Community Newsletter- August 1, 2017

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Meet the ELITE!

We are so excited to introduce to our families, community, parents, and scholars 16 new ELITE staff at BCMS! While we all come from different backgrounds and have different stories, we ALL have common love for the middle level learner and for making an impact on the lives of our scholars! This is going to be the #BestYearYet!
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Welcome Mr. Abram Scott, our NEW Assistant Principal

Mr. Scott comes to us from serving students at Richmond Hill High School, Stateboro High School, and Julia P. Byrant Elementary. He is married with two beautiful girls and one baby girl arriving in December. He loves life! He especially loves developing young scholars to achieve greatness. A fun fact about Mr. Scott is he played Divison One football at Western Carolina......who knows that mascot??? :) He also has twelve-- yes TWELVE-- brothers and sisters. We are so ExExExCited to welcome Mr. Scott to the best middle school in the land!
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#BeBCMS adds a new class!

ExExExCiting news for our BCMS scholars! We have a new class called Reading Scholars that uses the amazing Read 180 Program! READ 180 is a dynamic, engaging, exciting reading program that is taught in a small group (no more than 18 scholars) in a three cycle rotation: independent, small group, whole group. We are very excited to have our ELITE Reading Specialist, Ms. Blaine Ennis, lead the charge as we take a deep dive into our Literacy and Reading skills to help foster and grow the love of reading across our entire campus!

Schedule Change Process

This year we will put in place a new process for schedule changes.

All schedule changes will be requested through a google form process. There will be NO schedule changes after the 10th day of classes, August 18th. If you have a question regarding Honors classes, you will need to contact Ms. Raeburn, Mr. Wright, or Mr. Scott. All decisions for Honors classes were based on 7 data points. You will be able to request a schedule change via the form process beginning at Open House. We will not honor schedule changes after the 10th day.

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Open House is Wednesday August 2 at 5:30! Come see us and meet the ELITE BCMS Staff!

Staff and Program Changes

We have a few other staff changes to announce!

  • Ms. Danielle Davis is moving from 6th grade Science to 8th grade Science!
  • Ms. Lauren Crosby is moving from Special Education to Physical Education!
  • Ms. Blaine Ennis is moving from 6th grade ELA to the leader of our new Read 180 class!
  • Ms. Katherine Ferreira is moving from our Intervention Specialist to our Instructional Lead Teacher!
  • Ms. Lindsay Lothridge is moving from MATH Connections to 7th grade Math!
  • We have changed our Instructional Technology class offering to Business and Computer skills. This will allow us to focus on digital citizenship, computer literacy, and instructional media.
  • Mr. Al Butler is moving from Physical Education to 7th grade Science-- and even got a brand new Science lab!
  • ALL Science classes will be taught in Science Labs this year!
  • Ms. Dana Mattos, our Instructional Technology Specialst, has created her space into a "Techie HUT"....make sure you check it out at Open House!

Coming Soon.......

  • Wednesday August 2- Open House! 5:30-7:00-
  • Thursday August 3rd 4:30- Softball at Portal
  • Monday August 7th- First day for Scholars! Drop off can begin at 7:50! Breakfast at 8:10. First bell at 8:20. Classes begin at 8:25~
  • August 18th-First ALL school PBIS Celebration- during WIN period
  • August 18th 8:00 AM-Local School Council Kick Off
  • August 28th- PTO and Family Engagment Cookout! Join Us for food and fun!

News from Ms. Raeburn

I am so ExExExCited to kick off the #BestYearYet. This summer has been full of planning and renovations and I can't wait to get our scholars through our door! I have lots of big goals for us at BCMS this year and it all starts with my partnership with our amazing families and community and the relationships with our schoalrs! Please, if you have a question or a concern, make an appointment to visit me, shoot me an email, or call my direct line at 912.255.0630. Together we will make this the #BESTYEARYET!

Ms. Liz Raeburn - Proud Principal

Mr. Keith Wright, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director

Mr. Abram Scott, Assistant Principal

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Our next newsletter....

We will begin our school cycle of #BeBCMS newsletters on Sunday August 6th. You will get a weekly #BeBCMS newletter each Sunday to keep you up to date with all the happenings of the best middle school in Georgia-- Bryan County Middle School!