Friday, August 2, 2019

Summer Reading Blog: Graphic Novels

This year we are asking all incoming grade 6, 7, and 8 students to read a graphic novel of their own choosing over the summer, in addition to the book they select from the lists we provide. Students do not complete a response assignment for the graphic novel, but will be asked to report back in September about which graphic novel they read and to provide a brief description of the book and why they selected it.

This week's summer reading blog post from BMS librarian Ms. Woznick is all about graphic novels - what are they, why read them, how to find them, and lists of titles to look for.

Ms. Woznick is blogging here all summer about summer reading. See the earlier posts below.

Summer Math

We are asking students to maintain their math skills over the summer by completing math packets and/or using

Please note that completion of the packet is required for students entering grade 8 and will be turned in on the second day of school.

Click here to go to website with directions for each grade.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Supply Lists

Supply lists for the 2019-2020 school year are now available.

Go to folder with all 4 lists

Please note that because lockers are smaller than traditional ones, and due to use of technology instead of large textbooks in many cases, we recommend your child use a smaller cinch sack instead of a larger backpack for bringing in items from home every day.

Transportation Signup Deadline Thursday, August 1

The deadline to sign up for school bus transportation is Thursday, August 1. Click here to go to a page with both the forms that may be printed out and brought in or to a page to register online.

Go to the main Transportation page for information about bus routes and more.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Clothing & Lunch Box Labels Strongly Recommended

Middle school students are roaming around a large building and we're here to tell you that had thousands of dollars worth of sweaters, jackets, water bottles, lunch boxes and more that ended up in the BMS lost and found last year and then stayed for a month or more -- at which point they were donated. Probably 5% or less had names on them, and even then it was often only a first name, which is not always helpful with a student body of 1400.

An article in Wirecutter this week about the best labels for kids lunch boxes and clothing might be worth reading -- think of these labels as sort of an insurance policy to help protect those expensive water bottles and jackets, and even less expensive items are inconvenient to replace. Labels won't guarantee the item will find its way back to you, but it sure increases the odds! Another helpful and less expensive tool is a laundry marker, which works better than regular permanent markers on clothes.

Summer Hours at BMS

Starting on July 1, the summer hours for the Beverly Middle School office will be Tuesday through Friday from 7:15 am to 4:30 pm. The building is closed on Mondays in summer.

Grade 5 Open Houses

Do you have a child entering grade 5 in September? You can come to an open house at Beverly Middle School in August that's just for you and your child!

  • Students from Ayers and Hannah elementary schools should plan to attend on Tuesday, August 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
  • Students from CentervilleCove, or North Beverly elementary schools should plan to attend on Wednesday, August 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
  • If you are new to Beverly Public Schools - welcome! You may attend either day.

Thursday Deadline for Fall Sports

If your child wants to participate in the fall cross country (Gr. 5-8) or field hockey (gr. 7 & 8 only) programs at the middle school level -- or if you have a child entering BHS who plans to play a fall sport -- you must register them over the summer at at Look on the menu bar for Activities and choose Athletics Home and then Registration, or click here to go directly to the registration page.

The deadline for registration, receipt of payment and physicals is THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019.

Before any student can participate, the following requirements must be met:
  • All students MUST turn in a copy of their most recent physical to the Athletic Office by August 1, 2019. Physicals are good for 13 months from the date of the exam. Students with expired physicals will not be permitted to participate in practices or games until a new physical is turned in.
  • Parent/guardian and the student-athlete must complete an online concussion course in the past 12 months. The free course can be found at
  • Payments must be received in the BHS Athletic Office by August 1, 2019. Pre-payment is required. If your son/daughter does not make a team, you will be refunded. Checks received will be shredded or if paying online, you will be reimbursed. If paying online, please send a copy of your confirmation page to the Athletic Office. This will speed up the process.