A Note From the Principal....

Look ahead to the next stage in your child's career--high school

Two-thirds of the school year is gone. Now a big transition looms for many middle schoolers and their parents. High school is a mere six months away. Start preparing your child and yourself.
Expect your child to:
  • Feel excitement about the opportunities high school offers. These include new friendships and more freedom. High school also lets students pursue a wide range of interests through extracurricular activities.
  • Feel nervous. High school standards for academics, behavior and independence are far beyond what most middle schoolers are used to. Then there's the size of the school building and population that may far exceed what your child has now.
To ease your child's anxiety:
  • Tap available resources. Most middle schools give guidance about coping in high school. The high school, too, will likely offer orientation sessions for new students. Urge your child to attend.
  • Talk to your child. Share some of your own high school memories. Discuss the classes your child wants to take and how he will manage his schedule. Have him talk with current high school students about their experiences.
  • Encourage your child. Starting high school is a huge milestone. Your child is growing up. Let him know you are proud of him and are looking forward to this new stage.
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.

Important Information

Eighth grade Course Selection Night will be held on Tuesday March 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium.

Families are invited to attend this informational event to learn about the course selection process, graduation requirements and the high school transition.

The Big Spring Middle School NJHS has challenged Camp Hill Middle School’s NJHS in our annual Big Brother/Big Sister Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser!

Each year the BSMS NJHS fundraises for and donates to BB/BS as our culminating service project.  Our students then participate in the Bowling Event at Midway Bowling Center on March 22.  This year’s theme is Hawaiian Luau Bowl.

***Please help us beat Camp Hill Middle School***

If you would like to donate, please click on the link below and you will be taken to our personal fundraising page.  You may click on one of our registered members or teams and donate any amount you would like.  You may also send donations to Miss Roller at the Middle School.  Checks can be made payable to Big Brother/Big Sister. 


Remember, all donations are tax deductible!!!

Seventh and eighth grade girls interested in trying out for volleyball must have a completed sports physical or approved re-certification prior to tryouts on March 23.  Sports Physicals will be offered on Feb. 10 and Feb. 18 at 7:45 in the MS nurse's office.  Physical permission forms are available in the office and posted on the web page.

Volleyball sign-up will be March 9 - March 18 in the MS office.  (Request a bus pass from the office to get off at the high school during try-outs).

Volleyball try-outs will be March 23 - March 25 at the high school from 3:15 - 5:15 p.m.  

The middle school will be offering an instructional and developmental Golf Program for students in grades 6-8.  The program will be offered Monday evenings at Eagles Crossing Golf Course from 4 – 6 p.m., starting April 6 through May 11.  Informational flyers and registration forms are available in the office or online.  


MS Golf Program.doc
Golf Registration Form.doc

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.

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
Tuesday, March 3
8th Grade Course Selection Night

6:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium

Families are invited to attend this informational event to learn about the course selection process, graduation requirements and the high school transition.

Tuesday, March 10
Two-Hour Delay
Friday, March 13
Snow Make-Up Day
School is in session.
Tuesday, March 17
Alternate Bell Schedule
MS students will follow an alternate bell schedule today
NJHS Sub Delivery
Subs will be available for pick-up in the MS commons from 2:45 - 5:00 p.m.

MS teachers Mrs. Wadlinger and Ms. Stewart created a new "Reading Buddies" program at the Big Spring Middle School.  
Pictured are: Everett Baker and Evan Shenk

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Congratulations to Joey Aulenbacher, seventh grade maroon team student, for winning the Big Spring Middle School National Geographic Bee hosted by sixth grade social studies teacher, Mr. Penner.
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BSMS students competed at the Area M Special Olympic Skiing Competition held at Ski Roundtop on January 22, 2015.  Winning skiers were:
1st - Eric Thorson and Max Williamson 
2nd - Jordan Snook and James Washington IV
3rd - Jaime Clarke and Shylee Jenkins 
Congratulations to all participants for proudly representing Big Spring Middle School!
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Recognized in February for Principal's Spotlight Awards:
6th grade - Jordan Snook
7th grade - Samantha Gries
8th grade - Ben Mansfield