The Baker Blast December 1, 2018

Above: Baker's 7th grade social studies students participated in the annual Sphero chariot races. Students had the opportunity to test their designs in a chariot racing tournament.

Important Dates

Monday, December 3rd

  • International Academy Counselors Visit: 8th Grade Students - 2nd hour

Tuesday, December 4th

  • Homework Help Club: Room 113 - 3 pm
  • AdvancED Engagement Review Visitors - 8:30 am

Wednesday, December 5th

  • Combined 6th Grader Band Rehearsal: Band Room - 7:15 am
  • Boys Basketball @ Van Hoosen - 4 pm

Thursday, December 6th

  • Boys Basketball @ Larson - 3:45 pm
  • Yearbook Little Ceasars Pizza Kit Order Pick-Up: Mrs. Traver

Friday, December 7th

  • Girls Who Code Club: Media Center - 6 pm

Monday, December 10th

  • Boys Basketball @ Boulan Park - 3:45 pm

Tuesday, December 11th

  • Religious Diversity
  • Homework Help Club: Room 113 - 3 pm
  • OneTroy Element Bee: Services Building - 4 pm

Wednesday, December 12th

  • Book Club: Room 107 - 7:30 am.
  • Boys Basketball @ Smith - 3:45 pm
  • Winter Band Concert - All Bands: Baker Gym - 7 pm

Thursday, December 13th

  • Winter 1 Sports Pictures: Gym - 3:15 pm

Friday, December 14th

  • Girls Who Code Club: Media Center - 6 pm

World Class Wednesday Spotlight Video 11/28/18

Baker 6th grade social studies students team up with the Troy City Planning Director to connect their learning to smart choices preventing urban sprawl in this week's WORLD CLASS WEDNESDAY SPOTLIGHT VIDEO.

The 7th Grade Social Studies Chariot Project

The chariot project is one of the highlights of the year in seventh grade Social Studies. Students research and compose an essay about “How the chariot changed history in the ancient world?” After completing the essay, students choose teams and begin to design and build chariots. The chariots must be able to hold a bottle of water, while being pulled by a remote controlled Spheros. Spheros are baseball sized robots that can be programmed to work with an iPad.

Using the design cycle, students have the opportunity to build and test their designs before submitting their final product. There is a design competition where students vote for the best looking chariot. There is also a time trial competition where students test how fast their chariot is. Finally, the students have a chariot racing tournament where students complete against each other. Each competition brings its own level of excitement.

Creativity, collaboration, problem solving, and following a design process, are all skills that students develop while working on the chariot project. In addition, students are required to reflect on their work and decide what worked and the challenges they experienced. Mr. Harnish and Mrs. Renton, our 7th grade social studies teachers emphasize that success and failure are equally important learning tools.

The Chariot Project is based on the ancient civilization curriculum by relating the time they spent building their models to how ancient people engaged in a similar trial and error process in their construction. The Ancient Civilization design process lasted hundreds of years to perfect these technologies. This all culminates with our students recognizing how new ideas rarely “pop” into our minds. Rather they are shaped over time and may become something completely different by the time we finish. They did amazing work!

Winter Choir Concert

Winter Choir Concert

On Thursday, November 29th the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs performed in front of a packed house. It was an excellent performance. We are proud of Mrs. Johnson and the 151 choir students who participated. Their beautiful voices were a treat for everyone in attendance!

Pawfficer Donut and the Troy Police Department

ALL IN Celebration 11/30/18

The Baker Family had a visit from Pawfficer Donut, and Officer John Julian. This week the Troy Police Department came to support our ALL IN academic program. ALL IN is a reinforcement program designed to motivate students. The program was started by Mrs. Kemp, one our 7th grade science teachers. Since starting the program, it has grown to include several teachers impacting more of our students. For more information about the program, visit her on Twitter @KempScience.

AdvancED Visitors Tuesday, December 4th

As part of our accreditation process, the Troy School District periodically assesses the culture, practices, actions and experiences of our students and staff. This is measured in several different ways—through data and evidence we provide, through a survey given to students and staff, and through a visit from an accreditation team next week. There is nothing you, as a parent, need to do in this effort, but we wanted you to be aware that we will have visitors in our school next week. We appreciate your support and will certainly share what we learn with our community after the review is completed.

Social Studies Food Drive

Social Studies Food Drive 2017

Next week, Baker Social Studies classes will host their second annual food drive. Last year, all food collected went to roughly 100 Troy Elementary students receiving free and reduced lunch in order to support them over weekends and breaks. Due to the large quantity collected, our donations were able to provide support for several months. This year, our goal is to again support these students, but also to support some Middle School students as well.

The drive is being held in Social Studies classrooms. It is being largely run by a student force of 47. The students are creating informational micro-documentaries, creating posters and flyers, delivering materials to classrooms, organizing goods, and giving up their mornings for a week in order to collect and count donations.

Social Studies teachers will introduce the food drive in two ways:
  1. As a practice in civics to help support the food needs of our most vulnerable citizens, thus positively impacting their physical health, emotional health, and intellectual health.
  2. A competition to be the best Social Studies class at Baker Middle School! (there are 27 classes)

Bobcats of the Month

Honors List & All A's

1st quarter lists are now posted in the flag hallway for All A's, and Honor Roll (3.0 or higher GPA). Congratulations to all of our hard-working Bobcat scholars. Keep up the good work! Bumper Stickers are located in the office.

IA East Counselors Visit Baker Monday, December 3rd

Counselors from the International Academy will be visiting Baker on Monday, Dec. 3rd. There will be an informational session in the Media Center during 2nd hour for 8th grade students that are interested in learning more about the IA. Students must go to their 2nd hour class for attendance and then ask their teacher permission to attend. If students are unable to attend, please visit the IA website for more information and details regarding other events for interested students.

A.L.I.C.E. Student Introductory Training

As you are well aware, the district is implementing A.L.I.C.E. this year as a measure to counter an aggressive intruder. On Thursday, November 29th, all four of our middle schools went into a code yellow lock down to engage in the student A.L.I.C.E. Introductory Training session. During the student A.L.I.C.E. training, teachers played a video of Officer John Julian discussing the objectives and benefits of the A.L.I.C.E. protocol.

The training ended with teachers presenting a Power Point outlining each of the A.L.I.C.E. response options: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The Troy School District is committed to an incremental and careful implementation of A.L.I.C.E. It began with training staff continued with parent presentations and now included the students.

Winter 1 Sports

On Thursday, November 29th the Bobcats had their season opener against West Middle School. It was a tough battle for the 7th and 8th grade teams. The 7th grade team lost 46 - 13 and the 8th grade team lost 34 - 19. Coach Quinn and Coach Ali-Ahmed will look to rally our Bobcats and bounce back as they go on the road next week to compete against VanHoosen and Larson.

Replacement IDs

If your student has lost or misplaced their student ID, they can get a new one printed in the main office at any time for $5. Please see one of the administrative assistants in the office throughout the day or Mrs. Conaton in the cafeteria during lunches.

This Week at Baker

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!

Counseling Update

Additional Flyers

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