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    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
    Week of:  December 2 - 6
    Week 17
    “The Principal’s Post” 

    HOMEWORK and HARMONY . . . NEVER TOO LATE!!!
    We are quickly approaching the midpoint of the year, but it is never too late to get signed up in Harmony, or to begin the habit of checking our daily homework information as it relates to your BCMS student!

    As you may know, BCMS implements practices to help with communication between school and home regarding student classwork and/or homework assigned on a given day.  Our “Homework” assignment portal link (in the horizontal menu above) for students and parents provides access to ALL CLASS ASSIGNMENTS, EVERY DAY, ALL ON ONE PAGE! 

    All of your child’s teachers enter their assignments on one page which is updated daily by 3:15PM.  This page can help to verify what they are telling you. In fact, this assignment page for parents is exactly the same page that BCMS students view during our Period 8 Extension time from 3:12-3:15PM each afternoon.

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

    Also, many of our parents make use of their Harmony accounts when checking student grades, attendance, lunch account and book rental balances, and discipline.  If you don’t yet have your Harmony account for your student, we encourage you to contact the school. We will get you going!

    5th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 6th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD
    The fifth level review period (the first level review period for Trimester 2) concluded last Tuesday, November 26th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the fifth three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday, December 6th!  J

    We begin the 6th level review period today!!!  All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this sixth level review period (December 2nd – December 20th) has begun.

    To be eligible for three-week Level Reward Activities and any scheduled after-school dances, a student must have:
                      No more than 1 incomplete homework/daily work assignment per class
                      No more than 3 incomplete homework/daily work assignments in total
                      No more than 1 detention
                      No discipline violations warranting a Wednesday School, Saturday School, ISS (In-school Supervision) or OSS (Out-of-school Suspension) consequence

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

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

    Monday, December 2
    • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Mitchell- HOME
    • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Oolitic- AWAY
    • 6A Girls Basketball vs Silver Creek- VALLONIA
    Tuesday, December 3
    • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs St. John Sauers- HOME
    • 7/8 Boys vs West Washington- AWAY
    Thursday, December 5
    • 8th Boys Basketball vs Shawswick- HOME
    • 6/7 Girls Basketball vs Salem- AWAY
    Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms
    Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!
    “Champions keep playing until they get it right”  - Billie Jean King

    2020 ILEARN TEST COUNTER
    This week:  T-minus 81, 80, 79, 78, 77

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE V.I.S.I.O.N. QUOTE:
    “Make your vision so clear that your fears become irrelevant.” - Anonymous

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
    “Kindness:  Helping Others/Helping Ourselves”

    Until next week,

    Last Week

    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
    Week of:  November 25 – 29
    Week 16
    “The Principal’s Post”

    Please note that school will not be in session this Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th.  Classes will resume on Monday, December 2nd.  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!

    2020 ILEARN TEST COUNTER
    As many of you may know, the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) was replaced last 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 ILEARN assessment is the state’s primary interest.  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 2019-2020, 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 2020 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.

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

    Sporting events this week:
    Monday, November 25
    • 8 Boys Basketball vs Austin- AWAY
    • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs LC- AWAY

    Tuesday, November 26
    • 6 Boys and Girls vs White Creek- AWAY
    WINS this week for the Braves & Lady Braves
    • 8 Boys defeated Clarksville & Jackson Creek
    • 7 Boys defeated Clarksville
    • 7 Girls defeated Orleans & Medora
    • 8 Girls defeated Orleans & Austin
    • 6th Boys defeated Medora & North Harrison

    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 V.I.S.I.O.N. QUOTE:
    “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”  Jack Welch

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
    “Honor and Integrity:  Keys to Success”


    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
      Week of:  December 2 - 6
      Week 17
      “The Principal’s Post” 

      HOMEWORK and HARMONY . . . NEVER TOO LATE!!!
      We are quickly approaching the midpoint of the year, but it is never too late to get signed up in Harmony, or to begin the habit of checking our daily homework information as it relates to your BCMS student!

      As you may know, BCMS implements practices to help with communication between school and home regarding student classwork and/or homework assigned on a given day.  Our “Homework” assignment portal link (in the horizontal menu above) for students and parents provides access to ALL CLASS ASSIGNMENTS, EVERY DAY, ALL ON ONE PAGE! 

      All of your child’s teachers enter their assignments on one page which is updated daily by 3:15PM.  This page can help to verify what they are telling you. In fact, this assignment page for parents is exactly the same page that BCMS students view during our Period 8 Extension time from 3:12-3:15PM each afternoon.

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

      Also, many of our parents make use of their Harmony accounts when checking student grades, attendance, lunch account and book rental balances, and discipline.  If you don’t yet have your Harmony account for your student, we encourage you to contact the school. We will get you going!

      5th LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 6th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD
      The fifth level review period (the first level review period for Trimester 2) concluded last Tuesday, November 26th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the fifth three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday, December 6th!  J

      We begin the 6th level review period today!!!  All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this sixth level review period (December 2nd – December 20th) has begun.

      To be eligible for three-week Level Reward Activities and any scheduled after-school dances, a student must have:
                        No more than 1 incomplete homework/daily work assignment per class
                        No more than 3 incomplete homework/daily work assignments in total
                        No more than 1 detention
                        No discipline violations warranting a Wednesday School, Saturday School, ISS (In-school Supervision) or OSS (Out-of-school Suspension) consequence

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

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

      Monday, December 2
      • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Mitchell- HOME
      • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs Oolitic- AWAY
      • 6A Girls Basketball vs Silver Creek- VALLONIA
      Tuesday, December 3
      • 6/8 Girls Basketball vs St. John Sauers- HOME
      • 7/8 Boys vs West Washington- AWAY
      Thursday, December 5
      • 8th Boys Basketball vs Shawswick- HOME
      • 6/7 Girls Basketball vs Salem- AWAY
      Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms
      Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court!
      “Champions keep playing until they get it right”  - Billie Jean King

      2020 ILEARN TEST COUNTER
      This week:  T-minus 81, 80, 79, 78, 77

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE V.I.S.I.O.N. QUOTE:
      “Make your vision so clear that your fears become irrelevant.” - Anonymous

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
      “Kindness:  Helping Others/Helping Ourselves”

      Until next week,
    • Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
      Week of:  November 25 – 29
      Week 16
      “The Principal’s Post”

      Please note that school will not be in session this Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th.  Classes will resume on Monday, December 2nd.  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!

      2020 ILEARN TEST COUNTER
      As many of you may know, the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) was replaced last 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 ILEARN assessment is the state’s primary interest.  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 2019-2020, 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 2020 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.

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

      Sporting events this week:
      Monday, November 25
      • 8 Boys Basketball vs Austin- AWAY
      • 7/8 Girls Basketball vs LC- AWAY

      Tuesday, November 26
      • 6 Boys and Girls vs White Creek- AWAY
      WINS this week for the Braves & Lady Braves
      • 8 Boys defeated Clarksville & Jackson Creek
      • 7 Boys defeated Clarksville
      • 7 Girls defeated Orleans & Medora
      • 8 Girls defeated Orleans & Austin
      • 6th Boys defeated Medora & North Harrison

      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 V.I.S.I.O.N. QUOTE:
      “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”  Jack Welch

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
      “Honor and Integrity:  Keys to Success”


      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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