The Baker Blast February 9, 2020

Above: On Friday, February 7th, the 8th Grade Choir, Orchestra and Symphonic Band participated in our annual Outreach Tour to Barnard, Morse and Wattles. This was a great experience for our musicians and a treat for our future Bobcats!

Activities Calendar

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

Elementary Music Outreach Tour: Barnard, Morse, & Wattles

The Elementary Music Outreach Tour was a wonderful opportunity for our Bobcats to share their acquired skills and talents with our Troy community while inspiring and exposing our feeder elementary students to the Fine Arts experience at the middle school. This was a special day for our middle school musicians, and they loved being back where their musical tenure started.

8th Grade Combined Baker Fight Song

If you know the words to our fight song, it's hard to not sing along! Go Baker!

World Read Aloud Day

Wednesday, February 5th was World Read Aloud Day! This annual literacy celebration united our entire Baker Family, highlighting the importance of reading. 7th graders Skyped with authors and 6th-8th grade ELA teachers and students across the district grabbed their favorite books and read aloud to share their love for reading. This was a special bonding experience for our family and we hope you had a chance to take part at home with yours!

This Week at Baker

Baker Buddies

Attention Baker Buddies: Your next after school meeting with be Monday February 10 from 3:05-4:05 in room 201 (Ms. Pease). We will be creating valentines to share with senior citizens in an assistive living home. Permission slips are due Friday Feb. 7 by the end of the school day. Slips will not be accepted after this date. You can find the slips on Schoology and outside of rooms 200, 201, and 209

IM Wrestling

IM Wrestling will begin on Wednesday, February 19 after school and runs each day through Wednesday, March 18. A physical is required for participating athletes. The Baker wrestling coaches this year are Nicolas Barnhart (Nicklas.s.barnhart@gmail.com) and Jesse Matti (jessematti@yahoo.com). They will visit Baker during lunches to speak with students who have interest and hand out permission slips.

MSBOA District 16 Honors Band: Best in Middle Schools

Congratulations to our band students selected to regional honor bands. The MSBOA District 16 Honors Band represents the best middle school students in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Selected for this honor were:

7th Grade

  • Kian Schneeweis, alto saxophone
  • Ajay Varghese, trumpet
  • Nikhil Srinivasan, clarinet
  • Mikayla Twum, baritone saxophone

8th Grade

  • Aanya Shah, oboe
  • Jack Svoboda, tenor saxophone
  • Srivaishnavi Cherukuvada, clarinet

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Honors Band represents the best middle school students in Metro Detroit. These students will rehearse and perform side-by-side the DSO musician on Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Selected students were:

  • Jack Svoboda, tenor saxophone
  • Ben Dannug, percussion
  • Deepak Chilukuri, alto saxophone
  • Natalie Stangis, percussion
  • Rachel Holle, clarinet
  • Kian Schneeweis, alto saxophone
  • Ajay Varghese, trumpet

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?

Washington DC Trip 2020-21

Vaping Presentation

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

TYA Youth Recognition

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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