Panther Pride Bulletin

Battle Creek Middle School, Principal LaNisha Paddock

Our Mission, Vision, Beliefs

At Battle Creek Middle School. All members of the learning community (students, parents, families, colleagues, and partners) are valued and respected. All members learn through culturally responsive teaching and learning. All members meet and embrace high academic and social expectations and beliefs that learning is collaborative and life-long. All members interrupt instances of inequalities and injustice.

October is Minnesota Principals Month

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Thank you Principal Paddock.

Greetings BCMS Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of October, 19th. I hope you had time to relax and refresh over the long weekend.

October 19th is an A-Day. Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A. Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

New student orientation will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 12:30 pm. New students should use the Google Meet code: bcmsnewstudent. Our administrative and support team will discuss Battle Creek to new students.

Spirit Week is coming October 26th through the 30th. Our WEB students have a fun-filled week planned. Stay tuned for more information.

Due to distance learning conferences have been postponed until the week of October 26th. Conferences are to be held Thursday, October 29th from 4-7 pm and Friday, October 30th from 9 am-12 pm. Details will be sent this week for conference sign-up.

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!

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Welcome Mx. Marlin BCMS, teaching English Language Arts 6

Kara Marlin (aka Mx. Marlin) is brand new to both Battle Creek Middle School and teaching in general. Mx. Marlin completed their master's degree in Education at the University of Minnesota this Spring, and they are thrilled to be teaching in East Saint Paul. Prior to being a teacher, Mx. Marlin worked as a literacy mentor at Phalen Lake Elementary School. Mx. Marlin's passions include reading, writing, and social justice. In their free-time, Mx. Marlin enjoys riding their bike, cooking, and volunteering their time to the National Lawyers Guild and Educators for Black Lives.
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Twin Cities

Twin Cities Salvation Army locations will host one-day coat distributions throughout October. Families with kids ages 17 and under can shop for a coat on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

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SPPS to Provide In-Person Academic Support Starting Oct. 12

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is opening a new Academic Support Center (ASC) at Washington Technology Magnet School on Monday, Oct. 12. The purpose of the ASC is to provide in-person academic and/or social-emotional learning support for Pre-K-12 grade students and their families during distance learning. Additional sites will open at a later date based on demand and availability of staff.

A team of Educational Assistants, Teaching Assistants, SPPS temporary staff, retired teachers, contractors, community partners, and volunteers with a background in education and teaching, will provide the support to all students visiting the ASC. Areas of support include: math, reading, writing, science, social studies, bilingual, immersion, technology help to support Distance Learning 2.0, and social-emotional support. The center will provide academic support, not classroom instruction.

To start, referrals will come from schools based on students’ academic needs. Schools can start referring students on Oct. 1. Families will be able to request a referral starting Oct. 16. Students need a referral to receive support. The ASC is not a "drop in" center.

Students can receive 1-4 hours of support each day, depending on staffing capacity. Nutrition Services will provide healthy snacks in the morning and afternoon. Transportation can be arranged via the registration process. Due to other transportation needs (Essential Kids Care, meal delivery, hybrid sites), transportation may not always be available.

The ASC will follow all state guidelines for school settings as required by the Minnesota Department of Health. This includes face coverings for all students and staff, maintaining social distancing and frequent handwashing. If a student or staff member has symptoms, a positive test or close contact with someone with COVID-19, they must reschedule their appointment and not come to the ASC.

For more information, please visit

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Sourtheast Community Organization- Formerly District 1

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BCMS Family School Compact for Achievment, The Family Engagement Plan, SCIP

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Click the photo to connect to the Technology Resources Website:

The website will also be linked on the BCMS Library Schoology page, on the BCMS Website, and BCMS Social media so that families can also support their students with app tutorial videos.


Comcast Internet Essentials Free Through December

Comcast provides basic wireless Internet called Internet Essentials, and it is free through December. The district will provide a Hotspot, but if you are finding that isn't enough data or you are unable to wait for a ticket to be completed, contact Comcast to apply. If Comcast does not extend the free price after December, you'd have the option to quit when it is no longer free or pay the $9.95/month + tax.

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Battle Creek Middle School Families

Every Meal Formerly Sheridan Story's partnership with SPPS this fall. The Every Meal weekend food bags will be available to families at the district's curbside pick up locations, coordinated through Nutrition Services. The current site locations are listed here on the SPPS website.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The FFCRA guarantees sick leave for workers and their families affected by COVID-19. These provisions are applicable starting April 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020.

Qualifying reasons for leave related to COVID-19, FAQs and additional details are available at

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Translation is available by calling the school at 651-293-8960


Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, parents have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals. Parents who would like to receive this information should write to the Human Resource Department, Attn: ESSA Teacher Qualifications, Saint Paul Public Schools, 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102-3299. You have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teacher(s).

  • Information about whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
  • Information about whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  • Information about whether the teacher is teaching (subjects or content) in which proper certification is held by the teacher.
  • Information about whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

Translations are available by clicking the link below.

SPPS Rights and Responsibilities

The Rights and Responsibility Handbook is available in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish and Karen languages by clicking the link below.