Tier Two

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Sixth Graders Learn How to be B.E.A.R.S

After a two-year hiatus, the Sixth Grade Breakfast is back. Briarcliff Middle Schools sixth graders celebrated their first week at their new school with a variety of activities throughout the day on Friday.

The day began by having the entire sixth grade enjoy bagels and fruit in the cafeteria, where students had a chance to socialize with their friends.

After breakfast, it was time to get moving. Students and teachers walked together around the school track twice and then were divided into groups, with each one spelling out the letters B.E.A.R.S using their bodies.

Afterwards, science teacher Robert Iovino, who supervised the letter formation from above, challenged the students to get together as one large group to spell out the letter B, but without speaking to one another.

When students returned to the classrooms, they learned about the meaning of the B.E.A.R.S acronym. Each student decorated a sheet of paper with one of the letters in the acronym.

The acronym stands for:

B – Bring a Positive Attitude

E – Enter Prepared

A – Actively Participate

R – Reach for Excellence

S – Show Respect

Harper decorated a paper with the letter R. She included additional words and phrases that begin with that letter, such as relax, recharge, rise to the occasion and remember to never give up.

After the activity, students went to Related Arts classes, such as art.

The day culminated with a movie at the auditorium. Students watched “McFarland, USA,” an inspirational sports drama which is based on a true story.

“We wanted to inspire the students to focus on team-building and on supporting each other,” said social studies teacher Robert Connoly.

“The sixth graders are new to BMS, so today’s activities are a way to welcome them and show them how wonderful Briarcliff Middle School is,” said English teacher Mary Beth Craven. “We want to help the students feel that they are part of the school community.”