Maneuvering the Middle
Weekly Updates from SMS- January 13
Hello Scranton Families,
We have plenty of updates for you this week, including information about schedules for next semester, reminders about absences, and tardies in the handbook highlight section, parenting supports, and a fundraiser for Brighton Robotics.
Enjoy the weekend,
Mr. Borg and Mr. Renner
Semester 2 schedules will be released to students during advisory on 1/23/23.
If a student needs to request a change, please fill out the change request form no later than the end of the school day 1/26/23.
Schedules will be finalized 1/27/23.
**Please note that teacher change requests will not be considered. **
Scranton's Student Leadership Taking the Lead!
What time is drop off?
Supervision will begin at 7:30. Your student should walk into the building and go to the gym or if having breakfast go to the cafeteria.
What's the tardy policy?
Don't be late.
If your student is late to school or class, 1-2 times =warning. 3rd time = referral and 30 minute detention. 4th time = referral, 1 hour detention, and development of improvement plan.
What If your student will be absent all day?
Please call the attendance line (810) 299-3700, press option #1, leave the students name, spelling of the name, grade and the reason for the absence.
What if your student will be late?
If your student is going to be late, please call (810) 299-3700, Press Option #1, leave the students name, spelling of the name and grade. Your student needs to stop in the main office to check in. If this was a medical appointment, please have them bring a doctor’s note for their attendance file. All medically excused absences do not go against your allotted number of absences.
What if your student needs to leave early?
If your student needs to leave early, please call (810) 299-3700, press option #2. You MUST call before your child needs to leave, or send a note with your student. We will NOT call students down or deliver passes to classrooms. Students MUST pick up their early dismissal pass or bring their note to the main office before school or in between classes. Students MUST sign out of the office and have a pass in hand when leaving the building. Failure to do so could result in an unexcused absence or discipline.
What if your student forgets something?
If your student forgets something, our suggestion is not to enable your student. Let your student feel that "oh no" feeling. Rest assured, everything will be fine. By doing this, you are sending a clear message that life will continue on and that uneasy feeling will help your student remember their items in the future. You are helping your student develop independence and help manage their responsibilities.
If you feel the need to save the day, please leave your student’s item on the cart right inside the main entrance doors. Students can come in between classes, during lunch or after school to retrieve items. We will not call students down during class to pick up forgotten items.
What if my student is not feeling well?
Students are to tell the teacher they need to come to the nurse’s station. Students may also come to the nurse’s station in between classes, if they are not feeling well. Students are not to use their phones in class. We will NOT send passes to classrooms for ill students.
Mental Health and Wellness
As a district we are increasing our efforts to support the Mental Health and Wellness of our students, families and the community by focusing on Relationships, Student Wellness, and Increasing a Mindset for Learning and Growth. Each week we will share a Tip/Resource.
Additional resources and information can be found on BAS Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our BAS Wellness & Mental Health website.
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BAS Parenting Supports
The county launched a program to offer free parent coaching through the Cook Foundation. As we all navigate the daunting but amazing role of being a parent, this is a resource that we could lean on for support and/or advice. If you are at all interested, this link will remain on the district's main page through the remainder of the school year. Parent Coaching Sign-up Link
What is Advisory?
Our daily Advisory time is a fifteen-minute touchpoint scheduled after the second hour. The SMS staff will provide activities for our students that focus on fostering connections, student wellness, and growing our positive building and district culture.
Advisory is set in advance on a month-to-month basis with the activities sent out by Mr. Renner and Mr. Borg. In addition, Advisory is where we will do our daily announcements and building/district-wide community service projects, as well as structured activities such as grade checks and goal setting.
Advisory Schedule for week of January 16
Monday: No School
Tuesday: Puzzle Competition Day 1
Wednesday: Puzzle Competition Day 2
Thursday: Grade Check Day!
Friday: Salt and Pepper Game
Practicing our communication skills in advisory time
Scranton's Handbook Highlights
Attendance and Truancy
In accordance with the Compulsory School Attendance Law (MCL 380.1561), “every parent, guardian or other person in this state having control and charge of a child from the age of six to the child’s sixteenth birthday, shall send that child to the public school during the entire school year. The child’s attendance shall be continuous and consecutive for the school year fixed by the school district in which the child is enrolled.”
When a student is absent, the school requires a satisfactory explanation from the parent or guardian
for each absence. The school may require a physician’s verification of illness when it is deemed
necessary to confirm a student’s absence.
A student can and will be referred to the Attendance Officer at the Livingston Educational Service
Agency (LESA) for the following attendance violations:
1. Not properly enrolled in school;
2. Absent ten (10) consecutive days without notification;
3. Habitually truant from school;
4. 10 days absent or absent 10% of school days;
5. Excessive tardiness;
6. Educational neglect—failure of the parent(s) to send the child to school.
7. Numerous excused absences where there is reasonable doubt of the truthfulness of the
Continual violations could subject the parent(s)/student(s) to court action and penalties (Juvenile Court).
Other Helpful Information
Please mark your calendars to join us for our Scranton PTO meetings this year. They will be held at Scranton on the following Fridays - 9:00 am: 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12. If you cannot attend meetings or would like to find out additional ways to become involved, please email email@example.com.
President: Deanne Ferrell
Vice President: Lin Miller
Treasurer: Cay Pinchen
Secretary: Bill Rockwell
The 2022-2023 BAS Calendar
Scranton 7th Grade Girls Basketball:Tryouts began on 1/9/23 at 3:00pm in SMS Gym, Coach is Pearl Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org. All required documents must be signed by parent and student in FinalForms and a sports physical signed and dated on or after 4/15/22 must be uploaded.
Scranton 8th Grade Girls Basketball:
Tryouts began on 1/9/23 at 4:30pm in SMS Gym. Coach is Shane Davis email@example.com. All required documents must be signed by parent and student in FinalForms and a sports physical signed and dated on or after 4/15/22 must be uploaded.
Scranton CoEd Swim and Dive
Parent meeting is at Brighton High School Pool on 2/6/23 at 6:30pm. First day of practice is 2/7/23 at 5:00pm. Coach is Samantha Pinter firstname.lastname@example.org. All required documents must be signed by parent and student in FinalForms and a sports physical signed and dated on or after 4/15/22 must be uploaded and approved prior to tryouts or first day of practice.
Scranton Wrestling has started! If still interested, please contact Coach is Zach Johnson email@example.com. All required documents must be signed by parent and student in FinalForms and a sports physical signed and dated on or after 4/15/22 must be uploaded.
All student athletes must register in FinalForms and upload a completed physical and consent form from your mobile device or computer. The uploaded physical and consent form must be signed and dated by the examining physician on or after 4/15/22. The physical will show as "expired" until it is approved by the BAS Athletic Department. Physicals uploaded at the last minute may not be reviewed in time for tryouts. Please review your student's profile in FinalForms to ensure all documents are signed by the parent/guardian and the student and that the physical has been approved prior to attending tryouts.