Coleman Longhorn News
May 9, 2016
Dates and Calendars
-5/27/16-No School ( Staff Professional Development)
-5/31/16- 6th grade and 7th grade BCMS Fun Day
-6/1/16- 8th grade BCMS Fun Day
-6/2/16-BCMS Staff vs Students and Grade Level vs Grade Level Basketball games
Save the Date 2016-2017
Schedule Pick –Up and ID Badges made
Aug. 1 - 7th (8:00 Am to 11:00 AM) (3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
Aug. 2 – 8th Grade (8:00 AM to 11:00 PM) (3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
Meet the Teacher /Open House
August 18, 2016 6:00 pm to 8:00 PM
Teacher of the Year 2015-2016
STAAR Assessment Dates (Please Plan Accordingly)
We will have a closed campus the week of STAAR. No visitors will be allowed.
May 3rd STAAR Algebra I EOC
- Scores for all EOC Assessment will be reported to districts on June 3rd
May 10th STAAR Grade 3-8 Reading
May 11th STAAR Grade 8 Science
May 12th STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies
- Scores for Grade 8 -2nd Administration will be reported to districts on/about May 31st
- Scores for Grade 3-8 STAAR will be reported to Districts on or about June 15th
Child Nutrition ( Please Read)
Any food provided to students outside of the Child Nutrition department can be considered as competition. Lunches provided by a parent to their own students are allowable during serving times. Lunches provided by a parent to another student is not allowable.
Description of outside food
Fast food, snacks items, sweeties, homemade meals and beverages.
Last day to pre-order a meal for June 3 will be May 24. Please place your order with the cafeteria staff.
BCMS Student Shout Outs!!!
Congratulations to the BCMS 6th Grade Band on a job well done at Sandy Lake. The band received a 1st Division ( superior rating) and worked extremely hard!
BCMS had 5 students place in the Region 20 Honor Choir this past weekend at the auditions.
In 6th Grade: Krystal K. earned 7th chair and Miriam G. earned 6th chair.
In 8th Grade: Destinee K. placed 16th, Makalya E. placed 7th, and Vuyiswa S. earned 1st chair.
These five students will be singing in the Region 20 Choir on Saturday, January 30th at Duncanville High School around 4:00pm. It is a free concert and you are welcome to be there in support of these students.
Our very own Varsity Women's Choir performed in the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Competition and earned a straight Sweepstakes. All 6 judges gave us the highest rating of Superior. These 11 girls worked so hard and sang beautifully and I am extremely proud of them. Member that participated were:
Yamayah A. , Stephannie G., Rommie O., Lora R., Vu S., Tamara R., Jasmine J., Destinee K., Makayla E., Jasmine O., and Leilani N.
The Coleman STEAM Works robotics team, consisting of Carah A. and Ayzlin S. , took home 2nd place in the Intermediate Inventions category, They will be advancing to the state competition in April.
Congratulations to the 7th Grade A team Boys and the 8th Grade A team Girls on winning the District Basketball Tournament.
BCMS Athletic News
Coleman MS will be hosting it's First Annual All Sports Banquet on May 12, 2016 at 7pm. We are excited to celebrate your student-athlete and their accomplishments. During the banquet each athlete will be recognized, dinner will be served, and we will speakers on hand to share their wisdom. Our speakers will range from coaches to professional athletes.
In order to make this possible, each student-athlete is being asked to sell 3 raffle tickets which are priced at 5.00 each. Family and friends are encouraged to attend, and tickets will be 10.00 each. A student-athletes will attend at no cost.
Your child will be sent home on Tuesday, March 1st with 3 tickets and an explanation letter. All funds for the raffle tickets, additional raffle tickets, and banquet tickets can be turned in/purchased each Friday morning in April from you 7a-7:40 in the cafeteria.
A prize will be given to the student-athlete boy and girl who sell the most raffle tickets as well, with 10 as a minimum for consideration.
If you have any additional questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited about this awesome event. Let's make a great new tradition for Coleman!
Coleman MS PTA
Athletic Banquet Committee
Coleman Athletic Department
Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. Two state laws, one dealing with compulsory attendance, the other with attendance for course credit, are of special interest to students and parents. They are discussed below. Excuses for absences, including MD notices, must be turned into the office within 3 days of the absence, otherwise it will be counted as unexcused.
State law requires that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school, as well as any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session, unless the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt. A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18th birthday is required to attend each school day. If a student 18 or older has more than five unexcused absences in a semester, however, the district may revoke the student’s enrollment. The student’s presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered trespassing. State law requires attendance in an accelerated reading instruction program when kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students are assigned to such a program. Parents will be notified in writing if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading instruction program as a result of the reading diagnosis test. School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A student absent without permission from school; from any class; from required special programs, such as additional special instruction (termed “accelerated instruction” by the state) assigned by a grade placement committee and basic skills for ninth graders; or from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action. A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or her parents if a school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the parent may be filed in court if the student [See FEA (LEGAL)]:
• Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, or
• Is absent on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period.
For a student younger than 12 years of age, the student’s parent could be charged with a criminal offense based on the student’s failure to attend school. If a student between the ages of 12 and 18 violates the compulsory attendance law, both the parent and student could be charged with a criminal offense.
Yearbook and Sports Highlight Book
Attention Parents and Students
Yearbooks are in!! The BCMS Yearbook is $30 and the athletic book will be on sale for $20. Please see Mr. Collins to purchase your selection ( Cash or Money Order only)
If you have any questions about the athletic highlight book or Campus Yearbook, please contact Mr. Collins at Alvin.Collins@chisd.net
Very Important information
-We still have a limited amount of School Spirit Shirts available for purchase. The shirts are only $10 each
-We are looking for volunteers, males or females, that would like to assist with various duties on campus. Please see Mr. Miller for details.
-Calling ALL Dads... We want 1 hour per month from Every Dad of a student at BCMS.
Dance Dates for the remainder of the year
This list can increase or decrease as needed....
No behavioral issues from April 7-Day of the dance
No ISS Placement for major offences
No Out of School Suspensions
All Dances are 3:00 Dollars and are from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Only BCMS Students can attend
DJ Legend in the Mix
PTA will have concessions for sale!
Coleman MS T-shirts are still available, and can be used for the upcoming school year as well. Please email PTA at email@example.com if you would like to purchase a shirt or hoodie.
PTA will need volunteers for upcoming activities, if you have not joined the volunteer list, please do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming events that volunteers will be needed are listed below and noted with an asterisk.
PTA is proud to announce that we have earned the Early Bird Membership Award thanks to you awesome Coleman families! We are also being considered for the Student Membership Award, Student Involvement Award, and the Golden Apple Award! Thank you for all that you do!
Coleman PTA Executive Board Members Needed for 2016-2017:
The Board will have open positions for the upcoming school year. All parents are encouraged to become a part of the awesome Board! Don’t hesitate by thinking that it takes a lot of time, or that you aren’t qualified, because you are. A list of positions that are available are listed below. Votes will be made at the April General Board Meeting, and new Board Members will be sworn in May. If you have any questions please email us at email@example.com
**May 21-8th Grade Prom
**May 31-8th Grade Graduation
8Th Grade Parents Only
Attention Class of 2020 parents. Bessie Coleman's 8th Grade committee has planned the 8th grade celebration activites for this school year. The activity fees will be $75, which can be made in 3 payments. Your fees include access to: The 8th Grade Lock-in, Prom, Six Flags, Graduation & Class t-shirt.
Payments can still be made , but you must contact the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please complete the attached form and send with your student. Bessie Coleman 8th Grade Class Contract-1.pdf
There will be a fundraising opportunity for every 8th grader. If you are interested email us at email@example.com
The district makes school bus transportation available to all students living two or
more miles from school. This service is provided at no cost to students. Bus
routes and any subsequent changes are posted at the school. Further
information may be obtained by calling Dallas County Schools Transportation at
Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring that buses remain in
good condition and that transportation is provided safely. When riding in district
vehicles, students are held to behavioral standards established in this handbook
and the Student Code of Conduct. Students must:
-Follow the driver’s directions at all times.
-Enter and leave the bus or van in an orderly manner at the designated stop
-Keep feet, books, instrument cases, and other objects out of the aisle.
-Not deface the bus, van, or its equipment.
-Not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object out of
the window, or throw objects within or out of the bus or van.
-Not possess or use any form of tobacco on school buses.
-Observe all usual classroom rules.
-Be seated while the vehicle is moving.
-Wait for the driver’s signal upon leaving the bus or van and before crossing
in front of the vehicle.
Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct;
bus-riding privileges may be suspended.
Parental Involvement and Volunteers
We offer two exciting program for parent to be involved in the educational process at Bessie Coleman Middle School.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA): A parent-teacher association or parent-teacher-student association is a formal organization composed of parents, teachers and staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in a school. For more information or to join please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
BCMS All Pro Dads: All Pro Dads is an exciting new alliance of dads and dad-like positive influences of our great students throughout the Cedar Hill ISD. CHISD All Pro Dads is an opportunity for male role models to connect with other men who are committed to the success of their child or children. These men not only positively influence their sons or daughters but their presence directly impacts other students as well. We are looking for Campus Greeters, Grade Level Leaders, and Volunteers. We don't want your money, we want your time! For more information contact Mr. Ken Feaster BCMS Campus Leader- email@example.com
Cedar Hill ISD is proud of our partnerships with individuals, parents, and community organizations which provide assistance for District programs. Opportunities to volunteer include, but are not limited to, parent volunteering, general campus assistance, morning greeters, volunteer tutors, special event helpers, campus chaperones, district vendors, mentors, PTA and All Pro Dads.
Click Here to apply to be a District Volunteer.
Any 2015-2016 District Volunteer Applications submitted prior to August 1, 2015 are not valid for the 2015-2016 School Year. All applications submitted prior to the date listed must be re-submitted.
For assistance with completing the District Volunteer Application Process, please contact the Human Resources Clerk at (972) 291-1581 Ext. 4035.
School Times and Tardy- Detention
Students arriving after 7:30 AM are considered late.
We will not call for students between the hours of 2:45 PM and 3:00 PM.
To assist in reminding students to get to class on time we will implement a weekly Friday detention for any student with 4 or more tardies at school…This includes arriving late and tardies throughout the day…Students you are expected to get to class on time.
Friday Detention will be from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM...No transportation will be provided and students are expected to vacate the campus or be picked up immediately at 5:00 PM.
Help us Help You! Keep our Kids Safe!
- In the morning two lanes will be used for drop off only. Please help us keep your student safe, by not dropping your child off in the middle or left lane. Do Not Drop off between cars or from a parking space.
- In the afternoon the far left lane and the far right lane will be used for pick-up. Pull to either the far left or far right curb for your student to load cars.
Ultimately our goal is to keep your kid safe!
We have made adjustments to our lunch schedule to give students more time to eat:
A lunch -10:16-10:51
B lunch -10:55 -11:30
C lunch -11:34-12:09
Students are not allowed to take items out of the cafeteria after lunch, other than water bottles. Please only provide your student with small personal snacks. Large bags of chips or cookies (Shareable items ) are not allowed and will be confiscated if seen
From the Desk of Mr. Miller
Social Media- Parents Beware
For kids and teens, social media is an essential part of their lives, much the way telephones were important to us at their age.
About 90% of teens have used some form of social media and 75% have a profile on a social networking site, experts say. More than half of all American teens visit social networking sites every day. These numbers are way up from just a few years ago, and there's almost no chance of them ever coming down again.
There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many potential dangers and things that you want your kids and teens to avoid. They don't always make the smartest choices when they post something to a site like Facebook or YouTube, and sometimes this can lead to problems.
So it's important for parents to teach their kids how to use social media wisely.
Over the last week, i have heard parents say, " My Kid doesn't have Social Media!". My response is often, " That you know of." If you, the parent, are not monitoring/regulating your child's social media account you are many times creating problems at school that could be easily solved at home. With smartphones so readily accessible, students are walking around with mini-computers in their pocket.
The 10 most Dangerous Apps for teens are the following:
1. Tinder: An app that is used for hooking-up and dating. Users can rate profiles and find potential hook-ups via GPS location tracking. 450 million profiles are rated every day! The good news is, this app pulls information from user’s Facebook profiles, so it is more authenticated than other apps.
Problem: It is easy for adults and minors to find one another. Also, due to the rating system, it is often used for cyber-bullying, because a group of kids can target another kid and purposefully make his/her rating go down.
2. Snapchat: This app allows a user to send photos and videos to anyone on his/her friend list. The sender can determine how long the receiver can view the image and then the image “destructs” after the allotted time.
Problem: It is the #1 app used for sexting, mostly because people think it is the safer way to sext. However, the “snaps” can easily be recovered and the receiver can take a screen shot and share it with others. Also, a lot of images from Snapchat get posted to revenge porn sites, called “snap porn.”
3. Blendr: A flirting app used to meet new people through GPS location services. You can send messages, photos, videos, rate the hotness of other users, etc.
Problem: There are no authentication requirements, so sexual predators can contact minors, minors can meet up with adults. And again, the sexting.
4. Kik Messenger: An instant messaging app with over 100 million users that allows users to exchange videos, pics and sketches. Users can also send YouTube videos and create memes and digital gifs.
Problem: Kids using the app for sexting and sending nude selfies through the app is common. The term “sext buddy” is being replaced with “Kik buddy.” Kids use Reddit and other forum sites to place classified ads for sex by giving out their Kik usernames. Also, Kik does not offer any parental controls and there is no way of authenticating users, thus making it easy for sexual predators to use the app to interact with minors.
5. Whisper: Whisper is an anonymous confession app. It allows users to superimpose text over a picture in order to share their thoughts and feelings anonymously. However, you post anonymously, but it displays the area you are posting from. You can also search for users posting within a mile from you.
Problem: Due to the anonymity, kids are posting pics of other kids with derogatory text superimposed on the image. Also, users do not have to register to use Whisper and can use the app to communicate with other users nearby through GPS. A quick look at the app and you can see that online relationships are forming through the use of this app, but you never know the person behind the computer or phone. Sexual predators also use the app to locate kids and establish a relationship. One man in Seattle, Wash., was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl he met on this app in 2013.
6. Ask.fm: Ask.fm is one of the most popular social networking sites that is almost exclusively used by kids. It is a Q&A site that allows users to ask other users questions while remaining anonymous.
Problem: Kids will often ask repeated derogatory questions that target one person. Due to the anonymity of the badgering, it creates a virtually consequence-free form of cyber-bullying. Ask.fm has been associated with nine documented cases of suicide in the U.S. and the U.K.
7. Yik Yak: An app that allows users to post text-only “Yaks” of up to 200 characters. The messages can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking.
Problem: Users are exposed to and are contributing sexually explicit content, derogatory language and personal attacks. Although the posts are anonymous, kids start revealing personal information as they get more comfortable with other users.
8. Poof: This app allows users to make other apps “disappear” on their phone. Kids can hide any app they don’t want you to see by opening the app and selecting other apps.
Problem: It’s obvious, right? Luckily, you can no longer purchase this app. But, if it was downloaded before it became unavailable, your child may still have it. Keep in mind that these types of apps are created and then terminated quickly, but similar ones are continuously being created. Others to look for: Hidden Apps, App Lock and Hide It Pro.
9. Omegle: This app is primarily used for video chatting. When you use Omegle, you do not identify yourself through the service. Instead, chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger.” However, you can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests. When choosing this feature, an Omegle Facebook App will receive your Facebook “likes” and try to match you with a stranger with similar likes.
Problem: Sexual predators use this app to find kids to collect personal information from in order to track them down more easily in person.
10. Down: This app, which used to be called Bang With Friends, is connected to Facebook. Users can categorize their Facebook friends in one of two ways: They can indicate whether or not a friend is someone they’d like to hang with or someone they are “down” to hook-up with.
Problem: Although identifying someone you are willing to hook-up with doesn’t mean you will actually hook-up with them, it creates a hook-up norm within a peer group. Depending on your sexual values, this might be something you don’t want for your child. Also, because of the classification system, a lot of kids will feel left out or unwanted, which can lead to anxiety, etc.
Bessie Coleman Middle School opened in 2005 in Cedar Hill, Texas to relieve the large number of students that attended Permenter Middle School. It was named and dedicated to Bessie Coleman the first Female, African-American with an international pilots license.