Welcome to the BCMS PTO
The Bethlehem Middle School PTO is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the Administration, Faculty, Students and Families associated with the Bethlehem Middle School.
The PTO seeks to fulfill this responsibility by raising funds and seeking out volunteers that will enable us to support the many programs and events that we are called upon to provide for in many ways. The PTO provides assistance to teachers within the classroom settings, raises funds for educational materials and experiences, advocates school and family social interaction and provides an unbiased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children.
It is our belief that the team effort of a parent teacher organization offers the best possible learning environment for our children and creates a positive and meaningful impact on their lives.
Order Your 8th Grade Graduation Lawn Sign!
Show off your school pride by displaying this BCMS 8th grade graduation sign on your front lawn!
Signs can be picked up at BCMS.
Visit the BCMS Store to order today!
April 5 through
BCMS Spring Break
Please be safe!
April 14 through
Spring Flower Sale
Order flowers for Mom and show the BCMS teachers some appreciation.
Purchase flowers HERE!
May 4th, 5th & 8th
BCMS Picture Day
Cassiday Studios will be taking all student pictures outdoors. The date will be rescheduled if it rains.
You will not have to pay for anything up front and all deliveries and payments will be paperless this year.
BCMS will be sending an email with your scheduled picture day.
More details HERE.
BCMS PTO Meeting (Via Zoom)
Please make sure to join us for our final PTO meeting of the 2020-21 school year.
Comedian Moodie McCarthy will be our special guest.
Moodie will perform his standup comedy act and do an audience Q&A.
Bethlehem Central Middle School
Attn: BCMS PTO
332 Kenwood Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439-7460
Fax: (518) 475-0092
SCHOOL NEWS / PTO UPDATES
NY State Testing Dates Announced
The NYS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math Tests and the Grades 4 & 8 Science Tests are scheduled for this spring.
These tests are typically held annually, but they were not given in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, unless a federal waiver is granted before the test dates, the BC School District is required to administer a condensed version of the 3-8 assessments. Testing will be slightly different this year, so make sure you visit the BCMS School website for more information.
An important message from Superintendent Jody Monroe (Friday, 3/19)
The first day of school for the 2021-22 school year will be Thursday, September 9. While we still do not know what the new school year will look like, we wanted you to have a copy of the new 2021-22 calendar for planning purposes.
Our goal this year and next is to have as many students receive in-person instruction as possible. In doing so, we will continue to follow the guidance of state and local health officials to ensure a safe learning environment for both students and staff.
Today, the CDC issued updated guidance for schools allowing for three-feet of social distancing in classrooms rather than the current six feet, with masks still a requirement. However, in areas where community COVID transmission is considered to be “high,” including here in the Capital Region, this new three-foot distancing could only take place in elementary classrooms. Using these protocols, middle school and high school students would still be required to remain six feet apart in the classroom.
So what will this new CDC guidance mean for BC? The district has not yet received information from New York state or local public health experts as to whether this guidance will be adopted across the state and/or locally. Even without direction from our state or county health officials, we want to assure families of the following:
Six-foot distancing in all classrooms K-12 will continue for the foreseeable future;
Students who are remote-only, at all grades, will still be able to continue in remote learning at least through the end of the 2020-21 school year;
Hybrid learning for students in grades 7-12 will continue.
It is also important to note that during our reopening planning last summer, every classroom was measured to determine how many students could be present and safely meet the six-foot distancing requirement.
At that time, we realized that most classrooms could accommodate a full class with 4-5 foot distancing. If the distancing requirement in New York is relaxed in the near- or distant future, we would still be able to maximize distancing between students in most instances to an area of up to five feet, even with 100 percent of students in attendance.
Our commitment to health and safety remains our top priority. We will continue to keep families apprised of any formal changes that may be made to distancing requirements.