A Note From the Principal....

Reading Over the Summer Keeps Students from Sliding Backwards Academically

Take advantage of valuable reading opportunities this summer.  Information is available on the middle school library website at bsmsbulldog.weebly.com

Scholastic Competition: log reading minutes and win an author visit for our school. We want to be the top read school!

John Graham Public Library Summer Reading Program Checkout the exciting programs offered at the John Graham Public library in Newville.

Check Out Books from the School Library throughout the summer.  Click on the library website bsmsbulldog.weebly.com for detailed information

Important Information

Middle School Office: 776-2471

Middle School Fax: 776-2468

Please join us for
Seventh & Eighth Grade
Open House

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Scholastic Book Fair will be open
in the Library from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Physical Education Attire Requirements 2015-2016

The Health and Physical Education Department is moving 
to standard physical education attire for all students.

Click on the attached document for physical education
attire information and ordering instructions.
Physical Education Attire.pdf

Tryouts will be held in August for middle school Cheerleading. Interested girls may contact Coach Raudabaugh at 422-4177 or e-mail at rraudabaugh660@gmail.com for additional information.

The 2015-2016 School District Calendar is available by clicking on the link below.
2015-2016 School Calendar .pdf

District Announcements

Hello everyone!

Happy summer!  The Big Spring Marching Bulldogs and the Big Spring Band Boosters are pleased to be hosting the Bulldog Band Brawl marching competition on Saturday, September 26th, beginning at 6 PM in the High School Stadium.  This comes after a 4 year hiatus from hosting a show.  We currently have 8 bands attending from throughout South Central PA, making this the largest of the four shows we’ve hosted.

This is not only a great opportunity for the competing bands, but also a great fundraising opportunity for the band boosters, who fund a majority of the marching band program here.  Attached to this email is an opportunity for all of our supporters to help us out!  The band members would love to see their teachers wish them well with Patron Ads in the program.  Patron ads are available in 1 or 2 line versions for only $5 or $10.  Additionally, to supplement the cost of awards and judges, we are selling trophy sponsorships.  Trophy sponsorships begin at $35 for specialty awards and go up from there.  If you sponsor a trophy, you also have the opportunity to present the trophy at the awards ceremony following the competition if you choose to.

If you are interested in sponsoring either opportunity, please see the attached forms.  Patron Ads would need to be in by Friday, September 4th, and trophy sponsorships would need to be in by Friday, September 11th to ensure we can get the plates engraved in time.  If there is a band member you would like to give “sales credit” to for either, feel free to put them in the box labeled Band Member.  We have incentives for the section with the highest dollar amount in sales per member!

As always, thank you for the continued support of music and the arts at Big Spring!

We hope to see many of you at the show on September 26th!

Patron Ad Forms.pdf
Security Camera Installation on District Buses

In the Big Spring School District, we continually strive to ensure the safety and security of our students.  For that reason, the District is in the process of installing security cameras on all district buses.  If your child rides a district bus (to/from school, activity buses, field trips, etc.), he/she may be subject to video recording.  For more information, please contact the District Transportation Coordinator at 717-776-2408.

Cafeteria Information

Student Lunch for 2015-16: $2.70    
Student Breakfast: $1.50

Click on the link below for Chartwell's Lunch Account Deposit Procedures:

Cafeteria Deposit Info.pdf

Click on the link below to access My School Bucks website:

For additional information, you may contact the cafeteria manager at 776-2000 Extension 2481.

MS Twitter Feed

Parent Help Center

Reading Websites Motivate Middle Schoolers to
Motivate your middle schooler to read this summer by encouraging him/her to explore reading-rich websites. Here are three great ones to try:

Teenspace,  http://teenspace.cincinnatilibrary.org. Created by the Cincinnati Public Library, Teenspace is filled with book reviews and reading links. It also offers homework help and links to college and financial aid websites. Subject-specific booklists give kids plenty of suggested titles to try.

Flamingnet,  http://flamingnet.com.Launched by a book-loving kid (who is now a recent Harvard graduate), Flamingnet's goal, among other things, is to "promote reading and writing among young adults." It includes a huge selection of book reviews, along with an assortment of grammar-related links.

Teenreads,  www.teenreads.com. What does the "ultimate" reading list look like? Which kid-friendly books are being made into movies? Find out at Teenreads, an online clearinghouse for all things literary. Especially helpful is the how-to section on starting a book club. And by signing up for the free e-newsletter, budding bookworms can get updates on the latest reading-related news as it happens.

Reprinted with permission from the March 2015 issue of  Parents Still make the difference!® (Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2015 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.


Click on the link below to access information 
about volunteering in our school.

Volunteer Handbook.docx

Click on the link below to access health information and documents from the school nurse:
School Nurse Page 

BSMS Annual Health Survey 2014 2015.doc
Mon, Aug 31 - Tue, Sep 1
Book Fair in the Library
Wednesday, September 2
Open House
7th and 8th Grade Open House and Book Fair
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 3
Book Fair in the Library
Friday, September 4
Labor Day Recess
School is closed.
Monday, September 7
Labor Day Recess
School is closed.

Congratulations to sixth grade Nicholas Moul for winning the BMX Bike Reading Challenge.
Reading Bike Winner.JPG