Friday, July 3, 2020

Book of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

The Making of America: Alexander Hamilton by Teri Kanefield

From Hoopla: The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton's vision put him at odds with his archrivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak. The disputes that arose during America's first decades continued through American history to our present day. Over time, because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream -- a poor immigrant who made good in America. In the end, Hamilton rose from poverty through his intelligence and ability, and did more to shape our country than any of his contemporaries."

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! You can download the ebook of Alexander Hamilton from Hoopla with a Beverly Public Library, reserve the hard copy of Alexander Hamilton for pickup at the library -- or check with local stores like Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop in Beverly Farms buy a book.

There are lots more Guys Read ebooks available on Hoopla: The Sports Page, Other Worlds, True Stories, Terrifying Tales, Thriller, and Heroes & Villains. If you have a boy in your life, whether they think they like to read or not, these collections are for them!

Check the Real Life Stories page on the Summer Stories website to explore more true stories about real people!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thurs 7/9: Pick Up Yearbooks and Belongings

On Thursday, July 9 you may pick up a BMS yearbook if you ordered and paid for one earlier this year. This is also your last chance for your child to retrieve belongings from school if you have not already done so.

Yearbook Pickup Directions
We will host a rolling pick-up for yearbooks on Thursday, July 9th. If you ordered a yearbook, you may pick it up in the front driveway of the school between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Please post your student’s first and last name, and grade (during the 2019-2020 school year) on the passenger side front window, and follow staff instructions.

Student Belongings Pick-Up Directions
If you missed the original student belongings pick-up dates, you have one last opportunity to gather your things! Please RSVP HERE, then come to the main lobby on Thursday, July 9th between 10:00am and 2:00pm to check in. Per the city ordinance, masks must be worn to enter the building. Belongings left behind will be discarded.

Library Books
If you have any BMS library books out still it's a great day to drop them off as well!

Book of the Day: Funny Business

Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka

From Hoopla: "Funny Business, the first volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to delight, amuse, and possibly make you spit your milk in your friend's face. There's something for everyone in this collection of short stories from some of the funniest writers around. This hilarious, offbeat first installment in the Guys Read Library is 100% grade-A humor, guaranteed to have kids of all ages asking for more. Authors include Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka, Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo, with illustrations by Adam Rex."

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! You can download the ebook of Guys Read: Funny Business from Hoopla with a Beverly Public Library, reserve the hard copy of Lucky Caller for pickup at the library -- or check with local stores like Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop in Beverly Farms buy a book.

There are lots more Guys Read ebooks available on Hoopla: The Sports Page, Other Worlds, True Stories, Terrifying Tales, Thriller, and Heroes & Villains. If you have a boy in your life, whether they think they like to read or not, these collections are for them!

Check the Short Stories page on the Summer Stories website for some more ideas about short story collections to read!

Parks Program Application Due TODAY 7/2

Here is the link for this year's Parks Program Lottery Form: https://forms.gle/Txk6deoW8gL1U8Yo8. We are very excited to be able to offer the Program starting this Monday, July 6th.

Unfortunately, we need to limit the number of children who can attend in an effort to adhere to proper COVID-19 Guidelines. 

Please fill out this form to enter for a roster spot at one of our Summer Parks. Unlike previous years, families will NOT be allowed to register their children in person at Park. Please read the link for more details.

Also, please share this link and/or email it to all of your parent/sports/Beverly groups! Any Beverly family who may be interested. Entries are NOT "first-come-first-serve." Family applications will be assigned a number and picked at random. Applications are due TODAY, Thursday, July 2nd at 5 pm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Pick up Summer Eats Tomorrow

Beverly Public Schools & Summer Eats are Feeding Students for free All Summer!!!

*Note: Meals will be distributed on Thursday July 2nd instead of Friday July 3rd in order to observe 4th of July Holiday

Meal distributions will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays*
summer eats



Tuesday & Friday 10:30a-12:30p at Beverly High School and 
Tuesday & Friday 11:30a-12p at Apple Village 600 Manor Road and Holcroft Park 10 Gage St

CHILDREN DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS! 

Produce Boxes will be distributed on Fridays on a first-come-first-serve basis

Any questions please call the Food Service Department at 978-921-6132 x 11129

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Book of the Day: Major Impossible

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Major Impossible by Nathan Hale

From Hoopla: "The ninth book in the bestselling series tells the story of John Wesley Powell, the one-armed geologist who explored the Grand Canyon John Wesley Powell (1834–1902) always had the spirit of adventure in him. As a young man, he traveled all over the United States exploring. When the Civil War began, Powell went to fight for the Union, and even after he lost most of his right arm, he continued to fight until the war was over. In 1869, he embarked with the Colorado River Exploring Expedition, ten men in four boats, to float through Grand Canyon. Over the course of three months, the explorers lost their boats and supplies, nearly drowned, and were in peril on multiple occasions. Ten explorers went in, only six came out. Powell would come to be known as one of the most epic explorers in history! Equal parts gruesome and hilarious, this latest installment in the bestselling series takes readers on an action-packed adventure through American history."


BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! You can download the ebook of Major Impossible from Hoopla with a Beverly Public Library, reserve the hard copy of Lucky Caller for pickup at the library -- or check with Paper Asylum on Cabot St. to buy a graphic novel or comics.

Check the Graphic Novels page on the Summer Stories website for some more ideas about graphic novels to read!

Summer Math Packets

The math packets here have sets of problems all students entering grade 7 and grade 8 are REQUIRED to complete and turn in by the appropriate date. The links posted yesterday did not function - these have the correct links.

BMS Yearbook Pickup July 9

We will host a rolling pick-up for yearbooks on Thursday, July 9th. If you ordered a yearbook, you may pick it up in the front driveway of the school between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Please post your student’s first and last name, and grade (during the 2019-2020 school year) on the passenger side front window, and follow staff instructions.

BMS iPads Over Summer

Any students who are moving out of the district should please return their iPads to the BMS main office by July 31st or sooner, by appointment only. iPads that leave the district are unusable, as they will be locked remotely and cannot be reset.

Students who kept their iPads for the summer will receive a short survey that will help our tech department assess the functionality of each iPad. 

If your iPad is not working properly, or there is any physical damage, it must be returned for repair by Friday, July 17th. Please return any broken iPads to the main office so that a new one can be issued.

If you need tech support over the summer, please contact the BMS tech department at bmstech@beverlyschools.org

BMS Summer Office Hours

Summer office hours are by appointment only at this time. Please call 978-921-6103 Monday - Thursday between the hours of 8am and 4pm, or Friday between the hours of 8am and 1pm to request an appointment.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Summer Reading is now SUMMER STORIES

In summer 2020, we want Beverly Middle School students to spend time interacting with different stories - and creating some of their own. Stories can live in books, but they live in lots of other places too. We want you to explore the many ways that we create and share stories. 

Go to the website at summerstories.beverlyschools.org. (Note there is a section in Spanish!)

Students should pick at least one activity (but hopefully many!) from each of the two choice boards on the website. One is labeled Read - Listen - Watch. Those choices are about consuming stories (reading books or other text, audio and digital stories, etc.). The other is labeled Connect - Create - Share; here, you use stories to make connections with your own life and with other people. If all those choices are a little too much for you, try the Streamlined Choice Board.

See this sheet for more information and also don't forget to check out Summer Reading at the Beverly Public Library for kids, teens and adults!

Student Belongings Pick-Up - RSVP for July 9

If you missed the original student belongings pick-up dates, you have one last opportunity to gather your things! 

Please RSVP HERE, then come to the main lobby on Thursday, July 9th between 10:00am and 2:00pm to check in. Per the city ordinance, masks must be worn to enter the building. Belongings left behind will be discarded.

Summer Math Packets

Summer work, such as math packets and reading, can be useful in achieving grade-level mastery and “bridging” the gap between school years. We believe that any assigned summer work should be appropriate and purposeful.

These summer math packets were developed to provide students entering 7th and 8th grade an opportunity to review grade-level math objectives and to improve math performance. We hope this helps to build anticipation for new learning and give students confidence in their abilities so that they are well prepared for the next level of math. This packet can help ease the transition and help reinforce skills that are needed prior to the start of school to ensure future success.

The math packets here have sets of problems all students entering grade 7 and grade 8 are REQUIRED to complete and turn in by the appropriate date:
  • Incoming 7th Graders: math packet, due on September 9, 2020
  • Incoming 8th Graders: math packet, due on September 3, 2020

Summer Letter to BMS Families

You may have recently received a letter from the BMS Leadership Team. It covers BMS summer hours, iPads, summer math packets, yearbooks, student belongings pickups, library books, and Summer Stories (formerly summer reading).

Pick Up Summer Eats Tu/Th This Week

Beverly Public Schools & Summer Eats are Feeding Students for free All Summer!!!

Meal distributions will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays*
summer eats



Tuesday & Friday 10:30a-12:30p at Beverly High School and 
Tuesday & Friday 11:30a-12p at Apple Village 600 Manor Road and Holcroft Park 10 Gage St

*Note: Meals will be distributed on Thursday July 2nd instead of Friday July 3rd in order to observe 4th of July Holiday

CHILDREN DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS! 

Produce Boxes will be distributed on Fridays on a first-come-first-serve basis

Any questions please call the Food Service Department at 978-921-6132 x 11129

Friday, June 26, 2020

Book of the Day: Here to Stay

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

Here to Stay
From Hoopla: "Bijan Majidi is: * Shy around girls * Really into comics * Decent at basketball. Bijan Majidi is not: * A terrorist. What happens when a kid who's flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game? If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties-along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist. The administration says they'll find and punish the culprit. Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He's not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn't want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don't want him or anybody who looks like him at their school. But it's not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends. Here to Stay is a painfully honest, funny, authentic story about growing up, speaking out, and fighting prejudice."

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! You can download the ebook of Here to Stay from Hoopla with a Beverly Public Library card -- or check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Also: Sign up this week for Ms. Woznick's summer reading book club, which is reading From the Desk of Zoe Washington. It starts on Monday!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thursday Update from the Superintendent

In case you missed this communication on Thursday from our Superintendent, it is replicated here.

Good Morning Beverly School Community:

I am writing today to share with you what I know will be the first of many updates regarding the development process of a plan to reopen schools in the fall. First, let me thank you for your participation in our Parent Survey on Reopening Schools. We will have follow-up survey opportunities for you to share your feedback as we continue to develop our plan. Today, Governor Baker’s office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released their initial guidance about reopening schools this fall. We applaud the level of thought and care that went into the development of this guidance and share its goal of the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.

Over the coming days, we will be reviewing the guidance to begin to understand how it impacts what we can do in Beverly. We also acknowledge that these initial guidelines do not address every topic and that there will be additional guidance coming throughout the summer. The full document can be found at HERE, but here are some key components of the department’s guidance:
  • Current medical research supports a safe in-person return to school - with preventive measures in place - as infection and transmission rates are lower for children than adults.
  • Preventive measures include masks/face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.
  • Masks/face coverings will be required for all students in Grade 2 and above and for all adults; they are recommended for students in Grade 1 and below.
  • Based upon current medical research, and in conjunction with other preventive measures, a minimum physical distance of three feet has been established.
Districts will need to develop three separate plans - one for return to full in-person instruction with safety requirements, one for full remote learning, and one for hybrid learning that combines in-person and remote learning. The district has created a task force to develop each of these plans and each building will have a building-based team to determine the individual adjustments necessary for their school building. Based upon the current medical situation, the expectation today is that students will return to full in-person instruction in September; however, that is subject to change based upon how the medical situation develops.

We acknowledge that there are likely to be more questions than answers at this time, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks and months. We also encourage you to read the full document HERE, and if you have questions to please send them. At this time, the best way for you to help us is to complete this parent survey (open through June 28) and those that will follow in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Sue Charochak, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

BPS Back to School Planning Survey

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete this parent/guardian survey to help guide our planning in safely reopening our schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This initial survey will be followed up with other surveys once clear guidance is provided from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and hope to use the survey information to focus our efforts. 

The survey is open until June 28, 2020. Thank you for your participation.

Pick Up Summer Eats on Friday

Beverly Public Schools & Summer Eats are Feeding Students for free All Summer!!!

Meal distributions will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays*
summer eats



Tuesday & Friday 10:30a-12:30p at Beverly High School and 
Tuesday & Friday 11:30a-12p at Apple Village 600 Manor Road and Holcroft Park 10 Gage St

*Note: Meals will be distributed on Thursday July 2nd instead of Friday July 3rd in order to observe 4th of July Holiday

CHILDREN DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS! 

Produce Boxes will be distributed on Fridays on a first-come-first-serve basis

Any questions please call the Food Service Department at 978-921-6132 x 11129

Book of the Day: Lucky Caller

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Lucky Caller
From Hoopla: "When Nina decides to take a radio-broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it's a complete disaster. The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness, her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life. The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and, to top it all off, Nina's family is on the brink of some major upheaval. Everything feels like it's spiraling out of control?but maybe control is overrated?"

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! You can download the eaudiobook of Lucky Caller from Hoopla with a Beverly Public Library, reserve the hard copy of Lucky Caller for pickup at the library -- or check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Also: Sign up this week for Ms. Woznick's summer reading book club, which is reading From the Desk of Zoe Washington. It starts on Monday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sign Up Now: Book Club Starts Monday!


From the Desk of Zoe Washington
BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is going to be reading aloud 2-3 chapters Monday through Friday from the book From the Desk of Zoe Washington starting on Monday, June 29 from 9:00 - 9:30 am. Students can listen in, and get access to some other information and have brief discussions each day for 3 weeks. Alternately, they can read the book on their own time and join periodically or just for the final meeting on July 10. For more information, see this flyer.

Author Janae Marks will answer student questions at our final session!

Interested in participating? Fill out this Google Form and Ms. Woznick will be in touch! You can also email Ms. Woznick: awoznick@beverlyschools.org.

Book of the Day: Dragonwatch

Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Because Dragonwatch, an ancient group of wizards, enchantresses, and dragon slayers, is crumbling, an uprising of dragons threatens to destroy the magical preserves as well as overrun the nonmagical world. This is the first book in the Dragonwatch series, the successor to Fablehaven. There are 2 other Dragonwatch books out now too! See the Dragonwatch book trailer.


BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day (most days)! All Books of the Day are available online. You can get Dragonwatch as an ebook from Hoopla (as well as the next two in the series) if you have a Beverly Public Library Card. Want a physical book? Now you can reserve books for pickup at the library too -- or check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Make sure you sign up for Beverly Public Library's Summer Reading program -- it starts on Monday, June 22. There are programs for kids, teens, AND adults!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Summer Stories: Book Clubs

Have you checked out the Summer Stories website yet? Here's a quick one-pager that describes the program.

One great choice is a book club, but they take a little planning ahead.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Ms. Woznick is going to be reading 2-3 chapters a day of the book From the Desk of Zoe Washington starting on Monday, June 29 from 9:00 - 9:30 am. Students can listen in, and get access to some other information and have brief discussions each day for 3 weeks. Alternately, they can read the book on their own time and join periodically or for the final meeting on July 10. For more information, see this flyer.

Slightly older students may enjoy the virtual book clubs being run through the Beverly Public Library for Truly Devious on July 1 or Gone on July 31.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Want to Unsubscribe (or Subscribe)?

Those of you who now find yourself with no students at BMS for the coming school year may wish to unsubscribe from the Homeward Bound emails. There is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email to click on.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving Homeward Bound emails, the person who would like to get it must request it themselves. It is separate from emails that come through the phone and email alert system from the school district. During the school year, there is an email most weekdays and sometimes on Saturday or Sunday. During school vacation periods, you may receive them less often. Click here to start the process, or go to this page for detailed information and directions

Reopen Beverly Website

The city of Beverly has launched a new website, Reopen Beverly, that will help you navigate Governor Baker's phased approach to reopening in the city of Beverly: reopenbeverly.com

Here you'll find phase by phase information on which businesses, services, and public areas are open in Beverly, and the rules and regulations that currently apply as you begin to visit them again.  It's also a quick reference guide where Beverly businesses can find information and links to state-mandated safety protocols/standards, COVID Orders, general business guidance, and more.

Laptop Lease Program for Those Entering BHS

Incoming BHS freshman for the 2020/2021 school year can register to join the ​1-1 “Lease to Own” Laptop Program at Beverly High School​. This laptop program is optional and not mandatory. See this letter for details on the program, or click here to register.

​If you have any questions after reading the documentation please email your question(s) to bhstech@beverlyschools.org​ or leave a voicemail at 978-921-6132 ext. 11171.

Beverly Public Library Summer Reading Starts Today!

The public library's doors may be closed to visitors still, but they are checking books out and the summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults kicks off today. You might even win a prize!

The Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 22 to Friday, August 14. Participants can track their reading and earn the opportunity to win prizes. Download the Beanstack app, get it from Self Service (if you have a school iPad) or sign up online beginning June 22.

The first teen event is a virtual book club on July 1 from 2-3pm. Read the book Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (available on hoopla) and then meet with Meghan Karasin from the library and other teens on Zoom.  Registration is required.

Request a Free Book This Summer

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick has dozens of great used books from her giveaway bins and would love to get them into the hands of kids to read and enjoy this summer!

You can request a free book (1 per week):
  1. Please see the list of giveaway books online - if you see one that looks good to you, then
  2. fill out this form to request it.
You can pick the book up at Beverly High School on Tuesday morning this summer, during the same times that food is available for pickup. A confirmation email will be sent you by the Monday evening before it is available for contactless pickup. Books will be put into in a plain paper bag with your name on it and placed in the vestibule outside the cafeteria. If you are unable to get to the high school to pick it up, you will have an option to provide your address so it can be delivered to your home (Beverly only). This may take a little longer.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Woznick: awoznick@beverlyschools.org.

Book of the Day: Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Dreamland BurningIf you are curious about the 1921 Tulsa Massacre after hearing about it on the news or seeing HBO's Watchmen series this past weekend, the book Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham is a compelling read. "When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery." Note that this book is best for more mature readers, about age 13 and up. Read a review on Kirkus for more information

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! You can reserve Dreamland Burning for pickup at the library -- or check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Make sure you sign up for Beverly Public Library's Summer Reading program -- it starts today, Monday, June 22. There are programs for kids, teens, AND adults!

Summer Eats - Tomorrow

Beverly Public Schools & Summer Eats are Feeding Students for free All Summer!!!

Meal distributions will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays*
summer eats



Tuesday & Friday 10:30a-12:30p at Beverly High School and 
Tuesday & Friday 11:30a-12p at Apple Village 600 Manor Road and Holcroft Park 10 Gage St

*Note: Meals will be distributed on Thursday July 2nd instead of Friday July 3rd in order to observe 4th of July Holiday

CHILDREN DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS! 

Produce Boxes will be distributed on Fridays on a first-come-first-serve basis

Any questions please call the Food Service Department at 978-921-6132 x 11129

Friday, June 19, 2020

Grade 8 Family Slideshows

Parents from each of our 8th grade teams contributed to slide shows celebrating their now-9th-grade children. Please enjoy these videos!
You may also find these and other videos from Spring 2020 on the school website. 

Grade 5 Remote Learning All Stars!

Watch this video for an appreciation of our Grade 5 Remote Learning All-Stars!



Summer Stories








This summer Beverly Middle School are asked to spend time interacting with different stories - and creating some of their own. Go to the website at summerstories.beverlyschools.org to explore books, poetry, digital stories, podcasts, read-aloud ideas and lots more! 

Get a Free Used Book
BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick has dozens of great used books from her giveaway bins and would love to get them into the hands of kids to read and enjoy this summer! See the list of giveaway books online - if you see one that looks good to you, then fill out this form to request it. 

Summer Eats: Fee Meals for Kids & Teens

Beverly Public Schools & Summer Eats are Feeding Students for free All Summer!!!

Meal distributions will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays*
summer eats



Tuesday & Friday 10:30a-12:30p at Beverly High School and
Tuesday & Friday 11:30a-12p at Apple Village 600 Manor Road and Holcroft Park 10 Gage St

*Note: Meals will be distributed on Thursday July 2nd instead of Friday July 3rd in order to observe 4th of July Holiday

CHILDREN DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS!

Produce Boxes will be distributed on Fridays on a first-come-first-serve basis

Any questions please call the Food Service Department at 978-921-6132 x 11129

Book of the Day: Let's Celebrate Juneteenth

Let's Celebrate Emancipation Day and Juneteenth by Barbara Derubertis

Juneteenth
From Hoopla: "In the 1800s, abolitionists like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth fought for freedom from slavery for all African Americans. They fought with speeches, songs, newspapers, and even with daring rescue missions! Every year on both Emancipation Day and Juneteenth we honor and continue their fight for freedom and equality. Holidays & Heroes brings to life the people whose holidays we celebrate throughout the year. Enriched with colorful historical images, books in this series will engage children in the stories behind our holidays and the people they honor"

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! All Books of the Day are available online. You can get Let's Celebrate Emancipation Day and Juneteenth as an ebook from Hoopla if you have a Beverly Public Library Card. Want a physical book? Now you can reserve books for pickup at the library too -- or check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Make sure you sign up for Beverly Public Library's Summer Reading program -- it starts on Monday, June 22. There are programs for kids, teens, AND adults!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Show Must Go On(Line)!

The Show Must Go Online is a hilarious story of a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical alive…online! 

Mr. Swiniuch worked with students for three weeks filming takes and joining virtual rehearsal to create our finished product. They worked incredibly hard and are excited to share the finished product with the school community! Check the credits below to see who got involved.

Pull up a chair, settle back, and enjoy!



Gr 8 Recognition Ceremony

The time has come! You may now view our Grade 8 BMS 2020 Virtual Recognition Ceremony.


Summer Eats Meal Distribution

summer eats

Beverly Public Schools & Summer Eats are Feeding Students for free All Summer!!!

Meal distribution sites will continue to be Tuesdays and Fridays*
  • Tuesday & Friday 10:30a-12:30p at Beverly High School and 
  • Tuesday & Friday 11:30a-12p at Apple Village 600 Manor Road and Holcroft Park 10 Gage St
*Note: Meals will be distributed on Thursday July 2nd instead of Friday July 3rd in order to observe 4th of July Holiday

CHILDREN DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS!

Produce Boxes will be distributed on Fridays on a first-come-first-serve basis

Any questions please call the Food Service Department at 978-921-6132 x 11129

What is Summer Stories?








This summer Beverly Middle School are asked to spend time interacting with different stories - and creating some of their own. Go to the website at summerstories.beverlyschools.org to explore books, poetry, digital stories, podcasts, read-aloud ideas and lots more! 

Get a Free Used Book
BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick has dozens of great used books from her giveaway bins and would love to get them into the hands of kids to read and enjoy this summer! See the list of giveaway books online - if you see one that looks good to you, then fill out this form to request it. 

Book of the Day: Rooting for Rafael Rosales

Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

Rooting for Rafael Rosales
From Hoopla: "Rafael has dreams. Every chance he gets he plays in the street games trying to build his skills, get noticed by scouts, and-someday-play Major League Baseball. Maya has worries. The bees are dying all over the world, and the company her father works for is responsible, making products that harm the environment. Follow Rafael and Maya in a story that shifts back and forth in time and place, from Rafael's neighborhood in the Dominican Republic to present-day Minnesota, where Maya and her sister are following Rafael's first year in the minor leagues. In their own ways, Maya and Rafael search for hope, face difficult choices, and learn a secret-the same secret-that forever changes how they see the world."

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! All Books of the Day are available online. You can get Rooting for Rafael Rosales as an ebook from Hoopla if you have a Beverly Public Library Card. Want a physical book? Now you can reserve books for pickup at the library too -- or check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Make sure you sign up for Beverly Public Library's Summer Reading program -- it starts on Monday, June 22. There are programs for kids, teens, AND adults!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Congratulations

Congratulations to Madeleine Young, who won top scoring 7th grader with 44 points for the Zubayda Divion of the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts

Gr 7 - Summer Math Work

Students entering grade 8 at BHS in the fall have a math packet to complete this summer. This packet will help students to review grade-level objectives and review important concepts. 

This packet must be turned in completed on the second day of school, on. Thursday September 3 and is required work.

Watch: GR 8 Virtual Awards Ceremony

You can now watch and share Beverly Middle School's 8th grade virtual 2020 Awards Ceremony, produced with love and respect by school adjustment counselor Michael "Mr. Houli" Houlihan, who is so impressed with and proud of each student! 


Summer Reading is Now Summer Stories!


In summer 2020 we want Beverly Middle School students to spend time interacting with different stories - and creating some of their own. Stories can live in books, but they live in lots of other places too. We want you to explore the many ways that we create and share stories. Go to the website at summerstories.beverlyschools.org. (Note there is a section in Spanish!)

See this sheet for more information and also don't forget to check out Summer Reading at the Beverly Public Library for kids, teens and adults!

Summer Stories Expectations
Students should pick at least one activity (but hopefully many!) from each of the two choice boards on the website. One is labeled Read - Listen - Watch. Those choices are about consuming stories (reading books or other text, audio and digital stories, etc.). The other is labeled Connect - Create - Share; here, you use stories to make connections with your own life and with other people. If all those choices are a little too much for you, try the Streamlined Choice Board.

Students can track their stories to show to their ELA teacher in the fall. Students in grades 6-8 should expect to complete other activities relating to Summer Stories on returning to school in September. These assignments will be part of the Q1 grade.

Get a Free Used Book!
BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick has dozens of great used books from her giveaway bins and would love to get them into the hands of kids to read and enjoy this summer! See the list of giveaway books online - if you see one that looks good to you, then fill out this form to request it. 

You can pick the book up at Beverly High School on Tuesday or Friday morning, the same times that food is available for pickup. A confirmation email will be sent you to about the day it will be available for contactless pickup. Books will be put into in a plain paper bag with your name on it and placed in the vestibule outside the cafeteria. If you are unable to get to the high school to pick it up, you will have an option to provide your address so it can be delivered to your home (Beverly only). This may take a little longer.

BMS Digital Spring Concert

You can now watch the Beverly Middle School June 2020 Spring Concert! This video features the 5-8 Bands, Choruses, String Ensembles, Jazz Band and a few soloists! 

Please note in addition to the students you see on the screen, we had students who preferred not to be filmed, so only their audio is included. The visuals that you see may not be all of the students who contributed to their ensemble's performance! We hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Gr 8: June 18th Move-On Celebration Reminders

Here's a quick recap and some reminders about the last day of school for BHS 8th graders on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
Students will line up by the outdoor learning space and must wear a mask/face covering to enter. They will return their iPad and charger, library books and any other school material. The will then pick up a Recognition Certificate, awards, and other items and be able to go upstairs to gather any belongings before exiting the building through the back staircase.

Parents may drop your child off near the outdoor learning area (between the field and the cafeteria entrance) and then park on the north side of the building, where your child will exit. On your way off campus, feel free to stop at the Beverly Middle School sign to take a photo of your graduate.

BMS Digital Spring Concert Premieres Tonight!

Join us on Tuesday June 16th at 7:00pm on YouTube for Beverly Middle School's Digital Spring Concert! 

You'll hear from our bands, choruses, string ensembles, jazz band, and soloists in a musical end of the year celebration! Click the link here to join!

Also -- if you are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and did not do strings, band, or chorus this year but you'd like to next year, please sign up at this link! You can choose up to two ensembles to join, and these would become part ofyour class schedules. If you were already in band, strings, or chorus this year and are continuing next year you do not need to fill this out as you will be auto-enrolled for next year.  For more information on the strings and band instruments and programs, please check out our interactive PDF.


Annual DESE Report Card

As we finish this unprecedented school year, we are making sure that all communications have been received by families (especially those sent around the onset of COVID.) Here is a letter to families regarding our annual DESE Report Card. Please do not hesitate to contact the Leadership Team with any questions.

Summer Stories


In summer 2020 we want Beverly Middle School students to spend time interacting with different stories - and creating some of their own. Stories can live in books, but they live in lots of other places too. We want you to explore the many ways that we create and share stories. Go to the website at summerstories.beverlyschools.org. (Note there is a section in Spanish!)

Students should pick at least one activity (but hopefully many!) from each of the two choice boards on the website. One is labeled Read - Listen - Watch. Those choices are about consuming stories (reading books or other text, audio and digital stories, etc.). The other is labeled Connect - Create - Share; here, you use stories to make connections with your own life and with other people. If all those choices are a little too much for you, try the Streamlined Choice Board.

Students can track their stories to show to their ELA teacher in the fall. Students in grades 6-8 should expect to complete other activities relating to Summer Stories on returning to school in September. These assignments will be part of the Q1 grade.

See this sheet for more information and also don't forget to check out Summer Reading at the Beverly Public Library for kids, teens and adults!

Book of the Day: From the Desk of Zoe Washington

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks


Avid baker Zoe Washington, (who is summer interning at a Boston-area bakery), receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime. From debut author Janae Marks, a mystery full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right-even in the face of great opposition. A perfect book for fans of Front Desk and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook.


BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! All Books of the Day are available online. You can get From the Desk of Zoe Washington as an ebook or an eaudiobook from Hoopla if you have a Beverly Public Library Card. Want a physical book? Now you can reserve books for pickup at the library too -- or check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.


Make sure you sign up for #BeverlyKeepsReading and help us get to 5,000 books read! Prize drawings are held each Friday through June 19.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Book of the Day: They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Description From Hoopla: "George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's-and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In a stunning graphic memoir, Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon-and America itself-in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love."

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! All Books of the Day are available online. You can get They Called Us Enemy as an ebook from Hoopla or as an ebook from Overdrive (using the Libby app) if you have a Beverly Public Library Card. Want a physical book? Now you can reserve books for pickup at the library too -- or check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Make sure you sign up for #BeverlyKeepsReading and help us get to 5,000 books read! Prize drawings are held each Friday through June 19.

Music Info for Next Year


Hello BMS students! 

If you are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and did not do strings, band, or chorus this year but you'd like to next year, please sign up at this link! You can choose up to two ensembles to join, and these would become part ofyour class schedules.

If you were already in band, strings, or chorus this year and are continuing next year you do not need to fill this out as you will be auto-enrolled for next year. 

If you want more information on the strings and band instruments and programs, please check out our interactive PDF by clicking on the link or on the image below.

Music dept

Have a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Sincerely,
Your BMS Music Teachers

Beverly Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program


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Join us for the "Imagine Your Story" Teen 2020 Summer Reading Program! The program will run a bit differently than in past years. Visit the Teens page for all the info on reading, activities, and prizes. Download the Beanstack app and start logging hours and activities to earn badges. Each badge enters you into a raffle for gift cards. 

Program starts Monday, June 22!

Request a Free Book

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick has dozens of great used books from her giveaway bins and would love to get them into the hands of kids to read and enjoy this summer!

You can request a free book (1 per week):
  1. Please see the list of giveaway books online - if you see one that looks good to you, then
  2. fill out this form to request it.
You can pick the book up at Beverly High School on Tuesday or Friday morning, the same times that food is available for pickup. A confirmation email will be sent you to about the day it will be available for contactless pickup. Books will be put into in a plain paper bag with your name on it and placed in the vestibule outside the cafeteria. If you are unable to get to the high school to pick it up, you will have an option to provide your address so it can be delivered to your home (Beverly only). This may take a little longer.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Woznick: awoznick@beverlyschools.org.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Grade 8 Information

A letter from Mrs. Pasquarelli went out recently to grade 8 students and families. It contains important information about upcoming ceremonies and celebrations including class t-shirts and lawn signs. It also has information about items that students are expected to return and pick up on Thursday, June 18. In addition, it has information about Boston trip refunds, information for students who plan to move or transfer outside of the district, and BHS laptop program registration.

Book of the Day: War at the Snow White Motel

War at the Snow White Motel and Other Stories by Tim Wynne-Jones

Description From Hoopla: "In this collection of six brand-new short stories and three that have been previously published, Tim Wynne-Jones brilliantly captures pivotal moments small and large as these characters fight for understanding, courage and a better future. In 'War at the Snow White Motel,' Rex and his family are vacationing in Vermont. A thoughtless act launches him into war with an older teenager at their motel, but a much bigger conflict - the Vietnam War - looms large on the horizon. In other stories, Ant wants to join the #FridaysForFuture movement - and impressing the new girl at school is only one good reason why. Joseph and Danny are determined to right an old wrong, no matter the consequences. Michel takes a road trip to spot a rare bird, and along the way learns what his father is really afraid of. Robin has to battle her anxiety when her great-grandfather sends her in search of an old stuffed toy with a storied past. Walker is home for the summer, in time to help his little sister expose a local company's dubious environmental practices. A boy can't figure out why the class bully won't leave him alone - it's not anything he could have foreseen."

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! All Books of the Day are available online. You can get Love, Life and the List as an ebook from Hoopla if you have a Beverly Public Library Card. Want a physical book? Check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.

Make sure you sign up for #BeverlyKeepsReading and help us get to 5,000 books read! Prize drawings are held each Friday through June 19.

Request a Free Book!

BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick has dozens of great used books from her giveaway bins and would love to get them into the hands of kids to read and enjoy this summer!

You can request a free book (1 per week):
  1. Please see the list of giveaway books online - if you see one that looks good to you, then
  2. fill out this form to request it.
You can pick the book up at Beverly High School on Tuesday or Friday morning, the same times that food is available for pickup. A confirmation email will be sent you to about the day it will be available for contactless pickup. Books will be put into in a plain paper bag with your name on it and placed in the vestibule outside the cafeteria. If you are unable to get to the high school to pick it up, you will have an option to provide your address so it can be delivered to your home (Beverly only). This may take a little longer.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Woznick: awoznick@beverlyschools.org.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Music Info for Next Year


Hello BMS students!

If you are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and did not do strings, band, or chorus this year but you'd like to next year, please sign up at this link! You can choose up to two ensembles to join, and these would become part ofyour class schedules.

If you were already in band, strings, or chorus this year and are continuing next year you do not need to fill this out as you will be auto-enrolled for next year.

If you want more information on the strings and band instruments and programs, please check out our interactive PDF by clicking on the link or on the image below.

Music dept

Have a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Sincerely,
Your BMS Music Teachers