Gordon A. Bailey Middle School

Bailey Bear Happenings -April 30th Edition



Week of April 26-30, 2021

Principal Update

We’ve made it to May and we’re on the way to finish the year strong.  Once again I want to remind everyone that Bailey is welcoming back to campus any students who want to be here for in-person learning.  After Spring Break families began sending students back to Bailey.  In March we were averaging about 150 students per day on campus.  During April that average has steadily been increasing and this past week we’ve welcomed just over 250 students per day. 

Keep in mind that 250 students is only about 27% of our regular enrollment.  That means an average classroom this week typically had about 5 – 7 students per class.  Social distancing at 6ft is still possible in most classes.  Also, we are relieved that we have not recorded any cases of on-campus transmission of Covid-19 all year.   So far no one has come to campus and spread the virus to anyone else.  We have been following all safety guidelines and anyone who tested positive (outside of school) was quarantined to home immediately.  Consequently we have had to send only a few people home all year who were exposed to someone who tested positive, and none of those people ever came back positive during quarantine.  We have been very safe here at Bailey, which makes it much easier to invite students back to campus for in-person learning.

Summer Enrichment Learning Opportunity

AISD is offering Summer Enrichment Learning opportunities at all of its middle school campuses.  This is not your regular “summer school” experience.  Summer Enrichment Learning is designed to help support students in new and innovative ways.  We will be offering support for all grade levels in ELA and Math, and we will include a fun and different kind of elective class as well.  Any student wishing to strengthen their skills before moving on to the next grade level is welcome to join us for the 2 ½ week, half-day Summer Session (June 14 – 30th).  There will be more details coming soon in a flyer to all families.  Note:  This is not the “Required” Summer School for 8th graders who are failing and in need of credit recovery.  Information for that program can be found on the AISD Website.

STAAR Testing In May

May is STAAR Testing month.  We are encouraging any student who wants to take their STAAR tests to be back on campus on the designated testing days.  We are using this year’s STAAR tests to gather baseline growth data for as many students as possible.  Because of complications of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on overall attendance numbers across the state, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is not counting this year’s tests for accountability purposes, which means they are not required* for students this year.  However, AISD is encouraging all students to take the test(s) in-person if they are able.  All safety protocols will be maintained throughout the school as well as in any testing environments.  Remote learners who come in-person for the test will be allowed to return home as soon as they are done with the test, if they wish.  (Parent pick-up is required – no early buses will be running.)  Those students are also welcome to stay all day if they wish.  They will simply join their in-person classes after testing is over.  Remote learners who are not testing on campus will still have regularly scheduled ZOOM/BLEND classes on each day of testing (Remember - No STAAR Tests can be given remotely).

STAAR Testing Dates

May 6th  -  Science (8th grade ONLY)

May 7th  -  Social Studies  (8th grade ONLY)

May 11th  - Math (ALL grade levels)

May 12th  - Reading  (ALL grade levels)

*May 18th  - Algebra I EOC (End of Course)  - Required of all Algebra I students for HS graduation

  • We highly recommend this EOC Exam be completed this year while Algebra concepts are fresh

John Rocha


Immunization News for Incoming 7th Graders

Dear Bailey Middle School parent/guardian, For students entering 7th grade for school year 2021-2022, they will need to have the Meningitis B vaccine and a booster T-dap vaccine. A copy of their immunization will need to be provided to the Health Room by August 17, 2021 to start school in the fall. You can email the updated immunization record to teri.grossman@austinisd.org or fax to 512-414-5434.

Thank you for your help.

Teri Grossman BSN, RN School Nurse 

Purchase Your Yearbook Now!

Order your yearbook on-line at www.balfour.com by May 28th! Quantities are limited.

Athletic Physical forms update for the 2021-2022 school year

All incoming 7th and 8th grade students wanting to participate in sports next school year will need a physical dated after April 15, 2021. Additional paperwork must be completed before students will be allowed to try out for any sport. On May 6th coaches will be handing out paperwork after school from 4:15 - 5:30pm. Completed forms and physicals will be collected at the end of the month. If you would like to participate in the AISD free physical opportunity please email Coach Brown at lara.brown@austinisd.org.

Bailey Athletic Booster Club Information

 If you are interested in joining the Bailey Athletic Booster Club for the 2021-2022 School year we have several positions that will need to be filled for the upcoming school year.  If you are interested in joining, please email me at baileyathleticsbooster@gmail.com with your name and contact information and what position you're interested in. 

Below are the following positions that will open up for the upcoming school year. 

Vice President- Will Train To Take Over The President Position That Will Become Available For The 2022-2023 School Year



Spirit Wear Coordinator

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at the email above.

-Kamisha York

Bailey Athletics Booster Club President 

Robotics Team 2021-2022 News

Our Robotics Team will be back next year stronger than ever!

6th and 7th graders that want to be a part of the team need to fill out an application.

We have it online this year! 


Bailey Cross Country News

 If any incoming 6th,  7th, or 8th grade boy or girl is interested in running cross country next year, please click the links below for information. If you have any questions, please email Coach Avila.

Bailey Cross Country 2021

Cross Country Interest Form

Campus Health and Safety

Click HERE to learn more about our Health and Safety Protocols. It includes information about:

  • Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
  • Face Coverings
  • Health Screenings
  • Visitors on Campus
  • Outdoor Learning Environments
  • Protocols for Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Physical Environment and Safety Protocols
  • Transitions
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