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The Baker Blast February 27, 2021

As a bookend to Black History Month and kick-off to March is Reading Month, Mrs. Taylor and her students took inspiration from Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem and made a mural to bring light to Baker's hallways. Over time they will be adding their favorite quotes to inspire others!

Upcoming Dates

Wellness Wednesday

Please note that this upcoming Wednesday, March 3, will be a Wellness Wednesday for students. Wellness Wednesday is an opportunity for students to step away from Zoom and engage in learning at their own pace. Teachers will prepare ASYNCHRONOUS learning and students will engage in lessons for all classes/hours 1-6.

Wellness Week 3/1 - 3/5

The Baker Counselors have planned a super easy wellness spirit week for staff and students next week. Please see the information below. We encourage you to participate and share this information with others. We miss spirit weeks and hope to continue the tradition in little ways!

Spring Conferences

Thursday, March 11th 5 - 8 pm

Please click on the link below to visit the Conference Manager website and schedule your sessions.

It’s hard to believe that the Spring Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. Please note that Spring conferences involve only one evening session. We are asking families to only reserve a session if your student is underperforming in their class. Spaces are limited and we want to have openings available for the families that need it most.

Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 11th from 5 - 8 pm. They will once again be virtual, and we will utilize Zoom as our platform. Just like in the fall, teachers will use their Support Zoom link for conferences. We are still using the online Conference Manager scheduling tool to reserve conference times. This software will allow you to pick and choose your own schedule for conferences, which can make for a more efficient and personalized experience for parents..

A few tips:

  • Keep your online transition time “logging in and out of Zoom” in mind and please do not schedule back-to-back conferences as it will take time to transition to each teacher. Please allow 5 minutes between time slots.
  • Please only schedule one conference per teacher/class (unless you have more than one child per teacher). 6th grade parents may schedule two back-to-back sessions with their ELA teacher since it is a 2-hour block.
  • You can add comments/questions when scheduling your time that the teacher can see to help guide the conference
  • Need help with directions? You can always call the office at 248.823.4600 and we will help get you scheduled.

March is Reading Month

It's hard to believe that March is here already! Our March is Reading activities start Monday. Please see the calendar below to follow along and discuss with your student.

Author Visit: Kristina Sfirlea

Children’s Author, Kristiana Sfirlea who wrote the middle grade fantasy novel, Legend of the Storm Sneezer will be joining our students on Zoom on Thursday March 4th during 4th and 5th hour! She will join us for about a half hour (5-minute anecdote that encourages kids to be kind to each other and pursue their dreams, a 5-minute reading from her book, and a 15-20 minute Q&A session).

Author Visit: Alicia D. Williams

To celebrate our 21st Annual Troybery Award Program, the TSD middle school Media Centers are hosting 2020 Newbery Honor Award-winning author Alicia D. Williams on May 12 for a virtual visit! We invite you and your students to participate in our author visit! Students and staff can sign up using the link below.

In order to attend the author Zoom on May 12, from 2-3 P.M., students must attend a Zoom book discussion on April 21 from 2:25-3:00 P.M. that will include middle school students and staff from across the district.

When you and/or students sign up, there is an option to ask for a FREE e-Book copy of Genesis Begins Again! If that option is chosen, you and/or students will receive the e-Book on the Sora app for 90 days to read the book in preparation for the book discussion and author visit. In addition, I am giving away 10 autographed copies of book. Those who sign up by February 26 will be entered in the drawing to win a copy!

Middle School Math Test Out Information 2021-2022 School Year

Middle School Math Test-Out 2021

Middle School students may waive a mathematics course requirement by testing out of a particular course. The requirements for testing out and the study guides for each course can be found on the Troy School District, Teaching and Learning web page:

Registration:

The test out registration form must be completed online through the PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal. Submissions will be accepted between February 22 - March 22, 2021. Applications will be marked as "approved" after March 29 - no action is required from parents after submitting the form.

  • Log into PowerSchool at ps.troy.k12.mi.us (web version only)
  • Click the Icon Forms from the Left Menu
  • Open the form Waiving a Math Course through Testing Out and complete the required fields (the registration form will open on February 22, 2021)

Test Logistics:

Math Test-Out exams will take place at Baker. Dates and times of exams will be communicated via email after March 29. Exams will take place in late April. All tests will be 90-minutes except for the Math 7/8 Honors exam which will be 120-minutes.

Fun Friday Video 2/26/21

Community Programs & Resources

Please see important information below regarding food pick up and community programs for February.

  • Weekly food bags at Baker Middle School: available for pick up during office hours (8am-3pm). The main doors are unlocked, and bags are located right inside the front door. If you child attends in-seat, they can pick a bag up anytime they are at school. If you would like the office to connect with your child and ask them to take a bag home at the end of the week, please respond to this e-mail.
  • Personal hygiene items at Baker Middle School: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and more available for students and families. Located inside the main doors, near the weekly food bags and school supply pick up area. Please take what you need. Available during office hours.
  • Food Service Curbside Pickup: Curbside Pick Up (breakfast and lunch) at Athens and Troy High School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1pm-2pm. These meals are free and available to anyone 18 years and younger.
  • Gleaners Free Food Distribution: Located at Morse Elementary, 475 Cherry Dr., Troy 48083. Every other Monday from 2-4pm: Feb. 15th, March 1st, March 15th, March 29th, April 12th, April 26th

Households with children who are in need of food are encouraged to attend our upcoming drive-thru food distribution sponsored by Gleaners Community Food Bank.

  • Please stay in your vehicle to limit exposure. Please arrive with an empty trunk. Groceries will be placed into your trunk
  • Guests without vehicles are welcome to walk up, while maintaining six feet of social distancing, and should be prepared to carry 20-30 pounds or have a cart.

The county has established the Oakland County Help Hotline to address the needs of residents who may need food or housing assistance during this time. That number – 248-858-1000—will be staffed from 8am-8pm.

For social-emotional resources and support, please connect with your child's school counselor and visit this website: https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/home-covid-19/social-and-emotional-support by clicking on the link below.

Best wishes,

Kelly Chlebek

  • MS Counselor (Last Names A-K) KChlebek@troy.k12.mi.us

Suzy Powell

  • MS Counselor (last names L-Z) spowell@troy.k12.mi.us

Return to Learn Guidebook

Please click on the following link to access and review a downloadable PDF of the Return to Learn Guidebook. Please read through the guidebook carefully and contact the Baker Middle School main office if you have any questions.

Daily Health Screening

As a part of our Return to Learn Plan, all students attending school in-person, will need to complete a daily health screening. Please note that you only have to submit the screening on the days your student is physically in class. It's very important that you do this by 7:45 am. Students will not be able to attend school in-person if the screenings are not done. This is not intended to be punitive in any way, but it is a critical measure in protecting the safety of all.

DAILY STUDENT HEALTH ASSESSMENT INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Log in to your Parent Portal on PowerSchool
  • Click “Student Assessment” in the banner across the top
  • Answer 4 questions about your student’s health that day
  • Click submit (and repeat the process for every student in your family)

It’s very important that you keep your student home if you answer “Yes” to any of the questions or your child is ill in any way. Don't forget--this doesn't mean they have to miss school. They can simply join virtually from home as they have been doing so far. We considered this in the designing of our hybrid plan.

Attendance Hotline

Please call 248.823.4601 to report absences

Attendance is an important factor in your students academic success. Regular and punctual attendance is an expectation for our learning environment, regardless of the format! All student absences must be called in to our attendance hotline before school starts, the morning of your student’s absence (248.823.4601). The attendance hotline is available 24 hours per day.

Virtual Club Information

Virtual Clubs are now up and running. Please click on the link above to access our updated Virtual Club List. Information on meeting times, etc. will be communicated via Schoology by the club sponsors.

Yearbook Order Information

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