The Baker Blast Character Education Kick-Off Edition

Above: The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students went out to the football field at the end of the Character Education Kick-Off Day to form the letters BMS. The 8th graders formed the letter B, the 7th graders formed the letter M, and the 6th graders formed the letter S. It was the perfect ending to an amazing day!

Important Dates

  • Monday, Oct. 8th: 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs Smith (Home) - 3:30 pm
  • Monday, Oct. 8th: Student Contact Verification Forms sent home with students 6th Hr
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9th: Picture Retake Day
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9th: Student Contact Verification Forms collected 1st Hr
  • Tuesday, October 9th: The Conference Manager Opens - 6 am
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9th: 7th Grade Football @ Hart - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 9th: 8th Grade Football vs Hart (Home) - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10th: A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meeting - Baker Gym - 7 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 11th: 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Reuther - 4 pm
  • Friday, October 12th: Parent Coffee Talk w/ Counselors - Mindfulness: Jessica Cortez - Media Center - 9:30 am
  • Monday, Oct. 15: Fall Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, Oct. 15: IM Girls Basketball - 3:05 pm
  • Monday, Oct. 15: 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Smith - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 16th: The Conference Manager Closes - 3 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: 7th Grade Football @ Smith - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: 8th Grade Football vs Smith (Home) - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs Hart (Home) - 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17: Broadcast Club Meeting - 7:30 am
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17: Parent Teacher Conferences from 5 - 8 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 18th: Half Day of School - 11:54 am Dismissal
  • Thursday, Oct. 18th: Parent Teacher Conferences - Afternoon 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm and Evening 5 pm - 8 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 19th: Half Day of School - 11:54 am Dismissal

Baker Character Education Kick-Off Day

What is character education and why is it important?

Character education is a focused effort to develop the core values of members within a school community. The successful implementation of character education includes identifying core ethical and performance values that represent all stakeholders in the school community. The values permeate the school climate, culture, teaching, and learning. Schools with strong character education experience improvement in student behavior and academic achievement.

We set out on a journey at the beginning of this school year to strengthen our character education efforts. It began with a self-assessment of our program and then led to an engagement of the stakeholders in our community. We received input from our students, parents and staff. After reviewing the shared input, we identified our touchstone and core values. We believe that our identified touchstone and core values are highly inclusive and represent every member of our community past, present and future.

Our touchstone word is "Family". We understand that the word family may have different meanings to people. Our family is defined as a group of people who share common attitudes, interests, and goals. Our Baker Family includes every member of the community, students, parents and staff. This includes our feeder schools, the high schools and alumni who've graduated. Each member of our "Family" embodies our 3 core values: curious, resilient, and connected. Our Baker Bobcat Family is curious about learning inside and outside of the classroom, resilient through challenges, and connected to our school family, community and to the world around us.

The core value resilient is fitting for a bobcat. The bobcat is an extremely adaptable animal. It is found in every climate condition across North America. It's habitat ranges from icy conditions in Canada, to humid swamps in Florida, rugged mountain areas out west and desert lands in Mexico. If you are using Twitter, you may see staff members using the hashtag #FamilyFirst when describing our core mission and our work towards it. The hashtag #BakerFamily will be used as a description of our Baker Bobcat Family as a whole or in our various sub groups.

During our Character Education Kick-Off we introduced our Touchstone and Core Values to the student body. Students had the opportunity to reflect on them and engage in a variety of activities that were focused on social-emotional learning, behavior expectations, and service learning. These activities were designed to support our World Class Red Pillar, ultimately creating a positive and caring school community where deep learning can occur. Our students enjoyed the day and shared their thoughts in the Baker Character Education Kick-Off video. Please click on the video below to see their comments.

Character Education Kick-Off Outdoor Activities

Girls' Basketball: Wednesday, October 3rd the 7th and 8th Grade Girls' played an away game at Boulan Park. Both teams played great games. The 8th graders had a dominant victory winning 20-7.

Football: The 6th/7th and 8th Grade Football Teams showed improvement this week in their games against West Middle School. The 8th Grade team went on the road to shut out West 34-O. The 6th/7th grade team played at home and lost a close one 14-6. They fought a hard battle and have an edge for next week's competition.

Student Emergency Contact Verification Mon. 10/8/18

Our student data migration to PowerSchool has been a challenging effort. We experienced difficulty getting complete contact information uploaded for our students. It is imperative that we have accurate and complete emergency contact information for every student. The district asked that every school send a verification form home with students on Monday, October, 8th. Please be sure to ask your student for them and review the information we have on file which will be reflected in the form. If it is not complete, add the necessary information and return it with your student on Tuesday. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this. We apologize for any inconvenience.

A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meetings

The Troy School District is implementing the A.L.I.C.E. protocol during the 2018-19 school year. A.L.I.C.E. takes a more proactive approach in the event of a serious emergency/crisis. These protocols will eventually replace "Code Red" lockdown drills that have been conducted for many years. All district employees have started training and this training will continue during the school year.

We will also conduct informational parent meetings, which will be held at all four middle schools. The information below includes dates, times and locations for the A.L.I.C.E parent meetings. You can attend the session that is most convenient for your schedule.

  • Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00pm – Boulan Park Middle School
  • Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm – Baker Middle School
  • Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm – Larson Middle School

PTO Patio Furniture Proposal

We are happy to announce that there was a unanimous yes vote for the patio furniture proposal! Thank you everyone who contributed to our efforts in sharing this information with the Baker community, everyone who donated, and every PTO member who showed up early on a Saturday morning to vote. A special thank you goes to Mr. Schmidt for going above and beyond with the proposal preparation, landscaping work on the patio, communication and fundraising efforts. We appreciate your commitment to our students!

The purchase of the outdoor furniture will provide a great benefit for every student and Baker community member. We are excited about the new possibilities with the enhancement of our outdoor space. In the coming weeks we will communicate our progress with the assembly and installation of the patio furniture. We are looking to engage community members in the process. If you are a Baker parent that is interested, able and willing to help with assembly and installation, please contact the main office. More information will be available in next week's Baker Blast.

Help Needed in the Bobshop

The sign up is open for October and November! 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

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

The Fall Parent Teacher Conferences (3 sessions):

  • Wednesday, October 17, 5 - 8 pm
  • Thursday, October 18, Afternoon 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 18, Evening 5 pm - 8 pm

Half-Day & Early Release Transportation Reminder: Shuttles will run on Full and Early Release Days only. Students taking courses at the high school and elementary students taking math courses at Baker will not have a shuttle on Half-Days.

Baker is once again using an online Conference Manager scheduling tool for Parent Teacher Conferences. This software, will allow you to pick and choose your own schedule for conferences, which can make for a more efficient and personalized experience for parents. Click on the link below to visit the Conference Manager website.

The Conference Manager will open Tuesday, October 9th at 6 am and close Tuesday, October 16th at 3 pm.

A few tips:

Keep “travel” time in mind and please do not schedule back to back conferences as it will take time to travel from room to room. Please allow 5 minutes between time slots.

Please only schedule one conference per teacher/class (unless you have more than one child per teacher). 6th grade parents may schedule two back-to-back sessions with their ELA teacher since it is a 2-hour block.

You can add comments/questions when scheduling your time that the teacher can see to help guide the conference

Need help with directions? You can always call the office and we will help get you scheduled.

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.

Fall Scholastic Book Fair

The Baker Fall Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! The Fair will run every day beginning Monday, Oct. 15, through Friday morning, Oct. 19. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Fair with their ELA classes as well as any time during the school day. Parents are, also, welcome to stop by the Book Fair to shop any time during the school day.

In addition, parents have the opportunity to shop at a special after-school shopping event during Conference hours. On Wednesday evening, the Book Fair doors open at 5:00 P.M. and close at 8:00 P.M. On Thursday afternoon, the doors open at 12:30 P.M. and close at 3:30 P.M. They reopen at 5 P.M. and close at 8 P.M. Please stop by for a great shopping opportunity!

Counseling Update

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.

  • Mrs. Chlebek (last names A-K) KChlebek@troy.k12.mi.us
  • Mrs. Powell (last names L-Z) SPowell@troy.k12.mi.us

Parent Coffee Talks

Please save the date for the following presentations. See flyer below.

  • Friday, October 12th at 9:30 am - Mindfulness: Jessica Cortez
  • Monday, November 5th at 9:30 am - Overcoming Social Obstacles: Jennifer L. Elliott

Additional Flyers

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