Bessie Coleman Middle School

December 16, 2016

Miller's Message

Dear BCMS Families,


The 1st semester is coming to a close! We have approximately 100 days of school remaining. On behalf of the entire staff at Bessie Coleman Middle School, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season with family and loved ones. As educators, we are so proud of your children and all of their many special talents they bring to the campus each day, which make up the exceptional culture of our prestigious school. We are truly thankful to be working with such amazing children and supportive parents.


Please be aware the school will be closed starting on Moday , December 19, 2016 through Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in recognition of the winter holiday break. School will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.


Again, from our BCMS family to yours, take care and we will see you in the New Year!


Sincerely,


Jason Miller M.Ed.


Identification Badges: We've had several students forget ID's. If your student does not have an ID, they must purchase a temporary from the attendance office for $1. If they don't have $1, they can turn in their phone to receive a temporary, but must bring a $1 before the end of the day to get their phone back. If your student misplaces their ID or destroys it where the bar code can't be scanned it is $5 for a replacement. To gain entrance to Junior High games without a parent, all students must have their ID and pay the admission fee. Students without an ID will not be allowed entrance.


Attendance/Tardies:

All students are expected to be at school on time. The tardy bell rings at 7:30 AM. Any student not in class by 7:30 AM are considered tardy. If a student misses more than 1/2 of a class they are considered absent. Students have a 4-minute transition between each class. If they are not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings, they are tardy. Students who are habitually late will have home visits made and truancy charges filed. All TARDIES TO SCHOOL ARE UNEXCUSED.

BCMS Basketball Schedule 2016-2017

Athletic Events Expections

- Under no circumstance should we become disrespectful toward players, coaches, or other fans.

-Fans are not allowed on the court before, during, or after any game.

- You are responsible for your small children. The school is not a play area and your kids are expected to be with you.

-Please do not walk on the black bleachers ( use the aisle and the stairs)

The bleachers were replaced last year and we want them to remain in good condition for many years to come.


Any fan that blatantly does not follow the aforementioned expectations, will be asked to leave and will be banned from attending future events in CHISD. If issues arise please seek out the security guard or game administrator.

Walking home or riding the bus

Dismissal on any campus can be a challenging experience. When students are walking or riding the bus, they are still expected to abide by rules and regulation. We have too many students trying to figure out transportation at the end of the day. Please communicate your transportation procedures for your child prior to them coming to school.


Bus Transportation

We are asking all parents to support us by reiterating to your student appropriate behavior expectations. Students who are disruptive on the bus, will have their bus privileges removed. Misbehavior on the bus and disrespect of the bus driver will not be tolerated.


Walkers

Walker are expected to immediately leave campus, on foot, at the end of the day. While walking home, students are expected to follow the local law and guidelines. As we know, students can become mischievous when an adult is not present. Please speak to your student about what your parental expectations are when they are off campus and walking home. We have been in communication with the Animal Shelter, next door. Students should not be dropped off/picked up on their property. They will start reporting habitual offenders and their license plate numbers to the local authorities.

Breakthrough Coach

Dear Parents:


Bessie Coleman MS is committed to educating and empowering every student to excel academically and socially. In order for this to come to fruition, we are committed to having district administrators in classroom 2-3 FULL days per week to improve teaching and learning.


As a result of being in class so often, we may not always be immediately available to you; however your communication important to us. If you have questions about a particular class , please contact the teacher directly, as we have found that is the most effective way to clarify issues. If you need to talk to an administrator, please contact the appropriate secretary, as she handles the administrator's calendar: Assistant Principal Secretary- Latoya.Jones@chisd.net : Campus Principal Secretary- norma.espinoza@chisd.net . They will need to know the nature of your call to find the appropriate time for us to talk or will direct your call to the correct department/administrator.


Thank you for your ongoing support of Bessie Coleman Middle School. You are a valued partner in your child's education. The implementation of these practices will enhance our ability to strengthen student learning in our district.

Calling All Dads , Moms, Brothers, Sisters, Uncles, Aunts, etc....

We need your help!! Please join us during the following times:

7:00 AM to 7:30 AM Student Arrival

10:15 AM to 12:10 PM Student Lunch Periods

2:50 PM to 3:30 PM Student Dismissal

We are only asking for 30 Minutes a week!!!

Dances

Below are the dates of school dances. Please note that dances are a privilege. Dances are only for BCMS students. We will never allow students to pay at the door for dances. Typically students will be allowed to pay the week leading up to the dance....Dances will be scheduled from 7pm to 10pm and will cost $3 to enter. Concession will be available. This schedule may be altered at the campus principals discretion. Students will not be allowed to attend dances for excessive absences, tardies, or disruptive behavior.


February 10 ( PTA Dance)

April 7

Campus Culture/Relationship Initiatives

--The #GoodNewsCallOfTheDay- Students will take a Selfie with the principal and the parents will receive a positive phone call in reference to positive interaction at school.

--Rolling Wednesday- Administrative staff ride the bus with students to build a positive relationship.

Administrative Staff Contact Informtaion

6th Grade Assistant Principal- Shayla Pratt shayla.pratt@chisd.net

7th Grade Assistant Principal- Tashara Tuck tashara.tuck@chisd.net

8th Grade Assistant Principal- Cassundra Gipson cassundra.gipson@chisd.net

Campus Principal- Jason Miller jason.miller@chisd.net


We are here to assist you in any way that we can, however, you must address your concerns in the following order: Teacher, Assistant Principal, Campus Principal.

Important Dates


Site Based Meeting ( All Parents are invited)

February 9 at 3:15 PM

We will be reviewing budgets, Planning Events, and reviewing the CIP


Monthly Coffee With The Principal, Assistant Principals, or Counselors ( 7:30 AM)

January 19, 2017

February 24, 2017

March 10, 2017

April 21, 2017


Parent Drop-In Day

(IT SHOULD BE A SURPRISE THAT YOU ARE POPPING IN ON THEM)

February 24

March 10


All Pro Dads Breakfast ( 2nd Breakfast of the Year)

January 2017

Child Nutrition and Lunch

Parents ARE NOT allowed to bring outside food to anyone other than their own child.


Students ARE NOT allowed to bring large bags of chips, candy, or soda to school. If you are purchasing large bags of chips, please place a personal amount in a small zip lock bag.


Allowed Sizes:

Chips: 1 ounce to 1.5 ounce

Drinks: 12 ounces to 32 ounces


Not Allowed:

Drinks: liter or 2 liters

Chips: Large Bags ( anything greater than 1.5 ounces)

Candy: None

The aforementioned items will be confiscated and thrown away.

Attendance/ Tardies

Procedures

A parent/guardian should contact the Attendance Office for each absence. If you wish to email, you may send to deniece.clark@chisd.net or use the Family Access Absence Notification Request, which allows parents/guardians to send a note by email through Family Access.


Students submitting a note from a doctor or dentist for a partial day will be considered Excused. Students submitting a note from court will be considered Excused.

Tardies:

All students are expected to be at school on time. The tardy bell rings at 7:30 AM. Any student not in class by 7:30 AM are considered tardy. If a student misses more than 1/2 of a class they are considered absent. Students have a 4 minute transition between each class. If they are not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings, they are tardy. Students who are habitually late will have home visits made and truancy charges filed. All TARDIES TO SCHOOL ARE UNEXCUSED.


According to the Texas Education Code §25.092, students are required to attend 90% of the days a class is offered. Excused and unexcused absences count toward this requirement. Please be aware of absences accrued throughout each semester.

Drop off and Pick Up Procedures

Drop Off:

The main lanes will be divided by cones. Once you get on the main drive, and traffic has stopped please have your student exit the car quickly. If they exit the car in the far lane they must exit to the left and walk to the cross walk or staff member to cross. Under no circumstance should a vehicle be unattended in the morning or obstructing a lane. If you choose to walk your student in the building, please park in the designated parking lot and bring your ID to receive a visitor's badge to enter the secured area of the building.


Pick-Up

The two outside lanes are available for pick-up in the afternoon. Do not leave your vehicle unattended. Students are instructed to look for their cars and load with caution the middle lane is not a pick up area. We do not release or call for students from the main office after 2:45 PM.

2016-2017 Dress Code and Grooming Policy

The approved dress code for 2016-2017 is in the link below. All students are expected to be in compliance on the 1st day of school.


http://www.chisd.net/domain/144



STUDENT DRESS & GROOMING POLICY

Dress and grooming policies are enforced each day of the school year. All students are expected to dress in compliance with the standardized dress criteria. This will allow students to perform effectively in the learning environment without distractions to themselves or others. The principal has total discretion in determining compliance with the standardized dress criteria. Violations of the dress or grooming code warrant disciplinary action. If the principal or designee determines that the dress or grooming of a student is inappropriate, he/she will advise the student of why the dress or grooming fails to conform to guidelines and allow the student to give an explanation. The parent or guardian of the child whose dress or grooming is inappropriate shall be notified that their child has been assigned one day of In-School Suspension or until the parent brings compliant clothing for their child to wear. A third violation of dress code will result in the parent notification that their child is assigned to Out of-School Suspension for one day. Repeated offenses will be handled as Category III and/or IV offenses. Unless modified by the principal, students, including student spectators, at school activities such as sporting events, musicals, field trips, off-campus school events and commencement exercises shall meet the grooming standards. The Standardized Dress criteria may be modified for students who are officially representing the school in extracurricular activities and are wearing an official uniform or other appropriate dress for that school activity.


THE FOLLOWING IS NOT PERMITTED FOR ANY STUDENT:

1. Unnatural or distracting hair color or style of hair

- No purple, green, blue, fuchsia, pink, etc....Only natural color hair or extensions are allowed: black, brown, and/or blond

2. Jewelry or other items worn in pierced body parts other than ears

3. Jewelry that is considered to be disruptive or offensive

4. Wearing of hats, caps, hair rollers, sunglasses, or any headgear inside the building

5. Bandanas, arm or sweatbands

6. Pocket chains or other chains determined as inappropriate by the principal

7. Hair that is not kept well groomed at all times

8. Any facial hair which is not short and neatly trimmed

9. Flip-flops, house shoes, or slippers

10. Dresses, skirts, or skorts that do not extend to the knee all the way around while fastened appropriately around the waist and hands placed at the side.

11. Slits in dresses, skirts, or skorts that extend above the fingertip while fastened appropriately around the waist

12. Shorts that do not extend to the fingertip while fastened appropriately around the waist and hands placed at the side

13. Sagging or over sized biking shorts, cutoffs, boxer shorts, or soccer-type shorts

14. Pants that do not reveal the shoes

15. Clothing that reveals undergarments

16. Rips or tears in clothing.

17. The presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of grooming which by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attribute which implies membership or affiliation with a gang, secret society, fraternity, or sorority.

Parent Involvement

We are seeking parent to participate on the following committees


Site Based Decision Making-Site-based decision making is a process for decentralizing decisions to improve the educational outcomes at every school campus through a collaborative effort by which principals, teachers, campus staff, district staff, parents, and community representatives assess educational outcomes of all students, determine goals and strategies, and ensure that strategies are implemented and adjusted to improve student achievement.


8th Grade Planning Committee- The 8th grade planning committee coordinates the

8th grade End of the Year activities ( Prom, Six Flags, Social Event, 8th Grade Breakfast, etc) with the PTA and Administrative staff. Without assistance from parents these events WILL NOT happen.


All Pro Dad (APD)-A group of men passionately committed to bringing intentional focus to Fathers/Male Figures at Bessie Coleman MS. APD's offer assistance at various events around campus and CHISD. With the support of the APD's Bessie Coleman students will continue to grow in a positive manner at school and in the community.


Bessie Coleman PTA- A parent-teacher association (PTA) is a formal organization composed of parents, teachers and staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in a school. For more information contact: bessiecolemanpta@gmail.com

Bus

Please pay close attention to the the pickup and drop off times. You may contact Kim Lewis at kim.lewis@chisd.net or Evonne Stewart at Dallas County Schools (972 224 7050) for specific questions or issues. All students are expected to get on and off at the designated stops.

Bus Schedule 2016-2017

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CHISD and Bessie Coleman Mission and Vision

CHISD Motto

Lead; Learn; Engage; Excel


CHISD Vision

The Cedar Hill Independent School District will become a premier school district providing innovative opportunities and academic challenges preparing all students for the global marketplace.


Bessie Coleman Middle School Mission

(What we will do; Why we exist; Our purpose)


The staff and students of Bessie Coleman Middle School believe that anything is possible through collaboration, rigor, relevance and relationships. We are committed to becoming a national premier middle school by providing an excellent, effort-based education for all students.



Bessie Coleman Middle School VISION

(What we will see as we carry out the mission; what we want to become)

Bessie Coleman Middle School will be a premier school

preparing our students to become global competitors.

Tutoring Schedule-2016-2017

Monday- English/Language Arts

Tuesday- Math

Wednesday- Science

Thursday -Social Studies


Tutoring will be from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM each day. Bus Transportation will be provided if your student already is eligible to ride the bus.

You will be notified in advance if tutoring is canceled for any reason!!!

Who to Contact at BCMS

Attendance: Deniece Clark deniece.clark@chisd.net

Cafeteria/ Lunch : Cassandra Pierson Cassandra.Pierson@chisd.net

Records: Patricia Jordan patricia.jordan@chisd.net

Counselor A-L: Patrice Gray patrice.gray@chisd.net

Counselor M-Z: Cicely Ham cicely.ham@chisd.net


We are here to assist you in any way that we can, however, you must address your concerns in the following order: Teacher, Assistant Principal, Campus Principal.


Assistant Principal Secretary: Latoya Jones latoya.jones@chisd.net

6th Grade Assistant Principal: Shayla Pratt shayla.pratt@chisd.net

7th Grade Assistant Principal: Cassundra Gipson cassundra.gipson@chisd.net

8th Grade Assistant Principal: Tashara Tuck tashara.tuck@chisd.net


Principal's Secretary: Norma Espinoza Norma.Espionza@chisd.net

Campus Principal: Jason Miller Jason.miller@chisd.net