BASE Blast 10.11.20

The weekly update of all things Phoenix


This week our Crew leaders will be engaging all BASE students in incredibly important conversations about mental health and suicide prevention. The entire district will be promoting Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness this week to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns. As part of this important campaign, students at BASE will receive a lesson to promote positive mental health, recognize the warning signs for suicide risk and encourage help-seeking behaviors. We all play a role in preventing youth suicide. Please see the resource below to learn more information about suicide prevention and steps that you can take to protect yourself, your community, and your children.

Read on to learn more about:

  • Farewells and Welcomes!
  • Shout Out - Abhishek Polavarapu
  • Senior Sunrise - Wednesday
  • Virtual Coffee With Cronk - Wednesday
  • Library Links - Wednesday Pick Up
  • Counseling Corner
  • FAFSA Update
  • Chromebook Damage Waiver Opt Out
  • Note About Grades
  • Spooky Story Competition
  • Travel to Japan!
  • Club Fair
  • MS Science Fair
  • Upcoming Events

Farewells and Welcomes

It is with a mix of pride and sadness that we congratulate and bid farewell to Mr. Anderberg, our Tech Support Specialist of many years. Mr. Anderberg has accepted a position at district office overseeing the support and repair of Chromebooks for the entire district. I think he'll keep busy. Mr. Anderberg did more than just keep our tech humming. He worked closely with the guitar building class as well as yearbook. He will be missed!

I am pleased to welcome Maureen Wilson to the staff. Ms. Wilson will be joining our counseling team and taking over counseling for grades 10 and 11. She is excited to get to know the BASE community and meet the students! She has been in education for 21 years, beginning as an English teacher, then Child Development specialist, but found her true love in school counseling 14 years ago. In her free time, Ms. Wilson likes to read, hike, try new recipes that often donʼt turn out, and hang out with her family.

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Shout Out to Abhishek Polavarapu

The Chetana Foundation is a volunteer run non-profit organization. Chetana volunteers are involved in various service projects in the US and in India, surrounding the four pillars - Environment, Education, Hunger and Empowerment.

Abhishek Polavarapu from BASE has been partnering with Chetana to support his community in various ways. He has received the “Presidential Volunteer Service Award” for his outstanding service to our community. He had participated in several activities throughout the 2019-2020 school year which has resulted in positively impacting local & global communities. His services had inspired those around him to take action and start helping people in need.

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Senior Sunrise

BASE seniors are invited to participate in the Senior Sunrise event this Wednesday starting at 6:30am. (Argh!) Strict social distancing is required to participate. You must RSVP below to attend.

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Virtual Coffee With Cronk

I'm looking forward to hosting another virtual Coffee With Cronk next Wednesday, 10.14.20 from 11pm to 12pm. I'll send out a Zoom link just before the session begins.
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Library Links and Curbside Pick Up

Ms. Hawley our fab new librarian will be coordinating library and textbook pick up events most Wednesdays henceforth. For information from our favorite (reputed) Hufflepuff, please follow the link below.

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Counseling Corner

In this edition of BASE's Counseling Corner you'll find more about:

Events for the week of Oct. 12th

  • Welcome Maureen Wilson!!
  • College Rep Visits: OSU, USC (our first time having a UC School VISIT!!), SOU virtual onsite admissions!, Digi Pen (do you like video games?), Northland College
  • NACAC Virtual College Fair
  • Seniors!! Career Academies are open for registration!
  • Career Spotlight Events: Sport, FBI, Cosmetology
FAFSA & ORSAA are Open!
  • Workshop Oct. 14th
Mental Health Support
Seniors!! It's time to work on scholarship! Check out the list!
  • Do you want to be nominated for the US Senate Youth Program or the Jefferson Scholars?

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Spanish Language Paying for College

A recording of a Spanish language Paying for College webinar is now available

Additional Paying for College Webinar Scheduled for October 21

Because so many of school districts and students were unable to attend the prior English language Paying for College webinar (held during the worst of the evacuations last month), another has been scheduled for October 21st. This will be a repeat of the information shared on the previous webinar.

Registration is open at:

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Chromebook Damage/Loss Opt Out

All students were assigned a fee for the Chromebook Damage/Loss Protection Program. (This was waived for student eligible for Free/Reduced lunch. If you would like to Opt Out of this program (and make the fee disappear) follow the directions in the document below. Note opting out takes on the financial responsibility for repairing or replacing the Chromebook if it is lost, stolen, or damaged. The protection plan covers chargers and the stylus.

Note About Grades

With the change in Distance Learning requirements this fall, compared to last spring, more teachers areusing the N grade to communicate to parents that an assignment is missing instead of the “Mi-Missingcomment.” The N grade stands for ‘No evidence’ and provides parents a real-time ability to know thestudent’s grade without that assignment being submitted. Once the assignment is submitted, the Ngrade will be replaced with a numerical score that will calculate as normal, instead of the 0 scoreassociated with a N.

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Middle School Spooky Story Competition

Base Middle School leadership is having a horror story contest for the middle school students, it will be graded by teachers and winners will receive a prize.

How to Submit

Click this link to the google form where you can submit your story

An email on how to participate was sent to all middle school students. Check your email if you are interested. If you haven't received an email contact Mr. Leitner at

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Travel to Japan

Do you like Anime? Taiko drumming? Sushi? Want to visit JAPAN?! Ms. Bergman is excited to tell you more about the trip to Japan she is planning for the Summer of 2022 with EF! Please RSVP at to the Parent/Guardian Informational Zoom meeting being held from 6-7pm on Tuesday, October 20th. In the meeting, we will discuss amazing trip details, EF's risk-free enrollment period, and all the ways in which they're leading the charge on student safety. Can't wait to see you there! Open to adventurous students in grades 6th-10th!

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Club Fair update

There will be holding a virtual club fair for HS clubs on the 21st and the 23rd of October, from 3-4 pm. Next week we will be sending out a list of which clubs will be presenting on which days, along with a short description of each. Club fair is totally optional, but we encourage everyone to be there!

If you are running a club this year and haven’t filled out the following form yet, please do so as soon as possible. Unfortunately the deadline for being placed in the club fair has passed, but if you are still interested, fill out the form and we can try and fit you in, although there are no guarantees.

Currently we only have received a couple of MS clubs signed up, not enough to run a MS club fair at this point. Again, we encourage you to fill out the form, which is collecting both MS and HS club information.

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MS Science Fair

Attention Middle School Students! If you are interested in conducting your own science or engineering project and participating in the (virtual for 2021) Northwest Science Expo this spring, now is the time to start! Please let Mrs. Childers know if you would like to learn more by completing this Google form.

Upcoming Events

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