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    Welcome to Brownstown Central Middle School!

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    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
    eLearning Weeks beginning:  March 30, 2020
    “The Principal’s Post”

    NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS (Monday, April 6th)

    Grade 8 (Class of 2024) Washington, D.C., Cancellation Announcement
    Per Governor Holcomb’s April 2nd announcement that all Indiana schools remain closed throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, and in coordination with Seymour Middle School, the Class of 2024, Grade 8, Washington, D.C. trip (dates of Wednesday, May 13th – Sunday, May 17th, 2020) has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

    Because of the Refund Guarantee Protection that is included as part of our annual trip contract agreement, BCMS students/parents will be given a complete refund for all tour payments made less the $72 non-refundable retainer that was required to secure student trip registration.  Refunds will take 6-8 weeks to receive due to the high volume of Brightspark company customer needs at this time. Refunds will not be starting until May 31st.

    Grade 8 (Class of 2024) “Wing Ding” Farewell Dance
    As all Indiana schools are to remain closed throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year the Class of 2024 Farewell Dance (a.k.a. the BCMS “Wing Ding”) rescheduled for Saturday, May 9th, has been cancelled.  The dance will not be rescheduled.

    General Announcement of Cancellation
    At this time, all extra and co-curricular activities related to BCMS planned activities, awards, celebrations (e.g. BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. Celebration) have been cancelled.  These activities will not be rescheduled.


    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED INFORMATION

    I trust this finds you and your families healthy and safe during this most unprecedented time in our nation’s history.  Thank you for visiting our school web page.

    It will be through this weekly blog, our school and corporation social media posts, and the “BCMS Daily Announcements” GoogleClassroom page (to which all BCMS students have been invited to join), that important school information will be shared in the coming weeks.

    As with so many of the other aspects of our societal living/social distancing right now, school information and planning will remain “fluid” as we adjust to the twists and turns in the days and weeks ahead.

    Key information that we want our parents and students to know at this time:
    • Per Governor Holcomb’s direction, all schools in the state of Indiana remain closed through the end of the current 2019-2020 academic year.
    • During the weeks of March 30th, April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, and April 27th, and May 4th Brownstown Central Community School Corporation will have eLearning days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on each of those weeks.  (Mondays and Fridays will be “waiver” days that will not need to be “made up.”)
    • During each eLearning Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, BCMS students are required to verify that they are “in attendance” for that eLearning day.  Students may signify that they are eLearning “present” by logging in to their English teacher’s GoogleClassroom page and indicating this. Attendance “check in” is required each eLearning day by the end of the day (11:59PM) to be counted as present to school that day.
    • BCMS Teachers will keep online “office hours” on each of the weekly Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday eLearning days.  These times are from 9AM-12NOON, and then from 1PM-3PM. Students are encouraged to contact their teachers during these times.  Students attempting to email teachers with questions after 3PM each day may not get a response until the following eLearning day.
    • BCMS Students need to do the following each eLearning day:
    1) Check their school email account
    2) Check each of their teachers’ GoogleClassroom pages for assignments and deadlines
    3) Complete the daily attendance “check-in quiz” on their ELA teacher’s GoogleClassroom page.
    • Student Assignments & Grades:  Because there remain standards and skills that BCMS students need to learn at their current grade level to prepare them for our return (we hope that will be in May, but it could very well be in August), our current eLearning situation makes what BCMS teachers are assigning and teaching remotely that much MORE important!  Students should be aware that grades will continue to be taken for the online assignments given. Online, or eLearning, is NOT optional. It is a requirement. 1) Student effort, 2) personal responsibility, and 3) learning initiative will be the driving consideration for student grades during this time of eLearning and school closure.  But then again, when were these three aspects of learning NOT driving factors of academic performance?
    • Routines:  One key element to help ensure a successful and beneficial eLearning experience for every BCMS student is for them to establish and remain in regular routines during their eLearning days.  As the BCMS students are aware, we stress daily routines as a school . . . from entering the building, to the cafeteria, to noon rec, to school-wide convocations and assemblies, to individual teacher classrooms.  ROUTINES are HUGE in promoting stability and familiarity, and BCMS is BIG on developing, keeping, and reinforcing routines. When we know what is expected, when, and how, it makes for much easier success, achievement, cooperation, and goal attainment. 

    I strongly admonish the BCMS students to find a regular routine for their eLearning days while at home.  They may not need to get up at their regular school time during eLearning days, but getting up at a decent hour and getting going right away will help discourage procrastination and indecision.  It will lend to a purposeful work and learning attitude. Even the common routines/behaviors of getting a morning shower and getting dressed for school (simply getting out of the pajamas and sleep attire) might help promote a more intentional approach to our eLearning days.

    Schedule eLearning breaks!  Get going at 9AM, give it a couple of hours, take a break!  Go for a walk. Call a friend. Pet the dog. Shoot, play a game.  After your scheduled break time, get back at it! Make those three days of eLearning each week purposeful, productive, positive, and planned. 

    Establishing a routine for eLearning days in the coming weeks will be very advantageous to getting the most out of what you are being assigned to do and learn.  Learning is a purposeful act. Being in a routine is an intentional plan of attack for purposeful acts to be accomplished.

    Please know that we are here for any of your questions and to support you in any way that we can during this time of eLearning!!

    2019-2020 ILEARN STATE ASSESSMENT
    The Indiana Department of Education has announced that cancellation of the Spring 2020 ILEARN state assessment.  Please click here to view the Parent/Guardian announcement issued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McCormick.

    2020-2021 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
    CORPORATION CALENDAR
    Click here
    to view the BCCSC 2020-2021 school year calendar.

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE V.I.S.I.O.N. QUOTE:
    “If you create a vision for your life, doors will open.” - Anonymous

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
    “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities”

    Stay tuned for informational updates in the coming weeks.  Be healthy! Be safe!

    Last Week

    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
    Week of:  March 16 – 20
    Week 30
    “The Principal’s Post”        

    POTENTIAL IMPACT FROM THE COVID-19 VIRUS
    As everyone is likely aware, school and collegiate closings are happening across the state and nation.  The BCCSC school administration continues to be in constant contact with local health officials when monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on our county and corporation. 

    Superintendent Taylor recently shared with BCCSC staff, “with the growing concern over the Covid-19 (Corona) Virus and many school districts in the state closing, we decide(d) to push up the distribution of devices to students today (Friday, March 13th). We know there will be a learning curve for all of us, but getting the devices home with students ensures our ability to communicate with them and their ability to continue learning.

    The dedicated after school hours of effort and work on the part of BCCSC technology staff, administrators, teachers, and instructional assistants, enabled us to send 1:1 Chromebook devices home with BCMS 7th and 8th grade students last Friday.  6th grade students have already been piloting our 1:1 initiative since the start of the third trimester.  Friday’s effort was to expand that initiative corporation wide given the uncertainty of the days and weeks ahead, and to help insure that instruction continue . . . even if that means from home.

    Parents can click here to view the Chromebook expectation for usage and care informational powerpoint shared with the students.

    Please click here to read the Friday, March 13th, end-of-the-day BCMS student announcement regarding the BCCSC closure.

    More information will be coming in the days and weeks ahead as necessary.  We encourage you to watch for our corporation social media posts for accurate information.

    Wishing everyone health, and safety.

    2020-2021 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
    CORPORATION CALENDAR

    Click here to get an advanced look at the BCCSC 2020-2021 school year calendar.


    BCMS FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    On the evening of March 10th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School will recognize Brynn Burton as the February BCMS Brave 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 Brynn’s seventh grade team of teachers had to say of her!  “The seventh grade team at BCMS has chosen Brynn Burton as the February Student of the Month. Brynn exemplifies the qualities of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness each day at BCMS. She is helpful and polite to her teachers and classmates in the classroom. Brynn is described by her teachers as hardworking, diligent, and dependable. Brynn’s dedication and enthusiasm toward her education is exemplified by her efforts which include the accomplishment of reading all twenty of the Young Hoosier books as part of her Language Arts class.  She has been a member of the BCMS Spell Bowl Team and is currently a member of the BCMS English and Social Studies Super Bowl Teams. Brynn has participated on the BCMS Robotics Team, as well. She has been an invaluable member of the Quilt Club this year, assisting Mrs. Newby where needed. We congratulate Brynn Burton on this well-deserved honor!”

    CONGRATULATIONS, Brynn!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

    BCMS ENRICHMENT LEARNING CLUB MAKES DONATION
    As many may recall, BCMS made a school-wide philanthropy effort in the fall as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. campaign to support the clean water initiative through the non-profit organization World Vision.  As a school we raised just over $800 at that time.

    The BCMS Quilt Club wanted to expand upon that contribution.  From the dates of Friday, February 21st through Friday, March 6th, the Quilt Club sponsored and promoted the raffle of a quilt that the club had made over the course of several club days.  Thanks to their efforts, and supporting community members, another $500 is being sent to the World Vision clean water initiative on behalf of BCMS and their club.

    Those BCMS Quilt Club members include:
    Brynn Burton
    Zoe Kinworthy
    Carrie Kreinop
    Sara Meadors
    Clair Stidham
    Haley Wheeler
    Mrs. Newby – Enrichment Club Sponsor

    Congratulations, too, to local resident Opal Riley who won the quilt.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. PAYMENT ALERT
    8th grade BCMS student Washington, D.C. trip registrants are reminded that the fourth, and final J, payment ($265) is due today, March 16th.  Please note that all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.

    BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES
    Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

    Spring sports participants will be updated on status of season once returning to school. 


    Until next week,

    Lunch Menu

    Homework

    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
      eLearning Weeks beginning:  March 30, 2020
      “The Principal’s Post”

      NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS (Monday, April 6th)

      Grade 8 (Class of 2024) Washington, D.C., Cancellation Announcement
      Per Governor Holcomb’s April 2nd announcement that all Indiana schools remain closed throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, and in coordination with Seymour Middle School, the Class of 2024, Grade 8, Washington, D.C. trip (dates of Wednesday, May 13th – Sunday, May 17th, 2020) has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

      Because of the Refund Guarantee Protection that is included as part of our annual trip contract agreement, BCMS students/parents will be given a complete refund for all tour payments made less the $72 non-refundable retainer that was required to secure student trip registration.  Refunds will take 6-8 weeks to receive due to the high volume of Brightspark company customer needs at this time. Refunds will not be starting until May 31st.

      Grade 8 (Class of 2024) “Wing Ding” Farewell Dance
      As all Indiana schools are to remain closed throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year the Class of 2024 Farewell Dance (a.k.a. the BCMS “Wing Ding”) rescheduled for Saturday, May 9th, has been cancelled.  The dance will not be rescheduled.

      General Announcement of Cancellation
      At this time, all extra and co-curricular activities related to BCMS planned activities, awards, celebrations (e.g. BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. Celebration) have been cancelled.  These activities will not be rescheduled.


      PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED INFORMATION

      I trust this finds you and your families healthy and safe during this most unprecedented time in our nation’s history.  Thank you for visiting our school web page.

      It will be through this weekly blog, our school and corporation social media posts, and the “BCMS Daily Announcements” GoogleClassroom page (to which all BCMS students have been invited to join), that important school information will be shared in the coming weeks.

      As with so many of the other aspects of our societal living/social distancing right now, school information and planning will remain “fluid” as we adjust to the twists and turns in the days and weeks ahead.

      Key information that we want our parents and students to know at this time:
      • Per Governor Holcomb’s direction, all schools in the state of Indiana remain closed through the end of the current 2019-2020 academic year.
      • During the weeks of March 30th, April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, and April 27th, and May 4th Brownstown Central Community School Corporation will have eLearning days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on each of those weeks.  (Mondays and Fridays will be “waiver” days that will not need to be “made up.”)
      • During each eLearning Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, BCMS students are required to verify that they are “in attendance” for that eLearning day.  Students may signify that they are eLearning “present” by logging in to their English teacher’s GoogleClassroom page and indicating this. Attendance “check in” is required each eLearning day by the end of the day (11:59PM) to be counted as present to school that day.
      • BCMS Teachers will keep online “office hours” on each of the weekly Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday eLearning days.  These times are from 9AM-12NOON, and then from 1PM-3PM. Students are encouraged to contact their teachers during these times.  Students attempting to email teachers with questions after 3PM each day may not get a response until the following eLearning day.
      • BCMS Students need to do the following each eLearning day:
      1) Check their school email account
      2) Check each of their teachers’ GoogleClassroom pages for assignments and deadlines
      3) Complete the daily attendance “check-in quiz” on their ELA teacher’s GoogleClassroom page.
      • Student Assignments & Grades:  Because there remain standards and skills that BCMS students need to learn at their current grade level to prepare them for our return (we hope that will be in May, but it could very well be in August), our current eLearning situation makes what BCMS teachers are assigning and teaching remotely that much MORE important!  Students should be aware that grades will continue to be taken for the online assignments given. Online, or eLearning, is NOT optional. It is a requirement. 1) Student effort, 2) personal responsibility, and 3) learning initiative will be the driving consideration for student grades during this time of eLearning and school closure.  But then again, when were these three aspects of learning NOT driving factors of academic performance?
      • Routines:  One key element to help ensure a successful and beneficial eLearning experience for every BCMS student is for them to establish and remain in regular routines during their eLearning days.  As the BCMS students are aware, we stress daily routines as a school . . . from entering the building, to the cafeteria, to noon rec, to school-wide convocations and assemblies, to individual teacher classrooms.  ROUTINES are HUGE in promoting stability and familiarity, and BCMS is BIG on developing, keeping, and reinforcing routines. When we know what is expected, when, and how, it makes for much easier success, achievement, cooperation, and goal attainment. 

      I strongly admonish the BCMS students to find a regular routine for their eLearning days while at home.  They may not need to get up at their regular school time during eLearning days, but getting up at a decent hour and getting going right away will help discourage procrastination and indecision.  It will lend to a purposeful work and learning attitude. Even the common routines/behaviors of getting a morning shower and getting dressed for school (simply getting out of the pajamas and sleep attire) might help promote a more intentional approach to our eLearning days.

      Schedule eLearning breaks!  Get going at 9AM, give it a couple of hours, take a break!  Go for a walk. Call a friend. Pet the dog. Shoot, play a game.  After your scheduled break time, get back at it! Make those three days of eLearning each week purposeful, productive, positive, and planned. 

      Establishing a routine for eLearning days in the coming weeks will be very advantageous to getting the most out of what you are being assigned to do and learn.  Learning is a purposeful act. Being in a routine is an intentional plan of attack for purposeful acts to be accomplished.

      Please know that we are here for any of your questions and to support you in any way that we can during this time of eLearning!!

      2019-2020 ILEARN STATE ASSESSMENT
      The Indiana Department of Education has announced that cancellation of the Spring 2020 ILEARN state assessment.  Please click here to view the Parent/Guardian announcement issued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McCormick.

      2020-2021 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
      CORPORATION CALENDAR
      Click here
      to view the BCCSC 2020-2021 school year calendar.

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE V.I.S.I.O.N. QUOTE:
      “If you create a vision for your life, doors will open.” - Anonymous

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
      “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities”

      Stay tuned for informational updates in the coming weeks.  Be healthy! Be safe!
    • Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
      Week of:  March 16 – 20
      Week 30
      “The Principal’s Post”        

      POTENTIAL IMPACT FROM THE COVID-19 VIRUS
      As everyone is likely aware, school and collegiate closings are happening across the state and nation.  The BCCSC school administration continues to be in constant contact with local health officials when monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on our county and corporation. 

      Superintendent Taylor recently shared with BCCSC staff, “with the growing concern over the Covid-19 (Corona) Virus and many school districts in the state closing, we decide(d) to push up the distribution of devices to students today (Friday, March 13th). We know there will be a learning curve for all of us, but getting the devices home with students ensures our ability to communicate with them and their ability to continue learning.

      The dedicated after school hours of effort and work on the part of BCCSC technology staff, administrators, teachers, and instructional assistants, enabled us to send 1:1 Chromebook devices home with BCMS 7th and 8th grade students last Friday.  6th grade students have already been piloting our 1:1 initiative since the start of the third trimester.  Friday’s effort was to expand that initiative corporation wide given the uncertainty of the days and weeks ahead, and to help insure that instruction continue . . . even if that means from home.

      Parents can click here to view the Chromebook expectation for usage and care informational powerpoint shared with the students.

      Please click here to read the Friday, March 13th, end-of-the-day BCMS student announcement regarding the BCCSC closure.

      More information will be coming in the days and weeks ahead as necessary.  We encourage you to watch for our corporation social media posts for accurate information.

      Wishing everyone health, and safety.

      2020-2021 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
      CORPORATION CALENDAR

      Click here to get an advanced look at the BCCSC 2020-2021 school year calendar.


      BCMS FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH
      On the evening of March 10th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School will recognize Brynn Burton as the February BCMS Brave 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 Brynn’s seventh grade team of teachers had to say of her!  “The seventh grade team at BCMS has chosen Brynn Burton as the February Student of the Month. Brynn exemplifies the qualities of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness each day at BCMS. She is helpful and polite to her teachers and classmates in the classroom. Brynn is described by her teachers as hardworking, diligent, and dependable. Brynn’s dedication and enthusiasm toward her education is exemplified by her efforts which include the accomplishment of reading all twenty of the Young Hoosier books as part of her Language Arts class.  She has been a member of the BCMS Spell Bowl Team and is currently a member of the BCMS English and Social Studies Super Bowl Teams. Brynn has participated on the BCMS Robotics Team, as well. She has been an invaluable member of the Quilt Club this year, assisting Mrs. Newby where needed. We congratulate Brynn Burton on this well-deserved honor!”

      CONGRATULATIONS, Brynn!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

      BCMS ENRICHMENT LEARNING CLUB MAKES DONATION
      As many may recall, BCMS made a school-wide philanthropy effort in the fall as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. campaign to support the clean water initiative through the non-profit organization World Vision.  As a school we raised just over $800 at that time.

      The BCMS Quilt Club wanted to expand upon that contribution.  From the dates of Friday, February 21st through Friday, March 6th, the Quilt Club sponsored and promoted the raffle of a quilt that the club had made over the course of several club days.  Thanks to their efforts, and supporting community members, another $500 is being sent to the World Vision clean water initiative on behalf of BCMS and their club.

      Those BCMS Quilt Club members include:
      Brynn Burton
      Zoe Kinworthy
      Carrie Kreinop
      Sara Meadors
      Clair Stidham
      Haley Wheeler
      Mrs. Newby – Enrichment Club Sponsor

      Congratulations, too, to local resident Opal Riley who won the quilt.

      WASHINGTON, D.C. PAYMENT ALERT
      8th grade BCMS student Washington, D.C. trip registrants are reminded that the fourth, and final J, payment ($265) is due today, March 16th.  Please note that all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.

      BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES
      Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

      Spring sports participants will be updated on status of season once returning to school. 


      Until next week,
    • 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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