The Baker Blast Winter Holiday Edition

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the entire Baker Middle School staff, we wish each of you a Happy Holiday and thank you for your support and partnership in educating our Baker Family! We hope that you enjoy this special time with your individual families and make unforgettable memories. Tweet us over the break @BakerMiddle to share what you are up to! Please note that this is the final edition of the Baker Blast for 2018. We are looking forward to an exciting 2019! School resumes on Monday, January 7th. Please reference the calendar below for important upcoming dates.

Important Dates

Monday, January 7th

  • School Resumes
  • Boys Basketball Practice 3 - 4:30pm

Tuesday, January 8th

  • Homework Help Club: Rm 113 - 3pm
  • Boys Basketball Practice 3 - 4:30pm

Wednesday, January 9th

  • Boys Basketball Hart @ Baker - 4pm
  • THS Band Informational Meeting: Troy High Band Rm - 7 pm

Thursday, January 10th

  • Boys Basketball Practice 3 - 4:30pm

Friday, January 11th

  • Spelling Bee Permission Slip Deadline - Mrs. Berlin & Mrs. McKenney
  • Boys Basketball Practice 3 - 4:30pm
  • Girls Who Code Meeting: Media Center - 6 pm

National History Day Project

On Friday December 20th, the Baker Middle School eighth grade social studies students presented their National History Day projects in the Media Center.

Each year more than half a million students participate in the creation of National History Day projects. Some of the projects are selected for national competition. Baker students participated this year choosing a historical topic related to the annual theme. The 2018-2019 National History Day theme is Triumph & Tragedy in History. Students were asked to select their Triumph & Tragedy research topic based on its relevance to the past and its broad application to world, national, or state history. The National History Day project is an exciting way for students to evaluate how historical sources, events, and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place.

The Baker Social Studies and Language Arts departments partnered with the Media Center Specialist to help students conduct primary and secondary source research for the completion of their National History Day projects. Students had the opportunity to analyze and interpret sources, draw conclusions about the significance of their topic, complete a research paper and present their work in one of the ways listed below. Overall, the students did an amazing job! Some of our student's work will be chosen to represent Baker at the Troy National History Day Showcase early next year. Please scroll through the pictures below to engage in a gallery walk of the exhibit.

  • An exhibit
  • A performance
  • A documentary
  • A website

Veteran's History Project

In the spring of 2019, in conjunction with the 8th grade US History Civil War Unit (and Memorial Day) 8th grade Baker students are going to take part in our version of the Veteran's History Project. The VHP is a program run in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Students will be placed in pairs/groups/individuals and will create questions and conduct an oral history interview with a veteran that served in the US armed forces in any capacity. A copy of that interview will be sent to the Library of Congress and will be part of the permanent historical record, so kids will leave 8th grade having actually made history! THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP!

In order to conduct the oral history interviews, we need veterans to interview! I would love to give as many veterans as possible the opportunity to tell their story and have it documented. If you are yourself a veteran, have a family member that is, or know someone that is, please have them get in touch with me using the link below to a contact form! I will then generate a list and set up times for them to come in and tell their story! The more stories we can tell the better! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. MacIntosh at zmacintosh@troy.k12.mi.us

Bobcats of the Month

Congratulations are in order for the November and December Bobcats of the Month! The selected Bobcats of the Month were nominated by their teachers as students who consistently exhibit kindness, which is the school wide character focus trait for the months of November and December. Each selected student received a ZOYO certificate, pencil, and bumper sticker. Great Job!

Science Olympiad

Congratulations to Baker’s Science Olympiad team for their team 1st place finish Saturday, December 15th at the Liberty Invitational in Canton. It was truly a team effort to bring home the trophy. Individual event highlights include the following students:

  • Boomilever - 5th place - Shreya and Akash
  • Density Lab - 6th place - Akshaj and Joshvir
  • Heredity - 3rd place - Akshaj and Sreedevi
  • Meteorology - 2nd place - Rithwik and Arya
  • Mystery Arch - 4th place - Divya and Arya
  • Potions & Poisons - 3rd place - Divya and Shreya
  • Solar System - 2nd place - Dhruva
  • Water Quality - 6th place - Divya and Pranvi

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.

Replacement IDs Now Available

Has your student lost or misplaced their student ID? If so, they can get a new one printed in the main office at any time for $5.

Winter 1 Sports

This week the Boys Basketball teams continued their season playing tough games against Reuther and Smith.
  • Monday's game against Reuther was a tough match up for both teams. The 7th and 8th grade teams lost but showed tremendous effort, battling back in the 2nd half.
  • Wednesday's game against Smith was an exciting rematch. The Bobcats had home court advantage but could not capitalize on it for the win. Both teams lost and the 8th graders led the game into the 4th quarter, losing the game at the free throw line. The final score was 34 to 31. Mitchel Young scored a season high of 16 points.

Staff vs Student Volleyball Game

2018 Staff vs Student Volleyball Game

On Thursday December 20th, Baker Middle School hosted its annual staff vs student volleyball game. The teachers entered the competition with a winning record of 15-1. They continued their win streak beating the 6th grade team 27 to 13 and the 7th grade team 30 to 10. The win streak came to an abrupt ending with a loss to the 8th grade team 26 to 14. Congratulations 8th grade on your victory. Thank you to all of the teams who participated and spectators in attendance.

This Week at Baker

Sixth grade scientists worked on a lab called "insane in the membrane" to discover exactly how a cell membrane works. They also participated in an "ALL IN" game day and the creation of "cell"-e-bration ornaments out of Shrinky Dinks for the holiday.
Sixth grade science students

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!

Troy Food Service is Hiring

The Troy Schools Food Service Department, which is contracted by the Sodexo Corporation, is seeking friendly people willing to fill various vacancies within the Food Service Department that are responsible for providing lunches to the students of the Troy School District. Not to worry if you haven’t had previous experience, as “on the job” training will be available!

Depending on the school, the hours would primarily be during the middle of the day, and would range from 3 to 4 hours a day. And you would be earning some extra money while your students are in school! Come join our Food Service Staff by calling 248-823-5089, or please email us at ngervais@troy.k12.mi.us.

Counseling Update

Baker Counselor Coffee Talks

On Tuesday December 18th, the Baker Middle School Counseling Department hosted a Counselor Coffee Talk. Clinical Social Workers Anton Babushkin and Samantha Voss spoke with staff and parents about the topic Overcome Fears and Challenge Yourself: Coping Skills for Kids and Families. It was a great turn out!

The Annual Counseling Coffee Cart is a Holiday Tradition

On Friday, December 21st, the Baker Counseling Department went to each classroom sharing a little holiday joy. I don't know what's better, opening your door to Christmas carols or hearing the counselors say, "The best way to spread holiday cheer is bringing coffee to all those near!" We appreciate our counselors. Thank you!

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