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Congratulations to the BFMS Girls Purple Team for their win at the Keene tournament on Saturday, December 2!
Extra, extra, read all about it! The November 2017 edition of the Terrier Times Student Newspaper is now ready. Click here to read!
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
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!
Bellows Falls Middle School has a Student Assistance Program with services focusing on prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Prevention efforts are focused school-wide by keeping students, faculty and staff aware of information and offering activities promoting healthy living. The Student Assistance Counselor can conduct confidential screenings and provide support and referrals for students demonstrating possible substance use concerns. Mandatory referrals are made when a student violates BFMS’ substance use policy related to substances. Please contact Heather Waryas in the SAP office at 802-463-4366 or email@example.com if you have any questions, concerns or would like services for your child.
In addition, our Student Assistance Counselor, Mrs. Waryas, facilitates two student groups at BFMS. Above The Influence (ATI) and Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) are both student-led prevention groups and all BFMS students are welcome and encouraged to join. Students should contact Mrs. Waryas if interested in either of these peer groups.
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The Bellows Falls Middle School Faculty welcomes you back for the 2017-18 school year!
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
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