DID YOU KNOW?:
Over 250 BCMS students have missed 5 or more days this school year.
Over 40 BCMS students have missed 10 or more days this school year.
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 Baker County Press will be featuring three holiday-themed writing contests this fall and would like to encourage our students to submit contest entries for any of the three contests detailed below. The Baker County Press will be publishing in the newspaper the top two or three entries in each age division, and the first place entry will win $50. The age divisions will be as follows: 13 and under, 14-18, 19 and over. Here are the details/deadlines on the three respective contests:
· Thanksgiving essay contest: Essays of no more than 1000 words answering the question, "What are you thankful for this year?" must be received by November 15 and include the author's name, age and contact phone number.
· Christmas short story contest: Christmas-themed short stories of no more than 2000 words must be received by December 13 and include the author's name, age and contact phone number. The entries will be judged by the newspaper's staff for creativity, completeness and entertainment value as well as grammar, spelling, punctuation and the like.
email@example.com by mail to PO Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063, or hand delivered to our office at 104 S. 5th St. Mon-Friday 9 AM-5 PM.
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.
Peer Mediation will be selling pizza slices for $1 every Wednesday beginning November 6th. Look for us by the busses.
A special AR thank you goes out to our friends at Winn Dixie. For every student who earned their required AR points, Winn Dixie will honor a coupon for a free cupcake. BCMS had 100’s of students who earned coupons for a free cupcake from Winn Dixie.
Yearbooks are on sale for $30 until February 5th.
8th graders Only: Baby pictures and ad space are going fast. See Ms. Beth Davis for details.
Remember for safety reasons an appropriate ID is required for all entries into the middle school. This includes parent conferences, check-outs, deliveries, etc…This is District Policy for the 2012-2013 school year. Also due to valuable learning time in the classroom, student messages will only be delivered at 10:15 AM and 1:10 PM. We are committed to keeping children safe and your cooperation is vital.
We also need to curb outside lunch deliveries. Not only are lunch deliveries a security problem there is also a health factor involved. Let us all work together to keep our children safe and healthy.