BJHS Incoming 6th Grade Newsletter for 2017-2018
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 www.clever.com/in/chicousd
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.
BIDWELL W.E.B. PROGRAM
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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BIDWELL DRAMA TAKES CENTER STAGE!
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.
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- 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.
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- 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.