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Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

Penny Copelin, Assistant Elementary and Middle School Principal


As of Jan. 27, we have made it to the 100th day mark of school.  My experiences have been fantastic.  It has been very rewarding to work with such a dedicated staff and administration.  Parents of the district should take great pride in their children and the hard work that they put forth daily.

The Bowling Green and Frankford Elementary schools recently had their 5th grade Spelling Bee on Jan. 22, the fourth grade Spelling Bee was Jan. 29 and the third grade will be having their Spelling Bee on Feb. 5.  The top five students receive a medal and move on the final Spelling Bee which will be on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowling Green Elementary.

The BGE kindergarten, first grade and second grade students have become author and illustrators of their own books this year.  Miss Briscoe has guided the students through the process of publishing their book.  The parents also had the opportunity of purchasing their child’s book.  This has been a great experience for the students and a wonderful keepsake they will have for life.

The Elementary PTO bought key chains for the entire elementary this year and gave the students their first spirit stick with read “leader”.  Students then have the opportunity to buy spirit sticks to hang on those key chains for $1.  These spirit sticks represent praise/encouragement and academics.  This has been a great project for the PTO and the students love sporting their spirit sticks on their backpacks.  The next PTO meeting will be Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the elementary.

The BGE will be having their Science Fair on Feb. 27, so mark your calendar and watch for more information to be sent home with your child.

Other dates to mark on your calendar, Feb. 5 mid-term grades will be sent home, Feb. 14 there is no school for students, but the teachers have an in-service, and Feb. 17 there is no school.

In the Middle School, Mrs. Grote has many activities and projects going on this semester.  The Art Department just finished an exciting series in clay and they are now moving onto still life studies and portraits.  The artwork is on display in the hall, in the art room and also on the website under middle school fine arts.  The art department has the 6th grade basketry display at the BG Public Library.  The February display will include graphite still life and ceramics.

The BGMS Enrichment program which is open to anyone wanting to participate is held after school once a month.  The Feb. group just completed six blankets to share with the community.  They delivered them to the Home Health, Hospice and PCMH.  Their next project will be edible Sweet Sculptures on Feb. 6.

The BGMS Photography Club have been working hard and attending many events to capture memories for the MS yearbook.  The cover has been selected and the students are excited about seeing the finished yearbook.  The yearbook is scheduled to go on sale in the spring.

The BGMS Spring Art Club started last week and they are making action clay sculptures and platters.  Their next meeting will be Feb. 12 and they will be glazing and painting their fired items.  The Art Club is selling paracord bracelets for their fundraiser to travel to the St. Louis Art Museum this Spring.

The BGMS students will be doing an Earth Day Activity on April 12 at the Bowling Green City Park from 9 a.m. 12 p.m.  (BGHS Auditorium if raining)  The MS will be selling t-shirts for this event and you can get an order form from the BGMS Office.  The students will also be hosting an electronic recycling drive that day with Midwest Recycling and they will take computers, printers, keyboards, cell phones, pagers, speakers, VCRs, DVDs, fax machines, air conditioners…etc.)  If anyone is interested in having a booth to tell about products or services that benefit the Earth or would like to provide music or sell food or drink for the event should call or email Mrs. Scherder ( at the Middle School.

The BGMS Student Council hosted a Board Game Event after school on Jan. 21 and 32 students participated in the activity.  The Student Council is planning to make it a monthly event.

The BGMS is hosting a free family trivia night on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria.  The event is for Middle School students and their parents and/or families.  The theme of the night will be “Around the World”.  Teams may have up to eight members and each team must have at least one student or one adult on it.  Snacks will be sold during the event.  Between rounds there will be some fun minute to win it games where your team can earn extra points.  Scores will be kept throughout the night and the winning team will receive a prize.  This event is simply a fun and free activity for families to participate in together.  For more information, call the Middle School Office or email Becky Turner ( with any questions.  For the event, forms should be in by Thursday, Feb. 13.

Miss Onik’s class is preparing for an activity that is associated with the MAP-A testing on Feb. 11.  Her class will go on a field trip to Wal-Mart for a functional skills activity to address the Show-Me Standards/Alternate Grade Level Expectations (AGLES) that is required for their testing window and API task activity.  The activity will include the students making a store list, calculating the cost, navigate through the store to find the items, write and map directions to the store and inside the store, prepare the food, divide the food into gifts, collect data, use persuasive and social skills and understand how these functional skills are applied to everyday living.  This will be a great event for Miss Onik’s class.

The BGMS has some dates that you need to mark on your calendar.  On Feb. 12 will be Spring pictures, Feb. 13 will be the MS Science Fair, the County Science Fair will be on March 26 and also on that date will be Student Lead Conferences for third quarter from 3:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

For more information on any of the upcoming events, please call the Elementary Office or the Middle School Office.

I want to thank all the staff for sharing information this month.  I applaud both the Elementary and Middle School Staff and Students for doing such a great job through the first 100 days of school.