In This Issue of the Ballard Brady Middle School eNewsletter

Brady's New Gym Opens

Brady Middle School’s new gym officially opened on Monday, December 5 with an all-school assembly.

Members of the 8th grade percussion section, under the direction of Mr. Scott Face, guidance counselor, played a drum cadence as the student body filled the new 14,500 square foot facility 

Student Council Officers led the Pledge of Allegiance and the 8th grade choir the National Anthem, under the direction of Mr. Jamie Snell.

Brian Frank, Principal, welcomed and introduced special guests including Dr. Nancy Wingenbach, Superintendent, Mr. Phil Dickinson, Director of Business Operations, Dr. Matt Deevers, Curriculum Director, Mrs. Cindy Eickhoff, Orange Board of Education, Mrs. Angela Wilkes, Orange Board of Education member-elect, Mr. Jeff Kurtz, Orange High School Athletic Director and Mrs. Nancy Domiano, retired Brady Physical Education teacher.

Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a video presentation created by Mrs. Darla Wagner, Assistant Principal, played on the presentation system.  The video including highlights of the Brady fall sports season as well as pictures of the gym construction time line.

Along with 8th grade student Curtis Bonebrake, Mr. Andy Apple, in his role as Brady Athletic Director, presented a trophy to the school from the 8th grade boys’ soccer team who won at the Hawken School’s tournament.

Cheerleaders, coached by Mrs. Sarah DiBenedetto, Guidance Counselor, and Mrs. Katie Hilber, 8th Grade Math Teacher, followed with a spirited cheer followed by balloon relay race featuring students and teachers from the “A” and “B" teams.

The 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball team had the opportunity to play the first game in the new gym against Berkshire.  

The Brady students and staff wish to thank the Orange Schools Community for their ongoing support, and we look forward to continuing the Brady tradition of excellence in our new facility. 

For more pictures of the opening assembly please click on the following link.

Students Compete in Science Fair

The science fair gives students the opportunity to experiment with what they have learned this year or in the past by putting their knowledge to the test with hands-on experiments.  When brought to completion, the science fair project incorporates reading, writing, spelling, grammar, math, statistics, ethics, logic, critical thinking, computer science, graphic art, scientific methodology, self-learning of one or more technical or specialty fields, public speaking, and defense in front of expert judges.  The science fair process yields a mature, self-confident, skilled and competitive young leader who has career goals and preparation, discipline, and drive to attain them.

Participation in the science fair will involve real discovery of little known or even unknown information.  It is a way of proving a student is successful and that they can accomplish great feat on their own.  Students also earn the respect of professionals in science fields because top local scientists from research and industry evaluate the projects.  Science Fair projects can open the doors of academic opportunity.  Well-done projects can lead to competition and awards at local, region, state, national, and even international levels.

Brady hosted the annual science fair in November and the winners were: 

                1st Place –  Anjali Kashyap and Senna Dweik for their study of temperature and mold growth.

                2nd Place – Ethan Heiss for his study of seeds and plants.

                3rd Place –  Rebecca Goldfarb for her study of artificial and natural smells. 

                                   Maria Garcia for her study of the sun, moon, and Earth.         




Brady's Clubs & Activities

Builders Club

This club is a community service group whose main focus is to help build students leaders by focusing on promoting character building skills and community service.  Throughout the year, students will work on a variety of service projects which include two food drives, sending cards to soldiers serving overseas, and volunteering at Moreland Elementary School and in Brady’s Cross-Categorical classroom.  If anyone is still interested in participating in Builders Club please Ms. Strom in Room 113.

eBrady Online Newspaper Club

The eBrady Online Newspaper Club is open to all students at Brady.  We have reporters, photographers, creative writers, artists, and technology enthusiasts as part of our staff.  Our Newspaper is online at  Publications are quarterly.   Please see Mrs. Foster or   Mrs. McGeown for more information.

Power of the Pen

Brady’s championship Power of the Pen team is beginning another stellar season!

After having two 7th graders-Neil Agarwal and Eva Rudow, place in the finals of the State tournament in Wooster last year, both of the writers are back as 8th graders, making the team stronger than ever.

On February 25, 2012 for the first time in over a decade, Brady Middle School will be hosting the District Power of the Pen tournament.  We need community volunteers!  If you are able to volunteer, please contact Sarah DiBenedetto at:

Student Council - New Website Debuts

Brady Student Council is practicing 21st century learning skills by creating and utilizing a website to share information with students about Student Council meetings and events. 

A special recognition and thanks is extended to 7th grade student Steven Kish for his work on the website.

Here are the ways to access the website:

1. Go to the Orange Schools Website, click on "Orange Schools", hover over "Ballard Middle School", and click "Brady Student Council".  

2. Log onto your google sites account and search "BMS Student Council".

3. Copy/Paste this link...

4. Click here.

Student Council representatives are also using the District's Google Docs and student issued email addresses to communicate with each other between meeting dates.


Brady's Winter Concerts

Brady Middle School students enrolled in Band, Choir and/or Orchestra had the opportunity to perform before large crowds during the winter concert series.

The Brady Choirs began the string of performances in the Orange High School Auditorium on Thursday, December 8, followed by the Band on Tuesday, December 13 and the Orchestra the following night.

For the first time in recent history, we decided to offer the concerts on separate nights, providing our students, parents, teachers and guests with a more comfortable viewing experience (there was a seat for everyone).

Mr. Snell, Dr. Kepner and Ms. Ellsworth were very pleased with the performance of our students and grateful for the show of support from parents and the community, especially the manner in which they modeled for students appropriate audience behaviors.


Upcoming Events

December 20

Hanukah begins at sundown

December 21-   January 4, 2012

Winter Break

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

Kwanzaa begins

January 4, 2012

School Resumes

January 9-13

PTA Reflections Submissions

January 10

PTA Parent-Principal Dialogue, 10:00 am, MHS Cafeteria

January 16

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

January 17

PTA Advisory Council, 8:30 am, OCR

January 19

End of Grading Period and Semester

January 19

Dancing Classrooms Culminating Event-       1:30 pm-Gym

January 19

PTA Reflections Display and Awards, 6:00 pm, MHS Cafeteria 1 & 2, - Awards Ceremony, 7:00 pm, MHS

January 20

Records Day-No School for Students

January 23 & 24

Challenge Day

January 25

Grade 5 Parents Scheduling Meeting, 7:00 pm, LGI

January 27

Report Cards Issued

January 27

Principal’s Recognition Award Luncheon – Media Center





December 16, 2011

Stagecrafters Junior Troupe Home Shows

December 17, 2011

Stagecrafters Junior Troupe Winter Home Show

December 19, 2011

BOE Meeting

December 20, 2011

Chanukah Begins at Sundown

December 21, 2011

Winter Break Begins. Classes Resume January 4th.

December 25, 2011


December 26, 2011

Kwanzaa Begins

January 4, 2012

Classes Resume for All Students

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