Principal’s Newsletter November 6th, 2017

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6th, 2017

What’s Happening?

Week 10- A Week

Good afternoon Berkeley Parents, Monday is the last day of the first marking period. Students may still complete any missing work until grades are posted on Tuesday. Please have students get with their teachers ASAP if there are still missing assignments.

No School

Tuesday, November 7th is a student holiday. Teachers will report but students are home for the day.

Sports updates

Basketball tryout information

Girls Basketball tryouts:

  • Nov 6th – Monday 3:10-6:00
  • Nov 8th – Wednesday 3:10-5:00
  • Nov 9th – Thursday 3:10-6:00

Boys Basketball tryouts:    

  • Nov 6th – Monday 3:10-5:00
  • Nov 8th – Wednesday 3:10-6:00
  • Nov 9th – Thursday 3:10-5:00
  • Nov 10th – Friday 3:10-5:00

All 7th and 8th graders must have a current sports physical (Dated on or after May 1, 2017) to try out.

Also, students may not have more than 1 F on their report card.

PTA Information :

I Believe in Berkeley Campaign 

Only a few days left in the I Believe in Berkeley fundraising campaign! This is our big fundraiser of the year, no candy sales or gift wrap! All the funds go towards Berkeley through teacher mini grants and more! No matter the amount, each student that brings in a donation gets entered into drawings for great prizes and gift cards. It only takes a minute or two with the online link, please be sure to include the student’s information in the notes section so it’s easier for us to keep track of student donations.  Please make your donation today and help Believe in Berkeley!  https://wjccschools.org/bms/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2017/08/I-Believe-in-Berkeley-Promotional-Sheet-1.pdf

Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot is a fun tradition for students of all grades and the culmination of our main fundraiser, the “I Believe in Berkeley” campaign, where businesses, parents and friends pledge funds that go towards programs to help make Berkeley a great place to learn.

Turkey Trot Volunteers Needed, Friday, November 17

It will take only an hour of your time to volunteer at food and water stations, at the finish line or to monitor students along the course! It’s a fun day for everyone!

Pease click on the link below to volunteer on Race Day!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aeac2faaf49-turkey1

BMS Spiritwear 

Order your Berkeley spiritwear today! The online store closes Nov. 9th. Check out the new designs! They make great holiday gifts!

https://www.agpestores.com//atlanticandschmidemb/groupproducts.php?prodgroup_id=12930&prodgroupbypass=true

PTA Meeting

Mark your calendar for our next PTA meeting! Nov. 20th at 6PM in the BMS library

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Theatre recognition:

The BMS team took top honors (1st place Overall) and 5 of the cast members  received individual acting awards.(4 Best Performances out of 6 given among all conference participants and 1 All-Star Cast out of 20 given) We have received the gold award at VTA 7 times in 8 years attending.

The theatre group will have an in school performance this Friday during school.

Strategy Highlight – Effective Study Tips

    1. GET ORGANIZED

      Carry a homework planner at all times. Entering homework, projects, tests and assignments as soon as they are assigned will make sure they aren’t forgotten about.

    2. PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS

      It’s important to concentrate and avoid distractions when the teacher is speaking. Practice active listening by concentrating on what’s being said and taking notes in your own words. This will help make sure you hear (and understand) what is being taught in class.

    3. STEER CLEAR OF DISTRACTIONS

      Distractions are everywhere—from cell phones to social media to friends. Be aware of what distracts you in class and know how to steer clear of these distractions. Avoid sitting next to friends if you know they will distract you. Turning off your cell phone will also help make sure you are paying attention to your teacher.

    4. MAKE SURE NOTES ARE COMPLETE

      Writing clear and complete notes in class will help you process the information you are learning. These notes will also become study notes that can be reviewed before a test. Talk to friends or the teacher if you have missed a class to ensure your notes are complete.

    5. ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND

      Raise your hand and ask questions if you don’t understand something. If you don’t feel comfortable asking in front of everyone, write yourself a reminder to talk to the teacher after class.

    6. REVIEW NOTES FROM CLASS EVERY EVENING

      After school, review and expand on the notes from class. Reviewing notes helps move material learned from short-term memory into long-term memory, which will help next time you have a big test.

    7. TALK TO TEACHERS

      Teachers are there to help you do your best. Talk to your teacher and ask for clarification or extra help if you need it before your test. Taking the initiative to ask for help goes a long way with teachers!

    8. DESIGNATE A STUDY AREA

      The best study spot is one that is quiet, well-lit, and in a low-traffic area. Make sure there is a clear workspace to study and write on. Everyone’s needs are different, so it is important you find a spot that works for you.

    9. MAKE A STUDY SCHEDULE/PLAN

      When making a study schedule, look at your planner and think about what needs to be accomplished. Think about the types of questions that will be on the test and the topics that will be covered so you know what you should focus on. Set specific goals for each study session, like how many topics you will cover by the end of the session.

    10. STUDY IN SHORT BURSTS

      For every 30 minutes you study, take a short 10-15 minute break to recharge. Short study sessions are more effective and help you make the most of your study time. Find out more about taking a study break that works.

    11. SIMPLIFY STUDY NOTES

      Make studying less overwhelming by condensing notes from class. Underline or highlight key words. Create visual aids like charts, story webs, mind maps, or outlines to organize and simplify information and help you remember better.

    12. STUDY WITH A GROUP

      Working with classmates encourages an interactive environment to keep you engaged. This gives you a chance to test your knowledge with others, quiz each other on the content, and help boost each other’s confidence.

Student Spotlight

Mrs. Gallant’s Theatre Students

Mrs. Gallant’s Theatre Students

Theatre students

Congratulations to Mrs. Gallant’s theatre students who took home 4 top performance awards and 1 who took home the all star cast. The overall group took home a gold award.

Staff Spotlight

Linda Gallant

Linda Gallant

Theatre Teacher

Mrs. Gallant took a group of students to the VTA and came away with top honors as well as being named the Virginia Theatre Secondary Schools Division Chair.

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