December 2020

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Hello BPMS Families,

We are full steam ahead at The Hive as we move into these final instructional weeks of 2020. As shared in an earlier Connect Ed message, we will implement two Academic Weeks this marking period, with the first being December 14-18. During this time we will pause on holding clubs and instead teachers will hold Office Hours for academic assistance. Details are listed below. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this time if needed.

Happy holidays to everyone!

Take care and stay safe!

Mrs. Shakan




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UNITY DAY – Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Wednesday, December 9th is our second Unity Day of the 2020-2021 school year!

The theme of this Unity Day is DIVERSITY. We honor, respect and value our DIVERSITY here at BPMS! On December 9th, we encourage everyone to wear orange to show that we are united in KINDNESS, ACCEPTANCE, and INCLUSION. There will also be a special lesson about DIVERSITY during Building Community. We look forward to seeing lots of ORANGE as we celebrate our amazing DIVERSITY!


  • Interims will be released to the Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please use the link below to create an account.
  • Schools will be closed from December 24, 2020 to January 1, 2021 for Winter Break.
  • Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri school hours: 8:30am-2:50pm
  • Wed school hours: 8:30am-10:35am
  • Note Encore schedule change this year: 8th grade attends 1st & 2nd periods, 7th grade remains the same during 3rd and 4th, 6th grade attends 5th and 6th periods.


Directions for registering for and accessing your Parent Portal account are found on the AACPS Student-Parent Portal Webpage and are also linked below. If you are creating an account for the first time, please call the school at 410-636-2967 to get the user ID and access code for your child. (This is not the same code they use for instruction daily).

We hope you find Parent Portal to be a user friendly tool for monitoring progress as we approach mid-marking period and throughout the school year.

A message from the School Counseling Department…

Now that we are a few weeks into the 2nd marking period, stay on top of your grades and finish off 2020 strong academically!

Virtual Homework Help and Tutoring

  • AACPS is providing middle and high School evening Virtual Homework Help and Tutoring for targeted subjects in Math, English, Social Studies, Science, World Languages, AVID and ESOL
  • Virtual Homework Help will be a drop-in Google Meet environment while Tutoring is an appointment-driven small group setting. These sessions are run simultaneously.

Virtual homework Help and Tutoring is Not:

  • One on one exclusive tutoring for an entire hour
  • A system designed to provide feedback or follow-up after the session
  • Designed to address specific student IEP or 504 accommodations

*** Remember the first and best way to get the help you need is to attend all FLEX periods and make an appointment with your teacher for Office Hours. ***

Contact your grade level School Counselor with any questions or concerns:

Ms. Falzarine 6th Grade – afalzarine@aacps.org GV -301-892-6569

Mrs. Santiago- Fecht 7th Grade – bsantiagofecht@aacps.org GV 786-322-6121

Mrs. Grandy 8th Grade – tgrandy@aacps.org GV (302) 314-3874

BPMS Updates

The recent week-long cancellation of clubs to instead offer Office Hours was a beneficial use of time for many students. Thus, we have decided to permanently build this time into our virtual school schedule. Instead of one, we will offer two weeks during the marking period with one happening halfway and the second at the end of the marking period. These weeks will be titled, ‘Academic Weeks.’

Students will be expected to turn in all work for the first half of the marking period by the end of Academic Week 1, December 18th.

Additionally, updates were made to all syllabi and each individual syllabus can be found at this link: https://sites.google.com/aacps.org/thehive/the-hive#h.3vcbwh75gw5q.

Details: Teachers shall assign a minimum grade of 55% to assignments or assessments for which the student made a good faith effort, as determined by the teacher, to meet the basic requirements. If a student does no work on an assignment or assessment, the teacher shall assign a failing grade of 50%.

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iReady Math Homework Scale

  • Students are expected to work on their Math i-Ready for a minimum of 10 minutes per night to a maximum of 15 minutes per night.
  • To earn full credit for their weekly math homework, students are expected to work a minimum of 50 minutes on their Math i-Ready.
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Click the link below to see the new links for Clubs.
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2020-2021 BPMS Yearbook

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North County High School Student Government Association is pleased to announce our first ever, “Stuff-A-Bus” event to benefit the Caring Cupboard in Pasadena, Maryland.

As COVID-19 has caused our schools to close, the SGA decided to create an event that would allow students to help other students in the community. We also understand that food insecurity is a priority in our school community.

This event will take place on Saturday, December 5th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the parking lot of North County High School. All items donated will be delivered directly to the Caring Cupboard at the conclusion of the event. Suggested items include: soups, pasta, spaghetti sauce, fruit cups, snacks, fruit snacks, apple sauce, breakfast foods, granola bars. We will also accept hygiene items to include: laundry detergent, tissue/toilet paper, cleaners, and paper towels.

COVID guidelines will be strictly followed and drop offs will remain contactless, you do not need to exit your vehicle to drop your food off at the bus!

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The most awesome icon on your student's ClassLink page is the one for Mackinvia!

MackinVia is an online collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, databases, and more! Students simply login to ClassLink, click on [MackinVIA] and suddenly, students have access to over 1,700 digital resources for their academic needs or personal interests.

Learn more about it (and how to login) on the Library T.A.L.E. website. Remember: reading 20 minutes a day at home will expose your learner to 1.8 million words per year.

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PTA Virtual Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 2313 4207 Passcode: bees


BPMS Student Schedules

Schedules customized to BPMS are available to download and print. See tabs at bottom of sheet for each grade level.


Attendance Note

If your student will be absent from virtual school day, please click on the link to submit the Google Document.

Tutoring Available

Parents/Guardians who have students that are struggling with classes - Tutoring is available check it out:

School Psychology Virtual Office

Please feel free to visit the School Psychology Virtual Office for a variety of information and resources for our BPMS students, parents, and staff! If anyone finds that their student is really struggling and could use a check-in, my contact information is here too!

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Use the links below to submit questions you have and second link to find the answers. Administrators and School Counselors will check it daily.
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