A Note From the Principal....

Be patient and creative when communicating with your child

When your child was in elementary school, she probably couldn't wait to tell you what she learned in math class or who she played with at recess.
But now that she's older, you're lucky to get a mumbled Fine when you ask how her day went. And as hard as that can be for parents, its a normal part of moving toward adulthood.
Of course, that doesn't mean the lines of communication between you and your child must slam shut. It just means you need to be creative about keeping them open. Here's how:
  • Keep asking questions. Prepare for curt replies, but don't give up on learning about your child's life. Don't interrogate her, but do let her know you care about her. Try simple questions like, Who did you eat lunch with? or What did you work on during study hall?
  • Stop and listen. Occasionally, your child may surprise you by wanting to share something. Don't miss it because you're busy checking your email. If she comes up and says, The coolest thing happened today, stop what you're doing and give her your undivided attention.
  • Go high-tech. Rather than poke your head into her room every five minutes, send her a text. Shell probably be so shocked that you'll get her attention!

Important Information

March is Music in Our Schools Month!

The 2015-2016 School District Calendar is available by clicking on the link below.
2015-2016 School Calendar .pdf
Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School applications are now available to interested 8th grade students.  Applications are due April 1, 2015 and can be picked up in the MS Counseling Office.

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
Monday, March 30
End of the Third Marking Period
Today is Day 4
Tuesday, March 31
Today is Day 5
Wednesday, April 1
Due Date
Vo-Tech applications are due today in the Counseling Office.
Today is Day 1

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 March for Principal's Spotlight Awards:
6th grade - Alexia Keiter
7th grade - Garrett Russell
8th grade - Seth Franklin

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.
Geo Bee Winner.JPG
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!
Special Olympic Skiing Winners.JPG