Brunswick Middle School

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Principal's Message

It is with mixed emotions that I close out this school year at Brunswick Middle.

Effective July 1, I will be working on special assignments in the Central Office until my retirement in December.

Brunswick will always hold a very special place in my heart. I began my teaching career as an 8th grade language arts teacher when BMS was simply portable classrooms behind Brunswick High School. I am ending my career as a principal right back where it all started.

Effective July 1, Jay Schill, current assistant principal at West Frederick Middle School, will assume the duties as principal at BMS. I know that he is excited to become part of the Brunswick Middle School community. I know that he will be welcomed warmly at the best middle school in the county.

This is the community that helped me grow as an educator, and I will deeply miss everyone: the students, staff, parents and community members.

Warm wishes to each of you for a wonderful and restful summer!

Summer Office Hours

Beginning on June 20th, FCPS will be closed on Fridays until the week of August 15. Summer staff may be out of the building at times due to vacations and scheduled meetings.

If you should need assistance, please call the main office at 240-236-5400.

Summer appointments for enrollments may be made over the phone.

Upcoming Important Dates

The last day of school for students is Friday June 17th. It will be a 2-hour early dismissal. For a detailed list of events and dates please visit our BMS Homepage

Guidance News

The Thurmont Ministerium is sponsoring a free summer lunch program. See details below:

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From the Health Room

Student Medications

Any medications your child has in the health room must be picked up by an adult by the close of the school day on June 17th. Please click HERE for detailed information about picking up student medications.

State Vaccination Requirements

All students entering 7th grade must have the following vaccinations for the 2016-2017 school year:

- single dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) vaccine*

- single dose of M eningococcal vaccine (M CV)

*Tdap is not the same as the other Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis vaccines called DPT or DTaP. Even if your child received DPT or DTaP in past they will still need a single dose of Tdap. We do not want to exclude your child from school in August! Make your child's appointment now and avoid the rush. Bring the vaccination documentation to school as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your child's health care provider or the school health room.

If you have questions for our health room technician, Linda Trabold, please call the health room at 240-236-5359.


If you have questions about our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at Brunswick Middle School, please contact guidance counselor Kelly Mahn:

Congratulations to Scott Strait, FCPS Teacher of the Year!

We are very proud of Brunswick Middle School social studies teacher Scott Strait, who was recently named the Frederick County Public Schools 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. This is the school system’s most prestigious award, recognizing outstanding representatives of the teaching profession.

Way to go Mr. Strait! You make us all proud!

"Cupcake Wars" in Mrs. Lindahl's Life Skills Classes

Hugh B. Nolan Track & Field Meet Results

Congratulations to all the BMS Hugh B. Nolan athletes that participated in the track meet at Oakdale High, May 25th:

6th Grade

Anayeli Duran, Heather Spence, Isabella Dressler, Maggie Williams, Emily McDonnell, Karly McDonnell, Kate Gerlus, Madison Nalorczyk, Anabelle Elmer, Emily Mohler, Amber Bartz, Isabella Marra, Aaron Hall, Jared Struss, DJ Haycraft, Collin Bomysoad, Cameron Cornette, Ashton Hansel, Agya Baffoe.

7th Grade

Morgan McKnew, Chanelle Lee, Ronnell McCorn, Caitlyn Lee, Jordyn Keller.

8th Grade

Kayleigh Adam, Lauren Kenny, Hannah White, Gisselle Beck, Kiersten Ropp, Raina Morley, Thomas White.

Special recognition goes to the following athletes who placed in the top 6 to earn ribbons for Brunswick Middle:

100m dash – Caitlyn Lee 13.39 (tie 2nd), Ronnell McCorn 12.66 (tie 4th), Madison Nalborczyk 14.41 (tie 5th), Hannah White 14.38 (6th).

200m dash- Chanelle Lee 28.56 (2nd)

400m dash- Karly McDonnell 71.16 (5th), Emily McDonnell 71.36 (6th)

4X100m Relay- Caitlyn Lee, Chanelle Lee, Jordyn Keller, Morgan McKnew (1st) 57.26

Long Jump- Chanelle Lee 14’ 5’’ (1st)

High Jump- Maggie Williams 3’ 9’’ (tie 5th), Lauren Kenny 4’ 3’’ (5th), Hannah White 4’ 0’’ (6th)

Discus- Kayleigh Adam 59’ 8’’ (2nd), Anayeli Duran-Henriquez 47’ 10’’ (4th),

Summer Literacy and Math Opportunities

If you are looking for ideas to keep your children busy this summer, look no further than the English - Language Arts Summer Newsletter! This gem is packed full of reading, writing, and grammar resources, activities and contests for all ages. Click HERE to read the ELA Newsletter. If you have any questions please contact Literacy Specialist Patty Reid: Enjoy!

2016 Summer Math Programs

This year students have 2 options to help prevent loss of math knowledge over the summer months.

The first is TenMarks, an Amazon company. If your child was enrolled in the Tenmarks program during the past school year, they have access to this program. Please click the link below to access a parent letter along with instructions regarding beginning the program.

For all other students, there is another program that goes from June 20th until July 29th. This program reviews up through grade 7 curriculum. Please click on the attachment for information regarding this program.

If you have any questions regarding any of these programs, please contact Math Specialist Kim Schmidt at

Have a great summer!

PTO News

President’s message

Wow, what a year we’ve had! We held or were directly involved in a multitude of events requiring volunteer support – the fall play (practices multiple days a week for three months plus the two performances), dance ticket sales, the dances (6 of them including the 8th grade formal), dance food donations, school store, PBIS socials, Spirit of America Day, distributing fundraiser items, staff back to school luncheon, staff lunch during conferences, multiple staff appreciation events the first week of May, and the list goes on. This volunteer effort totaled 3,215 documented hours! That is a tremendous amount of volunteer time. Thank you to the 122 volunteers who logged in these hours to benefit the students and our school. And thank you to the officers and chairpersons of the PTO that lead the charge and do so much behind the scenes. What we’ve accomplished this year could not have happened without dedicated volunteers!

Thank you also to the Brunswick Middle School (BMS) administration, teaching staff and custodial staff. We could not accomplish what we do as the Parent Teacher Organization without the strong support of the entire BMS staff.

Congratulations to the PTO Officers for the 2016-2017 school year:

· Katharina Connor – Vice President

· Chris Christman – Vice President

· Gail Fitzgerald – Treasurer

· Cheryl Church – Secretary

We have openings for chairperson positions for Membership, Fundraising and Cultural Arts. If you are interested in any of these positions, please email Didi Willard at


I hope you and your families have a wonderful summer break. We look forward to seeing you in August. Please keep an eye out for Find Out First communications and Facebook postings for what we’re working on and how you can get involved.


Didi Willard, President

Box Tops and Labels for Education

LABELS FOR EDUCATION is coming to an end! Thank you for helping us end our collection with a bang!

We achieved our goal and submitted our points Friday, May 13th to receive $150 in Visa cards which will be used to purchase items for the end of year PBIS raffle items.


And thank you so much for all of you who also sent in Box Tops in April and during the first week of May. We had a record collection of over 1500 Box Tops which translated to over $150!

2016 Fall Musical at BMS:

Plans are underway for a PTO play this coming fall. Once details are finalized we will use send communications out through Find Out First and post information on our Facebook page to keep you updated.

Contact information

Facebook page: Brunswick Middle PTO



Students who pre-ordered a BMS yearbook will receive their yearbook during the last week of school. A limited number of extra yearbooks will be available to purchase for $20.00 after all pre-ordered yearbooks have been distributed. Cash or checks made out to BMS will be accepted.

From the Media Center

All student library books are due on Friday June 10th. Please look around your home for any books that have a Brunswick Middle School barcode on the upper left front cover, and have your child return any books you locate. Thanks for your help!

The Frederick County Public Library offers summer reading challenges for all ages, even adults! Check out the exciting programs and prizes being offered at

Looking for summer reading suggestions? Frederick County public and school librarians work together each year to develop summer reading lists for all ages. Click HERE to see this year's fantastic lists of titles. You may want to read some of the Maryland Black Eyed Susan Award Nominees, or the One Maryland One Book selection for this year: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (appropriate for ages 13 and up). Happy Reading!

Our Media Center webpage resources are available to students throughout the summer months at The free Axis360 app gives students access to over 500 ebooks and audiobooks they can read or listen to on their mobile device. Download the app today! Login with your student ID number and the last four digits of the student ID number as the PIN.

If you have questions about our media program, contact media specialist Jennifer Bean:

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