December 1-December 30, 2019 - Volume 1 Edition 4
After reviewing the attendance percentages from all middle schools in our district, our attendance is the lowest! The attendance committee is working to outline a more aggressive plan to increase our scholars' attendance for the remainder of the school year. In addition to all of the incentives we put in place, it is imperative that you partner with us in making sure your scholar comes to school ON TIME, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.
Attendance really does count... let's count the ways:
1. Your scholar receives the instruction that first time it is given.
2. Your scholar reduces his/her chances of having to attend tutorials.
3. Your scholar is more likely to pass STAAR.
4. Your scholar does not have to complete make up assignments.
5. Your scholar gets closer to reaching his/her goals.
6. Your scholar meets promotion requirements.
Remember, your scholar cannot miss more than 10% of the school year in order to be promoted to the next grade level. This equates to about 17 days for the school year. If a scholar exceeds this number, he/she may be retained the next school year.
We understand that some absences are inevitable. If your scholar has a doctor's appointment, please bring the doctor's note the next school day. If possible, we encourage you to schedule all appointments during the scheduled school breaks each month.
When your scholar misses school, he/she misses out, so let's make school a daily habit. Thank you in advance for your commitment to your scholar and our school.
Remember, "We are BMS... Brave. Motivated. Successful. AND We are #UNSTOPPABLE!"
Dr. H.P. Hyder, III
Your PROUD Patriot Principal
"December Happenings @ BMS"
Week of December 2nd
- 4 - U of H Campus Tour (Selected Scholars)
- 4 - District Testing - Social Studies
- 5 - District Testing - Science
- 5 - Progress Reports Go Home
- 6 - Winter Wonderland @ 5:30 pm-8 pm - Dekaney HS
Week of December 9th
- 10 - District Science Fair
- 10 - District Testing - Math
- 10 - Title I Parent Meeting @ 9:30 am
- 11 - District Testing - Reading
Week of December 16th
- 16 - Mariposa "Generational APP Gap" Visit
- 17 - Data and Literacy Night @ 6 pm-7:30 pm
- 19 - Report Card Grade Submission
- 19 - Early Dismissal @ 1:30 pm
- 20 - First Day of Winter Break
Building Student's Note-taking Skills:
AVID’s focused note-taking process has five phases:
- Taking notes
- Processing notes
- Connecting Thinking
- Summarizing and Reflecting on Learning
- Applying Learning
It is important to note that applying learning is the last phase of the process. It is essential that it informs the first phase, as the note-taking format should be shaped by the note-taking purpose. When this is done, note-taking becomes a powerful and portable learning tool your student can carry with them throughout their educational experience.
Patriot and Lady Patriot Basketball Games
5 - GBB vs. Twin Creeks MS @ Bammel MS
6 - 7th Grade A BBB Tourney @ Twin Creeks MS & 8th Grade A BBB Tourney @ Claughton MS
7 - 7th Grade A BBB Tourney @ Twin Creeks MS & 8th Grade A BBB Tourney @ Claughton MS
11 - BBB vs. Claughton MS @ Bammel MS
12 - GBB vs. Claughton MS @ Claughton MS
13 - 7th Grade A GBB Tourney @ Springwoods Village MS & 8th Grade A GBB Tourney @ Wells
14 - 7th Grade A GBB Tourney @ Springwoods Village MS & 8th Grade A GBB Tourney @ Wells
Performing and Visual Arts Events
7 - One Act Play @ Dekaney HS & Choir Region Auditions @ TBA
10 - Non-Varsity Choir Concert @ 7 pm - Bammel MS
12 - Varsity Choir Concert @ 6 pm - Westfield HS
16 - PVA Winter Collaborative @ 6 pm - Westfield HS
"Connecting with the Counselors"
Did you know that bullying often peaks in middle school? What can you do as a parent to make sure that your child does not become a target? Although there is no guarantee that your child will never be bullied, there are ways to help.
It’s important that parents are aware of the different forms of bullying. Point out that bullying is more than physical. Your child might recognize bullying when they see a classmate give someone a shove during PE. But it’s also bullying when kids spread rumors, exclude people, or text hurtful comments.
Talk to your student about the importance of taking action. Bystanders are the first line of defense in overcoming bullying. Maybe your tween overheard a bully say they were going to steal someone’s backpack. Or, they might see a bullying victim hurting himself/herself in the restroom. If that happens, they should immediately tell a teacher, the counselor, or another adult. Since bullies are less likely to pick on someone who has friends, encourage them to get to know other students but also respect others. Not only is there safety in numbers, but having friends will build their self-esteem, which in turn can discourage bullies from targeting them.
Make sure that you and your scholar are on the same page. If your student is bullying, discuss why their actions are hurtful and wrong. Also, set consequences. If they post mean social media messages, for instance, you might want to suspend their phone privileges. If you think your child is bullying or is a victim of bullying, take it seriously. Ask for help by talking with your child’s pediatrician or their school counselor. It’s important that parents take the lead and talk with your student about the importance of just being kind. Tell them that if they are bullied or if they see someone else being bullied, they should seek help immediately from an adult, whether it’s you, a teacher, a counselor, an administrator, or a coach. Let them know that they are never expected to handle this problem alone.
For information about how to reach your scholar's counselor, please see below:
January Revada, 6th grade counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherra Branch, 7th grade counselor - email@example.com
Ursula Saulsberry, 8th grade counselor/lead counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Interact is a community service organization brought to our campus by Jarrod Collins, assistant principal. It focuses on providing opportunities for our scholars to positively engaged with the community.
Most recently, our Interact scholars served Thanksgiving dinner to the residents at Mariposa Apartments. It is great to see our scholars giving back to the community and learning how giving is better than receiving.
For more information about how your scholar can get involved, or to share possible engagement opportunities, please reach out to Mr. Collins at email@example.com.
- Doors open @ 8:15 am for car riders and walkers.
- All scholars MUST go through the metal detectors daily.
- All scholars MUST adhere to dress code daily - Khaki, blue, or black pants (NO jeans), polo shirt - Red (6th Grade), Blue (7th Grade), and White (8th Grade), clear or mesh backpack, cell phones OFF during instructional day, NO hoodies!
- Breakfast is served from 8:25 am - 8:55 am.
- All scholars are greeted at Threshold by every teacher!
- Dismissal begins @ 4:15 pm.
- Attendance Works