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.

Note from the Principal

Greetings Battle Creek Middle School (BCMS) Families,

Happy 2022 to all our families! I hope you had a relaxing winter break with your loved ones.

A new year is also a good reminder to reflect, reevaluate and make adjustments to ensure we continue to hold our school community to a high standard. BCMS, including all 6th grade teams started the new year by going over successful classroom and school rituals and routines upon return to school. We are continuing with hallway sweeps to support students getting to class on time. Any students late to class are expected to come to the main entrance desk area to get a pass to class from a support staff. This provides support staff an opportunity to check in with individual students and review attendance expectations. Our staff has seen a positive change with our hallway transitions.

BCMS also added a couple new staff to our school. Please join me in welcoming:

  • Mr. Drew Torrance, science 7 teacher who replaced Ms. Tessa Grund.

  • Dee Xiong, Counseling Office educational assistant (EA) who replaced Jasmine Zavala.

  • Mr. Peter Olafeso, 6th Grade behavior intervention specialist who replaced Ms. Gwen Jones.

  • Ms. Darlene King, a community member hired through SPPS is serving as a school community support liaison.

  • Ms. Jodi Sterzinger (starting 1/18/2022), is replacing Ms. Jill Kelzer as Nutrition Service Supervisor. Ms. Jill Kelzer retired on 1/14/2022 after serving more than 30 years in SPPS.

We are still continuing to work with SPPS Human Resources to fill two teaching vacancies (math and science). I recognize these two vacancies can be hard on our students.

As you may be aware, we are experiencing more students and staff out due to illness. We are asking all parents to support BCMS in reminding your student about appropriate mask wearing in school, including all school buses. Whenever possible, students should wear multilayered masks or double mask with a cloth and/or disposable mask. Masks are available in school. And if your student is not feeling well, please keep them home and call our school to report their absence. If your student develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID, submit a report to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System to receive information about next steps and do not send them to school. Rapid COVID test kits are available for symptomatic students. Please call nurse Emily Brandt at 651-744-4608 to request a rapid test. For more information, see ​​SPPS COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines. And for COVID testing and vaccine information, visit SPPS Safe Learning Plan.

A reminder that our school day begins at 9 am until 3:30 pm. Our school building opens at 8:45 am. Due to unpredictable cold weather, we are asking families to plan ahead and requesting parent drop-off after 8:45 am.

Our Term 2 will end on January 27, 2022. January 28th will be a grading day for all secondary teachers (professional development day for elementary teachers) so there will be no school for all SPPS students. Please encourage your student to complete remaining work in the upcoming weeks, and reach out to your student's teachers for questions.

January 31 - March 25 is the testing window for the 21-22 ACCESS Test. The ACCESS Test will be given to English learners. The ACCESS helps monitor English learners' language development progress. BCMS was also selected as one of the schools to give the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 3rd. About 50 8th graders were selected to participate in the assessment. Selected students should have been notified. For more information, contact Dee Xiong, BCMS testing coordinator at 651-293-8960 or

The partnership between Battle Creek Middle School, our families and community are essential in our students’ success, and we appreciate your ongoing support. Please don’t hesitate to contact our school for questions and concerns.

In partnership,

Oulia Yang, Principal


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.

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Introducing Ms. Corcoran (Ms. C)

  1. Name: ­­­ Emma Corcoran (Ms.C)
  2. Title: Teacher
  3. What do you teach/do at BCMS? 6th-grade science
  4. Why did you choose to teach or work at BCMS? I worked at St. Paul and Minneapolis Middle Schools throughout all of college and wanted to stick with St. Paul for teaching. I loved BCMS when I interviewed and loved getting to stay in the district!
  5. What is the best part about working with students at BCMS? BCMS students are super creative and ready to problem-solve in exciting ways. It is super fun working with students on labs and projects!
  6. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? Outside of work, I love to cook and do art projects!
  7. Any pets? Names? No pets right now.
  8. Favorite food? Spaghetti
  9. Favorite holiday? Why? Christmas! Our family has a lot of traditions around that holiday and I love getting to see all of my cousins and family members again.
  10. Two fun facts about you: I used to work at the Science Museum in St. Paul, and during high school I competed in art competitions at the MN state fair and other places around the state!
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The Mastery Award Saga Continues...

The Mastery Award is for students who have perfect score on the unit exams. There have been students who only missed one question that did not make the Mastery Awards, but you should see how diligently they are working towards the Mastery Awards, now.

The last quiz was harder, but students' percentages were higher overall because they were going after the award. Many students declare they will be next to be a part of the Mastery Awards.

Inequalities Quiz Mastery

Jonas Snider

Elizabeth Petschl

~ Mr. Gwin

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Every Meal - Weekend Food Program Update

Currently, enrollment is up to 30 families who are receiving weekly food bags from Every Meal.

You can still sign up. It is an ongoing program. As family finance changes, needs also change so any student at BCMS can enrolled. We do not collect any sensitive information and no screening is required to participate. Your student can pick up an enrollment form in the office at anytime.

More information about Every Meal program:

* 5 food choice options

* No qualification requirement

* No private information is collected

* If you have more than one student at BCMS, you can sign up for each student to get a bag

* Enroll at anytime

For more information, check out Email BCMS Site Coordinator, See Vang with questions at

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