March Students of the Month Students of the Week
6th Grade7th Grade8th GradeOMNI
 Madeleine BrassRalee Corkran Matt WombacherMarnaiya Henze

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8th Grade



Wrestling Coaches Honored!
From Mr. Flater
Coach Elsbury

This past weekend, Byron HS Wrestling Coach Mike Elsburywas named the Illinois Class 1A Wrestling Coach of the Year by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association. The Tigers had an outstanding season, finishing 19-1 and Big Northern Conference Champions, 7 state qualifiers, 2 state champions, 2nd place and 4th place finishers.

Congratulations to Coach Bob Baker for being inducted into the IWCOA HOF this past weekend. Coach Baker compiled a 210-36-2 career record which included a 1995 State Championship team and a 1999 State runner up.

Coach Baker

Principal's Choice - April
From Mr. Herkert

 April Principal's Choice

Link to Photo Album

Parent Input Sought on Statewide Survey
Mr. Herkert
Illinois 5Essentials SurveyAll teachers and 6th through 12th grade students across Illinois will soon be participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey-based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago-asks students about their experiences in school, and has teachers weigh in on their perception of climate, culture, and support. We are also inviting parents to participate in the process by completing the parent component of the survey. If at least 30 percent of a school's parents complete the survey, a supplemental report will be generated and sent to the school, providing an important perspective on how the school is viewed by the parents of the current students.

While participating in the survey, identities will be completely confidential. School personnel will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, and parental responses will never be connected to their child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be available through April 25, 2014. To take the survey:
1. Visit Illinois.5-essentials.org
2. Click on the "Take the Survey" button at the top of the page
3. Select "Parent Survey"

Byron Foundation Annual Basket Fundraiser
From the Byron Foundation
Lego BasketThe Byron Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps provide Byron students with educational programs and services that are not funded with tax dollars. We have funded various activities throughout the district including iPads at Mary Morgan, Medieval Times trip at Byron Middle School, math programs at Byron High School, and PBIS at all three buildings. We are able to support these items and trips through our annual Basket Fundraiser!

Please purchase raffle tickets for $1 apiece, or buy $20 worth of tickets and earn 5 FREE tickets for any basket! Baskets are currently on display at Byron Bank and the Stillman Bank of Byron, where tickets can be purchased, until May 7. Baskets will be raffled off at the District Art Show on Thursday, May 8. Purchase your tickets today!  Thank you for your support!  [Click to View Baskets]

Byron PTA Educator of the Year Award!
From Byron PTA
Byron PTA Teachers of the Year!Byron PTA recognizes one educator from each of the three District buildings each year with an award for their dedication and service to our students in District #226. The PTA is seeking nominations for these awards from District students, parents, and residents.

A nomination may be made by providing the educator's name, level or course being taught, and an essay describing the characteristics that have made this individual an outstanding educator. Nominations will be accepted at each of the District building offices, by emailing them to Sandy Brooks (uiteach5@comcast.net), or by mailing them to Sandy Brooks (8560 Verde Dr.). Please consider nominating an educator that you know has had a significant impact on a student or students in the Byron School District.  [Download Nomination Form]

SchoolKidz Kits
From Byron PTA
SchoolKidz KitsIt's that time of year again to order Schoolkidz kits for your child for the next school year. Order forms will be sent home Friday, April 11. Please look for them in your child's backpack. Order forms will need to be returned to your child's teacher by Friday, May 2. Extra order forms will be available in each school's office and will be available to print from the school website link.

Online ordering is available this year for those that prefer to order using a credit card. You can order online at www.shopttkits.com. You will need to enter the school account number when you order. Account number 23884 for Mary Morgan Elementary and account number 23885 for Byron Middle School. The online ordering deadline is Friday, May 9. Please be aware that you will be required to pay sales tax when ordering online.

For those that qualify for the Good Neighbor Program, online ordering is not available. Please return your order to your child's teacher. Thank you for supporting the Byron PTA. Any questions please contact Terri Ditmars at 815-234-4787.

PTA and USAgain Earth Day Challenge
From Byron PTA
Earth Month ChallengeThe Byron School District PTA is asking for your participation in the USAgain's Earth Month Challenge to raise funds and win cash prizes.  It's as easy as cleaning out your closet and depositing textiles in a green and white recycling bin located in the Mary Morgan School's parking lot. Bag up any surplus clothes, shoes or household textiles of any shape or size and put them in the bin. The items need to be in plastic bags.

The top five recycling schools will earn cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250, or $100! Money received is used to support school functions. According to the EPA, over 11 million tons of clothing and shoes end up in landfills each year. Don't throw away those surplus clothes - let's collect to use them again and win cash prizes for our school!  Earth Month is April 1-30.

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]