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    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

    Week of:  December 10 – 14

    Week 18

    “The Principal’s Post”

    BCMS NOVEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

    On the evening of December 10th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School will recognize 8th grade student, Jackson Hartley, as our BCMS November 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 Jackson’s teachers had to say about his selection:  “The 8th grade proudly recognizes Jackson Hartley as the BCMS November Brave of the Month. Jackson is an absolute model student and a teacher's pleasure to have in the classroom. He is a responsible student with tremendous work ethic, settling for nothing but his best effort. His infectious smile, personality, and positive attitude make his peers want to be around him, if for nothing else than to help brighten their own day. Jackson has been an influential member of the BCMS Tribal Council for 3 years. He is an amazing example for the younger middle school students, takes initiative in leading committee work, and regularly volunteers to do more than is asked or required. Because of Jackson’s responsibility and trustworthiness, he has been a teacher assistant in the main office for the past two years, and was selected for participation in the YoJACK program. He willingly runs errands for teachers and office staff, and his positive contributions extend to his peers in providing them academic assistance when asked. All of these qualities make Jackson an outstanding student and a perfect choice to represent BCMS. Keep up the great work, Jackson!”

    CONGRATULATIONS, Jackson!! . . . and, THANK YOU!!

    FIFTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

    As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the fifth level review period (November 5th – November 30th) will enjoy treats and/or recreation time as grade levels next Thursday morning, December 20th.

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

    Grade 6:  83 “on-level” / 114 6th graders enrolled = 73%

    Grade 7:  95 “on-level” / 134 7th graders enrolled = 71%

    Grade 8:  62 “on-level”/ 111 8th graders enrolled = 56%

    All grades:  240 “on-level” / 359 BCMS students = 67%

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

    DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

    CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST





    BCMS ATHLETIC  
    Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

    Sporting events this week:

    Monday, December 10
    • 7 AB Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME
    • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs Lutheran Central- AWAY
    • 6 Boys Basketball vs Scottsburg-  AWAY
    Tuesday, December 11
    • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Silver Creek- AWAY
    • 6 Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME
    Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

    “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”- Babe Ruth


    2019 ILEARN TEST COUNTER

    This week:  T-minus 76, 75, 74, 73, 72

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

    "Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance."
    -Dr. Samuel Johnson

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

    Moral Courage:  Choosing What’s Right”

    Until next week,

    Mr. McClure

    Last Week

    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
    Week of:  November 26 – 30
    Week 16

    “The Principal’s Post”

    2019 ILEARN TEST COUNTER

    As many of you may know, the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) is being replaced this year with the Indiana Learning Evaluation and Readiness Network (ILEARN) assessment.  ILEARN measures what students know and are able to do at each grade level 3-8 and 10. Based on Indiana's Academic Standards, ILEARN provides a learning “check-up” to make sure that students are on track as interpreted by the Indiana Department of Education.  It also helps to signal whether they need extra help and where that intervention can be directed.

    During my team meeting convocations with the students, I continued to stress with the students the importance of this test.  In our grade level meetings together, we agreed that there was much, much more to school than simply a test. However, students were reminded that their performance each year on the former ISTEP+ exam, and now the new ILEARN assessment, is all that the state cares about.  That is our reality, and they were reminded of this.

    Teachers ask ILEARN-type questions on chapter tests, use ILEARN vocabulary in class and when giving assignment directions, and continue to “talk up” the importance of the test.  The students understand that our progress is a direct reflection of our efforts and commitment to reach for more.  Our “ILEARN grade,” individually and collectively as a school, REMAINS the defining grade of the entire year.

    To “set the stage” for this year’s test, we start counting down this week, “T-minus _____ days to ILEARN testing” now becomes part of our ritual.  For 2018-2019, we are counting down to our BCMS ILEARN test/success day!

    In counting down, it is a reminder that it is not only our performance on the test dates that will determine our “climb” to increased levels of success, we stress that it is each day, between now and then, that we MAKE COUNT in preparing for test day.  Only in treating each school day with intensity and purpose will we secure our success. 

    Beginning in this week’s post, we begin our 2019 countdown together.

    This week:  T-minus 86, 85, 84, 83, 82.

    RECEIVE BCMS TEXT ALERTS ON SCHOOL DELAYS & CANCELATIONS:
    As we enter the final weeks of fall and look to the winter months, and the likely winter weather those months will bring, we would invite you to sign up to receive school delay and/or school cancelation alert texts from Mr. McClure. 

    Click here to view simple instructions to get registered.

    PLEASE NOTE:  If you have already signed up to receive this year’s alert texts, there is nothing more you need do.  

    TRIBAL COUNCIL DANCE!
    Submitted by:  Mrs. McCrary, BCMS Counselor
    Friday, November 30th will be our first dance of the year at BCMS.  This dance is sponsored by Tribal Council and the proceeds of the dance will be used in December for our annual Christmas Cheer Toy Drive. Only students who were "on level" for Level Review 4 will be able to attend.  Students must also have their LMC fines and their lunch fines paid up to date. The dance will be after school until 5:30.  Tickets are $3 and will be available for students to purchase at lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.  At the dance there will be a DJ, soda and candy to purchase, and lots of dancing, so be ready for a good time! 

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

    Monday, November 26
    • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Mitchell- AWAY
    • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Oolitic- HOME
    • 6A Girls Basketball vs Silver Creek- AWAY
    • 6AB Boys Basketball vs North Harrison- AWAY
    Tuesday, November 27
    • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs St. John Sauers- AWAY
    Wednesday, November 28
    • Winter Sports Pictures- After School- In Gym
    Thursday, November 29
    • 8th Boys Basketball vs Shawswick- AWAY
    • 6A Boys Basketball vs Silver Creek- HOME
    Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

    “Champions keep playing until they get it right”- Billie Jean King

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:
    “When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others.”

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
    “Kindness and Courtesy:  Weakness or Strength?”

    Until next week,

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    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:  December 10 – 14

      Week 18

      “The Principal’s Post”

      BCMS NOVEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

      On the evening of December 10th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School will recognize 8th grade student, Jackson Hartley, as our BCMS November 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 Jackson’s teachers had to say about his selection:  “The 8th grade proudly recognizes Jackson Hartley as the BCMS November Brave of the Month. Jackson is an absolute model student and a teacher's pleasure to have in the classroom. He is a responsible student with tremendous work ethic, settling for nothing but his best effort. His infectious smile, personality, and positive attitude make his peers want to be around him, if for nothing else than to help brighten their own day. Jackson has been an influential member of the BCMS Tribal Council for 3 years. He is an amazing example for the younger middle school students, takes initiative in leading committee work, and regularly volunteers to do more than is asked or required. Because of Jackson’s responsibility and trustworthiness, he has been a teacher assistant in the main office for the past two years, and was selected for participation in the YoJACK program. He willingly runs errands for teachers and office staff, and his positive contributions extend to his peers in providing them academic assistance when asked. All of these qualities make Jackson an outstanding student and a perfect choice to represent BCMS. Keep up the great work, Jackson!”

      CONGRATULATIONS, Jackson!! . . . and, THANK YOU!!

      FIFTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

      As mentioned last week, those students earning “on-level” status for the fifth level review period (November 5th – November 30th) will enjoy treats and/or recreation time as grade levels next Thursday morning, December 20th.

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

      Grade 6:  83 “on-level” / 114 6th graders enrolled = 73%

      Grade 7:  95 “on-level” / 134 7th graders enrolled = 71%

      Grade 8:  62 “on-level”/ 111 8th graders enrolled = 56%

      All grades:  240 “on-level” / 359 BCMS students = 67%

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

      DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

      CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST





      BCMS ATHLETIC  
      Submitted by:  Mr. Young BCMS Athletic Director

      Sporting events this week:

      Monday, December 10
      • 7 AB Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME
      • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs Lutheran Central- AWAY
      • 6 Boys Basketball vs Scottsburg-  AWAY
      Tuesday, December 11
      • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Silver Creek- AWAY
      • 6 Boys Basketball vs Austin- HOME
      Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

      “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”- Babe Ruth


      2019 ILEARN TEST COUNTER

      This week:  T-minus 76, 75, 74, 73, 72

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

      "Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance."
      -Dr. Samuel Johnson

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

      Moral Courage:  Choosing What’s Right”

      Until next week,

      Mr. McClure
    • Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
      Week of:  November 26 – 30
      Week 16

      “The Principal’s Post”

      2019 ILEARN TEST COUNTER

      As many of you may know, the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) is being replaced this year with the Indiana Learning Evaluation and Readiness Network (ILEARN) assessment.  ILEARN measures what students know and are able to do at each grade level 3-8 and 10. Based on Indiana's Academic Standards, ILEARN provides a learning “check-up” to make sure that students are on track as interpreted by the Indiana Department of Education.  It also helps to signal whether they need extra help and where that intervention can be directed.

      During my team meeting convocations with the students, I continued to stress with the students the importance of this test.  In our grade level meetings together, we agreed that there was much, much more to school than simply a test. However, students were reminded that their performance each year on the former ISTEP+ exam, and now the new ILEARN assessment, is all that the state cares about.  That is our reality, and they were reminded of this.

      Teachers ask ILEARN-type questions on chapter tests, use ILEARN vocabulary in class and when giving assignment directions, and continue to “talk up” the importance of the test.  The students understand that our progress is a direct reflection of our efforts and commitment to reach for more.  Our “ILEARN grade,” individually and collectively as a school, REMAINS the defining grade of the entire year.

      To “set the stage” for this year’s test, we start counting down this week, “T-minus _____ days to ILEARN testing” now becomes part of our ritual.  For 2018-2019, we are counting down to our BCMS ILEARN test/success day!

      In counting down, it is a reminder that it is not only our performance on the test dates that will determine our “climb” to increased levels of success, we stress that it is each day, between now and then, that we MAKE COUNT in preparing for test day.  Only in treating each school day with intensity and purpose will we secure our success. 

      Beginning in this week’s post, we begin our 2019 countdown together.

      This week:  T-minus 86, 85, 84, 83, 82.

      RECEIVE BCMS TEXT ALERTS ON SCHOOL DELAYS & CANCELATIONS:
      As we enter the final weeks of fall and look to the winter months, and the likely winter weather those months will bring, we would invite you to sign up to receive school delay and/or school cancelation alert texts from Mr. McClure. 

      Click here to view simple instructions to get registered.

      PLEASE NOTE:  If you have already signed up to receive this year’s alert texts, there is nothing more you need do.  

      TRIBAL COUNCIL DANCE!
      Submitted by:  Mrs. McCrary, BCMS Counselor
      Friday, November 30th will be our first dance of the year at BCMS.  This dance is sponsored by Tribal Council and the proceeds of the dance will be used in December for our annual Christmas Cheer Toy Drive. Only students who were "on level" for Level Review 4 will be able to attend.  Students must also have their LMC fines and their lunch fines paid up to date. The dance will be after school until 5:30.  Tickets are $3 and will be available for students to purchase at lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.  At the dance there will be a DJ, soda and candy to purchase, and lots of dancing, so be ready for a good time! 

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

      Monday, November 26
      • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Mitchell- AWAY
      • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Oolitic- HOME
      • 6A Girls Basketball vs Silver Creek- AWAY
      • 6AB Boys Basketball vs North Harrison- AWAY
      Tuesday, November 27
      • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs St. John Sauers- AWAY
      Wednesday, November 28
      • Winter Sports Pictures- After School- In Gym
      Thursday, November 29
      • 8th Boys Basketball vs Shawswick- AWAY
      • 6A Boys Basketball vs Silver Creek- HOME
      Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

      “Champions keep playing until they get it right”- Billie Jean King

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:
      “When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others.”

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
      “Kindness and Courtesy:  Weakness or Strength?”

      Until next week,

    • 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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