Black River Falls Middle School hosted an all-school assembly on community service with Jefferson Award for Public Service honoree Greg Forbes Siegman.
Over the course of a 45 minute interactive session with our students, Greg used examples of people and characters from history, current events, comics and literature – as well as from his own story – to illustrate specific, concrete ways that our middle schoolers can make a difference in our community.
As part of his trip to the area — and reflective of his belief that learning is important at every age — Greg stayed in town after the assembly and spent the next two days working and learning on a nearby farm. In support of Greg’s belief that he can learn a lot from Wisconsin farmers — and as part of their ongoing efforts to make a difference in this state, a variety of major organizations ordered dozens of copies of The First Thirty (the book based on Greg’s story) and donated them to our school.
The organizations were Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (on behalf of Wisconsin’s dairy farm families), Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, Wisconsin Soybean Association / Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, Wisconsin Holstein Association and Legend Seeds. In addition, our local Denny’s ordered copies of the poster based on the book for twenty additional students.
On behalf of our students, thank you to these organizations for the wonderful end-of-year surprise for our students! To check out the book locally, please go to Black River Falls Public Library. To get signed copies, visit www.gregforbes.com/store
On May 29, Greg Siegman will speak at an assembly for BRF Middle School students. Greg is co-author of The First Thirty. The book tells the story of a young person’s efforts to use food and milkshakes as common ground to make a difference in the world outside his window. A former educator, Greg has served as Scholar-in-Residence for programs in different countries. He is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and has been featured by media like Education Week and Good Morning America. For more information on his story, please visit www.TheFirstThirty.com.
The BRF PTO is looking for volunteers to help with events throughout the school year! By completing this form, you are adding your name to our list of volunteers. We appreciate any help that you are able to provide.
Eighth grade families, don’t forget the $25 due to 8th grade focus teacher for ticket to view A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The payment is due no later than Monday, September 29. If finances are a concern, students need to inform their focus teachers ASAP.
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Your experience here will be filled with numerous opportunities and challenges. Young teens and pre-teens grow and change, emotionally and physically, faster now than at any other time in their lives. Students are now in a school community with many more students than they’re used to. To help make this transition, we encourage kids to get involved in any one of our numerous clubs and co-curricular activities, and get out there and meet new friends! Do your best and enjoy your middle school years!
Everything we stand for and do here in the Middle School revolves around one word: RESPECT. Respect starts within yourself and extends to those around you. By helping us create a safe, positive, respectful school environment, you’ll find that everyone here will feel better about himself or herself. If you feel good about yourself and where you are, you’ll be better able to achieve academic success and social success as lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
All the adults in this building are here because we love to work with young adolescents and will do everything possible to help them achieve success. The outstanding teachers and support staff truly want all students to reach their potential; and with all of us working together toward this common goal, you can!
Mr. Roou, Principal