Huskie News

Welcome Back! August 2022

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In our beginning of year packets, there was a Technology Coverage Fee form in there. Please disregard the fee! Just let us know if your student is bringing their own, or will keep it at school. Students will not be permitted to take a Chromebook home without signing it out in the Media Center.


Any "wear and tear" maintenance will be fixed by our tech team, and any vandalism will be directly billed to students.

Welcome Back!

2022-2023 School Year - “Back to Basics”


Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! It is certainly an exciting time at Breckenridge Community Schools. Change is in the air as we are welcoming many new faces to the district as well as working hard to complete this summer’s bond work. Hope, excitement, I’m sure some anxiousness, but certainly a fresh new start is in store for all for this upcoming school year.


This school year, we are taking a coach’s perspective, by getting “back to basics”. So often, when a coach or leader is providing feedback for improvement, basic fundamentals are the most certainly the focus. No matter if it is a sport, music, artwork, or any other activity, fundamentals are what determine an individual's ability to be successful at their craft. At BCS, we are focused on educating, supporting, and inspiring each student to achieve personal excellence and success.


In order to meet our student needs, we have three goal areas for the upcoming year.

1. Breckenridge Community Schools are focused on creating engaging learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Providing opportunities for students to lead, learn, and grow.


2. Breckenridge Community Schools are focused on modeling and teaching the behavior that we expect from our students. We have high expectations for behavior and pride in our school and community. We have a great community with wonderful new facilities and great staff and students. We want all students to feel safe, secure, and comfortable so they can learn and grow.


3. Breckenridge Community Schools is thankful for our families and community and they support our schools. We are planning to improve and increase the frequency in the number of educational activities to engage families and students in the work that our students do each day. Educating our students is a community effort and we want to provide our community with opportunities to support our students in the process. We thank you for your support.


As always, communication is vital to knowing what activities and events are taking place. I encourage you to add the Breckenridge Community Schools App to your phone (Search Breckenridge Community Schools on your Google Play or Apple App Store). You can also stay up to date by following our Facebook pages (District, Elementary, and MS/HS). You can also visit our school website at www.breckhuskies.org. Feel free to reach out to any of our administrative team as we are happy to assist you and your students.


The upcoming school year has great things in store for all. As we get “back to basics”, we’ll all grow and improve together. Let’s make it a great year, Huskies!


Sincerely,


Wade Slavik, Superintendent

Elementary Information

Letter From The Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,


It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome students and families to the 2022-2023 school year! As construction comes to an end, we are excited to share with you the updates that have been made. The physical changes in our building reflect our district’s mission statement: To educate, support, and inspire each student to achieve personal excellence and success.


I am humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the principal for Breckenridge Elementary School. I have taught in the district for 22 years and have been a member of the Breckenridge community for more than 35 years. I feel very fortunate to be part of a school system that truly supports students and their families. In addition, the teachers, paraprofessionals, office administrative assistants, kitchen staff, custodial crew, and playground attendants represent some of the most dedicated, caring, and hardworking people I have ever met. Everyone here at Breckenridge Elementary has value and plays an important role in helping students succeed. I am so grateful to continue to work with this amazing staff.


The elementary will focus on two important goals for the upcoming school year.

The utilization of research based strategies to enhance educational practices centered on positive student learning objectives and growth.

Strengthen community engagement and parent support by enhancing relationships between parents, families, school and community.


Our open house is scheduled for August 24, from 6:00-7:00. I look forward to seeing you and your child. It is going to be a GREAT year!


Sincerely,


Gaynor McKenzie

Elementary Principal

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Updating Parent/emergency Contact Information:

Beginning of year packets have been mailed out! Please make sure to look over the Student Data sheet and mark any changes in contact information or emergency contact information. This information is very important, so please make sure you have the correct phone number for the parent and the emergency contacts!


Beginning of Day - Doors Open 7:30 - Instruction begins 7:50:

Bus will be dropping off students at school in the southwest parking lot by the front office. If you are dropping off a student please use the service drive off McClelland Rd (baseball field side) to drop off in the drop off line or walk your student to the door.


Breakfast/Lunches:

Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 in the cafeteria. If a student is not eating breakfast they will be in the main hallway walking.


End of Day 2:50:

After school is released, bus riding students will exit through the main entrance doors located next to the office. Students being picked up will be sitting in the main hallway near the east door (baseball field side) and will be ready for pick up. Please use the service drive off McClelland Rd to follow the line and pick up your student. If you need to come in the building, please park in the west parking lot located in front of the office and enter through the office doors.

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Middle & High School Information

Dear BHS/MS Students and Parents,


Welcome Back:

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and both mentally and physically preparing for a return to school. I am excited to be a part of the fantastic learning community here in Breckenridge. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence. Our skilled and devoted staff are planning and preparing for your child(ren). An all-hands-on-deck approach is necessary to provide your children with experiences that allow them to take the next steps in their educational journey.


Open House:

We are excited to have you join us for a sixth-twelfth grade open house on Wednesday, August 24th, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


Breckenridge High/Middle School is an exciting place to be, and we want to help our students (and their parents) transition back into the school year. We encourage you to walk your daily schedule during our open house, meet our new staff members, sign up for Powerschool, and see the updated bond work. Teachers will be at their classroom doors to greet you, answer questions, help with lockers, and provide you with information specific to the classes they teach.


Sixth graders will have a short informational parent meeting at 5:00 pm in the Library/Media Center (LMC). After the brief introduction to middle school, sixth-grade students can walk through the school and practice locker combinations (so bring your schedules!) The Principal and Counselor will be available to answer any questions you have.


New Staff:

Each year brings positive change and often includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Tommy Cannon as our Counselor. Mr. Cannon demonstrates a great passion for building relationships with students and putting the best interest of students first while counseling from any space. Phone: (989) 842-3182 (ext. 1423) tcannon@breckhuskies.org Mrs. Ashleigh Shaw is our new High School English teacher. Ashleigh is a well-organized person with a passion for learning and giving students a choice in learning activities. We also add Ms. Sara Nachazel as our Agriscience Teacher and FFA advisor. Sara loves to develop lessons covering animal systems, culturally competent management practices, and plant systems.


Additional Student Supports:

Mrs. Kim Ostrander is returning for another year as our building Academic Specialist, who provides Tier 3 and Tier 2 support for our students. She will help students stay on track by monitoring grades and providing academic support for students. Mr. Kurt Peters is returning for another year as our Behavioral Building Specialist. Mr. Peters helps to monitor our RTC processes in conjunction with our Dean of Students. Mr. Peters works closely with students to make good choices and coaches them on how to respond when they make poor choices. We will also have a mental health specialist from the Gratiot Integrated Health Network (GIHN) with us a few days a week.


Building Update:

Bond improvements to HS/MS include building sidewalks, lighting/ceiling, cameras, lockers, updated classrooms, new science rooms, courtyard updates, high school gym basketball hoops, a new track, weight room/multi-purpose room, and concrete around athletic facilities, etc.


Communication:

Have you downloaded our Breckenridge Community Schools app? If you haven't, download it on Android or iPhone. Teachers will update, post, and provide curriculum via Google Classroom, Remind, and many other educational apps. We do our best to keep you informed by delivering newsletters and updating our website, Facebook, and the bulletin in Powerschool.


Website: www.breckhuskies.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BreckenridgeHuskies

Powerschool: https://ps.breckhuskies.org/public/


Parent/Student Handbook:

In July, a group of parents, students, staff, teachers, administrators, and school board members came together to connect our school's mission statement to our dress code, cell phone, and Chromebook policies. We will have grade level assemblies in the LMC scheduled throughout the first day of school to introduce new staff and the changes to school policy. Policy changes are reflected in the handbook, accessed through our school website. Please read through those changes before coming to school.


Powerschool:

Our staff uses Powerschool for grading, data collection, and student information. At the beginning of the school year, it is crucial to know how to log in and access the Parent Portal for Powerschool. Students also need to understand how to access the portal. Link/URL: https://ps.breckhuskies.org/public Directions can be found, including the ID and passwords at the bottom of report cards and schedules for each student. The code specific to Breckenridge Community School is: WMKP


If you need assistance logging into Powerschool, please contact our secretary, Erin Mayle, at emayle@breckhuskies.org


We are looking forward to a great year!


Mr. Freddie Willbanks

High School Principal


Updating Parent/emergency Contact Information:

Beginning of year packets have been mailed out! Please make sure to look over the Student Data sheet and mark any changes in contact information or emergency contact information. This information is very important, so please make sure you have the correct phone number for the parent and the emergency contacts!


School Day Hours:

Doors will open at 7:40am with an 8:00am start time. School is out at 3:00pm.


HS & MS Pick-up/drop-off procedures:

Please use the West Parking Lot (off of Wright St. by the High School Gym) to drop-off and pick-up your students. Students riding the bus will be dropped off (and get on the bus) in front of the MS/HS office. Please use caution when driving through parking lots!

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Huskie Pups & GSRP

Back to School Season is here and as we await official information from the state to finalize all the details for our preschool programs, we wanted to share that our Preschool Open House for Huskie Pups and GSRP will be Tuesday, Sept 13th. All Preschool Programs will begin Wednesday Sept 14th. Once all the programs are finalized, families will be contacted with further details. We also offer a year-round childcare program for children 2.5 years through 5th grade. Contact us if you have any questions:

Abby Pryor, Enrollment Specialist: apryor@breckhuskies.org

Janette Reiber, HPLC Program Co-Director: jreiber@breckhuskies.org

Pam Franklin, HPLC Program Co-Director: pfranklin@breckhuskies.org"

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Food Services Free & Reduced Lunch form

Click here to view the free & reduced lunch form.


Please note that while Breakfast is free, lunches will NOT be free this year - in order to qualify for free or reduced lunches you MUST fill out the form and return to Michele Collins.

Directory Information

Directory information can be provided upon request to any individual, other than a for-profit organization, even without the written consent of a parent. Parents may refuse to allow the Board to disclose any or all of such “directory information” upon written notification to the Board. For further information about the items included within the category of directory information and instructions on how to prohibit its release you may wish to consult the Board’s annual Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) notice can be found in building offices.

Bond Updates

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we are racing to the finish line with our summer bond projects. We have projects that have been slowed due to supply chain issues. However, we still have many updates that have been able to occur this summer.


Many classrooms have seen updated flooring, lighting, whiteboards, and projectors. Hallways have new ceilings and lighting. Our HS science classrooms have been completely updated. Several of our older restrooms have been updated as well. Our HS gym walls have a new coat of paint, new baskets, and the locker rooms have been updated. Our baseball and softball fields have updated fencing, dugouts, and batting cages. Our track and football area have also seen upgrades.


As this round of bond work continues, we will begin to look at one final round of bond work that will take place in the summer of 2023. We will have several key items that still need to be addressed as well as beginning to look at several contingency items. It has been the district's goal to be good stewards of the bond dollars that have been provided by our community. We are grateful for the community's support and we take great pride in the ability to provide our students with a great learning environment. Go Huskies!


- Wade Slavik, Superintendent

Click here for a Calendar of Events

Stay up to date with an overview of all events happening at Breckenridge Middle/High School!

Athletics

Athletics Schedule

Click here for all sports schedules!

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Blue's News!

Box Tops for Education

Did you know it's easier than ever to help your school out using the Box Tops for Education app? CLICK HERE to go to the website, which will provide links to download the app and instructions on how to get started!

PowerSchool

Did you know that PowerSchool, our student information system, makes it easy for you to monitor your student's grades and attendance? You can also see the daily announcements so you will always know what is going on at the school. The PowerSchool app can be easily loaded onto your phone so the information will be at your fingertips. Click here for a quick video showing you how to set the app up on your phone. The school code is WMKP.

BCS App!

Did you know you can access the latest sports schedules, updates from administration, and lunch menus right from our new App?! The BCS app offers everything from documents to schedules to menus and more. Search "Breckenridge Community Schools" in your app store and download the app so you can stay in the know with all the happenings at Breckenridge Community Schools!

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Click HERE to download on Google Play.

Click HERE to download on the Apple App Store.

Daily Health Screening

Keep the Huskies Healthy!

If your student stays home from school sick, or leaves school early, please keep them home until they have been symptom free for at least 24 hours.