The Crusader Times
Be Present - Be Positive - Be Persistent in your Learning
Volume 2, Issue 9 September 18, 2023
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of the independence of Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period. Information taken directly from https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about.html
Good evening/morning! As we approach our much anticipated Fall Break that runs from September 25th to October 9th (with students returning on Tuesday, October 10th), I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the importance of finishing strong. We have just five more days before the break, and it is crucial that we continue to prioritize our academics, make responsible choices, and strive to make positive contributions to our community.
This final stretch is an opportunity for us to showcase our commitment to excellence, both in the classroom and as members of our Bonita community. Let us push ourselves to give our best effort, to complete assignments with diligence, and to actively engage in our learning.
Once we embark on our Fall Break, it is time for both students and parents to take a well-deserved pause. Fall Break presents us with the opportunity to reflect on our academic performance and our role as citizens of our beloved Bonita community. For our parents, it is also a time to reflect on our role in supporting our students (as well as our staff and of course, yours truly as the principal of your school).
On that note, I came across an article written in the Atlantic Magazine this weekend titled "The Very Common, Very Harmful Thing Well-Meaning Parents Do (Surveilling your Kids will only backfire)" by Devorah Heitner. As a father of two small children and one older child, and an educator for the past 20 years, the article forced me to reflect on how much I surveil my children, how much I surveil my older child for better or worse, and how we surveil our students here at school. I found the article interesting and it also forced me to think about how much I will track my little ones when they begin to interact with social media and technologies in our ever-changing and fast-developing world. I invite you all to read the article and share your thoughts with me! Also, I invite you all to open up a dialogue about trust during these challenging middle school years when it comes to "surveillance". The article can be found below: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/09/parents-spy-kid-iphone-text-email-surveillance-digital-age/675286/.
Lastly, please remember to review the 4 Essential Rules at Bonita Vista Middle School that allow us to not only promote our safety on campus, but it allows us to ensure that our students are fully present and ready to learn:
1. No Cell Phones on Campus: We ask that all students place their cell phones in their backpacks once they are at school and on our campus. We not only enforce this rule during class time but especially during nutrition breaks and lunchtime. We want our students to interact with each other as much as possible as opposed to being on their screens/phones.
2. No IPAD Misuse: Every student is issued an IPAD for educational purposes only. We ask students to use their devices strictly as implements of learning.
3. No Earbuds: Similar to our cell phone rule, we ask that once students are at school and on our campus, they place their earbuds in their backpacks. We have noticed that students are less distracted in class and engage more with each other when they are not using earbuds.
4. No Hoodie (worn on head): Students can wear hooded sweatshirts but in order to be able to identify our students at all times, we ask students not to wear their hoods over their heads. This rule is in place for student safety. Should a non-student sneak onto our campus, we would want to identify them immediately. Also, we need to ensure during class and outside of class that students do not have their earbuds. We prioritize making sure that students are paying attention in class and our fully engaged with each other at all times.
If you ever need to report a disciplinary or safety concern, please make sure to report all concerns to our administrative team.
Our assistant principal, Mr. Robert Bonilla firstname.lastname@example.org oversees students with last names between A-L and Ms. Estephany Conlon Estephany.email@example.com oversees all students between M-Z. Please visit this link to contact any other staff you wish to communicate with: https://bvm.sweetwaterschools.org/staff-directory-2/.
Week at a Glance: September 18 - September 22
Crusaders of the Week:
Crusader of the Week: Isaac Jenney
Crusader of the Week --Dustin Mack
Teacher of the Month --Mr. Schmidt
Fall Sports Assembly: September 15, 2023 --Celebrating our Fall Sports Teams!
The Fall Sports Assembly was a true testament to the talent, dedication, and spirit of our student-athletes. I want to extend heartfelt congratulations to our Fall Sports Teams: Baseball, Softball, Basketball, and Cross Country (let's not forget about Cheer either)! To all our student-athletes, I want to express my deepest gratitude for representing our school with grace and sportsmanship (as I have witnessed the past three weekends). Your dedication to your respective sports and your commitment to your academics is commendable. You are all shining examples of what it means to be a part of the BVM community. Please enjoy some of the pictures below taken at our Fall Sports Assembly.
Girls Basketball 23-24
Boys Basketball 23-24
Cross Country 23-24
7th Grade Baseball
Fall Sports Assembly
STUDENT WORK SAMPLES FROM US HISTORY (Week 1)
Dance Class takes a Field Trip
English Department District Training
CARE Training with Hi-Tech High School and the University of California San Diego
Lockdown Drill Debrief
What is it We Want our Students to Learn?
Middle Years Program --Becoming an International Baccalaureate Middle School.
Can you guess what the numbers below (in the picture) represent?
In our pursuit of becoming an IB school and further aligning with our local high school (BVHS), Mr. Dougherty, our IB coordinator, provided our staff with some professional development this past Friday. MYP Units are designed to transfer more of the cognitive load and problem-solving skills to our students. Hence, classrooms become more and more student-centered than teacher-centered.
Currently, we have had all of our Science 8 (General Science 2) students implement MYP units. Our English 8 Team will be the 2nd department that will implement MYP units when we return from Fall Break. Becoming an IB school is a multi-year process, but we are making great strides in our efforts under Mr. Dougherty's leadership and guidance.
*7 Days before Fall Break
*1 Week before Fall Break
*168 Hours before Fall Break
*10,080 Minutes before Fall Break
*604, 800 Seconds before Fall Break
--Let's push through BVM!!! Thank you!