A Message from Dr. Barkley

Keep up-to-date with the events and accomplishments at Brentwood Middle School, with weekly messages from Dr. Barkley.

Dear Brentwood Middle Parents,

I hope you are enjoying your summer! It is hard to believe that June is already in our rear view and July has arrived. I know we are all waiting to see what the start of the school year is going to look like as we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic. We remain hopeful that we will be able to safely welcome our students and families back to campus and begin the school year together on the BMS Campus. The WCS school board will meet on July 13th to provide some direction on what the start of the school year will look like in WCS. As we head into July, I wanted to send out a summer newsletter filled with important reminders, announcements, and dates as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Obviously, the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic and the uncertainty around what school will look like in August makes it challenging to provide meaningful and accurate communication. Please note, the information and dates in this newsletter are in preparation for starting the school year face-to-face. If we are unable to meet and begin face-to-face, then we will make adjustments and communicate the changes at that time. Regardless of how we start school, we look forward to providing our students and families a high-quality educational experience at BMS.

As we continue to prepare to have events on our campus in July, we will strictly follow all WCS guidelines as we continue to closely monitor recommendations from the CDC and our local health department. Thank you for your cooperation and patience, as it is critically important that we are able to provide a safe environment for all members of the BMS Community.

Please see the summer reading list for each grade level. We have provided a list of books from a variety of genres for each grade level of students to choose from. Students are required to read and annotate one book from their rising grade level list. Parents, I encourage you to review the list of books with your child and help them choose a book that is a good fit for them. We have included a summary, as well as the book’s Lexile level, to help guide you in making the best choice for your child. Feel free to have your child read more than one of the books on the list, as it is our goal to support each student in developing a greater love for reading!

We have also included the Summer Scholars Guide for each course. This is a document that highlights the important skills students learned this school year, important concepts for the next year’s course, as well as a list of suggestions for how students can prepare for the next course.

Our early fall sports season is scheduled to kick off with tryouts beginning in mid to late July. We have tentatively set the tryout dates for all sports in the 2020 – 2021 school year. Please see the individual sports pages for detailed tryout information, as well as the Athletic Tryout Dates 2020 – 2021 flyer, for complete tryout details. Again, we will continue to monitor the guidance of the CDC and our local health department as we approach these tryout dates.

If you have any questions over the next month, please do not hesitate to stop by school or call our front office at 615-472-4252. Stay strong, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Principal, Dr. Brandon Barkley