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November 22, 2020

Greetings, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of November 23rd.  We have a short but busy week ahead of us! 

Students please make sure you join us for our first BCMS Virtual Activity Day on Nov. 25th beginning at 1:30 pm.  Teachers will be leading fun-filled games and activities…you don’t want to miss it!

As a reminder there is no school on November 26th and 27th.  On behalf of all of us from Battle Creek Middle School, I’d like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving break!

November 23rd is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Families, please complete your free and reduced lunch form no later than Dec. 15th.  This form must be completed by all families even if you do not qualify.  SPPS and BCMS receives funding for our free school lunch program dependent on completion of these forms.  All students that have completed the form will be entered in a drawing for Panther gear and other prizes before winter break.

 

6th Grade
To post a FlipGrid book talk: https://flipgrid.com/1947e774
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead6BC

7th Grade
To Post a FlipGrid Book Talk: https://flipgrid.com/68ce5e8d 
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead7BC

8th Grade
To Post a FlipGrid Book Talk: https://flipgrid.com/67a2f084 
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead8BC

 

and the November Panther Workout Challenge presented by our awesome Phy Ed. team.

 

Even in the most uncertain of times, there is plenty we are thankful for!  Most of all we are thankful for our BCMS students, staff and families and hope you have a wonderful week!  Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!

 


November 15, 2020

Greetings, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of November 16th.  Welcome to quarter 2!  Students we want to encourage you to develop academic goals for this quarter.  What does success for Quarter 2 look like to you? 

The Quarter 2 theme is community.  How are you contributing to the BCMS community to make it a welcoming place for yourself and others?
 

November 16th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

As a reminder, Friday, November 20th is a staff professional development day.  There is no school, including distance learning, for students Friday.

BCMS will host material distribution days on Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm both days.

Families, please complete your free and reduced lunch form no later than Dec. 15th.  This form must be completed by all families even if you do not qualify.  SPPS and BCMS receives funding for our free school lunch program dependent on completion of these forms.  All students that have completed the form will be entered in a drawing for Panther gear and other prizes before winter break.

Check out the November Administrative Reading Challenge

6th Grade
To post a FlipGrid book talk: https://flipgrid.com/1947e774
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead6BC

7th Grade
To Post a FlipGrid Book Talk: https://flipgrid.com/68ce5e8d 
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead7BC
 
8th Grade
To Post a FlipGrid Book Talk: https://flipgrid.com/67a2f084 
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead8BC

and the November Panther Workout Challenge presented by our awesome Phy Ed. team.

Family partnerships are the foundation of our BCMS community.  I understand distance learning can be difficult to navigate, but you are doing amazing work with your students to ensure they are getting the best educational experience.  As experts of your child’s experience, I want to honor and thank you for your continued support and contributions to Battle Creek Middle School.

Let’s make it great week.  Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


November 8, 2020

Greetings, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of November 9th.  I hope you had time to enjoy this beautiful weekend!  We are heading into the last week of the quarter.  Students let’s remember to end the quarter strong.  Reach out to your teachers if you need support.

November 9th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Families, please complete your free and reduced lunch form.  This form must be completed by all families even if you do not qualify.  SPPS and BCMS receives funding for our free school lunch program dependent on completion of these forms.  All students that have completed the form will be entered in a drawing for Panther gear and other prizes.

Check out the November Administrative Reading Challenge

6th Grade
To post a FlipGrid book talk: https://flipgrid.com/1947e774
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead6BC

7th Grade
To Post a FlipGrid Book Talk: https://flipgrid.com/68ce5e8d 
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead7BC
 
8th Grade
To Post a FlipGrid Book Talk: https://flipgrid.com/67a2f084 
Google Form to Log Your Books: http://bit.ly/NovRead8BC

and the November Panther Workout Challenge presented by our awesome Phy Ed. team.

Let’s make it great week.

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


November 1, 2020

Greetings, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of November 2nd.  We had a successful virtual conferences last week.  It was wonderful to connect with students and their families. It was a blast celebrating Spirit week with all of you!  Thank you to all who participated. 

November 2nd is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.

November 3rd is election day and has been designated by SPPS as an asynchronous distance learning day.  Students will have no contact with teachers Tuesday, including Foundations/Study Skills but are expected to follow their regular A-day periods 5A, 6A, and 7A classwork. Again, this day is asynchronous as we encourage everyone to ROCK the VOTE!!

Friday, November 6th is a B-Day makeup for periods Foundations/Study Skills, 5B, 6B, and 7B.  This is makeup for the classes missed due to MEA.

Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Families, please complete your free and reduce lunch form.  This form must be completed by all families even if you do not qualify.  SPPS and BCMS receives funding for our free school lunch program dependent on completion of these forms.  All students that have completed the form will be entered in a drawing for Panther gear and other prizes.

Students, Quarter 1 is coming to an end on November, 13th.  Make sure you are prepared to end the quarter strong.  Reach out to teachers for support if needed.

Check out the November Administrative Reading Challenge

http://bit.ly/BCReads6

http://bit.ly/BCReads7

http://bit.ly/BCReads8

and the November Panther Workout Challenge presented by our awesome Phy Ed. team.

It looks like the weather is on the warm-up.  Find time to enjoy it before the snow flies!!

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


October 25, 2020
Greetings, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of October, 26th.  We have a fun-filled week ahead.  Tomorrow kicks off spirit week!  The schedule is as follows:

Mask Monday-Creativity Tuesday-Fashion Wednesday-Pride Thursday-Talent Show Friday

October 26th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Battle Creek Middle School is excited to host conferences virtually on October, 29th from 4-7 pm and October 30th from 9am-12pm.

Please use the BCMS Conference link to sign-up using Sign-up Genius.  Families should sign- up for one 10 minutes time-slot with their student’s Foundations/Study Skills/Transitions teacher. Sign-up will be open and must be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 27th at 12:00 pm. 

6th Grade Foundations

7th Grade Foundations

8th Grade Foundations

EL Foundations

Study Skills/Transitions

Teachers will send an individual Google Meet code no later than Thursday, Oct. 29th by 2:30 pm.  Students are asked to attend conferences with their parent or guardian using their district issued iPad. 

Your student will be assigned a Panther Grade Check and Reflection that will need to be completed and submitted to their Foundations teacher no later than 3:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 29th.  This document will guide the student led conference.

It is extremely important to be on time for your student’s conference as we only have a limited number of times to meet with families.  Families that arrive late to conferences will be asked to reschedule for a later date and time.

For more conference information reference the BCMS Conference Information and Resources guide.

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


October 21, 2020: Special Message Regarding Conferences

Greetings Panther Families!

Battle Creek Middle School is excited to host conferences virtually on October, 29th from 4-7 pm and October 30th from 9am-12pm.

Conferences will be held with your students Foundations, Study Skills, or Transitions teacher.  Please sign up for a 10-minute time slot. 

Please use the BCMS Conference link to sign-up using Sign-up Genius.  Sign-up will be open and must be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 27th at 12:00 pm.

6th Grade Foundations
7th Grade Foundations
8th Grade Foundations
EL Foundations
Study Skills/Transitions

After you select your time, it's very important to enter your students name, your email and/or your phone number so we can be in touch with you regarding your Google Meet link.

Teachers will send an individual Google Meet code no later than Thursday, Oct. 29th by 2:30 pm.  Students are asked to attend conferences with their parent or guardian using their district issued iPad. 

Your student will be assigned a Panther Grade Check and Reflection that will need to be completed and submitted to their Foundations teacher no later than 3:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 29th.  This document will guide the student led conference.

It is extremely important to be on time for your student’s conference as we only have a limited number of times to meet with families.  Families that arrive late to conferences will be asked to reschedule for a later date and time.

For more conference information reference the BCMS Conference Information and Resources guide.

We can’t wait to see you at conferences!  Take care, be well and GO PANTHERS!


October 18, 2020

Greetings, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of October, 19th.  I hope you had time to relax and refresh over the long weekend.

October 19th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

New student orientation will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 12:30 pm.  New students should use the Google Meet code: bcmsnewstudent. Our administrative and support team will discuss Battle Creek to new students.

Spirit Week is coming October 26th through the 30th.  Our WEB students have a fun-filled week planned.  Stay tuned for more information.

Due to distance learning conferences have been postponed until the week of October 26th.  Conferences are to be held Thursday, October 29th from 4-7 pm and Friday, October 30th from 9 am-12 pm.  Details will be sent this week for conference sign-up.

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


October 11, 2020

Greetings, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of October, 12th.  This is a reminder that this week is a short week.  Students will attend class Monday through Wednesday.  Students and staff will have Thursday and Friday off for the MN state conferences formerly known as MEA.

October 12th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A. 

October 13th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills, period 5A, 6A, and 7A. 

Oct. 14th is a B-Day.  Students should attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills, Periods 1B, 2B, 3B, and 4B.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Material Distribution will be held on Tuesday, October 13th from 2pm-6pm at BCMS. 

BCMS wants to know how we’re doing during distance learning 2.0!!  Please complete the Family Feedback Form so we can determine how to best support our students and families.

Due to distance learning conferences have been postponed until late October.  More information will follow regarding conference dates and times.  Please complete the family conference form by Monday Oct. 19th to communicate your availability for our upcoming conferences.

Paper copies of your child’s mid-quarter progress will not be sent out in the mail.  Please reach out to teachers if you have concerns regarding your student.  You can find your child’s mid-quarter grades on Schoology and Campus. 

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!

 


October 4, 2020

Greetings, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of October, 5th

October 5th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Students join us on Tuesday and Thursday at your grade level’s assigned time for Community Meetings.  This quarter we focus on the theme of Belonging.  We will celebrate the diversity of our BCMS community.  Check into Daily Foundations or Study Skills for more information.

BCMS wants to know how we’re doing during distance learning 2.0!!  Please complete the Family Feedback Form so we can determine how to best support our students and families.

Due to distance learning conferences have been postponed until late October.  Please expect communications from BCMS regarding your student’s progress the week of Oct. 5th.  Please reach out to teachers if you have concerns regarding your student.  More information will follow regarding conference dates and times.

Important reminders regarding distance learning:

  • Students check-in daily with their Foundations/Study Skills Teacher at 8:30 am. This time is synchronous and students should report on Google Meets.  Teachers will provide important announcements regarding the daily schedule and highlight special daily events during distance learning.
  • ATTENDANCE: As a reminder students and families will need to take attendance on Campus daily.

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


September 27, 2020

Panthers:  Please find attached the Panther Pride Bulletin for Sept 28, 2020.  Principal Paddock is asking for your feedback on distance learning 2.0.

There are only a few more days to enter your household's Census. It is so important to you and your community to be counted. 

BCMS Title1 Information meeting is tomorrow night if you can attend the zoom meeting please email sherry.saxton@spps.org.  It is from 4:30 - 5:00. 

https://www.smore.com/app/pages/preview/aphm9f


September 27, 2020

Happy Fall, Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of Sept. 28th.  This week we will have material distribution on Tuesday, September 29th from 9 am-2:30 pm and Thursday, October 1st from 1-4:30 pm.  Current 7th and 8th grade students may also pick up locker clean out bags from last year.  Students may pick up the following items:

  • Art supplies-beginning and intermediate art only
  • 6th grade science notebooks
  • Instruments for intermediate band
  • iPad case exchange for 6th grade students
  • Stamped books for 8th grade Dare 2 Be Real students
  • Library and classroom library checkout and return.

September 28th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Families, join Principal Paddock for the annual Title I meeting on Sept. 29th at 4:30 pm.  A zoom link will be shared with families prior to the meeting.

Due to distance learning conferences have been postponed until late October.  Please expect communications from BCMS regarding your student’s progress the week of Oct. 5th.  Please reach out to teachers if you have concerns regarding your student.

Check-out the Panther Bulletin for information on back to school updates, staff messages, etc.

Important reminders regarding distance learning:

  • Students check-in Daily with their Foundations/Study Skills Teacher at 8:30 am. This time is synchronous and students should report on Google Meets.  Teachers will provide important announcements regarding the daily schedule and highlight special daily events during distance learning.
  • ATTENDANCE: As a reminder students and families will need to take attendance on Campus daily.

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


September 20, 2020

Greetings Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the BCMS school updates for the week of Sept. 21st.  This week students will learn more about responsible technology practices in science, social studies and math. 

Material distribution is coming!  BCMS will host two additional material distribution dates on Tuesday, Sept. 29th and Thursday, Oct. 1st.  Library book check-out will also be available.  More information will follow later this week.

September 21st is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Check-out last week’s Panther Bulletin for information on back to school updates, staff messages, etc.

Here are a few reminders regarding distance learning:

  • Students check-in Daily with their Foundations/Study Skills Teacher at 8:30 am. This time is synchronous and students should report on Google Meets.
  • ATTENDANCE: As a reminder students and families will need to take attendance on Campus daily. Use the link above to watch the attendance video.  Translations are also available.  If you are experiencing difficulty logging onto Campus, call the main office so we can appropriately mark attendance.
  • Students, please make sure you are following which teachers are offering synchronous learning time in each of your courses by using the posted Google Meet at the top of the course.  This is an opportunity to learn with your teacher live.
  • Families experiencing difficulties with technology should contact Technology Support at familysupport@spps.org.  For log-in information call the Battle Creek main office at 651.293.8960 to leave a message. 

We are excited for another busy week of learning.

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


September 17, 2020

Tomorrow, Friday, September 18 is a Distance Learning Day.

Students should check-in on Campus and check-in to their Foundations Study Skills class synchronously.  However, the rest of the day will be asynchronous with independent learning time on Schoology.

Reach out to teachers with questions or if in need of support.

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


September 13, 2020

Greetings Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock BCMS school updates for the week of Sept. 14th.  We had a successful first week of distance learning.  It was refreshing to see students on Google Meets and interacting in classes. 

We understand that iPads, student log-ins, and internet access continue to be a concern for families.  Please contact Technology Support at familysupport@spps.org for iPad and internet issues.  Call the BCMS main office for log-in information at 651.293.8960.  If your student(s) is experiencing difficulties with access to technology or internet, please call the main office and report it so we can appropriately mark their attendance.  This would include any student waiting to receive their district issued iPad.

September 14th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

Here are a few reminders regarding distance learning:

  • Students check-in Daily with their Foundations/Study Skills Teacher at 8:30 am. This time is synchronous and students should report on Google Meets.
  • ATTENDANCE: As a reminder students and families will need to take attendance on Campus daily. Use the link above to watch the attendance video.  Translations are also available.
  • Students, please make sure you are following which teachers are offering synchronous learning time in each of your courses by using the posted Google Meet at the top of the course.  This is an opportunity to learn with your teacher live.

Our bcms.spps.org webpage is a great resource for getting connected to school.  Below are some helpful links to start the year.

bcms.spps.org

virtual open house slide deck

 virtual open house Google site

SPPS Onestop

Please go to this site for directions on logging in to Schoology: http://bit.ly/studentschoologylogin

Monday through Friday you will start your day by doing the following:

  1. Before 8:30 am: Look at your schedule (on Campus) and find your Foundations or Study Skills class
  2. Log on to Schoology and open your Foundations or Study Skills course (whichever one is on your schedule)
  3. Your teacher will provide the link to meet.google.com with a nickname to join your Foundations/Study Skills course
  4. Allow enough time to log on so that you can be on the Google Meet for your Foundations/Study Skills class by 8:30 am

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


Sept 8, 2020

Greetings Panther Students, Families and Staff! 

This is Principal Paddock with your back to school updates for Sept. 8th.   It was fantastic connecting with students and families today!  We know that there were also some frustrations with electronics, log-ins, etc.  Please know that we are here to support you however possible. 

Here are a few reminders regarding distance learning: 

  • Students check-in Daily with their Foundations/Study Skills Teacher at 8:30 am. This time is synchronous and students should report on Google Meets. 
  • ATTENDANCE: As a reminder students and families will need to take attendance on Campus daily. Use the link above to watch the attendance video.  Translations are also available. 
  • Administration will be hosting community meetings Wednesday (6th grade and Team International) and Friday (7th and 8th grade).  Foundations teachers will give you the nickname and time for your grade level’s assigned community meeting.  It will be synchronous on Google Meet.  Can’t wait to see you, Students! 
  • Students, please make sure you are following which teachers are offering synchronous learning time in each of your courses by using the posted Google Meet at the top of the course.  This is an opportunity to learn with your teacher live. 

    Our bcms.spps.org webpage is a great resource for getting connected to school.  Below are some helpful links to start the year. 

    bcms.spps.org 

    virtual open house slide deck 

     virtual open house Google site 

    BCMS Panthers are PREPARED:
    Here are some friendly reminders for Wednesday, September 9th
  • Make sure your IPAD is Ready to go 
  • Plug in your ipad to charge - make sure it works 
  • If there are any issues (ie. broken screen, apps not working, items missing) then please communicate those immediately to tech support:  
  • Log in to Campus and look up your class schedule. Access is available using the SPPS Onestop 
  • Practice logging in to Schoology 

    Please go to this site for directions on logging in to Schoology: http://bit.ly/studentschoologylogin 

    On Wednesday you will start your day by doing the following
  1. Before 8:30 am: Look at your schedule (on Campus) and find your Foundations or Study Skills class 
  2. Log on to Schoology and open your Foundations or Study Skills course (whichever one is on your schedule) 
  3. Your teacher will provide the link to meet.google.com with a nickname to join your Foundations/Study Skills course 
  4. Allow enough time to log on so that you can be on the Google Meet for your Foundations/Study Skills class by 8:30 am 

    September 9th is an A-Day.  Students will attend Daily Foundations/Study Skills at 8:30 am, Period 5A, Period 6A, Period 7A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information. 

    Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!! 

Sept 6, 2020

week 1 special schedule image

Greetings Panther Students, Families and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with your weekly update for September 6th.   I hope you all are enjoying the holiday weekend.  As a reminder, school begins at 8:30 am on Tuesday, September 8th.

If you were unable to join us for material distribution last week the district will be distributing iPads to you.  Stay tuned for more information on iPad delivery.  Battle Creek Middle School will host another material distribution day in mid-September for items such as instruments, books, art supplies, etc.

We had a great turnout at our virtual open house!  It was great connecting with students old and new.  To access the information please log on to our BCMS webpage at bcms.spps.org and click on the link to our virtual open house slide deck and recorded presentation.  In addition, many resources are available on the virtual open house Google site, also located on our webpage.

BCMS Panthers are PREPARED:
Before Tuesday, September 8th take these steps to be prepared:

  • Make sure your IPAD is Ready to go
  • Plug in your ipad to charge - make sure it works
  • If there are any issues (ie. broken screen, apps not working, items missing) then please communicate those immediately to tech support: 
  • Email: familysupport@spps.org
  • Call: 651-603-4348 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m
  • Technology tutorials can also be found at spps.org/distancelearning
  • Log in to Campus and look up your class schedule. Access is available using the SPPS Onestop
  • Practice logging in to Schoology

Please go to this site for directions on logging in to Schoology: http://bit.ly/studentschoologylogin

On Tuesday you will start your day by doing the following:

  1. Before 8:30 am: Look at your schedule (on Campus) and find your Foundations or Study Skills class
  2. Log on to Schoology and open your Foundations or Study Skills course (whichever one is on your schedule)
  3. Your teacher will provide the link to meet.google.com with a nickname to join your Foundations/Study Skills course
  4. Allow enough time to log on so that you can be on the Google Meet for your Foundations/Study Skills class by 8:30 am

ATTENDANCE: As a reminder students and families will need to take attendance on Campus daily.  A slide deck and video are provided on the BCMS open house webpage and open house ppt.

September 8th is an A-Day.  Student you will attend Foundations/Study Skills, Period 1A, Period 2A, Period 3A and Period 4A.  Check out the BCMS Daily Schedule and Distance Learning 2.0 Semester Schedule for more information.

We have two more sleeps before school starts.  We are excited to kick off the year with you!! Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


Sept 2, 2020

Good Evening,

This is Principal Paddock.  Tomorrow, September 3rd is our last material distribution day from 11 am to 3 pm. 

We will also be hosting our Virtual Open House on September 3rd from 3-4 pm and Friday, September 4th from 10-11 am.  Please log into the Virtual Open House Google meeting using your district issued iPads (password:  bcmsopenhouse).  We hope to see you there!! 

Sixth grade families, Battle Creek will be hosting a 6th grade Frequently Asked Question Session from 2-3 pm Friday, September 4th.  Teachers, administrators and support staff will be available to answer last minute questions regarding your child's transition to middle school (password:  bcmsopenhouse). 

School year 20-21 is right around the corner and we can't wait to connect!  Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!!


Sept 1, 2020

Good Evening Panther Students, Families, and Staff! 

This is Principal Paddock with updates on our back to school plans.   

  • Material Distribution is underway.  Curbside material distribution and pick-up will continue September 2nd and 3rd from 11am-3pm.  Tomorrow only, September 2nd, all students may pick-up classroom library books from their ELA teachers. Stay tuned as an additional date for book distribution will be coming, as well as, instrument handout. 
  • Battle Creek will host two Virtual Open Houses on Thursday, September 3rd from 3-4pm and Friday, September 4th from 10-11am.  You only need to attend one session to connect with staff virtually using Google Meets (links provided at open house).  These sessions will be recorded in the event you are unable to attend. 

Distance Learning 2.0 requires access to your district issued iPad.  Students please make sure to charge your iPad to make sure it works.  If there are issues such as a broken screen, apps that are not working or items missing, please communicate those immediately so replacements can be ordered before school starts.  You can also make requests if you need access to a hotspot for internet service. For technology support reach out to: 

Email: familysupport@spps.org or Call: 651-603-4348 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Students should receive an alert instructing them to log onto Schoology.  Please use the link in my email to access the Student and Family Technology Checklist or https://www.spps.org/Page/39811

Students may access their class schedule by logging into Campus.  This is a change from previous communications asking you to log on to Schoology.  Class schedules go live on Schoology September, 8th.  In order to connect with teachers during the Virtual Open House you will need to access your BCMS class schedule.  For information on Campus and/or Schoology access codes contact the BCMS main office and leave a message.  Our support staff will assist you with Camous and Schoology log-in. 

The Back to School iUpdate is now open.  Families should complete the iUpdate form using the One Stop link in my email or https://www.spps.org/onestop.  Please note that families are required to complete this form annually. 

I have included the following links in preparation for the 20-21 school year.  Information will be provided in greater detail at the Virtual Open House.  

Meal Delivery Service 

SPPS will continue to provide meals while students are in distance learning. Meal boxes will be delivered to homes as they were this summer, and contain five breakfasts, five lunches and milk. Weekly curbside pickup will also be available at select sites. Students who do not qualify for free/reduced lunch may be charged for meals. For more information, including home delivery registration and curbside pickup locations, visit spps.org/fallmeals.  

We can’t wait to see you at our Battle Creek Middle Open House!!  Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS! 

Sincerely,

LaNisha Paddock, Principal

 

Archived Messages & Blackboard Connect Messages for 2020-2021


Aug 31, 2020

Dear Battle Creek Middle School Families,

With Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) starting the 2020-21 school year in distance learning for all students, there are learning materials our students will need before the start of this school year.

SPPS has developed a plan to have student learning materials available for curbside pick-up at our school in a streamlined manner while following social distancing guidelines. Student supplies such as: iPads, books, art supplies, and iPad cases (6th grade only), 6th grade science workbooks will be labeled and assembled for pickup.  Instruments will be available at a future distribution date.

The scheduled time frame for pickup at BCMS is 11am-3pm on:

○      Tuesday, September 1

○      Wednesday, September 2 (includes book check-out)

○      Thursday, September 3

 

I ask that families stay in their vehicles and line up to receive your student’s items by accessing our school via McKnight and heading west on North Park Drive.  Materials will be set up along North Park Drive in front of the school.  If you walk, look for signs and a check-in table. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines when waiting in line.

If parents are not able to make their scheduled date, please call Battle Creek Middle School at 651.293.8960 and leave a message. Our staff will return your call as soon as possible with guidance on how to receive your student’s supplies.

I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to reopen our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email at lanisha.paddock@spps.org.

Tomorrow you will receive information on the BCMS Student Daily Schedule via email and text.  It will also be posted on our webpage at bcms.spps.org.

Thank you for supporting your child, and Battle Creek Middle School.

Sincerely,

 LaNisha Paddock, Principal

Battle Creek Middle School


BlackBoard Connect 8/30/20: 

Good Evening Panther Students, Families, and Staff!

This is Principal Paddock with the weekly update for Aug. 30th.  This week Battle Creek Middle School will be hosting two back to school events:

  • Curbside material distribution and pick-up will take place September 1st, 2nd and 3rd from 11am-3pm. Items that need to be picked up are as follows:
    • New Student iPads- for all students new to Battle Creek only
    • 6th Grade iPad Case exchange-6th graders bring your old iPad case to exchange for a new one
    • Art Supplies-students scheduled for Beginning or Intermediate Art only
    • 8th Grade Dare 2 Be Real Students-please pick up a copy of Stamped
    • Literacy Books-any student wanting books in print may check them out on Wednesday, September 2nd from 11am-3pm. Future distribution dates to be scheduled for book check-out.
    • Please note instrument hand-out will take place mid-September following instrument selection with Ms. Druk.
  • Battle Creek will host two Virtual Open Houses on Thursday, September 3rd from 3-4pm and Friday, September 4th from 10-11am. You only need to attend one session to connect with staff virtually using Google Meets (links provided at open house).  These sessions will be recorded in the event you are unable to attend.

Distance Learning 2.0 requires access to your district issued iPad.  Students please make sure you charge your iPad to make sure it works.  If there are issues such as a broken screen, apps that are not working or items missing, please communicate those immediately so replacements can be ordered before school starts.  Replacement iPads will not be issued during this week’s iPad handout. You can also make requests if you need access to a hotspot for internet service. For technology support reach out to:

Email: familysupport@spps.org or Call: 651-603-4348 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students should receive an alert instructing them to log onto Schoology.  Please use the link in my email to log onto the Student and Family Technology Checklist or https://www.spps.org/Page/39811.

Once logged on to Schoology, students and families should be able to access student schedules.  In order to connect with teachers during the Virtual Open House you will need to access your BCMS class schedule.  For information on Schoology access codes contact the BCMS main office and leave a message.  Our support staff will assist you with Schoology log-in.

The Back to School iUpdate is now open.  Families should complete the iUpdate form using the One Stop link in my email or https://www.spps.org/onestop.  Please note that families are required to complete this form annually.

This week prior to our open house families will receive communications on the Distance Learning 2.0 student daily schedule.  This schedule is a modified version of our daily in-person bell schedule.  Expectations regarding attendance, grading, and Schoology will accompany these communications.  In addition, BCMS will update you on the SPPS meal delivery during distance learning 2.0.

We can’t wait to see you at our Battle Creek Middle Open House!!  Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS! 


BlackBoard Connect 8/27/20: 

Good Afternoon Panther Students, Families, and Staff! 

This is Principal Paddock with an update regarding some back to school plans for Distance Learning 2.0.  Next week Battle Creek Middle School will be hosting two back to school events: 

  • Curbside student material distribution and pick-up will take place September 1st, 2nd and 3rd from 11am-3pm.  Further communications will come this Sunday with information on what items need to be distributed to specific groups of students. 
  • BCMS will host two Virtual Open Houses on Thursday, September 3rd from 3-4pm and Friday, September 4th from 10-11 am.  You only need to attend one session to connect with staff virtually using Google Meets (links to follow).  These sessions will be recorded in the event you are unable to attend. 

Distance Learning 2.0 requires access to your district issued iPad.  Students please make sure you charge you iPad and make sure it works.  If there are issues such as a broken screen, apps that are not working or items missing, please communicate those immediately so replacements can be ordered before school starts.  Replacement iPads will not be issued during next week’s iPad handout. Also make requests if you need access to internet.  

Email: familysupport@spps.org or Call: 651-603-4348 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Students should receive an alert instructing them to log onto Schoology.  Once logged on, students and families should be able to access student schedules.  In order to connect with teachers during the Virtual Open House you will need to access your BCMS class schedule.  For information on Schoology access codes contact the BCMS main office and leave a message.  Our support staff will assist you with Schoology log-in. 

Take care, be well, and GO PANTHERS!