BFMS 8th Grade Team

8th grade trip to Green Mountain Orchard 9/26/19

Teacher Bios

Ms. Bizaoui (Science)

My name is Ms. Bizaoui. This is my 8th year teaching at BFMS. I graduated from Johnson State College and received my master's degree from Antioch University in Environmental Studies.

This year in science we will geek 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!

Mrs. Smith (ELA)

My name is Miss Smith. This is my second year teaching at Bellows Falls Middle School. I graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2018.

During the year we will work through a few novels, some short stories, and poems. The year will begin with The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and will use the novel to explore text features and figurative language. We will write in some capacity every day so that we can become stronger writers. Students will be asked to write shorter Journals, and longer essays using a structured writing style.

Outside of school I love to hike, read, bake, and travel.

If you have any questions for me please feel free to reach out by email at:

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 8 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

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 9 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

Mrs. Jackson (ELA/ Social Studies)

A lover of Hamilton, and reading, movie quotes, I am happy to return to the eighth grade team and share my interests with students. Getting to know students and their interests is the best part of being a teacher! Outside of school, you will likely see me walking with my son in his stroller, visiting the library, or escaping to the ocean.