First week of school with everyone - Friday, September 7, 2018

Hello Baxter Families!

It has been a wonderful first week. We had a great time reconnecting and meeting new students at Deering Oaks, two solid days of classes, and a strong kick-off for Flex Friday work today.  These are our notes for the week. Our aim is to use this weekly newsletter to consolidate communication to families as much as possible. We hope that this will make it easier for you to stay informed of what’s going on in school.

We want to highlight a few important notes upfront:

Parent/Guardian Coffees on September 14 and 21, 8-9 am: We are hosting three parent coffees over the next couple of weeks to give parents a chance to meet and talk with us in an informal setting.  We ask that you sign up in advance by calling or emailing the front office (699-5500, front.office@baxter-academy.org). We look forward to seeing you!

Beginning Sept. 17, Baxter doors will be open at 7:30am: We heard from a number of you that the later start time has been inconvenient.  For this year only, we are adjusting staffing assignments so that we can provide supervision in the Great Room beginning at 7:30am.  We are also requiring early-drop off students to sign up in advance.  If you need to drop your child off before 8am, fill out this form. Students should report to the Great Room, sign in, and quietly work on homework or read. Classrooms will open up at 8:15.  We will re-evaluate the early drop-off program at the end of the year, but we are asking parents to use this year to consider alternatives that they can make work in future years.

Guidance Updates:  Guidance updates will also be included in this weekly newsletter.  Families with junior and senior students in particular should make time to read these.  

New Faculty: We welcome Trevor Seaman to our Math and Science departments and Rebecca Turkewitz to the Humanities department.  Mr. Seaman has a degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University. He created a 22-foot trebuchet as his senior project in high school and loves riddles.  Ms. Turkewitz has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. She has taught at the high school and college levels and is a published writer.  

Read on for more notes and details about the week ahead!

Sincerely,

Angie Taylor and Angela Atkinson Duina, Co-Principals

For Reference:  The annual collection of these Notes for the Week is available at this link.

Weekly Notes and Reminders

  • Student Schedules: Student schedules are available in Infinite Campus. Please reach out to your child’s advisor or school counselor if you have questions.

  • Baxter Going Green (Water Bottles):  We will no longer be handing out bottled water or paper cups. Instead, we will be giving all students a water bottle that they can fill up at the fountain. If they lose their water bottle, we will have extras available to purchase for $5.00. Bottles will be available soon.

  • Bikes: There are two bikes locked up across the street from Baxter. We are not sure if they belong to Baxter students, but if they do, please claim them, or you might lose them.

GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • Many seniors and their families are thinking about college and postsecondary planning.  Please read our Senior Notes for helpful information, updated weekly.  This week we’ll talk about where to start and share some important dates to keep in mind.

  • Juniors, sophomores, and 9th graders are getting used to their schedules and classmates. Encourage your student to ask for help in navigating academic or social issues, and please feel free to reach out to your student’s counselor if you have questions or sense your student needs support in doing this, as well.

THE WEEK AHEAD - DATES WORTH NOTING

Monday, September 10

Tuesday, September 11

  • Remembrance of 9/11

Wednesday, September 12

Thursday, September 13

  • Student Robotics Meeting, 2:45-4:30pm

Friday, September 14

  • Due date: Early submission of Flex Friday proposals.

Welcome Back! Student Schedules, Open Campus and Tech Forms First Day Info

Dear Students and Families in Grades 10-12,

It is time to get back to Baxter! We cannot wait to have you among our community of learners - and we are planning for your arrival.  Along with this welcome letter, this packet contains quite a bit of information and several forms. Sit down, have some tea or lemonade, and go through the items together.  If you have questions about anything, don’t hesitate to call.

The first day for students in grades 10-12 is Tuesday, September 4 - at Deering Oaks Park in Portland.  Students should bring a lunch. The day will begin at 8:25 and end at 2:20, just like a regular school day, but school buses will be dropping off students directly at Baxter.  If you drive your student to school, please drop them off at Baxter at 8:25. 

The Deering Oaks day will give our Baxter school community a chance to reconnect.  You’ll also get to meet with us, your principals. We’ll be working as a team to ensure that every student experiences a high quality STEM-focused education in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Before you get back to your summer, we do have a little thinking assignment for you.

These are key words from the Baxter Academy mission and vision statements.  

What do they mean to you?  And, even more important, what will you do to make them real?

initiative    perseverance    collaboration        reflection        

impact     perspective        curiosity         conscience         

creativity     rigor             community


We’re looking forward to the collective learning adventures that are in store for us in 2018-19 and can’t wait to see where your Baxter adventure takes you!  We know you’ll do great things.


Sincerely,

 

Angie Taylor                        Angela Atkinson Duina

Principal of Students and Curriculum        Principal of Faculty and Instruction

You will find the following things in this update:

  • Student schedule change form
  • Revised daily schedule
  • Regular excused absence form
  • Information about the first day of school
  • Open Campus form
  • Technology Use form

2018-2019 Student Schedules    

Infinite Campus (IC) is live, which means you can view your schedules. Please note, we are still working on second semester scheduling. If you have a blank on your first semester schedule, please use the form below to choose a class. You must be in a class, unless you are taking a college course. 9th grade will get access to IC during orientation. We will be sending out a mailing to all 9th grade parents and students by Friday, August 10th.

2018-2019 Student Schedule Changes Form

 

2018-2019 Daily Schedule Change: Reminder

The administration has collaborated with students and teachers to revise the current “bell” schedule (see below) in a way that will allow us to better implement our academic program. The new schedule protects student learning time and will also provide much-needed time for faculty to collaborate on curriculum that supports the mission and vision of our school. You’ll notice that school starts at 8:25 am this year. A related change is that the school building will now be open starting at 8:00 am in the morning for students. Students who need to be dropped off earlier, should be dropped at an alternative location until it is time to walk to school.  (Mr. Bagel on Congress opens at 7am and Coffee ME Up on Cumberland opens at 6am.)

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First Day of School

The first day for students in grades 10-12 is Tuesday, September 4 - at Deering Oaks Park in Portland.  Students should bring a lunch. The day will begin at 8:25 and end at 2:20, just like a regular school day, but school buses will be dropping off students directly at Baxter.  If you drive your student to school, please drop them off at Baxter at 8:25. 

Make sure your child brings the following to Fort Williams:

  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Coat
  • Comfortable Clothing & Sensible Shoes

 

Open Campus Privileges

In nice weather, students will go off campus for lunch, go to Kennedy park to play basketball or ultimate frisbee, and/or go for a run around Back Cove. When going off campus, students should be aware of their surroundings and act safely.  Students and parents should both be aware of Baxter’s off campus contract obligations and guidelines:

All students going off campus for lunch, must fill out this form. Please review the off campus map with your child. Students are advised to stick to the areas noted on the map and to travel with at least one person. We also suggest that at least one person in the group carry a phone. Once students leave the building, they are no longer under direct supervision of Baxter staff.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings. If you feel uncomfortable or unsure of something that you see or are experiencing, do not hesitate to return to school or call for assistance.

 

Computers and Technology Form

Please complete and return the technology form to the Front Office by Tuesday, September 4th. Students cannot receive a laptop until this form is returned.

There is a technology fee for all students using Baxter Academy’s laptops.  Students who use their own devices are exempt from the technology fee. The technology fee can be paid in via cash, check, or online through FlipCause.

The laptop fees are as follows:

$0 for students with free lunch

$50 for students with reduced lunch

$80 for students who do not fall in the categories above

If your computer needs to be repaired, the first repair will be covered, unless the computer cannot be repaired.  After the first repair, the fees are as follows:

Hard Drive Replacement: $25

Keyboard Replacement: $15

Screen Replacement: $40

If the computer cannot be repaired: $150