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February 2021

Mr. Brad Bohn - BHS Teacher of the Year

Beckman High School's Teacher of the Year for 2020-21 is Mr. Brad Bohn. Brad is an outstanding teacher who always keeps his students engaged. He works tirelessly to create meaningful, practical, and applicable lessons for his students to ensure that they are interested and learning at all times. His Socratic method of teaching allows him to connect with kids and causes them to feel comfortable in his class. To quote Mr. McGill “From the beginning, Brad has and continues to be one the most inquisitive, perceptive, and reflective teachers in the department. He is constantly seeking ways to improve his instruction and to improve student achievement and well-being.” Congratulations to Mr. Bohn… Beckman High School’s Teacher of the Year!

2021 BHS Teacher of the Year

Graduation Update

There have been some questions circulating about Gradation. At this point, we are planning various options for an in-person graduation of some kind. We are not exactly sure what that will look like because so much of what we are able to do hinges on where we fall within the tiered framework set by the state. Our hope is to give the seniors a culminating experience with the rest of their classmates in a safe and responsible manner. For those of you who may consider flying relatives in to attend the ceremony, please know that attendance will likely be limited in some manner. Rest assured… as we know more, we will share the details with you.

Sports Update

With the “stay at home” order lifted for our region, sports that are in the Purple Tier are able to begin competing against other schools, and we wasted no time. Under strict conditions, we hosted Foothill HS this past Saturday in our first Cross Country meet of the year. Temperature checks were taken as the athletes entered campus, masks were worn to the start line and immediately after the finish line and the teams were spaced at the starting line as well to maintain distancing. Although no spectators were allowed to attend the event, the athletes had plenty of adrenaline to post good times. Our own Josh Schuld and Estella Knobbe won the Varsity level races, with Josh posting a school record time of 14:28 for his three miles. PCL competitions for Cross Country will commence this next Saturday, February 6, and continue through March 20. Our other first season sports all fall in the Orange Tier, so they’re hoping that progress is made to allow them to compete this school year. We’re ecstatic that our Cross Country program was able to get out there and begin competing, and we cross our collective fingers that many, if not all, of our athletes will get the same opportunity this year.

Course Selection for 2020-21

The counseling team kicked off registration with virtual Counselor Coffees the week of January 18th, with the goal of helping parents understand the registration process. Freshman were provided a lesson on building a 4 Year Plan during their Wednesday Tutorial on January 27th that is now visible in Aeries. This plan can be changed as students meet with their counselor for registration this year. Sophomore and Juniors were provided a review of College Entrance and Graduation Requirements along with grade level specific information at their Wednesday Tutorial on January 27th. On Wednesday February 3rd, all 9th – 11th graders will hear an overview of course selection and details of how to register in Aeries for the 2021-2022 school year in their Wednesday tutorial. Counselors will then meet individually with students by grade level through one of their current classes. Please work with your student to help them consider their interests and workload when selecting classes for next year. Students with specific questions should attend their counselor’s office hours or send them an email. All lessons remain visible in Schoology if your student missed any of the Wednesday lessons.

Missed the Counselor Coffee?

Below are links to the Counselor Coffee where our counselors shared information with parents about course selection and the upcoming school year.

9th Grade Counselor Coffee here .

10th Grade Counselor Coffee here

11th Grade Counselor Coffee here

12th Grade Counselor Coffee here

Healthy Limit Waiver

As our students begin to think about course selection for next school year, please keep in mind that the Healthy Limit Waiver process is still in place. Students will be allowed to take a set number of weighted classes based on their grade level. If they choose to exceed that number by one course, parents and students will have to complete the Healthy Limit Waiver process which can be found on the counseling page of our website. This waiver is in place to help our parent and student community make healthy decisions about the course load that they take on. Please refer to the link below for details.

Practice SAT/ACT on March 6th

BHS is partnering with our friends at Revolution Prep to provide our students with the opportunity to practice taking college admissions exams while remaining safely at home. A proctored practice exam is the best way to get a real-time snapshot of testing performance in order to create a testing plan and timeline.

  • Choose ACT or SAT: Saturday, March 6, 2021
  • Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm PT
  • Where: Live Online
  • Register here:
  • Cost: $10 per exam
  • Deadline to register: Thursday before the exam
  • Materials and instructions will be emailed to students 24 hours before the exam.

WASC Visit

Beckman High School is in the midst of final preparations for a WASC visit in February of 2021. The school has spent the last year and a half analyzing current areas of strength and areas of need to create a comprehensive report for the seven-person accreditation team. The WASC team is slated to begin it’s virtual visit on the morning of Sunday, February 7th, and will complete this step in the accreditation process on February 10th. The accreditation team will virtually observe classroom instruction, interview focus groups, which will include students, staff, faculty, and parents, and meet with District personnel to celebrate growth and establish recommendations for future improvements.

EdFund Update

Thank you all for your generous and loyal support for the Beckman Ed Fund this first semester of the 2020-21 school year! We are excited to announce the winner of our raffle that ended on December 31, 2020: Janette Dieball!! We wish everyone the very best into 2021 as we continue to stay strong, healthy, and safe.

PTO Corner

Happy New Year! 2021 is finally here, and PTO welcomes a new season filled with promise, and memories to be shared! For parents and caregivers, we suggest checking out the informative Counselor Coffee links. These are helpful as your student begins planning for the next school year.

PTO supports many helpful resources for you and your student. For students, February offers a return to the popular ‘Industry Chat’ sessions – with 3 virtual offerings the week of 2/1. These share insights focused on careers in Business, Management and Administration. Plus, students can attend a new Lunch & Learn on 2/24. Additionally, PTO community partner Revolution Prep continues its free complimentary college preparation webinar series on 2/10 and 2/24. These webinars are designed for both parent and student. To learn more, simply visit

PTO brings our community together in many ways, all to benefit our teachers, students and families. We welcome you to join us virtually at our next PTO meeting via Zoom on Wednesday evening, 2/17 @ 6:30 p.m. Thank YOU for your membership and involvement in Beckman PTO!

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Tustin Unified School District

Beckman High School


(Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

The Tustin Unified School District (Tustin USD) is committed to ensuring equal, fair, and meaningful access to employment and education services. The District prohibits, in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying, based on actual or perceived race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, medical condition, pregnancy and related conditions, retaliation, or political beliefs; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Your child has a right to a free public education, regardless of immigration status. The District will take steps to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in District programs. A copy of the District’s nondiscrimination policy is available from the Tustin Unified School District Office.

The following position is designated Coordinator for Nondiscrimination at Beckman High School to handle complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and to answer inquiries regarding the District’s nondiscrimination policies:

Devang Brahmbhatt

Assistant Principal

Administration Office

714-734-2900 x522

Any student who feels that he/she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying should immediately contact the Coordinator, the principal, or any other staff member. In addition, any student who observes any such incident should report the incident to the Coordinator or principal, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

Any school employee who observes an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying or to whom such an incident is reported shall report the incident to the Coordinator or principal, whether or not the victim files a complaint.