Berkshire Middle School

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  • Administraation    

    Principal
    Jason Clinkscale
    248-203-4704
    email
    Assistant Principal
    Joanna McKinney
    Grade 6th Grade /7th Grade A-L
    248-203-4747
    email
    Assistant Principal
    David Brooks
    248-203-4746
    8th Grade /7th Grade M-Z
    email

    Main Office Staff

    Principal’s Secretary
    P. VanFaussien
    248-203-4703
    Main Office Receptionist
    W. Borovsky
    248-203-4702
    Clinic/Attendance Secretary
    H. Dacey
    248-203-4718
    Attendance Reporting
    248-203-4700 ~ (Option # 2) 

    Counseling Office

    A. Battle
    248-203-4711
    Last Names M-Z:
    R. Hardeman
    248-203-4714
    Last Names A-L:

    Department Contacts

    Cafeteria Manager
    248-203-4721
    Transportation
    248-203-3940

Principal's Update

  •  Mr. Clinkscale's Weekly Update

    Greetings Berkshire Families:

     You just have to love Spring Break and being able to enjoy some relaxing time with family and friends! Over the break, my family and I had some fun in the sun down in Orlando, Florida and took in many of the local attractions. In addition, despite U of M and MSU men’s basketball teams both being knocked out of the tournament, it has been a great time to enjoy watching some really good college basketball.
    As we get ready to head back to Berkshire, please remember that we will have a half day of school this Friday (11:25 am dismissal) as the 3rd quarter of the year school year comes to an end. Teachers will be using the afternoon on Friday to finalize grades in PowerSchool. This will be a great time to help challenge your student(s) to stay focused down the stretch as we enter the fourth and final quarter of the school year!
    Finally, please remember to support the upcoming BEF Garage Sale. You can drop off donations beginning this Thursday (4/11) from 4 – 8 pm and again on Friday (4/12) from 12 – 8 pm. The actual sale will take place on Saturday (4/13) from 9 am – 2 pm and on Sunday (4/14) from 10 am – 1 pm.
    Have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read the following Berkshire Weekly Update!

    Jason Clinkscale
    Principal
    Berkshire Middle School

    Stay Informed by …
    …receiving and reading Mr. Clinkscale’s Berkshire Weekly Update email.
    …signing up for Mr. Clinkscale’s Remind text messages by texting the message @berks to 81010 from your mobile device.
    …visiting the Berkshire Middle School webpage (http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Berkshire).
    …following us on Twitter (@Berkshiremiddle) and FaceBook.

    Upcoming Events:

    Monday (4/8)
    Classes Resume

    Tuesday (4/9)
    PSAT Testing for 8th Graders

    Wednesday (4/10)

    Thursday (4/11)
    BEF Garage Sale Drop Off

    Friday (4/12)
    Half Day of School (11:25 am Dismissal)
    BEF Garage Sale Drop Off

    Saturday (4/13)
    BEF Garage Sale
    Saturday School

    Sunday (4/14)
    BEF Garage Sale

    Berkshire News

    NJHS Applications for 7th Graders
    Attention parents/guardians of 7th grade students:
    National Junior Honor Society packets were sent home on Friday (3/29) to the students who met the requirements to become a member of the Berkshire Middle School Chapter of NJHS.
    Who is eligible?

    • 7th graders who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher.
    • Students with no significant disciplinary infractions during their 6th - 7th grade year.
    • Students who uphold the character traits outlined in the Berkshire PRIDE.

    Becoming a member is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a middle school student. Our chapter of NJHS has worked hard to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. Our chapter strives to give practical meaning to the Society’s standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Junior Honor Society strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in all of these areas. The standard used for an invitation into NJHS is a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher as well as maintaining Berkshire’s code of conduct.

    8th Grade Washington DC Trip Update
    This year’s DC trip is coming up fast and in relation, there are two requirements for the trip that may get some students removed.  As discussed at the parent meeting and in class, to go on the trip students must be in good academic standing (no D’s or E’s – 3rd quarter specific) and have no behavioral problems (suspensions or multiple visits to the office).  Mr. Fairchild and Mr. Babcock have already started the process of sitting down with students who are currently not meeting the requirements; which started the end of February with the first check in and was followed up this week with another check-in.  The process will culminate at the week of the end of the quarter with one final check in and then after third quarter is over when those not in good academic or behavioral standing will be removed from the trip.  Consequently, we will have a finalized list of participants the week following the release of 3rd quarter grades.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Mr. Babcock (Mbabcock@birmingham.k12.mi.us).

    Final Parent Meeting:
    Due to a Religious Holiday, the Final DC Parent meeting has been moved to Monday, April 15th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Berkshire Media Center. Mr. Babcock will be hosting this informational meeting for parents whose 8th grade student(s) are on the annual Washington DC trip this May.  The meeting will cover the finalized itinerary, hotel information and emergency numbers.  If you are unable to make it, email Mr. Babcock (Mbabcock@birmingham.k12.mi.us) for the meeting’s handouts.

    8th grade PSAT – Tuesday, April 9th
    Please be sure to have your 8th grade student in school on Tuesday, April 9th. This is the first Tuesday that we return from Spring Break. All 8th graders will be taking the PSAT on this day and we need them to be well fed, rested and ready to test! Please stress the importance of this test at home as we will be doing the same thing here at Berkshire.

    Summer Forensic and Debate Opportunity in Birmingham
    This summer, Courtney Bassett and Hayley McKinney will be running both Debate and Forensic workshops at Birmingham Covington School. This is a MIFA sanctioned event. The Forensics workshop will take place from June 17th to June 21st and students will have an opportunity to explore a variety of forensic categories and participate in a mini tournament. There will be a Debate workshop from August 19th to August 23rd where students will work on basic argumentative skills, learn the basics of public forum debate and begin researching the fall resolution. Please see the attachment to the weekly update for more details.

    Front Office Help Needed
    We are in need of more parent volunteers to work the front desk with Mrs. Borovsky this month! We would greatly appreciate any parents that are able to volunteer their time at Berkshire and get to know our school on a whole new level. Here is a link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4badab28aa8-front5

    Berkshire Proud Dads Club
    Outdoor Spring Clean Up and Grounds Prep
    Our next event requires hands, feet and little elbow grease as we are seeking volunteers to help with working the school grounds in and around the Environmental Study Area (ESA). Need as many hands as we can get.
    Actions:
    - Prepping the garden for planting: weeding and bed prep; possibly some minor repair/upkeep
    - Refurbishing the walking trails in the woods with new wood chips
    - Putting up the outdoor volleyball net
    - Miscellaneous grounds maintenance
    Bring your kid(s) to help as they get community service credit hours.
    People are to gather behind the school in the southeast corner of the grounds between the basketball courts and the woods.  See you there!
    Date: 04/27/2019 (Sat.)
    Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
    Location: Behind the School (near basketball courts)

    Attention 8th grade Families: Summer School Registration – opened 12:01 AM, March 1st, 2019
    The 2019 Academic Summer School Brochure: https://birmingham.augusoft.net/customers/birminghamps/files/2019_HS-final.pdf

    • While Personal Fitness and Computer Technology are the most popular and recommended for incoming 9th graders, World History is also an option for a student looking to make room in their 9th grade schedule.
    • Students should remember that it is fast paced - one day equals one week of instruction, completed in 13 days.
    • Any middle school students currently enrolled in Integrated Math may enroll in Academic Summer Integrated Math for recovery only.

    Questions? Concerns? Contact Catherine Henne * Community Education Office * Seaholm High Direct: (248) 203-3816 * Email: chenne@birmingham.k12.mi.us

      

    Homework Club – Wednesdays weekly 3:15-4:15 room 124a (not on ½ days)
    The Berkshire Homework Club has resumed and will throughout the school year on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15pm in room 124a.  It is a great place for students to get caught up, get organized, print off work, or get that little extra help they might need.  No sign-up is needed and there is no cost to attend.  Parents should be ready to pick-up students promptly at 4:15pm.  If you have any further questions, please contact Todd Wriska @ twriska@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  *Note: there is no Homework Club on half-days for students.

    Want to see a calendar of events by grade level?
    Now you can! Simply visit the Berkshire Homepage; click “Quick Links” along the left-hand side; select your child’s grade and check out the calendar events posted on the page. https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/27

    Mark Your Calendars: 2019 Spring Assessment Schedule
    Winter is here and spring is soon to follow!  Your child’s springtime curriculum is filled with district and state-wide mandatory testing.  As you make vacation plans, dental/ doctor appointments, please consider the following dates:
    8th grade PSAT test                          April 9th
    8th grade NWEA test                       April 11th-May 3rd
    8th grade MSTEP test                      April 22nd-May 3rd
    7th grade NWEA test                      April 11th-May 3rd
    7th grade MSTEP test                     May 6th-May 17th
    6th grade NWEA test                      April 11th-May 3rd
    6th grade MSTEP test                     May 6th-May 17th
    *Your child’s presence at school on testing dates is extremely helpful.

    Berkshire Yearbook Orders 
    The Berkshire Middle School 2018-2019 yearbooks are on sale now! All sales are online and the company managing all yearbook sales is Kaiser. Visit our website to place your yearbook order now (https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/1606).   Here are other important details

    • Order your YB online only
    • We have 400 books to sell
    • Any extra books printed after the 400 will be available through Kaiser Studio only!
    • Price is $45 dollars
    • All online sales must be completed by April 14, 2019
    • Make sure to fill out the online order form completely
    • Keep a copy of your receipt for your records and proof of purchase
    • Check the website for Yearbook information
    • Order NOW!

    Thanks for ordering your Berkshire yearbook to help preserve your Berkshire memories!

    Birmingham District News  

    Summer Volleyball Opportunity!  

    Heather Gambone (Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity Coach) is offering camps to boys and girls entering grades 5th-10th of all ability levels this July! Participants will learn and improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com. *Grade in Fall 2019

    Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/btIuvArnNXJphZNy1

     

    Groves Student Congress
    Attention future Groves Parents!
    Is your child attending Groves next year and looking for a way to get involved in school events and leadership? Consider encouraging them to apply to Groves Student Congress. GSC is an organization at Groves that plans all kinds of events from Spirit Week, to Charity Week, and other exciting events for the entire community. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends, earn valuable leadership experience, and it looks pretty great on a college application. 
    Applications are available in the front office on Monday, April 8th, and due on Monday, April 22nd by the end of school. Interviews will follow.
    We look forward to getting to know the future of Groves leadership! GSC representatives will be visiting on Monday, April 8th, to answer any questions. Please contact Kara Mason at kmason@birmingham.k12.mi.us for more information. 

    Meeting Announcement From  Friends Of Different Learners
    WHEN April 11, 2019 7pm WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

    Middle School Summer STEM Camp
    Registration is now open!

    This June and July, Oakland County middle schoolers can participate in hands-on, high-tech, project-based camps at Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. These camps will focus on STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Have your child spend this summer with like-minded students eager to get involved in career and technical education.
    When? Incoming 6th graders: June 24-28 Incoming 7th graders: July 8-12 Incoming 8th graders: July 15-19
    Cost? Just $190 per week, including lunch, snack and aftercare!
    Sign me Up! Visit oaklandstem.com to register.
    Registration is now open! Questions? Contact Daphne Hoeft at cfe@oakland.k12.mi.us or call 248.209.2516.

    BPS District Code of Conduct
    https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/cms/lib/MI01908619/Centricity/Domain/45/CODE%20OF%20CONDUCT.pdf

    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    Muslim Unity Center “Get to know your Muslim neighbor”
    1830 W. Square Lake Road
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48322
    6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Join the Muslim Unity Center and the Muslim parents of Birmingham Public Schools for a community dinner on Wednesday, April 10. Seats will be reserved in honor of BPS families and staff, with a max of three seats per family and one seat per staff. Learn more atMUCinterfaith@gmail.com.

    Discussing Race, Religion & Privilege with Our Kids and Why It’s Important – PART 2
    For students to be successful in an ever-changing global society and have a positive impact on their world, it is important for them to understand, value and respect the range of diversity in schools. It is also critical for adults to foster communities where students can be intellectually curious in socially supportive environments. This presentation will help parents/guardians develop skills to successfully navigate discussions with children about race, religion and privilege. All Birmingham Public Schools parents/guardians are invited to join us for practical information on facilitating candid conversations with kids and to hear information about district resources from Dr. Jay Marks, Diversity & Equity Consultant at Oakland Schools.
    Dr. Marks will provide an overview of Discussing Race, Religion & Privilege with Our Kids and Why It’s Important – PART 1 as well as facilitate a workshop on the following topics:

    • Racial Identity Development
    • Privilege
    • Implicit Bias
    • Micro-aggressions

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    6:00 – 8:00 PM
    BPS Education & Administration Center (EAC)
    *Light refreshments will be available.
    To RSVP, please email Joan Crampton, BPS Administrative Assistant, at jcrampton@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Community News

    Caddies Wanted (Please visit oaklandhillscc.com to apply)
    Caddie at Oakland Hills Country Club
    Home of the 2004 Ryder Cup/ 2008 PGA Championship/ 2016 U.S. Amateur Earn up to $15.00 an hour to start
    Last year's top caddie earned over $25,000 Registration Fee of $50.00 cash
    Includes 5 days of training, training video, caddie hat, and ball mark repair tool
    No Golf Experience Necessary-just be 13 years of age and able to carp' a 30I1) bag for 4.5 hours Benefits: Flexible hours, excellent wage, scholarship opportunities (50+ winners last year), Monday golf for caddies, caddie tournament and banquet Please email Jim Roschefski with questions: OaklandHillsCaddies@yahoo.com

Sports Update

  • New Sports Registration  Procedure

    Wildcats

     

    BPS is happy to announce that PowerSchool Registration, powered by InfoSnap, is also being implemented for Athletic Registration.

    You may find the link, by clicking below:

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=17931&culture=en

     

    (As a reminder, this is an online student registration/data validation system, which allows the district to verify all student demographic, emergency and medical information, prior to the start of the athletic season. It is critical to ensure we have the most up-to-date contact and medical information for all students. The system is a secure and green process supporting our focus on safety and security.  Electronic registration platforms of all kinds engage parents to ensure that information is entered properly, significantly reducing errors. The system will also allow families to electronically sign the annual permission forms. Reminder: you must still submit a physical to the Athletic Offices prior to participating. All physicals must be dated after April 15, 2018.)

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