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.