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The Baker Blast September 15, 2018

Above: Mrs. Kemp's 7th grade students analyzed aluminum foil and copper chloride. They used their collected data to make a claim and support it with evidence.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18th: IM Girls' Basketball Begins
  • Thursday, Sept. 20th: Open House 7 - 8:30 pm
  • Monday, Sept. 24th: PTO Meeting - Baker Media Center - 7 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25th: Science Fair Club Meeting - Room 104 - 3:05 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 27th Quiz Bowl Starts - Room 114 - 3:05 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2nd: Fall Sports Pictures - 3:15 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10th: A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meeting - Baker Gymnasium - 7 pm

This was an exciting week of learning at Baker Middle School! It's hard to believe that this was our first full week of school. Our teachers and students spent the last two weeks establishing norms, developing their communities, collecting baseline assessment data, and are now diving deep into the curriculum. Students are actively engaged in their classroom activities and bringing work home with them. It is a good habit to ask your student what they are working on at school. It is also important to make homework time a daily habit. Don't forget to check Schoology and find a quiet and consistent place at home where your child can complete his or her homework.

Deep Learning & The 6Cs

When you look at the blue pillar in our TSD World Class 2020 core values you will notice that there are 6 bullet point words starting with the letter C: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Character, Communication, and Collaboration. These words represent the 6 global competencies that are fundamental in the concept of deep learning, hence the term 6Cs. Classrooms that focus on the 6Cs create a strong sense of relationship and safety between the teacher, students, students to each other and their learning environment. This year the Baker staff will dive deep into the concept of using the 6C rubrics to analyze our implementation of the 6 global competencies in our instruction. Walking around the building this week I had the opportunity to see a variety of classrooms illustrating this work.

Athletics

Fall Sports Parent Meeting 9-12-18

There was a full house Wednesday night at the Fall Sports Parent Meeting. It was great to see so many students taking advantage of the extracurricular opportunities provided to them. This was one of the largest turnouts I've seen in my tenure. Thank you Mr. Quinn for providing our parents with valuable information and thank you to our fall coaches in attendance, Mr. Hosbach, Mr. LaTorre, Mr. Henry, Mr. Tolonen, Mr. Cooper, Mrs. Cooper, and Mrs. Weslosky.

Open House

Open House (Curriculum Night) is next Thursday, September 20th from 7:00 - 8:30pm. We are looking forward to meeting all of our Baker families. During Open House you will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Baker student. You will go to each of your student's classes on their schedule, meet all of their teachers, and hear about the learning the will take place this year. A letter will be sent home with your student. The letter will include their first hour room number and instructions for our Open House process. You will start in your son or daughter’s first hour class. The full schedule will be available in their first hour class.

I am happy to inform you that Baker Middle School is embarking on a character education journey to redefine our core values, which will be used as a touchstone and common language in each of our classrooms to describe our moral and performance standards for every member of our Baker community. Our school identity will be built on the foundation of these core values and we are looking to include all stakeholders in our Baker Family to identify them. We have surveyed students, staff, and now need your input! During Open House, you will have an opportunity to provide us with your input and feedback for our character education development.

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

Schoology

The Troy School District uses Schoology (pronounced: Skool’uh-jee), a Learning Management System that offers course management, mobile learning, and a communications hub, all in one integrated platform! Schoology is different from PowerSchool so you will want both accounts.

  • PowerSchool is where you will see your student’s final grades, attendance, etc.
  • Schoology is where you will see coursework, assignments and progress along the way.

With your Schoology Parent Account you can view your child’s: Activities, Courses, Calendars, Grades, Groups, and Updates. If you have already set up a parent account for a middle or high school student in a previous school year and do not need to add another MS or HS student, please disregard this instruction. You are all set.

IMPORTANT: If you have an account from elementary school, you must delete that account and create a new one to access the more robust version of Schoology that we use at the secondary level. If you want to keep the current parent account for another elementary level student, then you must create a new account with a new email address for your secondary student.

If you don’t have a Secondary Schoology Parent Account, click on the link below and Sign Up.

Powerschool Parent Accounts

On September 11th, an email was sent to all families reminding you that it's time to create a PowerSchool Parent account. PowerSchool replaces Home Access Center and creating a parent account will allow you to see grades at report card time as well as attendance for your student(s.) If you already have a Schoology account, you will still want a PowerSchool Account, as this is the place you will find the final grades for your student.

You should have received an email with your student's access code and password. These are unique to each student, so if you have more than one child, check your email for more than one message. If you don't have the original instructions, can't find the codes, or are having any other trouble, please email parentportal@troy.k12.mi.us. This message is just a reminder and does not contain your student's access code or password.

Twitter Challenge

This year, I am encouraging all members of our Baker community to create a Twitter account and join us in a digital communication platform. Many of our staff members have accepted the challenge and use Twitter to share the great things happening at Baker. This is an easy way for everyone in our community to be virtually connected and can serve as a real time window into the deep learning taking place in our classrooms. Join us @BakerMiddle

Club News

  • Broadcast Club: September 19th - 7:30 am - Room 103 - Mr. Quinn
  • Jazz Club: Every Friday Morning - 7:15 am - Room 122 - Dr. Xydas
  • Quiz Bowl: Thursday September 27th - 3:05 pm - Room 114 - Mrs. Bollovaram
  • Student Government: Tuesday September 18th - 7:30 am - Room 111 - Mrs. Traver

Science Fair Club

This club offers an opportunity to students who would like to design, engineer and share the results of science experiments of their choice. There will be an informational meeting in room 104 on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. We will meet immediately after school to share details about the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit. For more information and important dates, use the link below.

PTO Update

The first PTO meeting is Monday, Sept. 24th in the Baker Media Center at 7 pm. Dr. Machesky will be a special guest and making a presentation on his fall 2018 update.

The Baker PTO needs your support and is looking to generate more funding through membership and donations. Please see the flyer below!

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