Principal's Message

BMS celebrates many Points of Pride during the 2017-2018 school year, and I am proud to share with you some of those things that make us #gryphonproud during first semester:

  • Beaufort Middle School is an Arts in the Basic Curriculum School with a Distinguished Arts Program and receives grant funding to support the arts because of these designations.
  • This is the third year of our Veterans History Project class. Students have completed interviews of thirteen Veterans in our area. The Library of Congress has accepted these interviews for the previous two years and added them to their Library of Congress Veterans History Collection.
  • Parent Action Council continues to beautify our courtyard with the addition of an outdoor science classroom.
  • BMS Cafeteria staff was named Staff of the Year for 2017 and Ms. Singleton was named the Cafeteria Manager of the Year.
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was the BMS fall musical and included 60 students in the cast and crew.
  • Sixty-two 8th grade students took the PSAT and 8 of them were named Junior Scholars.  
  • Community and parent attendance at school events totaled 675 first semester.
  • 7th & 8th Grade students create and host a Morning News Show each week.
  • 45 students are members of Tri-M Musical Honor Society.
  • Twenty 8th grade students comprise the Junior Leadership of Beaufort class of 2017-2018.
  • National Junior Honor Society collected 700 cans for HELP of Beaufort
  • Student Council promotes Red Ribbon Week; served as the ambassadors for school visitors; served as the Cafeteria Council with school district staff, and collects soup for local foodbanks for the Super Bowl.
  • BMS Staff adopted 20 different families for the holidays
  • FCA raised $565.00 for the BMS Angel Tree
  • Students of Character and Outstanding Artists are recognized monthly
  • Project Unify supports Special Olympics, sponsors the school recycling program, and has created little lending libraries for the BMS community.
  • The BMS virtual Literary Magazine, Palmetto Arts, is created by a student-led, student run staff: https://bms.beaufortschools.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_171805/File/LIT%20MAG%202017%20Volume%204.pdf
  • Mrs. Compton, 6th grade ELA and social studies teacher, was recognized by Winning Smiles Orthodontics as Teacher of the Month.
  • Math teacher Mrs. Hines received a $750.00 grant from the Beaufort County Foundation for Educational Excellence for curriculum in Personal Finance for her students.
  • BMS Cheerleaders visited Morningside Assisted Living residence to bring holiday cheer and assist them in decking the halls.
  • 6th grade arts integrated students painted BMS Rocks and placed them throughout the community.
  • Students enrich their learning during Gryphon Time each week through engaging classes like Personal Finance, Stock Market, Book Club, Breakout! STEM, e-Cybermission, Troubadours, Percussion Ensemble, Veterans History Project.

     

     

    Community is involved and engaged in Beaufort Middle School:

  • Archaeologist Dr. Poplin taught 8th grade seminars about the Yemassee Indians
  • Former pilot, captain, and tour guide for Charleston walking tours, Skip Evans, taught 8th graders about SC history
  • Joe Odhiambo, previous basketball player for the Phoenix Suns and motivational speaker, engaged our 7th & 8th grade students during an assembly.
  • BMS hosted the state wide Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) Fall Meeting. 60 – 75 teachers, administrators, district staff, and state department representatives visited BMS and enjoyed arts integration in action.
  • The Pat Conroy Literary Society held its annual conference at BMS that included tours of the building where Pat Conroy was a student and teacher. Students were involved in creating media arts posters, displays, and serving as guides for the tours. 
  • Dance Artist Martha Connerton completed a three-day residency integrating dance with 6th grade social studies
  • Set Design Artist Greg Rawls worked with the crew for our fall musical creating sets for the play.
  • Sketch Arts in Residence, Jennifer Kassing-Bradley provided a residency with science students to integrate visual arts in creating models.
  • Visual artist in residence, Paula Bellamy worked with 7th grade students on their River of Word projects that combines science, poetry and visual arts.
  • Authors Elizabeth Robin and Miho Kinnas with the Pat Conroy Literary Foundation taught students poetry writing skills and shared their personal poetry.
  • Artists in residence Leanne Coulter and Rhonda Davis who taught our 8th grade students about harvesting indigo and then guided them in using indigo for an artistic creation
  • SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities staff member, Ms. Wright, shared the opportunities available at SCGSAH with 8th grader students.
  • Love Hours Ministries, Thumbs Up, and YMCA tutor BMS students after school
  • Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District taught an Environmental Studies class to Mrs. Dehlinger’s students
  • Hopeful Horizons sponsors two groups (for boys; for girls) in their WISE and MOST clubs.
  • Friends of Caroline Hospice provide grief counseling to our students
  • Young Leaders of Beaufort meet with the mayor and other key community members each month, focusing on leadership and learning about our community.
  • Talent Search meets with a group of students regularly to support career exploration and mentoring activities
  • Beaufort Police Officer Hebrard and Investigator Raley led students in observance of The Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence.
  •  30 eighth grade students participated in a Mentoring Summit with residence of Belfair Plantation
  • College students who were former BMS students visited 8th graders to share “what’s ahead” in high school and beyond.
  • Students learn from local history field trips in the Beaufort community: Parris Island museum and graduation, National Cemetery, Low country Discovery Museum, downtown Beaufort, Technical College of the Low country, Penn Center, USCB.