•  RFBMS “Engaged Learning at Home” Initiative 

     

    May 22, 2020

     

    Well-known comedienne Carol Burnette ended her variety series, The Carol Burnette Show (I’m dating myself), each week by signing off with “I'm so glad we had this time together just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just got started and before you know it comes the time we have to say, 'So long.'” Well it’s finally that time. So long to the “Engaged Learning at Home” Initiative. It’s time to say “So long” to crowded inboxes. “So long” to texts from multiple teachers. “So long” to sharing your personal laptop with two of your kids. “So long” to pouty kids who were resistant to what the adults needed them to do.

     

    Many headaches, tears, and frustrations later, we have completed our mission. We wanted to provide our students with the best “Forward Learning” experience we could possibly provide. We wanted it to meet our expectations and yours. How could we possibly have expectations for something we’ve never done? We all have high expectations for Hoover City Schools. That will never change whether we’re in the classroom or at home.

     

    Our teachers, students, and parents rose to the occasion. Personally, I am extremely proud and awed by what was accomplished. So many sacrifices have been made with one goal in mind… to move our students forward. In the process, we provided a measure of normalcy and as an unexpected by-product, we secured an even greater partnership between home and school.

     

    We will continue to keep you informed as we learn what the Fall holds for us. I encourage you to keep an eye on Gov. Kay Ivey and Dr. Eric Mackey. Both leaders have made every effort to work collaboratively and to keep us informed. Our bumpushelp@hoover.k12.al.us email address will continue to be open if you have questions. Our website will be updated frequently with up-to-date information. Our office phones will be manned during June and July from 9:00 - 3:00, Monday - Thursday. And as always, we’re all just an email away. Coaches and sponsors will provide me with information to pass on regarding workouts and activities. We will be following the guidance of the ALSDE, AHSAA, and HCS. 

     

    Report cards will be mailed late next week. You will see three new markings. A fourth nine weeks, semester and year-long grade of a Pass (P) or Fail (F). High school courses will have numerical grades. If you still have Bumpus items (textbooks or library books), please get those in as soon as possible. We will no longer have the curbside pick-up for locker contents and chromebooks. You will have to come into the building through the front door.

     

    We missed out of many activities and events due to the quarantine. We are sharing photos of the joyous occasion of each of our Finley Character Recognition Award recipients receiving their medals and certificates. We were able to hold Show Choir and Dance Team auditions virtually. The selected individuals are listed in the bulletin. 

     

    If you want to keep the skills of your child sharp during this break, we will be providing recommended IXL lessons for both Math and Language Arts. Keep yourself physically fit by continuing to stay active as your PE coaches have encouraged you to do throughout this time at home. Practice your band instruments and sharpen your foreign language skills by engaging in conversation with others. Additionally, to keep you healthy and strong breakfast/lunch meals will be available at GVES. Berry, Bumpus, and Simmons carpools for children 18 and under, M-F, 11:00-1:00 throughout the summer. 

     

    I wish you the best. I still miss you all and hope to see each of you in a more familiar setting in the near future. To my departing 8th graders, represent us well at HHS. Be a leader. Champion a right cause. Make a positive difference in someone else’s life. We hope you enjoy our Eighth Grade Celebration Video put together by our yearbook sponsors, Mrs. Amy Corbitt and Mrs. Jennifer Jones. 

     

    Be well.

    Dr. Tamala R. Maddox

     


     

    May 18, 2020

    Bumpus Family,

     

    I'm so thankful that we have made it to this final week. An extensive amount of time has been spent in preparation, delivery and feedback. Many sacrifices have been made in your homes as well as the homes of our teachers. We are very grateful for your support.

     

    As we said early on in the journey, teachers in grades K-8 will assign a 4th nine-week, semester, and final grade of Pass or Fail for each course. The exception will be any 8th grade courses being taken for high school credit such as Algebra 1 or Spanish 1.

     

    The P/F is not based on a numerical grade. We are using the numbers in INow as a familiar communication tool. A student who Passes - Meets Expectations for fourth nine weeks. A student who Fails - Does Not Meet Expectations. It is possible to have a traditional numerical grade of F (below 60%) in INow but still Meet Expectations overall based on the teacher reviewing submitted assignments.

     

    We have given students the opportunity to share their knowledge in a variety of formats. The Pass or Fail designation is not a participation grade. A Pass designation will indicate that your child Meets Expectations, Partially Meets Expectations or Somewhat Meets Expectations related to the Critical Standards provided by the state. A Fail designation will indicate that your child Did Not Meet Expectations. The numerical grade in INow communicates to students and parents the degree to which the child is progressing towards demonstrating a level of proficiency.

     

    Stay safe.

    Tamala R. Maddox, PhD

     


     

    May 11, 2020

    Bumpus Family,

     

    2020 Niche Best Middle Schools in Alabama were recently named AND we're #5 in the state!

    https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-public-middle-schools/s/alabama/

     

    #5 Bumpus

    #6 Berry

    #7 Simmons

     

    Go Bucs!!

     

    Can you believe we only have TWO MORE WEEKS of "Forward Learning" ahead of us? Parents, please sit down with your child to review iNow for any .01 listed. This indicates that an assignment was not submitted. Have your child locate the assignment, complete it and submit the assignment. 

     

    While iNow has been our primary communication tool for students and parents throughout this process, it is difficult to ascertain whether your child MEETS or PARTIALLY MEETS expectations if we do not have quality work to review. Remember, this has been "Forward Learning," so while I do fully anticipate the teachers going over these concepts when whenever we return, it will be considered a review. I truly appreciate how seriously you have taken this initiative. 

     

    Let's get those textbooks and library books in...

    All textbooks and library books must be turned in by Friday, May 22nd. You can drop them off at the front office next week, Mon-Wed (5/11-5/13), from 8-3 pm or the following week, Monday - Friday (5/18-5/22), from 8-3 pm. We will also accept them through carpool on Mondays 10:30 - 12:30. ALL STUDENTS ACCOUNTS will be put on HOLD if their textbooks or library books are NOT turned in and accounted for. This includes rising 9th grade accounts for HHS. 

     

    Peace and Go Bucs!
    Dr. Tamala R. Maddox
    Principal
     

     

    May 4, 2020

    THIS week I want to celebrate the AWESOME staff at R. F. Bumpus Middle School.

    It's Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4th - 8th.

    Psst... your child's teachers would love to get a special letter, email, recorded video message, or drawing right now.

     

    Peace,

    Dr. Tamala R. Maddox

  • April 29, 2020

     Guess what day it is...

    Happy Hump Day!
     
     
    It's also Parent Appreciation Day!!! We want to celebrate Hoover's newest Classroom Aides... YOU!
     
    Take a look at the messages from each of your academic teams as well as other Bumpus teachers and staff. We miss you all and COULD NOT do this without you. Our children are moving forward. They are learning. We are making this happen.
     
    You are proving daily what a strong partnership we have always had between home and school. We're half-way there... 3 1/2 more weeks and we can close this chapter of forward learning for 2019-2020. 
     
    Again, we salute you... our wonderful and supportive parents! Go Bucs!
     

    Peace,

    Dr. Tamala R. Maddox

     
  • April 27, 2020

    Bumpus Family,


    A word about 20-21 Course Selection Sheets - For Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

    Thank you so much for submitting your Course Selection information. We heard from about 75% of our rising 6th graders, 60% of our rising 7th graders, and 60% of our rising 8th graders. Please understand that this is the information we will use to place students in the correct math and selected electives. Nudge a neighbor to make sure they have visited the Bumpus website and submitted their Course Selection Form under the Resources tab. Your help is appreciated. 

     

    If you have any questions, please reach out to your grade level counselor or administrator listed below.

    Rising 6th grade:

    Catherine Bruno (cbruno@hoover.k12.al.us)

    Mr. Justin Jones (jjones@hoover.k12.al.us)

    Rising 7th grade:

    Mary Ann DiMarco (mdimarco@hoover.k12.al.us)

    Ms. Donna Burke (dburke@hoover.k12.al.us)

    Rising 8th grade:

    Brennita Keith (bkeith@hoover.k12.al.us)

    Mr. Sean Colosimo (scolosimo@hoover.k12.al.us)

     

    Peace,

    Dr. Tamala R. Maddox

     


     

    April 20, 2020

    Bumpus Family,

     

    I sent a message to our parents on Wednesday evening to respond to a few questions that have arisen since we began this journey of "Engaged Learning at Home." I think we're doing a great job navigating our way through this unfamiliar terrain.

     

    The decisions that we make are always based on what is good for our 1100 students and the 75+ Bumpus staff members. If that decision turns your house upside-down, you have to communicate that. We'll do everything we can to support you. Your child's teachers, grade level administrator, and guidance counselor need to know how we can best support your child. Their social-emotional well-being is just as important to us as their academic success. We can get through this but we have to do it together.

     

    We continue to hope that you are able to successfully navigate our Week at a Glance (WAAG) platform, access your assignments, and find a routine that has worked for your family as the weeks progress. Have your child show you some of the videos from their teachers and games they've played with the teachers and peers. Community is so important to us and you're a part of that community.

     

    Chromebooks and Locker Contents

    We will continue with Chromebook drop-off (for the most critical issues) and pick-up as well as locker content distribution each Monday, 10:30 - 12:30.

     

    BumpusHelp

    In the event you are unable to reach your classroom teacher, grade level counselor, or grade level administrator, we have a dedicated email address that will be responded to by our Communication Team (bumpushelp@hoover.k12.al.us). While there will likely be someone on campus each M, T, and W to receive mail and deliveries, the building will not be open to the public. Most access to the building by students, parents and teachers will be by appointment only.

     

    BumpusPR

    Additionally, because we want to maintain our connection to you during this time, please continue to use our BumpusPR@hoover.k12.al.us to share family and community news and at home learning photos. We love hearing from you and often use the information in our student eNews slides and on our social media platforms. If you haven't already, as a means of staying connected, check us out and share on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

     

    Peace,

    Dr. Tamala R. Maddox

     


     

    April 13, 2020

    Bumpus Family,

     

    We are committed to you as we continue with our "Engaged Learning at Home" Initiative. We hope that you were able to successfully navigate our Week at a Glance platform, access your assignments, and find a routine that worked for your family as the week progressed.

     

    We were able to distribute nearly 60% of the locker contents during Operation: "You Can't Come Into The School" last week. Mr. Colosimo and his team did a phenomenal job organizing and implementing a plan while maintaining our social distancing requirements. Thank you for your cooperation. We will have additional pick-up times each Monday, 10:30 - 12:30, along with Chromebook repair drop-off and pick-up for the most critical issues over the course of the next few weeks.

     

    To make same day Q & A as well as support possible, in the event you are unable to reach your classroom teacher, grade level counselor, or grade level administrator, we have a dedicated email address that will be responded to by our Communication Team (bumpushelp@hoover.k12.al.us). While there will likely be someone on campus each M, T, and W to receive mail and deliveries, the building will not be open to the public. Most access to the building by students, parents, and teachers will be by appointment only.

     

    Additionally, because we want to maintain our connection to you during this time, please continue to use our BumpusPR@hoover.k12.al.us to share family and community news and at home learning photos. We love hearing from you and often use the information in our student eNews slides and on our social media platforms. If you haven't already, as a means of staying connected, check us out and share on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

     

    Peace,

    Dr. Tamala R. Maddox

     


     

    April 6, 2020

    Bumpus Family,

     

    We are committed to you and each other as we embark upon this "Engaged Learning at Home" Initiative tomorrow. Forward Learning has been the driving force and we hope we deliver not only forward learning, but also the support needed to carry it out.

     

    Here's some information related to what I've come to call Operation: "You Can't Come Into The School" that kicks off at 9:00 am tomorrow and about how the "Engaged Learning at Home" Initiative that will roll out tomorrow. 

     

    Principal's Message Audio 

    Principal's Message Slide Presentation (printable / mobile-friendly)

     

    To make same day Q & A, as well as support possible, in the event you are unable to reach your classroom teacher, grade level counselor or grade level administrator, we have a dedicated email address that will be responded to by our Communication Team (bumpushelp@hoover.k12.al.us) While there will likely be someone on campus each day, the building will not be open to the public. Most access to the building by students, parents and teachers will be by appointment only.

     

    Peace,

    Dr. Tamala R. Maddox

     

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