Battlefield Middle School News

July 26 - July 30, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRINCIPAL

Dear BMS Warriors, Staff, and Families:


We continue to prepare for the opening of the 2021-2022 school year, which is just two and a half weeks away. The Spotsylvania County School Board will meet on Monday, July 26th to discuss mitigation measures to be employed to include the following agenda items:

  • 7.01 Update on the Governor’s Guidance on Students Wearing Masks at School.

  • 7.02 Board Discussion and Consideration of Action in Response to the Governor’s Update on Wearing Masks at School.

You may attend this meeting in person at 6:30 or watch live from home at this link.


Our new teachers will arrive on July 29th, all teachers return on August 2nd, we will welcome all families for an open house on August 10th, and the first day of school will be August 12th. We hope all families will be able to join us on the 10th during one of the three sessions: 9:00 to 11:00, 1:00 to 3:00, and 5:00 to 7:00. You will need approximately 45 minutes to meet all of your teachers, purchase a PE uniform, join the PTO, and more. I look forward to working with all of you!


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • General Supply Lists: Links to general supply lists by grade level are below. More specific supplies may be requested by teachers and may be obtained during Open House on August 10th. Thank you for your patience.

  • View/Access Student Schedules: Students will be able to view/access their class schedules in StudentVue on August 6th at 4:00 PM. If you need assistance with getting into your ParentVue or StudentVue account, please contact your counselor (see email addresses below). Thank you for your patience.

  • Family Open House: All Spotsylvania County Schools will hold a Family Open House on August 10th during the following times: 9:00-11:00, 1:00-3:00, and 5:00-7:00. BMS will provide opportunities for you to meet teachers, follow your schedule, purchase your PE uniform and more. We hope you can join us!

  • Students to be Provided an SCPS Device: SCPS will be turning off the BYOD wireless network at all schools before the start of the school year. With every student having access to a SCPS device this will no longer be necessary and should help maintain a high level of service from the SCPS wireless network.

  • Tryouts for SCPS Athletic Teams: Tryouts for fall sports will begin on Monday, August 18th. Fall sports include Football (7th & 8th graders only), Girls’ Soccer, and Girls’ Basketball.

  • Two Types of Physicals: The VHSL physical form is different from the physical for enrolling students. The VHSL physical form is required for all students who wish to participate in school athletics and would need to be dated May 1st or after. VHSL physical forms remain good May 1st of the preceding school year to June 30th of the current school year. A new VHSL physical form is needed each year and differs from the physical needed for enrollment due to a few more health related questions that need to be addressed by the parent or guardian. You can obtain a copy of the VHSL physical form at this link or pick up one in the main office.

  • Scholastic Insurance Coverage for Athletes is No Longer Available: It has been a practice of SCPS to verify insurance coverage for students prior to their participation in athletics. Scholastic Insurance is no longer available for families to participate in. We will no longer require insurance as a means of student participation but highly recommend families seek insurance coverage on their own.

  • Immunization Update: Please find the following documents highlighting immunization requirements:


I hope you have a great week!


Dr. Sheila Smith

Introducing Mr. Brett Gibbons, New BMS Administrative Intern

Mr. Brett Gibbons will join the BMS Administrative Team on August 2, 2021, replacing Mrs. Damaris Benton, who assumed an Assistant Principalship at Spotsylvania High School. Mr. Gibbons most recently taught History at Ni River MIddle School. He joins us after completing his Educational Leadership Degree at Longwood University. Mr. Gibbons has worked with Spotsylvania County Schools since 2012. Mr. Gibbons can be contacted at bgibbons@spotsylvania.k12.va.us.

EVENTS FOR JULY 26 - JULY 30, 2021:


Monday, July 26, 2021:

  • BMS office open from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM
  • Students may drop off any school devices, charging chords, hot spots, or library books


Tuesday, July 27, 2021:

  • BMS office open from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM

  • Students may drop off any school devices, charging chords, hot spots, or library books


Wednesday, July 28, 2021:

  • BMS office open from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM

  • Students may drop off any school devices, charging chords, hot spots, or library books

  • 9:30-3:00 Food Distribution


Thursday, July 29, 2021:

  • BMS office open from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM

  • Students may drop off any school devices, charging chords, hot spots, or library books

  • New Teacher Work Day 7:30-3:00 (Starts at Courtland High School)


Friday, July 30, 2021:

  • BMS office open from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM
  • Students may drop off any school devices, charging chords, hot spots, or library books
  • New Teacher Work Day 7:30-3:00 (Starts at BMS)

BMS PTO BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Please join me in welcoming our new PTO Board Members for the 2021-2022 school year:

President - Angela Ellis

Vice President - Melissa Floyd

Treasurer - Abrian Jones

Secretary - TBD


You can contact the BMS PTO using the following email address: bmswarriorspto@gmail.com. And, visit the BMS PTO Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Battlefield-Middle-School-PTO-1156343894530361/


Our PTO will have a table set up during the Open House sessions on August 10th so that your family can join the PTO (Only $5.00 for the entire family), meet the Officers, and sign up to volunteer.

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MEET YOUR BMS COUNSELORS

6th Grade Counselor and Counseling Director Yolanda Hyman: yhyman@spotsylvania.k12.va.us

7th Grade Counselor Stephanie Davis: sdavis@spotsylvania.k12.va.us

8th Grade Counselor Kathryn "Katie" Shafer: kshafer@spotsylvania.k12.va.us

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IMPORTANT LINKS