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Weekly Newsletter, Week of May 23, 2022

Final Month of the 2021-2022 School Year

Good afternoon, Blackhawks! We are now in our final month of the 2021-2022 school year. The end of the year brings warmer weather, end of the year celebrations, and crunch time. As we all enjoy this time of year and the many reasons to celebrate our accomplishments this school year, we must also remember that there are still four more weeks to go, and more work yet to be done. Be sure to stay focused as we head into summer. Important reminders for end of the year celebrations and housekeeping items, especially for graduating seniors, along with continued recognition of our outstanding and hardworking students are found in this week's newsletter. A summary of what can be found in this week's newsletter includes:


  • Continued recognition of students of the week
  • Senior update and important pieces of information
  • Elementary BLFH end of the year picnic
  • Middle School Awards Ceremony
  • Summer School information
  • Incentive reminders for secondary students
  • Senior newsletter link
  • Upcoming calendar dates this week


I hope this weekend refreshes you and leaves you ready to make next week a productive one.


- Mrs. Koslowski

BLFH Students of the Week



Ms. Muscarella: Arabella Johnson - Arabella is always excited to push her learning to the next level. She asks questions to better her understanding and loves to spend time reading with me and other classmates. Nice job, Arabella!


Mrs. Finn: My students of the week are Sammy and Kalisia. Sammy and Kalisia are leaders in their groups during class and help their classmates be successful. Way to go, girls!



Mrs. Locher: Ava Ly: Ava has been working hard getting caught up with her work. She has been a great group member and has been participating much more. Way to go, Ava!



Middle School:

  • Za'Niyah Jones - Za'Niyah worked for 1156 minutes last week. She is on pace or ahead in all of her classes. Way to go, Za’Niyah, keep up with all of your excellent work!
  • Eric Metcalf - Eric logs in a lot of time every week, and he is already working on a final exam in one of his classes. Keep it up, Eric!


High School:

  • Allison Wedlake - Allison has done a great job of attending our daily zoom this whole year. She is really close to being on pace or ahead of pace in all of her classes, and has been for most of the semester. Allison does a great job of communicating with me when she has questions or when she's going to miss zoom. Keep up the great work, Allison!

IMPORTANT SENIOR EVENTS

Just a reminder for seniors to keep an eye out for the Senior newsletter (linked below). Lots of important information can be found here, and some have already come to pass. It was nice seeing some of you at the Senior meeting and cap and gown pick up. Some highlights are:



  • Extensions: some Seniors had extensions to an online course. Be mindful of these and the end date. Courses must be done prior to Commencement.
  • Cap and Gown pick up/Item and chromebook drop off was this past Thursday, May 19. If you had an unpaid obligation or are still using your school issued chromebook and were unable to pick up your cap and gown or yearbook yesterday, they are housed in the main office. When you are ready for pick up or drop off of items, come into the Brandon High School main office.
  • Prom is May 26 at 6:30 at San Marino Club in Troy. See Senior Newsletter below for information on ticket sales.
  • Senior breakfast/rehearsal are on June 03
  • Senior Lock In is on June 03 at 10:30pm at the Legacy Center in Oxford
  • Commencement Ceremony is Sunday, June 05 at 2:00pm, Seniors need to report at 1:00pm

Brandon Middle School Awards Ceremony

To be held Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30pm in the PAC. Parents of students nominated will be notified. All are welcome. There are some BLFH students who have been recognized.

BLFH Elementary End of the Year Celebration

Friday, June 10 at noon join us in celebrating outside, together, all of the hard work this year and wishing our graduating fifth graders good luck as they move into middle school next year.

  • When: Friday, June 10 at 12:00pm
  • Where: Harvey Swanson Elementary Football field
  • Why: to celebrate hard word, determination, and future endeavors
  • What: Lunch and popsicles will be provided to all Brandon School District students regardless of grade. Any additional family members who would like to eat at the picnic can do so for a $3 charge. Complete the RSVP link in newsletters so we can get a head count. In addition to awards and recognition for students, we will also have fun outside yard games to play. We look forward to seeing you there!

Summer School

Dates: Weeks of June 20, June 27, and July 11, Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 11:30am

Classes: ELA and Math classes will be taught live and in person by a Brandon High School teacher. All others will be done via Edmentum Credit Recovery Courseware

Cost: free to all Brandon School District students

Registration: deadline is June 17. Contact Samantha Popilek at spopilek@brandon.k12.mi.us for registration information

Grade/Drop Policy: 70% or higher = credit for completion, not a letter grade. All drops must be made by the second day of classes

Attendance: attendance is required. There are only 12 days of instruction. If a student reaches 3 absences, she/he will automatically be dropped from the program and will lost credit for summer school classes

Senior Newsletter - PLEASE READ!

Senior BLFH students, please click on this link to be taken to the Brandon High School Senior Newsletter created by Mr. Stevens. There are several important pieces of information regarding graduation and end of the year items. Some important highlights:

  • Week of May 16 - Seniors' last week. If you are not finished with your courses, you need to keep working. You can finish early
  • May 19 - Cap and Gown pick up at 9:30, Senior meeting in the PAC immediately following
  • June 3 - Mandatory graduation rehearsal and Senior walk, Senior Lock in Legacy Center
  • June 5 - Graduation at 2pm


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Secondary Engagement Incentives

We are getting closer to the end of the semester when the prize drawing will take place. As a reminder,


  1. Logging 600+ minutes per week in your online activity = entry into end of the year drawing for Brandon swag and tablet
  2. Present to all zoom sessions for the week = entry into end of the year drawing for Brandon swag and tablet
  3. On pace in all classes by the last Friday of the month, each month = local gift card mailed home. The last round will be sent out based on being on pace in all classes by Friday of next week.

EDP Reminder

A reminder to all BLFH students, that a completed EDP is part of your graduation requirements in the state of Michigan. Login to Xello to complete your EDP in the coming weeks.. All students, not just seniors, should be working on their EDPs. Several students still need to complete their EDPs for the school year. If you have questions, please contact Christine Hogarth at chogarth@brandon.k12.mi.us.

EDP/Xello Instructions

  • Logon to Brandon School District Home page

https://www.brandonschooldistrict.org/

  • Click on Parents and Students:
  • In the middle row at the very bottom click on Xello

https://login.xello.world/portfoliolinking/US:d5aaced4-10f6-4d37-880b-f74244b8dfea


This will bring you to the log on screen:

  • use student email and password used to get into gmail.
  • If that password does not work please try all other passwords they know, or click " Having trouble signing in?" That will allow you to change password and gain access.


Once they are on Xello:

  • You will see, "Hey "NAME!"
  • Below that is a box that has a percentage wheel, that wheel MUST be at 100% ( students complete 2021/22 year only)
  • Click " Begin With Your EDP "Get Started" button


Students will see about 5-6 tasks they need complete (earn a green check mark) before they can unlock the white sheet of paper at the top of the screen to complete EDP at 100%


Additional Upcoming Dates


  • Thursday, May 26 - Prom, 6:30pm at the San Marino Club in Troy
  • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day, No School
  • Friday, June 03 - Senior Breakfast @8am, Senior Walk @9am, Graduation Rehearsal @10am

Library Tutoring - Free

The Brandon Township Public Library is excited to announce that we have been chosen as 1 of 10 libraries in Oakland County to offer FREE tutoring through a program provided by Eton Academy in Birmingham, MI. Tutoring will take place here at the library every Monday & Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm, starting Thursday, February 24. Parents can register their students for 30 minute sessions by following the link or QR code provided on the flyer attached. Registration is first come first serve and available spots will be provided a month in advance. As of now, the program is funded by a 2 year grant, so tutoring will be provided year round at the library until February 2024.
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Google Classroom Counseling Page for BLFH High School Students

Mrs. Popilek created and shared with you all a Google Classroom with important updates for BLFH high school students. Be sure to check it out using the link below.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D6GbhWJuCEaOGPQuZMv4Lc1pgQBsQTM5gmAbwKp1-GI/edit

Homework Help

If your student is in need of additional help and support, please reach out to either Mrs. Koslowski at mkoslowski@brandon.k12.mi.us or Mrs. Popilek at spopilek@brandon.k12.mi.us so that arrangements can be made if needed.