Mrs. Deborah Carter
Mr. Andrew Merritt
Welcome to Boston Middle School where we are committed to providing all students with learning opportunities that will allow them to develop their full potential and pursue excellence in a safe and positive environment. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get to know the parents and the students through classrooms, athletics, academic teams, and musical activities. Please feel free to contact us at Boston Middle School with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Project H2O ~ for Flint, Mi
Boston Middle School will be participating in “Project H2O”, to help Flint, Michigan. LaPorte County School Resource Officers are heading this project.
Anyone who donates a case of bottled water will get into the girls’ basketball games on Tuesday, February 9th vs. Kesling (8th) and Thursday, February 11th vs. Valpo BF (7th).
'Spread the Love' to LaPorte County
The BMS Student Council is sponsoring a food drive to support the Center Township Food Pantry.
Since most of our students live in Center Township, this drive could support some of them. Please see the attached flyer for additional information. The dates of the drive are February 8th - February 19th. As usual, donations are collected by students' TA classes. Donations can also be made to the office.
LaP County Food Pantry Drive
National School Counseling Week ~ Feb 2-5
The week is set aside each year to recognize the positive impact that school counselors have on students, whether they guide them through difficult personal situations or help them plan their future paths. The Boston Middle school faculty, students and staff would like to thank Susy Lenig and Sarah Wimmer who provide care and advise to our students each day. Please take the time to write our counselors a note or tell them thank you for all they do.
8th Grade Dance ~ May 20 ~ Guidelines
8th Grade Dance ~ 6:30-8:30 ~ BMS Cafeteria
With the dance only a few months away we would like to let you know what is expected in attendance, attire, and behavior.
- Any student who is planning on attending the dance must be in attendance the entire school day to be eligible to attend the dance.
- Attire for the dance: for boys: no tuxes, no jeans or shorts, no tee shirts; for girls: no mini skirts or shorts, no strapless dresses, no prom formals. We would like to make this a dance that everyone feels comfortable in attending. We would like to see our young men and women dressed in nice clothes, a nice pair of pants, shirt and tie or suit coat for the young men. For the young women a nice dress that is not floor length. Please save the “prom look” for those high school years.
- As this is an 8th grade dance, not a formal dance, we would appreciate limos not being used for this occasion.
- This dance is held for 8th grade BMS students only. There is no charge to attend. Photos will be available at the dance for a small charge that evening.
- Students not following these guidelines will be asked to leave the premises.
- This dance is a celebration of middle school success, graduating, and completing eighth grade course work. Students failing two or more academic class the second semester (grading period three and/or four) will not be allowed to attend this event.
- Nine weeks (March 7th) prior to the date of the dance a student cannot have three disciplinary incidents. Students cannot be placed in full day ISS, assigned OSS or be assigned to Project E.D., during this time period. All students who have been in Project E.D., or are currently in Project E.D., may attend unless they receive one or more additional days in Project E.D. “When a student is sent to in-school suspension (ISS, being removed from one class period), each removal counts as an incident. Students must be in attendance in every class the day of the dance. Those students who have three disciplinary incidents will not be allowed to attend this special dance for 8th graders.”
Announcements ~ February 5
Release results from Spring '15 ISTEP+
ISTEP Letter from Mr. Francesconi
Dear La Porte Community School Corporation Parents, Staff, and Stakeholders:
I am writing to advise you that we expect our statewide testing results from 2014/2015 to reflect scores which are far below normal for our students and schools. Over the course of the last school year, ISTEP scores and the new assessment have been the subject of debate between the Department of Education, the State Board of Education, federal government, Superintendent of Schools Glenda Ritz, and Governor Pence.
The Indiana Department of Education predicted, early on, that ISTEP scores would decrease by 20 to 30 percent, based on other states that implemented similar test changes. In anticipating these results, much debate ensued which included the following questions:
- Should the pass/cut scores be adjusted to reflect the changes in the test and anticipated lower scores?
- Knowing the expected results, should these student scores be used to evaluate school and staff effectiveness?
- What good are scores to teachers when they arrive in December of the following school year?
- Do the scores truly reflect the potential of students and staff?
- Will such drastic changes in student and school results be true indicators for schools when they plan for improvements in curriculum and instruction?
At this stage in the debate, the plan appears to be that the Department of Education will follow through with releasing the scores to the public within the next month, and the scores will be used to determine school grades and teacher evaluation scores.
The LPCSC administration stands firmly in its position that these soon-to-be-released scores are not true indicators of our student mastery levels or teacher effectiveness. Sadly, in some sense, this drastic reduction in achievement levels represents the culmination of years of effort by political action groups, influential foundations, and big businesses determined to manufacture a crisis in education. Conveniently, these same entities also claim possession of programs, technology, and “magical interventions” that schools and governments can purchase in order to “save the day” and restore respect for public education.
To weather this crisis, La Porte Community Schools will be encouraging our students and staff to continue individual growth and avoid allowing recent test results to impact their passion or confidence. A similar vote of confidence by our community would be welcomed until such time that the interests of our students becomes a priority for our governmental officials.
Mark D. Francesconi
Principal's Quarterly Newsletters
Tutor program at LaPorte County Public Library
READ La Porte, Inc. is an organization that offers one on one tutoring or small group tutoring for ESL, math, reading, etc. for students and adults. It's a free service and applications to be a tutor or a student are available at the Info Desk in Adult Services at the Main Library. The applications are also available on the READ La Porte website at: http://www.readlaportecounty.org/
READ La Porte also offers English classes on Tuesdays and Thursday (every day school classes are in session) for the 2015-2016 school year. These classes are held at Handley Elementary School from 6:00-7:30pm in the library. Students are enrolled when they show up for the class the first time. The classes are free. *Note: the school doors lock at 6pm so it is important that students arrive on time.
LPCSC Anti-Harassment Statement
Copies are available in the main office and in the counselors office. Hard copies were sent home with students, Thursday November 5, 2015.
BMS PTSA Meeting schedule
BMS PTSA meetings begin at 3:15 in the school office
- January 27
- February 24
- March 30
- April 27
- May 17
In an effort to improve system practices, Boston Middle School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/8518588
Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.
Art Club Schedule
Join BMS PTSA
WELLNESS & HEALTHY EATING AT SCHOOL
Please read the attached brochure from our Food Service department. Many changes are taking place that will affect the types of foods brought in to our building.
Eating Lunch with your student(s): NO fast food or pop/soda. A note or phone call to the school must be received by 9 a.m. in order to eat with your child. If you are purchasing a hot lunch, you may NOT pay for it with your child's lunch account.
Birthday Celebrations: Please refer to the Healthy Foods List. Only foods listed on the Healthy Foods List will be allowed in the building. No exceptions.
Making Healthy Choices
We Love Volunteers!
If you would like to help at BMS this school year, please fill out the attached form and return it to the school. Thank you so much.
We love volunteers
Volunteer Background Check form
In order to volunteer, make classroom visits, or help with fun night supervision at Boston Middle School, La Porte Community School Corporation requires a Volunteer Criminal History. You will need to complete this volunteer background form in its entirety and return it to our school, before you will be allowed to volunteer or attend functions in any capacity. Unless you hear otherwise, you will be approved to serve as a volunteer for the 2015-16 school year. Thank you for your involvement in our school.
Background Check 8 15
LPCSC Online information/Meals
BMS School expectations
Expectations for Breakfast and Before/After School at BMS:
- Breakfast opens each school day at 7:25am
- Students going to breakfast must purchase food. You cannot bring food from
home to eat in our cafeteria for breakfast.
- Students eating breakfast must clean their table!
- Students eating breakfast need to remember that no food or silverware can
leave the lunchroom. This includes bottled water.
- Students eating breakfast cannot leave the cafeteria until the bell rings.
- Students eating breakfast are not allowed to wear hats.
- When listening to headphones, please only use one earbud so you can hear
supervisors in case of an emergency.
- Students not following breakfast rules, will not be allowed to eat breakfast
in the cafeteria.
School Opens at 7:35am:
- Students cannot enter the building prior to 7:35am unless you are going to
breakfast or dropping off your instrument.
- If a student wants to see a teacher before school, you must have prior
permission and pass from that teacher the day before.
- You MUST ask a supervisor to enter school before 7:35am. This
includes students wishing to use the restroom, students visiting the office, and
even students taking projects or items to a teacher.
- When we have bad weather, students can enter the building early ONLY when a
supervisor gives permission to do so.
- Prior to and after school, students are expected to stand on the sidewalk
and pavement areas. Please stay off the GRASS!
- Please remember that energy drinks, soda, and coffee drinks are not allowed
on school property.
- Students who arrive at BMS prior to school cannot leave for the gas station
or anywhere without permission. Once you arrive...you need to stay.
School Ends at 2:35pm:
- Students exiting the building at the end of the day need to be careful and
- Students outside the building MUST be waiting for a ride home. You cannot
"hang out" after school if you are waiting.
- Students need to Stay off the GRASS after school.
Please use the sidewalks.
- Students walking home need to be very careful in crossing a street. Never
run in front of cars or busses. Please make sure you look both ways.
- Students walking home need to be respectful to students. School rules apply
from our school all the way to your house.
- Students walking home need to be respectful to our neighbors. Please do not
walk in other people's yards. It is illegal and considered trespassing.
- Students walking home should walk with a friend to be safe. If you have
any concerns about being safe before, during, or after school, tell a staff
**BMS students always represent Boston Middle School here and away from
school. All our rules are in place to make it safer for everyone. Please show
others how great BMS students are!
2015-2016 Book Rental & Meal Prices
Book Rental: August 7, 2015 will be our initial collecting date. Please pay at the main office.
6th grade - $213.00 7th grade - $214.00 8th grade - $219.00
Middle School Meals:
Breakfast - $1.25 Lunch - $2.05 Milk - $ .45
Free and Reduced applications will be available on line next week (see link below)
Staff will be available during registration to help with on line applications
Academic, Arts and Social Opportunities at BMS
Show Choir ~ Jazz Band ~ LPHS Marching Band ~ Honors Band ~ Poms (8th Grade) ~ Future Problem Solvers ~ Lead and Seed ~ Student Council ~ Science Club ~ Math Counts ~ Science Olympiad ~ Social Studies Academic Club ~ Language Arts Academic Club ~ Spell Bowl ~ Spelling Bee ~ Stage Crew ~ Art Club ~ Recycle Club ~ Computer Club ~ Fun Nights
All sport participants MUST have a sports physical and insurance BEFORE any practice begins. The necessary forms are available in the Principal’s Office or on Boston's Web page.
Mrs. Carter's report of 2014-15 BMS activities
Change in Core 40 Diploma
LPCSC Calendar for 2015-2016
Box Tops for Education = New BMS Welcome Sign
BMS is having a collection contest. Clean out your kitchen drawers and snip them from boxes in your cupboards - then send them to school with your children!
Anti Bullying Awareness - Indirect Bullying
21st Century Scholars
Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars is a needs- and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.
Hoosier students who meet income criteria can enroll during their 7th- or 8th-grade year of middle school. Students commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college-preparation activities.
Scholars are provided resources and assistance to help them plan and prepare for college and pay for expenses not covered by their scholarship.
21st Century Scholars
HELP U93 STOP CHILD ABUSE 1-800-853-KIDS
MyLocker ~ The Place to order BMS Spirit Wear
Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline
Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students may contact the Homework Hotline from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), September through May toll-free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE or online at www.AskRose.org.
Teen Court/Youth Service Bureau
Teen Court is looking for new volunteers to serve as prosecutors, defense attorneys, bailiffs, clerks, and jurors.. Any responsible, dependable, committed and objective students who are enrolled in La Porte County in grades 6th through 12th are eligible. If this sounds interesting to you, please mail or return a Teen Court Volunteer Application to: Youth Service Bureau Big Brothers Big Sisters of La Porte County; 906 Michigan Avenue; La Porte, IN 46350
For this and more information, please get a flyer from the kiosk in the main office.
Boxtops for Education
Did you think you could quit saving those boxtops just because your child is in middle school? Think again. . . we are still collecting them; they work in all grade levels!!
- All students are entitled to a quality education.
- The middle school philosophy addresses the cognitive, emotional, physical and social needs of all adolescents.
- Decisions will be information and data based in the best interest of the students.
- Accountability for student achievement is critical.
- A collaborative team approach is essential to ensure high performance.
- Staff should be valued and be encouraged to develop professionally.
- The learning environment must be safe and orderly.
- Parents and community members are an integral and valued part of the educational process.
- Diversity is an asset that is to be valued and respected.
7:45 am – 2:35 pm