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Get to KNoW Mr. BArKley
Viking Vitals recently caught up with new Assistant principal Mr. Brandon Barkley ... Here’s what we learned:
Vitals: Mr. Barkley, are you from Tennessee?
Yes, I grew up in Old Hickory, Tennessee. I am the oldest of three children. My parents continue to live in the Hermitage/Old Hickory area.

Sept 22, 2009 ISSue No. 2

Connect Up W ith the BMS Newsletter Cour tesy of the BMS PTO

PSAT Registration
eventh and 8th grade students interested in taking the PSAT may pick up their registration materials either in the main guidance office or in Ms. Baird’s office in the 8th grade hall. Deadline for registration is Friday, September 25 at 2:40 p.m. The registration fee is $15 and checks should be made out to BMS. The test date is Oct. 14 (there will not be a makeup date). Additional information regarding the PSAT may be found at www. If you have questions regarding this test’s administration, please call Ms. Baird at 472-4266 or Kathy Anderson in Guidance at 472-4250.


Deadline: Fri, 9/25

Vitals: Where did you get your education?

I received my undergraduate degree in mathematics education from Lee University. My master’s degree is in educational leadership, and on May 8, 2010, I will graduate with my doctorate in education from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Vitals: Do you have a family or any pets?

This past summer I celebrated my five-year anniversary with my beautiful wife, Katie. Many of you know her as Mrs. Barkley, because she worked as the STARS counselor at BMS for the past two years. We do not have any kids yet, but we have an amazing golden doodle named Maui.

Vitals: What are your hobbies?

Growing up, I really enjoyed playing sports. If it had a ball in it, then chances are I played it. My favorite sports were basketball, baseball, tennis, and soccer. My favorite hobby is snow skiing. I also like to wake board and water ski.

Vitals: What are your primary duties as assistant principal?

I am the 7th grade and 6th grade team Atlantis/Enterprise assistant principal, which simply means I serve the students, teachers, and parents on these teams to ensure that each student is provided the best possible educational experience at BMS. I also supervise the math and science departments. For the 2010 - 2011 school year, I will be responsible for scheduling. I oversee athletics, which means I work with our coaches and VAC to provide our student-athletes an exemplary middle school athletic program. Some of my other responsibilities include the school improvement plan, 6th grade transition, buildings and maintenance, safety drills, and student lockers.

cess; rather we must empower, encourage, and teach our children how to build, for themselves, a life toward mastery and success. This is the exciting challenge we face as, together, we strive to help our students reach their maximum potentia l … while they are at BMS and long after they leave BMS. Have any questions or just want to meet Mr. Barkley? Email him at:

Vitals: Helping kids reach their full potential. Can you brainstorm a bit on that idea?
Middle school can be a challenging time in a child’s life, but it is our goal at BMS to provide each student with a safe, structured, and supportive environment that fosters the development and growth of each student. Our mission is to help every student Build toward Mastery and Success. We have all heard the quote by the ancient philosopher who said, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” Likewise, we must do the same for our students at BMS. We cannot build for our children a life toward mastery and suc-

Brandon Barkley

Mission Possible
Dear Parents:
As of Sept. 21, the Mission Possible fundraiser has raised $48,100 which is 74% of the $65,000 goal. Donations are being tracked by student homeroom — to date 52% of the students have participated in Mission Possible, but our goal is to have 100% participation! Here are the stats by homeroom at present: 6th GrADE Pipa 88% Shiveley 76% Goforth 70% Meadows 64% Modglin 63% Proffitt 62% Garman 60% Dealy 60% Boaz 55% niles 55% McGill 50% Hardy 48% Fulks 46% Thoni 44% Smith 37% 7th Grade J. Johnson 74% Chariello 66% Jones 61% lewis 60% Mazeall 58% Adams 58% 7th Grade cont.) Thompson 53% G. Johnson 52% Avery 45% Hood 43% Bishop 34% Shaw 31% 8th GrADE Marks 56% Coles 54% Bonds 54% Thigpen 52% Baldwin 50% Johnson 47% Martin 45% Slatton 45% Petree 44% Jones 44% Gibson 41% Brimm 33% Thibaudeau 33% nutter 25%

meet up for bowling
alling all sixth graders! The Brentwood Middle School Bowling Club kicks off on Monday, September 28 after school at the Franklin Family Entertainment Center located at 1200 Lakeview Drive in Franklin. Spearheaded by guidance counselor Shyla McCarter, parents should bring kids to the center at 4 p.m. and pick them up at 5:30. The $5 admission covers the cost of two games and shoe rental.


Drama Auditions

uditions for the fall production — “Making Scenes” — will be held on September 30 in the Little Theater from 3 - 5 p.m. Students do not need to prepare; auditions are open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The Making Scenes performance will be Friday, November 6; the Woodland Forensics competition will be on Saturday, November 7th. In order to audition, students must be available to perform both dates.

THrEE DOnATIOn lEvElS ArE AvAIlABlE: WHITE lEvEl: A donation amount of $75 for the first student and $50 for each additional sibling. GrEEn lEvEl: A donation of $100 per student $25.00 of this donation will be designated for laptops for a mobile computer lab for your student’s grade level. GOlD lEvEl: A donation of $150 or above per student. $50.00 of this donation will be designated for laptops for a mobile computer lab for your student’s grade level.

he Brentwood High School Green Team (outdoors and environmental club) needs your support for our 2009 treeplanting initiative. We will be planting a number of new trees at BHS this fall, including a new oak to replace the lovely old one lost during the recent building expansion. We also hope to establish a “grow-out” nursery to cultivate trees to plant at BHS and around the Brentwood community in years to come. Adopt a tree to be planted this fall or a sapling for our nursery! Donate $1.00 or more and include your name and e-mail address, and our partner organization (Nashville nonprofit SoundForest, <http://> ) will send you e-mails to update you on your tree’s progress and ultimate location. $50 purchases a mature tree ready for planting; $5 finances a sapling for the nursery; donations in any amount accepted. Drop off donations in the BHS office c/o Ms. Sherman; in Ms. Sherman’s room (A-12); or with a Green Team student member. Questions? Contact faculty sponsor Emily Sherman at emilys@ or (615) 472-4221 x3673.


Help Plant a Tree at BHS


Sept. 24


Join us for Food, Fun & Fellowship Thursday, 9/24 at 6:30 after the game in the cafeteria ONLY $6/person or $25/family Questions contact: Ginger Trushel Sallie Contini
1 ticket will get you a drink, 2 tacos of your choice, a dessert & all of the chips & salsa you can handle. You MUST present a ticket to participate.
For Parents not joining their child: Please pick your child(ren) up in the cafeteria between 7:15 & 7:30

RSVP by 9/21

PICK YOUR TICKETS UP AT THE DOOR! Detach and Return to office via homeroom teacher no later than Monday 9/21


Enclosed is a check made payable to BMS–PTO for $________ # of tickets_____________

girl scouts help BMS go green


School Apparel On Sale During Lunches on 9/23 and 9/24

irl Scout Troop 2483 is putting together “Teens Going Green Team” at BMS this year. Working toward a Silver Award we are working on, our cadet troop will teach others about environmental issues. One of the troop members will be announcing “The Green Tip of the Week” during Monday announcements, and soon, a bulletin board will be at BMS dedicated to environmental field trips and other events for all to get in on. Our troop is looking forward to helping BMS Teens to Go Green !


he viking Athletic Club (vAC) will be selling school apparel this Wednesday and Thursday (9/23 and 9/24) during all lunches. This will give everyone an opportunity to have BMS apparel to wear for the Pep rally on Thursday, 9/24!

Show School Spirit Order Viking Sports Apparel!

Destination Imagination


n informational meeting for students interested in participating in Destination Imagination on Monday, September 28 until 3:15 p.m. in Pod B. Questions? See Mrs. Spear or email



Be In The School Directory

ime’s running out on you if you haven’t verified your student’s information at PTO Manager. The PTO plans on printing the directory soon so get your info verified today! Log on to: com
Verify yours and your student’s information. If you were here last year, you can use your login information from last year. If you are new to BMS, please click on the “New PTO Manager User” button. Please take the time today to check your information in order to be included in the Brentwood Middle School Directory. Questions? Contact Carlyn Wudel at 818-5981 or

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire.
~William Butler Yeats

BMS sports ...
ThAnk yOU to our team moms!


he BMS sports your kids participate in run smoothly through the tireless help of several BMS moms. These moms help coaches coordinate volunteers, provide ice and beverages when needed and more. The BMS PTO would like to thank the following Team Moms for helping our events to run smoothly ... THANK YOU!!!

CrOSS COunTry: Susan Batiste (Girls) Kim Jones (Boys)

vOllEyBAll: Kelly Lee (6th grade) Karen Robbins (JV) Sheila Cleveland (Varsity)

FOOTBAll: Tina Ferguson (JV) Linda Adcock (Varsity) Peggy Holliman (Varsity) Aya Porter (Varsity)

or complete BMS sports’ information including try-outs, schedules, directions to away games and news, please head to your number one online source for BMS SPORTS: Viking Athletic Club!


CROSS COUNTRY: 8/27 Boys and girls 1st place 9/3 boys first place, girls 2nd place 9/10 boys and girls 1st place GOLF: — Boys — 8/25 BMS defeated BA 9/3 BMS defeated Freedom 9/8 BMS defeated Woodland 9/10 BMS defeated Page 9/14 BMS defeated Woodland — Girls — 8/26 BMS defeated Freedom and Sunset 9/2 BMS lost to Heritage 9/9 BMS lost to Woodland JV FOOTBALL: 8/25 BMS 8 Grassland 27 9/1 BMS 8 MBA 27 9/15 BMS 28 Page 14 VARSITY FOOTBALL: 8/20 BMS 21 Grassland 16 8/27 BMS 7 Whitthorne 6 9/3 BMS 12 Freedom 6 9/10 BMS 28 Page 0 6TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL: 8/20 BMS vs Grassland - W 8/26 BMS vs. Sunset - W 8/28 BMS vs Page - W 9/1 BMS vs Freedom - W 9/3 BMS vs Woodland - W 9/14 BMS vs Grassland -L JV VOLLEYBALL: 8/18 BMS vs Freedom -W 8/20 BMS vs Grassland -W 8/26 BMS vs Sunset -L 8/28 BMS vs Page -W 9/1 BMS vs Freedom -W 9/3 BMS vs Woodland -W 9/10 BMS vs Heritage -W 9/14 BMS vs Grassland -W VARSITY VOLLEYBALL: 8/18 BMS vs Freedom -W 8/20 BMS vs Grassland -W 8/26 BMS vs Sunset -W 8/28 BMS vs Page -W 8/29 - A-Game Woodland tournament -1st Place (Beat Woodland in finals) 9/1 BMS vs Freedom -L 9/3 BMS vs Woodland -W 9/10 BMS vs Heritage -W 9/12 BGA tournament - 2nd place (lost to Woodland in finals) 9/14 BMS vs Grassland -W

Please submit information to Viking Vitals AT Any TIME, but at least two weeks prior to the next issue slated for Oct. 19. The newsletter is published monthly. Teachers, coaches, faculty and the BMS PTO are encouraged to submit information on clubs, sports, meetings, event items and more. Please send information to Susan Day at Thank you!

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