BMS Parent Newsletter
October 7, 2022
School Safety - StayALERT
School safety is always an important part of the BMS educational setting. Blanco MS and Blanco ISD have partnered with Stay Alert to provide an avenue for students, parents, teachers, and community members to report issues related to school safety. If you are aware of an incident, situation, activity, etc. that needs to be reported to school officials, please utilize one of the Stay Alert program avenues to report it. Those reporting can choose to remain anonymous.
You can report:
online at www.stayalert.info
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
by text to 206-406-6485
by phone to 206-406-6485
BISD will be hosting a safety presentation on Monday, October 10. Greg Schaffer, an expert in the prevention of domestic terrorism and active shooter events will be discussing how to keep students safe in schools. The presentation will be at 6 PM in the HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA. Parents, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month. Each day during announcements, we will have an anti-bullying message. These were our bullying prevention messages this week:
MONDAY - What is bullying? Bullying happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, or threatening someone on purpose. It is deliberate and occurs in a situation where one person has more power that the other. Bullying can happen with words, including through technology like social media, cell phones, or computers. It can also be physical. If you see bullying, do the right thing and let someone know.
TUESDAY - What bullying is not - Conflict is a disagreement that happens when people want different things. The people involved may have equal power to solve the problem. They are not purposely trying to hurt each other. Bullying is different. Bullying is not two sided. It is one sided and involves one person having more power than the other. It happens when someone picks on someone else on purpose. They try to make the other person scared or feel bad about themselves. That is not ok. Everyone has disagreements or arguments. That is different from bullying.
WEDNESDAY - Yesterday we talked about conflict, and how it is not the same as bullying. Bullying is on purpose, repeated, and involves one person with more power than the other. We all have disagreements and mess up from time to time. If someone makes you feel bad, ask them to stop. If they stop, it is not bullying. If they keep going or even find a different way to make you feel bad, that is bullying. Let someone know.
THURSDAY - Bullying can come in a lot of different forms. Some bullying is face to face which means the bully and victim are present. The bullying behavior is obvious. The person being bullied knows who the bully is. Behind the back bullying is another example. In this case the person being bullied might not know who the bully is because the bullying is through gossip, rumors, or stories about the victim to others. This can happen at school or away from school. You can help stop both types of bullying by letting an adult know if you see bullying.
FRIDAY - We’ve talked about how to recognize bullying and how bullying is different from conflict. Now we will talk about what to do if you are bullied. The first step is to determine if it is safe to confront the bully. If it is not safe, because the bully is bigger, there are several people bullying, or if there are no friends around, the best thing to do is leave and find an adult who can help. If it is safe, ask the person to stop in a calm voice. Bullies are less likely to target people in a group or people who show confidence. Even faking confidence is ok. If you are not sure if something is bullying or conflict, tell an adult and they can help.
BMS loves their custodians!
Sunday, October 2 was National Custodian Day. Since we were not in school that day, BMS celebrated our custodians this week. Janie Salazar and Alondra Wong are the BMS custodians. They received flowers, a thank you card, and a gift card in appreciation for their hard work. Angel Hernandez (not pictured) is technically a maintenance man, but he helps with custodial work as needed, so we wanted to show him appreciation as well. He also received a thank you card and a gift card. Thank you to all of our custodians for keeping our campus clean and looking great!
8th Grade Science
The 8th grade science classes created "elephant toothpaste" in a lab last week. In the lab, hydrogen peroxide is broken down quickly into water and oxygen. The oxygen is trapped in soap bubbles and overflows the container it is in - looking like an enlarged version of a toothpaste tube oozing out. Ms. Hussion is the 8th grade science teacher. Thank you to Ms. Blackburn for the photo.
The BMS Volleyball teams travelled to Comfort on Monday, October 3. The 8th Grade B team won. All other teams played hard but lost close games to Comfort.
The volleyball teams will be back on the court Monday, October 10 when they travel to Ingram.
7A = 5-2
7B = 2-4
8A = 4-3
8B = 6-1
Below are some photos of previous VB games provided by Diana Schwind:
The BMS Football teams traveled to Marion on Thursday, October 6. The 7th grade game ended in a tie. The 8th grade lost their game.
7th Grade = 3-0-1
8th Grade = 0-4
The football teams will host Cornerstone on Thursday , October 13.
Below are some photos from last week's Randolph games provided by Diana Schwind:
BMS teachers, staff, and students provide shout outs to those who have gone above and beyond, provided help to another person, been a good citizen, accomplished a task/goal, won an athletic contest, participated in an activity or competition, or just need recognition for doing something nice, etc. These are our SHOUT OUTS for the week:
Our custodians for their hard work keeping BMS clean and looking good.
8th Grade B team volleyball for their win over Comfort.
Mr. Murphree for energizing the crowd with his pep rally speech last week.
Ms. Corder for delivering supplies to teachers.
The Methodist Church Lions Club for providing materials to teachers. Ms. Arnold's class received a printer to print essays and poems in class. Thank you Lions Club.
Kenli Hunter for holding the door and letting students inside from the bus in the morning.
If you have questions related to middle school, please contact the appropriate person at BMS:
Brad Kinney: Principal - email@example.com
Sallie Lyons: Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl Tesch: Registrar - email@example.com
Paula Batey: Administrative Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.org
BMS Phone: 830-833-5570