Planned Instruction -- BMS

Dear Middle School Parents and Students,

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy.  It’s been over a month since our schools have physically closed and it’s amazing how much has changed in that short amount of time. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to transition into our new normal for the rest of this school year. 

All of our teachers will be using Google Classroom as a basis for their classes for the remainder of this school year. All students were introduced to their teachers’ Google Classrooms last week. We’re off to a great start, but we know this transition isn’t seamless for everyone. If you are having difficulty, please use our Home Tech Help Line. 

Phone Number: 724-214-3199
* Please leave a message with your name and phone number and somebody will return your call as soon as possible. 

We have created a location on the Butler website specific to the Middle School to assist families with our Google Classroom transition.

Next week, the middle school will be making the transition from “Enrichment and Review” to “Planned Instruction.”

So what does this change mean for you? 

  • Teachers will be communicating directly with students using Google Classroom. They will receive assignments, submit assignments and have class discussion using this platform.

  • You will see more instructional information coming home to help with learning new concepts. This may include videos, Google Slides or other materials through Google Classroom.

  • Students will be responsible for completing and turning in assignments through Google Classroom for a grade.  Due dates will be assigned, but our teachers will be flexible and understanding in accepting assignments.

  • Students are expected to participate in google classroom daily and submit assignments on a regular basis.

  • We understand that families have different schedules so be sure that student assignments and assessments for the designated week are submitted to teachers before the following week's lessons begin. 

  • Staff will continue to use current gradebooks for entering grades for student work that is completed throughout the 4th quarter. 

Grades for the fourth nine-week grading period will be determined as follows:

  • Students are expected to complete school work and submit it to their teacher who will grade their work.

  • Students will be issued a 4th quarter grade.

  • Students must finish with a 60% average or higher for the remainder of the fourth nine-weeks to receive a passing quarter grade.

  • Learning in special area subjects (music, art, library, STEAM and gym) will continue being hands-on and exploratory in nature.  All students are encouraged to participate in their daily special. 

Final grades will be determined by:

A student’s default grade for the fourth nine-week grading period will be as follows:

  • The average of their grades from the first three nine-week grading periods.

  • The average of the first three nine weeks will be used if the following conditions are met by the student for the remainder of the fourth nine weeks:

    • The student must finish with a 60% average or higher for the remainder of the fourth nine-weeks.

    • Failure to finish with a 60% average or higher (i.e. 59% and below) will result in the student receiving a grade of 59% for the fourth nine-week grading period. This grade will be averaged in with the other pertinent grades to arrive at the final grade average.

    • If a student scores above the default average, calculated by taking the average of the first three nine-week grading periods, the student will receive the higher grade.

Our goal is to keep our students engaged and learning throughout this closure, by providing you and your child with any support you may need. We ask that all students do their best to participate. If you are having trouble or start falling behind with your work, please reach out to your teachers and make them aware of your situation. We’ll work together to help all of our students achieve success during this unprecedented time. 



Jason Huffman
Joshua Hundertmark
BMS Principals