Welcome to BCS Middle School - we are so glad you are here! Middle School is an exciting time for students and parents. Students are becoming more mature and independent and parents begin to have a less active role in their children's school lives. Below are some tips and suggestions for your family as you begin to navigate this exciting new chapter together.
TIPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS
- Encourage your child to take on more responsibility and independence at school.
- Encourage your child to use office hours. Check the middle school website for hours.
- Encourage your child to ask for help and build relationships with their teachers.
- When your child encounters an issue, empower him or her to solve the problem. This way they can learn to become their own advocates.
- Make sure students get enough sleep.
- If you are planning on sending your child on any international trips, make sure your child's passport is up to date and get a visa, if required, to enter the country.
- If you are considering private high schools keep in mind that shadow days, testing and applications begin in the fall of 8th grade and are typically due by the winter holidays. Please check with the specific schools for dates.
- Los Altos High School will come to BCS in the spring and provide an orientation for students.
- If your home school is Mountain View High School or Los Altos High School, you will need to make a private appointment with the school registrar for enrollment. They also offer shadow days.
Ways to Connect with the Middle School Community
If you are new to our school, there are many ways for you to connect with other parents and get to know the teachers, administration and students. Here’s a list of some of them:
- Attend Back to School Night (BTSN).
- Attend the Middle School Parent Social.
- Attend parent and family events, socials and auction parties.
- Attend PBL and Intersession showcases and Middle School Tours.
- Attend Middle School choir competitions and concerts, Flag Football games, Archery and Dance Team competitions, and plays.
- Volunteer for hot lunch.
- Drive for field trips.
- Volunteer for the Walk-a-thon, Fall Family Dinner, Book Fair, Junior Olympics, Middle School Socials, the Auction committee, sit on panels, etc.
- Become a Room Parent, join the BBC or the Middle School Parent Committee.
Sometimes the BCS parking lot can be busy and challenging to navigate. Some ideas to improve your parking experience include:
- Pick up your child a bit after the final bell.
- Some parents opt to park off campus and have their child meet them there.
- Carpool or bike/walk to school.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Some events to look out for are the following (see BCS Calendar for full list of events):
First Day Coffee - The BBC hosts a parent coffee after morning drop off on the first day of school.
First Day BBQ - No need to pack your middle schooler a lunch on the first day of school. The BBC hosts a BBQ for students.
New Families Reception - An opportunity to mix and mingle with other new BCS families and leadership members of the BCS community.
Middle School Parent Social - An opportunity to meet other middle school parents.
Fall Family Dinner - Enjoy time with old friends and meet new ones at this always fun family event.
Walk-a-thon - Don’t miss out on one of the most highly anticipated events of the school year! The Walkathon is one of our biggest fundraisers and is a fun, active and social event for the entire family.
Middle School Movie Night (Fall) - Fun Friday evening of movie and popcorn with friends.
Middle School Family Education Event (Winter) - Come listen to speakers on a variety of current topics of interest to middle school families.
All School Family Ice Skating Night at Winter Lodge (Winter) - Friday night ice skating!
Middle School Student Spring Party - Fun Friday night party!
Middle School Family Picnic (May) - Friday night event to mingle with other middle school parents and students.
We know new families can feel overwhelmed with information and that it is sometimes hard to know where to look for answers you may need. Here are some great resources for you to use in order to keep up to date on what is happening at school and in the classroom:
- BBC website http://www.bullisboostersclub.org/
- Room Parent e-mails. These usually come from your room parent on Sunday evenings
- Bear Essentials email newsletter sent to all parents on Thursdays
- Class websites. These can be found on the BCS website via myBCS