Sunday, April 22, 2018

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MCAS this week.

MCAS tests begin this week. The sixth and seventh grade take the English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS test on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and the eighth grade takes their ELA MCAS test this Thursday and Friday.

We want all of the students to approach these assessments in a positive and confident frame of mind. Your help makes a huge difference. Here are a few tips:

  • Words of encouragement to your child are especially helpful before the assessments and on the day of it.
  • Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep prior to each test, a healthy breakfast on the morning of each test, and that he or she arrives to school on time.
  • Bringing a water bottle or purchasing a bottle of water in the school store in the morning is also recommended.

After a short reprieve, testing will resume the week of May 7 with the sixth and seventh grade taking the math MCAS test on May 7-8, and the eighth grade taking it on May 9-10.

The final test, the Science/Technology/Engineering MCAS test, will be given to the eighth grade only on May 17.

Tue, 4/24 Day 5 Grade 6 Paper-based
Grade 7 Computer-based
Session 1 2 hours
Wed, 4/25 Day 6 Grade 6 Paper-based
Grade 7 Computer-based
Session 2 2 hours
Thur, 4/26 Day 1 Grade 8 Computer-based Session 1 2 hours
Fri, 4/27 Day 2 Grade 8 Computer-based Session 2 2 hours


Thursday: “Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood”

The Spring Play this year is Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood.

One night only- April 26 at 7

Tickets on sale at the door-$5

1 hour running time

The Merry Men get an update as they fight Prince John with archery, swords, and feminism! This action-packed hour will upend the Robin Hood you thought you knew.

The spring play is a small cast one-act show, that travels to the METG Middle School Drama Festival, a full day of seeing and celebrating middle school theatre with 6 or 7 other middle schools on April 28.

Bigelow Beautification – April 29th

NewtonSERVES 2018 will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Volunteer registration is now open! We hope you’ll sign up with your friends, your families, your colleagues or your neighbors to do a project again this year. Your efforts are greatly valued. Here is the link to the NewtonSERVES volunteer sign up.
NewtonSERVES is one of many Newton Community Pride (NCP) programs.

You can volunteer at Bigelow and many other sites in Newton:

Bigelow Beautification
Join us as we beautify the grounds of Bigelow Middle School. We plan to clean and mulch garden beds, prune shrubs and trees, etc. outdoors. We will also build another short wooden railing, similar to the one we built last year, to protect other plant beds from foot traffic.

Let’s get our kids outside!!! Parents volunteers wanted

Laps at Lunch will come back after the break! This is a great program designed to give students a daily opportunity to get outside for movement and fresh air. It allows students to walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria. Would you like to help? If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: More about the program here.

Last Day of School: June 22nd

On April 9th, the School Committee voted the last day of school. It will be Friday, June 22nd. It is an early release day (South 10:50 a.m., North 11:00, Middle Schools 11:30 a.m., Elementary 12:00 p.m.) Want a preview of the ’18-’19 calendar? Find it here:

You can subscribe to the School Committee Mailing List at the bottom of the School Committee homepage.

Bigelow Middle School 2017-2018 Yearbook

Yearbook order forms were given out in homerooms last week.

All-color pages
Durable hard cover with original design by 8th grade artists
Price: $25
Deadline: April 13th
Payments: cash, check or ONLINE

Order online today HERE. (Bigelow’s Yearbook ID Code: 1945918). If you would rather pay by cash or check (payable to: Bigelow Middle School), please place payment in a sealed envelope with the student’s name and homeroom written on the front. Your student should give the envelope to his/her homeroom teacher.


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Big Night Pictures, Auction Items and More
Day of Silence – April 11
Bigelow Middle School is on Twitter!
Save the date: Bigelow’s Civics Day
NewtonServes – Bigelow Beautification – April 29th  

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Mark Your Calendars

  • Apr 14-27 - MCAS (All Grades) calendar
  • Thu, Apr 26 - Bigelow Spring Play: "Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood" @ 7:00pm details...
  • Sat, Apr 28 - Spring Play Festival details...
  • Sun, Apr 29 - NewtonServes - Bigelow Beautification @ 9:00am - 4:00pm details...
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