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Winter Showcase Night Highlights Student Learning at BFMS

The Bellows Falls Middle School hosted a Winter Showcase Night on Thursday, February 8th featuring student poetry, individual research projects, personalized learning plans, and various opportunities for family engagement. Principal Karen Bukowski said, “Winter Showcase Night continues to be one of the highlights of the school year! It was great to see so many of our families.”

The focal point of this student-centered event was the eighth grade anchor project, an immersive learning experience that challenges students to find and research a topic of interest while utilizing skills they’ve acquired and practiced throughout the school  year. In a process that included weeks of preparation, students conducted research, interviewed experts, and built visuals/interactive aides to help explain their learning to audiences. “The impetus behind the anchor project is to make school relevant to students by giving them a choice in what they learn about.”, said  Dana Aquadro, eighth grade English Language Arts teacher. The anchor project topics were varied and ranged from themes like climate change, sports, maple sugaring, music, history and mental health.

With over 150 families in attendance, this event was a success for all involved.

Free Dental Services at BFMS

Last week during a combined Health and Physical Education class, Barbara Hodgkins RDH, from Children’s Dental Health Care Project made a special presentation to fifth and sixth grade students about the importance of oral health and its relation to the kinds of food and beverages they consume. Bellows Falls Middle School has partnered with the Springfield Medical Care System to offer dental services to students while at school – dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments and oral health education is available at no cost to all students whether or not hey have dental insurance and whether or not they have a regular dental home! The opportunity for improving dental health is made possible through Springfield Medical Care System’s grant from the Holt Foundation.

Oral health and learning about is is important! Multiple exposures to services and education are valuable tools in preventative care for a healthy smile. For more information about this program, please read this Parent Letter. If you’re interested in your child receiving dental services, please fill out these forms

PTO Fundraising Opportunity!

If you go to the Springfield Redemption Center ( 6 Chester Rd)  to redeem your bottles and can you can now contribute your refund to BFMS.  All you have to do is let them know and they save the money in an account and will  issue the PTO a check. The next PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 PM. 

Okemo Ski Program Information – 2018 Season

As we get ready to start our Okemo Ski Program, we wanted to share some important information. Our schedule this season:

  • Sunday, January 7     
  • Sunday, January 21   
  • Sunday, January 28    
  • Sunday, February 4       
  • Sunday, March 4        
  • Sunday, March 11      
  • Sunday, March 18
 Students are picked up and dropped off at the BFUHS parking lot.  Please be aware that the bus will leave promptly at 9 a.m – we do not wait for late arrivals. We ask that everyone arrives by 8:40 a.m. to allow time for equipment to be loaded, participants to be situated on the bus, and attendance to be taken. The bus returns to BFUHS parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Please be on time picking up your child.  ALL students MUST ride the bus to and from Okemo. 
Volunteers – If you are planning to ride the bus (which is very helpful) please let Mandy Walsh know. She can be contacted via Facebook or via email, mandy.walsh@wnesu.com
Thank you!

 

8th Graders: Baby Pictures!

8th graders – The Yearbook Committee needs your baby pictures! Capture the cuteness of your younger days and have your favorite baby picture featured in the 2018 Yearbook! You can give your baby pictures to Ms. Massucco in the Art Room or to Ms. Orianna Baez in Room 411. We will be accepting baby pictures until Friday, January 5th!

Sports News

Congratulations to the BFMS Girls Purple Team for their win at the Keene tournament on Saturday, December 2!

Terrier Times – Student Newspaper

Extra, extra, read all about it! The November 2017 edition of the Terrier Times Student Newspaper is now ready. Click here to read! 

Afterschool Winter Session – Registration Open!

Review and analyze films, build your own recycled racer, save energy around the school building, use your brain to “tinker” and build, learn how to kickbox, or explore the hit musical about Alexander Hamilton – whatever your passion, you will find something to do with A.I.M. Afterschool. Our program runs Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM with a variety of activities that offer enrichment and educational opportunities. Return your forms by December 1st to Room 411, your advisory teacher, or the main office! Session Starts on Monday, December 4 

Click here to sign up online

BFMS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

During the week of October 23rd, students at the Bellows Falls Middle School celebrated the spirit of being drug-free by participating in “Red Ribbon Week” activities. Sponsored by the National Family Partnership, the Red Ribbon Campaign has touched the lives of millions of people around the world for over thirty years.. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in America. The Bellows Falls Middle School’s “Above The Influence” (ATI) group meets weekly with Student Assistance Program counselor, Heather Waryas, and focus on delivering an intentional message about the risks and consequences of drugs and alcohol, while also educating their peers on healthy alternatives. The ATI members, comprised mostly of 5th and 6th graders, led a 40 minute school assembly on Monday morning that concluded with every student in the school receiving a water bottle that read, “The power lies within me to be drug free.”

The ATI members developed and promoted “Spirit Days” for Red Ribbon Week that featured a different message each about living a drug-free life. Students and staff members alike dressed up for the Red Ribbon Week spirit days! Mrs. Waryas said, “the enthusiasm for our Red Ribbon Week spreads throughout the school because it is student-led.” The ATI members chose the themes, voted as a group on spirit days, and did all the promoting and sharing of the drug-free message. The ATI motto is, “Anything that makes me less than me, is not for me, especially drugs or alcohol.” Mrs. Waryas says that throughout the year, ATI conducts many school-wide activities and campaigns, but the support for Red Ribbon Week is always a highlight. She also noted that it takes a very brave student to stand in front of the entire school and present a school assembly and that this ATI group did so with poise, confidence and FUN!