Burke County Middle Bears Fact

March 28, 2016

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Burke County Public Schools County-Wide Spelling Bee

Jesus Saenz (Team 8-F) and Jamari Howard (Team 7-S) winners of the BCMS School Bee, competed in the Burke County Public Schools County-Wide Spelling Bee at SGA Elementary, Sardis, Georgia. Ten top spellers from SGA, Blakeney, Burke County Academy of Success, and Burke County Middle competed for the title of District Spelling Champion.

Jesus earned the winning trophy and title. The Second Place Winner was Samantha Lopez, 4th Grader, SGA Elementary. As the district spelling champions, Jesus competed in the Region Spelling Bee in Augusta on March 5th.

2015-2016 Young GA Authors Contest

The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, The competition is sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) with the Georgia Department of Education support and cooperation.

On Wednesday, February 24th, writing entries from Grades 6-8 were judged and rated for : ideas, organization, cohesiveness/style, and language for the YGA competition. The maximum score was 50. One writing entry from each grade level was selected and submitted to the District Office on Friday, February 26th. The top essays from BCMS were:

Joey Frazier –Team 6C

Doris Cross—Team 7S

Eli Farrow—Team 8F

On March 22nd , The CSRA RESA YGA judges selected the RESA Level Winners. Although our young authors were not among the region winners, we are very proud of them and we encourage them to continue their interest and enthusiasm for writing.

State level winners will be announced on or before 12:00 on Friday, May 13 on the GCTE website at:


BCMS Bands Earn Top Ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation

The BCMS Concert and Honor Bands performed for ratings at LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) in Thomson on March 17. The bands were evaluated on three stage selections and a sight-reading exercise. During the sight-reading exercise, each band is given six minutes to prepare a full piece of unknown music. Bands are scored Superior (I), Excellent (II), Good (III), Fair (IV), and Poor (V).

The Concert Band consists of 55 outstanding 7th and 8th-grade musicians. They scored II,II, I in Stage Performance, and II in Sight-Reading. Their overall rating was (II) or Excellent.

The Honor Band consists of 65 skilled 7th and 8th-grade musicians. The Honor Band scored I, I, I in Stage Performance, and I in Sight-Reading. Their overall rating was Superior.

The judges were very impressed with the discipline, focus, and playing ability of both bands. The Band Directors,

Jacques Jones and Justin Almanza share these sentiments. They state, “We are extremely proud of our students and their musical growth throughout the school year.”

Upcoming Events

April 1-4—BCMS Band Trip to Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios

(Select students will perform).

April 28—6th Grade Honor’s Band and Chorus Recruitment

Concert @ BES 9:00 A.M.

April 28BCMS Chorus Performance @ SGA/Band Instrumental

Demonstration 12:30 P.M.

.May 3— Spring Band and Chorus Concert BCHS @ 8:45 A.M. and

7:00 P.M.

May 4—Parent Information Session (BES) @ 5:30 – 6:30 P.M.

May 5—Band/Choral Tryouts @ SGA after lunch

May 6—Band/Choral Tryouts @ BES morning - lunch

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BCMS Girls’ Track Results

BCMS 2016 Girls Track Team placed 4th in the region out of 10 teams. The Girls’ Track Coach is Alicia Roberts. In each event there were 19 competitors.

100 Meter Dash

Brenna Bynes 2nd with a time of 13.32

Kristorious Kelly 5th with a time of 13.73

200 Meter Dash

Zana Wesby 8th with a time of 29.84

Janiyah Gardner 16th with a time of 32.01

400 Meter Dash

Laila Jackson 9th with a time of 1:10.33

Corese Dent 11th with a time of 1:13.79

1600 Meter Run

Trinity Wright 12th with a time of 7:08.94

100 Hurdles

Keyanna Stephens 9th with a time of 20.44

Laila Jackson 11th with a time of 20.48

4X100 Meter Relay Team

Team A- Zana Wesby, Kristorious Kelly, Janiyah Gardner, Breanna Bynes 1st with a time of 53.40

Team B- Laila Jackson, Lakaja Young, Tyasia Freeman,

Iyana Walker 8th with a time of 56.13

4x400 Meter Relay Team

Team A- Corese Dent, Lakaja Young, Janiyah Gardner, Breanna Bynes 1st with a time of 4:41.02

Team B- Zana Wesby, Laila Jackson, Taliah Hartman, Trinity Wright 9th with a time of 5:00.09

Long Jump

Breanna Bynes 2nd with a jump of 14-00.25 ft

Shot Put

Alayla Denmark 8th with a throw of 25-04.75 ft

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BCMS Science Fair

BCMS held its annual Science Fair on February 23rd. Our first-place winners were:

¨ 8th Grade: Chloe Smith, Kenzie Tobat, Tori Martin

and Abbi Claxton

¨ 7th Grade: Ashton Arrington and Brooke Cliatt

¨ 6th Grade: Tyler Raulerson

All the first place projects were submitted to the CSRA Regional Science Fair in Aiken, South Carolina, which was held on March 12. We are so proud to announce that Tyler Raulerson won the U.S. Metric Association Award for “Best Use of SI [the metric system] in a Regional Science Fair.” Congratulations Tyler!

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National Geographic Geography Bee

The BCMS National Geographic Geography Bee was conducted on January 29th at 8:30 A.M. in the Media Center. Charles King, Grade 8 GA Studies Instructor / Geography Bee Coordinator, was the official for the competition. Garry Fulcher (Team 8F) was this year’s winner and Murray Flowers (Team 7T) was the runner-up. It was a tight contest during the final series of questions. After the competition, Fulcher was assigned an on-line test to determine his eligibility to compete at the state level.

The test consisted of 70 multiple choice questions with a 60 minutes time limit. The top 100 scorers were invited to participate at the state competition . The cut score was 54 correct; Fulcher narrowly missed qualifying with 50 correct answers.

Other participants in the school geography bee include:

Joseph Pepinov - Team 6C Maurieka Walden —Team 7M

Katie Auvenshine- Team 6H Gianni Grace —Team 7L

David Hunt- Team 6W Amanda Butler-Lewis —Team 8E

Cornelius Douse- Team 6M Gavin Outz —Team 8D

Doris Cross—Teams 7S