Below you will find information about spirit week and Halloween festivities for PLES (grades TK-5). These will be taking place next week, October 26-30. Things may look a little different this year because of COVID restrictions and precautions, but we are still going to have a great time. Hope to see you at the parade!
We are very close to making the scheduler live for parents to sign up for a time to have their student's virtual conference on Thursday, November 5th. After putting in their information, they will be sent an email with a link to the scheduler, which will look like the image I have included with this post. We ask that after selecting a time, you then go to the bottom of the column, add special request, where you would then tell us whether you wanted to do the conference by phone call or google meet. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Scott at the HS Office.
Due to restrictions because of Covid-19, this year Baraga Area Schools will be doing their conferences via phone or Google Meet this year. We are hoping to have the sign-up for them up on the website by Friday. Parents would be able to pick the teacher and time they would like to "meet" with. Thank you for your patience in working with us throughout this very character-building school year we are experiencing.
Reminder: all students in grades 9-12 will be taking the SAT/PSAT tomorrow beginning at 8:30 am. Virtual students are expected to be here as well. Seniors will be released after the SAT is over, but all other face to face kids will go back to class after their test. Virtual students, or students who were absent yesterday, will remain in the testing room longer to fill out the ID portion of the test. Virtual students need to arrange transportation to/from school for this test day. Call the office or contact Mrs. Rinkinen with any questions or concerns.
Families, Here is a site that has some frequently asked questions about the new facial covering requirements. Please take a look if you have questions regarding this issue. https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-535121--,00.html
The Valorant Team will have their match soon...stay tuned into the action on twitch.tv/baraga_vikings_esports!
The JH/HS will be handing out Progress Reports today, so be sure to ask your student to see it. The elementary will be handing theirs out on Monday.
The Baraga Rocket League is competing in its very first season match against Durand High School. Follow the action live at: https://twitch.tv/baraga_vikings_esports
To Baraga Families: An office staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. With the safety precautions the school has in place there was very minimal risk to the safety and health of staff and students.
Due to new orders set by Director Gordon of the Health and Human Services Department, starting Monday, October 12, all TK-12 students and staff will be required to wear a facial covering at all times.
Seniors and Parents: remember tonight is FAFSA Night! We are meeting in the little gym from 5:30-7:00. You'll need your 2019 tax information and your social security numbers. Please follow our school's safety protocols by wearing masks and social distancing. We hope to see you there!
International Club Meeting Announcement Come learn more about some unique travel opportunities to Europe and Costa Rica for Baraga High School students! It’s more important now than ever to understand other cultures and what connects us. Ms. Heikkinen will be holding a virtual info session on October 14th at 6:30 PM to share all the details. Register here by October 13th to receive the Google Meet link: bit.ly/2Hu2G8r
We will be distributing meals the week of October 9th on Thursday, October 8th, due to the Teacher In-Service on Friday. We are grateful to be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of 18 or any special needs adult under the age of 26, who are currently enrolled as a Virtual Student at Baraga Area Schools. Please indicate below if you want the school to provide food for your child(ren). If you select "yes" below, you MUST pick up food on FRIDAY between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Only a parent/guardian may pick up food for their child(ren). PLEASE SUBMIT THIS ORDER FORM BY NOON ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th. Click on the link below. This form is for the month of October. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P2K1w4a9YpDtqkb_4FAX5HztfY0Z2S54CY6gSYu_d3o
Update: Due to the potential for changes in guidance from our state, we will NOT be implementing any new safety protocols for the week of October 5th. Things will run as they did since the beginning of school (facial coverings for 6-12 at all times and only in common areas for TK-5) until we get more information on what these changes mean for us. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work through everything. See you tomorrow. *Also remember there is no school for students on Friday the 9th due to a professional development day for staff.
To Our Baraga Families: Due to rising coronavirus numbers in the area, the Governor will be moving our region to Phase 4 on October 9th. This causes some changes to the safety protocols schools must follow according to the MI Safe Schools Roadmap and executive orders. The requirement of facial coverings for all TK-12 students and staff is one of those changes. Baraga Schools will start to practice implementing this on Monday so that everyone has some time to get adjusted. We are asking that all students come to school with a facial covering on Monday, October 5th. Remember to take your cloth facial coverings home each night to wash them or get a new disposable one each day. We know this isn't easy but we are dedicated to keeping the school safe for face-to-face learning. The older kids have been doing such a great job adhering to these requirements. Wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes, practice social distancing, and stay healthy. #VIKINGSTRONG https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/app/2020/10/02/upper-michigan-moves-back-to-phase-4/?fbclid=IwAR3_B2BcTw-jIcTlr8V1TZhZ4BiC3y3cCvWDrVdCdsXt3UgEo3lQyErZGOU
Our Rocket League team has its first Pre-Season match today against Loy Norrix High School. You can catch all the action at: https://twitch.tv/baraga_vikings_esports
The following links are for those parents and students who are unable to make it to the online learning platform tutorial session we are hosting tonight. APEX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_LE1sRnXP0 1.) On the Apex Learning website (apexlearning.com) there is link to Resources for Families. https://www.apexlearning.com/family-resources Resources for Families | Apex Learning Apex Learning has successfully helped students across the country earn credits, fill learning gaps, and prepare for important tests. We take our responsibility to educating students seriously and are pleased to provide you with information to help you support your student. www.apexlearning.com Parents can scroll to the section called My Student is using Courses. What do Courses do? And below that is a section How Can I Help My Student Who Is Working From Home? 2.) Parents are encouraged to review the Student Getting Started section of Help along with the students. It's a 6-minute 'course' on navigating the student dashboard and the Courses. There is also a PDF companion document. Students can launch this from the Help tab when they are logged in. Help > Getting Stated > Student Getting Started > Getting Started: Courses https://support.apexlearning.com/help/gs-student/courses
Just a reminder about the online learning platform tutoring session that the school will be hosting tomorrow night, Wednesday September 30, at 6:30 PM in the school library. Parents and their students are highly encouraged to attend, and to bring their chromebooks with them, so they can work through any issues that they might be experiencing. This will run until 8 PM.
Baraga Area Schools will be hosting a tutorial for online learners parents & students using the Moby Max & APEX Learning platforms. It will be on September 30th at 6:30 PM in the school library. You are encouraged to bring your student and their chromebook with you for this night of learning about our online learning platforms. In order to attend, masks will be required for all participants. Please contact Tim Scott at 353-6661 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mrs. Wisniewski is looking for cleaned 2L or 20 oz. pop bottles, preferably clear. The students will need these for an activity coming up. If you would like to provide the class with some please send them with your student to school or drop them off at the office. Bringing them in a bag allows for easier cleaning and transportation. Thanks!
The health department has completed all contact tracing and we are now comfortable in our ability to open safely on Tuesday, 9/22/2020. Remember that school pictures will take place tomorrow. They usually start with kindergarten in the morning and go from there. The order forms and code are attached for your convenience.
We are still planning on taking our school pictures tomorrow as scheduled.
To our BAS families: A confirmed case of coronavirus, (COVID-19) has been identified at Baraga Area Schools. We are working closely with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. The school feels it is in the best interest and safety of the staff, students, and community to close the building to students tomorrow, September 21, 2020, in order to allow for thorough contact tracing. The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are close contact with one another (within about 6 feet for at least 15 minutes). Illness begins 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. Symptoms can include: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, abdominal pain. At this time close contacts with exposures have been notified separately and are following guidelines of WUPHD. There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities “COVID-19 free” and protect ourselves and loved ones: Children and adults should stay home when ill. Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds. If a hand washing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes work well against COVID-19 if they contain at least 60% alcohol. Throw wipes in the trash after use. Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand). If you have questions, please contact Western Upper Peninsula Health Department at (906) 482-7382. If your child is identified as a close contact separate communication will be sent. Additional information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Thank you, Richard Sarau Superintendent Baraga Area Schools 906-353-6664
Teachers are expected to report to school tomorrow and there will be a staff meeting at 8:30
There will be no school tomorrow for baraga students
ATTENTION ONLINE LEARNERS & PARENTS. The way that attendance is being taken for online learning is from assignment completion and through contacts made with the teacher and student. Students should be checking their emails on a daily basis and reply to the teacher reaching out to them. If the student does not reply, according to the ISD, they are considered absent, so please respond top any teacher reaching out to you. If you have any questions about the work on either APEX or Moby Max, please reach out to the teacher of record for the class. Thanks for your patience and cooperation in the matter.
If you would like to see how your student is doing on APEX Learning, follow these steps: Coach report. To set that up: Menu > Students > select student > Edit > Coaches tab enter e-mail address(es) > add As always, if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Scott at the High School.
A special thank you for their patience to all of the students and families who have chosen the online learning for this school year. APEX learning is up and running and after talking with Achieve3000, they hope to be up and running by tomorrow. One of the many good things about online learning is that students are not confined to the regular school day or week and despite not starting when the inperson students did, they can work at their own pace and "catch up" rather quickly. Thank you again and if you have any questions please contact Mr. Scott at 363-6661
I apologize as I should have had this going since day one but in order to keep our K-5 students cohorted and stick to our school plan, every grade will play within their specific zone for that day for recess. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but it is all being done to keep the kids safe. Thanks for your patience and understanding on the matter.
Don’t forget tonight is our first home volleyball match! Unfortunately only those with vouchers will be able to attend - however we will be live streaming the game on our Athletics Facebook page. For those attending please bring correct change with your voucher and make sure you’re practicing the safety protocols with distancing and facial coverings at all times.
Fall Sports Pictures on Sept 11 @ 3:30
If you checked out a Chromebook from the school today for virtual learning, please restart it a few times to get rid of the locked message. If this doesn’t fix the issue please call the office. Thank you.
Baraga Area Schools Online Learning Statement Any student that has registered with the school and is getting their education through the school’s on-line curriculum options (Achieve 3000 for grades K-5 & APEX Learning for grades 6-12), the school will have Chromebook checkout on Wednesday & Thursday from 2-4 pm. At this time students and their parents will sign the virtual learning contract and get information about classes and how to get into the system in which they are taking them in. If you have any questions or the above times and dates do not work for you, please contact Principal Tim Scott at 353-6661.
First day of school – Student attending face -to-face will report to their advisors classroom at 8:25 tomorrow, September 1st. Their advisors will go over the handbook changes, COVID expectations, hand out schedules and locker numbers, and beginning of the year forms. Senior class will report to Mrs. Lake’s classroom, Junior class will report to room 215, Sophomore class will report to Mr. Johnston’s classroom, Freshman class will report to Mrs. Gallup’s classroom, 8th grade will report to Mr. Davidson’s classroom, 7th grade will report to Mrs. Rinkinen’s classroom, and 6th grade will report to room 209. We will then run the attached shortened 7 period schedule starting at 9:21. Students who need schedule changes will need to make an appointment with Tracy in the High School Office to meet with Mr. Scott. Students attending online instruction – Online instruction is going to start in a few days. Please check the Baraga Schools website under the live feed for updates.
Jr. High / High School students - you can sign up for your lockers by clicking the following link. https://forms.gle/hgYduSUFDbkU2aBm8 Please select your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd choice for your locker. They will be assigned based on whether your beginning of the year forms have been turned in and then in the order that responses are received.
In accordance with guidance from the CDC, at this time gaiters are not acceptable face coverings. So unfortunately, they will not be able to be used. If recommendations change, we will update you all. Also, parents may check out the 6-12 online curriculum we will be offering for virtual learning by going to https://www.apexlearning.com.
Here is a link to the beginning of the year paperwork. If you wish, forms may also be picked up from the high school and elementary offices between 8:30am and 3:00pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00am-noon on Friday. Completed forms may also be dropped off between these same times. Completed forms can also be scanned and emailed to email@example.com (grades 6-12) or firstname.lastname@example.org (grades TK-5). These forms are required whether students are planning on attending in person classes or online classes through Baraga Area Schools. Please return the completed forms to the school by Friday, August 21st. https://5il.co/jkli
Here are some infographics describing the phases and learning options for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see the link for a letter in our News section of our website from Mr. Sarau. https://www.baragaschools.org/article/285490?org=bas
Due to the recent COVID 19 restrictions, the regular board meeting can be viewed on Zoom. Please email Michele Velmer at email@example.com for the necessary information to log in.
Attention: Students, please return any school-issued books, computers, and other materials to the office during the hours of 8-2:30 Monday-Thursday. Thank you. Please call 906-353-6661 with any questions.
Baraga Families, we are working hard to make plans to safely open up the building for the 2020-2021 school year. We are close to finalizing these plans but are once again requesting your input on the learning plan choices we will be offering. Our final plan will be announced to the public after August 10th. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey by 2pm on Thursday, August 6, 2020. https://forms.gle/mrAKVKQ9iWcfycbZ8
Baraga Schools is working hard to get a plan ready to safely get back to face-to-face learning. We have compiled a list of questions that we would appreciate your input on. Please complete the anonymous survey at your earliest convenience. https://forms.gle/s3amHZc7g27wYLb7A
NEW DEADLINE FOR FREE SHIPPING! ORDER BY JULY 17th! 2019-2020 elementary yearbooks are for sale online now. Delivery will be next fall. The deadline to order and create your custom pages by is July 17th. Any questions about ordering contact Mrs. Klein - firstname.lastname@example.org. You can order past this date but you will have to pay for shipping. You can order 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 year books as well.
ELEMENTARY PARENTS! Please send 1-2 pictures of your students working at home during the Covid-19 shutdown to email@example.com. These pictures WILL be used and PUBLISHED in a Covid-19 section of the elementary yearbook. Thank you in advance.
The 2020-2021 school calendar can be found under the district heading. Due to COVID-19, the calendar is subject to change.
There will be another school issued Chromebook collection day Thusday, June 25th from 11 AM- 1 PM. Chromebooks will be deactivated and need to be returned. Thank you.
A video of the P.L.E.S. 2020 Kindergarten Graduation. Mrs. Wilson put together a wonderful graduation ceremony on Friday June 11th. Each kindergartener arrived in 10 minute intervals to receive their diploma. Congrats kindergarteners! https://youtu.be/zBTs2mAt5yo
VIRTUAL K-12 ART SHOW! Everyone worked so hard this year and I’m so proud of you all! I put together our end of the year art show online. Go look for your child’s artwork and enjoy the rest! HAVE A GREAT SUMMER! PLEASE SHARE! https://www.baragaschools.org/o/bas/page/bas-2019-2020-art-show
Congratulations to our Vike's of the Month! Keep up the amazing work everyone!
Here is the drone footage from graduation. A huge thanks to Chris Wahmhoff! https://youtu.be/UFUTfUrMyPg
Yesterday we held a National Honor Society Induction ceremony. Due to current circumstances, we had to conduct our ceremony online. Current members Natalie Geer, Cameron Goodreau, Holly Rogers, and Madelyn Turpeinen conducted the ceremony. We are please to welcome the following students to the Phoenix Chapter of NHS: Zachery Sackett Samantha Heikkinen Keegin Kahkonen Carter Koskinen Rylie Koskinen Haily Lamb Jaylyne Lindemann Presley Rasanen Aidan Holley Alana Schofield
Here is the latest update on our school graduation. Graduation will be on May 29th at 7:00 pm. Unfortunately we are not able to open graduation to the public. We have two potential plans. Plan A will be to start with a parade through town with the fire department prior to the start of graduation (6:00 pm). A map of the parade will be posted. The fire department will then lead the seniors onto the track/field and they will take one lap around the field prior to parking. There will be seats on the field set up for our 20 seniors, spaced 6 feet apart. There will also be seating for 2 people of each senior’s choosing. Seating locations will be marked on the field. If the senior would like additional people at the graduation, each senior may have 1 vehicle on a marked spot on the other side of the field for that vehicle. Those people must remain in their vehicle for the ceremony. The only gate open will be the West end gate. After the ceremony, graduates will walk their family members to their cars and everyone will leave. Seniors and their families will get more detailed instructions that will be sent to them and handed out at drive-thru senior breakfast. Plan B is the parade and then a drive thru graduation. The vehicles would be parked along the track/field and would drive down one-by one with the graduates and family members in their cars and no seating on the field. We have gone above and beyond with plan A. Please be prepared for either plan. We intend to use plan A, plan B is a back-up in case of events beyond the school’s control. Thank you for being understanding in these difficult circumstances. Good news: The Woodland Singers will once again be able to be part of graduation and this year Eagle Country WCUP (105.7) will be doing a live broadcast of the ceremony. It is also planned to be live streamed on social media. We will be following guidelines set by these authorities. Please respect social distancing and health department guidelines. Masks and sanitizer will be available at the graduation. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms please refrain from coming to graduation and take advantage of the live stream and radio broadcast. The district will be following the Governor's orders and health department recommendations.
Announcement: Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm we will be conducting an online National Honor Society Induction for this year's inductees. We wish we could have a formal ceremony to recognize them, but due to the current circumstances this is the best we can do. Any family members, staff, or friends wishing to join to watch the ceremony and help recognize these students can join the Zoom meeting using the following link. Email Matt Frantti at firstname.lastname@example.org for the password to the meeting. Please keep your audio muted to allow the students to conduct their induction ceremony. Thank you! Scheduled Zoom meeting: Topic: BHS NHS Induction Ceremony Time: May 27, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72720469117?pwd=M3JyZThxWldMOEk0YkdRTFpVU1NTZz09 Meeting ID: 727 2046 9117 Password:
Dragon Art Challenge! This weeks art assignment from Mrs. Klein! Elementary is creating a dragon eye and junior high/high school is creating a zoomed in composition of a dragon. Send me a picture of your art to be entered into a prize drawing to win my artwork from this video! Send them to email@example.com or to the Baraga Area Schools Art Facebook messenger. https://youtu.be/UFxOsXq8SyY
Graduation Status: We are still planning on doing some sort of ceremony for seniors. We cannot do anything other than a virtual ceremony until the stay-at-home order is lifted. We are brain-storming possibilities and will keep everyone posted. We want to hold onto caps and gowns until we know more about what we are allowed to do for a ceremony but seniors will get them. Senior advisors are talking with seniors and if they have questions they can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Again, thank you for your patience as we get this all figured out.
Board of Education Meeting Due to COVID-19 developments in Michigan, Governor Whitmer has issues an Executive Order to suspend physical presence requirements under the Open Meetings Act (OMA) to all public bodies across the state. Therefore, the Baraga Area Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:45 p.m. will be held electronically. Due to the unprecedented nature of this situation, the Board of Education will only address imperative matters during this meeting. To join meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5710424747?pwd=MWQyU1dGZkpJZGtzNTZFTi9wQ1gvdz09 Contact Michele Velmer at firstname.lastname@example.org for the password. Community members must register to participate in the public comment period of the meeting. Individuals who wish to make a public comment at this meeting must notify Michele Velmer at email@example.com to register for public comment. Community members must remain muted until the listed registered community members are given an opportunity to address the board during public comment. Following Board policy, full policy 0167.3 can be found on our website www.baragaschools.org, we remind participants of the following procedures: • Public participation shall be permitted as indicated on the order of business at a time as determined by the presiding officer, • Participants must be recoginized by the presiding officer and will be requested to preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address; and group affiliation, if and when appropriate. • Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to four (4) minutes duration. • The presiding officer may: o Prohibit public comments which are frivolous, repetitive, or harassing; o Interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant’s statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, or abusive, obscene, or irrelevant; o Request any individual to leave the meeting when that person behavTo es in a manner that is disruptive of the orderly conduct of the meeting We are asking for your patience and understanding as these are uncertain times for all of us. Thank you for your ongoing support. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxillary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Michele Velmer, Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the meeting.
HEY KIDS! This week for art we are all creating Mother’s Day projects for a special lady in our lives. Check out my video for some tutorials and information. Send completed Mother’s Day art to email@example.com or to the Baraga Area Schools Art Facebook messenger. https://youtu.be/atSpQOsy36c
Students and alumni of Michigan Tech and the MTU Pavlis Honors College have started a new tutoring program, TechTutors, to provide free, virtual tutoring to K-12 students in the Keweenaw. You can find the program website here, which contains information about the program along with a form for parents to request tutoring for their students. https://sites.google.com/mtu.edu/techtutors/home https://sites.google.com/mtu.edu/techtutors/k-12-tutoring/request-a-tutor
Viking Art Challenege (K-5 Yearbook Cover Contest). If you are in K-5 create an elementary yearbook cover design. You can win a free yearbook! More details are in the video. Junior high and high schoolers can create any art related to Vikings. Send me a picture of what you create to be entered into to win my artwork from this video or to enter the cover contest! I also need to keep track of who does it for my records. Send completed art to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Baraga Area Schools Art Facebook messenger. https://youtu.be/2-ndR8fkR1A
2019-2020 elementary yearbooks are for sale online now. Delivery will be next fall as always. The deadline to order and create your custom pages by is July 3rd. With the school shutdown we will be adding photos of things your students are doing at home (with your permission) and 2 pandemic fill in the questions pages. Any questions about ordering contact Mrs. Klein.
Desk contents from grades 2-4 can be picked up this Friday as well from 10a-2p.
Parents and Guardians, Locker contents can be picked up from the school this Friday, 4/24/2020, from 10a-2p. The process will be similar to the homework pick-up and will be done from the gym doors by central office. Please practice social distancing during pick-up.
We are grateful to be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of 18 or any special needs adult under the age of 26. Please indicate below if you want the school to provide food for your child(ren). If you select "yes" below, you MUST pick up food on THURSDAY between the hours of 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Only a parent/guardian may pick up food for their child(ren). PLEASE SUBMIT THIS ORDER FORM BY NOON ON MONDAY, APRIL 27TH. Click on the link below. This form is for the month of May. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ttgwPh5hVM3eXc_cSj22gqfQ0Pilygh-tMU-kHUxP2g
Chromebooks will be available for checkout again this Thursday during the food and homework pickup (11-1). It’ll be a quicker process if you fill out the Google From before hand but it’s not necessary. Parents/Guardians will have to sign a loan agreement. Questions can be directed to email@example.com https://forms.gle/dk6bqE24dYcfDm2XA
Color Wheel Art Challenge! Create a found object color wheel or draw/paint a picture that includes the color wheel order in it. Send me a picture of what you complete to be entered into a prize drawing to win my artwork from this video! I also need to keep track of who does it for my records. Send completed art to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Baraga Area Schools Art Facebook messenger. My kids had so much fun doing this they wanted to make two. https://youtu.be/nY8ZfTFIGf4
Chromebooks will be available for check-out and at home use on Friday, 4/17/2020 from 11AM-1PM at the central office entrance. This check-out is on a need-only basis with priority to Baraga students in grades 4 and up. Lower grades are allowed to check-out as long as we have enough. A loan agreement must be signed before you are allowed to take a device home and a parent/guardian must be the one picking up. Here is the form to pre-sign out a Chromebook. https://forms.gle/GfacLGf4Y4jLiwMu6
Hearts Of Hope Art Challenge! Another weekly art project from Mrs. Klein! Send a picture of your hearts of hope to be entered into a prize drawing to win my artwork from this video! Send them to email@example.com or to the Baraga Area Schools Art Facebook messenger. I can’t wait to see what you’ve made! Spread joy and make are while social distancing. We are all in this together! https://youtu.be/HPXf-PPLqag
Vikings, We all took some time to send some messages to you while we can't be in the school building. Seniors, we didn't forget about you so make sure to watch until the end. Make sure everyone is checking their school email, the website, and teacher pages for the most updated learning information. Email your teachers if you aren't sure where to go to find this information. #VikingStrong https://youtu.be/DHfsW67xIrs
Homemade Paint Art Challenge! Project ideas for all levels K-12. From now on if you participate and send me a picture of what you made you will be entered in a raffle/drawing to win my artwork in the video (no longer a vote). Please send your finished work to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to me on Baraga Area Schools Art Facebook messenger. This one is coming out late, but I had an amazing parade to see you all at yesterday! https://youtu.be/ZMx1WSTQuE8
Check out highlights to the staff car parade. Thank you to everyone that was able to make this so special. https://youtu.be/bvjts9mxm8g
Please check out our COVID-19 Resource page for the most updated information. Please be aware of these following changes and notifications: • The school building will remain closed until the end of the school year. We will continue to meet the needs of our students by providing learning opportunities. • We will continue handing out food on Thursdays from 11:00-1:00 and new forms will be available on our resource page and social media. • The office will have new hours. Starting this week the office will be open from 8:00-2:30 Monday-Thursday. • Scholarships can be dropped off at the main entrance on Thursdays from 11:00-1:00. There will be a drop-box outside for them. • Kindergarten registration can also be dropped off at the main entrance on Thursdays from 11:00-1:00. There will be a drop-box outside for them.
As we all do our best to stay safe during this difficult time, remember our medical personnel as they continue working. Experiencing a lack of PPE such as medical masks, Bay Ambulance reached out to us here at the school for assistance. Our STEM class this year has been learning to design and print objects with our 3D printers, so here is an example of the real world problems we can help solve with STEM and ingenuity. This is a 3D printed mask for medical personnel or for personal use that uses a small 4 cm x 4 cm filter material. Filters can be cut out of surgical masks or filter sheets. Our plan is to supply as many of these 3D printed masks as possible for our local medical workers and school personnel. Anyone who is interested in donating or buying spools of PLA plastic to help out in this time of need can contact Richard Sarau at the school (906-353-6664).
The Class of 2023 World's Finest Chocolate Spring Collection fundraiser has been delivered. Our order was submitted and paid for before the mandated shutdown. For the safety of our students, their families, and the community, orders can be picked up by the customers at the school from 11:00 am untill 1:00 pm, Thursday April 9th. Our distribution site will be located at the central office during the same time as the school lunch pickup program. Refunds are available for those who wish. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ben Johnston by phone at 353-6116 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Thank you for understanding and for supporting our school.
Guess what Baraga students? We miss you. A lot. So we want to plan a car parade around the neighborhood to wave and say hi. If you would like to wave back at your favorite staff member just look at the map and meet us outside. If you are not on our route and still want to see us we have a parking area planned for you! The car parade will start at the school at 5pm this Monday, April 6th. This will be so exciting but we want to make sure we are all practicing social distancing and being safe during this event. Stay in your cars if you drive and just wave from the window. Stay in your yards if we pass your house and be sure to stand at least 6 feet from people. See you Monday! #VikingStrong
UPDATE: April 2, 2020 Baraga Area Schools Grab-N-Go Food Service is changing to better meet the needs of our staff and our community. Starting next week, food can be picked up on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. The deadline to fill out the online form is now Monday, April 6th at 12:00 p.m. This form lets you to request meals for the next three weeks. Please follow the social distancing guidelines when picking up your child's food. If someone is at the door picking up food, wait in your vehicle until they are done. https://forms.gle/uXTqH5u9ZLj7qdks8
eSports SAYKKLY’S EGG ORDERS CANCELED The Saykkly’s egg fundraiser order has been canceled. We are trying to do the best and safest thing for our students and families. As a group it is not safe for us to write the names or deliver the eggs home to home as it’s non essential travel. If you sold or ordered any Saykkly’s eggs/candies you will be contacted the week of April 14th about whether you want to get a refund or donate to the program. If you sold eggs please get this message out to anyone who ordered from you before Easter. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this causes. We appreciate all who sold and purchased candies to support our eSports team. If you have further questions please contact Mr. Davidson or Mrs. Klein via email.
UPDATE: APRIL 2, 2020 Governor Whitmer has announced today that all Michigan K-12 schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. We know this will cause additional stress on an already stressful situation but our Governor feels this is the best direction to keep families and the community safe. It was announced that all seniors will graduate and all students showing adequate progress prior to the closure will move onto the next grade. State testing has been canceled for the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue supplemental learning for the remainder of the year. All of these resources and updates can be found on our website or app but our staff is still in the development stages of the learning plans for the school and more information will be made available as things are finalized. Please bear with us as we sort through this ever changing information and be assured that we realize there are multiple barriers to this type of learning and we are working hard to meet the various needs of our students.
This week the art challenge is to make an animal using any art supplies you have at home. In this video there is a tutorial on making texture with household objects and a time lapse of my painting. You can win my painting along with a snack. We may have to vote online so please send me a picture of your finished art challenges via Baraga Area Schools Art Facebook messenger, @baragavikingsart Instagram or my email firstname.lastname@example.org. You WILL get extra credit or a Vikes card for participating WHENEVER we get back. https://youtu.be/gmLyUdkOJQs
The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that went into place this morning means that school will be closed for at least three more weeks starting today, March 24th. As of right now we are continuing to provide meal pick-up. Information on how you can participate in the food program can be found in our news article or on our Instagram and Facebook pages. We will continue to keep you informed on what is happening but this is uncharted territory for us all and because things are changing at such a fast pace we currently have more questions than answers. We are awaiting further guidance from the state on many things, such as online learning. For right now, teachers are sharing resources and lessons with students on various platforms of their choosing. We are working on getting a resource together that gives parents and guardians all of this information in one place. Please be on the lookout for something on our webpage. We appreciate your patience as we continue to sort through the details of this ever-changing event. Stay home, stay healthy. We are Viking Strong and will get through this together.
There is a new Google Form to fill out to receive food for the week of April 6th-April13th. Please see our news article for more information. These should be pinned to the top of both our website (under "News") and Facebook page. https://www.baragaschools.org/article/212310?org=bas https://forms.gle/ESxEHc1CYKN254WSA
In effect tonight, Govenor Whitmer has ordered all non-critical businesses to temporarily close. This order will be in place for the next three weeks and will hopefully decrease the spread of the coronavirus. Grocery stores, gas stations, and banks are among the businesses that will be staying open. Details can be found here. We will continue serving grab-and-go food unless we get different instructions from the state. Stay home. Stay healthy. https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499-522625--,00.html
Mr. Dwyer's classes should check PowerSchool for assignments.
Due the current guidelines and closures our offices will have limited office hours. Our current office hours our 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The only entrance into the building is at door 1 near the Central Office.
Our first K-12 weekly drawing challenge is a Baby Yoda challenge! If you turn it in you will receive extra credit. If you’re an elementary student you will get a Vikes ticket. Winner will receive my Baby Yoda drawing and a snack! We will all vote when we get back to school. A link to the video is below. https://youtu.be/eGfFKj2QHPk
Mr. Davidson's Classes - See Google Classroom for upcoming assignments. Check your email and your google classroom for everything you need!
Mr. Davidson's MS Coding: New Crew, make sure you start designing your game. Show your parents the game that you are making! Old Crew, I will send you a link in a day or two to start on a new idea while we are out...you always have time to improve and update the old game you did!
Mrs. L's 2nd grade class had learning packets/sets sent home today. 2nd grade families please see the class page "2nd grade fun with Mrs. L" on fb for more info. She will also be posting daily videos and read alouds there during this time off.
For Mrs. DeShambo's classes: Junior High ELA students: Your assignment for the break: 1. Read a chapter book and write a 2 page summary of the book. Be sure to include the who, what, where, when, and why! 2. Write a 5 sentence review of the book(did you like/dislike the book and why) 3. Read!
Mrs. Pizziola’s middle school social studies classes have class work and it can be found on google classroom
BAD NEWS....... The MHSAA is suspending all winter sport tournaments indefinitely. No contests until further notice. NO REGIONAL GAME......MHSAA will re-evaluate on Monday and give us direction at that time.
Info on Tonight's Regional Finals (Baraga and L'Anse are working together to do our best for our girls and our community) -----Baraga is making calls to those that can attend. If you are not on our list you can NOT get in. -----The game will be live streamed (not sure how yet...but we will let you know. -----The game WILL BE ON the Radio 105.7 WCUP -----If you would like to see the girls off - their bus leaves the school at 5:00 -----The doors will open for the game at 6:30
Due to recommendations to limit non-essential large gatherings, the PUMP UP THE GYM event hosted by the Class of 2022 for this Saturday will be postponed. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for understanding.
To purchase tickets online for print at home or mobile: https://mtu.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=2194 Tickets for the MHSAA Regional Championship girls basketball game between L'Anse and Baraga can be pre-purchased at Michigan Tech’s SDC Ticket office for $6. You can also buy online at BuyHuskiesTickets.com. The Purple Hornets and Vikings will tip off on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Michigan Tech SDC Varsity Gym.
As an FYI, our alert system for voice calls does have a slight delay. The delay at the beginning of those recordings is a result of the system's advanced voicemail detection feature. It is awaiting a human voice or beep (from a voicemail) before playing, to ensure the everyone receives the full message. We have added an automated intro to cut down on that pause time but be aware that there still is a pause until it hears a voice. Thank you and have a great weekend.
Baraga Schools is running on a 2-hour delay schedule Friday, 3/6/2020.
Due to current weather conditions and the latest forecast projections for later today Baraga Schools will be closing at 1pm, 3/5/2020.
The fortnite duo team is at it again tonight with another match. Follow the action live at: https://twitch.tv/baraga_vikings_esports
Winter Wellness Night Fun
Baraga Area Schools will be closed Monday, February 24th to show support to our neighboring school and the entire community during this tragedy. This will allow time for anyone wishing to pay their respects to attend the services scheduled for the two L'Anse students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the community during this time of grieving.
Our fortnite duo team is competing in the Gogebic league tournament. Watch the action live at https://twitch.tv/baraga_vikings_esports
The UP Math Challenge is coming up on Saturday, April 18th at Northern Michigan University - see Mrs. Gallup for more details!
Boys home basketball games tonight in Baraga at 5:45/7:20. Come out and support our students as they take on Republic.
The students in the MS/HS wanted to start a Teacher of the Week Award to recognize the hard work their teachers do. Last week’s recipient was Mrs. Pizziola. They said Mrs. Pizziola cares about them, teaches her classes well, and helps them when they need it. She makes learning awesome! Congratulations to our first Teacher of the Week chosen by students!
The Baraga Vikings eSports team are going to be in their third match of the HSEL Winter Open. You can follow the action live on Twitch! https://twitch.tv/baraga_vikings_esports
Just a reminder the sophomore class (class of 2022) is having a parent meeting today at 2 pm in the school library
Student of the Week recipients for January 27th-31st 2020 are Ash and Courtney. Here is what teachers had to say about these Vikings: Ash comes to class each day with a desire to learn. Ash is a great class participant that thinks deeply about our discussions, has valuable input to contribute, and adds richness to these conversations. Ash has a down to earth personality that gives others something to strive for. Keep up the great work, Ash. Courtney has been a hard working student/athlete. She is always on time, asks questions and is a part of class everyday whether it is her High School classes or her college classes. Courtney is not only concerned with what her work ethic about what kind of person she is, she is also concerned about her behavior in school and understands how to communicate with teachers and students and treats them with kindness and respect in the classroom. Courtney is ready for the adult world.
Middle School Coding students ended the semester by making a game that people can play and try out. They are now live, allowing you to vote for your favorite one in the link below! The game with the most votes will receive a prize! https://forms.gle/A22Z2YzK3ogEv9gU7
Due to technical difficulties report cards may be delayed. We are trying our best to get them to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
The Baraga Vikings eSports team is currently in match number 2 of the year! Follow the action live on Twitch™ baraga_vikings_esports
The Vikings eSports Overwatch Team competed yesterday against a school from California and won! We will be playing 5 more matches in this Winter Open through the High School eSports League, with the chance to go to the playoffs and win a $500 scholarship prize!
The BHS Physics class is selling Krispy Kreme donuts to help raise money for their lab field trip to Chicago. Original glazed boxes cost $12 per dozen, and assorted boxes cost $14. Assorted boxes contain a random assortment of flavors of frosted ring donuts (ex: chocolate, maple, sprinkle, strawberry, etc.) Orders may be placed until Monday, January 27, and the donuts will be here on Sunday, February 2. See one of the following students to place your order: Natalie G, Cameron G, Ayeasha K, Felicity R, Kayla S
Students of the Week for December 2-6, 2019 are Victor and Angel. Here is what we have to say about these two spectacular students. Victor is always polite and willing to help others. He has made impressive gains in the weight room from where he had started. He always has a smile and a great sense of humor. Victor is a joy to have in the classroom. Angel goes above and beyond in the classroom. She is always prepared and ready to work. Angel is a joy to have in class. She brightens the room and always has a good, positive attitude. Angel is willing to put in extra time to get her work done. She has all the qualities of a #VikingStrong student.
The JRHBBB game tonight vs Onto is Cancelled ( We will try to reschedule) The BBB HOME game tonight is still on at this time ( but we will re-evaluate this afternoon if needed)
IMPORTANT: There will be NO GREAT EXPLORATIONS TODAY, NOVEMBER 14, due to a staff shortage. Apologies for the short notice and inconvenience. If you have any questions call or email Barb Ellenich at 906-353-6111 or email@example.com
Conferences are from 1:00-4:00 PM and 5:00-7:00 PM this Thursday, 11/7/19. K-5 conferences have been scheduled with parents/guardians already. Parents/Guardians of 6-12 students can stop by anytime within the time slots to talk with classroom teachers and staff. See you there!
The Veterans Day Program will take place on Monday, November 11, 2019. It will be starting at 10:15 AM. There will be a luncheon to follow and all veterans are encouraged to attend.
Final Elementary Basketball sign-ups for grades K-6 are tonight, Wednesday, October 30th in the lobby of the school from 5:00 to 7:00. If you have any questions you can contact Dawn Jahfetson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for photos of our local veterans! Our digital art class is putting together a slideshow for our Veterans Day assembly/program. If you have a veteran in your life please send in a photo to Mrs. Klein at email@example.com. Please include the veterans name, branch, and time/place of service.
Shanda Stevens is a Neurotherapist and Psychophysiologist who specializes in Peak Performance training, personal coaching and leadership development in addition to treating individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADD, autism, and other mental health related issues. She echoed Maroney's message and challenged students to make friends and to build each other up.
Retired Master Sergeant, Michael Maroney, U.S. Air Force Para-rescue Specialist, speaks to 6th-12th grade students at Baraga Schools on Tuesday. Maroney, a survivor of 350 combat mission throughout 9 military deployments, a survivor of the funerals of over 20 very close friends, and survivor of 2 super typhoons gave a message of being able to overcome life and making the most out of life to the students.
Parents and Guardians, please be advised that our daily attendance alerts will start going out soon. You will be receiving voice calls from 906-353-6661 and texts from the code 989-01 if your child is marked absent or tardy that day. If you know your child is going to be absent you can call the office and they can change that absent code for your child so that you do not receive the notification.
College Fair for all Juniors and Seniors on Wednesday, September, 18th! Bus leaves at 9:25 and returns at 11:40. Location- MTU
Reminder: Picture Day is Monday September 9th!