All Things Bally

Published: October 20, 2019

Principals Message

The first quarter ended on October 16th. By contract, our staff has one week to input and finalize grades for the first quarter. After October 23rd we will print progress reports and mail them home. You should also be able to view grades in Infinite Campus. As a reminder, daily grades are kept in Canvas. Infinite Campus is used for quarter checkups and your child's final grades at the end of the year. Year-long course grades are not final until the end of the year. Semester course grades are not final until December. Quarter course grades are final at the quarter.

All of our core courses are year-long courses (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies). Students are building mastery throughout the year. The goal is that all students be at a 3 level by May in each of the priority standards evaluated throughout the year. It will be common for students to have 1's and 2's on standards in October.

4 = The student has mastered the standard and is now completing enrichment activities to deepen understanding of the standard. This may include extensive writing, research, and reading about the topic.

3 = The student has mastered all of the prerequisite skills necessary to understand the standard itself in depth AND has mastered all components of the standard.

2 = The student has independently mastered all of the prerequisite skills necessary to understand the standard itself but still requires support to understand all components of the standard.

1 = The student requires help to understand the prerequisite skills necessary to understand the standard.

0 = Typically means a student is not putting forth the required effort even with help to understand prerequisite skills leading to mastery of standards. This is VERY rare in our school. Our kids, as a collective unit and as individuals, work extraordinarily hard and are diligent in completing the assigned work so that they can make adequate progress day to day.

Erika Bowles

James Demetrakis

This Week's Events

Monday: Drama Club after school until 4:30, basketball tryouts continue

Tuesday: Archery Practice, Basketball Tryouts, Volleyball Banquet

Wednesday: Spirit Club Drama Club, SBDM at 5pm, Academic Team matches at Ockerman at 4, Basketball tryouts

Thursday: Archery Practice, Art Club, Academic Team Practice, Council of Councils Meeting at 6pm at Rush

Friday: Forensics Team Practice, Basketball, Sign Language Club, Halloween Dance from 7-9

Ballyshannon SEL, Counseling, and Guidance

CLICK HERE to learn more about the programs Mrs. Palmer and Mrs. Steinbrunner organize for our kids.

Info From Our Teachers

6th Grade Newsletter for October--Click here!

7th Grade Newsletter for October...see attachment below.

8th Grade Newsletter for October--Click here!

Info from our PTSA

Friday, October 25th - Halloween Dance sponsored by Cheerleaders from 7-9

Friday, November 1st - 2nd Annual Ballyshannon Color Run--start collecting your pledges now. We also need volunteers. Sign up here:

The Colorful Fun Run is November 1st!!

What is a colorful fun run?

A) Time to get outdoors during the day with our friends and have a great time.

B) A way to raise money for our school AND have fun at the same time.

C) A safer way to have a color run. No powder this time...but we have a colorful surprise.

D) A way to earn some great incentives.

E) All of the above

The answer is E! All of the above. Check out the attachments below for donation sheets, incentive lists, and information.

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We do allow our kids to dress up on Halloween in costume. That said, they do need to stay in dress code and the costumes cannot be gory, too provocative, advertise items that middle school students should not consume, etc. If your child has an idea for a costume and you think it might be a problem, have them come see me (Bowles). We'll chat about the appropriateness of their idea for the school setting and in most cases can make a few minor adjustments to allow them to express their creativity within the confines of the dress code.


Please, please, please. Please. Keep the candy at home this year. Last year on November 1st I thought we opened our own candy factory at school. It was like "locker trick or treat day". Not this year. I especially need you to keep all of the peanut and peanut butter candy out of the school. Thanks so much!

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School Hours

Doors open: 7:00am (students report to gym or cafe)

Breakfast: 7:00-7:30am

Tardy Bell: 7:35am (students must be in their 1st period classroom)

Buses, Walkers, Bike Riders dismiss: 2:35pm

Car Riders dismiss: 2:40pm