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Coding:  Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have been learning HTML and CSS programing languages to code their own websites from the ground up through  The following is a very small sample of students' work.

Website 1; Website 2; Website 3; Website 4; Website 5; Website 6



March Maddness Book Tournament:  Sixteen picture books that were read throughout the year were chosen to compete in a Sweet16 March Madness Book Tournament.  Students voted on the books each week to narrow it down to 8, then 4, then 2.  Finally, students voted on the winner for the 2019 Book of the Year!

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STEM - Mr. Johnson's Classroom

Hot Air Ballons: Students learned about how air density can provide lift.

STEM Career Path Posters:  Students learned about different types of engineers and what they design.

Cave Paintings:  In homeroom, students created cave paintings to go along with a book they read.


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 Hot Air Ballon Launch - 3/21/2019

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7th GRADE:

I Am Poems:  The "I Am" poetry activity is for students to discover how poets (and all writers) use concrete imagery to evoke abstract themes.  This is an exercise in "showing not telling" as a writer.

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8th GRADE:

Quilt Squares:  During the language arts Human Spirit Unit, students learned about various historical people who showed powerful human qualities such as bravery, leadership, kindness, and loyalty.  Students then chose a person to honor who demonstrates great human spirit.  Choices ranged from family members to presidents to musicians.  Students designed paper "quilt squares" with a quote, picture, and an explaiantion of how the person chosen is worthy of this honor, as well as the original border.  Indiviual quilt squares were combined to make a larger paper quilt.

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Final countdown to competition:

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Andrew Johnson - Featured in BHSU Alumni

6th Grade Science at Belle Fourche Middle School  – Black Hills State Unveristy graduate class of 2013 and class of 2015 - Feature travel to China, germanium technology and its impact at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. View more details here. March 2019

Education 2018 Honorees - Penny Shuster Louks

8th Grade Language Arts at Belle Fouche Middle School – Featured in Black Hills Parent Magazine as an Education 2018 Honoree - View more details here. Spring 2018 

Anonymous Donor Rewards Board-Certified Teachers

6 of 8 National Board-Certified Teachers at the Belle Fourche School District – Teach at the Belle Fourche Middle School - Joann Stephens, Julie Hatling, Reva Potter, Penny Louks, Wendy Larson, Ann Anderson  View more details here.  1/3/12 – Butte County Post

Belle Fourche (Teacher) Basketball Standout Honored at Northern State Wolves

Jammie (Coyle) Raba (BFMS language arts teacher) was inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame.  View mor details here.  1/6/11

2015 NSIC Hall of Fame – Jammie (Coyle) Raba – Northern State Basketball

Jammie Raba – Profile on YouTube  View more details here.  7/20/15

Belle Teacher Honored by White House

Ann Anderson, Middle School Science Teacher, receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  View more details here.  12/23/13 – Black Hills Pioneer  View more details here.

BHSU Mascot Sting Surprises Belle Fourche National Award Winning Educator

Ann Anderson, honored by Black Hills State University for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  View more details here.  3/31/14 – BHSU News & Events

President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers

Julie Hatling, Belle Fourche Middle School Math Teacher, is state-level finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
(Article on Page 2)  View more details here.

Belle Fourche School District names Employee, Teacher of Year

Julie Hatling, 2014 – 2015, Teacher of the Year  View more details here.  5/16/15 – Black Hills Pioneer

Belle Fourche Educator Honored

JoAnn Stephens received both the American Legion District 1 Educator of the Year award and the 2015 South Dakota American Legion Educator of the Year award.  View more details here.  6/16/15 – Butte County Post

Brain-Injured Teen Gets Chance To “Go-Fast” in Marathon

Chris Riley, Belle Fourche Middle School Social Studies Teacher, helps a brain-injured teen “run” fast in a marathon and both become an inspiration for many.  View more details here.  7/25/14 – Argus Leader

BFMS Veterans’ Day Ceremony:

2014 – 18th Annual Middle School Veterans Day Program “Our Nation’s Veterans Memorials” – for Pictures and Descriptions of Ceremony and Classes  View more details here.  9/24/14 – Butte County Post

2012 – 16th Annual Middle School Veterans Day Program – for Pictures and Descriptions of Ceremony and Classes  View more details here.  10/15/12 – Butte County Post

2011 – 15th Annual Middle School Veterans Day Program – for Pictures and Descriptions of Ceremony and Classes  View more details here.  11/11/11 – Butte County Post

BHSU Professors Give Middle School Students a Glimpse in to the Excitement of Science

“More than 20 eighth graders from the Belle Fourche Math and Science Club spent a day with Black Hills State University science professors touring the University labs and engaging in activities across various science disciplines.”  View more details here.   2/23/2013 – BSHU News & Events

BFMS Destination Imagination Team Heads to State

“The Belle Fourche Middle School Destination Imagination Team took first place in Structure Competition at the Regional Destination Imagination Tournament in Rapid City.  View more details here.  3/22/14 – Butte Community Post

Belle Fourche Middle School Has New Cross Country Team

“Belle Fourche Middle School’s cross country team is progressing through its first season. Chris Riley coaches the 15-member squad. Three eighth-graders, one seventh-grader, and 11 sixth-graders are on the roster.”  View more details here.  9/25/14 – Black Hills Pioneer

Middle School Joins Bronc Homecoming Activities

“Belle Fourche Middle School Principal Kevin Smidt said the students were really looking forward to Friday's noon pep rally to wind themselves up for Friday afternoon's home-coming parade and the Friday evening football game.”  View more details here.  9/26/14 – Butte County Post

‘It’s Cool to be Smart’ – Knowledge Bowl rife with quizzical contenders and Q&A
“…what some area middle and high school students know is impressive and on display virtually weekly each fall during Knowledge Bowl season in the Black Hills.  View more details here.  10/20/14 – Black Hills Pioneer

Middle School JAM Opens School Supply Store

“The Belle Fourche Middle School after school JAM program had its Pencil Box school supply store grand opening...”  View more details here.  2/13/15 – Butte County Post

Middle School Suspense Comedy Play Is This Weekend

“Have You Heard” – A locally-written and directed spring play by the Belle Fourche Middle School  View more details here.  3/11/15 – Butte County Post

Belle Fourche Middle School Science Competitors Did It Again

Middle School students, once again, took top honors at the regional science fair competition.  View more details here.  4/7/15 – Black Hills Pioneer

Belle Fourche Purple Pride News and Photos
A variety of pictures of students along with community members who have won prizes given away by Belle Fourche Purple Pride.  View more details here.

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