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BMS December Bridges Newsletter
Posted on 12/06/2022
December 2022

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2022

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

December 1:  Early Dismissal, 10:55am;  Parent/Teacher Conferences, 5:30pm-8:30pm

December 2:  Early Dismissal, 11:39am;  Parent/Teacher Conferences, 12:20pm-2:35pm

December 8:   BMS Winter Concert, 7:00pm

December 13: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00pm

December 16: 2nd Interim Reporting Period Ends

December 23:  Early Dismissal, 10:55am; Winter Recess begins

December 25:  Christmas Day

January 1, 2023: New Year’s Day

January 3, 2023: School Re-Opens


Please Help Support the BMS Yearbook

Order a yearbook for your child online at: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=AO5654575 or access the link from my yearbook page on our website.

Prices for the full color 2022-2023 yearbook are as follows:

*Yearbook: $30                           *Business card: $30

*1/4 page: $50                            *Half Page: $75

If interested please send a business card, photograph, or congratulatory wish in a camera-ready copy to Carmela Fountain at [email protected]  

I must receive the information NO LATER than Friday January 6th to meet the yearbook deadline!  Thank you in advance for your continued support!

~Carmela Fountain, Yearbook Advisor

TEAM 6

Dear Team Six Families,

Please take this opportunity to have your child restock binders with lined paper and replenish pencils, pens, and erasers. This would be a great time to add a shortcut to the digital agenda for easy access.  Click here for digital agendaIf a binder is not holding up, please replace it with a new one.  Completing this task will help your child come to class well prepared. Lastly, don’t forget to become a Canvas observer!

Middle School is known as the great transition.  This is a time of incredible growth for middle school students!  The brain is literally a work in progress as the frontal lobes mature and neural networks grow (learning).  The children need our support, protection, and encouragement as they gain confidence and competence.  We, therefore work to: respect and honor each student; create a safe, caring, supportive and trusting environment where all children can learn; set clear guidelines and high expectations for all students; model district core values; help students in making increasingly skillful choices; have knowledge of and experience with a variety of strategies to help students be more successful; show our enthusiasm about being with middle school students; and communicate with and engage parents in supporting student needs.  Thank you for being our partners in this noble effort!  Enjoy a wonderful winter holiday season!  Wishing you and yours peace, health and happiness in the New Year!   Team Six Teachers

TEAM 7

ScienceIn 7th grade science, the students have been looking closely at cells. Using the microscopes, we have discovered the differences between plant cells (from an onion) and animal cells (from our own cheeks!).  We have also created cell analogies to better understand the different cell structures and their functions.  Next, we will begin to learn about the different processes that cells undergo in order to sustain life (diffusion, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration).

ELA:  In December we will begin our next whole class novel, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. This book is based on a true story. It focuses on the experiences of two adolescents in Sudan: Nya, a girl who faces the challenges of growing up in Southern Sudan in 2008 where basic resources are scarce, and Salva, a “lost boy” refugee who walks away from his war-ravaged village in 1985. Throughout our exploration of this novel, we will explore many essential questions including: How do individuals survive in challenging environments? How does overcoming extreme adversity propel an individual to persevere? And in seemingly dire situations, how does hope guide decisions?  In addition to our work with this book in class, students will continue to read their choice books at home. Parents, please encourage your child to keep reading for pleasure at home!

MathMath 7 spent November learning algebraic terminology and solving algebraic equations, helping their friend Mr. X be alone.  In December, they will be using formulas and algebra to solve real world geometric problems.

Accelerated Math: Accelerated math has completed a unit on angles and triangle relationships and in December they will round the month out with their study of circles and other geometric shapes.

Social Studies: In December we will be studying the Road to the Revolution through primary source documents.  Students will learn to look critically at documents, examining them for Type of Source, Author, Audience, Bias, Purpose, Content and Context.  Students will also be learning how to use what they learn to write a historical essay on the Causes of the American Revolution.  This is the kind of thinking and writing they will need to learn how to do in order to be successful as they move up the grade levels.

TEAM 8

ELA:  The students should be extremely proud of their work on the refugee narrative project; the poems they wrote capture many of the challenges refugees face when fleeing home. We have moved on to a unit of Courageous Choices and Taking a Stand which uses short works to explore these two concepts. Ms. Brescia will guide students through a literary analysis essay reflecting their learning about theme before she leaves us on Dec 23.

Science: Students will be investigating the effect of thermal energy on matter. They will be challenged to build a device to keep an ice cube frozen under a heat lamp. We will cap this unit off with a demonstration using liquid nitrogen. At the end of the month, we will begin exploring electrical energy and how turbine generators produce electricity in both renewable and nonrenewable forms.

MathMath 8 students are completing the Equations of lines unit and then we will head into a shorter unit on Proportional relationships.  Algebra I students are headed into their fourth unit of the year, linear functions.

Social Studies:  Students will be wrapping up our Age of Imperialism Unit and will cover The Great War before winter break. Please continue to look at the Daily Agenda on Canvas if you are absent, miss an assignment, etc. as well as the Canvas calendar for any updates. We’d also like to thank Ms. Grady for taking over the class and wish her luck in her future career!

LLL

Art:  Middle school art classes have been hard at work sculpting with clay and plaster.  We have also been creating some fantastic 2-D works of art as well. Please check out your child’s gallery on Artsonia.com.  Art club:  Thank you for your support of knitting art club! Please drop off any finished blankets to the art room no later than 12/20.  Blankets will be donated to local hospitals for the maternity ward, NICU, and pediatric unit.  Meetings 12/13 and 12/20.

8th Grade FACS:  This month in 8th grade FACS we are exploring the world of work - working papers, job applications, interviews, and paychecks.  Students are cooking in small groups and continuing self-paced financial literacy lessons.

6th Grade FACS:  Sixth grade students will work on the following:  study skills and study spaces, clothing care and laundry skills, set up their Naviance account and build their digital career portfolio.  Ask your student about their sewing project!  We’ll end the ten weeks with goal setting, financial literacy skills and some basic kitchen skills.

Chorus & Band:  Please join us for our annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.  Students should arrive at school no later than 6:30.  Concert attire is all black, or black and white.  We look forward to sharing our music with you!

Foreign Language:  7th grade Spanish students are learning to describe their family members and homes this month. Students are able to tell the name, age, birthday, and describe family members’ personality and physical characteristics. Students will explore houses and apartments in the Spanish-speaking world by looking at authentic real estate websites and then make comparisons to their own homes.

8th grade Spanish:  Students are wrapping up review of 7th grade content and will soon begin to acquire vocabulary associated with clothing and shopping. Before winter break, students will investigate various Hispanic traditions such as Las Posadas, la lotería in Spain, superstitions surrounding la Nochevieja, and more.