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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 





  • February 6th Character Ed Breakfast - Media Center 

  • February 6th Report Cards, MAP Test and EOG Forms sent home 

  • February 18th-22nd Family Involvement Week - see article above for events 

  • February 20th International Night - see article below for details 

  • February 26th 

  • Rising 9th Grade Parent Info Session - Hough 6:30-8:00pm  

  • February 27th Rising 9th Grade Parent Info Session - Hough - Noon 

  •  March 2nd Hornets Team visit Hough - 9:45-11:45 am 

  •  March 3rd Panthers Team visit Hough - 9:45-11:45 am 

  • March 5th Coffee w/ Counselors - 8:00-8:45 am - Media Center 

  • April 4th R.A.C.E. - see article below

Student Led Conferences

Students will be required to complete a student led conference with parents at home.  They will be bringing home a yellow form that will guide your student through the process of having a conference with their parent or guardian.  Parents will need to be an active participant and will have a small section to complete on the form, along with their signature.  Each student will be required to complete the student led conference by Friday, February 14 or before.  The reflection form will need to be completed and signed by the student and parent as verification of completion.  This is a required assignment for all students, but they will receive extra credit upon turning in their reflection form.   If you do not have computer access at home, we can accommodate parents in media center before or after school to come in and complete this conference using the student's Chromebook.



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 





Family Involvement week is coming February 18-22 with a great schedule  

of events all week:


Tuesday Feb 18

kick off book fair - sign up here to help out:



Wednesday Feb 19

- Ada Jenkins Collection Drive (more information to come)  


Thursday Feb 20

- International Night 6pm-8pm  


Friday Feb 21

- Black History Month Program   


Saturday Feb 22

 - BMS Night - Davidson College Basketball Game.

Purchase an adult ticket and get a youth ticket for free!! **Use Promo Code: BAILEY

Purchase Tickets here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7065327/davidson-college-mens-basketball-vs-rhode-island-davidson-john-belk-arena-davidson-college-athletics


**We encourage you to purchase tickets in Section 110 while supplies last, and then tickets can be purchased anywhere.  It's "Stripe Out" game, so every seat will have a free shirt on it!

International Night 


Bailey Middle School's annual "International Night" is scheduled for Thursday evening, February 20th. This annual event showcases and celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the families at our school. This event is a great way to introduce Bailey students and their families to customs and traditions from all over the world. Every year the event gets bigger and better!  


We are looking for parents and students to volunteer as ambassadors for their country/region by decorating a booth, dressing in traditional clothing, and sharing art, food, music, games, etc. Bailey will provide the tables for the booths. 

As an incentive to volunteer, students that participate with their families by setting up a booth will receive extra credit (bonus points) in their choice of subject. Students that attend the event and get their passport stamped will receive extra credit in Social Studies. 


Contact Karey Sweetman for more information and to sign up for a booth,  click here.






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