Hornet Blast

March 19, 2015

Happy Thursday, Hornets! Spring Break begins on Monday. School resumes on Monday, April 6. Enjoy your Break!

Shamrock Smash at Hornet Park

Mother and Son Dance a sweet success . . .

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Everyone doing the "Chicken Dance"

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Hornet Park Students Invent "Leprechaun Traps"

Hornet Park students had a family project the weekend of March 13 to come up with a trap to catch a sneaky leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day. Our students are so creative! A group photo of some of the students and their inventions are pictured below.
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Central Elementary Celebrates St. Patricks Day

Green was in abundance on March 17!

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It's Not Too Late to Register to Vote!

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Indy Civil War Show to Benefit BGHS

Former BGHS Principal Harvey Warrner continues to support his Hornets! Thanks, Mr. Warrner!

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Middle School Robotics Team

Now that the Robotics competition is over, the team moves on to
different types of robots - Spheros and Ollies! Students begin by
discovering how it works, will move on to utilizing the different apps
associated with these interesting bots, and will then program them.
Coding...Macros...Spheros - oh my!


Robotics Team members pictured below (left to right): Gavin Henderson, Ely Shockley and Cameron Hester.

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Free Meals Offered First Week of Spring Break

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Spring Break Menu

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Meet Allen . . .

Allen is Central Elementary's therapy dog and companion to all! Allen loves to comfort students, and is extremely patient as he listens to students read. Central's students and staff love Allen! And, if you want to earn Allen's undying loyalty, bring him some Cheerios - his favorite snack!
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Digital Learning Day at South Grove

Mrs. Rachel Omeish's class participates in "Mystery Hangout"

This activity involves two teachers who pair up in a Google Hangout (think FaceTime or Skype) from around the country/world and students play 20 questions to try to figure out where each other's school is located. Mrs. Omeish's students connected with a 5th/6th grade classroom in Phoenix, Arizona. Both classes were very excited when they guessed the correct state. Then each class identified each others' cities. A fabulous activity for our students!
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Need help with a Prom Dress?

Local business owner, Kim Browning, continues the "Project Prom" program for BGHS girls. . .

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BGMS 8th Graders Complete CPR Course

This past week, the middle school's 3rd 9wks 8th grade Health students completed a CPR and Airway Obstruction course taught by the Beech Grove Fire Department. This unit is part of the 8th grade Health curriculum and is taught each 9 weeks. This partnership with the Beech Grove Fire Department has been ongoing for over 25 yrs. Over the course of time, there have been many from the Beech Grove Fire Department who have came to assist with this important life saving information. In the first photo below, Mr. Randall Hadler ( the lead instructor) is pictured with Steven Lawson. Steven was recognized by the instructors for his great attitude and awesome effort during this challenging unit.


Pictured in the group photo are a few of our amazing 8th graders that took this unit very serious and gave it their best effort!

Back Row: Mr. Hadler (BGFD), Marqueese Davis, Hunter Dodd, Noah Cleary, Mrs. Mary Rector (Teacher Assistant), Mr. Boone (BGFD), Mr. Johnson (BGFD), Erica Redman, Jalyn Tate, Steven Lawson.


Congratulations to all our 8th graders this year who have met the challenge of this lifesaving course. Our community is a much safer place thanks to these young people and the lifesaving skills they now possess. Also, a big thank you to our wonderful Beech Grove Fire Department personnel who volunteer their time and efforts to make this a successful partnership between school and community.

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Beech Grove HS Students to "Swarm" Beech Grove on April 22!

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Special Services Spring Fair

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Don't Forget to sign up for Driver Ed!

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Call a Pacer!

During Spring Break, let one of our Indiana Pacers read a story to you - and, then, check out the book from the library to read again! Enjoy!

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BGHS Athletic Trainer Interviewed by Channel 6 News

Carl Palma addresses concussion education for coaches

Athletes Saving Athletes


Launched in 2012, Athletes Saving Athletes harnesses the power of peer-to-peer communication and the value of educating student athletes in basic sports safety. Eleven Beech Grove student athletes were recently selected to attend the program, which was sponsored by Community Health Network Sports Medicine. The training was held Saturday, March 14, at Decatur Central High School from noon - 5:00 p.m.


Taught exclusively by certified athletic trainers, Athletes Saving Athletes is a unique educational program that teaches recognition and understanding of signs and symptoms of sports related injuries and chronic medical conditions. It originated in Caifornia as part of a mission of Advocates for Injured Athletes to help put an athletic trainer on every sideline. In 2014, Community Health Network was the first network outside of California to conduct the program.


The curriculum covers concussion, head and neck injuries, heat illness, sudden cardiac arrest, diabetes and asthma, and stresses the importance of notifying a certified athletic trainer, coach or other supervising adult immediately when a teammate is in trouble. In addition to learning to recognize and understand signs and symptoms, program participants learn Compressions-Only CPR and are introduced to the function and purpose of the AED (Automated External Defibrillator).


The curriculum includes the compelling video stories of the program’s three Founding ASA Ambassadors: Tommy Mallon, a lacrosse player who received a catastrophic head and neck injury; nationally ranked tennis player Brittan Sutphin, who suffered sudden cardiac arrest while swimming; and Will James, a football player who nearly died due to exertional heat stroke. In addition, the students in attendance met Cody Lehe, a Second Impact Syndrome survivor, and learned his story regarding continuing to play while suffering from a concussion.


The motto of the ASA™ program is: “What you know may save someone you know.” Program graduates become ASA™ Ambassadors, committed to sharing the value of learning sports safety education and using that knowledge on and off the playing field. BGHS Athletic Trainer, Carl Palma, participated in the program with our Beech Grove students.


Beech Grove Students in attendance (pictured below with Mr. Palma):

Cameron Cardenas, Kody Conaway, Ben Davids, Brian Davids, Kyli Luna, Abigail Myers, Deanna Smith, Danielle Sohn, Brenton Strahla, Linnea Tuterow, and Seth Wilson.

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Congratulations to our Middle School Bands!

From Band Director, Jon Carney: "The middle school bands both had great performances at ISSMA Concert Band Festival on Friday, March 13 at Center Grove Middle School North. The middle school Concert Band received a Gold rating in Group 4 (young middle school bands) and our Symphonic Band received a Gold rating in Group 1 (highest level for middle school bands) along with some very positive comments from the judges. It was an enjoyable night for me as a director, as the kids have put in a ton of hard work on this music and definitely earned their ratings." Congratulations to Mr. Carney and to the Concert and Symphonic bands!

BGMS Students - Buy Your Yearbook Now!

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Get Your Hornet Gold Card!

For individuals 60 years and older . . .

To request a Hornet Gold Card, email Melody Stevens: mstevens@bgcs.k12.in.us.


What's coming up where I can use my Hornet Gold Card? A listing of March and April activities are listed below. Enjoy!

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March and April Activities for Hornet Gold Card members

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Mark Your Calendar!

South Grove's 4th Grade Music Program, directed by Music Teacher, Mrs. Addie Alkire, is scheduled for April 9.

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Vote for our Beech Grove Band!

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Parents and Students - The deadline to purchase a yearbook at a lower price, or to purchase a congratulations ad for your student is tomorrow - Friday, March 20!

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Mark Your Calendars for 2015-2016 Registration

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It's Not Too Late to Sign Up for Swim Lessons

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Help our Marching Band!




The Beech Grove Band Boosters will be hosting a fundraiser event to support the Marching Band and all the ensembles. This event will be held Friday April 10th at Primo's Banquet Hall starting at 6:30 pm. This event will include dinner, entertainment, and prizes. The reverse raffle will have a cash prize up to $2,000. We will also have a silent raffle throughout the night with winners at the end of the night. Such prizes as an evening out bundle, sports packages, family fun, and much more. Come support our High School Bands and have a great time!

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Save the Date!

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A Great Hornet Highlight!

Brody Barnard won Cub Scout Pack 108's Wolf Den & Grand Champion in the Pack's recent Pine Wood Derby. Brody's Dad, Phil, remarked that "It was a great event and fun was had by all." The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Most packs have a pinewood derby every year. It can be run indoors or outdoors. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race. Brody is pictured below, along with other photos from the event. Congratulations, Brody!
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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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