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19th Annual BFMS Veterans’ Day Program
Please Join the Students & Staff of BFMS for our Community Celebration!
Our National Guard:
Always Ready,
Always There
Enjoy patriotic music, poetry, ceremony, & history!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 2 PM
Belle Fourche Middle School Gymnasium

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The Belle Fourche Middle School began preparing for this year’s Veterans’ Day program. They will be featuring the National Guard as our special featured presentation. BFMS seventh grade students heard speakers from the National Guard in small and large groups, beginning their program planning and gathering information to create the program.

On Tuesday, October 20th, Vern Bills of Belle Fourche visited with students about the work of the National Guard, especially the 842nd, in times of need in this area, including the Rapid City Flood in 1972. Students were able to interview Mr. Bills about his experiences in the Guard and gained a new appreciation for what the National Guard has done for our state.

On Thursday, October 22nd, the South Dakota National Guard State Historian, Durward “Duke” Doering, and members of the 842nd Engineering Company, Blaine Anderson and Nathan Juelfs, presented to the 7th grade on the proud history of the South Dakota National Guard from World War II to present day.

These classroom experiences help students prepare for our program on November 11, 2015, at 2 PM in the BFMS Gymnasium. Students from the middle school will also host a program for Veterans at the Belle Fourche Long Term Care Center on the morning of the 11th.

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Professional Development

Joann Stephens presents during October's Early Out Professional Development activities.  Stephens, a seventh grade language arts teacher at BFMS, was working with Marzano's chapter on Similarities and Differences.  During this year's monthly meetings, middle school teachers have been working on teaching strategies that improve our students' ability to write and think more critically.

Anonymous Donor Rewards Board-Certified Teachers

6 of 8 National Board-Certified Teachers at the Belle Fourche School District – Teach at the Belle Fourche Middle School - Joann Stephens, Julie Hatling, Reva Potter, Penny Louks, Wendy Larson, Ann Anderson  View more details here.  1/3/12 – Butte County Post

Belle Fourche (Teacher) Basketball Standout Honored at Northern State Wolves

Jammie (Coyle) Raba (BFMS language arts teacher) was inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame.  View mor details here.  1/6/11

2015 NSIC Hall of Fame – Jammie (Coyle) Raba – Northern State Basketball

Jammie Raba – Profile on YouTube  View more details here.  7/20/15

Belle Teacher Honored by White House

Ann Anderson, Middle School Science Teacher, receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  View more details here.  12/23/13 – Black Hills Pioneer  View more details here.

BHSU Mascot Sting Surprises Belle Fourche National Award Winning Educator

Ann Anderson, honored by Black Hills State University for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  View more details here.  3/31/14 – BHSU News & Events

President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers

Julie Hatling, Belle Fourche Middle School Math Teacher, is state-level finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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Belle Fourche School District names Employee, Teacher of Year

Julie Hatling, 2014 – 2015, Teacher of the Year  View more details here.  5/16/15 – Black Hills Pioneer

Belle Fourche Educator Honored

JoAnn Stephens received both the American Legion District 1 Educator of the Year award and the 2015 South Dakota American Legion Educator of the Year award.  View more details here.  6/16/15 – Butte County Post

Brain-Injured Teen Gets Chance To “Go-Fast” in Marathon

Chris Riley, Belle Fourche Middle School Social Studies Teacher, helps a brain-injured teen “run” fast in a marathon and both become an inspiration for many.  View more details here.  7/25/14 – Argus Leader

Middle School Students and Staff celebrate homecoming week this week! Click the images to enlarge.

Monday – Minion (Kevin) Day

Students on Minion Monday

Principal Smidt
Principal Smidt

Tuesday – Twin Day

Mr. Martin and His Twins
Mr. Martin and his twins

BFMS Veterans’ Day Ceremony:

2014 – 18th Annual Middle School Veterans Day Program “Our Nation’s Veterans Memorials” – for Pictures and Descriptions of Ceremony and Classes  View more details here.  9/24/14 – Butte County Post

2012 – 16th Annual Middle School Veterans Day Program – for Pictures and Descriptions of Ceremony and Classes  View more details here.  10/15/12 – Butte County Post

2011 – 15th Annual Middle School Veterans Day Program – for Pictures and Descriptions of Ceremony and Classes  View more details here.  11/11/11 – Butte County Post

BHSU Professors Give Middle School Students a Glimpse in to the Excitement of Science

“More than 20 eighth graders from the Belle Fourche Math and Science Club spent a day with Black Hills State University science professors touring the University labs and engaging in activities across various science disciplines.”  View more details here.   2/23/2013 – BSHU News & Events

BFMS Destination Imagination Team Heads to State

“The Belle Fourche Middle School Destination Imagination Team took first place in Structure Competition at the Regional Destination Imagination Tournament in Rapid City.  View more details here.  3/22/14 – Butte Community Post

Belle Fourche Middle School Has New Cross Country Team

“Belle Fourche Middle School’s cross country team is progressing through its first season. Chris Riley coaches the 15-member squad. Three eighth-graders, one seventh-grader, and 11 sixth-graders are on the roster.”  View more details here.  9/25/14 – Black Hills Pioneer

Middle School Joins Bronc Homecoming Activities

“Belle Fourche Middle School Principal Kevin Smidt said the students were really looking forward to Friday's noon pep rally to wind themselves up for Friday afternoon's home-coming parade and the Friday evening football game.”  View more details here.  9/26/14 – Butte County Post

‘It’s Cool to be Smart’ – Knowledge Bowl rife with quizzical contenders and Q&A
“…what some area middle and high school students know is impressive and on display virtually weekly each fall during Knowledge Bowl season in the Black Hills.  View more details here.  10/20/14 – Black Hills Pioneer

Middle School JAM Opens School Supply Store

“The Belle Fourche Middle School after school JAM program had its Pencil Box school supply store grand opening...”  View more details here.  2/13/15 – Butte County Post

Middle School Suspense Comedy Play Is This Weekend

“Have You Heard” – A locally-written and directed spring play by the Belle Fourche Middle School  View more details here.  3/11/15 – Butte County Post

Belle Fourche Middle School Science Competitors Did It Again

Middle School students, once again, took top honors at the regional science fair competition.  View more details here.  4/7/15 – Black Hills Pioneer

Belle Fourche Purple Pride News and Photos
A variety of pictures of students along with community members who have won prizes given away by Belle Fourche Purple Pride.  View more details here.

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