The Baker Blast March 7, 2020

Above: The Baker Book Club revealed our new book mural Wonder, in celebration of the Troybery 20th year anniversary. The book Wonder was the 2013 Troybery winner and a Baker student favorite. The Baker Book Club students fundraised to help purchase the mural and we are excited about this symbol of their ability to achieve a "Larger than Life" sized goal and their commitment to supporting literacy at Baker.

Activities Calendar

Spring Conferences

Thursday, March 12th 5 - 8 pm

Reminder: The Conference Manager will close Wednesday, March 11th at 3 pm.

The Spring Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. They are scheduled for Thursday, March 12th from 5 - 8 pm. We are 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. Click on the link below to visit the Conference Manager website.

A few tips:

  • Keep “travel” time in mind and please do not schedule back to back conferences as it will take time to travel from room to room. 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 and we will help get you scheduled.

March Is Reading Month Activity & Pennies For Patients Fundraiser Calendar

Baker Family Movie Night

This year's March is reading month begins with the reveal of our Wonder book mural and will include a Baker Family movie night showing Wonder. We are hoping that all of you have an opportunity to participate in various March is Reading activities throughout the month and join us March 20th for this family fun event. Those that RSVP by Thursday March, 19th will be entered into a raffle for a gift card to Barnes and Nobles. Drop ins are welcome. Happy reading!

Join Our Baker Hero Squad!

Pennies for Patients Fundraiser

Join the Baker Hero Squad as we try to raise $5,000 to fight blood cancer during our Pennies for Patients fundraiser, which runs from 3/2-3/20. There are several ways that you can support. Together we can make great change!

Middle School Reading and Writing Parent Night

Athens & Troy High Scheduling

Current 8th Grade Students

Athens and Troy High counselors visited Baker on Thursday, 3/5 to begin scheduling for high school. Students will enter course requests into the PowerSchool Parent Portal by 3/25 and turn in their completed scheduling cards. On Thursday 3/26 the Athens and Troy High counselors will return to individually meet with students to discuss their course selections and address any questions they might have. If you would like to see the PowerPoint presentations that were shared with the students, please click on the link below.

High School Curriculum Nights

These meetings are designed to provide information about course offerings to students and family members.
  • Troy High - March 9th at 7 pm in the THS Cafeteria
  • Athens - March 23rd at 7 pm in the AHS Cafeteria

Health Information and Preventative Measures

There are several proactive measures we are taking right now regarding concerns with coronavirus (COVID-19). You recently received information about the district’s response, procedures, and preventative measures in our schools. There are things that you as parents and members of the school community can do that are critically important as well. If you did not receive the information, please review the content below.

This Week at Baker

Michigan School-Vocal Music Association District Choral Festival

Our 8th Grade Choir will be participating in the Michigan School-Vocal Music Association District Choral Festival this year. The festival experience allows our singers to be adjudicated by a panel of judges in performance and sight reading. We also get a chance to hear other middle school choirs from around the area. A fantastic learning experience all around!

Unlike Band and Orchestra Festival, Choral Festival takes place during the school day. Baker has been assigned to perform on Monday, March 16th at Dakota High School. 8th Grade Choir Members will leave Baker at 6:40 a.m. and return at approximately 11:15 a.m. Students will be responsible for any work they miss that morning. If you have any questions or concerns, please let Mrs. Johnson know. Thank you again for your continued support of our Baker Musicians!

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.

Troy Continuing Education Summer School Registration

High School Summer School registration opens online March 1st. Please use the link above, to access the registration information. Forms are also available in the main office.

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

  • Special Meeting 3/10
  • Monday 3/23
  • Monday 4/27
  • Monday 5/18

We only have 20% of our target donations and have to submit deposits for the Party. We need your help!

Special Meeting Vote

Tuesday, March 10th at 3:15 pm

We would like to hold a special meeting to vote on the funding of water filling fountains at Baker Middle School. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Troy School District to have two water bottle filling stations installed at Baker Middle School between now and the end of this school year. The model illustrated below is a unit made by the manufacturer of the products currently in use at Baker. They can be easily installed and are recommended by the district.

Baker Middle School is asking the PTO to fund $3,500 to purchase and install two Hydroboost In-Wall Bottle Filling Stations. One will be placed on each floor. This will be a wonderful addition for our students and it allows them to fill their water quickly so that they can take it with them to each of their classrooms throughout the day.

The special meeting and vote will be held on Tuesday, March 10th in the Media Center immediately following the end of the school day (3:15 pm). We look forward to moving forward with this exciting project!

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.

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?

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