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Buffalo Community Middle School - October 2021

BCMS Fall Conferences Information

We will be hosting in-person fall conferences on October 26th and virtual fall conferences on November 4th. BCMS conferences are always optional for families, since many families are already in regular contact with teachers via Campus Parent Portal, phone calls, emails and Google Meets. With two nights of fall conferences, we have a limited number of conference time slots. If your child is currently keeping up in his or her classes, it may not be necessary for you to schedule a conference at this time.

Even though your child may not need a conference right now, if at any time this school year you have questions or you want to set up an appointment with a teacher, please reach out.

Stay connected with BCMS:

  • Campus Parent Portal

    • BCMS teachers use Campus Portal to help communicate with assignments and activities with students and parents.

  • Phone Calls & Emails & Google Meets

    • All phone numbers and email addresses are available on our BCMS Website.

If you feel like your child needs a conference this fall, please follow the directions below to sign up with individual teachers and/or your child’s team.

Conference Sign Up Directions:

  1. Please go to: www.myconferencetime.com/bcms

  2. Find and click on the name of either your child’s team (6th & 7th Grade) or your child's teacher(s). (Remember: Conferences 10/26 will be in person)

  3. Select your preferred time

  4. Enter required information (E-mail address is required, this will ensure you get the Google Meet link you need for your virtual conference)

  5. Click “Sign Up for Your Conference” near the bottom of the screen.

  6. When your conference night approaches, you will receive a Google Meet link from all of the teachers you are signing up with. Here are directions on how to access that conference:https://youtu.be/8eGnSqUhpPw

If you need help signing up for conferences please contact the BCMS front office:

  • 763.682.8202

TikTok App: Safety Guide For Parents and Educators (2020 updates)

TikTok challenges

Dear BCMS Families:

As many of you know, TikTok challenges continue to circulate on the internet. In September, students were being asked to steal things from school and/or cause damage to property while posting it to TikTok. Now, in the month of October, a challenge to slap someone appears to be emerging. We have not had this happen at BCMS and we absolutely do not want this to happen at BCMS. As always, we appreciate your partnership and hope that you can have a family conversation about these unsafe challenges. Certainly, there will be significant consequences for a student who is caught participating in challenges such as this. Ultimately, we want to ensure that BCMS is a kind and safe environment for all.

Should you or your child become aware of anyone participating in these types of activities, we encourage you to reach out to middle school staff directly.

Thank you for your support with this.

Reminder: Masks are required on the bus.

The federal government requires face coverings for individuals while riding on all forms of public transportation, including school buses. Please make sure your child is bringing their mask on the bus each day.

What is WIN?

WIN is an acronym that stands for “What I Need”. It is a daily 25 minute period that happens opposite lunch each day. WIN is designed to provide flexible options to support students’ individual needs. During this time, teachers meet with groups of students for reteaching and/or enrichment of the current curriculum. We hope that WIN Time will give students time to connect with teachers, complete homework, complete make-up work and boost their academic performance.

Students register for WIN every Wednesday and Thursday. Please connect with your child about how to best utilize WIN Time.

Social Emotional Learning and Character Development in Prime Time

Our Prime Time curriculum is focused on the Whole Child with lessons that teach SEL and character development, side-by-side.

  • SEL Competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

  • Character Development: Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Selflessness, Forgiveness, Commitment, Humility

In addition to SEL and character development, Prime TImes will also build community by participating in building-wide competitions and challenges throughout the year.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • October 26th - In Person Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

  • November 4th - Virtual Fall Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Fall Break - October 20 – 22, 2021

  • Quarter 1 Report Cards Available - Nov. 16th

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All BCMS students are required to have a locker. Students need to have a school issued purple lock on their hallway and gym locker. Double purple lock packs are for sale at the BCMS front desk.

BCMS Attendance Reminders:

You can see further details about your child's attendance on Parent Portal.

If your child is going to be absent due to illness or vacation, please contact the BCMS attendance secretary:

Kelley Jaszewski



Thank you so much!

Free & Reduced Lunch Link - internet service fee discounts

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The BHM School District has chosen to utilize a waiver from the USDA which enables us to provide breakfast and lunch meals free of charge for all students during the 2021-22 school year. No application from you is required to receive this free meal benefit. However, your child(ren) may qualify for additional benefits such as internet service fee discounts*, reduced home utility fees, activity fee reductions, discounted ACT test fees, or P-EBT by completing an Application for Educational Benefits.

Your application also helps the school qualify for education funds and discounts. Applications for Educational Benefits the 2021-22 are now available.


Online applications are encouraged and can be found on Campus Parent (formerly Parent Portal) under More>Meal Benefits>Meal Benefits Application.


Kim Hinrichs, Nutrition Services Director



The BCMS Yearbook is on sale now!

The BCMS Yearbook is on sale now! You can buy yours online, share pictures with us to use in the yearbook, check to see if you've bought your yearbook yet, and more on our yearbook website.
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Meet Vicki Rasset, Our New School Scheduling Assistant

Buffalo Community Middle School

School Registrar

You can keep up-to-date with your child's progress on Campus Parent Portal:

BCMS 2021-2022 Daily Schedule:

Contact Teachers

If you have questions about any class, please reach out to the teacher. You can find the contact information for all teachers by using the search function on our district website: https://www.bhmschools.org/
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Thank You!

Thank you so very much for sharing your most precious gift with us.

Never hesitate to reach out to us!

Grade Level Principals:

6th Grade - Katie Gohl: katiegohl@bhmschools.org

7th Grade- John Hayden: jhayden@bhmschsools.org

8th Grade - Matt Lubben: mlubben@bhmschools.org

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Grade Level Counselors

6th Grade - Penny Thalacker: email <pthalack@bhmschools.org> phone # 763-682-8219

7th Grade - Kaitlin Kolbinger: email <kkolbinger@bhmschools.org> phone # 763-682-8220

8th Grade - Ashley Kamphenkel: email <akamphenkel@bhmschools.org> phone # 763-682-8217

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