1•5•10 Community Newsletter #BestYearYet 3.11.2018

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Wow! March is marching right on! We have ten days of instruction before we will all enjoy a much earned and deserved Spring Break!

Spring brings fresh mindsets, golf, baseball, soccer, field trips, Beta, Honors Day, PBIS Celebrations, Proficient and Distinguished Celebrations, and testing! We are so much going on that is it critical to stay the course and keep your eyes on the prize!

Remember we are collecting COKE caps and Box Tops and please send any in that you have with your child!

The Wild Adventures Trip is open so please consider this ELITE experience. The trip is $89.00 and we will be offering up to three scholarships. Details of the scholarship application will be in the next #BeBCMS Newsletter. The trip number is 12193. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Waddell.

Both our Band and Chorus had ELITE performances at LGPE. This is a ton of work and I am proud of all of them! Congratulations on a job well done!

Also, don't forget, our yearbooks are on sale for $40.00 Cash or Check-- due to Ms. KP! Checks made out to Bryan County MIddle School! You can find the link on our web page.

Also, we have added tabs to our web page where you can find more information about the awesome events and work we do easier! There are two new additional tabs, STUDENT INFORMATION and PARENT INFORMATION! Check it out!

Grade cards will be out this week. While grade books are "rolling", this is the quarter end where we will look to honor scholars for end of the year Academic Achievement Celebrations.

Please take a minute to fill out this Title One Survey!


Spring is here!

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#ThisWeek (The 1)

Monday- #CelebrateMonday

  • BCMS Baseball (B) AWAY at RHMS
  • BCMS Track HOME

Tuesday- #TerrificTuesday

  • BCMS Baseball AWAY at Collins
  • BCMS Soccer AWAY at Portal

Wednesday- #WinWednesday

  • BCMS Soccer AWAY at Claxton
  • BCMS Track AWAY at Claxton
  • GOLF practice at Black Creek


  • BCMS Baseball HOME vs. Reidsville
  • BOE meeting at Lanier 6:30 PM

Friday- #FocusFriday

  • $1.00 HAT DAY !


Spring Formal Dance-- Date TBD (March)

McTeacher NIGHT at McDonald's- March 29th

Spring Break begins Monday April 2nd- Friday April 6th

Proficient and Distinguished GMAS Celebrations: 4/25 and 4/26

All School GMAS Kick Off #SlamTheExam 4/27

GMAS Testing begins April 30th

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#ReadersAreLeaders (The 5)

The best way to increase your child's reading skills? Encouraging reading! ANY reading! ALL reading! The more you talk about what you just read or what you are reading, the more your child will become interested in reading! Any time you have the opportunity to read a book WITH your child, that is winning! My own 8th grader is reading "To Kill A Mockingbird" in her 8th grade ELA class and we are taking the time to read it together! She is not an avid reader like I am, so I am cherishing the opportunity for her and I to read together in hopes that it fosters her love of reading!

If you are interested in checking out some Middle Level Novels: Check these:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Piecing Me Together by Reene Watson

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Notes from Ms. Raeburn (The 10)

March: the month of LUCK

In March, my notes section will focus on the upcoming testing season

We have ten more days in #ProjectLevelUP

This week, scholars will be focused on working on creating constructed responses to questions that would earn them a Level 3 or 4 on GMAS. Our teachers have spent a lot of time teaching and modeling best practices and making sure that our students know how to complete the constructed response questions to the very best of their ability!

It is important that our students know the format of the test. That is the focus of our curriculum for #ProjectLevelUP. We are focusing on the context of how questions will be asked and teaching and modeling exemplar responses.

We will run this project through the April 30th.

When we return from Spring Break, we will focus on adding constructed response practice to our closings in our classes.

We will also be meeting with scholars to review individually with them their GMAS results from last year and set goals for this year. We are setting the bar that ALL scholars shoot for "Leveling UP" and moving up an achievement level descriptor! Those meetings will begin when we return from Spring Break!

Other notes:

If you are interested in learning more about how to support your child with GMAS, you can check out this link here:


Click on the grade of your child and look through the resources available.

We would love to begin collecting snack donations for GMAS time! If you are willing and able to donate any of the following for your child's grade level team, please send it in to the main office labeled. Thank you.

Donations needed:

  • Fruit Snacks
  • Snack Crackers (Individually Wrapped)
  • Granola Bars (any kind)
  • Mini Waters
  • Hard Candy (Jolly Ranchers, Mints, Cinnamons, Etc)
  • Gum

We will have a celebration for all scholars who earned Proficient and Distinguished on last year's GMAS and we will have a whole school kick off on Friday April 27th.

GMAS this year is scheduled to begin Monday April 30th and run through May 11th.

We are very fortunate at BCMS to be almost 1:1 which allows us to test all our scholars in the morning!

TRIBE Shop is still open! See Ms. Shelby for GEAR and of course, we are always collecting box tops! We have new shirts that we are ordering. Check out the link here:

Thank you for being proactive and for supporting our school and our passion work! I am proud to be your principal and would love to hear from you! Please know that if you have a concern or if you hear something that doesn't feel right, contact me! eraeburn@bryan.k12.ga.us or 912-626-5050 or 912.255.0630 (Cell).

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The Pageant is back! April 21st!

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7th grade is in the LEAD! #GoTeamSeven

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Ms. Liz Raeburn, Proud Principal, Bryan County Middle School

Mr. Keith Wright, Assistant Principal and Director of Athletics

Mr. Abram Scott, Assistant Principal