logo
Brownstown Central
Middle School
  • Bms Photo01
  • Bms Photo02
  • Bms Photo03
  • Bms Photo04

    Welcome to Brownstown Central Middle School!

    BCMS Happenings

    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
    Week of:  October 14 - 18
     “The Principal’s Post”

    Please note that school is not in session this week (Monday, October 15th through Friday, October 18th).  Classes will resume on Monday, October 21st.  Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break this week! 

    GRADE 8 WASHINGTON, D.C. REGISTRATION DEADLINE

    Online registration deadline for 8th grade BCMS students interested in attending the May 13-17, 2020, Washington, D.C. trip is quickly approaching.  This Tuesday, October 15th, is the final day to register! 

    BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

    The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting next week on the evening of Thursday, October 24th in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

    This invitation comes as BCMS, along with the other ILEARN tested schools in Indiana, await the release of their official school results and school accountability grades for the spring 2019 ILEARN exam. 

    BCMS’ recent accountability grade ratings have been: 

    2014-2015:  A (“old” state accountability metrics)
    2015-2016:  B (“new” state accountability metrics)
    2016-2017:  D
    2017-2018:  C
    2018-2019:  ?

    We will be discussing the student results of the 2018-2019 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana college-and-career readiness standards.  We will also have a goals and strategies discussion to help outline our current 2019-2020 school improvement plan initiatives.

    BCMS parents and other interested members of the community are invited and welcome to join the council for this informative discussion.  We would ask that all attendees please enter the building through the main entrance doors. Click here for more information.

    Because you never stop, “Growing BRAVE!” 

    2019-2020 BCMS SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
    (this use to be our annual MAGAZINE SALES)

    On Tuesday, October 22nd, Garry Montgomery from Great American Opportunities will be meeting with each grade level to kick off BCMS’s fall school fundraising effort.  He will be sharing with the students the “how” and the “why” for having a school fundraiser. Not only do the students stand to benefit personally (Garry will explain that), the fundraiser provides revenue for the school to implement student reward and educational activities (e.g. level review rewards, annual school-wide student tee shirts, field trips, as well as year-end prizes, honors and awards). 

    Please know that participation in the fundraiser, while encouraged, is not required.  Parents and students should feel free to participate, or not, according to their own interest and availability.  While homework is not optional, the school fundraiser is! 

    For the first time this year, our school fundraiser will be entirely online.  And while parents and patrons can still purchase online items (which will be shipped directly to your home), those interested in simply making a monetary donation without buying anything unwanted will have that option also.

    There won’t be any coupon books, door-to-door selling, forms to complete, money to change hands, deliveries to be made, etc.  Parents and friends can expect to receive a text message invitation during the day of Tuesday, October 22nd, to purchase or donate, and that is it!  One class period, one text.

    For this special fundraising campaign, students will be permitted to have their cell phone in class for one period on Tuesday, October 22nd.

    Grade 6 – Mrs. Cunningham’s science class
    Grade 7 – Mrs. Wheeler’s science class
    Grade 8 – Mrs. Caudill’s math class

    The entire fundraiser will take place during that one class period.

    Please click on the date below for information sent via email on that day:

    Wednesday, October 9th

    Thursday, October 10th

    Friday, October 11th

    WORLD VISION
    As our middle school community is likely aware, BCMS is engaged as a school in a 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. initiative this 2019-2020 school year.  However, one of the things we wanted to do as part of our special activity calendar is to look beyond the walls of BCMS. In this case, way beyond.

    BCMS has earned a reputation of generosity as it relates to our annual Christmas Cheer campaign, but it is expanding that compassionate influence with the addition of our past and present enrichment club offerings . . . be it the Spotless Club, the Kindness Club, the Blanket Making Club, or the FCA Club and its recent work at the “Shed for you.”  

    On the morning of Friday, September 27th, BCMS students learned how our school can make an impact . . . not only in our community, but on the other side of the world. 

    Mrs. Amy Claire Patterson, representative from the international humanitarian organization, World Vision, was a guest speaker at BCMS to educate about the clean water crisis in underdeveloped countries and how we can be change agents the lives of others, many of them children.

    She visited BCMS to answer the following questions:

    What is World Vision?

    What do they do?

    What is significant about 6K?

    And, how can we be World Vision partners as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. efforts this year?

    Former BCMS student, BCHS graduate and Jackson County resident, Dr. Eric Parker, partnered with Mrs. Patterson to help answer those very questions.

    In response to the clean water need, BCMS has scheduled some different fundraising activities so that we can be a World Vision supporter as a school in this our 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. year.  Some of those activities include:

    On Wednesday, October 9th, during the students’ TRIBE period, for a donation of $1 students were able to enjoy free electronic device (phone, tablet, school chromebook) time for that period.

    On Friday, October 11th, BCMS had its own 6K run/walk activity.  Later that afternoon, a World Vision Dance was held.  $3 was the admission cost to the dance.

    On Friday, November 1st, for a donation of $1, students will be permitted to wear a hat (school appropriate) in the building throughout the day.

    All the money raised from these special activity (device, dance, and hat) days will be our donation to World Vision for the purpose of supplying clean water.

    As an added incentive, the TRIBE class that raises the most by participating in the three planned fundraisers will earn extra gym time.

    Community patrons wanting to financially support the World Vision effort as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. campaign can do so directly online:

    https://www.teamworldvision.org/team/BCMS2020VISION

    Winter Coat Drive
    Where: The Seymour BMV
    When: October 1st - October 31st

    The Seymour BMV will be accepting donations of winter items such as coats, hats, gloves and scarves. We ask that any items donated be in NEW or GENTLY USED condition. Please bring donations to the Seymour BMV Tuesday through Friday between 8:30a.m-5:00p.m. If you do not visit Seymour often, please contact Jamie or Karcyn and we can arrange a pickup in Brownstown. 

    Jamie Gray-812-592-9706
    Karcyn Davers- 812-569-3352

    You can also reach out to us via FB messenger.


    Until next week,

    Last Week

    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
    Week of:  October 7 - 11
    Week 10
    “The Principal’s Post”

    Please note that school will not be in session this next week, Monday, October 14th through Friday, October 18th.  Classes will resume on Monday, October 21st.  Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break week!  

    THE SECOND “R”:  RESPONSIBILITY
    Last week I used “The Principal’s Post” to share BCMS’s first “R” – Respect.  It remains my hope that you will partner with us in adopting a common vocabulary in reinforcing the critical character development traits we promote as a school.  The “Three R’s” are the core principles that we advocate daily. And now . . .

    . . . the second R:  RESPONSIBILITY – Webster’s Dictionary defines responsibility as, “obligation, accountability, a person or thing that one is answerable to.”  With the students we explain that responsibility is a willingness to accept ownership for one’s own social behavior as well as for assignments from authority figures.

    The heart of responsibility is more than simply acknowledging one’s obligation (e.g. homework), it is the individual’s proactive attitude of ownership that empowers one to do his/her personal best regardless of the situation or task assigned.  Responsibility doesn’t look for excuses, it looks for solutions.

    2019-2020 BCMS SCHOOL FUNDRAISER (this use to be our annual MAGAZINE SALES)
    On Tuesday, October 22nd, Garry Montgomery from Great American Opportunities will be meeting with each grade level to kick off BCMS’s fall school fundraising effort.  He will be sharing with the students the “how” and the “why” for having a school fundraiser. Not only do the students stand to benefit personally (Garry will explain that), the fundraiser done provides revenue for the school to implement student reward and educational activities (e.g. level review rewards, annual school-wide student tee shirts, field trips, as well as year-end prizes, honors and awards). 

    Please know that participation in the fundraiser, while encouraged, is not required.  Parents and students should feel free to participate, or not, according to their own interest and availability.  While homework is not optional, the school fundraiser is!

    For the first time this year, our school fundraiser will be entirely online.  And while parents and patrons can still purchase online items (which will be shipped directly to your home), those interested in simply making a monetary donation without buying anything unwanted will have that option also.

    There won’t be any coupon books, door-to-door selling, forms to complete, money to change hands, deliveries to be made, etc.  Parents and friends can expect to receive a text message invitation from their student during the day of Tuesday, October 22nd, to purchase or donate, and that is it!  One class period, one text.

    For this special fundraising campaign, students will be permitted to have their cell phone in class for one period on Tuesday, October 22nd.

    Grade 6 – Mrs. Cunningham’s science class
    Grade 7 – Mrs. Wheeler’s science class
    Grade 8 – Mrs. Caudill’s math class

    The entire fundraiser will take place during the one class period your student has this teacher.
    More information to come as we approach the 22nd! 

    WORLD VISION
    As our middle school community is likely aware, BCMS is engaged as a school in a 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. initiative this 2019-2020 school year.  However, one of the things we wanted to do as part of our special activity calendar is to look beyond the walls of BCMS. In this case, way beyond.

    BCMS has earned a reputation of generosity as it relates to our annual Christmas Cheer campaign, but it is expanding that compassionate influence with the addition of our past and present enrichment club offerings . . . be it the Spotless Club, the Kindness Club, the Blanket Making Club, or the FCA Club and its recent work at the “Shed for you.” 

    On the morning of Friday, September 27th, BCMS students learned how our school can make an impact . . . not only in our community, but on the other side of the world.

    Mrs. Amy Claire Patterson, representative from the international humanitarian organization, World Vision, was a guest speaker at BCMS to educate about the clean water crisis in underdeveloped countries and how we can be change agents the lives of others, many of them children.

    She visited BCMS to answer the following questions:
         What is World Vision?
         What do they do?
         What is significant about 6K?
         And, how can we be World Vision partners as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. efforts this year?

    Former BCMS student, BCHS graduate and Jackson County resident, Dr. Eric Parker, partnered with Mrs. Patterson to help answer those very questions.

    In response to the clean water need, BCMS has scheduled some different fundraising activities so that we can be a World Vision supporter as a school in this our 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. year.  Some of those activities include:

    Wednesday, October 9th:  During the students’ TRIBE period, a donation of $1 will enable the student to enjoy free electronic device (phone, tablet, school chromebook) time for that period.

    Friday, October 11th: BCMS will have its own 6K run/walk activity.  (The students now know the significance of why we are doing a 6K.)  Later that afternoon, a World Vision Dance is being sponsored from 3:30-5:30.  Tickets for the dance are $3.

    Friday, November 1st:  For a donation of $1 students may wear a hat (school appropriate) in the building throughout the day.

    All the money raised from these special activity (device, dance, and hat) days will be our donation to World Vision for the purpose of supplying clean water.

    As an added incentive, the TRIBE class that raises the most by participating in the three planned fundraisers will earn extra gym time.

    Community patrons wanting to financially support the World Vision effort as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. campaign can do so directly online:

    https://www.teamworldvision.org/team/BCMS2020VISION 

    BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
    The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting later this month on the evening of Thursday, October 24th in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

    This invitation comes as BCMS, along with the other ILEARN tested schools in Indiana, await the release of their official school results and school accountability grades for the spring 2019 ILEARN exam. 

    BCMS’ recent accountability grade ratings have been: 

    2014-2015:  A (“old” state accountability metrics)
    2015-2016:  B (“new” state accountability metrics)
    2016-2017:  D
    2017-2018:  C
    2018-2019:  ?

    We will be discussing the student results of the 2018-2019 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana College-and-Career Readiness Standards.  We will also have a goals and strategies discussion to help outline our current 2019-2020 school improvement plan initiatives.

    BCMS parents and other interested members of the community are invited and welcome to join the council for this informative discussion.  We would ask that all attendees please enter the building through the main entrance doors. Click here for more information.

    Because you never stop, “Growing BRAVE!” 

    3rd LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 4th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD
    The third level review period for Trimester 1 concluded last Friday, October 4th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the third three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday!

    We begin the 4th level review period today . . . the final level review of this first trimester!!!  J 

    All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this fourth level review period (October 7th – November 1st) 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. 

    GRADE 8 WASHINGTON, D.C. REGISTRATION DEADLINE
    Online registration deadline for 8th grade BCMS students interested in attending the May 13-17, 2020, Washington, D.C. trip is quickly approaching.  Tuesday, October 15th, is the final day to register!

    (NOTE:  Parents and students not able to attend the mandatory August 13th information meeting, but still interested in the trip, can pick up registration information (along with student trip criteria) in the BCMS main office.  No registration information will be given over the phone or by email.)

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

    Monday, October
    • 7/8 Volleyball vs Immanuel Lutheran- AWAY
    • Boys Tennis vs Seymour- HOME
    • Winter Sports Sign ups Start

    Tuesday, October 8
    • 6,7,8 Volleyball vs Scottsburg- HOME
      • 8th Grade Night- BLACK OUT NIGHT

    Thursday, October 10
    • 7/8 Volleyball vs Seymour- HOME
    • 7/8 Football vs Scottsburg- HOME

    Friday, October 11
    • Fall Sports Pow Wow

    WINS this week for the BCMS
    • 7/8 Volleyball defeated Crothersville & Mitchell
    • 8th Volleyball- MSC CHAMPIONS
    • 6th Volleyball defeated Scottsburg & Seymour
    •  Football defeated Clarksville

    Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

    Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court or field!
    “Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” - Michael Jordan

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE V.I.S.I.O.N. QUOTE:
    “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” - Jonathan Swift 

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
    “Education:  A Gift for Life”


    Until next week,

    Lunch Menu

    Homework

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

    Trimester 1

    Week 1: August   5 - August 9
    Week 2: August 12 - August 16
    Week 3: August 20 - August 24
    Week 4: August 26 - August 30
    Week 5: September 2 - September 6 (Labor Day)
    Week 6: September 9 - September 13
    Week 7: September 16 - September 20
    Week 8: September 23 - September 27
    Week 9: September 30 - October 4

    Week 10: October 7 - October 11
    Fall Break: October 14 - October 18
    Week 11: October 21 - October 25
    Week 12: October 28 - November 1

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

    Trimester 2
    Week 13: November 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:  October 14 - 18
       “The Principal’s Post”

      Please note that school is not in session this week (Monday, October 15th through Friday, October 18th).  Classes will resume on Monday, October 21st.  Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break this week! 

      GRADE 8 WASHINGTON, D.C. REGISTRATION DEADLINE

      Online registration deadline for 8th grade BCMS students interested in attending the May 13-17, 2020, Washington, D.C. trip is quickly approaching.  This Tuesday, October 15th, is the final day to register! 

      BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

      The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting next week on the evening of Thursday, October 24th in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

      This invitation comes as BCMS, along with the other ILEARN tested schools in Indiana, await the release of their official school results and school accountability grades for the spring 2019 ILEARN exam. 

      BCMS’ recent accountability grade ratings have been: 

      2014-2015:  A (“old” state accountability metrics)
      2015-2016:  B (“new” state accountability metrics)
      2016-2017:  D
      2017-2018:  C
      2018-2019:  ?

      We will be discussing the student results of the 2018-2019 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana college-and-career readiness standards.  We will also have a goals and strategies discussion to help outline our current 2019-2020 school improvement plan initiatives.

      BCMS parents and other interested members of the community are invited and welcome to join the council for this informative discussion.  We would ask that all attendees please enter the building through the main entrance doors. Click here for more information.

      Because you never stop, “Growing BRAVE!” 

      2019-2020 BCMS SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
      (this use to be our annual MAGAZINE SALES)

      On Tuesday, October 22nd, Garry Montgomery from Great American Opportunities will be meeting with each grade level to kick off BCMS’s fall school fundraising effort.  He will be sharing with the students the “how” and the “why” for having a school fundraiser. Not only do the students stand to benefit personally (Garry will explain that), the fundraiser provides revenue for the school to implement student reward and educational activities (e.g. level review rewards, annual school-wide student tee shirts, field trips, as well as year-end prizes, honors and awards). 

      Please know that participation in the fundraiser, while encouraged, is not required.  Parents and students should feel free to participate, or not, according to their own interest and availability.  While homework is not optional, the school fundraiser is! 

      For the first time this year, our school fundraiser will be entirely online.  And while parents and patrons can still purchase online items (which will be shipped directly to your home), those interested in simply making a monetary donation without buying anything unwanted will have that option also.

      There won’t be any coupon books, door-to-door selling, forms to complete, money to change hands, deliveries to be made, etc.  Parents and friends can expect to receive a text message invitation during the day of Tuesday, October 22nd, to purchase or donate, and that is it!  One class period, one text.

      For this special fundraising campaign, students will be permitted to have their cell phone in class for one period on Tuesday, October 22nd.

      Grade 6 – Mrs. Cunningham’s science class
      Grade 7 – Mrs. Wheeler’s science class
      Grade 8 – Mrs. Caudill’s math class

      The entire fundraiser will take place during that one class period.

      Please click on the date below for information sent via email on that day:

      Wednesday, October 9th

      Thursday, October 10th

      Friday, October 11th

      WORLD VISION
      As our middle school community is likely aware, BCMS is engaged as a school in a 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. initiative this 2019-2020 school year.  However, one of the things we wanted to do as part of our special activity calendar is to look beyond the walls of BCMS. In this case, way beyond.

      BCMS has earned a reputation of generosity as it relates to our annual Christmas Cheer campaign, but it is expanding that compassionate influence with the addition of our past and present enrichment club offerings . . . be it the Spotless Club, the Kindness Club, the Blanket Making Club, or the FCA Club and its recent work at the “Shed for you.”  

      On the morning of Friday, September 27th, BCMS students learned how our school can make an impact . . . not only in our community, but on the other side of the world. 

      Mrs. Amy Claire Patterson, representative from the international humanitarian organization, World Vision, was a guest speaker at BCMS to educate about the clean water crisis in underdeveloped countries and how we can be change agents the lives of others, many of them children.

      She visited BCMS to answer the following questions:

      What is World Vision?

      What do they do?

      What is significant about 6K?

      And, how can we be World Vision partners as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. efforts this year?

      Former BCMS student, BCHS graduate and Jackson County resident, Dr. Eric Parker, partnered with Mrs. Patterson to help answer those very questions.

      In response to the clean water need, BCMS has scheduled some different fundraising activities so that we can be a World Vision supporter as a school in this our 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. year.  Some of those activities include:

      On Wednesday, October 9th, during the students’ TRIBE period, for a donation of $1 students were able to enjoy free electronic device (phone, tablet, school chromebook) time for that period.

      On Friday, October 11th, BCMS had its own 6K run/walk activity.  Later that afternoon, a World Vision Dance was held.  $3 was the admission cost to the dance.

      On Friday, November 1st, for a donation of $1, students will be permitted to wear a hat (school appropriate) in the building throughout the day.

      All the money raised from these special activity (device, dance, and hat) days will be our donation to World Vision for the purpose of supplying clean water.

      As an added incentive, the TRIBE class that raises the most by participating in the three planned fundraisers will earn extra gym time.

      Community patrons wanting to financially support the World Vision effort as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. campaign can do so directly online:

      https://www.teamworldvision.org/team/BCMS2020VISION

      Winter Coat Drive
      Where: The Seymour BMV
      When: October 1st - October 31st

      The Seymour BMV will be accepting donations of winter items such as coats, hats, gloves and scarves. We ask that any items donated be in NEW or GENTLY USED condition. Please bring donations to the Seymour BMV Tuesday through Friday between 8:30a.m-5:00p.m. If you do not visit Seymour often, please contact Jamie or Karcyn and we can arrange a pickup in Brownstown. 

      Jamie Gray-812-592-9706
      Karcyn Davers- 812-569-3352

      You can also reach out to us via FB messenger.


      Until next week,
    • Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
      Week of:  October 7 - 11
      Week 10
      “The Principal’s Post”

      Please note that school will not be in session this next week, Monday, October 14th through Friday, October 18th.  Classes will resume on Monday, October 21st.  Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break week!  

      THE SECOND “R”:  RESPONSIBILITY
      Last week I used “The Principal’s Post” to share BCMS’s first “R” – Respect.  It remains my hope that you will partner with us in adopting a common vocabulary in reinforcing the critical character development traits we promote as a school.  The “Three R’s” are the core principles that we advocate daily. And now . . .

      . . . the second R:  RESPONSIBILITY – Webster’s Dictionary defines responsibility as, “obligation, accountability, a person or thing that one is answerable to.”  With the students we explain that responsibility is a willingness to accept ownership for one’s own social behavior as well as for assignments from authority figures.

      The heart of responsibility is more than simply acknowledging one’s obligation (e.g. homework), it is the individual’s proactive attitude of ownership that empowers one to do his/her personal best regardless of the situation or task assigned.  Responsibility doesn’t look for excuses, it looks for solutions.

      2019-2020 BCMS SCHOOL FUNDRAISER (this use to be our annual MAGAZINE SALES)
      On Tuesday, October 22nd, Garry Montgomery from Great American Opportunities will be meeting with each grade level to kick off BCMS’s fall school fundraising effort.  He will be sharing with the students the “how” and the “why” for having a school fundraiser. Not only do the students stand to benefit personally (Garry will explain that), the fundraiser done provides revenue for the school to implement student reward and educational activities (e.g. level review rewards, annual school-wide student tee shirts, field trips, as well as year-end prizes, honors and awards). 

      Please know that participation in the fundraiser, while encouraged, is not required.  Parents and students should feel free to participate, or not, according to their own interest and availability.  While homework is not optional, the school fundraiser is!

      For the first time this year, our school fundraiser will be entirely online.  And while parents and patrons can still purchase online items (which will be shipped directly to your home), those interested in simply making a monetary donation without buying anything unwanted will have that option also.

      There won’t be any coupon books, door-to-door selling, forms to complete, money to change hands, deliveries to be made, etc.  Parents and friends can expect to receive a text message invitation from their student during the day of Tuesday, October 22nd, to purchase or donate, and that is it!  One class period, one text.

      For this special fundraising campaign, students will be permitted to have their cell phone in class for one period on Tuesday, October 22nd.

      Grade 6 – Mrs. Cunningham’s science class
      Grade 7 – Mrs. Wheeler’s science class
      Grade 8 – Mrs. Caudill’s math class

      The entire fundraiser will take place during the one class period your student has this teacher.
      More information to come as we approach the 22nd! 

      WORLD VISION
      As our middle school community is likely aware, BCMS is engaged as a school in a 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. initiative this 2019-2020 school year.  However, one of the things we wanted to do as part of our special activity calendar is to look beyond the walls of BCMS. In this case, way beyond.

      BCMS has earned a reputation of generosity as it relates to our annual Christmas Cheer campaign, but it is expanding that compassionate influence with the addition of our past and present enrichment club offerings . . . be it the Spotless Club, the Kindness Club, the Blanket Making Club, or the FCA Club and its recent work at the “Shed for you.” 

      On the morning of Friday, September 27th, BCMS students learned how our school can make an impact . . . not only in our community, but on the other side of the world.

      Mrs. Amy Claire Patterson, representative from the international humanitarian organization, World Vision, was a guest speaker at BCMS to educate about the clean water crisis in underdeveloped countries and how we can be change agents the lives of others, many of them children.

      She visited BCMS to answer the following questions:
           What is World Vision?
           What do they do?
           What is significant about 6K?
           And, how can we be World Vision partners as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. efforts this year?

      Former BCMS student, BCHS graduate and Jackson County resident, Dr. Eric Parker, partnered with Mrs. Patterson to help answer those very questions.

      In response to the clean water need, BCMS has scheduled some different fundraising activities so that we can be a World Vision supporter as a school in this our 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. year.  Some of those activities include:

      Wednesday, October 9th:  During the students’ TRIBE period, a donation of $1 will enable the student to enjoy free electronic device (phone, tablet, school chromebook) time for that period.

      Friday, October 11th: BCMS will have its own 6K run/walk activity.  (The students now know the significance of why we are doing a 6K.)  Later that afternoon, a World Vision Dance is being sponsored from 3:30-5:30.  Tickets for the dance are $3.

      Friday, November 1st:  For a donation of $1 students may wear a hat (school appropriate) in the building throughout the day.

      All the money raised from these special activity (device, dance, and hat) days will be our donation to World Vision for the purpose of supplying clean water.

      As an added incentive, the TRIBE class that raises the most by participating in the three planned fundraisers will earn extra gym time.

      Community patrons wanting to financially support the World Vision effort as part of our BCMS 20/20 V.I.S.I.O.N. campaign can do so directly online:

      https://www.teamworldvision.org/team/BCMS2020VISION 

      BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
      The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting later this month on the evening of Thursday, October 24th in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

      This invitation comes as BCMS, along with the other ILEARN tested schools in Indiana, await the release of their official school results and school accountability grades for the spring 2019 ILEARN exam. 

      BCMS’ recent accountability grade ratings have been: 

      2014-2015:  A (“old” state accountability metrics)
      2015-2016:  B (“new” state accountability metrics)
      2016-2017:  D
      2017-2018:  C
      2018-2019:  ?

      We will be discussing the student results of the 2018-2019 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana College-and-Career Readiness Standards.  We will also have a goals and strategies discussion to help outline our current 2019-2020 school improvement plan initiatives.

      BCMS parents and other interested members of the community are invited and welcome to join the council for this informative discussion.  We would ask that all attendees please enter the building through the main entrance doors. Click here for more information.

      Because you never stop, “Growing BRAVE!” 

      3rd LEVEL REVIEW & THE START OF THE 4th LEVEL REVIEW PERIOD
      The third level review period for Trimester 1 concluded last Friday, October 4th.  This week teachers will be reviewing and making determinations as to those students who earned “on-level” status for the third three-week review period.  For those student “on-level,” their rewards activity is planned for Friday!

      We begin the 4th level review period today . . . the final level review of this first trimester!!!  J 

      All BCMS students start with a “clean slate” as the work to be “on-level” for this fourth level review period (October 7th – November 1st) 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. 

      GRADE 8 WASHINGTON, D.C. REGISTRATION DEADLINE
      Online registration deadline for 8th grade BCMS students interested in attending the May 13-17, 2020, Washington, D.C. trip is quickly approaching.  Tuesday, October 15th, is the final day to register!

      (NOTE:  Parents and students not able to attend the mandatory August 13th information meeting, but still interested in the trip, can pick up registration information (along with student trip criteria) in the BCMS main office.  No registration information will be given over the phone or by email.)

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

      Monday, October
      • 7/8 Volleyball vs Immanuel Lutheran- AWAY
      • Boys Tennis vs Seymour- HOME
      • Winter Sports Sign ups Start

      Tuesday, October 8
      • 6,7,8 Volleyball vs Scottsburg- HOME
        • 8th Grade Night- BLACK OUT NIGHT

      Thursday, October 10
      • 7/8 Volleyball vs Seymour- HOME
      • 7/8 Football vs Scottsburg- HOME

      Friday, October 11
      • Fall Sports Pow Wow

      WINS this week for the BCMS
      • 7/8 Volleyball defeated Crothersville & Mitchell
      • 8th Volleyball- MSC CHAMPIONS
      • 6th Volleyball defeated Scottsburg & Seymour
      •  Football defeated Clarksville

      Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

      Great job athletes! Keep working hard in the classroom & on the court or field!
      “Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” - Michael Jordan

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE V.I.S.I.O.N. QUOTE:
      “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” - Jonathan Swift 

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  
      “Education:  A Gift for Life”


      Until next week,
    • Homework Assignments will be updated daily by 3:00 pm.

      Trimester 1

      Week 1: August   5 - August 9
      Week 2: August 12 - August 16
      Week 3: August 20 - August 24
      Week 4: August 26 - August 30
      Week 5: September 2 - September 6 (Labor Day)
      Week 6: September 9 - September 13
      Week 7: September 16 - September 20
      Week 8: September 23 - September 27
      Week 9: September 30 - October 4

      Week 10: October 7 - October 11
      Fall Break: October 14 - October 18
      Week 11: October 21 - October 25
      Week 12: October 28 - November 1

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

      Trimester 2
      Week 13: November 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

    Information Block

     
    Calendar
    Announcements
    Harmony
    Documents