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"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 35: May 2 - May 6

Those Who Can, Do... Those Who Can Do More, Teach

Most people can remember at least one teacher who has had a particularly positive and influential impact on their lives.  Whether it was a parent, a classroom teacher, a coach, a Sunday school teacher, a mentor, a friend, or a colleague . . . we have all had those who have made us a better person because of their contribution to, and their investment in, us.  Teachers, all teachers, do indeed shape the future for they have helped to shape us.

This year Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6.  To teachers everywhere, please accept this "thank you" for all of the hard and important work that you do!


 

WARMER WEATHER AND STUDENT APPEARANCE

As the weather begins to warm, more and more students will be, quite naturally, choosing to wear shorts to school.  

Students are reminded of the expectations regarding the length of shorts.  “Mid-thigh in length,” as defined by our school dress code policy, requires that the length of student shorts extend at or below the mid-thigh . . . preferably to the top of the knee.

When students arrived to the middle school last August, they were . . . in many cases . . . “shorter.”  ☺  They have grown.  The mid-thigh length shorts that fit in August may or may not be mid-thigh length now.  We want to avoid any confusion regarding shorts that may have been dress code compliant in August, but because of the physical changes of the student may not be dress code compliant in April.

As the days begin to warm, and as students start to pull out their spring/summer apparel from last fall, please assist us in reinforcing with them that shorts are to be mid-thigh or longer to be appropriate for school.

Thank you!


 

21st CENTURY SCHOLARS . . . TIME IS TICKING FOR THE 8th GRADE

The 21st Century Scholars program is an income-eligible program started in 1990 under the leadership of Governor Evan Bayh.  All 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college/university in Indiana.

To enroll your child in the program you must submit an application online.

The current 8th grade class has until June 30th, 2016, to submit an application.  After June 30th, 8th grade students forfeit the opportunity to apply . . . possibly forfeiting their opportunity to receive up to four years of undergraduate collegiate tuition.  We encourage all 8th grade students and their parents to submit an application.  We are here to help you do so!

Links:

http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm

http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2555.htm



BCMS Athletic Updates

Submitted by Marty Young, BCMS Athletic Director


Spring Sports this week:


Monday, May 2

  • Coed Golf vs Southwestern Hanover & Jennings County- AWAY

  • Girls Tennis vs Paoli- AWAY

  • Boys/Girls Track vs East Washington & Crothersville- AWAY


Tuesday, May 3

  • Girls Tennis vs East Washington- AWAY

  • Boys/Girls Track & Field vs Mitchell- AWAY


Thursday, May 5

  • Girls Tennis vs Bedford- AWAY

  • Boys/Girls Track & Field vs Bedford- AWAY


Saturday, May 7

  • Girls Tennis vs Seymour- AWAY



WINS THIS WEEK FOR THE BRAVES


  • Boys/Girls Track vs Scottsburg & St. Vincent

  • Girls Track vs Oolitic

  • Girls Tennis vs Immanuel & Austin

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


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


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



THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.” Demosthenes

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM DAILY THEMES:  

“Friends : Strength : Rules : Goals : Brotherhood”


Until next week,


4/25

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 34: April 25 - April 29


ISTEP+ 2016 . . . FINISHING PART 2 . . . ONLINE MULTIPLE CHOICE

Concluding this week, BCMS students will finish the final series of ISTEP+ tests for this spring.

To take advantage of the expanded testing window that the state allows BCMS will continue in its “custom” schedule format this week.

In addition to the math and ELA tests, grade 6 will also be testing in science.  Grade 7 will also be testing in social studies.  The 8th grade has been selected by the state to take a second math pilot test once the Part 2 operational testing concludes.  (Note:  The results of the pilot test will not be factored in, in any way, with the 8th grade students’ operational ISTEP+ test results for 2016.)

Because the ISTEP+ testing sessions often run beyond the time allotted for a typical class period, “testing” periods on designated days will run longer.   The students will follow the order of their regular class schedule, but they may not meet with every class every day during the days of the testing window.

Depending on what period you have your ELA, Science (for grade 6), or Social Studies (for grade 7), that will determine the day you will test.

For all BCMS students, the testing is:

Testing Session 1:  Mathematics (Sections 1 & 2) – CONCLUDED last week

Testing Session 2:  Mathematics (Section 3) – CONCLUDED last week

Testing Session 3:  ELA (Section 1) – CONCLUDED last week

Testing Session 4:  ELA (Section 2)

Testing Session 5:  ELA (Section 3)

Testing Session 6:   Grade 6 - Science (Section 1)

Grade 7 – Social Studies (Section 1)

Grade 8 – Math Pilot Test (Section 1)

Testing Session 7: Grade 6 - Science (Section 2)

Grade 7 – Social Studies (Section 2)

Grade 8 – Math Pilot Test (Section 2)

I would like to again stress the importance of student attendance during the days of their ISTEP+ testing.  Having your child present is critical.  If possible it is most helpful if doctor’s appointments, or other commitments that would require your child to miss school on a testing day, be rescheduled for another time.  Indiana has very strict guidelines regarding student attendance, test taking and scoring.  An absence from any one test would result in a “Not Pass” designation for that student.  

Please assist us by again taking the opportunity to speak with your child this week about his/her ISTEP exam.  By mentioning the test, you are reinforcing its importance.  THANK YOU!


 


TENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

Those students earning “on-level” status for the tenth level review period (March 14th – April 15th) will enjoy treats and/or recreation time as grade levels this coming Friday afternoon, April 29th.


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


Grade 6:  81 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 66%

Compared to the ninth level review:  98 “on-level” / 123 6th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the eighth level review:  92 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 74%

Compared to the seventh level review:  100 “on-level” / 123 6th graders enrolled = 81%

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

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

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

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

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

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


Grade 7:  78 “on-level” / 113 7th graders enrolled = 69%

Compared to the ninth level review:  86 “on-level” / 113 7th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the eighth level review:  77“on-level” / 114 7th graders enrolled = 68%

Compared to the seventh level review:  81 “on-level” / 115 7th graders enrolled = 70%

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

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

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

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

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

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


Grade 8:  106 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 74%

Compared to the ninth level review:  124 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 87%

Compared to the eighth level review:  113 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the seventh level review:  121 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 84%

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

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

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

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

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

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


All grades:  265 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 70%

Compared to the ninth level review:  308 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 81%

Compared to the eighth level review:  282 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 74%

Compared to the seventh level review:  302 “on-level” / 382 BCMS students = 79%

Compared to the sixth level review:  304 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 80%

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

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

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

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

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


As you might have noticed, our percentages “took a hit” this past level review period. There were actually four weeks in this particular level review rather than the standard three.  We are NOT using that as an excuse, but the extra week allowed for more assignments during this review period while the missed assignment expectation to earn “on level” status remained the same.


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

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


 

PROGRESS REPORTS . . . WENT HOME LAST WEEK!!!

Did you see them?  

Friday, April 15th, marked the end of the mid-point of the third trimester.  During TRIBE last Tuesday (April 19th), every BCMS student was issued a progress report home to take home for parents to review and sign.  Every BCMS student that returned a signed progress report by last Friday (April 22nd) received extra credit in his/her classes for demonstrating the RESPONSIBILITY (second “R”) of doing so.

Many of our parents have elected to follow their student’s progress online through Harmony this year.  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.


 

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY

Some of the most valuable individuals on staff are those professionals that work in a support capacity attending to the day-to-day administrative tasks that allow the teachers to focus on teaching and the students for focus on learning.  Working often “behind the scenes,” the absence of the contributions of these individuals would be instantly felt.

Ever need to get a message to a student?  Ever needed your child’s lunch account updated?  How about the daily announcements to keep everyone “on the same page?”  Book rental, ordering of supplies, payroll . . . the list of “other duties as assigned by the principal” could go on for pages.

BCMS would simply like to say “thank you” to our two Administrative Professionals:  Mrs. Sue Fleetwood & Mrs. Kim Schneider.

Ladies, thank you for all that you do that enables us to do what we do!  Happy Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday!!


 

BCMS Athletic Updates

Submitted by Marty Young, BCMS Athletic Director


Spring Sports this week:


Monday, April 25

  • Coed Golf vs Austin & Scottsburg- HOME

  • Girls Tennis vs Immanuel- HOME


Tuesday, April 26

  • Girls Tennis vs Scottsburg- AWAY

  • Boys/Girls Track & Field vs Oolitic- HOME


Thursday, April 28

  • Girls Tennis vs Austin- HOME

  • Boys/Girls Track & Field vs Scottsburg- HOME


Saturday, April 30

  • Coed Golf vs BNL- Otis Park



WINS THIS WEEK FOR THE BRAVES


  • Boys/Girls Track vs Austin

  • Girls Track vs Jennings County

  • Girls Tennis vs Paoli & Immanuel



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


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


“Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.” -Arnold H. Glasow


 


THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“It is amazing how much crisper the general experience of life becomes when your body is given a chance to develop a little strength.”   -Frank Duff

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

Character:  Looking for the Good in Yourself and Others


Until next week,

 





4/18

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 33: April 18 - April 22

PLEASE NOTE - Snow Make-Up Day:  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Wednesday, January 20th, school will be in session this Friday, April 22nd!

 

ISTEP+ 2016 . . . PART 2 . . . MULTIPLE CHOICE . . . ONLINE

Beginning this week, BCMS students will start the final series of ISTEP+ tests for this year.  Because the multiple choice portion of the ISTEP test is done online, the state provides a lengthier testing window in which for schools to complete the mandated test (Monday, April 18th – Friday, May 6th).

At BCMS, we have made special preparations to take advantage of the expanded testing window.  We have created custom daily schedules throughout this week and next to provide the students the opportunity to test in the company of their math and ELA teachers in their regular math and English/language arts classrooms.

In addition to the math and ELA tests, grade 6 will also be testing in science.  Grade 7 will also be testing in social studies.  Grade 8 . . . well . . . they have been selected by the state to take a second math pilot test once the Part 2 operational testing concludes.  (Note:  Because this is a pilot test, the results of the pilot test will not be factored in, in any way, with the 8th grade students’ operational ISTEP+ test results for 2016.)

What will the custom daily schedules look like?  Because the ISTEP+ testing sessions often run beyond the time allotted for a typical class period, “testing” periods on designated days will run longer.   The students will follow the order of their regular class schedule, but they may not meet with every class every day during the days of the testing.  For example, on Wednesday, we will conclude our day with period 3.  When the students return to school on Thursday, they will start the day by reporting to period 4, followed by period 5, etc.  We will stay in this schedule “mode” until testing concludes next Thursday, April 28th.

Depending on what period the student has math, ELA, Science (for grade 6), or Social Studies (for grade 7), that will determine the day he/she will test.

For all BCMS students, however, the testing order will be:

Testing Session 1:  Mathematics (Sections 1 & 2)

Testing Session 2:  Mathematics (Section 3)

Testing Session 3:  ELA (Section 1)

Testing Session 4:  ELA (Section 2)

Testing Session 5:  ELA (Section 3)

Testing Session 6:   Grade 6 - Science (Section 1)

                          Grade 7 – Social Studies (Section 1)

                          Grade 8 – Math Pilot Test (Section 1)

Testing Session 7:  Grade 6 - Science (Section 2)

                          Grade 7 – Social Studies (Section 2)

                          Grade 8 – Math Pilot Test (Section 2)

For the Multiple Choice tests it will be very important that:  1) students read directions carefully, 2) be careful to answer what the questions are specifically asking, 3) if they do not know the answer to a specific test question, that they try to narrow their multiple choice options down to a likely correct answer before making a best “guess” (a test taking strategy J).  Unlike the Applied Skills portion of the test taken in March, no partial credit is given in the Multiple Choice portion of the ISTEP.

As we did in March, I would like to stress the importance of student attendance during the days of their team’s ISTEP+ testing.  Having your child present is critical.  If possible it is most helpful if doctor’s appointments, or other commitments that would require your child to miss school on a testing day, be rescheduled for another time.  Indiana has very strict guidelines regarding student attendance, test taking and scoring.  An absence from any one test would result in a “Not Pass” designation for that student.

Please assist us by again taking the opportunity to speak with your child this week about his/her upcoming ISTEP exam.  By mentioning the test, you are reinforcing its importance.  THANK YOU!


 

10th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 11th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The tenth level review period concluded last Friday, April 15th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the tenth three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday, April 29th!  (With Part 2 ISTEP+ testing this week, we wanted to get the testing done before enjoying the reward activity.)  J

We begin the 11th level review period today!!!  J

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this eleventh level review period (April 18th – May 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 MARCH STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of April 12th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Emma Winks as the March 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 Emma’s teachers had to say regarding her selection:  “Emma is an exceptional student in the eyes of all of her teachers.  She is the type of student all teachers desire to have in their class.  She always puts forth her best effort and never shies away from asking for help when in doubt.  Emma has also been on level all nine of the level reviews thus far, and hasn’t had one incomplete assignment to date.  This again goes to show the type of student character she displays each day.  As well as being an ideal student, she is also a determined athlete.  She has played basketball since the third grade, and this year she was a devout member of the BCMS 8th grade girls’ basketball team.  Her coach said that she was an exemplary team player on and off the court. Emma truly carries herself with poise and is extremely creative.  We are very proud to have Emma Winks represent the eighth grade as our student of the month because she is without a doubt deserving of the title.  We only hope that more students take note of her maturity and work ethic.”

 

CONGRATULATIONS, Emma!! . . . and THANK YOU!!


 

BCMS Athletic Updates
Submitted by Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Spring Sports this week:

 

Monday, April 18

  • Boys/Girls Track & Field vs Jennings County- HOME

  • Girls Tennis vs Paoli- HOME

 

Tuesday, April 19

  • Girls Tennis vs Immanuel- AWAY

  • Boys/Girls Track & Field vs Austin- HOME

 

Wednesday, April 20

  • Coed Golf vs Immanuel- AWAY

 

Thursday, April 21

  • Girls Tennis vs Seymour- HOME



WINS THIS WEEK FOR THE BRAVES

 

  • Coed Golf vs Salem

  • Boys/Girls Track vs Salem

  • Girls Tennis vs St. Vincent



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

 

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

 

“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching” - Anson Dorrance

 



2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

 

Part 2:  HERE WE GO . . . AGAIN!!!

 

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say,  and what you do are in harmony.”  -Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Wisdom:  Educating the Heart”

 

Until next week,

 

4/15


"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 32: April 11 - April15

THE WEEK OF MAY 23RD

It may seem a little premature to begin thinking about the end of the year, but once we get through April (and the Part 2 testing of ISTEP+), May will pass in a blink.

 

I wanted to use this early opportunity to inform interested parents of the changes being planned to conclude the school year . . . including our year-end awards programs.

 

The week of May 23rd promises to be a very full week.  Each grade level has:  1) a field trip planned away from BCMS, 2) planned grade level year-end activities, 3) our annual PAHRAI games (Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll, Academic Improvement), and 4) our year-end honors day programs.

 

After several discussions, BCMS has decided to approach this year’s year-end awards programs a bit differently.

 

Grades 6 & 7 will have their awards program the afternoon of Thursday, May 26th.  After the presentation of the 6th & 7th grade awards, and a short intermission, grade 8 will join the proceedings for participation in the annual year-end PAHRAI games.

 

Prior to the start of PAHRAI, members from the 8th grade class (the Class of 2020) will unveil their banner, give the 8th grade address, and pass the gavel to representatives of the 7th grade (the Class of 2021).  After these more formal gestures, the “informal” begins with all three grades participating in the PAHRAI games together.

 

The grade 8 awards program will take place in BCHS auditorium the following afternoon, Friday, May 27th, beginning at 1:30PM.  Parents, grandparents, guardians, and friends are invited to attend the 8th grade awards program.  

 

Although this is not a change in venue, it will be a change in format.  Only the 8th grade students will be attending the 8th grade awards ceremony from BCMS.  (Grades 6 and 7 will have planned activities at BCMS as a grade level on Friday, May 27th.)

 

Reserved auditorium seating for the 8th grade class will be visible.  We invite our guests to sit in any of the seating not reserved for the students.

 

We anticipate that the awards program, including the class video presentation, will last no longer than an hour.  At the conclusion of the awards program (approximately 2:30PM), any 8th grade parent present who would like to leave with their 8th grade student may do so.  (Sign-out sheets for those students leaving with parents will be made available in the main auditorium lobby.)

 

As indicated, only 8th grade students will be participating in the 8th grade awards program at BCHS on Friday, May 27th.  However, should younger BCMS siblings of current 8th grade students desire to attend the program, we would encourage their attendance.  We would ask the parents/guardians of these BCMS siblings to sign these students out at BCMS prior to 1:15PM.

 

At the conclusion of the 8th grade awards program, the 8th grade students will return to BCMS to conclude the day and for dismissal.  We feel this will be one of the most advantageous student safety oriented aspects to the afternoon.  Dismissal for the corporation will be “as normal” on the last day of school this year.  As BCMS will be dismissing from our campus, this should greatly reduce the vehicular congestion at BCHS as the corporation dismisses for summer vacation.

 

As the end of the year approaches, more information will be shared.  However, it’s never too soon to begin . . . “getting the word out.”

 

Thank you!


 

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Spring Sports this week:

 

Monday, April 11

  • Boys/Girls Track & Field vs Seymour- AWAY

Tuesday, April 12

  • Girls Tennis vs St. Vincent- HOME

  • Boys/Girls Track & Field vs Salem- AWAY

  • Coed Golf vs Salem- AWAY

 

Thursday, April 14

  • Girls Tennis vs Bedford- HOME

 

Friday, April 15

  • Girls Tennis vs Salem- HOME

 

WINS THIS WEEK FOR THE BRAVES

 

  • Coed Golf vs Immanuel

  • Girls Tennis vs St. Vincent



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

 

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

 

“When you put on that jersey, the name on the front is more important than the name on the back.” -"Miracle"


2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  6, 5, 4, 3, 2

 

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.”      Elie Wiesel

 

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Tolerance in Our Global Village”

 

Until next week,

 




4/4

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 31: April 4 - April 8


PLEASE NOTE – School will not be in session on Friday, April 8th.  (April 8th is the only remaining scheduled Snow Make-Up Day that is not needed to make up an inclement weather day.)


PLEASE ALSO NOTE – School is in session on Monday, April 11th.  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Monday, January 11th, school will be in session this Monday, April 11th.


 

PAL FOR A DAY

This time of the year is always an exciting time for us as we welcome some very special visitors to the BCMS campus.  Last Thursday and Friday we had our first two 5th grade classes visit.  This week we welcome 5A and 5C!  

Each 5th grader is paired with a BCMS “pal” as their personal host for the day.

The purpose of their visit is to experience changing classes, seeing how having a locker works, meeting their soon to be teachers, and having lunch!  

Welcome, Class of 2023!  ☺


 

BCMS LUNCH ACCOUNTS

As the end of the year approaches, our “backs” come up against “it” as it relates to settling/closing out lunch accounts for the current school year.


The BCCSC Policy regarding “charged” lunches states:

  • No ala Cart items may be purchased with a negative balance.

  • Students may not accumulate over a negative $5 balance. A student will not be allowed to purchase a lunch with a negative $5 balance (a peanut butter sandwich and milk will be provided at no charge for a maximum of five days).’

  • All negative lunch balances must be paid in full by the last week of school. A student will not be allowed to purchase a lunch with a negative balance the last week of school. All lunch balances will be carried forward to the next school year.


It is our goal to keep our students and parents informed as to their account status.  Please feel free to contact the school at any time should you have a question about your student’s balance or school lunch “history.”  We are here to help, and we definitely want to avoid any “awkward meal moments” as the end of the year approaches.


 

SMC HEALTH CAREER DISCOVERY PROGRAM

BCMS recently received information promoting careers at Schneck Medical Hospital.  This is a program designed for middle/high school students who might be interested in a medical field.  This is a terrific opportunity for students to find out more about a medical career and . . . its FREE!


“Please review the attached flyer (click here) regarding the 2016 Health Career Discovery Program at SMC. More information will be forthcoming regarding the agenda and specific presentations. Please share this information with your students to ‘Save the Date’ as this will be a fantastic program.”


Angie Cockerham 
Safety & Outreach Coordinator 
Human Resources

Schneck Medical Center 
411 W. Tipton Street 
Seymour, IN 47274 
812-523-0630


 BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Spring Sports this week:

Monday, April 4

  • Coed Golf vs Immanuel- HOME


Tuesday, April 5

  • Girls Tennis vs St. Vincent- BNL Tennis Courts


Thursday, April 7

  • SPRING SPORTS PICTURES- BCMS GYM- After School

 

Friday, April 8

  • Coed Golf vs Seymour- Seymour Country Club

 

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

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

“Winners don't wait for chances, they take them” - Unknown

 

 


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  10, 9, 8, 7

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.”  -Jean Nidetch

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Success in School:  Just Do It!”


Until next week,

3/28


"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 30: March 21 - March 25


PLEASE NOTE - Snow Make-Up Day:  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Tuesday, January 12th, school will be in session this Friday, April 1st!  PS – No FOOLIN’  

I would like to welcome everyone back from Spring Vacation.  It is our hope that your week was everything that you “needed” it to be.    As we return this week, we turn our focus to finishing the year strong.  As we “get back at it,” you will notice that we continue our second countdown to the “Second Half” of the 2016 Spring ISTEP+ exam.  In several short weeks, the students will be participating in the multiple choice portion of the state standardized exam.  

As I have expressed previously, I believe that education is much, much more than simply test results, but in realizing improved scores in proficiency and growth . . . especially as we consider our performance against other middle schools across the state . . . we can build on our academic and school pride.  The students have heard me say on more than one occasion, “to accept less means that we are less.”


 

NINTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

Those students earning “on-level” status for the ninth level review period (February 22nd – March 11th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, March 18th.


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


Grade 6:  98 “on-level” / 123 6th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the eighth level review:  92 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 74%

Compared to the seventh level review:  100 “on-level” / 123 6th graders enrolled = 81%

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

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

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

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

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

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


Grade 7:  86 “on-level” / 113 7th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the eighth level review:  77“on-level” / 114 7th graders enrolled = 68%

Compared to the seventh level review:  81 “on-level” / 115 7th graders enrolled = 70%

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

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

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

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

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

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


Grade 8:  124 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 87%

Compared to the eighth level review:  113 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the seventh level review:  121 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 84%

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

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

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

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

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

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


All grades:  308 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 81%

Compared to the eighth level review:  282 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 74%

Compared to the seventh level review:  302 “on-level” / 382 BCMS students = 79%

Compared to the sixth level review:  304 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 80%

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


And, we challenge the students to always be cognizant of their level status.  As we start “Week 30” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” in the tenth level review period.  


DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


 

 

PAL FOR A DAY

This time of the year is always an exciting time for us as we welcome some very special visitors to the BCMS campus.  Throughout this week and next, different 5th grade BES classes will be visiting.  The purpose of their visit is to experience changing classes, seeing how having a locker works, meeting their soon to be teachers, and having lunch!  

Each 5th grader will be paired with a BCMS “pal” as their personal host for the day.

This week, we are happy to welcome Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Temple’s classes.  During the week of April 4th, Mrs. Cobb and Mrs. Voss’ classes will be visiting.

Welcome, Class of 2023!

ISTEP+ 2016 . . . THE FIRST HALF

BCMS students completed the first half of our 2016 ISTEP+ testing prior to Spring Break. We return to our regular school posture, and class schedule, this week.  But before we do, it is right to pause and compliment the students, staff, and you . . . the parents.  The students were focused and purposeful in their efforts on our testing days.  We are optimistic that they got off to a good “start” . . . the finish of which will be the third week in April.    

This is one of the aspects of learning and growing that we repeatedly discuss in our “Grade Level Talks” together.  Taking the ISTEP is about their learning, ‘showing what they know,’ and about their attitude . . . the effort they bring ‘to the game.’”  This, not only during the weeks of testing, but to the opportunities they have each day to grow intellectually . . . with the understanding that knowledge being the beginning of wisdom, but certainly not the end.

Our “Second Half,” the online multiple choice portion of the ISTEP exam, will be the week of April 19th.  We have fifteen school days remaining in which to make our final preparations before “digging in” yet again.


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  15, 14, 13, 12, 11

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Success:  Doing Our Personal Best”

Until next week,



3/21

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Spring Break Week: March 21 - March 25


SPRING BREAK

We would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable spring break.  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.


 

ACUITY UPDATE

What is Acuity?  Acuity is a local assessment that BCMS utilizes to measure student growth and help teachers predict student readiness for ISTEP+.  It includes a variety of tools to help improve student achievement, and delivers instructional resources to help prepare students for the state exam. 


Thanks to the efforts of BCMS teacher and media center specialist, Miss Ault, students are being provided individual proficiency and growth information from their Acuity A and Acuity B tests as well as their ISTEP+ 2015 test results.  Teachers are discussing these results with their classes in preparation for Acuity C.  


Some student received this information prior to Spring Break have responded positively. Teachers have reported that students appreciate the information.  They also realize that we do look at their scores.  


Here are a few specific comments that have been shared by teachers.

  • Students were interested in seeing the Acuity Percentile Rank that showed how they compared to other students in their grade.

  • Students began to realize that ISTEP Growth is just as important as receiving Pass or Pass+.

  • Students seemed to try harder on Acuity C as a result of looking at the information.

We would encourage you to inquire of your BCMS student as to his/her individual Acuity letter and the information contained therein. If your student did not receive a letter prior to Spring Break, he/she should receive it when we return.

As always, we encourage you to contact the school with any questions that you might have!


Until next week,

 



3/14

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 29: March 14 - March 18


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 11th.  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 Thursday or 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 14 – April 15th) 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.



FREE DYSLEXIA SEMINAR

Please click here for an informational flyer regarding a FREE presentation on dyslexia that will be given by an expert in the field, Susan Barton. She is the creator of the Barton Reading and Spelling System, a tutoring system specifically designed for individuals with dyslexia.

We at Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Centers of Bloomington, Columbus, and Seymour are excited to sponsor this event.  We encourage parents, as well as teachers, to attend.  

The presentation is this Thursday, March 17th beginning at 6:00pm at Community Church of Columbus in Columbus, Indiana.

Jill A. Christopher, Psy.D., HSPP, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director of Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Center of Seymour

Dawn A. Doup, Psy.D., HSPP, Director of Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Center of Columbus

Dawn H. Lindeman, Ph.D., NCC, HSPP, Director of Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Center of Bloomington


BCMS FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of March 8th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Kelsey Ault as the February 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.


Kelsey’s teachers selected her because she, “is a natural leader and an ideal student. She played volleyball this fall and was an excellent teammate, always encouraging other players to be their best. Not only did she lead by example on the court, but she leads by example daily at school, both in class and as a Tribal Council representative. As a member of the Tribal Council, she actively participates in meetings, always gives direction and seeks input from her classmates, and takes initiative in fundraising activities like the toy drive. Her teachers admire her responsibility and her effort in class. She is hardworking and dependable and is extremely conscientious with her school work. More importantly, the teachers truly love her caring personality. She is the first to congratulate others on successes and give well-wishes to teachers and students. She is one of those students who makes a lasting impression on those around her. She definitely deserves of the honor of BCMS Student of the Month!”


CONGRATULATIONS, Kelsey!! . . . and THANK YOU!!


“SPRING”-ING FORWARD

As we look forward to this week, you are aware that Eastern Daylight Savings time began on Sunday, March 13th.  Clocks have been set ahead exactly one hour.



BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Spring Sports Information:
 

Girls Track Practice
Starts Monday, March 14th at the BCHS Track 3:30-5:00
Coaches: Derrick Koch & Walt Wintin

Boys Track Practice
Starts Monday, March 14th at BCMS 3:30-4:30
Coaches: Marty Young & Jeff Morning 

Girls Tennis Practice
Tuesday, March 15th at BCMS 3:30-4:30
Wednesday, March 16th at BCMS 3:30-4:30
Starting Thursday practice will be at the High School Tennis Courts.
Coach: Jane Weisman
 

Coed Golf Practice
Starts Monday, March 14th at Hickory Hills Golf Course after school.
You will need to ride bus 11 to the golf course.
Coach: Brian Sommers

 
All student athletes need to have the following forms completed:

-Physical

-Emergency Medical

-Concussion

-Drug Testing Consent



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


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


“Winners don't wait for chances, they take them.” - Unknown



2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  20, 19, 18, 17, 16

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions." -Confucius

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Self-worth:  Dealing with Our Anger”


Until next week,

 


3/7


"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 28: March 7 - March 11


2016 ISTEP+

Last week, BCMS students took the English/language arts and mathematics Applied Skills portion of the 2016 ISTEP+ exam.  On Tuesday we complete “Part 1” of this year’s ISTEP+ with the following testing schedule:

 

Science (35 minutes) – GRADE 6

Social Studies (35 minutes) – GRADE 7

Book II Online “pilot” testing for grades 6 (Math – 40 minutes) & 8 (ELA Sections 1a & 1b – 87 minutes).

 

Any needed student make-up testing will done:

Monday, March 7th and/or Wednesday, March 9th – Friday, March 11th

 

BCMS will start the “Part 2” online multiple choice portion of the 2016 ISTEP+ test during the week of April 18th.

Our work continues!!


FREE DYSLEXIA SEMINAR

Please click here for an informational flyer regarding a FREE presentation on dyslexia that will be given by an expert in the field, Susan Barton. She is the creator of the Barton Reading and Spelling System, a tutoring system specifically designed for individuals with dyslexia.

We at Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Centers of Bloomington, Columbus, and Seymour are excited to sponsor this event.  We encourage parents, as well as teachers, to attend.

The presentation is next Thursday, March 17th beginning at 6:00pm at Community Church of Columbus in Columbus, Indiana.

Jill A. Christopher, Psy.D., HSPP, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director of Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Center of Seymour

Dawn A. Doup, Psy.D., HSPP, Director of Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Center of Columbus

Dawn H. Lindeman, Ph.D., NCC, HSPP, Director of Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Center of Bloomington

 


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  25, 24, 23, 22, 21

 

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.”  Aristotle

 

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Self-responsibility:  The Choice Is Yours”

 

Until next week,

 


2/29


"The Principal's Post"


Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 27: February 29 - March 4


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 2016 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.)

 


 2016 ISTEP+ BCMS “PLAN FOR TESTING”

If you have been watching our “2016 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, March 1st

Mathematics (40 minutes) – ALL GRADES

 

Wednesday, March 2nd

ELA Section 1 (35 minutes) – ALL GRADES

 

Thursday, March 3rd

ELA Section 2aq & 2b (25 minutes/60 minutes) – ALL GRADES

 

Tuesday, March 8th

Science (35 minutes) – GRADE 6

Social Studies (35 minutes) – GRADE 7

Book II Online “pilot” testing for grades 6 (Math – 40 minutes) & 8 (ELA Sections 1a & 1b – 87 minutes).

 

Any needed student make-up testing will done:

Friday, March 4th

Monday, March 7th

Wednesday, March 9th – Friday, March 11th

 


ISTEP+ 2016 . . . APPLIED SKILLS . . . “KICK-OFF”

As mentioned above, 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 snacks 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 6th grader at home . . . I feel your “pain” J), they appreciate your support, your interest, your attention and, most importantly, your love.

 


EIGHTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the eighth level review period (February 1st – February 19th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, February 26th.

 

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

 

Grade 6:  92 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 74%

Compared to the seventh level review:  100 “on-level” / 123 6th graders enrolled = 81%

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Grade 7:  77“on-level” / 114 7th graders enrolled = 68%

Compared to the seventh level review:  81 “on-level” / 115 7th graders enrolled = 70%

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Grade 8:  113 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the seventh level review:  121 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 84%

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

All grades:  282 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 74%

Compared to the seventh level review:  302 “on-level” / 382 BCMS students = 79%

Compared to the sixth level review:  304 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 80%

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

And, we challenge the students to always be cognizant of their level status.  As we start “Week 24” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” in the ninth level review period.

 

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

 


BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director


Spring Sports sign ups will start Monday, February 29th.

 

BCMS Spring Sports

  • Girls Tennis
  • Boys/Girls Track & Field
  • Boys/Girls Coed Golf

 

* Please listen to announcements for information about practice times.

 

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

 

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

 

“Don't practice until you get it right. Practice until you can't get it wrong.” - Unknown


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  HERE WE GO!!!

 

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” -Bob Dylan

 

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Role Models:  Who’s Influencing Whom?”

 

Until next week,

 



2/22

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 26: February 22 - February 26



Beginning of Trimester #3 – Finishing Strong

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 19th.  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 22nd – March 11th) 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.


2016 ISTEP+ PRACTICE TESTING


In preparation for the Part 1 of the 2016 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.



ISTEP+ 2016 . . . 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, Thursday, and Friday 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 week of ISTEP+ testing.  Having your child present each day next week 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 18th and 25th.)




BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING


The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting this Tuesday, February 23rd in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.


This 2015-2016 meeting invitation has been a long time in coming as BCMS, along with the other schools in Indiana have been waiting for resolution to a number of issues that have been taken up by the state this past fall as they relate to:  2015 student ISTEP+ performance results, school accountability, and school improvement plans.  


A delay in the release of 2015 ISTEP results, questions raised as to the validity of those results, the Indiana Department of Education’s initial direction to use a new/different/mandated school improvement plan template (that it later reneged on) have all delayed a school improvement discussion meeting that we had hoped to host in the fall.  Fortunately, we have now received the much needed answers to these questions.


We will discuss the implementation and student results of the new 2014-2015 assessments that were aligned to the newly introduced college-and-career ready standards last year, both what it meant for last year and what it means for the current year.  We will also be having a goals and strategies discussion to help inform the formulation of and/or the amendments to our 2016-2017 school improvement plan.


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


Because you never stop, “Growing BRAVE!”


2016-2017 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CORPORATION CALENDAR

Click here to view the 2016-2017 school year calendar.


COLTS FITNESS CAMP AT BCMS

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

BCMS 6th Grade students participated in a Colts Fitness Camp on Thursday, February 18th. The event was sponsored by the Indianapolis Colts- NFL’s Play 60 and the National Dairy Council. The students completed an exercise workout led by Indianapolis Colts staff members. All of the participants received a souvenir package and several participants were given prizes for answering questions correctly. The National Dairy Council provided milk for an after workout snack.


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BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Congratulations to all of our 2015-2016 BCMS Winter Sports Teams


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8th Grade Boys Basketball Team- MSC Champions, Salem, Silver Creek & BCMS Tourney Champions, and Greensburg Tourney Runner up

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8th Grade Girls Basketball Team-
BCMS Tourney Champions

7th Grade Girls Basketball Team- BCMS Tourney Runner Up
6th Grade Girls Basketball Team
 
   
 

 


 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!


“Winners never quit and quitters never win” -Vince Lombardi
 
 


2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.” - Charles Caleb Colton


THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Responsible Citizenship:  Helping Others”


Until next week,

 



2/15

"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 25: February 15 - February 19

PLEASE NOTE
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Snow Make-Up Day:  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Monday, January 11th, school will be in session today (Monday, February 15th)!

End of Trimester #2 – Friday, February 19th


 BCMS DECEMBER & JANUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

On the evening of February 9th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized two BCMS students as being BCMS BRAVE Students of the Month for December and January.

 

Addyson Krieger was going to be recognized in January, until the weather hit!  J  It is a privilege for us to recognize her as December’s BCMS BRAVE Student of the Month.

 

It is an equal privilege to recognize Kendra McCory as the BCMS 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.

 

Addyson’s teachers selected her because she, “is a one-of-a-kind young lady who is a natural born leader.  She is the Tribal Council President at Brownstown Central Middle School and is involved in many other organizations such as Band, Volleyball, and Lady Braves Club Softball.  She is also an active member in her church, Jonesville Christian Church.  She shines bright in everything she is involved in and is not afraid to volunteer ideas or help in any way possible.  For instance, she took the initiative to help with many of the Toy Drive fundraisers, like organizing her own trip to Sam’s Club to buy things for the Tribal Council to sell in order to raise money for the Toy Drive.  When doing so, she led her peers in an extremely mature fashion.  Addy has also previously initiated a canned food drive through Band, as well as a t-shirt sale to raise money for breast cancer research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her peers look up to her for guidance because they respect her and her leadership.  Addy is without a doubt a very deserving Student of the Month representative for Brownstown Central Middle School, and we could not be more proud of her.”

 

Kendra’s teachers selected her because, “it is a teacher's privilege and honor to have such an outstanding student in the classroom. Kendra makes the teacher's job much easier and enjoyable. Kendra always arrives to class with a smile on her face and eager to learn. She never seems to have a bad day, and if she is having one, she doesn't let it show or affect her performance. When other students are struggling in the classroom, she is always willing to volunteer to help them. Kendra is also a great leader in cooperative learning activities. She is a take-charge student in her extra support Tribe, as well as Tribal Council. Kendra has gone all year without a missing or incomplete assignment while participating in many extracurricular activities including being a key part of the 7th grade volleyball team. With all that being said, we couldn't be prouder to award the January Student of the Month to a more deserving, responsible, and accountable student. Keep up the tremendous work, Kendra!”

CONGRATULATIONS, Addyson and Kendra!! . . . and THANK YOU!!


 BCMS 2015-2016 YEARBOOKS

Submitted by:  Mrs. Griffin, BCMS Yearbook Sponsor

Yearbooks are on sale NOW!!!

Now through February 29th you can order a yearbook at a cost of $28. After February 29th the cost of the yearbook is $33.

Turn in your yearbook orders to Mrs. Griffin in the LMC. Pay by cash or check.  If paying by check, please make it  payable to BCMS with "yearbook" in the memo line.

Online ordering ends February 29th. Order online at www.yearbooksonsale.com


  "Dead Serious...About Life"

    •  Every 4 seconds, a teenager will attempt suicide

    •  approximately 11 young people between the ages of 15-24 die every day by suicide

    •  every 60 seconds a child is born to a teen mother

    •  one out of three 13 to 15 year olds have had sex

    •  Each day, 2,989 kids find out that their parents are getting divorced

    • in 24 hours, 15,006 teens will use drugs for the first time

    • 1 in 5 teens say they have purposely injured themselves

    • nearly one in five teens has tried prescription medication to get high

These statistics are alarming! If you have teenagers, you know the daily pressures and issues that they face are enormous. Where do you begin? How do you help them? 

Well, there is a group in the CincinnatiOhio area who have something that can reach out to hundreds of junior high and high school students. And it is coming to BROWNSTOWNINDIANA and will impact hundreds of students!

On Saturday & Sunday, February 20 & 21, a musical drama performance of "Dead Serious...About Life" will be presented at Brownstown Elementary School in BrownstownIndiana.  The performance on Saturday begins at 6:00 p.m. and the Sunday performance begins at 3:00 p.m. (Link to poster)

The musical will be performed by a group called Mishpachah, Inc., which is based out of MasonOhio.

Here is a link to a short trailer and short commercial about the production:  http://mish-inc.com/apps/videos/?show_id=107The parents are gone and the party’s on, but before this night is over this group of teenagers’ lives will change forever. Come see this show and you will be changed too!

This hard hitting live music and drama presentation is called “Dead Serious...About Life”.

Tickets are $7 at the door or $6 in advance.  To get tickets in advance, call:  1-800-459-7268 or go to our website at: 

www.mish-inc.com

Tickets are sold in advance until the THURSDAY BEFORE the performance at 5:00 pm.

“Dead Serious About Life” is about teenagers, their good times, and their problems - sex, drugs, alcohol, abuse, eating disorders, pregnancy, abortion, family issues, religion and suicide.  But it is also about love, hope and a “better way”. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry as you experience the passion of this powerful present-day story.

Check it out on www.mish-inc.com or call 1-800-459-7268.


BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week

Friday, February 19

  • Winter Sports Pow Wow- 8:15 AM

WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 7/8th Boys defeated Orleans and East Washington

  • 8th Girls won our BCMS Tourney

  • 6th Boys defeated Salem and Shawswick



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


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

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda


2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

This week:  T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” - Helen Keller

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Respect:  The Golden Rule”

 

Until next week,


2/8


"The Principal's Post"

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog for Week 24: February 8 - February 12

PLEASE NOTE - Snow Make-Up Day:  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Monday, January 11th, school will be in session this coming Monday, February 15th


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 on Tuesday, February 9th, 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 Shade - Member 


 SEVENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the seventh level review period (January 11th – January 29th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, February 5th.

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

 Grade 6:  100 “on-level” / 123 6th graders enrolled = 81%

  • Compared to 105 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 86%
  • Compared to the fifth level review:  97 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 80%
  • Compared to the fourth level review:  93 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 75%
  • Compared to the third level review:  85 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 70%
  • Compared to the second level review:  103 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 83%
  • Compared to the first level review:  112 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 90%

 Grade 7:  81 “on-level” / 115 7th graders enrolled = 70%

  • Compared to 85 “on-level” / 115 7th graders enrolled = 74%
  • Compared to the fifth level review:  88 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 79%
  • Compared to the fourth level review:  81 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 73%
  • Compared to the third level review:  93 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 84%
  • Compared to the second level review:  77 “on-level” / 110 7th graders enrolled = 
  • Compared to the first level review:  97 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 87%

 Grade 8:  121 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 84%

  • Compared to 114 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 79%
  • Compared to the fifth level review:  117 “on-level”/ 143 8th graders enrolled = 82%
  • Compared to the fourth level review:  117 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 81%
  • Compared to the third level review:  93 “on-level”/ 141 8th graders enrolled = 66%
  • Compared to the second level review:  103 “on-level”/ 140 8th graders enrolled = 74%
  • Compared to the first level review:  116 “on-level”/ 141 8th graders enrolled = 82%

 All grades:  302 “on-level” / 382 BCMS students = 79%

  • Compared to 304 “on-level” / 381 BCMS students = 80%
  • Compared to the fifth level review:  302 “on-level” / 376 BCMS students = 80%
  • Compared to the fourth level review:  291 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 77%
  • Compared to the third level review:  271 “on-level” / 374 BCMS students = 73%
  • Compared to the second level review:  283 “on-level” / 374 BCMS students = 76%
  • Compared to the first level review:  325 “on-level” / 376 BCMS students = 86%

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

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

 And, we challenge the students to always be cognizant of their level status.  As we start “Week 24” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” in the eighth level review period. 

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


 "Dead Serious...About Life"

    •  Every 4 seconds, a teenager will attempt suicide

    •  approximately 11 young people between the ages of 15-24 die every day by suicide

    •  every 60 seconds a child is born to a teen mother

    •  one out of three 13 to 15 year olds have had sex

    •  Each day, 2,989 kids find out that their parents are getting divorced

    • in 24 hours, 15,006 teens will use drugs for the first time

    • 1 in 5 teens say they have purposely injured themselves

    • nearly one in five teens has tried prescription medication to get high

These statistics are alarming! If you have teenagers, you know the daily pressures and issues that they face are enormous. Where do you begin? How do you help them? 

Well, there is a group in the Cincinnati, Ohio area who have something that can reach out to hundreds of junior high and high school students. And it is coming to BROWNSTOWN, INDIANA and will impact hundreds of students!

On Saturday & Sunday, February 20 & 21, a musical drama performance of "Dead Serious...About Life" will be presented at Brownstown Elementary School in Brownstown, Indiana.  The performance on Saturday begins at 6:00 p.m. and the Sunday performance begins at 3:00 p.m. (Link to poster)

The musical will be performed by a group called Mishpachah, Inc., which is based out of Mason, Ohio.

Here is a link to a short trailer and short commercial about the production:  http://mish-inc.com/apps/videos/?show_id=107The parents are gone and the party’s on, but before this night is over this group of teenagers’ lives will change forever. Come see this show and you will be changed too!

This hard hitting live music and drama presentation is called “Dead Serious...About Life”.

Tickets are $7 at the door or $6 in advance.  To get tickets in advance, call:  1-800-459-7268 or go to our website at: 

www.mish-inc.com

Tickets are sold in advance until the THURSDAY BEFORE the performance at 5:00 pm.

“Dead Serious About Life” is about teenagers, their good times, and their problems - sex, drugs, alcohol, abuse, eating disorders, pregnancy, abortion, family issues, religion and suicide.  But it is also about love, hope and a “better way”. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry as you experience the passion of this powerful present-day story.

Check it out on www.mish-inc.com or call 1-800-459-7268.


 

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week

Monday, February 8

  • 7/8 Boys vs Orleans- AWAY

  • 6 AB Boys vs Salem- HOME

Tuesday, February 9

  • 6 AB Boys vs Oolitic- AWAY

Thursday, February 11

  • 6 AB Boys vs Shawswick- HOME

  • 7/8 Boys vs East Washington- AWAY

Saturday, February 13

  • 7/8 Boys BCMS Tourney- BCHS GYM

 

WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 8th Boys won the MSC Conference Tourney

  • 8th Girls defeated Bedford

  • 6th Boys defeated Immanuel & Lutheran Central

  • 6th Girls defeated Scottsburg

 

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

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

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” – Mary Lou Retton


 2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

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

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“As I see it, every day you do one of two things:

build health or produce disease in yourself.”

                                                  -Adelle Davis

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Respect:  Respecting Self and Others”


Until next week,



2/1


"The Principal's Post"


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BCMS HOMEWORK BELIEFS

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

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

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

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

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

 Thank you! 


BCMS SERTOMA WINNER!!

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

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

CONGRATULAIONS, Andrea!!


 BCMS . . . BEES!

Submitted by:  Miss Ault, BCMS Media Specialist

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

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

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

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

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


 

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

 

Sporting events this week

Monday, February 1

  • 7/8 Boys vs Salem- HOME

  • 6 AB Girls vs Salem-VALLONIA

  • 7/8 Girls vs Bedford- AWAY

  • 6 AB Boys vs Immanuel- AWAY

Thursday, February 4

  • 6 AB Boys vs Lutheran Central- HOME

  • 6 AB Girls vs Scottsburg- VALLONIA

Saturday, February 6

  • 7/8 Girls BCMS Tourney- BCHS GYM


WINS this week for the Braves:

  • 8th Boys defeated Immanuel

  • 6th Girls defeated Austin

  • 6th Boys defeated East Washington


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


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


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


 

2016 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

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

 

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

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

 

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Respect:  Honoring Those Who Can Teach Us”

 

Until next week,

 

 



SAY, “CHEESE!”

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



BCMS AUGUST STUDENT OF THE MONTH

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


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


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


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



STUDENT GOVERNMENT & TRIBAL COUNSEL

Submitted by:  Mrs. McCrary

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


6th Grade Representatives

Chloe Covert

Logan Burnside

Brianna Black

Grant Elliott

Kelsey Ault

Reagan Nuss

Morgan Branaman

Maddie Carr

Hannah Hackman

Maren McClure


7th Grade Representatives

Nick Robbins

Nathan Koch

Kendra McCory

Andrew Wheeles

Bailey Miley

Kylee Nowling

Meghan Turner

Rehgen Stuckwisch

Ethan Shirley

Alli Reynolds


8th Grade Representatives

Addyson Krieger – President

Olivia Hackman – Vice President

Emily Koch – Secretary

Treasurer – Halle Hehman

Grace Garland

Emma Winks

Destiny Luttrell

Abbie Reynolds

Riley Nuss

Brandon Wilson



CALL ME JIM

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


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


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



BRAVES FOOD PANTRY

Submitted by:  Mr. Koch, BCHS Guidance Counselor


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


Click here for more information.



BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young

BCMS Athletic Director


Sporting events this week:


Monday, September 14

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Brown County – AWAY

  • MS Cross Country vs Jennings County- AWAY

  • 6th AB Volleyball vs Austin- HOME

  • Boys Tennis vs Bedford- HOME


Tuesday, September 15

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Highland Hills- AWAY


Wednesday, September 16

  • Fall Sports Pictures- After School


Thursday, September 17

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Austin- HOME

  • 6th AB Volleyball vs Scottsburg- AWAY

  • MS Cross Country vs Seymour- HOME

  • Boys Tennis vs East Washington- AWAY

  • 7/8 Football vs East Washington- HOME


Friday, September 18

  • Boys Tennis vs Seymour- AWAY


WINS this week for the Braves

  • 8th Grade Volleyball defeated Salem & East Washington

  • 7th Grade Volleyball defeated East Washington

  • 6th Grade  Volleyball defeated Salem & St. Ambrose

  • 8th Grade Football defeated Seymour

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


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


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


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



THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Results and Responsibilities, NOT Excuses”



THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Courage and Confidence:  Overcoming Obstacles”


Until next week,

 
 

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Contact Us at BCMS!

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

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

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

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