Bay Creek Beat
January 13, 2015
I hope you’ve been keeping warm these past few days! In report card envelopes most students received a score report for last year’s milestone assessment. If you did not receive a milestone report and your child attended at Gwinnett County school last year, let your grade level counselor know. You can also access your child’s scores on the parent portal. I’m excited to host the next PTSA 411 meeting on January 19th @ 6:30pm.
If you haven’t started to follow Bay Creek Middle on Facebook, you’ve missed some great pictures and videos of our underwater robotics team! Our team was among 13 other teams in the competition. We placed 1st in ring retrieval and 2nd in the timed obstacle course maneuvering. Each trial consists of a driver, a tether guide, and a director. It is a team effort to be able to score high in these events. Our next competition will be in April, in North Atlanta and is sponsored by the Navy.
Another great event coming up in a few weeks is the 1st Annual Bay Creek Science Fair! We are looking for individuals who work in a science related field to assist in judging our science fair projects. Judging will occur on January 26, 2016 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. If you are available to be a guest judge, please use the link below to sign up. Please forward this link (http://goo.gl/forms/GnnwT0TKQn) to any co-workers you think would also enjoy judging projects.
The BIG Board for 2nd Semester
I’m always looking for ways to improve and keep our eye on the vision and mission of Bay Creek. If you have students at Grayson High school, you have probably seen their big board, but for those of you who are not familiar with the Big Board, it is a way to showcase our students’ achievements while at the same time creating a focus on improving. Our BIG Board will be on the main hallway just outside the media center. We will be collecting data on grades, attendance, discipline, and community service for all three grade levels as listed below.
1. # of A’s
2. Passing Rate
3. Attendance Rate
4. % of students scoring at the distinguished and high growth levels on interims and post-tests
5. # of discipline referrals
6. # of students with all As and Bs
1. Basketball Game on Thursday, January 07, 2016 @ GHS 5pm
2. 411 Meeting – January 19th @ 6:30pm
3. Math / Science Night – January 26th @ 7:00pm
4. Grade Level Dances
5. Talent Show – February 13th @ GHS
6. Mini-Relay Participation
7. Fine Arts Night – April 14th
8. Number of books read in the Media Center Reading Program
9. Attendance Rate for GA Milestones
The grade level with the highest percent in each category will earn full points. Second place will earn half the available points, and third place will earn a quarter of the points available. All academic categories are worth ten points, and all community events are worth five points.
We will post numbers weekly and as events are completed. I am looking forward to seeing our students engage in this friendly competition and then celebrating as well as recognizing our students for their hard work.
Dates for your Calendar
1. Milestone 411 Meeting Sponsored by PTSA on January 19, 2016 @ 6:30pm: Parents are invited to attend a meeting led by Dr. Fehrman to review your child’s milestone report. The PTSA will be selling pizza for dinner. This is also a Big Board event for students. There will be a movie about Martin Luther King Jr. for students to watch in the music room while parents attend the meeting.
2. Math and Science Night – January 26th @ 7:00pm – PTSA is sponsoring a special presentation from Professor Dodad (http://www.dodadslab.com/). This event promises to be a highly engaging and entertaining night for parents and students. We will also be holding our school-wide science fair this evening. This is a Big Board Event!
3. Annual Career Day – February 24, 2016 – We are currently looking for volunteers to present information about their careers to our students. A link to sign up is located on our school web page.
4. School Dance Updated Dates:
a. 6th Grade: March 18, 2016
b. 7th Grade: February 19, 2016
c. 8th Grade: May 13, 2016
Bay Creek Communication Tools
If you are looking for ways to locate updates and upcoming events at Bay Creek, there are several different ways we will communicate with parents listed below. As the district has moved to the eCLASS platform, teachers no longer have individual webpages. As parent access is not yet available, we encourage parents to log into their child’s eCLASS page and review homework and upcoming classroom assignments.
a. The Bay Creek Beat – a weekly newsletter sent out via email, you can sign up to receive the Bay Creek Beat on our school web page.
b. The Bay Creek Web Page: www.baycreekrams.com/home.html
c. Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bcmsrams
d. Download the Connect 2 Grayson App for your iPhone or Android device.
Reminder for the BCMS Tech club will meet Tuesday, January 19 from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm in the Media Center. Click here for the Tech Club's meeting dates.
Parents, is your child one of the student's invited to our BCMS Reading Celebration for 1st semester? If so, know that the date has changed to January 26th. It will be a celebration with lunch and games to celebrate their reading of fifteen plus books spanning the genres our 1st semester. What a great accomplishment. Congratulations to your child and to you. If you child isn't coming, don't worry, they have another chance this semester.
All they have to do is get a reading form from either their teacher or the Media Center. They will need to read fifteen books spanning the genres. 8th graders are already doing this for their LA classes. So be sure to ask your child what they are reading. It would be great to have your child at our celebration in May.
Each month the Media Center highlights events, holidays and/or genres. For January, we still have the Holocaust Trunk display. Encourage your student to come and look at the artifacts. For the fiction display, we have "Which is better - the book or the movie?" - highlighting the novels that have been turned into movies.
For the non-fiction display, we have the fun but educational, "You wouldn't want to be..." series. What a great way to learn about science, history, technology. Ask your student to check one out and bring it home to show you. Ask your child what they are reading. As a parent you are always more than welcome to come and see what the Media Center has to offer your child.
Dr. Maggie Fehrman
Bay Creek Middle School