Maneuvering the Middle
Weekly Updates from SMS- January 20
Hello Scranton Families,
This week's information includes second-semester schedules, advisory activities, mental health resources, absence clarifications, parenting supports, and a fundraiser for Brighton Robotics.
Enjoy the weekend,
Mr. Renner and Mr. Borg
Thank you to the volunteers who help keep the traffic flowing in the morning. We will also continue with support for next week and make things easier to see where the drop-off zone is.
A few reminders:
-Pull all the way forward.
-Have your child ready to exit the car as soon as you have stopped safely.
-If you stop after the first orange barricade, your child should exit the car.
-If people are trying to cross from the parking lot, do not stop the line of cars. They will be able to cross when the whole line has stopped.
Let's keep this up and keep our morning tardies down!
Semester 2 schedules will be released to students during advisory on 1/23/23.
If a student needs to request a change, please fill out the change request form no later than the end of the school day 1/26/23.
Schedules will be finalized 1/27/23.
**Please note that teacher change requests will not be considered. **
22-23 semester 2 schedule change request This link will be open early next week!
"Finding the Good" HERE Each day we are presented with issues, challenges, setbacks, frustrations, you name it. This is why practicing and having Determination is a powerful strategy for accomplishing goals and living a fulfilling life. John Gretton "Jocko"...
Mental Health and Wellness
As a district we are increasing our efforts to support the Mental Health and Wellness of our students, families and the community by focusing on Relationships, Student Wellness, and Increasing a Mindset for Learning and Growth. Each week we will share a Tip/Resource.
Additional resources and information can be found on BAS Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our BAS Wellness & Mental Health website.
BAS Parenting Supports
The county launched a program to offer free parent coaching through the Cook Foundation. As we all navigate the daunting but amazing role of being a parent, this is a resource that we could lean on for support and/or advice. If you are at all interested, this link will remain on the district's main page through the remainder of the school year. Parent Coaching Sign-up Link
Pro Tips from Middle Schoolers
What is Advisory?
Our daily Advisory time is a fifteen-minute touchpoint scheduled after the second hour. The SMS staff will provide activities for our students that focus on fostering connections, student wellness, and growing our positive building and district culture.
Advisory is set in advance on a month-to-month basis with the activities sent out by Mr. Renner and Mr. Borg. In addition, Advisory is where we will do our daily announcements and building/district-wide community service projects, as well as structured activities such as grade checks and goal setting.
Advisory Schedule for week of January 23
Monday: Scheduling Questions Addressed
Tuesday: 24 Social Media Break Challenge
Wednesday: 24 Social Media Break Challenge Review
Thursday: Grade Check Day!
Friday: The Human Knot Game
The Great Debate in Family Consumer Science!
Which kitchen really won? It looks as if someone forgot one item to clean!
Scranton's Handbook Highlights
School attendance is the responsibility of the student and his/her parents. Punctual and regular attendance is very important. If an absence is necessary for any reason, please have your
parent/guardian call the school attendance line (810-299-3706) during the morning of your absence,
preferably before 9:00 a.m. If there has been no contact, an attempt may be made to call your parents.
To be considered for an excused absence, the parent/guardian must call the school the first day of
the absence, preferably before 9:00 a.m.; however, calls will be taken from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If the parent/guardian fails to contact the school, we will make every effort to contact them.
When a parent has not been contacted by phone, the student, upon return to school from an
absence, must bring a note from home signed by a parent/guardian indicating the reason for the absence.
If a note is not received the next day, the absence is recorded as unexcused until a note is received.
Absences from school for purposes of family vacations are discouraged. The student will accept
responsibility for work missed during the vacation. Assignments will be provided upon a student’s return to school and such work must be completed within the number of school days absent.
Absences will be excused* for the following reasons:
2. Serious illness or death in the immediate family
3. Medical or dental treatment, with a doctor’s note
4. Religious holidays (a note from your Clergyman may be requested.)
*Please note that in most instances an “excused” absence still counts as a missed day of school for purposes of truancy.
Absences will not be excused for the following reasons:
1. Missing the school bus, if applicable
2. No written or verbal contact from parent/guardian to explain your absence.
3. Other reasons not specifically set forth above as excused.
Other Helpful Information
Please mark your calendars to join us for our Scranton PTO meetings this year. They will be held at Scranton on the following Fridays - 9:00 am: 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12. If you cannot attend meetings or would like to find out additional ways to become involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
President: Deanne Ferrell
Vice President: Lin Miller
Treasurer: Cay Pinchen
Secretary: Bill Rockwell
The 2022-2023 BAS Calendar
Scranton CoEd Swim and Dive
Parent meeting is at Brighton High School Pool on 2/6/23 at 6:30pm. First day of practice is 2/7/23 at 5:00pm. Coach is Samantha Pinter email@example.com. All required documents must be signed by parent and student in FinalForms and a sports physical signed and dated on or after 4/15/22 must be uploaded and approved prior to tryouts or first day of practice.
All student athletes must register in FinalForms and upload a completed physical and consent form from your mobile device or computer. The uploaded physical and consent form must be signed and dated by the examining physician on or after 4/15/22. The physical will show as "expired" until it is approved by the BAS Athletic Department. Physicals uploaded at the last minute may not be reviewed in time for tryouts. Please review your student's profile in FinalForms to ensure all documents are signed by the parent/guardian and the student and that the physical has been approved prior to attending tryouts.