BMS receives Momentum Award for 3rd year

Bellefontaine Schools

AP Capstone Diploma Program set to begin next year

Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education members were informed at their Monday evening meeting about a state award received by Bellefontaine Middle School for the third consecutive year, and also were updated about a new opportunity that will be available for Bellefontaine High School students next school year through the AP Capstone Diploma Program. 

Shanel Henry, director of instruction, reported the district was informed Monday that BMS has received the prestigious Momentum Award for the third consecutive year. Schools that earned this award have received As on every value-added measure included on their state report card. 

The award symbolizes the hard work and dedication by the staff to ensure students’ success in exceeding the growth expectations in math and English language arts, Principal Lynda Holycross explained in an e-mail. 

She said Tess Elshoff, president of the State Board of Education sent the following statement to BMS: “Our mission is to prepare students for a future that has yet to be written. Many consider this to be a daunting endeavor. Your education team, however, has clearly embraced this challenge.” 

“At a time when schools across the state are struggling to meet students’ needs, receiving the Momentum Award for three consecutive years validates the collaboration and dedication Bellefontaine Middle School offers to the community.”

Regarding the AP Capstone Diploma Program, officials reported that BHS was selected as one of approximately 1,800 schools worldwide, and now one of 19 schools in Ohio, to implement this initiative. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence — AP Seminar and AP Research.

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