November 28th Edition

Byram Intermediate School

Our Core Values

  1. Striving For Excellence - Push yourself to deliver a high quality performance in anything you do.

  2. Be Kinder than Necessary - "Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed." R.J. Palacio, Wonder

  3. Find Your Passion - it's okay to not know what your passion is yet, explore something new or build on what you are already passionate about.

A Look Back on November

Student Led Conferences

Thank you to all of students and parents for your participation in Student Led Conferences. What an amazing experience and I'm so proud of our students for their hard work and effort in reflecting on their learning so far and setting goals for the next several months to work on. Over the course of the next few months, remember to check in with your child and see how they are doing with their progress. Frequent check ins and reminders will help your child stay on track!

General Crystal

Thank you General Crystal for an amazing visit to our school and district. It was great to hear you share your story and experiences in the military and as a veteran. Students in both schools were fortunate enough to be taught about Veteran's Day by Major General Edward Chrystal!

Lee Rouson

Former NFL player and current inspirational speaker Lee Rouson joined us to ask students a very important question - Who are YOU? Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring this program! Thank you Mr. Rouson for an uplifting message of pride, hard work and hEARt!

Honor Roll & High Honor Roll

Congratulations to our Honor Roll and High Honor Roll students for the first marking period! Click here for the published list.

Extra Curriculars and Grades

Finding your Passion is our 3rd Core Value here at Byram Intermediate and students are encouraged to try new activities and clubs to see what interests them and ignites their passion. With that being said, in order to participate in extracurriculars, students need to maintain a 70 or higher in all classes in order to be eligible. You can find a copy of the Extra-Curricular Policy here as a reference.

Looking Forward to December

Advisory - Gratitude and Door Decorating

Our Advisory Program is up and running. Students have been split up into Advisory gropus that are a mix of different grade levels. The goal is to get students comfortable with other students and staff in the building that they may not get to see or talk to during the course of the year. The past two Advisory sessions focused on Getting to Know one another as well as gratitude. We meet once a week during 0 period. Over the next couple of sessions, we will will working on our 3rd Core Value of Being Kinder than Necessary while completing our annual door decorating contest! Pictures to follow!

BIS Holiday Shop

It is the most wonderful time of the year! BIS will be hosting its first ever Holiday Shop on December 14th and December 15th during lunches (See the schedule below). We need help with volunteers...please sign up using the link here.

All volunteers must be a paid PTA member. You can still join the PTA today at

Below is an overview of the schedule, please keep in mind that we do our best to keep to the schedule so the parents can help during their child's visit, but things happen. If there is a last minute change to the schedule we will try to accommodate the volunteers, but we will still need you to cover the time you volunteered for.

5th Grade - 11:33 to 11:55

6th Grade - 11:55 to 12:13

7th Grade - 12:13 to 12:33

8th Grade - 12:33 to 1:53

Band and Choir Concert

The Holiday Band and Choir Concert will take place on Wednesday, December 21st starting at 7pm. Thank you to all of our students, parents Mr. Brummer and Mr. Swagger, for your continued effort in promoting the arts in our school and district! We are looking forward to an amazing show!

Additionally, our Choir will be performing at the Byram Shoprite on December 15th at 6pm. I am looking forward to seeing our choir fill the store with some Holiday Cheer! All are welcome to attend.

7th and 8th Grade Holiday Dance

The annual 7th and 8th grade holiday dance will take place on Friday, December 9th from 7-9pm. Please be sure to arrange transportation for your child(s) on that night. Doors open at 7pm and pickup is at 9pm sharp.

Marking Period 2 Midway Point - December 21st

Mid marking period is almost here! Please continue checking in on Parent Portal for assignments, grades, and updates on how your child is performing. I will be sending out frequent reminders to continually check in and contact your teachers with any questions or concerns.

If you notice your child is struggling, we have many supports to offer from Homework Help, tutoring, Success Skills (executive functioning & organization), and Intervention for Math and ELA. We can arrange a conference or phone call to discuss any details. Our new Response to Intervention Coordinator (RTI) is Maggie Hutchins. She has replaced Mrs. Porter, our new Assistant Principal, and will be coordinating services moving forward. Her contact information is below:

12/23/22 Early Dismissal - Enjoy the Holiday Break!

In Other News...

Board of Education Meeting will be on 12/14/22 @ 7pm in the Lakes STEaM Lab.

Extra-Curricular Activities are up and Running!

Welcome Back! We have the following extra-curricular activities up and running:

Finding your Passion is our 3rd Core Value here at Byram Intermediate and students are encouraged to try new activities and clubs to see what interests them and ignites their passion. With that being said, in order to participate in extracurriculars, students need to maintain a 70 or higher in all classes in order to be eligible. You can find a copy of the Extra-Curricular Policy here as a reference.

Choir w/Mr. Swagger; Practices will be on Monday's and Wednesday's at 7:30am at BIS.


Student Council w/Mrs. Spring


Boys Basketball w/Mr. Morales Grades 7-8

Contact: & TBD

Band w/Mr. Brummer - Grades 5-8


Girls Basketball w/Mrs. Vasquez & Ms. Stolzenberg


Girls Basketball Meeting Information

Drama Club w/Mrs. Spoer & Ms. Phillips


PEER Leaders w/Ms. Hooker


STEM/Robotics Club w/Mrs. Boyer


Rampage w/Mr. Clayton


Traffic and Drop Off/Pickup

Please use the assigned lanes for drop off and pickup. As a reminder, any student being dropped off should wait to get out of the car until you have reached the drop off area under the solar panels. The left lane is exclusive for BIS families, while the right lane is exclusive for students being dropped off at both schools. Please do not lane switch as this presents safety concerns for students exiting vehicles and walking safely along the entrance route.

Secondly, only students thats live on Mansfield Drive are allowed to walk to school. Students that do not live on Mansfield are not permitted to walk to and from school. Please have your child take the bus or utilize the drop off/pick up procedure we have in place.

Lastly, the cutoff time for pickups through the main office is 2:15pm. All pickups after 2:15pm will have to wait until dismissal at 2:53. If there is an emergency, please let us know.

Charge your Chromebook!

All students are expected and required to charge their chromebooks each night. We are seeing a flood of students each morning coming to the main office with "dead" chromebooks that need to be charged. Please remind your child to charge their chromebook each night so they are prepared for class the next day.

Student Code of Conduct

As a reminder, please read our Student Code of Conduct. This Policy goes through the expectations of student behavior in school. Within the code are guidelines and examples of different infractions and how they are applied to your child's discipline tab in Parent Portal. Towards the end of the document you will leveled infractions, codes and point values for the Intermediate School.

You will also see positive incentive activities students can complete in order to earn points.

I shared this information out to students on the first day of school as well as during my Parent Academy on 9/19. You can find that video recording in the Parent Academy section above.

School Lunch Program

The school lunches are not free anymore unless you qualify through the free and reduced application process.The income guidelines have changed so if you didn't qualify in the past you may qualify now. Please complete an application and send it in an envelope to the Byram Board of Education office.Those families that qualify for reduced lunch will get it free this year under a state subsidy.The applications can be found on the Byram School website under the students tab and food service tab or by clicking here.

PTA Corner

Glow in the Dark Night!!!

This is a FREE event--please register below by entering the total number of people who will be attending in your group.

Our fall bookfair was a success and we couldn’t do it without our Bookfair Chairs Ann Marie Kraemer and Stacy Michaels and the Bookfair committee Sonja O’Connell and Kara Pilek. Thank you ladies for all your hard work.

Gertrude Hawk will be delivered the week of December 5th. As soon as we get the orders we will set up a pick up date and time.

Wreath and Poinsettia pick up will be December 2nd between 6:30-7:30 in front of BLES.

We are gearing up for the Holiday Shop. December 14th to the 16th. The hours for BLES will be be from 9-3pm. The 14th and 15th the shop will be open in the evening between 6pm-8pm.
BIS will have the holiday shop December 14th and 15th. The students will be able to shop during lunch.

We have a few events coming up for all ages.

LEGO CLUB - We are excited to start the Lego Club for the 1st and 2nd grade students. It will be held on Tuesdays starting in January. If anyone has any legos they would like to donate please contact us. It will be held after school until 4:45pm. A sign up form will be coming out soon.

Starting December 7th Lego Club for the3rd and 4th grade students will be on Wednesdays. It will be right after school until 4:40pm
Lego Club for BIS will be held on Mondays starting December 5th after school until 4:20pm. Please remember to change your pick up patrol to school activity.

December 9th - Mr. Mágico is coming to show us how amazing magic can be. Event is for all ages and the best part you can come in your comfy pajamas and enjoy hot cocoa while enjoying the show.
Reserve your spot

December 10th- let’s have a night out at Nester’s Greenhouse. Jennifer will guide us as we make our own wreath, kissing ball or grave blanket. Invite your friends to join us. It will be from 7-9pm $40 per person which includes all supplies and snacks.
Purchase your tickets below you don’t want to miss this event.

Holiday Sale

Our 2023 holiday sale will run from November 7th through early December. We are creating new holiday-themed marketing materials that we will share with you in advance of the sale.

Byram Township Links:

Byram PTA thanks you for all your support

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Byram Intermediate School

Tim McCorkle - Principal

Katie Porter - Assistant Principal