Hornet Blast

December 4, 2014

Happy Thursday, Hornets!

A few highlights from Beech Grove City Schools . . .

Beech Grove Middle School Student Ambassadors Decorate Their School for the Holidays!

Twelve middle school students and two high school students came in early the Saturday after Thanksgiving to decorate the middle school for the holidays. Four Christmas trees were decorated along with two Christmas scenes in the carpeted hall leading to the cafeteria. Several smaller arrangements were also completed to create a festive mood throughout the building. Thanks to the students who gave their time to make this event a success: Madeline Adamson, Kaitlyn Aldrich, Maddi Neace, Caitlyn Patrick, Ana Ramirez, Cierra Ray, Samantha Redman, Julia Reel, Chad Shumard-Supple, Haley Stiles, Tori Sutton, Shayla Traas, Allysan Wiggington, and Erin Withem. This is the third year that students have teamed up to brighten the middle school for the Holidays.

Annual Holiday Show Presented by Beech Grove High School and The Dance Refinery

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Beech Grove Police and Fire Department Members Honored on November 29

The Beech Grove Police and Fire Departments were recognized by Beech Grove City Schools at the Beech Grove High School JV and Varsity basketball games, held at Beech Grove Middle School, on Saturday, November 29. Police and Fire Department personnel formed a Color Guard to lead the assembled crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Dennis Buckley greeted and thanked the police officers and fire personnel for their service to the City of Beech Grove. A delicious Firehouse Subs meal, provided by an anonymous donor, was served to the BGPD and BGFD members before the game.

Thank you for your service to our city!

Annual Holiday Luncheon for Central Elementary Families

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This Week's "Hornet Highlight"

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Tasha Ramey, BGCS parent and friend of Kamsey's family writes, "I wanted to take a minute to tell you about an amazing young girl, Kamsey Schneider, a Freshman at BGHS. Every year, Kamsey collects items from local shops, sells candy bars, runs fundraisers, and takes donations and then turns around with the money/donations and helps the homeless. She goes to the streets (with parental guidance) and personally hand delivers items to the less fortunate. This year, she raised a lot of money and documented her journey. I wanted to let you know about her because she is an amazing 14 year old girl." Thanks, Kamsey, for your generosity and concern for others!

Help South Grove Students Spread Holiday Cheer to our Community!

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Notes from Mr. Carney

1. The 6-12 instrumental concert will take place on Wednesday, December 10th beginning at 6:30 pm. There is no charge to attend the concert. For all students in grades 6-8, information should have come home to you already about your specific portion of the concert. Please contact Mr. Carney with any questions.

2. The 6-12 choral concert will take place on Monday, December 15th beginning at 7:00 pm. There is no charge to attend the concert. For all students in grades 6-8, information has been sent home about your specific portion of the concert. Please contact Mr. Barton with any questions.

3. All fundraiser money for 6th grade band and choir needs to be turned in as soon as possible to Mr. Carney and Mr. Barton.

4. Instrument step up night for any interested band student in grades 7-12 is Thursday, December 11th at BGMS from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Information is available at BGMS or through Mr. Carney or Mr. Wynn. Mouthpieces and instruments are available!

5. The parent meeting for the BGMS Swim and Dive team (open to all 6-8 students enrolled at South Grove or the Middle School) will take place Monday, December 8th in the BGHS pool beginning at 6 pm. Information is available at the front desk at both South Grove and at the Middle School.

Stuart Checks In at South Grove Intermediate School

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Stuart, the wonderful therapy dog of former BGCS bus driver, Fred Shonk, recently visited South Grove Intermediate School to listen to some of the school's students read their favorite books to him. Even Stuart has to check in at the front office before he can enter the classrooms at South Grove!

This Week's Articles from the Beech Grove High School Publications Staff . . .

Parents Night Out: The BGHS Publications staff is hosting another Parents Night Out! With so much success with the last one, another event was bound to happen. We are currently planning it for December 12th, just in time to get some last minute Christmas shopping done. Keep a look out for more updates! A registration form is included below.

Fun on Black Friday: It's one of the most wonderful times of the year; the only time when everything is cheap and amazing! Black Friday is quickly becoming one of the nations favorite days because stores are full of great expectations and amazing sales. This year however, not many families seemed to participate in the madness. Places like Target, Wal-Mart, and the Greenwood Park mall were some of the only areas with decent discounts and cool products. Even with the lack of participation, people would still fight over various things and even stealing them from others' shopping carts. Although this year’s shopping was not as crazy as it has been in year's past, it was still a good and fun one and we hope everyone who did participate got what they wanted for a bargain!

- By: Francia Gonzalez

Q&A With Foreign Exchange Student Baptiste Leclarc

We secured an interview with Baptiste Leclarc, who is a 15 year old foreign exchange student from Strasbourg, France. Here's what he had to say:

Q: “What was your first impression of Americans?”

A: “Everyone was very friendly and always here to help”

Q: “What has been your favorite thing here so far?”

A: “I really enjoyed the Pacers and Colts games I have been to. Also a baseball

game, that was great too.”

Q: “So I have to ask, which sport did you prefer?”

A: “Darn, that’s a tough question. Let’s say I prefer to watch football because they

get crazy!”

Q: “I can see that. Next question is, What is your favorite American food?”

A: Those good burgers from Five Guys.

Q: “What will you miss the most when you leave to go back home?”

A: “Definitely my host family, the friends I’ve made and this sweet daily life."

Q: “Finally, how do you feel the foreign exchange program has changed/helped

you as a person?”

A: “This experience has helped me be more of an adult by managing my money

and things like that. It’s also helped me be more open minded and has helped me

gain more self-confidence.

- By: Marisol Montes-Castro

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Coaches Against Cancer

Beech Grove City Schools' Annual "Coaches Against Cancer" game night will be January 9, 2015, against the Roncalli Rebels. This is a girls/boys varsity double header so it promises to be a great night!

Food will be available, separate from the regular game concession stand, that will benefit the fundraiser. The menu includes nachos and walking tacos with all the fixings. The cost will be $5.00 for either nachos or walking taco, cookie and drink. Cake pops will also be available for purchase.

A "WALL OF HOPE" will be featured at the game. Anyone will be able to purchase a cancer ribbon for $1.00 and add it to the Wall of Hope.

If you would like to purchase a "Coaches Against Cancer" t-shirt, please contact Angela English at aenglish@bgcs.k12.in.us. or by calling 780-5050. The cost of each shirt is $20. A photo of the shirt is pictured below. The deadline to order a shirt is Monday, December 8.

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From Coach Vuskalns: Beech Grove High School Boys' Swim & Dive Results

BGHS Boys' Swim & Dive results from 12-2-14

Beech Grove at Southport

BG - 120

Southport 62

Event winners:

Sam Ulery - 200 & 100 Freestyle

Vilis Vuskalns - 100 Butterfly, 500 freestyle

50 Freestyle

1st - Chandler Ferrer

2nd - Michael Trebing


1st - Cody Carter

2nd - Avery Solomon

3rd - Chance Littlejohn

200 Free relay

1st - Michael Trebing, Chandler Ferrer, Jack Ulery & Sam Ulery

2nd - Isaiah Greene, Brenton Strahla, Patrick McKenzie, Tyler Eberhard

400 Free relay

Sam Ulery, Jack Ulery, Matt Dowell, Vilis Vuskalns

Volunteer for LifeBridge Community's "Operation Bright Christmas"

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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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