January 22, 2021
Bonita Vista Middle School
Welcome to Bonita Vista Middle School - Home of the Crusaders! Thank you for visiting our newsletter. In this edition we bring to you our school highlights and a glance at events coming up. Additionally, we are now accepting newsletter submissions. If you have any content you'd like to be featured, please submit by clicking here. Enjoy this edition of the Crusader Times. Go Crusaders!
Words from our Principal
Welcome back and happy new year! We hope your students are off to great success for the beginning of second semester.
Some of our teachers are starting a Cameras On! campaign to encourage students to join live sessions with their cameras on. We are hoping this will increase engagement, participation and accountability. We are already hearing from parents that students are having a better experience this semester with their cameras on and they feel like they are getting to know their classmates. Please help us encourage your students to turn their cameras on when teachers request it. We are hoping they learn to love it!
As we prepare for another semester of distance learning, we want to make sure our students have all the support they need. We are seeing them adapt to the demands of online learning and we want them to have increased and continued success. Please take advantage of our online tutoring sessions (information is below) and and be sure to reach out to teachers and counselors when students are struggling.
This has been a big week for our nation. With the celebration of the life accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the inauguration of a new president and our first woman vice president and vice president of color, students might be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. Counselors are available for students if they need to chat or process emotions.
Thank you for your continued support during this difficult and uniquely different school year. Our students are resilient, but we want to make sure they have access to all of the tools, resources and people who can help them be successful.
Bonita Vista Middle School
Congratulations to Caitlyn Dwyer!
Our Very own Caitlyn Dwyer was selected as a member of the California All State Honor Band.
Caitlyn's audition was due December 1st, so in September she started practicing and thought to herself “why am I even practicing this so much? I’m not good enough to get in.” Surprise! She made it!
Here is Caitlyn's description of her audition:
I recorded in my bedroom, and for one of the recordings you can hear my fish tank filter running in the background. I listened to a few of my takes, but knew I was too much of a perfectionist and would have stressed over the smallest mistake, so I had my dad choose which takes to send in. I sent the audition in on November 29th. At this point, my hopes were very low. I figured there was no chance I would get in. So, I just forgot about the whole thing and spent the rest of the month practicing fun Christmas music.
Then on December 29th, I woke up and checked my email. There was an email titled “2021 California All-State Audition Results are Posted” I clicked on the email, and without even reading the lengthy paragraphs, I went right to the link and read through the names. I went over to the junior high page and found my name. I was in such disbelief I thought I was reading the list of people who didn’t get in. So I went to my parents for clarification. Turns out I did in fact get in.
150 other students are in my ensemble, and I am 1 of 11 trombone players out of everyone who auditioned out of the entire state of California. To be honest, I still don’t believe I’m actually in.
Congratulations Caitlyn! You have made BVM proud!!
Teacher of the Month
BVM Distance Learning Mission Statement
Our mission during Distance Learning is to provide online access to quality instruction for each student, to provide opportunities for live online interactions and support with teachers, counselors, administrators and support staff and to address the social emotional needs of each student while we work together to ensure their academic success.
Wifi Troubles? Try this:
Home Wi-Fi connection tips:
Clear Safari history daily!
Go to Settings -> Safari -> Clear History and Website Data -> clear
Student iPad home Wi-Fi instructions:
1. You must connect to your own home Wi-Fi first
2. Tap on the iBoss SUHSD Login app
3. Login with-
Username: student ID
Password: 8-digit birthdate
4. Successful login will take you to sweetwaterschools.org (keep this page open)
5. Safari and apps will now work from home
Good evening parents of BVMS,
On behalf of Janice Oani President of the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at Bonita Vista Middle School would like to communicate that This 2020-2021 school year will be like no other. Your support is greatly appreciated as we work together to support our school during this unprecedented time.
The strength of our PTSA lies in its members: parents, teachers, school administrators, business leaders, and community members who devote themselves to making a positive difference in the lives of children.
Please help support BVM PTSA with: Membership Drive • Hospitality during parent meetings (orientations, Coffee with the Principal) • Book Fairs • PTA Reflections Contest • Staff Appreciation Events • Fundraising Events • Assist with School Improvement Initiatives • Monthly meetings with the Principal, students, and staff representation.
Please join PTSA by clicking on the address bar provided and check your Infinate Campus inbox or your personal email for further information from PTSA President Janice Oani.
Buenas tardes padres de familia de BVMS,
En nombre de Janice Oani, la Presidenta de la Asociacion de Padres, Maestros y Estudiantes conosida como PTSA de Bonita Vista Middle le gustaria comunicar que este ano escolar 2020-2021 sera como ningun otro. Se agradece su apoyo mientras trabajamos juntos para apoyar a nuestra escuela durante este tiempo sin precedentes.
La fuerza de nuestro PTSA radica en sus miembros: padres, maestros, administradores escolares, lideres empresariales y miembros de la comunidad que se dedican a hacer una diferencia positiva en la vida de los ninos.
Por favor, ayude a apoyar PTSA de BVM con la Campana de afiliacion • Hospitalidad durante las reuniones de padres (orientaciones, cafecito con la directora) • Las ferias del libro • Concurso de reflexiones de la PTA • Eventos de agradecimiento al personal • Eventos de recaudacion de fondos • Ayudar con las iniciativas de mejora escolar • Reuniones mensuales con la directora, los estudiantes y el personal.
Unase a PTSA haciendo clic en la barra de direccione provista y revise su bandeja de entrada de Infinate Campus o su correo electronico personal para obtener mas informacion de la presidenta de PTSA, Janice Oani.
Bonita Vista Middle School
The mission of Bonita Vista Middle School, a dynamic learning community with a tradition of academic excellence, is to empower students to succeed in middle school and beyond through a system of learning distinguished by:
- A rigorous and relevant curriculum.
- A broad range of opportunities that support student success.
- A climate that promotes strong parent, community, staff and student collaboration.
- A safe and nurturing environment that embraces diversity.
- A school culture that promotes personal integrity.