It is the mission of the Belleville Middle School faculty and staff to guide students toward personal and societal goals, including academic achievement and independence, which will enable them to become contributing members of our school and community and will prepare them for higher education, as well as endeavors beyond the classroom. The dedicated and talented staff members at BMS are committed to establishing structured learning opportunities designed to develop the academic, social, emotional, and physical growth of students in grades 6 through 8.
Accordingly, the majority of the adolescents are grouped in academic teams, allowing core-subject area teachers to create interdisciplinary approaches to content study and uniform expectations for student conduct. All courses, regardless of the level, address the Common Core Standards and reinforce basic skills, stimulate critical thinking, promote self-confidence, and improve scholastic independence. Furthermore, a variety of exploratory programs are offered during the school day, including those in the areas of Art, Music, Technology, and World Language. The renowned Music Department also encourages participation in its Band, Choral, and Orchestral ensembles.
Technology is infused throughout all curriculums in a variety of ways. Currently, many academic classrooms are outfitted with a SmartBoard and teachers utilize the interactive boards regularly to enhance learning and bring lessons to life. Additionally, laptop carts have been added to the building for student use. A number of televisions and laptops with projector connections consistently add to the educational experience of the children at BMS.
Students are assessed regularly through class discussion, written assignments, creative projects, focused examinations, as well as district and state standardized tests. Monitoring of such can be done by viewing information through continuous updates in PowerSchool via the Parent Portal, teacher website information and announcements, quarterly progress reports, quarterly report cards, and contact with teachers and counselors. Teachers, individually and as club advisors, are available for extra help before and after school. Members of the Guidance Department and Child Study Team are always ready and willing to assist with any need or decision. The Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I&RS), too, works with teachers, students, and families to create a positive learning environment for all.
The Belleville Middle School proudly offers a wide array of extra-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the community service and school leadership opportunities available through the Builders Club. Students may also contribute their talents to Stompers, Caliope, the Jazz Ensemble, the F.I.R.E. Bowl, and the Yearbook. They may also be interested in participating in the Computer or Science Club. BMS is looking to expand its offerings regularly so students should inform administration of their interests. None of the aforementioned activities would be possible without the time and energy supplied by the teacher advisors and coaches.
Another very significant component of the middle school years is the relationship between school and home. The faculty and administration of Belleville Middle School are committed to working collaboratively with parents, guardians, and families. The Home and School Association has been a tremendous asset to the school in terms of planning a variety of student functions, voicing questions and concerns, participating in the decision-making process, and fundraising to provide financial backing. The constant support of the HSA is greatly appreciated.
The lines of communication are always open and ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Working together is sure to make the 2015-2016 school year an exciting and productive one.