The Baker Blast January 30, 2021

Please click on the following link for additional TSD COVID - 19 Safety Information and Data.

It was exciting having students back in the building this week. While this is in no way close to being what we know as normal, it was one step closer to getting there! Our students and staff did a great job following our guidelines and demonstrated that together we can overcome obstacles and provide high quality educational experiences for our entire Baker Family!

Upcoming Dates

No School on Monday 2/1/21

Classes will resume on Tuesday, which is a "B" Day.

TSD Professional Development Day 2/1/21

Baker Family please remember that there is no school Monday, February 1st. Teachers across the district will participate in a day of professional development. We are fortunate to have a mid-year opportunity to collaborate as a district to engage in collegial conversations around best practices with virtual learning and hybrid instruction. I am looking forward to our keynote speaker Rick Wormeli.

If you are not familiar with his work, he is an accomplished author whose work was featured on ABC's Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, National Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazine. He has done profound work leading educational change in the areas of feedback, standards based grading, and motivating students. This will be an exciting day that will benefit our students!

Get Ready for Picture Day!

Baker Families Picture Day is coming soon! Our picture days are scheduled for Friday, February 19 & Monday, February 22. Be sure to identify your assigned day (Virtual or In-Seat) and place your order online at www.kaiserstudio.com using school ID code: 2020BAKER. Please use the Kaiser link above to order pictures and pay for them electronically. You may also send payment with your child by printing the online picture form below.

In-Seat Students

Friday, February 19th 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Students attending in-seat will be photographed during school on Friday, February 19th. Kaiser is sending photographers to Baker from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students in all grades will be called down by last name to have their pictures taken.

Virtual Students

Friday, February 19th 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, February 22nd 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Please use the Signup Genius link below to select a picture time. Photographers will be set up in the gymnasium. Students will enter the building using the main entrance and access the gymnasium using the Flag Hallway. We will be using oneway traffic while in the building. Students will exit out of the building using the North/6th grade hallway. Please see the map below.

2nd Marking Period Report Cards

2nd Marking Period report cards are now available in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The report card can be viewed from the Report Card Icon on the left menu of the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please click on the link above to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Any technical issues with accessing PowerSchool should be directed to pssupport@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.

Building Expectation Reminder

Be a leader, be safe and be A-OK!

We are so happy to see familiar and new faces back inside the building. Though we are all not together at this time, we all look forward to being together in the future! This week has been exciting and also challenging as we encounter new protocols and procedures. We are incredibly impressed with everyone's openminded approach to returning to learn at Baker. We saw many students demonstrate kindness in helping one another navigate the building and accountability for the safety of all. As we all reflect on the week, please know it will get easier each day.

Everyday students will be carrying their belongings throughout the building. We understand there may be times a hat or hood may be worn or a phone may be out since there is not a secure centralized location to put those items. While we are understanding of this situation, we want students and parents to be aware that any teacher may ask students to put their phone away or take their hat or hood off when in the classroom.

We want to continue keeping ourselves safe and providing safety to others while attending classes in seat. Masks must be worn over noses at all times except when eating or drinking. Keeping safe distance in the hallways, cafeteria, and classroom are ways that we can keep our Baker Family safe. We are happy for the return of our students and look forward to another great week together.

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.


  • 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.

Baker PTO Information

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or receive more information about the PTO, please contact the board at bakermspto@gmail.com. Be sure to join the PTO Facebook Group: BakerMS PTO 2020-21.

PTO Spirit Wear For Sale

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

Oakland Schools Learning Series for Parents & Caregivers

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