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Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog Week of: August 29–September 2

“The Principal’s Post” Week 4

In observance of Labor Day, school will be closed on Monday, September 5
th.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 6th.  Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

1ST LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 2ND LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The first level review period for Trimester 1 . . . and the year . . . concluded last Friday, August 26
th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the first three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for this Friday, September 2nd.  ☺

As we look to the first level review reward on Friday, however, we begin the 2nd level review period today!!!  ☺  All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this second level review period (August 29th-September 16th) has begun.

And . . . as you might have guessed, we will be looking at and discussing our “on-level” vs. “off-level” data for the 1
st Trimester when the students and I meet again in November!

As a reminder:  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

This final reminder:  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.

H.I.P.

As your student’s teachers, we believe that we have the moral obligation to have programming in place to insure every BCMS student has the opportunity to succeed academically.  Our Homework Intervention Plan (H.I.P.) was designed for this very purpose.


There are any number of reasons that students give for not having assignments completed . . . or not completed to the best of their ability.  These habits of inaction and indifference, if allowed to fester and grow, will determine more than just a grade in a given class.  It will determine the level of upward mobility and future career/employment opportunities afforded to them.  Part of our job is to help them, and to help you help them, understand the importance of conscientious work and study habits.

Students with chronic issues related to incomplete or missing school work may be subject to additional assistance through our Homework Intervention Plan (H.I.P.).

Students who have a total of 5-9 missing/incomplete assignments in a 3-week level review will have the following assistance assigned to them for the next level period.

  • The student’s gym time at lunch will be rescinded.  (Students who maintain “on-level” status are given the privilege of gym recreation at lunch.  Students “off-level” do not have this privilege.)

  • The student’s intramural event during TRIBE each week is rescinded until the time of the next level review.  “HIP” students work on completing homework during the intramural time.  Two BCMS teachers oversee student work and help facilitate student questions during this extra study time.

  • HIP students do not receive extra gym time with their TRIBE class.

EXTREME HIP (XHIP):

Students who have a total of ten (10) or more missing/incomplete assignments in one level review will have the following assistance assigned to them for the next level review period.

  • All of the assistance listed above in HIP 1

  • Wednesday School (from 3:20PM - 5:00PM) is assigned for each Wednesday afternoon of the following level review period.

“HIP” INFORMATION AS IT RELATES TO EXTRA AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

  • If a student athlete, after-school organization participant, or teaching assistant receives HIP status, they will be put on probation for the next 3 week level review period.  

  • If the same student athlete, after-school organization participant, or teaching assistant receives HIP status for a second consecutive level review period, the athlete or participant will be eligible to practice but will be ineligible to compete for three (3) weeks.  Two consecutive HIP status designations for teaching assistants will result in being re-enrolled in study hall for the remainder of the trimester.

  • If HIP status is continued for three level reviews during the season, the athlete/participate will be dismissed from the team or organization.

  • HIP status within a sport will restart at the beginning of each sport season.


GRADE 8 WASHINGTON, D.C. REGISTRATION & FUNDRAISER

Online registration for 8th grade BCMS students interested in attending the May 17-21, 2017, Washington, D.C. trip is now open through Friday, October 7th.  Parents and students not able to attend the mandatory Thursday, August 18th, information meeting, but still interested in the trip, can pick up registration information (along with student trip criteria) in the BCMS main office.  No registration information will be given over the phone or by email.

BCMS students choosing to participate in the DC fund raiser are reminded that the final day to turn in money and brochure order forms is TODAY . . . Monday, August 29th.  Only those with the exact money amounts matching their brochure order form(s) will be accepted.  Order forms and money can be turned in to Mrs. Black in the main office.  

Items sold by students will be delivered to BCMS for pick-up the week of September 19-23.  Students will need to pick up their sold items at that time.

Remember, we are encouraging online sales so that students will not need to bring in money, order forms, or distribute purchased items later.  The online fundraising opportunity for interested students will continue through the end of the calendar year . . . January, 1, 2017.  Online . . . it's easier . . . and you have opportunity to fundraise throughout the holidays!!!

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young
BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, August 29

  • 6/8 Volleyball vs Medora- AWAY

Tuesday, August 30

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Immanuel- AWAY

  • Cross Country @ Seymour Invite

Thursday, September 1

  • 7/8 Football vs Brown County- AWAY

  • Cross Country vs Salem- HOME

  • 6/8 Volleyball vs St. John Sauers- AWAY

  • Boys Tennis vs Immanuel- HOME

WINS this week for the BCMS

  • 7/8 Volleyball defeated St.Peters

  • 8 Football defeated Clarksville

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!

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” - Michael Jordan

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:


The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.”  -Baltasar Gracian

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Choices:  Doing Our Personal Best”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

August 29th - It's a good day for
affection.
August 30th - It's a good day for being all right.
August 31st - It's a good day for discretion.
September 1st - It's a good day for enriching.
September 2nd - It's a good day for goodness.

Until next week,


Mr. McClure




8/22

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog Week of:  August 22-26

“The Principal’s Post”: Week 3

LEVEL REVIEW #1

Even though the “newness” of the year hasn’t worn off just yet, this is already the start of our third week . . . which means by week’s end we will be conducting our first level review for Trimester 1 . . . and the year.  

In your child’s orientation packet to begin the year, we included information about our level system.  Through our level program we try to accomplish two aims:  1) encourage and reward our students for their conscientious efforts to learn coupled with their choices to exhibit positive prosocial behavior, while 2) holding them accountable for missed and/or incomplete work which impedes learning and also discouraging behavior that would otherwise detract from an optimal learning environment for all.  (In last week’s post I shared the importance and benefits of homework in supporting and supplementing learning in the classroom.  In the coming weeks I will share the “Three R” philosophy that we embrace to promote character development.)  

In the event that you may have missed that original information (we provided you with a lot that first evening ☺), I wanted to take a moment this week to highlight the Level System.

The Level System program divide the school year into 12 level review periods (4 each trimester). Each review period is approximately 3 weeks in length.  The specific dates for these level reviews are listed on the school calendar.

Student assignments are monitored throughout each level review period.  A student who has an incomplete or missing assignment in Harmony is given a special notation by the classroom teachers for that assignment.  The codification system used is:  Ra, Rb, Rc, or Rd (ra, rb, rc, rd). For example, if the student did not complete an assignment, his score may be listed as “32 Ra.” If he did not do the assignment at all, you may see “Inc Ra” or

0 Ra.” The Ra indicates that this assignment is counting against the student during the 1st level review of the trimester. (Rb would indicate that we are currently in the second level review window and the particular assignment is counting against the student for that level review period of the trimester, etc.)

At the end of each three-week level review period, students are identified as being “on-level” or “off-level” for that level review.  The status of being “on-level” or “off-level” is used to determine participation in specially planned Level Reward activities, after-school dances, and end-of-trimester field trips.

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 warranty a Wednesday School, Saturday School, ISS (In-school Supervision) or OSS (Out-of-school Suspension) consequence

All students begin “fresh” with a “clean slate” to start each level review period.  

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

The parents/guardians of those students who are “off-level” for a review period will be notified by myself or Mrs. McCrary.  However, parents are encouraged to monitor the progress of their student’s three-week “on-level” status by accessing Harmony.
 

GRADE 8 WASHINGTON, D.C. REGISTRATION & FUNDRAISER . . . GOING ON NOW

Online registration for 8th grade BCMS students interested in attending the May 17-21, 2017, Washington, D.C. trip is now open through Friday, October 7th.  Parents and students not able to attend the mandatory Thursday, August 18th, information meeting, but still interested in the trip, can pick up registration information (along with student trip criteria) in the BCMS main office.  No registration information will be given over the phone or by email.

BCMS students choosing to participate in the DC fundraiser are reminded that the final day to turn in money and brochure order forms is Monday, August 29th.  Only those with the exact money amounts matching their brochure order form(s) will be accepted.  Order forms and money can be turned in to Mrs. Black in the main office.  

Items sold by students will be delivered to BCMS for pick-up the week of September 19-23.  Students will need to pick up their sold items at that time.

Remember, we are encouraging online sales so that students will not need to bring in money, order forms, or distribute purchased items later.  The online fundraising opportunity for interested students will continue through the end of the calendar year . . . January, 1, 2017.  Online . . . it's easier . . . and you have opportunity to fundraise throughout the holidays!!!

Click here to see the letter sent home with 8th grade students on Friday, August 19th.

BCMS ATHLETIC . . . GETTING GOING

Submitted by:  Mr. Young,
BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, August 22

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs St. Peters- AWAY

Tuesday, August 23

  • 8 Football vs Clarksville- AWAY

Thursday, August 25

  • 7/8 Football vs Corydon- AWAY

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Jennings County- HOME

  • Cross Country vs JAckson Creek- AWAY

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:

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being

can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” -William James

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Choices:  Building Character Muscles”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

August 22nd - It's a good day for laughing.
August 23rd - It's a good day for purpose.
August 24th - It's a good day for supporting another.
August 25th - It's a good day for saying "yes" to your potential.
August 26th - It's a good day for truth.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure








8/15

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for the Week of:  August 15 – August 19

Week 2

“The Principal’s Post”

Beginning the school year is always exciting, and we could not have been more pleased with our start.  As we enter our first full week we know that our work last week was only a preamble to all that remains for us to accomplish together this year.  

What is always encouraging in starting a new year is the good will shared by all.  My charge to the students and staff alike is to endeavor to exercise that good will the whole year through.  If we stick to our Three R’s, we’ll be in an excellent position to do just that.  

In visiting the sixth grade hall throughout the past week, I was reminded that even in the “small” tasks . . . learning to open a locker for the first time . . . confidences can be built and helping hands extended.  

It is very important for us as a school family to set the right tone, from the very first day of school, for success.  Parents, your cooperation and partnership has helped us to set that tone.  Thank you!!

YOU WILL HAVE HOMEWORK!

As mentioned at the 6th Grade Back-to-School night orientation, and as I reminded the 7th and 8th grade students as I met with them last week, your child should begin bringing home school work this week to complete as homework.  Brownstown Central Middle School believes that learning occurs not only in the classroom by means of teacher instruction, but through student practice, repetition, and reinforcement of those classroom lesson concepts.  Our students engage in athletic practice, and rightly so, throughout the year.  We believe that they should also be engaged in academic practice.  The best way for our school to insure the optimal benefits for your child’s education is to provide your child the opportunities to practice and reinforce those lesson concepts at home that he/she learns at school.  

Please know that I have charged your child’s teacher teams to assign homework regularly.  If your child says that he/she doesn’t have homework and/or tells you that they finished all their homework “at school,” and this response persists, you have our permission to be suspicious.  ☺  Accessing your child’s teacher web pages on our school website can help to substantiate what they are telling you.  However, I would also encourage you to contact your child’s teachers directly.  We want to partner with you!

Research suggests that the amount of time that a student spends on homework should be reflective of the student’s current grade level equivalent to ten minutes per grade level.  For example: 1st grade=10 minutes; 3rd grade=30 minutes.  For BCMS students, homework is assigned according to the following parameters:  6th grade = 60 minutes; 7th grade = 70 minutes; 8th grade = 80 minutes.  Teachers work collectively as a grade level to ascertain who will be assigning homework each evening and how much is being assigned.  If a student is spending too much or too little time on homework, please call or E-mail us. We value your input.

Click here to find additional information as to the benefits of homework and what you can do as a parent to help provide guidance and structure for your child’s homework assignments.

STUDENT CONVOCATIONS

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with the 7th and 8th graders.  I’ll be meeting with the 6th grade students this morning (Monday).

Our “talks” provided me the chance to formally introduce myself to the 6th graders, and any new students to BCMS, and to outline our behavioral and academic expectations for them as students of Brownstown Central Middle School.  For the 7th and 8th graders, we looked at our respective grade level indicators (we refer to these indicators, taken as a whole, as our school-wide report card) from 2015-2016.  

In a series of thirty minute team convocations, we discussed our “Three R’s” principles.  It was stressed that, when making any decision at school, at home, with friends . . . anywhere, the students could weigh their decisions against our Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness criteria to determine whether any given choice is good or bad.  

The students were also challenged to think about how they respond when someone asks them about their school?  It is our hope that they will begin to say that at their school we are about, “Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness.”  The point was made that how we talk, act, appear and perform will determine the perception, and ultimately the reality, of who we are.

Because the 2016 ISTEP+ results have not yet been officially released by the state, we focused on our local school performance data at our first meeting.  We discuss academic, discipline, attendance and HIP results from last year.  We set goals to improve on that performance this year as individual grade levels . . . and as a school.

To view the individual grade level presentations:  click here for the 6th grade presentation, click here for the 7th grade presentation, click here for the 8th grade presentation.

MAY 2017 . . . THE CLASS OF 2021 . . . AND WASHINGTON DC


Brownstown Central Middle School, in partnership with Seymour Middle School, is scheduled to take interested students of this year’s 8th grade class, the Class of 2021, to Washington DC the dates of May 17th – 21st, 2017.  A mandatory Washington DC parent informational meeting is scheduled for this Thursday evening, August 18th, from 6:00PM-7:30PM in the BCMS gymnasium for any 8th grade student interested in attending.  Parents and students will learn about the tentative trip itinerary, trip qualifying “criteria” for students, pricing, and an optional fundraising opportunities that is available.

It is the hope/intention of both schools to make this class trip an annual joint venture/offering.  In light if this, any parent(s) of interested 6th and 7th grade students are invited to attend a repeat information meeting at 7:30PM (also in the BCMS gymnasium).  Parents and students can begin to learn about the trip and attending 6th and 7th grade students may participate in the fundraising opportunity this year for the purpose of applying any profits earned towards their own future trip expense.

We hope to see you Thursday evening!

BCMS SCHOOL WEBSITE

If you are a new parent to our middle school, one of the features our website offers is that our teachers have the ability to create a website specific to your child’s class.  From homework information to imbedded web links and video streaming, our teachers are constantly updating their individual web pages with relevant and current class information.  Web pages are available for your regular viewing.  We invite you to visit us online often!

BCMS ATHLETIC . . . GETTING GOING

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

6/7/8 Volleyball practice will continue this week 3:30-5:15. Jim Brown from Kratz Sporting Goods will be at BCMS on Thursday, August 18th at 5:15.

Boy's Tennis- Practice will start Monday, August 15. Please see Ms. Weisman for details.

All physicals and necessary forms need to be turned returned to  Mr. Young before you can participate in any athletic event.

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

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” -John Locke


THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Brotherhood:  Finding Common Ground”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

August 15th - Its's a good day for a challenge.
August 16th - It's a good day for being approachable.
August 17th - It's a good day for effort.
August 18th - It's a good day for fairness.
August 19th - It's a good day for improvement.



Until next week,

Mr. McClure









8/8


Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for the Week of:  August 8 – August 12

Week 1

“The Principal’s Post”


I would like to begin by thanking you for visiting our school’s website and welcoming you to the start of the 2016-2017 school year.  It is my pleasure to greet you, and it is my hope that you will make it a point to visit our school’s website weekly to view school announcements and to find out about scheduled school activities.  

Through our website you can also have access to your child’s homework assignments (in the event of an absence), find information regarding your child’s overall school attendance, and his/her discipline and grades.  You will also find weekly reflections from me and members of the teaching faculty that are posted each Monday morning.

We are privileged to be given this opportunity to work with your child this school year.  Whether your child is a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader, whether he or she is returning to the school this year or starting as a new student, your child, and his/her experience at our middle school this year, is very important to us.  Whether it is academic, athletic, or personal, we want to insure that this year is a year of positive academic and pro-social growth for your child.  There will be some hard work involved, but we remain committed to working with you for your child’s healthy development.  

On behalf of the entire Brownstown Central Middle School staff, I pledge to you our commitment in partnering together in your child’s education this upcoming school year.  With high stakes testing and student achievement accountability being a reality for our schools, our families, and our children, now is the time for us to resolve, again, our joint purpose . . . the psychological, emotional, physical, and cognitive maturing and well-being of our children.  We welcome, and thank you for, your partnership with us.

It is our hope that you and your child will view the challenges and the work ahead just as we do . . . as opportunities. ☺

THE THREE R’s

Before becoming the principal at Brownstown Central Middle last year, I was principal for six years at Seymour Middle School, and an assistant principal at Seymour High School for ten years prior to that.  In my experience at the high school level, I formed an acute perspective of what character, social and educational traits our students require when leaving the middle school in order to be successful at the high school level.  These traits can be summarized in three words:  Respect, Responsibility, and Resourcefulness

These essential qualities are the “pillars” upon which we will build the middle school experience, climate, and culture for our children.  And, we will need your partnership in reinforcing these principles.  (In upcoming weeks I will share why these traits are crucial to your child’s success and how we can work together to instill and develop these “Three R’s.”)

When you visited the middle school last week during orientation, I hope you noticed the banners throughout the building.  These visual reminders will greet the students each day reinforcing these principles throughout the year.

In addition, each week we will have, and post, a “BRAVE Quote” for that week.  As speaker Zig Ziglar once said, “If you put the good stuff in you’ll get the good stuff out.”  The BRAVE Quotes is another way that we will put the “good stuff in” each week.  I encourage you to talk to your child as to what each week’s quote means to them . . . and to you! 

This week’s BRAVE Quote:  “Dreams are the beginning of courage, and courage is the beginning of hope.”  - Newt Gingrich

 To further reinforce “the good stuff in” concept, we will continue to utilize the “Project Wisdom – Helping Students Make Wiser Choices” program.  Each morning I will welcome the students to school by leading in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, observing a moment of silence, and reading the Project Wisdom “Daily Message” for that day via the public address system.  The daily messages will follow an overall weekly theme.  Examples of weekly themes include:  “Choices,” “Conscience and Character,” “Courage and Confidence,” “Courtesy and Manners.”

This week’s opening Project Wisdom theme:  “First Week of School:  New Beginnings.”

These are just a few strategies we will implement this year to reinforce our collective purpose. 

Thank you for all that you will do to support your child and our work with him/her this year.  It is going to be a great year, and we can’t wait to get started!

IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR IT!

2016-2017 BCMS Theme


At BCMS, we believe that every day can be a good day.  And while some days are disguised with challenges, perhaps even setbacks, each day holds the inherent potential of helping us move toward our personal goals . . . and our collective goals as a school . . . if we don’t give up . . . if we continue to “put the good stuff in.”


Just like reading, writing, and arithmetic are taught and practiced before being mastered, guiding and reinforcing the positive conditioning our thoughts each day empowers us to train and direct our thinking.  This ultimately determines the trajectory of our minds, our behaviors, and our lives.  What we expect, and what we think about, we are likely to get.


The story is told of the late Connecticut Governor, William Cross.  Governor Cross was known to be a ceaselessly positive thinker.  At breakfast he would say to his family, “It’s a good day for it!”  The Governor never specified for what, but the family knew that he expected it to be a good day regardless of what the day might bring.  No doubt the Governor experienced his fair share of setbacks, frustration, disappointments, and adversity, but his attitude and belief that the day was indeed good led to a successful, and lastingly impactful, career in public service.    


BCMS is on its own, “It’s a good day for it!” campaign this year!  And although we would never want to limit the potential for what each day’s “it” might be, for the 180 school days that comprise the 2016-2017 academic year, BCMS is going to highlight a daily “it” in our efforts to condition our positive thinking each morning for that day!

 

And, we would like to invite you to join with us in the journey this year!  On the “It’s a good day for it!” web page you will be able to identify the daily “it.”  The daily “it” will also be listed on each week’s school blog (for that week), and will be listed as part of the daily announcements.  


Just as we encourage you to talk to your child as to what each week’s BRAVE Quote means to them . . . and to you . . . we would encourage you to do the same with each daily “it.”  Sowing the seeds of optimism and belief are never a “bad” thing.

This week, “It’s a good day for . . .

August 9th - It's a good day for starting again!
August 10th – It’s a good day for thinking big.
August 11th - It's a good day for action.
August 12th - It's a good day for being a doer.

MAY 2017 . . . THE CLASS OF 2021 . . . AND WASHINGTON DC

Brownstown Central Middle School, in partnership with Seymour Middle School, is scheduled to take interested students of this year’s 8th grade class, the Class of 2021, to Washington DC the dates of May 17th – 21st, 2017.  A Washington DC parent informational meeting is scheduled for next Thursday evening, August 18th, from 6:00PM-7:30PM in the BCMS gymnasium.  Any parent(s) of an interested 8th grade student are required to attend.  Parents and students will learn about the tentative trip itinerary, trip qualifying “criteria” for students, pricing, and an optional fundraising opportunities that is available.

It is the hope/intention of both schools to make this class trip an annual joint venture/offering.  In light if this, any parent(s) of interested 6th and 7th grade students are invited to attend a repeat information meeting at 7:30PM (also in the BCMS gymnasium).  Parents and students can begin to learn about the trip and attending 6th and 7th grade students may participate in the fundraising opportunity this year for the purpose of applying any profits earned towards their own future trip expense.

2016-2017 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

SCHOOL CALENDAR

To view important dates as they pertain to the 2016-2017 Brownstown Central Community School Corporation school calendar, please click here.

BCMS ATHLETIC . . . GETTING GOING

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director


7/8 Volleyball practice will start Wednesday, August 10 after school until 5:30.

 

6th Grade Volleyball practice will start Thursday, August 11 after school until 5:30.


Boy's Tennis- Practice will start Monday, August 15. Listen to announcements for a start time or talk to Ms. Weisman at school.

 

7/8 Football- Practice will begin Monday, August 8 -3:30- 5:30.

 

Cross Country- Practice will begin Tuesday, August 9 after school until 5:00. There will be a parent meeting following practice.

 

All physicals and necessary forms need to be turned returned to  Mr. Young before you can participate in any athletic event.


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


“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard”- Unknown


Until next week,


Mr. McClure



8/1

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for the Week of:  August 1 – August 5

Pre-Week

“The Principal’s Post”

Whenever Fair Week concludes the end to the lazy days of summer is soon to follow, and the anticipation of beginning a new school year reaches a fever pitch.  As we make our final preparations for the 2016-2017 academic year this week, we are glad that YOU are going to be part of our team!  Welcome to BCMS, and thank you for visiting our website!

BCMS STUDENT ORIENTATION & FIRST TRIMESTER SCHEDULES

BCMS students will be receiving their first trimester class schedules at their respective orientations this week.  

The 6th grade orientation is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, August 2nd.  We will begin at 6:30PM with a student/parent meeting in the gymnasium.  Students and their parents will then be directed to their respective TRIBE rooms.  (TRIBE lists will be posted as students and parents enter the gymnasium.)

The 7th and 8th grade orientation is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, August 4th, from the hours of 6:30PM-8:00PM.  7th and 8th grade students and parents are invited to visit the middle school during this time.  Again, TRIBE rooms will be posted at the main entrance.

YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED IN THE MAIL . . .

. . . some important back-to-school information.  If the “snail” happened to be a little slow with the “mail” we would invite you to click below to view the contents of the mailing.

2016-2017 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS SCHOOL CALENDAR

To view important dates as they pertain to the 2016-2017 Brownstown Central Community Schools school calendar, please click here.

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young

BCMS Athletic Director


All fall sport athletes need to be sure to have your physical and all necessary paper work completed and correct by the first day of practice. If your physical is not on file and complete, you will not be able to participate until you do so. 


Part of the necessary paper work required is a signed “Extra-Curricular/Student Driver Consent Form” for random drug testing.  (Note:  Parents already having granted consent for their BCMS student to be tested for the 2015-2016 school year DO NOT need to submit another consent form for the current year.  These student athletes will automatically remain in the random drug testing “pool” unless parents/guardians express in writing their intent for their student to be removed.)


Fall sport sign-ups will take place at the Back-to-school Orientation. 


Check the BCMS website for the up-to-date Fall Athletic Schedules.


MAY 2017 . . . THE CLASS OF 2021 . . . AND WASHINGTON DC!!!


Starting with the Class of 2021, BCMS 8th grade students, in partnership with the 8th grade class at Seymour Middle School, will have the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital.


Interested 8th grade students and parents can mark their calendars now with the dates of next year’s BCMS/SMS Washington DC trip:  May 17 – May 21, 2017!!


A mandatory meeting, which will provide information regarding pricing, trip “criteria” as it relates to student attendance, academics, and behavior, and fund raising opportunities, will be held the evening of Thursday, August 18th, in the BCMS gymnasium beginning at 6PM.  


Any BCMS 8th grade student interested in the DC class trip must be in attendance with one parent/guardian.


Those 6th and 7th grade students and parents interested in learning about the trip for their future 8th grade year may attend a repeat information session at 7:30PM.  The spring 2017 trip is not intended for 6th and 7th grade students, but, should they choose to do so, 6th and 7th grade students will have the opportunity to begin fund raising this year for their future trip.  This informational meeting will be the only opportunity to participate in this fund raiser.  


A special Washington DC web page link (located on the right hand column of this page) has been created to help provide relevant trip information and to answer frequently asked questions relating to it.


PLEASE VISIT US AGAIN . . . AND AGAIN . . . AND . . .

Please allow me to invite you to visit us regularly online throughout the course of the year as our school web site is updated weekly . . . and sometimes daily . . . with relevant school/teacher/parent/student information.  

Many parents have found this site to be useful in accessing our Harmony Login link.  The Harmony Login allows you, the parent, to access and monitor your child’s attendance, discipline, class schedule and grade information from home.

We’d also like to remind you of our Harmony “Push Notifications.”  Setting up your customized notification account allows you to receive automatic alerts regarding your student via text or email.  (Please contact the school if you need your child’s Harmony User Log In information.  NOTE:  This information will be provided in your student’s orientation packet. ☺)

It is our hope that you would make us one of your favorite internet stops, and that you find our web page to be an effective vehicle of communication between school and home.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure

 


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STUDENT AWARDS

The end of school is always an exciting and “rewarding” time as we pause to recognize students for their attendance and academic achievements throughout the year.  We gathered to celebrate our achievements during our grade level award convocations.  As part of our established yearly Honor Day award traditions, we award our “BCMS Three ‘R’ Awards.”

Brownstown Central Middle School promotes the daily practice of our three core principles:  Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness.  As these are the founding principles upon which student achievement and life success is built, we recognized three students each year from each of our grade level teams that have best demonstrated these qualities this school year.  

As the Three “R” Awards are the top middle school awards given, I would like to recognize and thank these students for their efforts, example and leadership this year.

GRADE 6 – Class of 2022


Respect – Jenna Ratliff

Responsibility – Maddison Brittain

Resourcefulness – Payton Ault

 

GRADE 7 – Class of 2021


Respect – Samuel Pace

Responsibility – Kendra McCory

Resourcefulness – Isaiah McCory


GRADE 8 – Class of 2020

Respect – Zoe Fountain

Responsibility – Addyson Krieger

Resourcefulness – Jordan Cobb

 

TRIMESTER THREE REPORT CARDS

Year-end report cards were sent home with students last Friday, May 27th.  Parents who did not receive a copy of their student’s report card can request a copy by contacting the school.  


 

BCHS AGRICULTRUAL MECHANICS CIVIC LEADERSHIP PROJECT

Have you seen our “Shaping Lives” sculpture!!!

During the third trimester, the BCHS Agriculture Mechanics class, under the instruction of Mr. Blake Hackman, embarked on a civic leadership beautification project as an addition to the BCMS campus.  During the week of Monday, May 23rd, that project (a 15’ sculpture named “Shaping Lives”) was added to the BCMS campus.


On the morning of Thursday, May 26th, during a special student convocation, the formal dedication of the sculpture was made.


“As Principal of Brownstown Central Middle School, with the consent of the School Superintendent and the unanimous support and permission of the Brownstown Central Community School Corporation school board of trustees, dedication of this sculpture, “Shaping Lives,” on the Brownstown Central Middle School campus common, this Thursday, May 26, 2016, is upraised in recognition of those who have come before for their devotion to the mission and posterity of our school.  In equal measure, this sculpture stands to signify the commitment of those present, and in the future, to that enduring mission.


Whenever the sculpture is seen or spoken about, may it serve to remind us of our personal responsibility to develop our potential in shaping our future.  And as the shapes of the sculpture are interconnected, may this serve to remind us to do that which is in our power to contribute to the healthy development of each other.”


The sculpture now stands as a symbol in reminding us that each of us is of value.  Each of us matter.  We were, and are, created for significance. Our entire purpose as a BCMS school community is to support, educate, enrich and shape lives.

 

BCMS would like to formally thank the following BCHS students for their lasting contribution to our campus and our school mission.  It is with gratitude that we recognize their efforts.

Tyler Hafner, Zack Stark, Jeremy Brown, Zach Howell, Tanner Sutherland, Nathan Mann, Bailey Johnson, Nick Mauer, Tristin Bradford, Will Crockett, Alex Wheeler, Jordan Trowbridge, Travis Hall
, and Mr. Hackman.




MAY 2017 . . . THE CLASS OF 2021 . . . AND WASHINGTON DC!!!

BCMS is very excited to announce that we have entered into a partnership with Seymour Middle School to be able to offer our 8th grade students a most unique educational experience.  Washington DC!

Starting with the Class of 2021 (this year’s seventh grade students), they will be given the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital for a learning adventure they won’t forget.

Interested 8th grade students and parents can mark their calendars now with the dates of next year’s BCMS/SMS Washington DC trip:  

May 17 – May 21, 2017!!

Additional information about pricing and trip “criteria” as it relates to student attendance, academics, and behavior went home with 7th grade students during the week of May 16th.  Click here to view a copy of that informational letter.

Also, a special Washington DC web page link will be placed on our school’s main web page, as well as on Mr. McClure’s web page, in the coming weeks.

Thank you SMS, and thank you Mr. Walker and the Brownstown Central Community School Corporation school board of trustees, for granting permission for this very special collaboration!


 FREE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS

Click here to view a flyer for the free sports physicals that will be held at BCMS on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  Parents and athletes should note:  Starting this year, per the IHSAA, physicals may NO LONGER be signed by a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.


IMPORTANT DATES

As we look forward to the long days of summer, we wanted to leave you with some important August dates.

Tuesday, August 2nd – 6th Grade Orientation (6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Thursday, August 4th – 7th & 8th
Grade Orientation (6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Tuesday, August 9th – FIRST STUDENT DAY for school year 2016-2017!

Mark your calendar!

Until August,

 

 

  

 



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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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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