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BJHS Weekly Newsletter for February 5-11 , 2018


February 7 - CJSF Meeting - Library - 8:30am

Panda Express fundraiser for CJSF

February 9 - Western Day

Career Trek applications due

February 10 - CJSF Applications due

February 16 & 19 – Lincoln’s Birthday observed & Presidents’ Day (No School)

February 22 - 8th grade High School Visitation Day - 8:30am

February 24 - Career Trek - Butte College - 8:30am


Dear Bidwell Families,

February promises to be a short month full of fun events as we head into that final turn before the home stretch. Here are a few things you need to know to help keep your Pioneers on track.

Helping your student learn at home doesn’t have to be stressful or time-intensive. With a month of assignments in the grade book, now would be a good time to check in with your Aeries Parent Portal (see instructions here if you’ve forgotten how to log in). You can configure your settings to send you periodic email summaries of your students’ progress. If you’re concerned about your students’ grades, please email the teacher directly. Perhaps the best reinforcement you can provide at home is helping your students stay organized. It is rare that we encounter a struggling Pioneer who is well-organized. If you want to take it a step further, have your student pull out a few assignments once a week and review them with you. It only takes a minute and it’s an effective way to support their learning while also allowing them an appropriate amount of independence.

February 21st is slated to be our big school-wide Chromebook Roll-out. While more specific information will continue to come from the district office, every student will be issued a Chromebook in much the same way they are issued a textbook. Our goal is to start moving away from heavy backpacks full of binders and towards lighter, technology-based strategies. Here’s the previous CUSD-released information on the Chromebook Roll-out.

February 22nd is our 8th grade visitation day to the high schools. It’s an exciting landmark in our 8th grade students’ junior high journey. I’m extremely proud of the overall maturity and leadership that this class has displayed this school year. I’ll be talking with them about finishing their Bidwell careers strong, continuing to model what “Safe, Responsible, Respectful” looks like on a daily basis to their younger peers.

As always, please reach out to me immediately if you suspect that your student doesn’t feel physically or emotionally safe at Bidwell. My cell is (530) 521-9228. Shoot me a quick text and we can start problem-solving. It is a joy and an honor to work with your kids every day. Thank you for that opportunity.


David McKay


Bidwell Junior High School

Chico Unified School District

(530) 521-9228

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Congrats to our very own Judy Hass, who was nominated for the California League of Middle Schools Region 2’s Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Hass was honored at a special banquet on January 26th at the Chico Elks' Lodge.

Here's an excerpt from her nomination:

Besides engaging her students in cutting edge NGSS-aligned science lessons and labs, Ms. Hass has helped develop several courses that have proven instrumental to Bidwell developing its STEAM brand: Medical Detectives, Flight and Space, and Computer Application Development. It cannot be overstated how valuable it is to have a solid female role model encouraging our young girls to explore the scientific world and engage in STEM-type courses traditional over-run with boys. Ms. Hass is a "Pied Piper" teacher that can get her kids to do just about anything. Kids sense this unwavering belief and faith in their abilities to learn and are drawn to her year after year.


The following students are WINNERS of January’s Gold Nugget Raffle:

Devon Talley, Isabella Weupe, Wyatt Collins, Rhiannon Smith, Natalie Shalab, Nia Billyos, Eleanor Radtke, Tina Thao, Bryce Shaffer, Tyler Hildebrand, Sydney North and Marina Banuelos. Come to Room 406A during lunch to claim your prize!


Join the Bidwell chapter of the California Junior Scholarship Foundation at Panda Express on February 7th for a very yummy fundraiser. Visit any participating Panda Express location and 20% of your purchase will be donated to CJSF. Download the flyer linked below, or enter promo code PX18CJSF158 when ordering online.


A couple weeks ago your son or daughter took the i-Ready diagnostic in both reading and math. Students take this test 3 times a year, and it helps us identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. We are making a concerted effort this year to make sure your child’s data gets back to you. Please help us verify that your child shared their data reports with you by signing the signature page they'll bring home with their score reports. Math and English teachers will be checking to make sure the reports have been seen.

If you notice that your child is 2 or more grade levels below in both Math and Reading, please know that they will be placed in an intervention class during Primetime to get some extra support. If your student is below by only 1 grade level, or 2 or more grade levels below in either Math or Reading, we are excited to offer an after school i-Ready class on Mondays and Thursdays in the Tech Lab with one of our teachers. You can also support your student by having them work on i-Ready from home for 45 minutes a week per subject. Go to: to log in at home.

To receive more information about the after school i-Ready class, or to sign your student up for it, you may contact your student's counselor or the teacher hosting the sessions, Ms. Berg (


Interested in attending the Chico City Basketball Tournament this weekend? Wanna know where and when your team is playing? Click here for event and bracket information.


CLASSROOMS ARE NOT OPEN ON LATE START WEDNESDAYS due to your teachers being in collaboration meetings. Please stay on the south side of the 400 wing.
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Our afterschool BLAST program had, well, a blast cooking up some healthy protein bites!


Chico state is partnering up with BLAST to start a Femineer Robotics Club at Bidwell. It will start February 26 and run for six weeks. The club will meet every Monday of those 6 weeks from 3pm-5pm. Please read through the application to see if you're interested. The application is due by February 21 to room 402 or the main office. Contact Stephanie Johnson ( if you have further questions.


Do you like to hang out with friends, enjoying the sunshine outdoors? If so, come find out about the new Disc Golf Club at our first meeting next Wednesday, February 7th during 1st lunch at 11:45 in the Rock Room. See Miss Rudy or Laney K for any questions.
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Sixth grade scientists explored how topographic maps are created. They designed their own landforms out of clay, named their landforms, and added water to their container tracing the water level each time. They came out of the lesson with a better understanding of elevation, equal increments, and topography.


THE 34TH ANNUAL CHICO SCIENCE FAIR will be February 26th thru March 2nd at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. If you are interested in this event, please check out the flyer hanging in the main office or visit
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Skateboards and scooters are not to be ridden anywhere on campus, the adjoining sidewalks or in the PV Recreation Center parking lot. They may not be taken from class to class during the school day. Locking towers for skateboards and scooters are available in front of the school next to the main office. You must provide your own lock.


It's that time of year again! Career Trek at Butte College is Saturday, February 24th from 8:30 am to 3 pm. For girls interested in STEM careers, please come by the Counseling office and pick up your Career Trek application. They are due back no later than Friday, February 9th.
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DID YOU GET GOOD GRADES? Are you in 7th or 8th grade? CJSF is a club for students that get good grades and help their community out. Our open window for new and returning members is now! Come to the Counseling office for an application! Deadline is February 10th. Don’t miss out!


We are sure to sell out of YEARBOOKS again this year. As of today, there are less than 90 yearbooks left! If you are wondering if you have already purchased one, check the list outside of Room 406A. Make sure and place your order before they are gone!


Bidwell Cheer will be collecting new and used shoes for Angel Bins, a recycling company that helps schools and other charitable organizations raise money through the recycling of shoes. They will have a bin available in the school office for students, teachers, and staff to donate and help out the team. Please consider cleaning out your closets during the break, donating to this great cause, and helping out the team!


ATTENTION PIONEERS, you currently have 5 weeks left to meet your AR goal. Keep reading both at school and at home. Remember that AR reading is worth 10% of your English grade. If you haven’t found something you love to read, ask your English teacher for a book recommendation. Keep up the awesome reading!


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


PTA, with support from our Leadership class, is kicking off a membership drive! Your help is needed to make this a success. PTA has funded projects such as; the outdoor stage, wrought iron fencing, new marquee (electronic sign), prizes for the No-tardy Party, student recognition events, and more. The drive will last for 2 weeks, January 16 - 26. Fliers with envelopes were sent home Tuesday.

The drive will include several $15 cash prize drawings for students whose parents join PTA, and Leadership is donating a free dance ticket to students whose parents join PTA (including student's whose parents have already joined). Students can turn their envelopes, marked with both parent and student names, into the main office.


Would you like to have hot soup and an opportunity to help others? The 17th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraising Dinner will be held Thursday, March 1 in the Chico High School Cafeteria/Lincoln Center. This meal is sponsored by CUTA, CUSD, Noon Rotary and Slater & Son. Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door) and include a student-made ceramic bowl, soup made by a variety of local restaurants, bread, and water. Dessert and coffee are available for a donation.

Purchase your tickets for either the 5:00pm or 6:30pm seating at Bidwell Main Office, Zucchini & Vine, or Christian & Johnson. The proceeds of this event will benefit the Torres Community Shelter.