Black River Middle School

"A School to Watch"

November 2019

BRMS 8th Grade Girls Attend BT4G Workshop

The Business Technology for Girls (BT4G) annual workshop was held on October 24th at Pfizer Inc. in Peapack, NJ. Each year the company invites groups of 15 girls from local schools to spend the day learning about careers in Information Technology and the paths to achieve it. The event strives to encourage women to consider technology as a profession by highlighting the roles women play in this field and how their work impacts patients and the health care industry.
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BRMS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationally to honor the commitment of law enforcement to raise awareness about the destruction caused by drugs in both our neighborhoods and nationally. In recognition of this week, the BRMS Guidance Department-- thanks to funding from the Municipal Alliance-- invited BRMS families to participate by displaying red ribbons that were supplied by the school. Families were asked to tie their red ribbons to a visible tree or post near or around their homes to show that our community is "Too Smart for Drugs"!
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BRMS Grooves!

Miss Yeager, Mr. White, and a group of enthusiastic students recently joined Dr. Piascik for the new BRMS Grooves monthly jam session. Everyone banged on the drum and had lots of fun!
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BRMS 6th Graders Thank Local Veterans

On Wednesday, November 13, BRMS welcomed a group of local military service personnel to the 5th Annual BRMS Veteran's Day Celebration. The keynote speaker, Lt. Col. Rich Bordonaro, spoke to the sixth grade students about the value of serving our country and the many ways they can contribute to our nation. Students also participated in an engaging question and answer session with our honored guests.
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PTO Wizards Fundraiser a Slam Dunk!

On Saturday, November 16, the Harlem Wizards faced off against the Chester Bulldogs in the BRMS gymnasium at two sold-out games. The home team included teachers, administrators, board members, parents, and police officers. A good time was had by all, and the money raised will benefit the PTO. Additionally, the Wizards will share a portion of their proceeds with a men's mental health organization. We hope to see them again next year for another great event!
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8th Grade Visits Holocaust Museum in NYC

On Wednesday, November 20, the 8th grade traveled to New York City to experience the Museum of Jewish Heritage -- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. It was the first time BRMS had the opportunity to visit the museum thanks to a grant from the Educational Foundation.

Tour guides led visitors through the timeline of events leading up to World War II, the persecution of the Jewish people, and the reading of Anne Frank. The visit culminated with a presentation from a Holocaust survivor. Students learned the dangers of intolerance and the painful lessons of the past in order to envision a world worthy of their future.

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Thank You to Our BRMS Substitutes!

On Nov. 22, National Substitute Teacher Day, BRMS recognized the contribution of the wonderful people who regularly serve our school in so many capacities that extend beyond the classroom. We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated substitute teachers including Mrs. Standridge, Mr. Zakar, Mrs. Riccobono (pictured below), and many others. BRMS couldn't function without them!
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BRMS Yearbooks On Sale Now!

BRMS yearbooks are officially on sale-- don't be left out! In addition, 8th grade parents can honor their middle school graduates with a Well-Wisher ad in the yearbook for even more memories! Visit Mrs. Smith's website for additional information:

The deadline for orders is January 1, 2020.

Guidance Corner

On Friday, Oct. 25th, BRMS students were creatively engaged to think about how they make choices in their lives at the Lead U Student Empowerment Assembly. Students participated in grade-level presentations conducted by a positive group of teaching artists who offered an innovative approach to individual empowerment. The assembly was a hit among students and staff! For more information, visit
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Faculty Fun Facts at BRMS!

BRMS is a community. As such, this newsletter regularly features highlights about the people who make our school a special place. This time, please meet two of our social studies teachers, Mrs. McPherson and Mr. McQueeney. Did you know?

Mrs. McPherson:

1. Played basketball for 13 years and coached while in college.

2. Zip lined through the Amazon while vacationing in Costa Rica.

3. Loves to cook, read, and visit historic sites and museums.

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Mr. McQueeney:

1. Plays in adult, co-ed softball and kickball leagues.

2. Is a fan of the Oakland Raiders, New York Yankees, New Jersey Devils, and Seton Hall basketball.

3. Began wrestling when he was six years old and has been involved in the sport ever since.

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Coming Soon:

Dec. 3- 8th Grade Washington DC Trip- First Deposit Due

Dec. 5- Band Concert 7 p.m.

Dec. 12- Chorus Concert 7 p.m.

Dec. 20- Early Dismissal 12:25 p.m.

Dec. 23- Jan. 1- Winter Break- Happy Holidays!