BCHS Staff Newsletter

December 13, 2015

Week in Review

This current "heat wave" makes it feel like we should be five days away from spring break not winter break!

Just a reminder from last week, please let Robin know by the end of the day on Tuesday if you intend to participate in graduation this year. She will place the order for our gowns before break. Remember that you will be able to leave the afternoon January 29th if you participate in graduation.

Our winter sports are now fully underway with most of our team having a couple of events/games in. We have a busy week here at the school with a home girls' basketball game Tuesday, a home boys' basketball game on Wednesday, and a home wrestling match on Thursday. The kids would love if you are able to come and support them.

Great job to Liz and the bands at their winter concert last week. She had the 5th grade, 6th grade, junior high, and high school bands all play. It is amazing to see the growth from one level to the next. It was also great to see the whole one side of the bleachers packed with family and friends! Here is a song I would like to see Liz add to next years' Christmas Program :)

Christmas Treat

I have always known that the student council and NHS worked very hard getting things organized with providing gifts for families in our community. However, now that I am actually here in the building, it has been amazing to see first hand. Great job to both groups and the entire school who helps support this cause. It is very impressive to see everyone come together to help others at this time of year!

I did find out last week that we had been awarded $9,000 from the other Robotics' grant I applied for. This is a total of $15,000 (over two years) for the program. We have two people (Kelsey Kneebone and Bruce Blow) coming in on Wednesday to talk with our coaches and help us out. Both have helped coach multiple teams the past several years, and they will be a great resource for us.

The Brown City wrestling team competed at the Marlette Team Tournament on Saturday. Congrats to Brad Gierman for going 5-0 on the day and earning The Most Valuable Wrestler Award (for weight classes 145-285)! Derrick Daws and Ryan Ragap each went 4-1 on the day to also bring home medals! Great start to the year for Jim and his team!

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November/December Incentive

We will be having our November/December incentive on Friday. The plan is to have about 20-30 gift cards/certificates to raffle off for the kids. Only the kids who qualify will have a chance to win, so it is the same criteria as previous incentive days. We will not do an assembly, but instead I will announce a few at the start or end of each hour throughout the day. So far the community has been very supportive and given us a good amount of gift cards to raffle off. Big thank you to Tara Warner (Emily Fuller's mom) for helping take care of this. We can always use more gift cards to raffle off if you would like to donate one or know anyone else that would.

Bob will have the list of qualifying students to you early this week. Remember you are allowed to do a "teacher add" for one student if you feel they deserve it.

Title 1 Sheets & Special Education Accommodations

Don't forget to complete these before break.


I have a few evaluations lined up for early this week. If you are a probationary teacher and haven't set up your first one, please see me this week. I would like to get it either this week or early in January.

NATEF Site Evaluation

We will have some guests in the district on Tuesday of this week. Our auto shop program has their NATEF Site Evaluation to renew our certification. This is done every 5 years, and it is very important for our program.


I talked to a handful of parents last week regarding student grades. I routinely check these online. I have set-up a plan for a couple of students to hopefully help their grades improve prior to the end of the semester. I am expecting that you are having the same communication with parents regarding what can be done to help their child improve.

Parent Highlight

Here is something I would like all of you to do this week if you can.

I made a call to a parent last week regarding their child. This is a parent who I talked to a lot when their kid was in 5th grade. Almost all of our conversations were about their child's behavior. Anyway, when I called last week, I could tell as soon as they answered the phone that they were expecting the worst. However, my comment to them was, "I just wanted to call and let you know your child is having an amazing school year. I know we talked a lot when they were in the 5th grade, but this is a totally different kid! They have matured so much, and I am very proud of them!" The parent was so happy to get this call, and honestly it was the highlight of my week.

Remember pointing out the positives in our kids is way more important than pointing out every negative. We have kids who work very hard, and if they (or their parents) only hear the bad, then they will eventually tone you out. ALL students need to hear this, not just your "favorites".

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • December 14--M. Blake Student of the Week (Any Grade)
  • December 14-18--Secret Santa
  • December 14-18--S. Oligney Bus Duty
  • December 15--NATEF (Auto Shop) Site Evaluation for Certification Renewal
  • December 15--Lockdown Drill @ 2:10 (this is a secure and place drill)
  • December 16--Directed Study 3rd Hour
  • December 16--Staff Holiday Luncheon provided by Doug's Office
  • December 17--December Special Education Accommodations due
  • December 18--Secret Santa Staff Meeting in the Library at 7:35
  • December 18--November/December Incentive Raffle
  • December 21--December Board Meeting @ 7pm
  • December 29-30--Harry Moore Basketball Tournament
  • December 31--MSU National Semifinal game vs Alabama
  • January 4--Return from Holiday Break
  • January 15--Early Dismissal & Staff PD from 1-3
  • January 29--End of 1st Semester
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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

Let's have a great 5 days as we head into our holiday break. This is a great week to try something new and step out of your comfort zone. Maybe check out the Ipads (in your wing) for a lesson if you haven't already. Keep the expectations high and help those struggling students have what they need over break to hopefully boast their grade, in your class.

I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time over break with family and friends.