BCHS Staff Newsletter

May 15, 2016

Week in Review

Another excellent PD day on Friday! Thank you to Lesley and Sandi for sharing during the technology portion. Just a reminder to look over your rosters for the advanced classes. Let Sheryl or me know if there are any students that should be added or removed from the advanced group.

The rain put a little damper on the eventful Saturday, as we were not able to host the Green Devil Classic. However, we did still have the Senior Lock-In, and it was a very fun night for our Seniors. A great way for them to all hang out one last time before next Sunday's Graduation Ceremony. Thank you to Lisa, Susan, and Melissa for organizing it. They were able to get some great donations and prizes to giveaway to the students.

Roy did a great job "Showcasing" the new STEM Lab on Friday, as we had all tech directors from the Thumb (Sanilac, Huron, Tuscola) in for their meeting. We have started to get some new equipment in the room, and Roy has been plugging away at this (as well as the many other tasks he currently has to do).

On Wednesday, we hosted the Brown City Golf Invite. There were 14 team competing and 69 total golfers for the day. Steve Kohler did a great job running this event, and it is obviously one I take great pride in (since it was my event for about the past 10 years). Dylan Foster had a great day shooting an 82 to finish in 5th place individually!

Liz had a very busy week, but all of the bands did a fantastic job! She had her spring concert for HS/JH on Tuesday and her 5th/6th grade concert on Thursday. As a band parent, it was great to see the improvement the students have made since the winter concert. As an administrator it was great to see how well our students played, but I was also very impressed with the crowds for both nights! Also, thank you to Lori and Sarah for having the "Arts" displays up for parents to view on both nights.

Testing is dwindling down to just 7th grade M-STEP.

So far we have completed:

AP--All 3 are 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

7th Grade--M-STEP Science

We have the following left:

7th Grade--M-STEP May 19, 24, 25

Below are some pictures from the crime scene unit in conceptual science, and some from the capture/re-capture unit in environmental science.

Gym Set-Up for the Week

Just an FYI that Ron and his staff will be prepping the gym starting on Monday morning. They will get the stage and chairs set for Wednesday and Sunday.

7th Grade M-STEP

On Thursday, we will have our next testing day for the 7th graders. They will be taking the ELA portion of their M-STEP testing. The test should take until approximately 10:15. I will plan on it taking the first 3 hours, but more than likely should only take the first two. The schedule for proctors and room changes will be the same as last week.

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

SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT 9 Scores

Students will be able to begin viewing their SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 9 scores on Wednesday, May 18th. This is when they are first expecting students to be able to view them through their College Board accounts. 11th grade students have all accessed their accounts in the past few weeks to do their score sends. 10th/9th grade English teachers please review/share with your students how to access their College Board accounts (they should already be set up from the fall testing, but if they forgot directions are in the Spotlight link below). You can also take some time to share the concordance table that shows the comparison of ACT vs SAT. If any students or parents have questions feel free to send them to Sheryl or me.

Concordance Table--Go to Page 12 of Document

Student Access to College Board--Go to page 4 of Spotlight


Senior exams begin this week. If you are able to proctor their exam in your room, you may keep them with you. However, if you are unable to proctor their exam (due to having another class at time), they are to be sent to the library. Bob, Sheryl, and myself will help Lisa to make sure they are supervised for their exams.

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.

Track Meets

We are hosting two big meets this week. If you are able to help at all, please let Michele or Mike know.

Tuesday--GTC League Track Meet

Friday--Division 4 Regional Track Meet

Graduation Ceremony

Just a reminder that many of you are participating in graduation this Sunday at 2pm. Please try to be here by 1:40. Thanks again for committing to this, your presence means a lot to the kids, the community, and me.

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • May 16-20--Bus Duty--TJ Schindler
  • May 16--Student of the Week--Geiger (Any Grade)
  • May 16-19--Senior Exams (see above section for exact days and times)
  • May 16--Seniors' last day of Career Center
  • May 17--Junior High Quiz Bowl Tournament of Champtions @ ISD
  • May 18--Student scores available on College Board for SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT 9 (See section above on this for details)
  • May 18--Bacalaureate @ 7pm
  • May 19--7th Grade M-STEP ELA
  • May 19--Seniors' Last Day
  • May 22--Graduation Ceremony @ 2:00

  • May 23-27--Bus Duty--M. Linck
  • May 23--Student of the Week--Ford (Any Grade)
  • May 24--Staff Meeting at 7:40
  • May 24--7th Grade M-STEP Math
  • May 24--May Board Meeting
  • May 25--7th Grade M-STEP Math
  • May 24--Band Awards' Banquet

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 week, and I am sure this brings about different thoughts for most of you depending on different students. I can honestly say we are graduating a great group of kids! I have had the opportunity to see them as youngsters in the elementary and now had the chance to see the fine young adults that they have become. Watching them perform in the classroom, in clubs, or competitions has been very rewarding for me this year. We have received numerous compliments on our students' behavior and overall positive showing no matter where they were at. This is due to them knowing what is expected of them and us holding them to that. Great job working with these kids the past 6 years!

Please keep in mind your curricular focus for the remainder of the year. As I said on Friday, if there is something that students struggled with during testing, then maybe you need to revisit that topic and re-teach it before the end of the year. I have said this multiple times, but remember we are all in this together and everyone must do their part to help the rest of the staff so we can all enjoy the success of our students and building.