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WEATHER ALERT – 12/1/15 : Due to icy road conditions, ALL afterschool basketball practices and A.I.M. activities are CANCELLED tonight!

Penny Wars!

On behalf of your Bellows Falls teachers, staff, and Student Council, we would like to invite you to participate in our first annual Penny Wars.  Students compete as a class against the other grades by tossing their spare change into the plastic jugs that will be outside the auditorium doors.  For every penny that is thrown into their class’ jug, that grade will get one point.  For every coin or bill that is NOT a penny, such as nickels, dimes, or quarters, they will count as negative points to their class’ total.  Choose wisely where you place your coins, as the winning grade gets their class engraved onto a money trophy! Proceeds go towards field trip funding.   Start saving your pennies, the Penny Wars will begin right after Thanksgiving break!

Winter Session – Afterschool Activities!

WINTER Poster 2015-16 2New Session starts on Monday, December 7th! Register Online – Click Here

Afterschool: Learning Happens After 3:00 PM – Learn how to play the ukelele, produce your own TV show with our local access channel, use your imagination to create art with clay, expand your mind with Destination Imagination, challenge yourself with martial arts, or get your creative with cooking – whatever your passion, you will find something to discover with A.I.M. Afterschool!

Our program runs Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM with a variety of activities and educational opportunities. We also offer bus transportation for students who need it. Please contact Ms. Baez at 802-463-4366 ext. 411 for more information or at orianna.baez@wnesu.com

resortlogo_okemoOkemo Ski Program RegistrationSign up forms for the Okemo Ski program are available in the Front Office (Dania’s desk). These must be returned no later than Friday, December 4th! Students must also bring their own ski equipment as Okemo does not provide student rentals on Sunday.

BFMS Annual Ski Sale

SKISALE2015Join us on Saturday, December 5th for the Bellows Falls Middle School’s Annual Ski Sale.

This yearly event is organized by the Community Supported Activities parent group and benefits the student fund at BFMS. Come and purchase winter sports equipment!

The Ski Sale will be located in the BFMS Cafeteria (please enter through the Cherry Street door) from 12PM to 3PM. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase!

Parents: Volunteers are still needed for this event; please consider volunteering some time or donating baked goods/other food items. Please click here for sign-ups!

November Food Drive @ BFMS!

2015 - FOOD DRIVESupport our November Food Drive, benefiting “Our Place Drop In Center” in Bellows Falls. Starting on Friday, November 6, students can bring in non-perishable food items to their advisory. Items will be collected each week by Student Council. The top advisory in each grade will win a pizza party.

Join us in supporting our community and bring in food items!

Sixth Graders Participate in Manufacturing Week

thumb_IMG_2550_1024In an effort to expose students to manufacturing career opportunities in the Connecticut River Valley, BFMS sixth graders participated in the Upper Valley Manufacturing Week on October 6. They visited Sonnax and VerMed.

Students got to experience a hands-on, “behind the scenes” tour of these local manufacturing facilities while learning the different roles of every person involved in the building process.

This Manufacturing Week trip was made possible through the collaboration of the Guidance Department of BFMS, the Middle School Outreach Coordinator at the River Valley Tech Center and the wonderful employees of Sonnax and VerMed.

Welcome Back To The 2015-16 School Year!

Here’s some useful information for this academic year:

2015-16 Student Handbook Click Here
Power School Log-In Click Here
Parent Portal Information Click Here
Report Card/Trimester Schedule Click Here
2015-16 WNESU Calendar Click Here

Meet Our New Principal!

KarenHello, 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!

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