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Drive Through Food Pantry – We will host a community food distribution on May 29th at the Ballston Spa High/Middle Schools. Families are invited to enter the bus loop by the Middle School and remain in their cars while volunteers load FREE food and supplies into their car. Sponsored by the Regional Food Bank and Ballston Spa National Bank, the food give away will start at 10:00 am and continue while supplies last.
Please know starting next Tuesday May 26th, we will begin distributing locker items, alpha by grade level(please see schedule below). On your designated day and time we ask that you pull into a bus parking spot near the middle school. A staff member will come to your car and ask the name of your student or students. The staff member will retrieve your student’s items and return them to your car.
The Schoology (SKOO-LUH-JEE) Parent Integration feature is a web-based system for securely viewing your middle and/or high school student’s grades, assignments and calendar. With a single login, parents can connect to their child’s teachers to download assignments, view grades and receive teacher feedback as well as live updates. A detailed personalized calendar with all assignment due dates, and office hours is also connected to every student. The new parent system will allow more options for parents than the current SchoolTool program...
Several charitable organizations recently received donations from the Ballston Spa Middle School’s drama club, Launching Pad Productions, after a very successful presentation of Frozen, Jr. The students chose to give a $150 donation to support the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa’s annual Spread the Love Food Drive that was held in conjunction with the school production during February. Members of the Rotary attended the performances and collected donations and two truckloads of food from the generous members of the Ballston Spa school community who attended the play. The food collected is being distributed to the area Food Pantries to share with families throughout the community...
Three Ballston Spa teams have qualified to move on to the New York State level Odyssey of The Mind competition at SUNY Binghamton in April. The Effective Detective team from Ballston Spa High School, the Gibberish or Not team from Ballston Spa Middle School and the Balsa Limbo team from the Malta Avenue Elementary School all completed this year’s regional event in first place and qualified to move on. In addition, the Milton Terrace/Wood Road Elementary School combined team won the coveted Omer Trophy at this year’s regional event...
The Ballston Spa Middle School recently welcomed the Rensselaer Engineering Ambassadors into the school to share research topics that they have studied at RPI and to inspire the students about the role of engineering and technology in society. Over 600 Middle School students participated in the science and engineering program during their science or technology classes. The college aged ambassadors taught the younger students an engineering lesson and provided a demonstration or a hands-on design activity...
Frozen Jr. will be performed by a cast of over 50 students with another 60+ crew members putting the show together behind the scenes. Performances will be held on Friday, January 31; Saturday, February 1; Friday, February 7; and Saturday, February 8 at 7:00pm. There will also be a matinee performance at 1:00pm on February 1 & 8, 2020. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased at the door before each performance...
This week in 7th grade science, students finished the culminating project for their simple machine unit. Classes developed a “Miniature Golf Course” that included the use of the 6 simple machines. Each group was assigned to make a 6-12 step Rube Goldberg Machine that linked to the neighboring groups project. Students then linked their smaller project to their classmates to make one giant Rube Goldberg machine with 56 different steps. Projects included wedges, screws, incline planes, pulley, lever and wheel & axle. Projects were constructed of recycled materials primarily cardboard and old toys. This project marked the culmination a 2 week unit for students.
Seventh grade science students recently completed an Egg Launch Project based on the idea of Virgin Galactic’s Space Mission. The goal of this activity was to safely return a pilot (egg) to the ground after being ejected from the cockpit of a doomed aircraft. Students worked in teams to design and construct a crash pod out of everyday items such as straws, cotton balls and popsicle sticks. The final day of this week long project gave students the opportunity to put their designs to the test when their crash pods were launched with a giant slingshot! The winner was the team that designed a successful crash pod with the lowest overall mass. This project is the fun culmination to our Forces and Motion Unit.
In April 2020 Sheriff Michael Zurlo announced a COVID-19 poster contest for the K - 12 students of Saratoga County. The theme was “What Saratoga County First Responders Mean to Me." In total 74 posters were submitted by the talented children of Saratoga County. A committee of judges was composed and twelve winning posters were selected; six from K - 5 and six from 6 - 12. Janis Dieterle, an 8th grade student from Ballston Spa Middle School, poster was one of the winners! The winning posters will be on display in the Supervisors Boardroom in the County Municipal Building. The remaining posters will be on display in the public area of the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office and throughout the Saratoga County Municipal Building.
More creative works are submitted each day from our 6th grade Art Students. You are working so hard at home and we are so proud of you! Visit the 6th Grade "Student Work From Home Art Gallery" On Mrs. Guernsey's BSMS Teacher Site & Check Tweets by @BSpaArts. Look inside for active links.
The Tang museum visited the 8th grade Art classes to share their hands on project ideas. The unique projects provide opportunities for students to learn and understand the issues raised by current and past exhibitions at the Tang. Referencing artworks and themes from these exhibitions, the Tang has assembled interdisciplinary programs that bridge the arts and school curricula.
Students received recognition for their interpretation of the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. & Corretta Scott King Art Invitational. This year's theme " We will be known forever by the tracks we leave". Middle School Art students, Julianna Wiltsie and Mariah Breault were both given certificates for participation in the event.
Thanks to the support from the BSMS PTA, students are helping identify bird species and are assisting in filling the feeder. The bird feeder supports the eighth grade Science Evolution unit and is an excellent resource that allows us to view diversity, animal adaptations and competition. As of today, students have viewed at least 10 species.
Parents, students and staff enjoyed the opportunity once again to see a sampling of student artworks grades 6, 7 and 8 during the first quarter “BSMS Principal’s List Breakfast”. Another opportunity to share with our school and community what students are doing in their Art classes each quarter.
The Ballston Spa Middle School teachers, staff, and students participated in Pink and Denim Day on Friday, October 18th. In addition to wearing pink, the students made posters that included breast cancer statistics and hung them throughout the school to raise awareness to this disease. In addition, the Service Club and National Junior Honor Society sold pink bracelets, necklaces, and scrunchies during lunches to raise funds for a donation to the American Cancer Society...
Anne Clothier from the Brookside Museum recently visited Ms. Mion and Ms. Pusatere’s 6th grade Social Studies classes. The students were learning about Prehistoric times. Ms. Clothier introduced the students to “the fascinating world of Archaeology”. As part of the presentation, students were able to examine and discuss local artifacts as well as pretend they were archaeologists, by excavating their own artifacts.
Ms. Anne Clothier of Brookside Museum presented the first quarter Art 6 classes and parents with a historic look at the Village of Ballston Spa on September 30th. The information will assist 6th grade students in painting their chosen landmark this month for "Artists Are Inspired By Their Community".
Students in grade 6 Art classes share something about themselves represented within their final paper pyramid sculptures. Learning more about their new classmates, similarities we share and how visual communication can have an impact on creating a "No Place for Hate" learning environment.
The annual statewide School Budget Vote and Board of Education Elections will be held by mail with ballots due back to the district by 5:00 pm on June 9, 2020. A Budget Hearing will take place on May 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be presented to the public via live stream directly on Twitter or via the District’s website.
As we are now in Phase 5 of our Continuity of Learning Plan with remote learning fully underway, we would like to get a sense of how this process is going for our Ballston Spa students, parents, faculty, and administrators who are overseeing this work.