The ISATS are Here - Get Fed, Get Rested, Get Here on Time! From Mr. Herkert
The middle school students will be participating in the State required ISAT tests during the week of March 10. Testing will be conducted in the mornings, with two test sessions scheduled per day. The testing schedule is listed below:
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
Parents can help their son/daughter prepare for the tests by:
1. making sure that your child attends school on the days of testing and is prompt in arriving at school; (If a student misses an ISAT test due to illness, the test will be made up during the non-testing days. The state requires all students to complete all phases of the test.) 2. making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing; 3. providing breakfast on the mornings of testing; 4. expressing to your child that you have confidence in his/her ability to do his/her best
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
7th grade students only
As a school, we will put our students in a position to be successful by: 1) Discussing the importance of the ISAT testing, and the impact the results can have on their education 2) Providing many opportunities to practice the types of problems the students will encounter on the tests 3) Providing a quiet, organized atmosphere conducive to testing; and 4) Providing nutritious snacks during the testing sessions, thanks to a generous donation from the Byron PTA.
Good luck students – Do Your Best!
February Students of the Month
Students of the Week
HANNAH HENSLEY, MACKENZIE LENZ
ALEXANDRA BEATTY, MATT HARRINGTON
MARQUIA MACLIN, SARAH STICKLER
Spread the Word to End the Word From Mrs. Gordon and Mrs. Wheeler
Adobe Flash Required
This week marks our 4th year recognizing the "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign at BHS. Many words can be used to describe people, but the R-word is NOT one of them. We ask that you think about the use of the R-word and make a conscious effort to omit it from your everyday vocabulary. Help us "Spread the Love" by treating each other with respect.
Our theme is "Spread the Love". This year we are privileged enough to work with Stevie Hopkins, who not only designed and made our apparel, but has an amazing story and will be speaking at the high school on Friday, March 7th.
More great things to celebrate! Byron kids are succeeding at all kinds of endeavors: academic, fine arts, sports, and other organizations/clubs. Here is the latest achievement for the BMS wrestling squad.Pictured here are the 8th grade wrestlers who have been part of a three-year undefeated dual meet run of 37 - 0.
Sam Triplett, Noah Haught,Gunnar McCoy, Matt Wombacher, Jaeden Hervet, Jeremiah Russell, Lucas Whittaker, Brandon Stonecipher, and Ike Shultz.
A big thanks to Head Coach Mike Elsbury and his staff for all of their support, to the Byron Park District’s Xtreme Wrestling Club, the Byron Wrestling Association, and to the parents and athletes who have supported the dream to keep Byron wrestling alive and competitive at the state level year in and year out.
"Twins Day" From Mr. Herkert Byron Middle School’s PBIS committee sponsored a “twins day” last week, encouraging students to dress alike. Those that participated received a prize, and the response was much better than expected.
Some of the outfits were amazing and well thought-out – check them out by clicking here.
BMS Spelling Bee! From Mr. Herkert Congratulations to Kelly Grim for winning the BMS Spelling Bee! This year’s competition, held in the theater in front of the entire student body, was thrilling and competitive. It was obvious the students had spent many hours preparing, as the winner was not determined until the 11th round, and half of the 26 competitors were still intact after 5 rounds. As the words became harder, the contestants began to stumble until only 2 remained after 7 rounds – Kelly and classmate Diana Galster. Diana got caught on “piety”, while Kelly successfully spelled “infringe” and “manufacture” for the victory. Kelly will now advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in Dixon on February 20, with a chance to advance to the National Bee held in Washington D.C.
Congratulations to the 25 brave competitors, and to Kelly for displaying great confidence throughout the competition. Good luck in Dixon – BMS is proud of you!
Springfield Illinois From Mr. Herkert
The 8th grade students took their annual trip to Springfield last week, braving the cold and snow for two days full of fun, camaraderie, and even a little education along the way. One hundred thirty-seven students and 22 chaperones participated this year, and everyone seemed to have a great time.
As always, we received many compliments from the museums, political, and historic sites we visited due to the polite and respectful behavior exhibited by our students, and also because of the knowledge they shared about the places they visited (way to go, Mrs. Fletcher!).
The highlight of the trip was the time spent at the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, but all venues were interesting and informative for the students, including: the new State Capital building, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, the Executive Mansion, the State Museum, the Veteran’s Memorials and Lincoln’s Tomb, the Old State Capital, and Lincoln’s Home. [Click on images to enlarge]
Miles for Music 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run From Mrs. Harn The music boosters are holding a 5K trail run, on April 5, at the Forest Preserve. Anyone interested in running in the event can print the attached registration form and return it to Mrs. Harn at the high school.
BMS Math Counts From Ms. DeVries Congratulations to Byron Middle School’s MathCounts team for taking first place at regional competition held at Sauk Valley Community College on Saturday, February 15. This is the 22nd year that Byron Middle School math students have received top honors and advanced to state competition.
Byron’s team consisting of Eric Hoshaw, Morgan Jackson, John Perket and Jonah Pearson received trophies for taking first place overall, which advances them to state competition which will be held on March 8 in Lisle.
Top individuals for the day included Eric Hoshaw, who took first place over all of the 55 students who were at the competition at Sauk Valley. Other Byron competitors included Gavin Cupples who took fifth place, Morgan Jackson who took sixth place, Joshua Mussell who took seventh place, Mya Hildreth who took eighth place, Heidie Raine who took ninth place, and John Perket who took 13th place.
In the oral math competition, five Byron students made it in the top eight; Eric Hoshaw, Gavin Cupples, Morgan Jackson, Joshua Mussell and Mya Hildreth. Eric Hoshaw and Joshua Mussell made it through the competition bracket both ending up in the championship match competing against each other. Eric Hoshaw won a first place trophy and Joshua Mussell brought home a second place trophy.
Byron Middle School had three students in the top four win honors in the Alternates division. Jillian Wrede brought home a first place trophy, Brock Wilson took third place and Blake Eder took fourth place. Altogether Byron brought home 15 awards.
Other Byron Middle School students who competed at Sauk Valley College were Megan Carlson, Emma Almy, Katelyn Grobe, Kennedy Markham, Madeleine Brass, Kaedon Welte, Kennedy Turner, and Will White. Congratulations to all of the students on their outstanding performance.
This is the 22nd year that Byron Middle School students have gone to state competition. Byron Middle School MathCounts teams are coached by Jackie DeVries. Coach DeVries started MathCounts at Byron Middle School 25 years ago and has been coaching teams since its inception. [Click on picture to enlarge.]
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