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


“The Principal’s Post”

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


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

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

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


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


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


Submitted by:  Mr. Young

BCMS Athletic Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Until next week,

Mr. McClure



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Mr. McClure's Blog for Summer Weeks May 30 - July 22


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

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

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

GRADE 6 – Class of 2022

Respect – Jenna Ratliff

Responsibility – Maddison Brittain

Resourcefulness – Payton Ault


GRADE 7 – Class of 2021

Respect – Samuel Pace

Responsibility – Kendra McCory

Resourcefulness – Isaiah McCory

GRADE 8 – Class of 2020

Respect – Zoe Fountain

Responsibility – Addyson Krieger

Resourcefulness – Jordan Cobb



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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

May 17 – May 21, 2017!!

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Mark your calendar!

Until August,






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.


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.



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


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.


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.


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


“Results and Responsibilities, NOT Excuses”


“Courage and Confidence:  Overcoming Obstacles”

Until next week,


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

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

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

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