Buckhorn Middle

2021-2022 School Year

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Welcome Back to the 2021-2022 School Year!!!

BMS Students & Parents,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited about this year and can't wait to see you on Wednesday, August 4, 2021!

When you arrive, you should report to the 1st period teacher currently listed on your schedule. If you have questions upon entering the building, please ask an adult positioned throughout the hallways for assistance.

Our School Day:

  • School begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.

  • Students should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m.

  • Regular dismissal is at 3:30 p.m.

BMS Basics:

Every classroom at Buckhorn Middle School will operate under the same five basic expectations and guidelines. These items will be explained by your teachers. In addition to these five classroom rules, Madison County Schools’ expectations will govern your conduct throughout the day.

  1. Be on time!

  2. Be attentive!

  3. Be prepared!

  4. Be respectful!

  5. Be responsible!

Keys to Success at BMS:

  • Attend school daily and be on time
  • Complete and turn in your assignments on time
  • Track your assignments/grades
  • Exhibit appropriate behavior at all times
  • Talk with your counselor about academic, career, and personal issues
  • Talk with your parents/guardians, teachers, and counselor about your interests, goals, and future plans
  • Participate in, attend, and support extra curricular activities at school and in your community-GET INVOLVED!! :)

Kind regards,

Ms. McCutcheon, amccutcheon@mcssk12.org

Mrs. Bell-Culberson, agbell@mcssk12.org

Mr. K, jckennedy@mcssk12.org

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Hellen Keller

BMS 2021-2022 Bell Schedule

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MCBOE Reopening Plan

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Student Code of Conduct

The Madison County Schools Student Code of Conduct is a document for each student and parent to use to understand the expectations, responsibilities, and rights of all students in Madison County Schools.

Morning Procedures

Students will report directly to their homeroom teacher's classroom in the morning. If they need breakfast, they will report to the cafeteria, and once they finish breakfast, they will go to homeroom.

Bus Procedures

When students get on the bus, they will be in an assigned seat, and mask are required. Buses will be sprayed daily for safety precautions.

Please remember, bus transportation is a privilege! Your bus riding privilege is contingent upon your decision to follow ALL bus rules (see the Student Code of Conduct). Any behavior by a student that causes the driver to take his/her eyes off the road may result in a student being removed from the bus!

Go to https://www.mcssk12.org/Page/5804

On right side, click School Zone Finder and enter your street address & zip code. Next, hit the drop down bar, choose BMS, and search.

Information displayed: your bus number, approx times and bus route on the map

Car Rider Information

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Morning Car Rider Drop Off

The car rider line will begin at 8:00 AM and no students should be dropped off until Mr. Kennedy opens the door. Morning car rider drop off will end at 8:25 AM and students will have to enter in through the front doors.

Do NOT drop off your child at the front door until car rider line has closed.

During the Day

  • Students will be in assigned seats in each class as well as in the lunchroom in order for exposure to be properly documented and masks are optional BUT highly recommended.
  • BMS will be one-to-one and students will be provided with a Chromebook. Chromebooks should be brought to class daily and with a full charge.
  • Students will NOT utilize lockers and must bring a bag/backpack to carry their belongings.
  • Students will NOT utilize the bathrooms during class changes. Once hallways are clear, teachers will allow bathroom breaks and this will be monitored closely.
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BMS Tardy Policy

It is imperative that students be on time for school as well as to each class. Please review the policy outline below.
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Misuse of Device

Devices are NOT allowed during class changes/transitions! Device usage is a privilege that can be taken away, so please follow the procedures outlined below.
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Dress Code

Buckhorn Middle School students will adhere to the dress code policy as set forth in the Madison County Schools Student Code of Conduct. If a student is in violation of the dress code, administration will do everything possible to avoid an interruption in the student's instructional day. In some cases, parents may be called and/or disciplinary action taken. Frequent violations of dress code are but not limited to:

  • holes above knees in pants or jeans
  • short shorts
  • shirts too short
  • undergarments showing
  • leggings without covering
  • skirts too short
  • see through material
  • head coverings/hats


ALL schools in the Madison County School System have been approved for a USDA waiver allowing us to provide breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to families.

We are approved for the 2021-2022 year. Please continue to complete and submit applications for free and reduced meals as usual so correct statuses will be in place when the waiver ends.


PayPAMS is the convenient way to pay for meals. Parents can set up automatic payment plans, view balances and account history, and receive automated notification on balance status.

Outside Drinks

Students may be allowed to carry clear, plastic containers with water ONLY during the school day. The only items allowed outside the cafeteria are water bottles containing water.
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Afternoon Procedures


Checkouts end promptly at 3 PM. If you need to check your child out, it is imperative that you take care of this prior to 3 PM. If you arrive at 3 PM to check out your child, you will be directed to pick them up in the car rider line. No Exceptions!!!


Students will be dismissed following the afternoon dismissal announcement. Once that announcement has been made, students will report directly to their bus or the car rider area.

Students need to make sure they have retrieved ALL of their belongings because they will NOT be permitted to re-enter the building.

Car Riders

You will exit out of the school by the lunchroom.

It is imperative that students are paying attention to ensure they see their car & get in it in a timely manner. BMS Staff should NOT have to call your name due to not paying attention! Students NOT following procedures will be issued consequences.

Parents...please pay attention to the BMS Staff. If a staff member is waving you to drive forward, do NOT stop just because you see your child. This causes problems with loading students. Also, do not cut through the parking lot once you have your child. We need you to follow the route designated for car rider in order for it to run more efficiently.

Currently, we are NOT issuing car rider numbers, but it could be a possibility if the need arises.

Finally, please be patient during this time. We will make sure ALL students get to their cars safely.

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If you have questions for your counselor, please utilize the emails below.

Kewanee Murphy, 7th Grade Counselor: kmurphy@mcssk12.org

Haven Daniels, 8th Grade Counselor: hdaniels@mcssk12.org

Hailee Benson, NOVA: hailee.benson@wellstone.com

Community Resources:

If you are in need of essential resources, please call 211 to speak with a community resource specialist or reach out to our district's website, www.mcssk12.org, to learn of more resources.

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Medical Care

Our school nurse is Mrs. Christensen and she is available from 7:30-3:30 during the school week for questions and receiving medications.
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About BMS

At Buckhorn Middle School, all students and teachers embrace opportunities to collaborate in an engaging learning environment to ensure our students are college and career ready.