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Broughal Middle School Weekly Update

Sunday, Feb 25, 2024 to Sunday, March 3, 202

*All Fall or Winter Sports student-athletes wishing to play Spring sports need to fill out a Re-certification form. They do not need to get a new physical. If you have any further questions, please reach out to our Athletic Coordinator, Mr. Peters, directly at jpeters@basdschools.org.

  • Important Upcoming Dates: 
    • Tuesday, 2/27 – Spring Sports Physicals in Family Center – 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    • Wednesday 2/28- 8th Grade Team Lafayette to Constitution Center in Philadelphia (all day)
    • Thursday 2/29- 8th Grade Team Lehigh to Constitution Center in Philadelphia (all day)
    • Thursday 2/29 – 6th Grade to Reading Public Museum (all day)
    • Tuesday, 3/5 – 5th Grade Family Welcome Night (#2) 6pm
    • Tuesday 3/5- 8th Grade Snow Tubing at Bear Creek Mountain Resort (Rescheduled)
    • Wednesday 3/13 – 8th Graders to Visit/Shadow Day at Liberty High School (LHS bound students only)
    • NJHS – Induction Ceremony – Wednesday, March 20th
    • Thurs, 3/21 – Half Day of School – Teacher Inservice
    • Spring Break – Thurs 3/28 through Mon 4/1- School Close
    • Tues 4/2 – Three Hour Delay – Report Card grading (all students start at 11:05am)
    • Monday 4/15 – 8th Graders to Visit/Shadow Day at Freedom High School (FHS bound students only)

*Weekly Schedule & Highlights*

Stay Connected with Broughal Middle School on the Official Broughal Social Media Accounts!

Facebook – @BroughalMiddleSchool

Twitter (X) – @BASDBroughalMS

Instagram – @basdbroughalms

Day Date Cycle Day Notes
Monday 2/26 Day 2
  • Regular School Day
Tuesday 2/27 Day 3
  • Regular School Day
Wednesday 2/28 Day 4
  • Regular School Day
  • Team LAF to Constitution Center in PHL
Thursday 2/29 Day 5
  • Regular School Day
  • Team LEH to Constitution Center in PHL
Friday 3/1 Day 6
  • Regular School Day
  • Grade Level Assembly


*District-wide Announcements*

BASD eNews: 

In this edition of the BASD eNews, we shine a spotlight on a student from Miller Heights Elementary School, recognize a dedicated staff member from Clearview Elementary Schools, and celebrate a Freedom High School graduate from the Class of 2016. Stay informed with updates from our featured departments. CLICK HERE for the BASD eNews

Explore upcoming various events, including our Middle School Plays, and activities within the #BASDcommunity section. For direct access to this section, CLICK on this link for #BASDcommunity Events.

We are delighted to announce that during the month of February, Bethlehem Area School District will once again celebrate Black History Month. This annual observance is a time for us to recognize, honor, and reflect upon the rich and impactful history, culture, and contributions of Black Americans. In 2024, the focus of Black History Month is on African Americans and the Arts. 

During the month, we will showcase different African Americans and the Arts. We will also have TRIVIA on each Wednesday in the month of February starting February 7th. Watch during the day for the trivia question, then quickly send your answer to bclymer@basdschools.org.  The first four correct responses will receive some type of BASD swag and bragging rights. 

Best wishes,

Eric Fontanez, Supervisor of Equity Initiatives

Barbara Clymer, Communications Coordinator


 *School-wide Announcements* 

**New Team Member Alert** We are excited to welcome Ms. Ashley Cosme to the BMS team! She will be serving as 6th grade Guidance Counselor for the remainder of the year. Mrs. Simpson will be moving into a temporary Dean of Students role at Broughal. Welcome, Ms. Cosme, and congratulations, Mrs. Simpson!


2023-24 Yearbook Purchases

New this year! You may order your Broughal Yearbook online using a credit card! 


Please click the link to see the 2023-2024 Inclement Weather Procedures for Students and Parents. The procedures are the same as last year.


*Student Services & Grade Level Contacts*

Contact Members of the Student Services Team by email:

8th Grade Team: Miss Bouhana – Assistant Principal

6th Grade & 7th Grade Team: Mrs. Cierech – Assistant Principal  

Dean of Students: Mrs. Simspon


Student Services Counseling Corner: Click Here!  

Attendance Coordinator: Mrs. Vasquez-Tatis Attendance Secretary

Registration Coordinator: Mrs. Vanessa Gonzalez

*Family Center*

Community School Coordinator: Ms. Anais Martinez 

Family Development Specialist: Mr. Joseph Swenson

After-School Activities Coordinator: Miss Karla Contreras


Family-Teacher Organization (FTO) – NEW SCHEDULE – We are looking for parents/guardians who are interested in offering parent and family voice within many aspects of our school community.  FTO meetings are held monthly on the 3rd Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 pm. Snacks and drinks are provided. This next meeting is scheduled for March 20th. Please contact Mr. Swenson with questions – jswenson@basdschools.org 


Community School Coordinator 

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. 

If in need of resources, or help obtaining resource information, please contact Miss Anais Martinez- amartinez@basdschools.org 


Reading Specialists & Math Coach (Room 401) – Coaches’ Family Tip of the Week

Questions about Benchmark and/or Progress Monitoring assessments or overall reading/math progress? 

Please contact:

Gina Kutz – Literacy Coach – gkutz@basdschools.org

Christina Diernbach – Math Coach – cdiernbach@basdschools.org

Jen Zelena – Literacy Coach – jzelena@basdschools.org     


*CIS Corner*

Communities in Schools: Halina John, Site Coordinator – Email: hjohn@basdschools.org 

What is Communities In Schools (CIS)? 

The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS is partnered with Bethlehem Area School District to provide support services during the school day to meet academic and non-academic needs, such as behavior interventions, attendance awareness, social skill building, academic support, etc. 

How to get involved? 

CIS accepts students on a referral basis through the guidance or admin team. CIS works closely with each grade level school counselor and Admin to best support students. 


*Grade Level News & Info*

6th Grade – No news to report

7th Grade – No News to report

8th Grade – Social Studies curriculum-based Field Trip to the Constitution Center will be happening on February 28 (Team Lafayette) and February 29 (Team Lehigh)! The buses will be leaving at 8:05 a.m. so please make sure your child is at school on time!  Students should return to school before 3:05 p.m.

Related Arts – No news to report   


*Health Services Corner*

Nurse’s Office – Mrs. Uhl & Mrs. Korscienski

Any questions please call 610-866-5041 and hit 2 for the nurse


*Technology Corner*

BASD Parent Portals Link (Schoology, Home Access Center, SchoolCafe, etc.)

Parent Guide – How to Navigate Schoology 

Tech Tip of The Week:

Visit our Smart Device Management Resource Page for families. This will help set limits/screen time on your child’s smartphone. 

Please Subscribe to the  Broughal’s YouTube Channel

Please explore a new feature on our school website – Smart Device Management 



Broughal Music – Interested in getting involved in Broughal Music? Check out our recruitment videos!

Early-Morning Rehearsal Schedule:

Monday 2/26 – Jazz Band

Tuesday 2/27 – Band

Wednesday 2/28 – Orchestra

Thursday 2/29 – Band

Friday 3/1 – Jazz Band

Students should be at the Main Entrance on Morton Street by 7 AM for early-morning rehearsals. 

Broughal Music Directors

Instrumental Music: Mr. Stoltz  

General Music/Chorus: Miss Putlock 

Theatre: Miss Trostle

Band Front: Mrs. Truchan

Helpful Broughal Music Links

Broughal Music Website

Broughal Music Handbook 2023-2024


*Extracurricular Clubs/Activities*

Visit our After School Activities page on the school website for a list of current activities! After-School Activities Coordinator: Miss Karla Contreras

Please contact our After-School Activities Coordinator, Miss Karla Contreras and/or Community School Coordinator, Ms. Anais Martinez, for more information on afterschool programs.


*Broughal Rockets Athletics* 

Visit the Broughal Athletics webpage on our school website!


All student-athletes traveling to athletic events at other schools/buildings are the responsibility of the school for the duration of the event, including the ride to and from the event. If you want your child to leave with a parent or another team member’s family, you MUST fill out the Permission/Release form 48 hours in advance of the event. Please return this form to Atheltic Coordinator, John Peters,  jpeters@basdschools.org 48 hours in advance of a game/event/competition. 

If the form is not returned 48 hrs in advance, your child will not be allowed to leave with you and will return with the team to Broughal Middle School. Violation of this policy could result in denial of attending other school events. 


BASD Stadium Rules and Guideline 2023-2024

Broughal Middle School Guidelines – This year, students attending any sporting events or extracurricular activities as a spectator inside the Broughal Middle School building, will be required to have a parent/guardian present with them for the duration of the event. 

 *If you engage in the following behavior, you may be restricted from attending extracurricular activities/sporting events for the remainder of the year and school consequences can be imposed:

  • Fighting or any kind of physical altercation 
  • Arguing or defiant behavior toward a BASD staff members
  • Bringing unauthorized items into the event


Spring 2023-24 Sports

Spring Sports Physicals in Family Center on Tuesday, 2/27 –  – 4:00pm – 6:00pm – SIGN UP HERE

  • Soccer – Coach Mr. Thomas
  • Softball – Coach TBD

*All Winter Sports student-athletes wishing to play spring sports need to fill out a Recertification form. They do not need to get a new physical.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to our Athletic Coordinator, Mr. Peters, directly at jpeters@basdschools.org


Thank you! 

Mr. Horlick, Principal

Miss Bouhana, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Cierech, Assistant Principal