Week 11 - SLCs, Baxter Players, Text Alert Updates

Visit from MIT’s Biomechatronics Lab

Thank you to Baxter parent Jim Ewing for connecting Baxter students to MIT’s Tyler Clites and Matt Carney. On Wednesday, we enjoyed a powerful lecture from them on their work with prosthetics and proprioception. Nearly a quarter of Baxter students opted into this experience. Your kids asked fantastic questions - ask them for a summary of the presentation!

Good Luck Outliers!

This weekend, The Outliers will participate in their last off-season event against 23 other FIRST robotics teams from the northeast at the Battle of the Bay in Alton, NH.

Parent Advisory Feedback Survey

Thank you to those of you who made time to complete the Parent Advisory Feedback Survey. Your feedback is invaluable; we will continue to leave the survey open for more families to participate. Please look for updates and opportunities soon as we identify ways we can strengthen our communication with you.

Slate Training - Update

Thank you to those families who were able to attend the Slate training meeting on Thursday evening. We will be holding another training on November 29th at 6pm. You can RSVP here. In the meantime, we’ll be looking for ways for you to video conference this session. You can also view the slideshow presentation from the training here. Questions about Slate can be directed to slate.support@baxter-academy.org.

SLCs November 13th

During your SLC meeting with your child and their advisor, you will be able to walk through their Slate profile and share highlights from the first months of courses. You’ll also receive update information on your child’s Flex Friday work.

Baxter Players Invite You

On November 16th, from 4-7PM in the Great Room, the Baxter Players will be giving a dramatic reading of Gwen Shirker: Semi-Private Detective. All are welcome. Proceeds will support their upcoming competition season.

Winter CSA at Baxter - Daybreak Growers Alliance

Baxter is a winter pickup site for Daybreak Growers Alliance CSA shareholders. Beginning December 5th, DGA will be delivering local produce, dairy, bread, and meat every two weeks by 2pm. If you would like to learn more about their flexible CSA program, head to their website.

ACTION ITEMS & REMINDERS

  • Inclement Weather - Communication Prep: It’s approaching Snow Day season. In the event that the school is closed, we will alert you through the following communication channels: email, Baxter’s facebook page and website, and via text alert. If you have not signed up for alerts, please text the message @75lan to the number 81010

  • Picture Retake Day - November 27: Even if you do not plan on ordering prints, you need to get your photo taken for your free school ID. Your school ID is recognized as a form of identification for testing admission, discounts on admissions to events, student rates on food, etc. Please ask your advisor to alert the front office that you will be getting your photo taken on the 27th.

EXTRACURRICULAR UPDATES

  • SEMI High Tech U - 3 Day workshop with ON Semiconductor and SMCC (Dec 3-5): Three days of interactive workshops on everything from microchips to chemistry to post-high school planning. This is a great opportunity for 10th-12th graders to learn about STEM careers and the specific skills required for success in those field. To learn more, email heather.dippolito@baxter-academy.org.

  • Travel to Mexico with StudentReach! StudentReach exists to develop the potential of students through empowerment, coaching, mentoring, and volunteering. Baxter students and faculty interested in planning a spring trip through StudentReach should contact Marilyn Melton at marilynmelton@me.com.

  • Baxter Ski Bus to Shawnee Peak - Thursdays, January 24th-February 25th (no bus during February vacation): Students will be transported from Baxter to Shawnee Peak by Custom Coach buses. We will be offering pick-a-week options and scholarships. Space is limited & cost will depend on number of participants, so please sign up here to indicate interest: Shawnee Peak Bus! Amanda Vickerson will follow up before Thanksgiving break with confirmed pricing. Registration will be due by Wednesday, November 28th. Please direct all questions to amanda.vickerson@baxter-academy.org

GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • Senior families - we encourage you to look at this week’s update on the Senior Notes page (also on the Baxter Guidance postsecondary page).  This week we highlight the CSS Profile and scholarships.

  • Postsecondary Planning presentation during SLCs - Please join us in the Great Room for a presentation about the postsecondary process at Baxter on Nov. 13th (SLC day) at either 12pm or 5:30pm.  We’ll be talking about what your student can do now to be prepared for college or careers after graduation.

  • We’ll be meeting with juniors the week after SLCs are done to talk about Early College options.  Juniors and Seniors can take courses to earn college credits (and get assessed on Baxter graduation standards) at many local colleges for a greatly reduced rate.  You can look at this form for more information, to find links to course lists and applications, and to find costs.  Please email your student’s counselor with any questions.

  • All families - if concerns about progress towards graduation arise at SLCs, or if other questions come up that we can help with, please email your student’s counselor so we can start a conversation about ways to support you and your student.

DATES WORTH NOTING

November 2018

12 -- Veterans Day, No School

13 -- Student-Led Conferences, 11am - 7pm (MOVED FROM NOVEMBER 1st)

13 -- Guidance Post-Secondary Planning Sessions at 12:00 pm and 5:30pm.

27 -- Prospective Family Open House ⅓

27 -- Makeup School Photos

29 -- Slate parent workshop at Baxter Academy, 6-7pm

30 -- Open Enrollment Begins for Prospective Families

30 -- Thomas Cup Overnight Competition at Thomas College

--Spring Semester college course registration begins

December 2018

3 -- Anytime/Anywhere 2/4

7 -- CyberPatriot Qualifying Round 2

10 -- Prospective Family Open House ⅔


Week 10 - SLCs, Flex Friday Reflections

Welcoming Julia Kosowsky

We are excited to announce the hiring of science teacher Julia Kosowsky. She will be teaching STEM for 9th grade as well as Earth Science for Engineering Pathway.

Julia comes to Baxter Academy after spending the year teaching on wooden boats on both the east and west coasts and engaging with expeditionary learning. After earning her undergraduate degree from Tufts University, Julia taught high school science in Eastern Kentucky where she developed skills around student-centered inquiry learning. Julia is passionate about students recognizing their potential in the world and all that they are capable of as problem solvers. She is excited to support students in thinking critically and recognizing how interconnected they are to their peers, their community, and the world as a whole.

Parent Advisory Feedback Survey

Thank you to those of you who made time to complete the Parent Advisory Feedback Survey. Your feedback is invaluable; we will continue to leave the survey open for more families to participate. Please look for updates and opportunities soon as we identify ways we can strengthen our communication with you.

SLCs

On November 13th, we will be holding Student Led Conferences. By now, you should have received communication from your child’s advisor about how to sign up for a meeting. We recognize that one characteristic of the Baxter Community is a geographical diversity that makes it a challenge for some to meet face to face, but we value your participation and feedback, and are happy to make alternate arrangements. If this date and time frame does not work for you, do not hesitate to create a plan for a meeting via skype, phone, or setting up another in-person meeting time. We would like to connect with as many families as possible.

Flex Friday Mid-Semester Reflections

One component of the SLCs this year will be your child’s mid-semester Flex Friday reflection. The focus will be on organization, productivity, and time management. There will also be space for your child’s Flex Friday sponsor to share their feedback. Students will work on the reflection this week and next, and you can expect sponsors to share it with you by November 13th.

ACTION ITEMS & REMINDERS

  • Slate Training - Due to low registration numbers for last week’s training session, the session for parents has been rescheduled. There are still two training dates scheduled for November 8th and November 29th. Sign up for a session here. A reminder that general information and Slate login can be accessed here.

EXTRACURRICULAR UPDATES

GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • Senior families: It’s been a busy week for many of our seniors!  Please see the Senior Notes - updated weekly - to read more about how colleges access your application, and scroll down in the document for more info about deadlines, essays, recommendations, and other topics of interest. Please let us know if there’s something you’d like to know more about that’s not there!

  • All families: The Guidance Department is giving their fall/winter postsecondary presentation during SLC day at 12pm and 5:30pm. The presentation lasts approximately an hour, and is aimed at juniors, though all families are welcome to attend to learn more about how students can get prepared for Life After Baxter.  If you can’t attend but want more information, we’ll post our presentation and notes on the web site after SLC day.

DATES WORTH NOTING

November 2018

8 -- Slate parent workshop at Baxter Academy, 6-7pm

12 -- Veterans Day, No School

13 -- Student-Led Conferences, 11am - 7pm (MOVED FROM NOVEMBER 1st)

13 -- Guidance Post-Secondary Planning Sessions at 12:00 pm and 5:30pm.

27 -- Prospective Family Open House ⅓

27 -- Makeup School Photos

29 -- Slate parent workshop at Baxter Academy, 6-7pm

30 -- Open Enrollment Begins for Prospective Families

30 -- Thomas Cup Overnight Competition at Thomas College

--Spring Semester college course registration begins

December 2018

3 -- Anytime/Anywhere 2/4

7 -- CyberPatriot Qualifying Round 2

10 -- Prospective Family Open House ⅔


Week 9 - October 26, 2018 - Confirmed Illnesses

This message is to share that we have two known cases of illness in our community: Strep throat and Mononucleosis (known commonly as Mono).

Please take care of yourselves and have a healthy weekend.


Week 9 - Special Update, NWEA testing

Angela Atkinson Duina has informed us that she is resigning from her position as principal of faculty. We thank her for the work she did while here, and we wish her well.

As principal of faculty, Angela participated in a leadership model designed to distribute work and information among three school leaders. Angie Taylor, the principal of students, will continue her work to support students and to maintain BA’s caring, responsive approach to all their needs. As executive director, I will continue the work I’ve done for the school since its founding. I’ll remain focused on mission and management of all resources aimed at building an ever stronger future for Baxter.

As we move forward, Partnerships and Community Outreach Coordinator Heather D’Ippolito will expand her efforts around strong communication, both within our school family and with our greater community. She will continue to help Baxter build dynamic and meaningful relationships and opportunities for your students.

Our operations manager, Blair Clancy, is focused every day on safety, security, and smooth functionality throughout the school—and along all the byways of our extensive transportation network.

Most important, we have the good fortune here of having an excellent, dedicated faculty. We’ll be asking the Cabinet members, chosen by their peers and representing various components of our school model, to participate in the work of meeting the school’s performance goals. We’ll also be asking the Teaching & Learning Committee to lead participation in a peer support and evaluation model. And we’ll be bringing in experts to support us all in this work. This interim distribution of responsibility may serve as a pilot for how we might increasingly become a teacher-powered school.

Baxter’s teachers have always participated in the work of designing and building the school to be student-centered and caring. Now we find ourselves with the extraordinary opportunity to explore more ways to fully honor their work. It is our intention that they continue to identify what serves Baxter’s students best—and to share in the responsibility for optimizing the student experience here. Please continue to reach out to your child’s advisor for support in your student’s education.

What makes it possible for us to move forward with strength is what’s always made it possible for Baxter to grow and to succeed—all of us here working together for what’s best for Baxter’s students. We are going to stay that course.


Week 8 - October 19, 2018 - Slate Login and Student-Led Conferences

Dear Baxter Parents:

Wednesday, October 24 is Unity Day, a day sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to encourage communities to join together against bullying and unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  This kind of unity is something we see and strive for every day at Baxter. Wear ORANGE on Wednesday if you’d like to stand out and show your support for unity against bullying.


Can you believe school has been in session for 7 weeks? Time flies! Students have completed a variety of assessments - projects, tests, papers, etc. We want to celebrate their progress towards meeting standards, so please login into Slate, and check out your student’s progress. If you are having trouble accessing Slate, please note the following:


In September, Slate login instructions were emailed to all parents who a) have an email in our Infinite Campus database, and b) are listed as a guardian of record in that database.


If you have not received login instructions, please reach out to Anna Gervais and provide your email address and guardian status so we can update our records. Also copy programmer Hallie Larsson on that email to ensure that Slate login credentials are promptly sent to you.


Once you receive the login information email, be advised that your email address will be your user name and you will select your own password by clicking "Forgot password?" and proceeding accordingly.


Parent workshops will be held in the Great Room from 6pm-7pm on October 25th & November 8th for those who want guidance on Slate usage.  Sign up for one of these sessions using the link in the ACTION ITEMS section.


Lastly, we can’t wait to hear how students spent their Anytime/Anywhere Learning days!  Please makes sure that your student’s learning form is complete.  A link to this form is also provided under ACTION ITEMS.


Note that the school calendar has been updated to reflect the Student Led Conferences date of November 13.  The calendar can be found at this link.


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.



ACTION ITEMS

  • Please ensure that your student’s Anytime/Anywhere Learning Form is complete: Anytime/Anywhere Learning Form.

  • Sign up for Slate Parent Night: Sign up HERE!

  • REMIND.COM ALERTS FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS: If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for BA Closings and Announcements on Remind.com.  This is how we send alerts to families about our school closings. Instructions for signing up are HERE.  

  • If your planning to join us for the PARENT ADVISORY GROUP session on Friday, October 26 from 8-9am, please email front.office@baxter-academy.org to let us know you’re coming.  Thank you!

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

  • Baxter Ambassador students have just completed their second week of STEM workshops for Boys and Girls club kiddos. The group has one more week of programming classes to run before they move on to CAD and then Arduino. If you would like to participate in teaching a CAD or Arduino workshop, please let heather.dippolito@baxter-academy.org know!

  • Please see the side menu bar (or scroll to the bottom of these email if you are on your phone) to see more extracurricular opportunities.

  • If you missed the slideshow of clubs and activities at our Open House, click here.

GUIDANCE UPDATE

  • All families: If you are interested in learning more about postsecondary planning at Baxter, please join us for a presentation at the SLCs on Nov. 13 at either 12pm or 5:30pm.  We’ll be talking most about planning for current juniors and seniors, but families with students in all grades are welcome to attend as there will be material relevant for students at all stages of planning.

  • Anytime/Anywhere Learning days are a great chance for students in all grades to work on postsecondary planning.  Job shadows with family friends or relatives, college visits (even if it’s the college around the corner!), and college and career research is all time well spent. Please reach out to your student’s counselor if you have a question about postsecondary planning of any kind!

  • 12th grade: Please read our updated Senior Notes for more information about the postsecondary process, including some notes on essay writing and deadlines.

DATES WORTH NOTING

October 2018

11 -- Battle of the Bay Robotics competition

23 and 24 and/or 30 and 31 -- NWEA Testing

25 -- Slate parent workshop at Baxter Academy, 6-7pm

26 -- Parent Advisory Group meeting at Baxter Academy, 8-9am (Topic:  Communication)

29 -- 9th Grade Vision Screening



November 2018

8 -- Slate parent workshop at Baxter Academy, 6-7pm

12 -- Veterans Day

13 -- Student-Led Conferences, 11am - 7pm (MOVED FROM NOVEMBER 1st)

13 -- Guidance Post-Secondary Planning Sessions at 12:00 pm and 5:30pm.

27 - Prospective Family Open House ⅓

27 - Makeup School Photos

30 -- Open Enrollment Begins

30 -- Thomas Cup Overnight Competition at Thomas College


Anytime/Anywhere Learning, Picture Day, and Slate

Dear Baxter Families:

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Thursday’s Open House!  We know how busy family life with teens can be - so we appreciate your attendance and really enjoyed the chance to talk with you.  If you were not able to attend, feel free to review the slideshow here and please don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers or us if you have questions, worries or wonders.  (If you attended the Open House, but didn’t get a chance to fill out a feedback form, feel free to offer your comments and feedback here.)


Flex Friday proposals were returned to students today. Most students need to revise their proposal and submit for final approval. Over dinner or during a car ride this weekend, check in with your child about their FF proposal.


Also in Flex Friday news, 9th graders transitioned from their introductory projects into new projects today. Some joined already running groups and some formed new ones. Once they arrived in their clusters,  they worked through the initial design steps of the Flex Friday proposal. They will continue to draft their proposals in the upcoming weeks. Once complete, they will be reviewed for approval.


As a final note, please mark your calendars for student-led conferences on November 13.  These take place from 11am-7pm.  We’ll send out more specifics as we approach that date.


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.

ACTION ITEMS

  • REMIND.COM ALERTS FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS: If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for BA Closings and Announcements on Remind.com.  This is how we send alerts to families about our school closings. Instructions for signing up are HERE.  

  • PICTURE DAY IS OCTOBER 19TH: To order packages online, go to www.mylifetouch.com and enter Picture Day ID LG228564Q0. Students will also receive order forms in advisory.

  • ANYTIME/ANYWHERE LEARNING DAY - OCTOBER 22: This is professional time for teachers.  Students do not report to school on this day - but they should be engaged in learning. Some suggestions: visit colleges, plan a job shadow, tour a museum.

  • SLATE PARENT WORKSHOPS - OCTOBER 25 and NOVEMBER 8, 6-7pm: Our Slate Team will hold two parent workshops this fall to support parents in using this tool to follow their student’s progress toward meeting Baxter’s graduation standards.  

  • PARENT ADVISORY MEETING - OCTOBER 26, 8-9AM: Please mark your calendars for our first parent advisory meeting.  Send an email to front.office@baxter-academy.org to let us know if you’re planning to participate.  Our topic will focus on communication.

  • SLATE: If you cannot log into Slate to see your child’s progress on standards, please contract halsted.larsson@baxter-academy.org or kelly.orr@baxter-academy.org.


NOTES

ANYTIME/ANYWHERE LEARNING DAYS: OCT 22, DEC 3, JAN 22, MAR 11

There are four Anytime/Anywhere Learning days this year. These days allow faculty to engage in professional development that includes, but is not limited to, grading and norming, developing standards-based assessment tasks, Slate development, and Design Thinking work.  We appreciate your support on these days and ask that you help your child to develop a plan to make the most of these days.

As long as students engage in academic work or school programming, they count as school days.  The intention is to focus is on the larger community during the FOUR Anytime/Anywhere Learning days on our calendar.   Students can...

  • Job Shadow

  • Do Community Service

  • Visit a College (For a College Visit Checklist, click here.)

  • Tour a Museum, etc.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

  • CLUBS + ACTIVITIES:  Here is the slideshow that we shared with families during last night’s Open House. You’ll see club opportunities happening through Baxter such as math club, book club, rock climbing, etc.

  • Preble ST Soup Kitchen - recurring volunteer opportunities. On October 19th, eight  students can volunteer with Alex Waters in the Preble St soup kitchen from 9:30-1:30. To learn more and sign up, click here.

  • Thomas Cup registration is now open! This is an overnight event on November 30th that brings together teamwork, technology, and competition. To create a team and register, click here. To learn more about the Cup challenges, click here. Email heather.dippolito@baxter-academy.org for more questions.

  • To sign up for Remind.com alerts about events happening during the day at Baxter (such as book talks, bake sales, or guest speaker events), text @cocu75lan to number 81010.

  • EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES:  From backcountry skiing trips to visits to Jackson Laboratory, there are numerous updates and additions to the Extracurricular Opportunities document (see the sidebar menu of this email on your desktop or scroll to the bottom of your email if viewing from your phone). Please take a look and connect with heather.dippolito@baxter-academy.org of you have any questions.



GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • 12th grade: Senior Notes have been updated for this week with reminders about asking for records and recommendations, a link to student and counselor responsibilities, and an overview of what we’ve done with your students so far this year.  Please contact your student's counselor if you’d like to talk about their postsecondary process!

  • 9th, 10th, and 11th grades: These students did a wonderful job of taking the PSATs in a way that showed they take the test seriously and are respectful of their peers.  We’ll be delivering those results in early January, and will help students build on their scores to create the next step in their postsecondary proces.

  • All students: At this time of year, many students come to their counselor with concerns about courses that feel too hard or overwhelming.  We help students develop skills to help them succeed, and also encourage students to talk directly to their teachers and advisors, seek out help at the BLC, and get their family involved.  If your student is expressing concern about a class, please ask them if they’ve reached out to any of us. You can also ask them to show you their Google classrooms, where teachers post assignments and instructions.  A weekly check in on this with a struggling student can do tremendous good. Please also reach out to your student’s advisor our counselor any time!

  • If your student is visiting a college on this month’s Anytime Anywhere Learning day, you can use this checklist to make the most of your trip! Find this and other resources on the Guidance Department’s postsecondary page.

DATES WORTH NOTING

  • Monday, October 19 - Picture Day

  • Monday, October 22 - Anywhere/Anytime Learning Day.  Students do not report to school.

  • Thursday, October 25 - Slate Parent Workshop from 6-7pm

  • Friday, October 26 - Parent Advisory Group meeting from 8-9am.  Focus on communication. Send an email to front.office@baxter-academy.org to let us know if you’re planning to participate.

  • Thursday, November 8 - Slate Parent Workshop from 6-7pm

  • Tuesday, November 13 - Student-Led Conferences from 11am-7pm



Week 6 - October 5, 2018

Dear Baxter Families:

Thank you for supporting Baxter’s early release today! Teachers spent the afternoon reading and giving feedback on Flex Friday proposals. All proposals should be returned to students on Friday, October 12. Please ask your child about their proposal.  (And if they didn’t turn one in, encourage them to check in with Flex Friday Coordinator Gretchen Yock.)


We’re working together to meet with all our new students through advisories.  Angela Atkinson Duina will also do this for returning students in grades 10, 11 and 12.  It’s been a bit of a slow process, but it’s great to meet with students in smaller groups!


This week Kelly Orr’s class visited Bowdoin to study Ancient Civilization through art, the 11th grade EP students visited two manufacturing plants in Brunswick, and the Outliers robotics team visited two manufacturing and machining plants in Westbrook. During advisory, half of the 9th grade engaged in a conversation about safety in our community with Portland’s Community Policing representatives. The rest of our 9th graders will have the opportunity to talk with representatives next week.


Remember that 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will take the PSAT on Wednesday the 10th. (Bring calculators and number 2 pencils!) 12th grade students will not have school on that day.  We encourage them to use the time to work on their college applications.


Also note that our first Anytime/Anywhere Learning Day is scheduled for Monday, October 22.  Keep reading for more information about these days and what you can do as a parent to support them.


Our Open House for current families is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, from 5:30-7pm.  More information about this event is provided below. We hope to see you there!


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.


ACTION ITEMS

  • PSAT testing for 9, 10, and 11th grade students is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th. Buses will run at normal times. Full day for 9th, 10th, and 11th students; no school for Seniors.  We ask families to contribute $5 per student to help cover the cost of this test. Students can turn this in at the front desk.

  • Picture Day is October 19th. To order packages online, go to www.mylifetouch.com and enter Picture Day ID LG228564Q0. Students will also receive order forms in advisory.

  • Parents:  Please mark your calendars for our first parent advisory meeting on Friday, October 26, from 8-9am.  Send an email to frontoffice@baxter-academy.org to let us know if you’re planning to participate.  Our topic will focus on communication.

  • Anytime/Anywhere Learning Day, Monday, October 22.  This is professional time for teachers. Students do not report to school on this day - but they should be engaged in learning. Some suggestions: visit colleges, plan a job shadow, tour a museum.

NOTES

OPEN HOUSE FOR CURRENT FAMILIES - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11

5:30-5:55 Introduction to Flex Friday - Student Exhibits (VARIOUS ROOMS)

5:55-6:15 Welcome & Baxter 101 (GREAT ROOM)

  • Standards and proficiency-based grading and reporting (at BA/T+S)

  • Slate, Infinite Campus, Google Classroom - oh my!

  • Clubs and Activities

6:15-7:00 Visit teachers and teacher-teams


Also @ Baxter

5:30-7:00 Meet Community Policing Coordinator Kelly Crotty and School Resource Office

Coreena Behnke (Great Room)


ANYTIME/ANYWHERE LEARNING DAYS: OCT 22, DEC 3, JAN 22, MAR 11

There are four Anytime/Anywhere Learning days this year. These days allow faculty to engage in professional development that includes, but is not limited to, grading and norming, developing standards-based assessment tasks, Slate development, and Design Thinking work.  We appreciate your support on these days and ask that you help your child to develop a plan to make the most of these days.

As long as students engage in academic work or school programming, they count as school days.  The intention is to focus is on the larger community during the FOUR Anytime/Anywhere Learning days on our calendar.   Students can...

  • Job Shadow

  • Do Community Service

  • Visit a College

  • Tour a Museum, etc.


SAFETY DRILLS AND EMERGENCY PLANNING

Like all schools, we take safety and emergency planning seriously.  We have completed four

evacuation, or fire, drills since the start of school.  We also executed a remain in place

protocol this week.  Most frequently, this protocol is used to clear a hallway or public area when

staff must attend to a student medical emergency.  In addition, like the rest of the nation, we

experienced FEMA’s standard and wireless emergency alert system test on Wednesday.  

Students and faculty were prepared for this event in advance and it did not disrupt learning or

Dismissal.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the co-principals if you have questions

about any of these events.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

  • Preble ST Soup Kitchen - recurring volunteer opportunities. On October 19th, eight  students can volunteer with Alex Waters in the Preble St soup kitchen from 9:30-1:30. To learn more and sign up, click here.

  • VOTER REGISTRATION: The League of Women Voters will be helping students through the voter registration process here at Baxter on October 9th. If you will be 18 by November 6th and would like to register to vote, please complete this form.

  • Thomas Cup registration is now open! This is an overnight event on November 30th that brings together teamwork, technology, and competition. To create a team and register, click here. To learn more about the Cup challenges, click here. Email heather.dippolito@baxter-academy.org for more questions.

  • To sign up for Remind.com alerts about events happening during the day at Baxter (such as book talks, bake sales, or guest speaker events), text @cocu75lan to number 81010.

  • EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES:  From backcountry skiing trips to visits to Jackson Laboratory, there are numerous updates and additions to the Extracurricular Opportunities document (see the sidebar menu of this email on your desktop or scroll to the bottom of your email if viewing from your phone). Please take a look and connect with heather.dippolito@baxter-academy.org of you have any questions.

GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • Senior Notes have been updated.  This week’s topic is Financial Aid.  

  • We invite all 12th grade families to contact their student’s counselor for a meeting in person or by phone or Skype if they would like more information about the college and financial aid process!

  • 9th, 10th, and 11th grade families:  Please talk to your student about the importance of the PSAT as a means to practice for testing in general and the SAT specifically.  Please also encourage them to 1) get good sleep on Tuesday night, 2) eat a healthy breakfast and pack a snack Wednesday morning, and 3) come to school prepared with a calculator and number 2 pencils.  Thank you!

DATES WORTH NOTING


Monday, October 8 - School Closed

Tuesday, October 9 - Voter registration drive

Wednesday, October 10 - PSAT testing for grades 9, 10, 11.  12th grade students do not report to school.

Thursday, October 11 - Open House from 5:30 - 7pm.


Monday, October 22 - Anywhere/Anytime Learning Day.  Students do not report to school.


Friday, October 26 - Parent Advisory Group meeting from 8-9am.  Focus on communication. Send an email to frontoffice@baxter-academy.org to let us know if you’re planning to participate.



Parent Engagement - September 28, 2018

Dear Baxter Families,

It was another engaging week at Baxter! New students appear to be settling right in, and returning students continue to model what it means to be a Baxter student. It is also exciting to watch students as they complete their Flex Friday proposals and engage in the design process. There are students proposing movies, computer games, tiny houses, trips abroad, books, electronic bikes, and so much more. If you want to experience and learn more about new student FF work, along with Baxter’s other offerings, please  mark your calendar for our Open House on October 11, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


One of our school goals at Baxter is effective and engaging communication. We want to make sure that our diverse families, and especially parents/guardians, are receiving the information that is important to them. With that in mind, we will occasionally ask you to fill out a quick one-minute survey in order to solicit your feedback and incorporate that into our planning and reflection. If there’s widespread feedback (positive or constructive) on a particular topic or question, we’ll work to address it, either via email or in the next week’s newsletter.  We want to hear from you. Here’s the link to the first one-minute survey:  CLICK HERE.


Student voice is also important at Baxter.  This week, we had our first meeting with the student Feedback Circle (FBC).  One of our topics was how to best communicate with students. The conversation led to some great ideas! One idea that emerged is creating an Instagram account where we can share photos and highlight cool things that are happening at Baxter.  We will be working closely with students to create this, so stay tuned…


And one final nuts-and-bolts notice as we prepare for Maine winters:  Please sign up for BA Closings and Announcements on Remind.com.  This is how we send alerts to families about our school closings.  Instructions for signing up are HERE.  Thank you!

NOTES AND REMINDERS

  • Open House on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00. More information will come out next week.

  • PSAT testing for 9, 10, and 11th grade students is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th. Buses will run at normal times. Full day for students.

  • Picture Day, October 19.

  • The third parent coffee will be held on Friday, October 26. Location: TBD.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

  • VOTER REGISTRATION: The League of Women Voters will be helping students through the voter registration process here at Baxter on October 9th. If you will be 18 by November 6th and would like to register to vote, please complete this form.

  • Thomas Cup registration is now open! This is an overnight event on November 30th that brings together teamwork, technology, and competition. To create a team and register, click here. To learn more about the Cup challenges, click here.

  • To sign up for Remind.com alerts about events happening during the day at Baxter (such as book talks, bake sales, or guest speaker events), text @cocu75lan to number 81010.

  • EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES:  From backcountry skiing trips to visits to Jackson Laboratory, there are numerous updates and additions to the Extracurricular Opportunities document (see the sidebar menu of this email on your desktop or scroll to the bottom of your email if viewing from your phone). Please take a look and connect with heather.dippolito@baxter-academy.org of you have any questions.

GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • 12th grade families - Please check in on the Senior Notes page for our weekly updates! You’ll find more information about applications and deadline reminders.  Don’t forget that the FAFSA - the most important step in applying for financial aid - is open on Oct. 1st.   

  • 11th grade families - Some students and families are asking about postsecondary preparation.  We are glad you’re thinking about this now! We will be sending out regular updates to Junior families this winter and spring, but are happy to answer questions in the meantime, too.  You can look at our presentation from last spring for more information as a starting point, as well.

  • 9th, 10th, and 11th grade parents - There is still plenty of time to sign your student up for the PSATs.  10th and 11th grade students will be getting a handout with some information about the test in advisory, and 9th grade parents and students can find more information online here.

  • Wondering why a student would take the PSAT? College Board says: “If you’re a junior, the PSAT/NMSQT offers you the opportunity to qualify for scholarships that can help pay for college. Also, no matter what grade you’re in, the PSAT/NMSQT provides great practice for the SAT® . You’ll also get personalized feedback on your skills to help you improve them before taking the SAT. In addition, you’ll receive free college planning tools to help you start your college search and information on the types of AP® courses for which you may be particularly well prepared. These college-level classes can help you earn college credit and may give you a competitive advantage in the college admission process. The PSAT/NMSQT also connects you with colleges and universities across the country that are looking for students just like you. Just opt in to into Student Search Service® when you take the test.”  Please let us know if you have questions or want to talk more about this, or any, testing.

THE WEEK AHEAD - DATES WORTH NOTING


Monday, October 1

  • First day for college bound students to fill out the FAFSA.

Tuesday, Date


Wednesday, October 3

  • Kelly Orr’s SOC 100 course to Bowdoin Art Museum

  • FIRST MATH TEAM MEET OF THE SEASON!  Students will be dismissed from classes at 1:45pm to be transported to the meet in our school buses.  If your student is interested in participating on the math team, please reach out to Peter Moxhay. The team meets during lunch and from 10:00-11:20 on Fridays.  This is a great way to work on math, prepare for college entrance exams like the PSAT and SAT, and just have fun solving problems!

Thursday, October 4

  • 9th, 11th grade EP students AND all Robotics team members to participate in Maine Manufacturing Day field trips to D&G Machine/Lanco and Molnlycke/Starc Systems

Friday, October 5

  • HALF DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS: Buses depart at 12:00.


PSAT Testing Soon - September 21, 2018


Dear Baxter Families:

It is hard to believe that we have almost completed a month of school. Yeah! October brings cool weather, fall colors, and the first round of (almost) school-wide testing.


We believe in a balanced assessment system for our students and we try to ensure that students experience a wide range of assessment types, including standardized tests.  We think this approach helps us to meet the needs and interests of a broad range of students and it provides us with a set of diverse information points about student learning, which we use to personalize instruction and make improvements to our curriculum.


At the 9th grade level, we ask students to take the PSAT 8/9.  This is new this year and the test is a different PSAT than the one students take at the 10th and 11th grade levels.  The PSAT 8/9 is designed specifically for students in grades 8 or 9. The content and question types are aligned to the material on the SAT, which students take in their junior year - either because it is used for college applications or because it happens to be the Maine High School MEA.


At the 10th and 11th grade levels, as has been done in the past, we ask students to take their grade-level versions of the PSAT.  At the 11th grade, this test also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


We understand that some families have questions about the value of standardized assessments.  We know that standardized test scores are just one way to measure student learning and we do not over-emphasize those results.  Still, the PSAT/SAT suite of assessments does allow us to see student growth over time and helps us to see how our students are doing.


When we administer the PSAT (October 10), 12th graders do not report to school on that day - though we do hope they do some self-directed learning.

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.

NOTES AND REMINDERS

  • October 10 - PSAT Testing:  9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will take the PSAT. 12th grade students do not report to school that day.

  • NWEA Testing:  Note that the Maine Charter Commission requires us to administer the NWEA in the fall and spring.  We will let you know when this will be administered as soon as we set those dates.

  • Flex Friday Proposals:  Due on September 28

  • Lost and Found:  Lost and found is filling fast, especially with water bottles, please have your child claim their items. We will be sending ALL items to charity on Friday, September 28.

  • JOIN THE MATH TEAM WITH PETER MOXHAY:  If your student is interested in participating on the math team, please reach out to Peter Moxhay. The team meets during lunch and from 10:00-11:20 on Fridays.  This is a great way to work on math, prepare for college entrance exams like the PSAT and SAT, and just have fun solving problems!

  • 9th Grade Neighborhood Talk:  Officer Coreena Benhke and Community Policing Coordinator Kelly Crotty will be meeting with 9th grade students on October 3 or October 9th during advisory. The focus will on staying safe when outside the building and information about out community.

  • BAXTER BOOK CLUB:  Humanities Teacher Katelyn Virmalo has launched a book club at Baxter.  Join us in reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  The movie based on this book will be released in theatres on October 5.

OCTOBER EVENTS

October 5 - Half day for student. Faculty Professional Development

October 10 -  PSATs - 9th, 10th, 11th graders

October 11 - All Grades Parent open house, 5:30-7pm

October 22 -  Anytime/Anywhere Learning


GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • Each fall, many college admissions representatives come to Baxter to talk about their schools and program.  These visits are great for 11th and 12th graders, but are open to all interested students. Encourage your student to look at our college visits list for more information!

  • Another great way for students - especially 11th and 12th graders - to find out more about colleges and universities is to visit the NECACAC College Fair.  The University of Southern Maine is hosting the fair on the  Portland Campus in the Sullivan Gym on Tuesday, September 25th from 6:30-8:00 PM.   More information and a full list of colleges that will be in attendance can be found on the NEACAC website.  Parking can be found in the USM free parking garage. The GPS address for the parking garage is 88 Bedford St. Portland ME 04101.

  • 12th grade parents can continue to read about postsecondary planning in our regularly updated Senior Notes.  This week’s topics are essays and testing.

  • If students in any grade are finding courses difficult or getting behind, please encourage them to reach out to their teachers directly and to schedule an appointment in the BLC for faculty or peer support.



Casco Bay CAN

Casco Bay CAN is a non-profit organization focused on teen health serving Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal, and Yarmouth.  On occasion, we’ll use some of their resources and tips to help us all remember ways that we can keep teens safe.


September’s Tip of the Month:  Ease Back-to-School Stress

  • Encourage Healthy Habits

    • Create routines

    • Support new experiences to build positive coping skills

    • Promote technology-free time prior to sleep

  • Stay Connected

    • Get to know the parents of your teen’s friends

  • Keep Talking. Keep Listening.

    • Data shows ongoing conversations with youth reduces the risks of drug and alcohol use at every age.

THE WEEK AHEAD - SCHOOL DATES WORTH NOTING

Monday, September, September 24


Tuesday, September 25


Wednesday, September 26


Thursday, Date, September 27


Friday, Date, September 28

  • Flex Friday Proposals are due

Author Greg Katsoulis will be giving a book talk in the Great Room at 12:30pm about his new book, Access Restricted. Students can purchase a copy (to be signed by the author!) at a discount by filling out this form and submitting it with payment to Heather D’Ippolito or Katelyn Virmalo.

Principals Notes for the Week

First Full Week of School - Sept 17, 2019


Principals Notes for the Week


Dear Baxter Families:

It has been a great week. Students acted out Shakespeare, discussed dystopian worlds, solved differential equations, completed lab assignments, and attended the gubernatorial debates at USM. We also held our first parent coffee hour.


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.

NOTES AND REMINDERS

Attendance at Baxter Academy matters.  

An absence here or there may not seem like a lot - but it adds up and chronic absence is a leading, early warning indicator of academic trouble and later dropout.  Good attendance helps students do well in school, college and at work.  Please...

  • Don’t let your student stay home unless they are sick. (Sometimes stomachaches can be a sign of worry and not a reason to stay home.  If your student is worried about something at school, please talk to their advisor or school counselor. We want all our students to feel welcome and ready to learn.)

  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.


Fire Drills at Baxter. We did our third successful fire drill today.


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.


Flex Friday proposals for second, third and fourth year students are due on September 28, 2018. Students started drafting these at the end of last year. Please ask your child how their proposal is coming along.


The BA/T+S Parent Coffee, hosted by Co-Principals Angie Taylor and Angela Atkinson Duina, will occur bi-monthly. Parents/guardians and other family members are invited to sign-up and attend. It is an opportunity to engage in informal conversations about our school. Information is shared by the Principals or invited staff about various school topics and upcoming events and activities. It is also an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas about improving student learning and our school.


The next coffee will take place on September 21, 8-9 am.  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!


The BA/T+S Parent Advisory Group, hosted by Co-Principals Angie Taylor and Angela Atkinson Duina, will occur bi-monthly (alternating with the Parent Coffee) in the evenings. Parents/guardians and other family members are invited to sign-up and participate. Principals will bring current topics, school goals, and other items to this group for feedback.  It is also an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas about improving student learning and our school. We expect to host this in a blended learning or online environment to allow more parents to participate.


GUIDANCE UPDATES

  • 12th graders - Counselors will be visiting 12th grade advisory groups this week to help them direct their post-secondary research.  Ask your student if they’ve had (or emailed their counselor about) their senior meeting yet! All seniors are asked to meet with their counselor one-on-one at least once in Sept. and Oct.  And check out our updated Senior Notes for information on deadlines, recommendations, and our “Family Brag Sheet.”

  • 12th graders - NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, Oct. 10th.  This is a great chance to prep for an upcoming SAT, visit a local college, or get applications and essays started. Check in with your student’s counselor if you’d like more ideas or information.

  • 9th, 10th, 11th, graders - Baxter is giving the PSAT to all students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades on Wednesday, Oct. 10th.  The cost is only $5 per student.  Please have your student bring cash or a check (payable to Baxter Academy) to the Front Office no later than Friday, October 5th.  The PSAT is a great way for students to prepare for the SAT, and 11th grade students can qualify for scholarships based on their scores.  The test also offers valuable information about academic strengths and weaknesses to students and teachers and is especially useful for 11th grade students who’d like to practice for the SAT.  If you have any questions or concerns about payment or the test in general, please contact your student’s counselor.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Math Team? Filmmaking intensive? Outdoor leadership experience? Afterschool STEM mentor at Baxter? There are so many ways to connect with our greater community while also building your skills. Check out the Extracurricular Opportunities link on the sidebar menu of this email. If you have an opportunity to share, please email heather.dippolito@baxter-academy.org

THE WEEK AHEAD - DATES WORTH NOTING


Monday, September 17



Tuesday, September 18

  • Portland Squash Club will be in the Great Room at 11:45am to talk about their junior squash club


Wednesday, September 19



Thursday, September 20

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


Friday, September 21

Parent/Guardian Coffee on September 21, 8-9 am: We are hosting our second parent coffee this month 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!

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