On October 13, 2020, the Branch Area Careers Center inducted 38 new members to the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). The NTHS is a non-profit, educational organization, founded in 1984 to reward excellence in technical and career education. Only those students who are recommended by the faculty and exhibit the qualities of skilled workmanship, honesty, responsibility, leadership, citizenship, and scholastic achievement are selected for membership. Students are required to have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA at their home school, as well as have no more than 5 tardies or absences per semester. Also, students are required to have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA at the BACC, as well as have no more than 5 tardies or absences per semester. These students were nominated by their BACC teachers in September of 2020 and must be members of their respective youth clubs. The candle lighting ceremony incorporated the seven attributes of membership. These attributes are exemplified by the following students who were selected by the BACC as the newest inductees. From Burr Oak High School: Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management: Cynthia Gutierrez
We finally received clearance to begin our mandatory benchmark testing. On site students will begin testing Monday at 8:15. It would be helpful to have students that come two to three days each week to come Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to complete testing. Thursday will be a makeup day. OFF SITE VIRTUAL students: You are welcome to come beginning Monday morning and test away from other students OR call/email your kids' to make afternoon arrangements. This test is MANDATORY for ALL students per Public Act 149-2020. There is NO school Friday so it is imperative that you contact teachers ASAP. The testing will be the mandatory work for the last week of the marking period.
If your student is out ill, please contact the school and let us know of any signs or symptoms your student may be having. This is especially important as we approach cold and flu season. Thank you.
Follow the link for the emergency order issued by Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339--541440--,00.html
Parents: First: We have begun to see progress with many students finally understanding routines and off campus expectations, BUT there are still some that are not using their time wisely. In most cases, students cannot get all of their classwork done at school. You should see them doing school work at home daily. Second: Athletes are students first. Eligibility is checked on Wednesday and students must have their grades up by Friday if the AD pulled ineligible grades for them on Wednesday of the same week. Keep in mind, if an athlete waits until 3 p.m. on a Friday to turn in work, there is no guarantee that a teacher will grade it before Monday of the next week. Third: We have been lucky thus far in regard to having no COVID-19 cases. Please stay the course and remind your kids to keep their masks on, wash their hands often, and maintain 6 to 10 feet of distance from others. Thank you all! ~ Mrs. Owens
We are in need of a varsity bowling coach. https://burroakcs.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=18
We are currently seeking to fill the position of Kindergarten teacher. Please follow the link to apply and share this exciting opportunity. https://burroakcs.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=17
FREE fresh food, Monday September 14th from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Community Effort: We have had to talk to kids here at school about not throwing their trash on the ground outside. As well, I made an announcement today regarding not throwing trash on the ground around town. Parents, if you would also have this talk with your students I would appreciate the effort. Let's all take pride not just in our school, but also in our community and hold each other accountable. Thank you! Mrs. Owens
IMPORTANT for PARENTS and STUDENTS 1. Compulsory education laws: While many Burr Oak MS and HS students are communicating with their teachers and doing their assigned work, about 1/3 of them are NOT communicating and/or not doing work. a) Those not doing their work can legally be considered truant. We do NOT want this. b) The pandemic learner LAWS require 2-way communication twice a week. PLEASE check with your students to ensure this is happening. Start with them and if they are confused, email the teachers. Emails are posted on our website. burroakcs.org 2. ATHLETES: Academics first. If you are failing 2 or more classes you cannot play in a match/game. Some coaches might have higher standards. Games begin next week - read your handbook. Thank you for attending to this matter quickly. ~ Mrs. Owens
SPORTS PHYSICALS: 9 a.m. this Saturday, September 12 in the gymnasium - $15. Send the student in with their signed forms, parents wait in the parking lot. Masks mandatory. Students can pick up forms from Mr. Hughes.
GSRP Update: We still have at least one, possibly two openings for preschool. If your are concerned about safety, we have taken measures to hopefully alleviate some of that fear. We will have a maximum of eight kids on site, extreme daily cleaning measures will take place, and it will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. Mrs. Lemley has put together individual toy containers that get cleaned each day. Many learning activities will be outside, weather permitting, and you are welcome to keep your children home on bad weather days. Feel free to set up an appointment and come talk with the teacher (269-489-2213). She can help you get started on the paperwork if you decide it is the right situation for your child. We just don't want to see spots stay empty if there is any interest.
Parents: It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have your middle school and high school students answer their emails and/or complete their communications with their assigned teachers for the week. All students were sent a specific Google Form this week. This form is what is used for attendance. They must discuss subject specific material (ex. science, English, Math, Soc. Studies) with their teachers. If they do not check their email and do not fill out that form on time, it could become a truancy issue for you. I would suggest that you have your children show you this COMPLETED form each week regardless of whether they are on campus everyday, two days, or 100% virtual. It is a state requirement and will be checked by our attendance auditor from the ISD.
We need all of our orange emergency slips turned in by Tuesday, September 8th. Only one form per family is required. If you still need a blank copy please contact Mrs. Laurali Gates at 269-489-2213 ext. 207
Just a reminder. There will be no school on Friday, September 4th and Monday, September 7th.
What a great first day! It's time to get those young brains back in the groove and learning again. Parents, we need your help. Below are some topics of conversation you could have with your children that will help them be successful this school year. 1. Remind them that class assignments have deadlines and to keep up with those or risk grades going down. (This is especially true for HS.) 2. All students in grades 3-12 will most likely have homework Monday-Thursday at a minimum. (Homework could be reading, writing, researching, worksheets, projects, etc.) HS will most likely have homework on weekends also. 3. If you expect your high school student to do work in school versus watching random things on YouTube, then please have that talk with them. Just being at school does not get a student good grades. They must do the work and have evidence of that work. 4. Copying and pasting answers from the Internet is not answering a question. Answers must be in students' own words. 5. Watching teacher videos is part of all lessons. If students are jumping right to the work portion of their lessons, then they are missing out on many learning opportunities. This can cause frustration, so please remind them to watch the whole video lesson. 6. Make sure students dress appropriately in regard to the dress code and the weather. While we have air conditioning in all classrooms, they are often going outside as well. We consider parents as partners in education. Reach out to teachers often, ask your students to show you what they are working on learning, and set high expectations. We appreciate your help and welcome your input.
We are excited and looking forward to having many of you back on campus tomorrow. It's been a long five months! The school cats are going to be excited also; they've been waiting patiently. See you bright and early at 7:45 a.m. ~ Mrs. Owens
Here is the latest information on school bus pick up times. The first bus pick up will be around 6:50 a.m. Which is approximately 20 minutes later than last year. Your students pick up should be about 20 minutes later than it was last year. Please have your students ready 10 minutes prior to their pick up time. Please text or call the bus drivers as soon as possible if your student will not be riding the bus. If your student rides Amy's bus, you can reach her at 517-677-8911. If your student rides Michaela's bus, you can reach her at 269-397-6521.
We are hiring a kitchen aide! We will be filling the position as soon as possible. https://burroakcs.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=16
iPad Update: While we realize the frustration with the iPad situation, we still believe that Internet safety is a non-negotiable. Therefore, because technicians are in a different time zone and very hard to get in contact with, our appointment has been put off until Thursday afternoon. The earliest iPad pick could happen is Friday, but it will most likely be Monday. In the meantime, all applications are accessible on other devices; cell phones or other computers IF you have one.