BMS has been a national School to Watch since 2012
Students build community between different grades in Crew
Students hold grade-level meetings and offer "shout-outs" to peers.
Our school motto
Choir director Brittany von Stein recently won a Colorado Outstanding Young Educator award.
8th graders mentor 5th graders
Our playground offers middle school challenges as well as Crew activities
Principal Ellsperman regularly meets with students
The Basalt Bands play over 20 concerts a year
Crew is a vital part of every day at BMS
Pep rallies are full of Longhorn Pride
Hands-on learning in science class
Crew activities practice our Habits of a Scholar
Welcome to College Row-- the academic wing of BMS
More than half of 8th graders sing in choir
Whole-school meetings happen throughout the year.
Students explore the Makerspace
Music and performances fill our auditorium year-round
5th graders learn their instruments in time for a fall concert.
Students take pride in their school and help in their community through Crew
Basalt Middle School 8th grade students were treated to an amazing opportunity this month. Sixty students packed into a classroom to skype with 84-year-old author and Holocaust survivor Simone Liebster in France for the opening of a literacy unit on the Holocaust. Liebster, who wrote Facing the Lion, which details her family's Nazi persecution while she was in middle school, answered questions from students, recounted her story, and passed on a lifetime of wisdom. Teacher Allyson Bella-Dodds followed up on the interview with a book club-style approach to the period and a culminating poetry activity that reflected back on what students learned through their interview and readings. Check out the full story in The Aspen Times!.
Some gems of wisdom that Simone imparted to students include: "Learning is a treasure-- no one can take away what you have in your brain," "the greatest value in life is a good conscience," and "know what you believe in but examine your beliefs to make sure they're worth standing up for."
8th Grade Student Poems:
8th Grade Student Reflections:
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