Today is Friday, February 26th 

 February is recognized as Black History Month.  Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States.

A message from Mr. Petoskey – Chinook Instructional Technology Curriculum Leader

One thing I want students to know about civil rights, is that black folks are still fighting for them, every day.  The narrative that we live in a post-racial society is false and serves to maintain the privilege and power of white people.  I grew up in Southeastern Michigan and witnessed overt racism of white people towards my black friends and neighbors. In addition, I witnessed systemic racism in the form of my black classmates and friends being less likely than me and my white friends to graduate high school and attend college.  Many of us have similar stories and experiences and it hurts me that racism still divides us.  One story that I think exemplifies how the history of civil rights is being shaped today is about the organizations More Than A Vote, and Fair Fight, founded by LeBron James, and Stacey Abrams, respectively.

The story of ‘More Than A Vote’ starts on August 26th, 2020, when the Milwaukee Bucks NBA basketball team refused to play their playoff game after Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot in the back by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Soon after, LeBron James and other NBA stars talked with President Barack Obama to decide what they should do.  The NBA players were upset and were considering ending their own seasons.  Instead, they decided to form an organization called ‘More Than A Vote’ after President Barack Obama advised them that real and lasting change could only be achieved by voting for representatives who would create that change. In addition to registering people to vote, ‘More Than A Vote’ partnered with organizations such as the NAACP to enlist more voters who were convicted of non-violent felonies and ‘Fair Fight’, an organization founded by Stacey Abrams to ensure every American has a voice in our election.  These organizations, in collaboration with others, secured a close election victory in the Presidential and Senate races for the democratic representatives in Georgia, and made a big difference in other battleground states, such as Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Please push yourself to learn about the experiences of others, especially Black people, to celebrate Black History Month. – Mr. Petoskey 

Announcements:

Friday Activities  

Jazz Band
SEA Homework Club
QSA – Queer Straight Alliance

The complete schedule of Chinook Remote Clubs can be found on the Chinook School Team Clubs Channel and on the Chinook Website.  To join a club, email the club advisor/teacher directly for a Teams meeting invite.

Class Materials Pick-up – Drive Thru Pick Up- Fri 2/26 1-4pm

  • CTE Elective Class Supplies including:  Applied Engineering, Design and Production, and Flight and Space
  • Science Special Topics Elective Class  Supplies (not regular science class)
  • Language Arts Novels-if you missed the Feb 3-6 pick up
  • Elective class Art Supplies-if you missed the Feb 3-6 pick up
  • Turn in overdue library books and novels if your class is finished reading

New Episode of KODIAK News!   

Kodiak News is a monthly student-produced show for Chinook Middle School.  It is a collaboration effort primarily produced by our Film/Video Club members and also includes contributions from our Video Production, Media Technology and Python Coding Classes.  Ms. Cosacchi is the advisor.    (Can be seen via your student’s computer)

Attention 6th graders!

WEB groups will be meeting on Tuesday 3/2 (Group A) or Friday 3/5 (Group B) from 10:45-11:15. This will be a fun check-in and opportunity to reconnect with your group! Be on the lookout for a Teams meeting link coming from your WEB leader. You should also see this in your Teams calendar. If you haven’t received a calendar invite by this Friday, let one of the WEB coordinators know (daduralc@bsd405.org or caric@bsd405.org).  

Chinook Yearbook – ‘Classmates’ Page 

The ‘20-21 Yearbook will feature several ‘Classmates’ pages including any small group pictures of you and your grade level buddies.  These can also be pre-Covid.  We especially want any with you wearing ‘Chinook Colors or Spirit Wear’!  Do you have a picture to share?  Please send them to Ms. Cosacchi cosacchil@bsd405.org.  Include your full name, grade, and info about the picture. This is your chance to make the yearbook even more memorable! 

Chinook Daily News

The Chinook Daily News can also be found on the Chinook website, Daily News icon. 

Music Selection: 

Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke c.1976 

It was said the world didn’t know what a true musical genius was until a young Stevie Wonder arrived on the scene. He was just 13 when he landed his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fingertips” in 1962. Wonder would continue to release hit after hit until moving into his most creative and groundbreaking period in the 1970s when he transformed R&B into a broader art form on a collection of albums that few acts this side of the Beatles could match.

Daily schedule:

  • Read your BSD Outlook Email
  • Be ready to start class at 7:45 AM sharp!
  • Email teachers directly if you have problems with the TEAMS meeting or assignments

Stay Cool Kodiaks!