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BJHS Incoming 6th Grade Newsletter for 2017-2018


August 15 - 6th Grade Packet Pickup - 10:00am - 1:30pm - MRP

August 18 - 6th Grade Orientation - Gym -


September 1 - CJSF Meeting - Library - 7:30am

September 7 - Back to School Night - 6:30pm

September 11 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL


Greetings, Incoming Pioneer Families!

As we wrap up the 2016-17 school year, the Pioneer Team is already laying the groundwork for your students' successful transition to junior high. Building off of our Gold Ribbon School award from the California Department of Education, 2017-18 promises to see an increased school-wide focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) integration as well as an even more proactive system of student support services. The jump to junior high is a big step for many families, but let me assure you that your students couldn't be in better hands than they are with our team.

The Bidwell staff is focused on ensuring that all students have the opportunity to strive for excellence in every class. Here are some ideas to consider discussing as a family that will help your students be successful in the 6th grade at Bidwell:

In many ways, junior high is a significant step in students developing a healthy sense of independence. This transition can be tricky to manage as a parent. When do you step back and allow a student the space to "fail" and learn from natural consequences? How vigilant should you be about your student's grades and social media activity without being a "helicopter parent"? There are no "one-size-fits-all" answers to these questions, but I want to urge you to communicate proactively with teachers, counselors, and administrators about your student's social and academic progress. "Veteran" junior high parents offer the following advice: "Check your student's grades weekly on Aeries, ask them about their day, and monitor social media/Internet activity like a hawk...just do it from a distance that also allows them to develop a healthy sense of independence." If you have a question about a school rule or consequence, please ask us. We only have rules and consequences in place that have proven effective over time of keeping kids in a safe, orderly learning environment while helping them to develop that healthy sense of independence I mentioned earlier.

On an academic note, some students can lose as much as two months of learning over the summer break. You can help your student offset the loss of skills and knowledge gained over the course of this school year by working in i-Ready for no more than 45 minutes a week in reading and math. That's right, more than 45 minutes in a subject has actually been shown to have a negative impact on student learning: 45 minutes is the sweet spot. Students can access i-Ready from home by logging in with their Google username and password at

As Bidwell celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017-18, I couldn't be more excited to be joining the Pioneer Team to provide an outstanding junior high experience for you and your students.

Respectfully yours,

David McKay


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Early Back for incoming 6th Graders! Is August 7-11 @ Bidwell Junior High room 402 from 8-12:30 please contact Stephanie Johnson via email at if you have questions.


Hello future 6th grade students and families! Bidwell’s W.E.B. (Where Everybody Belongs) program would like to invite you to our 6th Grade Orientation Day. This student only event will be an awesome way to connect to your new school, meet new friends, and feel a whole lot more comfortable about the big transition to the middle school setting. 6th Grade Orientation Day will take place at the end of summer, so please mark the date of Friday, August 18th on your calendar. A formal invitation will be mailed out soon providing times and further detail. Please feel free to contact Bidwell with any questions you may have. Can’t wait to see you all there!

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Sign up for important Bidwell updates! Simply text @ldebock to 81010 and follow the prompts! You can also sign up for email updates by sending an email to


Bidwell is just as busy as most schools first thing in the morning. The closer you get to school beginning, the busier North Avenue (and the surrounding streets) gets. Please make sure to plan for traffic on the first day of school, as all students are expected to be in the gym for orientation at 8:05am.


First day of school is the first day of BLAST if you have gotten a letter of acceptance than please have your student go to the MPR right after school Monday the 21st of August. Can't wait to start the new year with you all!


Check out the exciting, new Drama Program at Bidwell. If you enjoy being on stage, playing games, improve, and writing your own scripts then this is the class for you! This is a semester class, but each semester has a different focus and can be taken as a year course.


Bidwell's BLAST room opens its doors each day at 6:30am. Students are allowed on campus beginning at that time. Please make sure students check in to room 402 if they are on campus before 7:00am.


Life happens! If your student is going to be absent for any reason, please do one of the following:

  • Call the attendance office at 891-3080 x146
  • Send a note with your student when they return to school
  • Stop by the attendance desk in the main office

Please include your student's name, the date(s) of absence, the reason, and your name. Any illness absence of three or more days will require a doctor's note upon return.


Bidwell Junior T-shirts for sale

$10.00 each!

Sizes S M L XL

Please contact Martha Newton at 891-3080 ext.135 or


Students are required to keep all cell phones out of sight and turned off at all times from the first bell until the final bell. The first offense will result in next-day detention and the second will result in Saturday School. All confiscated cell phones require a parent to retrieve them from the office. If you need to reach your student during the day, please call the main office at 891-3080 and a message can be brought to them. There is a landline phone in the main office for student use throughout the day.


Please remind your students to check up front in the office If they have forgotten an item such as swimsuits, towels, lunch, PE clothes, or homework. While you may drop them off for your student, we cannot run passes for them, as we have too many things being dropped off and cannot continue to interrupt classes. Thank you for your support and understanding.


Does your student have a doctor's appointment? They MUST pick up an off campus permit from the attendance office before leaving! To do this, please do one of the following:

  • Preferred method: Send your student to the attendance office with a note including their name, the reason for leaving, the time they need to leave class, and your name.
  • Call the attendance office at 891-3080 x146.

PLEASE remember to leave enough time prior to the appointment for the office to reach your student. They could be in a class, like PE, which may delay them being ready to leave school.


Don't forget to sign up for the Aeries Parent Portal! You will find the instructions on how to do so in the mailer you receive during the first week of August. We ask that you do this as soon as possible! With a parent account, you can monitor your student's grades in real time as well as contact their teachers through email. This also provides a way for teachers and office personnel to contact you about specific school concerns. You will need your students ID number and a verification code to sign up, which are provided with the instructions.
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