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The Baker Blast December 8, 2018

Above: The BakerMiddle School second annual food drive. In social studies, students learned about food inequality. The food drive provided an opportunity for students to connect their learning to their world as local and global citizens.

Important Dates

Monday, December 10th

  • Boys Basketball @ Boulan Park - 3:45 pm

Tuesday, December 11th

  • Religious Diversity
  • Student Band Performances: 1st, 3rd, 4th, & 6th hours
  • Homework Help Club: Room 113 - 3 pm
  • OneTroy Element Bee: Services Building - 4 pm

Wednesday, December 12th

  • Book Club: Room 107 - 7:30 am.
  • Boys Basketball @ Smith - 3:45 pm
  • Winter Band Concert - All Bands: Baker Gym - 7 pm

Thursday, December 13th

  • Winter 1 Sports Pictures: Gym - 3:15 pm

Friday, December 14th

  • Girls Who Code Club: Media Center - 6 pm

Monday, December 17th

  • Boys Basketball @ Reuther - 4 pm

Tuesday, December 18th

  • Peer Mediation Meeting: Band Rm - 7:30 am
  • Homework Help Club: Rm 113 - 3 pm

Wednesday, December 19th

  • Broadcast Club Meeting: Rm 103 - 7:30 am
  • Boys Basketball vs Smith @ Home: Gym - 3:45 pm

Thursday, December 20th

  • Staff vs Student Volleyball Game: Gym - 3 pm

Friday, December 21st

  • Last Day of School Before the Holiday Break
  • Locker Clean Out: 6th Hour
  • Girls Who Code Club: Media Center - 6 pm

Baker Middle School Second Annual Food Drive

Baker Family Members Collecting & Organizing Food Donations

This week, Baker Social Studies classes hosted their second annual food drive. Last year, Baker and Morse teamed up to fill Morse’s food pantry. All food collected went to roughly 100 Troy Elementary students receiving free and reduced lunch in order to support them over weekends and breaks. Due to the large quantity collected this year, our donations will be able to provide support for Baker and Morse families for several months.

The Food Drive was held in Social Studies classrooms. It is largely run by a student force of 47. The students created informational micro-documentaries, posters and flyers, delivered materials to classrooms, organized goods, and gave up their mornings for a week in order to collect and count donations. The donated food items translated into points, that were tracked by classroom.

Friendly competition between classes added an element of suspense and fun; however, our students shared that they enjoyed helping other people. It truly was amazing to watch our students activate the blue and red pillars to solve the real-world challenge of food inequity by turning their learning into community action.

The students created informational micro-documentaries, posters and flyers.
The donated food items translated into points, that were tracked by classroom.
Boxes of cereal provided the most points due to their high demand. Truly a fan favorite of all kids!
Students facilitated the point calculations and managed the sorting and stacking of the donated food items.
By the end of the drive, we completely filled the Flag Hallway.
The energy and emotions in the building were evident. Watching the collective capacity of the group was amazing!
The students had an opportunity to watch their collections grow through the week in their social studies classrooms before moving them to the flag hallway.
The food Drive is over, and as a school we finished with 17,485 points! The top 10 scoring classes are listed below.
  • 1st place – Schmidt 2nd (2,464 points)
  • 2nd place – Schmidt 5th (1,900.5 points)
  • 3rd place – Renton 1st (1,666 points)
  • 4th place – Renton 5th (1,114.5 points)
  • 5th place – Schmidt 5th (891 points)
  • 6th place – Harnish 5th (825 points)
  • 7th place – Renton 3rd (765.5 points)
  • 8th place – Harnish 6th (678 points)
  • 9th place – Schmidt 4th (542 points)
  • 10th place – Gealy 6th (492 points)

All School Spelling Bee

Baker will host an all school spelling bee for students in grades 6 through 8th, January 16th at 3 pm in the Media Center. Interested participants need to pick up a permission slip in room 107 from Ms. Berlin and room 207 from Mrs. McKenney. The permission slip must be signed by the participant and parent/guardian and returned to Ms. Berlin or Mrs. McKenney by Friday, January 11, 2019.

Science Olympiad

Baker's Science Olympiad students are traveling to Sylvania, Ohio for their first invitational Saturday, December 8th. They will participate in 23 Science Olympiad events. They have been building and practicing since September. They are looking to bring home a victory. Good luck Bobcats!

Honors List & All A's

Sample image of the lists from the link below

1st quarter lists are now posted in the flag hallway for All A's, and Honor Roll (3.0 or higher GPA). Congratulations to all of our hard-working Bobcat scholars. Please click on the link above to access the lists. If your name is missing due to a computer error or grade changes, please contact the office to verify. Keep up the good work! Bumper stickers are located in the office.

IA East Counselor Visit

Photos by Baker Counseling

Counselors from the International Academy came to Baker on Monday, Dec. 3rd. They provided an informational session in the Media Center during 2nd hour for 8th grade students that are interested in learning more about the IA. If students are unable to attend, please visit the IA website for more information and details regarding other events for interested students. The IA East Parent/Student enrollment night is Jan. 10th. from 7 - 8:30 PM.

Winter 1 Sports

This week the Boys Basketball teams went on the road for two back to back games against VanHoosen and Larson.
  • Wednesday's game against VanHoosen was a tough match up for the Bobcats. Both teams lost.
  • Thursday's game against Larson proved to be a better match up for both teams. The 8th graders won 32 to 12 and the 7th graders lost 30 to 23. Both teams are looking forward to their back to back in district games next week against Boulan and Smith.
  • This Saturday, December 8th, the Competitive Cheer team is having their first competition at Waterford Mott. Good luck!

Robotics Tournament

Saturday, December 8th, Teams 226 Hammerheads and 11717 Circuit Breakers are hosting their inaugural middle school robotics tournament at the Baker Middle School and IAE campus. 37 middle school teams, including 20 from Troy (two of which are from Baker) are competing in the tournament. The event will run from 8 am to 7 pm.

The event gives middle school students in the area a chance to develop many STEM skills, public speaking, teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. It is a competition for students in grades 6-8. During this event students compete using a robot they created to complete a pre-given challenge. They will be judged on their completion of the task, robot, team business aspects, and public speaking skills.

This Week at Baker

PTO Communication

Help Needed for Basketball Home Game Concessions

The PTO is in need of your assistance. Parents are needed to help sell concession during the Basketball Home Games. Sales are done outside the Gym near the patio tables. If you are interested in helping, please click the link below. If you have any questions, please email pammapto2013@gmail.com.

Help Needed in the Bobshop

The sign up is open for December! 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.

MLK Day of Service Fleece Collection

Please consider donating fleece to our MLK Day of Service celebration. We have a box outside of the main office. Donations are accepted anytime!

Counseling Update

Additional Flyers

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