Middle School Information for Parents and Students


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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Middle School Headlines
The end of the 2019-20 school year is upon us.  Since mid-March things have been unique and challenging in many ways.  I would like to thank everyone for your efforts and cooperation in making the best of the situation.  Providing education on-line has truly shown the importance of school and home working together to maximize the education of our students.  Below are some items and dates as the year comes to a close and we look ahead to the 2020-21 school year.

The first day of school/calendar has not been set for the 2020-21 school year.  We may, however, begin earlier in August than usual.  Hopefully this will be with all students attending classes at the Middle School, but will be determined by the State of Michigan and Department of Education.

Report Cards will not be sent home.  Final Grades will be converted into “Credit”/”No Credit” as required by MDE and will be available in Skyward.  Due to the concentration on Academic subjects, “Credit” for Computer…PE…Art…Band will be given for any effort/attempt made (if you have any questions please contact the teacher or Mr. Batzer).  A copy of the Report Card is available upon request.
  • Drop Off of student textbooks, Chromebooks, library books, other classroom books and materials will take place on Wednesday & Thursday, June 3rd and 4th.  Please pull up to the main entrance and someone will meet you at your vehicle (as in the past).

Wednesday:  3rd grade from 10:00-12:00                  5th grade from 1:00-3:00
Thursday:  4th grade from 10:00-12:00                       6th grade from 1:00-3:00
Friday:  all grades – please call to make arrangements
  • If you had your child’s Yearbook send to the school – you will receive it at Drop Off
  • There are a few Yearbooks for sale ($13.00)
  • You will receive information about the GRASP on-line summer school program at Drop Off
  • You may sign up to receive a Middle School Summer School Practice packet at Drop Off
  • Please notify the Office your current 4th grade student is interested in participating in 5th grade Band next year
  • The Bad Axe Public Library Summer Reading Program will conduct a Summer Reading program.  It will begin with a ZOOM meeting on June 22nd @ 1:00.  All ages are invited to participate.  A flyer with additional information is posted on the Bad Axe Middle School webpage.
  • This will be the last week for meal distribution.
  • Lunch balances will be provided at Drop Off….please make sure that your child(ren) has a positive balance


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, www.badaxeps.org, 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
Yearbooks may be ordered online, or by mailing your order form to Quad N Productions with a check (address is on order form). The website is www.quadnproductions.com.  Click on the School Portraits gallery and then Yearbooks.  Directions are on the site, but please be sure to leave a note when checking out giving your student's name and grade.  For delivery, you can either select the $6 shipping to have them directly shipped to you in mid-May, or you can select Fall School Pickup and your student can pick them up in the fall.  Order deadline is extended until April 30th.  Please direct questions to Quad N Productions and the best way to reach them is by email ([email protected]).
Student meal distribution takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm at the High School.
Social Emotional Resources
& Information
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…www.michigan.gov/mibridges
  • www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-37818_534576---,00.html  MDE website with general COVID-19 information
  • www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140--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
  learning lessons (targeted for grade 4)
  • www.secondstep.org/covid19support  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.
Academic Support is available for Middle School students on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:20-4:00 p.m. when there is a full day of 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 7:40 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