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The Baker Blast February 2, 2020

Above: This week, the 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams had their tryouts. Several of our bobcats laced up their gymshoes and took the court to compete for their spot. On Wednesday, January 29th the teams were selected. Congratulations to the students who made the team. We are proud of everyone who attended tryouts and are looking forward to a great season!

Activities Calendar

Marking Period 2 Report Cards

The final Marking Period 2 grades will be available in the PowerSchool Parent Portal by Monday, February 3rd. To log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal please click on the link below. If you have questions regarding PowerSchool please email pssupport@troy.k12.mi.us.

Save The Date: Mid-Winter Break Mon 2/17 - Tue 2/18

Elementary Music Outreach Tour: Barnard, Morse, & Wattles

Next Friday, February 7th the 8th Grade Choir, 8th Grade Orchestra and Symphonic Band will be participating in our annual Outreach Tour to Barnard, Morse and Wattles. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to share their acquired skills and talents with our Troy community while reflecting on their growth since elementary school.

MSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festival

Baker Buddies

Attention Baker Buddies: Your next after school meeting with be Monday February 10 from 3:05-4:05 in room 201 (Ms. Pease). We will be creating valentines to share with senior citizens in an assistive living home. Permission slips are due Friday Feb. 7 by the end of the school day. Slips will not be accepted after this date. You can find the slips on schoology and outside of rooms 200, 201, and 209

WIDA Testing

For English Language Learners Only!

Please use the following link for WIDA preparation resources.

During the month of February, Mrs. Barbat, Ms. Economos and Mrs. Kakos will be administering the English proficiency test WIDA-ACCESS. This is a national mandated test that we are required to give to all English Language Learners at Baker. The test will be administered through student iPads on the DRC app. There are 4 sessions each student must complete: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Within each session, the test assesses a student’s English language proficiency in Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Social Interaction. Students will be begin testing on February 6th.

Each session will take approximately two class periods. We hope to minimize the amount of class time students miss for these tests by rotating the series of tests every week. Students will be responsible for making up any work from your classes that they miss because of testing (and we are here to help them!). Please see Schoology Group for the WIDA Testing Schedule and WIDA Testing Groups. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Barbat at nbarbat@troy.k12.mi.us

This Week at Baker

Baker Veteran's History Project

“The first installment of the Baker Veteran's History Project occurred on May 21 and 22, 2019. Veterans from all branches of service came in and sat down for interviews and shared their stories with groups of 8th grade students. Students recorded the interviews, documented with videos and images, and uploaded the files to an archive website that can be found at https://bakerveteransproject.weebly.com

The 8th graders are looking for more veterans to interview in May 2020. We are currently looking to get into contact with any veteran of any branch of service from any time that would like to come in and talk to a group of students about their experiences. Please take a moment to look at the website students created last year using the link above.

If you know someone that would like to participate please send them the link to the survey below as well! Sending them the link would help us gain more veterans and more stories to be told and shared! Please contact Mr. MacIntosh at zmacintosh@troy.k12.mi.us if you have any questions?

Washington DC Trip 2020-21

Vaping Presentation

Counseling Resources

Secondary Math Test-Out

Math Test Date: April 25, 2020 (Saturday) 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Troy High School Gymnasium

Middle and High School students may waive a mathematics course requirement by testing out of a particular course. The documents below explain the process and contain study guides for each course. Please read the first document (Forms for testing out 2020) thoroughly for the requirements for testing out.

IMPORTANT: The test out form must be completed on-line. The application will be available, for submission between February 19-March 20, 2020.

Athens & Troy High Counseling Dates

TYA Youth Recognition

The Baker Middle School Parent/Teacher Organization provides comprehensive services and support to students, parents and teachers to enhance the learning environment and experience. They provide support and funding for activities within Baker, TSD and the Troy community. If you would like to learn more information about the PTO and how you can get involved, feel free to join us for one of the PTO Board Meetings.

PTO Board Meeting Dates

  • Monday 2/24
  • Monday 3/23
  • Monday 4/27
  • Monday 5/18

The 8th Grade Party

Save the Date: Wednesday, June 10th: 8th Grade Party (12 – 2 pm)

Attention 8th Grade Parents:

The PTO 8th Grade Party Planning Committee is beginning their work for this year's big event. More information will be coming out regarding donations needed, opportunities to volunteer both in planning and the day of the event. For more information, please reach out to the PTO at bakermspto@gmail.com.

The Bobshop

Hello and welcome to the Baker Bob Shop! We really appreciate you signing up to volunteer. The shift runs every school day from 11:15am - 1:00pm. On these days we need one Shop Keeper, with the exception of Tuesdays and Fridays. These are Candy Days and usually very busy, so we ask for two Shop Keepers.

Don't worry if you have not volunteered in the past. There are directions in the Bob Shop, and Jennifer Molotky is there most days as a noon aide. She is overseeing the Bob Shop this year and is happy to help anyone who needs it!

Please review the slots using the link below and sign up where you can. Be mindful to let everyone have a chance to take a spot so as to be fair. Again, we really appreciate your willingness to help out and have fun Shop Keepers!! Feel free to email or text me any questions.

Kristin Kennaugh

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 these 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.

Additional Flyers

Attention all Middle School students! Troy v Athens High School girls basketball is scheduled for Thursday, February 6th at Athens High School. In addition to being one of the biggest rivalry games of the year, it is also “Middle School Night” and “Coaches vs Cancer”. All Troy Middle School students get in free with your student ID. Girls Middle School basketball players will have a reserved section behind the players bench. Special activities are also planned during halftime of the Varsity game for all Middle School students. Girls JVB begins at 4 pm, followed by JVA at 5:30 pm and Varsity at 7 pm. Mark your calendars for an exciting and fun filled evening!