From Our Amazing 8th Grade Teachers

Greetings Parents,

As 8th grade teachers, we have some exciting news to share. Your 8th grader will be taking a trip to Junior Achievement (JA) Finance Park Discovery Center at Discovery High School. The Discovery Center at Discovery High School is exclusive to Gwinnett County students. Throughout this year, we have been implementing multiple financial literacy lessons into and across our curriculum to prepare students for their visit to Finance Park. Students are learning everything from how to balance a budget, debit vs. credit, when to buy/lease a car, how to start a retirement fund, and all of the things we wish we'd known when embarking on the journey of financial responsibility!

Team A: Rivard, D. Duncan, R. Duncan, Norton, Dooley on Feb. 16th

Team B: Smith, Robinson, Echols, Bridwell on Feb. 18th
Team C: Simons, Oates, Dacus, Brannon on Feb. 17th

Our visits to the Discovery Center will be a field experience for students to put all that they've learned to the test. Upon their arrival they will be given an iPad with an occupation, amount of debt (if any), and family size and will go from store front to store front making the financial decisions they would make on a daily basis as an adult. The field experience will be an all-day event at no cost to parents. Students will be given a Chick Fil A lunch. For more information on JA at Discovery High School, visit

We do, however, need 20 volunteers to help us with our visit to the Discovery Center. As a volunteer, you would need to arrive at Discovery High School at 8 am for training and would lead our students through the various storefront simulations as they learn to navigate financial responsibility. You will also be given a Chick Fil-A lunch at no cost to you. This is a great way for us to cultivate community here at Bay Creek so our students can hear from real adults about finances. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lisa Bolt at 678-344-7162. Ms. Bolt will gather your information and direct you to a link where you can sign up through Junior Achievement.

Thank you so much for all of your support,

BCMS 8th Grade Teachers

Bay Creek Middle School

821 Cooper Road . Grayson . GA 30017