A Note From the Principal....

You have the biggest impact on your child's school achievement

Do you think the quality of a school makes the greatest differences in a student's overall academic success?  Think again!  Studies show that parent involvement has the biggest impact on kids' achievement.  

Researchers compared "family social capital" and "school social capital."  They defined family social capital as:
  • The degree of trust between parent and child.
  • The amount of communication at home.
  • The level of parent involvement in education.
Researchers defined school social capital as:
  • The availability of extracurricular activities.
  • Teacher morale.
  • The willingness and ability of staff to meet students' needs.
  • The presence of a positive learning environment.
It turns out that kids with high levels of family social capital but low levels of school social capital do better than kids with more perks at school but less parental input at home.

To remain actively involved in your child's schooling:
  • Connect with his teachers.  Attend parent teacher conferences.  Read every handout that comes home.  Regularly visit the school's website to see what's new.
  • Take an interest in what he's learning.  Every night, ask you child about what he did in school that day.  And don't settle for a reply of "Nothing."
  • Encourage him to aim high.  "You're doing great in math!  How about taking honors next year?"
Source: M.J. Dufur and others, "Does Capital at Home Matter More than Capital at School?  Social Capital Effects on Academic Achievement,"  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Elsevier Ltd., niswc.com/mid_impact.

Important Information

Awards Ceremony

Friday, June 3, 2016

Sixth Grade - 8:00 a.m.
Seventh Grade - 9:00 a.m.
Eighth Grade - 10:00 a.m.

Middle School Office: 776-2471

Middle School Fax: 776-2468

Principal's Spotlight

Principal's Spotlight
April Recipients
Anthony Wakler - 6th         Dalilah Cassell - 7th     McKenzie Dingman - 8th 

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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

Last Day of School
Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, May 2
Progress Reports issued this week
Wednesday, May 11
Spring Concert
7:00 p.m. in the MS Auditorium
Friday, May 13
8th Grade Spring Dance
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Monday, May 30
Memorial Day
Students and Staff Off
Thursday, June 2
Last Day of School

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.


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.