BCMS Bulldog Bulletin

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Tues. Feb.19 - Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night at BCMS 6:00-7:40 pm

-----------------Snow Date 2-20-19

Mon. Feb. 25 - 26th Anuual FCPS Technology Fair held at CTC 5 - 7 pm

Sun. Mar. 10 - Science Fair online registration due, Science Fair is Mar. 29 & 30

Tues. Mar. 12 - School Spring Pictures Taken 8 - 12 am

Tues. Mar. 19 - Family Health and Fitness Night

Fri. Apr. 12 - 3rd Annual 7th Grade Career Day

Tues. Apr. 16 - 8th Grade Panoramic Picture Taken during BEST

Sat. Apr.27 - BCMS Autism Awareness Run 8-11 am at BCMS

Tues. Apr. 30 - Summer Resource Fair

Families needing a sign language interpreter should contact Mrs. Gee at 240-236-5710 at least 10 days prior to the event.


School Office Hours

7:30 AM-3:30 PM

Announcements from Principal Beck

February 15, 2019

Nominations Needed

We are looking for nominations for substitute teacher, support teacher and distinguished teacher. Please see the links below about the recognitions. Please email me at jeneen.beck@fcps.org if you would like to nominate someone in our building.

Parent Night

We will be hosting a parent night for new Bulldog parents on Feb 19 at 6:00. This information has been shared with our feeder schools already. If you know families that have students joining us please remind them of this date. We look forward to meeting the parents of our future scholars.


We received feedback from our students about what they like and what they would like to see in our school during our recent home base lesson. We appreciated their honest feedback and will be working to ensure that we continue to make their middle school experiences rewarding and memorable.

Honor Roll

We had a great time mingling with parents and scholars in our school community who were earned honor roll semester one. We appreciate our musicians who performed and the families who were able to attend to celebrate with our scholars. The photo booth was loved by parents and students as well as their cake, cookies and stickers. I hope to see more students at the end of the year earning honor roll. We celebrated with over 150 students at each grade level. Congratulations to all of our scholars for working hard!

Box Tops for Education Update

Box Tops have 2 submission deadlines each year and we are approaching the March 1st deadline.

Please help us make a last minute push to get to at least $200! Please submit all box tops you have collected even if you only have one! The final pickup for the 3/1 deadline will be on 2/20 but please submit as soon as possible so I have time to count and bundle them all!

After you submit what you have please continue collecting and turning them in on a regular basis as we work towards the next deadline!

Thank you for your continued collection and support!

FCPS Survey Launched

Dear BCMS Parents & Guardians:

FCPS launched a survey on Thursday, January 24 to gather your perceptions about your child's school. Information about the survey was sent home with your child last week. The survey will close Friday, February 22. The survey can be accessed at this link


We also have a limited number of paper copies in the front office if you would like to complete a paper version. Parent/Guardian feedback is important to FCPS and the staff at Ballenger Creek Middle School as we continue our work building on strengths and striving to make improvements as a partner in your child's education. Please contact Mrs. Brdecka if you have any questions about the survey. Thank you!

Counseling Information

6th grade - Mrs. Megan Fitz-Marurice Megan.FitzMaurice @fcps.org

7th grade- Mrs. Rebecca Pierson Rebecca.Pierson@fcps.org

8th grade - Mr. David Ledyard David.Ledyard@fcps.org

Next year registration forms will be distributed to our current 6th and 7th graders this week and are due back to the counseling office by Friday, February 22nd.

The number to our counseling office is 301-236-6710 if you need to contact any of our counselors at at any time. Additionally, please use their emails to contact them directly.

Attending a School Outside Your Attendance Area

Dates for applying to attend a school outside the usual attendance area are January 2-March 1.*

FCPS will post the out-of-district application online on January 2 in the section For Families and Students at www.fcps.org.

Those needing assistance may call 240-236-2493 after January 2.

Schools projected to be over capacity in the coming school year are closed to out-of-district students. FCPS will post the list of restricted schools online in December.

For details, please see the updated Assignment and Transfer of Students Regulation 400-15:

*In the prior version of the regulation in place last year, the application window was April 1-May 31. In 2019, FCPS will post applications January 2, due by March 1.

Chrome Book 1 to 1

REMINDER: Chrome book forms and fees need to be submitted ASAP.

BCMS Attendance

Good attendance leads to success and boosts graduation. Our school goal is 96%.

Please remember to alert the front office (BallengerCreek.MS@fcps.org) if your child is sick and to send a letter when the child returns. Our goal is to have all students in school and on time.

Attendance Percentages

Dates: February 4 to 8


Grade 6 --- -95.99%

Grade 7 --- -95.31%

Grade 8 ----94.68%

Total ------- 95.32%


Grade 6 ----95.24%

Grade 7 ----97.47%

Grade 8 ----95.39%

Total -------96.03%


Grade 6 --- -94.89%

Grade 7 --- -96.75%

Grade 8 ----96.10%

Total -------95.92%


Grade 6 --- 95.26%

Grade 7 --- 97.83%

Grade 8 --- 95.04%

Total -------96.04%


Grade 6 --- 94.165%

Grade 7 --- 94.58%

Grade 8 --- 93.26%

Total ----- --94.00%

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Community Liaison Corner

Hello Families,

Looking for a way to save money on fruits and vegetables? Check out the YMCA’s Harvest Market Baskets available every Wednesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Bernard Brown Community Center. For $7 ($15 value compared to grocery stores), you can receive a variety of fruits and vegetables, even swapping out items your family does not eat for those they do. The YMCA accepts cash, credit, debit and SNAP/EBT for the baskets. The Bernard Brown Center is located at 629 N. Market St. For more information and see what produce will be available, please visit www.produceinasnap.com

Mark the following dates on your calendars! These two events will be here soon!

March 19th, we are hosting a Family Health and Fitness Night. This event will be fun evening where families can see and take part in activities to help us become active or keep us active. Shoot baskets with FCC’s Men Basketball Players and Tuscarora Girls JV Basketball Players. Try kickboxing with Kicks Karate and see how you can train at Frederick’s America Ninja Warriors Training Center: Jump, Climb, Extreme. FMH dietician, Emily Spear will be here to help us decipher the food label and Common Market will share healthy eating tips. See the flier in this newsletter for all the fun details!

April 30th, we will offer a Summer Resource Fair, highlighting student activities available for the summer. Enjoy a complimentary dinner provided by Olive Garden and see the various summer activities offered by FCC, Frederick County Public Library, YMCA, Parks and Rec, the Delaplaine Arts Center and many more.

Mrs. Moss

Community Liaison for BCMS


BCMS Presents: Family Health & Fitness Night

BCMS Presents:

Family Health & Fitness Night

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.

Join us for a Fun Evening!

· Shoot baskets with FCC’s Men Basketball Team and Tuscarora High’s Girls JV Team

· Frederick’s America Ninja Warrior Training Facility: Jump, Climb, Extreme will be here

· Join Kicks Karate for a Kick Boxing Demo

· See our BCMS “Steps” Team Perform

· 24/7 Dance Studio Demos

· Learn how to Decipher the Nutritional Label

· Discover Common Market and their Products

· Find Classes Available to get us moving from the YMCA, Frederick Parks & Recreation, Skate Frederick and Anytime Fitness

· Free Student Vision Screenings by the FSK Lion’s Club

Several Door Prizes including signed Basketballs!!

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade News

Please remember to charge your Chromebook at night before you come to school. Your Chromebook should be at 100% when you start period one. Also, please restock your pencils if you are running low or are out. It is essential to come to school ready to learn. Please let us know if your children need additional resources. Our community liaison has plenty of resources.


Additionally, teachers are in need of tissue donations. Please consider sending your child to school with a tissue donation to their Home base teacher.


Mr. Williams’s classes just finished activities to prepare students who are going to the Technology Fair.

Sixth grade Tech. Expo classes just finished the All Wound Up Car and eighth grade Problem Solving students just finished the Hovercraft Activity.

Four sixth graders and two eighth graders will be selected to represent BCMS at the County Tech. Fair!

Speaking of the Tech. Fair mark your calendars to attend the Technology Fair to cheer on Ballenger Creek's contestants and tour the many programs at the Career &Technology Center! Monday, February 25, 2019 at Career & Technology Center 7922 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21802 from 5-7 PM

Career Day will be April 12th. Stay tuned for more information

HAC Home Access Center (Grades Online)

Please remember to check your student's grades using the HAC button above. The link can also be found on the FCPS and BCMS web sites.

Language Arts Updates

In Language Arts classes, students just finished taking a Literary Analysis Benchmark Writing Assessment. These scores will be added to the Term 3 gradebook. Please contact your student’s LA teacher if you have any questions!

All students will be taking the PARCC Reading Assessment this Spring. To better prepare for this test, students are encouraged to go online and take practice tests:


Celebrate Digital Learning

Each year, Frederick County Public Schools and Frederick County Public Libraries host events across the county to mark Digital Learning Day – a nation-wide, annual event that demonstrates how technology can improve student learning. This year, Frederick County Public Libraries will host events throughout the week of February 25. Visit fcpl.org for complete details.

Unleash your inner engineer with your FCPL and FCPS librarians! Fun for the whole family with virtual reality, robots, 3D printing, and more at these events:

Brunswick: Wednesday, Feb. 27; 4:30 p.m.

C. Burr Artz: Wednesday, Feb. 27; 6:00 p.m.

Emmitsburg: Monday, Feb. 25; 4:30 p.m.

Middletown: Thursday, Feb. 28; 5:00 p.m.

Thurmont: Thursday, Feb. 28; 6:00 p.m.

Urbana: Monday, Feb. 25; 6:00 p.m.

Walkersville: Monday, Feb. 25; 6:30 p.m.

Celebrating Black History Month in the Media Center

February is Black History Month, a time when communities and schools give special attention to celebrating contributions of outstanding African Americans. This month the Media Center is showcasing great books in our collection for student to learn about and recognize the talents of some current exceptional black authors.

· Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacquline Woodson. Jacquline Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement with this touching and powerful book of poetry.

· Piecing Me Together by Rene Watson. Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

· One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

· Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down won a 2018 Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and Michael L. Printz Honor. It's a novel in free verse that tells the story of an African American teen boy at a crossroads. As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

· The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is trying to balance her suburban prep school life with the poor, black neighborhood where she lives when she witnesses her childhood best friend Khalil get shot and killed by a police officer. As tensions mount and her city erupts in protests, the only person who knows the truth of that night is Starr, and what she does or doesn't say can change everyone's lives forever.

· Rebound by Kwame Alexander. In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.

· Midnight without a Moon by Linda Jackson. Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

Autism Awareness 5K- Volunteers and Donations Needed Please!

A group of 8th grade students are working hard to plan and organize our annual 5k and 1 mile fun run. This year we are working to raise money for Autism Awareness. We will be holding our event April 27th from 8-11 am here at BCMS. There will be raffles, awards, a DJ, a bounce house and snacks provided to those who decide to participate. We are also looking for volunteers and donations to make sure that our event runs smoothly and so that we have funds to host another successful event and donate to the local Autism organization, called Autism Speaks. Every donation matters to help with Autism research, prevention and treatment. Please contact therese.smith@fcps.org for additional information.Thank you!


The 38th Annual Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair

March 29 and March 30, 2019 at Tuscarora High School

ENTRY DEADLINE: All projects must be registered online and ISEF forms submitted by Sunday, March 10, 2019 http://education.fcps.org/sciencesec/sciencefair
MORE INFORMATION: If you would like more information about developing a science fair project, please join the FCPS Science & Engineering Fair Google Classroom using the code: 4cwr33i or see Ms. Brown for more information.

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Yearbook News

Greetings BCMS Parents and friends!

It is time to start thinking about our 2018-2019 BCMS Yearbook and we need YOU! Have you been attending events and taking pictures but now need somewhere to send those pictures? Well look no further, you can upload them here! Below is the website and access code where you can upload your pictures for consideration in the yearbook. Thank you in advance for your photographic support!

Website: community.lifetouch.com

Access Code: MLYXIF

For any questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Early, BCMS Yearbook Advisor at Michelle.Early@fcps.org for more information.

Boys and Girls Club at BCMS

Parents/Guardians BCMS is proud to offer an on-site location for Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County. Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County (BGCFC) is a premier youth development program providing children with the highest quality of programming and opportunities for success. During Club hours, we teach members how to make appropriate choices in their physical, educational, personal, social, emotional, and vocational lives. We have a safe structured afterschool program schedule that includes an hour for members to complete their homework and educational studies. In addition, we provide intentional evidence based programming in the areas of Academic Success, Healthy Habits, and Character Development. The members are also fed a snack while they are in Club.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County is to enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, caring citizens. We provide a fun and safe place to learn and grow.

BCMS operational hours are 3:00-6:00 pm. The enrollment cost for BGCFC is $15 and then $35/month due on the first of the month. There are scholarships available. When BCMS is closed and our main location is open, Burck Street, your member can attend that location at no additional cost for the day. Ask Mr. Wayne for further information regarding those days.

If you are interested in joining our Club at BCMS please contact Mr. Wayne Toms at 301.600.1875 or email questions to waynet@bgcfc.org.

Welcome to the Ballenger Creek Middle School Health Room!

Frederick County Health Department / Frederick County Public Schools

Health room hours: 7:45am-3:15pm

Phone number: 240-236-5708

Registered Nurse: Rebbecca Montes, RN

Health Room Technician: Briony Hill, HRT

School Health Services in Frederick County Public Schools are delivered by the Frederick County Health Department, utilizing a cluster model of care. School nurses are Registered Nurses (RN) who serve as the leader of the school health team and oversee the health room in 2-3 schools. A dedicated Health Room Technician (HRT) is assigned to each school health room and carry out day to day operations.


Note to parents of student with food allergies -

Please assume at any school events, such as PBIS events and other celebrations, that food may be offered or consumed. Your child is welcome to bring their own snack to these events, if they do not feel comfortable, or are unable, to consume what is offered.