Boring Middle School

Not So Boring News

 Issue 2                                                                                                          November 10, 2011



Boring Middle School's student body was privileged to hear candidates give fantastic speeches vying for a position on our Student Council. Each speech was full of great ideas to enhance the educational experience at our school. Alas, only five positions could be filled, with 8th grader Megan Bell leading the newly elected group as President.


Megan Bell (8th Grader):  I honestly didn't think that I would be elected as president.  But, you (the student body) helped me in more ways than I thought you would.  Thank you all for your votes and support; it means so much to me.  I'm not the only one with a voice at this school.  If you have any ideas, anything at all, don't be afraid to tell me, or anyone on the student council.


Jacob Weiderhold (8th Grader):  I used to think that I was very important to Boring Middle School, then I realized it wasn't me that was important, it was all the students who go to Boring Middle School.  Without the students I wouldn't have been elected Vice President.  Thank you to all of the students and fellow council members for their votes and support. 


Camryn Pirente (8th Grader):  I ran for student council last year and didn't make it.  I almost didn't run this year, but I am so glad that I did.  Thank you to everybody who voted for me and supported me!


Austin Taylor (8th Grader):  Thanks, BMS for your vote.  I hope this year's student council can improve things from last year.  I am sure that we will be an exciting student council for our school.  I know that you will have a fun year.  Thank you.


Taya Vance (7th Grader):  As a member of the student council I would like to thank all of those who helped me during my campaign.  I also want to say that I am looking forward to helping our school grow as a community.  I will try my best to make positive changes that improve our schools unity.  I will be there for our school as you are for me.   



 BMS School-Wide Behavior Plan


What happens to the strikes issued first trimester? As the trimester comes to an end many parents and students might be wondering what happens to the strikes that have been issued over the past few months? If a student has one or two strikes at the end of a trimester, the number goes back to zero at the start of a new trimester. All students get a fresh start. If your child received a strike during the first trimester, parents should have seen a copy of the strike stating the warning rationale. There is a spot on the strike requesting the parents' signature. Students are then expected to return the signed strikes to the office. This procedure and expectation will be the same for trimester two and trimester three. Remember, consequences are only given for warning (level 1) behaviors when a student is issued three strikes in a given trimester. On a very positive note, student strikes are down from the last school year. So please help us celebrate the great choices the majority of our BMS students are making!!!

What happens to the UR GREATS issued first trimester? As a school our staff is averaging 135 UR GREATS issued per day to our students for observable positive choices they are making. The UR GREAT store every Friday has been a big hit as students purchase everything from candy to T-shirts and spirit wear. But, I am sure there will be students out there with UR GREATS they have held on to. Do not worry, any UR GREAT students have from first trimester will still be good currency and can be spent anytime during the year. The Positive Behavior Team and Leadership class are always open to ideas students, parents, or the community may have for incentive ideas or donations to the UR GREAT store. Be sure to check out our "Proud to Support" information online, or contact, Niki Smith, BMS school counselor at 503-668-9393.







Starts:  November 28th
Ends:  December 12th at 2:30pm

High unemployment and a tough economy have forced record numbers of people to seek emergency food. YOU CAN HELP! An average of 240,000 people eat meals from emergency food boxes each month. Of those, 33 percent are children.

We can all help our community by bringing in food to the BMS food drive. We brought in a generous amount of food for our community last year. Let's see if we can collect even more food this year. The class that brings in the most food will be treated to a pizza party hosted by the Boring Fire Department.

Bring your cans and packaged foods to your 5th period "Day One" classroom. (All food collected goes to the Boring Fire Department's Food Basket Program and feeds local families.) This year every 5 packages of Top Ramen will count for one can of food. Please, don't bring in rusty or dented cans!

Did you know that about 16 percent of food donations are collected from food drives? Did you know that, each month, an estimated 75,000 children eat meals from an emergency food box?


School Closure Information

In the event of inclement weather and possible school closures, public information will be released through the area television, radio and web media. The initial media notice of closure or delay is reported by 5:00am. In the event of a delayed start, the final media notice, if closure is required, will be made by 7:00am. Media normally broadcasting closure information include:

*AM radio: KEWS 620, KEX 1190, KUPL, KENP 1410, KXL 750, KOTK 1080, KMUZ 1230

*FM radio: KXL 95.5, KCNR 97.1, KUPL 98.7, KJIB 99.5, KKRZ 100.3, KINK 102, KKCW 103, KMJK 107

*TV: KGW 8, KATU 2, KOIN 6,

Go to the district website for the most up to date and accurate school closure information at

In the event of a closure DURING the school day, we will follow parent instructions as submitted on the "Winter Weather Closure" forms you completed at the first of the year. In order to avoid the overload of our phone access during these emergencies, please phone our office prior to these events to confirm that all emergency contact information is updated so we can ensure safe transport or the withholding of any child not on accessible bus routes during weather related school releases. Thank you for your assistance.


Student of the Month-Honesty
Students were asked to nominate fellow students who demonstrated the qualities of honesty.  Those qualities include:
*Being Truthful
*Being Sincere
*Acting Honorably
*Being Fair
*Being Genuine
*Not misleading others
Our student winners for September are:
6th Grade Winners
Oct. 6th grade
Anthony Ruiz & Faith Anderson
7th Grade WInners
7th grade oct
Colby Templeton (not pictured) & Alyssa Price
8th Grade Winners
8th grade
Forest Chatelain & Maddie Welch
Middle School Web Based Program


The district's on-line alternative education high school program has been expanded to include middle school opportunities. If you have students that are interested please have parents contact Debbie Johnson at 503-668-0243 or
Boring Middle School Site Council

We would like to invite the communtiy to attend our Boring Middle School Site Council Meetings.  Our Site Council meeting dates and times are listed on both the BMS website and in our newsletters in the Upcoming Events section.  Site Councils are the school-based teams responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating academic improvement plans in public schools. Site councils are composed of the school principal, teachers, support staff, parents, and in some cases, students and community members.

Boring Middle School Site Council meetings are normally scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 2:35 p.m. in the school library. Please call 503-668-9393 to confirm this schedule.

Boring Middle School Site Council Members 2011-12:
Courtney Murphy,           
Kate Jordan,
Alan Tabler,

Band Fundraiser
 The Boring Middle School Band is selling holiday wreaths made by Susie Grassl for $20 each.  We are also selling noble fir Christmas trees through December 3rd (trees are available for pick up on December 3 & 4th at Cedar Ridge Middle School) starting at $20 for a 5-7 foot tree, $30 for an 8-10 foot tree, and $40 for an 11-15 foot tree.  If you are interested in purchasing a wreath or a tree, please contact Deanna McGlothin at 503-668-9393 or 503-668-8067 or by email at

Sandy High School Drama presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"

It all begins when an obsessive musical theatre fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Winner of five 2006 Tony Awards, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE pays tribute to the Jazz-age musicals of the 1920's.

To make reservations, call 503-668-8011 ext. 381


November 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @7:30 pm



eScrip is a hassle-free way for schools and groups that support children's programs to raise funds through everyday purchases made at eScrip merchants. (In our area it's Safeway.)

Simple registration:

  •  Log on to and go to "sign up".
  •  Designate Boring Middle School to receive contributions.
  •  Register your Safeway card and your debit/credit cards.

Be sure to use: Oregon Trail SD-Boring Middle School for the Group Name and 8560586 for the Group ID# when registering.


If your student arrives late to school, please call, write a note, or come in and sign the student in. Your student will not be excused unless we hear from you! We should receive notification no later than the following day of the tardy, otherwise it will not be accepted. Unexcused tardies result in your student receiving a strike. After receiving 3 strikes, a referral is given and students get assigned Wednesday school (after school detention).


Upcoming Events


Nov. 16th...Site Council-2:35pm

Nov. 17th-Dec. 5th... PTC Mt. Hood Roasters Coffee Sale

Nov. 21st...PTC Meeting-5:30pm

Nov. 22nd...End of first trimester

Nov. 23rd...No School for Students-Grading Day for teachers

Nov.24th & 25th...No School-Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30th...Report Cards Mailed Home

Nov.28-Dec. 12th...Canned Food Drive


The Giving tree


The Giving Tree will be placed in the front entryway again this year on December 1st. Tags will be on the tree for students and staff to take. Gifts need to be returned, unwrapped, with the tag attached by the end of the day on December 14th. These gifts will go to the Boring fire District to be dispersed to families in need.




Box Tops for Education


BMS participates in the Box Tops for Education Program.  It is a great way to earn money for our school.  Simply clip the Box Tops for Education coupons from participating brands and put them into the collection box across from the office.



"Ink Cartridge" Recycling Is Back!!!

  We are once again participating in an Inkjet Cartridge Recycling Program. The recycle bin for cartridges is by the conference room in the main entrance. "CASH FOR TRASH", this program helps both our environment and our school. This year in addition to Ink Cartridges we will be accepting old cell phones, ipods, digital cameras, video games and consoles, pda's, dvd's, laptops, and GPSdevis.






Please don't forget to recycle all your paper (newsprint, Magazines, phonebooks, junk mail, etc) at BMS!

Just drive up and drop it in the Green Recycle Dumpster outside the old gym. (A cardboard only recycle dumpster is through the breezeway on the right side against the building.)





The BMS Choir will be having their first concert of the year on December 15th at 8:20am. Our students work very hard on these performances and it really shows! Please join us and enjoy a morning filled with holiday spirit!

sheet music



On December 2nd at 8:20am the BMS Middle School Band will be having their first performance of the year. Please come and enjoy a morning filled with music and talent.








Queridos Padres de Familia:

Esta información de la Escuela Secundaria de Boring será enviadas en español y serán enviadas dentro de una semana. Atentamente:

Jody Roshak, ELL Teacher, 503-668-9393 ext 133 or at 503-668-4454





BMS is looking for someone who is willing to donate a Christmas tree to place in the entryway, that we can use for the giving tree. Please contact Mandy Peterson or Courtney Murphy at 503-668-9393 if you can help. 

Boring Middle School 503-668-9393, 27801 S.E. Dee Street, Boring, Oregon, 97009

OTSD Special Needs Contact Statement: Persons having questions about or requests for special needs and accommodation should contact Courtney Murphy at the BMS office at 503-668-9393. Contact should be made 72 hours in advance of the event.

Discrimination Statement: It's the policy of the Oregon Trail School District Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex(gender), marital status, sexual orientation, religion, natural origin, age or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.










Want to show off your school spirit?

If you haven't purchased a Boring shirt or sweatshirt now is a good time! We now offer Boring hats! All hats are royal blue and embroidered with the Boring Bear. 

 BMS apparel makes a terrific gift.


Please contact the BMS office if you have any questions.



Spirit Wear Order Form



Boring Boys Basketball


As we kick off yet another fabulous year with boys' basketball, we have increased turnouts in participants and high hopes for the season. Thirty-six young men turned out for boys' basketball at Boring Middle School. The first day of the season was October 28th, and to date the Bears are off to a positive start. The boys' basketball schedule of games can be found on the BMS web page, so be sure to check it out. The schedule can also be found by clicking on the link provided.  The "Bear Cave" is back. Be sure and get to the home games and rock the gym so visiting teams know they are going to have a tough time beating the BEARS at home with our spirit and noise in our BEAR CAVE! Go Bears!!!


Boys' Basketball Schedule