A Note From the Principal....

Technology skills are valuable to school success

You may be thinking that your middle schooler already knows all the technology skills she needs. And it's true that most middle school students are very savvy when it comes to the computer. But there are some other technology skills you may not have considered that are very valuable to your child's success in school:
  • Judgment. Some of what your child encounters online will be excellent and helpful information. And a lot of it will be trash. Can your child tell the difference? Monitor what your child sees online. Discuss the source with her.
  • Planning. Ask your child, "Once you find information online, what will you do with it? How will it advance your learning?" Some uses for information found online include adding it to research papers or using it to practice homework problems.
  • Creativity. Almost anyone can create a computer slide show. Your child's teachers will expect her to know how to do this. But is there some unexpected, exciting way she can use and present the information she finds? How about including audio or video in a presentation? Encourage her to use all the tools at her disposal.
Reprinted with permission from the April 2013 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2013 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: M. Stansbury, "Five technology skills every student should learn," eSchool News,  www.eschoolnews.com/2012/09/04/five-technology-skills-every-student-should-learn/.

Important Information

8th Grade Spring Dance 
Friday, May 15, 2015
6:30 - 7:00 Appetizer Reception in the Commons
7:00 - 9:00 Dance in the Gym

Click on the link below for more details.
8th Grade Dance Invitation.JPG
Click on the link below for a Guest Permission Form for the 8th grade Spring Dance.
Dance Permission Request 2015.doc
Sixth and Seventh Grade Girls:
Tryouts for next year's Middle School Cheer Squad will be held May 18 - May 21 in the MS Gym.  

The 2015-2016 School District Calendar is available by clicking on the link below.
2015-2016 School Calendar .pdf

District Announcements

PSSA Parent Information

The PSSA's for students in grades 3-8 will be given at various times throughout the assessment window from April 13th through May 1st.  Please see the links below for additional information.  

Parent Letter All PSSAs 2015 (1).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 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

Parent Pointers
Remember that children learn from your actions more than your words.  Focus on setting a good example.

Encourage your child to volunteer.  

Listen to your child's concerns but discourage whining.

Tell your child to keep a notebook handy when reading.  He can jot down unknown words and look them up later.

Middle schoolers like to make a difference.  Help your child think of ways to help others.

Look for a skill you and your child can learn together.  It's a fun way to get to know your child on a new level.

Write a nice note to your child and stick it in a place where she will see it.

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
Monday, April 27
Today is Day 2
Tuesday, April 28
Today is Day 3
PSSA Testing in 8th grade
Wednesday, April 29
Today is Day 4
PSSA Testing in 8th grade
Thursday, April 30
Today is Day 5
Alternate Bell Schedule
MS students will follow an alternate bell schedule today

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!
Recognized in April for Principal's Spotlight Awards:
6th grade - Ethan Cunningham
7th grade - Kayla Witter
8th grade - Zachary Hasco