Barrington Middle School
BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: May 4, 2021
The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Excel!
Barrington Middle School’s Mission is to empower all students to excel in character, citizenship, collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking, so that they may positively impact the future.
BMS Upcoming Events:
Week of May 3, 2021:
Teacher Appreciation Week:
This week, Barrington Middle School looks to celebrate our amazing educators. Below is a week-long plan created by our PTO. Please help celebrate our teachers!
DEI-themed Art Show a Big Success:
The DEI-themed Arts Show was a great success! We had a number of middle school students who submitted pieces of work/art into the showcase sponsored by BHS. Please see a link to the art showcase below!
Mental Health Awareness Month Led by Student Council:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and BMS has some exciting plans! These plans include (but are not limited to) bringing in speakers to talk to each grade about mental health, holding a fundraiser, a whiteboard decorating contest, and spirit days. This month, Relax and Rewind Day will also be introduced to students. Student Council hopes R&R can take place during FAST. It is suggested to plan a brief R&R activity on Wednesdays and Fridays during FAST for students to settle down. Each week has a theme: week one is arts and crafts, week two is puzzles and board games, week three is physical activity, and week four is movies and decoration. Student Council will provide you with a list of creative ideas for R&R activities that can be incorporated into FAST.
In addition, to support mental health awareness Student Council is asking students/faculty to wear green throughout the month: Wednesday, May 5th; Friday, May 14th;Tuesday, May 18th; and Friday, May 28th.
There is currently a book drive being held from now until May 30th. All donations will go to Books Are Wings, which supplies books to children in need, or Books Through Bars, which donates books to inmates across the country. Paperback books are preferred, and no spiral bound books. Please drop off donations in the designated box on each floor.
Best Buddies Walk-a-Thon Save the Date!
Our BMS Best Buddies Chapter will be hosting a Walk-a-Thon at BMS on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Please stay tuned for more information on how to participate and contribute!
The Middle School Wrestling is not able to run this school year due to COVID 19. We expect to have our programs fully operational in the Winter of 2021-2022. Although we cannot have competitions, we would like to have some training sessions for those middle schoolers interested in improving their skills. There will be weekly sessions over the next 4 weeks at the high school. Space is limited due to COVID protocols. We would ask that an athletic physical within the past 10 months be provided. All participants must have a negative Binax test weekly in order to participate. Make sure you complete the consent form for BinaxNow testing at the Middle School.
Sessions on Tuesday and Thursday will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Barrington High School.
Screenagers Virtual Showing:
There will be a virtual presentation of Screenagers: the Next Chapter Wednesday, 5/5/21 at 7pm presented by the East Bay Regional Prevention Coalition, Barrington Public Library and The BAY Team. After the viewing there will be a panel discussion about the impact of device use by teens with Student Assistance Counselors: Joanne Royley of BHS, Katie Hamel of BMS and Christine Bandoni of Mount Hope HS. To register for the event please use this link: Register Here!
Year in Review Family Feedback Opportunities:
BMS will continue to provide families with an opportunity in May to provide feedback on what went well this year and opportunities for improvement. The goal of these meetings is to hear from families on what worked well as we navigated learning over this past year and what strategies/practices we want to continue next school year.
Seasonal Allergies vs. COVID-19? News from the Nurse:
Please click here for a summary of how to identify whether symptoms are related to seasonal allergies or COVID-19.
Upcoming BMS Zoom Events for 5th Grade Families:
In order to prepare families for their students’ transition to the middle school next year, BMS administration and faculty will be hosting a few informational open houses on Zoom. Click here for specific topics and dates.
Students in Grade 6 will be taking their Math RICAS assessments on Monday, May 10th and Friday, May 14th. Grade 6 distance learners will also be taking the assessment on these dates.
Students in Grade 7 will be taking their ELA RICAS assessments on Tuesday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 5th. Grade 7 Math RICAS testing, will be administered on Thursday, May 20th and Friday, May 21st. Grade 7 distance learners will also be taking the assessments on these dates.
Students in Grade 8 will be taking their Math RICAS assessments on Tuesday, May 11th and Wednesday, May 12th. The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) will be administered on Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th. Grade 8 distance learners will also be taking the assessments on these dates.
News from our BMS Media Center:
BMS Weekly Trivia:
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