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Weekly Update

Mr. Clinkscale's  Weekly Update

Greetings Berkshire Families:

We are quickly winding down the school year with 12.5 days of school remaining! Coming up this week, we are very excited to welcome our 5th graders this Friday (5/24). Therefore, as a reminder, 6th grade students will not have school this Friday (5/24) so that our 6th grade team can focus their attention on our future Wildcats.

In addition, our Technology Operational Assistant (TOA) Mrs. Garbutt is ready to begin collecting laptops (especially 8th graders). Therefore, students can begin turning their laptops to Mrs. Garbutt in her office (near the elevator). Please make sure students report any and all damage to their laptops so that we can make sure they are properly repaired.

Have an awesome week and thank you for reading this edition of the Berkshire Family Update!

Jason Clinkscale
Principal
Berkshire Middle School

Upcoming Dates

Monday 5/20
8th Grade DC Trip
Jazz Band, 7:35-8:05, band room
Word Decoders, 7:40am, room 217
7/8 Crochet Club, lunch/rec, room 207
6th Wordle Club, lunch/rec, room 212
Women’s Empowerment lunch/rec
Green Club, 3:15-4:15pm, room 120
Boys Tennis League Meet (singles) @ Novi, 4pm
Girls Soccer vs. Derby, 4:15pm

Tuesday 5/21
8th Grade DC Trip
Honors Orchestra, 7am
Bagels and Books, 7:35-8:05am
7/8 Black Girls Rock, lunch/rec, room 130
7/8 Prayer Club, lunch/rec room 208
STEAM Club, lunch/rec, media center
Boys Tennis League Meet (doubles) @ Novi, 4pm

Wednesday 5/22
8th Grade DC Trip
Morning Math Help, 7:30-8am, room 115
7/8 Chess Club lunch/rec, room 115
7/8 Lego Club lunch/rec, room 119
7/8 Pride Club lunch/rec, room 208
7/8 International Club lunch/rec room 100
Girls Soccer @ North Hills, 4:15pm

Thursday 5/23
8th Grade DC Trip
Show Choir, 7:15am, room 124
Morning Math Help, 7:30-8am, room 115
Junior Interact Club, 7:30am, meet outside front office
7/8 Black Student Union, lunch/rec
7/8 Equestrian Club lunch/rec room 208

Friday 5/24
6th Graders No School – 5th Grade Visit

7th Grade NJHS Applications Due
Bagel Sales $1
6th Equestrian Club, 7:45-8:05am, room 208
Links Club, C3, cafeteria
STEAM Club, lunch/rec, media center
6th Wordle Club, lunch/rec, room 212
Wildcat Coders Club, lunch/rec, media center
Magic the Gathering Club, 3:15-4:30pm

Saturday 5/25
NO Saturday School

2024-25 Berkshire Student Congress – NEW leadership opportunity for next year!

6th and 7th Graders: Are you interested in planning fun activities? Are you interested in developing leadership skills? Well, YOU should join the new Berkshire Student Congress for the 2024-2025 school year!

This student congress will be run by Mrs. Tucker and a group that meets once a month as a whole congress along with weekly meetings. There are various different positions (LINK) you can apply for along with being an overall member. This congress will plan fun events, such as fun Fridays or the halloween dance, and will participate in leadership activities throughout the year.

Check your google email for applications and information! Applications and Teacher Recommendation Forms are due by Tuesday, May 21st. After submitting your application you will be notified about your interview date and time which will take place the following week. Please reach out to Mrs. Tucker with any questions: stucker@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

Application: Google Form
Teacher Recommendation: Google Form

7th Grade Families: National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society applications have been emailed to all 7th grade students who have achieved a GPA of 3.7 thus far in middle school. Applications to join the National Junior Honors Society are due next Friday, May 24th. Students who are accepted will be emailed Friday, May 31st. There will be one meeting during the last week of school, and the Induction Ceremony will occur in early September.
Please note: students who qualify can be in Berkshire’s Student Congress and NJHS. Please encourage your student to apply for Berkshire’s Student Congress!

6th Grade Families: No School Friday, May 24th
On Friday, May 24, 2024 there will be no school for current Berkshire 6th Graders. Berkshire will be hosting 5th grade students for Move Up Day. 7th grade students, and 8th graders not attending DC will have school as usual.

Groves Orchestra Success!
This past weekend the Berkshire 7th grade Orchestra performed at the Music in the Parks Festival at Cedar Point and received a "superior" rating and was given the "overall best MS orchestra" award for their performance. We are extremely proud of our Orchestra students!
8th Grade Ceremony: Save the Date – Tuesday (6/4)
8th Ceremony and Sweet Endings Dance:

For our 8th graders, our main celebration comes in the form of our 8th Grade Ceremony followed by the “Sweet Endings” dance.  The following are specific details regarding the night’s events:

  • Date: Tuesday (6/4)
  • Time:
    • Dessert Reception: 6:30 - 7 pm
    • Ceremony: 7 – 8 pm
    • Dance: 8 – 9:30 pm
  • Location - Groves High School:
    • Dessert Reception: foyer outside main theater
    • Ceremony: 7 - 8 pm: Groves Auditorium  
    • Dance: 8 -9:30 pm: Groves Commons Area
  • Points of Interest:
    • Ceremony Attendance Limit: 2 guests per student (thank you to everyone who has requested additional tickets by last Wednesday’s deadline. At this time, we will be able to accommodate everyone who requested additional tickets. Please stay tuned for more details as to when you can pick up your tickets)
    • Dance tickets on sale now in the office:
      • $20 through the front office (cash only)

8th Grade Ceremony Volunteers Needed
Berkshire’s 8th grade promotion ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at Groves Auditorium. It will be followed by our annual 8th grade Sweet Endings Dance, which will be held in Groves’ cafeteria and Commons.  Please help make it a huge success by donating time or items for the celebration! 
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AA28A6FAC25-49389291-8thgrade
If you wish to donate money instead, the committee can buy the items needed. Link  is below:
https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/donation-form/c8f03198-9c84-435b-9dd5-cdfecb404712
Thank you!

Interested in Middle School Robotics?
The Berkshire Robotics Program is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2024-2025. Please read carefully and fill out this google form.

Workshops!
The Berkshire FTC teams are hosting workshops to build skills that will be used in the upcoming 2024-2025 Robotics season.

Who: Any incoming Berkshire student for the 2024-2025 school year

What: Workshops that teach students the skills used during a robotics season.

When: Mechanical Design - June 1st  9 am - 11 am
Game Theory - June 1st 10 am - 12 pm
Programming - June 1st 10 am - 12 pm
Where: Room C103 in Seaholm. Use the athletic/pool entrance to enter.
For any questions regarding the workshops please contact Phillip Goeman pgoeman@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Amazing Shake Breakfast – donations and help wanted!
All students who participated in this year’s Amazing Shake are invited to attend a breakfast on Tuesday, June 4th, during 1st hour. We are looking for help serving our kiddos, and donations of breakfast items to make the breakfast more special. See the signup genius if you would like to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4CAFA62DA4FA7-49608837-amazing

Volunteer for the Wildcat Games, our annual field day for 6th and 7th graders, June 5th.
We are looking for volunteers to make this event a success: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4CAFA62DA4FA7-49255769-2024#/

8th Grade Reception Dessert Signup Genius
Berkshire’s  8th grade promotion ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at Groves Auditorium. It will be followed by our annual 8th grade Sweet Endings Dance, which will be held in Groves’ cafeteria and Commons.  Please help make it a huge success by donating time or items for the celebration!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5AA28A6FAC25-49389291-8thgrade
If you wish to donate money instead, the committee can buy the items needed. Link  is below:
https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/donation-form/c8f03198-9c84-435b-9dd5-cdfecb404712

8th Grade Golf Outing!
Berkshire’s first annual 8th grade golf outing is June 6! Attention 8th graders! On the last half day of school Berkshire will be hosting a golf tournament for exiting 8th graders.
The event is being hosted by Lincoln Hills golf course, with Tee times starting at 8:50 AM on Thursday June 6th.  Our groups will go off every 8 minutes thereafter.  If you are interested in participating in this inaugural Berkshire event sign up details are below:

Golf Event Registration

  • $14.50 per student. Adults will be $20.50 per person for walking ($28.50 riding) if a parent would like to join.
  • Please bring cash into the office to register so we can be quick off the Tee
  • Registration Deadline is 5/31

On the morning of the 6th, meet us at Lincoln Hills by 8:40 for pairings and competition rules.  Please do not drop any participant off at Berkshire!

6th Grade Bake Sale
6th Grade Bake Sale: Bringing Awareness to Educational Disparity Around the World
On May 29th--31st, at all lunches, Mr. Lince’s students will be hosting a bake sale (cookies, brownies, cupcakes, lemonade, and bracelets) with all proceeds going to the Malala Fund. The Malala Fund is an organization created by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who was targeted by the Taliban for fighting for the educational rights of girls. There are currently over 120 million girls globally who cannot attend school, and one way to help address this is to advocate for these young girls and raise awareness. Every little bit counts! CASH only! For more information about the Malala Fund visit https://malala.org/.

Groves Performing Arts Company AUDITIONS for the fall musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Thursday June 6, 2024
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Groves High School; check in at the auditorium
See detailed information below (also found on the GPAC page on the Groves High School website):
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E3jfZvkS2lCylrFzizpSxGnjhI865Y7G/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103197830326941583892&rtpof=true&sd=true

2023-24 Yearbook Order
Yearbook Orders
The 2023-24 yearbook is selling fast. ONLY PRE-ORDERS ARE GUARANTEED. We cannot promise there will be copies to sell the last week of school. If there are extra copies to sell, Mrs. Gacki will notify parents and students in advance about the opportunity to purchase those copies. To ensure your child gets a yearbook, please order now. Visit https://yearbookforever.com/schools/berkshire_middle_school_325238/9Jm18e88C5Rfdv2oNmu9240i to purchase a book. Yearbooks are on sale now for $45. Berkshire works with Walsworth Publishing Company to create our book, and all sales will made online through their platform. Students will receive their books during the last week of school. If you have any questions or concerns, or you are wondering if you’ve already purchased a book, the Yearbook Adviser, Chelsea Gacki, can be reached at cgacki@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

PTA News
Currently, the Berkshire PTA is looking to fill the President-Elect and VP of Membership positions for the 2024-25 school year. Please email berkshirepta@gmail.com or fill out this link if you are interested. Thank you!
See our PTA News Update.

Morning Math Help
Need some extra help in Math?  Come to our Morning Math Club on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-8:00 am (see schedule above for room numbers).   Use this link to sign up on the days you are coming.   Space is limited; we ask that you only sign up if you can attend the entire 30 minutes and if you are committed to working on your math skills. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44ADAE2EA6FA7-morning#/

Former Greenfield Families:
Please join the Greenfield PTA and families in saying goodbye to Lisa Arnold, Kelly Lybeck, Sherri Levitt, and Judie Teodoridis-Clarke as they start the next chapter in their lives. On Tuesday, May 28th a reception will be held in the Greenfield Media Center from 3:50-5:30pm. Take a few short minutes out of your busy day to say THANK YOU to these fine teachers and share the differences that they made in your student's lives.
If you have photos to share, upload here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Qu1Kg1zaFqUWdiGh8
Any questions can be directed to Cindy Sowle at CSowle@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

8th Grade Parents: Bell Schedules for Groves
See this link for information about the Groves Bell Schedule, new this year!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C51FTGzZ_yoQyPbZNp3ZVqSYE8FrIiLd9BMRGSJceQY/edit?usp=sharing