BCMS Bison Blast

Buffalo Community Middle School. January 2021

BCMS Parent Update Video 1-26-21
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Lockers & Locks

Locker Number:

  • Your student's locker number can be found in the Student/Parent Portal. You can find it by clicking on “more” in the left side menu and then lockers.


Lock Combination:

  • Most students took their locks home for 2nd quarter. If your child does not remember his or her lock combination, they ask for it at the front desk.


Locker Expectations:

  • Students can use their locker before school begins to drop off winter gear and cold lunch, before lunch to pick up a jacket for recess, and after school.

  • We ask that students do not congregate in the locker areas.


Locks for Sale:

  • Locks will be for sale in the front office during school hours.

    • Students may bring a school issued lock from a previous school year.

    • Double locks are $10.00 (you will be able to use the additional lock you receive at a later date for PE - Both locks have the same combination).

    • Single locks will; be on sale for $5.00.

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Bus Number & Times

BCMS bus numbers and times can be found on the student/parent portal - click on "more" and then "transportation".


Below is a map of where students get on their bus at the end of the day:

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AVID Student Recruitment is Back!

BCMS is looking for 25 6th graders and 25 7th graders to be a part of our AVID elective classes for the 2021-2022 school year.


What is the AVID Elective class?

AVID is for students that have a drive to prepare themselves for their education beyond high school and want to dive deep into their education. It helps support organization, note taking, general study skills, and increases college awareness. AVID also guides students that may fall in the academic "middle" to rise to the top through modeling and teaching of researched based study skills supporting their Individual Determination.


There is an application and interview process to get into the AVID elective class. If you’d like more information, check out the AVID section on the BCMS website.
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BCMS Attendance Reminders:

Remember you can see further details about your child's attendance on Parent Portal.


As we move to in person school activities and academic supports please review the Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms daily prior to sending your child to any school activity.


If your child is ill or unable to attend school / activities due to exposure to a person positive for COVID-19 please call the school attendance line at (763) 682-8242.

For the ongoing health of our school and activity community please review with your child the the following important prevention measures:



  1. Stay home when sick or if you were a close contact to a person positive for COVID -19.
  2. Wear a mask over the nose and mouth.

  3. Maintain 6 feet distancing.
  4. Adhere to good hand hygiene practices by washing hands often and using hand sanitizer.



If your child has been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19 during the previous 14 days (since Sunday, November 29) please call the Middle School Health Office at (763)682-8242.


As a final reminder, as always If your child is going to be absent due to illness or vacation, please contact the BCMS attendance secretary:


Kelley Jaszewski

kjaszewski@bhmschools.org

763-682-8242


Thank you so much!

You can keep up-to-date with your child's 3rd quarter progress on Campus Parent Portal:

Contact Teachers

If you have questions about any class, please reach out to the teacher. You can find the contact information for all teachers by using the search function on our district website: https://www.bhmschools.org/

As we return to hybrid instruction, we will follow the same BCMS Schedule that we used in the fall.

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Quick Start Google Classroom Resource:

December Student of Distinction

Congratulations to Emmerson Breyer for being our December Student of Distinction. Emmerson has always led others by her example throughout her time here at BCMS. She is one of the most kind and thoughtful students in the 8th grade class, and always strives to do what is right vs. what is easy. Thank you Emmerson for being such a great representation for what BCMS stands for! Remember, every teacher gets to vote for one student each month.
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BCMS Student Support - We Are Here For You!

Need help with a class, with a friend, or with something else happening in your life?

We Are Here For You!

We can meet with you through google chat, virtually face to face, or by email!

8th grade school counselor: Mrs. Thalacker

pthalack@bhmschools.org 763.682.8219

7th grade school counselor: Mrs. Kamphenkel
akamphenkel@bhmschools.org 763.682.8217

6th grade school counselor: Ms. Kolbinger
kkolbinger@bhmschools.org 763.682.8220

School social worker: Mrs. Fisher
pfisher@bhmschools.org 763.682.8213

School social worker: Mrs. Holte
jlholte@bhmschools.org 763.682.8216


Other Resources:
Having a crisis and feel more comfortable texting? Text 741-741 and a trained crisis counselor can help with your health and safety.

Need a quick break from studying? Visit https://www.changetochill.org/chill-breaks/ for a list of fast, under two minutes breaks you can take for your mental wellbeing!

Looking for some activities to help you learn to push through difficult times? Visit https://www.bouncebackproject.org/stay-at-home-resources/ for ways to build resilience at home!

Need food, clothes, soap, etc.? Here’s a list of local agencies and their contact information. https://www.co.wright.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/9287/Wright-County-Resource-Directory- or contact United Way at www.wrightcountyareaunitedway.org
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Thank You!

Thank you so very much for sharing your most precious gift with us. Together we will get through these unbelievable times and continue to do what is best for your child's education.


Never hesitate to reach out to us!

Grade Level Principals:

6th Grade - Katie Gohl: katiegohl@bhmschools.org

7th Grade- John Hayden: jhayden@bhmschsools.org

8th Grade - Matt Lubben: mlubben@bhmschools.org

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