Phoenix Family Newsletter

BSMS Center for Advanced Academics


  • All students are expected to wear their masks while indoors per the most recent school guidance (Governor Cooper, Guilford County Health, and GCS BOE).
  • Students are allowed to remove masks while eating, drinking, and being outdoors as long as they maintain 6 feet social distancing.
  • Students are encouraged to eat lunch outdoors. It is recommended that students bring a beach blanket/towel in order to "picnic" outside.
  • Student morning drop off takes place in the semi-circle at the front of the school. Please be sure to pull all the way down to the cone if you are the lead car. This helps reduce traffic on Hwy 150. Please remind your student and/or carpool to move expeditiously when departing the vehicle so that we can be as efficient as possible.
  • Student afternoon pick up takes place in the rear of the school. Enter from Caber road near the golf course.
  • Parents are NOT to park and come in to pick up students in order to "avoid" the carpool line. This causes too much congestion in the front office as we are handling dismissal. Please wait in the carpool line as the process will begin getting much smoother and more efficient. Thank you for understanding.


  • October 24 - 25 - Teacher Workdays

Current BSMS Bell Schedule for 21-22

  • Doors open at 9am
  • Instruction begins 9:20am
  • Instruction ends at 4:20pm
  • Dismissal at 4:20 - 4:30pm

All Schools: 2021-2022 Bell Schedule for GCS

Transportation Information

If you have any question regarding buses, stops, etc., please direct them to the GCS Transportation Department: 336-370-8920.

School Safety Enhancement - OneCards

The Guilford County Schools OneCard is a safety and convenience initiative that ensures all student carry identification cards to not only help us know who is in our buildings. All students that access GCS busing will be scanning their student OneCard when entering or exiting the bus. It may also be used to check out library books and access other resources from the public libraries in Greensboro and High Point.

Students are required to wear the OneCard card at all times while they are on campus as it is mandatory.

We appreciate your support as we take this important safety measure. Please let me know if you have any questions about this process.

Student Handbook for Reference

Cell Phone Policy

  • Students must keep cell phones stored in their locker during the school day
  • If students are seen with a cell phone in hand or on their person, they are given a warning and asked to put it in their locker
  • If students must be addressed again regarding the cell phone, the phone will be confiscated by the principal who will keep it until the end of the school day.
  • If students continue to show non-compliance, the cell phone will be confiscated by the principal who will keep it for 3 days, and it will have to be picked up by a parent
  • In the event that a student must have their cell phone due to illness, completion of an assignment, forgotten laptop, yearbook duty, etc., the teacher providing permission must supply the student with a Cell Phone Pass.

HELP WANTED: Skilled Parents Needed....

We are looking for 2 parents to help us with some school jobs.

First, if we have any parent with a green thumb who would be interested in volunteering with our students in the Gardening club on Friday afternoons from 3:45 - 4:20, please let us know by this Wednesday. Our raised bed needs some serious love. Please email myself if you are interested. My email:

Secondly, we are looking for a parent with "handyman" skills to assist us with installing umbrellas to our picnic tables. We are looking for a shade type solution that will help our students while they are outdoors. If you have any ideas and/or can assist us in attaching large umbrellas to the table, please contact our PTSA President, Katie Lackey Lockwood at

Your Response Needed!!

Parent Acknowledgement Button

Please use this link to acknowledge that you have reviewed the Student Handbook with your child and that they have received their GCS Chromebook. They received these items on August 23rd.

21-22 School Breakfast and Lunch Update

School breakfast and lunch will be available at no charge for the 2021-22 school year. If anything changes, we will be sure to let you know.

In PTSA News:

Fill the Bucket Update

A HUGE thank you to all of the families who donated to our mini fundraiser (Fill the Bucket). Our goal was to raise $800; and we raised $1,285. These funds will be put to immediate use by our PE teacher, Mr. Drabot, and our Art teacher, Mrs. Milleson.

Because of your support all of the students at BSMS will enjoy having new PE equipment and art supplies this year!

We appreciate all you do to support our wonderful PTSA, teachers, and staff.

Membership Drive

Thank you to those who joined this week! We now have 85 members! Can you help us get closer to our goal of 185 members? If you haven’t joined and you are able to, please become a member today. It takes just a few moments and the cost is $7 per membership.

PTSA Parent Grade Level Helpers

PTSA is looking for 2-3 parents per grade level whom we can call on when we need help with projects. We have a few fun ideas of ways to support our teachers and staff, but we could use a few more helping hands to make ideas into realities. If you want to help, reach out to Katie Lockwood at

Reserve the Spirit Rock Today!

Our BSMS Spirit Rock is available for families to reserve and show their school spirit! You can reserve the rock for anything – your child/grandchild’s birthday, to recognize your favorite teacher or staff member, congratulatory events, good luck on competitions and tournaments, or recognizing milestones. Please note: The Spirit rock available to paint is the one in front of the SCHOOL GYM! (Not the one in front of BSMS office at the entrance of the school)

The BSMS Spirit Rock is available for $50/week - front side only. Due to the cost and labor of repainting the Spirit Rock after rental times have expired, the cost of the rental has increased to $50 for the front side of the rock only. For more details click on the sign-up genius.

Relink your VIC Card at Harris Teeter

Please take a quick moment and relink your VIC card if you shop at Harris Teeter. The number for Brown Summit Middle School is 5637. You can update it under the account section of the app or in-person with the checkout clerk. They can look up the number if you forget it. Spread the word to family and neighbors who shop at Harris Teeter.

Spirit Wear Store

Don’t forget our Spirit Wear Store will remain open throughout the school year. We’ve added a few new items and colors, so please visit: and check it out!

Save the Dates

10/7 PTSA Board Meeting (all families welcome to attend)

10/11 Taco Mama BSMS Fundraiser

11/4 PTSA Board Meeting (all families welcome to attend)

Questions about PTSA can be sent to Katie Lakey Lockwood at

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More Covid-19 Resources

Need more information about GCS safety protocols?

You may reference this resource regarding state level guidance: StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit

You may reference this article regarding current GCS policy: GCS Website

Handling Possible, Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19

Symptoms: Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care. Staying home when sick is essential to keep infections out of schools and prevent spread to others.

For students, staff, and teachers with chronic conditions, symptom presence should represent a change from their typical health status to warrant exclusion from school. Occurrence of any of the symptoms below while a student, teacher, or staff member is at school suggests the person may be referred for diagnostic COVID-19 testing or evaluation.

• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

More information on how to monitor for symptoms is available from the CDC.

Diagnosed: People presumed to have or are diagnosed with COVID-19 must stay home until they meet the criteria for return to school. Staying home when sick with COVID-19 is essential to keeping COVID-19 infections out of schools and preventing spread to others.

Exposed: It is also essential for people who are not fully vaccinated to quarantine after a recent close contact to someone with COVID-19. Close contact with a case is defined as being physically exposed within 6 feet of another person for 15 minutes or longer cumulatively, within a 24 hour period.

NOTE: As of 7/9/21, CDC added an exception to the need to quarantine in the close contact definition, excluding students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) where:

• both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting face masks; and

• other K–12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical

distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the K–12 school setting.

• This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting

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From our School Counselor, Mrs. Sloan

Resources for Parents and Guardians Regarding Talking with Children About Violence

As we all try to wrap our minds around the tragedies that have taken place in our state, our children are too. In the midst of a pandemic, weather disturbances, shootings, “beginning of the year jitters,” etc., daily our students are being emotionally impacted. As parents and guardians, our students will rely on you to model resilience and stability.

Below are resources that you can use as you talk with your child:

Suggested Talking Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children About Violence (highlights resources

  • Schools are safe places. School staff works with parents and public safety providers (local police and fire departments, emergency responders, hospitals, etc.) to keep you safe.
  • The school building is safe because … (cite specific school procedures- example: One cards).
  • We all play a role in the school safety. Be observant and let an adult know if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened.
  • There is a difference between reporting, tattling or gossiping. You can provide important information that may prevent harm either directly or anonymously by telling a trusted adult what you know or hear.
  • Senseless violence is hard for everyone to understand. Doing things that you enjoy, sticking to your normal routine, and being with friends and family help make us feel better and keep us from worrying about the event.
  • Sometimes people do bad things that hurt others. It is important for all of us to know how to get help if we feel really upset or angry.
  • Stay away from guns and other weapons. Tell an adult if you know someone has a gun. Access to guns is one of the leading risk factors for deadly violence.
  • Violence is never a solution to personal problems. Students can be part of the positive solution by participating in anti-violence programs at school, learning conflict mediation skills, and seeking help from an adult if they or a peer is struggling with anger, depression, or other emotions they cannot control.

Lastly, please remember to attend to your own social and emotional health and well-being. We cannot help others if we do not take care of ourselves first.

If you need additional guidance, please don't hesitate to ask. I am here to support you.

-Sonja Sloan