August 28, 2015
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year at Blissfield Middle School! I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer. It is this time of year that I become energized for the students and staff to return as we continue to make preparations for the upcoming year. The Blissfield Middle School theme this year will be “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better, it’s not.” If one person takes time to care, that attitude becomes contagious. It is then that we will see great change around us, in a powerful way! Blissfield Middle School’s core character values are Positive Attitude, Integrity, Respect, Work Ethic, Responsibility and Compassion. As one can see, this theme encompasses all of these values. This theme also supports the Blissfield Community Schools Mission Statement, which is to provide a learning environment that challenges all students to become life long learners and productive citizens.
I would like to remind parents that our registration process will once again be online. Parents should go to www.blissfieldschools.us and click on “Online Resources” followed by “Home Access Center.” Then, enter the user name and password included with this letter to begin. Students receive their own user name and password, but do not have the ability to edit registration information. The registration process is not complete until you check the “I Agree” box and click “SUBMIT” at the bottom of your registration page, even if all information is correct and no changes are necessary.
As in the past, the daily start time at the middle school and high school will begin at 7:50 a.m. and conclude at 2:54 p.m. Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 8 and will be a full day for students. Like last year, the bus loop pick up and drop off pattern will be along the sidewalk on the east side of our parking lot near the football field. This will allow for a parent loop to pick up students on the west side of the parking lot near the tennis courts.
I encourage you to attend our annual Open House on Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Students will receive class schedules, locker assignments and parents will gain information about our school year. Beginning at 6:45 p.m.. a brief informational presentation is open to all BMS families but specifically directed toward incoming 6th graders as well as new enrollees and their parents. Due to the implementation of the MSTEP testing last spring, data for the 2014-2015 Annual Report has not been made available to schools in Michigan. We are told that data will be given to us late fall 2015. When reports are completed, constituents will be notified.
As in the past, students will be issued a photo identification badge free of charge. Should a student badge become damaged or lost, students/parents will be expected to purchase a replacement badge in the building office for $5.00. Students will be expected to wear these daily and must be visible on the front of their person. Students can provide their own school-appropriate lanyard or purchase one through the office. I.D. badges have been bar coded with their student number and will be used to access their student accounts in the lunch line and for other school business. All K-12 school staff will be wearing I.D. badges as well.
Our food services will be operating in full swing on our student’s first day of school. Breakfast is available for $1.50, milk is $.50, and lunch prices are $2.70 for the tray lunch. Each student will use their student I.D. badge to access a credit account. As in years past, parents have the opportunity to place money on student accounts through the school website which parents are encouraged to establish to pay for meals. Information about applying for free and reduced school meals are available online or in our office.
Our student dress code is consistent with last year, with no new changes for 2015-2016. As a reminder, students are permitted to wear shorts of appropriate length and flip flops before Thanksgiving and upon returning from Spring Break. Please help us enforce that all shorts and skirts must be at least finger tip length above the knees and all shirts must cover the shoulders and midriff. All garments must be in good repair and free of holes. We appreciate parents’ help with upholding our dress code!
Once again, please visit www.blissfieldschools.us to log on to Home Access Center to complete and submit your student’s necessary school registration forms. Be certain to click “SUBMIT” when finished. If you do not have internet access we will have our computer lab open for those who wish to complete the registration process during Open House on September 2.
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If you have any questions please contact our office at (517) 486-4420 x-202. You may also choose to stop into the office weekdays between 7:15 AM and 3:30 PM. As a reminder when reporting student absences, all absences for students in grades K-12, need to be reported to x-200 when calling any of the school buildings. This system will alleviate the necessity to call each building individually and you can now report all student absences with one call to x-200.
On behalf of the Blissfield Middle School staff, welcome to a new school year! We are excited about all of the positive things this year will hold for your students!
Blissfield Middle School Principal