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    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

    Week of:  February 19 – 23

    Week 27

    “The Principal’s Post”

    PLEASE NOTE - Snow Make-Up Day:  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Friday, January 12th, school will be in session TODAY (Monday, February 19th)!

    Believe it or not, the end of Trimester 2 is this Friday, February 23rd!  Please be looking for Trimester 2 report cards to come home next Friday, March 2nd.

    BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

    The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting this Tuesday evening, February 20th, in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

    We will be discussing and answering questions as they related to the overall student results of the 2016-2017 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana College-and-Career Readiness Standards.  We will have a goals and strategies discussion that outline our current 2017-2018 school improvement plan initiatives, and we will look at refining/amending those goals and strategies as we plan for 2018-2019.

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

    Never stop . . . “Growing BRAVE!”

    FLU SEASON
    Submitted by:  Nurse McKinney

    The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us.  To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school for the following reasons:
    • Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth) Your child may return to school only after his/her temperature is consistently below 100 degrees for a minimum of 24 hours.  This is without the use of fever reducing medication.
    • Vomiting, diarrhea, chills, general malaise, fatigue, body aches.
    To help prevent the spread of flu and other colds practice frequent hand washing, covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

    Keep a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

    Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.


    ISTEP+ 2018 . . . APPLIED SKILLS . . . the “FIRST HALF”

    We have been talking up our state standardized test for weeks, and as we enter this week, before next, we make our final preparations.  In my talks with the students, I have referred to the ISTEP test as our school’s “Super Bowl” . . . stressing that our efforts in preparing for and taking the test be with serious intent and purpose.  Like the “Super Bowl,” the ISTEP test is “played” in halves, and we want to get off to a great start!

    On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week, the students will take a series of tests referred to as the, “Applied Skills” portion of the ISTEP exam.  These tests are “open ended” response test items that require the students to “show what they know” in writing and mathematical problem solving.

    For the Applied Skills tests it will be very important that, 1) students read all directions very carefully, 2) be careful to answer exactly what the questions are asking, and 3) show as much work as they can, neatly written, in the space provided when answering test questions.  As partial credit is given in the Applied Skills portion of the ISTEP, the more work they show in support of their answers (even if ultimately answered incorrectly) the greater the likelihood of partial credit being awarded for demonstrating their answer rationale.  Partial credit earned translates into improved overall test scores.  

    Please help us in encouraging your child.  Even when they are not sure that they can get to the final correct answer, they should write as much as they are able in their best effort to demonstrate what they know.  They might be surprised in how much “credit” they can earn simply as a result of their effort to answer.  One thing is certain, unanswered or skipped questions receive no credit . . . partial or otherwise.  Each question counts.  Effort counts.  We are trying to show growth just as much as we are trying to demonstrate proficiency.  

    Attendance:  I would be remiss if I did not stress the importance of student attendance during the weeks of ISTEP+ testing.  Having your child present each day next week, even as we try to leave the flu season behind, is critical.

    It would be most helpful if doctor’s appointments, or other commitments that would require your child to miss school next week, be scheduled during the afternoons if possible or rescheduled for another time.  Indiana has very strict guidelines regarding student attendance, test taking and scoring.  Your consideration and assistance is greatly appreciated.

    Finally, please assist us in taking the opportunity to speak with your child this week about his/her upcoming ISTEP exam.  By simply mentioning the test, you will be reinforcing its importance.  THANK YOU!

    (Note: The “second half” of the ISTEP test, the online “Multiple Choice” portion, will be taken later this spring during the weeks of April 16th and 23rd.)

    2018-2019 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CORPORATION CALENDAR

    Click here to advance look at the BCCSC 2018-2019 school year calendar.

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

    BCMS Tourney Champions

    7th Grade Girls Basketball Team



    8th Grade Boys Basketball Team




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

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

    “All the days that you wake up, you get one job, and that is to get better every single day”- Derrick Rose

    2018 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

    This week:  T-minus 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

    “Remember, the brick walls are there for a reason.  The brick walls are not there to keep us out.  The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.  The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.  They’re there to stop the other people.” -Randy Pausch

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

    “Principles:  Rules for Living”

    Until next week,

    Mr. McClure

    Last Week

    Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

    Week of:  February 12 - 16

    Week 26

    “The Principal’s Post”

    PLEASE NOTE Snow Make-Up Day: Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Friday, January12th, school will be in session this coming Monday, February 19th!

    BCCSC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

    The regular monthly meeting of the school board of trustees is being hosted at BCMS in February.  We would like to welcome the school board members of our community school corporation!  The meeting will be held in the cafeteria this evening (Monday, February 12th), beginning at 7:30PM.  The public is welcome, and invited, to attend.

    BCCSC school board members include:

    Mary Ann Spray – President

    Gina Hackman – Vice President

    Mary Lou Burcham – Secretary

    Bradie Hall – Member

    Dan Hall – Member

    David Martin – Member

    Scott Schade - Member

    BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

    The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting next Tuesday evening, February 20th, in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

    We will be discussing and answering questions as they relate to the overall student results of the 2016-2017 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana College-and-Career Readiness Standards.  We will have a goals and strategies discussion that outline our current 2017-2018 school improvement plan initiatives, and we will look at refining/amending those goals and strategies as we plan for 2018-2019.

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

    Never stop . . . “Growing BRAVE!”

    WASHINGTON, D.C., SECOND TRIMESTER, & CRITERIA CHECKS!

    There are 50 BCMS 8th grade students currently registered to attend the May 2018 Washington, D.C. class trip!!!  These students are reminded of the trip criteria (academic, attendance, and behavior) that is required to remain eligible.  Students can access the Washington, D.C. information page on this page (right column) for a complete list of the eligibility criteria.  As the second trimester concludes next Friday, February 23rd, the second student “criteria check” will occur next week (February 26th – March 2nd).  Any student failing to meet the requirement in any of the criteria categories will be removed from the trip registration list.

    The final criteria check will occur at the end of the 10th level review period, Friday, April 13th.

    BCMS JANUARY BRAVE OF THE MONTH

    On the evening of February 12th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Morgan Branaman as the January BRAVE 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.

    Morgan’s teachers stated the following when selecting her for recognition:  “She is super funny and she is always lifting other people up. She always makes me laugh even when I’m having a bad day. She is always there for me when I need it.” “Always has something positive to say no matter the situation.” “I find myself laughing and smiling more when she is in the room.” These are just a few of the comments that Morgan Branaman’s peers had to say about her, and a huge part of why the 8th grade teachers proudly present Miss Branaman as the January Brave of the Month. She displays the utmost respect for her peers, teachers, school, and herself. She has also been awarded the Courtesy Award because of how well she treats others. She is always willing to give a helping hand whether it be running an errand for a teacher or showing a student how to work out a problem. Morgan is an exceptionally hard-working young lady who has earned on-level status every review period since becoming a student at BCMS. She maintains outstanding grades, plays volleyball, is a member of the Booster Club, and participates in other volunteer activities. Morgan is one of the most positive people to be around, always puts others ahead of herself, and has one of the biggest hearts you will find in anyone. We are honored to have Morgan represent the eighth-grade class because she is well deserving of this recognition. Her work ethic, determination, and positive persona sets an example, not only for her peers, but for everyone. Congrats Morgan! 

    CONGRATULATIONS, MORGAN!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

    21st CENTURY SCHOLARS

    Last week, Mrs. McCrary met with seventh grade students to share with them about about the 21st Century Scholars program.  Students in grades seven and eight who would like to apply for 21st Century Scholars, may now do so online at:  http://www.in.gov/21stcenturyscholars/2440.htm

    Indiana started the Twenty-first Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed the cost of four years of college tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

    Students must also maintain a C or better G.P.A. in high school in order to qualify.

    As a Twenty-first Century Scholar, you can get help finding free tutoring, a mentor and a part-time job, and once you get to college, students who are Twenty-first Century Scholars receive support to finish their college degrees.

    If you have any questions, please call Mrs. McCrary, 812-358-4947.

    But first you have to apply. Students and their parents must complete and return the application by June 30 of the 8th grade year. Don’t wait. Apply today by clicking here.

    2018 ISTEP+ PRACTICE TESTING

    In preparation for the Part 1 of the 2018 ISTEP+ assessment, BCMS will be utilizing the state issued practice materials for instructional purposes in the coming weeks through our core classes.

    The state has rescinded many of the constraints that teachers and students experience during the operational (actual) test.  The online practice test may be used instructionally.  

    Teachers have the autonomy to work through the practice test items with students.  Small groups, whole groups, turn and talks, and the projection of test practice items to stimulate in-class discussions regarding test items and standards may all be utilized.  For example, as part of the teacher’s instruction you might see and hear:  “Let’s take a look at this item.  How do you know that is the correct answer?”  Or, “Turn and talk to your neighbor about why you arrived at your answer.  See if you agree.”  

    Because test items/practice testing cannot be assigned as homework, BCMS is allowing for more directed practice and review as part of our instructional schedule.

    SEVENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

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

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

    Grade 6:  103 “on-level” / 130 6th graders enrolled = 79%

    Grade 7:  61 “on-level” / 103 7th graders enrolled = 59%

    Grade 8:  99 “on-level”/ 122 8th graders enrolled = 81%

    All grades:  263 “on-level” / 355 BCMS students = 74%

    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.

    2017-2018 All Current Grades On-Level History Report

    Entire School On-Level History Report (2014-2015 thru 2017-2018)

    Grade 6 On-Level History Report (Class of 2021 – Class of 2024)

    Grade 7 On-Level History Report (Class of 2020 – Class of 2023)

    Grade 8 On-Level History Report (Class of 2019 – Class of 2022)

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

    DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

    BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

    Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

    Sporting events this week:

    Thursday, February 15
    • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Crothersville- HOME
    Friday, February 23
    • Winter Sports Pow Wow
    WINS this week for BCMS
    • 8 Boys defeated Orleans & East Washington
    • 7 Boys defeated Orleans & East Washington
    • 6 Boys defeated Salem & Oolitic
    • 7 Girls defeated Salem
    Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

    “Practice like you have never won. Perform like you have never lost.”- Anonymous

    2018 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

    This week:  T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6

    THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

    “Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” -Jonathan Kozol

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

    “Obstacles:  Stumbling Blocks or Stepping-Stones?”

    Until next week,

    Mr. McClure

    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:  February 19 – 23

      Week 27

      “The Principal’s Post”

      PLEASE NOTE - Snow Make-Up Day:  Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Friday, January 12th, school will be in session TODAY (Monday, February 19th)!

      Believe it or not, the end of Trimester 2 is this Friday, February 23rd!  Please be looking for Trimester 2 report cards to come home next Friday, March 2nd.

      BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

      The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting this Tuesday evening, February 20th, in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

      We will be discussing and answering questions as they related to the overall student results of the 2016-2017 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana College-and-Career Readiness Standards.  We will have a goals and strategies discussion that outline our current 2017-2018 school improvement plan initiatives, and we will look at refining/amending those goals and strategies as we plan for 2018-2019.

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

      Never stop . . . “Growing BRAVE!”

      FLU SEASON
      Submitted by:  Nurse McKinney

      The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us.  To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school for the following reasons:
      • Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth) Your child may return to school only after his/her temperature is consistently below 100 degrees for a minimum of 24 hours.  This is without the use of fever reducing medication.
      • Vomiting, diarrhea, chills, general malaise, fatigue, body aches.
      To help prevent the spread of flu and other colds practice frequent hand washing, covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

      Keep a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

      Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.


      ISTEP+ 2018 . . . APPLIED SKILLS . . . the “FIRST HALF”

      We have been talking up our state standardized test for weeks, and as we enter this week, before next, we make our final preparations.  In my talks with the students, I have referred to the ISTEP test as our school’s “Super Bowl” . . . stressing that our efforts in preparing for and taking the test be with serious intent and purpose.  Like the “Super Bowl,” the ISTEP test is “played” in halves, and we want to get off to a great start!

      On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week, the students will take a series of tests referred to as the, “Applied Skills” portion of the ISTEP exam.  These tests are “open ended” response test items that require the students to “show what they know” in writing and mathematical problem solving.

      For the Applied Skills tests it will be very important that, 1) students read all directions very carefully, 2) be careful to answer exactly what the questions are asking, and 3) show as much work as they can, neatly written, in the space provided when answering test questions.  As partial credit is given in the Applied Skills portion of the ISTEP, the more work they show in support of their answers (even if ultimately answered incorrectly) the greater the likelihood of partial credit being awarded for demonstrating their answer rationale.  Partial credit earned translates into improved overall test scores.  

      Please help us in encouraging your child.  Even when they are not sure that they can get to the final correct answer, they should write as much as they are able in their best effort to demonstrate what they know.  They might be surprised in how much “credit” they can earn simply as a result of their effort to answer.  One thing is certain, unanswered or skipped questions receive no credit . . . partial or otherwise.  Each question counts.  Effort counts.  We are trying to show growth just as much as we are trying to demonstrate proficiency.  

      Attendance:  I would be remiss if I did not stress the importance of student attendance during the weeks of ISTEP+ testing.  Having your child present each day next week, even as we try to leave the flu season behind, is critical.

      It would be most helpful if doctor’s appointments, or other commitments that would require your child to miss school next week, be scheduled during the afternoons if possible or rescheduled for another time.  Indiana has very strict guidelines regarding student attendance, test taking and scoring.  Your consideration and assistance is greatly appreciated.

      Finally, please assist us in taking the opportunity to speak with your child this week about his/her upcoming ISTEP exam.  By simply mentioning the test, you will be reinforcing its importance.  THANK YOU!

      (Note: The “second half” of the ISTEP test, the online “Multiple Choice” portion, will be taken later this spring during the weeks of April 16th and 23rd.)

      2018-2019 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CORPORATION CALENDAR

      Click here to advance look at the BCCSC 2018-2019 school year calendar.

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

      BCMS Tourney Champions

      7th Grade Girls Basketball Team



      8th Grade Boys Basketball Team




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

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

      “All the days that you wake up, you get one job, and that is to get better every single day”- Derrick Rose

      2018 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

      This week:  T-minus 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

      “Remember, the brick walls are there for a reason.  The brick walls are not there to keep us out.  The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.  The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.  They’re there to stop the other people.” -Randy Pausch

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

      “Principles:  Rules for Living”

      Until next week,

      Mr. McClure
    • Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog

      Week of:  February 12 - 16

      Week 26

      “The Principal’s Post”

      PLEASE NOTE Snow Make-Up Day: Due to the inclement weather school cancellation on Friday, January12th, school will be in session this coming Monday, February 19th!

      BCCSC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

      The regular monthly meeting of the school board of trustees is being hosted at BCMS in February.  We would like to welcome the school board members of our community school corporation!  The meeting will be held in the cafeteria this evening (Monday, February 12th), beginning at 7:30PM.  The public is welcome, and invited, to attend.

      BCCSC school board members include:

      Mary Ann Spray – President

      Gina Hackman – Vice President

      Mary Lou Burcham – Secretary

      Bradie Hall – Member

      Dan Hall – Member

      David Martin – Member

      Scott Schade - Member

      BCMS COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

      The BCMS Community Council Members will be meeting next Tuesday evening, February 20th, in the BCMS Conference Room beginning at 6:00PM to discuss our ongoing school improvement efforts.

      We will be discussing and answering questions as they relate to the overall student results of the 2016-2017 assessments that are aligned to the Indiana College-and-Career Readiness Standards.  We will have a goals and strategies discussion that outline our current 2017-2018 school improvement plan initiatives, and we will look at refining/amending those goals and strategies as we plan for 2018-2019.

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

      Never stop . . . “Growing BRAVE!”

      WASHINGTON, D.C., SECOND TRIMESTER, & CRITERIA CHECKS!

      There are 50 BCMS 8th grade students currently registered to attend the May 2018 Washington, D.C. class trip!!!  These students are reminded of the trip criteria (academic, attendance, and behavior) that is required to remain eligible.  Students can access the Washington, D.C. information page on this page (right column) for a complete list of the eligibility criteria.  As the second trimester concludes next Friday, February 23rd, the second student “criteria check” will occur next week (February 26th – March 2nd).  Any student failing to meet the requirement in any of the criteria categories will be removed from the trip registration list.

      The final criteria check will occur at the end of the 10th level review period, Friday, April 13th.

      BCMS JANUARY BRAVE OF THE MONTH

      On the evening of February 12th, at the regular school board meeting of school trustees, Brownstown Central Middle School recognized Morgan Branaman as the January BRAVE 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.

      Morgan’s teachers stated the following when selecting her for recognition:  “She is super funny and she is always lifting other people up. She always makes me laugh even when I’m having a bad day. She is always there for me when I need it.” “Always has something positive to say no matter the situation.” “I find myself laughing and smiling more when she is in the room.” These are just a few of the comments that Morgan Branaman’s peers had to say about her, and a huge part of why the 8th grade teachers proudly present Miss Branaman as the January Brave of the Month. She displays the utmost respect for her peers, teachers, school, and herself. She has also been awarded the Courtesy Award because of how well she treats others. She is always willing to give a helping hand whether it be running an errand for a teacher or showing a student how to work out a problem. Morgan is an exceptionally hard-working young lady who has earned on-level status every review period since becoming a student at BCMS. She maintains outstanding grades, plays volleyball, is a member of the Booster Club, and participates in other volunteer activities. Morgan is one of the most positive people to be around, always puts others ahead of herself, and has one of the biggest hearts you will find in anyone. We are honored to have Morgan represent the eighth-grade class because she is well deserving of this recognition. Her work ethic, determination, and positive persona sets an example, not only for her peers, but for everyone. Congrats Morgan! 

      CONGRATULATIONS, MORGAN!! . . . and THANK YOU!!

      21st CENTURY SCHOLARS

      Last week, Mrs. McCrary met with seventh grade students to share with them about about the 21st Century Scholars program.  Students in grades seven and eight who would like to apply for 21st Century Scholars, may now do so online at:  http://www.in.gov/21stcenturyscholars/2440.htm

      Indiana started the Twenty-first Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed the cost of four years of college tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

      Students must also maintain a C or better G.P.A. in high school in order to qualify.

      As a Twenty-first Century Scholar, you can get help finding free tutoring, a mentor and a part-time job, and once you get to college, students who are Twenty-first Century Scholars receive support to finish their college degrees.

      If you have any questions, please call Mrs. McCrary, 812-358-4947.

      But first you have to apply. Students and their parents must complete and return the application by June 30 of the 8th grade year. Don’t wait. Apply today by clicking here.

      2018 ISTEP+ PRACTICE TESTING

      In preparation for the Part 1 of the 2018 ISTEP+ assessment, BCMS will be utilizing the state issued practice materials for instructional purposes in the coming weeks through our core classes.

      The state has rescinded many of the constraints that teachers and students experience during the operational (actual) test.  The online practice test may be used instructionally.  

      Teachers have the autonomy to work through the practice test items with students.  Small groups, whole groups, turn and talks, and the projection of test practice items to stimulate in-class discussions regarding test items and standards may all be utilized.  For example, as part of the teacher’s instruction you might see and hear:  “Let’s take a look at this item.  How do you know that is the correct answer?”  Or, “Turn and talk to your neighbor about why you arrived at your answer.  See if you agree.”  

      Because test items/practice testing cannot be assigned as homework, BCMS is allowing for more directed practice and review as part of our instructional schedule.

      SEVENTH LEVEL REVIEW REWARD ACTIVITY

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

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

      Grade 6:  103 “on-level” / 130 6th graders enrolled = 79%

      Grade 7:  61 “on-level” / 103 7th graders enrolled = 59%

      Grade 8:  99 “on-level”/ 122 8th graders enrolled = 81%

      All grades:  263 “on-level” / 355 BCMS students = 74%

      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.

      2017-2018 All Current Grades On-Level History Report

      Entire School On-Level History Report (2014-2015 thru 2017-2018)

      Grade 6 On-Level History Report (Class of 2021 – Class of 2024)

      Grade 7 On-Level History Report (Class of 2020 – Class of 2023)

      Grade 8 On-Level History Report (Class of 2019 – Class of 2022)

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

      DAILY HABITS . . . DAILY RESULTS!

      BCMS ATHLETIC UPDATES

      Submitted by:  Mr. Young, BCMS Athletic Director

      Sporting events this week:

      Thursday, February 15
      • 7/8 Boys Basketball vs Crothersville- HOME
      Friday, February 23
      • Winter Sports Pow Wow
      WINS this week for BCMS
      • 8 Boys defeated Orleans & East Washington
      • 7 Boys defeated Orleans & East Washington
      • 6 Boys defeated Salem & Oolitic
      • 7 Girls defeated Salem
      Keep up-to-date with BCMS Athletics on Twitter: @btown_ms

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

      “Practice like you have never won. Perform like you have never lost.”- Anonymous

      2018 ISTEP+ TEST COUNTER

      This week:  T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6

      THIS WEEK’S BRAVE QUOTE:

      “Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” -Jonathan Kozol

      THIS WEEK’S PROJECT WISDOM THEME:  

      “Obstacles:  Stumbling Blocks or Stepping-Stones?”

      Until next week,

      Mr. McClure
    • 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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