Hornet Blast Newsletter

September 23, 2021

Fall Break

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Check Your Family's Symptoms Daily

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Covid-19 Symptom Checkers (in English, Spanish, and Burmese) are attached to this issue of the Hornet Blast. Families should continue to monitor their family's health symptoms daily.

If you have any questions, contact Brandee Beikman, RN, MSN, our nurse coordinator: bbeikman@bgcs.k12.in.us or call her: 317-786-1447.

As a reminder, masks are REQUIRED for all students, staff, and parents/guardians picking up their child from the school office.

Hornet Highlights

This week's "Hornet Highlights" features a statement from Dr. Hammack regarding the events which occurred after the Homecoming game on Friday, September 17.

If you have questions for Dr. Hammack to answer on her video next week, please submit them IN ADVANCE using this link:


If you have student-specific questions or concerns, please contact your child's school.

Dr. Hammack's video statement is included below. We will return to our regular "Hornet Highlights" format next week.

Statement from Dr. Hammack

2021-2022 Podemos: First Event: TONIGHT: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Podemos translates to "Yes, we can!"

Attention: ALL English Language Families

September 23, 2021

6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Hornet Park Community Center

It is a new school year and PODEMOS is back! We cannot wait to begin our monthly meetings with our families of English Learners this month. Please plan to join us for information, helpful tips, snacks, prizes, and family fun.

This month we will focus on the following topics:

  • Meet our English Language Teachers and Support Team

  • Building news and information on upcoming events

  • Technology information and support

    • We will help YOU learn how to communicate and support your child/children with the help of technology using email, Dojo, Canvas, Skyward, iReady, and any other technology.

  • Celebrations, prizes, snacks, and an activity for the children.

BGHS National Honor Society


The induction ceremony for the Beech Grove High School National Honor Society was held Wednesday, September 15 in the Mike McMorrow Auditorium. BGCS Superintendent, Dr. Laura Hammack, served as the keynote speaker. Mrs. Katie Meguschar and Mrs. Beth Wolfe serve as the faculty advisors.

The four pillars of National Honor Society are: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. The following new members certainly embody these four pillars of National Honor Society membership:

Class of 2022:

Alexis Sterrett

Robyn Warrner

Samantha Warrner

Class of 2023:

Liam Carney

Alexander Hernandez

Hope Hight

Rylan Horen

Ava Lantzer

Austin Magiri

Allison Rinks

Brooke Roessler

Erica Settles

Sarah Tepp

Class of 2024:

McKayla Collins

Corwin Lashbrook

Malone Moore

Avery Stanley

2020-2021 Returning Members (also inducted the evening of September 15):

President: AnnaMarie Pasyanos - Class of 2022

Vice-President: Kristen Lamb - Class of 2022

Secretary: Madeline Tucker - Class of 2022

Historian/Treasurer: Maya Coker - Class of 2022

Activities Chair: Kaleah Estep - Class of 2022

Lakota Alanis - Class of 2022

Allison Gearlds - Class of 2022

Kyle Goebel - Class of 2022

Alondra Gonzalez Diaz - Class of 2022

Destiny Ham - Class of 2022

Joshua Hendrickson - Class of 2022

Jace Hodge - Class of 2022

Shelby Howard - Class of 2022

Makenzie Hughes - Class of 2022

Riley Jeffries - Class of 2022

Daisy Mancillas - Class of 2022

Alyssa Reid - Class of 2022

Sophie Simon - Class of 2022

Colin White - Class of 2022

Photos from the National Honor Society Induction: September 15, 2021

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BGHS Homecoming King and Queen

Congratulations to Mariana Davis ad Markevious Keys!

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Homecoming Court

Homecoming Highlights

Our BGHS Hornets won the Homecoming game at the TCU Veterans Stadium against the Washington Continentals 46-0! For a great report on game specifics by Mr. Jim Pich, visit the link listed below:


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Inspiring future BGHS Football players!

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Our marvelous Marching Hornets performed at the Homecoming game!

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Looking for News from BGMS?

Take a look at their newsletter from September 17!

To open and read the newsletter, click on the link below:


Marching Hornets at Avon

Good luck to our Marching Hornets at the Avon contest on Saturday, September 25!

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Choir Fundraiser

The BG Choirs have kicked off their Butter Braids fundraiser! The last day to order is 09/28/2021. To order, please contact any member of Beech Grove High School Choirs, or you can place an order online by clicking this link!


The order form is attached to this edition of the Hornet Blast newsletter.

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Save the Date!

Please join us on September 29th!

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Fall Festival Parade

We loved seeing our Marching Hornets and our JROTC marching in the parade!

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The BGCS Booth at the Fall Festival

Thank you to our volunteers who staffed our booth -- especially our Superintendent, Dr. Laura Hammack, who volunteered on her birthday!

Donations of tickets to local museums, Indians games, Kroger gift cards, passes to our Indiana State Parks, glow sticks, t-shirts, and many other items, all won by the spin of the prize wheel at the booth, made for a fun few days at the Festival. Thanks to all who stopped by to visit with us!

A few photos of our volunteers and community members who stopped by our booth are pictured below.

See you next year!

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JROTC Blood Drive

Community members are also welcome to donate!

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From Nicole Norton, Children's Librarian, The Indianapolis Library - Beech Grove Branch:

Chatterbooks online book discussion

Monday, September 27 from 2:00-3:30

Age Level: Adults

Registration required.

Adults are invited to this monthly online book discussion program. Book lists with titles selected by group members are available at the Beech Grove branch. New members are always welcome. The title for September is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Register online or call 317-275-4560 to register.

Internet basics – Level 1

Thursday, September 30 from 11:00-12:30

Age Level: Adults

Find out what you can do with the internet. Learn to use links, read internet addresses, and search the web. You must be experienced using a mouse and keyboard for this class. This class is at the Beech Grove Library. Registration is encouraged to reserve a seat! Register online or call 317-275-4560.

Teen: Cooking Made Easy - Skillet Cooking

Wednesday, October 13: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Do you cook for your family or want to learn to make healthy, delicious food? Learn how to make easy one dish meals in a skillet along with cooking techniques as you prepare to be your own personal chef! Stop in the library or call 317-275-4560 to register.

Holy Name Ocktoberfest: October 1 and 2

5 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Live music, German food, and a Kids Zone!

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Carz R Us Charity Car Show - Main Street - Beech Grove: October 3

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Free Document Shredding, Appliance Drop-Off, and Medicine Disposal from the City of Beech Grove:

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Kelly Educational Services is Hiring Substitute Teachers!

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, check out the flier attached to this issue of the Hornet Blast newsletter.
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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/Communications 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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