07.31.14

Byron School District Online Registration 

July 14th -August 8th

Welcome to Skyward, a Student Information System that includes a Family Access that can be used to access your student's personal information.  All parents received a letter with a unique Login ID and Password for accessing Skyward's Family Access. If you did not receive this information, contact your child's school office.

 

You may ONLY use online registration if your child was a student of the Byron School District
during the 2013-2014school year.
~ OR ~
Your child has been pre-registered for fall kindergarten. 

Click Here to Begin Registration Process
Download Skyward Family Access Instructions [pdf]

 



Congratulations BMS Class of 2014

Class of 2014

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BMS Principal's Last Day
From Mr. Herkert
Mr. Herkert's Last Day Thank you to all my past and present students, and to my remarkable staff, for making the last 9 years so wonderful. I am so fortunate to have found a job that I loved each and every day, and to have been a part of such a vibrant, forward-thinking district. I will miss the energy of the students, the camaraderie of the staff, and the pride I felt when stepping back and watching how well we all worked together. Byron Middle School is a great place, and I wish everyone the best of luck and continued success.  [Click image to enlarge]


2014 Last Day of School
From Mr. Herkert
LastDay of SchoolByron Middle School ended the school year with a day-long celebration in honor of another fun & successful school year. The day started with a movie in the theater, followed by a big tug-of-war contest (won by Mrs. Messer's homeroom). A variety of outdoor games were available, and the students spent over an hour participating and having fun with friends. Lunch was cooked and served by the teachers, and the day ended with our PBIS prize drawings. Winner of the 4th quarter prize (a $50 gift card to McDonalds) was 7th grader Zac Alberts. All 845 Earn Your Stripes tickets were then put into the container, and the drawing was held for the grand prize. 7th grader Evan Walters won a pair of Beats Headphones. It was a great way to end a great school year - good luck to all during the summer! [Click here for pictures]



Fall Fundraiser Magazine Orders
From Mr. Herkert

Save Your Magazine Orders for our Fall Fundraiser! Our Sale Begins: August 30, 2014

This fall, we will kick-off our magazine subscription fundraiser to benefit our students. The success of the program depends on your participation.

Please save your magazine subscription renewals for our sale. It is only when you renew directly through our program that our school receives 40% profit from your order. So over the summer, if you receive renewal notices, save them and renew this fall OR if you want to renew them sooner, or if you are thinking about giving the gift of reading to someone over the summer, visit www.gaschoolstore.com (All online orders over the summer will count towards this falls student incentives!)

You can support us today, you can shop on-line! It’s easy . . . visit www.gaschoolstore.com . . . click on ‘Shop Now’ . . . Enter Byron School’s online code #2634764 It’s that simple!



May Students of the Month
From Mr. Herkert
Students of the Week
6th Grade7th Grade8th GradeOMNI
 Audra EttelbrickTommy Allen Jordyn ConardJonah Pearson
Audra
Ettelbrick
Tommy
Allen
Jordyn
Conard 
Jonah
Pearson 
 

6th Grade

TRENT ALLEN, DANIELLE RAINS

7th Grade

BRANDON HENRY, MCKENNA PUSEMAN

 

 



Principal's Choice - May
From Mr. Herkert

 May 2014 Principal's Choice

Link to Photo Album



Tracksters Finish on High Note
From Mr. Herkert
Track 
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The BMS Track teams recently completed the 2014 season with a successful performance at the Rt. 72 Conference meet. The 8th grade girls placed 2nd overall, while the 7th grade girls and 7th grade boys squads both won conference titles! It was a difficult year because of the unpredictable weather, the but the Tigers competed well all season. On an individual note, two Lady Tigers took advantage of the tough competition to post school-record times at the conference meet.  8th grader Meghan McCarey set a new mark for the 1600 run with a time of 5:36.66, a record she also holds at the 7th grade level. 7th grader Kendra Jackson broke

the record for the 400 dash, blazing to a time of 1:04.0. This record was previously held by her sister, Challen. Congratulations to Coach Reilly, Coach Nestler, and all the track athletes for another successful season!




PTA Educators of the Year 2014 
From Mrs. Sandy Brooks
Mrs. Shelly RoseckeMrs. Martha ReillyMr. Jeff boyerThe Byron PTA has presented an Educator of the Year award to a staff member in each of the three buildings in the District. The PTA is proud to announce that many nominations were received from parents and students describing the high quality of staff that the Byron District is fortunate to have educating our students. Each nominee was described as going above and beyond their required duties to meet the needs of all students they come in contact with in their classes.
Shelly Rosecke
Mary Morgan
Martha Reilly
Middle School
Jeff Boyer
High School
The PTA appreciates the contributions each staff member makes to provide a solid educational experience for our students.
The awards were presented by the nominators on Tuesday, May 27th in each of the recipients' classrooms.This year's recipients were Mrs. Shelly Rosecke, Mary Morgan Elementary kindergarten teacher; Mrs. Martha Reilly, Byron Middle School 7th grade mathematics teacher; and Mr. Jeff Boyer, Byron High School mathematics teacher. Congratulations to each of them and thank you for all you have and continue to do for the students in the Byron School District. [Click on images for award presentation]


WZOK Teachers of the Week
From WZOK
Mrs. Schilling 

The final Teacher of the Week went to two separate teachers
in the same school! Congratulations to Mrs. Schilling & Mrs. Little from Mary Morgan Elementary in Byron. Both teachers received flowers from Broadway Florist, cupcakes from Sugar Jones and are also in the running to win a notebook/tablet combo from PC Tech 2 U. [Click images to enlarge]

Mrs. Little
 Read More: Teacher(s) of the Week: Mrs. Schilling & Mrs. Little, Mary Morgan Elementary


St. Patrick's "wearin' o' the green"
From Mr. Herkert
Wearin o the greenOn Monday, BMS celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a “wearin’ o’ the green” combined with our end of the quarter PBIS celebration. Once again, the teachers on the planning committee did an extraordinary job in putting together a fun afternoon, to show our appreciation for the great effort and attitude displayed by our students on a daily basis. The festivities intertwined our annual Talent Show with a rip-roaring auction, giving the students the opportunity to bid on a variety of fun objects and unique opportunities, using the Tiger Tickets they earned as cash.

The talent portion of the show kicked off with the entire 7th grade performing the rhythmic “cup song”, followed by performances ranging from a unicycle-riding-rubic-cube-solver to a human beat-box. There were many fine performances turned in by brave middle school students, and we were also treated to music from the jazz band and a couple of honors choirs. In between acts, 8th grade teacher Mr. Benters arranged to have his father act as auctioneer, and a variety of fun prizes were put up for some lively bidding. Available items included: a pizza party during lunch; itunes gift cards, extended recess coupons, mystery prize bags, a trip to McDonalds, lunch at Subway, breakfast served by the Clubbs, a chance to spend an hour with Mr. Herkert during the day, and the chance to hit Mr. Ettelbrick with a pie in the face.

Students and staff alike had a great time; as you will see in the pictures, most dressed in green and some sported impressive costumes. It was a fitting way to celebrate yet another successful quarter, and to prepare for the final stretch of the school year. [View pictures of the event]



"Twins Day"
From Mr. Herkert
Twins DayByron 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
Kelly GrimCongratulations 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!



BMS Wrestling Squad
From Mr. Baker

 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.
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 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.

Pictured are: Dawson Christian, Brenden Spanbauer, Manny Sotelo, Hunter Goff,

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.



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.
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  Springfield Illinois
  Springfield Illinois
  Springfield Illinois


BMS Math Counts
From Ms. DeVries
Click Picture to Enlarge 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.]



Welcome New Middle School Students and Families!
From Mr. Herkert
Please let us know that you plan to enroll a new student by pre-registering via e-mail to lreinders@byron226.org or kgroharing@byron226.org or complete the online form.

Type "new student" in the memo line and include the following: student's full name, grade entering, gender, birth date, parent or guardian name, current address, and phone number. The registration form can be downloaded from link found below or can be picked up at the BMS office.

 Registration Form Registration Information



BMS 1:1 Initiative
From Mr. Herkert

 

All BMS students will be loaned a laptop to improve and personalize his/her education. It is essential that the Byron Community Schools Laptop Use Guidelines be followed to ensure the safe, efficient and ethical operation of the district’s laptop.

Computer and Network ProceduresResponsibilities and Terms Laptop Care and UseDamage Guidelines

Have a question? Goto the Frequently Asked Question Page



Pinnacle Internet Viewer


Grade Viewer Link

This application allows you to view your student's grades and attendance in a real-time atmosphere. By using your student's id number and the password assigned by your school district, you will be able to view your student's current information as well as information from previous marking periods.

Download instructions [pdf]