BCHS Staff Newsletter

May 30, 2016

Week in Review

Only 12 more days left! The year is winding down fast, and I can definitely tell you (based on student behavior last week) that many of them are getting excited. I had a few conversations with parents last week, and we agreed that their child was ready to be done for the year. However, my quote to them was, "The kids are ready to be done, the teachers are probably ready to be done, I am ready to be done. But that doesn't make it okay for anyone to end the year early. I will continue to work, I expect my teachers to continue to give great instruction, and I expect our students to give great effort as they lead into their exam." Each parent agreed 100% with these expectations to finish out the year. So I am holding all of us to that standard, since we owe it to our students to finish strong!


Wednesday was a very big day for our school district with the State Superintendent visit. Great job with this, and thank you for your attention to detail on that afternoon!


Congrats to Aren Cooper who was approved at last week's board meeting as the newest member of our teaching staff. Aren will join us next year. He has a degree in Industrial Technology and Political Science. The plan is for him to teach the STEM courses that we are looking to add. He has been teaching at North Branch High School for the past 10 years. We are very fortunate to add a high quality person and veteran teacher to this position!


Congrats to Phil Lowe and Mitch Conley who both qualified for golf regionals. They will compete this Wednesday to try and earn a spot in the state finals!


Great job by the varsity softball team this past week as they claimed a GTC East Title! Hopefully, they (and baseball) can hang another banner this week by claiming a district title on Friday (districts are Friday at Mayville).


Great job by the girls' junior high track team on winning a GTC East Title last week!


Congrats to the boys and girls track members that competed at the Bluewater Area Meet of Champions on Friday night. Eric Burgess took 1st in the Long Jump, Brady Kaufman tied for 2nd in the pole vault, Amethyst Millsap took 5th in the 100 m Hurdles and 5th in the 300 m Hurdles, Alexis Crenshaw took 6th in discus, Brad Gierman took 7th in shot, Whitley Blake 7th in the 2-mile run, Nick Stephens 8th in the 400m Dash and Caleb Muxlow was 9th in the discus. Great job athletes! This was a meet that they had to qualify to compete in as one of the top competitors in their event, in the entire Blue Water Area! Good luck to our track athletes this week as they compete in the Thumb Meet of Champs (Tuesday) and the Division 4 State Finals (Saturday)


TESTING IS DONE!!!!!!! We will look at some of this data on that PD day after the last day of school.


Top 25 Softball Players in the Blue Water Area

Alex Hanson--Athlete of the Week

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SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT 9 Scores

An ALL CALL went out on Friday to parents about SAT/PSAT scores. So you may have a few students with questions this week. I have also had a "Testing" link placed onto the school website to help parents, students, and staff navigate the different links for the different tests.


Concordance Table--Go to Page 12 of Document

Student Access to College Board--Go to page 4 of Spotlight

June Exams

I will make some minor changes to this. When I initially made it (about 2 months ago), I didn't know the exact last day of Career Center. Also, I forgot to change who was covering hours so those teachers with "Senior" classes are covering. I will fix that this week and get it to you. NOTHING CHANGES FOR DAYS EXAMS ARE SCHEDULED IN TERMS OF WHAT EXAM AND WHAT HOUR

Auto Shop & Bills

Just a reminder that the Auto Shop is CLOSED for the year. They will not be taking on any more work/jobs. I will be getting in contact with the Brown City Auto Parts this week to make sure that all bills associated with the Auto Shop are paid. If you have an unpaid bill please take care of it ASAP. This is a great partnership for our auto shop class to have, and I don't want any bills extending into summer/next year. Thanks.

Transition Day

Please look over the schedule that Bob sent out for Transition Day. It is this Friday, thanks.

End of the Year Luncheon

There will be a list on Robin's desk for the end of they year district luncheon on June 15th. Please get with her and sign up to bring something. Thanks.

Exams

Friday, June 10th--6th Hour

Monday, June 13th--2nd Hour & 7th Hour

Tuesday, June 14th--1st Hour and 3rd Hour

Wednesday, June 15th--4th Hour & 5th Hour

Student Scheduling

I had planned to get out the scheduling template to students last week, but unfortunately that didn't happen. We will do them on Wednesday during ALL 5th hours. All I am looking for is you to do the following:


  • Take about 3 minutes to go over required classes per grade level
  • Do a quick rundown of electives we are looking at for next year, and have students number their choices 1 (top choice) thru 5 (5th choice). Let them know they may not be able to have their top choice.
  • Let them know that we expect them to take this home and share with their parents. We would like them returned by Thursday (hopefully), to their 5th hour teachers. They need to be signed by the student and the parent/guardian. Sooner they are in the sooner we can get started. If we don't get their form back, they may not get the elective(s) they are hoping for.
  • If they have questions on any classes they may see Sheryl or me on Wednesday or Thursday.
  • If you have any absent students please put their name on the form, and send it to Sheryl.

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • May 31-June 3--Bus Duty--K. Grabowski
  • May 31--Student of the Week--L. Burkowski (Any Grade)
  • June 1--Directed Study--2nd Hour
  • June 1--Scheduling Templates to ALL students during 5th hour.
  • June 1--Child Study Team Meeting
  • June 3--Transition Day with 6th graders (details to follow)
  • June 4--Track State Finals


  • June 6-10--Bus Duty--J. VanBuskirk
  • June 6--Student of the Week--M. Blake (any grade)
  • June 6--Spring Sports' Banquet
  • June 7--History Field Trip to the Holocaust Museum
  • June 8--Directed Study--6th Hour


  • June 13-15--Bus Duty--Kreiner/McClintic
  • June 15--Last day of School/District Staff Luncheon
  • June 16--Staff PD

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

Please take a little time this week to remind students of our expectations. Last week was extremely busy in the office for students and their behavior. I get it is the end of the year, but we still need to hold them to a high standard, just as we have been doing all year.


Also, reminder to staff that you must set the example of what is acceptable. I had some students say the following to me last week, and this is not what I would expect.


  • Me--"Why are you not in class?" S--"I have all of my work done."......Students are expected to be with their teacher unless they are excused from class for a valid reason only. I have my work done, or we aren't doing anything are not valid reasons.
  • Me--"Why are you down in the office?" S--"I didn't want to stay in class, so I asked if I could come down here." If a student is not in your room, it is very hard for them to get the instruction that their parents and I expect them to be getting.
  • Me--"Why have you been acting up lately?" S--"Oh, it's okay. I do this every year, because I am excited for summer!" Not an acceptable reason to misbehave, and thus the reason for reminders of expectations.


I get that there may be some kids who are tough to handle at this time of the year. However, we are all in the same boat. Your expectations need to be consistent with what you have been expecting all year, and a few quick reminders can help with this.