The History of Bear River Middle School
This year (2015) our building will be 50 years old. We have a created a history page for you to view all the learning and educational experiences that have taken place over the years. You can see pictures of other students who once walked the halls of Bear River Middle School. It is pretty neat that we have such a great history and that others have helped preserved our history for us. When our building was first built it cost $1,123,007.33. The building was dedicated on December 9, 1965. This year we will be having a birthday celebration in December to commemorate this event. So watch for more information to come. Make sure you check out our history page.
Timeline of BRMS:
1956 - Bear River Junior High is established. The junior high consisted of 7th, 8th and 9th grade. The first Principal was Kleon Kerr.
First student body officers named. Burke Rogers President, Patsy Shumway Vice-President, and Kathie Harris Secretary. Four students received straight A grades the first quarter. They were Eldon Capener, Jerry Capener, Marva Parkinson, and DeAnne Shuman. 64 students were listed on the honor roll.
Sept 1957 - Tremonton's three public schools, Bear River High, Junior High, and McKinley had enrolled just short of 1,500 students. The junior high had the biggest enrollment with 530 students. The high school had 486 and McKinley had 458.
Jan. 1958 - Seven period schedule is approved by the Board of Education.
Oct. 1959 - Ford Jeppson announced as new principal of Bear River Junior High
Sept. 1965 - New Bear River Junior High Building opens (Current building). Ford Jeppson continues as principal. The building on completion and final approval listed at $1,123,007.33
1968 - Don Potter becomes the first assistant principal at Bear River Junior High.
1978 - Jay P. Hawkes is named principal and J. Earl Johnston is the assistant principal. The media center is added in the center of the building.
BRMS during the 1970s
1982 - Bear River Junior High consited of 7th and 8th grade students.
1983 - Bear River Junior High Becomes Bear River Middle School. 6th grade is moved to the Middle School building. BRMS consists of 6th, 7th, & 8th grade.
1984 - Karl Starr is made assistant principal.
1987 - Jim Baty is principal and Calvin Bingham is the assistant principal.
1988 - The west wing is added on to the building.
BRMS during the 1980s
1994 - Karl Starr is Principal of BRMS
1995 - Harris Intermediate opens it's doors. Bear River Middle School consists of 8th & 9th grade. The 6th and 7th graders are moved to Harris Intermediate and the 9th graders come back to the middle school building. Karl Starr donated $500 from the activity fund to Harris Intermediate to help the new school get a start on things. The Principal of the new intermediate school, Mary Kay Kirkland accepted the donation.
BRMS during the 1990s
2004 - Calvin Bingham becomes Principal and Susan Lavelle is the Assistant Principal of BRMS.
2006 - Eldon Petersen is the Assistant Principal of BRMS.
2007 - Corey Thompson is the Assistant Principal of BRMS.
2008 - Chad Kirby is the Assistant Principal of BRMS.
2009 - Randy Rasmussen is the Assistant Principal of BRMS.
2009 - Box Elder School District begins late state on Wednesdays for secondary students. The first color yearbook is created.
BRMS during the 2000s
2010 - Eldon Petersen is Principal and Clay Chournos is the Assistant Principal of BRMS.
2011 - Box Elder School District implements PLCs (Profesional Learning Communities) teachers are organized into similar content teams.
Nov. 2012 - BEAR Time (school-wide intervention program) begins.
2013 - Jamie Kent is the Assistant Principal of BRMS.
2014 - Enrollment is approximately 720 students, with about 360 eight grade students and 360 ninth grade students. The original lunch room tables from 1965 are replaced. They had 49 years of use.
2015 - BRMS implements BEAR Dens (students are grouped in Dens according to their math, language arts & science teachers).
BRMS during the 2010s
The first building. This was Bear River Junior High from 1956-1965
Kleon Kerr first principal of Bear River Junior High replaced by Ford Jeppson in 1959.
Ford Jeppson and the new building in 1965.
Karl Star and Calvin Bingham in the 1990s
Gym Floor 2014
First Faculty "Selfie" August 2014