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    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
    Week of:  November 19-23
    Week 15

    “The Principal’s Post”

    Please note that school will not be in session this Wednesday, November 21st through Friday, November 23rd.  Classes will resume on Monday, November 26th.  Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

    Washington, D.C.
    October 3, 1863

    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation.

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

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

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

    By the President: Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    LAST WEEK’S STUDENT CONVOCATIONS

    Last week I had the opportunity to meet with the students at each grade level to discuss our first trimester school “report card.”  In a series of thirty minute convocations, we looked at our collective level review data, school attendance rates, behavioral and academic performance numbers for the first trimester, and our 2018 ISTEP+ results as a school.  Essentially, we analyzed how well we have been living up to our “Three R’s” principle ideals to date this school year.

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

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

    BCMS OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

    On the evening of Monday, November 12th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Alexia Manns as the October Student of the Month.

    BCMS promotes and reinforces the three character traits of Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness in our students.  We focus on the development of these character traits, in addition to academic learning, to help establish a solid foundation upon which to build future success at BCHS and beyond.  Each month we look to recognize a BCMS student who models the Three R’s of our school to his/her classmates through their example.

    Alexia’s teacher’s commented:  Shakespeare wrote, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” The sixth grade teachers believe Alexia personifies this quote. She makes her presence known in the classroom by showing outstanding work ethic and attitude. She was a valuable member of the BCMS Dance team and led the group in their first performance. She is an excellent role model for other students and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She is friendly and outgoing and always has a smile on her face. She exemplifies the qualities of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness and is very deserving of the honor of BCMS Student of the Month!

    CONGRATULATIONS, Alexia!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

    BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

    Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director
    Sporting events this week:

    Monday, November 19

    • 8 Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME

    Tuesday, November 20

    • 6 Boys and Girls vs White Creek- HOME
    WINS this week for the Braves & Lady Braves
    • 8 Boys defeated Clarksville
    • 7 Boys defeated Clarksville
    • 7 Girls defeated Orleans
    • 8 Girls defeated Orleans
    • 6th Boys defeated Medora
    • 6th B Girls defeated Bedford
    Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

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

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:
    “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.

    -Jacques Maritain, French philosopher

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

    “Thanksgiving Week:  Gratitude”

    Until next week,

    Mr. McClure

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    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

    Week of:  November 12 - 16

    Week 14

    “The Principal’s Post”

    STUDENT CONVOCATIONS

    This week I will be holding my second series of convocations with the students, in their respective grade levels, to provide some “first trimester feedback” for this ‘18-‘19 school year.  

    Since we last met, we have completed our first grading period and have had four (4) school-wide on-level reward activities.  As I promised the students in our first meeting together in August, we will continue to monitor our progress towards our individual and school-wide goals.

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

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

    I am going to continue to admonish them about their homework completion and overall academic effort.  As of today (Monday), we are T-minus 93 school days and counting before our Spring 2019 ILEARN testing.  ILEARN remains, quite literally, our school’s annual report card as awarded by the state of Indiana. It’s our “big dance!”  It’s our “big chance!” It’s our “Super Bowl!!” The students know that what they choose to do in the days and weeks between now and March 2019 will say it all come test time.  Every day, regardless of the academic trimester, counts!

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

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

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

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

    1st TRIMESTER COURTESY AWARD WINNERS
    Submitted by:  Mrs. McCrary, BCMS Counselor

    Congratulations to our 1st Trimester Courtesy Award winners! Two boys and two girls from each grade are chosen by their teachers for the award. This award honors students who exhibit courteous behavior to the staff and their fellow students. This is a very special recognition as it honors their choices in how they treat other people. In recognition, the winners were taken to Blondie’s Pizza for lunch last Friday, and they will receive a certificate at the Trimester 1 Awards Program. 

    The following students are 1st trimester recipients of the Courtesy Award: 

    6th Grade: Jairdyn Kiser, Jayda Clodfelder, Thai Daraswad, Kessie Helton

    7th Grade: Deven Cummings, Cole Brelage, Hunter Engelking, Megan VonDielingen

    8th Grade: Makiya Crews, Jayde Barnard, Adam Wayt, Gabe Edwards

    WASHINGTON, D.C. PAYMENT ALERT

    8th grade BCMS student Washington, D.C. trip registrants are reminded that the second payment ($250) is due this Thursday, November 15th.  Please note that all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.

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

    FOURTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

    As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the fourth level review period (October 8th – November 2nd) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, November 9th.

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

    Grade 6:  84 “on-level” / 116 6th graders enrolled = 72%

    Grade 7:  97 “on-level” / 134 7th graders enrolled = 72%

    Grade 8:  69 “on-level”/ 108 8th graders enrolled = 64%

    All grades:  250 “on-level” / 358 BCMS students = 70%

    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 continue to track our on-level percentages as classes and as a school each level review period.  When we meet as grade level teams at the end of the first trimester, these performance percentages will be a significant part of our discussion.  

    To have 100% of our student body earn “on level” status remains our ultimate 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.  

    To do so will require “Respect” for self, the “Responsibility” to willingly accept tasks assigned, and the “Resourcefulness” to persevere when at first they may not succeed.

    And, we challenge the students to always be cognizant of their level status.  As we start “Week 14” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” of the second trimester and the fifth level review period.  

    DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

    THE POWER OF ZERO: HOW TO AVOID LOW GRADES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Assignment

    Total Possible Points  (A+)

    Points needed for a “C-”

    Student #1’s points & grades

    Student #2’s points & grades

    Homework

    10

    7

    10 = A

    10 = A

    Homework

    25

    18

    24 = A

    24 = A

    Homework

    20

    14

    14 = C

    14 = C

    Quiz

    30

    21

    24 = B

    24 = B

    Homework

    20

    14

    0 = F

    12 = F

    Homework

    20

    14

    0 = F

    12 = F

    Quiz

    30

    21

    18 = D

    18 = D

    Homework

    15

    11

    12 = B-

    12 = B-

    Homework

    25

    18

    23 = A-

    23 = A

    Project

    65

    46

    0 = F

    38 = F

    Homework

    20

    14

    18 = B

    18 = B

    Test

    100

    70

    83 = B

    83 = B

    Homework

    10

    7

    9 = B+

    9 = B+

    Homework

    25

    18

    25 = A

    25 = A

             
    Total Points

    435

    305

    260 = F

    322 = C

    Final Grade

    A+

    C-

    F

    C


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

    Who can you ask for help?

    Remember the power of ZERO. Don’t let it have any power over you!

    BCMS ATHLETICS
    Submitted by:  Mr. Young

    Sporting events this week:

    Monday, November 12
    • 6AB Girls Basketball  vs Bedford- HOME
    • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Orleans- AWAY
    • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs St. Vincent- AWAY
    Tuesday, November 13
    • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Clarksville- HOME
    • 6 Boys vs Medora- AWAY
    Thursday, November 15
    • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Jackson Creek- HOME
    • 6AB Girls Basketball vs Shawswick- HOME- Vallonia Gym
    • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Austin- AWAY
    • 6 AB Boys Basketball vs North Harrison- AWAY
    Saturday, November 17
    • 6 Girls Basketball @ Brown County Invite
    WINS this week for the Braves & Lady Braves
    • 6th Grade Boys defeated Sauers
    • 7th & 8th Grade Boys defeated Lutheran Central
    • 7/8 Grade Girls defeated Immanuel Lutheran
    Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

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

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

    “To say little and perform much is the characteristic of a great mind.”

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

    “Honesty and Integrity:  Rules for Success”

    Until next week,

    Mr. McClure

    Lunch Menu

    Homework

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

    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:  November 19-23
      Week 15

      “The Principal’s Post”

      Please note that school will not be in session this Wednesday, November 21st through Friday, November 23rd.  Classes will resume on Monday, November 26th.  Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

      Washington, D.C.
      October 3, 1863

      By the President of the United States of America.

      A Proclamation.

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

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

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

      By the President: Abraham Lincoln

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

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

      God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving!

      LAST WEEK’S STUDENT CONVOCATIONS

      Last week I had the opportunity to meet with the students at each grade level to discuss our first trimester school “report card.”  In a series of thirty minute convocations, we looked at our collective level review data, school attendance rates, behavioral and academic performance numbers for the first trimester, and our 2018 ISTEP+ results as a school.  Essentially, we analyzed how well we have been living up to our “Three R’s” principle ideals to date this school year.

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

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

      BCMS OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

      On the evening of Monday, November 12th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Alexia Manns as the October Student of the Month.

      BCMS promotes and reinforces the three character traits of Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness in our students.  We focus on the development of these character traits, in addition to academic learning, to help establish a solid foundation upon which to build future success at BCHS and beyond.  Each month we look to recognize a BCMS student who models the Three R’s of our school to his/her classmates through their example.

      Alexia’s teacher’s commented:  Shakespeare wrote, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” The sixth grade teachers believe Alexia personifies this quote. She makes her presence known in the classroom by showing outstanding work ethic and attitude. She was a valuable member of the BCMS Dance team and led the group in their first performance. She is an excellent role model for other students and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She is friendly and outgoing and always has a smile on her face. She exemplifies the qualities of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness and is very deserving of the honor of BCMS Student of the Month!

      CONGRATULATIONS, Alexia!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

      BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

      Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director
      Sporting events this week:

      Monday, November 19

      • 8 Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME

      Tuesday, November 20

      • 6 Boys and Girls vs White Creek- HOME
      WINS this week for the Braves & Lady Braves
      • 8 Boys defeated Clarksville
      • 7 Boys defeated Clarksville
      • 7 Girls defeated Orleans
      • 8 Girls defeated Orleans
      • 6th Boys defeated Medora
      • 6th B Girls defeated Bedford
      Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

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

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:
      “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.

      -Jacques Maritain, French philosopher

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

      “Thanksgiving Week:  Gratitude”

      Until next week,

      Mr. McClure
    • Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

      Week of:  November 12 - 16

      Week 14

      “The Principal’s Post”

      STUDENT CONVOCATIONS

      This week I will be holding my second series of convocations with the students, in their respective grade levels, to provide some “first trimester feedback” for this ‘18-‘19 school year.  

      Since we last met, we have completed our first grading period and have had four (4) school-wide on-level reward activities.  As I promised the students in our first meeting together in August, we will continue to monitor our progress towards our individual and school-wide goals.

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

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

      I am going to continue to admonish them about their homework completion and overall academic effort.  As of today (Monday), we are T-minus 93 school days and counting before our Spring 2019 ILEARN testing.  ILEARN remains, quite literally, our school’s annual report card as awarded by the state of Indiana. It’s our “big dance!”  It’s our “big chance!” It’s our “Super Bowl!!” The students know that what they choose to do in the days and weeks between now and March 2019 will say it all come test time.  Every day, regardless of the academic trimester, counts!

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

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

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

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

      1st TRIMESTER COURTESY AWARD WINNERS
      Submitted by:  Mrs. McCrary, BCMS Counselor

      Congratulations to our 1st Trimester Courtesy Award winners! Two boys and two girls from each grade are chosen by their teachers for the award. This award honors students who exhibit courteous behavior to the staff and their fellow students. This is a very special recognition as it honors their choices in how they treat other people. In recognition, the winners were taken to Blondie’s Pizza for lunch last Friday, and they will receive a certificate at the Trimester 1 Awards Program. 

      The following students are 1st trimester recipients of the Courtesy Award: 

      6th Grade: Jairdyn Kiser, Jayda Clodfelder, Thai Daraswad, Kessie Helton

      7th Grade: Deven Cummings, Cole Brelage, Hunter Engelking, Megan VonDielingen

      8th Grade: Makiya Crews, Jayde Barnard, Adam Wayt, Gabe Edwards

      WASHINGTON, D.C. PAYMENT ALERT

      8th grade BCMS student Washington, D.C. trip registrants are reminded that the second payment ($250) is due this Thursday, November 15th.  Please note that all trip payments are made directly to Brightspark, not BCMS.

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

      FOURTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

      As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the fourth level review period (October 8th – November 2nd) enjoyed treats and/or recreation time as grade levels the afternoon of Friday, November 9th.

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

      Grade 6:  84 “on-level” / 116 6th graders enrolled = 72%

      Grade 7:  97 “on-level” / 134 7th graders enrolled = 72%

      Grade 8:  69 “on-level”/ 108 8th graders enrolled = 64%

      All grades:  250 “on-level” / 358 BCMS students = 70%

      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 continue to track our on-level percentages as classes and as a school each level review period.  When we meet as grade level teams at the end of the first trimester, these performance percentages will be a significant part of our discussion.  

      To have 100% of our student body earn “on level” status remains our ultimate 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.  

      To do so will require “Respect” for self, the “Responsibility” to willingly accept tasks assigned, and the “Resourcefulness” to persevere when at first they may not succeed.

      And, we challenge the students to always be cognizant of their level status.  As we start “Week 14” of the school year, we are already starting “week 2” of the second trimester and the fifth level review period.  

      DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

      THE POWER OF ZERO: HOW TO AVOID LOW GRADES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Assignment

      Total Possible Points  (A+)

      Points needed for a “C-”

      Student #1’s points & grades

      Student #2’s points & grades

      Homework

      10

      7

      10 = A

      10 = A

      Homework

      25

      18

      24 = A

      24 = A

      Homework

      20

      14

      14 = C

      14 = C

      Quiz

      30

      21

      24 = B

      24 = B

      Homework

      20

      14

      0 = F

      12 = F

      Homework

      20

      14

      0 = F

      12 = F

      Quiz

      30

      21

      18 = D

      18 = D

      Homework

      15

      11

      12 = B-

      12 = B-

      Homework

      25

      18

      23 = A-

      23 = A

      Project

      65

      46

      0 = F

      38 = F

      Homework

      20

      14

      18 = B

      18 = B

      Test

      100

      70

      83 = B

      83 = B

      Homework

      10

      7

      9 = B+

      9 = B+

      Homework

      25

      18

      25 = A

      25 = A

               
      Total Points

      435

      305

      260 = F

      322 = C

      Final Grade

      A+

      C-

      F

      C


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

      Who can you ask for help?

      Remember the power of ZERO. Don’t let it have any power over you!

      BCMS ATHLETICS
      Submitted by:  Mr. Young

      Sporting events this week:

      Monday, November 12
      • 6AB Girls Basketball  vs Bedford- HOME
      • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Orleans- AWAY
      • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs St. Vincent- AWAY
      Tuesday, November 13
      • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Clarksville- HOME
      • 6 Boys vs Medora- AWAY
      Thursday, November 15
      • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Jackson Creek- HOME
      • 6AB Girls Basketball vs Shawswick- HOME- Vallonia Gym
      • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Austin- AWAY
      • 6 AB Boys Basketball vs North Harrison- AWAY
      Saturday, November 17
      • 6 Girls Basketball @ Brown County Invite
      WINS this week for the Braves & Lady Braves
      • 6th Grade Boys defeated Sauers
      • 7th & 8th Grade Boys defeated Lutheran Central
      • 7/8 Grade Girls defeated Immanuel Lutheran
      Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

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

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

      “To say little and perform much is the characteristic of a great mind.”

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

      “Honesty and Integrity:  Rules for Success”

      Until next week,

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

      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






    • 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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