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Mrs. Joyce Walker
Mr. Anthony Hermann
Assistant Principal
Mr. Jon Travis
Assistant Principal
Mr. Jeremy Travis
Assistant Principal
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Barberton Middle School News
BMS News from BMS Students

B.M.S Student Scripts
by By Alec R. and Landon H.
BMS Students

There are some interesting things going on in Barberton Middle School. For example, all fifth grade students participated in a writing rally where they learned how write a story based on character, setting, genre, conflict and solution. Mason D. said, “My favorite part of the assembly was that I got to go up on the stage and I also liked the characters in my story.” Students will be taking what they learned and creating two to three page stories that will be submitted to the Magical Theater in downtown Barberton. Arriana H. added that her favorite part, “was when they went on the stage. My favorite part of my story is when it is raining cats and dogs.” Only fifty stories out of fifth grade will be submitted to the Magical Theater. Out of those fifty stories two of them will be turned into plays.

Saedie S. told us that she also liked it when the kids went on the stage and did the cards. “My favorite part of my story is when the teacher and her daughter got a pet pigeon in the classroom,” said Saedie. Chanden L. liked that his character’s named Mr Hopper. The students hope to see their stories turned into plays sometime around the end of February.
Eighth Grade Washington DC Reminders

1. Early luggage check-in will be on Wednesday, November 5 from 2:40 - 3:30 pm and 5:00 - 6:30 pm. We highly recommend you use early check-in!

2. Students traveling to D.C. need to be at school on Thursday, November 6 by 6:30 am. Please use the student drop off lot. Students will meet in the main gym. Please sit in the section that is designated for your bus.

3. If you are bringing a beverage for the trip, only plastic bottles with screw top lids will be permitted on the bus. No energy drinks.

4. Students are allowed one carry-on bag on the bus for snacks, drinks, reading material and one piece of luggage for the overnight stays. Student will not have access to their luggage that is stowed until we arrive at the hotel on Thursday evening.

5. Medications need to be turned in at the main office (mark for School Nurse) no later than Friday, October 31.
Calling Hours for Mrs. Withem

Calling hours for Mrs. Toni Withem, BMS Guidance Office Secretary, will be Thursday, October 30, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Rd W. Services will be held Friday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The family has indicated that donations can be made to Barberton Middle School in her name. A memorial tree / garden is being planned.
News from Mrs. Walker


Today we learned that Toni Withem, our guidance secretary, passed away unexpectedly last night. Mrs. Withem has been a dedicated employee of the Barberton City Schools for years. Her friendly words and great smile greeted all students and staff as they entered the counseling office. Fond memories of her will live on through many of us!

This news was unexpected for all of us so your child might have seen or been part of groups of teachers and students mourning the loss of a dear friend and confidant. We met with all students today in their homerooms to discuss the loss. In addition, we had counselors in the library throughout the day for students and staff to meet with as they processed this loss and how it personally impacted them. We will continue to be here to support our staff and students in the days to come, so please encourage your child to come to the guidance office if they need to talk.

In memory of Mrs. Withem, we will be postponing our Spirit Week. Instead, the students have asked that we celebrate the memory of Mrs. Withem starting this Wednesday through next Wednesday. The details will be shared soon on the website and with students. All proceeds brought in will go towards the creation of a memorial that will be placed at BMS.

Mrs. Joyce Walker
BMS Principal

BMS Second Grading Period Update


We will be completing our 1st quarter on Tuesday. Most students have worked hard, which is exciting to see on our end! We will be celebrating our 1st quarter accomplishments on November 14th, so students will be recognized for attendance, strong academic performance, leadership and character.

On Wednesday, we will be experiencing a change to our class schedule due to our large numbers and enrollment. This change is being made to shift students so class sizes are balanced for all grade levels. No changes will be made to specials, but there may be a change for your child given his or her content classes. We will support all students through this change and will be working with students to help them understand if and how the change impact them beginning. These conversations will begin on Tuesday morning.

With all decisions made, my goal was to maximize instruction, balance class size and create as few changes as possible for our students and teachers. As you learn about how this specifically impacts your child, please call me if you have questions or concerns.

Remember that this week is SPIRIT WEEK for our kids. It simply costs $1 for the entire week, with funds going to our PTSA for student programming. Monday is tie/neon day, so either borrow a tie from dad or dress with a color that will brighten our hallways on Monday. Tuesday is Hat Day. On Wednesday 5th and 6th graders need to wear WHITE while 7th and 8th graders wear PURPLE for our group photo. Thursday is crazy socks day and Friday is costume day.

Joyce Walker
BMS Principal
BMS News from BMS Students

By Hunter A.
BMS Student

I just sat down with Mr.Vernacotola and interviewed him and got some great news! The book fair is coming in November. ‘’The book fair is coming up November 17-21” he said. The book fair is great because they have more than just books. ‘’The book fair is going to have more than books it will also have posters and more.” It’s great that they are having a book fair because then students will have a book they like and they can read it whenever they want to. This reminds me of book fairs my other school had. It also had posters, erasers, books, and more.

We should begin to start seeing posters about it soon! They are going to be selling the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book: The Long Haul (book number 8), posters, pencils, erasers, Hunger Games, AND MORE! For more information visit Mr.Vernacotola in the library. Also there are fliers in the library with more books that you might want to look at on the counter. All you need to do is ask Mr.Vernacotola for one. If you like books you can check one out. By the way, if you are a fan of Diversion and Hunger Games, like me, then you will love the new book they have called The Maze Runner.

Articles in "BMS News from BMS Students" are contributed by students in our Communications classes.
BMS News from BMS Students

By Gino C.
BMS Student

A new thing here at BMS is our school and district report card that we just got from the state of Ohio. Mrs. Walker said, “We did no worse than we did the year before, the state just increased the percentage score needed to receive a certain grade. For example, in one area, if the kids scored 2% higher we would have gone from a F to an A.” I think it is hard to base a schools on one test a year because some people aren’t good at sitting down for two and a half hours and some people just don't try. Mrs. Walker added, “At the middle school, we know how hard our students work and how much they learn in a year. What many of you showed from the beginning of seventh grade to the end of seventh grade was more than a full years of growth.” This measure is called Value Added on the report card. The value added score tells you how students are doing on not just the state test but also over the course of the year and show that we really are learning. It doesn't bother me to sit down for a long time and take a test but for some people it is hard to stay focused and they get nervous and distracted and some of them don't end up doing so well on the test. So when the state gives our final grade, the grade we receive does not always reflect the learning going on from day to day. Mrs. Walker said “We have to look at what the report card tells us and then thoughtfully plan our instruction accordingly because no matter what, we want our students at BMS learning and growing throughout the years they are with us.”

Articles in "BMS News from BMS Students" are contributed by students in our Communications classes.
BMS News from BMS Students

By: Taylor G.
BMS Student

Something new and interesting at the Barberton Middle School is what the fifth graders are doing in S.T.E.M! The school has started a new Robotic program. “The robots have to do with distance. They have a sensor about an inch from the table that you put it on,” said Mr. Kaser, the STEM teacher. These robots are brand new. Mr. Kaser also shared, “When you put the robot on the table you start to drive it. When the moving robot’s sensor is over the edge of the table it will stop because it knows that the distance from the floor and the table is different.” This is interesting because the 5th graders will have to do the math when they get the two different heights. So it isn’t just be fun for them because they will have to learn and apply math while using the robots. This is cool because when I was in fifth grade we didn’t have STEM. I wish I could have taken this class.

The whole reason for Robotic education is not to create robotic engineers, but to try to create deep thinkers who will consider complex problems and recognize that they usually cannot be solved in one attempt. The schools that use these systems are wanting the kids to think harder on what they are doing instead of barely using thought. They are young and they do not know what they will want to be later in life.

Articles in "BMS News from BMS Students" are contributed by students in our Communications classes.

PTA Holiday Bazaar

The 3rd Annual Barberton PTA Holiday Bazaar is November 22, 2014 from 9 am - 3 pm at Barberton Middle School. We will have vendors, crafters, a fabulous raffle, and our Magics Main St. for all your purple pride needs! Best of all SANTA!!

Cost: $1 per adult,children 0-5 are free, all students are free, plus free parking!

Vendors are still being accepted. Contact Holly McInerney at 330-706-0315 or by email if you would like to rent a space. You may also click the here to access a copy of our rules and contract.

See you there!
Teen Advisory Board

Great opportunity to get involved in your local library! 
BMS News from BMS Students

By: Krystiana F
BMS Student

Positive student rewards is a new initiative at Barberton Middle School in which students get rewarded for being respectful. The rewards are a great way to get students to start doing more respectful things than usual. Mrs. Hance, a 6th grade math teacher at BMS said “In order to promote positive behavior throughout the building, teachers, administrators and all adults are acknowledging all of the good things the students are doing.” By acknowledging all of the good things the students are doing the teachers are triggering other students to do good things as well. “Students who display behaviors that model respect receive a ticket. The students put their first and last name on the ticket and put them in their grade level box. Names are drawn on Friday for prizes.” The reward system will also persuade students to do better things throughout the school day. I believe that the positive student rewards motive is an awesome way to bring out the good in the students at Barberton Middle School. This new program is officially called PBIS and is a state initiative schools are being asked to incorporate at all building levels. We are excited about our strong program at BMS!

I personally know a student who has received a positive student reward ticket for helping someone pick up their things when they fell in the hallway. After seeing her help this person pick up their things a teacher gave her a ticket for her good deed. After getting the ticket she filled out the back of the ticket with her first and last name and then at lunch she put her ticket in our grade level box. By doing this, she now has the chance to win a prize when they pull a ticket out of the box on Friday. Even if she doesn’t get picked this time, she will still have a chance next Friday because they keep all of the tickets in the box that were already there when they pulled tickets. When she got the ticket my friend was happy and felt very proud of herself. I have also noticed her doing good deeds more often now in hopes of getting another positive student rewards ticket. Positive student rewards should be used in more schools because it’s a great way to get students to start doing positive things.

Articles in "BMS News from BMS Students" are contributed by students in our Communications classes.
Bowling Club

Parents, the staff at Magic City Fast Lanes is working with us to provide a Bowling Club opportunity for our students at BMS. If your child is interested in bowling every Tuesday from 3-4 PM, the cost will be $5 per week. If there is enough students interest from the club bowling afternoons, a BMS bowling team may be formed. This is a great way for your child to have fun after school!
Spirit Week
Sponsored by the BMS PTSA. The cost is $1 to participate for the week. Students pay their homeroom teacher on Monday and the $1 will cover them for the week.
Yearbook Advertisements

The yearbook staff is currently selling advertisements for the 2014-2015 BMS Yearbook. Click here for a printable order form.
2014-15 Barberton City Schools Quality Profile
Click here for the 2014-15 Barberton City Schools Quality Profile 
Summer /Back to School 2014 Information

Click Read More for the Summer /Back to School 2014 Information links that were previously displayed on the district webpage.
Breakfast Awareness
Studies indicate students who eat breakfast are more alert and attentive. They are less likely to cause discipline problems; they perform better in the classroom and on tests, and are less likely to complain of headaches and stomachaches.

The school breakfast program guarantees that your child gets a nutritious morning meal. Recognizing how important for students to have a nutritious breakfast, Barberton City Schools Food Service Department offers breakfast daily in all schools.
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