Post”

HOMEWORK and HARMONY . . . HOMEWORK in HARMONY

Many of our parents make use of their Harmony accounts when checking student grades, attendance, lunch account and book rental balances, discipline, and homework.  If you don’t yet have your Harmony account for your student, we encourage you to contact the school.  We will get you going!

BCMS teachers and staff have committed to re-doubling our efforts to make homework information on Harmony as timely as possible for parents and students when missing school.  We want you and your student to be informed as to class activities and assignments even in the event of an absence.

To help communicate accurate assignment information without undue class disruptions, we ask that our parents understand that homework in Harmony is best checked at or near the end of the school day (3:00PM or after).

While calling the school at the beginning of the day to request student assignments is appreciated, waiting to phone . . . or to check Harmony . . . until the end of the day is preferred.  It is also the most advantageous in insuring that all teacher assignments for the given school day have been posted.

Waiting to pick up assignments until the end of the school day also helps to insure, and allow, that all relevant student assignments for that day can be gathered.  

The BCMS staff greatly appreciates the support and requests that we receive for missing work due to student absences. For optimal communication and efficiency in responding to and meeting these requests, we ask for your patience and understanding.

BCMS NOVEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of December 12th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Ethan Shirley 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.

This is what Ethan’s teachers had to say about his selection:  “The BCMS 8th grade team selected Ethan Shirley as our Brave of the Month for his outstanding contributions in numerous areas of our school. Ethan shows up every day ready to give 110%, no matter what is asked of him. Ethan’s 3.6 GPA is a reflection of his commitment and work ethic in the classroom, as well as the fact that Ethan worked his way into the advanced math class. Besides work in the classroom, Ethan is also a member of the football and basketball teams, excelling both on the field and court. What makes Ethan stand above the crowd however is that he is also Tribal Council Treasurer. Mrs. McCrary stated “Ethan goes above and beyond his typical duties as treasurer on Tribal Council.  He is more than willing to welcome new students and give them tours of the building, volunteer for additional committees, and has taken the lead to help raise over $4,000 for our local Christmas Cheer toy drive.” The sign of a true leader is the ability to make others around them better, and Ethan makes not only himself, but his peers, better every day, in any way possible. The 8th grade team, BCMS staff, and BCMS coaches thank Ethan for exemplifying the traits of a Brownstown Brave student-athlete.”

CONGRATULATIONS, Ethan!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

CHRISTMAS CHEER – 2016

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 60 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 ­­$5,000 for Christmas gift buying this year!!  

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 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.

  • All LMC fines that were collected during a 2 week period were donated


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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 7th – December 2nd) will enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels next Tuesday morning, December 20th.

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

Grade 6:  86 “on-level” / 109 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fourth level review:  78 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the third level review:  88 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the second level review:  84 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the first level review:  95 “on-level” / 111 6th graders enrolled = 86%

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

Grade 7:  94 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review:  87 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 73%

Compared to the third level review:  94 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the second level review:  95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the first level review:  104 “on-level” / 125 7th graders enrolled = 83%

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

Grade 8:  89 “on-level”/ 115 8th graders enrolled = 77%

Compared to the fourth level review:  69 “on-level”/ 112 8th graders enrolled = 62%

Compared to the third level review:  82 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the second level review:  71 “on-level”/ 111 8th graders enrolled = 65%

Compared to the first level review:  72 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 72%

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

All grades:  269 “on-level” / 344 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review:  234 “on-level” / 340 BCMS students = 69%

Compared to the third level review:  264 “on-level” / 341 BCMS students = 77%

Compared to the second level review:  250 “on-level” / 343 BCMS students = 73%

Compared to the first level review:  271 “on-level” / 346 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review last year’s all grades:  302 “on-level” / 376 BCMS students = 80%

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!

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:


Monday, December 12

  • 7 Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME

  • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs Lutheran Central- AWAY

  • 6 AB Boys Basketball vs Scottsburg- AWAY

Tuesday, December 13

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Silver Creek- AWAY

WINS this week for the Braves!

  • 7th Grade Boys defeated West Washington

  • 7th Grade 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!

“ The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.”- Steve Young

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

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

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“It’s not the learning mistake that is troubling. Rather, it’s not giving effort to learn from our mistakes, and then repeating them.” – Robert DeBruyn

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Kindness: Looking for the Good in Others”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

December 12th - It's a good day for respect.
December 13th- It's a good day for trying.
December 14th - It's a good day for peace.
December 15th - It's a good day for possibilities.
December 16th - It's a good day for reflection.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure





12/5

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  December 5 - 9

Week 17

“The Principal’s Post”

BCCSC PRESENTS:  Sergeant Matthew Simmons
Submitted by:  Mr. Walker, Superintendent

The Brownstown Central Community School Corporation will be hosting Sergeant Matthew Simmons from the Indiana State Police Cyber Crimes unit this Thursday, December 8th, at 6:30PM in the Brownstown Central High School Auditorium.

Sergeant Simmons’ presentation will include:  Internet Safety, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Bullying, etc., and is designed to inform parents and community members on these important topics.

Sergeant Simmons will be returning on January 11th, 2017, to make presentations to BCCSC students at each of our schools.

We invite you to attend this informative, and salient, presentation.

INDIANA TURNS 200!! – OUR STATE’S BICENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY!!

As you may know, on Sunday, December 11th, Indiana turns 200!!  

To recognize this milestone in the history of our state, BCMS would like to plan one final school-wide Bicentennial tee shirt day!!

We are encouraging all students and staff to wear their Bicentennial tee shirts to school on Friday, December 9th!

Don’t miss out on this final BCMS Bicentennial celebration of the year!  The Torch Run (September 15th . . . did you see our photos from that day?  Click on our Bicentennial logo at the top of our school web page! ) . . . The Capital to Capital Wagon Train (October 11th), and lastly our state’s Bicentennial Birthday (December 11th).

We hope that all students and staff will choose to participate by wearing their navy blue Bicentennial tee shirts this Friday, December 9th!!!

HOMEWORK and HARMONY . . . HOMEWORK in HARMONY

Many of our parents make use of their Harmony accounts when checking student grades, attendance, lunch account and book rental balances, discipline, and homework.  If you don’t yet have your Harmony account for your student, we encourage you to contact the school.  We will get you going!

BCMS teachers and staff have committed to re-doubling our efforts to make homework information on Harmony as timely as possible for parents and students when missing school.  We want you and your student to be informed as to class activities and assignments even in the event of an absence.

To help communicate accurate assignment information without undue class disruptions, we ask that our parents understand that homework in Harmony is best checked at or near the end of the school day (3:00PM or after).

While calling the school at the beginning of the day to request student assignments is appreciated, waiting to phone . . . or to check Harmony . . . until the end of the day is preferred.  It is also the most advantageous in insuring that all teacher assignments for the given school day have been posted.

Waiting to pick up assignments until the end of the school day also helps to insure, and allow, that all relevant student assignments for that day can be gathered.  

The BCMS staff greatly appreciates the support and requests that we receive for missing work due to student absences.  For optimal communication and efficiency in responding to and meeting these requests, we ask for your patience and understanding.  

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 2nd.  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 Tuesday, December 20th!  

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

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this sixth level review period (December 5th – January 6th) 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 ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, December 5

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Bedford- HOME

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Silver Creek- AWAY

  • 6 Boys/Girls Basketball vs Immanuel- AWAY

Tuesday, December 6

  • 6 Girls Basketball vs Brown County- AWAY

Thursday, December 8

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs West Washington- HOME

Saturday, December 10

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball at Silver Creek Tourney

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs North Harrison- HOME

WINS this week for the Braves!

  • 8th Grade Boys defeated Mitchell & Austin

  • 7th Grade Boys defeated Mitchell & Shawswick

  • 7th Grade Girls defeated Oolitic

  • 6th Grade Girls defeated Silver Creek & St. John Sauers

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

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

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”- Babe Ruth

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

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

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“It costs no more to be tactful and gracious than it does to be critical and caustic.”

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Kindness:  Helping Others/Helping Ourselves”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

December 5th - It's a good day for keeping your chin up.
December 6th - It's a good day for humility.
December 7th - It's a good day for originality.
December 8th - It's a good day for reconciliation.
December 9th - It's a good day for sincerity.




Until next week,

Mr. McClure








11/28

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  November 28 – December 2

Week 16

“The Principal’s Post”

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

As many of you may know, the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) measures what students know and are able to do at each grade level 3-8.  Based on Indiana's Academic Standards, ISTEP+ provides a learning “check-up” to make sure that students are on track.  It also helps to signal whether they need extra help and where that intervention can be directed.

During my team meeting convocations with the students, I continued to stress with the students the importance of this test.  In our grade level meetings together, we agreed that there was much, much more to school than simply a test.  However, students were reminded that their performance each year on the ISTEP+ exam is all that the state cares about.  That is our reality, and they were reminded of this.

Teachers ask ISTEP-type questions on chapter tests, use ISTEP vocabulary in class and when giving assignment directions, and continue to “talk up” the importance of the test.  The students understand that our progress is a direct reflection of their efforts and commitment to reach for more.  Their “ISTEP+ grade,” individually and collectively as a school, REMAINS the defining grade of their entire year.

To “set the stage” for this year’s test, we started counting down this week, “T-minus _____ days to ISTEP+ testing” now becomes part of our daily announcement ritual.  For 2016-2017, we are counting down to our BCMS ISTEP+ test/success day!

In counting down, it is a daily reminder that it is not only our performance on the test dates that will determine our “climb” to increased levels of success, we stress that it is each day, between now and then, that we MAKE COUNT in preparing for test day.  Only in treating each school day with intensity and purpose will we secure our success.  

Beginning in this week’s post, we begin our 2017 count down together. This week:  T-minus 55, 54, 53, 52, 51.

BCMS BICENTENNIAL PHOTO MONTAGE

In case you missed it last week, BCMS wanted to highlight our participation in the Thursday, September 15, 2016, Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay event as it passed through Jackson County.  BCMS took the opportunity that day to recognize, celebrate, and learn a little more about our Indiana/Jackson County/Brownstown history.

We are excited to share with you some of the images of our Bicentennial celebration activity day together!

We would invite you to click on the “Bicentennial” link on the right margin of our main school webpage for “anytime” viewing!  

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, November 28

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Mitchell- AWAY

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Oolitic- HOME

Tuesday, November 29

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Shawswick- HOME

  • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs St. John Sauers

Thursday, December 1

  • 8th Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME

Saturday, December 3

  • 8th Girls Basketball @ St. John Sauers Tourney

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

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

Champions keep playing until they get it right”- Billie Jean King

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Not everything that counts can be counted,and not everything that can be counted, counts.” -Albert Einstein

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Honor and Integrity:  Keys to Success”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

November 28th - It's a good day for being adventurous.
November 29th - It's a good day for consideration.
November 30th - It's a good day for enthusiasm.
December 1st - It's a good day for community.
December 2nd - It's a good day for fidelity.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure

 

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Brownstown, IN 47220

Phone:  812-358-4947
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Doug McClure, Principal
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Marty Young, Athletic Director

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