The Baker Blast Memorial Day Edition

Above: Last week, our 8th grade students conducted oral history interviews with local American veterans. The interviews were recorded and stored on a website site to be preserved as a historical primary source. For more information, please see below.

Important Dates

Monday, May 27th

  • Memorial Day: No School

Tuesday, May 28th

  • Peer Mediation Meeting: Rm 122 - 7:30 am
  • Track City Meet: AHS - 2 pm
  • Final Homework Help Club: Rm 113 - 3 pm
  • IM Track Practice - 3:10 pm

Wednesday, May 29th

  • Character Education Day - 7 Period Day
  • Combined 6th Grade Band Rehearsal: Rm 122 - 7:15 am
  • Special Track Practice: County Qualifiers Only - 3:08 pm

Thursday, May 30th

  • Track County Meet: Clarkston HS - 1:45 pm

Friday, May31st

  • Fire Drill
  • ALL IN Celebration
  • Science Olympiad Nationals
  • Track Pizza Party - 3:08 pm

Monday, June 3rd

  • Mindful Monday - 1st Hour
  • IM Track Practice - 3:10 pm
  • Spring Band Concert - 7 pm

Tuesday, June 4th

  • Homework Help Club
  • IM Track Practice - 3:10 pm
  • Baker Dodgeball Tournament VII
  • Special PTO Meeting

Wednesday, June 5th

  • Final Book Club Meeting: Rm 107 - 7:30 am
  • Final Broadcast Club Meeting: Rm 103 - 7:30 am
  • IM City Track Meet: THS - 2 pm
  • Spring Orchestra Concert - 7 pm

Thursday, June 6th

  • Spring Sports Pep Assembly - 7 Period Day
  • Theater/Play: Baker Cafeteria - 7 pm

Friday, June 7th

  • No Scheduled Events

Counseling Donation Collection

Veterans History Project

May we all pause to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Our 8th grade students recently finished their Civil War unit where they engaged in discussions about the origins of Memorial Day. As an extension to their deep learning, the students connected their learning to their community by documenting the oral histories of veterans from the metro-Detroit area. We are very fortunate to have a partnership with military veterans in our community who were more than willing to share their stories. Our students were eager to learn about these honorable service men and women and carefully captured their legacy for future generations. Please click on the link above for more information about this meaningful lesson and tribute to Memorial Day.

8th Grade Portfolio Interviews

8th graders presented their resume and portfolio which includes various projects from their tenure at Baker. The interviews provided students with an opportunity to communicate their strengths in a formal interview setting with Troy community business professionals. Students were assigned a single interview day/time. This culminating middle school event is one of the final 8th grade activities and serves as a fantastic learning opportunity for students as they formally "dress for success" and experience a true interview. We are proud of our Bobcats!

Dog Days of Spring

Therapy Dogs Visit Baker Students

With the increased challenges and stressors for students, therapy dogs have been used in schools as a way to provide comfort and support. Baker has been exploring the implementation of a therapy dog through our counseling department and is looking forward to providing students access during the 2019 - 2020 school year. As a part of our incremental implimentation, Mrs. Chlebek, and Mrs. Davert brought their certified therapy dogs to Baker Friday, May 24th during all 3 lunches. As you can see they were a big hit and brought joy to our students.

Sports Physicals 2019-2020

Troy School District will be offering an opportunity for student athletes to get a Sports Physical for the 2019-20 sports season on these two days: Wednesday, June 5, and Wednesday, July 10, at Athens High School from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00 and there are no appointments taken. All student athletes from ANY TSD middle and high school are welcome to participate. Beaumont Family Medicine will be performing the physicals.

The physicals will be in the athletic area (near the gyms/training room) and physical forms will be available onsite. Athens HS Athletic Trainer, Mr. Brian Baines, and Troy HS Athletic Trainer, Mr. Mike Sime, will be on site for both evenings. NOTE: You do not have to take advantage of this opportunity in order for your child to participate in sports--you are welcome to get a physical from your family doctor as well. Forms (back and front) are available on the TSD Athletics page.

End of the Year Important Dates

Tuesday, June 11: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

  • 1/2 Day of School - 11:54 am Dismissal
  • The 8th grade Promotion Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 11th, from approximately 10 am - 12 pm in the Baker Gymnasium.

Wednesday, June 12: 8th Grade Party

  • 1/2 Day of School - 11:54 am Dismissal
  • The 8th grade party will take place on June 12th from 12pm to 2pm. This year's them is a Summer Beach Party!! Students will enjoy games, food, music and a photo booth as they get together with their class to celebrate graduating Baker Middle School.

Thursday, June 13: Last Day of School

  • 1/2 Day of School - 11:54 am Dismissal
  • The start of Summer Break!

Adventure Island: August 12 - 15

  • Adventure Island is a four day adventure discovering the skills necessary to become successful in middle school. This course is intended to enhance the transition into middle school for upcoming sixth grade students.

2019 - 2020 Schedule Pick Up: Thur, August 15

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 6th Grade students
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 7th grade students
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All 8th grade students

The DaVinci Awards

June 10th & 11th at Baker Middle School - 7 pm

ALL IN Celebration

The next ALL IN Celebration is May 31st

Donations Wanted

DONATIONS WANTED - Empty 2 Liter Pop Bottles Used Board Games, Legos, Knex, Baker Maker Supplies. 7th Grade Science Needs empty 2 Liter Pop Bottles to build bottle rockets. We also need the following items.

  • Used Board Games, Legos, Knex
  • Baker Maker Supplies
  • Hand Tools
  • Wire
  • Perler Beads
  • Batteries
  • Scrap Wood
  • Scrap PVC
  • Nails
  • Masking Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint Brushes

Basically, anything our Baker Makers can use to build something during our ALL IN Celebrations

The ALL IN program has proven to be crucial in helping our students set goals and attain academic success by influencing their motivation with extrinsic forces that over time become intrinsic forces through achieving continued success and having fun! We appreciate Oakland Schools & TFEE for providing resources to make this a success! We are interested in inviting our Baker Family parents to participate in the May 31st celebration! If you are interested, please click on the following link.

Washington DC Trip Information

Registration is open for the 2020 8th Grade Washington DC Trip. The trip is scheduled for February 14 - 18, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Macintosh zmacIntosh@troy.k12.mi.us 248.823.4689. For more information and early registration, please click on the link below.

This Week at Baker

PTO Communication

Special PTO Meeting

June 4th: Baker Media Center - 7 pm

A special PTO Meeting is being held to vote for the open PTO Board positions.

8th Grade Party

Save the Date: 8th Grade Party June 12th from 12pm to 2pm

8th Grade Party PTO Donations Needed!

Well it’s hard to believe our kids are getting ready to graduate 8th grade in only 3 short months. Their journey on to High School is already being talked about with much anticipation. But before that all begins, we are going to celebrate our Graduates!! This year the party will take place on June 12th from 12pm to 2pm following the half day dismissal. We are planning a Kick off to Summer Beach Party!! The kids will enjoy games, food, music and a photo booth as they get together with their class to celebrate graduating Baker Middle School.

Wednesday, June 12, the kids will have a half day. All 8th graders will stay at school from 12-2pm for the 8th Grade Party. Lunch will be provided. We are asking for a $10 donation from each student to offset the cost of the party.

Please send your cash money in an envelope clearly marked your child’s name and 8th Grade Party to school no later than March 28th. **Please let us know, included in the envelope, if there are any dietary considerations for your child and your contact information so we can reach out to you. There will be a basket in the office for the envelopes.

This is sure to be a fun party as our graduating 8th graders enjoy their last days at Baker. More information will be coming out regarding donations needed, opportunities to volunteer both in planning and the day of the event, and about the activities being planned. Congratulations Graduating 8th Graders!!! We can’t wait to kick off the summer with a Beach Party!!!

8th grade Graduation Party Planning Committee

  • Gina Miller
  • Jyl Boehms
  • Mary Ference
  • Kristin Kennaugh

Help Needed in the Bobshop

The sign up is open for May! Please click on the link below to sign up. Spots fill up quickly. Thank you. We are looking forward to a great Bob Shop for the rest of the school year! - The Bob Shop Committee

Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile

The Baker PTO has the opportunity to raise a significant amount of funds every year through purchases regularly made at Kroger and Amazon! Many of you already make purchases through theses companies. They are willing to donate a portion of the proceeds back to Baker. These funds go directly into the classroom, impacting all Baker students. If you have not registered yet with Kroger or Amazon, simply click on the links below to find out how. Please consider asking your family and friends to sign up for this FREE benefit for our Bobcats. Thank you for support of the Baker PTO.

Counseling Department

Additional Information

Jennathon Run/Walk 5K 2019

Yearbook Information

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Don’t miss your last chance to preorder a yearbook. You can purchase a yearbook with cash or checks made out to Baker Middle School. You can also order online at www.jostens.com or through PAYSCHOOLS.

Sound Power Camp


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