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Week of:  March 13 – 17

Week 30

“The Principal’s Post”

SPRING BREAK

BCCSC will be on Spring Break next week . . . March 20-24.  We would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable spring vacation.  Whether traveling, or staying close to home, our best wishes to you, the students, and staff for a rejuvenating and restful week.  

Weather forecast . . . what does it matter . . . we choose our own attitudes and outlook. God’s speed.

WASHINGTON, D.C. “POW WOW”

Last Monday morning (March 6th), I (Mr. McClure) met with the D.C. trip registrants to provide some additional information as we look to our May 17th departure. To view the talking points outline of the information that we covered together, please click here.

The following information was provided at the meeting:

1) The students were given an information sheet entitled "Things to Pack and Carry on the Bus."

2) They were also provided a copy of a "Student Medical Release Form" that must be completed and returned to Mr. McClure/Mrs. Black NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 13th.

3) They were given a "Panoramic Group Picture Order Form." For $15.00, students can order a panoramic group picture in front of the Capital Building.  This is an optional expense for interested students.  These order forms are also due to Mr. McClure/Mrs. Black by Thursday, April 13th.  Please note that no orders can be placed after that.  Please also note that we will not accept cash. Checks need to be made payable to "Seymour Middle School."

4) Students should have made parents/guardians aware of the REQUIRED/MANDATORY trip departure meeting being held at the Seymour Middle School gymnasium (920 North O'Brien Street) on Wednesday, May 10th, beginning at 5:00PM.  Students, along with at least one parent/guardian, must be in attendance at this critical information meeting.  Attendance will be taken.  Students will be receiving their Washington, D.C. trip tee shirts along with their trip carrying bag.

WASHINGTON, D.C. PAYMENT ALERT

Speaking of D.C., 8th grade BCMS student Washington, D.C. trip registrants are reminded that the fourth, and final , payment ($229) is due this Friday, March 17th.  Please note that all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.

9th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 10th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The ninth level review period, the first level review for Trimester 3, concluded last Friday, March 10th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the ninth three-week review period.  For those students “on-level,” their reward activity is planned for Friday!  

We begin the 10th level review period today!!!  

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this tenth level review period (March 13 – April 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 ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Spring Sports Announcements

  • Boys and Girls Track Practice: Monday, March 13th @ BCMS 3:30-4:30

  • Girls Tennis Practice: Monday, March 13th @ BCMS 3:30-4:30

  • Coed golf practice will not start until after spring break

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!

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."
--Michael Jordan

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER


Part 2 in:  17, 16, 15, 14, 13

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"There are three things that cannot long be hidden... the sun, the moon, and the truth." - Confucious

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:

“Self-Responsibility:  Building Our Lives”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

March 13th - It's a good day for commitment.
March 14th - It's a good day for forgiveness.
March 15th - It's a good day for obedience.
March 16th - It's a good day for family.
March 17th - It's a good day for excitement.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure






3/6

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  March 6 - 10

Week 29

“The Principal’s Post”

2017 ISTEP+

Last week, BCMS students took the English/language arts and mathematics Applied Skills portion of the 2017 ISTEP+ exam.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) we complete “Part 1” of this year’s ISTEP+ with the following testing schedule:

Science (50 minutes) – GRADE 6

Social Studies (40 minutes) – GRADE 7

Any needed student make-up testing from last week will also be done this week.

BCMS will start the “Part 2” online multiple choice portion of the 2017 ISTEP+ test during the week of April 17th.  

Our work continues!!

“SPRING”-ING FORWARD

As we look forward to next week, you may be aware that Eastern Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday, March 12th.  Clocks will be set ahead exactly one hour.  We want all our BCMS students arriving to school on time, and not an hour behind!  

WASHINGTON, D.C. “POW WOW”

Last week, the prospective Washington, D.C. Class of 2021 trip travelers made their roommate selections and provided their tee shirt sizes.  As the trip departure date draws closer (t-minus 44 school days and counting), more information will be shared with the students.

In fact, we took some TRIBE time this morning (Monday) to discuss some of those important points.  To see the “talking point” outline of what we discussed, please click here.

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  22, 21, 20, 19, 18

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Happiness cannot come from without.  It must come from within.  It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy;  it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.” - Helen Keller

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:

“Self-Awareness:  Understanding Who I Am”


THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

March 6th - It's a good day for going that extra mile.
March 7th - It's a good day for character.
March 8th - It's a good day for a shining example.
March 9th - It's a good day for clear thinking.
March 10th - It's a good day for resilience.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure





2/27

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  February 27 – March 3

Week 28

“The Principal’s Post”

ISTEP+ 2017 . . . APPLIED SKILLS . . . “KICK-OFF”

This week the students of BCMS will take the “Part 1” Applied Skills portion of the state standards exam, ISTEP+.  Although the testing requires that we adjust our typical day schedule, it is our intent to keep our daily procedures as “normal” as possible.  Instruction is continuing through regular classes, and homework is continuing to be assigned.  These efforts are in no way meant to diminish the importance of the ISTEP test, but rather provide consistency and to promote a purposeful school posture throughout the week.  

Permit me to make this “plug” for your child’s attendance to school throughout this very important week.  As every student is required by the state to test, your child’s attendance for testing this week is imperative.  Please accept our thanks in scheduling appointments and other commitments around our testing schedule this week.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

We are sometimes asked what to do to help students prepare.  Please understand that our “preparation” has been happening all year.  The steps your child has taken to assume responsibility for his/her learning has helped determine their level of readiness for this week’s tests.  “Cramming” won’t be of much assistance at this point and could actually prove counter-productive if it causes a student to lose out on his/her normal rest and sleep patterns.  To help prepare, I would humbly offer that your family stay in your usual routines this week and assist your child to stay in his/hers.  Adequate rest and nutrition are always helpful in enabling thoughtful focus and a positive attitude.

Speaking of nutrition:  BCMS is offering a free snack to the students during our test days this week.  

Please accept our thanks for all you have done, and are doing, as parents to encourage your children to be their best.  Although they may not say it, and although they may not “like” being pushed (I’ve got an 7th grader at home . . . I feel your “pain” ), they appreciate your support, your interest, your attention and, most importantly, your love.

2017 ISTEP+ BCMS “PLAN FOR TESTING”

If you have been watching our “2017 ISTEP+ Test Counter” these past several weeks, you know that Part 1 testing is this week!  HERE WE GO!!!

Our students’ tentative schedule for testing will be:

Tuesday, February 28th

Mathematics (46 minutes) – ALL GRADES

Wednesday, March 1st

ELA Section 1 (30 minutes) – ALL GRADES

Thursday, March 2nd

ELA Section 2 (70 minutes) – ALL GRADES

Monday, March 6th

No Testing – regular daily schedule

Tuesday, March 7th

Science (50 minutes) – GRADE 6

Social Studies (40 minutes) – GRADE 7

Any needed student make-up testing will done:

Friday, March 3rd

Monday, March 6th – Friday, March 10th

WASHINGTON, D.C., TEE SHIRT SIZE & ROOMATE REQUESTS

Today (Monday) those BCMS 8th grade students registered to attend the May 2017 Washington, D.C. class trip received a “Washington, D.C. Room Request Form.”

This form serves two purposes.  1)  DC registrants provide their tee shirt size.  2) DC registrants request hotel roommates for the trip.

This information is due from participating students no later than this Friday, March 3
rd.


Please Note:  Only one Room Request Form is required for those students listed on a specific form.  Click here to view the Room Request Form that the DC Room registrants received.

Attached to the “Washington, D.C. Room Request Form” were two other very important notices:

  1. A half sheet . . . notifying students and parents of the mandatory D.C. departure information meeting that is being hosted on Wednesday, May 10th, at 5PM in the SEYMOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL gymnasium.

  2. A copy of . . . the Washington, D.C. class trip student dress code requirements to which all BCMS students must adhere.  (Click here to view a copy of the student dress code stipulations.)

STUDENT GRADE LEVEL CONVOCATIONS

This week we will be holding our third series of convocations with the students, in their respective grade level teams, to provide some “second trimester feedback.”  Since I last met with them, we have completed the second trimester.  Since last meeting with them, the date of our 2017 ISTEP+ testing window has continued to approach.   

I would encourage you to inquire with your child as to all that was discussed.  (To view the power point that I am sharing with the students this week, please click here:  6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade.)

EIGHTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the eighth level review period (January 30th – February 17th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, February 24th.
And, here are the number of BCMS students that participated in the eighth on-level reward activity:

Grade 6:  78 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 73%

Compared to the seventh level review:  84 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the sixth level review:  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 eighth level review of last year’s 6th graders:  92 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 74%

Grade 7:  98 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 81%

Compared to the seventh level review:  88 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the sixth level review:  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 eighth level review of last year’s 7th graders:  77“on-level” / 114 7th graders enrolled = 68%

Grade 8:  72 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 63%

Compared to the seventh level review:  76 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 67%

Compared to the sixth level review:  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 eighth level review of last year’s 8th graders:  113 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 79%

All grades:  248 “on-level” / 342 BCMS students = 73%

Compared to the seventh level review:  248 “on-level” / 344 BCMS students = 72%

Compared to the sixth level review:  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 eighth level review last year’s all grades:  282 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 74%

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

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  HERE WE GO!!!

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Great minds discuss ideas.

Average minds discuss events.

Small minds discuss people.”

- Admiral Hyman Rickover (1900-1986) U.S. Navy

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Respecting Self and Others”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

February 27th - It's a good day for refusing to quit.
February 28th - It's a good day for brilliance.

March 1st - It's a good day for showing what you know.
March 2nd - It's a good day for personal goals.
March 3rd - It's a good day for hope.


Until next week,


Mr. McClure








2/20

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog


Week of:  February 20 – 24

Week 27

“The Principal’s Post”

PLEASE NOTE - Snow Make-Up Day:  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Thursday, January 5th, school will be in session TODAY (Monday, February 20th)!

Beginning of Trimester 3 – Finishing Strong

ISTEP+ 2017 . . . APPLIED SKILLS . . . the “FIRST HALF”

We have been talking up our state standardized test for weeks, and as we enter this week, before next, we make our final preparations.  In my talks with the students, I have referred to the ISTEP test as our school’s “Super Bowl” . . . stressing that our efforts in preparing for and taking the test be with serious intent and purpose.  Like the “Super Bowl,” the ISTEP test is “played” in halves, and we want to get off to a great start!

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week, the students will take a series of tests referred to as the, “Applied Skills” portion of the ISTEP exam.  These tests are “open ended” response test items that require the students to “show what they know” in writing and mathematical problem solving.

For the Applied Skills tests it will be very important that, 1) students read all directions very carefully, 2) be careful to answer exactly what the questions are asking, and 3) show as much work as they can, neatly written, in the space provided when answering test questions.  As partial credit is given in the Applied Skills portion of the ISTEP, the more work they show in support of their answers (even if ultimately answered incorrectly) the greater the likelihood of partial credit being awarded for demonstrating their answer rationale.  Partial credit earned translates into improved overall test scores.  

Please help us in encouraging your child.  Even when they are not sure that they can get to the final correct answer, they should write as much as they are able in their best effort to demonstrate what they know.  They might be surprised in how much “credit” they can earn simply as a result of their effort to answer.  One thing is certain, unanswered or skipped questions receive no credit . . . partial or otherwise.  Each question counts.  Effort counts.  We are trying to show growth just as much as we are trying to demonstrate proficiency.  

Attendance:  I would be remiss if I did not stress the importance of student attendance during the weeks of ISTEP+ testing.  Having your child present each day next week, even as we try to leave the flu season behind, is critical.

It would be most helpful if doctor’s appointments, or other commitments that would require your child to miss school next week, be scheduled during the afternoons if possible or rescheduled for another time.  Indiana has very strict guidelines regarding student attendance, test taking and scoring.  Your consideration and assistance is greatly appreciated.

Finally, please assist us in taking the opportunity to speak with your child this week about his/her upcoming ISTEP exam.  By simply mentioning the test, you will be reinforcing its importance.  THANK YOU!

(Note: The “second half” of the ISTEP test, the online “Multiple Choice” portion, will be taken later this spring during the weeks of April 17th and 24th.)

WASHINGTON, D.C., SECOND TRIMESTER, & CRITERIA CHECKS!

Criteria checks for the 59 BCMS 8th grade students registered to attend the May 2017 Washington, D.C. class trip will be this week.  After which, final preparations for the May trip begin in earnest.

Those registered students “on target” to participate (both in terms of trip criteria and financial obligation) will be receiving information next Monday (February 27th) as it pertains to their tee shirt size and roommate requests.  This information will be due from participating students no later than Friday, March 3rd.

Other important deadline dates of note:

  1. The final criteria check will occur at the end of the 10th level review period, Friday, April 7th.  

  2. The final payment date, for any outstanding trip balances, is Friday, March 17th.

  3. The final date to order a U.S. Capitol Panoramic group picture is Thursday, April 20th.  (More information on this later.)

  4. The final date to turn in student medical forms to the main office will also be on Thursday, April 20th.  (More information on this later.)

  5. Mandatory D.C. Departure Parent Information Meeting:  Wednesday, May 10th; 5PM in the SEYMOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL gymnasium.  (Please be planning now to attend this required final pre-departure meeting.)

2017-2018 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CORPORATION CALENDAR

Click here for an advanced look at the BCCSC 2017-2018 school year calendar.

8th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 9th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The eighth and final level review period for Trimester 2 concluded last Friday, February 17th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the eighth three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday!  

We begin the 9th level review period today . . . the 1st level review period for Trimester 3!!!  

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this ninth level review period (February 20th – March 10th) 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

WINS this week for BCMS

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball defeated Austin in the BCMS Tourney

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

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

“All the days that you wake up, you get one job, and that is to get better every single day” - Derrick Rose

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“People don’t fail, they just quit.” -Dwight Jones

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Respecting Others”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

February 21st - It's a good day for valor.
February 22nd - It's a good day for righteousness.
February 23rd - It's a good day for a high five.
February 24th - It's a good day for concentration.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure






2/13

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  February 13 - 17

Week 26

“The Principal’s Post”

PLEASE NOTE -Snow Make-Up Day:  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Thursday, January 5th, school will be in session this coming Monday, February 20th!

Believe it or not, the end of Trimester 2 is this Friday, February 17th!  Please be looking for Trimester 2 report cards to come home next Friday, February 24th.

BCCSC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

The regular monthly meeting of the school board of trustees is being hosted at BCMS in February.  We would like to welcome the school board members of our community school corporation!  The meeting will be held in the cafeteria this evening (Monday, February 13th), beginning at 7:30PM.  The public is welcome, and invited, to attend.

BCCSC school board members include:

Mary Ann Spray – President

Gina Hackman – Vice President

Mary Lou Burcham – Secretary

Bradie Hall – Member

Dan Hall – Member

David Martin – Member

Scott Schade - Member

WASHINGTON, D.C., SECOND TRIMESTER, & CRITERIA CHECKS!

There are 59 BCMS 8th grade students currently registered to attend the May 2017 Washington, D.C. class trip!!!  These students are reminded of the trip criteria (academic, attendance, and behavior) that is required to remain eligible.  Students can access the Washington, D.C. information page on this page (right column) for a complete list of the eligibility criteria.  As the second trimester concludes this Friday, February 17th, the second student “criteria check” will occur next week (February 20th-24th).  Any student failing to meet the requirement in any of the criteria categories will be removed from the trip registration list.

The final criteria check will occur at the end of the 10th level review period, Friday, April 7th.

BCMS JANUARY BRAVE OF THE MONTH

On the evening of February 13th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Eli Reynolds as the January BRAVE 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.

Eli’s teachers stated the following when selecting him:  “American author, John C. Maxwell, said, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” The 6th grade team truly believes Eli Reynolds embodies this quote. He is hardworking and dependable, and he exemplifies the BCMS qualities of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness. By doing so, Eli leads the other students by example. He is a valuable member of the Spell Bowl and Super Bowl teams and participates in the after-school Coding group. He is also a student library assistant during the school day. Through all of his activities, he takes initiative to help other students and staff. He has a great attitude and outgoing personality and is definitely deserving of the honor of BCMS Student of the Month!”

CONGRATULATIONS, ELI!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

SERTOMA FREEDOM ESSAY

BCMS would like to congratulate 6th grade student, Emily Lewis, who was awarded runner up in this year’s Jackson County Sertoma Club Freedom essay contest.  Emily and her parents attended the February 8th banquet where she received a flag, pin, a copy of the declaration of independence, and a monetary award.

Emily was one of four students recognized this year from over 300 entries.  Great work Emily!

21st CENTURY SCHOLARS

Last week, Mrs. McCrary met with seventh grade students to share with them about about the 21st Century Scholars program.  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.

2017 ISTEP+ PRACTICE TESTING

In preparation for the Part 1 of the 2017 ISTEP+ assessment, BCMS will be utilizing the state issued practice materials for instructional purposes this week through our core classes.

The state has rescinded many of the constraints that teachers and students experience during the operational (actual) test.  The practice test booklets and materials may be used instructionally.  

Teachers have the autonomy to work through the practice test items with students.  Small groups, whole groups, turn and talks, and the projection of test practice items to stimulate in-class discussions regarding test items and standards may all be utilized.  For example, as part of the teacher’s instruction you might see and hear:  “Let’s take a look at this item.  How do you know that is the correct answer?”  Or, “Turn and talk to your neighbor about why you arrived at your answer.  See if you agree.”  

The only restriction:  test materials must remain at school.

Because test items/practice testing cannot be assigned as homework, BCMS is allowing for more directed practice and review as part of our instructional schedule this week.

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

WINS this week for BCMS

  • 7th Girls Basketball won the 2017 BCMS Tourney

  • 7th Boys Basketball defeated Orleans,St. Peters & East Washington

  • 8th Boys Basketball defeated St. Peters & 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!

“Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we”- Anonymous

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Respect:  The Golden Rule”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

February 13th - It's a good day for overcoming.
February 14th - It's a good day for loving others.
February 15th - It's a good day for positive emotions.
February 16th - It's a good day for civility.
February 17th - It's a good day for accomplishment.

Until next week,


Mr. McClure






2/6

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  February 6 - 10

Week 25

“The Principal’s Post”

BCCSC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

The regular monthly meeting of the school board of trustees is being hosted at BCMS in February.  We would like to welcome the school board members of our community school corporation!  The meeting will be held in the cafeteria next Monday, February 13th, beginning at 7:30PM.  The public is welcome, and invited, to attend.

BCCSC school board members include:

Mary Ann Spray – President

Gina Hackman – Vice President

Mary Lou Burcham – Secretary

Bradie Hall – Member

Dan Hall – Member

David Martin – Member

Scott Schade - Member

WASHINGTON, D.C., SECOND TRIMESTER, & CRITERIA CHECKS!

As of the Washington, D.C. 8th grade trip registration deadline, there are 59 BCMS 8th grade students registered to attend!!!  These students are reminded of the trip criteria (academic, attendance, and behavior) that is required to remain eligible.  Students can access the Washington, D.C. information page on this page (right column) for a complete list of the eligibility criteria.  As the second trimester concludes on Friday, February 17th, the second student “criteria check” will occur the week of February 20th-24th.  Any student failing to meet the requirement in any of the criteria categories will be removed from the trip registration list.  

BCMS 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEARBOOKS NOW ON SALE!
Submitted by:  Mrs. Wolka BCMS Library Assistant

If you haven’t heard, BCMS 2016-2017 school yearbooks are currently on sale!  If ordered before March 17th, the price is $28.00 each.  

After March 17th (through May 19th . . . the final date to place an order) the cost will be $33.00.  

Order forms are in the LMC and checks should be made out to BCMS. 

 Credit card orders can be made online at www.yearbooksonsale.com

INFORMATION from the BCMS LIBRARY
Submitted by:  Miss Ault, BCMS Library Media Specialist

The BCMS Library will be sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair Monday, February 13 - Friday, February 17. All proceeds are used to buy library books.

Twice a month on scheduled Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30, the BCMS Library is also hosting after school activities in SOS. Click here for additional details. Also, a calendar of scheduled events is available.

Spelling Bee Competition

Recently, the Library hosted the BCMS Spelling Bee. Our top three school winners were (Raegan Ratliff - 1st; Colten Sanders - 2nd; and Tyler Meyers - 3rd)

These students represented BCMS in the Jackson County Spelling Bee at Lutheran Central on Thursday, February 2. With 11 participants at the county competition, Tyler finished in 2nd place and Colten finished in 3rd place. Raegan unofficially finished 4th.

Listed below are the BCMS students who earned a Top 7 score in their grade level in Round 1 and chose to participate in the BMCS Spelling Bee.

8th Grade

7th Grade

6th Grade

Joseph Freeman

Tyler Meyers

Kylee Nowling

Alli Reynolds

Colten Sanders

Sawyer Horton

Brandon Hamm

Emma Brelage

Jenna Ratliff

Aiden Peters

Jake Pauley

Hannah Hackman

Ethan Fitzwater

Eli Reynolds

Elix Preston

Chris Vojkufka

Raegan Ratliff

Kylor McCulley

Madison Edwards



National Geographic Competition.

The BCMS Library also hosted the BCMS National Geographic Bee. The following students received one of the Top 7 scores in their grade level during Round 1 and chose to compete in the school competition. The Geography Bee Champion was Hunter Day. He took a 70 question online quiz from National Geographic. Later in March we will find out if Hunter scored high enough to move to the State Competition. Our Runner-up was Kylor McCulley.

8th Grade

7th Grade

6th Grade

Nicholas Wingler

Tyler Dillman

Abby Schoenherr

Andrew Wheeles

Elijah Hubbard

Lela Hendley

Cole Shasteen

Kendra McCory

Joseph Freeman

Braydon Polly

Stephanie Sunderman

Emily Singleton

Logan Norman

Warren Franklin

Chesney Johnson

Hunter Day

Elix Preston

Jayse Davis

Madison Edwards

Kylor McCulley

Kenzie Edwards

Lance Roark

Eli Reynolds

David Pate


FIRE SAFETY LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
Submitted by:  Heather VonDielingen 4-H Youth Development Educator

Click here to view a flyer for an upcoming learning opportunity through Jackson County 4-H. For youth who are not currently enrolled in 4-H, click here for an enrollment form.

Youth will learn about fire safety, extinguish a controlled fire, and learn about careers in the emergency services field.

Information can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/FireSafetySPARK.

SEVENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the seventh level review period (January 9th – January 27th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, February 3rd.

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

Grade 6:  84 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the sixth level review:  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 seventh level review of last year’s 6th graders:  100 “on-level” / 123 6th graders enrolled = 81%

Grade 7:  88 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the sixth level review:  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 seventh level review of last year’s 7th graders:  81 “on-level” / 115 7th graders enrolled = 70%

Grade 8:  76 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 67%

Compared to the sixth level review:  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 seventh level review of last year’s 8th graders:  121 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 84%

All grades:  248 “on-level” / 344 BCMS students = 72%

Compared to the sixth level review:  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 seventh level review last year’s all grades:  302 “on-level” / 382 BCMS students = 79%

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

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

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

Sporting events this week:

Monday, February 6

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Orleans-HOME

  • 6th Boys Basketball vs Salem- AWAY

Tuesday, February 7

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs St. Peters-HOME

  • 6th Boys Basketball vs Oolitic- HOME-VALLONIA

Thursday, February 9

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs East Washington-HOME

  • 6th Boys Basketball vs Shawswick-AWAY

Saturday, February 11

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball Tourney- HOME- BCHS

WINS this week for BCMS

  • 6/8 Girls defeated White Creek

  • 7th Boys 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!

“Practice like you have never won. Perform like you have never lost.”- Anonymous


2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 15, 14, 13, 12, 11

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"Some doctors say that cheerful people resist disease better than grumpy ones.  The surly bird catches the germ."

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Keeping a Positive Attitude”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

February 6th - It's a good day for a step ahead.
February 7th - It's a good day for caring.
February 8th - It's a good day for gentleness.
February 9th - It's a good day for invincibility.
February 10th - It's a good day for learning a new word.

Until next week,

Mr.McClure












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Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  January 27 – February 3

Week 24

“The Principal’s Post”

BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting this Tuesday evening, January 31st, in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

We will share the overall student results of the 2015-2016 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana college-and-career readiness standards.  We will have a goals and strategies discussion that outline our current 2016-2017 school improvement plan initiatives, and we will look at refining/amending those goals and strategies as we plan for 2017-2018.  Lastly, we’ll reveal the school theme planned for our new and returning BCMS students for 2017-2018.

BCMS parents and other members of the community are invited to join the council for this informative discussion.  We would ask that all attendees please enter the building through the main entrance doors.

Never stop . . . “Growing BRAVE!”

BCMS BIRDHOUSES . . . FOR SALE!!
Submitted by:  Mr. Lawson

If you missed it last week, the business, tech, and art classes at BCMS have joined together to create a business opportunity for our 8th grade students. Our students have made birdhouses and bird feeders to sell to the public.

All of the money raised from this venture will go towards funding our 8th grade Finance Park curriculum.

If you are interested in purchasing one of our products and supporting our program please click here to see our flyer and connect to our order form. Just click the link on the lower right hand corner of the flyer to place your order. Once orders are ready we will contact you to make arrangements for payment and pick-up/delivery.

Thank you for your support!

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

The seventh level review period concluded last Friday, January 27th.  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!  

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

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this eighth level review period (January 30
th – February 17th) 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.

WASHINGTON, D.C. CRITERIA CHECKS

As we move into this final level review period for the second trimester, Class of 2021 Washington, D.C. “hopefuls” are reminded that the second criteria check will be occurring the week of February 20-24.  

Click here to view that criteria.

Final criteria checks will follow the tenth level review period and will be the week of April 10-14.

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, January 30

  • 6th Girls Basketball vs Scottsburg- AWAY

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Salem- AWAY

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Bedford- HOME

  • 6th Boys Basketball vs Immanuel- VALLONIA

Tuesday, January 31

  • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs White Creek- HOME- 8th Grade Night

Thursday, February 1

  • 6 Boys Basketball vs Lutheran Central- AWAY

Saturday, February 4

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball Tourney- HOME

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Columbus Northside- HOME

WINS this week for BCMS

  • 6th Girls defeated Austin & Salem

  • 6th Boys defeated Austin

  • 8th Grade Boys- MSC Tourney Runner ups

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

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

“Some people want it to happen. Some wish it would happen. Others make it happen”- Michael Jordan

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

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

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success."

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Overcoming Obstacles with Positive Action”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

January 30th - It's a good day for perseverance.
January 31st - It's a good day for humor.
February 1st - It's a good day for greatness.
February 2nd - It's a good day for cooperation.
February 3rd - It's a good day for accountability.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure







1/23

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  January 23 - 27

Week 23

“The Principal’s Post”

BE PREPARED TO “STOP!”

At the end of last week, the City of Brownstown placed two new stop signs at the west/east intersection of West Walnut Street and Elm Street. This intersection is now a 4-way stop. Please use caution as drivers adjust to this change. 

BCMS BIRDHOUSES . . . FOR SALE!!
Submitted by:  Mr. Lawson

The business, tech, and art classes at BCMS have joined together to create a business opportunity for our 8th grade students. Our students have made birdhouses and bird feeders to sell to the public.

All of the money raised from this venture will go towards funding our 8th grade Finance Park curriculum.

If you are interested in purchasing one of our products and supporting our program please click here to see our flyer and connect to our order form. Just click the link on the lower right hand corner of the flyer to place your order. Once orders are ready we will contact you to make arrangements for payment and pick-up/delivery.


Thank you for your support!

SOS (Supervised Opportunity for Success)
Submitted by:  Miss Ault, BCCSC Media Specialist

In today’s world there is much emphasis placed on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education for students. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find time in the school day to offer many of the special STEM-related activities. Therefore, BCMS is excited to offer after school sessions to students interested in learning technology skills beyond the school day.

These activities will be scheduled approximately 2 Wednesdays per month from 3:30 - 4:30 in the BCMS Library. The first two session have already been planned. On Wednesday, January 25, we will be offering an Hour of Code activity using Code Studio: Artist to draw pictures using code, or computer language. On Wednesday, February 1, another Hour of Code activity (Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code using programming blocks and JavaScript commands) is scheduled. A calendar of these activities is available on the BCMS web site.

In order to attend an after school SOS session, a student must have an SOS parent permission form signedand on file with Ms. Ault in the LMC. These forms are available in the LMC, or you can also print out a copy from the BCMS web site or by clicking here. Please contact Ms. Ault if you have any questions.

BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting next Tuesday evening, January 31st, in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

We will share the overall student results of the 2015-2016 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana college-and-career readiness standards.  We will have a goals and strategies discussion that outline our current 2016-2017 school improvement plan initiatives, and we will look at refining/amending those goals and strategies as we plan for 2017-2018.  Lastly, we’ll reveal the school theme planned for our new and returning BCMS students for 2017-2018.

BCMS parents and other members of the community are invited to join the council for this informative discussion.  We would ask that all attendees please enter the building through the main entrance doors.

Never stop . . . “Growing BRAVE!”

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

Sporting events this week:

Monday, January 23

  • 6 Girls Basketball vs Austin- HOME

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Immanuel -AWAY

Tuesday, January 24

  • 6th Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME

  • 6th Girls Basketball vs Salem- AWAY

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball- MSC Finals- TBA

Thursday, January 26

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball- MSC Finals-TBA

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs West Washington-HOME

  • 6 Boys Basketball vs East Washington- AWAY

Saturday, January 28

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball at Seymour Tourney

WINS this week for BCMS

  • 8th Boys defeated Crothersville

  • 7th Boys defeated Scottsburg & Crothersville

  • 8th Girls defeated Seymour

  • 7th Girls defeated Seymour

  • 6th Girls 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!

“I don’t complain about playing time. My job is to play so well the coach can’t sit me” -Shane Battier

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

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

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Watch your thoughts; they become words;

Watch your words; they become actions;

Watch your actions; they become habits;

Watch your habits; they become character;

Watch you character; it becomes your destiny.”

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Nonviolence:  Seeking a Higher Road”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

January 23rd - It's a good day for authenticity.
January 24th - It's a good day for courtesy.
January 25th - It's a good day for edifying.
January 26th - It's a good day for gratitude.
January 27th - It's a good day for "please" and "thank you."


Until next week,

Mr. McClure








1/16


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 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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