The Central Trailhead

A companion to our statewide newsletter, The Trailhead, and our fabulous student-run site BCS Student Voice, we are a roundup of Baker news for students and families in Central Oregon. Remember to drop in on our Facebook page and BCS website as well!


February 2018


Off to a stellar start for semester two...

Our Student Center continues to be a busy place! Ms. Gaye and Ms. Peggy are available to help in person every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-3pm. Help is also available online Mondays and most Fridays. If you haven’t had a chance to join us, please do so! We have some new activities and events planned as well, so make sure you read this issue all the way through.

Note that the Student Center will be CLOSED for tutoring March 12-16 and April 9-27 due to testing. Online tutoring will be available during state testing.  Contact Gaye Woomer to set up an appointment. Details below.

State Testing coming up!

March and April will be busy months as we move into OAKS Science and Smarter Balanced (SBAC) state testing.Your Advisory Teacher will ask you to schedule your sessions soon. Most sessions will be in the Bend Student Center, although we will have some in Prineville and Sunriver libraries as well. Bring school laptops and headphones. Students should bring water and we will have some snacks available.

All 5th, 8th and 11th graders will attend ONE session for OAKS Science the week of March 12-16.

All 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 11th graders will take the SBAC assessments in April over several sessions from April 9-27.

The test is divided into four sections: two English/Language Arts and two Math. We recommend testing over at least four different sessions.

The best thing you can do to prepare is to keep up with your curriculum, put a lot of effort into the Performance Tasks and SBAC practice assignments in Canvas, and arrive to testing well-rested and relaxed.


Food Drive and Giving Day Success!

The Giving Plate was once again very grateful for the 77 pounds of non-perishable food we donated prior to the holidays!!

Also, Ms. Peggy delivered our beautiful handmade and gift-wrapped snowflakes to the Boys and Girls Club of Bend. We had a fun day creating art (and glittering the Student Center!)

Thanks so much to all who contributed!!.


New resource for graduates

Check out the new BCS Career Guide! It includes ideas for careers and organizations in the fields of Healthcare, Computers and Technology, Business, Hospitality and Tourism, STEM Careers, and Education throughout Oregon. Our hope is that the career guide can be a resource for students looking to get connected with their local communities, and plugged into a meaningful occupational field of their interest.

If you are one of our 2018 graduates, make sure you order your cap & gown! All the details are on our website here: Graduation Planning.

Upcoming Events

We have some new activities on our horizon for younger students, and stay tuned for some super exciting opportunities coming up for all of our students later this spring.

Collage Art for K-5: All K through 5th graders are invited to join us in creating some cut paper & found object collaging on Monday, Feb. 26th from 12:30 until 2:00pm. You do not need to bring anything but a desire to learn about creating art. Hope to see all our younger students there! Contact Kate Ryder with questions and please sign up here: Collage Art Details & Sign Up.

Read Across America Day for K-5: All K-5th graders are also invited to enjoy the timeless creations of Dr. Seuss from 11:30 to 1:30, Monday, March 5th at the Student Center. A creative lunch will be available for Hungry Who’s, too! Please direct questions to Peggy Miller and sign up here: Dr. Seuss Day Details & Sign Up.


Scenes from our winter activities

A bluebird day on Mt. Bachelor with Project SNOW!

The US Forest Service led a fabulous day of learning all about winter on the mountain. Lots of snowshoeing too! Thanks to Principal Gwen O’Neal for organizing this fabulous outing!

Young scientists conducting experiments at our Science Day...

A huge thanks to high school science teacher Annie Winter for organizing a morning full of exploding volcanoes, owl pellet dissections and other fun activities for upper elementary and middle schoolers. We have a bunch of keen scientists in our school!

One such scientist, Adeline Solorzano, wrote this fabulous account of our day:

Two days ago we went to our school’s office for a science class. There were four stations and three had something to do with chemicals and what they make when working together. The first of the three was Oobleck/Slime. The ingredients for Oobleck are primarily water and cornstarch. Two optional ingredients are shaving cream and food coloring.

The water mixes with the cornstarch and makes slime, or as they call it, Oobleck.

The next chemical reaction is making Volcanoes. To make a volcano, you need to mix dish soap, water, baking soda, and red food coloring into a cup. Then place the cup on a sided tray, and cover the cup with foil. Don’t cover the tray or else there will be a big mess. Then, pour in one third of a cup of vinegar and watch it run over!

  The last of the three chemical reaction stations is the liquid density table. In this station, you were trying to get the liquid with the most density on the bottom and the least on the top. Ms. Annie had the ingredients and their densities in scrambled order so that we would have to figure out which had to go on the bottom and which to put on the top. The different liquids were: dish soap, honey, corn syrup, rubbing alcohol, vegetable oil, water, and vinegar. We poured the liquids right into empty bottles, and the ones on the bottom were the ones with the most density. Food coloring with the corn syrup was an optional ingredient.

 The only non chemical station was the searching the owl pellets that our principle had in a box. When you stood at your place you were given a small clear disk that was full of owl pellets. Then, you were given a pair of disposable gloves and some tweezers. You also had a sheet that had different kinds of bones that you were trying to find. If you found one, you dropped it into a bowl full of water and other bones.

 The stations were fun and somewhat exciting, especially because I had my friends there too. I also learned a lot that day and I would love to do it again next year.

Thank you for sharing, Adeline! You are a talented writer as well as a gifted scientist!


Spotlight on Students:

We have a versatile group of students at Baker, and we love to shine a spotlight on your pursuits! If you (or your student) are involved in an activity, sport, or organization, we’d love to hear all about it. Please let your Advisory Teacher or Kate Ryder know.

Kudos to Equestrian Makinley Asato!

BWA student Makinley Asato was recently chosen to participate in the US Equestrian Athlete Lettering program, which is sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee.

US Equestrian recognizes the dedication of equestrians preparing for competition through practice and training sessions as similar to other students in athletic programs and developed this program to honor individual achievements with a varsity letter in the student's chosen sport, regardless of the availability of an equestrian team or club through their school.

We wish you the best of luck in your future equestrian endeavors, Makinley!

All in the family...

The entire Knowles family is very accomplished in Wushu (among many other pursuits), and Lalana and Elijah will travel to China over spring break for an international competition (The 2018 Chinese, USA, Canada International Wushu Competition & Cultural Exchange). A martial art originating in China, Wushu emphasizes quickness, explosive power, and natural, relaxed movement.

They can be seen in action in this must-watch video filmed on our own Deschutes River. Check it out! 

Before they leave, we have a chance to watch them perform LIVE for Chinese New Year at Bend High on Sunday, March 4th. Information and tickets can be found at Oregon Tai Chi Wushu.

We wish you an amazing performance and journey!

Asher, Lalana and Elijah Knowles saluting “High Respect” in the martial art of Wushu.


Baker Web Academy: (bookmark the School Calendar as well!)

Baker Early College: (bookmark the School Calendar as well!)

Please bookmark our Website, awesome student-run site BCS Student Voice and the School Calendar. Remember to drop in on our Facebook page and BCS website as well! Great resources for all kinds of important things!


Wishing you a successful second semester from Baker Charter Schools!



The Central Trailhead

A companion to our statewide newsletter, The Trailhead, and our fabulous student-run site BCS Student Voice, we are a roundup of Baker news for students and families in Central Oregon.


December 2017


Happy Holidays from Baker Charter Schools!!

We wish you a fabulous holiday season and a beautiful beginning to 2018! Our last day of school for 2017  is Friday, December 15th, returning on Tuesday, January 2nd. Work hard to meet all goals by next Friday so you can enjoy the nice long break!


Food Drive & Giving Day

Before we all part ways, please join us for our Giving Day next Wed, Dec. 13th from 10am to noon. We will be collecting final items for our non perishable food drive, and if you can stick around, please help us create some colorful, crafty gifts for families in need from 10am until noon (dropping in for part of that time is fine too!)

Plenty of time to get involved. More details can be found here: Food Drive/Giving Day. And you can register for the Giving Day here: SIGN UP HERE.


Please bookmark our student-run newsletter, the BCS Student Voice! 

Our students across the state worked hard on their newest Fall edition, and it is a great read :). Please take a look at the link above. Even better, get involved! We would love to see more of our Central Oregon students contribute.

Also, don’t forget to follow the School-Wide Trailhead!


Lego Robotics: A resounding success!

A huge thanks to Casey Mulvihill and Chris Gurney, our respective leaders of the Middle School and Elementary Robotics programs. We appreciate teacher Patrick Kailey’s help too! Keep checking your emails and this newsletter for opportunities to join the Middle School program next semester. However, 2nd through 5th graders have a full class. They meet next on Monday, January 22nd from 10-11:30..Check out all the details and sign up here: Elementary Lego Robotics Sign Up.

Below are some neat scenes of our 2nd through 5th grade students coming together to build and code their robot!

       


Join us for a Science Day with Bend Research for 3rd-8th graders, Wed, Jan 17th, 10-11:30am: More details and sign up are here.

Our Student Center and Wednesday Activities for Students have been phenomenal!

Those of you who visit the Student Center know that this place would not be standing without the amazing educational leaders who work here. We cannot express enough gratitude to Gaye Woomer, Peggy Miller and Principal Gwen O’Neal for providing a nurturing environment for our students to work and receive help. Student Center hours will continue to be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm. Help is available online Mondays and Fridays as well!!

We look forward to planning many more events in 2018. Stay tuned!

From left to right, superstar student helper Emily Olson, Gaye Woomer and Peggy Miller helping our young scientists work through some chemical reactions.

Annual Smith Rock Adventure!

Teacher Paul Shorey organized our annual October field trip to Smith Rock, and our luck with the weather held out!  Below are some scenes from a fabulous fall Friday around one of our most treasured Central Oregon sites:

Spotlight on Students:

One of the many reasons our school is so special is that it brings together students from diverse and rich backgrounds. Central Oregon student Adeline Solorzano spent a month living off the grid in El Salvador last year, and below she wrote all about her experiences. Thank you so much for sharing this beautifully-written and inspiring article, Adeline!

My El Salvador Experience

By Adeline Solorzano

This past January I visited my dad's family in Central America. My whole family went, which includes my parents, my two younger brothers Kaeser and Lizak, and Evalie, my little sister. We spent four weeks in the country of El Salvador, and although it is very different we had lots of fun.

        

My grandparents live in a small village. My grandparents’ home is different from the houses here in the US. The kitchen and

the toilet are in separate buildings. You do almost everything, besides sleeping, outside. You eat, you wash clothes and dishes, and you even visit all outside! Their bathroom is behind the house in a small outhouse and we bathe in a separate enclosed area by dumping cold water over ourselves. One of my many aunts and uncles live right next door. They have four kids so we always had playmates! I spent most of my days playing with the cousin that is close to my age, Joselyn.

While I was there I ate a large variety of foods: tortillas, beans, rice, chicken soup, duck soup, pupusas, and green mangoes dipped in salt and alguashte. Alguashte is ground up pumpkin seeds. The duck soup was super good, and the pupusas are part of what makes El Salvador famous. A pupusa is a stuffed corn tortilla served with a cabbage slaw and mild tomato sauce. They can be filled with many things but my favorite is beans and cheese. Delicious!

My grandma often made rice with milk, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. We call it “ arroz con leche”. We had to buy milk from a neighbor down the road because my grandpa's cows weren't giving enough milk at the time and the village doesn't have a supermarket. Another treat that we made were some popsicle-like things called “topoios”. They can be made with milk or fruit. This trip we use blended pineapple or blended coconut. They are frozen in little bags that you chew one corner off and enjoy. Yum! Sometimes I think that Salvadorian food is even better than what we have in the US.

One thing that I got to do while in El Salvador was go to school with my brother Kaeser and my cousin Joselyn. You walk about a half a mile to get there. As we were walking to school the first day I started to get nervous. But when we were introduced to the teacher, I thought “I really like her, the classroom and the girls here. This is going to be so much fun.”.

All the kids were so nice. At least most of them were. There were some boys that were a little bit awkward. We went to the third grade with my cousin, although I was in the fourth grade and Kaeser was in second. Most of my free time at school was spent with Joselyn and about seven other girls. Thankfully, I could understand everything that the teacher was saying. By the way, knowing Spanish comes in handy if you want to go to El Salvador. I also learned that they keep the gates locked once all the kids get there, so that no one comes and takes a kid that they shouldn't take. Another reason they keep the gates locked is so that a student doesn't go out and get lost. I think the people down there are pretty smart. Their school starts in January and ends in late October. Most teachers teach two grades, one grade in the morning and another in the afternoon. We went mornings from 7 a.m. till 11:30 a.m.

Not only did I go to school and eat different foods, I also had a good time with animals. My grandpa has a horse that we called “yegua” which simply means “mare”. He also has about six or seven cows that Lizak and my dad took out to the fields almost every morning. My grandma raises chickens that they eat, and to get eggs from.

My aunt has two dogs and my grandma has two cats and a dog. Another thing that was different in the culture there, is that although they own animals, they don't treat them like pets or part of the family like we do. My cousins decided to kill four kittens that the mama cat had while we were there. They didn't want them because my grandma already had two cats. When my older cousin, Will, said that they were going to kill the kittens, I went to the room that we slept in and cried. I get attached to animals quickly and I loved those kittens like they were my very own.  Will ended up killing two of the kittens, but the mother cat somehow found the other two and brought them back to the house. The rest aren’t alive anymore, but I like to imagine that they were my kittens and I brought them home to the US.

I went a lot of places with my cousins. We went to the mill to mill corn, to Sunday school down the road, and to the store to buy snacks. Their stores are just odds and ends that people bring from the city to resell out of their own little homes. A favorite place was going to the ocean with all the family. I had such a great time there in El Salvador, with my family that I rarely get to see. It was a great place to explore how people lived in different ways, because they live so differently compared to us. Although I was sad to leave, and it was a long way home, I found I miss the normal, sometimes crazy life here with everyone in the

U. S. A.


Baker Web Academy: for your calendar (bookmark the School Calendar as well!

Baker Early College: for your calendar

Please bookmark our Website, awesome student-run site BCS Student Voice and the School Calendar. We have Facebook and Instagram too. Make a habit of checking in! Great resources for all kinds of important things!


Wishing you a fantastic holiday season and a joyous and safe beginning to 2018 from Baker Charter Schools!



The Central Trailhead

A companion to our statewide newsletter, The Trailhead, and our fabulous student-run site BCS Student Voice, we are a roundup of Baker news for students and families in Central Oregon.


October 2017


Elementary Wednesday Activities to begin at the Student Center in November!

We will continue our tradition of hosting enrichment activities every other Wednesday beginning on Nov. 1st. Note that they are open to very specific grades. Mark your calendars, and be sure to use the Sign Up Forms below:

Wed, Nov. 1st: ABC’s for K-1

Who: Kindergarten through first-graders who need a fun way to get a solid understanding of letter sounds.

What: Students begin creating the ABC book they will take home.

Where: The Bend Student Center, 1352 NE 2nd Street.

When:  Wednesday, November 1st at 1:30 -2:30pm

Link:  ABC's Sign Up Form

Wed, Nov. 14th: Fun with Numbers K-2

Who: Kindergarten through 2nd-graders.

What: Fun, movement, music, hands-on, play with numbers.

Where: The Bend Student Center, 1352 NE 2nd Street.

When:  Wednesday, November 14th at 1:30 -2:30pm

Link:  Fun with Numbers Sign Up Form

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Food Drive to begin in November…  

We will begin collecting donations for our 2nd annual food drive, ending on Dec. 13th when we host a Giving Day. More details can be found here: Food Drive/Giving Day. SIGN UP HERE

Field Trips for Fall :)

Smith Rock

Please join us for annual pilgrimage to Smith Rock. Assuming we have the numbers, we will organize two hikes; a more gentle amble along the Fall River, and a more strenuous hike up Misery Ridge. Please read all the details and sign up Smith Rock Info/Sign Up.

Central Oregon Lego Robotics Clubs to resume soon!

6th-12th Grade Robotics club will meet Mondays for 60-90 minutes at a pre-scheduled meeting date and time 2-3 times a month.. Students will be working with one or two others on a single robot until a challenge is completed. These groups may be reassigned from challenge to challenge throughout the year.

If you feel you are a good candidate for 6-12 Lego Robotics, please respond by emailing cmulvihill@bakercharters.org. If you are one of the first 10 to respond, you will receive an email back to provide further information and next steps.

2nd-5th graders, stay tuned! We just ordered kits for this age group, and are excited to get underway this fall. Keep an eye on your announcements!

Scenes from the First Quarter

An Evening at the Sunriver Observatory

Our Sept. 27th event led by Mr. Gunnerson was a huge success! A major highlight of the night was seeing a powerful green laser point out the exact location of constellations, and learning about the supergiant "Herschel's garnet star."

           Exploring the Nature Center inside the Observatory. 

An Impressive Tour of the Redmond Air Center

We were privileged to receive a fascinating tour directly from the smoke jumpers at the Redmond Air Center on Friday, Sept. 29th. With a group of thirteen families and four Baker staff, we toured a variety of planes and got to learn all about how these brave fire fighters care for and protect their equipment and parachutes (these guys even know how to sew!)

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Our first annual Parent Boot Camp!

This is the first time we’ve hosted a parent-only event, and it was an informative and enjoyable evening! We certainly learned a lot as well from the excellent questions we fielded regarding Progress Monitoring, Canvas, and the Student Center. We will definitely host more of these events in the future.

If you could not join us, but have questions about these things (or anything else!), please reach out to Gwen O’Neal (goneal@bakercharters.org).

An annual favorite: our trip to the DD Ranch!

Coordinating teacher Chris Gurney recaps the great day below:

Wednesday, October 18th 26 students from Baker Web Academy and 9 parents joined three staff members for a tour of the DD Ranch in Terrebonne, Oregon. The two hour event started off with a tractor pulled hayride out into the field to feed the cattle. Among the cows were 5 bulls. The students enjoyed trying to feed the cows the alfalfa without getting licked by their long, thick tongues. There were a few squeals and giggles as a couple students weren’t quick enough to dodge a tongue!

After the hayride, students entered a petting area where they were  allowed to pet the farm animals which consisted of pigs, goats, chickens and sheep. Next, we went into the barn and listened to a presentation about the cattle. They are only fed grass and allowed to roam the hundreds of acre property. These cows are raised for the purpose of butchering and selling their meat. It was discussed that many things we use today are created from parts of the cow besides steaks and burgers, like marshmallows, tires, jello etc..

Pumpkin time arrived. Students meandered through the pumpkin patch on the ranch and picked their own pumpkin to take home. The day ended with play time in the “kids zone”. Student’s rode down the large slide on gunny sacks, wandered through the hay maze and tried their luck on the ropes. Thanks DD ranch for a great day!

Baker Web Academy: for your calendar

Baker Early College: for your calendar


Please bookmark our Website, awesome student-run site BCS Student Voice and the School Calendar. We have Facebook and Instagram too. Make a habit of checking in! Great resources for all kinds of important things!


Wishing you a fantastic 2nd quarter from Baker Charter Schools!



The Central Trailhead

A companion to our statewide newsletter, The Trailhead, and our fabulous student-run site BCS Student Voice, we are a roundup of Baker news for students and families in Central Oregon.


September 2017


Welcome to the 2017/18 School Year!!

We are very excited to get underway with the new year! We welcome back many families, and look forward to meeting the many new students and staff members joining our Central Oregon crew this year. We are excited for an amazing year of field trips, Student Center activities, and cooperative learning.

Please bookmark this page as we will update it regularly.

Please welcome new Central Oregon teachers Amy Mulvihill, Kevin Feist, Patrick Kailey and Valerie Shelton!!

Student Center Hours

We are incredibly fortunate to have Ms. Gaye and Ms. Peggy running our Student Center again from 9-3 every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We will resume our Lego Robotics activities later in the fall. Ms. Gaye will continue to run a Virtual Study Hall through Canvas. Please mark your calendars and accept the invitation to the Virtual Study Hall when you see it in Canvas, and keep an eye on your calendars for special events.

Student Activity: The ART of note-taking, Wed, Sept 27th, 10:00-11:30am

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Sept 27, from 10:30am-noon for a fun morning exploring colorful note-taking techniques, and getting to know some of your fellow Baker students. In a virtual school, students need to come up with a system of keeping track of all of the information they digest digitally each day. Come to the Student Center to explore some creative options, including sketchnoting. Open to 6-12 grades. SIGN UP FORM.

Field Trip: Sunriver Observatory, Sept. 27th, 8-10pm

This is the new date and time for our previously-postponed field trip. Everyone will meet in the parking lot just prior to 8pm. Email Luke Gunnarson at lgunnarson@bakercharters.org with any questions!

Field Trip: John Day Fossil Beds, Thurs, Sept. 28th, 9:30-3:00pm

Mark your calendars! All K-9 are invited for a day at the John Day Fossil Beds with students and families from Baker in Eastern Oregon. More information and sign up are here: JOHN DAY SIGN UP.

Field Trip: Redmond Air Center, Friday, Sept. 29th, 10:45am-12:30pm, 1740 SE Ochoco Way in Redmond - meet outside main builiding.

2017 has been a monumental year for wildland fires, and we will take our first ever field trip to the Redmond Air Center. Activated in 1964, the Redmond Air Center is a hub for Interagency wildland fire suppression, fire management, equipment support, and aviation activities for the Pacific Northwest Region (Oregon and Washington). Mark your calendars and if you would like to attend, you must fill out this SIGN UP FORM. You can learn more about what they do at their website HERE. Questions? Contact Kate Ryder at kryder@bakercharters.org or 541-663-6232.

Parent Boot Camp, Tuesday, Oct. 10th, 6-7pm

All parents are encouraged to attend our parent-only Boot Camp at the Bend Student Center on Oct. 10th from 6-7pm. We will review internet safety tips, and go over how to navigate Canvas and monitor your student’s progress. We will also review the ins-and-outs of our program. Students should not attend but all parents should definitely mark their calendars!! SIGN UP FORM

BWA/BEC Information Night, Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 6-7pm

All current and prospective families are invited to join us to learn more about the Web Academy and Early College programs. We had standing room only last spring, so please arrive early!

DD Ranch Tour/Pumpkin Patch, Wed, Oct. 18th, 10:45am

Please join us for this super-fun annual field trip. Alll of the details are here: DD Ranch Field Trip. Open to the first 30 students to sign up here: DD Ranch Sign up  form

Smith Rock Field Trip, Fri, Oct. 27th, 11:15-2:45pm

All the fun details for this field trip are contained here: Smith Rock Field Trip. The sign up form is contained within and also here: Smith Rock Sign Up Form.

A note about Star360/Dibels assessments

Please put your best effort forward when doing the beginning-of-the-year assessments. This helps us place you correctly, and also alerts school administrators when you need extra classes or help. Be rested and do your very best work!

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates!!

We sent off all of our Baker Web and Early College graduates on June 10th at Central Oregon Community College. We are so proud of all of you, and hope you are experiencing great success after high school :). A huge thanks to our amazing Early College Coordinator, Suzanne Moore, for organizing another fabulous Baker graduation in Central Oregon!

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Baker Web Academy: for your calendar

Baker Early College: for your calendar

Current and future Baker students and families are welcome!


Please bookmark our Website, awesome student-run site BCS Student Voice and the School Calendar. We have Facebook and Instagram too. Make a habit of checking in! Great resources for all kinds of important things!


Wishing you a fantastic 1st quarter from Baker Charter Schools!



The Central Trailhead

A companion to our statewide newsletter, The Trailhead, and our fabulous student-run site BCS Student Voice, we are a roundup of Baker news for students and families in Central Oregon.


June 2017


Student Center Success!

Wow, what an amazing year this has been for Baker Charter Schools in Central Oregon! We added two fabulous in-office teachers, Ms. Gaye and Ms. Peggy, who provide countless hours of tutoring and support of all kinds. Ms. Gaye launched our Virtual Study Hall as well, and offers daily video online help to students throughout the region. We cannot thank you enough for your innovation and tireless assistance this year!!

With guidance from our eminently capable and always kind Principal, Gwen O’Neal, the Student Center has evolved into a very welcoming, helpful, and special place. Thanks too to our regulars - virtual and in-person. You know who you are, and none of this would have been possible without your presence. If you were a part of our school but didn’t get to the Student Center much, please join us next year!

Congratulations, 2017 Baker Graduates!!

We are looking forward to our ceremony this Friday, June 9th at COCC, 6pm. We are so proud of all of our Baker Web Academy and Baker Early College graduates! Thanks for putting it all together, Suzanne Moore.

End of Year Checklist

Your Advisory Teacher will arrange to pick them up if necessary.

Make sure you log out, and include all chargers, cases, and wifi devices. Also, make sure everything is clean and in good shape!

Summer School: Recover credits or get ahead!

If things did not go quite as expected, or you wish to get a jump on credits for next year,  you can still sign up for Summer School, which runs from Monday 6/26 through Friday, 7/21. You can read all about the program and sign up HERE. Available for high school credit only (incoming freshmen are okay, as are students from other schools). Questions? Contact Kate Ryder at 541-663-6232 or kryder@bakercharters.org.

Scenes from the Fourth Quarter

Curriculum Fair and Math Games

Our May 9th event organized by Mrs. Gurney was a great success!

We explored a lot of new curriculum options while students enjoyed some creative math games with Ms. Gaye and Ms. Peggy.

Early College Students: For your calendar

BWA Students: For your calendar


Please bookmark our Website, awesome student-run site BCS Student Voice and the School Calendar. We have Facebook and Instagram too. Make a habit of checking in! Great resources for all kinds of important things!


Wishing you a fantastic summer from Baker Charter Schools!


The Central Trailhead

A companion to our statewide newsletter, The Trailhead, and our fabulous student-run site BCS Student Voice, we are a roundup of Baker news for students and families in Central Oregon.


April 2017


Summer School 2017:

New Dates June 26th-July 21

We delayed the start date of Summer School 2017 to accommodate snow days in other districts. Summer School will now run officially from Monday 6/26 through Friday, 7/21. You can read all about the program and sign up HERE.

Summer School is available for high school credit only (incoming freshmen are okay, as are students from other schools). Questions? Contact Kate Ryder at 541-663-6232 or kryder@bakercharters.org.

Please submit your Intent to Return forms :)

In order to staff and plan properly for next year, it is really helpful to know who is coming back. Please turn in one form per student, whether or not you are coming back. Even if you are unsure, you should fill out a form. Better to be over-prepared, and it is not binding in any way :).

The form is HERE.


State Testing In Session: Drop In Hours reduced but help still available!!

We are now underway with Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Testing, which means that our Student Center is being used for that purpose. Keep in mind, however, that our teachers Ms. Gaye and Ms. Peggy are still available to help either through the Virtual Study Hall class in Canvas, or on Google Hangouts. For help with math, Canvas projects, or anything else, contact them ASAP (Ms. Gaye Woomer: gwoomer@bakercharters.org and Ms. Peggy Miller: pmiller@bakercharters.org).

State testing is scheduled to run daily in the Student Center through the month of April (we also have sessions in Prineville and Sunriver). All 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th graders are taking assessments in the areas of English/Language Arts and Math. These tests should be taken over four sessions or days. Your Advisory Teacher has provided some practice though Canvas, and everyone should be scheduled by now. Get lots of sleep the night before, and arrive refreshed and relaxed!sbac_logo_a.jpg

The Student Center Drop In Hours will resume in May. In-person help available 9-3 Tues, Wed, and Thurs, and online on Mondays and most Fridays. We absolutely love having some face-to-face time with all of you, so please make a habit of dropping by!


Upcoming Events

Choice Curriculum Fair: Wed, May 24th, 10am-3pm

We will showcase examples of our ‘Choice’ program and have teachers available to help you decide which curriculum to choose for the 2017-18 school year. Choice generally refers to all the options we provide outside of the large, all-encompassing programs like Acellus, OdysseyWare and Florida Virtual. Timberdoodle, Moving Beyond the Page, Saxon, and Teaching Textbooks are examples of the many different Choice programs we offer. You can find more information about all of our options in our Curriculum Guidebook. Please stop by and check them out!

FUN with Math Games: Wed, May 24th, 1:30-3:00pm

A final Wednesday Activity for Kinder through 5th graders, please join us for a spectacular day of invigorating math games :). Students can hang out and refine their math skills while parents check out our Choice curriculum options on the other side.

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BWA Science Fair 2017!

Happening on May 12th at the Student Centers - we could really use some sign-ups from Central Oregon! This is a super cool opportunity! You will put together your projects with guidance through a Canvas course from now until the Fair, and it will be fun :). Use this link: SIGN UP FORM

We are hoping to have at least one more C.O. field trip this year. Watch your email for announcements!


Scenes from the Third Quarter

League of Innovators (with LEGO Robotics!)

A favorite Monday activity for 6-12th graders all year, we recently ran a Jr. Innovators’ League day for K-5. We will resume League of Innovators for grades 6+ on the Mondays after May 1st.

A great combination of direct learning and hands-on instruction. Thank you for opening up this experience to K-5, Mr. Chase and Mrs. Gurney!!

Dr. Seuss Day

Our annual event for Read Across America, Dr. Seuss Day, was a resounding success!

A great time was had by all! We especially enjoyed Mrs. Gurney and Ms. O’Neal showing up as Thing One and Thing Two  :).


Rock Climbing!

Our first field trip to the Bend Rock Gym was well-attended and SO much fun!

Baker students scrambling up the walls with dizzying precision and speed!

Thanks for organizing, Mr. Gunnarson! We shall return!

Baker Early College/Web Academy Information Night

We had standing room only turnout for our BEC/BWA Information Night on Thursday, April 6th. If you could not make it but need more information about either of our programs, please consult the BCS WEBSITE. Applications for each program can be found under the banner headings for Baker Web Academy and Baker Early College.

BEC/BWA Graduation

Graduation is set for Friday, June 9th, 6pm at Central Oregon Community College. Cap & gown should have been ordered by now at www.minersgrad.com.  

Please send Ms. Moore three photos of each graduate (baby/toddler, middle school and current) for the annual slide show at smoore@bakercharters.org.  In addition, please have each graduate fill out the survey that was sent earlier.

Ms. Suzanne Moore describing the Early College program.

Check out the Student Voice!!

We would love to see more Central Oregonians involved in this student-run publication. Please check it out and become contributors!! Bookmark it HERE.

Congratulations in order…

One of our Central Oregon students (Spencer Bordonaro --left) just won an Intel scholarship award for $2000. He is an Early College-bound student, and is very interested in physics (thanks Ryan Gates!) and engineering.  His project involved creating a bicycle that was meant to be attached to students' desks within classrooms.  Essentially, the stored energy would be collected in a battery and then recirculated into the building's power to keep the building partly powered, saving the school thousands of dollars a year. Best wishes, Spencer!

Early College Students: For your calendar

BWA Students: For your calendar


Please bookmark our Website, awesome student-run site BCS Student Voice and the School Calendar. We have Facebook and Instagram too. Make a habit of checking in! Great resources for all kinds of important things!


Wishing you a fantastic 4th quarter from Baker Charter Schools!



The Central Trailhead

A companion to our statewide newsletter, The Trailhead, and roundup of BCS news for families and students in Central Oregon.


February 2017


Drop In Hours: 9-3 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

This semester sees an expansion in our Student Center services and hours. Students are welcome to come in for tutoring help from Ms. Gaye and our other teachers until 3:00 on Wednesdays now as well. This is a valuable service for so many of our students. If you haven’t already, please drop in and spend some time with us. Snacks provided :)

Virtual Study Hall

If you need help and support Monday through Friday, 9-3, the amazing Gaye Woomer is now available in an online “study hall” accessible through your Canvas Dashboard. Even if you can’t make it into the Student Center, online help is still available :). We are really excited to be able to offer students support Mondays and Fridays now as well!

State Testing 

Spring time brings flowers, and also signals the time to demonstrate growth during the annual OAKS/Smarter Balance testing. We will have multiple sessions (morning and afternoon) over several weeks in Bend, as well as sessions at libraries in Redmond, Prineville and Sunriver. spring.jpg

Your Advisory Teacher will ask you to sign up for sessions soon, and you will be asked to do some practicing in Canvas and at the Student Center over the next month or two. What we know so far:

Testing means that Student Center Drop-In hours will be very limited during those weeks. Your Advisory Teacher will keep you posted, but you should plan on using the Virtual Study Hall for support during testing.


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Desiree Barron, BWA student

Desiree started gymnastics at the age of 7 and started competing in less than a year. She is now almost 12 years old, and competes as a level 7 gymnast. We travel throughout Oregon and surrounding states each competitive season. She works very hard and spends many hours in the gym each week. Last semester, she logged over 300 hours for PE! This is one of the reasons why she loves Baker Charter Schools; she is able to have more control of her time. Her best event is the balance beam. At a recent meet, she scored a 9.55 on beam and was the beam champion of her age group! She scored personal bests on all four events that day. In her free time, she also loves cooking, off-roading, knitting, and crafts.

Way to go, Desiree! Your BCS team supports you all the way :)



We’ve got a student newspaper! BCS Student Voice

Please take a few moments to check out our new statewide student newspaper!! This impressive venture is created and written by Baker Web Academy students. It can be accessed online and you can subscribe by email as well. We would love to see some of our Central Oregon students get involved! They are always seeking quality submissions. Please bookmark it and add it to your reading list - lots of great stuff in there!  Check in out: BCS Student VoiceScreen Shot 2017-02-12 at 9.10.27 PM.png


Upcoming C.O. Events:

Field Trip: Ice-skating, Tuesday, Feb. 21st!

Open Skate at the New Bend Pavilion: All are encouraged to meet right inside at 6:30.  Mr Gunnarson  will be there to welcome students.  If it is your first time skating or are worried about being not being a pro, do not worry.  Gracefulness is not a requirement!    

When:   Tuesday February 21st, 6:30-8:00pm

Where:  The Pavilion:  

1001 SW Bradbury Way, Bend, OR 97702

Description:    Open to public. Recreational skating for all ages and abilities. Children 6 years and under must be supervised by a responsible person 14 years or older.  

ICE SKATING FEES FOR SKATING:  Special open skate sessions on Tuesday nights. Special rate $6/person with skate rental.

RSVP to Luke Gunnarson, lgunnarson@bakercharters.org

Internet Safety Training for Parents/Guardians: Thurs, Feb. 23rd

On Thurs, February 23rd (6:30-8:30pm) we will host an evening program for parents/guardians at the Bend Student Center to help families and students navigate the internet safely and responsibly. Very important stuff so mark your calendars! More details HERE. 

The ART of note-taking: March 1st, 10:30-noon

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 1st, from 10:30am-noon for a fun morning exploring colorful note-taking techniques. In a virtual school, students need to come up with a system of keeping track of all of the information they digest digitally each day. Come to the Student Center to explore some creative options, including sketchnoting. Open to 6-12 grades.

Sign up HERE.


Dr. Seuss Day in Bend, Thurs, Mar 2nd, 1:30 - 3pm :)

Where: Bend Student Center

Who: Kinder - 3rd

When: March 2nd, 1:30 - 3:00

What to bring: Favorite stuffed animal, blanket and a book to share

We have lots of fun activities, crafts and a special treat planned for this event. Our goal is to encourage reading and enjoy some of Dr. Seuss’s many books along with other books.

Please fill out the form to sign up your student. We will close sign ups at 20 students. Dr. Seuss Sign Up



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Field Trip: Virtual Public Schools, Capitol Day, March 7

Dr. Huld recently sent this note out to BWA Staff,

I would love to have our students attend the virtual school day in Salem.  Great way to learn about how laws are made and how Salem works.  Please let me know if you plan on attending or have students who will.  Thanks!

For information and to register to attend, please see this EVENT SLIDESHOW.

To inquire about carpooling (we will take a big van, weather-permitting) and/or caravaning with BWA Staff from Central Oregon, please email Tim Chase at <tchase@bakercharters.org>


Considering College after High School?

Those of you who are interested in attending college after high school, I would encourage you to engage with the TGR EDU Virtual Tour of College Today

This free website can help you consider college as a logical next step on your career path by guiding them through the consideration, application, and financial process with TGR EDU: Explore's College Blueprint: From Exploration to Acceptance self-paced module. This dynamic, interactive tour engages students by providing key understandings about how their abilities, interests, and aspirations intersect with college and career options. Armed with this knowledge, students can confidently apply to and afford the college of their choice.


Outdoor School - Save the Date!!

We are taking Outdoor School back to its original site!  Save the date!! Keep an eye on your email for registration details. We hope to have a great showing from the C.O. this year :)

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BWA Science Fair 2017!

Happening on May 12th at the Student Centers. This is a super cool opportunity! You will put together your projects with guidance through a Canvas course from now until the Fair, and it will be fun :). Use this link: SIGN UP FORM

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Scenes from Semester 2

All About Bats: Wed, Feb. 15th

Our 'All About Bats' activity was a ton of fun! We learned all sorts of interesting facts about these nocturnal creatures. Check out the photos below!

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A great combination of direct learning and hands-on instruction! Thank you, Ms. O’Neal!

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Congratulations to the senior class of 2017 who finished their Capstone presentations last month! We had a truly enjoyable time learning all about designing houses and skateboards, volunteering with animals and stuffing turkeys :).

For your calendar:


Please bookmark our Website and School Calendar. We have Facebook and Instagram too. Make a habit of checking in! Great resources for all kinds of important things, including policy announcements, school-wide events and holidays.


Wishing you a fantastic second semester with Baker Web Academy



The Central Trailhead

A roundup of BCS news for families and students in Central Oregon


December 2016


Welcome to the first edition!

The Central Trailhead will highlight events and information relevant to Central Oregon students and families. We will always rely on the monthly Trailhead for school-wide happenings, so make sure you read both as they arrive in your inbox! In addition to field trips and events, we plan to feature local students and their achievements.

If you know a student with a noteworthy accomplishment under their belt, perhaps in agricultural or sports clubs (or as community volunteers), please send your scoops to Kate Ryder at kryder@bakercharters.org. We want to showcase our many talented members of the Baker community here in Central Oregon!

Our stellar Student Center…

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Ms. Gaye preparing our volcano goo, students celebrate their explosions

We wouldn’t be here without our exceptional and hard-working Student Center staff. Gwen O’Neal is our region’s kind and knowledgeable Dean of Students; Annie Winter is an experienced high school science teacher and most excellent math instructor; and Gaye Woomer is a phenomenal tutor and empowering guide in any subject. Tim Chase, our tech guru, runs an Innovator’s League on Mondays from 10am-noon: join in if you are a 6-12th grader and enjoy activities such as lego robotics and coding!

Most of all, thank you to our amazing students and families. WIthout your participation none of this would be possible. :)

If we have not yet had the pleasure of your company, please drop by soon! We are located at 1352 NE 2nd Street in Bend. We also have snacks.

Scenes from the Student Center (where fun and education meet!) 

We’ve had a ton of fun creating and growing the Drop In component of the Student Center, as well as blowing up volcanoes, dissecting owl pellets, and creating wonderful art together during our Wednesday Activities.

We are busy planning future events and field trips for the winter, and hope many more of you join us in 2017:). Ideas are always welcome! Student Center activities will generally be held every other Wednesday and will interest K-8th graders.

Next up is ‘All About Bats!’ on Wed, Jan 11th from 11am-noon. Additional activities to be announced soon.

Semester one highlights:

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Building and erupting our volcanoes!

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Making beautiful paper and dissecting owl pellets.

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Artists with their creations at Recycled Art Day.     Our industrious Monday morning Innovators.

Fun times at our fall field trips!

Off to a great start: overnight camping and hiking at Paulina Lake, meeting farm animals and collecting pumpkins at the D&D Ranch, and trekking around the Crooked River to glimpse Monkey Face at Smith Rock. We have more in the works for 2nd semester, including ice-skating in Bend and snowshoeing at Bachelor. We hope to see all of you out there!

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Exploring the hot springs (and braving the weather) at Paulina Lake.

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Enjoying the sunshine, hayride, and headwear at the D&D Ranch.

Best wishes for success at Baker Early College! Several students will be leaving the Web Academy for BEC this winter. Happy trails to Anna Dobie (Rogue CC) and to Hayden Gartrell, Bennett Huggin, Daniel Raley, and Madison Tebbs, who are all heading up to COCC. Kasten Pier and Jake Judson will each take one college class in our Web+1 program.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Early College and Web+1 programs, lots of great information to be found here.

Giving Day, Wed, Dec. 14th, 10am-noon

We wrap up our Food Drive this coming Wednesday with a crafty ‘Giving Day’ from 10am-noon. All students and families are welcome to join as we create a variety of colorful gifts for community members in need. Even if you cannot make the entire thing, please try to drop by with your non-perishable goods and say hello before Winter Break. We will take our boxes of goods and gifts to the Giving Plate charitable food bank that afternoon. More information here.

Internet Safety Training for Parents/Guardians

On Tuesday, January 10th (6:30-8:30pm) we will host an evening program for parents/guardians at the Student Center to help families and students navigate the internet safely and responsibly. Very important stuff so mark your calendars! More details here. 

For your calendar:


Please bookmark our Website and School Calendar. We have a Facebook page too. Make a habit of checking in! Great resources for all kinds of important things, including policy announcements, school-wide events and holidays.


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Wishing you a productive, safe and enjoyable transition to 2017 from all of us at Baker Charter Schools!!