A Note From the Principal....

Teach your middle schooler
to bounce back from failure

No parent ever wants to see a child fail.  But failure is a part of life, and many students first begin to realize this during the middle school years.

While you can't prevent your child from failing, you can do something even more essential: Encourage her to get back up and try again.

To help your middle schooler develop resilience:
  • Emphasize effort.  Children often think that ability is the only key to success.  If they fail a math test, they may say: "I just stink at Math."  They way not to "stink" at something is to keep practicing it. Praise your child's efforts and not just results.
  • Encourage interests.  Just like anyone else, your child is more likely to stick with an activity she enjoys.  And by sticking with it - whether it is reading, sports or piano - she'll get better at it and improve her overall self-concept.  With a boost in confidence, she may be more willing to tackle more difficult activities, because she believes she can eventually prevail.
  • Be a role model.  Remind your child that adults don't succeed at everything they try either, especially the first time.  Let your child see how you keep trying - whether it is to get a new job, learn a new skill or get organized at home.  Say things like, "I get discouraged sometimes, but I know I will make this happen if I keep at it."
Reprinted with permission from the March 2016 issue of Parents Still make the difference! (Middle School Edition) newsletter.  Copyright 2016 The Parent Institute, a division of NIS, Inc. 

Principal's Spotlight

Principal's Spotlight
January Recipients
Haleigh Snyder - 6th    Jonathan Miller - 7th     Katrice Roberds - 8th 

Important Information

Middle School Office: 776-2471

Middle School Fax: 776-2468

With the cold and flu
season upon us:

When a student is not feeling well.
He or she should ask a teacher for a
pass to visit the nurse's office. 

The school nurse follows specific guidelines
 to dismiss students due to illness.
Only the school nurse or designee
may contact parents to facilitate
early dismissals from school.

Students who leave school without
permission from the nurse’s office will be
considered illegally absent from school. 

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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
Monday, February 15
President's Day
Snow Make-Up Day
Monday, February 22
Progress Reports issued this week
Tuesday, March 8
Two-Hour Delay
Thursday, March 10
8th Grade Vo-Tech Tour
Friday, March 11
8th Grade Vo-Tech Tour

Eighth Grader, Eric Thorson won first place in
 Novice division
 in the downhill skiing competition
 Roundtop Mountain resort.  
He will represent Area M at the 
PA state winter games at Seven Springs."

BSMS National Geographic Bee Winner

Pictured: Matthew Ward and Mr. Scott Penner, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Sixth Grade Gold Team’s Matthew Ward won today’s 
final round of the National Geographic Bee. 
Matt outlasted six other finalist to become our champion. 
He correctly answered every question he was asked to become a finalist. 
Matt met up with an eighth grader in the final round of the 
National Geographic Bee.  Matt correctly answered the winning question:

Gray wolves were once wiped out from Yellowstone National Park, 
but have made a comeback in recent years due to conservation efforts. 
Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, Montana and which other state?

Matt will complete the online assessment to see if he qualifies to move on to the
Pennsylvania National Geographic Bee.

Congratulations Matt!

Carlisle-based folk/pop group Rivers
 Plays for
 Big Spring Middle School Students
 on January 27th


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

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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.

Journey Through Special Education Conference

CPARC is holding its annual special education conference on March 19th at the Park Inn in Mechanicsburg.  This conference is one of the few in the area that is designed for both parents and staff and is a great opportunity to gain insight into various topics related to special education.  For more information please see the attached brochure.

brochure for viewing.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 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.