Principal's Message - Burleigh Bulletin - January 27, 2023

Mon, 06/07/2021 - 10:25pm

UPCOMING DATES

  • Jan 30 - Math MAP Testing
  • Jan 31 - Math MAP Testing
  • Jan 31 - Report Cards Issued
  • Feb 3 - Kids' Trivia Night
  • Feb 6 - ELA MAP Testing
  • Feb 7 - ELA MAP Testing
  • Feb 20 - Schools and Offices Closed

View, download and/or subscribe to the HCPSS academic calendar online. Please note that the calendar is subject to change and the online calendar reflects the most recent version.

Hello Burleigh Manor Parents and Guardians, 

It is hard to believe that we are beginning the transition to 6th, 7th or 8th grade! The next step in the process is to begin reviewing the grade specific middle school course information and then select your student's courses. Please open and review the letters linked below. These letters detail all the necessary steps required for a successful course selection process. Also linked in the letters are additional supplemental resources to help you through this process. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student's counselor. 

As we continue through this process, we will continue to share additional information and send reminders regarding important dates and actions.  

6th Grade Translated Letters

7th Grade Translated Letters

8th Grade Translated Letters

Quarter 2 report cards will be available in HCPSS Connect Synergy on Tuesday, January, 31 after 4:00 PM. Directions on how to access report cards are available online.

WINTER MAP TESTING

We are officially halfway through the school year and we will have our administration of winter MAP testing through our Math and ELA classes.  We look forward to seeing the growth that our students have made so far this school year!  We just ask that our students work their hardest when taking this test.  See below for the schedule.  Please reach out to Ms. Carmean with any questions tiffany_carmean@hcpss.org.

  • Monday & Tuesday 1/30 & 1/31 – Math MAP (excluding students taking Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 and beyond)
  • Monday & Tuesday 2/6 & 2/7 – ELA MAP (excluding students enrolled in 8th grade GT ELA)

WELL-BEING SURVEY – 7th GRADE STUDENTS

As a reminder, the week of February 6-10, we will be asking all students in Grade 7 to take a brief survey to tell us about their social-emotional skills and access to supportive relationships. A communication was sent home in paper form on January 25th with additional information and the opportunity to opt out. This communication can be accessed through this link. Here are some frequently asked questions that you may have.

If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact Tiffany Carmean, tiffany_carmean@hcpss.org, 410-313-2507. Make-up sessions will be provided as needed. 

FROM THE HEALTHROOM

Please take a moment to review your family file to ensure accurate and current contact information is provided for the health room to access when they need to contact a parent/guardian. You can review your information via HCPSS Connect and select more options tab on the left side of the page, then select Family File tab.

KIDS’ TRIVIA NIGHT IS COMING!

BMMS PTA is pleased to sponsor Kids’ Trivia Night on Friday, February 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. This activity is open to all Burleigh Manor students; each student can register as an individual or as part of a team. Cost is $6 per participant. Registration can be done by clicking this link or as a packet available in the Media Center.

ORDER YOUR BMMS YEARBOOK

It’s time to order your BMMS 2023 yearbook. The deadline to order is April 15, 2023. Go to ybpay.com and enter the yearbook ID code: 14669223 to purchase your yearbook. The cost is $25.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program wants all students and parents to have an understanding of CTE course offerings. With 24 career pathways, there are often many misconceptions related to CTE. To ensure that all students and parents make informed decisions with their middle and high school course selections, two virtual webinar sessions will be offered to support understanding and planning.

  • Rising 7th and 8th Grade CTE Webinar
  • Tuesday, January 31st 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Registration is required for attendance. Utilize this link to register.
  • A confirmation email will be sent upon completion of registration, and meeting reminders will be sent prior to the webinar.

FROM MULTILINGUAL FAMILY SERVICES

Multilingual Family Services shared the following information. Please see attached flyers for more details.

FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Winter Break. After a spectacular Winter Concert season, we are now busy preparing for upcoming assessments and festivals. There is no new news to report for the month of January so our scheduled BMMP meeting is cancelled. We will see everyone on February 2nd! Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM AVAILABLE

Please see information on the Affordable Connectivity Program to assist with reducing the cost of high-speed internet.

  • Eligibility
  • How to apply
  • Participating Vendors

ESSENTIAL RESOURCES DAY

Columbia Community Care is hosting an Essential Resources Day on Saturday February 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HCC. ALL students & families are invited. It is an opportunity to expunge criminal records as well as learn more about both financial freedom and generational wealth. There will also be a free grocery giveaway. Free food, transportation, and child care will be provided. Please have your families/students fill out this short survey if interested!

2023 SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Course listings will be added under each program description below beginning the week of January 16th. Online enrollment requests will open Wednesday, February 1 at 6 p.m. and remain open through Wednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m. https://www.hcpss.org/summer-programs/

NEWS TO KNOW FROM THE PTA

  • Fun February Friday - On Friday February 3rd, students will participate in our 2nd Fun February Friday! We will have shortened classes that day so there is time for our FFF activity at the end of the day. Students will select one activity they will enjoy (video games, making ice cream, trivia, zumba, etc.) surrounded by current or new friends! To make this afternoon a success, we need snacks for all students, supplies for some activities, and some volunteers. Please sign up here.
  • Kids Trivia Night - BMMS PTA is pleased to sponsor Kids’ Trivia Night on Friday, February 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. This activity is open to all Burleigh Manor students; each student can register as an individual or as part of a team. Cost is $6.- per participant. Registration can be done by clicking this link or as a packet available in the Media Center.
  • CCTA and BMMS Drama Club will be presenting Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Rehearsals start on Thursday, February 16th in the BMMS Cafeteria. Registration is now open on the CCTA website.
    • World Showcase – Thursday, March 16, 2023 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at BMMS. The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee is proud to announce this exciting upcoming family friendly multicultural event.
  • World Showcase Stage - students may sign up as individuals or as a group to perform. Music, dance, spoken performances welcome.
  • Tastes of the World - families may prepare a local favorite dish to share with others.
  • Fun/Learning Displays - Share a game, toy, or art with students for active participation. Sign up is coming February 1st.
  • See the full list of PTA announcements online at our webpage.

HCPSS/THE COUNCIL OF ELDERS (TCOE) COMMUNITY ACADEMY

The Council of Elders of the Black Community in Howard County (TCOE) in collaboration with the Howard County Public School System will host a TCOE Community Academy on Saturday, January 28th, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. The session will provide information regarding Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships. Representatives from HCPSS as well as Howard County Community Organizations will provide resources and education on managing peer conflict, identifying abuse in teen relationships, and skills and strategies to intervene if needed. This session will be held virtually. Please share this information with your school communities. Registration is required. Families can complete the registration linked here. In addition, the flyer is located here.

LATE ARRIVALS, EARLY DISMISSALS and ABSENCES

Students who arrive after 8:00 AM will need to have a parent come in with them to the main office with their cell phones to sign them in using the QR code posted at the door. At a student's 3rd unexcused tardy they will meet with a counselor to work on strategies to be on time and at a student's 4th unexcused tardy, students can receive a detention.

If your student needs to be dismissed early, please email bmmsabsence@hcpss.org the day of dismissal stating your student’s name, reason for dismissal, and time you will be picking up your student. When you arrive to pick up your student, you will need your cell phone to complete the QR code posted at the door and your photo ID to present to the front office.

If your student has to be absent from school, please submit a note by emailing the attendance email at bmmsabsence@hcpss.org stating your student’s name, date(s) of absence and reason within three (3) days of their return to school. If your child has been lawfully absent from school and a note has been submitted, they will have the opportunity to make up missed work. If you would like to submit a Discretionary Absence Form FILLABLE.pdf form, please fill it out and email it to bmmsabsence@hcpss.org

Please review the HCPSS Attendance Policy for further information. 

DROP OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS BY 10:30 AM

We accept lunches, instruments, homework, school projects, keys, or other items as long as they are brought to school before 10:30 AM. Items can be left in the front office and labeled with the student's name and grade.  Lunches that are brought in late are taken to the cafeteria and placed on the stage for students to retrieve.

We are committed to minimizing classroom interruptions throughout the school day. We know homework, projects and instruments are important to our students, so we ask for your help in assisting students prepare for the day the night before, or the morning of, to ensure they have everything they need.

INCLEMENT WEATHER DAYS FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) now allows local school systems to repurpose inclement weather days as asynchronous school days. At the discretion of the superintendent, HCPSS will use up to three inclement weather asynchronous days during the 2022-2023 school year. One of two additional codes will be instituted to reflect the decision to transition to an asynchronous instruction day:

  • Code Purple Asynchronous Student Day - School buildings and Office buildings open for staff only
  • Code Pink Asynchronous Student Day - School buildings and Office buildings closed

On these Code Purple and Code Pink days, HCPSS curriculum resources for secondary students will be delivered within the Canvas learning management system. Resources will be available for all subjects and courses two hours after the start of the regular school day. 

Secondary Students are expected to: 

  • Log into each course via Canvas 
  • Complete work assigned for each course
  • Indicate attendance by submitting the “attendance assignment” posted in each class/course

Students will receive grades for assignments in accordance with teacher parameters for the assignments. In accordance with Policy 8020: Secondary Grading and Reporting, all asynchronous day assignments must be completed within 10 days.

For more information, please visit HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan.

IMPORTANT HEALTH & SAFETY MESSAGE

All HCPSS students and staff must stay home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease. Families, students and staff should perform daily health checks and stay home if they have symptoms of a communicable disease, including the seasonal flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Families are encouraged to consider taking advantage of flu and COVID vaccines and boosters.

All students, staff and visitors should perform daily health checks and do not enter an HCPSS bus or building with ANY of the following:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell

RISING 7th and 8th GRADE CTE WEBINAR

  • Tuesday, January 31st 
  • Time:  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Registration is required for attendance. Utilize this link to register.
  • A confirmation email will be sent upon completion of registration, and meeting reminders will be sent prior to the webinar. 

BUS PASSES

HCPSS has again partnered with the Howard County Government and the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland to provide free RTA bus access to students. This supports students who use public transportation to get to jobs and other services and destinations throughout the county. The passes are not intended to take the place of school buses for transport to school. Please contact Melissa Morton (melissa_morton@hcpss.org) at Burleigh Manor Middle School, if interested. To determine if the bus route serves your area, please find the bus route map here: Bus Routes

CLOTHING TO CASH: Collection Bins

Clean out those closets and bring us your unwanted clothing, textiles, purses, accessories and shoes!! BMMS has a Clothing to Cash collection bin.  The white bin is the first bin you come to that is located on our walkway as you drive down our campus, on the right just as you are turning left to go towards CHS and is marked for BMMS.  Super easy access, convenient pull off location. Make this part of your monthly/semi-annual/yearly routine. The funds generated from your donated items will directly benefit and support our programs here at Burleigh Manor Middle School. It is a win, win!! Please click HERE for more information and a flier you can to local family and friends.

For additional ongoing fundraising programs that will benefit BMMS and BMMS PTA, please click HERE.

ONLINE PAYMENT SET UP AT BMMS 

Burleigh Manor Middle School will be accepting online payments for activities through out the year in an effort to help simplify how parents pay for school related activities.  You will need to set up a profile for each of your students.  For more information please click HERE. You will need to click on the sign in tab (icon top right corner of page that is a person with a gear) to set up your account. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Life Skills Class for Grade 6 – 9:  FREE and back by popular demand!!!  HC DrugFree is providing a highly interactive skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 6-9. (For slightly younger or older students, we will consider each request.) We encourage siblings and friends to take these classes together! This middle school program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills that have been shown to help students resist substance use (tobacco, alcohol and other drugs), violence, and other high-risk behaviors.  To be sure your student receives numerous perspectives, our instructional team consists of dedicated adults and older students sharing situations they may face in high school, college, and beyond.The next session will be held Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28 & March 7, 14, 21, 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested in having your student participate, please register herehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LifeSkillsRegistration For more information, email LifeSkills@hcdrugfree.org, or visit our website at https://bit.ly/HCDFLifeSkills .
  • High school and college students who are interested in volunteering with the Life Skills classes to earn community service hours can email LifeSkills@hcdrugfree.org or register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSVolunteer.
  • 8th – 12th Grade Students: HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council is open to all Howard County students in grades 8 through 12. This is a great opportunity to help prepare younger students for success in high school while allowing older students to develop their leadership and mentoring skills.The registration form is available at the website. Community service hours available. Email your registration form to admin@hcdrugfree.org or mail a hard copy the office. To register for the upcoming meeting on Monday, January 9, February 6, March 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Click on the TAC Registration links next to each date https://hcdrugfree.org/teen-advisory-council/.
  • Know What’s Happening in Howard County: Sign up for HC DrugFree’s newsletter at https://hcdrugfree.org/enews-signup/ to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed.