A Note From the Principal....

Use report-card time to set goals and celebrate academic success

Your middle schooler just brought home a report card. You can use this as a learning opportunity if you:
  • Talk about it. Are there any surprises--good or bad? Discuss them. If you're upset about a particular grade, though, don't start yelling. Not only will it shut down communication with your child, it's also pointless. So stay calm. "I'm disappointed about that C in language arts. We need to talk about it some more."
  • Set goals. Use your child's report card to chart a course for the rest of the year. If she did well, talk about how she can keep up the good work. If she struggled, brainstorm ways to improve things going forward. "You did a great job of turning in your science homework, but you stumbled on tests. What if I start quizzing you each night the week leading up to a test?"
  • Celebrate. Straight A's are always a reason to celebrate, but if your child worked hard to bring a C up to a B, she deserves a pat on the back--or a surprise treat--too!
Reprinted with permission from the February 2015 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2015 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.

Important Information

Memory Books orders may be placed online using the link below.

Middle School Memory Book.pdf
Middle School Memory Book Order Information.pdf

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 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.

Cafeteria Information

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.

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It Matters: Building Character

Perseverance is the key to your middle schooler's success

Perseverance is the ability to stick with a task or continue with a goal even when things get tough. Without it, your child's success in school, and in life, will be greatly limited.

To encourage perseverance:

  • Support your child's goals. Suppose he has a goal of raising a grade from a C to a B this grading period. He plans to achieve this by studying 30 minutes each night. Leave the studying to your child. But encourage him to come to you and report success each time he puts in the 30 minutes. Applaud him for doing it on his own.
  • Emphasize practice. Each time your child practices getting better at anything, he is showing an ability to persevere. Sometimes the thought of a lot of practice is overwhelming. Emphasize small steps. This week, he can do three math problems a night. When this is comfortable, he can move up to four or more.
  • Waste less time. Television, social media and texting are distractions that can hold your child back. Make a deal that you will each cut back on a time-waster for 10 minutes a night. Use the time to do something productive.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2014 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2014 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: B. Lewis, What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A Guide to Building Character, Free Spirit Publishing.

Click on the link below to view the 2014-2015 BSSD Calendar
District Calendar 2014-2015.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
The middle school welcomes new secretary, Mrs. Mary Beth Miller to the School Counseling Office.  Mrs. Miller replaces Mrs. Holtry who recently retired.
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Friday, January 30
Second Marking Period Awards Assembly
6th grade 11:07-11:37
8th grade 11:40-12:10
7th grade 12:13-12:43

Alternate Bell Schedule
Students will follow an alternate bell schedule today.
Thursday, February 5
Parent/Teacher Conferences
3:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Friday, February 13
Student Council
Valentine's Dance 6 - 8 p.m.
Monday, February 16
Snow Make-Up Day
School is in session.

Middle school students Isabella Pagel, Sara Hankins, Carlee Sheaffer, Gemma Laverty, Grace Patterson, Dominick Kyle, and Memphis Elliot traveled with Vocal Music Teacher Mrs. Lori Shover to participate in the PMEA District 7 Songfest.  
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Recognized in January for Principal's Spotlight Awards:
6th grade - Tylere Snuffer
7th grade - Hailey Gilligan
8th grade - Hanna Durff

Students from Big Spring Middle School participated in Special Olympics at Ski Roundtop on Thursday, January 22.
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Ms. Stewart, Shylee Jenkins, and Mr. Muller take a moment for a quick picture at Ski Roundtop.