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Principal's Message
Welcome to Byhalia Middle School's Website! At BMS, our motto is, "Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow." We work with each student to instill the knowledge and skills necessary for the student to be a productive citizen as he or she enters adulthood. We have a great community of caring parents, a supportive faculty, and determined students. We all work together to ensure that each child experiences success. We are proud to celebrate our school's success from last year, and we are confident that we will continue to improve this year too. I look forward to working together with all of our team in continuing to ensure Byhalia Middle School remains a wonderful school.

Sincerely,
Landon Pollard
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
BMS receives a "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 After-School Enrichment Clubs

6 days ago

In an effort to provide our students with more opportunities to engage in rigorous, intellectually challenging experiences, BMS has started several after-school enrichment clubs.  This year's clubs include the chess club, Mathcounts, current events club, cultural capital club, and creative writing club. 

The BMS-BES Chess Club poses for a photo with their club sponsors Cynthia Chitwood, gifted and talented teacher, and Landon Pollard, BMS Principal.

BMS 7th graders Paola Corral and Juslyn Chea play chess.

BMS Leadership Team

3 months ago


Hello! My name is Landon Pollard and I am honored to be serving in my 8th year as principal of Byhalia Middle School.  I've worked in several districts across our state before coming to Marshall County, including Jackson Public Schools, Clinton, and Canton school districts.  
   I am a three time graduate of the University of Mississippi, earning my Bachelor's in English, Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, and Specialist's in Educational Leadership. Go Rebs!
   I currently live in Memphis with my wife, who is a fellow educator, and our young daughter.
    I'm extremely excited about the progress our school and students have made at BMS in the past several years, and I look forward to working with our new students, parents, and teachers to continue that growth.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your child's education.




Landon PollardPrincipal
Landon Pollard
Principal 


Hello! My name is John Danley and I am honored to be serving in my 2nd year as assistant principal of Byhalia Middle School. I've worked in several districts across our state before coming to Marshall County, including Greenville Public Schools and Desoto County School districts.

I am a graduate of Prairie View A & M University, earning my Bachelor's Degree in Health & Human Performance and my Master's in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

I currently live in Olive Branch with my wife, three daughters and son who is currently studying at the University of Oklahoma. I look forward to working with our new students, parents, and teachers to make this a great year.
John Danley Assistant Principal
                                                                            
John Danley
                                                            
Assistant Principal 


Hello! My name is Elizabeth Towle, and I am excited to be serving as assistant principal of Byhalia Middle School. I attended college at Harvard University, receiving a B.A. from the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies.  Additionally, I earned a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. I look forward to another great year at Byhalia Middle School.  I always enjoy working with our wonderful students, parents, and teachers. 


Elizabeth Towle
Elizabeth Towle
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
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BMS Celebrates Reading

6 days ago

Students who met 100% of their Accelerated Reader goals and averaged at least 85% correct on their quizzes participated in a pizza party.  Additionally, students  were able to select a brand new book to take home!  





Counselor's Corner

about 1 month 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)

Receive Bus Announcements on your Phone

about 1 month ago

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BMS Beta Club Inducts New Members

6 days ago



The BMS National Junior Beta Club held its inductions ceremony on November 14th, 2017.  The service organization inducted thirty-one new seventh and eighth grades.  The BMS Beta Club is led by its student officers: Estefany Lopez, President; Emily Cruz, Vice President; Jaleyah Brown, Treasurer; Tia Towns, Assistant Treasurer; Zaicha Lesure, Secretary; Lindsey Evans, Assistant Secretary; and Laquisha Alexander, Sergeant-at-Arms.  The Beta Club is sponsored by Ms. Kimberly Jackson.


The following students were inducted into the BMS Beta Club on November 14th, 2017: Ryan Crutcher, Briunna Moore, Liliana Lopez, Autumn Neville, Leearthur Buford, Cashunti Tyson, Jacqueline Cabrera, Ambur Nichols, Shakyha Tennial, Vaniya Neely, Caprecia Richmond, Courtnee Dukes, Hannah Burks, Alexus Pound, Jasmine Malone, Alexis Sorg, Cindy Cruz, Keaonia Malone, Deveshia Stewart, Wynaja Howell, Lacey Byrd, Magdalena Benitez, Miles Jones, Raven Tunstall, Paola Corral, Kaylee Whitt, Mckenzie Bronson, Anna Perkins, Juslyn Chea, Crystal Thomas, Markyla Bogard




BMS Awarded "High Progress Reward School"

about 1 month ago

"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.  


Staff holding an award

      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.

     "Additionally, 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 "As an added surprise bonus, each of the Title I Distinguished Schools received a check for an additional $23,750.05 in Title I funds to be spent at our discretion.  Picture above is myself and Mr. Moore receiving the awards and check from State Superintendent Dr. Wright and Director of Federal Programs Marcus Cheeks.

    Needless to say, this is a HUGE accomplishment for everyone associated with BMS - the students, the teachers, the faculty and staff, and the parents.  THANK YOU to everyone who has dedicated countless hours and hard work to giving our students a fantastic education.I was and am extremely proud to say we have such a phenomenal team.L. Pollard, Principal"

Pictured above is Landon Pollard, Principal of BMS, Jerry Moore, Superintendent of Marshall County Schools and Carey M. Wright, Ed. D.,  State Superintendent of Education


BMS Robotics Team Wins Grant

6 days ago

robotics team member                 
robotics team member working on a robot



Moving into its second year of the competition, the BMS robotics team has received a grant from Qualcomm Incorporated.  The grant was authored by the robotics team sponsor, Megan Lonsdale. Funds from the grant will cover the team's registration fees for the FIRST Tech Challenge competition.  Additionally, NewsCorp donated funds via GoFundMe to purchase the team's equipment.  We would like to thank both Qualcomm and NewsCorp for their generous support!  We wish the team luck as they head into their new season! 



BMS Celebrates Homecoming

6 days ago

BMS Cheerleaders anticipate the crowing of the new BMS Homecoming Queen.

Alexus Pound is crowned the 2017 BMS Homecoming Queen by the previous winner, Kaniyah Holts.


The homecoming court poses for photos at half time. Eighth grade maids were Vaniya Neely, Markayla Ingram, Alexus Pound, and Jasmine Malone. The seventh grade maids were Jermesha Mathis and Kaylee Whitt.  The sixth grade maids were Jada Parker and McKaya Reed.

BMS football players Tarian Draper, Dedrick Bronson, and Jarvis Hines, prepare for the second half of their game.  The BMS football team went on to defeat Ripley by more than 3 touchdowns!

We would like to extend a big thank you to Ms. Kimberly Jackson, our eighth grade science teacher, for organizing our homecoming festivities!

Ms. Brailsford named BMS Teacher of the Term!

6 days ago



Congratulations to Antionetta Brailsford, 8th grade Math teacher, for being selected by her peers as our 1st Quarter 'Teacher of the Term'!  Ms. Brailsford is pictured with her 2nd period Honors Math class.

Megan Lonsdale

Employment Opportunities

about 1 month ago





Job Openings for 2017-2018 School Year:
Updated August 23, 2017



Bus Drivers




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




Fall Fundraiser Success
We'd like to send out a big THANK YOU to all students and parents and community members who participated in our Fall Fundraiser. We sold over $7,000 worth of chocolate and magazines! The school won't get every dollar of those sales, but we will receive a large portion - that money will help us in reaching our goal of securing another laptop (Chromebook) cart for student use in the classrooms.

The chocolate arrived and was distributed to students on Monday, 10/30/17.
  • Math Challenge of the Week
    Each week, BMS offers its students a Math Challenge of the week. The problems are designed to bolster critical thinking and encourage exploration of mathematics. Check this page weekly for problems as well as the names of our challenge winners!
  • Math Challenge of the Week: 10/11/17
    - The population of Bald Eagle nesting pairs hit its lowest point in the contiguous United States (all states excluding Alaska and Hawaii) in 1963. The population at that time was approximately 500 nesting pairs. The Bald Eagle was listed as an endangered species and efforts to protect them led to a rise in population. In 2007, they were officially removed from the endangered species list. By 2014, the population had risen to approximately 15,000 nesting pairs. Using these approximate population numbers, what was the percent increase in the number of nesting pairs from 1963 to 2014?
  • Math Challenge of the Week: 10/16/17
    McDonalds has a new game. Each time you place an order you will receive a receipt. You win free French fries if the receipt has the word WINNER printed on it. The probability of having the word WINNER on your receipt is 25%. Using simulations, on average, how many orders would you have to place before you get 3 coupons for free French fries

    Winners: Yandel Mendez and Michael Mills
  • Math Challenge of the Week: 10/23/17
    Kaleb has a bag containing red, black and white LEGO® bricks. If he has 12 more red bricks than white bricks and 15 fewer white bricks than black bricks, what is the positive difference between the number of red bricks and black bricks in Kaleb’s bag?

    Winner: Mark Tillery
  • Math Challenge of the Week: 10/31/17
    At the first four stops, the number of students that board Mr. Tuttle’s school bus is 4, 6, 12 and 2 students, respectively, and no students exit the bus. After these four stops, the number of students on Mr. Tuttle’s school bus is 50% of its full capacity. How many students does Mr. Tuttle’s bus hold at full capacity?

    Winners: Jason Perea and Lacey Byrd
  • Math Challenge of the Week: 11/6/17
    The Farmers Market sells apples by the bushel, and each bushel of apples weighs 42 pounds. A bushel of large apples contains 84 apples. If a bushel of small apples contains twice as many apples as a bushel of large apples, how many small apples are in 1 pound of apples?
  • Math Challenge of the Week: 11/13/17
    Isabella went to the local ice cream shop with her three children, Christopher, Nina and Maria. Isabella and the kids each ordered a sundae with two scoops of ice cream and various toppings. A sundae with two scoops of ice cream costs $2.99, but the final cost of each sundae varies based on the number of toppings added. If the average cost, including sales tax, of the sundaes Isabella and her children ordered was $3.73, what was the total cost for all four sundaes?