Patriot Post

March 2020

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Beckman Ed Fund is hosting an online auction.

Please support the educational programs at Beckman High School by clicking on the following link to view the amazing items available for bid!

Ducks tickets, Angels Diamond Club tickets, Les Miserables tickets, Photography package, VR and escape room packages and WINE!!

Don't miss out - auctions will close on March 15th at noon!

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Beckman's Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Lisa Ng

Lisa Ng has been named Beckman High School’s Teacher of the Year for 2020. Mrs. Ng is a wonderful teacher and colleague and has gone above and beyond her agreed upon duties to take on extra responsibilities for the betterment of the entire Beckman population. Her commitment to the Kindness Campaign, AVID and now the STRIVE mentoring program illustrates how committed she is to making Beckman a better place for all. Mrs. Ng’s contribution to improving the lives of the entire Beckman Family makes her the ideal candidate to be our Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to Mrs. Lisa Ng, Beckman High School’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.

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Holocaust Survivor Forum

Thursday, March 12th, 6:30pm

3588 Bryan Avenue

Irvine, CA

Past speaker/forum events on this topic have reached capacity quickly, so please plan to arrive early. Opportunities to hear from and interact with actual survivors of the Holocaust are becoming extremely rare. This “living history” event is intended for middle school, high school, and community audiences. Some material may be unsuitable for students under 6th Grade.

Please submit any questions you may have for Holocaust Survivors in advance by going to the following website:

Academic Decathalon

Our Academic Decathlon team just finished its first competition season. After two competition days, comprised of both subjective and objective tests, a minimum of four students placed in EVERY individual category. Beckman won third place for “super quiz” and won FIRST PLACE OVERALL in our division.

Congratulations to: Samantha Gomez (12), Alara Balasaygun (11), Eric Chen (11), Kevin Han (11), Megan Chen (who also won 9th overall for individual testing) (11), Jaya Athuluru (11), Ashlyn Huynh (11), Andy Carillo (9).

Dance Team Sweeps Regional Competition

The BHS Dance Team won 1st Place in all 7 of their team dances at the USA Regional Competition in Costa Mesa on Feb. 8. Congratulations to all dance team members for working together to outscore some very tough competition.

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Mock Trial Finishes Strong

This year Beckman's mock trial program had a near flawless winning record, going 7-0 through the JSerra Mock Trial and the Orange County CRF Mock Trial competitions and making it all the way to the elimination round. This is the farthest the team has gone in it's history at Beckman.

Lead by Co- Lead Council Ashley Cheveche, Aditya Aderwal and Bryan Choi, both the prosecution and defense teams competed against some of the best teams in the county in a thrilling murder trial pitting witness against witness. Chris Veitch, the team's teacher coach says that he is extremely proud of the team's accomplishments and is excited to be part of the future of Beckman Mock Trial.

Biggest Hawk Games Ever!

The Hawk Games is a day for Hillview High School students to give back to the community by working with special education students from around the district. Each Hillview student is "buddied" up with students from schools around the district for a morning of activities and friendship. This year saw more special education students participating than ever before. It is, by far, one of our students' favorite days of the year. Specil thanks to the teachers who helped organize this fun event and to our student who volunteered their time as well

Athlete Spotlight - Rachel Palajac

Every student-athlete dreams of having a magical Senior season in their sport that provides lasting memories for themselves and their teammates. Heading into this Soccer season, Senior and three-year Varsity member Rachel Palajac was expected to have a tremendous impact on the field with her skill and leadership. Unfortunately, on December 12, which was only a few games into their season, Rachel broke her fibula and was out for the remainder of the season. Head Coach Gordon Scott commented,”At first, Rachel and the entire team were devastated by the injury. But very rapidly, Rachel accepted her situation and looked for other ways she could support her teammates.” Rachel then transitioned into channeling her energy to inspire and motivate her teammates from the sideline. A teammate stated, “ Even with her season ending injury, Rachel still came to all of our practices and games. She constantly motivated everyone and was always positive.”

For those that don’t know Rachel, she is constantly smiling, has infectious positivity and can be typically found talking to a friend or whomever happens to be next to her. With regards to Soccer, Rachel’s recovery timeline is right on track. She’s been completing conditioning and some skillwork on her own and expects to be back playing with her club team on March 2. As she reflects back on her season, Rachel stated, “I was obviously disappointed that my injury happened during the pre-season, however having Logan(our Athletic Trainer) there to speed up my recovery process made me confident that I could be back playing in no time.” This has been Rachel’s favorite season of her four years in the Beckman Soccer program. She is excited to take her 4.0 GPA and soccer skills to Chapman University next year where she’ll play and study Business with an emphasis in Real Estate. Rachel has left a lasting impression on the Beckman Soccer program and definitely created lasting memories for she and her teammates.

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PTO Corner

Mark your calendar for March activities that bring our community together!

PTO partners with Beckman educators to support insightful events for our Patriots. Please encourage your student’s participation!

- Student ‘Lunch & Learns’ on 3/10 and 3/24 address Exploring Majors & Careers and Learning Styles, respectively.

- Both Revolution Prep and Huntington Learning Center provide a variety of dates and testing environments for SAT®/ACT® practice exams. Learn more at

If your student is near or approaching driving age, please join us on Wednesday evening 3/11, as we explore helpful tips for parents and teens! Speakers from California Highway Patrol, Department of Motor Vehicles, a local Insurance Agency and PTO sponsor Teen Road To Safety driver training specialist will be on hand. Opportunity raffle entries will be drawn for those in attendance. Reserve a spot for you and your teen before they fill up…only 75 spots!

Our next PTO Meeting is Wednesday, 3/25 @ 6:30 p.m.- this is a newly rescheduled date change.

Thanks to our PTO volunteers! They assist with events throughout the month including Report Card Night on 3/26 and Grad Night 2020 ticket sales (for convenience, they’re back on campus for students later this month.)

PTO extends a very special thank you to sponsors Zov’s Restaurants and Teen Road to Safety Driving School.

Medical Certificate Program Mentorship Day

Beckman High's Medical Certificate Program (MCP) had its 5th annual Mentorship Day on Saturday, Feb 29th. This year, we had 25 medical professionals mentor about 130 students in Year 2 of MCP. Students got to choose which 3 mentors they wanted to talk to in a small group, prepared 10 questions to ask each mentor, dressed up professionally for the event and wrote a thank you card to each of their 3 mentors. Overall, it was another successful event and our students got the opportunity to gain more real world knowledge on different medical careers. For more information, please visit their website at

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