Bragg News

for Parents & Students

December 10-14

“The vision for the Bragg Middle School Rockets is for students to launch to new heights in preparation for college, career, and life.”

TOP STORIES

Our Christmas Assembly was held Wednesday. Our band, choir, cheerleaders, and dance team team all performed. Different sections from the high school's band and auxiliary joined in with us as well. Below is the link to the YouTube video of the assembly.

Christmas Assembly Video

**Please see below under "School Initiatives for Bragg's "Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) at a Glance"**

Essential 55 Rule 18 “You will make every effort to be as organized as possible

monday, 12/10

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. John Dewey

Tuesday, 12/11

Semester Exam in Math

Basketball v. Pleasant Grove

Wrestling @ Clay-Chalkville High School

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, 12/12

Semester Exams in Science and Elective

The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare. Bobby Knight

Thursday, 12/13

Semester Exam in English

Basketball at Hueytown

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Donaldson!

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. Kyle Chandler

Friday, 12/14

Semester Exam in Social Studies and PE

Girls' Basketball Tournament @ Corner

Wrestling Tournament @ Center Point High

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Shaver!

"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things—not the great occasions—give off the greatest glow of happiness." Bob Hope

Saturday, 12/15

Girls' Basketball Tournament @ Corner

Wrestling Tournament @ Center Point High

Sunday, 12/16


Upcoming Events

**New Dates will be added all the time. Added dates will be bolded and italicized for two weeks.**

  • Tuesday, December 18 - End of 1st Semester
  • Wednesday, December 19 - Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • Dec 19-21 - Boys' Basketball Tournament at North Jefferson
  • Dec 20 - Jan 6 - Christmas Break
  • Dec 27-29 - Boys' Basketball Christmas Tournament at North Jefferson
  • Saturday, January 5 - Wrestling County Tournament
  • Monday, January 7 - Students Return
  • Monday, January 7 - Report Cards Mailed Home
  • Thursday, January 10 - Wrestling @ GHS
  • Saturday, January 19 - Wrestling @ Walker High
  • Monday, January 21 - MLK, Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, January 24 - Wrestling @ McAdory Middle
  • Monday, January 28 - PTA Candy Gram Sale Begins
  • Tuesday, January 29 - Wrestling @ GHS
  • Wednesday, February 6 - Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Saturday, February 9 - Miss Reflections Pageant
  • Monday, February 11 - Valentine’s Dance
  • Thursday, February 14 - PTA Candy Gram Delivery
  • Monday, February 18 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, March 5 - Music in Our Schools
  • Friday, March 8 - End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • Monday, March 11 - PD Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, March 13 - Report Cards Mailed Home
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break
  • Sat/Sun, April 6-7 - Choir Musical
  • Tuesday, April 9 - Band Parent Meeting
  • Saturday, April 13 - Band Trip to Atlanta
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Friday, April 19 - Weather Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, May 7 - Choir Concert @ Bragg
  • Thursday, May 9 - Band Concert at Bragg
  • Fri/Sat, May 10-11 - Choir Trip
  • May 17-21 - Final Exams
  • Thursday, May 23 - End of 2nd Semester - LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
  • Friday, May 24 - Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, May 24 - Report Cards Mailed Home

FRESH FROM THE ROCKET CAFE

December 10 - Spaghetti, Loaded Baked Potato, Cheesy Garlic Bread, Green Beans, Parmesan Tuscan Salad, Variety of Fruit

December 11 - Taco Salad, Pizza, Refried Beans, Corn, Variety of Fruit

December 12 - Cheeseburger, Corndog, Steamed Broccoli, Carrot Sticks, French Fries, Variety of Fruit

December 13 - Tyson Hot Wings, Texas Toast, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Salad, Baked Beans, Variety of Fruit

December 14 - Philly Cheese Joe, Meatloaf, Rice, Potato Wedges, Broccoli, Variety of Fruit

A Few Pictures from last Week

Teacher collaborating for better quality instruction.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas--on C Hall"

Our Christmas Assembly

Bragg contributed nearly $2,800 to Christmas Visions

Congratulations to our Geography Bee winners!

Winner - JT Junkin

Finalists - Alexis Johnson & Jake Sanford

They stole the show!

Who knows?

Our Spelling bee on Thursday

...Getting smaller...

...and smaller...

Winner - Shelbi Freeman

1st Runner-Up - Eli Blake

Mrs. Cazola's and Mrs. Moore's Career Tech classes collaborating to write code for a digital dance party

Ms. Cobb's Science class worked in groups to research beneficial and harmful mutations

Our volleyball team showed their school and Christmas spirit in the parade on Thursday

Faculty Birthdays for December

7 - Pam Dyess - Registrar

9 - Debbie Gray - Choir Teacher

13 - Linley Donaldson - 6th Grade Math

14 - Sharon Shaver - Secretary

21 - Preslie Norris - Physical Education

LINKS

Students & Teacher of the Month

Our November Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Elisa Handley

Quotes from Parents and Colleagues

"She did a great job with Christmas Visions."

"She always has a great sense of humor."

"She is a ROCK at Bragg. She is committed and invested to the success of the kids."

December Students of the Month

6th Grade Maroon: Mario Castro

6th Grade Gray: Kenlie Hitchler

7th Grade Maroon: Sawyer Moore

7th Grade Gray: Katie Myrick

8th Grade Maroon: Diana Nunez

8th Grade Gray: Shelbi Freeman

Our Bell Schedule

Bell Schedules 18-19.docx

School Initiatives

Beliefs

1. All students have a right to a clean, safe, challenging environments that promotes learning with high expectations of achievement and good character.

2. Every student should be provided with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate his/her achievements.

3. All students have worth, regardless of their academic achievements, and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

4. Students have the right to be recognized as unique individuals with different learning styles which should be addressed in order to achieve their maximum potential.

5. Students learn best when teachers, administrators, parents, and the community provide support and guidance in their educational activities.

6. Every student can learn and must be provided the opportunity to become a productive member of society.

7. Students are responsible for their behavior which, in turn, affects their own and other students' opportunity and right to learn.

8. Every student needs realistic goals to ensure lifelong learning.

9. Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community need to be open to positive, meaningful changes in order to provide a stimulating, disciplined learning environment that will enable every student to meet the challenges of the future.

Goal

To Prepare all students for college and career readiness

  • How do we achieve this?
    • Teachers will be LDC (Literacy Design Collaborative) and MDC (Math Design Collaborative) trained, and will participate in site-based PLCs (Professional Learning Communities)


Character Education

As a means of developing "soft" or "life" skills, we work to teach character education to our kids throughout the day. In addition, each student will have an adviser, and will meet twice a month in an advisory period in a small group. Career goals, educational planning, decision making, and other important topics for a middle schooler will be discussed.

We have a "Quote of the Day" that offers encouragement in resilience, determination, and character. Please take a moment to talk about these with your child. These quotes create great teachable moments. The quotes are listed above for each date.

We also incorporate The Essential 55, by Rob Clark as a means of teaching successful behavior habits. Below is the topic we will discuss this week.

  • Essential 55 Rule 18 “You will make every effort to be as organized as possible
CIP at a Glance Bragg 1819

Interesting Videos and Articles

Until Next Week...

"It's A Great Day to Be a Rocket!"