Our Students are as SHARP as a Hatchet!

Peter M. Batzer, Principal
[email protected]
ext. 5001

                     Tracy Talaski, Secretary                                                            Vicki McDermand, Office Assistant
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Bad Axe Middle School
Virtual Learning – Option 2
Guidelines & Requirements

All Bad Axe Middle School students will be assigned/issued a Chromebook.
All Virtual Learners must review and sign the Virtual Learning -= Option 2 Planning and Agreement form.
All Virtual Learners must sign the Chromebook Parent Approval form.
All Virtual Learners must complete, sign, and return the same forms/agreements as ‘in-seat’ students.

Instructional Delivery:
Virtual Learners are expected/to participate/attend the instructional lessons that take place for each subject.
Lessons may be delivered through Google Meets or ZOOM.
The main portion of the lesson will occur at the beginning of the period.
Lessons will also be recorded and posted to the teacher’s website to allow students to review/rewatch them or in the event they are not able to participate at the designated time.
All grades will be “departmentalizing”.  This means that one teacher will be teaching a particular subject to all students in that grade level.
The times/schedule for each subject will be provided by each teacher/grade level.
Additional information/requirements for Virtual Learners will also be provided by each teacher/grade level.
Some teachers/grades will be using additional instructional sources such as ‘Think Central’ (part of our Math series),Mystery Science,  other on-line resources, textbooks, and other traditional materials.
Students will participate and be graded in the same classes as ‘in-seat’ students.
Students may also receive additional assistance from an assigned Mentor.
Some assignments may be modified in order to meet the needs of Virtual students.
If in need of traditional learning materials (glue, crayons, etc.) please contact the Middle School Office.
All students will need to complete Universal Screening in person.  You will be contacted with more information and to make an appointment.

Consistent communication is essential for the success of our Virtual students.
Consistent communication is required by the State as part of all Virtual learning programs.
Teachers may be contacted by email (addresses are on their websites) or phone (Bad Axe Middle School = 
Many teachers will also use the REMIND app to keep parents and students informed.  
Other sources of information that will be used include:  the Middle School website, Skylert, and the Announcements in GradeBook.
Communication, participation, and completion of classroom work is used to indicate attendance for Virtual Learners.
State required attendance will be taken every Wednesday based on a ZOOM/Google Meets/two-way communication with the teacher.
Daily attendance/participation/work completion will also be recorded  per the requirements of the Bad Axe Public Schools or the State of Michigan.

Virtual learners will be graded using the same grading “scale”, criteria, and requirements as “in-seat” learners.
Adjustments may be made in order to meet the requirements of Bad Axe Public Schools or the State of Michigan. 
The same due dates/deadlines for work will be enforced.  Work not attempted or completed will receive a “0”.

April 15, 2020

Dear Bad Axe Public School Community:

With this being our fifth week since we last had students in our hallways, we continue to provide updates
as necessary as we partner together during these times. Each school district around the state is required to
have a “Continuity of Learning Plan” that addresses multiple aspects of school operations. Our district’s
plan has been submitted and approved. Below are aspects of the plan that we wanted to make our
families aware of. Specific information will also be shared by your students’ principal and teachers.

Learning Opportunities : The Governor’s Executive Order has eliminated the ability of our school to have
face-to-face instruction with our students. However, it does not stop students from having the opportunity
to continue to learn from home. Our staff will continue to provide high-quality learning and support for
all students through a variety of means and experiences. We want to make the most out of this
opportunity when it comes to learning. Teachers and students have been completing learning packets,
experiencing learning opportunities through Google Classroom, and staying in touch with friends and
classmates through Google Meet or Zoom to name a few. We will continue these practices and are
committed to providing as many opportunities to connect as possible under our current circumstances.

Grading/Credit : Students will be earning credit/no credit for the fourth marking period continuing
through the end of the school year which will run through June 5 as originally planned. We know how
important student understanding of content builds upon itself in the classroom and helps with future
success your student will have. This means that students will continue to complete school work at all
grade levels in order to receive credit for the marking period. Teachers will be providing feedback on
student work much like they would if they were in their actual classroom and adjust instruction to best fit
the needs of each student.

Learning Supports for Home : We are committed to assisting our families with needs or obstacles that
may be hindering the efforts being made at home to complete any school work as mentioned above. If
you need assistance with any obstacles to learning, please reach out to your child’s Principal through
email at [email protected] (HS); [email protected] (MS); [email protected] (ELEM);
[email protected] (Ascent) and they will be happy to help with resources that are available to us.

One of the obstacles we have attempted to address is internet connectivity. In addition to what internet
providers have offered in our area, we have made an internet hotspot available to students by using the
parking spaces next to the A-wing (east side) of the High School. We do ask that people remain in their
vehicles if utilizing our hotspot and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Teachers will continue to maintain “Office Hours” during the day to assist their students with questions
and help with school work. They will also be maintaining contact with students/parents through email,
text, phone, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teacher(s). They want to help and see
our students succeed.

We are aware of the challenges that are faced with learning at home under these circumstances. We
certainly do not want frustration, anger, or other strong emotions settle in while working from home for
either the student or the adult. To assist with this, we offer a few suggestions during this time:

? Maintain a consistent routine/schedule as much as possible that works for your household i.e.
bedtimes, morning wake up, meals, play/relaxation
? Have a designated work area for your student to complete their school work.
? Set designated school work times in appropriate intervals based on grade/age.
? Set daily/weekly classroom work goals for your student.
? Plan breaks and physical activities in between school work times.
? If struggling with an academic assignment, put it aside, and make the teacher aware so that they
may help you and your student.

Mental Support Hotline ( 989-315-1761 ) : A service we have established in absence of being physically in
school is a hotline to help support any mental health needs you or your family may be experiencing.
Please reach out to Mr. Joel Brandel, School Counselor, at (989) 315-1761 if needed and he will assist
you as best as possible. He will also have other resources available for you as needed.

Prom & Graduation : At this time, we are still hopeful that our graduation date of May 31 can be kept. As
events unfold and if we find that our date will not be possible, then an alternate date will be selected. We
have begun exploring options related to prom as well and we will keep you posted as COVID-19
restrictions evolve.

Meal Distribution : We continue to provide breakfast and lunch meals each week. Distribution remains
on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the High School west entrance (student parking

Y-5 & Kindergarten Registration : If you have a child or know of a family who has a child that is eligible
to begin Kindergarten or Young 5’s next school year, please go to our website,, to
begin the online registration.

I would like to once again thank all of you for your ongoing support, patience, and partnership during this
pandemic. It can be very stressful times for all of us, but with strength in numbers, our Hatchet
community will come through this stronger than ever. It is a GREAT time to be a HATCHET!

Gregory M. Newland
Gregory M. Newland, Superintendent
Bad Axe Public Schools
Social Emotional Resources& Information

General Information:
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process to help children gain skill for life effectiveness such as developing positive relationships, behaving ethically, and handling challenging situation effectively.  Specific strategies can help children recognize and manage emotions, think about their feelings and how they should act, and regulate behavior based on thoughtful decision making.

5 SEL Competencies:
  1. Self-Awareness:  identify one’s emotions, thoughts, interests, and values
  2. Self-Management:  regulate emotions, thoughts and behaviors; cope with stress and
Manage impulses; set goals
  1. Social Awareness:  understand subtle social and cultural norms and rules of engagement;  take other’s perspective; respect and empathize with others
  2. Relationship Skills:  establish and maintain relationships; resist inappropriate social
pressure; work cooperatively; prevent and resolve interpersonal conflict; seek
help when needed
  1. Responsible Decision Making:  accurately identify and evaluate problems; make
decisions based on ethical and social norms; contribute to well-being on school
and community

General Resources:
  • Huron Behavioral Health…
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michigan  Coronavirus Hotline…1-888-535-6136…[email protected]
  • Michigan 2-1-1
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Hotline…1-800-985-5990
  • Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline…1-888-444-3911
  • Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
  • The Children’s Bureau:  COVID-19 Resources
  • MIBridges…
  •,4615,7-140-37818_534576---,00.html  MDE website with general COVID-19 information
  •,4615,7-140--523548--,00.html  MDE website with Social Emotional resources

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic may cause anxiety, stress, and fear in children.  This can lead to feelings of being powerless, unsafe, and that bad things will happen to them.  It is important to talk with children about their feelings and help them understand the situation in order to alleviate these negative feelings. 
  • Possible child reactions:  irritability…whining…aggression…clinging…nightmares… sleep/appetite disturbances…withdrawal…stomachaches…headaches…competition for parent’s attention…forgetting/not wanting to do school work
  • Maintain healthy hygiene habits…wash hands frequently.
  • Encourage and set aside time for physical activity
  • Encourage and set aside time for safe social interaction
  • Have children help with household chores.
  • Maintain old routines and establish new routines
  • Create  a daily “To Do” list
  • Teach and practice time management skills
  • Offer choices
  • Set aside time to  talk
  • Teach and practice coping skills
  • Set aside time for family activities
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Educational website with free ebooks & social-emotional
learning lessons (targeted for grade 4)
  • Second Step program:  Educational website with free materials
  • Mrs. Gentner, HISD School Social Worker can provide activities and techniques for dealing with anxiety, frustration, and mindfulness (contact Mr. Batzer for more information)
The Middle School collects the following items:  Box Tops for Education, Coke codes, and used ink & laser jet cartridges.
  • Glass bottles and containers are not to be brought to school.
If you would like more information about being a substitute Teacher or Paraprofessional you may contact any School Office or the Board Office at 269-9938.
Students are not to arrive at school before 7:45 a.m.
Our students are as SHARP as a Hatchet!

750 South Van Dyke Road
Bad Axe, MI 48413

Ph. Number: 989-269-2735
Fax Number: 989-269-9001