BMSFC Newsletter

January 2016

Message from Dr. Jean Selby, Principal


A Message from Dr. Jean Selby, Principal:

Our return into second semester has been a smooth one as the weather continues cooperating with us, allowing us to provide continuity in learning. With our fingers crossed, we hope this trend continues as we look at maximizing the opportunity to accomplish our learning targets for this semester, in addition to preparing for spring testing in the near future.

As we reflect back on first semester, we worked hard at helping our students to focus on success and not accepting failure as an option. Noticing a very positive impact, there has been a dramatic change in grades. We have to be relentless in pushing students to do their best. Our students are worth it, and we will continue this often hard, but always rewarding, work to continue moving in the right direction of achievement. Please keep in mind students are welcome to stay for tutoring with their individual teacher,

Oliver Wendell Holmes once stated, “Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Our job is to continue stretching our student’s minds and their capacity to learn. Providing this type of support for our students is incredibly important at this stage in their education. As students prepare and work towards a successful secondary path, we must surround them with the expectations which will help guide them. Within this guide, has to be opportunities to avoid the mind’s original dimension.

As we work to develop the whole child at this level, we are continuously focused on academics; however, we must be sure to support all student needs. At this point in these students lives we are always working to help them develop not only academically, but also physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Understanding all of these characteristics allows us to further help mold their identity, in conjunction with parental support (a crucial component). As a team we are creating the students of tomorrow. It is an awesome endeavor and one we can be proud of as we see these young men and women flourish.

We are also bringing closure to winter sports at the middle school/freshmen level. With great success, our athletes had great opportunities to invest in teamwork and personal goals as we continue to work on life skills in a variety of ways. We are certainly proud of how they represented Belton! Go Pirates!

Our students’ academic progress will once again be evaluated and reported to you on January 28th, the first progress-check of second semester. It is important to communicate any concerns to your student’s teachers in order to plan for necessary support. Your involvement and focus on this process helps to support our students’ awareness in the importance of their achievement.

Finally, please remember to continually ask your student what happened during their day of school. The relevance and importance of how we learn is attributed to what we accomplish in life. If you make it important, your student will make it important. As we work to support all students to be successful, our partnership with you remains important. Again, thank you for your work with us, we want you to know it is always appreciated.

Upcoming dates and events:

2/11 – Valentines Dance

2/12 – No School – Teacher PD Day

2/15 – School in Session – make up day!

2/25 – Pre-festival band concert @ 7:00 p.m.

2/27 – Band Festival @ Blue Springs

3/1 – Choir Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Offseason Strength & Conditioning

Attendance Office

Attendance

REMINDER: Any 9th grader or any 7th or 8th grader that is taking a high school class needs to have all 1st semester attendance hours made up before January 30th in order to receive credit for their classes. If the attendance hours are not made up, your NC will change to an F and you will have to retake the class. Any questions about how many hours you might owe, please see Mrs. Daniels in the office. Attendance hours can be made up Monday thru Thursday from 2:30-4:00 pm in the library or on Saturdays from 8:00-12:00. If you would like to make hours up on Saturday, you must sign up with Mrs. Daniels prior to attending.