Buford Middle School Newsletter |April, 2021
BMS News
April Family
Involvement Series

The April issue of our Family Involvement Series is full of suggestions for improving communication and the importance of making mistakes. Nurse Durden discusses suggestions on how to communicate with your child openly. Mrs. Oates shares cell phone safety tips. Mrs. Rogers and Ms. Tatum discuss allowing your child to make mistakes.
School Council 2021 - 2022

The BMS School Council needs a parent to serve on the 2021-2022 council for a two-year commitment. The School Council is an advisory board sharing information regarding the school and any concerns from our community. If elected, you will serve as a community liaison. If you are interested in serving as one of the parent representatives, please complete this form by Friday, Apr 16. Voting for parent representatives will take place on Apr 22. Details will be announced regarding the voting process.
Travel outside the Country

As you are making spring break plans, please remember that if you leave the country, you must quarantine after you return. See this link for details and send an email to Mrs. Hodge if your travel will be out of the country.
Morning Car Riders

There are no issues with students being dropped off and in class on time when parents are in the car rider line between 7:00 and 7:15. Thank you to those of you who take advantage of this window of time to get your students to school. 

In an effort to make the back drop off line run quicker, we will be unloading cars in 2 lanes once the buses are completely clear. 

To help with the flow of the front of the building, the turn will be moved one row down for exiting through the parking lot. 

Please see this map for changes and thank you for your input.
We will begin these changes on Monday, April 12th, so please get to school early and pay close attention to the directions of our staff as they work to get our students into the building as safely and efficiently as possible.

We will pull grades for awards purposes only on Friday, May 14th. Grades will continue to count toward the report card until the last day of school and can be seen in PowerSchool, but for A-Honor Roll, A-Average Honor Roll, and Super Wolves, the grades end on Friday, May 14th.
Help Replenishing Supplies

With the spring flowers comes pollen! Our teachers are running low on facial tissue and paper towels. If you are able, please help our teachers replenish these items.
BCSS Art Show

The BCSS Art Show was on Mar 21 and featured over 30 of our artistically talented BMS students' work, from oil pastels and markers to pencil drawings and paintings.

Congratulations to Sophia for winning first place and Juana for placing second.
BMS Car Show Fundraiser

The 7th-grade team would like to invite you to the inaugural BMS Car Show Fundraiser benefiting our middle school at the Buford City Arena on May 15. The show is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and we hope to have many different vehicles, a few food trucks, some awesome silent auction prizes, and several vendors there for everyone to enjoy. For more information, you can click on the attached flyer or check out the FaceBook event page.

In order to make this event a success, we wanted to reach out to see if you know of anyone who may be interested in donating a silent auction item or becoming a vendor. If so, please reach out to Lauren Larson to receive additional details. 
April/May Dates
Apr 5 - 9 - Spring Break
Apr 13 - Debate Club; Track Awards Ceremony (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
Apr 14 - FBLA & FCCLA Meetings; Soccer Awards (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
Apr 20 - Craft Club
Apr 21 - Overtime
Apr 22 - ELA Benchmarks; TSA Meeting
Apr 23 - Math Benchmarks; Track (4:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
Apr 24 - Saturday School (8:00 - 11:00 a.m.); Track @ State
Apr 26 - Jr. Thespians
Apr 27 - Science Benchmarks; Debate Club
Apr 28 - Social Studies Benchmarks
Apr 29 - Coordinate ALG EOC Test
May 4 - Competition Cheer Awards (6:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
May 8 - Middle School District Honor Band
May 10 - ELA/Writing Milestones
May 11 - ELA 2/3 Milestones; Craft Club
May 12 - Milestones Make Up; End of Year FCCLA, FBLA, & TSA Party
May 13 - Math I Milestones
May 14 - Math II Milestones; Grades pulled from PowerSchool for awards purposes
May 15 - BMS Band Solo and Ensemble Festival (times TBD)
May 17 - Science Milestones (8th only)
May 18 - Social Studies Milestones (8th only); All books due back to media center
May 19 - Milestones Make Up; Comp Cheer Tryouts (3:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
May 20 - Comp Cheer Tryouts (3:00 - 6:00 p.m.); Spring Band Concert (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.) @ PAC
May 21 - Face-to-face students' Chromebooks due
May 24 - 8th Grade Field Day (more details to come); Choral Performance (4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) @ FAC
May 25 - 7th Grade Field Day (more details to come); Choral Performance (4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) @ FAC
May 26 - 6th Grade Field Day (more details to come)
May 27 - Grade-level Awards (more details to come); Digital learning students' Chromebooks due

To stay current with all of our events, be sure to visit our website’s Calendars and Events page.
Spring Testing
All students will take benchmark assessments in their core academic classes in April. In May, students will take the Georgia Milestones. Additional information about the Milestones was sent home from our Office of Student Achievement for face-to-face and digital learners.

Clubs and Athletics

Upcoming Events:
  • May 8 Middle School District Honor Band (students auditioned to be selected @ Lake Lanier Islands)
  • May 15 BMS Band Solo and Ensemble Festival (times TBD) @ BMS Theater
  • May 20 Spring Band Concert (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.) @ PAC

Our Symphonic Band and Bucket Band "LGPE" Concert was on Mar 18. Our students did an incredible job and were fortunate to work with Dr. Josh Byrd. Click here to watch their amazing performance.

Upcoming Events:
  • May 24 - Performance (4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) @ FAC
  • May 25 - Performance (4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) @ FAC
Families are welcome to attend any of the four performances. Choral students know which performance they should attend.
Craft Club

Next meeting: Apr 20. Click here for more information.
Debate Club

Next meeting: Apr 13 & 27. Click here for more information.  

Next meetings: Apr 20 & EOY CTSO Party May 12. Click here for more information.  
Jr. Thespians

Next Meeting: Apr 26. Click here for more information.

Next meeting: Apr 14 & EOY CTSO Party May 12.Click here for more information.  

Next meetings: Apr 22 & E.O.Y. CTSO Party May 12. Click here for more information.

Middle school girls volleyball tryouts for the upcoming school year will be on Aug 5 & 6 after school from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. as well as Saturday, Aug 7, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Students trying out must have an updated physical on file in the office by Aug 4 to be able to try out. Click here for more information about our volleyball team.
Competition Cheer

Buford Middle School competition cheer tryouts for the upcoming school year will be held in May. Interested students should attend the interest meeting on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. via Google Meet. Tryouts will be held May 19 & 20 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the BMS gym. Click here for more information about the routines and the information packet.

Please know that girls trying out must have an updated physical on file in the office prior to May 19 to be able to try out.
PTO News
Online Spirit Wear
Market Place

Check out our online spirit wear marketplace. Orders received by 2:00 Thursday afternoon are available for students on Friday of the same week.

Students will be called to the front office on Friday afternoon to pick up their orders. Payment should be ready at that time. Checks and cash are accepted for these online orders.

Families may also visit our clearance corner for great deals on our PTO spirit wear.
Snack for Our Pack THANK YOU!

The BMS PTO would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers who helped to make our Snack for Our Pack such a success!

Family Sponsors:

The Botham Family
The Mosley Family
The Oskarson Family

Corporate Sponsors:
RE/MAX Legends
Cell: 770-826-8779
Office: 678-730-7220
2675 Mall of GA Blvd, Suite 200, Buford, GA 30519
“Our family helping yours”
Sam's Club
Buford Store: 3383 Buford Dr. Buford, GA 30519.
COVID-19 Reminders
If your child or anyone in your household takes a COVID-19 test, please call the front office (770) 904-3690 and/or email for return-to-school procedures. We appreciate your help!

BCS follows the guidelines from the CDC and GDPH for quarantining after international travel. Please plan accordingly.
Nutrition Nugget
If you need information concerning free and reduced lunch, please feel free to contact our nutrition manager, Nicholas Mann via email or at ext. 4128 with any questions or for information about applying for the program.
Notes from the Nurse
6th Grade Parents

The State of Georgia requires two immunizations before students start 7th grade, the Tdap and MCV4. Please keep this in mind as you take your 6th grader to office visits throughout the school year and this summer. If you have any questions, please call the school and ask to speak to Cherie Durden, RN, School Nurse. Please turn in any updated immunization forms to the front office. 
Parent Resources
The current issues of Helping Students Learn and the Daily Learning Planner are now available on our website. Families can also find archived copies as well.
Counselor's Corner

Our fantastic counseling department has various resources for our parents. Please visit their website for information about social/emotional health, digital citizenship, college and career planning, and so much more.
Right to Know Notification
In compliance with the requirements of Every Students Succeeds Act, Buford City Schools would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s). The following information may be requested:

Whether the student’s teacher:
  • has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
  • is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; 
  • is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher; and
  • whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s and/ or paraprofessional’s qualifications, please contact Laura Beth Short or call 770-904-3690. [Spanish Version]
Parent Feedback
School Improvement Feedback

We appreciate any feedback from our stakeholders for continuous improvement. Please complete this form if you have any suggestions for how our staff can better serve your student. We appreciate the teamwork approach in supporting our students!
Communications Feedback

Your time is valuable, and we want to make the most of the information we provide you. We'd love to know how we can improve our communication. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions.