Budget Vote: May 21, 2013 at BCHS, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Grade 5 Visits BCMS
• Grade 6 Half Day
• School Budget Vote & District Election, BCHS Gym, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
• BCMS Art Show and Auction 5-7 p.m. (Auction at 6:30)
• Memorial Day, No School/Offices Closed
• Literacy Fair, 6-8:30 p.m.
• MS Half Day, All Grades, 10:38 a.m. dismissal
• MS Half Day, Grades 6 & 7, 10:38 a.m. dismissal
• Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony at BCHS
Academics at BCMS
Bethlehem Central Middle School's academic program is
structured to meet the expectations of the New York State learning standards
while being responsive to the diverse needs of students entering early
As the link between the highly structured world elementary school and the more independent academic and social environment of high school, middle school education adds a critical building block to a student’s academic foundation and helps students find personal meaning and excitement in their learning.
BC Middle School is organized into two houses, each containing students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Students generally remain in the same house throughout their academic career at the school, engendering a level of familiarity with classmates and teachers. Within each house, teachers work together in teams to promote interdisciplinary learning and to best meet the needs of each individual learner.
For detailed curriculum information and course
descriptions, view the Middle School's
Curriculum Handbook [PDF].
Generally, students in all grade levels at the Middle School are required to take:
• Family & Consumer Science
• Second Language (French, Spanish or Chinese)
• Social Studies
• Physical Education
Enrichment opportunities exist for students in
grades 6, 7 and 8. Such opportunities may involve a greater emphasis
on higher-level thinking skills and options for students to complete
more advanced research and laboratory projects.
The accelerated math program allows for advanced work for students at each grade level and makes it possible for students to earn high school credit while at the Middle School. Students have the opportunity to qualify for accelerated math each year.
Students who have not met the state learning
standards or are identified as at risk for not meeting these
standards may receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS). These
services provide a setting, with smaller class sizes, in which
students receive instruction in core subjects and “learning how to
learn” skills. Some grade 6 & 7 students delay the start of second
language instruction to receive AIS. Grade 8 students must begin
second language instruction, so AIS support is built into the school
The Reading Lab and the Math Lab are remedial programs for students in Grade 6, 7 and 8 who have low standardized tests scores. The lab sessions usually include between four and eight students and meet during the day, up to five times a week, in classrooms or in a separate instructional setting. Support may also be provided within the classroom.
Our Resource Room programs provide academic and instructional modifications to students identified with learning disabilities.
• Activities Guide [PDF]