A Note From the Principal....

Five reasons your middle schooler should keep reading

Now that your child is in middle school, she probably spends more time on homework than she did when she was in elementary school.  With the increased workload, reading for pleasure may be pretty far down    on her list of priorities.

Your child may think that she reads a lot for school and that should be enough.  She's wrong! Here are five reasons why your child should make time for pleasure reading:
  1. Reading can make her an expert.  Reading is the best way for your child to learn as much as possible about her areas of interest.
  2. Reading can take her places.  Few people can afford to travel every place they'd like to go.  But your child can always travel through a book.  And she can gain knowledge to help her set goals to get there in person someday.
  3. Reading can make her laugh.  Appreciating the humor in books helps your child develop thinking skills.  It also improves her own sense of humor.
  4. Reading can make her a detective.  A winter day on break is a perfect time for your child to grab a cup of hot chocolate and dive into a great mystery.
  5. Reading can introduce her to people like herself.  In books that feature characters her age, your child is likely to encounter people that think the way she does and have the same issues she is facing.
Source: "Motivating Kids to Read: Teenagers and Reading," Reading is fundamental, niswc.com/mid_read.

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November 16 - December 1

Your child's participation in this fundraiser
will help provide student-related 
educational experiences, assemblies, 
end of year treats, etc.

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during lunch

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Student Breakfast: $1.50

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District Announcements

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.

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.


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BSMS Annual Health Survey 2014 2015.doc
Thu, Nov 26 - Mon, Nov 30
Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, December 7
Progress Reports issued this week
Thursday, December 10
Winter Concert
7:00 p.m. in the MS Auditorium
Wednesday, December 23
Staff Development
No students
Thu, Dec 24 - Thu, Dec 31
Holiday Recess

Professional Baseball Player,
Justin Moore,
Visits the Middle School

Justin Moore with Ms. Katzman & Ms. Stewart

Justin Moore with Max Williamson

Professional baseball player, Justin Moore from the
Chattanooga Dodgers in Tennessee came to speak to 
students at Big Spring Middle School.  Ms. Katzaman, 
speech therapist, and Ms. Stewart, special education teacher, 
coordinated the session to have Mr. Moore speak to 
students about sportsmanship. 

 Students asked Mr. Moore many questions including
 “How do you show good sportsmanship?”  
“What is your batting average?”  
"How did you choose to play baseball as a career?” 
 “How long have you played?” 
 “What can I do to get better at baseball?” 


Thank You To All
The Veterans In 
Our Community

November 11, 2015

Middle school students celebrated
Veterans Day by displaying posters in
each grade level with the names of family
and friends who are veterans or currently
 serving to protect the our freedom. 

Pictured are
8th grade students: 
Gavin Pritchard, Mary Mettler, and Becca Franklin
7th Grade Students:
Alex Heckendorn, Nicholas Moul, and Emma Knouse
6th grade students:
Caylynn Felton, Evan Header, and Lily Bechtold

Scrip Fundraiser

Check out Student Council's 
new fundraiser of selling 
Scrip gift cards!
You can purchase gift cards
for America's most popular retailers
(Lowe's, Kohl's, Gap, Target, etc.)
and Student Council gets proceeds.
It's a great gift idea! 
And, you're helping to pay
for field trips and other student
activities through school.

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

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