Patriot Post

February 2019

Extended Passing Period Trial

One of the ideas that has come out of various discussions surrounding the Challenge Success program is a modification to the bell schedule that would allow more time between classes. The thought is that the additional time between classes would allow for a slower pace to the day, more time for teacher-student interactions before and after class, time to transition between classes for both students and teachers and potentially the ability to use the restroom at a time other than break or lunch. We recently discussed the idea in Leadership and the group feels there are several benefits for BOTH students and teachers that warrant giving this a try. As a result, Beckman piloted a version of the schedule the week of January 21st. The schedule received extremely positive reviews from both teachers and students (98.3% of students gave a positive review), so we decided to extend the trial another week and are currently working on plans to continue a version of the schedule indefinitely. Here are some quotes directly from our student survey that received over 1000 responses:

"It impacted me in a positive way. It allowed to me to refresh my mind before going into the next class. I felt like in class I was paying more attention."

"It impacted me in a positive way, it had allowed me to talk with teachers after the bell for a longer period of time and had allowed me to use the restroom between classes rather than taking time away from class."

"I noticed that everyone looked more related and positive during passing period. Before the change i would see kids rushing to class, but now they can relax and even have time to talk to teachers about grades, or if they have any questions."

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Dance Team Wins Big!

Congratulations to the Beckman Dance Team for winning 1st place in Pom Dance and Small Lyrical Dance at the USA Regional Dance Competition at Downey High School on January 26. The team also won 3rd place for their Mid-Size Lyrical. The team qualified for Nationals in all of these dances and for their Jazz group.

Medical Certificate Program Year 3 Medical Day

On Saturday, January 12th, students of our Medical Certificate Program (Year 3) had the opportunity to talk to 14 medical professionals in different stages of their career. First, students got a chance to hear from and ask questions to panel of College Freshmen who are Pre-Med, then College Juniors/Seniors currently applying to graduate school, then Medical Students from UC Irvine, then Doctors in Residency from UC Irvine, then Medical Professionals currently in their first 10 years of their career and finally Medical Professionals currently in their 10th or more year of their career. Overall, all students appreciated & enjoyed the opportunity to meet/learn from all the professionals and it was such a valuable professional experience. For more information, please visit the BHS Medical Certificate Program website at

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ASB Update

Over the past couple of weeks, ASB held a Spikeball tournament in which each of the grade levels competed for the title of "Spikeball Champion." The winner from each of the grade levels played in the finals last Wednesday. In addition, ASB held Winter Formal lunchtime activities revolving around the "Starry Night" theme. Finally, Our very own Beckman students are working to help Beckman High School’s “Patriot Power! walk team” reach its goal of $12,000 for the Lupus Foundation’s “Walk to End Lupus Now” charity event. The walk will be held on June 1st, 2019 at the Orange County Great Park. The event raises critical funds to improve the quality of life for all people affected by Lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy. You can sign up at: “

Meet Dylan Thoerner

Time is running out if you haven’t see Dylan Thoerner play basketball for the Patriots. Dylan is a Senior and has committed to Tufts University and play for the Jumbos this next Fall. Back in late December, Dylan became Beckman’s all-time leading scorer surpassing the previous mark of 1364 points set by Michael Yee. Since breaking that record, Dylan has continued to add to his mark with games that include a 33 point outburst at Woodbridge on January 25th. Keep in mind that Dylan is not catching teams by surprise while doing this. Dylan was first team all-league and all-CIF after his Junior season and is the focal point of the opposition’s defense every night. There isn’t anything flashy about Dylan’s game except the results. Coach Goins added, “Dylan has been the most coachable player I’ve ever had the chance to work with. You only need to instruct him once, and from then on he executes the instruction consistently every time on the floor.” Right now, Dylan has the Patriots still challenging for their first league title in the program’s history and hopefully an extended stay in the CIF playoffs.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar and Important Dates

Below is a link to the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar. Please note:

First Day of School - August 13th

Fall Recess - November 23 - 31

Winter Break - December 20 - January 5

Spring Break - March 14 - 22

Last Day of School - May 28

Graduation Tickets for the Class of 2019

Due to the size of the graduating class and the capacity restrictions at the stadium seniors will be receiving 4 graduation tickets. If you are in need of tickets beyond the four issued per student, we will be passing out additional graduation tickets on May 30th beginning at 7:00 am. The line will start at the front gate. Tickets are limited, so we will only pass out a single ticket to for each ADULT in line until we no longer have any tickets. If you require 4 additional tickets, you will need to ensure that 4 adults are in line. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Senior Dates and Events

Winter Formal Promo

A Starry Night at Winter Formal

Winter Formal Court

2019 Winter Formal Court

Camp Chronicles: Beckman Baseball

On June 1, 2019 a number of Beckman students will be participating in the 2019 Walk to End Lupus Now® at the Great Park of Orange County. The event raises critical funds to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy. Lupus affects several of our students and also affects family members of our staff.

Our walk team, Patriot Power! - Beckman High School, set an ambitious goal to raise over $12,000. The leading high school fundraising team in the country was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which raised just a little over $10,000. We can do better! Gather your friends and family and show your Patriot pride by walking with us on June 1. Please sign up for the walk at

2019 Walk to End Lupus Now, Orange County

Event Date & Time:

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Check-in: 7:30 a.m.

Ceremony: 8:30 a.m.

Walk: 9:00 a.m.

Route Length: 1.5 miles

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