Open Gym

Advisors:  Mr. Calabrese and Mr. Gilly

Open Gym is a time for students in fifth and sixth grade to stay after school and play organized athletics under the supervision of two BMS teachers. Open gym occurs eight times in the fall and eight times in the spring with each season having a separate, required permission slip. Open gym lasts for sixty minutes allowing students to take the late bus home, picked up by a parent or walk.  Dates: 10/19, 10/20, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 11/2, 11/3 and 11/9
Permission slips must be in by October 19th to Mr. Gilly in Room 309 or Mr. Calabrese’s room 106 to participate in the first session. Permission slips will be accepted after the 19th if space is available for future sessions

Photography Club
Mr. Koch
We are a club open to all at BMS students who want to explore the world of photography. As beginner/amateur photographers, we explore the very basics of photography: setting up the perfect shot, finding unique angles, and basic lighting techniques. Club meetings take place in room 226 but dates are never set in stone. They usually take place between fall/winter sports for 8 sessions and between winter/spring sports for 8 sessions. Please see flyers for more information. All photography skill levels are welcomed to partake in this club! Cameras will be supplied; purchasing one is not required for the club.
Dates TBD

Chess Club

Advisor: Mr. Terraciano

Is open to any 5th and 6th  graders during lunch.  We will meet in Room 111 on Wednesdays with Mr. T.  You should bring your lunch. If you need to buy lunch, stop by Room 111 and get a pass, so you can go to the front of the line and buy your lunch.

Students play chess in a relaxed and comfortable environment.  Students do not need to know how to play, they just need a desire to learn.


Forensics Club
Mr. Terraciano

This club meets on Thursdays after school in Room 111. It is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. There are two competitions at Randolph Middle School. In this club, students learn and memorize passages from novels, monologues from plays, and scenes from plays in preparation for the two upcoming competitions. We work on skills of presentation, acting, and interpretation of literature. The dates and times for the upcoming competitions have yet to be determined. You can get permission slips in the cafeteria which will be available by the first week of October.  Dates TBD (club meets on Thursdays)


Math Enrichment

Advisor: Mrs. Froysland   
The Bernardsville Middle School Enrichment Club is open to all students in Grade 5 who wish to have an opportunity to explore mathematics beyond the Grade 5 curriculum. Students will be challenged and enriched in a variety of topics to promote problem solving and critical thinking in a collaborative setting.  Enrichment Club meets in Room 110 with Mrs. Froysland. Club will meet on Wednesdays throughout the year.


Art Club
Advisor Mrs. Lacotta
Art Club is a fun place to exercise creativity and art skills and spend time with others who enjoy art too. During Art Club, students will have the opportunity to explore various mediums in the creation of individual and group art work.  Each meeting a new project is introduced. Students may choose to work on a new project each meeting or create their own project to work on from week to week.  Projects range crazy and limitless such as making tie dye t-shirts, to serious and focused such as creating a drawing around a specific topic.  

Meeting Dates:  Wednesdays 2:46 - 3:50, October 5th, 2016 & seven more Wednesday meetings October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd, November 9th, November 16th, November 30th, and December 14th.             


Student Council
Advisors:  Mrs. Bracho and Mr. Hartt
Want to become more involved in school? Want to be a classroom representative and leader? If so, you should consider becoming involved in student council! Elections for officer positions occur towards the end of each school year, however, we are always looking for volunteers and class representatives to attend and contribute fresh ideas to our meetings! If you are interested in getting involved, please see Mr. Hartt in room 154!

Advisor: Mr. Terraciano
Interested in both school and world issues?  Do you like to ask people questions in order to find out more about them? Have you always been interested in becoming a writer for a major newspaper or magazine?  Do you find yourself always critiquing a movie after you’ve watched it?  Then consider joining the online newspaper team. We are looking for cartoonist, sports writers, movie reviewers, current events reporters, and feature article writers.  

The Club will be open to members to work on the paper Monday through Thursday from 7:15 am - 7:45 am.  We will also meet one Wednesday after school a month from 2:50 – 3:50 to write and organize articles for the next publication date. Those Wednesdays are:10/26,  11/16, 12/ 21, 1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 4/26, 5/24, and 6/7, 2017.

Literary Magazine
Advisor: Ms. MacGorman
Members of the Literary Magazine will discuss and critique students’ submitted prose, poetry, and art from grades 5-8, plan the entire layout and themes of the magazine, decide what pieces of submitted writing will be included in the magazine, and get to write their own pieces for publication in the magazine. Literary magazine will meet on Thursdays throughout the year! We will meet in the lab in room 226. See Ms. Mac in the library for a meeting calendar and to sign-up! All grade levels welcome!  First meeting is Thursday, October 20th.  

Yearbook Club
Ms. Szesko
Open to all grade levels!! Do you like to take pictures? Do you like to edit or proofread? Do you like to work on the computer, organize pictures, or design layouts? Do you like to make memories? Then yearbook club is for you!! The yearbook club meets on several Tuesdays from September to June. See Ms. Szesko (room #221) for a permission slip. There are yearbook positions available for all interests and levels, but you must be willing to commit for the entire year in order to participate. Please see Ms. Szesko to sign up and get involved! Meeting Dates (Tuesdays): September 27th, October 25th, November 29th, December 20th, January 31st, February 28th, March 28th, and June 13th.

Advisor: Mrs. Mongno
The Kindness Club works on...
Encouraging and recognizing Random Acts of Kindness

Modeling Kindness to, Respect for, and Inclusion of all BMS Students Acting as Kindness Ambassadors for all BMS Students Participating in Kindness to Our World Efforts Offering BMS students a resource for help and Long Term Kindness Providing an avenue for advertising Community Service Opportunities

Kindness Club Meeting Dates & Times:

11:03-11:33 during lunch for grades 5 & 6

11:51-12:21 during lunch for grades 7 & 8

(please bring your lunch)

Green Team 
Advisor: Ms. Szesko
The Green Team is an engaging after school program that encourages students to take active awareness of our environment. Students will help 
Bernardsville Middle School continue to practice recycling around the school. Students will learn and become active participants in protecting the environment around us. Students will maintain the gardens on school grounds. Students will also give back to the environment by growing various plants. Students will continue to be actively learning about science, while helping the environment and enjoying their learning. Students earn community service hours for every meeting attended. Please pick up a permission slip from Ms. Szesko in room #221. We meet after school on Thursdays throughout the school year. Meeting Dates: October 6th October 20th November 3rd November 17th December 1st December 15th January 5th January 19th  February 2nd February 9th February 23rd  March 9th March 23rd March 30th April 6th April 20th May 4th May 18th June 1st June 8th


Advisors: Ms. Weltler and Ms. Martin

7th and 8th Grade
7th and 8th grade students interested in participating this year’s musical (The Lion King, Jr.) as actors, crew or prop artists should come to the audition on Friday, October 14 from 3-4:30 in the BMS Cafeteria.  Interested students must attend both days.   Performance dates for this show are December 8 & 9.  A rehearsal schedule will be provided to all students who attend the auditions.

To pre-register your child, please click here.

Show contracts may also be downloaded and completed prior to auditions by clicking on this link:  The Lion King, Jr. Show Contract.  Please have your child bring the completed show contract to the first day of auditions.  This contract will serve as your child’s permission slip to attend the auditions.


5th-6th Grade Play
5th and 6th grade students interested in theater are encouraged to participate.  We will present a 40 minute production and students will learn the basics of stage production as they have fun performing!  Rehearsals are held in the BMS Cafeteria Monday through Friday from 3-4 PM (3-5 PM the week immediately before the show).  Auditions will be held in mid-March. Stay tuned for more information More information to follow.

Earth Science Team

Advisor:  Mr. King
The Earth Science Team is a group of 8th students who compete annually in a state-wide, high school academic competition called the New Jersey Science League. Competitions take place during the first four months of each year. Participating schools are ranked each month by a team score—the sum of the two highest student scores. Each student is also ranked by her/his individual score. The top ten schools and the top 10% of individual students receive plaques based on their cumulative scores following April’s competition. Participating students must be enrolled in an Earth Science course. More information about the New Jersey Science League can be found on Mr. King’s website at and on the official New Jersey Science league website at


From 2004 to the present, Earth Science teams from the Somerset Hills School District have consistently finished as one of the top ten teams in New Jersey Science League competitions. During this time, we have had at least one individual per year placing in the top 10% of all Earth Science students in the state. Since moving Earth Science to BMS in 2008, our 8th grade team has been the only middle school competing in this high school dominated competition! We are very competitive team of students: 6th place in 2009, 2nd place in 2010, 5th place in 2011, 4th place in 2012, 2nd place in 2013, 1st place in 2014, 2nd place in 2015, and 1st Place in 2016!


The Earth Science Team will meet once a week on Thursdays after school from November through April (If necessary, an additional meeting will be added each week to accommodate students involved in extracurricular activities which meet on Thursdays). Team members should have a strong academic record in science and math, possess a serious interest in science, exhibit a desire to understand “how the Earth works”, and be willing to master Earth Science far beyond what the 8th grade curriculum requires. Students interested in joining the Earth Science Team should discuss their participation with Mr. King.

BMS Math Club
Advisor:  Mrs. Ogden
The BMS Math Club will provide students in Grades 5 through 8 an opportunity to explore mathematics beyond the classroom curriculum in a collaborative setting. Students will dive into a variety of captivating math activities and be exposed to the deep math concepts behind them. BMS Math Club members will participate in TWO math league contests, competing with students in the same grade level from schools all over the United States. Continental Math League (CML) and New Jersey Math League are designed to improve student problem solving capabilities and build student confidence in mathematics through solving complex, worthwhile problems.

BMS Math Club will meet Thursdays after school in Mrs. Ogden’s classroom, Room 216; members will receive a calendar of meeting AND contest dates scheduled throughout the school year. More information about the two math leagues can be found at the official websites listed below.


Continental Math League (CML):

NJ Math League:


Service Learning
Advisor:  Mrs. Obert-Thorn

Each student must complete 5 hours of service learning each year.  The hours should be completed outside of school; although throughout the year, BMS will host various community service projects for student volunteers (i.e. clothing drive, food drive, BMS/Bedwell events). Keep checking the Friday Folder for upcoming events and further information. For a copy of the community service form, see your social studies teacher, pick one up in the main office, cafeteria, or outside room 114. You can also download a copy of the community service form online under the "School Information" section of the BMS website.

We are always looking for new projects too! Do you want to take the lead in planning and organizing new community service projects for BMS? Come see Mrs. Obert-Thorn in Room 114 with your ideas!


BMS Jazz Ensemble
Advisor:  Mr. Snyder
The Bernardsville Middle School Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble that is comprised of advanced middle school musicians that play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drum set. Jazz Ensemble will focus on traditional and contemporary jazz selections from the big band repertoire. The Jazz Ensemble will meet on Thursdays, after school from 2:50-3:35 P.M. in the Band Room.

Peer Leadership
Advisor:  Mrs. Craver
Do you consider yourself a leader? Do you want to build leadership skills and help out the BMS School Community? Are you in 7th or 8th grade? If so, consider signing up for Peer Leadership! The BMS Peer Leaders are a committed, positive group of 7th and 8th graders looking to serve as role models to their peers and the BMS community. We engage in promoting positive attitudes, kindness, and school spirit throughout the year. Peer Leaders organize exciting spirit days and programs promoting the spreading of the goals and values of BMS. We focus on serving BMS in a variety of ways that encourage the building of a greater school community. We also assist with 4th Grade Orientation and finding ways to help make BMS more welcoming to our new students. We are always looking for great new ideas on how to help BMS become an even greater place! Does this sound like it would be a good fit for you? Then, please stop by to see Mrs. Craver in the office to find out more!

Advisor:  Mark Noonan
Orchestra is offered to students grades 5-8 who wish to be introduced to and/or continue to develop instrumental skill and technical ability leading to increased facility on a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). Students shall become acquainted with a wide and varied repertoire of suitable orchestral ensemble literature. The course shall provide a foundational study, which may lead to a career in music. Each student shall be given the opportunity to enjoy music through active participation as well as being a means of recreation, pleasure and worthy use of leisure time. Students will serve and represent the school through public concert performances. Students will be awarded the opportunity to develop personal character traits of leadership, poise, dependability and responsibility, foster moral character and maintain school spirit. Through the use of computer technology (if available), students shall develop skills in musical notation entering, playback and printing.

Math Lab
Advisor:  Ms. O’Halloran
Calling all 5th-8th graders! Need help with your math homework? Need help studying for a math test? Then come to Math Lab! After School Math Lab will be running every Tuesday beginning September 27, 2016 from 2:50 – 3:50 in Room 210. Drop in for extra help with Miss O’Halloran. Bring your math homework or study questions. See Miss O’Halloran for questions or more information!