A Note From the Principal....

Are you laying a good foundation for next year?

Middle school goes by quickly, and before you know it, your child will be heading to high school.  Answer yes or no to the questions below to see if you are helping your child get ready:

___ 1. Have your worked with your child on organization, emphasizing the importance of planners?

___ 2. Have you helped your child develop good study habits, including having a place to study and doing some kind of studying each night?

___ 3. Do you talk with your child about taking schoolwork seriously?  Grades in high school will have an impact on his post-secondary future.

___4. Do you monitor your child's social life and encourage him to avoid unsafe and inappropriate activities?

___ 5. Do you communicate with your child and offer support and guidance?

How well are you doing?
Mostly yes answers mean you are laying a good foundation for next year and beyond.  Mostly no answers? Check the quiz for some suggestions.

Reprinted with permission from the May 2016 issue of Parents still make the difference! (Middle School Edition) newsletter.  Copyright 2016 The Parent Institute, a division of NIS, Inc.

Important Information

Middle School Office: 776-2471

Middle School Fax: 776-2468

The guidance counselors
will be in the middle school
on the dates listed below:

Mrs. Craig-Maroon Team
July 20, 2016
July 27, 2016

Mrs. Fulker - Gold Team
August 3, 2016
August 10, 2016

See the documents below
 for the 2016-2017
grade level supply lists.
6th Grade Supply List 16-17.pdf
7th Grade Supply List 16-17.pdf
8th Grade Supply List 16-17.pdf

MS Twitter Feed

PTO Information

The Bark Shop 
is open 
Monday & Wednesday 
during lunch

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

Click on the link below for a detailed
look at the Arts team classes.

BSMS Library is on Instagram!!
Follow msbulldoglibrary to see new books and happenings in your library

BSMS Library is on Twitter!!!
Follow BSMS Library @msbulldoglib

Student Lunch for 2016-17: $2.75   
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.


This year, Big Spring School District will be opening the Aspen Parent Portal.  Letters containing usernames and passwords are being mailed in batches starting today, Friday, August 28th.  You should receive your letter early next week.  You can access the portal by clicking the icon above, clicking "Aspen" in the Quick Links, or finding the link in the Resources menu.  Help documents are included below.

Getting Started with the Aspen Family and Student Portals brochure
Emergency Contact Update Instructions

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 installed security cameras on all district buses over the summer.  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.