BFMS 8th Grade Team

Teacher Bios

Mr. Aquadro (ELA)

My name is Mr. Aquadro. I have taught at the Bellows Falls Middle School for several years. I graduated from Keene State College and have continued learning about how people learn.

In ELA we will practice the reading, writing, speaking skills and processes outlined in the Grade 8 Common Core. Students will help determine which fiction and nonfiction texts and genres we read. Students will explore poetry. We will also practice writing narratives, expository essays, and argument essays.

After school hours, I enjoy exercising: jogging, biking, hiking, and yoga. I also enjoy studying film and reading and write screenplays. During the summer, I spend time maintaining flower and vegetable gardens.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at dana.aquadro@wnesu.com.

Ms. Bizaoui (Science)

My name is Ms. Bizaoui. This is my 6th year teaching at BFMS. I graduated from Johnson State College and received my master's degree from Antioch University in Environmental Studies.

Our year in science will seek out to answer the following guiding questions. Chemistry - What is the world made of? How are new substances made? Genetics and Evolution - Why do we look the way we do? How did the Earth get to have so many different organisms? Waves/Earth Systems- How does energy travel? Why does the surface of the Earth look like it does?

Outside of school, I enjoy running, yoga, gardening, cooking and eating healthy food.

I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns! erica.bizaoui@wnesu.com

Miss Wiggins (ELA / Social Studies)

Hi! I’m Missy Wiggins I am new to BFMS this year from Barre City Elementary and Middle school, where I worked for over three years in various roles. I graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Interactive Media and Web Design. I then lived in Philadelphia for five more years after college as a corporate web designer. It was not until returning home to Barre in 2014 that I discovered my passion for teaching as a long-term substitute. I received my teaching license from The Teacher Apprenticeship Program through Champlain College in 2016.

I am looking forward to teaming with Mr. Aquadro for Language Arts, focusing on reading, writing, speaking skills and processes outlined in the Grade 8 Common Core, as well as fiction and nonfiction texts, poetry, and writing. In Social Studies I am thrilled to be exploring Twentieth Century history and social concepts with the students through explorative group projects, and peer instruction.

When not at school, my hobbies include Figure Skating, Jazzercise, seeing as much live music as I can, and reading.

Mr. Oakes (Math)

My name is Mr. Oakes. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have been a teacher of mathematics here at Bellows Falls Middle School for the last 6 years.

Throughout the year we will study topics including expressions and equations, functions, geometry, and data analysis. This year is primarily about preparing students for the higher level courses they will take in high school. They will be given a solid base in algebra and also work on a significant amount of geometry concepts that will give them the foundation that they will rely on. Some students will also have the opportunity to work on those higher level concepts in algebra this year and get a head start on their high school math career.

Please note that at the top of the page there are links to all Eureka modules (standard level math classes) for your convenience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at robert.oakes@wnesu.com.

Mrs. Read (Special Ed)

My name is Melissa Read. I am the 8th grade special educator here at BFMS. I have been teaching here for 7 years. Part of my job is to support special education students both in the regular classroom and in the smaller special ed setting. I also work very closely with the 8th grade teachers, run an advisory group, and team teach a few classes. I love being here at BFMS! Before joining the middle school I was an elementary teacher for 13 years in California, New Hampshire and Vermont.

To contact me, please email me at melissa.read@wnesu.com