Panther Pride Bulletin

Battle Creek Middle School

Our Mission, Vision, Beliefs

At Battle Creek Middle School, all members of the learning community (students, parents, families, colleagues, and partners) are valued and respected. All members learn through culturally responsive teaching and learning. All members meet and embrace high academic and social expectations and beliefs that learning is collaborative and life-long. All members interrupt instances of inequalities and injustice.

Battle Creek Quick Updates:

Can you believe there are only 25 days left of school this year? And yet there's still so much to do.

Our biggest family event of the year is coming! Get your running shoes on and join us Thursday, May 11 for our 10th annual 5K Fun Run/Food Truck Family & Community Event. This event will take place in front of our school. We will have food trucks, music, and a FUN RUN for everyone. Kids and pets are invited to take part in this family-friendly event. First two hundred runners who completes three laps will get a participation T-shirt. Not into running? No problem. Come and try foods you've never had. Meet some your student's teachers in a relaxed setting. Remember to bring cash and card. If we're lucky, Ms. Jamela might even sing a song or two for us.

May, 25 Asian Club will host Asian Heritage Celebration from 5:00-8:30 pm. A light dinner will be served after the show in the cafeteria. More information will be coming.

May 26 Dare to be Real students will host the Spring Talent Show from 3:30-5:50 in the auditorium. Students must be accompanied by a parent to attend the show. Entry is $2 per person.

May 26 from 8:45-9:45am is our last Coffee with Principal. For our last get-together, we will be raffling off BCMS merchandise and family games.

May 29, 2023 from 5:00-6:00pm will be our last Parent Advisory Council meeting. We would love to hear from all of our BCMS families and hear how the year went for your and your student. More information to come.

June 8, 2023 from 10:00-11:30 is the 8th Grade Celebration. More information will be coming.

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Incentives for BCMS student growth in literacy

This Spring, BCMS ELA department is focusing on student and reading growth on the FAST aReading test. The ELA department plans to offer prizes for students who show amazing growth. All students who show growth on the FAST aReading test are eligible!

Who's eligible? All BCMS students with at least one FAST aReading score this school year. The 20+ students who show the most growth from their first FAST aReading test to the Spring test of this year, will be put in a drawing for donated prizes!

What can your student(s) win? Amazing prizes we (and donors outside of BCMS) are able to provide.

When is testing?: FAST aReading test will be taken in ELA:

  • 6th & 7th Grades: Monday 4/17 - Thursday 4/20
  • 8th Grade: *TBD: After MCA testing

When is the drawing? Prize drawing will happen on our morning announcements once FAST test scores are posted.

Where will students take the test? BCMS

Why are we doing this? We want to support a growth mindset with our students and provide an opportunity for all students to show what they know!

How can caregivers help? Encourage your student to get a good night's sleep prior to testing and eat a good breakfast. Remind your student to remain positive during the test.

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AVID at the Creek

Greetings BCMS Families!

We are so excited to announce that Battle Creek Middle School now has an AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, program! The AVID teacher and coordinator, Frances Jarmick, is new to Battle Creek but very familiar with the East Side as a Harding Mathematics Teacher for ten years. In AVID, students can learn valuable skills that help them prepare for high school and beyond. Students focus on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. Right now, the biggest focus is organization through the use of planners, inquiry through developing questioning skills, and collaboration through pushing students to work together and learn from each other. Further academic support will be provided, as well as field trips to help expand students' view of what opportunities are possible and help them become a well-rounded young person, ready to take on the challenges of life. You can contact your child’s counselor if you are interested in enrolling them in AVID for an elective in the future!

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Covid Vaccine Resources Available for Students:

This link contains the latest up-to-date information on upcoming vaccination clinics being offered at SPPS buildings, as well as links to schedule a vaccine appointment and upcoming Ramsey County vaccination clinics being offered for all ages. Also be aware that the webpage has the ability to offer the information translated in all of our five languages. Users simply click on the box with the language they desire.

Family School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP)

Click on the blue SCIP button above to read more about our plans to improve culture, climate and academics at BCMS.

Family Engagement Plan

Click on the FEP button above to read more about BCMS' plans to engage family.

BCMS Compact

Click on the button above to read the full BCMS Compact. Share your suggested changes with See Vang, parent liaison at

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