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Trimester II Grades & C.U.B. Information

posted Feb 21, 2018, 4:15 PM by James Garritson   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 4:15 PM ]

Trimester II ends next Friday, March 2. Students need to turn in any missing work immediately. Some students and parents are asking questions about the C.U.B. (Celebrating Unity Ball) and the date of this event. Any student who has Mr. Garritson as their Social Studies/History teacher will attend the Bruin C.U.B. Further information is posted on the C.U.B. page.  

The CUBs are on these two Friday dates: April 27 for the Kodiaks and May 4 for the Bruins. Students who have Mr. Garritson for social studies will attend the Bruin CUB. Students who have Mrs. Sabbs-Hall will attend the Kodiak CUB. Here is the introduction to the C.U.B. letter that students and parents will receive in upcoming weeks:

Your attendance in costume is required at the most important social event of the season. To celebrate the unity of the United States of America, Bear Valley Middle School is hosting the annual Celebrating Unity Ball. This highly memorable and educational event is a student assessment that blends the physical education dance unit with social studies curriculum related to nineteenth century American culture. Students will attend the C.U.B. hosted by their social studies teacher on these two evenings:

Kodiak Ball

Friday, April 27

6 - 8 p.m.

Bruin Ball

Friday, May 4

6 - 8 p.m.

Parent Conferences and ClassDojo Accounts

posted Oct 6, 2017, 11:12 AM by James Garritson   [ updated Oct 14, 2017, 10:13 PM ]

Hello Parents,

Grades ended today for Trimester I Progress Reports. These report cards are available next Wednesday to Friday during Parent Conferences. I want to thank all of the parents who have signed up to use ClassDojo.com to check student work habits, participation, and teacher comments throughout the school year. If you have not signed up, please ask your child for the ClassDojo code that is glued in the back of their Agenda. Parent Conferences are approaching, with only seven school days remaining until Wednesday, October 18. I look forward to meeting numerous parents between October 18-20

Students will have a Reading Study Guide Chapter 6 Quiz this coming Monday. This quiz covers pages 53-64 and it is open book. Please review your child's Reading Study Guide and see if Chapters 1-6 are now complete. Grades are nearly complete for Trimester I Progress Reports. Grades now reflect the ClassDojo Participation/Work Habits grade and all quizzes. I will input the United States Geography Test and Assignment Card grades on Monday. Students will also begin memorizing the first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence next week.

Hoping your weekend is richly blessed,

Principal Susan Freeman Parent Conference Letter Highlights
Conferences will be held on the following dates and times.
  • Wednesday, October 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 19 from 10:30 to 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
In order to allow time for more afternoon and evening conferences, BVMS will have a minimum day schedule on Wednesday, October 18. Dismissal will be at 12:06 with the optional lunch served until 12:30 p.m.
For a productive conference:
  • Student should conduct a one-on-one conference at home with the parent prior to attending a conference at school.
  • Students should refer to their conference folder and follow the procedures they learned in their language arts classes. During the conference at home, the student should:
    • discuss expectations and progress for each class
    • interpret test results
    • share goals
    • share work samples
  • Student and parent should attend conferences at school together, especially if the student is struggling academically in any subject area. Conferences are optional for students with A’s and B’s. For the conference at school, students should bring their completed conference packet. Appointments are not necessary. Parents and students will follow the student’s schedule and will meet with teachers on a first come first serve basis. You may come at any time during the above designated dates and times. All progress reports not picked up by Friday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. will be mailed the following week.

ClassDojo Parent and Student Passwords

posted Sep 15, 2017, 10:35 AM by James Garritson   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 10:36 AM ]

Greetings Parents,

Students received a Parent and Student Password Sheet that was glued on the Hallway Passport page in the back of their Agendas. They need to show this form to you and get a signature on it. This is a small grade that is recorded in Powerschool. I urge all parents and students to log into their accounts and review messages, student skills, and other comments throughout the school year.

Kindest regards,

United States Geography Test is this Friday, September 15

posted Sep 12, 2017, 6:47 PM by James Garritson


Students have a major United States Geography Test this Friday, September 15. Please check to see if your child knows the locations of all 50 states, all 50 capitals, and the spelling of all 50 states. This test will take most students the entire period to complete. Here are United States geography resources:

Review these United States Geography sites:
    1. SheppardSoftware has a lot of great geography quizzes and tests that are presented as games.
    2. Learn States and Capitals is a great way to learn the 50 states and their capitals in a fun interactive way. 
    3. LizardPoint Geography offers students a variety of quizzes to review the locations and capitals of the United States.
Watch these videos:
    • United States Capitals Song is a two-minute song by Tim Pacific that students will memorize to learn the alphabetical order of all 50 States and capitals. 
    1. Memorize the 50 states Song is a one-minute memory song naming all states, while showing both their location and region on a map of the United States.
Kindest regards,

Back-to-School Night

posted Aug 24, 2017, 10:42 AM by James Garritson

Dear Parents/Guardians of 6th , 7th & 8th Grade Students,

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, August 31st for Back-to-School Night. The purpose of Back to School Night is to inform parents of curriculum and school structures/schedules. If you wish to speak specifically about your own child, feel free to contact the teacher to set up an appointment at a later date. Please ask your child to list their classes on the schedule below for your use. This is an adult only event. Please make arrangements for your child, as we will not have supervision on campus for students. Additionally please be advised that parking will be a challenge. The LR Green parking lot will be open for parking, as well as the parking lot adjacent to the LR Green Field. The large gate adjacent to the Bear Valley Middle School field will be open and carpooling is highly encouraged.

Hope to see you all here!


Susan Freeman

Student’s Name: ______________________________________
Class Name - Teacher’s Name - Room # - Meeting Time Tonight
1) 6:00 - 6:16
2) 6:20 - 6:32
3) 6:36 - 6:48
4) 6:52 - 7:04
5) 7:08 - 7:20
6) 7:24 - 7:36
7) 7:40 - 7:52

Computers to San Diego Kids & Cox Communications Low-Cost Internet

posted Aug 21, 2017, 3:22 PM by James Garritson

Connect2Compete will distribute Computers to San Diego Kids (C2SDK) at Felicita Elementary School on Tuesday, October 3rd from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Families from a site who do not have a computer at home are eligible to pre-register to purchase refurbished desktop computers for $80 or refurbished netbooks for $100! Families are able to purchase a computer or netbook for each school-aged child at home. Cox Communications will also be at the event helping families sign up for low-cost internet.  Interested families can review the flyer and application. Applications are available to interested families at Back to School Night. For further information or to turn in Application Forms, please speak with the Family Liaison in the school office.

We need volunteers! If you are available on October 3rd and would like to volunteer, please submit this brief volunteer form and we’ll assign you an easy job.

Thank you for helping us get the word out as we continue to bridge the digital divide and connect families!

Leis & Flowers PTA Fundraiser

posted May 25, 2017, 3:35 PM by James Garritson   [ updated May 26, 2017, 10:34 AM ]

PTA is selling Leis & Flowers for the 8th grade promotion. 

All 8th grade families will receive a letter/order form in the mail in the next few days. 

Orders can be placed up until Wednesday, June 14th at Kahuna Flowers website: www.Kahunaflowers.com
Orders can be brought to the front office with cash only by Friday, June 9th.  

Flowers will be distributed at the promotion ceremony.

High School Course Selection Make-up Days

posted Apr 28, 2017, 8:36 AM by James Garritson   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 12:31 PM ]

Course Selection make-up day will be held on the HIGH SCHOOL campus:
  • SPHS  - make-up day is Saturday, May 6th at SPHS from 8 o'clock until noon in the counseling office on a drop-in basis.
  • OGHS - make-up day is Saturday, April 29th (tomorrow), from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • EHS - Make up Friday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It gives parents who work nights a chance to meet with counselors during the day. Since there are only a dozen or so students attending EHS, counselors will follow up with any student who missed it.

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum: Civil War Re-enactment on March 4th & 5th, 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 11:14 AM by James Garritson   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 11:16 AM ]

March 4th & 5th, 2017 
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

AGSEM where Ingenuity, Industry & Arts come ALIVE!

The Annual Civil War Reenactment will take place over two days on March 4th & 5th, 2017, at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista. Civil War reenactment groups from all over California will come together to recreate authentic battle scenes, bringing the sights and sounds of war to life.

Beside the battle reenactments, attendees can expect to see real live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures, Presidential press conference, soldiers in their camps, infantry and cavalry demonstrations, artillery demonstration, assembly and weapons inspection, and more during the two-day festival.

Battles will be held twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Civil War living history tours will be held throughout the weekend and include demonstrations as well as displays. The museum will also have self-guided walking tours of their collections of antique equipment and offer visitors a selection of food and refreshment.
  • $12.00 - 12+/Adults
  • $10.00 - Seniors 65+
  • 6-12 & Active Duty Military - $7.00
  • Under 6 - Free
  • Family Four Pack ~ Two Adults/Two Children
  • $25.00
  • $5.00 per car
Exhibits & Activities Include:
  • Authentic Battles Daily at 12pm & 3pm 
  • Artillery Demonstration
  • Self-Guided Tours of the Camps 
  • Sutlers selling Civil War Souvenirs
  • Weaving & Spinning Demonstration 
  • Blacksmithing Demonstrations 
  • N' Scale Model Railroad 
  • Museum Gift Shop 
  • Food Booth

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

2017 Celebrating Unity Ball

posted Feb 23, 2017, 9:12 AM by James Garritson   [ updated Feb 23, 2017, 9:14 AM ]

Students will check in with their language arts teachers at the bottom of the MPR ramp. It is a good idea for a student to arrive by 5:30 pm to take pictures and check in with their teacher. Here are the dress requirements as stated in the CUB form:

Dear Bear Valley Eighth Graders,

Your attendance in costume is required at the most important social event of the season. To celebrate the unity of the United States of America, Bear Valley Middle School is hosting the annual Celebrating Unity Ball. This highly memorable and educational event is a student assessment that blends the physical education dance unit with social studies curriculum related to nineteenth century American culture. Students will attend the C.U.B. hosted by their social studies teacher on these two evenings:

Bruin Ball

Friday, March 10th

6 - 8 p.m.

Kodiak Ball

Friday, March 17th

6 - 8 p.m.

The C.UB. requires ladies and gentleman to dress according to the formal fashions of nineteenth century America. Gentlemen must wear their nicest shoes and trousers, button-up dress shirts with collars, and any type of necktie. Gentlemen must also tuck their shirts neatly into their trousers. Vests and coats are also appropriate and strongly encouraged. Ladies must wear long dresses or skirts with blouses. Costume rentals are not required, but rental information is posted below for parents interested in this option. Students can rent dresses for ten dollars or vests with jackets for five dollars from the physical education department. Students will earn history grades based on their attendance in costume and physical education grades based on their participation at the ball.

We are looking forward to seeing all eighth graders attend this event.

Hoping your weekend is richly blessed,

Please help promote and allow your students to vote for the following categories at www.TallySpace.com/vote/bvms

1. Most Spirited
2. Most Scholarly
3. Most Athletic
4. Most Entertaining
5. Most Artistic
6. Most Friendly

The window to vote is from NOW until Friday March 10th. Students can vote by grade level only one time and must log in with student ID. 

Vote NOW on this short list!

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