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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!