BLFH and Summit Virtual

Weekly Newsletter, Week of March 28, 2022

Happy Spring Break!

Good afternoon, Blackhawks! This afternoon marks the beginning of Spring Break for students and staff. If you are traveling, be safe and enjoy. If you are staying close to home as I am, be safe, enjoy, and make the most of this time to relax with friends and family. While school will officially resume, remember that secondary students will continue to have access to their Edmentum courses during this time, but there will not be Zoom sessions with Brandon mentors. Be sure to take the time to read below, as there are important details and updates to testing information. Testing will be here before you know it, and the state of Michigan is requiring that all students test and that testing be done in person. In addition to testing updates, in this week's newsletter, you will find the following:


  • Continued recognition of students of the week
  • Testing updates and details
  • Secondary incentives
  • 2022/2023 Summit Virtual Academy application information
  • Important EDP reminders
  • Senior newsletter link
  • Upcoming calendar dates this week
  • Regularly included resources


Remember, BLFH students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in and attend school clubs, sports, activities, and events, and the spring season is upon us. If you would like further information, please see the Brandon athletic calendar here or contact the office at 248-627-1820. Also remember, secondary students should be logging 45-60 minutes per day per course in order to ensure they stay on pace. You have access to curriculum 24/7, Monday - Friday and can finish your courses early. Go Blackhawks!


- Mrs. Koslowski

BLFH Students of the Week

Ms. Muscarella: Konner Harris - Konner never gives up and is always willing to try new things. He demonstrates our P2 strength of "perseverance" each day.


Mrs. Finn: Duncan Cook and Josephine Callahan - They both showed prudence by getting ALL of their homework assignments turned in after school. Great work, guys!


Mrs. Locher: Kaila Meade - Kaila has been working so hard with her school work and participating in groups. She has shown perseverance even when things have not always been easy. Keep it up, Kaila!


Middle School:


  • Abby Ferguson - Abby has been working hard and doing well in her classes. Abby, keep it up!
  • Liam Ginsberg - Liam has great attendance and always has a smiling face. Way to go, Liam!
  • Kendalynn Bacon - Kendalynn has been working diligently this semester in her classes. She has improved her effort and grades from last semester. Keep up the good work, Kendalynn!


High School:


  • Addyson Kell - Addyson has been working hard over the last several weeks to get all caught up in her online classes. Her efforts are paying off in her grades and her pacing. Keep up the great work, Addyson!
  • Kadynce Zalewski - Kadynce has been doing a great job being present for the class zooms and using her time efficiently to stay caught up in all of her classes. She has been a lot of fun to have in class and is always willing to talk if asked.

Spring Testing for All Students

Please remember, that spring testing is required of all BLFH students, and all students MUST come into the building to test. Unfortunately, due to state requirements, we are unable to make exceptions to this and allow students to test from home like we were able to do in the fall for the NWEA assessment. Individual teachers will be sharing more information as well for elementary students. All elementary testing will take place at the ITec building. Here are some important pieces of information to be aware of:


  • IMPORTANT: This year, the state of Michigan released a letter to schools and parents. In this letter, it states the following, "there is no acceptable way under state or federal law to allow an “opt-out” of state assessments." This means all students are required to test for MStep, PSAT, SAT, etc.
  • At this time, the mask mandate has been lifted, which means that BLFH students do NOT need to wear a mask when coming in to test
  • All elementary students will need to bring in their chromebooks when they come in for testing.
  • Secondary students will need to bring in chromebooks when they come in for MStep testing

Spring Testing - Elementary

Grade 3, Mrs. Finn Mstep Testing:
  • Thursday, April 14 at the ITec building, 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Thursday, April 21 at the ITec building, 9:30am - 12:00pm

Grade 4, Mrs. Locher Mstep Testing:

  • Tuesday, April 12 at the ITec building, 9:30 - 3:30, two shifts of testing
  • Tuesday, April 19 at the ITec building, 9:30 - 3:30, two shifts of testing

Grade 5, Mrs. Locher Mstep Testing:

  • Wednesday, April 13 at the ITec building, 9:30 - 3:30, two shifts of testing
  • Wednesday, April 20 at the ITec building, 9:30 - 3:30, two shifts of testing
  • Tuesday, April 26 at the ITec building, 9:30 - 3:30, two shifts of testing
  • Wednesday, April 27 at the ITec building, 9:30 - 3:30, two shifts of testing

Spring Testing - Middle School

6th Grade MStep, Math and ELA - Brandon Middle School, main entrance
  • Wednesday, April 13, math
  • Thursday, April 14, ELA
  • Arrive between 7:15 - 7:30am
  • Pick up at 11:00am or your student can stay for first lunch

7th Grade MStep, Math and ELA - Brandon Middle School, main entrance

  • Wednesday, April 13, math
  • Thursday, April 14, ELA
  • Arrive between 7:15 - 7:30am
  • Pick up at 11:00am or your student can stay for first lunch

8th Grade, MStep and PSAT - Brandon Middle School, main entrance

  • Pre-Gridding Thursday, April 7 from 12:45 - 2:00 in the cafeteria
  • Wednesday, April 13, PSAT
  • Thursday, April 14, Science and Social Studies
  • Arrive between 7:15 - 7:30am
  • Pick up at 11:00am or your student can stay for first lunch

Spring Testing - High School, Important Time Change!

Grade 9, PSAT and NWEA - Brandon High School, main entrance

  • Wednesday, April 13
  • Arrive from 7:05 - 7:15am, signs will be posted for room assignment based on last name
  • Pick up at 1:00pm, grab and go lunch available
  • May 13, NWEA testing at ITec building, more details to come

Grade 10, PSAT and NWEA - Brandon High School, main entrance

  • Thursday, April 14
  • Arrive from 7:05 - 7:15am, signs will be posted for room assignment based on last name
  • Pick up at 1:00pm, grab and go lunch available
  • May 13, NWEA testing at ITec building, more details to come

Grade 11, SAT, Work Keys, NWEA - Brandon High School, main entrance

  • Wednesday, April 13, SAT testing
  • Thursday, April 14, Work Keys testing
  • Tuesday, April 19, MStep 11 testing
  • Arrive from 7:05 - 7:15am, signs will be posted for room assignment based on last name
  • Pick up at 1:00pm, grab and go lunch available
  • May 13, NWEA testing at ITec building, more details to come

Calculators: The calculators below are acceptable for use of PSAT and SAT. If you have one, you can bring it in for testing


  • CFX-9800 series




    TI-Nspire CX II-T CAS: TI-Nspire CM-C CAS



    TI-84 Plus T: TI-84 Plus CE-T





    TI-Nspire CAS: TI-Nspire CX CAS



    TI-84 Plus CE Python: TI-84 Plus Silver




  • CFX-9850 series

  • CFX-9950 series

  • CFX-9970 series

  • FX 1.0 series, Algebra

  • FX 2.0 series

  • FX-CG-10

  • FX-CG-20 series

Secondary Engagement Incentives

Be sure you are working towards the three goals for student engagements. As a reminder,


  1. Logging 600+ minutes per week in your online activity = entry into end of the year drawing for Brandon swag and tablet
  2. Present to all zoom sessions for the week = entry into end of the year drawing for Brandon swag and tablet
  3. On pace in all classes by the last Friday of the month, each month = local gift card mailed home


Today, March 25 marks the second pacing check. All students who are up to pace in all classes by the end of the day today will be sent a local gift card in the mail. Please know, there will be a delay in getting these in the mail due to Spring Break. Gift cards will be mailed out on Monday, April 4.

2022/2023 Summit Virtual Application

Applications can be found in your email and on our website and Facebook page. You can also access it here. Be sure to complete these by April 8, and remember, this is a yearly commitment for next year.

EDP Reminder

A reminder to all BLFH Seniors, that a completed EDP is part of your graduation requirements in the state of Michigan. Login to Xello to complete your EDP in the coming weeks. These are due by April 29. All students, not just seniors, should be working on their EDPs. When we return from Spring Break, those who have not yet completed the requirement may be contacted.

Important Upcoming Dates


  • Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1 - school closed for Spring Break
  • Week of April 11 - Mandatory State testing begins
  • Thursday, April 14 - End of marking period one, elementary BLFH
  • Friday, April 15 - No School = no zoom sessions

Library Tutoring - Free

The Brandon Township Public Library is excited to announce that we have been chosen as 1 of 10 libraries in Oakland County to offer FREE tutoring through a program provided by Eton Academy in Birmingham, MI. Tutoring will take place here at the library every Monday & Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm, starting Thursday, February 24. Parents can register their students for 30 minute sessions by following the link or QR code provided on the flyer attached. Registration is first come first serve and available spots will be provided a month in advance. As of now, the program is funded by a 2 year grant, so tutoring will be provided year round at the library until February 2024.
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OSTC Informational Video as you consider scheduling options...

Welcome to OSTC-NW

Senior Newsletter

Senior BLFH students, please click on this link to be taken to the Brandon High School Senior Newsletter created by Mr. Stevens.


https://www.smore.com/y6u9tm

Google Classroom Counseling Page for BLFH High School Students

Mrs. Popilek created and shared with you all a Google Classroom with important updates for BLFH high school students. Be sure to check it out using the link below.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D6GbhWJuCEaOGPQuZMv4Lc1pgQBsQTM5gmAbwKp1-GI/edit

Elementary BLFH Daily Schedule

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Homework Help

If your student is in need of additional help and support, please reach out to either Mrs. Koslowski at mkoslowski@brandon.k12.mi.us or Mrs. Popilek at spopilek@brandon.k12.mi.us so that arrangements can be made if needed.