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.