The Kindergarten classes would like to express their sincere appreciation for your generous support of their class business this year! The Snack Shack is operated by students and parents and offers healthy snacks and bottles of water for 50 cents each throughout the school year. Students learned how to inventory and stock their store, count change, and most importantly provide good customer service with eye contact, a friendly smile, and a hearty handshake. Visitors to the "Snack Shack" helped raise over $2,000 this year, which provided the Kindergartners many enrichment opportunities including field trips Murphy's Farm and Impression 5 Science Center. The class thanks you so much for a great year and looks forward to opening again this fall with more healthy snacks!

Mrs. Spindler wrote a grant that awarded Bay City Academy over 3,500 books. The mix of early readers, chapter books, and board books came in as class sets and at no cost, but with one catch... they had to be picked up in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Mrs. Berry’s parents happen to live in Minneapolis and volunteered to take time off, pick up our U-Haul trailer and drive them all the way here. Please give a huge thank you to Mrs. Berry and her family for loading them up and delivering them to our school and to Mrs. Spindler for writing and organizing the grant. The books arrived on Friday, April 20th and the BCA staff literally jumped in to help upload.




Character Education trains students to "see" the future consequences of current actions so they learn to choose well throughout their lives. Bay City Academy's Character Education programs are woven into every part of the school day. Character traits are applied to daily life through service learning projects. These projects connect our curriculum with the inherent caring and concern young people have for their world. Classmates choose projects that benefit others. They plan, coordinate and implement ideas to completion. Character Education report cards are sent to parents four times per year so that teachers, parents and students can celebrate accomplishments and plan for improvement.

Bay City Academy emphasizes six Character Education traits:
  • Work Ethic: Working hard and sustaining effort leading to feeling good about a job well done.
  • Getting Along: Contributing to and gaining from positive relationships.
  • Kindness: Thinking and acting in ways that show you care.
  • Respect: Acting in a way that shows that I am valuable, you are valuable and we as a group are valuable.
  • Responsibility: Choosing to act in a way that takes care of oneself and contributes to the common good.
  • Optimism: Expecting good things today and in the future.


This graphic is drawn by our resident artist, Jeremy. We use humorous pictures like this in our instructional methods. These cartoons help to remember multiple steps and keep information orderly. This one represents "Six Character Traits" or "6 Carrot Tray."


Bay City Academy Principal Ryan Schrock is standing on the performing arts stage with one of the  school's stained-glass windows behind him. The ornamental stained glass is being preserved as an important trademark of the historic building.


Not only are we visual learners, but we also make visual memories. Check out this ABC News video on how to Train Your Brain Like a Champ.



It's time we think in a different way. ADHD is not an epidemic — kids are being told to focus on boring stuff! Let's wake students up. Start by watching this video. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.


The Bay City Academy Board of Directors has been sworn in.


The Bay City mayor and city clerk were on hand Jan. 31 at the Historic Webster House as the following officers were elected:

  • President Craig Johnston
  • Vice President Mike Wooley
  • Secretary Dennis Griffith
  • Treasurer Arlene Bush
  • Trustee Claire Gregory

Bay City Academy also now is officially chartered with Lake Superior State University.

"Parents need a wider choice in their educational offerings," BCA founder Steve Ingersoll told the Bay City Times. "All schools improve when there's expanded choice. That's what we've found in Traverse City. We have 1,200 kids in that school, and Traverse City has a pretty good school district, so we must be doing something right."

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