Ben Hill Middle School
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Parents:Please review this video of Mr. Sims talking about key documents that we need your input on for next year..We want your feedback and comments on the following documents. These documents are all located under About Us- then Parent Involvement. Please review the Parent Student Teacher Compact, Parent Engagement Plan and the School Improvement Plan.If you have any comments or feedback, please email Mr. Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank you for your participation in this process.Go Canes!!
You can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything this summer, because Get Georgia Reading partner Renaissance is again delivering thousands of free books—plus engaging daily news articles—to your computer and mobile devices, available 24 hours a day from May 3 through July 31.
With myON, Renaissance’s digital reading platform, all children, parents and guardians, educators, and librarians can search from many different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.
1. Register at renaissance.com/getgeorgiareading from May 3 – July 31.
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3. Log in at myON.com/login/index.html and enter your log-in information:
School Name: Get Georgia Reading (Type the first few letters and select your school from the drop-down menu.)
Username: Provided in your login email
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Ben Hill Middle School is now accepting REACH applications for Rising 8th graders for next year.
This student must:
be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen (Proof should be attached if Eligible Non-Citizen)
be enrolled as a full-time student at an Eligible Middle School and, if selected, would officially sign Scholarship commitment as an 8th grader. demonstrate and prove financial need
have the potential to graduate high school with a 2.5 or greater HOPE-Calculated GPA
not be truant.
have a behavior record that reflects no more than two total combined Level I and/or Level II disciplinary infractions, and not have had any out-of-school suspensions in the past 2 semesters or 4 quarters.
Please go by and see Mrs. Sujette Giddens at BHMS to get an application or print out this attachment.
Applications are due back to Mrs. Giddens at BHMS by May 14. 2021. Thank you!
Parents and guardians,
Ben Hill County Schools is piloting a new type of assessment. Unlike the comprehensive Georgia Milestones, Navvy assessments are broken down by standard. These mini assessments contain six to eight questions and are intended to help teachers learn about students’ progress throughout the year so that they can address students’ specific needs.
This year, your child will take a Navvy assessment over each essential standard in ELA and math classes. Here are some important things to know:
• The goal is for students to demonstrate mastery. Students show mastery by scoring a minimum of five on assessments that have eight questions and by scoring a minimum of four on assessments that have five or six questions.
• Students have three attempts on each Navvy assessment, but they will not be able to take a second or third attempt until they have received re-teaching on non-competency standards (i.e., standards that were not mastered). According to Navvy’s guidelines, students cannot re-take an assessment once mastery is achieved.
• Navvy assessment scores are not for a grade but may be entered in an unweighted category of Infinite Campus so you can track your student’s progress.
• Navvy assessments are rigorous. Please encourage your child to not be discouraged if he/she does not master a standard at first.
Think of Navvy assessments like a quiz that shows how students are doing so far. The goal of such formative assessments is to help teachers learn how to better meet students’ needs during, not after, instruction. This data also helps students learn what goals need to be accomplished to improve. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
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1st Semester Honor Roll Recognition
Congratulations to our students who made the all A or A-B Honor Roll for 1st Semester!
We are excited about the various clubs that will be offered this year! Please view the descriptions for each club below and click the link to register.
CLUBS AT BEN HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL
4-H meets as a part of 6th grade Science classes and after school to let students complete hands-on projects in a positive environment with guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. 4-H is also available to 7th and 8th graders as an after school activity that meets at the 4-H office monthly. Special activities available include consumer judging team, poultry judging team, shooting sports teams as well as project achievement. It is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension System. Mrs. Jeri Gilleland is the sponsor and can be reached at 426-5175.
Art Club meets as part of rotation A in the cafeteria. Sponsors Bailey Miller and Marketa Poole work with the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council to provide monthly art experiences and lessons for the members.
Book Club will meet as a part of rotation A in room 702 and is sponsored by Katrina Campbell and the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council. Members will read one book a month then meet to discuss the book.
Calligraphy Club meets as part of rotation A in the Media Center conference room. Students learn how to do calligraphy from the sponsors Debbie Hamlin and Karen Kelly.
Chess Club meets as part of rotation B in the Tech Lab (room 911). Students who already know how to play chess can enjoy challenging other students to a match. Students who do not know how to play can learn from the sponsor Robert Garber.
CIS meets with rotation B in the cafeteria. It also has after school meetings and tutoring sessions as well as in-school workshops. Communities In Schools works to fill in the gaps to meet the needs of students and to offer leadership training and support. The BHMS program is led by Ms. Megan Smith.
Coloring Club meets during club rotation B in room 909. Students learn to manage stress, anxiety, anger, and boredom by coloring. Ms. Nicole Menge and Deidre Cox are the sponsors.
Cosmetology Club meets during club rotation B in room 901. Ms. Amanda Ross is the sponsor. She is assisted by Kayci Gibbs and Shelby Reese.
Debate Club meets during club rotation A in room 801. Students learn how to conduct formatted debates, discuss and analyze interesting topics, practice public speaking, construct arguments, exercise reasoning, and work with friends. There must be a minimum of 15 members to form this club. Ms. Pam Brown is the sponsor.
Environmental Club meets during club rotation A in room 601. Katrina Vaughn and Katy Calhoun are the sponsors. Students will learn ways to make a positive impact on the environment, both at school and in our community.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) meets as part of rotation A and after school in room 902 to develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. Leslie McDonald is the advisor.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets on Friday mornings before school and during both club rotations. Rotation A is in the gym as a full group and rotation B is in huddles as grade level groups as grade levels in room 702, room 802, and room 811. Students look at the concepts of Christianity through the experiences of athletes. (Students are not required to be athletes nor Christians to join.) Advisors and huddle leaders are Christopher Alexander, Katrina Campbell, Kenya Harris, Willie Harris, Sammy Reynolds, and Marisa Reynolds.
FFA meets as part of rotation B and after school in room 904 to let members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. Micheal Barnes is the advisor.
Fitness Club meets during rotation B in the gym. Advisors Katy Calhoun and Katrina Vaughn help students learn to live a healthier lifestyle through proper exercise and nutrition.
Game Code Club meets during rotation A in room 909 with Nicole Menge. Students learn basic computer coding then create and play their own game.
It’s Not Just Duct Tape meets as a part of rotation B in room 801. Sponsor Pam Brown leads the members in varying craft projects. Membership is limited to 25 students.
Needle Crafts Club meets during both rotations in the Band room. Sponsors Michelle Denison and Deidre Cox teach members how to crochet, knit, needlepoint, and how to improve upon their current skills.
Public Relations Club meets during rotation B in the Media Center conference room. This student-led club will work with the Ben Hill County Schools Public Relations director Jenny McCranie to take pictures and write articles that celebrate what is happening at BHMS. Debbie Hamlin is the sponsor.
Spreading Unity – Not Cruelty meets during rotation B in the rotunda conference room. The student-led club will promote acts of kindness and learn ways to promote unity within the school. Mrs. Sujette Giddens is the sponsor.
Student Council will meet during rotation A to discuss issues and represent the student body as stakeholders in BHMS. Katrina Vaughn is the sponsor. Stephanie Howell and Joi Kinnett will assist as needed.
Technology Student Association (TSA) meets after school in the Tech Lab (room 911) to prepare students to be successful inventors, designers, creative problem solvers, responsible citizens and leaders in a technological society. Robert Garber, Katrina Vaughn, and Debbie Hamlin are the advisors.
Ben Hill County Middle School
students receive laptops
to use this year!
Please review the
Technology Use Handbook
and sign the
Each student will use the device
assigned to them during the school day.
The devices will not be sent home.
The Agreement needs to be signed
for the student to use the internet & laptop.
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