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Ms. Munguia welcomes you to the 2016-2017 school year

posted Aug 9, 2016, 12:02 PM by Jenni Wyatt   [ updated Aug 9, 2016, 12:08 PM ]

Baechtel Grove Middle School

Back to School Article 2016-2017


     Baechtel Grove Middle School welcomes back all of our returning students and welcomes all of our new students.    We look forward to seeing each of our students back on August 22nd .  We are excited about the programs we have in place for student learning.  Many of these have been acquired through working with our parents and community in the best interest of our students.

     This year we are happy to announce that we are expanding the use of our AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies school wide and Project Based Learning lessons in Language Arts and Social Studies.  AVID strategies have shown that they engage our students in their learning, through the use of 21st century tools to ensure college readiness and they have improved academic performance for all of our students.  Through the use of AVID we want to set the vision and tone to promote college readiness and high expectations for all students at BGMS.  Project Based Learning has given students a purpose for the work they do, and made the learning relevant to their lives. 

      This year we are also adding an AVID elective at the 6th grade level.  The AVID Elective supports underrepresented student populations to be prepared to attend a four year university after high school.  Students at the 6th, 7th and 8th grade level have applied and were selected to take the AVID elective this year, creating three full classes of students, who would otherwise not be preparing for college, who are ready to learn the study skills necessary to prepare for college. 

     We will continue to involve students in fun and creative programs such as the Odyssey of the Mind competitions, mural painting projects, Drama classes after school, and participation in the Science Fair to engage students in creative expression, as well as academic achievement.   Baechtel Grove Middle School will once again be partnering with our community help organizations, and our businesses and local work world to involve students in a Community Awareness Week, and a College and Career Week.  The purpose of the Community Awareness Week is to bring social and societal awareness to students using experts from organizations that work with social issues. Students culminate their week learning from presentations by our community experts.  The same format is used for the College and Career Week. Both weeks are encouraging and interactive for students thanks to the help we are provided by the Willits community.

     Due to parent requests and student need intervention classes have been added to our master schedule so that students can receive the support they need with basic skills in areas that may be more challenging for them, including mathematics, reading, and writing.   The Kid’s Club after school program will also have a defined time for Math help, and homework help for everyone in the program. 

     In a vision for future years at Baechtel Grove Middle School our new Superintendent, Mark Westerburg, sees instructional time added to the Core classes, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math, with a check in and homework time at the end of the day for each student.  His emphasis includes expanded exploratory choices at the middle school in years to come. 

      Once again this year we will be involving our incoming 6th graders in the WEB program thanks to funding from the Willits Police Department. W.E.B. is a transitions program at Baechtel Grove Middle school.  As part of the program, new sixth grade students are partnered in groups, with two eighth grade students for the entire year. The eighth graders are trained to help their sixth graders not only have a smooth transition into middle school, but also to coach them throughout the year on how to handle typical problems a sixth grader might encounter.  They help identify and address problems of harassment, bullying, isolation, and exclusion.

     We are looking forward to beginning classes at 8:25 a.m., on August 22nd .  Student schedules will be available on the Parent Portal beginning Friday, August 19th and we will give students paper schedules beginning at 7:45, in the front of the school, the first day of classes.  Be prepared, you are about to have a great year!  See you here!