Hornet Blast

December 17, 2015 - Holiday Edition

Please Note: There will be no Hornet Blast published over the Holiday Break. The next edition of the Hornet Blast will be published on Thursday, January 7.

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Holiday Band Concert

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Ben Elliott Commits to Anderson University

Ben will play soccer at Anderson. Congratulations, Ben!

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Listen to "Sounds of the Season" from Central's Holiday Concert ...

Central Elementary Christmas Concert 2015
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Central Elementary's Second Grade Music Club

From Mrs. Etter . . .

"The second grade Music Club went to Cambridge Square of Beech Grove on December 2nd to sing for some of the residents."


A lot of joy for these precious residents!

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Central Elementary's Holiday Luncheons

Both days of the ever-popular Holiday luncheon were filled to capacity with family and friends of Central's students!

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Students Volunteer with BGPD's "Shop with a Cop"

From College and Career Coordinator, Mrs. Paige Anderson:

"A special thanks to the following students who volunteered to help on Saturday, December 12, with the BGPD's "Shop with a Cop" Program. Our high school students helped shop with the students and did a nice job representing BGHS. They had to be at Kmart at 6:45 a.m., so it was great to see their commitment."


Students who volunteered:


  • Tiffany Edwards
  • Savanna Decker
  • Brooke Roe
  • Tayler Douglous
  • Riley Judd
  • Shelby Wright
  • Peyton Leighty
  • Kim Arnold
  • Hayley Stiles


(Photos from the event appear below)

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Students Assist at Gleaners Food Bank

On Wednesday, December 9, four students from the high school's FCCLA club volunteered at Gleaners Food Bank. Shelby Wright, Gabriella Rosales-White, Raina Byers and Olivia Bricker worked three hours at the center sorting non-food items for the giant food bank distributor. It was a great way to do some community service and feel good about helping those less fortunate. The students were accompanied by their club sponsors Mrs. Lauren Baker and Mrs. Shelley Dean.

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South Grove's Judy Ray Awarded $500 McDonald's Grant

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Middle School's "Smart Start" Breakfast

From Mrs. Keller . . .

"We had our semi-annual Smart Start Breakfast this year and had a wonderful turnout! The SmartStart Breakfast is made up of students who exemplify the positive characteristics of Beech Grove Middle School and who were nominated by Beech Grove Middle School staff. We would like to thank all of the parents, students and staff that attended the breakfast! We would especially like to send a big thank you to Mayor Buckley, Dr. Kaiser, Dr. Keeley and Mr. Bair who so graciously came to our breakfast! It was such a privilege to have them join us!

Each student received a certificate with the signature of Mr. Gearhart and the staff member who nominated him/her, a placemat with positive adjectives submitted from our staff describing the student and a T-Shirt with a hornet made up of the words Beech Grove.

We are so proud of our students!" Photos from the event are pictured below. The students honored include:


Ballinger, Hope

Beck, Daphne

Boone, Cheyenne

Brown, Megan

Burgess, Alexis

Causey, Sarah

Chandler, Hannah

Esposito, Garrett

Foster, Bella

Fougerousse, John

Galindo, Gabby

Garcia, Carlos

Garcia, Cece

Gindling, Alyssa

Goldman, Rachel

Hawley, Mackenzie

Hreno, David

Johnson, Areonia

Johnson, Sabrina

Johnson, Taiya

Kaufman, Juliet

Keenan, Olivia

Kinder, Kevin

LaMar, Evan

LaMar, Paige

Laughlin, Ian

Moody, Dalton

Porter, Alyssa

Price, Haven

Reel, Dustin

Rider, Miranda

Rodriguez, Damaris

Rudolph, Christian

Schmidt, Savannah

Stanley, Payton

Storms, Emma

Stratton, Madison

Terhune, Chelsie

Turner, Lily

Vann, Gabby

Walters, Seth

Williams, Ja Tayah

Wilson, Ethan

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Retired Educators Luncheon

Our Retired Educators continue to be active and involved with BGCS.

The retired educator group met for lunch on Friday, December 11. The luncheon was hosted by the Beech Grove Education Foundation.
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Erika Leak Named Edward Jones Investments Scholar Athlete

Erika Leak has been named the Edward Jones Investments Scholar Athlete of the Month. Erika is a junior on the swim team at BGHS. She competes in the 200 Medley Relay, 50 and 100 Freestyle, 200 and 400 Freestyle Relay. She carries a 3.2 grade point average and is the daughter of Jeff and Valerie Leak. She is pictured below with Edward Jones representative Joy Wallace.
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And, the blessings continue!

A true success story from the Thanksgiving Dinner... Teachers Lois Speziale and Kacy Kestner met this sweet man at the dinner and they made a date to take him to The Nutcracker! As you can see, the trio enjoyed their night out!
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Allen To Be Featured on "Pet Pals"

Buffy and Ramon From Pet Pals TV film at Central

The duo spent over two hours at Central and shot video of Allen, Central's therapy dog, interacting with students. They also interviewed teacher and Allen's "Mom" Ciera Harris and many of Central's students about their journey with Allen.


The piece is scheduled to air on Pet Pals TV on January 17, 2016 and will be broadcast all over the country.

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This Week's Donors Choose Project

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High School Students Prepare for "Iron Chef" Competition

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More Holiday Spirit at South Grove!

Mr. Holmes, Mrs. Reid, and Ms. Cradick celebrate the season!

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Attention: Middle School Parents

This offer ends tomorrow!

Running out of Christmas gift ideas? Your student's yearbook would make a great gift this holiday season! They're on sale for $30 and you can order online at www.yearbookforever.com or make checks payable to BGMS.


Don't be a Stormtrooper, buy the BGMS yearbook before Christmas Break!

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Alumni Announcements

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Youth Basketball League

Registration takes place in February . . .

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Community Events

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Send Us Your Hornet Highlights!

We know there are many, many positive stories about Beech Grove City Schools involving our students, teachers, staff, and programs that we don't always hear. If you have a positive story to share, please send the details to Melody Stevens, Community Relations Director, at mstevens@bgcs.k12.in.us. We also encourage you to send stories that include personal achievements of your child such as: attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, performing in a community play, earning Girl Scout badges, serving as a volunteer in a non-profit organization, etc., etc. You might just see your story in a future edition of the "Hornet Blast" or in one of our local south side newspapers. We want to celebrate our Hornets!


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