January 2012
Not So Boring News

News from the BMS Student Council 


This trimester we have had many fun and exciting events happen here at Boring Middle School. It was the season for giving back to our Community. Some of the events that helped us give back were the Giving Tree and the Canned Food Drive. Students were able to take a tag off the Giving Tree that had a Boy or Girl and an age on it. Once they pulled the tag Students brought in a new toy for a child who is in need. This helped a lot of Children have a great Holiday this year. We also had a canned food drive that helped our school have an all-time high of 2,156 cans! During the canned food drive we had a little rivalry with Cedar Ridge and Welches. Of course Boring Middle School won the contest and bragging rights! We also had a Civil War during the canned food drive between Mrs. Paul and Mr. Farris. As always Mrs. Paul's class won. For winning the food drive classroom contest Mrs. Paul and her students enjoyed a pizza party! All the food collected went to the Boring Fire Department food baskets for needy families.


The next thing we had on our list was the Winter Dance. The new DJ was amazing.  The buzz that was going through the halls was, "This was the best dance of the year,"! We had great tunes, cool decorations, snacks, a dancing Bear who led the conga line, and who could forget Mrs. Fleming our dancing chicken! All in all everyone had a blast!


Also during our last week before winter break we held a Spirit Week! Each day was a different themed dress up day. We had a contest for each classroom to see which classroom dressed up the most. The dress up themes were, PJ's day, Sports day, Formal day, Super Hero day, and Holiday day. A lot of students participated and Spirit Week was a ton of fun!  The winner of the Spirit Week dress up was Mrs. McGregor's class! For winning the Spirit Week contest her class received a donut party.  What a great end to the year 2011!                                




January "Determination"


Students were asked to nominate fellow students who demonstrate the qualities of determination. These qualities include:

  • Working carefully
  • Putting forth a steady effort even when the job is hard
  • Attentive care to completing tasks
  • Persistently applies themselves to any undertaking
  • Doing a quality job
  • Keeping at something, even when they would rather do something else
                                    8th grade diligence
8th Grade Winners: Devin Lutz & Jessica Anaruk

    7th grade diligence
7th Grade Winners:  Nick Schaffer & Terra Uhler

  6th grade diligence
6th Grade Winners:  Hope Eisert & Parker Landau


Advanced Programs Information Night

Sandy High School Commons

Wednesday, February 15, 2012



Learn about our Advanced Placement and other advanced classes.

Get ideas on how to design a 4- year plan that will prepare you for college success and competitive college admissions.

Learn about the benefits of rigorous coursework.


Melissa Sandven

Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Instruction

Sandy High School

503-668-8011 ext. 227



Congratulations to the Boring Middle School students who attended the 2012 District 2 Honor Band on January 20-21st, 2012.  Adrian Meraz, Eli Miller, and Emma Ritter were chosen by Mrs. McGlothin to play with almost 100 other outstanding band students from the East Metro Area.  Way to go Bears!!!
        honor band 2012

Mt. Hood Theatre Spring Matinee Program
We will be selling matinee season passes for the Mt. Hood Theatre.  Passes admitting children to 10 films are now available for a cost of $7.00. The price for tickets purchased separately will be $3.00 for each show.  2 parents or 2 grandparents accompanied by children holding season passes will be admitted free.  Tickets are available at the BMS office.  $3.00 of every pass goes directly to the school.  The first movie starts Feb. 17th and the last day to purchase tickets is March 1st so hurry and get your orders in early.  The movies include family favorites such as Puss in Boots, We bought a Zoo, Tin Tin and others.  It is a wonderful way to help your school and spend time with your children!  Please make checks out to KCC.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 3rd...Midterms mailed home
Feb. 14th...PBIS Valentine's Dance
Feb. 15th...Site Council Meeting 2:35pm
Feb. 20th...PTC Meeting-5:30pm
Feb. 20th...8th Grade Promotion Meeting-7:00pm, BMS Library
Feb. 20th...No School-Presidents' Day
Feb. 21st...Progress Reports sent home with students


Boring's own Sena Norton was honored on Friday, January, 27th as K103's Educator of the week.  She was selected after being nominated by the parent of one of her students.  K103 is dedicated to recognizing educators in our community who make a positive impact in the lives of children. 
Congratulations, Sena!!!

8th Grade Promotion Chairman Needed
We are in need of someone to chair our 8th Grade Promotion Comittee.  If you are interested, please contact Ms. Murphy at 503-668-9393
1st Meeting February 20th, 7:00 PM BMS Library



Boring Middle School's 2011-2012 yearbook will be on sale from January 25th through February 16th. Students received their order envelopes on Wednesday, January 25th. The cost of the yearbook is $17.50. This is the only time this year that yearbooks will be available to order. So to guarantee that your student receives a yearbook, please return an order envelope with payment to Mrs. McCloskey in the office no later then Thursday, February 16th. Checks should be made out to BMS.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Morgan MacGregor at morgan.macgregor@ortrail.k12.or.us or 503-668-9393 ext 115.
We would like to thank Jeff Holliday and Mowat Construction for their donation of a possession clock for our gym.

We would also like to thank Lynda Zangerle for volunteering her time to redo the BMS Honor Roll Board in the front entry. 

A big thank you to Lisa Kirchhofer, Dana Taylor, Ranya Blachford, Connie Holliday and Emelyn Anderson for Volunteering to help at our Activity Day Dance.  We would also like to thank Kaylynn Ramberg for being our Volunteer Coordinator.  What would we do without our fabulous volunteers???

Valentine's Day Dance
Boring Middle School will be holding a Valentine's Day Dance on February 14th, at 2:30-4:00.  The entrance fee will be $4.00 and will be collected at the dance. The event will be supervised by staff.  More information will be available as the events get closer.  Permission slips will be sent home with the students.

We hope to see you there!


School Calender Change
Due To Inclement Weather

Currently the school calender shows that there is no school on March 23rd and May 25th.  Due to the snow days that we had in January, we will now be having school on these days.  Please mark the changes on your calenders!
Thank You!

News From The Office

Student Immunizations Alert 

If your student's immunization record is incomplete by February 14th, your student will be excluded from school as of February 15th. Your child will be allowed back at school when their records are complete. This is done in compliance with Oregon State Law.


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 its Safeway.)

Simple registration:

  •  Log on to www.eScrip.com 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.






Dear Families,

State Testing is just around the corner for grades 6-8, beginning the first week of February. During the first round of testing, all 6th-8th graders will be tested in the area of Reading and Math. 8th grade students will also test in Science. I have included a schedule below showing the dates each grade will be testing, some information regarding testing, and rationale for why testing our students is important.


Achievement Standards (also called "Performance Standards") define the requirements for a student to meet and exceed on Oregon's Assessments of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS Testing) by content area and by grade level. An achievement standard is an objective definition of a certain level of performance, in a content area at a particular grade.

The Oregon Statewide Assessment Program has four major functions or purpose:

(1) to provide information on individual student achievement on performance standards set by the State Board of Education;

(2) to provide information for policy decisions by the legislature, the governor, the State Board of Education, and local school districts;

(3) to support instructional program improvement efforts; and

(4) to inform the public about student achievement in Oregon schools.    

Boring Middle School will begin the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS TESTING) on February 1, 2012. Every student at BMS will participate, and scores will be reported to teachers within a matter of days. Any student that meets or exceeds the content area test of OAKS testing for their particular grade level will not test a second time. Students not meeting the OAKS testing in a content area for their appropriate grade will have additional opportunities for assessment using OAKS testing following individualized interventions and academic skill supports. It is the goal of BMS to have every student meet the expected criteria in every subject at their particular grade level.

It is important that parents and families understand that testing is tiring and stressful for students. A bit of extra attention and effort on your part can help your child be as successful as possible. (Please encourage your child, plan time for a good night's sleep before each testing day, and a healthy breakfast each morning that your child will be testing. Please encourage your student to avoid sweets for breakfast such as donuts, syrups, and sugared cereal). Please follow up by talking to your child about the testing and how she/he is feeling about the test questions they are being expected to know. Please make every effort to have your child attend school and arrive on time. All students must complete each test, so if your child is absent on a testing day, she/he will need to be out of class on another day to make up the missed testing.

Results from the state assessment will be included with your child's report card at the end of the year. Please familiarize yourself with your student's individual assessment results. Any student not meeting should spend additional time outside of school developing deficient content knowledge and skills to improve their opportunity to be a successful student and to stay on track for high school graduation. 


Courtney Murphy

Boring Middle School, Principal


Mr. Farris Social Studies Classes-8th Grade Reading

February 1-3                                                                          

Mrs. Davidson Social Studies Classes-7th Grade Reading  

February 6-8

Mrs. Maguire (Afternoon)-6th Grade Reading

February 2 & 3

Mr. Lewis (Afternoon)--6th Grade Reading

February 6 & 7

Ms. Maxwell (Afternoon)--6th Grade Reading    

February 9 & 10

Ms. Norton (Afternoon)--6th Grade Reading

February 13 & 14


Mr. Rohr -8th Grade Math

February 13 & 14

Mr. Rohr -7th Grade Math

February 16 & 17

Mrs. Maguire (Afternoon)-6th Grade Math

February 16 & 17

Mr. Lewis (Afternoon)--6th Grade Math

February 23 & 24

Ms. Maxwell (Afternoon)--6th Grade Math

February 27 & 28

Mrs. Miranda-8th Grade Science

February 27-29

Ms. Norton (Afternoon)--6th Grade Math

March 5 & 6