“April Showers Bring May Flowers”
It is hard to believe this is the last day of March! We hope you have a fantastic end to the week and a restful and safe spring break.
Below please find updates from school.
Spring Break - April 2 - April 11
April 12 - Students Return
April 13th - Ramadan Begins
April 14th - School Librarian Appreciation Day!
April 16th - End of Quarter 3
April 20th - In Person Students will Take the State ELA test
April 21st - In Person Students will Take the State ELA test
April 22nd - Earth Day
May 11th - In Person Students will take the State Math test
May 12th - In Person Students will take the State Math test
A reminder that we are still scheduled to administer the NYS 6-8 tests. Our first testing dates are April 20th for A-K In Person students and April 21 for L-Z In Person students. We sent out a letter to parents on Monday that has all needed information, please read the letter carefully as it answers many questions.
News from the Library
March Madness has begun in the library too! Students are challenged to read 450 minutes or more before 3/31, fill out the form attached to the link above, and share it before 4/15 to earn prizes. In addition, the 5 top readers, reading over 450 minutes will get a bag of goodies too. Please talk it up with your students. All students received the link and information through Schoology.
Middle School Yearbooks are on SALE!
The books are $25 and can be ordered at balfour.com
Individual student pictures are used in the yearbook from the school photos taken by Lauren Studios. If your student didn’t have their picture taken and wants to be included in the year book you may submit a picture: please send it in a jpeg to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the student name and grade in the message.
Candid pictures are also being collected this year. To submit pictures search for “Balfour Image Share” at the App Store on iTunes or on Google Play. To access you will need to input the Ballston Spa Middle School Project Number: 177776. We would just ask that pictures be of Ballston Spa Middle School students only, no other family members nor outside individuals
Be Safe During Spring Break
We look forward to welcoming back our learners after spring break.
Please do not let up on following safety protocols - such as masking, washing hands, avoiding large groups and social distancing.
Have a safe and restful break.
Good Morning Ballston Spa Middle School Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to all for your patience and support as we begin our school year. As stated previously we are all working to improve your child’s experience in our remote and in person learning experiences. Please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
We have gotten a number of questions from 6th grade parents and parents of new students asking about tours. We are excited to inform you that we will be able to have tours. If interested please read the below information to sign up.
School Tour for 6th Grade and New Students
We will have small staggered tours (10 students maximum per tour group). If you would like your student to have a tour of the school you MUST sign up for a tour date and time using the Sign Up genius link below.
If you choose to have your child take a tour of the school, please know that ONLY students will be allowed on the tour, parents will be asked to stay in their car in our parking lot. Students will also have to wear a mask and have a wellness check form filled out before entering the building. We have included a link to print out our wellness form - if you cannot print it out we will have forms here at the school, a parent will have to fill it out and your student’s temperature will be checked upon arrival.
You must sign up using the sign up genius link below:
Thank you and have a great day!
We are so excited to welcome you to the start of a brand new school year whether you are an incoming 6th grader, a new student to the district, or a returning student in grades 7 and 8! The unique thing to remember about this school year is that we all are NEW to this remote learning environment. Therefore, we are REQUIRING ALL STUDENTS, in grades 6-8, to attend student orientation this year. The orientation consists of two parts:
Part 1. A video tutorial hosted by building administrators that outlines some critical nuances of our remote setting AND a student created video showcasing the “Day in the Life of a Remote Student.” Please watch this prior to the second portion of the orientation.
Part 2. Students will report to classes following an abbreviated school day schedule. This portion of the orientation provides students and teachers the opportunity to log in to classes, meet one another, practice reporting for attendance (which is mandatory even in the remote setting), and ensure everyone is ready for classes to begin on September 14, 2020. Below is the link to the orientation video and other helpful materials distributed during our Chromebook and Back to School material distribution.
- Student Orientation Video
- Orientation Directions
- Sample Student Schedule
- General Schedule information for remote learning (9/14/2020 - 10/2/2020)
- Google Meet directions for families
Student Chromebook and Back to School Materials - Every student has been issued a BSCSD Chromebook and also a BSMS agenda. Please make every effort to collect these materials by 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 9th; if you are unable then email Sharon Natale, Principal Secretary, at email@example.com to reschedule. Information regarding the process was previously communicated and can be referenced on the Middle School website.