The Baker Blast May 19, 2019

Above: This week, our 8th grade students and staff visited the Troy Historic Village for the annual Civil War Days Field Trip. This was an exciting day where students had the opportunity to participate in engaging historical experiential learning activities.

Important Dates

Monday, May 20th

  • Mindful Monday - 1st Hour
  • Baker Home Track Meet vs Larson MS - 3:45 pm

Tuesday, May 21st

  • Track Practice - 3:08 pm
  • Counselor Coffee Talk: “Self Confidence and Realistic Goals" :Services Bld - 10 am
  • Homework Help Club: Rm 113 - 3 pm
  • Academic Excellence Ceremony: Media Center - 4:30 pm
  • TSD Board of Education Meeting: Services Bld - 7 pm

Wednesday, May 22nd

  • Book Club Meeting: Rm 107 - 7:30 am
  • IM Track Practice - 3:10 pm
  • Baker Track Meet @ Smith MS - 3:45 pm

Thursday, May 23rd

  • 8th Grade Portfolio Interviews: Media Center
  • Special Track Practice: City Qualifiers Only - 3:08 pm
  • Science Olympiad Qualifying Test: Media Center - 5 pm

Friday, May 24th

  • Dog Days of Spring Therapy Dogs Visit: Flag Hallway Patio - All Lunches
  • No Track Practice

Monday, May 27th

  • Memorial Day: No School

Tuesday, May 28th

  • Peer Mediation Meeting: Rm 122 - 7:30 am
  • Track City Meet: AHS - 2 pm
  • Homework Help Club: Rm 113 - 3 pm
  • IM Track Practice - 3:10 pm

Wednesday, May 29th

  • Character Education Day - 7 Period Day
  • Combined 6th Grade Band Rehearsal: Rm 122 - 7:15 am
  • Special Track Practice: County Qualifiers Only - 3:08 pm

Thursday, May 30th

  • Track County Meet: Clarkston HS - 1:45 pm

Friday, May31st

  • Fire Drill - TBD
  • ALL IN Celebration
  • Science Olympiad Nationals
  • Track Pizza Party - 3:08 pm

Counseling Coffee Talks

5th Grade Transition Visit

Future Bobcats Come to Visit Baker!

Welcome to Baker! Barnard, Morse, & Wattles

This week, students from Morse, Barnard, and Wattles visited Baker to experience a day in the life of a 6th grader. They arrived at Baker around 9:45am. Mrs. Kennedy’s 2nd hour class greeted the 5th grade visitors as they got off the bus, doing a clap-in to celebrate their arrival. The 5th graders reported to the cafeteria and were assigned to a color team. This allowed students from different elementary schools to get to know each other. Our counselors presented information and shared a documentary about Baker. The video was made by our Video Tech 2 students.

After the introduction and documentary, the students rotated through three 15 minute activities in the Gym, Cafeteria, and a building tour. In the gym, the students participated in team-building games with Mrs. Morgan and her 6th grade students. In the cafeteria, students participated in a Q and A with current Baker Students. The tour of Baker was lead by Baker Buddies and Mrs. Kennedy’s 3rd hour. The 5th grade students ended their day, having lunch in our cafeteria. It was great seeing our future Bobcats. We enjoyed officially welcoming them to our Baker Family!

Civil War Days

This week, our 8th grade students and staff visited the Troy Historic Village for the annual Civil War Days Field Trip. This was an exciting day where students had the opportunity to participate in engaging historical experiential learning activities. The Civil War Days Field Trip at the Troy Historic Village is a full day American Civil War experience for our 8th grade students. They had the opportunity to learn about President Lincoln and the telegraph, military life for soldiers, and take an in depth look at what life was like during this time period.

During the field trip, students rotated through six stations for presentations from reenactors in full costume. President Lincoln discussed how he used the telegraph to win the war. Students used the text message function on their cell phones to race against an expert telegrapher to see who has the fastest fingers. Surprisingly the telegraph won. Emojis couldn't even compete with the power of Morse Code!

Students had the opportunity to speak with a medical doctor from the time period. He discussed the gritty details of the medicine and weaponry of the Civil War. Students had a first hand look at how wounded soldiers received medical treatment. Students also learned how to participate in a Company Drill, march, handle their rifle as a soldier, and how to move as a single unit in formation. This was an exciting day for our students. They enjoyed participating in these engaging historical experiential learning activities.

Court In Schools

This week, Baker 8th grade students had the opportunity to hear a powerful message about positive social behaviors and the real world effects of breaking the law. Each year, the Honorable Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig from Troy's 52nd District - 4th Division Court hears cases at Baker Middle School in front of our 8th grade students.

Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig is a Troy resident and committed to being proactive with our students. She is a frequent volunteer at various Troy Schools, an active member and past President of the Kiwanis Club, a member of the Troy Community Coalition, and a member of the Troy Community Foundation. We are thankful for Judge Hartig's words of wisdom and commitment to our community!

End of the Year Important Dates

Thursday May 23: 8th Grade Portfolio Presentations

  • 8th graders will be presenting their resume and portfolio in a formal interview setting with Troy community business professionals. Students will be assigned a single interview day/time. This culminating middle school event serves as a fantastic learning opportunity for students as they formally "dress for success" and experience a true interview.

Tuesday, June 11: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

  • 1/2 Day of School - 11:54 am Dismissal
  • The 8th grade Promotion Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 11th, from approximately 10 am - 12 pm in the Baker Gymnasium.

Wednesday, June 12: 8th Grade Party

  • 1/2 Day of School - 11:54 am Dismissal
  • The 8th grade party will take place on June 12th from 12pm to 2pm. This year's them is a Summer Beach Party!! Students will enjoy games, food, music and a photo booth as they get together with their class to celebrate graduating Baker Middle School.

Thursday, June 13: Last Day of School

  • 1/2 Day of School - 11:54 am Dismissal
  • The start of Summer Break!

Adventure Island: August 12 - 15

  • Adventure Island is a four day adventure discovering the skills necessary to become successful in middle school. This course is intended to enhance the transition into middle school for upcoming sixth grade students.

2019 - 2020 Schedule Pick Up: Thur, August 15

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 6th Grade students
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 7th grade students
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All 8th grade students

Science Olympiad

The DaVinci Awards

June 10th & 11th at Baker Middle School - 7 pm

ALL IN Celebration

The next ALL IN Celebration is May 31st

Are you ALL IN? This is a question that we can ask to our teachers and students. It applies to the dedication that our teachers have to student success and it literally applies to the student's completion of their assignments. ALL IN is a reinforcement program designed to motivate students. The program was started by Mrs. Kemp and Mrs. Becker two of our 7th grade teachers. They are truly Game Changers! Since starting the program, it has grown to include several teachers impacting more of our students.

The ALL IN program has proven to be crucial in helping our students set goals and attain academic success by influencing their motivation with extrinsic forces that over time become intrinsic forces through achieving continued success and having fun! We appreciate Oakland Schools & TFEE for providing resources to make this a success! We are interested in inviting our Baker Family parents to participate in the May 31st celebration! If you are interested, please click on the following link.

Washington DC Trip Information

Registration is open for the 2020 8th Grade Washington DC Trip. The trip is scheduled for February 14 - 18, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Macintosh zmacIntosh@troy.k12.mi.us 248.823.4689. For more information and early registration, please click on the link below.

Baker Athletics

IM Track

Coach: Mr. Henry

  • jimmy.henry6@icloud.com


  • Wed. May 22 - 3:10-5:10
  • Tues. May 28 - 3:10-5:10
  • Thurs. May 30 - 3:10-5:10
  • Mon. June 3 - 3:10-5:10
  • Tues. June 4 - 3:10-5:10
  • City Meet - Wed. June 5 - 2:00-6:00 - Troy High School

This Week at Baker

PTO Communication

Special PTO Meeting

June 4th: Baker Media Center - 7 pm

A special PTO Meeting is being held to vote for the open PTO Board positions.

8th Grade Party

Save the Date: 8th Grade Party June 12th from 12pm to 2pm

8th Grade Party PTO Donations Needed!

Well it’s hard to believe our kids are getting ready to graduate 8th grade in only 3 short months. Their journey on to High School is already being talked about with much anticipation. But before that all begins, we are going to celebrate our Graduates!! This year the party will take place on June 12th from 12pm to 2pm following the half day dismissal. We are planning a Kick off to Summer Beach Party!! The kids will enjoy games, food, music and a photo booth as they get together with their class to celebrate graduating Baker Middle School.

Wednesday, June 12, the kids will have a half day. All 8th graders will stay at school from 12-2pm for the 8th Grade Party. Lunch will be provided. We are asking for a $10 donation from each student to offset the cost of the party.

Please send your cash money in an envelope clearly marked your child’s name and 8th Grade Party to school no later than March 28th. **Please let us know, included in the envelope, if there are any dietary considerations for your child and your contact information so we can reach out to you. There will be a basket in the office for the envelopes.

This is sure to be a fun party as our graduating 8th graders enjoy their last days at Baker. More information will be coming out regarding donations needed, opportunities to volunteer both in planning and the day of the event, and about the activities being planned. Congratulations Graduating 8th Graders!!! We can’t wait to kick off the summer with a Beach Party!!!

8th grade Graduation Party Planning Committee

  • Gina Miller
  • Jyl Boehms
  • Mary Ference
  • Kristin Kennaugh

Help Needed in the Bobshop

The sign up is open for May! 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.

Counseling Department

Counseling Coffee Talks

Dog Days of Spring

Additional Information

Jennathon Run/Walk 5K 2019

Yearbook Information

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Don’t miss your last chance to preorder a yearbook. You can purchase a yearbook with cash or checks made out to Baker Middle School. You can also order online at www.jostens.com or through PAYSCHOOLS.

Sound Power Camp


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