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Principal's Message
Welcome to Byhalia Middle School's Website! Our dedicated faculty and staff work diligently to instill our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become productive citizens. BMS is fortunate to have a great community of supportive parents, dedicated faculty, and determined students.Together we will ensure every child experiences success. We are proud to celebrate our school's achievements from the previous school year, and we are confident we will continue to improve. I look forward to working together with all of our team in continuing to ensure Byhalia Middle School remains an excellent school.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Towle,
Principal

BMS Vision: Every student should show consistent growth in a safe and secure learning environment that encourages students to become engaged citizens who participate in a diverse, ever-changing society.

BMS Mission:
All of the BMS community, including students, parents, staff, faculty, and administrators, will create an environment that fosters autonomous students who take ownership of their learning and their actions.

BMS Honor Roll

Employment Opportunities

about 1 month ago





Job Openings for 2018-2019 School Year:
Updated October 4, 2018

Bus Drivers





Contact Information: 662-838-2591 (Ext 112) or etowle@mcschools.us




Byhalia Middle School: Events, Activities, News

20 days ago

Teacher of the Term and Support Person of the Term


BMS is proud to congratulate Ms. Bobbie Nunnally, support person of the term, and Mr. Thomas Doherty, teacher of the term.  Officially, Ms. Nunnally is the BMS bookkeeper, but she always goes  above and beyond her job description to assist teachers and students in any way that she can.  Mr. Doherty is one of our special education teachers.  He works tirelessly to meet the needs of all of our BMS students.  Thank you Ms. Nunnally and Mr. Doherty for everything that you do for BMS.

BMS Celebrates AR Success

Students who met 100% of their AR goal celebrated their success with a new book and some pizza on Friday, October 26th.  Great job readers!

BMS Robotics Team:


The BMS Robotics team is currently building their robot and making preparations for their first competition of the season.  The team is sponsored by Hayley Hill, 6th grade ELA teacher, and Kaityln Young, 8th grad science teacher.  BMS is very proud of all of the progress this young team has made!

Homecoming Pep Rally

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The BMS Cheer Squad looked fantastic during the homecoming pep rally.  The team is sponsored by Leah Lambert and Taylor Robinson.

The BMS football team got the school pumped up for our homecoming game during the pep rally.  The BMS football team is coached by Jeremy Jackson.

BMS Receives donation from Cargill

BMS wants to extend a big thank you to Cargill for donating $2,500 toward school improvements.  James Wilson, Cargill's representative, worked closely with BMS to understand the schools needs and finalize the donation.  We thank Mr. Wilson and Cargill for all they have done for our school!  The donation has been used to purchase new classroom desks for our students.


Picture Above from left to right: Tina Kimmons, BMS Counselor; James Wilson, Cargill Representative; Elizabeth Towle, BMS Principal; Jennifer Fox, BMS Assistant Principal

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BMS Leadership Team

4 months ago


Hello! My name is Elizabeth Towle, and I am excited to serve as the principal of Byhalia Middle School. Although this will be my first year as the head principal, this will be eighth year at BMS. Previously, I spent two years as the assistant principal, one year as the instructional facilitator, and four years as an eighth grade English teacher.  

 I attended college at Harvard University, receiving a B.A. from the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies.  Additionally, I earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. 

 I love working with our wonderful students, parents, and teachers.  I look forward to another great year at Byhalia Middle School!

If you have an questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact me at etowle@mcschools.us or 662-838-2591 ext. 112


Elizabeth Towle
Elizabeth Towle
Principal 

Hi! My name is Jennifer Fox.  I am excited to serve as the Assistant Principal at Byhalia Middle School.  This will be my first year at Byhalia Middle School and I am ready to get to work.  Prior to Byhalia Middle School I was at Horn Lake High School for nine years.  During my nine years at HLHS I was the head softball coach and I taught Health.  

 I attended the University of Southern Mississippi on a softball scholarship.  I obtained a Masters in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. You can contact me at jenniferfox@mcschools.us or at 662-838-259.


Jennifer Fox

Assistant Principal





   Greetings!  My name is Ms. Tina Kimmons.  I’ve been working as a Professional School Counselor for almost 10 years.  I’ve received my undergraduate degree in Social Work.  But, after working with children for 3 years as a Mental Health Therapist, I decided to pursue my Master’s in Counseling in Educational Setting.

    I love working with children and believe that every child can succeed regardless of  his/her background!

    I have a precious little son name Caiden Noel Kimmons.  He keeps me busy!

    I am here at BMS to serve the children, parents, and our wonderful staff.  Please feel free to contact me via telephone (662)838-2591 or email: tkimmons@mcschools.us should you need assistance.   Go Indians!

Tina Kimmons
Tina Kimmons
Counselor

Counselor's Corner

about 1 year ago

"Believe You Can and You're Halfway There"   ~Theodore Roosevelt

Ms. Tina Kimmons, M.Ed, NCSC, NCC, MHT


Mission Statement: 

To help all students to be successful!


What is a School Counselor?

A school counselor is a certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for each student to achieve academic and social success. 

Services Provided

School counseling services are delivered in four ways: (1) Classroom Guidance Lessons (delivered to all students & based in the areas of personal/social, academic and career development), (2) Individual Student Planning (one-on-one assistance with goal formation/planning), (3) Responsive Services (brief counseling, crisis intervention, problem-solving, peer mediation) * If a student needs mental health counseling, I will refer the family to community counseling resources. (4) System Support (school-wide programming, consultation with school & community professionals, and support for students and their families).

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling sessions with students are initiated by referral from teachers, parents, administrators or peers. Students also self-refer.Counselors have an open-door policy. However, if counselor is not in the office, students may leave a note to the counselor under the door.  The counselor will schedule a time for the counseling session.Sessions may include expressing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, career and academic counseling.Follow-up is done as needed.

Small Group Counseling

Counselors organize and lead small group counseling sessions for students experiencing similar problems.  Students can be recommended for small group counseling by administrators, teachers, parents, and through self-referrals.  Small group counseling sessions will be conducted for four to six sessions based on student needs and schedules.  The small groups for counseling will consist of 4 to 6 students.

Classroom Guidance

The following topics may be presented to each grade level through classroom lessons (delivered through Social Studies classes):  Counselor Introduction/Getting Along with Others / Bullying / Sexual HarassmentCareer Awareness / Exploration/ Other topics as needed or requested by teachers

 Counseling Crisis Situations

When a crisis occurs that impacts students or staff, counselors will provide classroom support or individual counseling.Follow-up sessions will be done, if necessary, and counselor will meet privately with individual students as needed.

School Wide Programs

  • DIAMOND Mentoring Program
  • Character Education Program
  • Citizen of the Month
  • National Child abuse Prevention (April)
  • Food Backpack Program (support for students with economic needs)
  • Bully Prevention/Drug Prevention Program (Red Ribbon Week) 
  • Angel Tree Program (Christmas only)(support for students with economic needs)

BMS AWARDS and ACHIEVEMENTS

3 months ago

BMS Achieves "B" Rating

Byhalia Middle School is thrilled to announce we were designated by the Mississippi Department of Education as a "B" school!  In addition to being in the Top 20% of ALL public schools in MS, BMS had the highest Math proficiency scores in the district, the highest Science proficiency scores in the district, and the highest Reading growth of all elementary and middle schools in the district.  We are EXTREMELY proud of the hard work of our students, parents, faculty, and staff!



BMS Named High Progress School


On March 25, 2015, Byhalia Middle School was recognized for two awards at the MS Department of Education's "Champions of Change" Conference.  First, we were recognized as one of 33 schools state wide to receive the status of "High Progress School."  This is awarded "to schools across the state for demonstrating the greatest gains in closing achievement gaps among students.        This award status goes to schools that represent the highest 10% of schools that have improved in overall performance over the past two years and all within the top quartiles of schools in performance gains of the lowest 25% subgroup.


Staff holding an award         

BMS Named Title I Distinguished School


Also in 2015, Byhalia Middle School was recognized as one of 20 schools state wide to receive the status of "Title I Distinguished School."  This is "awarded to the top 20 Title I schools who have effectively closed the achievement gap between the black and white student subgroups in Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics for two or more consecutive years 


National Board Certified Teachers at BMS

3 months ago


Several Byhalia Middle School teachers attended Super Saturday with The World Class Teaching Program at Ole Miss this weekend. Ms. Regina Humble was there receiving her pin for achieving her National Board Certification. Mr. Daniel Hart, Ms. Tiffany Bailey, and Ms. Megan Lonsdale were there prepping for their National Board exams.

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure. To receive national board certification, teachers must successfully complete a rigorous certification process.  We are proud to have several National Board Certified Teachers and Counselors at Byhalia Middle School.

Hayley Hill: 

I have been an English Language Arts teacher for 9 years, both at Byhalia Middle School and my hometown of Taylorsville, MS. I earned my B.A. in Studio Art at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN after graduating from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. Through the Mississippi Teacher Corps, I became an alternate route teacher and obtained my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Mississippi. After working as a teacher at Byhalia Middle School for three years, I decided to pursue another Masters degree in Literacy so that I could become a better and reading and writing instructor. In 2013, after a year of hard work and professional development, I became a National Board Certified Teacher.

Tina Kimmons:

Greetings!  My name is Ms. Tina Kimmons.  I’ve been working as a Professional School Counselor for over 11 years.  I’ve received my undergraduate degree in  Social Work from Upper Iowa State University.   But, after working with children for 3 years as a Mental Health Therapist, I decided to pursue my Master’s in Counseling in Educational Setting from Northwestern State University.   I love working with children and believe that every child can succeed regardless of  his/her background!  I have a precious son name Caiden Noel Kimmons.  He attends Friendship Christian Academy and he keeps me busy!
 I am here at BMS to serve the children, parents, and our wonderful staff.  Please feel free to contact me via telephone (662)838-2591 or email: tkimmons@mcschools.us should you need assistance.   Go Indians!

Regina Humble: 

 I am a 2001 graduate of Byhalia High School. I earned my B.A. in English from The University of Mississippi in 2006. After college, I had my son JJ, who's now in fourth grade. He loves reading, writing, and playing chess and soccer. While he was a baby, I earned my teaching license through the Teach Mississippi Institute. My first three years, I taught at the Alternative School, Ombudsman, where I worked with students in Marshall County, Holly Springs, and Tupelo schools. While at Ombudsman, I earned the Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence and Leadership. I came to Byhalia Middle School in 2012. I earned Teacher of the Year in 2015-2016, and completed National Boards over the last 2 school years. I am extremely grateful for the support I've gotten from my family, colleagues, administration, and the community in Byhalia throughout the process.Anyone who know me knows that I love my job! I taught 6th grade ELA at BMS for 5 years, and moved to 7th grade this year. I have been to Boston and Seattle for NationalEndowment for Humanities Workshops for Teachers. These experiences taught me a lot of content and allowed to meet many outstanding teachers from all over the country.  When I'm not teaching, I enjoy running, writing, hiking, and riding my motorcycle, a 2007 Honda Shadow Spirit. I am currently awaiting the birth of my second son who is due in June 2018. 

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