Brandon Middle School

February 2016

Second Semester

We are officially halfway through the school year. The second semester has started and students have joined their next elective class. Electives are important to help students explore their interests before making decisions about what to focus on in high school. During this next month, students will be choosing classes for next year. The 8th graders will be visiting the high school and there will be an opportunity for families to learn about various programs at the high school during the Brandon High School Education Exploration Night on February 24th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. We hope you will take the time to attend and help your child make decisions for his/her future.

SCHEDULING

Students will already begin scheduling for next school year, so please look for information to come home this month.

  • February 16 - 7th Graders receive schedule cards
  • February 17 - 8th Graders receive schedule cards
  • February 18 - 7th Graders turn in schedule cards
  • February 24 - BHS Exploration Night
  • February 29 - 8th Graders visit BHS
  • March 2 - 8th Graders turn in schedule cards


Remember, your child can receive high school credit in the 8th grade for taking the following: French 1, Spanish 1, Algebra 1

Scholastic Art Award Winners

Midwest Scholastic Writing Winners for Personal Essay/Memoir

Gold Key: Leanna Roman

Silver Key: Ella Miller

Honorable Mention: Noah Brinker, Abby Burman, Alyssa Burnicle, Bella Detavernier,

Riayn Hanson, MK Komeshak, Jessica Marlow, Emma Martin, Russell Rozenbaum, and McKenna Tolonen

Organization

As students start the second semester, many may need new folders or other supplies. Please check with your child that s/he has everything to be successful this semester. Also, some may need help in organizing or going through old work in order to get a fresh start. Please talk with your child to make sure this is happening.


If you have school supplies you can donate, please drop them off in the main office. We can definitely use them.

Little Library

We have a little mailbox outside of our library where students can donate or take a book. This allows kids to access more books and to donate those they may have read, but don't want to keep. If you have any you would like to donate, please bring to the main office. Thank you

Mr. Bonk for making our Little Library!

How Awesome Are Our Students?

SUPER AWESOME! Throughout the school year, we try to instill the importance of helping others. At this age, it is difficult for students to volunteer at other place due to transportation and other outside obligations, so we try to bring those opportunities to BMS. I want to share what our students have done so far this year:


  • Students wrote letters to soldiers who are overseas. A way to show our support and appreciation for the many soldiers away from home.
  • Adopt-A-Kid. Our students/families/staff donated $900 to buy presents for children during the holidays.
  • Blanket making. During our activity celebration in December, one activity was making blankets that were donated to Children's Hospital of Michigan. Our students made 40 tie blankets that day.
  • Hugs for Sarah. BMS students headed up a district wide PJ Day for Sarah. BMS donated over $800 to the cause.


We still have several more charities we will be helping before the year is over and I want to say thank you to all the families as well for the support you have given and helping your child understand the importance of giving back in a variety of ways. This is what makes Brandon Schools and BMS such a special and awesome place to be every day. Also, thank you to Ms. Bandlow and our Students Leadership students. So much of this happens because of them. They give their time and energy into organizing these projects for all of us.

Washington D.C. Trip

It's not too early to start thinking about your son/daughter traveling to Washington D.C. as an 8th grader. The Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union can set up an account similar to a Christmas Club, where money would be set aside for your son/daughter to travel to Washington D.C. as an 8th grader at Brandon Middle School. The cost each year is around $1,000, so starting your savings program now will help you when your son/daughter becomes an 8th grader.


For 7th grade parents, there will be a Parent Meeting about he 2017 Trip on March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Group Assembly Room upstairs at the middle school. Students will come home with information that day about the trip.


All questions can be answered by Steve Hendershott at shendershott@brandon.k12.mi.us or 248-627-1830 ext. 2304.