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Are you ready for school?
By CHRIS COLLINS
Of the Baker City Herald
School secretaries are standing ready to register students who might have missed earlier sign-up dates for fall classes.
Baker schools are open and staff is on hand to help guide parents through the maze of paperwork and payments needed to help their children start school with the rest of their classmates.
All elementary students, seventh-graders and ninth-graders return to classes Monday, Aug. 30. Eighth-graders and students in Grades 10-12 get one more day of vacation, returning to school on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
There are no fees at the elementary level. Parents of students in Grades K-6 may register their children at their neighborhood schools Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., said Sandy Harper, South Baker School secretary. Schools are closed during the lunch hour between noon and 1 p.m., she said.
Parents should bring birth certificates and immunization records of students new to the district. The Baker County Health Department will work with families to ensure that immunizations are up-to-date, Harper said.
"I don't want that to deter them," Harper said. "They should come and we'll figure that out."
Lorna Swiger, Brooklyn School secretary, urged parents to call ahead to make sure staff is not out of the building before arriving to register. Meetings are being scheduled out of the building as the opening day of classes draws near, she said.
She urged parents who haven't registered their children to do so as soon as possible.
"We're trying to finalize our numbers," she said.
Registrations still are being accepted at the Baker Middle School from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, said secretary Pat Reynolds.
The basic registration fee is $20, which includes a locker, locks, and an agenda. The fee also helps defray the cost of awards, snacks provided during testing and year-end activities, she said. There is a $10-per-sport fee for students who plan to participate on athletic teams, with a maximum fee of $50 per family. Scholarships are available to help families who cannot afford to pay registration and sports fees, Reynolds said.
There also is a $5 fee for students who want to purchase a yearbook and a $5 fee for students enrolled in art classes. An optional sports pack, containing a sweatshirt, T-shirt, shorts and a reversible jersey, is available for $40. The purple-and- black clothing bears the school's new nickname, Baker Dawgs, Reynolds said. Students voted at year's end to change the school colors from red and white and to change the nickname from the Vikings to the Dawgs.
Buying clothes from the school for physical education classes also is optional. Shorts and T-shirts may be purchased for $8 separately or for $15 for both pieces, Reynolds said.
A chickenpox screening is being conducted at the middle school as part of registration. Parents will be asked to complete forms stating whether their children have either had chickenpox or have been vaccinated for the illness. Students also must have started the three-shot series of hepatitis B vaccinations by seventh grade and have completed the series by eighth grade, Reynolds said.
The middle school has scheduled an immunization clinic during parent-teacher conferences Nov. 4-5 to update all student immunization records, she said. Students who do not comply with state immunization requirements will be excluded from classes in mid-January by the state Health Division.
At Baker High School, student registration fees include a $2 paper fee for all students, a $5 locker fee for ninth-graders and new students, a $5 charge for a BHS agenda required for all students, and a $3 charge for mandatory catastrophic insurance for students participating in activities and athletics. Optional fees include $25 for an activity card and $40 for a 2004-2005 yearbook.
Students wishing to participate in athletics must pay $50 per sport or a maximum of $100 per year. Families with more than one athlete will pay a maximum of $200. Scholarships are available to families who demonstrate financial need.
Counselors will return to the school to help parents register their children on Tuesday and also on the afternoons of Aug. 26 and 27.
More information is available by calling the schools:
Brooklyn Elementary, 524-2450
Haines Elementary, 856-3611
Keating Elementary, 523-2377
North Baker Elementary, 524-2300
South Baker Elementary, 524-2350
Baker Middle School, 524-2500
Baker High School, 524-2600
Or the district office, 524-2260.