Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT YOUR TRANSITION TO BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
1. DO YOU GET TO CHECK OUT BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY?
Yes, we have a fantastic Library Media Center, and you may check out two books at a time as long as you don’t have any overdues! Ms. Wiedeman, our wonderful Media Specialist, and Ms. Jones, our awesome Media Assistant, will help you whenever you visit the Media Center. The Library is also where our Mustang TV Morning News show is broadcast each day. Maybe you will be on the Morning News show!?!
2. DO GIRLS HAVE P.E. WITH BOYS?
No, PE and Health are taken separately.
3. WHAT IS PATH TIME?
PATH Time is when we have lessons that help us stay on the Mustang PATH. For example, we talk about good choices, building character, developing positive relationships, and working together to make sure we have a safe and caring school for us all to enjoy. PATH Time is 30 minutes each day either before or after lunch. See sidebar on webpage for more information - under The Mustang PATH.
4. IS THE CAFETERIA GOOD?
Yes, the Mustang Cafeteria is the BEST! Our wonderful Cafeteria Manager, Mr. Lightner, and his team prepare delicious, healthy food for us each day. Breakfast starts at 6:50 a.m. and lasts until 7:15 a.m. Your 30 minute lunch starts at either 10:52 a.m. or 11:25 a.m. Your teachers will take you to lunch each day.
5. IS THERE RECESS?
Yes and no. If the weather is nice, your PATH Time teacher may take you outside depending on how lunch goes and what is planned for PATH Time. However, you will also get some physical activity in PATH Time and during your P.E. days.
6. WHAT IS “A” AND “B” DAY?
You will have 2 to 4 “related arts” classes over the course of the year depending on your schedule. For example, if you have PE on “A” days and Technology on “B” days then on “A” days you go to PE and on “B” days you go to Technology class. The days continually rotate. If Monday is “A” day then Tuesday is “B” and so on. The calendar in your agenda will have the days listed and they are announced each morning in the Morning News.
7. WHAT DO I DO AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR IF I FORGET MY SCHEDULE OR WHERE MY NEXT CLASS IS?
Don’t worry, teachers will be in the halls guiding you until you get used to your schedule and lockers. The teachers will be there to help you.
8. HOW MANY CHANCES OF BEING LATE DO I HAVE BEFORE I GET A DETENTION?
Your 4th tardy = 1 detention.
9. WHAT HAPPENS IF I FORGET MY LOCKER COMBINATION?
You go to your homeroom teacher and he/she provides you with the number.
10. WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T OPEN MY LOCKER?
A teacher can help you open your locker.
11. DO I GET TO CHOOSE MY LOCKER?
No, your locker will be assigned to you. You will know your locker number when you get your schedule.
12. CAN I DECORATE MY LOCKER?
We are sorry, but you may not post pictures or write on your locker. Your locker is for your books and jacket when is gets cold. Keep your locker organized and trash free. Absolutely no open food is allowed in lockers.
13. DO PEOPLE STEAL AT BLMS?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone will be honest and responsible at school. You need to be responsible for your belongings. Do not bring valuables to school. If you find money or valuables, turn items in to the office. If not claimed in a week you get to keep the item or donate it. Likewise, if you lose money or valuables you should check with the office. We have over 100 video cameras at BLMS to help with security.
14. HOW MANY MINUTES DO I HAVE TO GET TO MY NEXT CLASS?
4 minutes - which is plenty of time to get from one end of the school to the other, if necessary!
15. ARE SEATS IN THE CLASSROOM ASSIGNED?
Assigned seats depend on the teacher.
16. DO WE TAKE MAP and PASS TESTS?
Yes, you take the MAP test and the PASS test.
17. ARE TEACHERS REALLY MEAN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL?
No! Teachers are always willing to help you and guide you to make wise decisions. They will always look out for your best interest.