June 14 News Update

BCMS Family Update, June 14
Posted on 06/14/2020

Yearbooks arrived in boxes late Friday, and our staff will be going through them this week. If you purchased one, you may come pick it up on Thursday or Friday between 10am and 2pm.

In last week’s update, I mentioned that we are preparing for multiple scenarios for the Fall, so we can be ready no matter what. In case you’re interested in further exploration around what some of those scenarios might look like, here is a guide from the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching that provides four broad options under which we will likely find ourselves, along with all of the things we need to consider within each option: https://www.niet.org/assets/Resources/3e1c3a0cca/school-year-planning-guide-2020-21.pdf. The Tennessee Department of Education has followed suit with their own guidance document that highlights areas that need to be addressed at the building and district levels: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/health-&-safety/Reopening%20Schools%20-%20Overview%20Guide%20for%20LEAs.pdf. The bottom line is that school board members, district leaders, and school leaders are having deep discussions about how best to educate all of our children this Fall, attending to the social and emotional needs of kids while mitigating as much physical risk as possible. We are all committed to kids’ success, both in the short-term and the long haul.

I also mentioned that we hope to begin sports tryouts and practices for students going into 6th-8th grades as early as July 6. In order to participate, athletes must have a TSSAA physical form https://cms-files.tssaa.org/documents/tssaa/Physical-Form-updated-11.2019.pdf signed by a physician after April 15, 2020. Agape Family Health https://agapefamilyhealth.com in downtown Columbia offers free sports physicals—at no charge to you nor your insurance company. Just call 931-548-8090 to set up an appointment.

The Spring Hill Public Library is offering a terrific Summer Reading Program, challenging students to complete 48 hours of reading and 6 educational challenges throughout the summer. They have prizes for all who participate, and for those who complete the entire summer reading programs, they offer special prizes, include $20-$25 gift cards from local businesses. The Spring Hill Public Library is proud to encourage summer reading and support the businesses in Maury County: https://www.springhilltn.org/633/Summer-Reading-2020

Rising 9th grade students, if you are attending Spring Hill High School this fall, please go online to request classes for your freshman year, if you have not already done so. For more information on the classes offered and how to make this request, visit the SHHS website and find the “Register for Classes” icon.  Please have your request completed no later than tomorrow; if you do not complete the request, your classes will be selected for you.

Last, I’d like to mention a little bit about the social media platform TikTok. With more than 100 million users, TikTok has emerged as a kind of unifying force during the quarantine with trending challenges from global dance-offs to the Quarantine Olympics (with events like sock-sliding on a wooden floor). TikTok was weird before, but in pandemic times it’s truly a global phenomenon worthy of a deep dive. Online I’ve linked to a great article that will help you understand it a bit more: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-tiktok

Happy Flag Day on Monday, and I hope you have a great week!

Go, Bears!