Tiger Paws Parent Newsletter No.6

This is a bi-weekly update for Ballard Hudson parents.

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P.A.W.S. at BHMS

Greetings Parents,

The school year is well underway and we have a lot of exciting intiatives occuring this school year. We are placing a huge focus on student behavior the next few months because we realize that students must come to school and behave appropriately if learning is to take place.

We need students to understand that blatant disrespect and fighting are not acceptable

behaviors and will not be tolerated at BHMS. We need your support with this parents. Please speak with your child and help him/her to understand the reason why you send them to school everyday and that their education is important. We must have an environment that is conducive to learning every day. In addition, please explain to them that riding the bus is a privilege not a right and they must behave on the school bus as well in order to be allowed to ride the bus.

We have built into our calendar PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports) rewards and recognition for those students who are consistently doing the right thing. Our PBIS initiative at BHMS asks students to exhibit the PAWS way. P.A.W.S. stands for Positive Behavior, Academic Achievement, Willingness to Learn, and Strength of Character. As a part of PBIS, we have a monthly PBIS celebration that is based on school attendance and behavior and teachers reward students who are doing the right thing daily with PAWS tokens. The tokens can be redeemed at the school store for cool prizes. In addition, each team that remains fight-free for the week will earn a PBIS break on Thursdays. Our goal is to purposefully recognize those students who consistently do the right thing during the school day by letting them know that we appreciate them. We will continue to come up with ways to recognize the students who are exhibiting the PAWS way.

With that stated, we still have a few students who are constantly disrupting the learning environment. We are developing a plan to provide an alternative form of education for those students and will be meeting with both the students and their parents soon to inform the of what the next steps will be for them. Again, we ask that you please encourage your students to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.

Thank you in advance for your support.

BHMS Goals for 2019-2020

  • Improve the climate and culture at BHMS.
  • Increase student attendance at BHMS.
  • Increase student achievement at BHMS.
  • Decrease student discipline issues at BHMS.

Parents, we ask that you assist us in reaching these goals by ensuring that your child comes to school everyday unless he/she is truly sick, reviewing our student handbook and reinforcing the expectations that we have for your child, and reviewing your child's agenda each night to ensure that homework assignments are complete. In addition, we ask that you have your child read 20 minutes each night at home. Increasing our students' reading and comprehension is a focus for the year and the more students are exposed to text the better their literacy skills will become.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping us meet these goals.

New Tardy Policy

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Our new tardy policy went into effect on November 4, 2019. Any student who is dropped off at school late will need to be signed into school by a parent or guardian. School begins promptly at 9:05 am and we ask that all students be brought to school prior to that time. If you arrive after 9:05 we will ask you to come in and sign your child in. We need to make sure that our students are here on time so that they do not miss out on instruction.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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Upcoming Events

November 8---Fall Festival @ BHMS (flyer attached)

November 8---Student Leadership Showcase @ 5:30

November 11—Veteran’s Day (No School)

November 22-PBIS event (students need money for snacks)

November 25-29- Thanksgiving Break

Dress Code


We are having an issue with students wearing shirts that do not meet the dress code. All shirts must be school colors (white, maroon/burgundy, or yellow) or a school spirit shirt only. Please help us by making sure that your child is following the dress code.


Notes from our Counselors...

The month of October was designated as Bully Awareness Month. During the month of October, the counselors completed Anti-Bullying Guidance Lessons and activities with all of our students. The goal of the lesson was to help students gain awareness of bullying and to teach the proper responses. We invite you to help keep BHMS Bully Free by reviewing the following:

Definition: www.stopbullying.gov – “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”

Am I Being Bullied?

  • Is the issue happening over and over again?
  • Are the same people involved?
  • If what happened was on purpose?
  • Did it hurt my body or feelings?

Am I a Bully?

  • Am I continuing to do the same thing over and over again?
  • Is my target the same person?
  • Did I honestly mean to do this?
  • Did I hurt someone’s body or feelings

Help your student to be a Bully Upstander not a Bully Bystander by using these strategies.

  1. Ignore
  2. Walk Away
  3. Talk Friendly
  4. Talk Firmly
  5. Get Adult Help

Upcoming Events

In partnership with Georgia Department of Public Health we are sponsoring a social media ad based on “Snap chat” that promotes the importance of Cyber Bullying Prevention. Students can record the video, save it and submit to a counselor.

Snapped: Social Media Takeover: Prizes awarded will include

1st Place: Google Chrome Book

2nd: Apple Air Pods

3rd: Restaurant Gift Card

All submission should be turned in to the counselors no later than noon on November 12th.

Bullying Prevention Graffiti

Students can create a piece of original artwork that will focus on why preventing bullying is important. The piece of work must be completed on a poster and submitted to the counselors no later than noon on November 12th.

1st Place: 100.00 Visa Gift Card

2nd: 75.00 Visa Gift Card

3rd: 50.00 Visa Gift Card

FYI: Promotion Criteria for 6th and 7th Grades

GRADES 6 and 7: To be promoted to Grade 7 and Grade 8, a student

must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a passing final grade in English/Language A rts (70 and

  • Earn a passing final grade in mathematics (70 and above).

  • Must pass at least two of the remaining courses.

  • Meet attendance requirements.

FYI: Promotion Criteria for 8th Grade

GRADE 8: To be promoted to Grade 9, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a passing final grade in English/Language A rts (70 and

  • Earn a passing final grade in mathematics (70 and above).

  • Must pass at least two of the remaining courses.

  • Earn “On/Above Grade Level” on the Georgia Milestones End of Grade Assessment in reading.

  • Earn an achievement level of “Developing Learner”, “Proficient Learner”, or “Distinguished Learner” on the mathematics section of the Georgia Milestones End of Grade Assessment.

  • Meet attendance requirements.

BCSD Vision Statement: Each student will demonstrate strength of character and will be college or career ready.

BCSD Mission Statement: The BCSD develops a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.