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BJHS Weekly Newsletter for April 3-9, 2017

UPCOMING BIDWELL EVENTS

April 3 – 5th Grade Parent Night - Gym -6:30pm

April 5– No One Eats Alone Day

April 6 - 5th grade visits

Empowerment Project - MPR - 3:00pm

April 7 – BCOE Spelling Bee

School Dance - Gym - 6:30-8:30pm

April 10 – PTA Meeting - LIbrary - 6:00pm

April 11 – Scoliosis Screenings - PE classes

April 12 – TDAP Clinic - Room 103 - 3:00-5:00pm

April 14 & April 17 – Spring Travel Days (No School)

8TH GRADE EVENTS

May 18 - Awards Night - Gym - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

June 6 - 8th Grade Dance - Gym - 6:30-8:30pm

June 7 - Promotion Practice - Blacktop - 11am - 12:15pm

June 8 - Promotion Ceremony - Blacktop - 8:30am

SCHOOL DANCE THIS FRIDAY!

This Friday is the LAST DANCE of the year. Don't miss out. Tickets are on sale all week at lunch. No tickets will be sold at the door, so plan ahead!

THIS WEEK'S FEATURED TEACHER (NEW PRINCIPAL!)

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DAVID MCKAY

Education:

Piedmont Hills High School, San Jose, 1992

BA English, minor in Spanish, Chico State 1999

Single subject bilingual credential, Chico State 2000

Masters degree in Education, University of Scranton, 2005

Administrative Services Credential, 2007


Professional Experience:

I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I taught my first kid how to swim across the pool as a 17-year-old lifeguard. That look of trust, gratitude, and joy he gave me when his head popped out of the water is one I'll never forget. I came up to Chico to go to school after I finished the active duty portion of my Marine Corps enlistment, did my student teaching at Chico High and got hired to teach 9th-12th grade English in 2000. In 2007, I moved over to Fair View to start the BLAST program there. The next year I became the vice principal and then four years later got promoted to principal when the legendary Mr. Vig retired. I served as principal of Fair View, AFC, CAL, and Oakdale until 2015, when I was promoted to Director of Secondary Education. I loved working with the Bidwell staff and I missed working with kids every day, so I jumped at the chance to be your new principal. I'll have at least one child at Bidwell for the next seven years, so I don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon!


Personal Info:

I was born and raised in an amazing neighborhood in San Jose, but after 20+ years, Chico is my HOME. I met my best friend and amazing wife, Jill, while we were both teachers at Chico High. We have been married for 13 years and have three awesome kids, Owen (6), Maddie (8), and Emma (11). I'm a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan and grew up playing football, basketball, baseball, and soccer my whole life. I will definitely be seeing some of you kiddos on the courts at lunchtime. Bring your A-game! :)


Mr. McKay will be Bidwell's new principal beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

BIDWELL SCIENCE TEACHERS HAVE A BLAST AT NSTA CONVENTION

Bidwell science department teachers Mrs. Hass, Mrs. Myers, and Ms. Harris attended the National Science Teacher's Association National Conference last week in Los Angeles. They participated in sessions on Next Generation science standards, project-based learning, and networked with science teachers from all over the world.

REMINDER

Energy drinks are not allowed at school. If you bring them to school they will be confiscated.

ATTENTION 7th GRADERS!!

Are you interested in traveling to New York, Boston and Washington DC next summer? Bring your parents to the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 5th in the Bidwell Library at 6:30 PM. You will hear all sorts of information about this non-school sponsored trip, including itinerary and cost. Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity. For more information see Mr. Battaglia or Mr. Wardlow or pick up a flyer in your history class.
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MS. PURL'S LEGACY QUILTS

The Legacy Quilt was a culminating activity for the Anne Frank Unit. English 8 students in Ms. Purl's class created quilt squares that they dedicated to someone very special who has left a "legacy" on their heart.

NO ONE EATS ALONE

6TH GRADE HONOR’S CLUB will be sponsoring “No One Eats Alone” on April 5th. Please look out for fun activities and the “No One Eats Alone” table that will be set up by the multi-purpose room before school and during both lunches this Wednesday.
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BLAST MOVE BANDS

The BLAST program is in their second window of PEP grant testing, so students were given fitness bands to wear. They get prizes for being the top 10 movers in BLAST and their goal is to get at least 10,000 steps a day for 3 days in a row. Get moving, Pioneers!

GOLD NUGGET STORE

Due to our impacted end-of-the-year schedule and 4-day holiday weekend, the Gold Nugget Store will only be open one Friday this month.
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BIDWELL STUDENTS EARN AWARD!

Ryan Needles and Sydney Yang (not pictured) were Bidwell’s Marian Huhn Candidates for Bidwell’s CJSF chapter. They both participated in the CJSF North Region Conference at Marsh Junior High School. At the conference, recipients were given a $250 cash award, a certificate and a medallion. Congrats to our award winners!

ART DISPLAY

Bidwell will have Art on display all month at the District Offices as well as the Chico Art Center. Both shows are free to the public. There are over 70 students with artwork that have been submitted.

DRAMA PERFORMS RADIO PLAYS

Ms. Purl's drama class spent time learning about the Radio Play Era, listened to several radio plays from the 1940's and 50's and then the students wrote their own original radio play scripts and performed them in class. It was a great success!

NO SLIME ALLOWED

Students are not allowed to bring the recently popular "slime" to school. Additionally, no student is to bring anything on campus to sell to other students, which includes homemade slime.
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FLIGHT AND SPACE DESIGNS AND FLIES KITES!

In our Flight and Space elective, students flew the tetrahedral kites that they constructed out of straws, tissue, and string. Student learned about these first flying machines and about the 4 forces of flight. The windy weather last week was perfect for kite flying!

ATTENTION STUDENTS

You cannot text or call home from your cell phone if you are not feeling well. You must go to the nurse’s office and check in there. Cell phones may not be used for any reason during school hours.

CHICO HIGH CHEER

Attention 8th graders who are interested in cheering at Chico High next year! The tryout clinic is taking place this Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (April 3rd, 5th & 6th) from 6-8pm at Lincoln Center Gym.

RESTROOM REMINDER

If you use the restroom during class time, please use the restroom closest to your classroom.

PARENT UNIVERSITY

Parent University will be held April 12, 19, and 26 at 6:30 -7:30 p.m. in the Library. Parents will learn how to prepare their students for high school and college. Which classes to take in high school to prepare you for college? Which University or College is right for your Student? Upward Bound from Chico State and Butte College admissions will present. Sign- ups if interested Call Martha Newton 891-3080 ext. 135 or mnewton@chicousd.org There will be childcare in room 105A.


“ Universidad de Padres” comenzando Abril 12, 19, y 26 , 2017 cada miércoles, en la Biblioteca de la escuela Bidwell Junior High a las 6:30-7:30p.m.

Aprenda escoger las clases necesarias para la preparatoria y la universidad.

Aprenda como prepararse para la universidad y acerca del proceso de solicitud.

Regístrense hoy: Llamen a Marta Newton 891-3080 ext. 135 o por correo electrónico mnewton@chicousd.org

Va ver cuidado de niños! Salón 105A

ATTENTION BIDWELL GIRLS

Staying after school April 6th from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm is an exciting chance to watch the Empowerment Project. Free pizza and other snacks will be served. Come by the Counseling Office to sign up.
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TDAP

Chico Unified School District has coordinated with Walmart to offer a clinic at Bidwell Junior High for students who still their need their TDAP vaccinations. TDAP immunizations will be held on April 12th in Room 103 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. The cost for each vaccination is $45.


Other clinics will be offered at: Chico Jr. - Thursday, April 13; Marsh - Wednesday, April 19. All clinics will be 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Students can go to any clinic to receive the vaccine.


El Distrito ha coordinado con Walmart a ofrecer una clínica en el sitio de la Escuela Bidwell Junior para ofrecer la vacuna DTAP a los estudiantes que lo necesitan.

Las vacunas DTAP se dará aquí en la Escuela Bidwell el 12 de Abril en el Salón 103 después de escuela 3:00-5:00p.m. El costo si no tienen seguranza es $45.00.

Otras clínicas se ofrecerán en la: Chico Jr. - Thursday, April 13; Marsh - Wednesday, April 19, 3:00-5:00

Pueden ir a cualquier escuela para recibir la vacuna.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

CJSF is offering Community Service credit to any member who donates to the Butte Humane Society. We will be collecting donations in the Counseling Office. What do they need? Come by the Counseling office for a list of acceptable donations.

SPINAL SCREENING PROGRAM

The school nurse will be screening students for possible curvature of the spine (scoliosis) on April 11, 2017. State law requires that school districts in California provide scoliosis screening for seventh grade girls and eighth grade boys. Scoliosis is a term that means lateral curvature of the spine. It is most commonly found in the preadolescent years and progresses during the period of rapid growth. Its cause is unknown. If a spinal curvature is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spine deformity can be prevented.


Since it will be necessary to have students partially undress to accomplish the screening, privacy will be maintained. The student can wear gym clothes or other clothing that can be removed easily. The screening will take place during P.E class.


If the screening indicates need for further medical evaluation, you will be notified by a letter which is mailed to the current address on file. If your child is currently under treatment for a spinal problem, please let the school nurse know. Please send a note to the health office only if you do not want your child screened.

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SIGN UP FOR REMIND!

Sign up for important Bidwell updates! Simply text @ldebock to 81010 and follow the prompts! You can also sign up for email updates by sending an email to ldebock@mail.remind.com.

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ATTENTION 8th GRADE DC TRAVELERS

We will have a ROOMMATE meeting Thursday, during late lunch in Mrs. Hass's room. This is your only opportunity to choose your roommates for our June trip. Don't miss out!