Academics at B-P Middle School

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Students in the eighth-grade STEM class visit the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering).

Faculty and staff at the middle school focus on the success of every student and strive to foster student achievement in an environment that is both supportive and academically challenging.

Students at the middle school complete coursework in the core subjects of math, English, social studies and science, as well as art, music, technology, physical education, computer technology, health, foreign language, and family and consumer sciences.

The middle school is divided into four instructional teams, each composed of an English, math, social studies and science teacher. This structure helps faculty better identify students’ academic strengths and areas where extra support may be needed. Teachers of exploratory courses, languages other than English (LOTE), and special education also take a team approach. The teams meet regularly to plan interdisciplinary offerings, coordinate assignments and discuss student needs and concerns.

To accommodate students’ diverse learning styles, middle school teachers vary their instructional methods and materials and strive to offer individualized and enriched classroom instruction to all students to the greatest extent possible. Because children at this age tend to have a strong need for self-exploration and self-definition, teachers often structure assignments to incorporate self-inquiry.

Across the district, Broadalbin-Perth is continuing to strengthen its offerings in courses related to science, technology, engineering, art and math — known as STEAM. At the middle school, seventh-grade students can take a half-year engineering course and a half-year computer course that reinforce each other’s curriculum. A year-long STEM class is available to qualified eighth-graders.

Middle school teachers help students develop strong literacy skills that are crucial to learning. In 2014, the school launched a reading program that provides extra support to students who are reading below grade level.

Faculty encourage students to set goals and be accountable for meeting them. Faculty and staff work to engage students in their school environment by making connections with them and forming positive relationships.

Broadalbin-Perth Middle School provides the following resources and opportunities to assist parents in supporting student achievement:

Parent conferences

Instructional teams are available to meet for parent conferences from 1:50 to 2:25 p.m. most school days.

Principal conferences

Principal Bell is available for conferences and consultation about any concern about your child’s educational program. Call office secretary Mrs. Nichols at 954-2700 or email Mr. Bell directly at bellw@bpcsd.org.

Contacting teachers

The email addresses of all middle school teachers can be found through the searchable staff directory. If you do not hear back from your child’s teacher within 48 hours, please contact the main office at 954-2700 to leave a message for that teacher.

Media center services

The BPMS media center provides students with access to text-based resources, reference materials and computer technology. During the school day, students may access the media center with a pre-signed pass from Ms. Glasser. The media center is open after school three or more days per week until 2:50 p.m. Contact media center specialist Florence Glasser at glasserf@bpcsd.org.

After-school help

Teachers are available after school to work with students who are having difficulty understanding homework or project assignments. When a teacher requests that a student remain after school so the teacher may offer academic assistance or help with completing homework, it should be understood that teachers, under state education law, cannot compel students to remain after school. Only parents can compel their children to remain after school.

Homework hotline

The homework hotline is updated daily with homework assignments for all middle school classes. Call 954-2735 to hear your child’s assignments.