Washington, IL Tornado Recovery From Mr. Flater and Ms. Main
The Byron HS National Honor Society and Byron School District will be collecting new/gently used and new personal grooming items from Nov. 21 through Dec. 9th for the victims of the tornado disaster that occurred in Washington, IL. There are drop-off boxes at the Byron Library, County Market in Byron, and Byron High School.
November Students of the Month
Students of the Week
NOAH SALAMONE, CHLOE WANTROBSKI
ARLEY BALLARD, BRITTNEY BRANDSMA
COLTON JOHNSON, CLOE OHLENROTH
Veteran's Day Ceremony From Principal's Office
Byron Middle School held its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Friday morning. In its 3rd year, this program has quickly turned into a popular, heart-warming event. As in the past, students were encouraged to invite a veteran to participate, and we were fortunate to have over 30 veterans in attendance.
The ceremony began with the presentation of colors by Mr. Ben Busser and Mr. Jerry Oleson. Student Council officers Nick Peterson and Kathleen Rock led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the 7th & 8th grade choral groups, under the direction
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of Mrs. Harn, singing the National Anthem. Mr. Herkert spoke about the origin and meaning of Veteran’s Day, and read a portion of the President’s official Veteran’s Day Proclamation. This was followed by a poem read by Builder’s Club member Josh Mussell, and a patriotic song by the 6th grade choir.The 8th grade band was next, playing a medley of patriotic hymns in honor of the various military branches. A powerpoint show, prepared by Student Council, displayed pictures of local veterans while the band was playing. The highlight of the ceremony came next, when the veterans in attendance were announced, along with their connection to the middle school, and they were brought onto the stage. All 4 branches of the military were represented, with participants from World War II through the conflict in Afghanistan. The audience provided a lengthy, well-deserved standing ovation for the brave soldiers. The students, all dressed in red, white, or blue, and displaying ribbons with the name of a veteran written on them, were very respectful and appreciative throughout the ceremony. [Click here for more pictures.]
Many thanks to Mrs. Fletcher, Mrs. Reilly, and Mr. Spahr for their efforts in putting everything together, and to the teachers who prepared a brunch for our visitors.
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PTA Sponsors Halloween Carnival From Mr. Herkert The Byron PTA held the annual Halloween Carnival for middle school students on Saturday night. The students were treated to fun music, food, games, raffles, and giveaways, all organized and planned by the PTA members. It was a fun atmosphere, and was well attended. Most students came in costumes, adding to the festive feeling. Winners of cash prizes in the costume contest were: Tommy Allen, Sydney Jackson, Collin Conderman, Eli Johnson, Rachel Bell, Alex Vancko, Abbie McKinley/Mattie Christian, Joshua Mussell, Cassidy Buttram/Abbie Lampe, and Trevor Trzcinski. Also, congratulations to Hannah Tillett, Trevor Trzcinski, and Chloe Wantrobski for winning the grand prize gift cards as door prizes.
Many thanks to the PTA for the hours spent in putting together this great event for the middle school students, and to the following individuals and buisnesses who contributed
Brad and Julie Christian
Warner Lambert Company
End of Quarter Celebration! From Mr. Herkert Byron Middle School held the “End of the Quarter” celebration on Friday, recognizing the outstanding efforts put forth by the students at the start of the school year. The event, planned and organized by the PBIS committee, consisted of a series of Halloween-themed games and activities. Students were free to roam and choose between 28 stations, staffed by teachers.
Following this activity, an all-school assembly was held to continue the celebration and award prizes. Students who successfully answered a PBIS quiz and those who won in the games were randomly chosen to receive a prize. We also held the end-of-the-quarter drawings for the students who received an Earn Your Stripes award during the first nine weeks. Congratulations to 7th grade student Evan Walters, who won the grand prize gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods. [Click to view End of 1st Quarter 2013 picture album.]
Camp Winnebago From Mr. Herkert During the week of October 15-19, the 8th grade students participated in team building and personal challenge activities at Camp Winnebago in Rockford. The students were randomly placed into small groups and assigned faculty advisors. These groups determined their own identity, including group name and group colors. The groups met with their advisors several times before attending the Camp, preparing for the challenges and getting to know the other members of the group. The groups will remain intact throughout the school year, with occasional meetings and refreshers on the value of teamwork and trust.
While at the Camp, the students worked with their team through a variety of challenges including trust-building and problem solving. The highlight of the activities was a half-day spent on the high ropes course and on the 40’ climbing wall. Each group attended the camp for 2 days, providing plenty of opportunity to make positive connections with classmates and participate in all challenges. As expected, the students did a fantastic job in confronting their fears and testing their limits, while learning to work as a team to effectively solve problems. It was a great experience for all involved. Pictures from each of the 4 days can be viewed by clicking the links below:
Byron Middle School celebrated the end of the first week of school by conducting a Greek Olympic Games competition. The afternoon began with an opening ceremony in the gym, during which we were visited by the Greek God Zeus. Zeus talked about the games, and introduced the contestants in our first game, Sumo Wrestling. Mr. Stavnem and Mr. Oleson engaged in quite a battle, with Mr. Stavnem coming out on top. The students were then dismissed outside.
The student games, held in front of the school, gave the students the opportunity to participate in 16 different challenges, including Greek Theater, Face Painting, Checkers, Chariot Races, Pottery Decoration, Laurel Making, Jarts, Long Jump, Mask Making, Javelin, Shot Put, and Discus.
To participate in an activity, students used tickets they had earned during the past 3 days for displaying an understanding of proper procedures and behaviors in the various aspects of the middle school experience. Participants in the activities were awarded medals, which were collected and displayed by grade level. The grade with the most medals won a prize. Students dressed in class colors, and had about an hour to try as many of the challenges as they wanted to. Refreshments and snacks were also available as part of the event.
In the competitive events, overall place winners were recognized at the “closing ceremonies” and awarded medals and food. Also during the closing ceremonies, names of participants were randomly selected to receive gift cards as our grand prizes. Overall, it was a great way to finish out a busy yet smooth first week, with both students and staff having a great deal of fun together.
Many thanks to the teachers for the work they put into preparing and staffing the games, and especially to the 8th grade teachers who started last May in planning the concept of the Greek Games. [Click to view pictures.]
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.
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.
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.