A Note From the Principal....

Six Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Start the Year Strong
It's a new school year!  And if your middle schooler is like most, he could use a bit of help starting off on the right foot.  Here are six simple things you can do to help your child get ready:
1. Be positive.  Expect your child to do well, even if last year was difficult.  Help him set realistic goals for this school year.  Discuss how he'll reach them and show confidence that he will.
2. Establish ground rules.  Restart important school habits, such as studying every day.  Set firm limits on the amount of time your child spends watching TV, playing video games and browsing social media.
3. Give responsibilities.  Recognize that your child is older and can do more things on his own.  He might make his own lunches or take on a household project.  Offer guidance instead of immediately solving problems for him
4. Ask about school.  Spend a few minutes each day discussing schoolwork with your child.  Choose something you both like to do and have some fun.  Time together strengthens your bond and opens the doors of communication.
5. Make time.  Schedule at least one night or afternoon each month just for you and your child.  Choose something you both like to do and have some fun.  Time together strengthens your bond and opens the doors of communication.
6. Get involved.  Introduce yourself to teachers through emails and in person.  Ask how you can help your child succeed.  Teachers are eager to have your support!
Reprinted with permission from the Sept. 2014 issue of Parents Still make the difference!
Dr. Linda C. Wilson

Important Information

7th and 8th grade Open House will be Wednesday, September 3 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

School Supplies
Click on the links below for 2014 - 2015
student supply lists:

2014-2015 Supply Letter - 6th Grade.doc
7th Grade Supply List for 2014-15.docx
8th Grade Supply List for 2014-2015.docx
Click on the link below to view the 2014-2015 BSSD Calendar
District Calendar 2014-2015.pdf

Cafeteria Information

School Lunch Prices 

Student Lunch: $2.65
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:


The middle school Cafeteria Manager is Angela Bistline.  For additional information, you may contact Angela at 776-2000 Extension 2481.

MS Twitter Feed

Wednesday, September 3
Open House
Seventh and eighth grade open house from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Book Fair
6 - 8:00 p.m. in the Library
Thursday, September 11
Student Council
Fundraiser begins
Friday, September 19
Party Dance
after school from 2:50 - 4:50 p.m in the commons
Wednesday, September 24
Middle School
Picture Day

Big Spring High School is looking for a crown bearer and flower girl for the 2014 Homecoming game & dance!

The homecoming football game is on Friday, September 26, with rain date possibilities of Saturday, September 27 or Monday, September 28.

Interested candidates should send a photo with their age and name on the back, as well as the names of the child’s parents and contact information; these photos must be received by Thursday, September 4. Children must be between ages three and five and be residents of the Big Spring School District. Please mail photos to 100 Mount Rock Road, Newville PA 17241, drop them off in the Big Spring High School Office, or email the pictures to mfarrands@bigspringsd.org. Photos will NOT be returned.  All photos will be displayed in the community for voting purposes at the following events/ community locations: Friday, September 5- High School Football at Stadium (6:30-9:30pm)

Sunday September 7- Saylor’s Market (12:00-3:00pm)
Friday September 12- Saylor’s Market (6:00-8:00pm)

Proceeds from voting will benefit the 2015 Big Spring Four Diamonds MiniTHON.  Winners will be notified by Sunday, September 14. Please note that previous winners may not participate again. 

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.

Click on the link below for Field Hockey information.
Field Hockey.pdf
Click on the link below for information about Football.
Cross Country - optional summer practices begin June 10 at 5:00 p.m. and continue Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.  

Click on the link below for additional Cross Country information:
Cross Country.pdf

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