Brunswick Middle School

December 2015 / January 2016 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Brunswick Middle School supports STEM activities and recently the 6th grade students participated in our annual “Pumpkin Chunkin’” activity. Students weighed and measured pumpkins and predicted their trajectory and flight paths as the pumpkins were launched from a trebuchet. Special related activities occurred throughout the day in all 6th grade classrooms. Special thanks go out to our 6th grade team, instructional specialists and Maynes’ Farm which generously donated pumpkins for this special event.

This past week, almost 40 BMS students participated in the American Mathematics Contest 8, where their math skills will be measured against those of students from across the country.

In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, BMS will be engaged in “Hour of Code” during the second week of December. On December 8th, for one hour, all students will be provided with computer-based activities designed to assist them with fundamental computing concepts and code- writing. More information is available at

Brunswick Middle School is celebrating its 30th anniversary this school year. Prior to construction of the current building, Brunswick area students attended elementary school through 6th grade and Brunswick High School contained grades 7-12. Once a middle school was established, portable classrooms were set-up behind the high school for grades 7 and 8. Ground was broken for the new school on September 18, 1984 and the facility opened on December 2, 1985. The cost for the school was $4.14 million.

Upcoming Important Dates

For a detailed list of events and dates please visit our BMS Homepage

Guidance News

2 Special Events During January

  • The high school counselors will be coming to speak to the eighth graders about registration and electives on the morning of January 29th (Friday) with a snow date of Tuesday, February 2nd. We will be dividing the students into two groups alphabetically. The counselors will be presenting to the students from 8:00-10:17. BHS will be providing the same registration presentation for rising ninth grade parents and students on January 27th at the High School at 7:00 PM. Registration forms will be due to the BMS 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Egan, by February 3rd.

  • The Career & Technology Center school counselor will be holding a lunch fair for all grades on January 14th with a snow date of January 20th. The CTC Ambassadors will be here for the lunches and setting up tables in the back of the cafeteria for each program. A presentation for the eighth graders will be presented during ELT the same day.

It has come to our attention that parents and guardians of all grades have not logged into the Family Connection for the Naviance program. Two emails have been sent to parents and guardians with login information for each parent. The BMS counselors and teachers will be working with students in their classes to assist them in completing the assigned task in the program which consists of goal setting, career research, and transition planning. Parents can access their student’s account and view their student’s responses to personal surveys and tasks that help them plan for their academic future. If you have not received an email or cannot locate the information, please feel free to contact the guidance department.

Family Connection allows your student to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
  • Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
  • Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-do lists, and complete tasks assigned by the school counselor to prepare for future college and career goals.


PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) at Brunswick Middle School

As part of our school wide behavior management initiative, our school staff and students are provided a systematic set of expectations and consequences to be utilized in the classroom, hallways and other locations. Throughout the year, PBIS lessons are provided during ELT time to help students understand these expectations and other topics such as bullying, bus routines, and other school initiatives. PBIS uses many acronyms to assist students to easily remember the focus of PBIS. Our most utilized PBIS acronym that students see and hear is RAIL – respect, attitude, initiative and learning, as these are the foundations of our PBIS plan and all students’ success at BMS. These acronyms and the expectations of student behavior are posted throughout the school to reinforce positive student behaviors.

Our school has a PBIS Team that coordinates lessons, incentives, raffles and other tasks throughout the year to support the school’s PBIS plan. To recognize students who are meeting the PBIS expectations, students are recognized through RAIL passes (token economy), teacher incentives, raffles, and positive referrals. Certain incentives like the end of the term incentives have qualifiers that students must meet in order to participate. To attend the Term 1 incentive, students were required to have no Ds or Fs, less than 4 unexcused absences (no more than 3) and no more than 1 referral.

Our Holiday Store is another PBIS incentive where students may ‘spend’ their RAIL passes to ‘purchase’ new or gently used items. We are in need of items donated for the store this year. The items can be anything new or gently used such as toys, games, jewelry, decorations, home items, gloves, hats, etc… Please consider donating items for this wonderful opportunity for students to shop while using their RAIL passes. If you have donations, please drop them off in the front office or guidance. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Mahn, our guidance department chair.

As part of the PBIS planning team, we would like to invite parents to provide input by becoming a team member. If you are interested, please contact Kelly Mahn, the Guidance Department Chair at 240-236-5400.

From the Health Room

Our health room staff would like to share a healthy cookie recipe that you may enjoy trying during the holidays! Please open the link and enjoy:

If you have questions for our health room technician, Linda Trabold, please call the health room at 240-236-5359.

Innocence Stolen - Protecting our Children Online: A Must See Presentation

Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm, BMS Cafeteria

The BMS PTO is pleased to offer the opportunity to hear this important topic presented by Mr. Vince DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist, with the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland.

This 90 minute multimedia presentation provides the necessary information to keep children safe on the internet. This internet safety program informs adults about how best to protect young people from negative and criminal influences online. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, sexting, and internet predators. The program provides prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources.

In a day and age when our children have access to the internet through a computer, a cell phone, or other mobile, we need to be in the know of how to keep them safe. So, please join us on December 2nd at 7:00 pm in the BMS cafeteria. You won’t want to miss this!

If you have questions about this presentation, please send an email or call the school at 240-236-5400.

Classroom News

Mrs Baughman: All classes have monthly books due on December 21st and January 27th. Students have the option of creating a Powtoon or an Infographic instead of writing the response. See Mrs. Baughman for the rubric if you create an electronic presentation.

Ms. Moran: The BMS Chorus Winter Concert will be held December 16, 2015 at Brunswick High School. Students are asked to arrive by 6:00 and the concert begins at 6:30. We will be second on the program. Students: remember to wear black on the bottom and white on the top.

Math Enrichment Activities

AMC8: 36 students participated in the 31st annual MAA American Mathematics Competitions 8, held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. They competed for local and national student and school awards. The contest, which covers middle school mathematics, is given at participating schools. Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition at problem solving in a timed format. In 2014 over 150,000 students from over 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest. Results should arrive by the end of December.

MathCounts: Students are practicing math after school on Thursdays from 3 – 4:30. BMS MathCounts Competition team will be participating in the FCPS Open at TJ Middle School on Saturday January 9th at TJ Middle School from 8:30 – about 12:30. The Official Regional Competition will be held on January 30th at TJ Middle School from 8:30 until about 1. Any student qualifying at the Regional event will proceed to the state MathCounts competition in March at Johns Hopkins University.


The SoMIRAC Young Authors Contest is in full swing! Students in grades 6-8 may submit an original poem or short story for this writing contest. Deadline: December 11.

Letters About Literature is another writing opportunity for students. For this contest, students write a letter to the author of a work that has inspired them. Deadline: January 11.

Contact Literacy Specialist Patty Reid for more information:, 240-236-5473.

Night at the Wax Museum Performance

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PTO News

President’s message – I am very pleased to announce that we received four grants from the Community Foundation of Frederick County for 2015-2016 student programs. The over $2000 we received will assist our funding of approximately seven programs including but not limited to our school musical - “Night at the Wax Museum – The Musical” and Spirit of America Day. A BIG thank you to Kim Narayan who was instrumental in helping us receive these grants.

Direct donations – Don’t miss an opportunity for an end of year tax credit!

Remember the calendar year is ending! A direct donation to the school will support the school 100% and the donation is tax deductible. Please check with your company about matching funds

for donations, as this will help the school twice as nice.

“Night at the Wax Museum – The Musical” – A HUGE Success!

November 20th and 21st marked the completion of our 2nd annual BMS PTO production “Night at the Wax Museum - The Musical” under the direction of Julie Herber of the Maryland Ensemble Theater. Fifty-four students worked diligently three days a week after school for three months preparing lines, songs and dances for the show. The audience was wowed by BMS students’ enthusiasm and talent. The show allowed our actors to learn some facts about history in addition to what it takes to be an actor on a live stage in front of a large audience. Our teachers in our History Department may have been seen scratching their heads by the so called facts these characters were rambling on about in their song called “History Yuck!” But in the end I think all our BMS students came a way understanding that Adams and Madison did not write the Gettysburg Address and that Abraham Lincoln issued the “Emancipation Proclamation” not “Emancipation Celebration”. We are very pleased to see an increase in our cast size from 31 to 54 from last year and an even better sized audience from a combined 300 tickets sold last year to 538 tickets sold this year. With the help of a grant from the Community Foundation of Frederick County Maryland and some excellent marketing and soliciting we are thrilled we were able to secure the funds necessary to cover our director fees. We are hopeful that our program will continue to receive the support it needs to flourish for years to come. Thank you to everyone who made our success possible and provided this one of a kind experience for our BMS students.

Boxtops and Labels for Education

Thank you parents for sending in your cut Boxtops. Sixth grade won 15 minutes of extra recess for October, with a total of 490 box tops. Seventh grade sent in 276 and eighth grade collected 185. More importantly we are raising money to support our school. Please continue to send them in and stay tuned for the November totals….which grade will collect the most?

Fun Pasta Fundraiser raises $1,223.20!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Fun Pasta FUNdraiser!!! We really appreciate your support to the BMS PTO!

December School Dance – Friday, December 18th

Join us for the Winter Wonderland dance on Friday, December 18th from 3-5. Tickets are $3 and will be sold during lunch shifts on Tuesday, December 15, Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17th! Great dancing, fun in the gym, and friends will make this an event to remember! Adult volunteers are needed to make this event successful. If you can help, please email Lori Ropp at! What an awesome way to celebrate with friends before winter break!

PTO Meeting – Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – December meeting was cancelled

Our next meeting will be on the 27th of January 2016 beginning at 7:00 pm. The following one will be February 24th. Please join us in the Media Center to hear about what we’ve accomplished so far this year, what we have coming up and ways to get involved.

Contact information

Facebook page: Brunswick Middle PTO



Order your yearbook now!

This year's yearbook sale is online! Visit and enter school code 29301 to order your yearbook today! Each full color yearbook costs $20.00. Yearbooks will be delivered in June. You must order a yearbook by December 16th to be guaranteed a copy. Don't delay, order today!

From the Media Center

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