BMS had an assembly in honor of Black History month. There were many student presentations about famous African-Americans, a performance from “The Lion King Experience” by the BMS Students and a presentation from Mr. Carl Ashby, School Board Chair for Newport News Public Schools, about setting goals and acting on them.
Congratulations, Mrs. Shari Vandygriff, Berkeley Middle School’s Teacher of the Year 2016!
Shari Vandygriff, 8th Grade English teacher, serves as a mentor, PTA teacher representative, English Dept. Lead, W & M Clinical Faculty member, and on the BMS leadership team. She has hosted many school and community events, including Write Talks, Reading Rewards with Tony Shaver, and Honor Roll programs with guest speakers. Students describe her as humorous, prepared, sets high expectations, admits mistakes, positive, approachable, and makes every student feel they belong.
Berkeley Middle earned the first place as a team in the regional Mathcounts competition yesterday, 2/20, held at Hampton University campus. Along with a plaque, the 4 team members(Leo Murphy, Anna Zhang, Caleb Song, Woody Hulse) each received $50 in cash from an anonymous donation. A total of 57 students competed and our hard working team claimed the first prize to move onto the state competition on March 19 at Dominion Va. Power’s Corporate HQ in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Six schools in our region participated and the following was the result:
2nd: Grafton Middle
3rd: Tabb Middle
4th: Hornsby Middle
5th: Hampton Road Academy
6th: C. Vernon Spratley Gifted Center
The following students who placed top 20 in the individual competition. They received $25 each in cash from the National Society of Black Physicists for their achivement.
2nd: Leo Murphy
6th: Anna Zhang
12th: Caleb Song
13th: Woody Hulse
14th: Lena Shelley
15th: Jacob Chew
19th: Alex Klee
Also Michael Shelley, Reid Lampert, and Mikayla Whiting were part of the outstanding BMS team.
Most importantly, many thanks to Coach Ray Hanson for leading Berkeley to another consecutive win. He has been coaching Berkeley for the past 25 years!! We would like to thank the parents and assistant coaches (both BMS alumni), Emery Shelley and Stephen Shamaiengar. Congratulations!
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