Bay Creek Beat

March 22, 2016

Greetings Parents!

Can you visualize your child graduating from high school? We can! Earlier this year, each student had their picture taken in a cap and gown while holding a sign that read “Class of 20__”, and the last two digits are the year your child will graduate high school. Parents can purchase the print of their child’s picture through My Payments Plus, It is listed as “BCMS Photo Fundraiser – Graduation Year Photos.” Each picture is only $5! These would make a great gift for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

It is also the time of year when the PTSA is looking for a few new board members. We have several positions that need filled on our PTSA board for next year. If you are looking for a way to help cultivate community at Bay Creek, this is the perfect opportunity for you! If you are interested in serving on the PTSA board, please email Jill Henning at:, our PTSA president for more information. The PTSA is a fabulous organization that has done so much for our school and continues to help build a strong community here at Bay Creek. Your service on PTSA is a great way to show your children how much you value building strong ties in your community and with our school. We also have a lot of fun working together!

Spring break is just around the corner, and that means the Georgia State Milestones assessments are not too far off either. This year the PTSA is sponsoring a special treat for students who have perfect attendance during Milestones. Please put the dates below on your calendar so you can plan ahead to have your child at school each day for testing. You’ll notice that testing is spread out over two weeks so students do not get too overwhelmed with taking tests day after day. Testing will occur each morning listed below from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Student attendance is also a Big Board Event! The grade with the best attendance rate on testing days will earn their grade level 5 points towards the next big board celebration!

  • APRIL 18: English Language Arts Sections 1 and 2
  • APRIL 19: English Language Arts Section 3
  • APRIL 21: Math
  • APRIL 25: Scienc
  • APRIL 27: Social Studies

Dates for your Calendar

1. Mini-Relay: March 31st during connections—tickets are $5.00 to participate and all concessions during the mini-relay will be $1.

2. Spring Break

a. April 1, 2016 – April 8th, 2016

3. Fine Arts Night: Last year we held our first Fine Arts Night, and we have the date for this year’s Fine Arts Night set for April 14, 2016 at 6:30pm. Student art work will be on display in a gallery set up and we will have several performances from our band, chorus, orchestra, and guitar programs. This event is sure to be another great community event! Mark your calendars and plan to come and enjoy our world-class arts programs.

4. 8th Grade Dance: May 13, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

7th Grade: Ms. Debbie Trevino, Assistant Principal

  • Tomorrow, 170 of our 7th grade students will be leaving for their overnight field trip to Rock Eagle! I know they are going to have a fabulous time and will be engaged in active learning and application of their knowledge.

8th Grade: Ms. Heather Young, Assistant Principal

  • 8th Grade Day Tickets (5/19) are on sale now through MPP.
  • 8th Grade Awards is May 20 at 2:30pm in the BCMS Gym – all parents are invited to attend

Connections: Ms. Heather Young, Assistant Principal

  • Chorus LGPE Results:
    6th Grade Chorus - Superior (1) in Performance & Sight-Reading
    7th/8th Mixed Chorus - Superior (1) in Performance & Sight-Reading
    7th/8th Treble Chorus - Superior (1) in Performance & Sight-Reading

    In addition, 8th grade chorus members have achieved a Superior at LGPE in Performance & Sight-Reading every year since 6th grade. For many of them, this represents 5 superiors during their time in BCMS Chorus.

  • Band LGPE Results:
    6th Grade Band - Excellent in Performance and Superior in sight-reading
    7th Grade Band - Excellent in Performance and Superior in sight-reading
    8th Grade Band - Excellent in Performance and Superior in sight-reading

Counselor’s Corner: Ms. Kelly Paurowski, 6th grade; Ms. Rebecca Lisska, 7th grade; Ms. Felecia Sheard, 8th grade

“How do you know if a child needs encouragement?

If he or she is breathing.”

--S. Truett Cathy

Technology: Ms. Danise Edgecombe, Technology Coordinator

Retrieved: Common Sense Media

I hear this question from parents frequently "What's the right age to get my kid a cell phone?" Hopefully, the article provided below will help you with your decision.

When you hand your children cell phones, you're giving them powerful communication

and media-production tools. They can create text, images, and videos that can be widely

distributed and uploaded to websites instantly.

If you think your kids' technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. You may need to say, "No, not yet." But if you think they might be ready, their ages aren't as important as their maturity level, ability to follow your (and their schools') rules, and their sense of responsibility.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Do your kids show a sense of responsibility, such as letting you know when they leave the house? Do they show up when they say they will?
  • Do your kids tend to lose things, such as backpacks or homework folders? If so, expect they might lose an (expensive!) phone, too.
  • Do your kids need to be in touch for safety reasons?
  • Would having easy access to friends benefit them for social reasons?
  • Do you think they'll use cell phones responsibly -- for example, not texting during class or disturbing others with their phone conversations?
  • Can they adhere to limits you set for minutes talked and apps downloaded?
  • Will they use text, photo, and video functions responsibly and not to embarrass or harass others?

Media: Ms. Donna Ahlrich, Media Specialist

Did you know that more than 11,300 books have been banned or challenged since 1982? Come see our display of "You can't read these banned/challenged books". We are displaying the books in our collection that have made it to the challenged/banned books list, and yes, your student can check them out. It's fun to watch the kid's reactions when they see the books and then read why the books have been challenged. Some of the books on display are Black Beauty, Captain Underpants, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Harry Potter. And it's even better, when these same kids then turn around and check them out.

Displayed on the top shelves in are over 100 books on Careers. The counselors are doing a great job with their Career Cruising. Inquire what your child wants to do in the future and then encourage him/her to check out book in the media center to learn more about that career.

And last but not least, the Relay for Life auction items are starting to appear in the Media Center. Come see the beautiful BCMS quilt made of BCMS themed t-shirts. It's hanging off the tall shelves as you walk in - you can't miss it. Be sure to participate in our silent auction during our Fine Arts night on April 14th. Help BCMS fight cancer!

Bay Creek Communication Tools

If you are looking for ways to locate updates and upcoming events at Bay Creek, there are several different ways we communicate with parents. Please refer to the list below. As the district has moved to the eCLASS platform, teachers no longer have individual webpages. Parental access to eClass is not yet available; therefore we encourage parents to log into their child’s eCLASS page and review homework and upcoming classroom assignments.

a. The Bay Creek Beat – a weekly newsletter sent out via email, you can sign up to receive the Bay Creek Beat on our school webpage.

b. The Bay Creek Webpage:

c. Like our Facebook page:

d. Download the Connect 2 Grayson App for your iPhone or Android device.


Dr. Maggie Fehrman


Bay Creek Middle School

Bay Creek Middle School

821 Cooper Road . Grayson . GA 30017