I understand that many of you may have questions and concerns with the announcement last night from Superintendent Winston that all local and out-of-state field trips are canceled. I want to begin by thanking our families for all for your patience and support as decisions are ever-changing due to the impact of the Coronavirus. Please know that the safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. In addition, we must also consider the financial implications for our families and act responsibly to ensure that at least a good portion of the funds paid for field trips can be refunded. Therefore, all of our upcoming field trips in March and April are being canceled at Bailey, which includes the 8th Grade trip to Williamsburg, 7th Grade to Carowinds, 6th Grade to Camp Thunderbird, and Performing Band to Nashville, TN. The Orchestra trip to Universal Studios in May is still to be determined since we have time before funds paid become non-refundable. Lastly, CMS is allowing Orchestras to attend their MPA in Winston Salem on Thursday.
We understand that this decision creates a lot of questions regarding refunds for all of these canceled trips. Please know that we have already begun working with our field trip vendors to get answers to you as quickly as possible. This includes any monies paid this week that were already deposited. Also remember this will not be a quick process as we have already sent out security deposits and will have to work with the vendors' policies regarding reimbursements. The process of retrieving some or all of these funds could take several weeks and there is a good possibility we will not get the full amount returned. Finally, there are CMS guidelines and logistics to follow when reimbursing over 1000 parents for a field trip so this will take some time.
As the situation with the Coronavirus changes, we will continue to update families with the latest information from CMS, Mecklenburg County Health Department, and the CDC. The Coronavirus crisis continues to evolve rapidly so please pay attention to all forms of communication. At the school level, we have enhanced cleaning throughout the building including classrooms, the lunch room, and restrooms. Additionally, the Flu and stomach bugs are running rampant as well so please keep your student home if they are sick, especially if they are running a fever. We encourage you to follow the recommended preventative steps and latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
I want to take a few minutes to share some recent data regarding our academic performance this past year. I'll start back in 2013 where we ended the year with 67.8% of our students on grade level. This year we increased for the 6th consecutive year to 87% performing at or above grade level. In addition, Bailey has exceeded yearly student growth expectations for the 6th straight year and demonstrated the highest growth for all schools in CMS with a +12.78 index. As a point of reference, schools performing at a +2.0 index or better are considered to have exceeded growth expectations. Over the past 6 years, Bailey students and staff have been in the top ten percent for growth across the state with a cumulative total of +46.7 growth index points during this time. Our positive growth index scores in conjunction with the increased percentage of students on or above grade level has also allowed Bailey to maintain our "A" letter grade rating for the 4th straight year in North Carolina. Furthermore, we are most proud of our subgroup growth with 7 of our 8 subgroups scoring at a +4.0 growth index or higher this past year (1. African American, 2. White, 3. Hispanic, 4. Asian, 5. Students with Disabilities, 6. Economically disadvantaged, and 7. English Language Learners). Additionally, two of these subgroups (African American at +6.27 and Economically Disadvantaged at +7.76) increased from a letter grade from a C to a B measured by their growth and grade level proficiency. Finally, I want to recognize our students with disabilities and the teachers who serve them as this group grew +7.38 growth index points and 11 letter grade points, which is quite an accomplishment. As we move into this year, we still have room to grow and get better, yet I really felt it necessary to pause and celebrate our kids and teachers for continuing the tradition of great teaching and learning at Bailey.
Create a Great Day,
Chad O. Thomas
BRONCO CALENDAR MARCH 2020
March 6th Semi-Formal Dance - 7th and 8th Graders
March 19th Cookie Dough Fundraiser - Turn In Date
April 4th R.A.C.E.
Beautification Day Volunteers Needed
Please join us on Saturday, March 21st from 9 am - 12 pm for a morning of campus beautification. Students and parents welcome. Please bring gloves, rakes, shovels and any other gardening tools you may have to help us get Bailey ready for spring!
The Bailey School Store Needs You!
The Bailey School Store needs volunteers every school morning from 8:45 - 9:15 to help sell PE shirts, etc. to students. Please sign up through the link if you are able to help
BMS PTSA SPRING FUNDRAISER
The BMS Spring Fundraiser is underway! Students will receive an order form for a variety of yummy treats that they can offer for sale to family and friends. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Bailey Middle School PTSA. Students can win prizes and unique experiences by participating in this fundraising effort.
For more information, please refer to the handout that your student will be bringing home this week. This is an optional activity, but we hope that you will participate to help us reach our goals!
Our money collection date is THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH. Please send the money or checks for items sold with your student in an envelope labeled with their name and homeroom/red block teacher. Distribution of purchased items will be after Spring Break.
Thank you for your support of Bailey Middle School PTSA!
Nicole Monacell, PTSA VP of Fundraising
Thanks for Donating to Bronco Fund!
The PTSA is so grateful to those of you who have donated to Bronco Fund! In only 3 weeks we've raised almost 20% of our goal of $17,000. If you're ready to make your contribution, visit https://squareup.com/store/bailey-middle-pta or return the orange $20 in 2020 donation sheet to school with your child.
Cannot find the donation form? Click here!
We have so many great things planned this year and we need your help to make them happen. Thanks so much for your support!
8th Grade Parents
HOUGH PTSA Welcomes You!
As you plan for your 8th graders transition to Hough High School, I would like to invite you to become an active part of the Hough PTSA. There will be several open PTSA Board positions that are in need of your involvement. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please email or contact either Debbie Wood or Denise Cusick. We look forward to you being part of the Husky family! Thank you!
Open Positions: President, Treasurer, .......
Debbie Wood- Hough PTSA President, 704-562-2673
Denise Cusick, Hough VP Fundraising, 704-995-9167
Special Message from Hough High School...
Hough Student Services will be having Parent Registration Sessions again this year for rising 9th grade families. However, we are looking for your feedback to make some changes from our previous sessions to make sure we are covering topics you would like with regards to course registration. Please take a moment to complete the below form:
Bailey Theatre presents ..... Two Amazing Plays, One Great Night!!
Push and Pull by Terry Gabbard, the story about a dog and his affect on the people whose lives he touches.
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, set in an elementary school play ground. You won't want to miss this tragically comical romance.
Come support Theatre in Our Schools Month AND these amazing actors as they perform two great pieces of theatre!
Performances are March 19th and 20th at 7PM in the Bailey Cafetorium. Tickets are $5 for Students and Children and $8 for Adults.
Tickets will go on sale in the mornings in front of the media center starting March 16th. They can, also, be purchased at www.bmspabc.weebly.com
NWLC 5K RACE
Greetings CMS Families,
We are excited to invite you and your family to participate in a 5K fundraiser designed to support all 54,000+ students, teachers, staff and families of the Northwest and Northeast Learning Communities. Funds raised will (1) allow teachers/schools to apply for a mini grants and (2) create a critical needs fund for students/families experiencing a crisis.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 4th at JM Alexander Middle (at 12201 Hambright Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078). Festivities begin at 8:30am. Students are encouraged to promote their spirit by wearing their school's t-shirt, and adults will receive a race t-shirt with their registration received by March 14th. The school with the highest number of registrations wins a FREE breakfast for their teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation week.
Online registration fees increase after March 14th, so register TODAY athttps://bit.ly/2TqUPJX
For volunteering opportunities go to http://bit.ly/RACE5K.
For questions or anyone interested in potential sponsorship, please contact Reneisha Black at email@example.com or 704-620-7001.