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4 months ago
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. This will be my second year in the head principal position and my ninth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-838-2591 ext. 4002
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: email@example.com should you need assistance. Go Indians!
3 months ago
"Believe You Can and You're Halfway There" ~Theodore Roosevelt
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.
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 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.
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
4 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
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
4 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.