Principal’s Newsletter November 27th, 2017

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27th, 2017

What’s Happening?

Good Evening Berkeley Families,

While we had an opportunity to share some time with our families over the Thanksgiving Break, we are getting back to the grind over the next 3 weeks before going on Winter Break and celebrating the holidays.  There are many things happening this week at BMS, starting with a B day on Monday, November 27th, 2017.

Redistricting Meetings

Just a reminder that WJCC will hold two Community Dialogues to provide information about the redistricting process and to give the community an opportunity to review and give feedback on draft boundary maps. We will hold two sessions each night — one on middle school maps and one on high school maps. Participants are welcome to attend one or both of the sessions.

November 30, 2017 @ Warhill High School Middle School Maps: 5-6:30 p.m.
High School Maps: 7-8:30 p.m.
December 5, 2017 @ Lafayette High School High School Maps: 5-6:30 p.m.
Middle School Maps: 7-8:30 p.m.

Transportation

Please remind students to be on their best behavior while at the bus stop and while being transported to and from school. The last week before Thanksgiving break had several drivers return students to school for a variety of reasons and we want to make sure all our students are safe on the bus.

Pick-up & Drop-off

Quick reminder that parent pickup is at 2:55 PM. Students are released at that time and will come out to the car line. We have had some parents who are not part of the parent pick up line try to join when they have not filled out the application. Please go into the school and fill out the application or you will have to go sign out the student for them to be released to you. There are no call ahead pick-ups.

Winter Sports start!

We will host the Kiwanis Girls Basketball Tournament this weekend starting at 4:00 PM on Friday, December 1st starting at 4:00 PM. Saturday games will start at 9:00 AM on December 2nd, 2017.

MAP Testing- Midyear assessment starts next week

6th grade: Dec 5th and 6th- during English and Math classes.

7th grade: Dec 11th and 12th- during English and Math classes.

8th grade: Dec 7th and 8th- during English and Math classes.

Please remember to not pick up your child during this time.

Laptop use during MAP testing

6th Period teachers in English & Math classes will require students to leave their laptops in their classes overnight for the 2 days of testing, beginning the day before testing, in order for the BMS Testing Team to set up laptops for testing based on the following schedule:

  • 6th Graders will leave laptops in 6th Period room on Monday 12/4 & pick up Wednesday 12/6 in 6th
  • 7th Grade will leave laptops in 6th Period on Friday 12/8 & pick up on Tuesday 12/12 in 6th
  • 8th Grade will leave laptops in 6th Period on Wednesday 12/6 & pick up Friday 12/8 in 6th

Berkeley Theatre Auditions- The Little Mermaid

Auditions are on November 27th, 28th, and 29th. Look on the BMS website for more information and all students need a permission slip filled out to try out.

Berkeley Orchestra 

The BMS Winter concert for Orchestra is on January 23rd, 2018. The 6th grade concert is 6:00 PM and the 7th and 8th grade concert is 7:30 PM. Please save the date.

Berkeley Chorus

The BMS chorus is collaborating with Lafayette High School in a celebration of music on December 1st, 2017 at 7:00 PM. It will be held at LHS in the auditorium.

Berkeley’s Winter Dance

The BMS Winter Dance will be held on Friday December 15th. More details will follow in next week’s newsletter.

Strategy Highlight – Writing with purpose

1. A Captivating Opening Sentence

There’s a reason this is the number one writing strategy on this list. Don’t assume readers are automatically interested in your subject. Write something catchy that will make them interested.

2. A Sense of Direction: The Opening Paragraph

The opening paragraph of an article is like a travel itinerary. It should tell readers where they’ll be going and what they’ll find there. Make it creative or make it straightforward, but always make it clear.

3. A Tone of Sincerity

Just because you’re not sitting right beside your reader doesn’t mean that the basic rules of human interaction don’t apply. Readers are looking for clues into your authenticity, and insincerity is as distasteful on the page as it is at a cocktail party. Convey your passion and authority in a subject or your readers will ditch you.

4. Speak to Your Audience

Who is reading your article? What is their life like? Do they have a family? Are they starting a career? Knowing why someone is coming to your article is a major step in knowing what to say to them and, most importantly, how to appeal to them on an emotional level.

5. The Value of an Outline

You learned it in elementary composition class and it’s just as important now. An outline is an effective writing strategy that will get you from A to Z without leading your reader through a maze of digressions and secondary thoughts. Know what you want to say in an article before you say it. Try this:

      Short opening paragraph

  • Subheading 1
    Summary sentence
  • Subheading 2
    Summary sentence
  • Subheading 3
    Summary sentence

6. Have Fun

This is one of the most important writing strategies for success, yet it’s rarely discussed. Simply put, if you don’t enjoy what you are writing about or at least find some value in writing about it, your disinterest will seep into the article and your words will fall flat. Find somethingto enjoy in what you’re writing; interest will make your content sparkle.

7. Open a Dialogue

You wouldn’t speak in person to a group of interested people and expect them not to converse with you, so don’t make that mistake in your writing. When writing a blog post or article, remember that you’re actually having a conversation.

8. Timing is Everything

Timeliness cuts through the fog of an oversaturated internet. If you’re writing on a subject that’s topping the headlines, put a new spin on it. If your subject is as old as time itself, present it in a modern, relevant light.

9. Above All Else, Be Clear

The great writer George Orwell once said that good writing is like a clear pane of glass. Clarity is the all-important hallmark of good writing. Don’t confuse your reader. Know what you want to convey and do it as simply as possible.

10. I See

Let’s take a look at Apple’s website. What does it have in common with the official websites for Mercedes, Samsung and Microsoft?
Lots of pictures!
Text is kept to a minimum, and visualization is maximized.
Why? Because those commercial giants know that visual perception is one of the strongest tools you can use to grab people’s attention.
When you’re writing for the web, be sure to write around your visual materials. Don’t let your audience get bored. Monotone text is dull. Illustrations add daylight and clarification.
To write well, use pictures.

Student Spotlight

Fall and Winter Athletes

Fall and Winter Athletes

6th - 8th graderes

Just before Thanksgiving, we celebrated the accomplishments and success of our Fall athletes while recognizing out winter athletes. The boys football team won their first play off game, the girls volleyball team made it to the playoffs, and the field hockey team had some on field success improving every game they played. Great job Athletes!

Staff Spotlight

Amy Davis

Amy Davis

Orchestra Teacher

Mrs. Davis has already had her teaching skills shown off at the Harvest Concert. Students displayed their love of music and she lead them to an excellent performance. She also had her students kick off the pep rally last week with the National Anthem. We look to the winter concert!

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