Crusader Times

May 2016

Words From Our Principal

Hello Parents,

It is hard to believe that this school year is almost over. It has been a great year, full of success stories, and students doing amazing things. As we get close to the end of the year, it is important that students do their best in their end-of-course exams. Please talk to them about the importance of the tests and to ensure they come prepared and well rested. In a couple of weeks half our students will be going to high school and the other half will become the new role models of our incoming 7th graders. It is a great responsibility, but I’m sure our students are up to the challenge. I look forward to seeing you at the promotion ceremony and I wish all of you and your families a great and safe summer.

Eduardo Reyes, Ed.D.

Library Debate Congress

Bonita Vista Middle students participated in a program called Middle School Congress. Students from Bonita Vista High's Speech and Debate team taught our students how to compete in Congress which is one of many ways to compete at a Speech and Debate invitational. On Saturday April 23rd, our students competed against the freshmen Speech and Debate students and performed very well. Mr. Eric Helle is the advisor for the Speech and Debate team at Bonita Vista High. Great job Crusaders!

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RFEP Reclassification Breakfast

We are extremely honored to announce that we had 53 of our English Learner students "Reclassified" as Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) this academic year. This is a huge accomplishment for students who are learning English as a second language and we couldn't be prouder! Keep working hard and you will undoubtedly accomplish any goal you set for yourself!
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Staff vs. Student Annual Basketball Game

On Tuesday April May 10th, students and staff came together to play a friendly game of basketball. Both students and staff played a tough game, but in the end the students came out on top by one point! Congratulations students!

All-Star Mile

Thank you to all of the outstanding runners who made the 2016 All-Star Mile a spectacular success! Congratulations to our top finishers in both the girls and boys races:


1st – Ahrionna Broadway 6:08 Alex Castro 5:19

2nd – Aylette Cisneros 6:09 Jessie Centeno 5:32

3rd – Andrea Garcia 6:17 Armando Valencia 5:36

A special congratulations to Alex Castro for his 5:19 finishing time. He is now tied for 2nd Place All-Time at BVM! Crusader pride!

Moderate/Severe Class Highlights

San Diego County Science Fair Winner

We want to congratulate and recognize Sophia Epley who represented SUHSD at the 2016 Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair at Balboa Park and received 1st Place in the area of Behavioral/Social Sciences. Continue to follow your passion for science! We are extremely proud of you Sophia!
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DELAC Ceremony

On Monday May 9th, the district honored several English Learner students and parents for their hard work and dedication. The students, Luis Acevedo and Amanda Gonzalez, were nominated by their teachers for having shown the most improvement over this past academic year. Our parents, Rocio Sanchez and Angelica Garnica, were recognized for all of their time and commitment to our English Language Advisory Committee. Congratulations to both of our students and parents!

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is mental health awareness month. In honor of such an important cause, I wanted to write a post directed to those struggling with mental health issues. So often mental illness is stigmatized, leading those that struggle with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or eating disorders to name a few, to feel isolated and alone. Let's work together towards eliminating the stigma, creating means for open communication, and letting go of judgment towards others and ourselves. To those of you reading this, who feel alone or stigmatized because of a diagnosis, this is for you.

You are not defined by your mental illness. Let me say that once more, because unfortunately we live in a world where very often you are told the exact opposite of this. You are not defined by your mental illness. You are not the "bipolar one in the family," you are someone living with bipolar disorder. You are not defined by your anxiety, you are a person who is living with anxiety. You are not just a "depressed person," you are someone who has depression, as well as may other parts of themselves that add up to equal a whole person. You are not anorexic, you are someone struggling with anorexia. You are more than just a label.

We are whole. We are diverse. We are unique. While mental health issues can feel like they take over a large part of your existence, especially when they are more present than not, they are still not all of you. You are still a daughter, a son, a mother, a father, a wife, a husband, a partner, a parent, a sibling, a cousin, a friend, a person.

While on the surface this may sound like just semantics, it is so much deeper than that. So often we define ourselves by the things that have happened in our lives, by the issues we face, the job we have, the way we look. But what if we look deeper than that? What if we are more than a label? Ultimately the interpretation is up to us, so why limit ourselves, or place judgment on ourselves based on one part of a whole?

For some, a diagnosis of mental illness can be a relief, an explanation as to why we feel the way we do. A comfort in knowing that we are not alone, that there is a definition to what we are experiencing. But to others, this becomes a definition of the whole self. Some may lose their sense of identity in this label, forgetting that they are made up of so many intricate parts that make them beautifully whole.

The choice of how you define yourself is up to you. You can choose to recognize your mental health issues as a part of you, rather than all of you. You can be more than your struggles. You can choose to view your challenges as what makes you strong and resilient. The next time you hear someone define you or someone else as anything with an "ic" following the word (like bulimic or dyslexic) or a diagnosis in general, consider rephrasing this idea for them, as your words may be more impactful than you realize. You may be the first person to help them recognize that they are more than just their mental illness, they are whole, just as you are.

Student Art Work

Staff of the Month

This month we would like to recognize our amazing and dedicated librarian, Barbara Wymer. She has done an incredible job for over 30+ years and touched literally thousands of student lives. She will be retiring at the end of this year and know that our school will not be the same without her. She not only spearheads the BVMR Club on campus, but is constantly working with teachers and students throughout campus on a variety of research projects. Her passion and enthusiasm for reading is transmitted and can be seen in our students. Thank you for all that you have done for our students!

Health Corner


A number of our 8th grade students have medications which will need to be picked up at the end of the school year. Many of these are emergency medications (Epipens, Benadryl, asthma inhalers) that will need to remain at school until the last day of the semester. Exiting 8th grade students may pick up their medications on Thursday, June 2nd after graduation practice, Tuesday June 7th or Wednesday June 8th between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM or by appointment. Exiting 7th grade students may pick up their medications on Tuesday June 7th or Wednesday June 8th between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM or by appointment. Returning students may leave their medications in the nurse’s office for the next school year.

Returning students who have prescription medications to be used at school will need to have their physician orders renewed for the 2016/2017 school year. Incoming 7th grade students with school medications will need to have physician orders as well. These forms can be obtained at the nurse’s office. Please call if you have any questions regarding the forms or medication pick up.

It’s been a pleasure to meet all of the students and families this year. I wish everyone a very happy and healthy summer break.

Take care,

Christi Stoddard, BSN, RN, PHN

Tel: 619-397-2206

Fax: 619-482-9356

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Counselors Corner

Three weeks of school to go, monitor Jupiter Grades for remaining assignments to be completed, study review guides for Finals, and completion of missing assignments at AEC, Voluntary Tutoring and Saturday Scholars.

7th Grade Parents: If your child failed a semester one class and did not make it up in Credit Recovery, your child will be registered for Summer School. Seventh grade students that fail a semester two class in English 7, Integrated Math 7, and World Cultures will be registered also. Summer School will start on Monday, June 6 here at Bonita Vista Middle School. A Registration Form will be sent home with your child to be signed by parent and returned to Counselor.

Technology Corner

As you get ready to turn in your iPad it is extremely important that you back up your work, just in case you need it. Saving your work is easy with Google Drive. Keep in mind you may have work in Notability, Photos, Explain Everything, and iMovie. To make sure your Notability notes are backed up to Google Drive watch the video clip for step by step instructions. To back up your other work, most of it can be saved to your camera roll to be accessed in accessed in Photos and then exported to Google Drive. To back up your photos, first select the photos you want to keep and then tap the share icon (the box with the arrow pointing up). Select Google Drive from the list. If is not there tap More and select Google Drive and it will add it to the list. You must be able to log in to Google Drive to do this. If you have work on any other app there will probably be some way to back it up to Google Drive if you explore the settings for that app. If you have any questions please come to the Genius Bar in room 606 during Advisory. Ask your teacher for a pass.

For a video showing step by step instructions please visit: Google Drive and Notability Back Up

Important Dates

05/18 - ELAC Meeting

05/19 - SSC Meeting

05/20 - 05/24 - 8th Grade EOC Finals

05/23 - Band Spring Concert at Chula Vista High School

05/26 - Yearbook Distribution

05/27 - 8th Grade Party

05/31 - 06/02 - 7th Grade EOC Finals

05/31 - 8th Grade Awards Presentation

06/02 - Promotion Practice

06/03 - Promotion Ceremony