BCHS Staff Newsletter

May 8, 2016

Week in Review

Thank you to everyone for their flexibility last week. We had to juggle a few things around staffing wise with so many people out (myself included). I appreciate your willingness to step up and do what is best for the "team".

Please continue to keep grades updated and the appropriate amount of grades (a parent would expect) for this point of the marking period. I continue to stress this, due to the fact that I have had contact with parents regarding this issue.

Testing is dwindling down to just one more AP test and 7th grade M-STEP.

So far we have completed:

AP--2/3 of the way done

11th grade--SAT, M-STEP, & ACT Work Keys

11th grade--SAT Make-up

11th grade--Work Keys Make-up

10th Grade--PSAT

10th grade--PSAT Make-up

9th Grade--PSAT

9th grade--PSAT Make-up on April 26

8th Grade--M-STEP Social Studies, M-STEP ELA, & Math

We have the following left:

7th Grade--M-STEP May 11, 19, 24, 25 (schedules and groups to follow later this week)

AP Tests--one more this Wednesday

Corinne received the following great news about Heather Kook on Friday afternoon!

Dear Corinne H. Harnden,

We are pleased to announce that artwork has been selected as one of our 51 finalists for The Meemic Foundation art contest – Meemic Masterpieces! As the Foundation Club Member that sponsored the entry, a $300 art supplies grant will be awarded to Brown City Jr. Sr. High School on behalf of your sponsorship of Heather Lynne Kook’s work and Heather Lynne Kook will be receiving a Kindle Fire HD tablet!

This is great for Heather, and thank you to Corinne for sponsoring her for this competition!

Our conceptual science students have been working on their crime scene lessons the past week. Below is a picture of some students wanting to be a part of the "crime scene" :)

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SLO's & Data & Observations

These should be pretty well wrapped up at this point. If you still need to get me data please do so sometime this week or next at the latest. Thanks.

Observations will be wrapped up this week if I haven't done yours yet.

AP Exams

There is one more AP test for our students to take. It will be taken in the band room, and Mikann will be in to proctor the test. The test will begin first thing in the morning and run until about lunch. If you have any questions please see me.

Wednesday, May 11--English Language and Composition

AP Info

7th Grade M-STEP

The 7th graders will begin their testing this week on Wednesday. They will be taking the Science Test first. If you have 7th graders please ask them to bring their own headphones (if they have them) for any of their M-STEP days. They will not need them for all tests, but this way they have them when needed. Wednesday's test will take approximately 2 hours. Those proctoring the test try and start as soon as possible. I am planning to have my proctors covered for their first 3 hours, but if we are done by the start of third hour that won't be necessary.

A complete list of room assignments (for teachers and students) will be emailed out tomorrow.

Proctors--VanBuskirk, Waterman, Mata, Haxer

1st hour--Ford cover Haxer, Harnden cover Mata

2nd hour--Troshak cover VanBuskirk

3rd hour--Linck cover Waterman, Rayba cover VanBuskirk


This is their last full week of classes. They have been asked to have all coursework (excluding exams) completed and turned in by this Friday. Below is a list of some other important dates/info as they finish out the year.

Monday, May 9--Auto Shop students take Exam (1st/2nd hour) from Deb Nelson (Sanilac ISD)

Friday, May 13--Senior Coursework (excluding exam) Due

Saturday/Sunday, May 14-15--Senior Lock-In

Monday, May 16--7th Hour Exam (2:05-3:05)

Monday, May 16--Senior Last Day of Career Center

Tuesday, May 17--1st Hour Exam 8:15-9:15, 2nd Hour Exam 9:20-10:20....Seniors leave following 2nd hour exam

Wednesday, May 18--3rd Hour Exam 8:15-9:15, 4th Hour Exam 9:20-10:20, Graduation Practice 10:30-11:30 (Mandatory)....Seniors leave following graduation practice

Wednesday, May 18--Baccalaureate @ 7:00 in gym

Thursday, May 19--5th Hour Exam 8:15-9:15, 6th Hour Exam 9:20-10:20, Locker Clean Out 10:25-10:40, Senior Video/Lunch 10:40-12:30 in Library, 12:30-12:45 Seniors Last Walk (all students in halls, seniors will exit library go down stairs--make a left and come up ramp, then back past library, and finish out the east wing....any classes in lower halls or west halls fill in to those areas seniors will walk).

Friday, May 20--All senior grades in by 9am. Seniors DO NOT report unless notified prior by administration.

Sunday, May 22--Commencement at 2:00. Staff participating please be here by 1:40.

PD/Early Release Friday

Friday, May 13th is an Early Release day. Students will be released at 1:00, and we will have PD from 1:10-3:00. I will have your PD schedule finalized and ready for you tomorrow.

Spring Band Concert

This is taking place on Tuesday, and it is a great opportunity to see what our band has been working on. They have had a very successful year and would love your support at this concert!


Big day of Baseball/Softball in Brown City this Saturday. It is Little League opening day with games at the park, and we are hosting the "Green Devil Classic" here at the high school. We have put in a lot of time and effort to get this event up and running (with the hope of doing it annually from this point on). In the baseball side we have Haslett, Marysville, Yale, and our team. In the softball side we have Haslett, Yale, Bad Axe, and our team.

If you are looking to take in some games you can stop at either location starting at 9am and wrapping up at the high school around 5pm.

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • May 9-13--Bus Duty--J. Waterman
  • May 9--Student of the Week--Grabowski (Any Grade)
  • May 10--High School Spring Band Concert
  • May 11--7th Grade Science M-STEP
  • May 11--English Language and Composition AP Exam
  • May 11--Directed Study 4th Hour (No PA until all AP and M-STEP tests are completed)
  • May 12--Elementary Spring Band Concert
  • May 13--Early Dismissal (1:00), Staff PD from 1:10-3:00
  • May 13--Senior Coursework Due (excluding exam)
  • May 14--Green Devil Classic (Baseball/Softball)
  • May 14-15--Senior Lock-In

  • May 16-19--Senior Exams (see above section for exact days and times)
  • May 16--Seniors' last day of Career Center
  • May 18--Bacalaureate @ 7pm
  • May 19--Seniors' Last Day
  • May 22--Graduation Ceremony @ 2:00

Homework Help Lab

Homework Help Lab will be on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Please announce this schedule to your students.

Tuesday/Thursday Mornings in Lori's new room. 7:15-8:00 am

This will cause some students to be past the double doors, but Jesse is there monitoring this and will let them up if needed. Also, any other teachers that have students coming for help in the morning, just have them let Jesse know when they ask to go up early. This will not be an issue, and I encourage you to work with your struggling students.

Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons in Library. 3:15-4:00 pm

Jarrod will be running the morning sessions and Lou will be running the afternoon sessions. Any other teachers are also welcome to help with this. Thanks.

Magic Club--Tuesdays and Thursdays

Super Smash Bros Club--Fridays

Parting Toughts

It is the Seniors' last full week with us. Please help to keep an eye on them behavior wise to limit any "silly" activity that may result in a huge disturbance to our day. Also, please pay attention to grades for them. Let Sheryl and I know of any concerns, we both called parents last week for ones we were worried about. We would rather make that call now, than have to make the call (next week) saying the student cannot walk in graduation. Thank you for your help with this.