Pioneer Post

BJHS Week of January 17-21, 2022

We acknowledge and are mindful that Bidwell Jr. High School stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land, the flora, the fauna, and the waters that run near campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that since time immemorial has sustained the Mechoopda people and continues to do so today.


Monday, January 17th: NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 19th: Boys BBall Game(s)- see schedule

Thursday, January 20th: Boys BBall Game(s)- see schedule

Monday, January 24th: Boys Bball 7th Black @ Marsh 7 pm - see schedule

Wednesday, January 26th: Boys BBall Game(s)- see schedule

Thursday, January 27th - Saturday, January 29th: Boys BBall Durham Tournament - see schedule

Please remember to contact the Attendance Office for absences

Please remember to contact the Attendance Office if your student is going to be absent via email at: or call 891-3080 ext 41115, please include your student’s name, the date of absence, and the reason for the absence.

If your student is ill please contact the Attendance or Health office to screen for any symptoms. Students need to be symptom-free for 24 hours before they return to school. Thank you all for your continued help and cooperation.

When students are out for any reason, sick, quarantine, Dr. appointment., etc. please make sure to have them email their teachers to get their work.

For COVID-19 related questions and to report test results, please call the CUSD COVID-19 Reporting & Information Line at 530-801-2813.

CUSD Quarantine Protocols

Contacting Teachers

The best way to get in touch with your student's teacher is to email them directly. When you log onto your Aeries Parent Portal, you will have the ability to see your student's full schedule and list of teachers with their respective email addresses.

How to view teacher emails in the Aeries Mobile App

Click on "More" at the bottom of the screen, then click on "Full Portal." This will prompt the app to open up on your web browser on your mobile device. Your student's classes will be listed with the teacher's email in blue.

How to view teacher email addresses in the Aeries Website

Click on "Classes" on the left panel, then click "Classes" again. This will generate the list of your student's classes and teachers. Please note, that you may have to check the box that says "View Current Term" to ensure that you are only seeing the class list for the current semester. Teacher emails will be listed to the right in blue.
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Bidwell's Best

Bidwell’s Best Winners: Week of 1/10/22 – 1/14/22

· Mrs. Hass - AJ Taylor

· Mr. Geoff Hill – Jose Enriquez

· Mr. Monte Hill - Rebekah Sem

· Mrs. Hopper – Jet Young

No Tardies

The following students are our NO TARDY / 95 % Attendance winners for this week:

· Alonzo Lara

· ​Aislin Rhonek

· Parker Darrin

· Brett-Ellie McGuire

There were 819 students last week with No Tardies!!

Girls on the Run, Heart and Sole

Hey Bidwell Girls! Tuesday is the day to register for Girls on the Run, Heart and Sole. This will be our first day back at school after the 3 day weekend. Please grab a flier if you are interested from the counseling office, wellness center or from Ms. Hansen, Enserro, Long, or Alaniz. If you are looking for a positive way to spend your after-school time, we would love for you to join. No running experience is needed, only a desire to connect and improve! We will practice on Mondays and Thursdays here at Bidwell after school. The season starts February 21 and goes until May 9! We look forward to meeting you. Please grab a flier today to show to your guardians over the weekend so they can register on Tuesday!

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Positive Pioneer - Monica Murguia

I nominated Monica Murguia our targeted case manager because she collaborates with parents, students, staff and community members to ensure that our students get the best possible resources available to them. She goes above and beyond to help students who are in need and takes it upon herself to help ALL students feel prepared for success at Bidwell. -Erica Scott

Collaborative Colleague - Adrienne Jimmerson

The person that I picked for the Positive Pioneer award…

  • Is SUCH an amazing teacher, but is super humble and not showy.

  • I have gotten to know this teacher over the course of the last few years and she is SOOOO helpful, kind, and fun.

  • I observed her teaching 6th grade which I had little experience with until we brought them over. It was amazing to see the way she understood this age so well and knew how to give instructions and involve the whole class with her lessons. I learned a lot from observing her. She is an expert at 6th grade.

  • She is amazing with tech and always answers my dumb questions but never makes me feel dumb. Many times I go to her for tech support first which she never makes me feel bad about even though it’s not her job.

  • She is super thoughtful and always sends me articles, activities, and links that she thinks will help my students.

  • She brings new ideas and awesome tech resources to our department.

  • I teach Success English a writing intervention class and she is always so quick to collaborate with me and talk about specific student struggles and we are able to tag team and work together to get the students the help that they need.

  • When I talk to her about a student that we share, she always knows the student really well even though she has such full and busy classes.

  • I watched her complete her master’s degree while working full time and being a very involved and great mom to her kids. She is soooooo smart and hard-working. Hardly anyone knew that she was doing all of this because she is so humble, professional, intelligent, and positive in the face of the crazy years we have been through.

I would like to acknowledge Adrienne Jimmerson!

-Annalisa Hansen

Power Up (English)

Power Up PDF's for families to reference:

Power Up at home

Accessing Power Up through Clever

Students should be completing a minimum of 100 minutes and 20 units of Power Up for their English class each week. Please contact your English teacher with any questions or concerns.

Weekly Reading Goals - 3rd Quarter

Students will have a Weekly Page Goal that they will calculate depending on the number of pages in the book they chose to read.

  • Divide the total number of pages by the number of weeks leading up to March 4th. You should read that number of pages each week. Reading ahead is always encouraged!
  • Log the pages read on the provided bookmark tracking sheet each week.

City of Chico HUD Annual Action Plan

The City of Chico is currently seeking input on our HUD Annual Action Plan for next year. Please visit our site and share your input:
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Aeries Communications - Parent Square

Aeries Communication Powered by ParentSquare

Chico Unified School District is utilizing Aeries Communication powered by ParentSquare to send important district, school, and COVID-19 information and updates to families. There are several ways to access your Aeries Parent Portal:

  • Website: and select the "Aeries" button located at the top of the page.
  • Aeries App: select the "communications" tab from the Aeries Parent Portal menu.
  • ParentSquare App: view information directly from your dashboard.

Try the New ParentSquare App

Use the ParentSquare App to easily located secure documents, for upcoming events and important news and information.

Here are instructions for how to view a secure document from the Aeries Parent Portal and the ParentSquare App:

CUSD Parent Communications

Parent Square Resource Page

Parent Square Frequently Asked Questions

Our Percussion Project: Practice Pads and Stands

Mr. Johns is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose.

Help me give my students drum practice pads for use during class and at home. Click here to donate.

BJHS Sports

BJHS Clubs

Asian American Pacific Islander Club

The Asian American Pacific Islander Club is back! We will meet on Wednesdays at early lunch in room #403. We hope to see new and returning members! Everyone is welcome.

Meetings: Wednesday’s-alternates at early lunch and after school 2:24-3:15

Dungeons & Dragons Club

We'll teach basic concepts of how to play, strategies, build awesome characters to play, and connect you with a group to play with.

Stop by room #501 for more information on meeting dates and times. Come check it out!

Lunch Clubs in Room #402!

Lunch clubs are on! Each day we will have an activity in room 402 during both lunches!

Monday - Board Games

Tuesday - Drawing Club

Wednesday - Multicultural Club

Thursdays - Club Live

Fridays - Movie Club


Our club promotes community service on our campus and in our town. CJSF monthly meeting is on the first Wednesday of the month.

If there are any questions, please email Sandra Villaseñor:

Bidwell Library

Watch this video for directions on how to access Destiny Discover, our Library catalog, and place books on hold to pick up later! Or just come into the Library to check out a book in person!

Library Tech Center

Click on the Library Tech Center to find helpful links and troubleshooting tips for student Chromebooks.

If you need additional help, please contact Ms. Costello in the Library. (530) 891-3080 Ext. 41020

Internet & Tech Questions

Parent Technology Help Line: (530) 801-2716

CUSD Technology Support for Parents Webpage link.

Securly and Online Safety Resources

TLC (The Learning Center) Room 102

The Learning Center is here to help support you with your schoolwork! Visit the website to get extra help with your assignments.

Visit the TLC website

Counseling Department

Student Social-Emotional Support

Bidwell has a solid Student Support Team that is ready and able to help your student navigate the emotional side of Crisis Learning. Your student can contact your counselor by clicking here: Virtual Counseling Offices

Counselors are also a great person to contact if you’re interested in exploring one of our clubs.

Bidwell PTA

Bidwell PTA is easy to join, fun to be around, and 100% supportive of Bidwell Students and Staff. This year, in particular, your support means the world. Here is their website with more info about how you can get involved.

Mr. McKay will be sending out some short videos in the coming weeks containing parent testimonials about the benefits of joining Bidwell PTA. Thank you, in advance, for your support!

Tips for Self-care during COVID-19

Each Mind Matters

California's Mental Health Movement Resource Center

Be an Informed Pioneer!

  • Follow all the current events at Bidwell!

  • TEXT “FollowBidwellASB” to 40404 to get updates on Bidwell activities.

  • Like “BIDWELL Pioneer” on Facebook for updates on Bidwell Activities.

  • Follow us on Instagram @BidwellPioneer.

Contact Us

For urgent issues, please contact Administration directly at:

David McKay, Principal (530) 521-9228

Laurie DeBock, Assistant Principal 530-518-0513