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  • 8th Graders Celebrate "Moving Up" to BSHS!

    Ballston Spa Middle School ends the year with a moving up celebration parade for the 8th grade class...

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  • Ballston Spa Summer Lunch Program

    The Ballston Spa Summer Lunch Program will provide free, healthy and nutritious lunches Monday through Friday beginning July 6, 2020 through August 28, 2020. The summer lunch application below must be filled out, signed by a guardian, and returned prior to children entering the program.

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  • BSMS Artists Inspired by Their Community

    Sixth grade students at the Ballston Spa Middle School have worked with Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum to share the stories behind local landmarks. Students picked out a local location to paint...

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  • Messages from your Teachers

    Instead of our weekly announcements this week, the teachers at BSMS have recorded some messages for our students! We miss you! Open this article and click the links to play the video...

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  • Drama Club Donates to Community

    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...

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  • Teams Qualify for NYS Odyssey of the Mind Competition

    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...

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  • BSMS Students Explore Science & Engineering

    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...

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  • Launching Pad Presents Frozen Jr. in Ballston Spa

    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...

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  • Geography Bee Champion for the Second Time!

    On January 23, over 50 Middle School students competed after school in the School Round of the Geography Bee...

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  • Rube Goldberg Projects Come to a Completion

    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.

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  • Forces and Motion at Work

    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.

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  • BSMS Stands Together

    Student Council and National Junior Honor Society spread Alzheimer’s Awareness at the middle school throughout the week of September 17th – 21st. Students and staff were asked to wear purple on Friday, September 20th to show their BSMS pride and to support this important cause. The middle school raised a little over $700 dollars for Team Diana throughout the week...

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  • BSMS Student Creates a Winning Entry

    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.

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  • Artists from Home

    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.

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  • Tang Projects Bridge the Art and School Curricula

    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.

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  • Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, Students Submit Artwork to Siena's Art Invitational

    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.

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  • Students Inspired by Brookside Museum Presentation

    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".

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