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.