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One School, One Book

posted Oct 11, 2017, 5:45 AM by Holly Wieber   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 5:46 AM ]

In the months of October and November, our entire school will be reading and discussing the book Wonder by RJ Palacio in our advisory classes.  Wonder was published in 2012 and has been a favorite of our BMS students since then (our library owns 17 copies, and it's often on a waiting list all these years later!).  Wonder shares the story of Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity who enters public school for the first time as a fifth grader.  Auggie is a wonderful character and through the story we see how his life is greatly impacted by his family, himself, the kids in his new school, and his amazing teacher, Mr. Browne.  Wonder is both funny and sad, heartbreaking and heartwarming.  The focus of the whole story is kindness, and "Choose Kind" is the mantra of fans and readers. Although many of our kids have read Wonder on their own in the last few years, we are excited to share it school-wide and to see how Hollywood brings it to life as well.  We'll be traveling as a whole school to St. Michael to see the movie adaptation on the big screen on Friday, November 17th.  We are SO excited!

Congratulations Mrs. Anderson!

posted Sep 28, 2017, 9:55 AM by Holly Wieber   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 9:57 AM ]

BMS is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Resource Training and Solution’s award for Outstanding Educational Support Staff….Brenda Anderson!

Brenda is our school’s media assistant, and she has about a thousand jobs in and outside of our media center!  From managing our books to making posters to laminating to organizing the Big Fish Book Challenge to helping with testing to making things in our building beautiful, Brenda is constantly juggling a million duties and does everything with efficiency and a smile on her face. Brenda always gives 100% and we admire her for it!

We are so lucky that Brenda calls BMS home!

Here, Brenda is pictured with Ms. Boyer and Ms. Helmer at the banquet honoring her at the River’s Edge Convention Center on September 27th.

Summer Bingo Bongo!

posted Sep 11, 2017, 11:16 AM by Holly Wieber   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 1:02 PM ]

Congrats to our three prize winners in the BMS "Summer Bingo Bongo" contest.  Kids received bingo cards in May and received drawings into our entry bongo every time they achieved a BINGO on their card (which was full of different ways to read, kinds of reading to do, places to read) this summer.  A few kids even achieved BLACKOUT (13 bingos)!  First place was was Samantha Rimmer, who received five new books and two Kit Kats.  Second place went to Colette Koscielniak, who received three new books and two Kit Kats.  Third place went to Cassidy Paumen, who received a free book and two Kit Kats.

Perfect Attendance!

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:18 AM by Holly Wieber   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 1:44 PM ]

Regular school attendance is vitally important to academic and future success. Once again, a number of Becker Middle School students achieved perfect attendance during the 2016-17 school year.  The following students and their families are commended for accomplishing this goal.

Grade 6                                    Grade 7
Emilie Drescher                       Za'nya Baker
Grace Hilden                           Kabir Bhakta
Owen Kolbinger                      Darren Vetsch
Mitchel Miner                    
Sydney Rathbun                      Grade 8
Madison Ringwelski                 Katelynn Fisher
Kevin Vogl                                Lukas Karel  
Kyle Vogl                                  Grace Oliver
                                                 Laura Schwintek

In addition, Kabir Bhakta (7th) and Katelynn ​Fisher (8th) have had perfect attendance at BMS for the past two years and Lukas Karel (8th) has had perfect attendance all three years of middle school. Congratulations on a job well done, students! 

Middle School Garden - Fibonacci Sequence

posted Jun 1, 2017, 12:27 PM by Ryan Cox   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 11:39 AM by Holly Wieber ]

Mrs. Brant's 7th grade science students have been busy finishing up their new planted garden at the Middle School. The class received a grant from the University of MN to fund the project.

The main garden is designed based on the Fibonacci sequence, and within each garden we have plants that share the pattern. The kids made slides of the Fibonacci pattern, and a small group worked on making slides for each type of plant in the garden. 
Nice job 7th graders!

Liberty Paper is AWESOME!

posted May 16, 2017, 6:33 AM by Holly Wieber   [ updated May 16, 2017, 6:34 AM ]

This week, Liberty Paper sent over 200 drink boxes and 42 pizzas to reward our 6th grade homerooms who had 100% participation in the Environmental Reading Challenge in March and April.  As you can see from the pictures, our kids were VERY happy to be enjoying their delicious pizza!

Band Students Representing BMS!

posted May 8, 2017, 8:04 AM by Holly Wieber   [ updated May 8, 2017, 9:20 AM ]

BMS was well represented at the CMBDA Beginning Band Festival Saturday, May 6th at Zimmerman High School!! 

Sixth graders Bryce B, Kayla G, Ashley C, and Elysa A participated, as well as seventh graders Justine V, Izzy S, Isaac R, and Nick R.

We are so proud of what fine ambassadors we have here at BMS.  Great work kids!

Nancy Helmer-Weiss MASP Administrator of the Year

posted May 3, 2017, 2:43 PM by Ryan Cox   [ updated May 3, 2017, 2:43 PM ]

Congratulations to Middle School Principal, Nancy Helmer-Weiss for being named the Minnesota Association of Secretaries to the Principals Administrator of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. According to their website, "The MASP Administrator of the Year Award was developed to honor an administrator from a member school who exemplifies the dedicated and innovative leadership of administrators of the state of Minnesota"

The Award will be presented to Nancy at the MASP State Conference in July. Congrats Nancy!

What's for Lunch?

posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:47 AM by Ryan Cox   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 6:48 AM ]

Check out Becker's new interactive menu resource for students K-12. Here you will find food choices and nutrition information. Students can also rate food items online.

Liberty Paper Environmental Book Challenge

posted Apr 24, 2017, 10:04 AM by Holly Wieber

Once again, Becker Middle School would like to thank LPI (Liberty Paper) for their generosity in sponsoring the 6th grade Environmental Reading Challenge.  This year, we had terrific participation in the challenge and our kids earned some wonderful incentives (check out the cool t-shirts in the pics below!)

Forty students earned Liberty Prize bags, four students earned $25 Target gift cards, two students earned $50 Target gift cards, and our grand prize winner, Faith S., earned a camping package that included a tent, air mattress and sleeping bag!

Six of our classes will also be earning a pizza party in May because 100% of the members read at least one book.

About 110 of our students earned awesome Liberty t-shirts.

Thirty-three students extended the challenge and wrote an essay, which has earned them a field trip (and more prizes!) to LPI in May.

We are so thankful that LPI has partnered with our sixth grade for this challenge for so many years and we love that it allows us a chance to read some great literature about our environment and what we can do to keep it strong.

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