BCHS Staff Newsletter

March 20, 2016

Week in Review

Only 9 more school days until Spring Break!

Out Junior High Academic Team competed in CPS on Saturday and took 3rd Place. Great job to the team, and thanks to Corinne for coaching them!

Good job with the tornado drill last week. We will be practicing our other two over the next couple of weeks. On Thursday, we will have a practice lockdown drill at 11:15 (during junior high lunch). On March 30th, we will have a practice fire drill at 2:20.

It was great to stop in and check on our spring sports' teams this past week. I loved seeing some of the kids finally taking part in their first sport of the year!

On Friday, we had a pretty cool scene going on in the gym during 4th and 7th hours. The second grade teachers brought their students down to the HS gym to play games for their incentive reward. It was great to see our students interacting and having fun with the younger students! Thanks to Anthony and Megan for setting this up.

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Blood Drive

The NHS Blood Drive is tomorrow, Monday, in the gym. Please try to get down and donate if you are willing to. Let Robin or me know if you can't make it during your prep and need someone to cover you room for a bit.


Please continue to wrap these up and get me the data when you finish. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. I met with about 5 people last week to go over theirs and make sure everything was good.

From what I am seeing so far, everyone is doing exactly what was expected. Hopefully, the added data has helped you with lesson planning and the content you chose to focus on more.

Spring Testing

I will leave this section in the next few newsletters, so everyone has the links.

I plan to get a date (probably next week, depending when all materials arrive) to fill in bubble sheets and questionnaires for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. My plan will be to just do it in English classes one day. I will let you know a day for this as soon as I can.

Here are the links again that you should be using in grades 7, 8, & 11:

M-STEP Questions

Navigating the ELA "CAT" test

Navigating the Math "CAT" test

**Math and ELA people please email me letting me know that you have watched the CAT (computer adaptive test) video for your content area.**


Your focus areas must continue to be those areas that were low in our data from Fall testing. You probably want to schedule in a practice test (in sections) sometime before break as well. Remember your tests are paper/pencil, so you can use the online resources, but it is not required like for the M-STEP.

SAT Practice:

Khan Academy (continue to push this)

SAT/PSAT Michigan

Science & Social Studies staff continue to work on those reading strategies in your classes, looking at graphs/charts/tables/etc, and pulling information from multiple sources. Don't forget to about your Great Global Conversation Documents


Our Robotics' Team has their last competition of the year (unless they qualify for states) this weekend at Marysville High School. They will take our materials over on Thursday and compete on Friday/Saturday. We will have a good shot at qualifying for states if we can match or do slightly better than we did at the Kettering event two weeks ago.

Marysville Event

Marysville Agenda

Honors' Banquet

Honors' Banquet is on Friday, April 29th. Please let me know if you are interested in presenting and what grade(s) you feel comfortable talking about. I would like to finalize this in the next few weeks.


8th--Lori (May have Andrew make it though)


10th--Michele (May have Whitley make it though)



Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • March 21-25--Bus Duty--Troshak
  • March 21--Student of the Week--Harnden (11th)
  • March 21--NHS Blood Drive
  • March 23--Directed Study 1st Hour
  • March 24--Practice Lockdown Drill @ 11:15
  • March 24-26--Robotics Competition at Marysville
  • March 25--No School-Good Friday

  • March 28-April 1--Bus Duty--Harnden
  • March 28--Student of the Week--Cushion (12th)
  • March 28--March School Board Meeting
  • March 30--Child Study Team Meeting
  • March 30--Directed Study 7th Hour
  • March 30--Fire Drill @ 2:20
  • March 31--Varsity Track Meet Home (We will need some helpers for this)
  • April 1--End of 3rd Marking Period
  • April 2-10--Spring Break

  • April 12--11th Grade SAT & 8th Grade M-Step
  • April 13--11th Grade M-Step/Work Keys & 10th Grade PSAT & 9th Grade PSAT

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

The end of the marking period is going to be here in 9 school days. I noticed everyone did a great job getting grades updated and ready for conferences a couple of weeks ago. We need to continue to stay up to date on these for our parents and students.

You should be looking over your grades/assignments this week and offering reminders to parents/students if necessary, to help make sure they are working to their potential in your class. We all said things to parents at conferences about what "we do" and "what we need their child to do", so please be sure to follow through on this as the marking period wraps up.

If you need me to chat with any students prior to the end of the marking period please let me know.