Bay Creek Beat

October 14, 2015

Greetings Parents!

October is a busy and exciting month at Bay Creek. Mid-term semester interim assessments are now underway. In each academic area, students take a district assessment as an interim check on their progress. Interim exams count as 2% of each student’s grade in the corresponding content area. Teachers will use the scores from these assessments to help determine which AKS from the nine-weeks of the school year have been mastered and which need additional opportunities for re-teaching.

In addition to the important interim assessments, the 8th grade students will be taking the IOWAs. This test is a key tool used to determine how Bay Creek measures up against national standards. It is very important for our 8th graders to do their best on this assessment so we can show the world how great our Bay Creek students are doing. The IOWAs are administered each morning that week from 9:30 am – 12:00 noon. There are no student check-out for 8th graders during testing.

In addition to the very important academic exams in October, there are many other events that will benefit our community also gearing up in October.

a. Great Days of Service Canned Food Drive – October 19 – 23

Each year during the Gwinnett Great Days of Service Campaign, Bay Creek gathers non-perishable food items to donate to our local co-op food pantry. Last year we collected over 5,500 cans. This year our goal is 6,000. If every student brings in 5 non-perishable food items we will reach our goal. To motivate our students to bring in items, we have several great prizes available. The grade level that brings in the most items will win an extra walk n’ talk period. And the homeroom that brings in the most cans will have a pizza party! So bring in those cans and help support our local co-op pantry.

b. Bus Driver Appreciation Day – October 19

Monday, October 19th is Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Did you know that the GCPS Transportation Department was rated as one of the five best public school transportation systems in the entire country by The Pupil Transportation Safety Institute! This is thanks to the amazing drivers who get our students to and from school every day quickly and safely. Be sure to let your child’s bus driver know you appreciate them on Monday, October 19th.

c. Red Ribbon Week- October 26 – 30

This year PTSA is sponsoring a fun week of events for Red Ribbon Week from October 26 – 30th. Each day during Red Ribbon Week we will be asking students to wear a special outfit or clothing item to show their support in saying no to drugs.

d. United Way Campaign Bay Creek Middle Kick-off!

This year Ms. Bernstein our United Way Manager has put together an amazing campaign of fun and exciting events for our students.

Selfie Wall – Students can submit their selfie to be displayed on our Selfie Wall for $5.00. They can also take a selfie with a friend for $8.00. Students will receive more information on the student announcements about how to submit and pay for their selfies to be displayed on the BCMS Selfie Wall.

United Way Wednesdays – Throughout the United Way Campaign every Wednesday will be a United Way Wednesday where students can pay $1 to wear a hat on October 21st and November 4th. And on October 28th and November 11th students can buy a sour sucker for $.50.

Kiss a Pig Contest – This is my favorite one so far! In the media center there are jars set up with staff members’ names. Students are asked to bring in spare change and put their change in the jar for the staff member they want to kiss the pig. On October 30th the jar for the staff member with the most money will have to kiss a real live pig on the morning announcements! I am one of the staff members with a jar! And I know I’ll be searching my couch cushions to bring in all the change I can find to add money to other staff members jars! I like pigs, but I’m not sure I want to kiss one!

Veterans Recognition Ceremony – November 10th

The staff and student council have been working tirelessly to plan the Veterans Recognition Ceremony for November 10th at 6:30 pm. Students have been working on creating displays in their language arts and social studies classes to recognize and honor veterans. We have arranged for a food truck, The Pickle , to sell dinner items. Click on the link to see the menu and prices. The schedule of events is below. We hope you can attend as this is going to be a signature event for the Bay Creek and Grayson community. We are asking all attendants to wear red, white, and blue to show you support to our veterans.

6:30 pm - Food Truck Opens (parked on the grassy area near to the left of the car rider entrance)

7:00 pm – Gallery Walk featuring Oral Histories from Veterans and student work displays

7:30 pm - Recognition Ceremony – Cafeteria

8:00 pm – Veteran Clap-out

General Reminders and Updates for all Students

As per the student agenda book, students are only permitted to bring water to school to drink in their classrooms. This week we have noticed quite a few students bringing Gatorade or Powerade to school. Student can bring other drinks for their lunch, but these drinks can only be consumed in the cafeteria.

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 Web Page:

b. Like our Facebook page:

c. Download the Connect 2 Grayson App for your iPhone or Android device.

d. Sign up to receive reminders and emergency information through (Directions for can be found on the Bay Creek Web Page.)

e. View current grades and other specific individual student data through the Parent Portal. (Parent portal accounts can be obtained by completing the account form at the reception desk. Picture I.D. is required.)

Grade Level Specific Information

6th Grade

  • PTSA invites 6th grade parents to a Bay Creek 411 breakfast on October 21st from 9:00 am until 10:00 am in the Cafeteria. This meeting will be an opportunity to ask administration questions about Bay Creek and issues your child might be facing in their first year of Middle School. Muffins and Coffee will be provided.

7th Grade

  • The 7th grade science teachers have been doing a great deal of leg work to make alternate arrangements for the 7th grade field trip. As I shared a few weeks ago, the overnight field trip to Rock Eagle was denied from the district offices due to its close proximity. We looked into many different options for overnight locations, but we were unable to find a location that could accommodate the number of students we would be taking on the trip. I know that it is a great tradition for the 7th graders to go on an overnight field trip and I am so sorry that were not able to find a location to accommodate our students this year. We have been able to organize an extended day trip to the zoo and the aquarium for our 7th graders and I know they will have a fabulous time! Students will be receiving a letter next week with all the specific details for the trip.

8th Grade

  • IOWA Testing – October 19 – 24 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm each day that week


  • Band Concert – October 27th at 6pm in the Bay Creek Gym
  • Orchestra Concert – October 29th at 6 pm at Grayson High School Auditorium

Media Center

  • A big Bay Creek welcome to our newest staff member in the Media Center. Ms. Kelli Hughes is now our part-time Media Clerk. She has a daughter in the 7th grade. Be sure and ask your child if they have met her yet.


  • Reminder for our BCMS Tech Club members meeting today after school in the Media Center from 4:15 pm to 5: 15 pm.

Counselors’ Corner

Rebuilding Family Fun. . .

Several years ago two researchers, N. Stinnett and J. Defrain, did a very impressive study with over 3,000 families. The researchers wanted to find out what qualities were present in strong families. The most common qualities, as noted by the respondents, were:

  • Commitment: Family members were committed to do everything possible to keep the family together to “make it work.”
  • Appreciation: Family members show appreciation for each other.
  • Communication: Family members find time for quality communication.
  • Time together: The family regularly schedules quality time together.
  • Ability to cope with stress and crisis: Adversities made the family stronger.
  • Spiritual wellness: For many families, this was the unifying force.

Stinnett and Defrain’s major study found that “time together” was a very important part of a successful family. Families not only need time together, but the time needs to be a fun, happy experience for all members. Even at today’s hectic pace, parents, with some creativity, can rebuild family fun. Families that play, laugh, and hug a lot, survive!

Tips for rebuilding family fun:

1. Parents must love every child unconditionally. Hugs and “I love you,” must happen daily.

2. Parents can write positive letters to children. The letters can be mailed or hidden in the children’s backpacks or lunch bags.

3. Regulate the amount of time children sit at the computer or play video games. These activities seem to push family members away from each other.

4. Always be there. Whenever a child is playing a ball game, performing at a dance recital, or singing in church, make sure the rest of the family attends.

5. Enjoy your children now. They won’t be home forever.

Bay Creek Middle School

821 Cooper Road . Grayson . GA 30017