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Current Opportunities for 7th - 12th Graders

7th - 8th Grade

FridayPlus Baker County Oral History Project

Are you a writer? Enjoy history? Want to learn more about our community? Have a talent for editing and technology? Maybe you just enjoy chatting with people?


Join us for an opportunity to interview residents of Baker County. Building on session one in which the team created a video and audio interview for the Baker Heritage Museum “Extraordinary Women of Baker County” exhibit, the student team will interview a local citizen in order to preserve a historical story from our community. Multiple opportunities exist with the project including writing, filming, editing, and interview design. The team will be compiling the interviews into a podcast in the near future. Learn the latest techniques from a local reporter and writer!


When: April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 8; potential to adjust dates based on spring sports schedules


Time:  1-3pm


Where:  Baker County Library  


Who: Students in grades 6-8


Materials required:  None


Cost:  Free


Instructor: Lisa Jacoby, local freelance journalist


Enrollment cap:  6-8


Sign-up method: Online sign-up, staff referral, lottery system if needed. Registration closes March 8, 2020; CLICK HERE to register 


More information: or (971)319-5093

FridayPlus Baker School District 5J/Baker County YMCA Chess Tournament

You are invited to the FridayPlus Baker School District 5J/Baker County YMCA chess tournament on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Brooklyn Primary School. Students in grades K-8 are invited to this local tournament. Players of all levels, from beginner to advanced, are invited to attend. Sportsmanship is a must.


Parents are invited to watch but may not assist in any games. The tournament is anticipated to end at approximately 4:00 pm. Prizes awarded based on division and number of participants. Pairings will, initially, be based on grade level/age but will depend on wins/losses as the tournament proceeds.


When: Friday, March 6, 2020


Time: Check-in begins at 12:15pm


Where: Brooklyn Primary School 


Who: Students in grades K-8


Materials required: Bring a snack and something to do between rounds


Cost: Free


Hosts: Baker School District 5J & Baker County YMCA


Enrollment cap: none


Sign-up method: Online signup; Registration closes February 28, 2020; CLICK HERE to register


More information: or call/text (971)319-5093

BMS Anime Club

Do you enjoy anime or manga? Does Japanese art seem like something you’re interested in? Join the BMS Anime Club to learn the general history of Japanese culture as it relates to the history of anime and manga as well as current trends in the culture of this art form. Art techniques will include drawing, animation, storyline, as well as developing a written story. 



  • Weekly after school; October through May


Where: Baker Middle School


Who: Baker Middle School students


Materials required: None


Cost: Free


Instructor: Crossroads Staff, Brianna Peppers, Jeana Phillips


Enrollment cap: 20 students; 10 students minimum


Sign-up method: Teacher referral 


More information: or (541) 524-2450 extension 3010

Chess for Success


Updated Calendar for Chess for Success Click Here

Join us to learn the greatest game of strategy of all time - CHESS! Through a partnership with Chess for Success, chess lessons and practice sessions will be offered weekly until March. Players of all levels, from beginner to advanced, are invited to attend. 


Baker Middle School students meet in Mr. Valerio’s classroom on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45pm.


Students will have the opportunity to compete in the Regional Chess for Success tournament in February at Hermiston High School and may qualify to participate in the State Chess for Success tournament in Portland on March 13th. There may be at least one local tournament in Baker City. Students will be required to follow the expectations set forth by the program and school district as well as remain respectful and courteous at all times. Sportsmanship is a must.


When: Wednesdays; November 20th - March 11th


Time:  3:45-4:45 pm


Where:  Baker Middle School


Who: BMS students


Materials required:  None


Cost:  Free



  • Marco Valerio, BMS 


Enrollment cap:  none


Sign-up method: 


More information: or (541) 524-2450 extension 3010

BMS Drama Club - THE HOBBIT production

BMS Drama Club will teach middle school students basic skills in stage presence, role memorization, and play production. At the end of the experience, participants will present the play - The Hobbit - and be qualified, even as middle school students, to participate in select BHS Drama Club productions.

January 10, 17, 24, 31; 1-3 pm
February 7, 14, 21, 28 ; 1-3 pm
March 6 & 13; 1-3 pm
April 3 & 10; 1-3 pm
April 10; one-hour performance; 7pm
April 11 one-hour performance; 3pm

Where: Baker High School auditorium

Who: Baker Middle School students & middle school students in the Baker School District 5J boundaries

Materials required: None

Cost: Free

Instructor: Scot Violette & Hannah Violette

Enrollment cap: 30 students; 10 students minimum

Sign-up method: Online signup; lottery process; signups open 11/16/19 and close 12/1/19 HERE

More information: or (541) 524-2450 extension 3010

BMS Literary Club

Baker Middle School will launch its first extracurricular literary club. The club will be created by chapter members at the first meeting and will meet twice monthly. The books chosen for the Literary Club discussion will be selected based on the current Oregon Battle of the Books booklist which includes16 different titles. Each club meeting will feature three different “mini-groups” with each group discussing a different book.  Members of the literary club are encouraged to join the local OBOB chapter which meets on Thursdays at the Baker County Public Library. Members who join the local chapter have the opportunity to participate in the regional OBOB competition in February and the state competition in March.   


When: Every other Monday beginning in October


Time: 3:45-4:45pm


Where: Baker Middle School


Who: Baker Middle School students


Materials required: None


Cost: Free


Instructor: Shandra Lee, Holly Coleman, & Sarah Villarreal


Enrollment cap: 20 students minimum, 30 students maximum


Sign-up method: Through instructor at BMS


More information: or (541) 524-2450 extension 3010

9th - 12th Grade

EOU Student Writers’ Workshop

The EOU English/Writing program hosts the Student Writers’ Workshop for young writers in grades 3-12 on the second Saturday of every March on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande. This year’s event is March 14, 2020. FridayPlus will be taking a bus with four adult chaperones. Parents are encouraged to join us. Parents may ride the bus pending space and an approved background check.


Students from across Eastern Oregon, along with teachers, parents, and chaperones, participate in an opening session, write in concurrent sessions with topics such as journalism and poetry, eat lunch in the EOU cafeteria, and celebrate their writing in an open mic. All participants are invited to submit their writing to the workshop anthology.


When: March 14, 2020


Time:  Bus loads at 7:15am at Brooklyn Primary School; departure at 7:30am


8:00-8:45 AM Registration, Loso Lobby

8:45-9:15 AM Opening Session, McKenzie Theatre
9:15-9:30 AM Morning Break


Grades 3-6

  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM Morning Sessions

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch in the EOU Cafeteria

  • 12:30 – 2:30 PM Afternoon Sessions

  • 2:30 -3:00 PM Revision and Evaluation


Grades 7-12

  • 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Morning Sessions

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch in the EOU Cafeteria

  • 1:00 – 2:15 PM Afternoon Session

  • 2:25 – 3:00 PM Revision and Evaluation


Grades 11-12

Poetry Workshop Option
  • 9:30 – Noon Poetry Poetry Workshop

  • Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch in the EOU Cafeteria

  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM Poetry Workshop

  • 2:30 -3:00 PM Revision Sessions

  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Open Mic


Where:  Eastern Oregon University


Who: Students in grades 3-12


Materials required:  Paper, pencils, and lunch will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring any additional writing material, snacks, water bottles, and jackets.


Cost:  FridayPlus will cover the $30 per student registration fee


Instructors:  Lisa Jacoby, Maure Albert, Daisy Walden, Sharon Foster


Chaperones are welcome to attend at no cost and are encouraged to write alongside their children. Please complete the registration information and indicate you are attending as a chaperone.


Enrollment cap:  Minimum of 10 students


Sign-up method: Online signup/lottery system should enrollment exceed bus capacity; CLICK HERE to signup; registration closes March 1, 2020


More information: or call/text (971)319-5093

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