The Baker Blast September 20, 2020

Above: Our materials distribution week was a success. Over 500 of our students passed through our doors and it almost felt like registration day. It was great seeing our students and I look forward to when they return. The success of this event was a group effort and I want to send a big shout out to all of our volunteers. We could not have taken on this challenge without their help!

Upcoming Calendar Items

Preparing for the Return of our Students

Over the weekend you received an email from Kerry Birmingham that included the TSD Transition Plan Overview and Timeline along with the TSD Return to Learn Transition Plan Family Guidebook. If you have not had the opportunity to reference these documents, please take the time to do so.

The shared documents include detailed information on how we will transition from the virtual to hybrid format. We appreciate your patience with this process and are actively preparing our buildings for the return of our students. You will notice a variety of changes in our buildings that include plexiglass, directional traffic and social distancing in place.

Our First Virtual Bobcat Video

Virtual Curriculum Night

We are welcoming parents and students to a very special evening next Thursday night. We will have our First Ever Virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Curriculum Night will be held on zoom, live with our Baker Family teachers.

Baker Middle School Virtual Curriculum Night

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please use your student’s Schoology/Zoom links to access their teachers

With this year being so new and different, we thought we would try something new and engaging for Curriculum Night, while we are still required to socially distance. This year, in an effort to make this as easy as possible for parents, we would like to make Curriculum Night a virtual “family” event. We are inviting parents to sit with their students and have their students walk them through their schedule on zoom. This will support parents getting in and out of teacher zooms, ensure that parents follow their student’s schedule, and help to ensure a great Curriculum Night experience.

Using the bell schedule below, you and your student will log into Zoom with your student's teacher, preferably using your student's iPad that is already set up for Schoology and meet with your student's teacher during the 10-minute intervals. During the 10-minute presentations teachers will share a brief summary about themselves, the course, expectations etc. At the end of each 10-minute class you will leave the teacher's zoom and move through Schoology to the next class's zoom meeting. The great thing is our students are now pros at navigating Schoology allowing you to relax and enjoy while your student does the driving.

If for some reason you cannot have your student by your side to chauffer you through the schedule there are directions below for how to navigate Curriculum Night.

Directions for getting into teacher zooms on Curriculum Night (if your student can't do the driving)

What you need:

  • You need to be able to log into Parent Schoology
  • You need a computer or tablet, preferably with a camera and microphone
  • You need your child’s schedule

What to do:

  • Log into your parent Schoology
  • https://app.schoology.com/login
  • Click on courses on top ribbon
  • Select the first hour course on your child’s schedule
  • When the course page opens, you will enter into the materials section
  • In the materials section you will see either a folder labeled Zoom with a link like below, or a link directly in the materials section like the one below
  • Click the "click here to join" link
  • A dialogue box may open asking "do you want page to open zoom.us". click "Allow"
  • Zoom will then open up, be patient while it opens up for you
  • You will then wait while Zoom prepares you to enter
  • It may say "waiting for host", that is because our teachers will be letting in our parents into their Zooms.
  • For each hour on your student's schedule you will visit their teacher through their Zoom link for that specific hour.
  • 6th grade parents and students please go through your student’s schedule 1st – 6th hour only attending their group 1 elective or support class (The 1st one in sequence). You will have an opportunity to attend their group 2 elective or support classes during a 7th hour. During the 7th hour, 6th grade elective and support teachers will hold their group 2 sessions. All non-6th grade elective or support teachers (7th and 8th grade classess included) will host a make-up session for their class that has the most students. We will share an organized list of what these courses are prior to the start of Curriculum Night.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

6th grade electives and support classes run during 1st, 2nd, 4th, or 5th hour. Please look on your students schedule to see if they have 2 classes scheduled during one of these hours.

The Bell Schedule for Curriculum Night will be as followed:

  • 1st Hour 7:00 – 7:10 pm
  • 2nd Hour 7:14 – 7:24 pm
  • 3rd Hour 7:28 – 7:38 pm
  • 4th Hour 7:42 – 7:52 pm
  • 5th Hour 7:56 – 8:00 pm
  • 6th Hour 8:04 – 8:14 pm
  • 7th Hour 8:18 – 8:28 pm
During the 7th hour we will run the 6th Grade Group 2 Electives/Support Classes and Make Up Sessions for teacher's classes with the most students

Save the Date

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Parent Teacher Conferences will occur virtually over 2 nights.
  • This is also a virtual event and is scheduled for October 21st & 22nd.

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.

Zoom Crashers

Over the past few weeks we have seen an increase in what we are calling "Zoom Crashing". Students are taking to the trend of unauthorized access to a class that they do not belong to using a borrowed or hacked class Zoom link to visit friends, become disruptive and in some instances engage in behaviors that break the code of conduct.

As a staff we have engaged in conversations around ironing out our zoom procedures and recommendations. We are asking for your help in reminding your students about the virtual code of conduct to assist in addressing this phenomenon. Please do not be surprised that we have implemented new procedures for entering the virtual classroom. We are going to remind teachers, students, and families the following:

  • Enable waiting room.
  • Make sure student name is listed on video.
  • Video must be on for entry (can be turned off when they enter the room)
  • Each student will be let in individually so teacher can confirm identity – We will not ADMIT ALL
  • Students must be logged into Zoom on one device only.
  • If student is bumped off line and sent to the waiting room (connection issues) they need to do all of the above to re-enter.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us create and maintain a positive learning environment for all students.

TSD Zoom Norms

Here are some helpful tips to successfully learn on Zoom. Teachers will be working with students to set learning expectations together throughout our virtual time.

Virtual Code of Conduct

The Troy School District is dedicated to creating and maintaining a positive learning environment for all students. This extends into the virtual learning environment. To support our transition to virtual learning, our administrative team updated the TSD Code of Conduct to include the following excerpt. Please reference this and discuss the virtual code of conduct with your student.

Do you need help with your technology?

If you are in need of assistance with connectivity or your students TSD issued devise, our Technology department has a variety of different troubleshooting tips and guides to support you. Please click on the following link to access them.

Student Support/Small Group Instruction aka (SSSGI) "Ziggy Time"


Meet Ziggy! He is our SSSGI mascot and is always available to help a student in need!

"Ziggy Time" occurs daily from 1:35 - 2:20 pm

What is student support "Ziggy Time"?

This is time in which all teachers are consistently available for support. Student Support is a time for students to be connected with an educator for academic check in/support/academic coaching. Teachers will make themselves available via ZOOM for 1:1 or small group meetings. Teachers, students, or parents may initiate a meeting during this time. Students can request to access teachers through email communication with the teacher.

  • Teachers may initiate and require students to attend student support time to guide students through content, topics, or projects where they need additional support.
  • Student support time can also be used as a time in which students connect with additional support persons including guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists, special education team, etc.

Sports Physicals


We are asking that ALL parents of 7th & 8th grade student-athletes use FinalForms. Please register at: https://troy-mi.finalforms.com and follow the prompts to create your account and sign your forms. Note: unlike high school student-athletes, middle school student-athletes will not need to create their own account.

The Parent Playbook provides information on registering. If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “User Support”.

Troy School District is also transitioning to a new physical form (which is the MHSAA recommended form). This physical form is in FinalForms. If you student has not had a physical, answer the questions on the form, print the form out, and take with you to the doctor’s office for your child’s physical.

You will be able to make the Pay to Participate payment directly in Final Forms using Stripe. Directions and prompts will be provided within Final Forms.

Meet the Baker PTO Board

2020-2021 PTO Officers

The next PTO Meeting is Monday, September 28th at 7 pm.

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