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WNESU Calendar Change

Special Notice:  The WNESU School Board approved a calendar change for the upcoming Holiday Break.  On the original calendar,  school was to resume on Monday, January 2, 2017School will now resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.   This change also affects the tentative last day of school which was is now Monday, June 12, 2017.  Please note this change on your personal calendars.

A.I.M. Afterschool – Winter Session

winter-2016-webpageHey BFMS – Where do YOU go AFTER School? 

Sign up for the Winter Session of A.I.M. Afterschool! From Strenght Training, Sign Language, Ukulele and Cardboard Engineering – there’s something fun for everyone.

Activities start on Monday, December 5th! You can register online by clicking here. Please contact Ms. Orianna Baez for more information! 

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!

Manufacturing Day

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On October 14th, sixth graders at BFMS participated in the Upper Valley Manufacturing Week. As part of a regional work-force development initiative, students toured two local companies [VerMed and Sonnax] and learned about the various career opportunities in manufacturing and engineering. Pictured above, students at Sonnax were engaged in an exciting demonstration of how to to measure tiny tiny objects as small as a hair strand! 

8th Grade Girls: Young Women In Engineering Workshop

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On Tuesday, October 18th, eighth grade girls participated in the Young Women In Engineering Workshop at the Claremont Community Center. 

These hands-on workshops were led by female engineers, architects, scientists and specialists. Topics included computer animation, mechanical and structural engineering, plasma cutting, marine engineering and bioengineering. The students were able to build, create and assemble models of important engineering systems we see each day. 

Only 14% of engineers in the United States are women; by increasing their exposure to this creative and diverse career, we hope to spark a light of inspiration for our girls! 

Join our CSA Parent Group!

csaBFMS Parents/Guardians –  You’re invited to join our wonderful Parent CSA Group this year.  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month! Get involved – help us support our students and make your voice heard.

Google Classroom – 5th & 6th Grade

IMG_3149Dear Parents and Guardians,

The BFMS ⅚ team would like to welcome you to what we hope will be an outstanding year for our learning community. With that in mind, we wanted to roll out one of the learning platforms we use extensively at our school, Google Classroom.

Google Classroom can be used as a tool for communication. When parents join our “feed”, they receive regular emails about upcoming assignments, missing work, and stay current with what is going on in the classroom. Just send us your email address with the form below or click here to fill out the Google form and we will add you to Classroom.