BCHS Staff Newsletter

February 28, 2016

Week in Review

Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy their extra long weekend with the snow days this past week. We are now 5 (school) weeks until most grades (11th, 10th, 9th, 8th) begin their state testing. I know most have been doing a great job including this into your lessons, and this needs to continue to be our focus the next 5 weeks.

  • Great job by our football staff and players organizing their community service project to help supply water to the residents of Flint. This was a great idea by Coach Cooper, and it once again shows how Brown City and Marlette continue to use our sporting events for a greater cause. They were able to collect over 150 cases of water (more than 3,600 bottles)!
  • Times Herald Article from Sunday
  • Times Herald Article from Wednesday
  • Congrats to Taylor Pitts who signed to play softball at Delta College this past week. That makes our 3rd senior to sign (for college athletics) this year!
  • Our bowlers had their regional tournament this past Saturday. The girls took 6th place and the boys took 7th place. However, none of our bowlers were able to advance to the state finals.
  • Girls district basketball play will begin this week. Our girls will play on Wednesday at Capac vs the winner of Monday's Capac/Marlette game.
  • Quiz Bowl Article

Little League Scotch Doubles Fundraiser

If anyone is interested the Little League is having a Scotch Doubles Fundraiser on Saturday, March 5th at 6:00. This will be at Holly Meadows in Capac. It is for adults or students/children. The cost is $30 per couple. If you or your kids are interested please let me know, and I can get you signed up. It is for a good cause and will be a fun night!

Also, if you are interested in donating something for the Raffle at the Scotch Doubles, the Little League is looking for donations for this. Thanks for any support you can give.

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January Incentive

The incentive will take place on Wednesday (due to last week's snow days). Junior High will be during 3rd hour in the gym, and high school will be during 7th hour in the gym. Lori has the game all set up for us, and I emailed out lists last week of who (teachers and students) are where during this time.

10th Grade Career Center Visit

This was rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Spring Testing

I am in the process of finalizing the spring testing days/times for each of our grades. I will send this out to you this week. Please give me your feedback if there is something I am missing or you are unsure about.

I will sit down with Sheryl and Bob this week to finalize proctors and classes (teachers) for students not testing on those days.

Once you get the schedule please pay close attention to the tests in your grade level and content area. You should already be working in the test prep sites for M-STEP, PSAT, and SAT. However, also remember that those last couple of weeks before your test probably need to be structured a bit differently to review those concepts our data shows students struggled with last year and/or the areas you have noticed they didn't totally get this year. We are all on the same team here, and we need to make sure we are ALL doing our part to help prepare these students.

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. Thanks.


The robot has been bagged and zip tied until competition. Students still have some things that need to be completed prior to competition (buttons, banners, fund raising, etc), but their "build time" is up.

In the past two weeks I have taken Hunter Kroenke, Dalton Simpson, and Jaci Frey to Maple Valley Plastics and Rotary to give a "Business Presentation" about robotics as we seek help with sponsorship of our team. They did an outstanding job, and it is a great "real world" experience for them to go out and present to these community members. I will be looking to do more of these with our students, so if you know of a business or organization that would support us or just wants to know what we do, please get me their contact info to set up a meeting. Thanks.

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • February 29-March 4--Bus Duty A. Ford
  • February 29--February Board Meeting
  • February 29--Student of the Week Schindler (8th grade)
  • February 29--Neil Gone to ISD for E2020 Meeting (starts at 11:00)
  • March 1--10th Grade Career Center Visit
  • March 2--Child Study Team Meeting 1st hour
  • March 2--Academic Games at SVSU
  • March 2--Directed Study 5th Hour
  • March 2--January Incentive-Family Feud (see above for details)
  • March 3--Neil gone in AM principals' meeting
  • March 3-5--State Wrestling Finals for Brad and Luke
  • March 5--Little League Scotch Doubles at Holly Meadows

  • March 7-11--Bus Duty F. Garcia
  • March 7--Student of the Week J. Blake (9th)
  • March 7--Neil Gone MASSP Conference
  • March 7--Elementary Book Fair Parents' Night
  • March 9--NO Directed Study
  • March 9--Half Day Students in AM / Conferences in PM
  • March 10-12--Robotics Competition at Kettering University
  • March 12--Elementary Wrestling Tournament at BCHS

  • March 19--Daddy Daughter Dance in the Elementary

  • March 21--NHS Blood Drive
  • March 24-26--Robotics Competition at Marysville
  • March 25--No School-Good Friday

  • April 1--End of 3rd Marking Period

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

We are now a few weeks in to our second semester and should be getting into a big push with state assessments just around the corner. Continue to stay intentional with your use of the data we have from PSAT (Fall) and M-STEP (last year's). This data will help your lessons as you prepare our students. Also, be sure to to be using the resources available online to help (especially M-STEP grades). Students must know how to use the online tech tools prior to testing day. If you have a performance task in your content area, this should be something that you do in class at least 2-3 times prior to testing.

Also, spring conferences will be here 2 weeks. Be thinking of those students who are struggling in your class and get a list to me by Wednesday of this week. The intent of the spring conferences was to do them "AS NEEDED". So we are not expecting all students to need their parents to attend. However, if it is a student whose parents do need to attend, we need to let them know. I will have a letter prepared for the office to mail out on Thursday. So if you get me the names, we can make sure those parents are notified.