Tiger Paws Parent Newsletter No.4

This is a bi-weekly update for Ballard Hudson parents.

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P.A.W.S. at BHMS

Greetings Parents,

The school year is well underway and we have a lot of exciting intiatives occuring this school year. We are placing a huge focus on student behavior the next few months because we realize that students must come to school and behave appropriately if learning is to take place.

We need students to understand that blatant disrespect and fighting are not acceptable

behaviors and will not be tolerated at BHMS. We need your support with this parents. Please speak with your child and help him/her to understand the reason why you send them to school everyday and that their education is important. We must have an environment that is conducive to learning every day. In addition, please explain to them that riding the bus is a privilege not a right and they must behave on the school bus as well in order to be allowed to ride the bus.

We have built into our calendar PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports) rewards and recognition for those students who are consistently doing the right thing. Our PBIS initiative at BHMS asks students to exhibit the PAWS way. P.A.W.S. stands for Positive Behavior, Academic Achievement, Willingness to Learn, and Strength of Character. As a part of PBIS, we have a monthly PBIS celebration that is based on school attendance and behavior and teachers reward students who are doing the right thing daily with PAWS tokens. The tokens can be redeemed at the school store for cool prizes. In addition, each team that remains fight-free for the week will earn a PBIS break on Thursdays. Our goal is to purposefully recognize those students who consistently do the right thing during the school day by letting them know that we appreciate them. We will continue to come up with ways to recognize the students who are exhibiting the PAWS way.

BHMS Goals for 2019-2020

  • Improve the climate and culture at BHMS.
  • Increase student attendance at BHMS.
  • Increase student achievement at BHMS.
  • Decrease student discipline issues at BHMS.

Parents, we ask that you assist us in reaching these goals by ensuring that your child comes to school everyday unless he/she is truly sick, reviewing our student handbook and reinforcing the expectations that we have for your child, and reviewing your child's agenda each night to ensure that homework assignments are complete. In addition, we ask that you have your child read 20 minutes each night at home. Increasing our students' reading and comprehension is a focus for the year and the more students are exposed to text the better their literacy skills will become.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping us meet these goals.

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Upcoming Events

September 30--Student Club Sign-ups (list of clubs is attached)

September 30-BHMS Volleyball @ Weaver, time 5:00 pm

October 1- Softball Playoffs (TBA)

October 2- Football Game: BHMS vs. Weaver @ Thompson Stadium, time 5:30 pm

October 5-Mercer Be a Good NeighBear Community Service Project at BHMS 9:00-12:00

October 7-14- Fall Break

October 15-18 BHMS Homecoming Week

October 17-Fall Picture Day

October 18-PBIS Pep Rally

Dress Code


We are having an issue with students wearing shirts that do not meet the dress code. All shirts must be school colors (white, maroon/burgundy, or yellow) or a school spirit shirt only. Please help us by making sure that your child is following the dress code.




If you have not already done so, we need you to purchase a locker for your child for $5.00. Many students are losing their materials for class and thus this is causing them to not be successful. Lockers are one simple way to help students stay organized and keep up with their belongings. Please have them purchase a locker as soon as possible from their home room teacher.

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BCSD Vision Statement: Each student will demonstrate strength of character and will be college or career ready.

BCSD Mission Statement: The BCSD develops a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.