Principal's Message

Mon, 03/27/2023 - 10:00am

March 24, 2023

Dear Shark Families!

We hope you are staying current with all the news from BBMS.  As you know, spring break is right around the corner and we will celebrate by having a school-wide pep rally on Friday, March 31.  This should be a great way to enter the break and a big thanks goes out to our PBIS Committee and the Student Council for coming up with fun ways to celebrate!  When we come back from the break, students will be entering the 4th and last marking period.  This is the time of year when students will be able to showcase their very best work.   We have activities in and out of school listed in the news this week and we hope families are able to attend, participate, and encourage students to do their very best.  Attendance in the 4th marking period is also very important as students will take several state level tests in ELA, Math, and Social Studies (8th Grade Only).  When students come to school each day, they tend to perform at their best.  Thank you for monitoring this, communicating absences with our staff, and doing what you can to make sure students are prepared for those assessments.  The results help us determine the amount of progress students are making, where they may need more support, and determine if they are in the appropriate level (challenge) classes.  We are fortunate for so many things at BBMS; we hope you take some time to review the list of activities coming up and look forward to seeing you in attendance at BBMS very soon.

Thank you and have a great week!

Dr. Cockley, Principal

Community News - March 24, 2023

3/27:  Debate Team County Competition - Applied Physics Lab

3/28:  Respect Differences Day #2 - wear patterns, shapes & polka dots

3/31:  3 Hour Early Dismissal for students - End of 3rd marking period

4/3 - 4/10 Spring Break (Schools Closed)

4/11:  Chipotle Restaurant Night to support the 7th grade field trip

4/12:  Monthly PTA Meeting @ 7pm

4/17:  Movies That Matter Film Festival at Applied Physics Lab

4/18:  Be Peaceful Day - wear pink

4/21:  Professional Learning Day - School closed for students

4/24-4/28 MCAP (ELA) Testing  (Math Testing begins May 12)

4/28:  6:00pm - 8:30pm International Night

5/2:  PBIS Spirit Night at The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar - 4 to 7:00pm

5/5:  Glow Party Dance (PTA Sponsored Dance) 7 to 9:00pm (6,7, & 8th Grades)

Dates - 8th Grade Only

6/7:  8th grade Promotion Ceremony at BBMS @ 10:00am

6/8:  8th grade picnic at Centennial Park (school day activity for the entire grade)

6/9:  8th Grade End of Year Dance @ 7pm (8th Graders Only)


7th grade News: 

Permission slips for our Weather Day Field Trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards are due Wednesday, March 29. The fee to attend is $28. We do have funds available if cost is a concern. Please contact or for more information. 

Our final restaurant night for the trip is Tuesday, April 11 at Chipotle, 9120 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City. You may order online for pickup using the code HPNNVP8. You must have the flyer in the restaurant.  The flyer is below.  We hope to see you there!


1. RISE Program

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), in partnership with Howard County Recreation & Parks (HCRP) and the Horizon Foundation, is pleased to relaunch the after-school sports program called RISE (Recreation Inspired Sports for Everyone)! Get active and represent your school with coed multi-sports. Come enjoy team play as you learn fundamentals and advance your game in an array of new and familiar sports each week lead by certified coaches.

Programs will meet for two hours immediately after school April 17 - May 25 on Mondays 4 - 6 pm (After the Beyond School Hours Program) & Wednesdays from 3 - 5 pm with planned breaks for snack and water.  Transportation is available for a small cost.  Students eligible for the Free & Reduced Meals Program and Children’s Health Insurance Program will receive discounted registration and free transportation.

Discounted registration ($45) and free transportation are available for Free and Reduced Meal and Children’s Health Insurance Program participants. (Contact your school administrator to get a discount code prior to registering for the program or transportation).

The deadline to complete registration and payment is March 29, 2023.

For any questions or to determine eligibility, please contact Ms. Gannon at

2. The BBMS Yearbook is for sale!  The last day to order is April 14th!

Order Forms went home with students on 3/24.

Use this link to purchase a 2022-2023 yearbook for your student.

BBMS Yearbook ID Code: 4327223 

Yearbook Cost: $27. (additional $3. for Zoom - current events insert)

Any questions please contact Tiffany Wendt at

3. HCPSS Rainbow Conference - Register Now!

The HCPSS Rainbow Conference will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 9am - 5pm.  The conference will be hybrid with opportunities for both virtual and in-person participation.  For more information scan the QR code on the Rainbow Conference Flier or access this link.

4. BBMS Reading Night at Bowie Baysox Game - May 19th

Students who have read four books either in or out of school, and have requested free tickets to the May 19th, 2023, Bowie Baysox baseball game will receive them in early April.  A discount code will be attached to student tickets that can be used to purchase upgraded tickets and additional discounted tickets for the game.

5. International Night - Friday, April 28th 6:00pm - 8:30pm

See flyer for details

6.  MESA DAY at Howard High School - Saturday, April 29, 2023

The MESA program is coming to a close as students will be submitting their projects for competitions (due March 29th).  This year, the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is doing something a little different this year by hosting a MESA DAY at Howard High School on April 29th and BBMS is invited!   Please see the attached flyer for more information:  2023_MESA Day Showcase_Itinerary (1).pdf ​​​​​​​