Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 6, 2016


  • Our first 3 days of school have been a success!  Check out some pictures at the end of each blog to see our students in action here at Karcher!
  • We have three main focuses at Karcher.  Below is a short description of each:
    • Character Education:  
      • Across the district, K-12, each school has implemented character education within their school day.  
      • At Karcher we being each week on Monday morning with a character lesson, taught during advisory time.  These lessons focus around our 8 character traits:  Be safe, kind, respectful, responsible, compassionate, honest, loyal, and courageous.  Students will also participate with their advisory on larger scale character projects throughout the school year.  
      • We also utilize "Karcher Character Bucks" (also known as KCBs) as our positive behavior system for students.  When a student demonstrates that they have gone above and beyond within one of our 8 character traits they may receive a KCB from any staff member in the building.  They then can use their KCBs throughout the school year.  Students are made aware of KCB opportunities through our morning announcements.  
    • Literacy - SQIDVPAC and writing:
      • Disciplinary literacy is a necessity for all of our students to ensure they are all college and/or career ready once they graduate from high school.  
      • To assist with ensuring students are college and/or career ready at Karcher we have infused reading strategies (utilizing the acronym SQIDVPAC) across all disciplines at Karcher.  The "S" for example stands for summarizing, synthesizing, and sequencing.  Three different reading strategies to assist students with reading comprehension within the classroom.  
      • Our other focus within literacy is to increase writing opportunities for students.   This includes response journals, informative writing, and persuasive writing across all disciplines.  Other forms of writing will be emphasized within our core subject areas.  
    • Instructional Best Practices:
      • Staff will continue to provide guaranteed and viable curriculum to all of our students utilizing current best practices.  
      • Staff work collaboratively to continuously improve lesson design, common assessments, and differentiation strategies to meet the needs of all students.  
New information:  

  • Our first FNL (Friday Night Live) for all 7th and 8th grade students attending Karcher will be on September 16th from 6:30 - 8:30pm.  
    • FNL has been established to give students an opportunity to engage in safe and appropriate activities on a Friday night.  Activities that will be available are:  dodgeball, outdoor activities, ping pong, video games, and board games.
    • All FNL's are staffed with volunteer staff members from Karcher Middle School
    • The cost to attend can be any of the three:  2 KCBs, 2 dollars, or 4 canned goods (we then donate to Love, Inc)
    • Drop off and pick up will be on Wainwright Street by the gym.  
    • Please pick up promptly at 8:30pm.
  • "Grab and Go" is our free breakfast offered to all students this school year.  
    • There is a "Grab and Go" cart in both the 7th grade wing and the 8th grade wing.  The cart on the first floor (7th grade wing) is near the ramp to go to music or the gym.  The second floor (8th grade wing) cart is near the library. Students can access either cart for their free breakfast.  Students simply need to provide their 5 digit lunch code for documentation purposes only.  
    • Students can eat their breakfast in their advisory at the start of the school day or save their breakfast items for a snack later in the school day.   
    • The daily breakfast menu is located on our website under the "Food Service" tab on the left side of our BASD website.  Once you click on "Food Service" there are clickable links to the calendar by school on the right hand side.  CLICK HERE to access the September breakfast food calendar for Karcher.  
  • CLICK HERE  to access the September lunch food calendar for Karcher. 
  • Chromebooks - students have been issued their chromebook.  Their issued chromebook will be their BASD technology device for the next three years!  Students need to take care of them as they keep the same exact device throughout all three years.
  • We are working on our finalized list for other extra curricular activities and I plan to share those in our next blog...
  • CLICK HERE if your 7th grade student is in the Diamond House.  This is their homework calendar as a team... this can also be found on our "Parent Links" tab on the Karcher Middle School Website.
  • Picture Day order flyers will be handed out to students tomorrow, Thursday, during advisory.  Expect them to be coming home tomorrow! 
    • Picture day is on September 13th.  Students are called to the library in alphabetical order throughout the day.  
    • Students should have their order form with them and give it to the photographer at the time of their picture being taken.  

    Reminder... Extra Curricular Activities starting in September:

    Please note:  Anyone who is participating in cross country or girls basketball MUST have a physical turned into the health office to participate.   All necessary forms are located under our "Karcher Athletics" tab on the Karcher website.  CLICK HERE to go directly to the link.  

    The following are the three extra-curricular activities offered starting this week:
      • Cross Country will start practice on September 8 and run through October 10 with practices after school from 2:45-4:00.
        • Coach contact:  Marilee Hoffman (
      • Girls Basketball will start on September 7 and run through October 29 with practices after school from 2:45-4:15.
        • Coach contact:  
          • Kurt Rummler (7th grade)
          • Brad Ferstenou (8th grade)
      • Flag Football will start practice on September 8.  
        • Students planning on starting flag football do NOT need to have a physical as this is considered a club.  
        • Meeting every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for six weeks - see below schedule.
        • Coach contact:  Hans Block (
        • Click HERE for the permission slip needed for flag football.  

    Pictures from the first few days of school!
    Students working on finding their classes and figuring out their lockers.  

    Learning the ins and outs within the cafeteria.  

    Taking advantage of their free time right after lunch!

    Math students getting to know each other in Ms. Tenhagen and Ms. Nettesheim's classroom.

    8th grade students already working on their book selections for Ms. Geyso's ELA class.  

    Students working on building the tallest spaghetti tower as a team building activity in Mr. Sulik's ELA class.  

    2nd day assembly on the utilization of their 1 to 1 chromebooks!  

    After the assembly students were already engaging in their learning through the use of their chromebooks in Ms. Murphy's ELA class.