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Boonsboro Middle School

August 17, 2007

1 J-H Wade Drive
Boonsboro

Principal: Paul Engle

Phone: 301-766-8038

Fax: 301-432-2644

Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/025/bms/open/open_thing.htm

Start time: 8:45 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.

Grades: 6-8

Date of construction: 1976

Age of building: 31 years

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Size of building: 105,590 square feet

State-rated capacity: 881 students

Projected 2007-08 enrollment: 766




From the principal



Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Our Boonsboro Middle School mission statement encourages our staff, students and community "To Create a School Environment that Enables our Students to be Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible Problem Solvers and Active Learners." Throughout this school year, we will continue to work toward this goal in an effort to provide the best possible learning environment for our students. We will be introducing a new World Languages and Global Communications Magnet Program for a number of our incoming sixth-grade students. Plans are also in place for the expansion of this exciting new program as we move forward in future school years. The school's PBIS Team (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), in partnership with our staff, will set high standards for both academic and behavioral success for all students throughout the school year, and our very supportive PTSA will collaborate with us to strengthen family and community involvement within the school and to provide support for our academic program and special events.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. One key to success this year for our students will be the building of a partnership between home and school as we work together to create a total focus on learning. All of our parents are encouraged to communicate regularly and often with their child's teachers. Also, parents will have tools available for their use to improve communication such as our daily Homework Hotline (301-766-8049) and our PTSA "Warrior Newsletter." All students are expected to come to school well-prepared and ready to learn. They are encouraged to set academic goals for this year and to always complete their homework and assignments. Our staff will work hard to provide a positive learning experience for our students, and by working together, we can help all students achieve their goals and dreams for the future.

Q. Can students and staff expect any changes this school year?

A. When the new school year begins, our students will notice the addition of several new teachers, instructional assistants, administrators and custodians to our school staff. They are asked to say hello and welcome our new employees to Boonsboro Middle School. We will be implementing a new program entitled "W.E.B." (Where Everybody Belongs) this fall. The purpose of this new initiative is to create a middle school transition program for sixth-graders to help them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. We look forward to a continued improvement of strong academic achievement by the students of Boonsboro Middle School.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. High expectations are established and maintained at Boonsboro Middle School at all times. We encourage all students to come to school prepared to learn and to be open to the many opportunities that will be available to them. Regular school attendance is a vital component in leading to school success, and students are encouraged to attain the highest levels of school attendance. Creating structured homework and study time at home each day will lead to stronger academic achievement. In addition, research has shown the importance of independent reading by students. As a result, students will read as often as possible during the school day and beyond. For example, each morning, all students will observe a quiet D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) time to begin their day. We want our students and parents to know the entire staff of Boonsboro Middle School is looking forward to working with them during the upcoming 2007-08 school year.

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