It was an exciting day, our new gaga pit has arrived! Thanks to Mrs. Willis' and her classes and expertise of building our new and improved recess set up. A special shout out to Mrs. MacPhee and the student council who has been fundraising for the past two years to help make recess time a little more fun and purchased our new equipment piece. Within seconds of finishing, the pit was filled and they were ready to play!
Stay tuned as we have a longer term project with our RREV grant and Mrs. Willis' 8th grade classes working to spruce up and improve our recess space!
BMS Families - Have you checked your mail/email? Information about Student Led Conferences and sign-up instructions were emailed and mailed out this week. Save the date for our conferences on November 20th!
Student Led Conferences empower students with the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning by sharing pieces of work and self reflection as a learner. Every BMS student will have created a portfolio with work samples from all classes that showcases their strengths, recognizes their weaknesses and highlights their growth as a learner.
We saved posting this yesterday because we wanted our students to proudly share at home last night that they earned student of the month for October! We sure hope they did because we are SO PROUD of them and hope they are proud of themselves. Congratulations to our October students of the month!
Citizenship: Ryleigh Hall
Most Academic: Stellan Matzke
Habits of Work: Clara Smith
Citizenship: Ajay Hinton
Most Academic: Ame'lie Quesada
Habits of Work: Nathaniel Mitchell
Citizenship: Abigail Thomas
Most Academic: Annabella Cobb
Habits of Work: Amelia Mitchell
Citizenship: Josephine Dunn
Most Academic: Caroline Willis
Habits of Work: Sam Beaulieu
Citizenship: Penelope Clemons
Most Academic: Liam Willoughby-Bertrand
Habits of Work: Leonard Burnham
Citizenship: Autumn Perry
Most Academic: Max Couture
Habits of Work: Addison Hill
We had a handful of students and families catch yesterday's solar eclipse out back in our recess area. A special thanks to Mr. Wright who took cardboard boxes and made pinhole cameras to use!
Lights, Camera, Action!
On Friday, we had a professional film crew in the Seguin House's science classes. Mrs. Wright has been one of twelve middle school teachers in Maine that has been apart of a grant through National Science Foundation along with the Gulf of Maine Institute, Bowdoin College and Vanderbilt University. The team of teachers and researchers were studying how to support students create best models of the natural world. This has been a two year project and to celebrate their work they are creating a short documentary film to share among the education community. Congratulations to Mrs. Wright on all her efforts and hard work to make this happen. Our students were excited to be a part of it and also had some fun playing with some of their equipment after the filming.
This morning we announced and celebrated our September Students of the Month! Congratulations, we are so proud of you all!
Habits of Work- Jaxon Crowley
Most Academic – Lyra Ricciardone
Citizenship- Owen Bobbe
Habits of Work- Sadie Daniels
Most Academic – Abigail Tidwell
Citizenship- Jameson Lincoln
Habits of Work- Owen Colwell
Most Academic – Alden Perow
Citizenship- Alice Lyons
Habits of Work - Kylee Murphy
Most Academic – Elliana Wallace
Citizenship - George Newcomb
Habits of Work - Zander Willoughby- Bertrand
Most Academic – Maya Garant
Citizenship - Kenzee King-Votra
Habits of Work - Ayla Otis
Most Academic – Malcolm Russo
Citizenship - Jayden Gonzalez
This October, our character building theme is PERSEVERANCE. While our monthly themes may have prizes and challenges; our overall goal and aligned CREW lesson are to help students recognize and highlight the acts and things they are doing already everyday to demonstrate these character traits. In CREW, students brainstorm and share examples of these characteristics while reflecting on how they are showing them as individuals to support themselves and others in our community.
Pictured below are students on FLOW one early morning last week. This is a perfect example of perseverance; on a foggy day paddling through whatever the day brings. No matter the challenge, we know our students show perseverance everyday and we couldn't be prouder of them for that. We can't wait to celebrate those moments more this month!
Tomorrow, we are excited for our Perseverance Play-Off competitions by grade level assemblies!
Talk about the best way to start a Friday on the first week back to school...this morning we 'clapped in' our 6th grade students to welcome them to BMS! A tradition where 7th and 8th grade students and staff line the perimeter of the school while 6th grade walks a lap of the school as we cheer loud with a warm welcome!
A special thanks to our 8th graders who were outside bright and early this morning to write the names of every new students and greeting messages on our sidewalks and recess area.
This was our first of many special school community celebrations of the year!
Save the date and join us on August 31st between 2-3pm for an ice cream treat and for students to see their homeroom classroom!
Great news! The 2022-2023 yearbooks are in! Pre-ordered books can be picked up on Tuesday, July 25th at McMann Field from 5:30-6:30 PM!
That's a wrap! When you start 6th grade at BMS, we have a 'clap-in' to welcome students to our community. On the last day of school, we 'clap out' the 8th graders. Around our school sidewalks, you will see the names of 117 8th graders who are heading off to high school. Our 6th and 7th graders lined the outside of the building; we cheered loud, danced to music and gave many high fives to send them off!
An end of the year tradition is our annual BMS field shot with our student body! 6th graders form the 'B', 7th takes the 'M' and 8th graders create the 'S'. We are grateful for every member of our BMS community!
We recognized over 200 students last night on McMann Field for their academic achievement this school year. The sunny skies, bleachers filled with families while proud BMS staff and cheerful students filled the field to celebrate their excellence, we couldn't have asked for a better night! Kudos to all our students who received awards and thank you to all that attended last to celebrate!
FIELD DAY 2023 SUCCESS!
We kicked off field day with a full school pep rally and challenges before heading to the fields for grade level activities for field day. Not to mention an amazing Taylor Swift song performance by 8th graders; Maisie Mains and Gracious Emery to kick off the pep rally. Lots of smiles and fun today! A shout-out to Ms. Gail and Mr. Bennoch for all their efforts to organize today's events.
Last week, we honored our student-athletes at our Spring Sports Awards Night. We also introduced our Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award which recognizes an 8th grade student who shows outstanding commitment and achievement in academics and athletics. The selected student-athlete demonstrates leadership both in the classroom and as a teammate. This year's recipient was a member of our boys' soccer, basketball and baseball teams while being a dedicated 8th grade student in the Seguin House. Our BMS Athletic Director, Mr. Brawn presented the Inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award to Oscar Gallant. Congratulations, Oscar!
Speaking of awards, our Academic Awards Night is tomorrow (Wednesday 6/21) at 6pm at McMann Field. Students who are receiving an award should have received an invitation in the mail.
Our 8th graders had so much to celebrate this week. They did an outstanding job at passages reflecting and sharing their future goals as they look towards high school in a few months! Thank you to all the community members and families who made time this week to join our students in their passage presentations.
8th Grade Seguin House also kept busy and packed the cafeteria for their Sustainable Energy Debate on Wednesday! Students debated and highlighted their findings to support their chosen energy sources.
Kudos to all our 8th graders on their hard work - we have some fun stuff planned next week to celebrate your final week as middle school students!
We kicked off our day with our all school CREW led by our 6th grade. We have 3 of these each year, each led by a grade level of students. Today, 6th grade led the school through CREW activities of sharing about their expedition work, shout-outs to students, a fun game of beach ball hacky sack amongst CREW classes. Lastly, we then got to see our BMS Rock Band rock the stage - they are definitely a crowd favorite!
Today was the last day of Connections class of the year. Ms. Gail's Snack Attack Connections class took a field trip to The Fountain Ice Cream & Deli. They have been making weekly snacks in school but walking downtown into our community for some tasty treats seemed like a great way to wrap up the year! It is safe to say that adding Connections classes has been a big hit this year for students and staff!
In June, we are wrapping up the year with the focus and theme on COMMUNITY. Last week, students reflected, discussed and shared how they show all the characteristics we have celebrated this school year and see every day in our community. Outside of every classroom, each CREW class posted the ways they have demonstrated this in our school community and beyond. They are simple and important reminders sprinkled through our hallways, here are just a few!
We welcomed our former BMS students and Morse High School Class of 2023 graduates back into the hallways of their middle school to celebrate them in their graduation parade this afternoon! It was a special moment to see our current students look up to graduating seniors whether they knew them, were hugging their siblings or simply amazed by the wave of blue and white cap and gowns! Not to mention BMS teachers who were excited to see the smiling faces of their former students. It was another reminder of the wonderful COMMUNITY we have, this is definitely one of our favorite traditions!
To the Class of 2023, Congratulations! We are so proud of you and all your accomplishments!