Dear Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

Thespian's Dramatic Presentation   

Local high school thespians work hard on and off the stage. Apalachee High Thespian Troupe 6133 and Winder-Barrow High Thespian Troupe 2194 banded together as one team to collect canned goods for the International Thespian Society's annual event Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat (TOTS-Eat). Combined totals of cans resulted in 425 pounds of food that will be donated to local food banks. Both troupes plan to work together again next year and increase their total amount of food to donate to our community! 

Bear Creek's BOLD Business Leaders

On November 15, Bear Creek's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the Georgia FBLA Fall Conference in Athens at the Classic Center. BCMS students attended the opening session where Mr. Richard Mackey challenged them, "if you don't hear opportunity knock, build a door for opportunity to knock on!"

BCMS won 1st place for the Chapter T-shirt Contest with a prize of $50 in FBLA bucks. The chapter also was recognized for Chapter Checkpoint. These students doubled their membership since last year and earned a free registration for the next competitive conference.
Monster Hangout

Recently, Barrow County School System teachers were invited to participate in the first Monster Hangout, which culminated in thirty separate video conferences involving over forty teachers and their classes between October 27th and Halloween Day.

What is a Monster Hangout and how did this work? After teachers signed up and found a partner teacher, each class created their own original monster drawing, digital drawing or 3-D model. Once the monsters were completed, each class wrote a detailed description of their monster, which was sent to their partner class without a picture. The partner class was then tasked with attempting to recreate the monster based only on the description they were given. Then, in a Google Hangout, the two classes met and revealed the monsters they created, based on the descriptions. The original monsters were finally revealed and the comparison between monsters began!

The best part of the video conferences was watching the student reactions and listening to the conversations after the big reveal. How close did the other class come to recreating their original monster? What were the differences and similarities? What problems did they have? It was a great lesson for everyone in descriptive writing, and the biggest takeaway was that they needed to add more details! There will definitely be a 2nd Annual BCSS Monster Hangout next year. See the Monsters!
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Special Note: On Thanksgiving morning, members of the Apalachee Marching Cats participated in the nationally televised McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Go Cats! See picture.

Dr. Chris McMichael

Board Members
Debi Krause
Garey Huff Sr.
Connie Wehunt
Michael Shelley
Lynn Stevens
Rickey Bailey
Suzanne Angle
Rolando Alvarez
Mark Still 


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December 5
BOE Meeting

December 20
Early Release
for Students

December 21-
January 5
Student Winter

January 8
Students Return

January 10
Report Cards

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Barrow County
School System:

Boldly Committed to
Student Success

Ensuring an exceptional education that leads each student to become a high achieving and responsible citizen.

179 West Athens Street
Winder, Georgia  30680
(770) 867-4527
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