BWMS Parent Update

8/7/20

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Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year

BWMS is ready for a fantastic year. I know all families have mixed emotions with summer coming to a close and starting back to school amid such varied circumstances in 2020, yet we look forward to much growth and learning this year. We expect fun and laughter; we anticipate overcoming obstacles and pushing through when thing may be tough. In the end, we desire for our students to be better tomorrow than they are today in terms of academic, behavioral and social keys of success. Thank you for trusting us with your student, they will love it.


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call.


Sincerely,


Mr. Josh Frame

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School Format Adjustment for 2020 - TEAMing

For years there has been one middle school organizational method that is not mandated and not federally-funded yet widely implemented across the nation - TEAMing.


BWMS is excited to introduce TEAMing to our school format as a means to meet academic, social and safety concerns in 2020. TEAMing is a concept that allows a group of teachers to partner together to provide the content delivery for Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. This year, students at BWMS will be divided into grade-level teams and intermix their courses throughout the day with those individuals. This concept will not only allow our core teachers to get to know your student better, it also allows for cohorts of kids to travel together and therefore reduces the maximum amount of touch points per individual. We believe this school organization has tremendous academic, social emotional and safety benefits.


One item that is a change to prior years is that students will travel to related arts classes as a cohort per semester. We understand that this method reduces the choice students have this year but we find the benefits of reducing the potential face to face exposure across the school. We thank you for encouraging your student to engage in content with teachers potentially find new interests in 2020 during our related arts rotation.

Important Information to Start the Year

  • The Online PowerSchool Portal will be available on Tuesday August 18th. This will include student schedules and bus routes. *Note: bus route information is only available via the web/computer portal and is not available in the phone app. If you have a question about your bus route, you can call Transportation at 740-965-8967
  • BWMS will review procedures, health and safety, and begin building relationships during the Staggered Start the week of August 24th according to the following schedule:
    Monday 8-24-20 - VLP Students
    Tuesday 8-25-20 - Student Last Names A-F

    Wednesday 8-26-20 - Student Last Names G-L

    Thursday 8-27-20 - Student Last Names M-R

    Friday 8-28-20 - Student Last Names S-Z

  • The First Day for all students is Monday, August 31st.
  • Families are encouraged to access the BWMS Virtual Curriculum Videos from each teacher on Thursday September 10th via Schoology. Each teacher will share details about their class as well as communication information for the 2020-21 school year so each parent knows how to stay in the loop about their student's learning.
  • BWMS cannot provide supervision of students until 7:25 AM each morning so we ask that parents arrange drop off schedules accordingly. At that time, all students report to their 1st period class.
  • If your child will be absent, please call the attendance line at 740-965-7786 by 8:30am on the day of the absence.
  • Parent Drop Off and Pick Up should use Fairland Drive. This is for the safety of our students riding the buses coming in from the Cheshire Road entrance. We ask that you pull all the way down to the Orange Cone so we can drop off and pick up as many students as possible. Student pick up will be different this year and we appreciate your patience. Please stay tuned for a video tutorial.

Incoming 7th grade Family Information

Attention Families of the Class of 2026 and our incoming 7th grade class for the 2020-21 School Year.

Please find the Virtual Incoming 7th Grade Parent Orientation the BWMS Survivors Guide for 2020-21 to assist as you start to prepare for next school year. We will also encourage you to sign up for the BWMS Schoology Groups - BWMS Families (8VWG-XH43-BRB6Z) and BWMS Athletics (2KDR-2KDW-322JB).

Reminder for 7th Grade Families

All 7th grade students are required to have an updated Tdap and meningitis vaccine. We would ask that parents provide written proof of immunization or a letter of objection to the school within the first two weeks of school. Please contact our School Nurse at MeganTruax@bwls.net or the office with any questions.
BWMS 7th Grade Orientation 2020-21

Virtual Learning Program News

Students in the Virtual Learning Program from BWMS will received this letter via email today which highlights the distribution of students attending the BWMS VLP Orientation. Students will pick up their chromebook, meet the VLP teachers, review expectations and take the STAR assessment in Math and Reading during this time period. Please find the times below according to your student's last name on Monday, August 24th.


  • 8:00-9:30 Group A-7th grade VLP, Last Names (A-J)
  • 9:30-11:00 Group B-7th grade VLP, Last Names (K-Z)
  • 11:30-1:00 Group C-8th grade VLP, Last Names (A-J)
  • 1:00-2:30 Group D-8th grade VLP, Last Names (K-Z)

In addition, please find the BWMS VLP School Supplies List and BWMS VLP Program Guide.

Students will receive the timeline for meetings and online support via a Schedule on the 24th.


All information for VLP can be found on our website: http://www.bwls.net/VirtualLearningProgramVLP.aspx

Upcoming Events

August

1 First day of fall practices for all sports

18 Schedule Posting for Students

17-21 BWMS PD Days

24 VLP Staggered Start

24 Fall Sports Pictures

25 W STAR Assessments (7 & 8 Reading & Math)

25 In Person Staggered Start A-F

26 In Person Staggered Start G-L

27 In Person Staggered Start M-R

28 In Person Staggered Start S-Z

31 1st Day with All Students


September

7 Labor Day (no school)

10 Virtual Curriculum Night Videos Posted

11 STAR reports Sent Home

18 Grade Update Day

21 Teacher PD Day / Fair Day

23 Picture Day 7:45-2:20

29 Virtual Conferences, 4:00-7:30

Military-Connected Families

We are committed to seeking out our military connected families and assisting those families as needed. Should an immediate family member currently be serving in the military, please complete this form.


Military Connected Families

Stay Connected with BWMS w/ Schoology

  • BWMS will send out Announcements Periodically throughout the week to keep others informed using the new school communication and learning management system - Schoology - https://schoology.bwls.net/home.
  • BWMS Families code: 8VWG-XH43-BRB6Z
  • BWMS Athletics: 2KDR-2KDW-322JB
  • BW-VLP Schoology Family Group: 86C8-CC76-PTNC4

Athletic Updates

Reminder that all athletes should have their final forms complete and hard copy of the physical submitted prior to participation.


All information for BWMS athletics can be found at bigwalnutathletics.net

BWMS SOARing Staff Award

The SOARing Staff Award and used to recognize a Big Walnut Middle School Staff Member who goes above and beyond to support the mission of BWLS to inspire and guide each student to his or her maximum potential. If you would love to recognize a staff member, please submit their name and reason on the following form... HERE.

Our BWLS 2020 Vision

What is it? Most importantly, as Big Walnut works through their Mission and Vision, what does that look like in the short term?

This Infographic explains it, this Video helps provide a visual, or read more details on our Quality Profile.

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