Community Newsletter: Kicking off our #BestYearYet

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What a Week!

Week Seven is in the books! It was a VERY busy and VERY elite week at BCMS!

We had home tennis, football, softball, Title 1 Information night, a pep assembly, and a DANCE! Don't worry if you weren't able to come to the dance because of athletics....our NEXT Homecoming Dance will be the Friday in the week of Homecoming! Stay tuned for more details!

I was exceptionally proud of the behavior of all our scholars all week! They truly demonstrated the #BeBCMS PBIS expectations in everything they did! #ProudPrincipal

One new practice that we want to begin is setting a cut-off time for student check out. We are asking that parents and families do not sign out or pick up their children after 3:00. It is very difficult for us to manage the end of the day business and find students that close to dismissal. We realize sometimes this is unavoidable, but we ask that you do your best to honor this! Call the front office with questions!

Please make sure that you are signed up for my REMIND, as well as the grade level REMINDS so you don't miss a beat! We are about to get into the busy time of fall with school pictures, games, dances, and activities at school! You definitely want to be in the know at #BeBCMS!

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#CelebrateMonday- MAP testing continues last day, Tennis AWAY, Softball Home,

#TerrificTuesday- Black and RED Spirit day, Softball HOME


#ThankfulThursday- School Board Meeting , Football AWAY, Tennis AWAY

#FocusFriday- Kona Ice Day, Scholars of the Month August Pizza Party, Scholars of the Month September Announced, Softball Home

Dates to keep in mind:

Homecoming week is October 9th- 13th...we will be participating in Bryan County High School Spirit Days!

Chicken Q is November 4th


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Georgia Milestone Reports

If you have questions about the information on those reports, please call us at BCMS. You can also click the link below for a Parents Guide created by the Georgia DOE.


Kona Ice This Friday!

We are pumped to have Kona Ice on campus Friday! Please bring your plastic cups if you have one for a discounted price!

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School Pictures are Monday October 9th!

Map Testing- Continues!

Map Testing continues

Scholars will be using their ELA MAP Reading RIT Score to set goals for themselves in WIN time on Monday! Please look for MAP reports to come home as soon as we wrap up testing.

MAP testing is a great way for our scholars to show how much they have grown and an awesome way for us as teachers to use this data in our planning and lesson designs. MAP tests are designed to measure growth over time, so that makes them very different than our "state tests" known as Georgia Milestones. MAP tests give you tons of great information in regards to achievement at this moment. Here is a great article to read that will give you more information in regards to MAP testing.


We will test our scholars three times a year in the areas of Reading, Math, and Language Usage. These scores will help us determine growth, mastery, lesson designs, and class choices. We will send home reports with scholars once we have concluded the testing.

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Notes from Ms. Raeburn

Here we go again! Week Eight and my favorite day of the week! We had such a busy week last week, I am excited to get into each classroom everyday! Last week, my Cookie Chats featured all scholars who were new to BCMS! It was an awesome time to talk about what makes BCMS ELITE and what are some things we need to work on!

I have had lots of great parent conversations about our grades and progress reports. I have put together some information that you may find helpful as you read your child's progress report. There are still 2 full weeks left before the end of the quarter. Make sure you are asking your child questions regarding what they are doing in classes (the answer is NEVER nothing!) and please email me and the teacher if you have questions!

Read below for more detailed information on our grades:

What is the purpose of grading?

  1. To provide feedback to improve student and teacher performance

What is a summative assessment?

The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark.

Summative assessments are often high stakes, which means that they have a high point value. Examples of summative assessments include:

  • a midterm exam

  • a final project

  • a paper

  • a senior recital

Information from summative assessments can be used formatively when students or faculty use it to guide their efforts and activities in subsequent courses.

If you have questions about your child's progress report, please contact the teacher of the class. If you still have questions, I will be happy to sit down and walk you through our PowerSchool reports. If you need PowerSchool access, please come up and see Miss Shelby and she will help you!

Thank you for being proactive and for supporting our school and our passion work! I am proud to be your principal and would love to hear from you! If you have a concern or a comment, please do not hesitate to email or call me: eraeburn@bryan.k12.ga.us or 912-626-5050 or 912.255.0630.

Thank you for your partnership and commitment to making #BeBCMS the best middle school on the planet!

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PTO update!

Thank you for our ELITE PTO turn-out!

Congratulations to our President, Lauren Williams

Congratulations to our Vice-President, Becky Covington

Congratulations to our Treasurer, Melody Nelson

Congratulations to our Secretary, Keisha Gusman

We are so grateful to have a strong PTO!

Our next meeting is: October 16th at 5:00 pm

We will be getting ready to kick off our first fundraiser-- a BOO gram!

Whatever I Need!

WIN period is an elite time for our scholars to work on goal setting, grade checking, acceleration of curriculum, and enrichment.

All students were assigned their club choice on Friday! They will have their first official CLUB session Friday!

The current WIN Schedule looks like this:

Monday- Goal setting and Grade Checking- Goals are set based on Reading RIT MAP scores

Tuesday- Enrichment and Remediation Rotations begin!

Wednesday- Enrichment/Remediation/Kindness Rotations

Thursday- Enrichment/Remediation/Kindness Rotations

Friday- Clubs !

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Spirit Wear!

Our TRIBE shop is taking pre-orders for our ELITE new spirit wear! We are so excited to offer awesome BRYAN COUNTY proud tees, cups, and other BC Proud gear! Please contact Miss Shelby or Mrs. Crosby to place your order!

Also, mark your calendar for the Bryan County Athletic Booster Clubs "CHICKEN-Q" on November 4th! More details coming!

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The only limits are self-imposed and Sarah has none! Sarah is an ELITE example of what it means to be a #BeBCMS Scholar! I am proud of her daily hard work and determination!

Ms. Liz Raeburn, Proud Principal, Bryan County Middle School

Mr. Keith Wright, Assistant Principal and Director of Athletics

Mr. Abram Scott, Assistant Principal