Beginning February 18, 2014, Monday-Friday from 2:10-3:45, we will be offering after school tutoring in preparation for FCAT. Transportation is not provided. Please be prompt in picking your child up at 3:45. The students will need to report to Mr. Meister’s computer lab immediately after the bell. Also, many of the teams are doing their own tutoring 1-2 days per week. Please look for messages from your child’s teachers giving more information on their individual programs.
The BCHS Calendar Pageant will be held on April 12th at 6:00 PM. See the front office for more information and the registration form. You could be crowned and represent a month in the BCHS 2015 Calendar.
GIRLS ONLY will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014 starting at 4 PM. Once the last student is seen, the clinic will close.
BOYS ONLY will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014 starting at 4 PM. Once the last student is seen, the clinic will close.
Please make sure you have the current FHSAA Forms and School Participation Forms completely filled out and notarized. You can obtain these forms from the Athletic Director/Front Office of your school. A notary will be available at the screenings.
DID YOU KNOW?:
Studies show that children who miss excessive days in Kindergarten and 1st grade statistically struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble reading by the end of third grade.
By middle school chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out. (Whether the absences are excused or unexcused is insignificant; they ALL represent LOST TIME OF INSTRUCTION and a lost opportunity to learn from their teacher directly!)
Being LATE to school can lead to poor attendance.
Absences and/or tardiness can affect THE WHOLE CLASSROOM! (The teacher must interrupt instruction to help a child catch up on skills/materials he or she has missed.)
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and THEMSELVES!
Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, AND IN THE WORLD OF WORK.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
· Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
· Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the evening before.
· Do not let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. (Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.)
· If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school guidance counselors, or the principal for advice on how to make him or her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
· Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent from school.
· Avoid medical appointments and long, extended vacation trips when school is in session.
The Spring Book Fair will return to BCMS on March 10-14. Come by and check out all our great titles and cool posters. There will be lots of fun items like pens, pencils and erasers. The fair will be in the media center, and you will need a pass to visit the fair. Parents who can't visit the fair in person are encouraged to order from the online book fair. Info will be sent home at the beginning of March. Parent night will be Tuesday, March 11, from 4pm -7pm.
Students and teachers alike are raving about Veronica Roth’s Divergent. The novel is book one of her action packed trilogy followed by Insurgent (book 2) and Allegiant (book 3).The motion picture is due out in theatres this March. This is a book that offers something for everyone and is definitely one that you won’t want to put down.
Sixteen year old, Tris, makes a life-altering decision at the Choosing Ceremony; she joins another faction. Tris’s dystopian society is made up of five factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Amity and Dauntless. By choosing a completely different faction, she is in for a world of surprises… and secrets. Among them is the fact that she is divergent, but she’s not the only one. As she assimilates to the new life she has chosen and begins to fall for Dauntless member, Four, she is faced with decisions that could alter not only her future, but all of society’s.
(Book Level: 4.8, Points: 16)
Check out Camp S.T.Y.L.E. 2014! Lots of fun activities and adventures. Registration forms will be available on March 1st in the front office. Dates for camp are July 28 - August 1, and the cost is $200. For more info contact Camp Director, Anne Lewis at 259-7822.
The Annual Shoot-It-Up 3 on 3 basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 10 at the high school gym. Registration will be $20 per team and forms will be available at the end of March. Get your team together and join the fun!
The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT's than students with no participation. Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002).
U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.” U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database.
Both of these studies show how important a well-rounded education that includes music is essential to student performance during and after high school.
The 8th grade science students enjoyed a journey into the microscopic world during their recent microscope lab. This lab was made possible through a grant awarded to the science department from the Baker County Educational Foundation for ten new microscopes. Students were amazed to view a diversity of slides including the stages of mitosis, pond water, human hair, hydra, and many other interesting slides. Some of our students have never looked through a microscope before so this was a memorable experience. The 8th grade science teachers are planning additional fun and educational experiences for our students.
The Social Studies Department is proud of our students who participated in the Fundraiser to support Social Studies. With the help of students the Social Studies Department was able to raise money to buy electronic equipment and other supplies for their classrooms. Students who sold 6 items or more will be included in a movie reward day which is scheduled for May 21st.
Ms. Lesley Harvey and Career Specialist, Ms. Clevenger organized a field trip for the S.O.A.R. Class. They toured the Advanced Technology Center and parts of the main campus of Downtown Florida State College of Jacksonville in December.
Mr. Thompson, Director over the automotive program, presented a power point about what a student learns in each of the programs such as collision, diesel, auto body, ASE Cert, etc. He spoke about salaries, and even where they could go into apprenticeships and more.
He took us through three car repair labs and a diesel repair lab containing 3 semi engines.
The Campus tour guide, Mr. Webster, took us through the HVAC (heating and air repair), electrical, and construction labs. He also talked about salaries and how to go from apprenticeships to journeymen and master.
The students were well behaved and showed an interest in everything they were presented with. Even one student said he was “in love with this place!”
Your support by sending in your labels is making a difference. If you are new to our school or new to clipping labels remember the logos pictured here when you buy your family’s groceries. Just clip off the required labels when you get home and send them by your child to his/her first period teacher. We have a contest every month to see which first period class turns in the most labels or bottle caps. The winning class receives a traveling trophy, and the students in the class who participated get to celebrate with a party. Any teacher of a class that brings in over 500 labels gets to choose reward items to use in class.