Bryan Middle School News

Week of 9/27!

Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Course

All staff must complete. Click “Register Here” and create an account, then complete the training called “Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention: Act on FACTS (60 min) National Version”. Turn in certificate to Mrs. Suhr.

If you have not completed the mandatory reporting and Adult sexual misconduct refresher, please speak with Mr. Karmazin.

Mandatory Reporting & Adult Sexual Misconduct Refresher: All staff are required to attend. We will be running this through each team Meetings. Here are some dates and times, plus the person to talk with to determine the location. If you are not linked to a team i.e. custodians, paraprofessionals, cafeteria staff, security, and secretaries, please let the appropriate person below know when you are attending. Mrs. Raszler is working on some additional training times


2-Rocio Burton (ACP para)

3-Brent McClellan (PM CUST)

6-Alex Lewis-Welch (Café)

16-Wm. Jason Grow (LT Sped Sub)

18-Sara Schimenti (SS)

18-Ian Fleming (LA)

Important Dates

9/27 - Tyler Schaben at BMS

10/1 - Curriculum Day

September 30

After School Activities: If you are sponsoring an after school activity, send a daily list of participants who are in the building to:

  • ODR and Joshua Price

This will help should we have a parent come to the building looking for a student.

From Emails

School Pictures Makeup Day - Thursday, September 29th - BOYS & GIRLS CLUB GYMNASIUM 8:00AM - 3:30PM - Please look at Mr. Taylor's email from yesterday with details.

Cubs for Today

For CUBS today, before you start your teambuilding activities, please share the following PowerPoint with students and have them scan the QR code at the end to fill out a short survey.

Student Advisory Committee Powerpoint.pptx

One of the MTSSB tier 1 focuses this year is building student pride in our school. One way we plan on doing this is by inviting interested students to participate in Student Advisory Committee. Students that are interested in participating with work with administration and the leadership team to tackle school wide issues while providing the student perspective that has been missing from the conversation for quite some time.

Please let students know that this committee will meet during school hours and will not require additional time commitments after school hours.

If you have any additional questions, please reply to sender.

Amanda Salak

September 29

Social Media Challenges: I have heard from multiple staff members about the next social media Challenge for October being slap a teacher or slap a teacher on the backside. District communications is crafting a message to all families about this. In addition, I plan to address assault during morning announcements. We would also utilize the full extent of the code of conduct should a student make a poor decision. Finally, keep your ears open. If you hear anyone talking about this, please let me know. I would have a conversation with the student and their parents.

October 1: Please make sure to bring your laptops and your iPAD to our morning session. You will need your iPad to take the ELPA summative.

From Emails

CUBS Lesson for student-led conferences (Walentine): Here is the link to the first lesson to go through with your Cubs class on accessing their digital portfolio's. You should be going over this lesson with your students this week, Wednesday, September 29th with your advisory class. This is to show students how to access their notebook for Cubs and to make sure they have the correct documents in their notebook. You can also have them change the "other" sections to their classes if you have time or they can do that later when they have those classes.

SLC Student Presentation Lesson 1.pptx

Here is a separate presentation to show students how to open their notebooks using Teams and also how to reopen their notebook in OneNote (if they have a notebook open for a different class).

How to Open OneNote Class Notebooks Cubs.pptx

Here is a pdf link to the file on how to open class notebooks through Teams and OneNote:

I will send out the lessons for the week of conferences closer to the week of conferences.

As soon as I have the postcards for your to confirm appointments with families I will place them in your mailbox. I will also place copies of the sorting activity in your mailbox (next week).

Please let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to stop by and help you with anything that you need.


Flue Shot Clinic (10/14/2021): VNA clinic is coming on Thursday October 14, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the community room. See the email from Leslie Echeverria for more details.

September 28

New Assistant Custodian: We will have a new assistant custodian starting on October, 25. Ri Li will be joining us and taking care of the second floor in the evenings!

Duo Reminder: Last spring our District started rolling out Duo Multifactor Authentication to ALL certified staff. We currently have TWO-THIRDS of certified staff enrolled and using Duo.

We are continuing our campaign to get ALL users enrolled in DUO. If you haven’t previously enrolled in Duo you will receive an ENROLLMENT email from Duo with instructions and a link to enroll.

Please take the time to enroll yourself with Duo.

If you need assistance with enrolling, Building Technical Support and the HELP DESK (531-299-0300) are there to support.

Action Required:


What is Duo Security?

Duo Security is a company that provides a cloud-based software service that utilizes two-factor authentication to ensure secure access to services and data. Learn more by clicking here.

What is two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication provides a second layer of security to any type of login, requiring extra information or a physical device to log in, in addition to your password.

By requiring two different channels of authentication, we can protect user logins from remote attacks that may exploit stolen usernames and passwords.

Why do we need two-factor authentication?

Login credentials are more valuable than ever and are increasingly easy to compromise. Over 90% of breaches today involve compromised usernames and passwords.

Two-factor authentication enhances the security of your account by using a secondary device to verify your identity. This prevents anyone but you from accessing your account, even if they know your password.

How will Duo change my login experience?

When logging in to an application protected by Duo, you will still enter your username and password. After inputting your login information, Duo requires you to complete a method of second-factor authentication.

Duo does not replace or require you to change your username and password. Think of Duo as a layer of security added to your pre-existing login method.

Duo informational video:

Duo authenticator for Android:

Duo authenticator for iOS:

From Emails:

Cubs PE Calendar: We had to update the cubs activity time and switched a few classes around. This change will begin in October. See either the attached calendar or the notebook is up to date also.

If you have any questions ask a PE teacher.



Remember to take attendance at the beginning of Every Class.


If you have normal envelopes to mail out using the BMS envelopes, no stamps required. Do not seal them. The only envelopes you seal would be a 5x7 or larger envelope. These go in the purple bag which is inside the black box located in the mail room just inside the door on top of the 2- drawer cabinet.


Please do not leave food in mailboxes as we don't want creepy crawly critters around.

Phone calls

If you call a parent, please leave your name on a voice mail so we can direct a call back to you or if you are in a class, we will Email you that they returned a call.


If possible, please do not send students down to pick up items from your mailbox.

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September 27

Staff Member of the Week, Ms.Parker and Mrs.Fowler. Never underestimate the power of someone who can make you smile. These two get it done!

MAP TESTING (From Korth) Hi everyone! Thank you for everything during this Fall MAP Testing Window. Math, ELA, and Science have about 2400 tests to complete. I am down to 156 makeups. I wanted to extend a huge thank you to everyone for releasing students from their classes to complete the assessment. If you have any questions, please, let me know.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Please make sure you have emailed your Cubs club the information to book a parent-teacher conference.

October 1, Curriculum Day:

8:00 to 10:45 - In school cafeteria

  • All school-based staff need to bring an electronic device and headphones
  • 8:00 to 9:10 - Trauma Resiliency for educators
  • 9:15 to 10:45 - ELPA and Scaffolding strategies

12:30 - 3:30 PM - Curriculum Day Locations

Special Education Curriculum Day Information

October 1, Para Conference: The Office of Professional Learning and Development is excited to host the upcoming Paraprofessional Conference on Oct. 1, 2021, for all full-time paraprofessionals.

Conference Goal: To equip paraprofessionals with knowledge, skills and resources to foster positive learning environments.

See the attached document for the conference overview and schedule. Contact Latasha Muhammad if you have any questions.

Printer Ink: If you need printer ink, please talk with Mrs. Chandler Gates.

Building Tech: Our new building tech, Steven Queck, will start on Monday, October 4. If you need items fixed before then, please send me an email. I will try to have someone come in and look at issues.

Slides to review:

Dismissal Expectations: Please review the following slide with your 4th period each Monday.

Lunch Room Expectations: Please share this slide before lunch each Monday.

From Last Week

Volunteers Needed to have classroom recorded: For my next Principal Network meeting and the Secondary Instructional Leadership Network meeting (assistant principals, deans, IFs, etc.), I have been asked to share a video, about 20 minutes, of a teacher actively instructing his or her classroom. As a group, we will be looking at the video and reviewing it for Cognia tenets in Eleot, specifically B, C, and D in this document. I will be uploading the video in Stream to share with colleagues, and would take the video in the next two week. From the video, you would get a LOT of feedback from multiple instructional leaders in the district. If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, please email me, and we can chat. Thanks for considering.

Cubs Bookings PP: This is a resource that Mrs. Donaldson shared with her team. I think it is worth sharing with everyone. We have about 10 conferences booked so far. I created the attached PPT to show to my CUBs students tomorrow.

Feel free to download and use, change, or ignore!


Staff meeting: Here is the link to the Student Led Conference folder that was shared last night during the staff meeting. See Mrs. Walentine with questions.

Weekly Bulletin


Monday, September 27 (A Day)

XC, FB, GVB Practices 3:15-5:00 pm

Pride Club in the Library 3:15-5:00 pm (Raszler)

Robotics Club in Room 215 3:15-5:00 pm (Rogers)

Boys and Girls Club 3:15-7 pm

Monday’s Lunch Menu

Pizzeria Style Pepperoni Pizza

Buffalo Style Chicken Sandwich

Pizzeria Style Cheese Pizza

Pepped up Potatoes

Tuesday, September 28 (B-Day)

XC /FB Practices 3:15-5:00 pm

Girls Volleyball: BMS @ Beveridge

Math Counts in Room 246 3:15-5:00 pm (Peters)

Show Choir in the Chorus Room 3:15-5:00 pm (Alfieri)

Tutoring in the Library 3:15-5:00 pm (Baker-Hage)

SAS in Room 235 3:15-5:00 pm (Foley)

Boys and Girls Club 3:15-7 pm

Tuesday’s Lunch Menu

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Mac and Cheese with Shrimp Poppers and a tea roll

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Green Beans

Wednesday, September 29 (A-Day)

FB/GVB Practices 3:15-5:00 pm

Skate Club in Room 235 3:15-5:00 pm (Foley and Roen)

Tutoring in the Library 3:15-5:00 pm (Baker-Hage)

SAS in Room 235 3:15-5:00 pm (Foley)

Boys and Girls Club 3:15-7 pm

Wednesday’s Lunch Menu

Cheese Bread Sticks with Pasta Sauce

Chicken Nuggets and a Tea Roll

Steamed Carrots / Baked French Fries

Thursday, September 30 (B-Day)

XC Practice 3:15-5:00 pm

Football: Bryan vs. King Science @ King Science

Girls Volleyball: BMS vs Hale @ BMS

Anime Manga Club in Room 216 3:15-5:00 pm (Parker)

Show Choir in the Chorus Room 3:15-5:00 pm (Alfieri)

Tutoring in the Library 3:15-5:00 pm (Baker-Hage)

SAS in Room 235 3:15-5:00 (Foley)

Boys and Girls Club 3:15-7 pm

Thursday’s Lunch Menu

Mini Corn Dogs

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Potato Smiles

Golden Corn

Friday, October 1



To qualify for the late bus, you must get bus transportation to and from school and be staying after school with the BGC or in an athletic activity.


The Boys and Girls Club has reached capacity until further notice.

You may continue to turn in paperwork but understand there is a wait list.

Updated OPS Calendar

We are still waiting on a new A/B Calendar. We will get it out soon.

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From Emails

September Wellness Challenge - Get In The Game!


For our September Wellness Challenge our theme is GET IN THE GAME!!! Take a picture of you involved in some sort of game and send it in! At the end of the month, we will make a picture collage and share that with our staff.

To get us started, Fox Run Golf Club and Dodge Riverside Golf Course are offering some incentives or enticements for any BMS staff member who would like to play some rounds of golf. See information below

Fox Run Golf Club 3001 Macineery Dr, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
$20.00 for as much golf as you want!
Show ID Badge

Dodge Riverside Golf Course2 Harrahs Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
$28.99 Monday-Friday golf & cart!
Show ID Badge

We will have challenges each month! They are completely voluntary, but hopefully fun and engaging!!! Good luck!


MAP Testing Schedule

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Per Nebraska Revised Statute: : School personnel will have at least one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training each year. This training is required for any school staff member having contact with students (i.e., teachers, paraprofessionals, secretarial staff, bus drivers, custodians, kitchen staff etc.)

  • This year’s training can be accessed using the following link:
  • Each staff member should click “Register Here” and create an account, then complete the training called “Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention: Act on FACTS (60 min) National Version”
  • Each staff member should download and save the certificate of completion they receive upon finishing the training, then share with the Mrs. Stephanie Suhr.

COVID-19 Reporting Procedures for Employees

Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 or who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (see below) should not report to work until given approval from Human Resources.

COVID-19 Symptoms
Two or more of the following: fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, muscles aches, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue
At least one of the following: new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste/smell

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your health care provider or visit the Douglas County Health Department's COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Testing Basics website below to schedule a COVID-19 Test. tested

Employees who have absences related to a positive COVID-19 Test or COVID-19 symptoms will need to utilize benefits time to record the absence(s). Leave days outside of Board Policy or a negotiated agreement or Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) is not an available option. Employees without benefit time will be recorded in an unpaid status.

If you have had a close contact/exposure and are symptom free, you may return to work and self-monitor for the development of symptoms for 14 days.

If you are going to be absent due to a positive COVID-19 Test Result or experiencing symptoms as indicated above, immediately notify your principal/program directors/supervisor. Please also submit your absences in Frontline (certified staff) or OPS Anywhere (classified staff) for each day you will be absent.

Please refer to the attached Omaha Public Schools COVID-19 Reporting Procedures for Employees for specific action steps to report a positive COVID-19 Test or symptoms.

PDIY - PD It Yourself!

The purpose of the 1-5-15 is to offer quick notes on relevant educational topics. My sincere hope is that whether you have 1, 5, or 15 minutes that this bulletin and the content within it will have an impact on you and your classroom. Furthermore, I hope that the topics shared spur further conversation with your scholars and colleagues.

1 Minute: Reflect on This!

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5 Minute

Understanding and Supporting Your Student with ODD
Understanding and Supporting Your Student With ODD

15 Minute

Approaching Classroom Management

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