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Welcome Back Letter From Ms. Bukowski

August 4, 2017

Dear BFMS Parents and Guardians,

As the calendar moves to August, it is time to begin thinking about the upcoming school year.  I want to first welcome our new families to BFMS.  We are excited to have you join the BFMS family!  I usually send out an email every Friday during the school year, please make sure we have your preferred email on file and pass the word to other BFMS families. The purpose of these emails is to help keep you informed of upcoming events and other BFMS news.

If you are new to BFMS remember our New Family/Student Academy is on August 21. The New Student & Family Academy is a great way for incoming families to start the new school year. Students will meet teachers, connect with peers, and make their way through the school building before school begins.  Go to our school website http://bfmiddleschool.org/  for more information and  to access the registration link.

Mark your calendar for  Tuesday, August 29 which will be our Open House and Official Opening of our new green space! We will have hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and water served in our new green space from 5:00-7:00.  Open House is from 4:30-7:30.

I will be sending out another email to inform you of the posting of Advisory Lists and to provide additional information. Please click here for the school supply list broken down by grade level.

Please consider volunteering some time by becoming a part of the Bellows Falls Middle School PTO. The PTO supports BFMS by enriching our students educational experiences by sponsoring numerous activities throughout the year. Our first meeting of the year will be Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30 PM in the Community Room, where we will be finalizing officers, discussing fundraising, especially the annual Ski Swap, and brainstorming other ways we help our BFMS students/families.

At 6:00, on August 28 Mr Gould and Mr Ferenc will host our sports meeting.  If your child plans on participating in our athletic program please plan on attending this informative meeting.

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER-

Monday August  28 6:00 Sports Meeting

Tuesday August 29 Open House and opening of our Green Space 4:30-7:30

Wednesday August 30 First Day of School

Monday September 4 NO SCHOOl Labor Day Holiday

I’m looking forward to a great school year!

Karen A. Bukowski

New Student/Family Academy – Monday, August 21

New Student Academy 2017

Click HERE to RSVP for the New Student/Family Academy

New Student/Family Academy Hours – 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

BFMS Participates In National Walk At Lunch Day!

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Students from the Bellows Falls Middle School walked around downtown Bellows Falls as part of BlueCross BlueShield’s “National Walk At Lunch Day”. This event is designed to encourage youth and adults to start a healthy fitness routine by taking a daily walk. Due to the middle school’s various lunch schedules, students and faculty participated in the walk during morning advisory instead and had a great start to their day!

BFMS Terrier Times – Student Newspaper

Check out the newest edition of our student newspaper – click here! 

Destination Imagination Takes Top Place

E5B691D4- (1)This is the second year in a row that our Destination Imagination group takes first place in the Middle Level Division at the Vermont State Tournament, earning them a spot at Nationals in Knoxville, Tennessee! The “Frederick Douglass, Ninja Wow-rrior” team demonstrated leadership and critical thinking skills in a series of three improvised challenges. Congratulations to our D.I. team and their coach, Mr. DesMarais.

Bellows Falls Middle School Honors Veterans Day

img_0782Bellows Falls Middle School honored Veterans Day with a special assembly this morning. This powerful ceremony led by Band Director Stanley Rumrill included a reading of the Presidential Proclamation and student readings of “Thank You” cards that were completed during Art class for veterans. The assembly featured guest speaker Linda Perham, Army Veteran and past National Vice Commander of the American Legion.

The Bellows Falls Middle School Band honored the day with their rendition of the “National Anthem”, “American The Beautiful”, and “This Is My Country”. They also led a moment of silence to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by playing “Taps”.

On Friday November 11th, Ms. Mary Lou Massucco [Art Teacher] delivered 100 cards to the White River Junction VA Medical Center. Cards were made during art classes. Several more were written directly to veterans and delivered by the students to dads, uncles, and grandfathers.

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Bellows Falls Middle School Students Participate in Mock Election Day!

befunky-collage-2On Tuesday, November 8th – students at BFMS held a mock election during their social studies class with Ms. Davis and Mr. DesMarais. They spent several weeks researching each candidate, ranging from the presidential nominees to local Vermont positions. Here are the final results from our mock student election: 

President & Vice President Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine (Democratic)
Vermont U.S. Senate Patrick Leahy (Democratic)
Vermont U.S. Congress Peter Welch )Democrat/Republican)
Vermont Governor Sue Minter (Democratic)
Vermont Lieutenant Governor  David Zuckerman (Progressive/Dem)
Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce (Democrat/Republican)
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos (Democrat/Republican
Vermont Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer (Democrat/Progressive)
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (Democratic) 

8th Grade Bellows Falls Scavenger Hunt

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Dear Parents & Families: The 8th grade team will be doing an Instagram town scavenger hunt through our advisory program. In an effort to cultivate sense of place and integrate common core technology standards, we had students create scavenger hunts in downtown BF. Next Thursday, Thursday November 10th they will be attempting to find 6 local landmarks utilizing clues written by other advisories.
 
The process has been advisor guided and student directed. It seems to have been a real success in terms of giving students a venue to think more positively  about their community.
 
The teams will post photographs from their scavenger hunt using teacher directed accounts: aquadroadvisory, desmaraisadvisory, bizaouiadvisory, readadvisory, oakesadvisory and strothmanadvisory.
 
Follow their process!