The Baker Blast October 5, 2020

Above: Last week the Baker staff engaged an exciting afternoon of professional learning. The teachers are excited about the return of our students and are finalizing their classroom steps and practicing their use of technology to provide synchronous instruction for students on Zoom and in the classroom.

Teachers reviewed the basics of the hybrid setup and learned new tips to elevate their teaching. They also learned to unleash the Power of the iPad as a second device.

Upcoming Calendar Items

Return to Learn: Hybrid

We are looking forward to the return of our students to in-seat instruction. Our teachers and staff are preparing the building and making the final adjustments. On October 12th, we are planning to welcome our 6th graders. Over the following weeks we will bring back the rest of our students.

We are so proud of our teachers for adapting our instructional model to the hybrid format while continuing to provide rigor and high engagement for our online students "Zoomies" and our in-seat students "Roomies"! This will be a new process but we are excited about providing a learning format that meets the individual needs of our families.

Later this week, I will share our Parent Return to Learn Guidebook that will outline details regarding our day to day procedures, assigned entrances for parent drop off and bus transportation students, directional traffic maps, lunch and more. We appreciate your patience with this process and can't wait until the big day. It feels like the first day of school again!

Count Day

Count Day is Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Wednesday, October 7th is pupil accounting "Count Day". School count day is the day when all the public schools in Michigan tally up the number of students attending their school. The number of students "in school" on count day (In our case Online) determines the amount of state funding that schools receive.

It is important to note that students will need to attend all of their classes! We will have a special schedule where all hours will meet. 6th grade electives will meet for approximately 25 minutes each. Please see the schedule below. Thank you for making sure that your student is counted.

Count Day Schedule

Save the Date

Parent Teacher Conferences

Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences are on Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd

Wednesday, October 21st will have evening conferences ONLY (5 pm - 8 pm).

Thursday, October 22nd will have afternoon and evening conferences.

  • Afternoon Conferences (1 pm - 3 pm)
  • Evening Conferences (5 pm - 8 pm)

This year we will be using our Conference Manager to schedule parent teacher conference appointments. This will be a virtual event. I will share out the link in the next Baker Blast with instructions on how to navigate the conference manager. We are looking forward to spending time with you.

Meal Service Program

Attendance Hotline

Please call 248.823.4601 to report absences

Attendance is an important factor in your students academic success. Regular and punctual attendance is an expectation for our learning environment, regardless of the format! All student absences must be called in to our attendance hotline before school starts, the morning of your student’s absence (248.823.4601). The attendance hotline is available 24 hours per day.

Baker Counseling Monthly Parent Sessions On Zoom

Health Care Aide Position Available

School Pay

The Troy School District is replacing Payschools with the new program "School Pay".

This will be used for Pay to Participate payments that include intramural athletics and club participation, lunch, field trip, club, media center fines and more. You will need to create a new account using the link below. Click on the link to get started now. Please note that Final Forms will be used for Interscholastic Athletics.

The Baker Middle School PTO Board

2020-2021 PTO Officers

The PTO is Selling Baker Spirit Wear

The PTO is excited to announce that "Baker Spirit Gear" is now available to be purchased at the link below through B&R sports. Each item you purchase helps to support our school. Using the link above, please take a minute to look at our new awesome logo options and great items that are available!

*Turnaround time is approximately 2 weeks. During COVID, there are 2 options to receive your merchandise:

  1. Pick up at B&R sports located in Troy Sports Center. 1819 Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48083
  2. Shipped to your house for a $10.00 mailing fee.

If you have any questions or looking for a specific item, please don't hesitate and contact Natalie Shaver from B&R sports at nshaver@brsport.com or the PTO at bakermspto@gmail.com

Your generosity and support is always appreciated,

Baker PTO

Are you interested in chairing a PTO committee? Please see the sign up below!

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