June 19, 2016

Hello BCS!


It was another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn remained evident. Please be sure to check out some pictures from the week on the Birmingham Covington School Facebook page.   The 3/4 students completed their mass production project this week in Engineering Technology.  Click here to check out the video documentary of the incredible production!


On a celebratory note, I am thrilled to announce that, after an extensive search, we have hired Jennifer Wagner as our counselor taking over for Tamra Nast who is retiring.  Jenny Wagner earned her BA degree from Michigan State University in 2003 and her MA from Oakland University in 2009.  She started her teaching career at Notre Dame Preparatory and, three years later, moved to Clawson High School (CHS).  After five years of teaching at CHS, Jenny transitioned to the counseling department in 2013 where she has been beloved.  Jenny lives in Beverly Hills with her husband Greg, son Jack, and Golden Retriever, Hugo. She loves reading, running, and supporting the MSU Spartans!  She is thrilled to be joining the BCS community!  Jenny will be working with Tamra and Karen to make the transition to BCS a great one.  Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Jennifer Wagner to BCS!


On a somber note, I received a letter via email this week from Delores Morton, Executive Director of generationOn whose mission is “to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.”  Her letter in response to the tragedy in Orlando last Sunday resonated with me to such a degree, I wanted to share it and her resources with you…

“With heavy hearts, I'm writing to you today expressing our sadness over this weekend's deadly shooting in Orlando.

As adults, these events leave us feeling despair and confusion. For children, the feelings run even deeper, leaving them filled with distrust and fear. The generationOn website has several articles from youth development and parenting experts about how to talk to the kids and teens after a tragedy. Click here to access these articles.

Amid the horrific news, we also saw compassion in action with stories of the caring people who helped injured strangers, the lines of people trying to donate blood that formed around the block and the hundreds of people who were donating money to support the victims and their families. As Fred Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

One proven way to reduce jitters is to find ways for kids to help. generationOn has put together several projects to help kids and teens respond to tragic events with peace and kindness. These include Caring Cards which will be distributed to places like the Center and the Orlando Police and Fire Fighters by our affiliate, HandsOn Orlando, Peace Cranes, Collective Thinking, Photojournalist for Peace, Seeds of Awareness and the generationOn Peace Quilt.

We continue to keep the victims, survivors and their families in our thoughts.


Tragedies such as Orlando, remind me of our theme:  at BCS We Value the 3E’s.  Today, it’s never more important to value our education, environment and each other.  I, personally, deeply value our BCS community and would like to thank you for your engagement and partnership this year most recently participating in another terrific Move-Up Day on Monday.  This truly is a wonderful opportunity to help our students and teachers transition to, and get excited about, next school year.  It even helps to get some of those nerves out!  To view a copy of the presentation that we gave to our new 3rd grade parents that morning, click here. Also, for our incoming families below are “general schedules”.  Following are links to those general schedules:

·       3-4_Schedule_2016-2017

·       5-6_Schedule_2016-2017

·       7-8_Schedule_2016-2017

We also want you to know that our 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 BCS Summer Packets are posted on BCSonline.


And, now let summer vacation begin…and how fast the school year goes!  It’s hard to believe the end of the school year has arrived and with it, the joys of summer!  Enjoy your summer filled with family, fun and friends with each providing wonderful learning experiences and memories for your children.  Those of us at BCS look forward to a variety of plans that include travel, professional learning, graduate classes and some simple rest and relaxation.  For parents, summer vacation can be, at times, fraught with anxiety as the regular daily schedule comes to a grinding halt.  Losing that basic sense of structure to the day can initially seem daunting.  Too quickly however, the summer can become as hectic as the school year, with camps, swimming lessons, sports, and vacations.  Before your child’s summer schedule is full, consider a few alternatives that allow you to spend time having fun together as a family, instead of apart as individuals.  Some of these don’t even require a deposit, registration, reservation or a carpool!  Think back to your own childhood and those memories you hold most dear.  They invariably involve time spent doing things together with those about whom you most care.

Some of these suggested activities you can experience with your family even align with our 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 Summer Packets.  Also, you can check out Edutopia.org where Keith Ferrell lists his “48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids” with ideas you and your children may find interesting.


I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all of our staff, students, and parents for helping make BCS such an amazingly caring and dedicated community of learners.  A very special thank you to those staff, students, and parents who are leaving us, and best of luck to each of you in the future and may your endeavors continue to be successful ones.  Finally, thank you to our entire BCS community for helping me serve this incredible community.  Though it’s only the first days of summer, I stand ready for a great 2016-17 school year full of learning for all!


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski


Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

WordPress: https://learnleadlove.wordpress.com/

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In honor of the retirement of Tamra Nast, school counselor and founding member of BCS, the BCS PTSA will be hosting a gathering for all families and staff members past and present to drop by, celebrate, and wish Tamra well on her next adventure!

Here are the specific details:

Date: Tuesday June 28, 2016

Time: Drop in anytime between 4:30-7:00 PM

Place: Lone Pine Association Private Beach

5100 Inkster Road

West Bloomfield, MI 4322

(The beach is on Inkster Rd. between Quarton and Lone Pine Road)

*Please send an RSVP so we can get some sense of how many people will be joining us. If you have any questions please contact Alicia Acey (Draacey@yahoo.com).

Direct link to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1u_I883opMGM5oFCAXPGkw0QPegM4oQr_NYtpKk_YhhQ/viewform?edit_requested=true


From the Office of School & Community Relations in honor of Jerry!

In honor of Gerald (Jerry) Melton, a BPS art teacher for nearly 50 years (20 years at BCS), a scholarship fund has been created. The Gerald Melton Scholarship Fund was created by Larry Unitis and Susan Babb (retired BPS art teachers) to support students interested in art classes at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. The goal is to provide enough money to pay for a student to attend the BBAC summer camp or attend fall classes. Those interested in contributing to the fund can contact Susan Chapman at susanelena@live.com.



Tuesday, July 5 – Construction Begins with no access to building through July with limited access to the building beginning August 1.  We will keep you posted as to the status at the beginning of August as registration approaches. 

·       New Lockers: tentative completion of install, end of July

·       Remodeled Front Entry: tentative completion of project, August 18

·       Added Cement pad outside main entrance completed by August 18

BCS Registration for families will be Thursday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 16 from 10AM-12PM and 5-7PM.  Registration will take place in the cafeteria (enter building at pool doors nearest to girl’s locker room).  Access to entire building may be limited or not possible based on construction progress.


WEEK AT A GLANCE – First Week of Summer – June 20, 2016

Last WAG until next school year!





·        STUDENT MEDICATION - All student medication must be picked up by a parent no later than 4PM, JUNE 22.  Student medication or forms do NOT carry over into the next school year.  ALL medications not picked up will be discarded on June 23.

·        LOST AND FOUND – There is an incredible amount of lost and found items, mostly clothing.  Items are spread out on tables in the main hallway.  Lost and Found will be available through June 22.  All items not picked up will be placed into the DAV donation bin in our parking lot on June 23.

·        SAVE THE DATE – Back-to-school registration is august 11 & 16, 2016, 10-12 am & 5-7 PM - Please mark your calendars with these dates and remember, every student must be registered on one of these two dates for next school year!  We will notify you in early August when the forms are ready for completion.

·        SUMMER PACKETS – All grades have summer homework!  You can find the summer homework packets and school supply list posted on www.bcsonline.info.  They are under the STUDENTS tab, Summer Packets. 

·        REPORT CARDS – End of the year report cards will be mailed home on June 24.Thank you



Make sure you have the updated District Calendar for next year. Available here.



Congratulations to all our 8th grade students on their graduation from BCS!  It was a wonderful evening and we hope everyone enjoyed the celebration festivities.  We’d like to pass along the link from StarTrax for you to view/download photos from the party photo booth.   The link to the online gallery is http://startrax.imgpickup.com/events/537870083 and the password is "Graduate”.    Good luck to our future Freshman and hope you all have a great summer! 



If you have not turned in your choice hour form, please do not wait until the fall. The office is open in June and forms can be turned into the Main Office.



7-8 Yearbook class will only be offered on Tuesdays.  This class was originally offered as a Tuesday/Thursday class.

The 6-8 Canvas Painting class offered by Mrs. Husband is moving from Thursday to Friday.  We apologize for the change.  Contact Kathy Juriga if you wish to make the change.

Mrs. Cook is adding an organizational strategies class for 5-6 students on Thursday.  Here is the course description:

Organization Sensation (5-6) Mrs. Cook QUARTER I

In this choice hour class 5th and 6th graders will learn about fun ways to organize their papers, binders, lockers, and much more through games and other activities.  Organization Sensation is a great way to get organized while having fun.  6th and 7th grade mentors will lead mini lessons and pair up with students to help them be successful.


In addition, a mentoring class for 6th & 7th graders has been added on Thursday to assist Mrs. Cook with her 5-6 Organization Sensation choice hour class.


Organization Sensation Mentors (6-7) Mrs. Cook QUARTER I Grade 6 only!

Mrs. Cook is looking for 6th and 7th grade students with strong organizational skills to help with the 5-6 Organization Sensation choice hour class.  Class mentors will lead mini lessons and pair up with students to help them be successful.


Contact Kathy Juriga at kjuriga@birmingham.k12.mi.us for questions or if you need to make a change to your child’s choice hour schedule in regards to the above classes.




8th graders: If you’re attending Seaholm for 9th grade, and enrolled in English 9 Team/Honors English 9 Team, you have a summer assignment to complete. You’ll be watching the film Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and reading a book of your choice. Additionally, you’ll be writing about each one. Please download the attached assignment or visit the Seaholm English Department website, which can be accessed here, for the details you need to complete it.  We look forward to meeting you in the fall! If you have questions, please email Mitch Nobis, Seaholm English Department chair, at mnobis@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Thank you!



It’s summer reading time!  Please check out the Groves’ English Homepage for the books your child needs to read before September: http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/359. Also, consider having your student start a summer book club for kids.  Here is a great website on how to start one: http://westmichiganwoman.com/blog/item/1515-summer-book-clubs-for-kids-best-mom-trick-ever. Please contact Karen Reed-Nordwall with any questions. Kr09bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us



The Birmingham Unified Hockey Team is holding its annual BU Future Kings Summer Camp for players entering grade 6-8 in the Fall, 2016. The camp is June 20-23, 1:30 - 3:30 at the Troy Sports Center.  Students who will be entering 9th grade in the fall who, are interested in trying out for the high school unified hockey team, can attend the BU Summer camp from 9:00 - 1:30, June 20-23, 2016, also at the Troy Sports Center.  Camps are conducted by the BU Varsity and JV Coaching staff. If you are interested, please visit www.buvarsity.com for more details. See you on the ice!



To make sure you're in the loop for receiving timely information about summer activities including tryout information in August, go to the website www.grovessoccer.com

or Sign up for tryouts for Groves Boys Soccer by clicking here, complete the form; and you're done.  The website has a lot of important information for players, so check it out!  A few current players have visited the middle schools to meet 8th grade soccer players and to discuss the program with them during lunch periods, but it is still imperative that the boys/parents sign up on the website.  Please direct any questions to Coach Jonathan Turner at grovessoccercoach@gmail.com.




Click HERE to see a flyer that highlights summer activities in Franklin!



Announcing a day camp opportunity for any students interested in Forensics and/or Debate! This camp is designed to for students of all skill levels. The camp will combine summer activities with speech and performance in order to boost confidence, gain performing experience, and learn event-specific skills and strategy. The camp is open to students grades 6-10. Students do not need to currently be on a forensics or debate camp in order to participate!

Week One - Debate - June 20-24, 9am-3pm

Week Two - Forensics - June 27-July 1, 9am-3pm

You can view the camp brochure HERE and find the registration form HERE



Birmingham Community Ed presents Kids Empowered Leader in Training - To REGISTER online www.communityed.net or call 248-248-3800 Questions about Kids Empowered call 248-757-0912 or www.kidsempowered.com. See more information including course offerings here.



This summer, the molecular diagnostics lab at Ferris State University’s Grand Rapids campus is inviting middle and high school students to spend a week investigating the very foundation of life on Earth. Using the same cutting-edge technology found in top clinical laboratories, students will complete a series of fun and fascinating genetics experiments, from isolating the DNA of plants to testing themselves for the genes that make cilantro taste like soap. Led by science-obsessed genetic researcher and Ferris faculty member, Dr. Jacqueline Peacock, campers will leave with a sense of wonder and maybe a new career in mind. Camp runs June 20 – 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Ferris.edu/summercamps or call (800) 562-9130 for more information. Interested students should also explore our Game Design and Software Engineering Camps.



Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science offers camps for upper elementary, middle and high school students who have, or might have, an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). Students will be taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they will learn a little bit about what each of the engineering fields do, build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various disciplines that include all of STEM.

Camps are offered 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, throughout the summer, on the campus of Oakland University (Note: All camps offered during the week of July 5-8 will take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday). Lunch is provided to students. Extended camp hours are also offered. Students can remain at Oakland University until 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER TODAY. For more information visit oakland.edu/SECS/outreach or e-mail SECSOutreach@oakland.edu. 



Camp RN is a two-week pre-college summer program designed to educate middle school students of the opportunities available through a nursing career. This inspiring and innovative, entertaining and educational camp exposes students to biology, chemistry and the mechanics of the nursing profession. The students will be actively engaged in nursing forensics, biology, math, and chemistry workshops, while learning nursing fundamentals including CPR and First Aid. Participants also tour Oakland University, interact with nurses in a hospital setting (job shadowing), and utilize our new physical assessment laboratory to learn about the human body.

If you think this is something that would interest the students in your district, please feel free to add this camp to the email/mailing list. If you have any further questions, you can contact the Director-Patrina Carper at (248)364-8766 or at carper@oakland.edu. See the flyer here.



The GenCyber program at Oakland University is a comprehensive and activity-based summer camp program that delivers substantive cybersecurity training to upper elementary (4th, 5th and 6th grades), middle school, and high school students in Detroit Urban Area (Macomb county, Oakland county and Wayne county).

DEADLINE: June 15, 2016

·        Grades 4-6 (exiting), week 1 (July 11 until July 15).

·        Grades 4-6 (exiting), week 2 (July 18 until July 22).

·        Grades 7-9 (exiting), week 1 (July 25 until July 29).

·        Grades 7-9 (exiting), week 2 (August 01 until August 05).

·        Grades 10-12 (exiting), week 1 (August 08 until August 12).

·        Grades 10-12 (exiting), week 2 (August 15 until August 19).

See the flyer here.


2016 ACADEMIC Summer School


1st Semester: June 21 – July 8

(No school July 4th)

2nd Semester: July 11 – July 27

Register before May 27th & SAVE $25.00!


·        Each semester lasts 13 days!

·        It can replace a lower grade in a previously taken class!

·       If you have good grades and good attendance, there is NO FINAL EXAM!

·        It features a variety of class choices.


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