8:00 AM - 9:00 AM NWEA testing, 7th and 8th grades
4:00 PM Tennis - Berkshire MS - Boys
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 6th grade Spanish trip
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM NWEA testing, 7th and 8th grades
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Proud Dads' Spring Work Day
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM NWEA testing, 6th grade
3:15 PM - 7:00 PM Musical Dress Rehearsal
4:00 PM Soccer - Berkshire MS - Girls
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM NWEA testing, 6th grade
Main Office Staff
Main Office Receptionist
248-203-4700 ~ (Option # 2)
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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!
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.
PSAT Testing for 8th Graders
BEF Garage Sale Drop Off
Half Day of School (11:25 am Dismissal)
BEF Garage Sale Drop Off
BEF Garage Sale
BEF Garage Sale
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?
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.
- 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
Questions? Concerns? Contact Catherine Henne * Community Education Office * Seaholm High Direct: (248) 203-3816 * Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 @ email@example.com. *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
Thanks for ordering your Berkshire yearbook to help preserve your Berkshire memories!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. *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 email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248.209.2516.
BPS District Code of Conduct
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Muslim Unity Center “Get to know your Muslim neighbor”
1830 W. Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48322
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:
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 email@example.com.
Caddies Wanted (Please visit oaklandhillscc.com to apply)
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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
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:
(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.)