Black History Month Assembly 2016

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.

Thanks to BMS Teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Tomlinson for putting together this fantastic assembly for our school!IMG_4824IMG_4830IMG_4832IMG_4838IMG_4837IMG_4844IMG_4835

Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Shari Vandygriff!

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.

BMS Mathcounts Team Wins First Place in Region for 2015-2016!

IMG_4779IMG_4780Berkeley 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:


1st: BMS

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!

PTA February Newsletter

February 2016 Newsletter

BMS Students Participate in District VIII All-District Band

Jack Mingo and Lizam Kalaskas performed in the District VIII All-District Band this past weekend at Bruton High School. The photo is of our two students with their guest conductor Dr. Jackson from Kennesaw State University.

District 8 All District Band 2016