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BJHS Weekly Newsletter for November 27- December 3 , 2017


November 28 - Girls' Basketball - Marsh gym - 7th @ 4:00pm/ 8th @ 5:30pm

November 30 – English Honors 8 field trip - PV House of Blue - 10:45am-12:30pm

Peer mediator training- Library - 12:00pm-2:30pm

Girls' Basketball vs. Durham - Gym - 7th @ 5:45pm/ 8th @ 6:45pm

December 1Grades sent home

Gold Nugget Store open during both lunches

December 6 – CJSF Holiday Meeting - Library - 8:00am


Dear Bidwell Families,

With just over three weeks left in the semester, we have officially hit the home stretch. Here are some quick tips for helping your student finish the semester strong:

(1) Check their planner each night: if there’s no homework, their planner should say say so. There should ALWAYS be something written in their planner for each class. Want to keep closer tabs? Log in to Aeries Parent Portal and see up-to-date grades and assignment completion information. That’s easily the best way you can help your student learn at home.

(2) AR: Accelerated Reader goals are worth 10% of their grade. Check in with your student to make sure they’re on track.

(3) Math Homework: you don’t have to be a math major to help your student learn at home. It’s rare that they don’t have math homework as it is a subject that requires a particular amount of practice. If your student is struggling, send the teacher a quick email about online math supports you can help your student access at home.

Please keep your eye out for an invitation to our first Family Appreciation Luncheon on 12/13 during your student’s lunch period. Each student is encouraged to invite one special family member for a complimentary fancy lunch—Holiday style. Fresh carved turkey and ham with potatoes au gratin are part of the menu. Don’t miss it! It’s also a great time to check out some of the cool things your students have done in their classes this semester. I hope to see you there!

Please take a moment to give me some feedback on how we can make Bidwell an even better junior high experience for your students by completing the short survey below. It literally takes less than a minute to complete. Thank you to the 119 parents who have taken it already. I’d love to see that number get to 500 by the end of the semester!

I try not to blow up your phones and emails with unnecessary communications, but I do like to send out a quick Remind text every now and then. We have 293 parents on Remind as of today and I’d love to see that number jump to 500 by the end of the semester. Please click the link below to join. You can also use Remind to send me a quick text about any questions/concerns you might be having. I’m always looking for ways we can get more parent and family input to make Bidwell the best possible experience for our kids.

Your kids are a joy to be around every day. I loved my Thanksgiving holiday, but I also looked forward to seeing their smiling faces when we returned on Monday. It is an honor to serve you and your students.


David McKay


Bidwell Junior High School

Chico Unified School District

(530) 521-9228

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Move over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Bidwell drama students in Ms. Purl's class created original love potions! Students crafted their "potions" and designed their bottles based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.


All Lost and Found items marked with green tape will be donated on Friday, Dec. 1st! Be sure to label clothing. And be sure to check the Lost and Found rack and boxes in the MPR!


Did you move recently? Change your phone number? Get a new email address? Make sure to contact Sandra Martin, our Registrar, so that we can update your student's records. You may reach her by phone at a call at (530) 891-3080 x113 or at
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The 8th Grade Baby photo submission deadline is fast approaching!

If you would like to send your 8th grader a special note along with a cute baby photo in their last junior high yearbook, the deadline is Friday, January 26th. Follow the link to fill out the form. The cost is $15. Forms, photo and payment can be submitted to the front office or purchased through the Student Store online. Photos can be e-mailed to


Chico Performances has teamed up with Chico Community Ballet to present A Very Chico Nutcracker on November 30th thru December 3rd. For more information visit .


Our student store is stocked with warm hoodies and sweatpants. They make great holiday gifts! Check out our inventory online or come into the Student Store between 9am and 1pm.

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Our next 12 Gold Nugget Raffle winners will be announced this Thursday, November 30th. Due to the holiday break, our December raffle will be held on Thursday, the 21st.

There are still a few unclaimed raffle prizes! The following students can come to room 406A during lunch to claim their raffle prize:

Unclaimed Raffle winners

Alex Ewing, Traci Stover, Ian Connaughton, Ava Thao, Ramona McCreary, Andy Yang


Don't forget to join Remind! Text @bidwellp to 81010 to have important Bidwell updates sent straight to your cell phone!


By the end of this week, you only have 3 weeks to meet your AR goal. Remember that AR reading is worth 10% of your English grade. Thanksgiving Break is a great time to catch up on your reading!


Upward Bound Projects is having their open enrollment period from Oct. 1st through December 1st. Upward Bound is a program geared to help high school students reach their goals of going to a 4 year university. Want more info? Come to the Counseling Office and speak to a Counselor about it.