Words From Our Principal
Dear Parents and Students,
As you know, this week we are having our Great Week of Kindness Challenge. We had our kickoff assembly this past Friday and we will be having events and activities throughout this week to promote kindness. At BVM, we want all students to strive to do their best in academics as well as in their personal growth. We believe that being kind and respectful to one another is an integral part of this process. We are asking our parents to have those discussions at home regarding the importance of being kind to others. Being kind to others make us be a better person. Not only is it special for the person on the receiving end, but it also feel good as the doer. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end” - Scott Adams.
Eduardo Reyes, Ed.D.
Great Week of Kindness Kickoff Challenge
BVM Science Fair
We would also like to recognize those students who received an award and those students who will be moving on to represent our school in the District Science Fair. Awesome job Crusaders!
Science Fair Awards
Top Sweepstakes: Sophia Epley*
1st Place: Jullian Velazco*
2nd Place: Ursula Neuner and Grace Rivera
3rd Place: Rachel Cepe
Top Sweepstakes: Diego Nunes*
1st Place: Nicole MacGaffey*
2nd Place: Jasmine Tabalon*
3rd Place: Orion Stephenson*
Best Chemistry: Chloe Tolentino*
Best Biology: Maria Delgado* and Ally Guerra
Best Physics: Camila Bolin*
Best Current Problem Solver: Sierra Hahn
Best Engineering: Michael Gerken*
Most Creative: Iman Zermeño*
Most Original: Kailee Mugrage* and Savannah Estevez
Most Eye Catching: Dylan Tucker*
Most Interesting: Giana Stratton* and Luca Jarquin
Best Earth Science: Elie Cajes*
Best Cooking Chemistry: Maya Michaud*
Best Astronomy: Ethan Dome*
*Students who will be representing BVM at the District Science Fair.
Bonita Vista Middle is home to Crusaders of many backgrounds. We have several self-contained special needs classes on our campus who, until recently, did not have access to the VAPA (visual and performing arts) curriculum. In the spring of 2016, the Exploring Arts class was created to right this wrong. The class is co-taught by Mrs. Cruz and Mr. Giffen and meets one period a day. We also have two FANTASTIC peer mentors, Alia Kircher and Alexa Gomez; general ed students who take the class as their elective.
The curriculum focuses on general music instruction, including Orff instruments, movement and even some craft projects. First semester, we concentrated on the science of sound, while this semester we are traveling the world through music.
This month, we are studying Asia. Pictured is the Exploring Arts class using some new movement ribbons to traditional Chinese music.
Knowledge Bowl Match
Staff of the Month
The cold and rainy weather we are having lately has brought about a rise in student respiratory visits to the health office. For some students, cold weather is a trigger for asthma attacks. Lately, we have had an increased number of moderate to severe asthma-related student visits. Some of these students with known asthma issues do not have their inhalers with them and have no physician orders on file with the nurse.
If your student requires respiratory medication while at school, please contact the nurse so that the appropriate forms can be sent home for your physician to complete. Your child’s physician will be able to determine if an inhaler should be carried by the student or kept in the health office to be used when needed.
Parents, please remind your students who already have physician orders and who self-carry their asthma inhalers, to make sure their inhalers are with them at all times and are not empty. A little double checking may help to avoid an emergency situation.
Please contact me at the health office with any questions regarding respiratory issues or any other health concerns. I will be happy to speak with you.
Christi Stoddard, BSN, RN, PHN
Happy New Year Everyone! We hope that you had a great vacation and lots of rest to come back for 2nd semester. We are currently working on credit recovery to help those students that need to be on track for promotion. We will be calling out students to provide times, days, and dates for the credit recovery classes so be ready to work.
Those students that need to qualify for CJSF, be sure that you have all that is needed to meet the criteria. We will be sending out forms to Ms. Walker so be on the lookout in the morning announcements for CJSF.
Just a reminder that all core classes need to have NO F’s, and that promotion credits to be a minimum of 21 credits. So be sure you are completing all assignments, projects, and prepare and study for any quizzes or tests. Be sure to ask questions if you have difficulty in any lessons teacher present.
A reminder that AEC is not only for students that are assigned, but for those that need it can voluntarily attend. AEC for students who volunteer can start in room 305 if you do not know where to go. This will help with staying on track for promotion.
Counselors will continue to call out students failing classes each week. A list is run through Jupiter grades to identify those students who are struggling. Counselors will meet with students to discuss what the students need to do to make up assignments or provide the resources of tutoring and assistance. God luck and let’s make 2017 a great year!
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP ESSENTIALS
Under the umbrella term digital citizenship, many issues are currently being explored: Privacy, Safety, Respect, Digital Footprint, and Cyberbullying are just a handful of topics that require our attention. So what is digital citizenship exactly? Just like citizenship in the real world, it involves ethical decision-making and appropriate, responsible behavior. Teaching these concepts to students who are actively online, helps them become better informed about what to do and not do. Popular websites for finding more information about Digital Citizenship include:
· Common Sense Media,
· Safe Connects
Many students, teachers and parents like Common Sense Media, which has games for students in grades 6 through 8 to practice making online decisions using avatars and digital scenarios. (See https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/digital-compass). It also provides short videos that offer the inside scoop for teens. Here is one about the issue of privacy and leaving a digital footprint (trace, trail).
If you would like more information about a particular topic, I would be happy to guide you to more resources. Contact Terry Funk, Teacher Librarian: Terry.Funk@sweetwaterschools.org
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01/28 - Saturday Scholars
02/02 - Incoming 7th Grade Parent Night
02/04 - Saturday Scholars and Credit Recovery Science 7/8 and Math
02/07 - Color Fun Run
02/08 - Straight A Luncheon
02/09 - Sweethearts Dance
02/10 - Rising Star/Perfect Attendance Luncheon
02/11 - Saturday Scholars and Credit Recovery Science 7/8 and Math
02/13 - School Culture Committee Meeting
02/15 - Coffee with the Principal and ELAC Meeting
02/17 - No School - President's Day
02/20 - No School - President's Day
02/21 - Middle School Success 101 Meeting - Mental Health
02/23 - School Site Council Meeting and DLI Parent Night