by Kim Pafford, BGMS principal
We have had some great activities lately at the middle school that I would like to brag on our middle school staff about while I have the opportunity. Before Christmas, Mrs. Becky Turner and Mrs. Christy Buffington came up with an idea that went along with our Habit Study of ‘Think Win-Win’, and the ‘Swap Shop’ was brought to the middle school. We all have items in our closet that don’t fit anymore or we need to move out to make room for other items, and we all like to get ‘new’ things for ourselves. A concern for us always is making sure out students have everything they might need like a winter coat, shoes in good condition, clean clothing, etc. Our teachers decided they would try a clothing drive for our students, and then allow our students to ‘shop’ from the collection for any items they might need or be looking for, and then donate any items that might not be consumed. Several middle school staff members and some parent volunteers jumped in to help organize and run the event and help make it a great success for our students. A big thank you to all who helped to do something wonderful for our students.
Back by popular demand, the Eighth Grade Eco-Detectives and Mrs. Carey Scherder, will be hosting an Electronic Recycling Drive in April, just in time for Spring Cleaning. The Eco-Detectives are asking for your help in keeping hazardous materials out of our landfill by dropping off your electronics. It qualifies as an electronic if it has a cord or battery, and they are requesting only one TV per drop off. Items can be dropped off at the High School Auditorium on Friday, April 5, from 7:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. and/or Monday, April 8, from 7:45 a.m. until 10 a.m. Smaller items can be dropped off earlier by contacting Carey Scherder at the Middle School at 573-324-2181.
Our parent club, Cats in the Middle, will be sponsoring a dance on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the middle school gym. Part of the reason for the dance is for the PTO to help collect school supplies that are dwindling in our middle school classrooms. They will be collecting items such as: scissors, pencils, hole punches, glue sticks, markers, pencil sharpeners, crayons, expo markers, and page protectors, as part of the student’s entry fee. They will also be doing some other fundraising activities during the dance, such as the pie toss and a basket raffle. We hope it will be a great success!
We will be holding a second round of Student Led Conferences at the middle school on Monday, Feb. 11 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. to provide our parents and students with an opportunity to check in with our teachers on their student’s progress. We enjoy the opportunity to visit with our students’ families and make sure everyone has a clear picture of their student’s progress. We hope to see you there.
As always, please feel free to call the middle school if you have any questions or concerns.