NTI Daily Newsletter for Bally

Updated: May 13, 2020

Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for partnering with us before Covid and after. Thank you for reaching out when you were confused, for letting us know when something was missing, and for just giving us the encouragement we needed on a down day. We recognized before and definitely now how very blessed we are to work in your community. Our community. Although this wasn't the ending we ever envisioned (and if you had a premonition I want your lottery numbers), but we all did the best we possibly could have. That's a win.

We will have gaps going into next year. We will have trauma. We will have stumbles. Together, we'll work through every success and failure. The staff will be closing out their rooms over the next two days and then they have four scheduled Covid 19 Emergency Days in which they will not work. Their grades are due on May 26th. We will notify you on the 27th when grades are final.

Over the summer we'll be in touch periodically, but not often. (What a relief for your poor email inbox!!) By July we should have clearer information about the opening of the 20-21 school year, 6th grade orientation, an so on. Until then, grab your summer reading books after you take a nice long brain break and we'll see everyone in August!


The Ballyshannon Middle School Staff

8th Grade Dropoff/Pickup Cancelled for Friday Due to Weather

We will reschedule. Keep all chromebooks, band instruments, etc. for the time being. Next week, we'll find a dry day and send out a new signup form. When we reschedule 8th we will schedule 6th and 7th.
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Updated Parade Routes for 2:30pm on Wednesday

While we wanted to be able to do all of our side streets and way out into Kelly distrtict, we realized that it may take us 5 hours if we went that route. With the help of Mr. D. and OJ, we have created two streamlined routes for tomorrow's parade. Come on out (6 feet apart) and see the crazy.

We will make a straight shot down Ballyshannon and there's TONS of open space.

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June and July: Summer Reading

If you're not ready to see this, keep scrolling. If you're interested in summer reading plans for Bally, please read on.

We're asking our kids to read two books this summer. One by choice from a recommended list and one that will apply to their first unit in ELA for the upcoming year. This assignment is for current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. 8th graders should consult their high schools.

We recommend spacing out the books. Encourage your kids to read one book before the end of June and one book before we start back to school. See graphic below for additional information. Books can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. If your family qualifies for free lunch, please contact Mrs. Bowles to request the book be bought for you.

Incoming 6th Graders

Book 1: Choose from THIS LIST

Book 2: Amul Unbound by Aisha Saeed CLICK HERE FOR INFO

20-21 7th Graders

Book 1: Choose from THIS LIST

Book 2: Inspired by Susan Schaefer CLICK HERE FOR INFO

20-21 8th Graders

Book 1: Choose from THIS LIST

Book 2: Choose ONE: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds or Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes CLICK HERE FOR INFO

Who to contact?