Crusader Times

August 2016

Words From Our Principal

Parents,


We are so excited to welcome you to the Bonita Vista Middle School family, home of the Crusaders. We are looking forward to an outstanding school year and we are most thankful that you have chosen to send your child to BVM where we are committed to providing the best quality education for all students. We have a great and passionate staff that is always willing to assist students and parents. We want all our students to have a very positive experience in middle school and we look forward to working closely with parents. We encourage parents to volunteer at BVM and to participate in all of our activities. I wish every single student the best year ever. Go Crusaders!!!


Eduardo Reyes, Ed.D.

First Day of School

BVM ASB 2016-17 were up bright and early ready to greet our new 7th grade Crusaders and welcome back our 8th grade class! Good luck Crusaders! We wish you a successful and fun 2016-17 school year!

School Culture Assembly

At the beginning of the school year, a School Culture Assembly is held to discuss how our school has put in place certain rules to make it a safe and healthy learning environment for each student by building a culture of equity and a positive climate. An issue discussed is how bullying, discrimination, or racism of any kind will not be tolerated and the steps to take if any student sees it occurring. Other topics discussed were the appropriate use if iPads, the importance of school attendance, the dress code, cell phone policy, student activities, and the non-privileged list.

Parkview Little League Advances to Little League World Series

Congratulations to Parkview Little League for making it to the Little League World Series! We enjoyed cheering you on and watching your journey as you battled your way in the Little League World Series. We would like to recognize two of our students who are part of the Parkview Little League Team:


  • Omar Cordero
  • Lucas Marrujo


Amazing job boys! We are all very proud of you!

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Spirit Week at BVM

The week of August 8th, our school held its first Spirit Week Advisory Competition. Spirit Week Days consisted of Disney Monday, Tacky Tourist Tuesday, Twin Wednesday, Comic Con Thursday, and Crusader Blue Friday. Students and staff participated all week long for points in an effort to win a pizza party for their advisory.

I Think Big Student Assembly

Students attended a School Culture Assembly by ithinkbig.org where they were encouraged to think “bigger”, and to think “deeper” with their lives. They shared the importance of bringing each other up instead of putting one another down. The presenters explained that no one will never be perfect, but they can be remarkable if they choose to be. The assembly utilized dance, stomp, drama, music, student interaction, personal stories, and life-changing illustrations to engage students in an experience that will impact their lives forever.

Student Art Work

BVM art classes explored the world of repetition, patterns, and radial balance while creating a radial codex which included a motif of a mayan bird. A variety of birds were known to the Mayans such as parrots, toucans, roosters, hummingbirds, hawks, pelicans, quail, ducks, turkey, storks ….336 species migrate through or reside in what is a world famous environment for bird watchers.

Staff of the Month

This month we would like to recognize our amazing and dedicated librarian technician, Gloria Valdez. Our librarian retired at the end of last year after having worked for over 30+ years and Gloria has not only been doing her job, but the job of our previous librarian. At the beginning of the school year, there are many duties that must be completed by the library such as iPad and textbook distribution to over 1,200 students. Gloria has done a fabulous job and we couldn't thank her enough for all her hard work. Thank you for all that you do for our students!

Health Corner

Medical Forms for Students with Health Concerns


Many of our students have medical conditions which may require medications to be given during school hours, specifically, epipens/antihistamines for allergic reactions, and inhalers for respiratory conditions, such as asthma. If your student has these types of medical conditions, please contact me so I can provide you with the appropriate forms to take to your physician to complete and sign. The parents or guardians will also need to sign the forms and bring them to the nurse’s office with any medications the physician has ordered.


Many parents have already been contacted regarding these types of health concerns, and the forms and medications have been returned. There will be more forms going home in the next few days with students that I have identified with these types of health issues. Please notify me via telephone or email if your student needs to have medications for allergic reactions or respiratory difficulties while here at school, and I have not contacted you. It is very important to be prepared for these types of medical emergencies for the health and safety of our students.


Take care,


Christi Stoddard, RN, BSN, PHN

Tel: 619-397-2206

Email: christine.stoddard@sweetwaterschools.org

Counselors Corner

Welcome Back Students! We are excited to be back and looking forward to meeting each of you. The opening of school was exciting an chaotic as we issued you schedules for the year. There will be no more class changes from the counseling office—so please do NOT make requests for teacher changes, period changes, or class switches. It’s the beginning of the school year, and 7th graders it will be a big transition from elementary schools. Hang in there if the work seems to be too difficult because it is our job to help you prepare for high school. We have AEC after school tutoring along with Re-teaching for those of you that need to improve on test scores. Take advantage of these Interventions as they are here to help you learn and prepare you for the next level. Complete ALL assignments, and study and prepare for all tests. If you have any concerns or problems please feel free to come see us in the counseling center. We have an open door policy at nutrition, during lunch, and after school.

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Technology Corner

How to be successful at BVM with your iPad

Bring your iPad charged to school every day. Plug it in before going to bed at night.

Bring your charger every day in case the battery runs down.

Never take your iPad out of the protective case. When you put it in your backpack, you can wrap a dish towel around it for extra protection of the screen.

Make sure you always back up all of your documents to your Google drive account!

Use the Calendar and Reminders apps to keep yourself organized!

Check Jupiter grades daily to monitor your progress in each class.


Internet Issues

Having issues with your internet at home or at school? Try the following:

If you have an app called SUHSD Login open it and login:
· If you have the app, open it and login:
Username: iboss
Password: suhsd1


· If you do not have the SUHSD Login app, find the app called LanRev. Open it and tap Profiles, then tap Install. You should now have the SUHSD Login app on your iPad. Open it and login:
Username: iboss
Password: suhsd1


If you are still having trouble ask your Advisory teacher for a pass to the Genius Bar in room 606. If you ever have any issues with your iPad or with an app come to the Genius Bar to get support.

Important Dates

08/27 - Saturday Scholars for Math 7, Math 8, English 7, and English 8

09/05 - Labor Day School Closed

09/06 - 6 Week Progress Report Sent Home With Students

09/10 - Saturday Scholars for Math 7, Math 8, English 7, and English 8

09/12 - School Culture Committee Meeting

09/13 - Picture Make-up Day and Middle School Success 101 Meeting

09/15 - School Site Council Meeting

09/19-10/03 - Fall Break

10/04 - Students Return To School