• Congratulations to BMS Reflections Winners!

    Congratulations to BMS students Ainsley B and Giselle T for their statewide PTA Reflections Contest wins in the literature category!

    Congratulations to TSA for their wonderful performance at the state conference!
    The official results for BMS... The numbers represent how our team placed in events!
    Bearden Middle - 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,3              
    The chapter will now start preparing for the national conference that starts on June 28 in Washington, DC. 
    Congratulations Science Olympiad!
    S.O. crushed it at their Regional Championships taking both 1st and 2nd place along with 15 gold and 13 silver medals. Next up is the State Competition!
    Congratulations BMS Technology Student Association!
    TSA competed in their Regional Championship and brought home first place in Structural Engineering and Leadership Strategies as well as 2nd place in Children's Stories, Challenging Technology Issues and Problem Solving. They are moving on to the State Championships in April.
    Congratulations Ms. Evans and BMS Cheerleaders!
    Our cheerleaders won 1st place in the middle school division and grand champion of the all school division at the Spirit Solutions competition. They also distinguished themselves by having the highest overall GPA in Knox County Schools.
    Congratulations to the following students for placing in the top three at the spelling bee!
    1st place, Parkie M.
    2nd place, Elliot T.
    3rd place, Bryden A.


    BMS Students Art Work Displayed at Knoxville Museum of Art! 13th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is November 23rd - January 13th.

    The Tennessee Art Education Association is pleased to continue its partnership with the Knoxville Museum of Art to present the 13th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, featuring artwork created by East Tennessee middle and high school students. This competition provides the opportunity for students to participate in a juried exhibition and to have their artworks displayed in a professional art museum environment. The student art exhibition provides an excellent competitive arena for young artists.
    The 13th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to students in grades 6-12 attending public, private, or home schools in East Tennessee.

    There will be a reception Tuesday, December 11, 2018 and an awards ceremony at 6:45pm for the artists participating in the 13th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, their families, friends and school personnel.

    The following Bearden Middle School students were accepted into the show, with Ms. Winston's student Nicholas S winning 3rd place in 6th grade. We hope you will come out and see the exhibition.

    Lisa F, Cat and the Moon
    Nicholas S, Death of G.R.E.G.
    Amaya F, I
    Cara W, Stand out!
    Yamary G, Me



    The Bearden Middle Foundation will give $25,500 for technology to Bearden Middle School. A check was presented to Mike Toth, Executive Principal, during the annual BMS Bruinaroo student event on Friday. Bruinaroo is an annual fall fundraiser, carnival type event for BMS students. Funds will be used to purchase 80 iPads & cases and 96 chargers. The Bearden Middle Foundation was established in the Fall of 2017 and is steered by a Board of parent volunteers, the principal, local community leaders and teacher representation. BMSF has applied for 501(3)(c) status and is currently pending and waiting approval from the IRS. All donations will be retroactively tax-exempt after approval. The mission of the Bearden Middle Foundation is to financially support and enhance the academic programs, activities and facilities of BMS and to provide an environment of academic excellence for all students. The vision of the Bearden Middle Foundation is through community involvement and support, every student will have the opportunity to achieve his/her highest potential; every teacher will have the resources to educate in the most effective manner; and every administrator will be able to provide exemplary support and leadership. Checks payable to the Bearden Middle School Foundation may be mailed to: Bearden Middle School Foundation Post Office Box 51373 Knoxville, Tennessee 37950



    As part of Bearden Middle School’s annual art project, students agreed to honor and remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The students wanted to do a ceremony to pay tribute to our local heroes, using their creative side. Michael Weininger, one of the art teachers involved, said students are writing 300 letters and making handmade medals for our Knoxville firefighters to show them they are appreciated. A presentation will be made to Fire Chief Deputy Mark Morris and his staff, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 9:40 AM to 10:15 AM. If the weather permits, the ceremony will take place by the school’s 9/11 Memorial Tree. However, if it rains it will take place in the school’s auditorium. “It was a unique way for students to show their appreciation and have every firefighter in Knoxville receive a gift that a BMS student made.” Stephen Shedden, BMS staff member It was a great project for students to learn and understand a bit more about the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. 


    BMS Foundation!

    Click here for Foundation information.

    Click here for VIP Knoxville Magazine article about April 27, 2018 fundraiser!


    Bearden Cross Country Awards
    Bearden cross country held its awards party on October 17th to celebrate the end of the regular season. 
    Zac I. was recognized as the top runner for the boys as he finished 1st on the team in all but one race, finished 3rd overall or better in every race. Kate R. and Maggie D. were co-top runners for the girls as they swapped taking 1st and 2nd for the team in every meet.  Lindsey W. and Sabry H. were the most improved runners, each dramatically dropping their times and places meet after meet.  Top Young Talent awards were presented to Lindsey W. and Cade C., both 6th graders who made instant impacts on the team and raise hopes for next year’s success.  Cade was the overall winner in the second race of the season and finished 6th or better in every regular season meet. 
    Both the boys and girls teams should be good next year.  Come join the fun!


    Bearden Runners Earn All-State Honors

    It has been a remarkable season for the Bearden cross country team, and our runners put the icing on the cake at the final meet, the State Championship meet held on Saturday at Victor Ashe Park.  The soggy slippery wet course was not suitable for PR’s, but Cade C., Will H., and Will U. all PR’d anyway.
    Since at least 2008 Bearden has only had one boy finish in the top 20 at the State meet and thus earn All-state honors.  In the boys’ varsity race on Saturday two Bearden runners managed top 20.  And not just top 20.  Zac I. was in the lead pack the whole race and took 4th while Cade C. raced to 7th overall.  Two in the top 10!  Amazing!  The boys claimed 12th out of 30 full teams in the varsity competition with solid efforts by Hayden C., Tate C., Oliver H., Duncan A., and Sean K.
    Kate R., Maggie D., and Lindsey W. all ran close to their best times of the season in the girls’ varsity race, gaining valuable experience for next year when the Bearden girls will be a real force.
    In the junior varsity race Bearden’s boys finished 11th behind nice runs from Jack B., Jackson L., Isaac H., Will U., and Will H.
    Congratulations to our two All-state runners and the rest of the team for a great season!


    Bearden Cross Country Runners Heading to State Championships

    Bearden cross country runners went to the Regional Championship meet on October 2nd to give their best effort against the best the region has to offer.  They know it doesn’t matter whether they are on the course, at home, or in the classroom, if they do their best, good things happen.  Their best was pretty good: eighteen personal or season’s bests on the challenging Victor Ashe Park course, five trophies, and a plaque.  Go Bearden!
    The girls needed to run better than ever before to even have a chance at qualifying for the State Championships, and thoughts of angry pigeons helped many of them to their best races of the season.  Kate R. and Maggie D. earned trophies for 17th and 23rd place.  Lindsey W. missed a top 40 trophy by only half a second.  All three of them qualified for the State Championship meet.  Mazie M., Isabel H., Hattie G., and Millie L. completed the top seven, and trailing behind them were Riley H., Leaira M., Charlotte G., and Kyara E.  The girls took 7th out of 25 full teams.
    The Bearden boys have been a force at the front of every race this season, and Regional was no exception.  The lead pack had two Bearden boys at the one mile mark.  By the end Zac I. had claimed 2nd place overall, and his time of eleven minutes and fifty-four seconds was the fastest ever by a Bearden boy on the Victor Ashe course.  Cade C. was close behind him in 5th place, and Tate C. collected a 3rd trophy with his 37th place finish.  Sabry H., Hayden C., Oliver H., and Sean K. completed the top seven, but Duncan A., Jackson L., and Jack B. were just seconds behind them.  Rounding out the team were Isaac H., Will U., Hunter S., Alex P., Brodie M., and Will H.  The boys’ 3rd place out of 25 full teams qualified them for the State Championship meet.
    The season has not ended for our State qualifiers.  They will keep training and return to Victor Ashe Park on Saturday October 20th to compete in the Tennessee State Middle School Championship meet.  


    Congratulations to Cade C. and Zac I. for Cross Country Performance!

    Cade and Zac finished 1st and 2nd in the boys cross country race at Cove Lake State Park! This is a first for BMS.... According to Coach Welsh, "I don’t think Bearden runners, boys or girls, have ever done that before.  I know not in the last 12 years, and pretty sure never."  Cade and Zac, we are proud of you!


    Bearden cross country wraps up regular season with a flash 

    The final regular season cross country meet was held Tuesday at Leisure Island – Forks of the River with 582 athletes competing.  Thirteen Bearden runners ran personal or season bests.  In cross country, every course is different, so it can be hard to compare from one to another.  But when you run faster on a longer, more difficult course, you are definitely improving!

    The most exciting finish of the season came in the boys’ race with Zac I. going all out to the line, placing 2nd in a photo finish so close that both runners received the same time.  Cade C. tailed the leaders right to the end for 4th place, Tate C. moved into the ribbons at 29th, and Oliver H., Duncan A., Sabry H., and Jackson L. completed the top seven.  Also in the mix were Mahdi A., Jack B., Ethan H., Will H., Isaac H., Sean K., Hunter S., and Will U.  As a group the boys earned 2nd place out of 24 full teams.

    Not to be outdone, Bearden’s girls put together their best team effort of the season to place 3rd out of 22 full teams.  Maggie D. and Kate R. led the way in 22nd and 23rd place.  Lindsey W. and Mazie M. moved up to 32nd and 36th, giving the girls four in the top 40.  Others in the top seven were Isabel H., Hattie G., and Riley H.  Rounding out the team were Millie L. and Huitzy S. 

    Excellent outing for our runners!  Next up is the Regional Championship meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at Victor Ashe Park.


    Bearden runners battle beastly course and win

    Bearden runners rose to the challenge of running the most difficult cross country course of the season on Tuesday night.  This course had it all: rough old field terrain, fire ants, mud, super steep uphills, and steeper downhills.  The course was too hard to see any fast times, but our boys and girls tromped through it all and posted their lowest team scores of the season. The boys executed the race plan nearly perfectly with some well-timed surges and good pack running.  Zac I. powered away for the win in the last half mile, Cade C. followed in his wake for 3rd, Tate C. rode a strong last mile to 30th, and Hayden C. gave Bearden four in the top 40 with his 38th place.  Duncan A., Oliver H., and Jackson L. wrapped up a strong top seven with Ethan H., Will H., Isaac H., Brodie M., Alex P., and Will U. battling the course behind them.  The boys’ effort was good enough for 2nd out of 25 full teams. The girls demonstrated some good team running, keying off each other to run better.  Kate R. and Maggie D. collected ribbons for 17th and 18th place, respectively.  Mazie M. and Lindsey W. pulled Hattie G. and Isabel H. to their best places of the season, and Millie Lovett was 7th runner just behind that pack.  Tackling the course behind them were Charlotte G., Riley H., and Huitzy S.  The girls had their best team score and placed 6th out of 25 full teams. Congratulations to our runners for surviving a beast of a course with style! Next race is next Tuesday at Leisure Pools – Forks of the River. Full results are available at: http://knoxvilleyouthathletics.org/uncategorized/2018-elementary-middle-school-xc-program/


    Bearden runners show strength and speed in Sevierville

    Three meets in eleven days has been tough, but our Bearden runners keep battling and putting up better times.  The third meet of the season was held Tuesday evening in Sevierville on a flat, fast course with a mud-filled people-eating ditch near the end.  Eleven boys and seven girls ran personal bests or season bests.

    The girls ran first, creating a little extra mud for the boys.  Kate R. and Maggie D. were the sole ribbon winners at 20thand 27th place.  Mazie M., Lindsey W., Hattie G., Isabel H., and Riley H. cemented the team score with Huitzy S., Leaira M., Charlotte G., and Kyara E. following them in.  The girls placed 7th out of 23 full teams.

    The boys took advantage of finally having a cool evening for a run.  Zac I. blistered the course, holding the fastest pace for a Bearden boy in more than 12 years enroute to a 2nd place finish.  Cade C. was right behind Zac in 5th, and Hayden C. turned in a super second half to earn the 35th place ribbon.  Oliver H., Sean K., Tate C., and Duncan A. made a good charge to round out the top seven for the team, pulling Will U., Hunter S., Alex P., Brodie M., Isaac H., Will H., Sabry H., Ethan H., and Mahdi A. in behind them.  Nice team effort for the boys, who placed 3rd out of 26 full teams.

    There’s still a lot of training to be done, but our boys and girls are getting stronger every week.  Wish them luck and more speed for the next meet in Maryville on Tuesday September 18th

    Full results for the meets are available at: http://knoxvilleyouthathletics.org/uncategorized/2018-elementary-middle-school-xc-program/


    Bearden boys go 1-2 at Cove Lake State Park cross country meet 
    The 2nd cross country meet of the season was held Thursday at Cove Lake State Park in Campbell County, and Bearden runners covered the course in style.  Cade C. and Zac I. took first and second overall in the boys’ race, leading the boys to 2nd in the team competition thanks to strong supporting efforts by Hayden C. (in the ribbons at 36th), Oliver H., Sean K., Jack B., and Isaac H.  Following right behind the top seven were Duncan A., Ethan H., Sabry H., Will H., Allan M., Alex P., and Will U.
    Maggie D. raced to 25th place.  Lindsey W. and Mazie M. just missed earning ribbons, and Hattie G., Isabel H., Brooklynn H., and Riley H. completed the top seven.  Traipsing in behind them were Kyara E., Charlotte G., Leaira M., and Huitzy S.  The girls were 8th out of 21 full teams.
    Well done Bearden runners!  Keep working, and good things will happen.
    Next meet is Tuesday September 11th at First Baptist Church in Sevierville.
    Bearden Cross Country off to a hot start
    The first cross country meet of the 2018 season was held under the blazing sun at Victor Ashe Park on Saturday.  Bearden runners battled the heat and over 500 competitors and showed some solid potential.  The boys took 5th, and the girls claimed 7th out of 22 full teams.
    Maggie D. led the way for the girls, breaking 15 minutes on the Victor Ashe course for the first time and placing 10th out of 278 girls.  Kate R., Mazie M., Hattie G., Millie L., Isabel H., and Brooklynn H. made up the rest of the top 7 girls.  Chasing them in were Riley H., Leaira M., Kyara E., Huitzy S., and Annabel J.
    Bearden’s top boys will be a force to be reckoned with this season.  Zac I. raced to 3rd place overall with a terrific early season time of 12:16 for the 2.1 mile course.  Newcomer Cade C. was not far behind, 6th out of 305 boys.  Tate C., Oliver H., Jackson L., Duncan A., and Hayden C. wrapped up the top 7 for the boys.  Following them in were Sabry H., Will U., Hunter S., Allan M., Brodie M., and Will H.
    This was a nice start to the season.  Congratulate the team and wish them luck in the next meet Thursday September 6th at Cove Lake State Park.
    Full results are available at: http://knoxvilleyouthathletics.org/uncategorized/2018-victor-ashe-park-fall-classic/


    2018 National TSA Conference in Atlanta (June 2018)!

    2017-2018 TSA National Conference         2017-2018 TSA National Conference

    The final results for Bearden Middle:
    Challenging Technology Issues - 2nd Place - Chelsea and Presley
    Prepared Speech - 4th Place - Chelsea
    Chapter Team - 5th Place - Sophie, Maddie, Rachel, Chelsea, Max, and Sara
    Leadership Strategies - 6th Place - Maddie, Sara, and Sophie
    Tech Bowl - 8th Place - Max, Ayaz, and Alden
    Structural Engineering - National Semifinalist - Sara and Lauren


    Congratulations to Science Olympiad for placing 2nd at the state tournament for 2018!

    (They lost by one point to a homeschool, no 9th graders competed, and the homeschool was comprised of all 8th and 9th graders.)

    8th Graders:                                                                                                                                                

    Seth B: 2nd in Meteorology, 3rd in Anatomy, 3rd in Wright Stuff, 4th in Disease Detectives, 4th in Herpetology, and 5th in Ecology                                                                                                         

    Eva C: 3rd in Rocks & Minerals, 6th in Optics, 8th in Thermodynamics                                                                   

    Henry D: 1st in Towers, 2nd in Hovercraft, 2nd in Dynamic Planet                                                             

    Maggie D: 2nd in Microbe Mission, 3rd in Anatomy, 3rd in Potions & Poisons                                                           

    Gavin M: 3rd in Experimental Design, 3rd in Wright Stuff, 4th in Road Scholar, Participated in Roller Coaster                                                                                                                                                             

    Abby R: 2nd in Dynamic Planet, 11th in Crime Busters                                                                                     

    Ian S: 1st in Towers, 3rd in Rocks & Minerals, 4th in Herpetology, 5th in Ecology                                        

    Elizabeth S: 1st in Battery Buggy, 2nd in Microbe Mission, 3rd in Potions & Poisons, 11th in Crime Busters

    7th Graders:                                                                                                                                    

    Harry C: 2nd in Hovercraft, 11th in Solar Systems                                                                                     

    Hayden B: 6th in Optics, 8th in Thermodynamics, 11th in Solar Systems                                               

    Anastasia B: Alternate

    6th Graders:

    Bella H: 1st in Battery Buggy, 2nd in Meteorology                                                                             

    Oliver S: 1st in Write it Do it, 3rd in Experimental Design, 4th in Road Scholar                                                  

    Izzy R: 1st in Write it Do it, 3rd in Experimental Design                                                                         

    YiAn T: 4th in Disease Detectives                                                                                                                   

    Jaya S: Participated in Roller Coaster                                                                                                                

    Drew M: Alternate                                                                                                                                          

    Jackie H: Alternate                                                                                                                                       

    Jaliyn H: Alternate

    Congratulations to the members of the BMS TSA Chapter who attended 2018 Tennessee TSA State Leadership Conference!
    As a chapter we have 9 First Place State Champions!!!
    4 Second Place.
    3 Third Place
    Coding - Max H and Logan W - First Place
    Chapter Team - Maddie B, Sophie B, Max H, Chelsea R, Sara B, and Rachel H - First Place
    Chapter Team Written - First Place - Sara B
    Structural Engineering - Sara B and Lauren C - First Place
    Challenging Technology Issues - Chelsea R and Ayaz S - First Place
    Digital Photography - Anne E - First Place
    Tech Bowl Written - Max H - First Place
    Dragster - Alden W - First Place
    Leadership Strategies - Maddie B, Sophie B, and Sara B - First Place
    Dragster - Hudson H - Second Place
    Prepared Speech - Chelsea R - Second Place
    Tech Bowl - Max H, Ayaz S, and Hudson H - Second Place
    Chapter Team Written - Second Place - Maddie B
    Career Prep - Sophie B - Third Place
    Chapter Team Written - Third Place - Chelsea R
    Video Game Design - Max C, Ben D, Connor S, and Logan W - Third Place
    The chapter will now start preparing for the 2018 National TSA Conference in Atlanta this June!
    Congratulations to BMS students/former students for having their art work displayed in our school's main office!
    The pictured students from left to right are Yamary G., Marley T., and Aniyah McDonald. They are standing close to their art with the 2 in the middle belonging to Marley. Their work was displayed at Dogwood Festival's "Synergy: Student Art Exhibition" March 7-23, 2018: Knoxville’s next generation of artists is on display, featuring the work of gifted art students from area schools at Clayton Center for the Arts.