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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










11/21

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  November 21 - 25

Week 15

“The Principal’s Post”

Thanksgiving Week

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.”

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Internet Source:  http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for, and to, the students, staff, and our parents of BCMS for their efforts to date this year.  And in thanksgiving for blessings and opportunities afforded us, may we, in the days and months ahead, remember and accept our responsibility in the roll that education plays for our future prosperity as individuals, as a school, as a community and as a country.

God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving!

LAST WEEK’S STUDENT CONVOCATIONS

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with the students at each grade level to discuss our first trimester school “report card.”  In a series of thirty minute convocations, we looked at our collective level review, accelerated reader, attendance, behavioral and academic performance for the first trimester as a school and how well we lived up to our “Three R’s” principle ideals.

While we observed some very encouraging signs which we are celebrating, we also discussed the truth about the work that remains for us to accomplish together in moving forward.

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

BCMS BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION – PHOTO MONTAGE

As you may recall, on Thursday, September 15, 2016, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay 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 . . . and, just one more thing for us to be thankful for this week!

Thank you, Tammie Baker and Brenda Wolka, for all of the images captured through your lenses!!

Please click here to view the photo montage from that day.

We have also added a 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:

Tuesday, November 22

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Charlestown- HOME

WINS this week for the Braves & Lady Braves

  • 8th Boys defeated Clarksville

  • 7th Boys defeated Clarksville & Jackson Creek

  • 7th Girls defeated Orleans & Austin

  • 6th Boys defeated Medora

  • 6th Girls defeated Medora & Bedford

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 aren’t going all the way, why go at all”- Joe Namath



THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:


“The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more you’ll have to express gratitude for.” -Zig Ziglar

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Goals and Dreams:  Moving Toward Success”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

November 21st - It's a good day for politeness.
November 22nd - It's a good day for thanksgiving.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure





11/14

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  November 14 - 18

Week 14

“The Principal’s Post”

STUDENT CONVOCATIONS

This week I will be holding my second series of convocations with the students, in their respective grade levels, to provide some “first trimester feedback” for this ‘16-‘17 school year.  

Since we last met, we have completed our first grading period and have had four (4) school-wide on-level reward activities.  Although we continue to wait for the official release of student Spring 2016 ISTEP+ results, we still have much to discuss.  As I promised the students in our first meeting together in August, we will continue to monitor our progress towards our individual and school-wide goals.

Daily we stress our need to practice the “Three R’s” . . . Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness . . . of BCMS.  It is essential for the students to understand that our continuous improvement as a school is directly dependent upon our “Three R” efforts.  To realize our goal of seeing our students, our school, and our standardized test scores improve in both academic proficiency and individual student growth, it is vital that we continually apply our core principles . . . which means choosing to exercise them even when we may not “feel like it.”  Our Three R posture is a day-to-day, hour-by-hour, decision that we exercise to our benefit . . . or fail to exercise to our detriment.

My message to them . . . “Preparation is the key to success.”  Attitude, effort and commitment to themselves and to each other are how we will achieve at higher levels.

I am going to continue to admonish them about their homework completion and overall academic effort.  As of today (Monday), we are T-minus 62 school days and counting before our Spring 2017 ISTEP+ testing begins.  ISTEP remains, quite literally, our school’s report card.  It’s our “big dance!”  It’s our “big chance!”  It’s our “Super Bowl!!”  The students know that what they choose to do in the days and weeks between now and March 2017 will say it all come test time.  Every day, regardless of the academic trimester, counts!

Under the “right” circumstances, with the “right” support networks, the “right” instructional strategies, the “right” attitude and effort, BCMS will not only be transitional, it will be transformational for our students.  

I continue to impress upon them, and us as parents and teachers, that we are in this collective effort together.  It takes all three to complete the “success equation.”  A three legged stool won’t stand with a missing leg.  In similar fashion, without the co-equal effort and commitment of the school/ parents/students . . . all three . . . our success structure fails.

Please inquire with your child as to what we discussed.  In doing so, you will be helping us communicate to him/her that there are many people who care about them and their success.  

Note: All three grade convocation presentations will be available for parents viewing as part of next week’s post.

WASHINGTON, D.C. PAYMENT ALERT

8th grade BCMS student Washington, D.C. trip registrants are reminded that the second payment ($238) is due this Friday, November 18th.  Please note that all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.

First “criteria checks” were done last week.  I will again remind the trip registrants, as part of the 8th grade team talk this week, of this criteria.  A complete list of these requirements can be found by visiting our Washington, D.C. web page.

YOJACK

Current 7
th grade students (Class of 2022) interested in learning more about the YoJack opportunity and/or applying for participation are encouraged to view these links for more information!  

We are excited to announce that YoJack is expanding the opportunity for current 7th grade students to become involved in its leadership building program.  An additional YoJack class is being added for the fall of the 8th grade year.  To be clear, current 7th grade students who apply and are accepted would be placed in one of two YoJack classes . . . the spring of 2016 class or the fall of 2017 class.  What is certain is that twice as many BCMS 7th graders now have an opportunity to participate!  The application deadline is Monday, November 21st.  Don’t miss out Class of 2022!!!

Click here to view a YoJack program Flier.

Click here to view the YoJack program Description.

Click here to printout a YoJack participation application.

FOURTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the fourth level review period (October 10th – November 4th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, November 11th.

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

Grade 6:  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 fourth level review of last year’s 6th graders:  93 “on-level” / 124 6th graders enrolled = 75%

Grade 7:  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 fourth level review of last year’s 7th graders:  81 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 73%

Grade 8:  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 fourth level review of last year’s 8th graders:  117 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 81%

All grades:  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 fourth level review last year’s all grades:  291 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 77%

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 standing 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 14” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” in the fifth level review period.  

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

BCMS OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH


On the evening of November 8th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Kalee Borden as the October 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.

Kalee’s teacher’s commented:  “Kalee is an amazing young lady and a role model in the classroom. She is an outstanding student and is a pleasure to have in class; she is hardworking and dependable and is extremely conscientious with her school work. She is a leader outside the classroom also as an athlete and a member of Tribal Council. She also volunteers as a student assistant for another 6th grader and helps him with the organization of his locker and agenda and with preparing for home each day. She is patient and understanding and is one of those students who makes a lasting impression on those around her. She truly exemplifies the traits of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness, and is definitely deserving of the honor of BCMS Student of the Month!” CONGRATULATIONS, Kalee!! . . . and THANK YOU!!


THE POWER OF ZERO: HOW TO AVOID LOW GRADES

Starting around 5
th or 6th grade, the rules change about mid-terms, report card grades and high school credits for graduation. Instead of being based primarily on what a student knows, suddenly grades are also based on what a student does, especially on what a student turns in on time. This change in the rules is not always explained or written down, but it is an important rule for students to know.

Students might think that some homework assignments are not important, especially if the teacher does not keep asking for the missing work.  Students might think that if it was important, the teacher would “bug” them to turn in those assignments.  However, most teachers do count all assignments for the final grade.  If the teacher is not bugging you to turn something in, it still probably counts.  If it is not turned in, it will probably be listed as a zero in the teacher’s grade book.

When students have several different classes and teachers, they have to learn how to keep all their books and papers organized.  Sometimes, they really did their homework, but they can’t find it to turn it in.  Even though the student learned the information by doing his assignment, it is not just having the knowledge that counts. If the homework is not turned in, it will be listed as a zero in the teacher’s grade book.

Sometimes, a student is really good at a subject and gets good grades on the tests.  He might think that the homework assignments are not important because he already knows this stuff and he knows he will get an “A” on the test.  However, grades are based on homework as well as tests, so homework that is not turned in will count as a zero in the teacher’s grade book.

A student might be confused about how to complete an assignment, but not ask for help.  If he doesn’t know how to do it, he might just ignore it and not turn in anything at all.  By not asking for help, maybe no one in class will realize that he doesn’t understand.  However, if it is not turned in, it will be listed as a zero in the teacher’s grade book.

As students get older, there are more long-term projects to do. These require the student to plan ahead or else he will be trying to do the whole thing on the last possible night. Students who put off getting started on big projects sometimes get frustrated and end up turning in nothing. If nothing is turned in, the project will be listed as a zero in the teacher’s grade book.

Here is an example about two students in the same class.  All of their daily grades were exactly the same, but Student #2 passed with a “C,” while Student #1 failed!  How did that happen?!

The only difference between getting an “F” and getting an “C” for these students was that Student #1 had 3 assignments with ZERO points!  Student #2 had failed the same 3 assignments, but he did not have ZEROES for them.  Perhaps he had not completed his homework for those three, or maybe he just didn’t understand it.  Still, he turned in all of his assignments and had at least some points correct.  A “high F” grade is better than an “F” due to a
ZERO.  




Assignment

Total Possible Points  (A+)

Points needed for a “C-”

Student #1’s points & grades

Student #2’s points & grades

Homework

10

7

10 = A

10 = A

Homework

25

18

24 = A

24 = A

Homework

20

14

14 = C

14 = C

Quiz

30

21

24 = B

24 = B

Homework

20

14

0 = F

12 = F

Homework

20

14

0 = F

12 = F

Quiz

30

21

18 = D

18 = D

Homework

15

11

12 = B-

12 = B-

Homework

25

18

23 = A-

23 = A

Project

65

46

0 = F

38 = F

Homework

20

14

18 = B

18 = B

Test

100

70

83 = B

83 = B

Homework

10

7

9 = B+

9 = B+

Homework

25

18

25 = A

25 = A
















Total Points

435

305

260 = F

322 = C

Final Grade

A+

C-

F

C


A smart student knows that if a teacher gives an assignment, it must be completed and turned in on time.  It is important to ask someone for help if you do not understand how to do an assignment.  It is important to ask someone to help you get organized so you don’t lose assignments.  


Who can you ask for help?


Remember the power of ZERO.

Don’t let it have any power over you!

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, November 14

  • 6AB Girls Basketball  vs Bedford- HOME

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Orleans- AWAY

Tuesday, November 15

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Clarksville- HOME

  • 6 Boys/Girls vs Medora- AWAY

Thursday, November 17

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Jackson Creek- HOME

  • 6AB Girls Basketball vs Shawswick- HOME- VALLONIA GYM

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Austin- AWAY

  • 6 AB Boys Basketball vs North Harrison- AWAY

Saturday, November 19

  • 6 Girls Basketball @ Brown County Invite

WINS this week for the Braves & Lady Braves

  • 8th Grades Boys defeated Sauers

  • 6th & 7th Grade Boys defeated Lutheran Central

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

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

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you”-Arnold Palmer

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"The truth that makes people free is often the truth which people prefer not to hear."-Herbert Agar

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Goals and Dreams:  Being in Action”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

November 14th - It's a good day for contribution.
November 15th- It's a good day for diligence.
November 16th - It's a good day for kindness.
November 17th - It's a good day for letting someone else go first.
November 18th - It's a good day for patience.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure










11/7


Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  November 7 - 11

Week 13

“The Principal’s Post”

THE CONCLUSION OF FIRST TRIMESTER & REPORT CARDS

As the first trimester concluded last Friday, November 4th, please be looking for your student(s) to bring his/her report card home on Friday (November 11th).  Please feel free to contact your child’s teachers and/or counselor with any questions.  Our work continues!!!

BCMS MAGAZINE SALES

On Tuesday, October 11th, BCMS wrapped up its fall magazine sale fund raising effort.  All profits from the sale of magazines go directly back to the student body and will help fund the implementation of our student reward and educational activities (e.g. the level review reward activities) throughout the year.

From our online sales alone to date (Wednesday, September 28th through Tuesday, October 11th) the profit to the students/school is $944!  THANK YOU!!

This amount does not include sales from the turn-in forms at lunch or any sales the students may make through their postcard mailings.    This is a terrific start!!!

Although the “emoji” incentive portion of the fund raising drive has concluded, the online sales continue all year long.  As families and individuals may wish, the online portal will remain open for shopping . . . with the profits coming to the school.  Whether in September, November, whenever, the school continues to receive revenue as long as the online purchases continue.  The online link is:  http://gaschoolstore.com/

Thank you for making our magazine sale a success!!

YOJACK

Current 7th grade students (Class of 2022) interested in learning more about the YoJack opportunity and/or applying for participation are encouraged to view these links for more information!  

We are excited to announce that YoJack is expanding the opportunity for current 7th grade students to become involved in its leadership building program.  An additional YoJack class is being added for the fall of the 8th grade year.  To be clear, current 7th grade students who apply and are accepted would be placed in one of two YoJack classes . . . the spring of 2016 class or the fall of 2017 class.  What is certain is that twice as many BCMS 7th graders now have an opportunity to participate!  The application deadline is Monday, November 21st.  Don’t miss out Class of 2022!!!

Click here to view a YoJack program Flier.

Click here to view the YoJack program Description.

Click here to printout a YoJack participation application.

BCMS SPELL BOWL TEAM

Submitted by:  Miss Ault, BCMS Library Media Specialist

Congratulations to the BCMS Spell Bowl team who placed first in Class 3 Area competition on Tuesday, November 1, at St. Vincent de Paul in Bedford.  Top speller was Eli Reynolds who earned “Near Perfect” recognition by spelling 8 out of his 9 words correctly. Other team members are Olivia Branaman, Emma Brelage, Madison Edwards, Rebecca Edwards, Caitlin Loper, Kirsten Raisor, and Raegan Ratliff.  Great job, Team!

1st TRIMESTER COURTESY AWARD WINNERS

Submitted by:  Mrs. McCrary, BCMS Counselor

Congratulations to our 1st Trimester Courtesy Award winners! Two boys and two girls from each grade have been chosen by their teachers for the award. This award honors students who exhibit courteous behavior to the staff and other students. This is a very special recognition because it honors their choices about how they treat other people. In recognition, the winners were taken to Snappy Tomato Pizza for lunch and will receive a certificate. 

The following students are 1st trimester recipients of the award: 

6th Grade: Payton Terry, Ethan Fultz, Eli Reynolds, Breanna Carroll, Pearl Shirely

7th Grade: Cole Darlage, Kinser Barclay, Payton Ault, Courtney Rose

8th Grade: Allie Mae Wingler, Keslin Hill, Alex Isbrandt, Hunter Nolan

HOMEWORK

As mentioned previously (reference Principal Post week 2), your child should be regularly bringing home school work to complete as homework.  As a school, we are firm believers that our students should be engaged in academic practice at home.  The best way for our school to insure the optimal benefits for every child’s education is to provide opportunities to practice and reinforce at home those lesson concepts that he/she learns at school.  

As we are now beginning our second trimester, our thirteenth week of the school year, our homework expectations are well established.   

I am revisiting the topic of homework this week as it remains imperative that students complete and return their assignments.  Getting into the habit of doing homework is, at times, as challenging as completing the homework assignments themselves.  Once the habit is mastered, the learning will naturally follow.

Our progress as a school in recent years speaks to value of homework and our students’ attitudes toward it.  And, when becoming high school students (what we are ultimately preparing our students for), the study habits that our students develop will serve them exceedingly well.

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 doesn’t 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.

In next week’s post, we will comment on, “The Power of Zero:  How to Avoid Low Grades.”

4th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 5th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The fourth and final level review period for Trimester 1 concluded last Friday, November 4th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the fourth three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday!  

We begin the 5th level review period today . . . the 1st level review period for Trimester 2!!!    

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this fifth level review period (November 7th – December 2nd) 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.

SAY, “CHEESE!”

Student yearbook picture retakes will be taken this week.  The photographer will be at the school on Wednesday (November 9th) for those students interested in having their 2016-2017 school year picture retaken.

VETERANS DAY 2016

This Friday morning, BCMS will pause in recognition of those who have served our country in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Mr. Richard Branaman, BCCSC director of bands, will be recognized by BCMS for his military service.

Let us remember the courageous men and women who have valiantly fought to preserve our constitutional freedoms.  And may it be that one day, through God’s gracious favor, we realize the ideals of peace and liberty for which our veterans served and sacrificed.

Thank you, Veterans.  God’s speed.

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, November 7

  • 6/8 Boys Basketball vs St. John Sauers- HOME

Tuesday, November 8

  • 6/7 Boys Basketball vs Lutheran Central- AWAY

  • 6AB Girls Basketball vs East Washington- AWAY

Wednesday, November 9

  • Winter Sports Pictures in BCMS Gym after school

Thursday, November 10

  • 8 Girls Basketball vs Immanuel- HOME

  • 6AB Girls Basketball vs Oolitic- AWAY

Saturday, October 12

  • 7/8 Girls Basketball at Salem Tourney

  • 7/8 Boys Basketball at Salem Tourney

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

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

“Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.”- Bobby Knight

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your soul, it is not success at all." -Anna Quindlen

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Friendship:  Encouraging One Another”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

November 7th - It's a good day for a can-do attitude.
November 8th - It's a good day for citizenship.
November 9th - It's a good day for befriending.
November 10th - It's a good day for endurance.
November 11th - It's a good day for appreciation.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure





10/28

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  October 31 - November 4

Week 12

“The Principal’s Post”


HALLOWEEN MONDAY

Special Note for Monday, October 31st:  To avoid any confusion regarding what student dress is permitted at school on Monday the 31st, we want to clarify here that students are to adhere to our dress code expectations.  Any Halloween make-up and/or costuming needs to be saved for after they arrive home from school.  Students may not “dress up” . . . as in costuming . . . for school.  No costuming and/or exotic make-up deemed inappropriate for school will be permitted.  Thank you!

THE CONCLUSION OF FIRST TRIMESTER & REPORT CARDS

As the first trimester will conclude this Friday, November 4th, please be looking for your student(s) to bring his/her report card home next Friday, November 11th.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teachers and/or counselor with any questions.  With the ending of one trimester, we start a new trimester next week.  Our work continues!!!

THE START OF SECOND TRIMESTER

To start the second trimester, students can expect to receive a copy of their class schedule on Monday morning (November 7th) during TRIBE.

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

There are 59 BCMS 8th grade students 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 first trimester concludes this Friday, November 4th, the first student “criteria check” will occur next week (November 7th-11th).  Any student failing to meet the requirement in any of the criteria categories will be removed from the trip registration list.  

Students are also reminded that the second payment ($238) due date is Friday, November 18th.  (As a reminder, all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.)

TIME CHANGE:  “FALL BACK”

As you may be aware, eastern daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 6
th.  Please make special note that clocks will be set back exactly one hour.  If you do not set your clocks at back one hour on Sunday, your student will be arriving to school an hour early on Monday.  As we like to tell the students . . . “Fall Back,” or minus, one hour on Sunday.

RED RIBBON WEEK

Submitted by:  Mrs. McCrary, BCMS Counselor

The week of October 24th was Red Ribbon Week at BCMS. This is a week in which we, as a school, stand together to say that we are not doing to let drugs into our lives.  One way in which we did this was by having fun "dress up days" with Red Ribbon Week related mottos. A big "thank you" goes out to BCMS Tribal Council for coming up with our daily dress up days.

Tuesday: Mix Match Day (Don't get mixed up with drugs.)

Wednesday: Flip Flop Day (Don't let drugs flip you out.)

Thursday: Pajama Day (Don't let drugs steal your dreams.)

Friday: Red and Black Day (Be brave against drugs.)

Congratulations to Mrs. Silence's Tribe, Mr. Allman's Tribe, and Ms. Weisman's Tribe! These Tribes had the highest percentage of participation in their grade level and will be awarded extra recreation time in the gym after lunch!

All students were also given a BCMS Red Ribbon Week bracelet.  Random drawings happened throughout each day and when students were wearing their bracelet, and their name was drawn, they were able to come to the office to choose a prize.  Thank you to Circle K, McDonald's, and Dairy Queen for the prize coupons!

Although we have had a lot of fun with contests and dress up days, drug and alcohol use is a serious topic. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations with their parents.  Please talk to your children about drugs and alcohol!


THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.”-Zig Ziglar

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Encouragement:  Working as a Team”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

October 31st - It's a good day for motivation.

November 1st - It's a good day for responsibility.
November 2nd - It's a good day for achieving.
November 3rd - It's a good day for being helpful.
November 4th - It's a good day for progress.




Until next week,


Mr. McClure





10/24

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  October 24 - 28

Week 11

“The Principal’s Post”

Welcome back!!  We hope everyone had a safe and restful Fall Break!!

THE THIRD “R”:  RESOURCEFULNESS

. . . the third R:  RESOURCEFULNESS – Webster’s Dictionary defines resourcefulness as, “the ability to deal skillfully with difficulties and problems.”  With the students, I explained that the “guts” of being resourceful is that hang-in-there, tough-it-out, try-and-try again attitude toward the many challenges of life.  We need to work with our students to help them understand that resiliency, effort and perseverance are keys to their success.  The heart of being resourceful is learning from mistakes and past failures.  And, failure is an event, not a person.  I often remind my own children that I don’t expect them to be perfect, I only expect them to give a perfect effort.  Of resourcefulness, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar says it this way, “The secret of achievement is not to let what you’re doing get to you before you get to it.”

BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting Tuesday evening, October 25th, in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

This invitation comes as BCMS, along with the other ISTEP+ tested schools in Indiana, await the release of their official school results and school accountability grades for the spring 2016 ISTEP+ exam.  (At this writing, the results are expected at any time between now and the end of the month.)  While BCMS retained its “A” rating for 2014-2015 as a result of the state legislature’s “hold harmless” legislation, BCMS will be rated for 2015-2016 according to the new accountability formula.

If available, we will discuss the student results of the 2015-2016 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana college-and-career readiness standards.  We will also have a goals and strategies discussion to help outline our current 2016-2017 school improvement plan initiatives.  We will discuss PIVOT (our new local real-time assessment tool), our curriculum alignment professional development efforts, as well as some exciting school culture programs this year.


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!”

WASHINGTON, D.C., FIRST 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 first trimester concludes on Friday, November 4th, the first student “criteria check” will occur the week of November 7th-11th.  Any student failing to meet the requirement in any of the criteria categories will be removed from the trip registration list.  

Students are also reminded that the second payment ($238) due date is Friday, November 18
th.  (As a reminder, all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.)

THIRD LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

As mentioned prior to fall break, those students earning “on-level” status for the third level review period (September 19th – October 7th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, October 14th.

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

Grade 6:  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 third level review of last year’s 6th graders:  85 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 70%

Grade 7:  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 third level review of last year’s 7th graders:  93 “on-level” / 111 7th graders enrolled = 84%

Grade 8:  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 third level review of last year’s 8th graders:  93 “on-level”/ 141 8th graders enrolled = 66%

All grades:  250 “on-level” / 343 BCMS students = 73%

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

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

Compared to the third level review last year’s all grades:  271 “on-level” / 374 BCMS students = 73%

We will continue to track our on-level percentages as classes and as a school each level review period.  Our first trimester grade level meetings with the students will soon be upon us (the week of November 14th) and we will meet to talk about our performance during the four level review periods this first trimester.  These percentages will be a significant part of that discussion, and we will compare how our performance percentages are faring this year to date against where we stood as a school last year.

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

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


BCMS SEPTEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of October 11th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Andrea Evans as the September 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.

Andrea was selected by her 7th grade team of teachers.  Her teachers expressed:  “Andrea is such a pleasure to have in class. She is exuberant in her classwork and is captive during lectures. Andrea certainly exhibits the 3 R's we teach at the Middle School. She is resourceful and responsible in getting all of her work done and is always willing to help others. Andrea not only demonstrates respect to all of her teachers and staff, but to her classmates as well. She is a model for all to follow.”  

CONGRATULATIONS, Andrea!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

COOLER WEATHER AND STUDENT APPEARANCE

I wanted to take an opportunity this week, as the weather has noticeably changed from the “steamier” days of August, to remind our students as to our dress code expectations.  

As the shorts go into the closet, and the jeans and pants come out (or as jeans and/or pants are purchased . . . they do grow! ), please be mindful of the guidelines surrounding what attire is appropriate versus inappropriate for school.

Holes in jeans and pants in or around the “boxer short area” can be an issue. Tights and leggings can also be problematic if the ladies do not have tops that extend to mid-thigh when wearing these items.  The best “defense” is a good “offense.”  Our encouragement to students electing to wear tights, leggings or yoga pants (essentially any clothing item that is designed to be worn skin-tight) during the colder winter months is to wear them under other “school appropriate” garments.  That would be good “offense.”


As printed in the student agenda handbook, click here to view our entire dress code guidelines.  

SPEAKING OF STUDENT APPEARANCE AS WE APPROACH HALLOWEEN NEXT MONDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

Special Note for Monday, October 31st (as we approach Halloween):  To avoid any confusion regarding what student dress is permitted at school on Monday the 31st, we want to clarify here that students are to adhere to our dress code expectations.  Any Halloween make-up and/or costuming needs to be saved for after they arrive home from school.  Students may not “dress up” . . . as in costuming . . . for school.  No costuming and/or exotic make-up deemed inappropriate for school will be permitted.  Thank you!

ABSENCES, MAKE-UP WORK & THE END OF THE FIRST TRIMESTER

The end of the first grading period is next Friday, November 4th.  Please allow me to encourage you and/or your student to check their Harmony account for any missing or outstanding assignments that may be due.  Let me encourage all BCMS students to get make-up work turned in for credit (in accordance with teacher classroom guidelines) this first grading period.

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them.  And then you destroy yourself.   

-Richard M. Nixon

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Encouragement:  Helping Each Other Succeed”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

October 24th - It's a good day for vigilance.
October 25th - It's a good day for uplifting.
October 26th - It's a good day for strength.
October 27th - It's a good day for growing knowledge.
October 28th - It's a good day for fellowship.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure










10/17

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  October 17- 21

Week 10.5

“The Principal’s Post”

Please note that school is not in session this week (Monday, October 17th through Friday, October 21st).  Classes will resume on Monday, October 24th.  Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break week!

BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting this coming Tuesday, October 25th in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

This invitation comes as BCMS, along with the other ISTEP+ tested schools in Indiana, await the release of their official school results and school accountability grades for the spring 2016 ISTEP+ exam.  (At this writing, the results are expected at any time between now and the end of the month.)  While BCMS retained its “A” rating for 2014-2015 as a result of the state legislature’s “hold harmless” legislation, BCMS will be rated for 2015-2016 according to the new accountability formula.

If available, we will discuss the student results of the 2015-2016 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana college-and-career readiness standards.  We will also have a goals and strategies discussion to help outline our current 2016-2017 school improvement plan initiatives.  We will discuss PIVOT (our new local real-time assessment tool), our curriculum alignment professional development efforts, as well as some exciting school culture programs this year.

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!”

BCMS ATHLETICS

Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

October 17-23- No Practices- Fall Break

Practice Schedule for the week of October 24th:

Boys can ride bus 11 to Vallonia Gym

7/8 Boys- Mon, Tues & Thurs- 3:30 to 5:30, Wed. 3:30 to 5:00, Sat. -TBA

7/8 Girls-  Mon, Tues & Thurs- 5:30 to 7:30, Wed. 5:00 to 6:30, Fri & Sat.-TBA

6th Girls at Vallonia Gym- Mon, Tues & Thurs- 4:30 to 6:00, Wed. 5:00 to 6:30

6th Boys at Vallonia Gym-Mon, Tues & Thurs- 6 to 7:30, Wed. 3:45 to 5:00

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!

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

Until next week,

Mr. McClure

10/10

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  October 10 - 14

Week 10

“The Principal’s Post”

Please note that school will not be in session this next week, Monday, October 17th through Friday, October 21st.  Classes will resume on Monday, October 24th.  Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break week!

THE SECOND “R”:  RESPONSIBILITY

Last week I used “The Principal’s Post” to share BCMS’s first “R” – Respect.  It remains my hope that you will partner with us in adopting a common vocabulary in reinforcing the critical character development traits we promote as a school.  The “Three R’s” are the core principles that we advocate daily.  And now . . .. . . the second R:  RESPONSIBILITY – Webster’s Dictionary defines responsibility as, “obligation, accountability, a person or thing that one is answerable to.”  With the students we explain that responsibility is a willingness to accept ownership for one’s own social behavior as well as for assignments from authority figures.

The heart of responsibility is more than simply acknowledging one’s obligation (e.g. homework), it is the individual’s proactive attitude of ownership that empowers one to do his/her personal best regardless of the situation or task assigned.  Responsibility doesn’t look for excuses, it looks for solutions.

3rd LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 4th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The third level review period for Trimester 1 concluded last Friday, October 7th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the third three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday!  

We begin the 4th level review period today . . . the final level review of this first trimester!!!    

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this fourth level review period (October 10th – November 4th) 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 MAGAZINE SALES

On Wednesday, September 28th, Gary Montgomery from Great American Opportunities met with each grade level to kick off BCMS’s fall magazine sale fund raising effort.  The profit from the sale of magazines helps to provide revenue for the school that enables the implementation of our student reward and educational activities (e.g. the level review reward activities and student tee shirts).  All the profits from the magazine sales go directly back to the student body in the form of incentives and rewards.

Thank you to all the students and parents/patrons (especially if you purchased or renewed a magazine through one of our BCMS students ) for your effort in making our magazine sale a success in the first week.  Our magazine sale concludes Tuesday.  Last chance to sell . . . or buy.  

CAPITAL TO CAPITAL . . . A BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION EVENT

Did you know the Capital to Capital wagon ride will be coming into Brownstown this evening, Monday Oct 10th?  Around the hour of 6:00PM the wagon train will make camp at the Jackson County Fair Grounds.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11th, the Capital to Capital wagon ride will leave heading north at approximately 9:00AM.

They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice, but for BCMS . . . and the Bicentennial . . . that isn’t necessarily the case.     

The Capital to Capital wagon parade, of 60 to as many as 100 wagons, will follow a route “up” Walnut Street directly past BCMS.

Our BCMS students will once again have an opportunity to participate by observing the wagon train as it passes . . . have the good fortune of witnessing more Bicentennial history.  

When the records were moved from Corydon to Indianapolis, hence Capital to Capital, they were moved by wagon.  And, we have been told that this is the route they took.

The horse ride will actually started in Corydon last Friday, Oct 7th, and is planned to arrive at the Capital on Saturday, October 15th . . . the same date as the arrival of the Bicentennial torch that the students saw pass by BCMS on September 15th.

To celebrate the Bicentennial Capital to Capital wagon ride, we are inviting all BCMS students and staff to wear their navy blue BCMS Bicentennial celebration shirts to school on Tuesday!!!

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Tuesday, October 11

  • 7/8 Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts @ 3:30

  • 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts @ 5:30

Congratulations to our Volleyball Teams


7th Grade Volleyball Team -BCMS Volleyball Tourney   


6th Grade Volleyball Team -BCMS Volleyball Tourney
& MSC Conference Champions


8th Grade Volleyball Team was runner up in the  BCMS Volleyball Tourney

Great fall season for all of our sports team at BCMS!

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!

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”– Derek Jeter

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

No man is happy who does not think himself so.

-Publilius Syrus

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Education:  A Gift for Life”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

October 10th - It's a good day for inspiration.
October 11th - It's a good day for homework.
October 12th - It's a good day for learning from a failure.
October 13th - It's a good day for making a difference.
October 14th - It's a good day for renewal.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure



10/3

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog Week of: October 3 - 7

Week 9

“The Principal’s Post”

THE THREE R’s OF BCMS

As we began this school year, I briefly made mention of the “Three R’s” of BCMS (reference Principal Post week 1). For the next three weeks I would like to use “The Principal’s Post” to outline, for you, each “R.” I believe that it is important that we, school and home, are using the same language to reinforce these critical character development principles with our children. It is my hope that you will choose to use this vocabulary and reinforce at home what we are espousing, daily, at school.

THE FIRST “R”: RESPECT

Webster’s Dictionary defines respect as, “courtesy, expressions of good will or regard, to honor or esteem, and/or to be considerate of.” With the students, we explain that respect has three essential components: 1) respect for persons in positions of legitimate authority, 2) respect for self, and 3) respect for peers.

For the students we defined “legitimate authority” as being any adult in the building, or in their lives, who has their best interests at heart, who has been where they are, and who can impart wisdom through experience.  Examples that we use include: parents, coaches, teachers, principals, pastors, grandparents, Sunday school teachers and police officers.

Respect for self, as I explained to the students, is the idea that you are of significant value and that your life mission (whatever it is now and whatever it will be) is important. I stressed with them that they have a considerable impact on everyone around them . . . for good or ill.

With any true and lasting respect for oneself also comes respect for others, universally, which includes peers.  We explain to the students that how we view others is simply a reflection of how we view ourselves. We explain that our attitude toward others mirrors our attitude toward ourselves. It is our posture towards the human condition that we all share.  

I believe this quote from Bonaro Overstreet says it best:

“I believe that to do to others as I would have them do to me is not simply a law of duty, it is also a law of health, that we violate at our own risk. Where we violate it, we injure ourselves; inhibit our powers; blunt our sense of reality; condemn ourselves to fear, guilt, and hostility; and progressively isolate ourselves from our human kind, so that we feel alone and under threat . . .

This belief about human involvement leads to another; that self-respect and respect for others go together. I do not believe it is possible, except superficially, to think well of ourselves and ill of our human fellows, or to think well of them and ill of ourselves. Our attitude toward ourselves and toward others is one; it is our attitude toward human nature.”

His words get to the heart of what BCMS RESPECT is all about.

BCMS MAGAZINE SALES

On Wednesday last week, Gary Montgomery from Great American Opportunities met with each grade level to kick off BCMS’s fall magazine sale fund raising effort. The profit from the sale of magazines helps to provide revenue for the school that enables the implementation of our student reward and educational activities (e.g. the level review reward activities and student tee shirts). All the profits from the magazine sales go directly back to the student body in the form of incentives and rewards.

Thank you to all the students and parents/patrons (especially if you purchased or renewed a magazine through one of our BCMS students ) for your effort in making our magazine sale a success in the first week. Our magazine sale concludes Tuesday, October 11th. There’s still time to sell . . . or buy.  

GRADE 8 WASHINGTON, D.C. REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Online registration deadline for 8th grade BCMS students interested in attending the May 17-21, 2017, Washington, D.C. trip is quickly approaching. This Friday, October 7th, is the final day to register!

Interested students who do not register by Friday can be placed on a waiting list, but the waiting list does not guarantee trip participation.

The only way to guarantee a trip spot is to register by Friday.

(NOTE:  Parents and students not able to attend the mandatory August 18th information meeting, but still interested in the trip, can pick up registration information (along with student trip criteria) in the BCMS main office.  No registration information will be given over the phone or by email.)

COLLEGE GO WEEK

Submitted by: Mrs. McCrary, BCMS Counselor

The week of the September 26
th was College Go Week across the state of Indiana. This is a week where all schools promote education past high school and talk about different options available to students. Teachers also promoted colleges in their classroom by wearing college apparel and giving the students the statistics of the school of their choice. We hope this week helped to make students more aware of their post-secondary options.

JACKSON COUNTY BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Submitted by: Chris Sommer, Bicentennial Planning Committee

I am with the Bicentennial Planning Committee for Jackson County. We are asking the schools in our County to help us get the kids excited for our Bicentennial Celebration! We are very proud to announce that Clayton Anderson will be our headliner for our Concert on Friday night!!! We have many things going on over the weekend of Oct 7, 8 & 9. Click here to view a copy of our flyer showing the schedule of events for our Bicentennial Celebration.

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Within the character of the citizen lies the welfare of the nation.” Cicero

BCMS ATHLETICS Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, October 3

  • Boys Tennis vs Seymour -AWAY

  • Winter Sports Sign up Start

Tuesday, October 4

  • 7/8 Football vs Salem- HOME

  • 6 Volleyball vs Scottsburg- AWAY

Thursday, October 6

  • 7/8 Volleyball vs Seymour- AWAY

  • 7/8 Football vs Scottsburg- AWAY

  • Boys Tennis vs Bedford- HOME

Friday, October 7

  • Fall Sports Pow Wow

WINS this week for the BCMS

  • 7/8 Volleyball defeated Crothersville & Mitchell

  • 6th Volleyball defeated Scottsburg & Seymour

  • Boys Tennis defeated Immanuel, St. Vincent & Salem

  • 7/8 Football defeated 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!

“Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” - Michael Jordan

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Doing What’s Right: Letting our Conscience Be Our Guide”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

October 3rd - It's a good day for a smile.
October 4th - It's a good day for being centered.
October 5th - It's a good day for cheerfulness.
October 6th - It's a good day for decency.
October 7th - It's a good day for exceeding expectations.

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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