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Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  August 14-18

Week 2

“The Principal’s Post”

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

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

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

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

SOLAR ECLIPSE – MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

As you are likely aware, a rare solar event will occur the afternoon of Monday, August 21st.  We want our parents/guardians to be aware that we are planning for our BCMS students to have the opportunity to view this phenomena, weather permitting, that afternoon.

We also want everyone to be aware that in preparation for the activity we have ordered special glasses that will enable the students to view the eclipse event safely.

As it can be very dangerous to stare directly at the sun during an eclipse, possibly resulting in vision damage, BCMS teachers and staff are taking deliberate steps to educate and inform students of the safety risks in viewing direct non-solar filtered sunlight.  (Please click here and here to review the safety information being shared with students.)

Because of the unique nature of this activity, students will be bringing home permission slips this week for parents/guardians to sign and return.  Please understanding that only those students with signed permission slips will be permitted to participate in the planned viewing of the solar eclipse.

Thank you!

YOU WILL HAVE HOMEWORK!

As mentioned at the 6th Grade Back-to-School night orientation, and as the 7th and 8th grade students know, your student should begin bringing home school work on a regular basis to complete as homework.  

Brownstown Central Middle School believes that learning occurs not only in the classroom by means of teacher instruction, but through student practice, repetition, and reinforcement of those classroom lesson concepts.  Our students engage in athletic practice, and rightly so, throughout the year.  We believe that they should also be engaged in academic practice.  

The best way for our school to insure the optimal benefits for your child’s education is to provide your child the opportunities to practice and reinforce those lesson concepts at home that he/she learns at school.  

If your child says that he/she doesn’t have homework and/or tells you that they finished all their homework “at school,” and this response persists, you have our permission to be suspicious.    

We have created a new homework assignment portal for students and parents to access assignments, ALL CLASS ASSIGNMENTS, EVERY DAY, ALL ON ONE PAGE!  

Accessing your child’s teacher web pages continues to be encouraged, but it is no longer necessary for parents and students to go to separate web pages to find daily class assignments.  Now, all of your child’s teachers enter their assignments on one page which is updated daily by 3:15PM.  This page can help to verify what they are telling you.  In fact, this assignment page for parents is exactly the same page that students view during our Period 8 Extension time (see below ).

An added benefit:  In the event of a student absence, parents and students (at, or after, 3:15PM) can see all of the assignments missed that day.  Missing more than one day, or needing to see an assignment from the day before?  No problem!  The document allows parents and students to view assignments for every day of that given week.  Simply click on the week of interest and then click on the “tab” of the particular day of interest.  All of your child’s assignments from all of your child’s teachers will appear on that one page.

However, I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to contact your child’s teachers directly whenever you have any questions or concerns.  We want to partner with you!

PERIOD 8 EXTENSION

For the first time this year, BCMS is employing a new strategy to help improve our daily homework/classroom assignment communication between the classroom teacher and the student as well as the school and home.  Please click here to learn more about how you can access information regarding your student’s daily class/homework assignments!

THE LAST WORD ON HOMEWORK . . . WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS

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

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

MAY 2018 . . . THE CLASS OF 2022 . . . AND WASHINGTON, D.C.

Brownstown Central Middle School, in partnership with Seymour Middle School, is scheduled to take interested students of this year’s 8th grade class, the Class of 2022, to Washington DC the dates of May 16th – 20th, 2018.  A mandatory Washington, D.C. parent informational meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday evening, August 15th, from 6:00PM-7:30PM in the BCMS gymnasium for any 8th grade student interested in participating in the class trip.  

Parents and students will learn about the tentative trip itinerary, trip qualifying “criteria” for students, pricing, and an optional fundraising opportunities that is available.

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

We hope to see you Tuesday evening!

GRADE 6 KIDS KLUB @ BES

The Child Care Network of Jackson County is now offering Kids Klub programming both before and after school at Brownstown Elementary School each morning and afternoon that BCCSC schools are in session.  We are excited to be able to offer these program opportunities to the families of our 6th grade students.  

The morning program ($3.00 per day) starts at 6AM.  BCMS 6th grade students are then transported to the middle school by corporation bus for school.

The afternoon program ($35.00 per week) runs from after school until 6PM.  Again, BCMS 6th grade students are provided corporation transportation from the middle school to the elementary school for the afternoon program.

If you have a specific questions about Kids Klub and/or the enrollment of your 6th grade student, please contact Kate Garrity at the Child Care Network office:  812-524-2585

BCMS ATHLETIC . . . GETTING GOING
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Thursday, August 17

  • 6/7/8 Volleyball vs Silver Creek- AWAY

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


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

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


THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Most of us don’t achieve great things because we give up,we fall short, we get off track, we settle, or we dream too small.”

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Attitude:  A Key to Success”

Until next week,

Mr. McClure








8/8

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  August 7 -11

Week #1

I would like to begin by thanking you for visiting our school’s website and welcoming you to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  It is my pleasure to greet you, and it is my hope that you will make it a point to visit our school’s website weekly to view school announcements and to find out about scheduled school activities.  

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

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

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

THE THREE R’s

Please allow me to begin this first “Principal’s Post” by expressing how privileged and fortunate I am to be given this opportunity to work with your child this year.  On behalf of the entire Brownstown Central Middle School staff, I pledge to you our commitment in partnering together in your child’s education this upcoming school year.  With high stakes testing and student achievement accountability being a reality for our community, our schools, our families, and our children, now is the time for us to resolve, again, our joint purpose . . . the psychological, emotional, physical, and cognitive maturing and well-being of our children.

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

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

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

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

This week’s BRAVE Quote:  “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”   John Ruskin

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

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

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

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

FOLLOW BCM-“US” ON TWITTER!

New this year . . . BCMS is going to try its hand at “tweeting!”  We want you be aware of the GREAT things we have going on the entire year through!  If you are interested in receiving BCMS tweets . . . we encourage you to follow us @BCGROWINGBRAVE!!

MAY 2018 . . . THE CLASS OF 2022 . . . AND WASHINGTON DC

Brownstown Central Middle School, in partnership with Seymour Middle School, is scheduled to take interested students of this year’s 8th grade class, the Class of 2022, to Washington DC the dates of May 16th – 20th, 2018.  A Washington DC parent informational meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday evening, August 15th, from 6:00PM-7:30PM in the BCMS gymnasium.  Any parent(s) of an interested 8th grade student are required to attend.  Parents and students will learn about the tentative trip itinerary, trip qualifying “criteria” for students, pricing, and an optional fundraising opportunities that is available.

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

GRADE 6 KIDS KLUB @ BES

The Child Care Network of Jackson County is now offering Kids Klub programming both before and after school at Brownstown Elementary School each morning and afternoon that BCCSC schools are in session.  We are excited to be able to offer these program opportunities to the families of our 6th grade students.  

The morning program ($3.00 per day) starts at 6AM.  BCMS 6th grade students are then transported to the middle school by corporation bus for school.

The afternoon program ($35.00 per week) runs from after school until 6PM.  Again, BCMS 6th grade students are provided corporation transportation from the middle school to the elementary school for the afternoon program.

If you have a specific questions about Kids Klub and/or the enrollment of your 6th grade student, please contact Kate Garrity at the Child Care Network office:  812-524-2585

2017-2018 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOOL CALENDAR

To view important dates as they pertain to the 2017-2018 Brownstown Central Community School Corporation school calendar, please click here.

BCMS ATHLETIC . . . GETTING GOING
Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

7/8 Volleyball practice will start Wednesday, August 9 after school until 5:30

6th Grade Volleyball will start Wednesday, August 9 after school at Vallonia until 5:30

Boy's Tennis -  Please listen to the morning announcements for information about practice. 

7/8 Football continues Monday after school  

Coed Cross Country will continue after school on Tuesday 

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

Until next week,

Mr. McClure








7/31

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  July 31 – August 4

Pre-Week

“The Principal’s Post”

Whenever Fair Week concludes the end to the lazy days of summer is soon to follow, and the anticipation of beginning a new school year reaches a fever pitch.  As we make our final preparations for the 2017-2018 academic year this week, we are glad that YOU are going to be part of our team!  Welcome to BCMS, and thank you for visiting our website!

BCMS STUDENT ORIENTATION & FIRST TRIMESTER SCHEDULES

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

The 6th grade orientation is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, August 1st.  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 outside the main office entryway as students and parents enter the building.)

The 7th and 8th grade orientation is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, August 3rd, 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 as students enter the buidling.\

We look forward to seeing everyone!!!

YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED IN THE MAIL . . .

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

Welcome Letter

Grade 6 – BCMS News Update

Grade 7 & 8 – BCMS News Update

Grade 6 Supply List

Grade 7 Supply List

Grade 8 Supply List

Cellular Phones/Smart Devices

Dress Code

BCMS 2017-2018 Student & Parent Alerts..

2017-2018 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS SCHOOL CALENDAR

To view the 2017-2018 Brownstown Central Community Schools school calendar, please click here.

BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

Submitted by:  Mr. YoungBCMS 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. Ifyour 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 of returning BCMS students who have already granted consent for their BCMS student to be tested previously DO NOT need to submit another consent form for the current year.  These students 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 2018 . . . THE CLASS OF 2022 . . . AND WASHINGTON DC!!!

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 16 – May 20, 2018!!

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 Tuesday, August 15th, 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 2018 trip is not intended for 6th and 7th grade students, but, should they choose to do so, 6th and 7th grade students will have the opportunity to begin fund raising this year for their future trip.  This informational meeting will be the only opportunity to participate in this fund raiser.  

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

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

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

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

We’d also like to remind you of our Harmony “Push Notifications.”  Setting up your customized notification account allows you to receive automatic alerts regarding your student via text or email.  (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








Mr. McClure's Summer Blog

Summer Weeks of:  May 29 – July 21

“The Principal’s Post”

STUDENT AWARDS

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

Brownstown Central Middle School promotes the daily practice of our three core principles:  Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness.  As these are the founding principles upon which student achievement and life success is built, we recognize three students each year from each of our grade level teams that have best demonstrated and modeled 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 2023

Respect – Evan Sibrel

Responsibility – Ethan Fultz

Resourcefulness – Jo Brittain

Grade 7 – Class of 2022

Respect – Emily Mann

Responsibility – Maren McClure

Resourcefulness – Alexis Satterthwaite

Grade 8 – Class of 2021

Respect – Alex Isbrandt

Responsibility – Kennedy Street

Resourcefulness – Estefani Herrera

TRIMESTER THREE REPORT CARDS

Year-end report cards were sent home with students last Friday, May 26th.  Parents who did not receive a copy of their student’s report card can request a copy by contacting the school.  

SPRING 2017 ISTEP+ RESULTS

Along with your student’s year-end report card, students were given an individualized/student specific “Claim Code” letter providing parents the needed security information to access their student’s Spring 2017 ISTEP+ results.

Beginning on June 19, your BCMS student’s preliminary Spring 2017 ISTEP+ results will be available for you to review through the ISTEP+ Parent Portal.  Through the Parent Portal, you will be able to view your student’s score, performance level (Did Not Pass, Pass, or Pass+), and written responses to ISTEP+ Part 1 questions for each subject area test your student took.  After reviewing this information, you may also request that your student’s response to one or more questions be rescored from June 19, 2017 through July 7, 2017.  The Parent Portal will, then, temporarily deactivate from July 8 through July 30 for final results reporting.

The ISTEP+ Parent Portal can be accessed at https://results.pearsonaccessnext.com/ using a standard web browser.  

Final results are available on July 31, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this letter, or if you need another copy, please contact the school.

Click here to view a Parent Portal Quick Guide to assist you with more information about navigating the Parent Portal site.

2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. IMAGES!!!

We invite you to click on the “CLASS of 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP” link to the upper right of this page to view a short picture montage of some of our favorite trip images!  

MAY 2018 . . . THE CLASS OF 2022 . . . AND WASHINGTON, D.C.!!!

BCMS is very excited to announce that for a second year we have entered into partnership with Seymour Middle School to offer next year’s 8th grade students their own opportunity at Washington, D.C.!

What started with this year’s eighth grade class (Class of 2021) will continue next year with the Class of 2022.  They, too, will be given the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital for this unique learning adventure.

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

May 16 – May 20, 2018!!

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 15th.  Click here to view a copy of that informational letter.

Also, a Washington, D.C. web page link can be found to the right of this web page, as well as on Mr. McClure’s web page, for information and updates throughout the 2017-2018 school year as they relate to the 2018 trip.

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

FREE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS

Click here to view a flyer for the free sports physicals that will be held at BCMS on Saturday, June 3, 2017. 

TWO NEW BCMS INITIATIVES for 2017-2018!

After surveying our students in the fall of 2016 and then hosting a series of discussions that began in January and continued throughout the spring, students and teachers will be returning to two new school improvement initiatives this next year that we believe will help increase the level of engagement for all stakeholders in our middle school community!

Period 8 Extension

Beginning in August, the regular daily schedule will be modified to include ending the school day with a five (5) minute student organizational time.  Throughout the course of the day, teachers will input daily assignments into that day’s BCMS “Homework Assignments” document that will be projected for the students’ review during the five minute “Extension” period.  

It will remain the practice of the classroom teacher to continue to assign homework at the end of the class period for students to note that homework assignment in their daily agenda.  But, the day’s end BCMS “Homework Assignments” document will allow students to make sure that they have accurately noted all their homework assignments for that day.

The document will then be available for parent information/view at dismissal each day on our school website.

We are hopeful that this will be particularly helpful for those students absent from school on any given day to receive a complete listing of their assignments on the day(s) missed.

Wednesday Enrichment Learning Periods

One of the incentive strategies to promote student attendance and engagement is the implementation an enrichment learning experience for students each week.  BCMS is very excited to announce that when our students return in the fall, they will have the opportunity to participate in such an experience!

The co-equal purposes of the weekly enrichment learning period is to: 1) provide embedded learning time that will allow students the supervised opportunity to pursue subject matters of interest outside of the BCMS core curriculum, and 2) to focus on establishing positive student/student, student/teacher, student/advisor relationships around areas of common personal interest.

During the second week of school, students will sign up for, from a list of learning topics, an enrichment learning period that will meet on Wednesdays as part of their normal class schedule.

During the course of the school year, students will have the chance to participate in up to four different enrichment learning subjects with each learning cycle being six weeks in duration.

More information to come this fall on both of these school improvement initiatives!

IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITY!
Submitted by Chris Schilling Director of Marketing and Recruitment

Ivy Tech Community College Columbus/Southeast

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting free summer camps across the region this June and July to introduce middle school students to career opportunities in the fields of advanced manufacturing, healthcare and logistics. The Fast Pass Summer Camps provide hands-on experiences and workforce readiness soft skills that can help students plan and prepare for their futures.

Current 7th and 8th grade students in Bartholomew, Decatur, Jackson, and Jennings counties are invited to attend the free camps. The dates and locations of the camps are included in the press release. (Click here to view the Ivy Tech Summer Camp press release)

IMPORTANT DATES

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

Tuesday, August 1st – 6th Grade Orientation (6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Thursday, August 3rd – 7th & 8th Grade Orientation (6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Tuesday, August 8th – FIRST STUDENT DAY for school year 2017-2018!

Mark your calendar!

And, please expect to receive our back-to-school summer mailing the week of July 24th!

Until August,

Mr. McClure









5/22

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  May 22 - 26

Week 39

“The Principal’s Post”

Friday, May 26th will be the last day for students.

THANK YOU!

To close our final chapter to this year, I would like to end in the same manner I began, by expressing my appreciation.  Thank you for visiting our school’s website, following our activities and events, and showing your unwavering support for the students of our middle school this year.  From the opening day it has been a privilege for us to partner with you and your student(s) in their learning and growing throughout this year.


We wish the Class of 2021 all the best as they leave us for BCHS this fall.  We look forward to welcoming back the Classes of 2022 (grade 8) and 2023 (grade 7), and we look forward to welcoming our newest class to BCMS . . . the Class of 2024 (grade 6)!

CORPORATION STRATEGIC PLANNING SURVEY
Submitted by:  Mr. Walker, Superintendent, BCCSC

We would appreciate your input in our strategic planning efforts.  Please take a moment to take this quick four question survey.

You can access the survey link by clicking here or by clicking the link at the top right of this webpage.


Thank you!

TRIMESTER THREE REPORT CARDS

Student report cards for the third trimester will be sent home with students at the end of the day of the final day of school on Friday.

MAKE SURE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE ONE MORE TIME NEXT WEEK

As this is the final week of school, we wanted to make sure to encourage you to visit our website one last time next week as we will be doing our summer blog posting.  

Next week, we will include information as to our top student award winners from honor day.  We will also be including some important back-to-school dates and information for the 2017-2018 school year.

THIS WEEK . . . THE WEEK OF MAY 22nd

The final week of school is one that is always filled with nostalgia with what has been accomplished throughout the year.  

As we enter this last, FULL, week, I wanted to inform interested parents of the planned activities that we have scheduled.

Monday, May 22nd

Regular School Bell Schedule

7th grade field trip

8th grade walking field trip to the Jackson County Historical Society

Tuesday, May 23rd

Regular School Bell Schedule

6th grade field trip

8th grade field trip

Wednesday, May 24th

Regular School Bell Schedule

Thursday, May 25th

Special Activity Day Schedule

6th & 7th grade (only) Awards Day (1:30 – 2:10)

6th/7th/8th “Succession Ceremony” & PAHRAI games (2:20-3:00)

  • 8th Grade Banner Unveiling

  • Passing of the Gavel

  • 8th Grade Address

Friday, May 26th

Special Activity Day Schedule

6th/7th/8th Library Awards (8:30-9:30)

8th grade (only) Awards Day @ BCHS (1:30-2:30)

  • 8th grade (only) to leave BCMS @ 1:10PM for BCHS

  • 8th grade returns to BCMS (2:30PM) for regular dismissal

  • NOTE:  8th grade students will be granted permission to leave the

awards day program with a parent/guardian (sign-out sheets will be located in the BCHS Auditorium Lobby at the conclusion of the

awards day program)

TRIBE - Report Card Distribution (3:00-3:15)

A little more about Friday, May 26th:

As outlined above, the grade 8 awards program will take place in the BCHS auditorium, beginning at 1:30PM.  Parents, grandparents, guardians, and friends are invited to attend.  (The BCHS Auditorium doors will be open for guests beginning at 1PM.)  

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 that afternoon.)

The center section of the auditorium is reserved seating for the 8th grade class.  We invite our guests to sit in the left, right, or rear sections of the auditorium.

We anticipate that the awards program will last approximately one hour.  

At the conclusion of the awards program, 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.  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 from BCMS prior to 1:15PM to leave ample time to arrive at BCHS for the 1:30 awards day program start.

At the conclusion of the 8th grade awards program, the 8th grade students will return to BCMS to conclude the day and for dismissal.

WASHINGTON, DC . . . WE’RE BACK!!

Last this week, 160 eighth grade BCMS and SMS students, along with their adult chaperones, visited Washington, D.C. for a long weekend filled with the sites, sounds and history of our nation’s capital.  Part of the students’ itinerary included the following:  Capitol Building, National Cathedral, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Kennedy Center, Mount Vernon, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jefferson, FDR and MLK Memorials, Pentagon Memorial, Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, and the National Archives . . . to name but a few.  

A special “thank you” to SMS for allowing us to join them and to eighth grade SMS language arts teacher, Sherri Price, for organizing and coordinating what was a fantastic learning opportunity for the students from both of our schools.  It left memories for our students that will last a lifetime.

Be watching our school website next week as we plan to put together a more extensive picture slide show of the trip.

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FREE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS

Click here
to view a flyer for the free sports physicals that will be held at BCMS on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  Parents and athletes should note:  Starting this year, per the IHSAA, physicals may NO LONGER be signed by a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.


BCMS ROBOTICS TEAM

After spending numerous hours during Spring Break, on unused Snow Days when school was out, and after school, two BCMS Robotics teams competed in the Jackson County Robotics Tournament at Immanuel Lutheran School on Saturday, May 13.

Team Zony Engineers (Jayse Davis and Chris Vojkufka) finished 6th in Qualifications and competed in Final Competition. Team Vex Vipers (Landon Hehman and Eli Reynolds) finished 3rd in Skills Performance, a competition consisting of combined scoring in driving and autonomous programming. Great job!

BCMS is planning to expand its robotics teams next year. Although we are hoping to provide robotic experience with many students, participation on the competitive Brave Botics teams require students to dedicate countless hours designing, constructing, and programming outside of the school day. Therefore, it is difficult for students involved in fall and winter sports to participate as part of the competitive teams.

Additional details about joining the Brave Botics team @ BCMS will be coming soon. Students should check the Daily Announcements or the BMCS homepage regularly.



THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Knowledge humbles great men, astonishes the common man, and puffs up the little man.”

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Dependability/Courtesy : Success : Respect for Environment : Character : Reputation/Choices ”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

May 22nd - It's a good day for selflessness.
May 23rd - It's a good day for abounding.
May 24th - It's a good day for a hug.
May 25th - It's a good day for celebrating.
May 26th - It's a good day for applause.


Until next week,

Mr. McClure





Principals Post

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  May 15 - 19

Week 38

“The Principal’s Post”

Friday, May 26th will be the last day for students.

WASHINGTON, DC . . . HERE WE COME!!

Later this week, 160 eighth grade students from BCMS and SMS, along with their adult chaperones, will be leaving for
Washington, D.C., for a long weekend filled with the sites, sound and history of our nation’s capital.  Part of the
students’ itinerary will include the following:  Capitol Building, Library Of Congress, Supreme Court Building, National Cathedral, National Zoo, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Kennedy Center, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jefferson & FDR Memorials, Pentagon Memorial, Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, and the National Archives . . . to name but a few.  


A special “thank you” to the following administrators and teachers for making this trip a possibility for our BCMS students:
- the Seymour Community School Corporation School Board of Trustees
- Mr. Robert Hooker, SCSC Superintendent
- Mr. JB Royer, SMS Principal
- Mrs. Sherri Holt-Price, SMS Teacher & Washington, D.C. Trip Coordinator
 . . . and . . .
- the SMS student body (thank you for sharing your trip experience with us!)

I would also like to thank:

- the Brownstown Central Community School Corporation School Board of Trustees
- Mr. Greg Walker, BCCSC Superintendent. . . and . . .- Mrs. Jessica Fritz, BCMS Teacher & BCMS Trip Coordinator

This fantastic learning opportunity promises to leave indelible memories for our students that will last a lifetime.

We would like to wish those eighth grade students and chaperones from both schools God’s speed in their travels this week.

Be looking next week for some “quick pics” of our time in our nation’s capital.

MAY 2018 . . . THE CLASS OF 2022 . . . AND WASHINGTON DC!!!

BCMS is very excited to announce that for a second year we have entered into partnership with Seymour Middle School to offer next year’s 8th grade students their own opportunity at Washington, D.C.!

What started with this year’s eighth grade class (Class of 2021) will continue next year with the Class of 2022.  They, too, will be given the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital for a learning adventure they won’t forget.
Interested incoming 8th grade students and parents can mark their calendars now with the dates of next year’s BCMS/SMS Washington, D.C. trip:  

May 16 – May 20, 2018!!

Additional information about pricing and trip “criteria” as it relates to student attendance, academics, and behavior will be coming home with 7th grade students on Wednesday, May 17th.  Click here to view a copy of that informational letter.  (Note:  it will also be shared in our summer blog, here, in a couple of weeks.)

Also, a special Washington DC web page link has been placed on our school’s main web page, as well as on Mr. McClure’s web page, for information and updates throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  (Please note:  The information currently listed relates to this year’s trip.  Updates to the web page as is relates to the 2017-2018 trip will be made over the summer.)

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

LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE YOUR 2016-2017 BCMS SCHOOL YEARBOOK!
Submitted by:  Mrs. Wolka BCMS Library Assistant

This Friday, May 19th is the final day to place an order to receive your 2016-2017 BCMS school yearbook.  The cost is $33.00.  

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

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

ELEVENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

Those students earning “on-level” status for the eleventh level review period (April 11th – May 5th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels last Friday afternoon (May 12th).

And, here are the number of BCMS students that will participate in the eleventh on-level reward activity:

Grade 6:  83 “on-level” / 106 6th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the tenth level review:  87 “on-level” / 106 6th graders enrolled = 82%

Compared to the ninth level review:  80 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the eighth level review:  78 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 73%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  85 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fifth level review:  86 “on-level” / 109 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fourth level review:  78 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the third level review:  88 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the second level review:  84 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the first level review:  95 “on-level” / 111 6th graders enrolled = 86%

Compared to the eleventh level review of last year’s 6th graders:  93 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 76%

Grade 7:  95 “on-level” / 119 7th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the tenth level review:  93 “on-level” / 119 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the ninth level review:  107 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 89%

Compared to the eighth level review:  98 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 81%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review:  94 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review:  87 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 73%

Compared to the third level review:  94 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the second level review:  95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the first level review:  104 “on-level” / 125 7th graders enrolled = 83%

Compared to the eleventh level review of last year’s 7th graders:  86 “on-level” / 113 7th graders enrolled = 76%

Grade 8:
 73 “on-level”/ 113 8
th graders enrolled = 65%


Compared to the tenth level review:  75 “on-level”/ 115 8th graders enrolled = 65%

Compared to the ninth level review:  82 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the eighth level review:  72 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 63%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  88 “on-level”/ 116 8th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the fifth level review:  89 “on-level”/ 115 8th graders enrolled = 77%

Compared to the fourth level review:  69 “on-level”/ 112 8th graders enrolled = 62%

Compared to the third level review:  82 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the second level review:  71 “on-level”/ 111 8th graders enrolled = 65%

Compared to the first level review:  72 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the eleventh level review of last year’s 8th graders:  119 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 83%

All grades:  251 “on-level” / 338 BCMS students = 74%

Compared to the tenth level review:  255 “on-level” / 340 BCMS students = 75%

Compared to the ninth level review:  269 “on-level” / 341 BCMS students = 79%

Compared to the eighth level review:  248 “on-level” / 342 BCMS students = 73%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  268 “on-level” / 346 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review:  269 “on-level” / 344 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review:  234 “on-level” / 340 BCMS students = 69%

Compared to the third level review:  264 “on-level” / 341 BCMS students = 77%

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

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

Compared to the eleventh level review last year’s all grades:  298 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 79%

We 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 38” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” in the twelfth, and final, level review period for the school year.

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS . . . TO THE END!

FREE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS

Click here to view a flyer for the free sports physicals that will be held at BCMS on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  Parents and athletes should note:  Starting last year (2016), per the IHSAA, physicals may NO LONGER be signed by a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, May 15

  • Coed Golf- MSC Match @ Corydon

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’s winning and there’s losing, and in life you have to know they both will happen. But what’s never been acceptable to me is quitting.”- Magic Johnson

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything.  

They just make the best of everything."

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Mother’s Day/Appreciation : Diversity : Knowledge :

Open-Mindedness : Fairness/Courtesy ”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

May 15th - It's a good day for champions.
May 16th - It's a good day for values.
May 17th - It's a good day for empowering others.
May 18th - It's a good day for fascination.
May 19th - It's a good day for self-discipline.


Until next week,

Mr. McClure





5/8

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  May 8 - 12

Week 37

“The Principal’s Post”

FINAL WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING

All registered student travelers and at least one parent/guardian are required to attend a final trip informational meeting:

DATE:  Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

TIME:  5:00 P.M.

LOCATION:  Seymour Middle School Gymnasium

As this the only meeting to provide critical student and parent trip information prior to our May 17th departure, attendance is mandatory for the student participant and his/her parent/guardian.  Attendance will be taken.

ISTEP+ 2017 . . . AWAITING THE RESULTS

We can officially “turn the page” on our 2017 ISTEP+ efforts for this year.  As the online testing, including make-up tests, for our students concluded, we now begin the wait to see what our test results will be.    

As the state test does not have a direct bearing on the students’ individual class grade, it may have been tempting for some of the students to not take the test serious by not giving a personal best effort.  As this indifferent attitude is a tragic mistake for our school and students, we took direct steps again this year to convince the students otherwise.  They have repeatedly heard us say, “ISTEP is our Super Bowl!  It doesn’t get any bigger!”

The students, through their efforts, will set a benchmark (being determined at this time) from which we will continue to climb.  We talk about our legacy as a school frequently.  This state benchmark will be part of that legacy.

From the information that we have received, the student test results may not be ready for our review for several weeks, but when we know, you’ll know.  We’re pressing on!  

11th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 12th (AND FINAL) LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD

The eleventh level review period concluded last Friday, May 5th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the eleventh three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Monday, May 15th!  

We begin the 12th level review period today!!!  

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this twelfth, and final, level review period (May 8th – May 26th) for the year.

BCMS APRIL STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of May 9th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Leyton Sevakis as our April 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.

Leyton was selected by his team of 6h grade teachers, who wrote of him:

Leyton Sevakis is an excellent student and deserving of this honor in many ways. Leyton is a top-notch student and works hard in all his classes to earn straight A’s, maintaining his grades while participating in athletics at BCMS.  He participates in class daily and volunteers to help in a variety of activities—taking out recycling, running errands, or being a leader of students in class.  Leyton has remarkable patience when helping students who don’t easily understand during math and science classes. If he is asked to help a student, it doesn’t matter who the student is or what topic he is asked to help with; he always does so with a smile on his face.  There have been several incidents this year when a group of students was teasing another student, he could have easily joined in the bantering; however, he refrained and even asked the other students to stop. He is an outstanding young man and a role model for other 6th graders and, in fact, all middle school students in general. These qualities have earned him the honor of BCMS student of the month.

CONGRATULATIONS, Leyton!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

FREE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS

Click here to view a flyer for the free sports physicals that will be held at BCMS on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  Parents and athletes should note:  Starting last year (2016), per the IHSAA, physicals may NO LONGER be signed by a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant.

BCMS Math Team Earns “Top Ten” in State Recognition!

Academic Super Bowl Results
Submitted by: Ms. Karen Ault, Super Bowl Coach & Mrs. Laura Henley, Super Bowl Proctor

After four months of studying the French Revolution, the BCMS Academic Super Bowl Team competed in Class 3 Area competition at Batchelor Middle School in Bloomington on Saturday, April 29. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for each Class were issued. BCMS teams earned the following recognition in Class 3. We are especially proud of our results because all team members were from the 6th grade but competed against many teams consisting of 7th and 8th graders.

  • Math - 1st place: Jayse Davis, Madison Edwards, Raegan Ratliff, Bryce Reaser, Eli Reynolds

  • Social Studies - 2nd place: Landon Hehman, Alex Montgomery, Bryce Reaser, Eli Reynolds,  and Chris Vojkufka

  • English - 3rd place: Madison Edwards, Kylor McCulley, Raegan Ratliff, and Chris Vojkufka

  • Interdisciplinary - 3rd place: Jayse Davis, Madison Edwards, Landon Hehman, Kylor McCulley, Elix Preston, Raegan Ratliff, and Eli Reynolds

  • Science (did not place): Jayse Davis, Landon Hehman, Kylor McCulley, Alex Montgomery, and Elix Preston

Upon completion of Area Competitions held at 15 sites across Indiana, scores were compiled at the state level. The BCMS Math team placed 9th in Class 3 and will receive a Top Ten certificate acknowledging this recognition.

The topic of next year’s competition is World War I. Details for joining the 2017-2018 BCMS Academic Super Bowl team will be announced in December or early January.

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“THANK YOU” BCMS TRIBAL COUNCIL!

If you took note of the school blog last week, you may recall that May 1 – May 5 was Teacher Appreciation Week.  Although the teachers received small expressions of gratitude (a.k.a. “treats!”) each day, Wednesday stood above the rest.  Thanks to the BCMS student council (and some very supporting parents), teachers were treated to a “HIPPIE” luncheon!

Here are some images from the “food comatose” that occurred that day!






The BCMS staff would like to express their gratitude for the time and effort made on the part of both students and parents in sponsoring a FANTASTIC lunch for us!

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, May 8

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field- MSC Meet At East Washington

  • Girls Tennis vs Bedford- HOME

Tuesday, May 9

  • Girls Tennis- MSC Tourney @ Silver Creek

  • Coed Golf vs Bedford- Otis Park Golf Course

Thursday, May 11

  • Girls Tennis vs Immanuel- AWAY

Saturday, May 13

  • Coed Golf- BNL Invite- Stonecrest Golf Course

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!

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West


THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”-Winston Churchill

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Wisdom : Kindness : Diversity/Uniqueness : Courage/Overcoming Obstacles : Humanity/Nonviolence”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

May 8th - It's a good day for grace.
May 9th - It's a good day for a compliment.
May 10th - It's a good day for aspiring.
May 11th - It's a good day for wonder.
May 12th - It's a good day for awesomeness.



Until next week,

Mr. McClure






5/1

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  May 1 - 5

Week 36

“The Principal’s Post”

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 week (May 1-5) is Teacher Appreciation Week.  To teachers everywhere, please accept this "thank you" for all of the important work that you do and for the lasting lessons you leave in us!

ISTEP+ 2017 . . . CONCLUDING PART 2 . . . ONLINE MULTIPLE CHOICE

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

What’s left?  Grade 6 will be testing in science on Monday and Tuesday.  Grade 7 be testing in social studies on those same days.  Depending on what period the students have Science (for grade 6), or Social Studies (for grade 7), that will determine the period they will test. Grade 8?  They are finished.    

I would like to take a moment to thank you (students and parents) for your student’s attendance to school these past two weeks.  Having the students in regular attendance was very advantageous in helping us stay to our special testing schedules.

It has been a “different” two weeks with the testing and with classes not meeting at their typical times, but the students (and the teachers – HA!) did a great job of staying flexible . . . and staying focused.  They have my compliments.

FINAL WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING

All registered student travelers and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to attend a final trip informational meeting that is scheduled for:

DATE:  Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

TIME:  5:00 P.M.

LOCATION:  Seymour Middle School Gymnasium

As this the only meeting to provide critical student and parent trip information prior to our May 17th departure, attendance is mandatory for the student participant and his/her parent/guardian.  Attendance will be taken.

BCMS ATHLETICS

Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, May 1

  • Coed Golf vs Southwestern Hanover- AWAY

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs East Washington-AWAY

  • Girls Tennis vs Paoli- HOME

Tuesday, May 2

  • Girls Tennis vs East Washington- HOME

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Mitchell & St. Vincent- HOME

Thursday, May 4

  • Coed Golf- MSC Match at Corydon

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Bedford & Seymour- HOME

Friday, May 5

  • Girls Tennis vs Seymour-AWAY

Saturday, May 6

  • Coed Golf- JC Invite- HOME

  • Girls Tennis- Loogootee Tourney- AWAY

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


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


“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”- Heywood Broun

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Service is the rent we pay to be living.  It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.” -Marian Wright Edelman

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Hug Therapy : Success/Happiness : Respect/Uniqueness : Humility : Good Humor”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

May 1st - It's a good day for steadfastness.
May 2nd - It's a good day for recognition.
May 3rd - It's a good day for conviction.
May 4th - It's a good day for counting blessings.
May 5th - It's a good day for a thumbs-up.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure




2/24

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  April 24 - 28

Week 35

“The Principal’s Post”

ISTEP+ 2017 . . . CONTINUING PART 2 . . . ONLINE MULTIPLE CHOICE

Continuing this week, BCMS students will move closer to completing 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 will finish on Friday this week as they are only required to test in math and ELA.  

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 the students have ELA, Science (for grade 6), or Social Studies (for grade 7), that will determine the day they will test.

For all BCMS students, the testing sequence 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) – STARTED 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)

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

Grade 7 – Social Studies (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 this week, 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!

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 to focus on learning.  Working often “behind the scenes,” the missing contributions of these individuals would be instantly felt in their absence.

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, paying of athletic officials . . . and 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 three Administrative Professionals: Mrs.Tara Black, Mrs. Kim Schneider, & Mrs. Brenda Bean, for all that they do to keep us operating smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

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

WARMER WEATHER AND STUDENT APPEARANCE

As the weather begins to warm, more and more students will be, quite naturally, choosing to wear spring/summer clothing to school . . . most notably shorts and tee shirts.  

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.  The typical “runner’s shorts” do not generally meet this standard.  

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 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.  Please be mindful of this as students will be directed to change and/or call home to procure a change of attire before being allowed to attend class.

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!

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, April 24

  • Coed Golf vs Austin- AWAY

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Oolitic-HOME

Tuesday, April 25

  • Girls Tennis vs Scottsburg- HOME

Wednesday, April 26

  • Spring Sports Pictures- BCMS Gym

Thursday, April 27

  • Girls Tennis vs Austin-AWAY

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Scottsburg- AWAY

Friday, April 28

  • Coed Golf vs Seymour- HOME

  • Girls Tennis vs Bedford-HOME

Saturday, April 29

  • Coed Golf- BNL Invite- AWAY

  • Girls Tennis- MSC Tourney- Silver Creek

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

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

“Just Play. Have fun. Enjoy the game”- Michael Jordan

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Wisdom:  Educating the Heart”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

April 24th - It's a good day for constructive comments.
April 25th - It's a good day for generosity.
April 26th - It's a good day for happiness.
April 27th - It's a good day for magnificence.
April 28th - It's a good day for recreation.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure




4/17


Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  April 17 - 21

Week 34

“The Principal’s Post”

ISTEP+ 2017 . . . 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 17th – Friday, May 5th).

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.

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 Thursday, we will conclude our day with period 6.  When the students return to school on Friday, they will start the day by reporting to period 7, followed by period 8, and then period 2.  (The students are remarkable in how this “makes sense” during this time of testing.)  We will stay in this schedule “mode” until testing concludes on Tuesday, May 2nd.

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:  ELA (Section 4)

Testing Session 7:  Grade 6 - Science (Section 1)

Grade 7 – Social Studies (Section 1)

Testing Session 8:Grade 6 - Science (Section 2)

Grade 7 – Social Studies (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 ).  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!

BCMS MARCH STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of April 11
th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Payton Ault 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 Payton’s teachers had to say regarding her selection:  “The BCMS 7
th grade teachers proudly present Payton Ault as our March Brave of the Month. She definitely promotes the 3 R's- Respect, Responsibility, and Resourcefulness- as a student here at BCMS. Payton is an exceptionally hard-working student who always seems to put forth her best effort at whatever task or challenge that is put in front of her. She has managed to be on-level every single review period with no missing assignments this year while participating in volleyball, basketball, and softball. Not everything always comes easy for Payton in the classroom, but she uses her “don't quit” attitude to go above and beyond her role as student to demonstrate her commitment to her education. Payton is a joy to have in class because she brightens everyone's day with a friendly smile and treats others with respect and kindness. We are very honored to have Payton Ault represent the seventh-grade class because she is well deserving of this title and hope that her work ethic, determination, personality, and desire to succeed might set an example for other students in her class. “It's a good day every day to have Payton Ault as a student in class!” BCMS is very lucky!”

CONGRATULATIONS, Payton!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

TENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

Those students earning “on-level” status for the tenth level review period (March 13
th – April 16th) will enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels last Thursday afternoon, April 13th.

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

Grade 6:  87 “on-level” / 106 6th graders enrolled = 82%

Compared to the ninth level review:  80 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the eighth level review:  78 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 73%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  85 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fifth level review:  86 “on-level” / 109 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fourth level review:  78 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the third level review:  88 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the second level review:  84 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the first level review:  95 “on-level” / 111 6th graders enrolled = 86%

Compared to the tenth level review of last year’s 6th graders:  81 “on-level” / 122 6th graders enrolled = 66%

Grade 7:  93 “on-level” / 119 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the ninth level review:  107 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 89%

Compared to the eighth level review:  98 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 81%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review:  94 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review:  87 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 73%

Compared to the third level review:  94 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the second level review:  95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the first level review:  104 “on-level” / 125 7th graders enrolled = 83%

Compared to the tenth level review of last year’s 7th graders:  78 “on-level” / 113 7th graders enrolled = 69%

Grade 8:  75 “on-level”/ 115 8th graders enrolled = 65%

Compared to the ninth level review:  82 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the eighth level review:  72 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 63%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  88 “on-level”/ 116 8th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the fifth level review:  89 “on-level”/ 115 8th graders enrolled = 77%

Compared to the fourth level review:  69 “on-level”/ 112 8th graders enrolled = 62%

Compared to the third level review:  82 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the second level review:  71 “on-level”/ 111 8th graders enrolled = 65%

Compared to the first level review:  72 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the tenth level review of last year’s 8th graders:  106 “on-level”/ 144 8th graders enrolled = 74%

All grades:  255 “on-level” / 340 BCMS students = 75%

Compared to the ninth level review:  269 “on-level” / 341 BCMS students = 79%

Compared to the eighth level review:  248 “on-level” / 342 BCMS students = 73%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  268 “on-level” / 346 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review:  269 “on-level” / 344 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review:  234 “on-level” / 340 BCMS students = 69%

Compared to the third level review:  264 “on-level” / 341 BCMS students = 77%

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

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

Compared to the tenth level review last year’s all grades:  265 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 70%

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

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, April 17

  • Girls Tennis vs Paoli- AWAY

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Jennings County- AWAY

Tuesday, April 18

  • Girls Tennis vs Immanuel- HOME

  • Cheer Tryouts- BCMS

Wednesday, April 19

  • Coed Golf vs Immanuel- AWAY

  • Cheer Tryouts- BCMS

Thursday, April 20

  • Girls Tennis vs Seymour- HOME

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Austin- AWAY

Friday, April 21

  • Coed Golf vs Bedford- HOME

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!

“The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team.” -Phil Jackson

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in: 1, HERE WE GO . . . AGAIN!!!

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

The choices we make – good and bad – shape us.

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Volunteerism: Making the World a Better Place

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

April 17th - It's a good day for bouncing back.
April 18th - It's a good day for acceptance.
April 19th - It's a good day for a pat on the back.
April 20th - It's a good day for being yourself.
April 21st - It's a good day for charity.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure








4/11

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  April 10 - 14

Week 33

“The Principal’s Post”

PLEASE NOTE – School will not be in session today, Monday, April 10th.  (April 10th was a scheduled Snow Make-Up Days that is not needed.)

Also Note:  School will not be in session this Friday, April 14th.  

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

The tenth level review period concluded last Thursday, April 6th.  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 this Thursday, April 13th!  (With Part 2 ISTEP+ testing next week, we wanted to get our reward activity “in” before shifting our attention to testing.)  

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

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this eleventh level review period (April 11th – May 5th) 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.

TRIMESTER 3 PROGRESS REPORTS - COMING HOME THIS WEEK!!!

Speaking of Thursday, April 6th, this also marked the end of the mid-point of the third trimester.  During TRIBE this Thursday (April 13th), every BCMS student will be issued a progress report home to take home for parents to review and sign.  Every BCMS student that returns his/her progress report, signed by a parent, by next Friday (April 21st) will receive 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.  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.

WASHINGTON, D.C. INFORMATION ALERT

8th grade BCMS student Washington, D.C. trip registrants, need to have their “Student Medical Release Form” completed, signed, and returned to Mr. McClure by this Thursday, April 13th.  

Please note:  Registrants not returning this completed form by this Thursday’s deadline date will be removed from the trip registration list.  

The “Student Medical Release Form” is a requirement for trip participation as stipulated by our touring company, Brightspark.  No late forms will be accepted.

8th grade D.C. trip registrants are also reminded that if they are interested in ordering/receiving a panoramic group picture in front of the capital building, their “Panoramic Group Picture Order Form,” along with their $15 check made payable to “Seymour Middle School,” is also due no later than this Thursday, April 13th.

If either of these forms have misplaced, both can be downloaded, and printed, from the BCMS Washington, D.C. web page (located on the left margin of this page).

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 three 5th grade classes visit.  This week we welcome 5B (Mrs. Temple’s students) and 5A (Mrs. Cobb’s students)!  

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 2024!  

ISTEP+ 2017 . . . Online Multiple Choice . . . “The Second Half”

Over the course of the next two weeks, we “play the second half” of our 2017 ISTEP+ test.  This is another opportunity for our students to demonstrate their proficiency and growth this year.  This is another opportunity for us to improve our rank and school grade against our state “competitors.”  

The students know that this is our biggest “test,” (figuratively and literally) of the year.  Our school, again this year, is going to be graded on our overall pass percentages AND our individual student growth score results.

Every student counts!  Every student contributes! Every student knows it!

As we had to do in March, we are forced to adjust our normal day schedule slightly during testing.  However, we are endeavoring to keep our daily operations as “normal” as possible during the non-tested periods.  

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 encourage a purposeful school posture throughout the testing weeks.

Your child’s attendance at school is always important, but it becomes critical during ISTEP testing weeks.  Please accept our thanks in scheduling appointments and other commitments around our testing schedule this week.  Your cooperation is very much appreciated.

To help prepare:  I would simply offer to stay in your usual routines these next two weeks and by helping your child stay in his/hers.  Adequate rest and nutrition are always helpful in enabling thoughtful focus and a positive attitude.

Please accept my thanks for all you have done, and are doing, as parents to encourage your children to be their best . . . not only during our important weeks of testing, but every week.  Nothing short of their future is riding on their daily efforts.

A very special “thank you” to Mr. Koch, Mrs. McCrary, Mrs. Bean, and Mrs. Baker for their collective efforts in getting us ready for our on-line testing.  Many preparation hours are invested behind the scenes during each testing period to insure that everything is ready.  

Good work, team!

BCMS ATHLETICS

Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Tuesday, April 11

  • Coed Golf vs Salem- AWAY

  • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Salem- HOME

Thursday, April 13

  • Girls Tennis vs Salem- AWAY

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

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

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  4, 3, 2

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Character is shaped not only by events that transpire in our lives, but also by the situations we avoid.”

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Virtue:  Encouraging Goodness in the World”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

April 11th - It's a good day for dialog.
April 12th - It's a good day for building relationships.
April 13th - It's a good day for manners.
April 14th - It's a good day for faith.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure




4/3

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  April 3 - 7

Week 32

“The Principal’s Post”

PLEASE NOTE – School will not be in session on Friday, April 7th.  In addition, school will not be in session on Monday, April 10th.  (Both April 7th and April 10th were scheduled Snow Make-Up Days that are not needed.)

BCCSC COUNSELING GRANT SURVEY . . . We Need Your Input!

Parents and Stakeholders of our community school corporation:  We are asking for your input!  Please click on the link below to take a short counseling initiative survey.  Your feedback will help in developing the counseling and student support practices in our school district.  Thank you!!!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Brownstown_Counseling

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

There are 51 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 10th Level Review period concludes this Friday, April 7th, the final student “criteria check” will occur next week (April 10th – 14th).  Any student failing to meet the requirement in any of the criteria categories will be removed from the trip registration list.

THE WEEK OF MAY 22nd

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 our plans to conclude the school year . . . most notably, our year-end awards programs.

The week of May 22nd 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.

So you are aware . . .

Grades 6 & 7 will have their awards program the afternoon of Thursday, May 25th.  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 2021) will unveil their banner, give the 8th grade address, and pass the gavel to representatives of the 7th grade (the Class of 2022).  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 26th, beginning at 1:30PM.  Parents, grandparents, guardians, and friends are invited to attend the 8th grade awards program.   

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 26th.)

Reserved auditorium seating for the 8th grade class will be visible in the center section.  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 roughly 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 26th.  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.  This will help to ease the traffic congestion at the high school as dismissal for the corporation will be “as normal” on the last day of school.

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!

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 Miss Allen, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Voss’ classes.  During the week of April 10th, Mrs. Cobb and Mrs. Temple’s classes will be visiting.

Welcome, Class of 2024!

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Sporting events this week:

Monday, April 3

    Coed Golf vs Immanuel- HOME- Hickory Hills Golf Course

Wednesday, April 5

    Spring Sports Pictures 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!

“If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win”- Andre Agassi

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  8, 7, 6, 5

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

"Life is a place of service.  Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness." -Leo Tolstoy

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Turning Obstacles into Opportunities”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

April 3rd - It's a good day for miracles.
April 4th - It's a good day for healthy choices.
April 5th - It's a good day for freshness.
April 6th - It's a good day for equality.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure



3/27

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  March 27 - 31

Week 31

“The Principal’s Post”

PLEASE NOTE – School will not be in session this Friday, March 31st.  (March 31st was a scheduled Snow Make-Up Day that is not needed.)

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 2017 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.”

BCCSC COUNSELING GRANT SURVEY . . . We Need Your Input!

Parents and Stakeholders of our community school corporation:  We are asking for your input!  Please click on the link below to take a short counseling initiative survey.  Your feedback will help in developing the counseling and student support practices in our school district.  Thank you!!!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Brownstown_Counseling

WASHINGTON, D.C., FINAL CRITERIA CHECKS!

There are 51 8th grade students registered to attend BCMS’ first annual class trip to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.  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 10th Level Review period concludes on Friday, April 7th, the final student “criteria check” will occur the week of April 10th – 14th.  Any student failing to meet the requirement in any of the criteria categories for this final check will be removed from the trip registration list.

BCMS FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH

On the evening of March 14th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Kylee Nowling 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.

Kylee’s teachers selected her because of her, “work ethic, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and kindheartedness were traits that distinguished Kylee above and beyond her other classmates. The biggest compliment to Kylee is that ALL of her teachers noticed these traits in her. Every single day, every single period, Kylee’s commitment to her education and her kindness to others is witnessed. Not only is Kylee several steps above her peers in the classroom and hallways, Kylee can also be seen at most every sporting event, either participating in volleyball or tennis, or cheering on the football and basketball teams, as well as helping the Tribal Council and other extra-curricular activities. It is students like Kylee that make a teacher’s job not only rewarding but enjoyable as well. Kylee will undoubtedly accomplish greatness, not only as she transitions to BCHS but beyond. Thanks again Kylee for your work ethic, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and bright smile that make every day great at BCMS!”

CONGRATULATIONS, Kylee!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

NINTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

Those students earning “on-level” status for the ninth level review period (February 21st – March 10th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, March 17th.

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

Grade 6:  80 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the eighth level review:  78 “on-level” / 107 6th graders enrolled = 73%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  85 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fifth level review:  86 “on-level” / 109 6th graders enrolled = 79%

Compared to the fourth level review:  78 “on-level” / 108 6th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the third level review:  88 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 80%

Compared to the second level review:  84 “on-level” / 110 6th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the first level review:  95 “on-level” / 111 6th graders enrolled = 86%

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

Grade 7:  107 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 89%

Compared to the eighth level review:  98 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 81%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review:  94 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review:  87 “on-level” / 120 7th graders enrolled = 73%

Compared to the third level review:  94 “on-level” / 121 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the second level review:  95 “on-level” / 122 7th graders enrolled = 78%

Compared to the first level review:  104 “on-level” / 125 7th graders enrolled = 83%

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

Grade 8:  82 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 72%

Compared to the eighth level review:  72 “on-level”/ 114 8th graders enrolled = 63%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  88 “on-level”/ 116 8th graders enrolled = 76%

Compared to the fifth level review:  89 “on-level”/ 115 8th graders enrolled = 77%

Compared to the fourth level review:  69 “on-level”/ 112 8th graders enrolled = 62%

Compared to the third level review:  82 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 75%

Compared to the second level review:  71 “on-level”/ 111 8th graders enrolled = 65%

Compared to the first level review:  72 “on-level”/ 110 8th graders enrolled = 72%

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

All grades:  269 “on-level” / 341 BCMS students = 79%

Compared to the eighth level review:  248 “on-level” / 342 BCMS students = 73%

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

Compared to the sixth level review:  268 “on-level” / 346 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fifth level review:  269 “on-level” / 344 BCMS students = 78%

Compared to the fourth level review:  234 “on-level” / 340 BCMS students = 69%

Compared to the third level review:  264 “on-level” / 341 BCMS students = 77%

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

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

Compared to the ninth level review last year’s all grades:  308 “on-level” / 379 BCMS students = 81%

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

DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

ISTEP+ 2017 . . . THE FIRST HALF

BCMS students completed the first half of our 2017 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 begin 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.

Our “Second Half,” the online multiple choice portion of the ISTEP exam, will be the week of April 17th.  We have twelve school days remaining in which to make our final preparations before “digging in” yet again.

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.

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  12, 11, 10, 9

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” -Albert Einstein

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

“Keys to Successful Living”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

March 27th - It's a good day for resourcefulness.
March 28th- It's a good day for seeking.
March 29th - It's a good day for never quitting.
March 30th - It's a good day for loyalty.

Until next week,

Mr. McClure



3/13

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  March 13 – 17

Week 30

“The Principal’s Post”

SPRING BREAK

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

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. “POW WOW”

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

The following information was provided at the meeting:

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

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

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

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. PAYMENT ALERT

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

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

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

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

All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this tenth level review period (March 13 – April 6th) has begun.

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

    No more than 1 incomplete homework/daily work assignment per class


    No more than 3 incomplete homework/daily work assignments in total


    No more than 1 detention

    No discipline violations warranting a Wednesday School,

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

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

BCMS ATHLETICS
Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

Spring Sports Announcements

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

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

    Coed golf practice will not start until after spring break


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

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

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

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  17, 16, 15, 14, 13

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

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

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:

“Self-Responsibility:  Building Our Lives”

THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

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

Until next week,

Mr. McClure



3/6

Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

Week of:  March 6 - 10

Week 29

“The Principal’s Post”

2017 ISTEP+

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

Science (50 minutes) – GRADE 6

Social Studies (40 minutes) – GRADE 7

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

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

Our work continues!!

“SPRING”-ING FORWARD

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. “POW WOW”

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

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

2017 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

Part 2 in:  22, 21, 20, 19, 18

THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

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

THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:

“Self-Awareness:  Understanding Who I Am”


THIS WEEK, “IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR . . .

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

Until next week,

Mr. McClure

 

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