The Barnstable Intermediate School takes pride in its role as an important bridge for students as they make the transition from elementary education to secondary education on their way to becoming more self-reliant, disciplined, and caring young adults. Students and staff are engaged in challenging, differentiated instruction applying effective effort strategies to reach their maximum individual potential. Students contribute to a positive school climate that promotes a sense of belonging and connection to their school and community. Our success is measured by gains in individual student growth and academic achievement.
School Climate Update:
BIS is continuing its tradition of norming a kind, trusting and supportive school environment. A growing body of research shows that when school environments are perceived as positive and supportive, that students are more likely to seek help from adults because they feel safer. In addition, when students feel a high sense of belonging with their school, they are more likely to behave in accordance with the norms and values of the school community. In order to accomplish this mission, we have the students complete biannual surveys and participate in “Town Hall Meetings”, thereby giving them a voice to share ideas and to provide feedback about our school community. Repeatedly, students request whole school assemblies and faculty-student games. We had our first faculty-student volleyball game on October 31. Sixth grade students were encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing white, and seventh grade students were encouraged to wear red so that we could create a color wave during this all school event. Look back on our web site for pictures of this event. Another recent activity during our weekly Connect to Respect block revolved around our mission to norm kindness at BIS. The seventh grade students watched the “Kindness Boomerang” you tube video, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwAYpLVyeFU&noredirect=1) and the sixth grade students watched the “I am the majority” you tube video, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Hlw44smD4. All students subsequently engaged in a dialogue about the benefits of norming a kind and supportive school environment and then they created note cards with their pledge on how they will contribute to a positive and supportive school climate. Look for these cards hanging around the building the next time you visit. Our biannual student survey will roll out next month and results will be shared in the next newsletter.
BIS School Council
I would like to announce the Barnstable Intermediate School Council representatives for this school year. The parent representatives are Mr. Rick Bsharah, Mrs. Patricia Pronovost, and Ms. Jeannie Randall. The teacher representatives are Ms. Martha Deusser and Mr. Stephen Petitt. The school council will focus on two important issues for the school this year. The first is the disbursement of the Enoch Cobb educational Grants. The second is the creation of the School Improvement Plan, which outlines the focus and goals for the school over the next three years.
PTA: Clothing Drive
The school delivered its first collection of donated clothing to our business partner on Friday, October 24. A special thanks goes out to the Barnstable Recreation Department and the boys and girls of the flag football and field hockey teams who helped staff to move the 7,500 lbs. of donations from our storage area to the waiting cargo truck. The funds, in excess of $1500, raised through your donations, will directly benefit our students by providing them with educational opportunities otherwise unavailable to the school. Due to the overwhelming success of this drive, the school is going to continue to accept donations throughout the year. Please continue to bring in your old clothes and linens. Our next pick up is scheduled for the end of December. Clean out those closets before the holiday season!
PTA: Pie Fundraiser
PTA Thanksgiving Pie Sales Pick-Up will be on Wednesday, November 19. Pick-up times will be from 4:00 to 5:30 in the BIS cafeteria. Pies come to the school frozen and we do not have the facilities to store them after the pick-up date. The school wants to thank everyone who supported the PTA and the school with their purchases and to Ms. Rhonda Lockwood for all her hard work organizing this fundraiser.
Additional Wednesday Late Bus
Due to the overwhelming participation in our clubs and the use of after school help by our students, we have added a third late bus on Wednesdays. The buses depart from BIS at 4:30. Depending on the overall number of students riding the bus on a given Wednesday the buses should complete their routes by 6:00.
Scholastic Holiday Book Fair
The Barnstable Intermediate School will be holding its annual Scholastic Holiday Book Fair starting on December 8 and running through December 15. The Fair will be open during the school day for students to visit. The fair will also be open during the parent/teacher conference dates of December 9 and 11, so that parents can make purchases while visiting their child’s teachers. A book makes a great present!
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM School Committee Meeting: BHS Knight Auditorium