The Baker Blast September 29, 2018

Above: Mr. Harnish's 7th grade students identifying and judging the quality of evidence presented to them. In this case primary sources. After analyzing the presented evidence they created a hypothesis through questioning and testing their hypothesis using the evidence that was available. All in all they are have fun with history!

The Baker 7th grade social studies students had a high interest level when it came to a lesson involving Ötzi the iceman. He is a Neolithic human whose remains were discovered in Austrian Alps in 1991. Upon further review it was found that Ötzi did not die of natural causes, rather he had several wounds that indicated a more sinister demise. Based on the student interest in the subject, Mr. Harnish and Mrs. Renton decided to activate deep learning using the 6Cs and turned their classrooms into crime scenes where the students took on the role of Crime Scene Investigators.

When the student's showed up to class the next day, the were met with doors that were marked off with crime scene tape. When they entered the room wind sounds were playing over the classroom speakers and in the center of the room a sheet covered what appeared to be the body of Ötzi (actually just pillows). Immediately the students started wondering and generating questions about the crime scene on their own. They then shared their questions out as a class and narrowed dozens of questions down to the five key questions they needed to know to try and find out what happened.

The students were then presented with images of evidence to analyze. At the end of the activity the students were given information slips to help with filling in the gaps of what happened. As a class they formed a hypothesis on what they think happened using logical reasoning and sound evidence. The students did a great job.

Important Dates

  • Monday, Oct 1st: Girls' Basketball @ Van Hoosen - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2nd: Fall Sports Pictures - 3:15 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct 3rd: Girls' Basketball @ Boulan Park - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct 3rd: 8th Gr Football @ Rochester West - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct 3rd: 7th Gr Football Home vs. Rochester West - 4 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 5th: Character Education Kick Off
  • Friday, Oct. 5th: The Annual Counseling Department Student Survey
  • Saturday, Oct. 6th: PTO Special Meeting Vote - Baker Media Center - 9 am
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10th: A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meeting - Baker Gymnasium - 7 pm
  • Monday, Oct. 15: Fall Scholastic Book Fair

Advanced Ed Survey

As part of our accreditation process, the Troy School District periodically assesses the culture, practices, actions and experiences of our students and staff. This is measured in several different ways—through data and evidence we provide, through a visit from an accreditation team in early December and through a survey given to students and staff.

This week, all Baker students completed a survey asking about their experiences as a learner here in Troy. The survey, which is short and age appropriate, was taken at school. Your child was asked to reflect on his or her learning environment. Sample questions asked how often students give presentations or share their work, how often they work in groups or whether they complete work that is challenging.

The surveys are anonymous and are not tied to specific students. The goal is to gain insights the District can use in our efforts to continuously improve our practice. We will analyze the results as a whole and look for patterns or areas that we can build on.

There is nothing you, as a parent, need to do in this effort, but we wanted you to be aware of what is taking place in our schools. We appreciate your support and will certainly share what we learn with our community after the review is completed.

A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meetings

The Troy School District is implementing the A.L.I.C.E. protocol during the 2018-19 school year. A.L.I.C.E. takes a more proactive approach in the event of a serious emergency/crisis. These protocols will eventually replace "Code Red" lockdown drills that have been conducted for many years. All district employees have started training and this training will continue during the school year.

We will also conduct informational parent meetings, which will be held at all four middle schools. The information below includes dates, times and locations for the A.L.I.C.E parent meetings. You can attend the session that is most convenient for your schedule.

  • Thursday, October 4th at 7:00pm – Smith Middle School
  • Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00pm – Boulan Park Middle School
  • Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm – Baker Middle School
  • Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm – Larson Middle School

Professional Development

Wednesday, Sept. 25th & Thursday, Sept. 27th

This week all schools engaged in job embedded professional development. On Wednesday, September 25th, students were dismissed early, allowing staff members to engage in collaboration with the other teachers in the building. The Baker staff analyzed the Creativity 6C rubric and evaluated lessons based on the specified criteria for proficiency. On Thursday, September 27th the Deputy Superintendent, Mark Dziatczak visited our morning staff meeting and met with the Baker staff to discuss various initiatives around the district. There are so many amazing things happening this year. The future looks bright for our students!

PAW Ticket Raffle

PAW Ticket Raffle

On the last Friday of every month, we host our Positive Acts Win (PAW) ticket raffle. Friday, September 28th was the first PAW ticket raffle of the school year. Every student has the opportunity to earn a PAW ticket when they are observed engaging in a positive act by a staff member. A PAW ticket can be used to enter into our monthly raffle or to receive an item from the PTO Bobshop in the cafeteria. Students are allowed to put as many paw tickets as they want in the raffle and they are allowed to be selected more than once in the same raffle. There was a lot of excitement in the cafeteria and it was great to see students recognized and celebrated by their peers for positive behavior. This event is sponsored by the PTO and we appreciate their contribution to our character education program.

Friday Night Lights

On Friday September 28th, the Baker Symphonic Band performed at the Athens High School football game along with Larson Middle School and the Redhawk Marching Band. This is a great experience for our students. They get the opportunity to see first hand the excitement of playing during a football game, performing in the stands and playing during the halftime show. The experience didn't stop there. The students also had a chance to experience the cold weather and rain. As they say, "The show must go on!" A little rain and cold didn’t stop the Bobcat Musicians. Great job!

Character Education Kick Off

We want to thank every student, parent, and staff member who participated in our stakeholder core values survey. The Baker Character Education Committee members, reviewed the results to identify the core values that represent the Baker Community’s highest priorities and fundamental driving forces. After several discussions and reflection, the staff landed on a touchstone word and 3 core values that describe what we stand for and what we want for our students. The Baker touchstone word is Family. It describes our connections and relationships between the students, staff, parents, and community. It also includes our feeder students and alumni who have transitioned to high school and beyond.

The words curious, resilient, and connected describe the academic performance and character traits of every member in the Baker Community. These 3 core values will be the driving force that helps us promote a community of adults and students that are dedicated to excellence and ethics. You will see these words in the future as a part of our vision, mission, goals, and objectives. If you are a person following us on Twitter, you will see us use the hashtag #FamilyFirst when describing our core mission and our professional development work towards it. We will use the hashtag #BBF (Baker Bobcat Family) as a description of us as a whole or in our various sub groups. We are extremely excited about our new touchstone and the next chapter in the Baker Bobcat legacy.

PTO Update

The first PTO meeting was held Monday, Sept. 24th in the Baker Media Center Dr. Machesky was a special guest and made a presentation on his fall 2018 update. During his presentation, he discussed various initiatives around the district related to each of the 4 pillars, the bond and sinking fund work around the district, and the upcoming November 6th vote on the Non-Homestead ​Replacement & Restoration Millage.

Fall PTO Fundraiser

This week we had our Fall PTO Fundraising drive. I am excited that we now have 90 additional families actively involved in PTO, and we've raised $2,819 that will be used to improve the Bobcat Experience. If you haven't had a chance to help the PTO yet and still want to contribute, please contact our PTO board to donate. Thank you everyone who donated their money and or time to our PTO initiatives. We are fortunate to have great families as part of our community.

PTO Patio Furniture Proposal

Patio Furniture Proposal Pictures

The PTO Board plans to hold a special meeting to vote on the purchase of new patio tables on Saturday, October 6th at 9:00 am at Baker Middle School in the Media Center. We are happy to announce that we have made room in the budget and would like to expedite the process of getting the tables in time for the Fall season - to hopefully unveil them by the end of October. The pictures above show an illustration of how the tables will look and the patio placement. These tables will be used to build a community among our students and will also make a great seating space for athletic events. ALL students will get a chance to use these table during lunch (on a rotational basis, so that there's equal opportunity). We feel it will enhance student lunch experience and give an extra option for seating

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.


The Start of the Fall 2018 season

Girls' Basketball: Tuesday, September 25th the 7th and 8th Grade Girls' played a home game against West MS. Both teams lost but played great games, keeping the score close down to the wire. They will be looking to get a win against Van Hoosen, Monday, Oct 1st.

Football: The 6th/7th and 8th Grade Football Teams started their season against their toughest opponent of the season. The 8th Grade played at home and the 6th/7th grade team went on the road. Both teams fought a hard battle and played with heart. The 8th grade team lost 20-6. The 7th Grade team lost 34-12. They will be reviewing film and planning to bounce back in week 2 against Rochester West.

Fall Scholastic Book Fair

The Baker Fall Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! The Fair will run every day beginning Monday, Oct. 15, through Friday morning, Oct. 19. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Fair with their ELA classes as well as any time during the school day. Parents are, also, welcome to stop by the Book Fair to shop any time during the school day.

In addition, parents have the opportunity to shop at a special after-school shopping event during Conference hours. On Wednesday evening, the Book Fair doors open at 5:00 P.M. and close at 8:00 P.M. On Thursday afternoon, the doors open at 12:30 P.M. and close at 3:30 P.M. They reopen at 5 P.M. and close at 8 P.M. Please stop by for a great shopping opportunity!

Counseling Update

With cold weather and the holidays quickly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to reach out to any families that may be in need of assistance regarding clothing, food, etc. Please connect with your child’s counselor for more information. There are many local programs and support systems to help during difficult times. All information is kept confidential.

The Annual Counseling Survey

The annual counseling department survey will be administered to students on Friday, October 5th. The survey is a critical tool used to help the TSD middle school counselors determine appropriate programs and services to address student needs. Parents may preview the survey using the link below.

Please contact your child’s counselor with any questions.

  • Mrs. Chlebek (last names A-K) KChlebek@troy.k12.mi.us
  • Mrs. Powell (last names L-Z) SPowell@troy.k12.mi.us

Parent Coffee Talks

Please save the date for the following presentations. See flyer below.

  • Friday, October 12th at 9:30 am - Mindfulness: Jessica Cortez
  • Monday, November 5th at 9:30 am - Overcoming Social Obstacles: Jennifer L. Elliott

Additional Flyers

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