Crusader Times

April 2017

Words From Our Principal

Dear Parents,

I am really proud of all our students and all their great accomplishments. It’s incredible to think the end of the school year is fast approaching. In five short weeks our 8th graders will be promoting!!! As we approach the end of the semester, it’s important to remind your student to make sure all work is turned in, assignments completed, and to attend our after school and Saturday programs if they need extra help. We want to make sure all students have a successful semester. Our teachers are working diligently with our students to make sure they are well prepared for 8th and 9th grade. Please communicate with your student’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Eduardo Reyes, Ed.D.

Exploring Arts Music Class

As part of our Exploring Arts Music Class, BVM’s moderate program visited the Museum of Making Music yesterday. Students have been working on learning culturally relevant and traditional music from around the world. This includes how different some instruments are made, relationship between sounds and vibrations, string and percussion instruments, tempo, reading music and playing short pieces. Our trip to the museum was an opportunity to learn hands on how different regions of the world, and different periods of history use different instruments and have different sounds. Students were taught how string instruments like the electric guitar are made, and how they differ from string instruments like the harp. The museum allowed our program to experience a variety of new instruments in their hands-on area.

Staff Professional Development

This past year, our Site Curriculum Specialists and Blended Learning Specialist have been providing staff with professional development centered around Quality First Instruction utilizing Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR) strategies. They have introduced staff to new research based strategies and a new take on some old ones.

Student Art Work

Art students researched famous artists (7th graders were assigned renaissance artists and 8th graders were assigned early American artists) in order to write a report, create a biography mini poster, and a commemorative postage stamp design. Hard work, but rewarding knowledge. Designing a “custom” timeline gave students the “Big Picture” of the life and times of their famous artist.

Also, the art classes will be needing excess scrapbooking papers or gift wrap papers for the upcoming paper story quilt project. Don’t buy anything, please have students bring what you find during your spring cleaning.

Living Coast Discovery Center School Outreach Program

On April 4th and 5th, the Living Coast Discovery Center came to BVM and provided a fish dissection experience for all of our 7th grade students. Students had the task of exploring the external and internal anatomy of a herring to try and determine its cause of death. The fish dissection was off the hook!

Staff of the Month

This month we are excited to announce our our science teacher, Mrs. Cynthia Shimasaki, as our Staff of the Month! Every year she oversees our school science fair and its participants. She puts in many hours to ensure our school science fair is a complete success. She also continues to support our students as they move on from our school science fair to the Greater San Diego Science Fair and the State Science Fair. Thanks Cindy for everything that you do for our students!

Health Corner

EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Recall

Parents, please be aware that certain Mylan EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector products used for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions are being voluntarily recalled. The recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part, which may result in the device’s failure to properly activate. The recalled products were manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies and were distributed by Mylan Specialty.

The EpiPens that are stored in the nurse’s office have been checked and parents have been notified if their child’s EpiPen falls under the voluntary recall. I have provided a link for parents to use see which EpiPen products have been identified for recall.

Please check the NDC number/Lot Number/Expiration Date to see if any EpiPen/EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors you may have are on the list. There are instructions to follow on the website should one of your EpiPens be on the voluntary recall list.

Please use this link:

I would also like to make note that there will be a cardiac screening for the Eric Paredes Foundation on Sunday May 7th at Lincoln High School. Please see the flyers below for more information.

Stay healthy,

Christi Stoddard, BSN, RN, PHN

Tel: 619-397-2206

Fax: 619-482-9356

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Counselors Corner

We are finally coming down to the final stretch and final grades are around the corner. Missing homework effects your grades, and when we get to the last few weeks of school teachers will have deadlines so please do NOT request extra credit. We have a few weeks left to complete ALL homework in AEC. Please take advantage of the after school tutoring with the teachers to complete the work. AEC is also voluntary. Those students who qualify for CJSF, the forms are available to all students who want to join. Be sure to go into 403 to pay your dues and complete your forms.

Digital Citizenship

Bonita Vista Middle School does not tolerate bullying of any kind, and this includes cyberbullying.

Merriam Webster defines cyberbullying as “the act of bullying someone through electronic means (as by posting mean or threatening messages about the person online)”

In addition to cyberbullying, digital drama may be a concern as teens begin to use social media and form their online reputations. Digital drama like cyberbullying can have a negative impact on one’s social life. Question: Are you aware of how these issues can impact your daily life, friendships and self-esteem?

I’ve gathered some resources to help you take a closer look at both cyberbullying and digital drama. It’s important to know that you do have choices when presenting yourself online, and when responding to others. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the links below and be better informed about the issues:

Technology Corner

As you start to review for finals, there are a lot of great ways to use your iPad to help you to make sure you do your best on every exam.

Khan Academy has lots of great videos, especially in math, explaining a wide range of topics in every subject that can really help you review and improve you knowledge of a particular concept. Visit to start learning now.

Brainpop also has videos for every subject area. The videos are short, to the point, and funny. They will definitely help you remember those challenging concepts because of the unique way they are presented. Our school has an account with access for students. If you would like access to it please contact Mr. Dougherty through Jupiter Grades and let him know you’d like access. Visit Tim and Moby at or through the app on your iPad.

Quizlet is a flashcard maker that can help you review the important vocabulary terms or ideas you know you will see on your finals. Create the cards and study them whenever you have a moment to review. You’ll learn while making the cards and while you are reviewing them! Visit to begin making your flashcards today.

Important Dates

04/10 - 05/05 - SBAC Testing in English, Math and Science Classes

04/29 - Saturday Scholars and Credit Recovery Science 7/8 and Math 7/8

05/02 - Day of the Teacher

05/04 - Choir and Band Spring Concert

05/05 - Reclassification Celebration Breakfast

05/06 - Saturday Scholars and Credit Recovery Science 7/8 and Math 7/8

05/08 - School Culture Committee Meeting

05/09 - Incoming 7th Grade Residency (A-L)

05/11 - Incoming 7th Grade Residency (M-Z) and BVM Talent Show

05/12 - DLI End of the Year Celebration

05/13 - Saturday Scholars and Credit Recovery Science 7/8 and Math 7/8

05/17 - ELAC Meeting

05/18 - School Site Council Meeting

05/19 - Tri-M Trip to San Diego Symphony

05/19 - 05/23 - 8th Grade End of Course Exams

05/20 - Saturday Scholars

05/25 - Yearbook Distribution and 8th Grade Awards

05/26 - 8th Grade Party

05/26 - 05/31 - 7th Grade End of Course Exams

05/29 - Memorial Day - No School

05/30 - 8th Grade Promotion