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  • CPM Math tip

    Tip of the Week for Parents:

    Visit the following site for some very informative videos:


    Week 6

    By this time in the school year, your child may have taken a team test at some point before taking an individual test. Team tests provide students an opportunity to check their depth of understanding through collaborative problem solving. They also help teachers identify general areas of concern that need to be addressed prior to the individual test. Students who take notes during the team test process, who ask follow-up questions during class discussions, and who correct their test often experience dramatic improvements on individual tests.

    Week 5

    Mistakes are an important step in the process of learning. Don't let your child give up when she makes one! Encourage your child to persevere, try another strategy, think outside the box, or talk problems over with someone. Sometimes it is hard to watch our children make mistakes, but struggling helps brains grow, and for your child to become smarter and more resilient. Very successful people often report that many mistakes were made along the way to their success, and these mistakes were an important and much overlooked part of the journey. Your student does not need to be fast at math, so speed should not be a goal. She just needs to think deeply about it. This should also be the goal when responding to math questions. Encourage your child to think about his answer. Does it make sense? (Paraphrased from Jo Boaler)

    Week 4

    Practice and discussion are required to understand concepts in mathematics. When your student comes to you with a question
    about a homework problem, often you may simply need to
    ask them to read the problem aloud, and then ask what the
    problem is about. When you are working problems together,
    have your child talk about the problems, stating what she is
    thinking as she works. Remember to have your child practice
    on his own too.

    Below is a list of general questions you can ask your child to
    help if she gets stuck:
    ● What have you tried? What steps did you take?
    ● What didn't work? Why didn't it work?
    ● Explain what you know right now.

    If your student has made an attempt at starting the problem, try these questions.
    ● What do you think comes next? Why?
    ● What is still left to be done?
    ● Is that the only possible answer?

    If your student does not seem to be making any progress, you might try these questions.
    ● Let's look at your notebook, class notes, and Toolkit. Do you have them?
    ● Were you listening to your team members and teacher in class? What did they say?

    Be sure to include other appropriate questions. Remind them to use the index, glossary, Checkpoint materials, homework help, Math Notes boxes, and their Learning Logs. All are useful tools in the process of learning.

    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 3:03 PM by Jenni Wyatt
  • 2014-2015 6th Grade Orientation and BBQ
    It's Time! The 6th grade W.E.B. (Where Everyone Belongs) orientation and bbq will be Tuesday, August 19th. Orientation will be from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. We will have a parent information session with the principal in the library from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. We will then have a BBQ for the students and their parents from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the cafeteria. 

    Parents, please be sure to have your child at the gym about 10 minutes before 8:00 am. Our 8th grade W.E.B. Leaders are trained and ready for orientation. The heart of the W.E.B. Program is building relationships between 6th graders and 8th graders, so it is essential that parents not participate in the student orientation portion of the day. Please join us in the Library for any questions you might have. And, we would love to have you join us for a barbecue lunch at 11:30 am. This will be a day your 6th grader will remember forever and will be the start of a great year.

    Thank you for your support!
    Maria de los Angeles Munguia, Principal
    Liesl Hendrix, W.E.B Coordinator
    Posted Aug 13, 2014, 11:22 AM by Jenni Wyatt
  • Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year.
    Hello BGMS Cougars and families~
    We hope you continue to enjoy your summer. It has been nice seeing our students around town. You are all being very respectful, we like that! :) I have a few dates for you guys:
    *August 6th: the office opens for business
    *August 11th and 12th: WEB Training from 8:00-1:30 Reminder: If you are not there at 8:00 am sharp, you will not be able to participate.
    *August 12th: the office will close at 12:00 so that Tami can attend a meeting.
    *August 19th: 6th grade WEB orientation - new students will get a call from their WEB leader with the details of the day.
    *August 20th: First day of school- first bell rings at 8:25
    We know many of you have had your tdap booster shots over the summer. Please bring proof of that to the office on the first day of school, or before, so that we can get that into the computer. Thank you parents for making this happen!
    Students' first period class will be posted in the office window on or around August 18th or 19th. Students will then receive the rest of their schedule in their first period class on the first day of school.
    We are super excited for the new school year, we know you are too, but we won't tell anyone. :) See you all soon!
    Posted Aug 26, 2014, 10:18 AM by Jenni Wyatt
  • Exciting new way to add money to your child's lunch account.


    New Online Meal Payment System Available


    Dear Parent or Guardian,


    Great news! We are offering an exciting new option to help make your life easier.  mySchoolBucks.com® is an on-line system that will allow you to make deposits into your student’s school meal accounts.


    mySchoolBucks offers…

    •  Safety.  Virtually eliminates worries about your child carrying money to school.

    •  Convenience.  Make payments when it’s convenient for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

    •  Control.

    -     Receive low balance email reminders (set your own limits!)

    -     Monitor your student’s account balances online.

    -    View your student’s cafeteria purchases.

    •  Efficiency.  Make your payments for all your children in one easy step, even if they attend different schools in the district.

    •  Flexibility

    -  Make payments using your VISA, Master Card, Discover credit/debit cards or electronic check.

    -   Option to have payments made automatically each month.

    -   Deposit confirmations sent directly to your email account.


    Money deposited into mySchoolBucks.com will usually arrive at the school by the next morning.  You can set your low balance settings to remind you when it’s time to add more money, or set up recurring payments so the system will automatically add money to the account when your balance reaches the threshold you set.


    Getting started is easy!  Visit www.mySchoolBucks.com and click the “REGISTER FOR A FREE ACCOUNT” button to create an account.  A confirmation email will be sent to the address you provide.  Simply follow the link included in that email and your registration will be complete.  Once you log in, you can add all your students by entering each student’s school, their name and student ID number.


    mySchoolBucks.com allows you to check balances, review transaction history, and receive low balance alerts from the comfort of your home for no charge.  A convenience fee may apply for payments to your student account(s).  You will have the opportunity to review any fees (and cancel, if you choose) before you are charged.


    If you have any questions, you can email support@myschoolbucks.com  or call 1-855-832-5226


    Thank you,

    The mySchoolBucks® Team

    Posted Apr 2, 2014, 11:45 AM by Jenni Wyatt
  • Daily News for 8-26-2014

    Baechtel Grove Middle School

    Daily News

    Cartoon, Smiley, Sunshine,


    This is our daily news for August 26, 2014.

    AVID students please remind your parents that there is parent meeting Thursday night in room 8 at 5:30.


    We are looking for students interested in reading the Daily News over the loudspeaker in the morning. Please see Jenni if you are interested.

    What’s on the menu?

    Sandwich Day

    Message from our cross country coach Mr. Smith:

    Come join the Baechtel Grove cross country team.  The first practice is this Thursday,  right after school.  If you can run a mile without stopping, you will do fine.

    Student handbook quiz:

    Bring your answer to Jenni during brunch to get a merit:

    *What are the eligibility requirements to participate in sports at BGMS? …..

    Happy Tuesday!

    Posted Aug 26, 2014, 8:35 AM by Jenni Wyatt
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