Here’s some useful information for this academic year:
|2015-16 Student Handbook||Click Here|
|Power School Log-In||Click Here|
|Report Card/Trimester Schedule||Click Here|
|2015-16 WNESU Calendar||Click Here|
Hello, my name is Karen Bukowski and I am the new Bellows Falls Middle School Principal, I’m also a new Vermonter, having recently moved from the Chicago Metropolitan area where I was born, raised, attended college, taught and was a school administrator. My official hometown is Oak Park, Illinois a suburb just west of the Chicago city limits. Oak Park is the birthplace of writer Ernest Hemingway and it’s also famous for being where architect Frank Lloyd Wright had his home and studio (it is still there and attracts many tourists at all times of the year) – one of the high school’s alumni is Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s!
I’ve been in education over 25 years. I began my career as a Physical Education Teacher and then became an Assistant Principal at the Middle School level, and recently was the Principal of Forest Park Middle School (FPMS) for 13 years. Outside of school, I enjoy biking, hiking, golfing, swimming, snowshoeing, cross country skiing kayaking – basically any outdoor activity. I can downhill ski but I haven’t really done any skiing for a few years. (There aren’t many mountains in Illinois) Therefore, I’m looking forward to more skiing now that I’m a Vermonter.
Since I’m from Chicago, I’m a Bears, Cubs, Bulls and of course the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks! However, my new favorite team is going to be the BFMS Terriers! My door is open and I welcome the opportunity to meet the students and families of Bellows Falls Middle School. I’m looking forward to great school year – Go Terriers!
On Tuesday April 15, 2015, the Bellows Falls Middle School Band performed at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. After months of preparation, this was a dream come true for a group of talented musicians hailing from a small, rural town in Vermont. Led by BFMS band director, Stanley Rumrill, the students performed a list of songs chosen for this specific occasion. What an honor!
Congratulations to the BFMS Destination Imagination team for placing third at the Vermont D.I tournament for the Middle Level Improv Games and winning first place in the Instant Challenge! The team traveled to Burlington High School to compete against students from across Vermont! A big thanks to Mr. Cliff DesMarais for leading the group to victory this year. Destination Imagination is a national creative problem solving program that challenges students to work together!
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We all got a BIG surprise during Friday’s Student of the Month assembly when a “renowned group of percussion soloists” joining the band for a special performance turned out to be none other than our teachers (Mr. Harris, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Read, Ms. Davis)! A special thanks to Mr. Rumrill for orchestrating [pun intended] this fun-filled number!
After a month long food drive to benefit the Our Place Drop In Shelter, students from the Bellows Falls Middle School collected a total of 2,280 food items, doubling their original goal of 1,200. In what has now become an annual event, the drive culminated in a human chain that went around the school to symbolize the importance of giving to others.
“This is going to make a lot of people happy”, commented a sixth grader as he passed along each food item down a line that extended throughout the four levels of the middle school building. To build up an incentive, teachers developed a friendly competition between grades, with the winning team receiving a half-day of gym time and games. The results were very close with the 7th and 8th grade team collecting 1,116 food items and the 5th and 6th graders bringing in 1,164 – a 48 item difference!
A special assembly was held on Monday at the Bellows Falls Middle School in honor of Veteran’s Day. The event was opened with a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” by the middle school band, chorus, and 7th and 8th grade general music group. Guest speakers Richard Long (Social Studies teacher at Kurn Hattin) and Cheryl Gay-Sherwin, Air Force Veteran (Speech/Language Therapist at WNESU) spoke on the importance of honoring veterans, and of paying it forward by serving the community.
A special homage was paid to the Bellows Falls Union graduates who gave the last full measure of their devotion to their country in World War II – Raymond Metcalf (Class of 1933), Bertrand Roby (Class of 1936), Edward Naski (Class of 1937), Donald Shaugnessy (Class of 1937), Gordon Graham (Class of 1938), Robert Roby (Class of 1938), Anthony Lowkowgi (Class of 1939), Stephan Woynar (Class of 1939), Lloyd Fairbrother (Class of 1941), Raymond Massucco (Class of 1941), William Burrough, Jr (Class of 1943), Robert Huntoon (Class of 1943), Lawrence Gray (Class of 1944). A plaque honoring these brave men was donated by the BFUHS class of 1944 and is displayed outside the main doors of the auditorium.