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"Go WILD on the FCAT!"
FCAT is approaching quickly. Get fired up and ready to go Bobcats! 
CLICK HERE for important FCAT information.

Cheerleading Tryouts

Mandatory Cheerleading Meeting for any 6th and 7th grade girls interested in trying out for the BCMS Cheerleading team on Monday, April 21, 2014 @ 6:30 pm in the 8th grade cafeteria. The student and a parent must attend !!!

 

National Day of Prayer Field Trip

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Youth Power members will be going on a field trip for National Day of Prayer May 1, 2014.

We will be watching a live streaming of the event from Washington D.C at Christian Fellowship Temple. Fellowship, prayer, food, and games will be included in the day’s activities. The form will need to be turned in by Friday, April 25th.

 

ATTENDANCE AND ITS EFFECT ON YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

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.

 

Got Camp?

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.


Are you ready for some Basketball?

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!

 


Bobcat Band Notes

Why band?

     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.


Breakfast & Lunches
Please remember that students are not allowed to charge food at the Middle School nor the High School. However, students are allowed to call home to ask for lunch money to be brought to the school. Students who do not have lunch money should go to the front office for assistance.
Support BCMS by Clipping Labels

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
It is the policy of the Baker County School District that all of its students and employees have an educational and work setting that is free from harassment and bullying of any kind.  The District will not tolerate bullying or harassment of any type. Important Information... 
BCMS Teachers "Step it up"
Go to the link from Channel 4 news to view the video of how our teachers stepped it up for the beginning of the year.
http://www.news4jax.com/news/baker-county-teachers-give-school-a-facelift/-/475880/21555208/-/adww4h/-/index.html

Gooooooooo   BOBCATS!!!!!
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