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!