• Transition to Middle School
  • Welcome to BMS!
    The transition from elementary to middle school can be a time of nervousness and anxiety. Most students have mixed emotions, so the BMS staff dedicates time and energy to help make it a smooth transition.  An important part of their development as students and citizens, this time is the first opportunity for students from all parts of Bexley to come together and form a community. The following information will help students and families with the transition.


    January Parent Meeting
    This initial meeting is designed to help parents complete scheduling forms for their students. They get a chance to meet key staff members and a brief overview of the typical middle school day.  This year's presentation can be downloaded:

    School Counselor Visits
    Mrs. Louys & Mrs. Busold make visits to each fifth grade classroom to help answer questions that students have and help them have a better understanding of what the middle school is really like.

    April Student Visit

    Fifth grade students spend the morning at Bexley Middle School with their class. They get a tour of the building, hear from Mrs. Louys & Mrs. Busold about many of the opportunities and supports available, have a pre-season meeting with the Athletic Director, and learn about the rules and procedures for BMS students. Eating lunch in the cafeteria and having recess on the athletic field are two of the highlights for students.
     

    April Parent Meeting

    Parents are invited to learn more about BMS procedures and options. Topics including PTO, class trips, International Baccalaureate, summer reading, activity options, options for support and others. This information mirrors what the students heard during their visit.
     
    Summer Mailing
    In July parents/guardians receive a letter confirming class requests and containing important forms for the start of school. Courses are listed at this point, but not teachers or periods.  Parents/guardians notify the BMS office if incorrect requests are listed. These forms must be returned when students pick up their schedules in August.
     
     
    Schedule/ Supply Pickup
    On the Friday before school starts, students turn in their emergency medical forms, student verification forms, and internet usage (AUP) forms to receive their schedule. Vision checks, school pictures and pre-ordered supplies happen here; students may also purchase a Lions Pride Pass.
     
    First Day of School
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 is the first day of school. The first days are set aside to focus on a successful transition to MS. 6th graders participate in the WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Program with 8th grade mentors who help them become comfortable. There are follow-up meetings with WEB leaders during the first half of the year.

    Back to School Curriculum Night
    Each September, BMS hosts parents/guardians so they can walk through their students' schedules and hear from each of their students' teachers. 
     
     
     
    Student Led Conferences
    In October/ November, all parents/guardians are invited student-led conferences, where students share a portfolio from the first trimester and teachers are available to meet.
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
    Starting in seventh grade, students may participate in athletics under the guidance of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). Bexley offers 16 teams across three seasons.  The district's middle school theater program for grades 6 - 8 produces a fall play and late winter musical, in addition to offering various other district theater activities.
     

    Students who participate in athletics, theater, student council, extra-curricular activities with competition, or co-curricular programs with travel are subject to several policies governing participation. Students and parents should be aware of these:
    • Alcohol Use by Students/Students Drug Abuse (Board Policy JFCH/JFCI) - This policy prohibits student use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco 24/7/365 both on and off campus. Students become BMS students the day after sixth grade ends and a violation of this policy over the summer can impact their eligibility the following fall. This policy balances education with discipline for students who violate the policy. Involvement in school activities reduces the likelihood that students will engage in risky behavior and keeping them involved through a violation makes them less likely to repeat. If a student needs help with a substance abuse problem, the district can provide confidential resources. Please contact Principal Caudill or Mrs. Louys.

    • Academic Integrity Policy (Board Policy JFCM) - This policy prohibits students from engaging in behaviors that give them or others the opportunity to obtain credit for work that is not their own. Students who commit a major offense (one that significantly impacts the content of the academic product or is a repeated violation) will become ineligible to participate for a period of time.

    • Academic Standards - To be academically eligible to participate, students must pass all classes in the previous quarter (starting with fall of seventh grade). When a student earns a failing grade in a class, but passes five others, he or she may apply for a probation which allows eligibility on a week-to-week basis. This probation is permitted once in a middle school career.

    • School Attendance - All students are required to attend school for the entire school day in order to be eligible to participate in a contest or event that same day. Students who miss school due to a doctor's appointment will be allowed to participate with a note from the doctor. In addition, the building principal or athletic director may grant exceptions to this rule, based on review of individual cases and any extenuating circumstances.
    More information
    • TDAP & Meningitis Booster - Starting in fall 2016, all students entering seventh grade must by law have these immunizations and we must exclude students who do not provide verification. Parents/guardians should talk to their pediatricians to obtain documentation; most doctors provide this vaccination during grades 5 - 6, so a student may have already had it. Verification can be submitted to the registered nurse at the elementary school. 

    • Summer Reading - Students entering seventh and eighth grades have a summer reading project designed to keep them engaged and practicing reading skills over the summer. This typically includes reading two novels and pre-writing/ writing assignments.

    • Summer Academy - Students who need additional preparation/ support in the areas of math and reading may be recommended for Bexley's Summer Academy. Recommendations come from current teachers and families receive letters in the spring about enrolling. The classes are open to anyone who would like to attend and information about them is available through a variety of district communications and in each school office.

    BMS Choir 2016
    BMS choir performance