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    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

    Week of:  April 22 - 26

    Week 35

    “The Principal’s Post”


    ILEARN 2019 KICK-OFF

    This week begins our state standardized testing for the 2018-2019 school year.  At BCMS, we have made special preparations to take advantage of the ILEARN testing window.  We have created custom daily schedules during the testing days these next three weeks.

    What will the custom daily schedules look like?  Because the ILEARN testing sessions run beyond the time allotted for a typical class period, “testing” periods on designated days will run longer.   The students will then follow the order of their regular class schedule with each class meeting for a shorter time each day. Our intent with the test schedules is to stay to a normal routine as much as possible.

    Unlike the previous state standardized test (ISTEP+) that consisted of two separate testing times (the first being the administration of the Applied Skills portion in early March and the second administration being the Multiple Choice portion in mid-April), the new ILEARN standardized test is administered only during one testing window.

    ILEARN is also different from ISTEP+ in that it consists of two new testing portions.  First, ILEARN is computer adaptive. This means that students will receive challenge leveled questions that are adjusted and based upon the individual student’s responses and demonstrated skill-level during the assessment event.  The second portion of the new ILEARN test will be the performance task section. Performance tasks have students answer a series of questions which build on themselves to complete a broader overall task. These tasks are intended to reflect the varying degrees to which students demonstrate below, at, or above grade level proficiency in Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science (grade 6 only).

    The ILEARN testing schedule for BCMS is as follows:

    GRADES 6, 7, & 8

    Tuesday, April 23rd – Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test

    Wednesday, April 24th – Mathematics Performance Task Test

    Thursday, April 25th, Friday, April 26th, and Monday, April 28th will be used for Mathematics make-up testing due to student absences.


    GRADES 6, 7, & 8

    Tuesday, April 30th – English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test

    Wednesday, May 1st – English Language Arts Performance Task Test (Part 1)

    Thursday, May 2nd – English Language Arts Performance Task Test (Part 2)

    Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 10th will be used for English Language Arts make-up testing due to student absences.


    GRADE 6

    Tuesday, May 7th – Science Fixed Form Test

    Wednesday, May 8th – Science Performance Task Test

    Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th will be used for Science make-up testing due to student absences.


    Attendance:  I would be remiss if I did not stress the importance of student attendance during the days of ILEARN testing.  Having your child present each testing day these next three weeks is critical.

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

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

    Speaking of nutrition:  BCMS is offering a free breakfast snack to the students on each of our testing days.  

    Finally, please assist us in taking the opportunity to speak with your child about his/her ILEARN exam.  By simply mentioning the test, you will be reinforcing its importance.

    We would like to thank you for all you have done, and are doing, as parents to encourage your children to be their best.  Although they may not say it, and although they may not “like” being pushed, they appreciate your support, your interest, your attention and, most importantly, your love.


    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. Kim Schneider, Mrs. Dee Kovener, & 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!

    2019 ILEARN TEST COUNTER

    This week:  HERE WE GO!!!

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:
    Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves.
    They shall never cease to be amused.”
    – Chinese proverb

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
    “Friends : Strength : Rules : Goals : Brotherhood”


    BCMS ATHLETICS
    Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

    Sporting events this week:

    Monday, April 22
    • Coed Golf vs Austin/Scottsburg- AWAY
    • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Oolitic-HOME

    Tuesday, April 23

    • Girls Tennis vs Scottsburg-HOME

    Thursday, April 25

    • Girls Tennis vs Austin-AWAY
    • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Scottsburg/Highland Hills @ Scottsburg

    Friday, April 26

    • Coed Golf vs Seymour- AWAY
    • Girls Tennis vs Bedford-AWAY

    Saturday, April 27

    • 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


    Until next week,

    Mr. McClure

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    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

    Week of:  April 15 - 19

    Week 34

    “The Principal’s Post”


    PLEASE NOTE - School will not be in session this Friday, April 19th.  (April 19th is a scheduled inclement weather school cancellation make-up day that is not needed for school make-up purposes.)  Classes will resume on Monday, April 22nd.


    ILEARN 2019
    We have been talking up our state standardized test for weeks, and as we enter this week, before next, we make our final preparations.  In my talks with the students, I have referred to the new ILEARN test as our school’s “Super Bowl” . . . stressing that our efforts in preparing for and taking the test be with serious intent and purpose.  

    Unlike the previous state standardized test (ISTEP+) that consisted of two separate testing times (the first being the administration of the Applied Skills portion in early March and the second administration being the Multiple Choice portion in mid-April), the new ILEARN standardized test is administered only during one testing window.

    ILEARN is also different from ISTEP+ in that it consists of two new testing portions.  First, ILEARN is computer adaptive. This means that students will receive challenge leveled questions that are adjusted and based upon the individual student’s responses and demonstrated skill-level during the assessment event.  The second portion of the new ILEARN test will be the performance task section. Performance tasks have students answer a series of questions which build on themselves to complete a broader overall task. These tasks are intended to reflect the varying degrees to which students demonstrate below, at, or above grade level proficiency in Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science (grade 6 only).

    The ILEARN testing schedule for BCMS is as follows:

    GRADES 6, 7, & 8

    Tuesday, April 23rd – Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test

    Wednesday, April 24th – Mathematics Performance Task Test

    Thursday, April 25th, Friday, April 26th, and Monday, April 28th will be used for Mathematics make-up testing due to student absences.


    GRADES 6, 7, & 8

    Tuesday, April 30th – English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test

    Wednesday, May 1st – English Language Arts Performance Task Test (Part 1)

    Thursday, May 2nd – English Language Arts Performance Task Test (Part 2)

    Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 10th will be used for English Language Arts make-up testing due to student absences.


    GRADE 6

    Tuesday, May 7th – Science Fixed Form Test

    Wednesday, May 8th – Science Performance Task Test

    Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th will be used for Science make-up testing due to student absences.

    Attendance:  I would be remiss if I did not stress the importance of student attendance during the days of ILEARN testing.  Having your child present each testing day these next three weeks is critical.

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

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


    BCMS MARCH STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    On the evening of April 9th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Madison Singleton 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 Madison’s teachers had to say regarding her selection:  “In the words of John C. Maxwell, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” This quote summarizes Maddie’s exceptional qualities as a student, athlete, mentor, and friend at Brownstown Central Middle School. She demonstrates “knowing the way” through her achievements, confidence and geniality in and out of the classroom. Maddie’s work ethic and determination has her “going the way” in everything she does. She “shows the way” through her involvement at BCMS. Maddie is actively involved in FCA, sports teams, volunteerism, and a variety of clubs. She is the definition of leadership and stands out by just being herself. She has a positive effect on everyone around her. Maddie truly exemplifies the traits of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness and is definitely deserving of the honor of BCMS Student of the Month.”

    CONGRATULATIONS, Madison!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

    TENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY
    Those students earning “on-level” status for the tenth level review period (March 11th – April 4th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels last Friday afternoon, April 12th.

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

    Grade 6:  74 “on-level” / 116 6th graders enrolled = 64%

    Grade 7:  90 “on-level” / 135 7th graders enrolled = 67%

    Grade 8:  67 “on-level”/ 107 8th graders enrolled = 63%

    All grades:  231“on-level” / 358 BCMS students = 65%

    After each level review, we look at where we are, in comparison to where we’ve been, to help us determine where we are going.

    We would invite you to click on any one of the following On-Level History reports that might interest you.


    2018-2019 All Current Grades On-Level History Report

    Entire School On-Level History Report (2014-2015 thru 2018-2019)

    Grade 6 On-Level History Report (Class of 2021 – Class of 2025)

    Grade 7 On-Level History Report (Class of 2020 – Class of 2024)

    Grade 8 On-Level History Report (Class of 2019 – Class of 2023)

    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 eleventh level review period.  

    DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


    INDIANA SHERIFF’S YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP
    The Indiana’s Sheriff’s Association Youth Leadership Camp is a program provided for boys and girls who have completed the seventh (7th) or eighth (8th) grade and are interested in learning more about a possible career in law enforcement.

    Please click here for more information.

    Applications for the camp can be picked up in the BCMS main office.

    4-H Clover Gaming SPARK Club
    Submitted by:  Heather VonDielingen
    4-H Youth Development Educator

    I wanted to pass along a learning experience for youth in Grades 7 – 12. Click here to find information about the Clover Gaming SPARK Club to be held this June, led by Jackson County 4-H Volunteers.

    Youth who participate will learn about game design and be able to create their own board game.

    Click on this link to learn more: http://bit.ly/JacksonCloverGaming.

    Heather VonDielingen
    4-H Youth Development Educator
    County Extension Director
    Jackson County Purdue Extension Office
    County Courthouse
    111 S. Main Street, Ste. 10
    Brownstown, IN 47220
    Phone: (812) 358-6101
    Fax: (812) 358-5030


    ASTHMA
    Submitted by:  Nurse McKinney

    BCCSC recommends that students with a  medical diagnosis of Asthma, Reactive Airway Disease, or any other condition requiring  a rescue inhaler to have an Asthma Action Plan on file.  This form is completed annually and signed by your child’s medical provider.  The medical provider and parent determine if the student should be allowed to carry his or her inhaler. If your child has been given permission to do so, please review with your child the importance of having their inhaler at school and with them at all times. If you feel your child needs more supervision or you would like to store a “back-up” inhaler in the health office, you are always welcome to do so.  In the event of an emergent situation, the supplies from the health office would be accessible for nursing staff to gather to assist your child.


    BCMS ATHLETICS
    Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

    Sporting events this week:

    Monday, April 15
    • Girls Tennis vs Paoli- AWAY
    • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Jennings County- AWAY
    Tuesday, April 16
    • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Seymour- AWAY
    Wednesday, April 17
    • Coed Golf vs Immanuel- HOME
    Friday, April 19
    • Coed Golf vs Bedford- AWAY
    Saturday, April 20
    • BCMS Tennis Tourney

    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


    2019 ILEARN TEST COUNTER

    This week:  T-minus 4, 3, 2, 1

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:
    “Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.”   – David Augsburger


    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
    Character:  Looking for the Good in Yourself and Others


    Until next week,

    Mr. McClure

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    Homework

    Homework Assignments will be updated daily by 3:00 pm.

    Trimester 3
    Week 27: February 18 - February 22
    Week 28: February 25 - March 1
    Week 29: March 4 - March 8
    Week 30: March 11 - March 15
    Week 31: March 18 - March 22
    Week 32: Spring Break
    Week 33: April 1 - April 5
    Week 34: April 8 - April 12
    Week 35: April 15 - April 19
    Week 36: April 22 - April 26
    Week 37: April 29 - May 3
    Week 38: May 6 - May 10
    Week 39: May 13 - May 17
    Week 40: May 20 - May 24

    Trimester 2
    Week 13: November 5 - November 9
    Week 14: November 12 - November 16
    Week 15: November 19 - November 23 (Thanksgiving Week)
    Week 16: November 26 - November 30
    Week 17: December 3 - December 7
    Week 18: December 10 - December 14
    Week 19: December 17 - December 21
    Week 20: January 2 - January 4
    Week 21: January 7 - January 11
    Week 22: January 14 - January 18
    Week 23: January 21 - January 25
    Week 24: January 28 - February 1
    Week 25: February 4 - February 8
    Week 26: February 11 - February 15

    Trimester 1

    Week 1: August   6 - August 10
    Week 2: August 13 - August 17
    Week 3: August 20 - August 24
    Week 4: August 27 - August 31
    Week 5: September 3 - September 7 (Labor Day)
    Week 6: September 10 - September 14
    Week 7: September 17 - September 21
    Week 8: September 24 - September 28
    Week 9: October 1 - October 5
    Week 10: October 8 - October 12
    Fall Break: October 15 - October 19
    Week 11: October 22 - October 26
    Week 12: October 29 - November 2

    Trimester 2
    Week 13: November 6 - November 10
    Week 14: November 13 - November 17
    Week 15: November 20 - November 21 (Thanksgiving Break)
    Week 16: November 27 - December 1
    Week 17: December 4 - December 8
    Week 18: December 11 - December 15
    Week 19: December 18 - December 19 (Christmas Break)
    Week 20: January 3 - January 5
    Week 21: January 8 - January 12
    Week 22: January 15 - January 19
    Week 23: January 22 - January 26
    Week 24: January 29 - February 2
    Week 25: February 5 - February 9
    Week 26: February 12 - February 16
    Week 27: February 19 - February 23


    Trimester 3
    Week 28: February 26 - March 2
    Week 29: March 5 - March 9
    Week 30: March 12 - March 16
    Spring Break: March 19 - March 23
    Week 31: March 26 - March 30
    Week 32: April 2 - April 6

    Week 33: April 9 - April 13
    Week 34: April 16 - April 20
    Week 35: April 23 - April 27
    Week 36: April 30 - May 4
    Week 37: May 7 - May 11
    Week 38: May 14 - May 18
    Week 39: May 21 - May 25






    Fulfill Your Potential

    To Fulfill Your Potential at BCMS, You Must:
    1. Behave in a manner appropriate for school
    2. Show respect for the people and property around you.
    3. Be in class every day with a positive attitude
    4. Come to class prepared with the appropriate materials
    5. Keep a folder, notebook, or binder for each class
    6. Update your agenda daily
    7. Complete daily assignments
    8. Participate in class discussions and activities
    9. Ask for extra help when needed.
    10. Study outside of school
    • Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

      Week of:  April 22 - 26

      Week 35

      “The Principal’s Post”


      ILEARN 2019 KICK-OFF

      This week begins our state standardized testing for the 2018-2019 school year.  At BCMS, we have made special preparations to take advantage of the ILEARN testing window.  We have created custom daily schedules during the testing days these next three weeks.

      What will the custom daily schedules look like?  Because the ILEARN testing sessions run beyond the time allotted for a typical class period, “testing” periods on designated days will run longer.   The students will then follow the order of their regular class schedule with each class meeting for a shorter time each day. Our intent with the test schedules is to stay to a normal routine as much as possible.

      Unlike the previous state standardized test (ISTEP+) that consisted of two separate testing times (the first being the administration of the Applied Skills portion in early March and the second administration being the Multiple Choice portion in mid-April), the new ILEARN standardized test is administered only during one testing window.

      ILEARN is also different from ISTEP+ in that it consists of two new testing portions.  First, ILEARN is computer adaptive. This means that students will receive challenge leveled questions that are adjusted and based upon the individual student’s responses and demonstrated skill-level during the assessment event.  The second portion of the new ILEARN test will be the performance task section. Performance tasks have students answer a series of questions which build on themselves to complete a broader overall task. These tasks are intended to reflect the varying degrees to which students demonstrate below, at, or above grade level proficiency in Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science (grade 6 only).

      The ILEARN testing schedule for BCMS is as follows:

      GRADES 6, 7, & 8

      Tuesday, April 23rd – Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test

      Wednesday, April 24th – Mathematics Performance Task Test

      Thursday, April 25th, Friday, April 26th, and Monday, April 28th will be used for Mathematics make-up testing due to student absences.


      GRADES 6, 7, & 8

      Tuesday, April 30th – English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test

      Wednesday, May 1st – English Language Arts Performance Task Test (Part 1)

      Thursday, May 2nd – English Language Arts Performance Task Test (Part 2)

      Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 10th will be used for English Language Arts make-up testing due to student absences.


      GRADE 6

      Tuesday, May 7th – Science Fixed Form Test

      Wednesday, May 8th – Science Performance Task Test

      Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th will be used for Science make-up testing due to student absences.


      Attendance:  I would be remiss if I did not stress the importance of student attendance during the days of ILEARN testing.  Having your child present each testing day these next three weeks is critical.

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

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

      Speaking of nutrition:  BCMS is offering a free breakfast snack to the students on each of our testing days.  

      Finally, please assist us in taking the opportunity to speak with your child about his/her ILEARN exam.  By simply mentioning the test, you will be reinforcing its importance.

      We would like to thank you for all you have done, and are doing, as parents to encourage your children to be their best.  Although they may not say it, and although they may not “like” being pushed, they appreciate your support, your interest, your attention and, most importantly, your love.


      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. Kim Schneider, Mrs. Dee Kovener, & 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!

      2019 ILEARN TEST COUNTER

      This week:  HERE WE GO!!!

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:
      Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves.
      They shall never cease to be amused.”
      – Chinese proverb

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
      “Friends : Strength : Rules : Goals : Brotherhood”


      BCMS ATHLETICS
      Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

      Sporting events this week:

      Monday, April 22
      • Coed Golf vs Austin/Scottsburg- AWAY
      • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Oolitic-HOME

      Tuesday, April 23

      • Girls Tennis vs Scottsburg-HOME

      Thursday, April 25

      • Girls Tennis vs Austin-AWAY
      • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Scottsburg/Highland Hills @ Scottsburg

      Friday, April 26

      • Coed Golf vs Seymour- AWAY
      • Girls Tennis vs Bedford-AWAY

      Saturday, April 27

      • 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


      Until next week,

      Mr. McClure
    • Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

      Week of:  April 15 - 19

      Week 34

      “The Principal’s Post”


      PLEASE NOTE - School will not be in session this Friday, April 19th.  (April 19th is a scheduled inclement weather school cancellation make-up day that is not needed for school make-up purposes.)  Classes will resume on Monday, April 22nd.


      ILEARN 2019
      We have been talking up our state standardized test for weeks, and as we enter this week, before next, we make our final preparations.  In my talks with the students, I have referred to the new ILEARN test as our school’s “Super Bowl” . . . stressing that our efforts in preparing for and taking the test be with serious intent and purpose.  

      Unlike the previous state standardized test (ISTEP+) that consisted of two separate testing times (the first being the administration of the Applied Skills portion in early March and the second administration being the Multiple Choice portion in mid-April), the new ILEARN standardized test is administered only during one testing window.

      ILEARN is also different from ISTEP+ in that it consists of two new testing portions.  First, ILEARN is computer adaptive. This means that students will receive challenge leveled questions that are adjusted and based upon the individual student’s responses and demonstrated skill-level during the assessment event.  The second portion of the new ILEARN test will be the performance task section. Performance tasks have students answer a series of questions which build on themselves to complete a broader overall task. These tasks are intended to reflect the varying degrees to which students demonstrate below, at, or above grade level proficiency in Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science (grade 6 only).

      The ILEARN testing schedule for BCMS is as follows:

      GRADES 6, 7, & 8

      Tuesday, April 23rd – Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test

      Wednesday, April 24th – Mathematics Performance Task Test

      Thursday, April 25th, Friday, April 26th, and Monday, April 28th will be used for Mathematics make-up testing due to student absences.


      GRADES 6, 7, & 8

      Tuesday, April 30th – English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test

      Wednesday, May 1st – English Language Arts Performance Task Test (Part 1)

      Thursday, May 2nd – English Language Arts Performance Task Test (Part 2)

      Monday, May 6th – Friday, May 10th will be used for English Language Arts make-up testing due to student absences.


      GRADE 6

      Tuesday, May 7th – Science Fixed Form Test

      Wednesday, May 8th – Science Performance Task Test

      Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th will be used for Science make-up testing due to student absences.

      Attendance:  I would be remiss if I did not stress the importance of student attendance during the days of ILEARN testing.  Having your child present each testing day these next three weeks is critical.

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

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


      BCMS MARCH STUDENT OF THE MONTH
      On the evening of April 9th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Madison Singleton 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 Madison’s teachers had to say regarding her selection:  “In the words of John C. Maxwell, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” This quote summarizes Maddie’s exceptional qualities as a student, athlete, mentor, and friend at Brownstown Central Middle School. She demonstrates “knowing the way” through her achievements, confidence and geniality in and out of the classroom. Maddie’s work ethic and determination has her “going the way” in everything she does. She “shows the way” through her involvement at BCMS. Maddie is actively involved in FCA, sports teams, volunteerism, and a variety of clubs. She is the definition of leadership and stands out by just being herself. She has a positive effect on everyone around her. Maddie truly exemplifies the traits of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness and is definitely deserving of the honor of BCMS Student of the Month.”

      CONGRATULATIONS, Madison!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

      TENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY
      Those students earning “on-level” status for the tenth level review period (March 11th – April 4th) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels last Friday afternoon, April 12th.

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

      Grade 6:  74 “on-level” / 116 6th graders enrolled = 64%

      Grade 7:  90 “on-level” / 135 7th graders enrolled = 67%

      Grade 8:  67 “on-level”/ 107 8th graders enrolled = 63%

      All grades:  231“on-level” / 358 BCMS students = 65%

      After each level review, we look at where we are, in comparison to where we’ve been, to help us determine where we are going.

      We would invite you to click on any one of the following On-Level History reports that might interest you.


      2018-2019 All Current Grades On-Level History Report

      Entire School On-Level History Report (2014-2015 thru 2018-2019)

      Grade 6 On-Level History Report (Class of 2021 – Class of 2025)

      Grade 7 On-Level History Report (Class of 2020 – Class of 2024)

      Grade 8 On-Level History Report (Class of 2019 – Class of 2023)

      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 eleventh level review period.  

      DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!


      INDIANA SHERIFF’S YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP
      The Indiana’s Sheriff’s Association Youth Leadership Camp is a program provided for boys and girls who have completed the seventh (7th) or eighth (8th) grade and are interested in learning more about a possible career in law enforcement.

      Please click here for more information.

      Applications for the camp can be picked up in the BCMS main office.

      4-H Clover Gaming SPARK Club
      Submitted by:  Heather VonDielingen
      4-H Youth Development Educator

      I wanted to pass along a learning experience for youth in Grades 7 – 12. Click here to find information about the Clover Gaming SPARK Club to be held this June, led by Jackson County 4-H Volunteers.

      Youth who participate will learn about game design and be able to create their own board game.

      Click on this link to learn more: http://bit.ly/JacksonCloverGaming.

      Heather VonDielingen
      4-H Youth Development Educator
      County Extension Director
      Jackson County Purdue Extension Office
      County Courthouse
      111 S. Main Street, Ste. 10
      Brownstown, IN 47220
      Phone: (812) 358-6101
      Fax: (812) 358-5030


      ASTHMA
      Submitted by:  Nurse McKinney

      BCCSC recommends that students with a  medical diagnosis of Asthma, Reactive Airway Disease, or any other condition requiring  a rescue inhaler to have an Asthma Action Plan on file.  This form is completed annually and signed by your child’s medical provider.  The medical provider and parent determine if the student should be allowed to carry his or her inhaler. If your child has been given permission to do so, please review with your child the importance of having their inhaler at school and with them at all times. If you feel your child needs more supervision or you would like to store a “back-up” inhaler in the health office, you are always welcome to do so.  In the event of an emergent situation, the supplies from the health office would be accessible for nursing staff to gather to assist your child.


      BCMS ATHLETICS
      Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

      Sporting events this week:

      Monday, April 15
      • Girls Tennis vs Paoli- AWAY
      • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Jennings County- AWAY
      Tuesday, April 16
      • Boys and Girls Track and Field vs Seymour- AWAY
      Wednesday, April 17
      • Coed Golf vs Immanuel- HOME
      Friday, April 19
      • Coed Golf vs Bedford- AWAY
      Saturday, April 20
      • BCMS Tennis Tourney

      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


      2019 ILEARN TEST COUNTER

      This week:  T-minus 4, 3, 2, 1

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:
      “Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.”   – David Augsburger


      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
      Character:  Looking for the Good in Yourself and Others


      Until next week,

      Mr. McClure
    • Homework Assignments will be updated daily by 3:00 pm.

      Trimester 3
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      Week 28: February 25 - March 1
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      Week 31: March 18 - March 22
      Week 32: Spring Break
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      Week 36: April 22 - April 26
      Week 37: April 29 - May 3
      Week 38: May 6 - May 10
      Week 39: May 13 - May 17
      Week 40: May 20 - May 24

      Trimester 2
      Week 13: November 5 - November 9
      Week 14: November 12 - November 16
      Week 15: November 19 - November 23 (Thanksgiving Week)
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      Trimester 1

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      Week 3: August 20 - August 24
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      Week 5: September 3 - September 7 (Labor Day)
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      Week 9: October 1 - October 5
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      Fall Break: October 15 - October 19
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      Trimester 2
      Week 13: November 6 - November 10
      Week 14: November 13 - November 17
      Week 15: November 20 - November 21 (Thanksgiving Break)
      Week 16: November 27 - December 1
      Week 17: December 4 - December 8
      Week 18: December 11 - December 15
      Week 19: December 18 - December 19 (Christmas Break)
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      Week 22: January 15 - January 19
      Week 23: January 22 - January 26
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      Trimester 3
      Week 28: February 26 - March 2
      Week 29: March 5 - March 9
      Week 30: March 12 - March 16
      Spring Break: March 19 - March 23
      Week 31: March 26 - March 30
      Week 32: April 2 - April 6

      Week 33: April 9 - April 13
      Week 34: April 16 - April 20
      Week 35: April 23 - April 27
      Week 36: April 30 - May 4
      Week 37: May 7 - May 11
      Week 38: May 14 - May 18
      Week 39: May 21 - May 25






    • To Fulfill Your Potential at BCMS, You Must:
      1. Behave in a manner appropriate for school
      2. Show respect for the people and property around you.
      3. Be in class every day with a positive attitude
      4. Come to class prepared with the appropriate materials
      5. Keep a folder, notebook, or binder for each class
      6. Update your agenda daily
      7. Complete daily assignments
      8. Participate in class discussions and activities
      9. Ask for extra help when needed.
      10. Study outside of school

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