The Baker Blast February 22, 2020

Understanding the Dangers of Vaping Presentation

On Friday, February 21st, Dr. Ashley Aragona, Ascension Providence Rochester Family Medicine Resident, came to Baker to speak with our students about the health risks associated with vaping and the impact that it can have on their cognitive development and success at school. Officer John Julian was in attendance and shared information about the legal implications of underage vaping.

The morning was filled with valuable information from medical and legal professionals. The goal of the presentation was to empower students so that they are informed and can make wise and safe decisions. It was a wonderful assembly and we appreciate Dr. Aragona and Officer John Julian for speaking with our Baker Family!

Activities Calendar

Washington DC Trip 2020

Last weekend the 8th grade Bobcats travelled to Washington DC to extend their learning beyond the classroom and view our nation's capital. This was an amazing experience for our students and arguably one of the most meaningful and memorable moments of middle school. The students had a chance to visit the capital building, several monuments, Arlington and so much more. Its amazing how much gets packed into one weekend. Mr. MacIntosh did a great job organizing and planning the trip. Our chaperones and students reported that it was a great experience!

Baker Scheduling for the 2020-2021 School Year

Current 6th and 7th Grade Students

It is hard to believe that we are already in the second half of the school year, and it is time to begin sharing information about registration for next year's classes. I am happy to announce that we are preparing to begin scheduling for the 2020 - 2021 school year. This week's Baker Blast will provide you with important information that you may find helpful with the course selection process. Please reference the videos below, which explain how you will complete the PowerSchool portion of the scheduling process this year.

This year we will use a three-step scheduling process that includes the completion of a course selection sheet, an online submission of your course requests through PowerSchool and the submission of your course selection sheet to your child's Science teacher. Your course selection sheet will be kept on file as a reference to ensure that your PowerSchool Parent Portal online course selection information is accurate.

On Wednesday, February 19th and Thursday, February 20th, the Baker counselors will be going into Science classrooms to distribute the course selection sheets and discuss the scheduling process. Please go over your course selection sheet with your student.

Course Selection Process

  • Step 1 - Complete the paper course selection sheet
  • Step 2 - Online course selection and submission through the PowerSchool Parent Portal
  • Step 3 - Return completed course selection sheet to Science teacher

Important Scheduling Dates

  • February 19th - Online Registration Starts: PowerSchool Parent Portal opens at 3 pm.
  • February 19th - Counselors Distribute Course Selection Sheets – 6th Grade Science Classes.
  • February 20th - Counselors Distribute Course Selection Sheets – 7th Grade Science Classes.
  • February 28th – Course Selection Sheets are due to Science Teachers
  • February 28th - Online Registration Deadline: PowerSchool Parent Portal closes at 8 pm.

AHS & THS Scheduling for the 2019-2020 School Year

Current 8th Grade Students

Athens and Troy High counselors will visit 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.

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

Science Olympiad

Congrats to all of the Baker Scientists who traveled to Ann Arbor last weekend, to participate in the University of Michigan Science Olympiad Invitational. Several students received high placements. Please see the list below. Today the Bobcats are traveling to Holt, Michigan to participate in the last invitational before Regionals. Good luck Bobcats!

High placements were earned in:

  • Boomilever 3rd Place Nurayda Albeez & Rishi Lokesh
  • Food Science 3rd Place Rishi Lokesh and Ankit Bhandiwaad
  • Heredity 2nd Place Akshaj Sharma & Sridevi Swaminathan
  • Machines 3rd Place Vishnav Ramesh & Sameer Singh
  • Mission Possible 1st Place Rishi Lokesh & Sambith Reddy
  • Road Scholar 2nd Place Nurayda Albeez & Aaroosh Guduguntla

Save The Dates

March is Reading Month and the Pennies for Patients Fundraiser is right around the corner. See the calendar below for activity dates.

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?

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

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

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.

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