The Crusader Times
Be Present - Be Positive - Be Persistent in your Learning
Volume 1, Issue 30, March 6, 2023
Gratitude for Women's History Month 2023
Eagle Scout Award: Isla Hobson
Eagle Scout: Isla Hobson
BVM student, Isla Hobson, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception in 1911, less than 4% of all scouts have earned this rank. And considering girls were just recently let into Scouts BSA in 2019, you can imagine the challenges Isla has had to overcome.
The multiyear journey to the Eagle Scout Award is one of the most involved and transformative experiences a young person can have. They try new things through the merit badge program, develop confidence in the outdoors, practice leadership tactics, and plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project that benefits their community.
For Isla’s Eagle Scout service project, she worked with the Garden of Innocence, a national non-profit organization whose goal is to provide dignified burials for abandoned infants. Isla oversaw the making of eighteen urns, which were distributed across the country. I am attaching two pictures- one of her at the San Diego Garden of Innocence location and one of her with the urns.
The Scouting experience goes far deeper than one big project. Isla has also learned perseverance, dedication, and the importance of service to others throughout her years in Scouts. She has learned about time management, delegation, and record keeping, all of which will benefit her as she pursues her academic and professional goals.
Here at BVM we are extremely proud of recognizing Isla and her awesome work! What a touching story!
Let's go BVM! Represent!
Sydney Shatwell will be representing BVM in the San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee
Crusaders of the Week
Karina Limon: Nominated by Ms. Ugarte, Karina working to keep her grades up in all classes while learning English. She is doing a commendable job!
Elliot Wilson and Brooklyn Bennett: Nominated by Ms. Heredia, she states that having Elliot in my English class has been awesome! His work ethic is outstanding and he continually strives to improve. In addition, his communication skills and class participation are amazing and add to our academic class discussions. Furthermore, Elliot is an outstanding writer and uses high levels of academic language in his assignments. Lastly, Elliot has proven that if you work hard, you can achieve success! Brooklyn has always shown that her academic success is of the utmost importance to her. Every day Brooklyn arrives to class with a smile and her assignments are completed. In addition, she is kind and always willing to lend a helping hand. Brooklyn's love of learning is evident and can be seen in the quality of her work! I have no doubt that she will achieve anything she sets her mind to. Keep up the great work Brooklyn, you are awesome!
Victoria Jauregui and Enelie Medina: Nominated by Ms. Caldwell, Victoria works really hard to maintain her A in Math. She is a pleasure to have in class. Enelie is a wonderful student. She always asks questions when she doesn't understand. She helps the other students on her team!
Keep up the great job Crusaders!
Celebrating students in IM I who were working on Triangle Congruence Proofs this past week! Let's go Crusaders!
A beautiful piece of Art Work from 8th English by Emily Sanchez after reading the novel: "The Bear"
The Latest Acrylic Paintings from Mr. Sias's Art Class!
Principal's Weekly Message
Good morning BVM community!
We have an exciting week ahead of us as we are "Welcomed to the Kingdom" when our 8th-grade students do their annual walk over to Bonita Vista High School this Wednesday, March 8th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Our students will have the opportunity to meet some students and staff as they take their first "official steps" on the Bonita High School Campus. We will be greeted by a pep rally and we are looking forward to this exciting event!
On Thursday, we will be hosting incoming 7th-grade parents on our campus and offering breakout sessions that will include information about our academic and extra-curricular programs. We are also rooting for 7th grader, Sydney Shatwell, who will be proudly representing us at the 53rd Annual Countywide Spelling Bee this Thursday, March 9th at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. The event begins at 9 am.
This week, our administrators will be visiting Social Science and English classes in the 400 building as we continue to provide consistent feedback on classroom culture and instruction to our teachers. Our focus this year has been on increasing instructional rigor and learning in each classroom.
We are also very excited to welcome Ms. Veronica Sandoval, our new 7th Grade Counselor from Hilltop High School. She comes to us highly recommended and we are excited to finally bring her on board. She will be working from 8:30 am - 3:45 pm Monday - Friday and she can be contacted at Veronica.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, please remember to review the 4 Essential Rules at Bonita Vista Middle School that allow us to not only promote our safety on campus, but it allows us to ensure that our students are fully present and ready to learn:
1. No Cell Phones on Campus: We ask that all students placed their cell phones in their backpacks once they are at school and on our campus. We not only enforce this rule during class time but especially during nutrition breaks and lunchtime. We want our students to interact with each other as much as possible as opposed to being on their screens/phones.
2. No IPAD Misuse: Every student is issued an IPAD for educational purposes only. We ask students to use their devices strictly as implements of learning.
3. No Earbuds: Similar to our cell phone rule, we ask that once students are at school and on our campus, they place their earbuds in their backpacks. We have noticed that students are less distracted in class and engage more with each other when they are not using earbuds.
4. No Hoodie (worn on head): Students can wear hooded sweatshirts but in order to be able to identify our students at all times, we ask students not to wear their hoods over their heads. This rule is in place for student safety. Should a non-student sneak onto our campus, we would want to identify them immediately. Also, we need to ensure during class and outside of class that students do not have their earbuds. We prioritize making sure that students are paying attention in class and our fully engaged with each other at all times.
If you ever need to report a disciplinary or safety concern, please make sure to report any and all concerns to our administrative team. Our assistant principal, Mr. Robert Bonilla email@example.com oversees students with last names between A-L and Ms. Estephany Conlon Estephany.firstname.lastname@example.org oversees all students between M-Z. Please visit this link to contact any other staff you wish to communicate with: https://bvm.sweetwaterschools.org/staff-directory-2/.
Addressing Period 1 Tardies on Campus
Every morning, on average, we have about 50 students who show up to school tardy (show up to class after 8:05 am). There are many reasons that students show up to school late and we do want to remain sensitive and nuanced in our approach to addressing this issue.
We understand that there will be times when students (or parents) have a valid reason for showing up late to school and we acknowledge and recognize those instances. However, we want to address students who are being dropped off on time but still showing up late to period 1, or are being dropped off late regularly.
Aside from valid reasons for being late, we want to make sure that we are teaching our students the importance of punctuality. Our mission statement (our promise to the community) promises to value the whole student. In valuing the whole student, we aim to set up our students for not only academic and personal success but also professional success. The prioritization and practice of punctuality are one of the main pillars of success. Therefore, we will be pushing up our efforts in ensuring that our students are on time for not only period 1, but all of their classes to ensure our students' present and future success.
Moving forward, we will be closely monitoring students who are habitually tardy to their 1st-period class and by quarter 4 (after Spring Break) if students accumulate more than 5 tardies during the week (including period 1), they will be assigned to 1-hour detention on Fridays. Therefore, please make sure that you review this policy with your son or daughter so that we all recognize the importance of being to class on time.
Week at a Glance: March 6 - March 10
Welcome to the Kingdom Day for all 8th Grade Students
Good Morning 8th Grade BVM Families,
BVM is bringing back the tradition of “WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM”. This event is where ALL 8th-grade students walk across the street for a fun-filled day at BVH on Wednesday, March 8th, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to experience what next year at the High School will be like.
Students will return to BVM before their scheduled lunchtime but can purchase food while at BVH.
PERMISSION SLIPS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 3PM, MONDAY MARCH 6TH 2023
Please use the link below to access the online permission slip.
BVM ASB Advisor
Incoming Parent Freshmen Night: Tuesday, March 14th from 5 - 7:30 pm at BVHS
If you are attending Bonita Vista High School next year, please make sure to attend the Incoming Freshmen Night being hosted by Bonita Vista High School at BVHS next Tuesday, March 14th from 5 pm - 7:30 pm.
For any additional questions regarding this event please contact Rosalinda.email@example.com
Social Science Team attends intense 3-Day PLC Training in Phoenix, Arizona
Ms. Eriksson, Ms. Gomez, Mr. Kennedy, and Mr. Martinez in attendance for PLC training this past week!
Over the course of three days, ample data and rationale were presented on the importance of teachers continuing to work together in professional learning teams to focus on student learning. The current research presents the argument to shift from having the belief of using meritocracy to guide our grading practices, academic tracking, norm-referenced or standardized testing, and school accountability ratings to a more egalitarian approach where we focus on the idea or philosophy that we advocate for the removal of inequalities among all people (students).
The moment that we returned, our Social Science has already started working on where they can find more commonality among their PLC in specific areas such as curriculum, pacing, and grading practices.
Registration for Spring Sports
Please register at Bonitavistacrusaders.com and any questions see Coach Ivan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2023 Parent Conferences
- SDCOE Latinx Education Summit, for staff, parents & students, March 18, 2023, 8:30 am-1:30 pm, cost $15 per participant, at SDCOE.
The summit will review how parents, educators, advocates, and students can work to reduce the achievement gap and enhance educational opportunities for Latinx youth. The Summit seeks to raise community leadership and social consciousness in working to provide equity in education.
- UCSD SUHSD Adelante Mujer Student Conference, cost free, save the date, Saturday April 15, 2023.
The Adelante Mujer Conference has been aimed at providing female students with enriching learning experience. Participants attend workshops led by female professionals who teach about life skills, academic planning, and career opportunities in fields, such as law, medicine, and other paths. Adelante Mujer continues to welcome mothers, guardians or accompanying adults to participate.