Big Rapids Middle School

Points of Pride

BRMS Adds New Electives Options for Students - This school year BRMS added three new elective opportunities for students.  Those classes are English in Action, Computer Science and STEAM.  English in Action focuses on having students work on their presentation skills as they practice written and spoken language to create and perform their own works of art.  Computer Science explores how computing and technology can impact the world we live in.  STEAM uses math, science, technology, and engineering skills to help students learn through a project-based learning approach. 

BRMS PTO Color Run 2019 - BRMS students did an amazing job raising more than $26,000 raising the most money in Color Run history!  The Color Run is our PTO’s one-time ask that goes to support all of our middle school students and teachers.  This year the Color Run fundraiser will be used to support field trips, classroom supplies, physical education equipment, art room equipment, our band and choir programs, student and teacher online subscription programs, in-school assemblies, support clubs, science fair, and geography bee.

Math Counts - The BRMS MATHCOUNTS team is once again lead by Mr. Blatchford.  This is his 24th season coaching our students.  This will be Mr. Blatchford’s last season leading our talented middle school mathematicians as he plans on retiring from teaching this spring at the end of the school year.  There are twenty students on the BRMS MATHCOUNTS team.

BRMS Continues Cards Program - BRMS continues its CARDS Program recognizing students on a weekly basis as part of our positive behavioral intervention and support program.  Teachers nominate students for a weekly drawing based on their positive behavior and demonstrating Compassion for others, positive Attitudes, Responsibility, Determination, and Success in the classroom.  This year the BRMS CARDS program was funded as part of a grant that was received from the Mecosta Canadian Lakes chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel awarding BRMS $1,000.  

BRMS Farewell Parade - Hundreds of students, family members, and staff members participated in a farewell parade at BRMS on the last day of school June 4th.  The parade was a great success allowing everyone the opportunity to say goodbye for the summer and an opportunity for our staff to wish our 8th graders well as they look forward to starting at Big Rapids High School this fall.  BRMS also said goodbye to three of its retiring staff members at the parade including choir teacher Katie McInnis, 8th grade math teacher Lane Blatchford, and Counselor Sue Lenahan.  

BRMS Academic Awards Celebration - BRMS recognized 289 students in grades 5-8 this spring for earning the Presidential Gold Academic Award for maintaining a GPA 4.0 - 3.50 for the school year.  Another 148 students earn the Presidential Silver Academic Award for successfully completing the school year with a cumulative GPA of 3.49 - 3.0.  BRMS also recognized four 8th grade students Elise Devries, Joel Hardesty, Katherine McLeod, and Hayden Smalley for maintaining a perfect cumulative 4.0 grade point average throughout all four years at BRMS.