The Baker Blast October 19, 2019

Above: Ms. Costello's 7th Grade Math students used various objects to explore algebraic expressions and like terms. During the lesson, students interdependently worked in groups to enhance their understanding of the content.

Activities Calendar

PTO Halloween Party

Friday, October 25th from 3:05 pm - 4:30 pm

Tickets will be on sale Monday, October 21st - Friday October 25th.

The PTO Halloween Party is Friday, October 25th from 3:05 pm - 4:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the day before the party. Please use the link above to sign up for donations, and set up. Please drop off your donated items in the Main Office by Thursday, October 24th.

The purchase of the ticket will provide the student with pizza, chips, desserts and a drink. The kids can also purchase a $1 Boo Gram for a friend, to be distributed during school.

2019 Spirit Week

Spirit Week: Monday 10/21/19 - Tuesday 10/29/19

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Baker is joining in the effort to find a cure. This week, the staff and students will participate in activities to fundraise, and spread awareness in our community. The money raised during Spirit Week will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Students will compete to earn points for participating in the activities outlined below. At the end of week, the grade with the most points will be declared as the winner of spirit week!

This Week at Baker


Fall Season Sports Update

Girls Basketball

On Monday, October 14th the 7th and 8th grade teams hosted the Smith Knights. The 8th grade team lost a hard battle 30 to 20. The 7th grade team capitalized on having home court and won after an impressive come back in the 2nd half finishing with a score of 15 to 12. Scorers in the victory were: SaVanna (4 pts), Dina (4 pts), Alex (4 pts), Mackenzie (4 pts), and Addison (1 pt).

On Tuesday, October 15th the Bobcats went on the road to play a very talented Reuther team. Both teams lost, despite having a solid offensive effort. It is clear that the girls are getting better every day. Next Tuesday, both teams will look to bounce back when they play Avondale. The 7th grade team had a victory in their last match up and are looking to have a repeat. Good luck Bobcats!

Celebrating Troybery Award's 20th Anniversary

This year the Troy School District is celebrating the Troybery Award's 20th Anniversary. The Troybery reading program has become an integral part of our school culture and a tradition that our students look forward to every year. It inspires Troy middle school students to become passionate readers that annually nominate, read, and vote on their favorite middle school books. This year's winner will be announced at our annual Troybery Awards ceremony on May 1, 2020, attended by 60 lucky students from each middle school. Please click on the link above to find out more information.

Troybery Challenge 2020 Details

  • To celebrate the Troybery Award's 20th anniversary, we are challenging our students and staff to read as many of the 190 former Troybery books as they can!
  • Each month, we will challenge students to read specific Troybery books. October’s challenge is to read a Troybery Horror or Sports book, OR to read a staff member’s favorite!
  • Students and staff will enter a drawing each month if they complete the month’s challenge. From there, we will draw monthly winners for prizes.
  • 60 students will be selected to attend the Troybery ceremony this year. It will be held at Athens’ auditorium. One winning class from each school will attend the Troybery ceremony on May 1.
  • Troybery author Caroline Tung Richmond will be present during the Troybery ceremony. She was the author of last year’s Troybery third-runner up Live in Infamy. Following the Troybery ceremony, she will do a presentation about how to become a writer. We will feature all of her books, Troyberys and non-Troyberys, in the Media Center this year.
  • After the district tallies up the numbers of how many staff members and students participated in the monthly challenges…..one lucky middle school will win an all-school assembly with the Troybery author on May 1 after the Troybery ceremony!

Grade Level Meetings

This week the Baker administration met with students to discuss our behavior expectations, character education foundation, and the addition of the Level 4 and ASD programs at Baker. The presentation was approximately 20 minutes and was focused on empowering students to be successful socially and academically. We ended the presentations with administering a counseling survey. It was great connecting with all of our students!

Counseling Resources

Counselor Minute Meetings

This week the Baker Middle School counselors met with our 6th grade students to hold their minute meetings. During the meetings, the counselors spent time getting to know each of our students, learn about their experiences related to the start of the school year, and find creative ways to strengthen connections. The meetings went well and several students shared that they are really enjoying Baker.

Cold Weather Preparation

With cold weather and the holidays quickly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to reach out to any families that may be in need of assistance regarding clothing, food, etc. Please connect with your child’s counselor for more information. There are many local programs and support systems to help during difficult times. All information is kept confidential.

Lost & Found Items

We have several lost and found items that would like to find their homes. If you recognize any of these items, please encourage your child to stop by the lost and found and pick up their items. Please write your last name on on items such as lunch boxes, hydroflasks, notebooks and hoodies. This will help us return them to their owners. Please note that at the end of the marking period we will donate these items.

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 Meeting with Dr. Machesky

On Monday, October 28th Dr. Richard Machesky, Troy School District Superintendant will be visiting Baker Middle School to present his annual Fall Update at the Baker PTO Meeting. The meeting starts at 7 pm and will be held in the Baker Middle School Media Center. This is a great opportunity to hear an update on the state of the district and our goals for the year. We hope to see you there!

PTO Board Meeting Dates

  • Monday 10/28
  • Monday 11/25
  • Monday 1/27
  • Monday 2/24
  • Monday 3/23
  • Monday 4/27
  • Monday 5/18

Box Tops

It’s time to submit your boxtops! The program is moving to a scan your grocery receipt process, but we know you have some physical box tops still lying around! Please have your student turn them in to their 4th hour teacher by October 22nd to support the Baker PTO! Thank you!

The Bobshop

Hello and welcome to the Baker Bob Shop!! We really appreciate you signing up to volunteer. The shift runs every school day from 11:15am - 1:00pm. On these days we need one Shop Keeper, with the exception of Tuesdays and Fridays. These are Candy Days and usually very busy, so we ask for two Shop Keepers.

Don't worry if you have not volunteered in the past. There are directions in the Bob Shop, and Jennifer Molotky is there most days as a noon aide. She is overseeing the Bob Shop this year and is happy to help anyone who needs it!

Please review the slots using the link below and sign up where you can. Be mindful to let everyone have a chance to take a spot so as to be fair. Again, we really appreciate your willingness to help out and have fun Shop Keepers!! Feel free to email or text me any questions.

Kristin Kennaugh

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.

Troy Food Service is Hiring!

The Troy Schools Food Service Department, which is contracted by Chartwells, 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, but will vary depending on the vacancy. 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.



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