A Message from the Foundation President


Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Bearden Middle School Foundation. Our Board of Directors is made up of 100% volunteer members consisting of parents, teachers, staff and community leaders who share a passion, excitement and vision for Bearden Middle School (BMS). Our primary mission is to raise funds to support, benefit, promote, encourage and enhance the educational programs and facilities of BMS. Our principal, Michael Toth, has made technology a focal point for BMS and he has highlighted the urgent need for funding in this area.

The middle school years are crucial to the educational development of our children and the lessons learned in middle school will serve as the building blocks for success in high school and college. At BMS we hold a fundamental belief that all of our students should have access to top notch educational opportunities. The BMS parents, teachers and staff put these words and beliefs into action. BMS is on the forefront of advances in education and BMS has achieved the unique honor of being selected as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) World School, the only middle school in Knox and surrounding counties to obtain such distinction.

In addition, BMS is on the leading edge of innovative learning and technology through implementation of the VERIZON Digital Promise Innovative Learning School program, which provides iPads and data plans to all BMS students. The VERIZON Digital Promise Program has truly been an amazing blessing that catapulted BMS to the top of innovative learning through technology. However, the VERIZON Digital Promise Program was only designed to run for a limited term and it is set to end this year. BMS must now obtain funding to pay for needed repairs and upgrades, in addition to the basic services BMS has been receiving for free. With the initiation of the IB MYP Programme and the huge advancements made in technology, BMS is standing at the crossroads of a unique opportunity. At the BMS Foundation, we stand ready and able to help capitalize on this opportunity and to raise the funds urgently needed by BMS.

While BMS is truly an amazing school, we must never be satisfied with our current achievements or rest upon our past accomplishments. BMS must be committed to constantly improving, innovating and enhancing the learning environment for our children. It is our hope that the BMS Foundation can ignite a spark that will propel BMS to unheralded heights. Now is the time to rally together as a community, step up and lead by example. If we pull together, we can meet the current financial needs facing BMS and unlock new levels of excitement, energy, and achievement in our school and community. Your generous donations to the BMS Foundation will help ensure that our children receive an exceptional education and maintain a competitive advantage going forward. Here are some ways you can help support the BMS Foundation:

  • Attend the second annual BMS Foundation fundraiser on Friday, March 29, 2019 at The Standard in Downtown Knoxville;
  • Become a Sponsor of the BMS Foundation; and
  • Make a donation online.

Thank you for your support, commitment to BMS, and for making a positive difference in the lives of our children.


Jason E. Legg, President
Bearden Middle School Foundation


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Checks payable to the Bearden Middle School Foundation may be mailed to:
Bearden Middle School Foundation
P.O. Box 51373
Knoxville, TN 37950

BMSF is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3).  Donors can deduct contributions they make to the Foundation under IRC Section 170.  The Foundation is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522. 


IMG_0186Bearden Middle is a Knox County, Tennessee public school and the only middle school in the county that is a certified International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education with a shared vision.

ALL students at BMS participate in the IB MYP. The MYP focuses on supporting student academic and personal growth through the following components:

  •  8 subject areas that focus on TN State and KCS local curriculum through a challenging IB MYP framework, which encourages students to make connections between their studies and the real world.
  •  Areas of Interaction to tie learning to both the real world and other subject areas.  These include: Health and Social Education, Community and Service, Environments, Approaches to Learning, and Human Ingenuity.
  •  Approaches to Learning help students to develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them to “learn how to learn”.  They help to provide our students with a solid foundation for learning independently and with others.
  •  Learner Profile attributes are characteristics that all faculty encourage our students to embody in all aspects of their lives.  IB learners are: Thinkers, Communicators, Risk Takers, Knowledgeable, Inquirers, Balanced, Reflective, Principled, Open-Minded, and Caring.
  •  Personal Project is the culminating MYP experience that West High School 10th graders develop and create throughout the sophomore year. If a student continues on to West High School to complete his/her IB education, he/she will complete the Personal Project.  This is a mandatory experience for all 10th graders at West, and gives each student the chance to create a truly personal and creative project of their choosing. Through this endeavor, each student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to take initiative, think creatively, and communicate effectively—a few of the many skills our students needs to be college and career-ready.Photo_2018-01-26_02-09-20_PM

Bearden Middle School promotes and nurtures a supportive, dynamic learning environment, by challenging every child to meet high expectations and therefore succeed in a diverse society.

BMS is proud and honored to be recognized as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction. An AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction represents the highest level of AVID implementation fidelity demonstrating excellence in instructional practice and the promotion of college readiness schoolwide.


Foundation Mailing Address:
Bearden Middle School Foundation
P.O. Box 51373
Knoxville, TN 37950

School Address:
Bearden Middle School
1000 Francis Road
Knoxville, TN 37909

Checks payable to the Bearden Middle School Foundation may be mailed to:
Bearden Middle School Foundation
P.O. Box 51373
Knoxville, TN 37950

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.

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