A Note From the Principal....

Self-respect is critical for your child's success

Self-respect is essential for middle schoolers. A child with self-respect believes in herself as a worthy person. She knows she deserves to be treated fairly and kindly. And she knows it would be out of character for her to treat others differently.
To foster your child's sense of self-respect:
  • Help her fight negative peer pressure. Talk about ways your child can avoid situations she knows are not right for her.
  • Keep a positive attitude. Everyone experiences bumps in the road. These are temporary. Encourage your child to make a fresh start after a setback.
  • Point out her strengths and explain that people have different strengths and weaknesses. This awareness helps your child control feelings of jealousy. The ability to be happy for others, rather than jealous of them, is an important part of self-respect.
  • Take a firm stance against substance abuse. Tell your child that self-respect includes respect for her personal safety and health.
  • Treat her with respect. Your child needs a model for self-respect. You are the best choice. When you treat her well, she realizes that because you respect yourself, you are naturally respectful to others.

Important Information

Summer Sports Physical Exams for 15-16 will be offered as follows:

June 3 - 7:45 am in the Middle School Nurse’s Office 

July 8 - 8:00 am in the High School Nurse’s Office 

August 4 - 8:00 am in the High School Nurse’s Office 

A Middle School Career Camp is being offered Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm at the Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School.  Information is attached for interested 6th and 7th grade students.
The 2015-2016 School District Calendar is available by clicking on the link below.
2015-2016 School Calendar .pdf

A Message from the Superintendent

Keystone Exam Reminder

The Keystone Exam window will commence on May 13th and conclude on May 27th.  Students currently taking an Algebra I, Biology, or English II course are required to take the exam.  For additional information regarding the exam window and recommendations for students, please see the links below.  

District Announcements

Cafeteria Debt

All cafeteria debt must be paid in full by the end of the school year.  Beginning Monday, May 18, students in grades 6 -12 are not permitted to charge any cafeteria items if their lunch account is negative.  Once the debt has been paid in full, cafeteria privileges will be restored.

Suicide Prevention Night at the Ballpark 
Support suicide prevention in Pennsylvania with our second annual Suicide Prevention Night at the Ballpark. The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) and the PA Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition will once again partner with the Harrisburg Senators for a special suicide prevention night on Friday, June 12.  Also, there will be a Suicide Prevention Night with the Phillies on Friday, June 26. Come out and be a presence to support suicide prevention. In addition to great baseball, the winning submissions for the 2015 PAYSPI youth suicide PSA contest will be on display at both games.   Our own Big Spring team of Libby Anderson, Starr Snyder, and Kevin Brobst produced a 60 second video and won 2nd place in this competition.  You may purchase your DISCOUNT tickets at www.payspi.org by clicking on the baseball slider.

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:

For additional information, you may contact the cafeteria manager at 776-2000 Extension 2481.

MS Twitter Feed

Parent Help Center

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
Friday, May 22
Alternate Bell Schedule
MS students will follow an alternate bell schedule today
Monday, May 25
Memorial Day
School is closed.
Tuesday, May 26
BMX Bike Assembly
Thursday, May 28
Talent Show
9 - 11 a.m.
Friday, May 29
Field Trip
7th grade to field tirp to Midway 9:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Recognized in May for Principal's Spotlight Awards:
6th grade - Kaitlyn Burd
7th grade - Isabella Pittman
8th grade - Tyler Reed

Under the direction of Family and Consumer Science teacher, Mrs. Karen Showaker, students in her Arts Election course made a quilt and donated it to an orphanage in Rwanda, Africa.
Students quilters from left to right (standing): Casey Hagmier, Emma Shughart, Donovan Jones, Hannah Nori, Chloe Hayslett, Katelyn Morgan, Cloe Newbold, Kristen Sebers, Kacey Biscuit, Lauren Shank, Faith Swarner, Caroline Horst, Taylor Gibboney, and Mrs. Showaker.  (kneeling) Will Shriner and Harrison Reisinger
Congratulations to the winners of the Digital Art and Photo Contest sponsored by Art Teacher, Ms. Shambaugh during Youth Arts Month in March


Micaela Myers, 8th Grade Winner "Fly"

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Brianna Reidel, 7th Grade Winner "A Black and White World"

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Isabella Llaguno,  6th Grade Winner "Husky Forest"
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Curtis Gartland, 8th Grade Honorable Mention "Skateboard"

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Aidin Barrick, 6th Grade Honorable Mention "Definite"

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National Junior Honor Society raised $7,000 at Bowl for Kids' Sake to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region.  Kudos to Ms. Roller and NJHS on this outstanding accomplishment!