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Week of April 8, 2019
STAAR Testing This Week
Your support is appreciated in ensuring that your student is present and on time for testing, and that you don't schedule appointments during this time.  
A friendly reminder that the school will be closed to all visitors on STAAR Testing days

Please plan ahead and refrain from making any lunch deliveries on STAAR testing days

Cell Phone Policy- According to TEA, students are not permitted to have cell phones or other electronic devices on their person or within reach during STAAR testing. Cell phone usage during testing is a serious violation and will be considered cheating.  Students must leave cell phones, smart watches, etc. in their lockers.

A modified bell schedule begins at 1:14 with 6th, 7th and 8th periods taking place at their usual times. 

STAAR Testing Tips & Tricks
from our Counselors
STAAR testing is coming up soon and our Counselors want Bailey students to Rock this Test!  Check out their April Newsletter for Testing Tips and Tricks to share with your child so they are prepared and can do their very best.   
Click here for PDF Version
Tickets Now on Sale!
Donations and volunteers are needed to help make our talent show a success!  Please click here to view the list of needs:

Tickets for sale before school and at lunch.  See Ms. McArthur! 

Spring Photo Orders Due by Friday, 4/12
Spring photo order forms & proofs went home with students this past week through their social studies class.  Follow the instructions on the form and return to Bailey by Friday, April 12th.  Questions?  Contact Photo Texas Photography at (512) 617- 7780.
Human Sexuality & Responsibility Overview

Please join us on April 9, at 6:30 pm in the library for a discussion regarding the Human Sexuality and Responsibility Curriculum and other important information related to this unit.  We will review the District policies, the 2018-2019 lesson overviews, and the opt-out process.  Teachers will also be there to answer any additional questions.  You may visit the school library to review the current lessons anytime.  Additional information may be found on the Health Education website at

Librarian Appreciation Week
April 8-12
Thank you to Bailey librarian, Jennifer Ripstra, for her dedication to our school's library and her continual efforts to make it a place students like to visit!  We appreciate you sharing your love of reading!
Participating in a sport next year?
Don't forget you'll need a physical!
Congrats to Chamber Choir
Congratulations to Ms. Beasley and the Chamber Choir for an outstanding performance at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading evaluation on Wednesday.  They received a 2, 1, and 2 on stage, and straight 1's in sight reading.  A "1" is Superior, and "2" is Excellent.  We are very proud of them and their hard work.  
Volunteer of the Year
Misty Forst

Over the last ten years, parent volunteer, Misty Forst has impacted Bailey and our students in a surprising number of ways. The current mascot costume, the scoreboard on the football field and the tennis court windshields and bounce backboard are all evidence of Mrs. Forst’s presence on our campus.   As her youngest son, Jason, prepares to move on to high school, we wanted to give Mrs. Forst and her entire family a big shout out of appreciation, because we know that when one person volunteers, it often impacts the other members of the family as well.   

During her years at Bailey, Mrs. Forst served as Athletic Booster Club President, started the Theatre Arts Booster Club and served as President, served on our PTA, chairing numerous socials and events, helped with PALS, coordinated other volunteers, and chaperoned more field trips than you can image! She has continued Bailey traditions and started new ones.  She’s helped former Bears earn their Eagle Scout Award while making improvements to Bailey, and coordinated Girl Scout painting projects and campus cleanups. 

We appreciate the time and energy Mrs. Forst has given to Bailey, and are grateful to have had her as a strong supporter for all these years.  Once a Bailey Bear, always a Bailey Bear.

Parent Ambassadors of the Year
(make that GRANDParent Ambassadors)
Linda & James Dickerson
Chances are, if you’ve ever stopped by the school office during the day, you’ve had the pleasure of being warmly greeted by grandparent volunteers Linda and James Dickerson.  As retirees and wanting to be active in their Granddaughter’s lives, Mr. and Mrs. Dickerson have volunteered at each school that their Granddaughters have attended.  At Baranoff Elementary, they volunteered in the Library and the classroom, listening to students read.  Here at Bailey, they assist parents and students in the front office and worked in what used to be the School Store.  Currently, at Bowie High School they volunteer in the school Library.  
We are always grateful for volunteers at Bailey, but are extra grateful to our grandparent volunteers, who seem to have a special effect on all the students, parents and teachers they interact with. 

The Vet Clinic at Akins High School
supports the vet program run by the students.

Grooming day: April 12

Immunization Clinic: April 16
5-7PM. First come, first served.


Who knows more about vaping,
you or your child?

As a parent, it's important for you to talk to your child about the dangers of vaping. Prepare yourself by attending a community presentation on Monday, April 22nd at 6:30PM in the Bailey Cafe to learn more about the epidemic facing our youth - presented by Bailey PTA, CATCHMyBreath & funded by St. David’s Foundation. 

Did you know...
JUUL is the most popular brand of e-cigarette on the market, with 78% of the market share.  JUUL also contains the highest levels of nicotine at 59mg/ml.  The European Union limits the legal nicotine threshold to be under 20mg/ml.  
Tennis News
Congratulations to A-Team Tennis for beating Lamar and Richards, 30 matches to 1 on Wednesday.  Next week, both A & B team play at Bowie vs Bedichek.  Go Bears!
Please register your students ASAP!
To avoid schedule changes due to the removal or addition of teachers after the school year has begun, we need an accurate projection.  Please help by registering your student as soon as possible!  

ALL Austin ISD students must register for the upcoming school year.  You can find all the information needed to register at the following link:   
Need to update who can pick up your student from school?
  Now is your chance!  Just review and update information and finalize your student's registration. 
Need assistance? Call the Parent Help Hotline
Camp Bailey
Orientation Camp for 6th Graders

All incoming 6th graders are invited to join us for Camp Bailey, our single-day orientation camp.  Our 2019 camp dates are Thursday, May 30, Tuesday, August 6, and Wednesday, August 7.  Camp runs from 8:30-2:00PM.  Tuition is $20, but full and partial scholarships are available.
Please visit the Camp Bailey website to register and learn more:

Upcoming Events


  • 4-6 Robotics Team Competes at US Open Championship
  • 8-12 Librarian Appreciation Week
  • 9-11 STAAR Testing (see schedule)
  • 9 Sex Ed Parent Info Mtg 6:30PM in Library
  • 10 Track Meet vs Gorzycki/Small @ Bowie HS
  • 11 Tennis vs Bedichek @  Bowie HS
  • 16 Bailey's Got Talent - Talent Show 6:30PM
  • 18 Star Strutters Showcase 5:30PM
  • 19 Student Holiday / Staff Development
  • 22 Vaping/JUULING Parent Education Night 6:30PM
  • 24 Immunization Clinic for 6th graders
PTA Searching for Friendly Faces

Bailey PTA is still in need of a MEMBERSHIP CHAIR for the 2019-20 school year.  This position starts big in August, and pretty much wraps up by November.  The ideal chair would be organized and good with spreadsheets.  

Contact to learn more!  
Donation Drive Success
Summer Camp Links

Our neighboring high schools are beginning to share their camp information with us.  We will do our best to pass along what is sent our way, but it is always best to check the high school websites for the latest info.

Photos needed for Athletic's Awards Ceremony
Deadline 4/26

The Athletic Booster Club will be accepting action shots of all 7th and 8th grade athletes for the athletic banquet this May.  We are also accepting baby pictures of all 8th grade male and female Athletes.  Please send in a jpg or pdf format.  Please don’t email a cell phone picture because it will not transfer in good quality.  The cut off date to submit both action shots and baby pictures will be April 26th.

Email photos to

*Mark your calendar: The Athletics Awards Ceremony will be on Friday, May 17th at 6:00PM
Photos needed for 8th grade Completion Ceremony
Deadline 5/10
Turn your photos into memories! Celebrate the completion of 8th grade by sending in photos while you were at Bailey! Share your Bailey pride, smiles, and achievements to be displayed at the 8th completion slideshow and available on the website. Photos should be during your time at Bailey.  Send up to 3 photos to no later than May 10th. You will receive a confirmation your photo was received within 1-2 days.

*Mark your calendar: The 8th Grade Completion Ceremony is on Friday, May 24th at 2:00PM.
From the Attendance Office

There are several ways to send an attendance note when your student is absent:

  1. Send a written note with your student to drop off in the front office
  2. Fill out the Google Attendance Form on the Bailey Website:
  3. Email the note to 

Please be sure to include your student's first and last name, dates of absence and reason for absence. If you have a note from a doctor, you can take a picture or scan and email to the above email address.

Immunization Clinic for students entering 7th grade

State law requires your child to receive a Tdap booster and a meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine before 7th grade.  Bailey will be hosting an in-school immunization clinic  on April 24, 2019, similar to the flu shot clinic earlier this year.  Return completed consent forms, one for Tdap (click here) and one for MCV4 (click here) , to Bailey ASAP to add your child to the list. Forms are also available in the front office.  

Don't miss out! Reserve your yearbook!

The Bailey Yearbook has sold out the last few years. Don’t miss getting your copy! Order at

Helpful Links

2018-2019 Bell Schedule
Online Absence Form
2018-2019 AISD School Calendar
Student Holidays due to District of Innovation
Bailey Athletics Website
Clear Bag Policy 
Information on student-athlete physicals, including forms
School Bus Route Information
Bailey's Code of Conduct

Bailey PTA Facebook Page
Athletics Booster Facebook Page
School Cafe information, including making payments, purchase history, cafe menus and applying for free & reduced meal benefits.

Bailey Middle School
Home of the Bears

4020 Lost Oasis Hollow, Austin, Texas 78739
(512) 414-4990

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