At the July 17th WUSD School Board Meeting, two important decisions were made. First, we will start school on Monday August 31st. Secondly, the WUSD schools will begin the year in a remote (distance) learning environment. It is the goal of the staff to provide a much improved educational experience for students. In grades TK-2 we will focus on packets for students that go with our curriculum and will allow parents to follow the process. In grades 3-5 we will be using workbooks and technology provided by WUSD to enhance the work. Baechtel Grove Middle School will be using a schedule that provides four periods of core instruction, one of PE and an elective period. They will have live online instruction every single day from the district adopted curriculum. We are also providing parent support for technological and other questions and concerns, as well as informational training. You will be able to call the school directly and get a response from designated staff. We all believe that you need to be adequate and meaningful partners in this work. At the High School students will have a three period schedule where the courses last six weeks. Each school will be providing parents and students with many details and procedures in late August before we start. We will transition to on site classroom instruction as soon as the health guidelines allow us to do so. If we want our children back at school, as a community we need to continue to follow health guidelines, to not get on the county watch list with the state. The district is working with other local governmental agencies to provide more free internet access, as well as exploring opening up our school libraries to download assignments. The CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Sports have been shifted to two seasons with one beginning in mid December and the second season starting in mid March. The majority of sports will be offered, just compacted into two seasons. Their online instruction will look very different this year, as teachers increase their knowledge of virtual instruction. We will be in communication with families as the situation changes. Please stay patient as we transition to this changing environment.
The WUSD School Board is meeting tomorrow night to do some needed business and discuss the reopening options for the fall. There will not be a decision made, it is to soon to know what it will look like on Aug. 31st. When we do consider opening in the fall it will be in a more Covid prepared schedule or remotely. Our goal is to allow parents choice of doing independent study or back in classroom instruction if the conditions allows it. I use the restaurant mentality, if we can’t be in the inside of the restaurant, we can’t be in the classrooms. If the rules are some percentage capacity in the restaurant with masks we will try and provide that option in classrooms. In mid-August our goal will be to call each family and ask parents to choose an option of in class or independent study and we will make the staffing adjustments needed. Beyond staffing we will need to make building specific plans for situations that may occur. Our goal is to provide the safest environment we can and give parents options. If we had to start tomorrow our data is trending the wrong way and the guidelines are locking down more not less, so we would be on home instruction. If you would like to give the board information please use my email address to do so. ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) If you would like to participate in the zoom board meeting this is the address https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9782489039?pwd=V0U2cUtHZUMzQk5xR3d5Vy9wT1JkZz09 There is also a chat box to ask questions or use your time during the public comments section. The WUSD staff is working hard this summer to get ready for this new situation that provides the safest and best academic environment we can financially afford to do.
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with some last minute end of the year information. If your student has not returned their Chrome book to us, please do so by the end of the week, or you will be charged a $200 replacement fee. Someone is here from 8 am to 3 pm. Everyone will be receiving a trimester 3 report card this week. You will notice that the GPA was not calculated. This was done because the mixture of letter grades and credit/no credit grades would not produce accurate GPA's. To not effect any GPA's in a negative manner we did not calculate them. Finally, for parents of students in the Early High School Program, we want you to know that you have to make the counselors at the high school aware if you want your child in English 10. Please send an email with your request to the high school counselor assigned to your child. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with the final Sunday information call for this school year. A reminder that all student school work to be graded must be turned in by Wednesday of this week. The Eighth Grade Drive Through Promotion Celebration will take place this Thursday, June 4th, beginning at 6:00 pm. The one car per student should be at BGMS no earlier than 5:30 pm to line up. Friday, June 5th is the last day that all students can turn in their Chromebooks, textbooks, instruments, and library books to the BGMS library. All these must be turned in by Friday, even if they are attending summer school. Yearbooks can be picked up at the same time. Friday is the last day of this school year. Report cards will be mailed out at the beginning of next week. It has been a challenging time for all of us. Equally for parents who went from being provided most of the service of educating their child, to having to provide a large majority of that service themselves. I am proud of how you came together as a family with many providing support to their own, and other children to accomplish the learning for our students. The children of this community have benefited from the hard work put forth on their behalf, not only in their education, but in their quality of life during this pandemic. I sincerely thank you for facing this situation with courage and resolve, and putting fears aside, for the wellbeing of children. I will be in communication with you about the start of next year in early August. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with an important announcement about Yearbooks. We have confirmation that we will be able to give our eighth graders their Yearbooks during the Promotion Celebration. If students have purchased a yearbook, they will be included in with the eighth grade Promotion Certificates, at the Promotion Celebration. If they have not yet purchased a yearbook, but would like to, please come by BGMS 8:00 am to 4:00 pm tomorrow, Friday, or Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of next week, with 40 dollars, in either exact change, or a check to purchase one. Sixth and seventh graders will be able to pick up their yearbooks on Friday, June 5th at the same time that they turn in their Chromebooks. They too can come by to purchase a yearbook if they have not purchased one yet. Don’t wait, do it right away. We only had 75 published, and there are only 47 available to be purchased. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
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Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with information for this week. I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day Holiday, but that students continued to complete some of the work they may not have completed. All work that is to be graded is due to teachers by June 3rd, next Wednesday. We will be receiving packets tomorrow, Tuesday for any week up to week 9. Week 10 work does not have to be turned in. We will also be here next Monday, June 1st for work to be turned in, from 8 am to 4 pm. Zoom classroom meetings will continue this week, and will not continue after the end of this week. As we wind up the school year, please keep in mind that we will be collecting Chromebooks from students on Friday, June 5th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. These have to be brought by the BGMS library, on that day. A reminder to bring in all BGMS library books, and check out our parent resource site at https://bgmsparentresources.weebly.com/. Next week is the last week of this school year. It has been an exciting year, for many reasons! Ms. Erickson and myself would like to make ourselves available to students for any questions they might have for us pertaining to the end of the year, summer school, or things to come. We will be posting a schedule of Zoom and in person meetings. These are for students, however, I will put out information for parents about questions students had, kind of like frequently asked questions. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Eighth Grade Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with a few announcements that are for our eighth grade students only. They have started the course selection process using a google form. It was emailed to all 8th grade Willits Unified student email addresses. All the students need to do is log into their email and click on the form to access it and start choosing classes for next year. Thy have set the deadline to make selections as Thursday 5/21. They realize there are several students who do not have reliable internet so they plan to call those students after 5/21. If they families not have internet the counselors will connect via telephone the week of 5/26 through 5/29. If you do not know what to sign up for, make an appointment with a counselor at https://calendly.com/nicoleburke, or call the high school at 459-7700, ext. 1514, or text Ms. Bravo if you have her phone number. This is a high school process, it is not from BGMS. The Promotion Celebration, however, is the last event we will have for our eighth grade students. That celebration will be explained in a letter that will be included in the progress report, and promotion letter that will go out tomorrow Monday. Keep learning, and completing work, just three weeks left. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Care Givers, This is Ms. Munguia with information for this week. This is classified school employee’s appreciation week. We would like to recognize all of our secretaries, instructional aides, cooks, custodians, maintenance staff, techs, and librarians as doing essential work, and being extraordinary workers. Every parent, guardian, or caregiver should be receiving a letter that will be sent out tomorrow, about the promotion status of every student, and summer school information, if needed. More specific information about the Summer School session will be shared with parents as the date gets closer. Tomorrow is pick up for packets for week 9 work, and 10 fun activities. All student assignments to be graded for this trimester 3, must be to teachers by June 3rd. If your student applied for an AVID, Peer Helper, WEB, or Student Council position they can expect an email from the advisor this week with their status. Here is another friendly reminder that any library books from the BGMS library need to be turned in before June 1st. Please bring them by on Mondays. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello Fifth Grade Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia, Principal of Baechtel Grove Middle School with two important dates this week. It is unfortunate that we will not be able to bring fifth grade students in for a visitation this year. We would still like to give you information about some of our programs. Mr. Olds, the Band Director at BGMS is holding an information session for you about students joining the sixth grade band for next year. That will be a Zoom meeting online. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night, May 19th, at 5:00 pm. Please email him at email@example.com, if you are interested, for a link to that meeting. I will be holding an information night for anyone interested in the AVID Elective for their student in sixth grade, as well. That meeting will be Wednesday, May 20th, at 5:00 pm, also on Zoom, and you can email me for that link firstname.lastname@example.org . Just a reminder that the application for both of these can be picked up tomorrow, Monday, from the BGMS library, from 8 to 4. If anyone is interested and does not have internet service, we would be happy to give you information over the phone. Please call the BGMS office and leave a message, please include your phone number. We look forward to having all of the fifth graders at BGMS next year. I want to assure parents that we will have a WEB program with 8th grade mentors, and there will be an orientation before the start of the next school year. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with information for this week. First there is a message from Tina at the Kids Club after school program. BG Kids Club is onsite M-W-F beginning Monday the 11th from 1:00-4:00 for parents/students to come pick up items, clothing and completed art projects that are at Kids Club Rm. 15. The pottery is beautiful and ready for you to pick up. We are offering a wide selection of fun games, puzzles and a variety of artsy materials. Applications for our 2020-21 year are available. We, at Kids Club, have missed each of you very much and know we were always in the background cheering you on with your new online education. If the days and times listed above do not work for you, please call me at 841-8013, Tina. Please remember that tomorrow all applications for WEB, AVID, Peer Helpers, and Student Body Officers have to be turned in to the BGMS library. If your student has an application and you cannot get it to us tomorrow, please call the school and leave a message. If students have Art to pick up, or masks from Ms. Haigounian’s classes, or items from Ms. Larson’s classes come to the library tomorrow between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm and we will help you get them. This is week 8 of distance learning, we have just one more week of work assignments, a week of fun assignments, and a week to catch up before final grades are given. Now is the time to make sure your student has all their work turned in. Next week, May 18th promotion and summer school notification letters go home. Don’t forget to bring in our library books. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
All middle and high school students need to understand that my message about moving up to the next grade level, means that you will go to the next grade. However, if you are not doing your work, you will be repeating those required classes and be credits short that you need to make up. Regardless of your grade credits are required to graduate. Reminder regarding graduation status! Those seniors who meet the state graduation requirements will receive diplomas. Those seniors who don't complete the coursework, we will continue to work with you even into July and August. We are only a few weeks away from the end of the school year, so now is the time to finish strong. June 5th is still currently the date of graduation The school district is going to wait until we have specific guidelines from the state or county health department that covers the time period of June 5th or beyond, prior to announcing any graduation plans. Mark Westerburg
It certainly appears that we will not be returning to normal classroom settings for the remainder of this school year. All school sites have made plans to continue with modified school instruction through the end of May. The first week of June will be used for students to turn in all assignments and for teachers to assign grades. All students will be moved to the next grade unless discussions about retention have already taken place. Although very unlikely- if it is possible before this school year ends to bring back a limited number of students, the District would consider the following: Brookside grade 2 only, Blosser Lane grade 5 only, BGMS grade 8 only and all seniors at WHS. In regards to graduation our preference is to wait it out, meet as a group and make it happen. As I have stated before, we can do it in August if necessary. I prefer this idea over a virtual ceremony. Middle school and high school campuses are planning to hold a summer school session from July 27th through August 14th. WUSD is willing to provide support to all other summer session programs which use our facilities so they may become operational. In regards to the governor's comments about starting school July 1st. There are more problems with that Idea than good. A major issue for a third of our students is transportation, can they get on the bus, with such a confined space we would have to limit buses to 12 students and this is a problem. Another large issue is the heat in July, only about 40% of our facilities have air conditioning and classrooms would be very warm. Along with this are summer jobs, summer school, cleaning facilities, adding 20+ days to teachers' work year, new teachers who won't be here yet, plus all the added cost for operations for a month and half. Although we are anxious to all be together again an early start is not the best plan. When all the students come back in August we will all work aggressively to get back on track. I commend all of our parents and staff for working through this situation, hang in there. My biggest concern in coming back together is the health of our adult staff, the impact from the virus can be harsh and we have a small number of substitutes available. The need to social distance even with a small group is very tough with young kids. If we do have to create A and B days for students to limit the exposure we will do so. Bus routes, siblings, teachers, children and creating off day work for students will be a challenge but we will do it if necessary. In conclusion, we are waiting it out and hopeful that summer will get us a little closer too normal. Our goals for Willits Unified are to finish the year in distance mode, have a graduation ceremony, provide whatever educational services we can in the summer and get ready for next school year. Mark Westerburg
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with information for this week. We are in week 7 of distance learning. We have only three more weeks of assignments that students need to complete this year. Week 7, Week 8, and Week 9. After Memorial Day there will be no new assignments just some fun activities that teachers will put together for students, and, of course, the last two weeks is time to turn in any missing assignments. The school year ends on June 4th. The week of May 18th we will be sending the next progress reports home. This will include the promotion status of the student, and a Summer School registration, if needed. Parents can email teachers if they want to join a Zoom meeting to ask the teacher questions. How to join a Zoom meeting is information that you will find in the BGMS Parent Recourses website at https://bgmsparentresources.weebly.com/. All students with internet should be attending their classroom Zoom meetings. They should log on within the first 15 minutes because teachers will close the meeting if no one attends, after a half hour. This is how they are getting help with the assignments, talking to teachers, and seeing their friends. The teacher always has something to show their students during a Zoom meeting. If students are interested in being in WEB, AVID, Peer Helpers, or Student Council Officers for next year, they have to pick up an application tomorrow from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in front of the BGMS Library. Let me know if you cannot make it during this time and we will make other arrangements. Applications are due next Monday. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. BGMS teachers have done an amazing job of transitioning to distance learning posting lessons, calling parents and students, supporting learning, and responding to needs. I am inviting all students to write a heartfelt card of appreciation for their teachers. They can be included in with their packets tomorrow, or they can hold them up during their Zoom classroom meeting this week. Bring any type of appreciation by school this week, we will make sure it is sanitized and that the teacher gets it. Don’t forget about the library books, bring them by on Monday. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with some exciting news. Ms. Bravo has made a website of resources exclusively for you at https://bgmsparentresources.weebly.com/. These resources are in different places, but we wanted to put everything in one place so that you did not have to search. Distance Learning, Community, and more resources are all available. Tomorrow and Tuesday are the last two days for student pick-ups of items in the PE Lockers. Someone will be available from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at the locker rooms. All PE clothes not picked up will be used as loaners for next year. Thank you to everyone who has been dropping off the library books for BGMS. We still have many books checked out to students. Please bring them by every Monday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If students are struggling with on line work from any class, paper packets are available to them. We are available every Monday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for packet pick up and drop off. If students are having trouble doing their work, they can attend the teacher’s class meetings, on Zoom, or email the teacher. If you do not have internet access, call our office and leave a message. We will give the teacher a message to contact the student by phone. Please do not feel that you are alone, with no help, we are in this together. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with another few items for your consideration. I am trying to not overwhelm you, but give you information that will make the at home learning more comfortable. This is a reminder to parents and students to check their Google Classroom stream for each class and their email on a daily basis, for online students, of course. We've found that only a few are doing so and it makes it difficult to provide assistance and/or feedback if students aren't attending the Zoom class meetings and only checking their emails and classroom once a week. All the teachers are reminding students of their Zoom classroom meetings in their Google classrooms. There are two things this week that students need to do, one is to turn in any BGMS library books that they may have at home. They can drop them off in the box outside of the library every Monday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Also this week, 7th and 8th graders should come to school and take out everything that is in their PE lockers. Please drive up behind the gym, and the aides will help your child get their things out of the lockers in the locker rooms. There will be a list, and students will only be able to take things out of their own locker. Only the student needs to stand in line to go into the locker room. Please don’t forget to take the at home distance learning BGMS Parent Survey. The link is in the BGMS website in the live feed announcements. This week every parent or guardian should be receiving in the mail a progress check for their student of the first three weeks at least, of the distance learning. Included in the mailing will be a BGMS Newsletter and the email addresses for all teachers. Many parents have been asking for some way to know how many assignments their students are turning in, and if they are doing enough. The purpose of this progress check is to provide information to parents. Students doing packets, remember to bring in your week 4 work tomorrow and pick up week 5. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
I have attached a link to the CENSUS 2020. It is very important for school funding to have an accurate census for the district. Federal funding inTitle Programs, food service and grant opportunities come from census data. It is very quick and easy to do. https://my2020census.gov/
UPDATED ZOOM SCHEDULE Parents and Guardians, Here is a copy of the Zoom Meeting Schedule. Each teacher is listed by grade level and period. If you have any questions please contact the office- 707-459-2417 and be sure to leave a message. These meetings are office hours and do not count for a grade. The Zoom Meetings are one of the ways that we are staying connected to our students. Missing your students, Ms. Erickson
This is the link to the BGMS Parent/Guardian Distance Learning Survey. We would like all of our Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, and any adult who is helping students with their work at home, to take this survey. Este es el enlace a la encuesta de aprendizaje a distancia para padres / tutores de BGMS. Nos gustaría que todos nuestros padres, tutores, cuidadores y cualquier adulto que esté ayudando a los estudiantes con su trabajo en casa, respondan esta encuesta. https://forms.gle/53C6vyc4Z1UByTQr8
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. I hope that everyone had an enjoyable break last week with no additional assignments. From the Superintendent’s message, it is now evident that we will be in partnership with parents for at home learning for the rest of this school year, but hang in there we only have about seven weeks left in the school year, and we know that this will take additional supports for both students, and those helping them learn at home. We are receiving many ideas for supports from other districts in California. We want to know specifically what actions we can take to make the learning more comfortable and more effective at home. We are asking students and parents (including everyone who helps them learn at home) to take a survey to help us understand these needs. Students will be sent the survey to their email, tomorrow, and parents, guardians, and caregivers will be sent the link to their phones in a text message, tomorrow, as well, or they can access the survey through the link on our website. Families who pick up packets will be provided a paper copy of the survey. Teachers will continue to post assignments to their Google Classrooms by 10:00 am on Mondays, and packets can be picked up, and turned in, in the library, from 8:00am to 4:00 pm on Mondays. Please bring in week 4 and pick up week 5 tomorrow. We also would like you to return the library books on Mondays, just drop them off in the box in front of the office. We will post the Class Schedule of Zoom meetings on the BGMS website so that you know when students can meet with their classes (each one of them) to get help from the teacher. If you have questions call the main office and leave a message, or send me an email, email@example.com. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians, This is Ms. Munguia with a clarification for Baechtel Grove Middle School. We are in week #3 of our at home learning. For our families who are working on paper packets, that packet of work does not have to be turned in until Monday, April 13th. For everyone, there are no additional assignments for next week. It is our Spring Break. Take the time to do something especially fun at home with your children. There are many suggestions at www.randomactsofkindness.org/, or learn how Google Classroom works with this YouTube video "Parent's Guide to Google Classroom." Students can also work on any work they have not completed for any teacher. The next week is week #4 and that work will be available on April 13th as well, for everyone. We appreciate the help that students have been receiving at home for their at home learning, and thank you in advance for the weeks to come. We hope you are safe, happy, and enjoy your week. Thank you or your attention and goodbye.
Willits Unified Schools has extended the Modified School period through Friday May 1st. All the Mendocino County Schools will be under this extension. We will be monitoring the situation. I look forward to returning to school as soon as it is safe for staff and students to be together.
Hello Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. Parents are doing an amazing job of keeping students learning. We are moving into our third week of at home learning. Teachers will be posting their assignments in their Google Classrooms by 10:00 am on Monday. Teachers will also be providing face to face, meeting time for classes online this week. The teacher will invite their students through the Google classroom. Also on Monday we will be receiving completed packets and handing out week 3 packets, at the BGMS Library from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This will only take place on Monday. Please have each teacher’s work stapled together, and the student’s name on each stapled group. After this week is our Spring Break. Teachers will not put out any additional work that week. It will be time for students to catch up with any week 1, 2 or 3 work that they might not have completed. Breakfast and lunch pick up, from 8 to 10 and 11 to 1, at Willits High School will continue during the week of spring break. Parents can still go to the parent portal and see how their students work is being graded. For Chromebook issues please email the director of technology at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is very important that students continue to do the work they are given, to the best of their ability. We will not be learning at home forever. Continuing to learn, and practice what we know, while we are home, will keep students on course to be able to do the next grade level work. As usual, if you have questions, or a need, please call the BGMS office and leave a message. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia. We have completed one week of at home learning. You have done a tremendous job of keeping your students learning online, or with packets. It has not been easy for you, students, or teachers to learn our new system of learning. Thank you to those of you who gave us feedback. We will continue to refine our skills needed for this system. We have a lot of resources that are being sent to us from outside sources. I know that grading is a concern for everyone. As we move to week two, teachers will be talking to students about how they are grading. I will not call you on Sunday, but I will give you directions for continuing to week number 2 now. Those who are working online will have all work uploaded by 10:00 am on Monday morning. Remember to submit your work through Google Classroom, by today, and Friday of each week, unless you hear differently from your teacher. If you have paper packets, come on Monday to the BGMS Library, 8th grade from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, 7th grade from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, and 6th grade from 11:00 am to 12:00 am. We have to scatter you due to the social distancing requirement. Staple each teacher separately, you will put them in the teacher’s box. Go to your first period teacher’s box and in front of the box you will find all your teacher packets for week #2 clipped together under your name. There will be a staff member there to assist you. If there are any questions, please call the office, and leave a message. Again, these are challenging times, we will get through this sooner if we take care of each other. Thank you for picking up materials, and getting students online. We are committed to take care of their learning needs. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with a second set of very important information about the educational program while students do not have classes at school. As you probably heard from the Superintendent our office will be closed as of 4:00 today, Wednesday. On Monday, March 23rd, to drop off the completed packets come to the BGMS library. Staple each teacher’s work together. You will be dropping these off in individual teacher boxes. If you had a packet for week 1 your packet for week 2 will be ready, on Monday. If you do not have a packet for week one, and need a packet for week 1 or 2 please call and leave a message with your student’s name and the week that they need. If there is internet access in the home, students should continue to work on their Google Classrooms. Please call our office and leave a message if you have any questions. If you have an emergency call the district office at 708-459-5314. We know that it will take all of us working together to get through this situation, please let us know if there is something we can do to make it easier for you. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
The best way to contact staff is through email. All district emails are first and last name @willitsunified.com. For example email@example.com Important information for WUSD is located on the district website under the Modified School Information link. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF
Mendocino County will be going into a shelter in place at 10 PM tonight. Based on that all buildings will be closed on Thursday until further notice. The phones will be monitored and checked remotely. Student food pick up at WHS will continue as scheduled.
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with further announcements to this week. This was a good start to our independent study at home. Some students began submitting work today, some came in for packets, chargers, and Chromebooks. All students should begin their work by tomorrow. If you have any questions about the online work, first email the teacher, then wait a day, if they do not respond, call our office. This is a reminder that if you do not have internet service at home, call our office and we will get your packets ready and then call you to pick them up. Chargers for Chromebooks that were not taken home are now available for students to pick up. First period teachers will begin contacting students to check in with them about their work. Our office will remain open from 8:00 to 4:00 for the rest of the week. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
I have put together a folder of information to share with parents and students during this non-classroom instruction time. It is my intent to continue to add to this as we go through the weeks. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF?usp=sharing
Let me tell you what I saw today on the first day on non-traditional school for WUSD. https://drive.google.com/file/d/179V-ymN3MUqEwGKiAo7HeEmePOVhLJZN/view?usp=sharing
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with very important information for this week. I hope you received the Superintendent’s message letting you know that we will not have students at school, in classes beginning tomorrow, until April 13th. Students, however, are still expected to do their school work at home, for the next three weeks. BGMS sent home information on Friday with each student, along with a Chromebook and a charger. Some instructions for completing this work may have changed, please listen to all of my message. All class work for all classes will be uploaded into a Google Classroom for each period by the student’s teacher. That is why we sent home all the Chromebooks, so they can access work on line. All teachers will be putting the first week assignments into their Google Classroom by 10:00 am tomorrow. This will be work that your student can do without your help. Please do not send any children to school, or come to the school campus tomorrow. If your student does not have a Chromebook, a charger, or cannot get their assignments through the Google Classroom, please call the school office and let us know, we will tell you what to do. Give your students’ name, your phone number, or email address, and your need to Pam or Tiffany. Techers are not on site, and we will not be able to handle a large number of people coming to school. We will call you regarding next steps. Any questions, please call our office between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Thank you for your attention, and your participation in keeping our students leaning during these times when working together is essential to our well-being. Goodbye.
All school sites will be open on Monday for students to get any materials they need, but normal in-class instruction will be suspended until April 13. Students will be expected to begin their packets or online instruction. Please say turned into information because this is a changing situation. It will be our hope to have our libraries open for students who need access. Breakfast and lunch will be provided through the high school in a pick up and go fashion.
I am meeting with the county health department, doctors and the other superintendents from the county today at 12:00. We will be determining when and for how long schools will need to be closed. This is a unique situation and it is important to get the best information available. Please look for a posting at 2 pm for an update. I am fully aware of the reasons to close and stay open.
Possible School Closure Information. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X2u4VIP0WIb3GZNR1xeqlw15ud0ehOYu/view?usp=sharing
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. This month’s WUSD Board meeting will focus on Baechtel Grove Middle School. It will take place in the BGMS cafeteria, on Wednesday, beginning at 5:00 pm. On Friday we issued every sixth grader their own Chromebooks, making BGMS one to one using these devices in all grades. Although sixth graders will not be taking their Chromebooks home, it is important for us to know which of our students in all grade levels can access regular internet at home. Internet that students can access with their Chromebook devices, if there would be a need to have them do school work at home. First period teachers in sixth and seventh grades, and third period teachers in eighth grade will be asking students if they can access internet service at home. Early High School parents have a very important parent meeting at Willits High School tomorrow, at 5:30 pm, in room 4. This is a required meeting for every parent with students in the Early High School program this trimester. Thursday the Communicators for Kindness Club is inviting the entire community to celebrate kindness in the fourth annual Community Crock Pot event. This is a free night of a delicious dinner and conversations about kindness. Friday we recognize students who have achieved Principal’s List and Honor Roll at our Honor Assemblies. Eighth grade begins at 8:15 am, seventh at 10:13 am, and sixth at 1:20 pm. Parents are welcome to attend these. Saturday we will have an Attendance Saturday School. This is for students who have been absent, as a way to recover some of their absences. Phone calls will be made to students who need to participate. Thank you for your attention and good bye.
March Madness Attendance Challenge All Grade Levels will be scored for 1st period on time and present attendance. Tardies will count against your class. 3/2-3/6 Week 1: 10 minutes of extra brunch 3/9-3/13 Week 2: 10 minutes of extra lunch 3/16-3/20 Week 3: 1 Front of the Line Pass 3/23-3/27 Week 4: Root Beer Floats at lunch Being at school is rewarding in many ways!
K-8 Parent Survey on Minimum Days. I have had trouble with Google forms getting this out. Please use the link if you did not get the chance to respond. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCFU7HeuT4SOkmS1b2sd3ef-65ulnyAKoxgk_dy6L7kmhmmA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
Here is the most current county information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. This is the start of our third and final trimester for this school year. As we begin this trimester, there have been some schedule changes. Almost every student has had some change in their schedule. Exploratories have changed between Music, Art, and PE Games. Seventh period classes have been restructured to meet the needs of students needing intervention. Early High School students now take their after lunch classes at the high school. New classes have been placed in our master schedule to address the needs of our English Learners, and support seventh grade Science. Students will be given their schedule changes, tomorrow, before classes begin in the cafeteria. You will not want to miss our Parent Education Night this Wednesday beginning at 6:00 pm. This month we will have a discussion about how to best address risky behavior with teens. I hope to see more of our parents attend this excellent training. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
WUSD will be putting a plan together this week for a home study program for students if the health conditions require it. All buildings were disinfected this weekend. Please watch this video. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-facts-about-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. This is the last week of Trimester 2, and we will be doing end of the trimester testing in all core classes at some time during this week. Both Thursday and Friday will be minimum days for students. Saturday the Wrestling team travels to Cloverdale High School for the Cloverdale USA Tournament, beginning at 10:00 am. Trimester 2 grades will not be final until report cards are sent out next week, on Thursday. Thank you for your attention and good bye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. The Academic Talent Search program is providing a Parent Information Night for all parents of students who are applying for enrollment in the program. This will take place Tuesday, at 5:30 pm in room 7. Please bring the application that students were given at the presentation last week so that it can be turned in that night. The deadline for submitting these applications to ATS is the next day Wednesday. We will have a BGMS School Site Council meeting on Thursday, at 3:15, in the cafeteria. All parents are invited to attend this meeting to give input into the district LCAP Plan for the next school year. Now is the time to talk to Mr. Westerburg, the Superintendent, about any of your preferred programs and needs, at BGMS, such as the AVID program, the Early High School Program, added supervision, keeping Art and Music, a counselor, and other ideas you might have about how to motivate adolescents to learn. In sports this week Wrestlers go to the Pomolita Invitational on Saturday, with the meet beginning at 10:00 am. We are in the last two weeks of the trimester. Students should know if they have missing assignments and be making these up in after school academic assistance classes. Most teachers have a cut-off date for late, or make up work of this Friday. The sixth grade avid class will be holding a career fair during their seventh period this week. Call Ms. Larson for more information. Thank you for your attention and good bye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. The Friday night BGMS Band performance was amazing! Parents of our band students should be very proud of the dedication shown by their students in the band concert, under the direction of Mr. Olds. I know we are. This week students will be entering their Science projects in the Willits Science Fair. All the projects will be taken to the fair, on Tuesday morning, and the Science classes will visit the Science Fair on Wednesday during their Science class time. Tuesday is a regular day. The Smiles Program is providing a varnish treatment for teeth, free of charge, for BGMS students on Tuesday. Make sure to return the signed permission slip, brought home by students, to take advantage of this. On Wednesday the AVID 7th and 8th grade students will be visiting the UC Berkeley campus. This is a short week, ending on Thursday. Friday and Monday are part of the Presidents Holiday and school will not be in session. Academic Talent Search a College preparatory program out of Sonoma State University is recruiting students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Students should have brought home their applications, if they are interested in being part of the program. We will be having a parent information night next week from the program itself. In sports this week the Wrestling team has a Takedown Tournament at Eagle Peak starting at 4:00 on Wednesday. End of the Year field trip eligibility depends on trimester 3 behavior. Read about this eligibility in the student planner. Thank you for your attention and good bye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. We want to first of all thank all of the donors who gave to the fundraising effort for the new wrestling mat for the BGMS Wrestling Team. There were 13 community donors, including The Wild Bunch who donated the balance of the project amount on the second day, and DICK’S Sporting Goods who matched half the amount. We thank you for your support for what we do. Monday beginning at 8:10 am all fifth grade parents are invited to be part of a BGMS visitation. We will be talking about our programs for students, and visiting sixth grade classrooms. Tuesday is the Dental Screening provided by the Smiles Program from the Little Lake Health Center. If you do not want your child involved, you must return the opt out pink page that was sent home with your child, or call our office. Also, sent home with all students were the Intent to Participate form for the Willits Science Fair. Please look for this form, sign it and have your student return it on Monday. All students who received less than a C grade must be making corrections to their projects, this is not optional. There is help after school on Monday in room 13, and on Wednesday in room 9. The Willits Science Fair is next week. In sports, this week is the last week of the Basketball season. Monday the basketball teams play Laytonville, the girls at BGMS and the boys at Laytonville with games beginning at 4:00 pm. Tuesday all four teams play Point Arena at BGMS, beginning at 3:30 pm. Wednesday they play Potter Valley, the boys play at BGMS , and the girls play at Potter Valley with games beginning at 4:00 pm. Friday and Saturday the boys A and B teams have a Basketball Tournament at Terrace with the B Team game beginning at 3:30 on Friday, and the A team game beginning at 6:30 pm. The Wrestling Team has an, optional, T. O. C. Qualifier match at Windsor High School on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 am. Our Baechtel Grove Middle School Winter Band Concert is next Friday, February 7th, from 7pm - 8pm in the WHS Auditorium, and admission is free. This will be our first major band performance of the year. The whole community is invited to attend this night of musical fun. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with two additional announcements for this week. Students who are entering their Science Fair Projects in the Willits Science Fair will bring home an intent to participate form that must be signed by you the parent, guardian, or care giver. Please ask them for it, and it must be returned to their Science teacher by Wednesday of this week. The second announcement is to tell you about the BGMS Yearbook for this year. The cover is customized with a drawing from a BGMS student, we are asking for baby pictures of students, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or brought in to the office, and any parent of an eighth grader has the opportunity to buy a page dedicated to their student for 100 dollars per half page, or 150 dollars for a full page. Now is the time to buy this year’s yearbook for only 32 dollars. Soon the price will increase to 35 dollars, and at the end of the year it will increase to 45 dollars. You can order at yearbookforever.com under Baechtel Grove Middle School, or come into the office and buy one from Pam. If you have any questions about either of these announcements, call the office. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, Guardians, and Care Givers, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. The Parent Education Night information was very useful, and Jade, the presenter, was a very supportive facilitator from Triple P. Thank you to the parents who attended, we hope that you learned a few strategies to try. In sports this week basketball plays Covelo, on Monday, at BGMS, all four teams, beginning at 3:30 pm. Wednesday all four teams play Mendocino, at Mendocino, beginning at 3:30 pm. On Thursday basketball plays Eagle Peak, with the Girls A, B, and C teams playing at home, and the Boys A and B Teams playing at home, both beginning at 4:00 pm. The Fifth grade Parent Visitation to Baechtel Grove will be next Monday beginning at 8:10 am. We are inviting all fifth grade parents to come and experience your local community school as a valuable option for your children in their middle school years. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. I hope everyone had a Happy Martin Luther King Holiday. The next BGMS Parent Education Night is this Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the library. This discussion will be about rudeness and disrespect. A topic we can all use some useful ideas about, Jade Aldrich from FIRST 5 Mendocino will be facilitating this workshop about how we can best deal with teenage rudeness and disrespect. She is a very knowledgeable Triple P facilitator. The BGMS School Site Council meeting has been rescheduled from last week to this Thursday beginning at 3:15 pm, in the library. Also on Thursday, there will be an eighth grade parent meeting at 5:00 pm, in room 6. All eighth grade parents are encouraged to attend. In sports this week basketball plays Fort Bragg on Wednesday, boys at BGMS and girls at Fort Bragg, with games beginning at 4:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday there is a Boys B Team Tournament at Pomolita, beginning on Friday at 3:00 pm. Parents please be advised that due to the BGMS Science Fair and the judging of all the projects, progress grades for some Math and Science classes could be updated this week from the progress checks last week. If you did not receive a progress check last week, you should receive one at the beginning of this week. If you do not receive one, please call the office and we will make sure you get a progress check, but for questions about grades, please call the teacher. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Due to snow and weather conditions Willits unified school district will be closed today at all sites.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. We are proud to announce that the BGMS Science projects are in. They will be judged Monday, and will be ready for viewing on Tuesday. The community is invited to view the Science Fair projects any time from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, in the cafeteria. Just sign in through the main office. This Tuesday is a minimum day. Students will be out of school at 1:30 pm. Thursday there will be a School Site Council meeting at 3:15 in the library. At the end of this week we are halfway through the second trimester. Parents should expect students to bring home progress checks this week from all of their core classes. Please review these carefully, and remember that there is academic assistance after school on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school. In sports this week, on Monday, the teams play Kelseyville, the girls at home and the boys at Kelseyville, Tuesday the B teams, only, play Willits Charter home, and on Wednesday all teams play Laytonville, the boys at home and the girls at Laytonville. All games begin at 4:00 pm on these days. There is also a tournament for the Boys A team on Friday and Saturday, at Pomolita, beginning at 3:00 pm on Friday. As a final thought this week I want you to know that we are losing about $8,000 every month of attendance funding due to absences. That would be about $80,000 for the year. Help us to encourage students to be here every day so that they don’t lessen their opportunity for a good education. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia. I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and that we are all ready to come back to school in this new year, tomorrow, Monday, January 6, 2020. I want to first of all remind parents that seventh and eighth graders can only take their Chromebooks home if they have purchased insurance. Only the Early High School students actually need their Chromebooks to do their homework. Most students are not doing any homework on their Chromebooks, and do not need to take them home, but everyone must bring their Chromebooks to school every day, regardless of if they think they are going to use them or not. Early High School will have a parent/student workshop on Thursday, beginning at 5:30 pm, in room 7. This will be an overview of how students should study and do homework as they move to high school. Students will be given credit for attendance. We want all parents to attend as well. I know that many students are working on their Science Fair projects. The Science Fair Boards are due this Friday, January 10th, to be handed in to the Science Teacher. We will have the BGMS Science Fair judging on January 13th, next Monday. If you would like to help by judging the projects, please call the school, and leave a message for Ms. Hendrix. In sports this week, on Monday all four basketball teams play Mendocino at home beginning at 3:30 with the Girls B team. Tuesday only the Boys play. They play Upper Lake at Upper Lake beginning at 4:00 pm. On Wednesday the basketball teams play Kelseyville, the girls at home and the boys at Kelseyville, beginning at 4:00 pm. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. I appreciate all those parents who have taken time to meet with teachers about the achievement of their student during the first trimester, and planning for the second trimester. Thank you also for helping us celebrate the achievement of our Honor Roll, and Principal’s list students at the Honors Assemblies. Tuesday is a regular day this week, but Friday is a minimum day with a release of students at 1:30 pm. Tuesday the AR Goal Achievers take a field trip to the Noyo Theatre to watch a movie, as a reward for their efforts. Thursday the BGMS Site Council will meet, in the library, beginning at 3:15 pm. We are asking all parents to please take a short parent survey that has a link on the BGMS website. This will help us to improve the service that BGMS provides the community of Willits. This week in sports the basketball teams play Pomolita on Monday, the girls at home and the boys at Pomolita, beginning at 4:30 pm. Tuesday, only the boys play Upper Lake at home, beginning at 4:00 pm. Wednesday both, boys and girls, play River Oak Charter at home beginning at 4:30 pm, and on Friday and Saturday the boys seventh grade B team has a tournament at Coyote Valley beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday. The students will be on winter break beginning Monday December 23rd for two weeks. We hope that all of our families have a joyful holiday season, a very happy New Year’s celebration, and we will see everyone back on January 6th of 2020. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. We are in the third week of the second trimester, two weeks before Winter Break. This Tuesday is an early release day, students will be dismissed for the day at 1:30 pm. Also on Tuesday there will be an 8th grade parent meeting beginning at 5:30 in Ms. Ludwig’s room, 6. Let us know if you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to help with the field trip or the promotion celebration. AVID seventh and eighth graders will be visiting San Francisco State University this Thursday. Friday we will be having our first trimester Honors Assemblies, in the cafeteria. Eighth grade will take place at 8:10 am, seventh at 11:02 and sixth at 12:31pm. Parents are welcomed to attend and help recognize our highest achieving students. Principal’s list students, Honor Roll students, Perfect attendance students, AR Millionaires and goal achievers, sports team members and more will be recognized and some awards will be handed out. In sports this week the basketball teams play Potter Valley on Monday, girls at home and boys at Potter Valley, beginning at 4:00 pm. The girl’s C team play Willits Charter beginning at 4:00 pm, the boy’s B team plays Willits Charter at 5:00, and the Boy’s B team plays Leggett beginning at 6:00 pm on Wednesday at home. Friday and Saturday the Girls B team has a tournament at Pomolita beginning at 4:30 on Friday. Thank you for your attention and good bye.
Parents please take this short survey https://forms.gle/xRd7hY7KsY8jtE8Z9 This will help us to improve our school. Thank you, Ms. Erickson
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia will announcement for this week. We hope that everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day, and break, with lots of food and fun. As we move further into the second trimester, I want to remind parents what students have for homework. Every student should be reading 30 pages of their AR book every night, and they have Math homework four days a week, Monday through Thursday. In sports this week we have three days of Basketball games. Tuesday the teams play Eagle Peak, the boys at home, and the girls at Eagle Peak, including the girls C team. On Wednesday, the teams play Fort Bragg, the girls at home, and the boys at Fort Bragg. On Thursday only the girls play Upper Lake at Upper Lake. For all of these days the games begin at 4:00 pm. We would like every parent to take the time to read the information in the BGMS Parent Newsletter sent in the mail with your student’s report card. Thank you for your attention and good bye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with a correction for the trimester 1 report cards that you have received, or will shortly receive in the mail. The total grade point average, or GPA, is not calculated correctly on the report cards that were sent in the mail. We had an error in how the GPA was calculated. If you have access to Aeries and look under grades for your student, that calculation is correct. If you do not have access to Aeries, or would like us to send a corrected copy home, please call the office and we will give a copy to your student when we return on December 2nd. Have an enjoyable week off, and a happy Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. Thank you to our eighth grade band parents for supporting the participation of our eighth Grade Band in their excellent performance at the Willits High School football game on Friday, and their high standard of representing our Music Program, and our School. Tomorrow at the start of the second trimester we have rearranged teaching assignments at the seventh grade level to allow implementation of program to support more scholarly behavior in our classrooms. As a result many of the seventh grade class schedules will change. If your student comes home with a different class schedule, and you have questions please call our office. Also remember that all Exploratories at the trimester, and some seventh period support classes may change as well. This week we begin the season’s basketball games with all four teams travelling to Covelo on Monday, with game times starting at 3:30 pm. On Wednesday the girls teams travel to Pomolita to begin their games at 5:00 pm, and the boys are home with the C team starting at 4:00 pm. Then on Friday and Saturday the girls A team plays in a tournament at Pomolita, beginning at 5:00pm on Friday. The BGMS School Site Council meeting will take place this Thursday at 3:25 pm. We will be discussing the School Safety Plan. All of next week is our Thanksgiving break. We wish everyone a fun, family filled Thanksgiving time. And finally we sadly need to inform our school community and staff members that our friend and loving teacher Ms. Materne, has recently passed away. Next week we will have emotional support groups in place and available for those in need of emotional support and conversation. We would also like to honor Ms. Materne by having a moment of silence on Thursday in memory and recognition of her work here in the Willits Unified School District. We are sending this message so that you can inform your child if they are not already aware of the situation. As a community we feel it is important to honor those that cared enough to teach the children in our community. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
It is the end of the first trimester for this school year. Minimum days have been adjusted to allow for final exams and teacher grade reporting time. All schools will have minimum days on Thursday and Friday this week. Only WHS/SHS will release on Friday at 11:15 a.m.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. We would like to say thank you for your service to the veterans of the Willits Community. Friday is the last day of the first trimester. Grades will not be finalized until next week, and report cards will be mailed next Thursday, before Thanksgiving break. This week Tuesday is a regular day, however, Thursday and Friday are both early release days, with student release time at 1:30 pm, on both days. Basketball games begin this Saturday with the Covelo Boys B Team Tournament, and the first game begins at 10:00 am. Students will soon be selling specialty popcorn as a whole school fundraiser. They are trying to raise funds for their end of the year field trips. Each class will be given the amount raised by members of that class. I want to thank you in advance for considering helping BGMS students to fund their end of the year field trips. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. I hope that everyone was able to stay safe and somewhat comfortable during last week’s power outage. This week we are in the last two weeks of the first trimester. If you are unable to look into Aeries for your student’s progress, tell them to come to the office and ask Pam or Tiffany to print out their class summary. This will give you a grade, percentage score, number of missing assignments, and the last date the teacher updated that gradebook, in each of their classes. Not all missing assignments can be turned in late, but all assignments have to be in before the last day of the trimester, November 15th. If you have any questions, please contact the teacher. Tuesday is a regular day this week. The eighth grade parent meeting was rescheduled for this Tuesday beginning at 6:00 pm in room 6. This week we begin all basketball team tryouts, on Monday. As a reminder, in Science, students have turned in their question, and now they will be working on their hypothesis for their Science Projects, this week. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Willits Unified Schools will not be in session tomorrow October 30. The school has planned in-services days for Thursday and Friday. So there will be no school for students on Thursday or Friday as well. The football game scheduled for Friday night will be played at its regular time if we have power, if not it will be played at 1 o’clock and 3:30 on Friday afternoon.
Due to power outages Willits unified school district will be closed on Tuesday the 29th. There is a pending Wind advisory for Tuesday night that may prolong the power shut down. I will keep you posted on our status as soon as I know definite information. Stay safe and alert to changing conditions.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. I want to congratulate our Volleyball B team for their amazing team work and their win over Eagle Peak in our last game. Both teams played really well in their third game, neck and neck the score went from 15 to about 23 before the cougars won it! This was the last game of the season for Volleyball, and Cross Country also closed their season last week. This week we begin the basketball season. Sign-ups were in the office last week, and the try outs begin on Monday. In Science, now that students have turned in their question, they will be working on their hypothesis for their Science Projects. We are three weeks from the end of the first trimester. I have sent home a letter for parents about our after school academic assistance classes, with students who should attend. These take place on Monday’s and Wednesdays for students who need help bringing up grades. When you look on Aeries and have questions about assignments, email or call that teacher for clarification. The Academic Talent Search students will have a workshop on Monday at the beginning of the day. Tuesday is a regular day this week. Seventh and eighth grade AVID students visit San Francisco State on Wednesday of this week. BGMS students are participating in the Red Ribbon Week prevention activities by dressing in theme each day. Monday is Pajama Day, Put Drugs to Sleep, Tuesday is 80s Day, Drugs are Old School and Wednesday is Halloween Costumes Day, Drugs are Scary. Tuesday evening beginning at 6:00 pm in room 6, all eighth grade parents are invited to the first eighth grade parent meeting to plan the Promotion Celebration, and fundraisers for our eighth grade students. I hope to see all our eighth grade parents there. Thursday and Friday are staff professional development days and students will not be attending classes. Thank you for your attention, have a great 4 day weekend, and goodbye.
Due to power outages there will be no school for Willits Unified on Monday the 28th. I will post again Monday afternoon to let everybody know our status for Tuesday.
This is a reminder for Monday morning. If you do not have power at home you can assume that the school does not have power either and we will be closed. I will keep you posted on the power situation at our school as time goes on.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. This week Tuesday is a short day with dismissal at 1:30 pm. In sports, volleyball plays River Oak Charter, on Monday at BGMS, Tuesday they play Fort Bragg at Fort Bragg and Thursday they play Eagle Peak at Eagle Peak. A, B, and C Teams play for all three days and all games begin at 4:00 pm. Volleyball will end their season with the A Team Serve-a-thon fundraiser on Friday, beginning at 3:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come and show your support for BGMS Sports. Thank you to Coach Ludwig and Coach Hall for their time and effort at providing a fun and competitive volleyball season for our students. Tuesday the Cross Country team travels to Spring Lake for a meet that will begin at 3:30 pm. The Cross Country team will also end their season this week with a home meet on Wednesday at the Par Course in Brooktrails, beginning at 3:15 pm. Thank you also to Ms. Golding for her coaching of our Cross Country Team. Friday begins the BGMS Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon has as a theme this year, Send a message. Be Drug Free. Each day will have a different dress up theme; Friday is Wear Red to kick off Red Ribbon Week, then next week, Monday is Pajama Day, Put Drugs to Sleep, Tuesday is 80s Day, Drugs are Old School and Wednesday is Halloween Costumes Day, Drugs are Scary. Thursday and Friday of next week are staff professional development days and students will not be attending classes. In Science, this week students should be thinking about their Science Fair question. A Science Fair Project is required for all students, in all grade levels at BGMS. We have after school assistance for homework or any work needing help from a teacher. Mondays after school, 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Ms. Hendrix in room 12 is available for help, and Wednesday in room 9, Ms. Didato is available for help. This week your student will be contacted if they should be staying after school for this assistance. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. Thank you to every parent who came to meet with teachers to talk about how to support their child’s success in school. Tomorrow, Monday, the background research for the Science Fair project is due, for all students doing a Science Fair project. Tuesday we will have our first BGMS Parent Education Night. First Five will do a presentation for parents on how to help with teenage anxiety and depression. We are encouraging all our parents to join us for an informative night, and we will provide child care. Thursday is our make-up day for all students who have not taken their school pictures. There will be a School Site Council meeting on Thursday beginning at 3:15 in the BGMS Library. The Pep Band will play again on Friday at the WHS Football game. BGMS members should be at the WHS band room at 6:15pm. In sports, volleyball will play Pomolita on Monday at BGMS, Tuesday they play Mendocino at Mendocino, and Wednesday they play Laytonville at Laytonville. All games begin at 4:00 pm. There is a B Team Tournament at Anderson Valley on Saturday beginning at 9:00 am. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
All of the Willits schools have power and will be open today.
Good Evening. Please be advised that there is a chance of a power outage in the Willits area scheduled for tomorrow October 9th. If you have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume that school will be in session during regular scheduled hours. If you do not have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume school will be canceled. In the event of a power outage during the day, school will continue to be operational until the end of the school day. We will continue to update you as we receive further information. Mr. Westerburg
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. This is Parent/Teacher/Student conference week. Students have a 1:30 pm end of the school day release time every day this week. Teachers have been setting up conference times. Every parent should make sure that their contact information is up to date in Aeries. For help in updating your family’s information please call the BGMS office. We are looking forward to meeting with all of our families. I want you all to know that teacher communication with parents is very important for the success of your child. All students at BGMS have begun working on their Science Fair Projects. Monday the project question, a list of the materials, and the time estimate are due. Your student received important dates and information about the Science Fair Projects this past week. In sports volleyball plays Round Valley on Monday at BGMS, A and B teams, Wednesday Potter Valley, at Potter Valley, A, B, and C teams, and Thursday Mendocino at Mendocino, A, B and C teams. All days begin at 4:00 pm. Cross Country travels to Windsor on Wednesday for a meet that begins at 4:00 pm. On Saturday BGMS Cross Country will be part of the Mendo Mile beginning at 10:30. Go Cougars! I am happy to announce that First Five Mendocino will be providing BGMS Parent Education Nights three times this year, beginning with October 15th. Parents can learn about how to help with teenage anxiety and depression beginning at 6:00 pm in the library. This is something we can all use more information about so we hope to see everyone there, next week. Also, as the weather begins to get cold, and we experience more colds, we are asking parents and community members for donations of facial tissues and hand sanitizer to Baechtel Grove Middle School. These can be brought to the main office, and thank you for your support. And finally do not forget that we have a book fair this week in the library. There is a great selection of paperbacks for middle school students. Come by any time between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm and visit our Book Fair, this week. Thank you for your attention and good bye.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. We are mid-way through our first trimester. You received grade checks this last week and next week are Parent-Teacher Conferences. This is all in place to make sure that students are successful in their first trimester this year. If you would like a parent conference, and are not contacted to be involved in one, please call your student’s Language Arts teacher. Volleyball, A and B teams play Laytonville on Monday at BGMS, Upper Lake at Upper Lake on Tuesday, Point Arena at BGMS on Wednesday, and the A team has a tournament at Eagle Peak on Saturday. All games begin at 4:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am on Saturday. The Cross Country team will have a meet at Badger Park in Healdsburg on Monday beginning at 3:45 pm. Tuesday is a regular day schedule this week. Volleyball will have their annual fundraiser on Friday. C Team will do a Bump-a-thon from 3-4, B Team will do a Bump-a-thon from 4-5, and A Team will do a Serve-a-thon from 5-6. I hope to see lots of people come out to support our Volleyball Team! Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
All BGMS Parents, please update all parent information in Aeries so that we will be able to contact you about Parent/Teacher Conferences this week. Thank you.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. The Cross Country meet for this Monday has been cancelled. Volleyball will play Eagle Peak at home on Monday, and Fort Bragg at home on Wednesday, both days games begin at 4:00 pm and all three teams will play. There is an A team tournament in Arcata on Friday and Saturday, with a beginning game at 5:30 pm on Friday. Monday at 6:00 pm there will be an Early High School Parent workshop. We are asking all parents whose students are in the program to come to an informative night about how the program will influence their high school years. Tuesday is a minimum day this week, with students out of school at 1:30 pm. Thursday at 5:00 pm we are asking all of our English Learner students to come to a BGMS ELAC parent advisory meeting. It is very important that all of our Spanish speaking parents attend this meeting. We need your input. All Parents should expect students to bring home grade progress sheets from all of their core classes, this week; Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. Your signature is required so that we know that you have seen these. If you have any questions about these please call, or email the teacher. Thank you for checking the progress of your student, thank you for your attention, and good bye.
The BGMS 8th Grade Band will be combining with the WHS Band, starting this Friday to form a 41-member Pep Band for WHS Varsity Home Games. This will be the largest band that has played at these events in over 6 years! Our first performance is this Friday, September 20th, starting at around 7:30pm. Come out and support our town's growing Music Program, our Band, the WHS Football Teams, and our community! See you there!
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. Volleyball starts off their week on Monday by playing Upper Lake at home, A and B teams, Tuesday’s game was canelled, and Wednesday A and B teams are back home playing Leggett. Games begin at 4:00 pm on all days. All AVID Parents are invited to our AVID Parent Workshop on Wednesday beginning at 5:00 pm with sixth grade. 7th and 8th grade will begin at 5:30. The first BGMS Site Council meeting will take place on Thursday beginning at 3:15 pm in the library. The Back to School dance was rescheduled to this Friday from last Friday. Everyone is eligible for this dance. All students are welcomed. It will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the BGMS cafeteria, and is going to be lots of fun. The first eighth grade pep band performance will take place this Friday during the Varsity WHS Football game, with their practice beginning at 6:15 pm that day, at the WHS Band room. Thank you for listening, and goodbye.
Attention parents due to scheduling conflicts we have moved the web dance from this Friday the 13th to next Friday the 20th. It will be held in the BGMS cafeteria from 4 to 5:30.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. Volleyball begins their season with a home game on Monday playing Potter Valley, traveling to Round Valley on Wednesday, and then again at home playing Mendocino on Friday, with games beginning at 4:00 pm on all three days. This Tuesday is an early release day. The students’ day will end at 1:30 pm. Wednesday is the BGMS School Pictures Day. Students took home information about how to purchase these pictures last week. Mr. Olds has rescheduled his Band Parent meeting for this Thursday beginning at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. The Back to School Dance, put on by the WEB Leaders is open to all students this Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Only BGMS students may attend, and only BGMS Parents may help to chaperone the dance. If any parent is interested, please give our front office a call. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Hello BGMS Parents and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. We hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend. We are on a short 4 day week and there is no early release this Tuesday. There will be a volleyball team parent meeting, with Coach Ludwig and Coach Hall, Tuesday at 4:15, in the gym. All team parents should attend for A, B, and C teams. If parents can't make it please, have the girls come instead. Mr. Olds would also like all of the band parents to attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday beginning at 6:00 in the band room. Sixth graders should have their Technology Use forms in to the office, and 7th and 8th graders should have the technology use form, the Chromebook use form, and have paid for insurance if they intent to take the Chromebook home. Students will not be allowed to use Chromebooks, or be issued a Chromebook until all the paperwork has been turned in to the office. Coming up next week we have Picture Day on Wednesday, September 11th. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
If you are going to volunteer with WUSD this year you need to have your fingerprints done. The company Print Your Mitts, will be at Brookside Elementary Open House on Thursday at 6 PM until 8. WUSD has a form that the DOJ charges us $32 for us to have processed and Mitt Your Mitts will charge you $30 for their service. If your interested please have 2 checks available to use. We greatly appreciate our volunteers. We don't have any choice on the rules or cost. I would get there early, last year there was a line.
Hello BGMS Parents and Caregivers, This is Ms. Munguia with announcements for this week. We have had a good start to the school year this week and are looking forward to continuing the enthusiasm in our students. Wednesday students took home their technology use forms, please read these over, sign them and have students return them to Pam in the front office. Monday students will be bringing home their Back to School flyers inviting all our parents and caregivers to our Back to School Night on Wednesday. Please ask them for it. Tuesday of this week is a minimum day. School will let out at 1:30 pm. Wednesday everyone is invited to the Baechtel Grove Back to School Night, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the cafeteria. In sports, volleyball tryouts will take place Monday, and Wednesday after school 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Find the Volleyball game schedule on our website https://www.apptegy.net/s/news-baechtel under News, select “See all News.” Last I want to remind everyone that next weekend is a three day weekend because school is not in session on the Labor Day holiday on Monday, and to remind all our parents and caregivers to call our office if you have any questions about Baechtel Grove Middle School. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Reminder: All WUSD schools are on regular schedule today. Our first minimum day of the school year will be next Tuesday, August 27th.
Hello BGMS Parents, This is Ms. Munguia, the Principal with your weekly announcements. All of our teachers are ready to welcome all of our students into classes tomorrow, Monday, August 19th. We will be giving out class schedules to all students tomorrow starting at 7:30 am. The WEB Leaders will be ready to show any new students, including our sixth graders how to get around campus, and to their classrooms. I am reminding you that this week, Tuesday is not a minimum day, and to go on line to our new website to view the district calendar for minimum days at www.willitsunified.com. We are starting our sports program with Volleyball sign ups this week. If any student is interested in playing volleyball on the BGMS team, they can sign up in the front office this week. Please refer to your handbook for sports eligibility. Something to look for this week is the technology use agreements that will be brought home by students. We will also have them posted on our website. If there are any concerns about student class schedules, ask Pam, in the front office, to put in your concern to Ms. Bravo, our counselor. I also want to make you aware that the Back to School Night has been scheduled much earlier this year, and takes place next week on Wednesday staring at 6:00 pm. Come and see what great classrooms, and programs we have planned for this year. Thank you for your attention and goodbye.
Chromebook insurance can be paid online! Students in the 1:1 Chromebook take home program can log into Worth Ave Group here => https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/willits
Materials students will need: Pencils (regular and colored pencils) * Hand sharpener (maybe a pencil pouch) * Glue Sticks * Pens (keep the Sharpies at home) * Spiral Notebook (about 4) * 2" Binder with paper and subject dividers * A reading book * Ear buds/ headphones * A backpack * A positive attitude
School attendance is important from the very first day of school. You'll want to see all your friends, make new ones, and meet all your new teachers. See you August 19th.