Barrington Middle School

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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter: One-Day-to-Go Update 2023

The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Excel! 


Barrington Middle School’s Mission is to empower all students to excel in character, citizenship, collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking, so that they may positively impact the future.

Important Dates:

  • Students’ first day of school “Transition Day” - Monday, August 28, 2023

  • Picture Day - Wednesday, September 27, 2023

  • BMS Open House- Thursday, September 28, 2023 

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~ BMS Current and Relevant News ~

Student Schedules: 

Thank you for everyone’s patience as we finalized student schedules. We strongly recommend that all students take a look at their schedule (via Aspen) prior to coming to school on Monday as some schedules may have changed. 

If your child is unable to print/access their schedule, we will have a “pop-up help desk” outside of school counseling on Monday where we can assist them in accessing their schedule. 

First Day of School/Transition Day: 

Our first day of school is scheduled for Monday, August 28, 2023. This day will be a dedicated transition day for all of our students. Cluster and Allied Art teachers will be planning transition day activities. These activities include but are not limited to the creation of a class/cluster Charter, tour of the building, orientation/overview of various subjects, cluster/teaming activities, etc. Note: this is a required school day for all students. There will be lunch periods for all grades. 

7th/8th Grade Students: 

8:40 am - 12:40 pm (bus transportation to and from school will be provided for eligible students)

  • 7th & 8th graders will report directly to their first-period class. 

6th Grade Students: 

8:40 am - 3:15 pm (bus transportation to and from school will be provided for eligible students)

  • Lime Cluster students meet in the Auditorium

  • Razz Cluster students meet in the Media Center (library)

  • Yellow Cluster students meet in the Student Union (cafeteria)

Student Drop-Off and Arrival: 

We ask that you please plan accordingly for arriving at school on Monday morning as there is a potential for an increase in traffic. 

Please note that there is scheduled construction on Lincoln Ave and the sidewalk on Lincoln Ave that is adjacent to the Middle School through the end of September. 

This means there will be construction vehicles, construction workers, flaggers, and an impassable sidewalk adjacent to the Middle School on Lincoln Ave. Barrington Police Department indicated that there will be a police presence to assist with traffic. 

Additional Drop-Off Information and Links: 

  • Students can begin to arrive on campus at 8:20 am. 

  • Students are expected to be in the building and at their Monday morning meeting spots (see information above) by 8:40 am.

  • If you choose to drop off and pick up your student from BMS, please see this map for directions

  • Please access the following link for Bus Eligibility Guidelines

Student Dismissal: 

Similarly, we ask that you plan accordingly for afternoon dismissal as there is a potential for an increase in traffic. Daily construction is scheduled through the morning hours to 4:00 pm each day. 

We do ask that prior to Monday your child knows the plan on how they will be getting home from school (bike/walk, car, or bus). 

If you are picking up your child please review with them where you will be picking them up (behind the building or side of the building). 

Having a plan beforehand greatly reduces potential stress and anxiety for all parties involved (including the Principal). 

BMS Pride: 

This year, each week we would like to invite all of our students to join BMS Faculty/Staff in showing BMS pride and school spirit by the following: 

  • Motivational Message Monday- We encourage you to wear your favorite motivational message proudly! 

  • Wednesday College and Career Day- Faculty/staff and students are encouraged to wear their favorite university colors/names and/or support different careers, trades, and occupations. 

  • Thursday Cluster Color Day: Faculty/staff and Students are encouraged to proudly wear their cluster colors. 

  • Friday School Color Day (Formally known as Blue and Gold Day)- Faculty/staff and students are encouraged to wear blue and gold on Fridays to show our school pride. 

Chromebook Care Helpful Hints:

  • Chromebooks should always stay in cases

  • No other items allowed in cases (or screens crack - pencils in cases are a particular problem)

  • Add a name tags to cases

  • Chargers stay at home

  • Shut down computers at the end of the week to force updates

  • Chromebook insurance is recommended

~ BMS Activity Corner ~

Robotics 2023-2024 Season is Starting Now:

There will be a Robotics Info Meeting on September 6th from 3:30-4:30 in room 3225, all students interested in trying out for the team need to attend. 

Tryouts will be Sept. 11 & Sept. 12 from 3:30-5:30, a signup genius will be sent out to students for them to sign up for a tryout spot after the robotics info meeting. 

Please email Ms. Cotnoir at if you plan on attending the meeting on Sept. 6. 

BMS Cross Country and BMS Field Hockey Startup News:

There will be a required family meeting for all students interested in playing either Field Hockey or Cross Country on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 in the BMS Auditorium starting at 6:00 pm.  

There will be an initial welcome, details on how to register your student and information on practices and equipment.  Both seasons run for approximately 8 weeks and practices are daily from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm during the season which runs from about the second week in Sept to the end of October.  

Registration paperwork is mandatory and may be found at this link (note this is the same link as high school sports’ registration.)

~ BMS Spotlight on Learning ~

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on our very own Mrs. Connie Oswald for being recognized by the district as the Barrington Public School Teacher of the Year! Thank you Mrs. Oswald for your dedication and commitment to your students' academic and social/emotional growth. The entire BMS Learning Community is proud of you! 

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on our Amazing BMS Summer Team. Throughout the summer months, our summer team works hard on ordering and organizing school materials for our staff and students, cleaning our classrooms and learning spaces, hiring new faculty and staff, building and organizing the calendar for the upcoming school year, and putting together, what often feels like a 5,460-piece puzzle (780 students multiplied by 7 periods a day). BMS would not be ready to go if it were not for the hard work of Amy Skadberg, Lynn Vargas, Becky Trahan, Mark Biancuzzo, Colleen Deluski, John Ferreira, John Barbosa, Joe Pimental, Dave Pimental, Jamie Medeiros, Jamie Poirier, Krystal Sleboda, Steph Nary, and Amy Slaughter. Thank you for all that you do for our learning community! 

This week, we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on Dr. Chris Keller. Over the summer, Dr. Keller successfully defended his dissertation at Northeastern University! Great work Dr. K! 

Do you know of a BMS Faculty/Staff/Student member that is shining bright? If you do, please complete the form below and we can include the nomination in an upcoming newsletter. 

BMS Spotlight Nomination 

~ BMS Older but Current News ~

~ BMS Standing Items ~

BMS Procedures

  • Dropoff/Pick Up Process - If you choose to drop-off and pick-up your student from BMS, please see this map for directionsBus Eligibility Guidelines

  • Early Dismissal:  Handwritten notes brought to the office before homeroom or emails to are needed every time you need to dismiss your student prior to the end of school.  Middle School level students are not allowed to bike home early, even with permission by note.  ID and a physical presence is required to dismiss your student early. Please note that the last early dismissal of the day is at 2:45 pmPlease click here for full details about dismissing your student early from school.

  • Daily Announcements:  Click this link daily to find out important information about upcoming clubs, sports, enrichment activities and more!