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.
SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT 9 Scores
Concordance Table--Go to Page 12 of Document
Student Access to College Board--Go to page 4 of Spotlight
Auto Shop & Bills
End of the Year Luncheon
Monday, June 13th--2nd Hour & 7th Hour
Tuesday, June 14th--1st Hour and 3rd Hour
Wednesday, June 15th--4th Hour & 5th Hour
- 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.
- 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
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
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.