Hornet Blast Newsletter


Have a Great Thanksgiving Break, Hornets!

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Although this year was a little different, our senior citizen guests had a great sit-down dinner and our other community guests were able to carry out their delicious food. Special thanks to Dulcie Holcomb and her Chartwells staff for all of their food preparation, our JROTC members, NHS student volunteers, FFA student volunteers, and all other students and staff who generously donated their time to make this year's event a success!

We're thankful for you!

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Thank you, BGHS JROTC and BGHS National Honor Society!

Students and staff sponsors from the BGHS National Honor Society (NHS) and our BGHS JROTC cadets, as well as Cheyenne Boone, one of our 2021 BGHS grads and a current ROTC cadet, helped pack and distribute over 550 Thanksgiving meals at the annual Servant's Heart Turkey drive thru on Saturday, November 20. And, everything was done in record time! Thanks to our wonderful students, tasks that have taken two hours to complete in the past took 30 minutes this year! 500 vehicles were provided Thanksgiving meals in three hours!

Thank you to our students and staff for donating your time to this great annual event! And, many thanks to Mr. Bill Boone and his volunteers at Servant's Heart for all you do for our Beech Grove community. We are grateful!

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Thank you, BGHS Class of 1970!

Wow! The BGHS Class of 1970 donated $5,000 to the future Veterans Memorial Plaza project. We're so grateful!

Donna Roller, representing the Class of 1970, presented a check to Dr. Hammack on Friday, November 19.

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Continue to Monitor Your Family's Health Symptoms

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Stay safe and well, Hornets!


If you have a family member waiting on the results of a Covid-19 test, please keep all of your students/family members at home until you receive the results. If it is a positive test result, continue to keep everyone at home. Contact your family physician for further instructions.

Questions: Contact Brandee Beikman, our nurse coordinator: bbeikman@bgcs.k12.in.us

Covid-19 Symptom listing is attached to this issue of the Hornet Blast in English, Spanish, and Burmese.

Reminder: Face Masks are Still Required!

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Learning a New Skill

Mr. Tim Griffin, our high school Life Skills teacher, organized lunch and a program to teach his students to tie ties properly...a skill that is important to all of us...on Thursday, November 18 in the Mike McMorrow Auditorium at BGHS. The class has been practicing with ties donated by the community and the students have made great progress.

A group of men from Classic Men attended the November 18 program to show our students how to tie a bow tie, too.

What a great program! Thank you, Mr. Griffin! And, thanks to our community for their donations of ties!

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For Hornet Park Families

Please note: this is a students-only event.

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Happy Hanukkah!

This year, Hanukkah is celebrated/ observed beginning at sundown on November 28 and ending at sundown on Monday, December 6.

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival with the first day known as Chanukah, Festival of Lights, and Feast of Dedication. In the Jewish calendar, the first day of Hanukkah is on the 25th day of the month of Kislev. In the Gregorian calendar, Hanukkah may occur between late November to late December.

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A great crowd at this month's Podemos!

Learning new skills...making new friendships and connections!
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A Great Hornet Highlight!

BGHS student, Rylan Horen, helped out a 4th grader at South Grove Intermediate School last week. Rylan is a member of the boys basketball team, the National Honor Society, and involved in so many other activities at Beech Grove High School.

We have GREAT students! Thanks, Rylan! You are making a difference!

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Thank you to our UIndy Friends!

From Mrs. Probus. . .

"Many thanks to our friends from UIndy who took this wall and worked with our students to transform it into something wonderful for Hornet Park!"
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Learning to Research

From Mrs. Collins. . .South Grove Intermediate - 4th Grade

"My classes are learning how to research efficiently and effectively on the Internet! We searched for information about Sarah Hale, the mother of Thanksgiving. We then used our research notes to create Google Slides. This is practice for our Famous Hoosiers Project due at the end of the semester!"
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Library Fall Fest Finalists from BGMS

Congratulations to the top 10 finalists from BGMS at The Indianapolis Library's Fall Fest:

Caleb Jones

Noop Altmeyer

Adyson Hester

Rowan Havican

Lanie Ping

Milo Kaser

Max Britt

Adela Walls

Thanks also to Raine Havican, Ollie Julian, and Carly Whiteman for coming out to support their classmates.

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Looking for News from BGMS?

Take a look at the BGMS "Buzzing Hornet" newsletter. . .

To read the November 19 edition of the newsletter, click on the link below:


Save the Date!

Let's Celebrate our new BGHS Greenhouse!

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BGMS Girls Basketball Tryouts

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Shop Small on Saturday, November 27!

Let's show some love to our small businesses in Beech Grove!
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Craft Fair at BGHS - Saturday, November 27

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

Virtual Storytime - Tuesday Tales!

Tuesday’s at 10:30AM

Children ages 0-6 and their families are invited for an online storytime with Ms. Jess from the Wayne Branch. Register online at www.indypl.org/events or call your local branch to register.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Register at any IndyPL location or on the Beanstack app. You can record your reading on a paper tracking sheet you get from the library or online by logging you’re your account on Beanstack or by using the Beanstack app. Books can be from your home or the Public Library and can be read repeatedly. If you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar five times, that counts for 5 books! After completing the first 100 books, return to the Library to receive a progress sticker and a prize.
Prizes will be awarded for levels of 100, 500 and 1,000 books read.

Grab ‘N Go Kits at the Beech Grove Branch!

On your next visit, check out our table at the desk for different children’s kits (crafts and other activities) to take home! Limited supply available, no registration required. Ask about our kits if you would like to know what they are to pick up through our curbside service as well.

Online Book Discussion – Tween Book Club

Join us monthly for IndyPL's Online Tween Book Club for 11-13 year olds! This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar. You will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. Register at www.indypl.org/events or call your branch to register.

Teens: 100 Books before Graduation

100 Books before Graduation Reading Challenge is for students in grades 7-12. Students can register at indypl.beanstack.org or you can call the library or stop and visit and we can get you registered. There are prizes at 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 books and we can do prize pick up through curbside. We do have bookmark if you do not wish to utilize the Beanstack website or app.


Lineage Research Workshop

Adults, Registration required.

Monday, December 20: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Adults are invited for a free session with representatives from the Samuel Bryan Chapter of the D.A.R. who will provide assistance with genealogy research using Ancestry.com and other online sources. Registration Required. Stop in at the branch or call 317-275-4560 to register.

Build Your Tech and Computer Skills at Beech Grove - Schedule a 1-on-1 skill building appointment with a Technology Learning Specialist

Wednesday, December 01: 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Registration required.

Make an appointment with a Technology Learning Specialist, in-person at Beech Grove. Choose from 10+ popular tech and computer skills for a 45-minute personalized skill building appointment. Registration opens three weeks in advance. Call the Beech Grove branch at (317) 275-4560 for an appointment.

From the Hornet Park Community Center:

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From the City of Beech Grove/Elton Geshweiler Senior Citizen Center:


For more information, please call Stephanie Bramlett, BG Senior Citizen Director, at 317-788-4987.
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A fundraiser of the BG Lions Club:


The Beech Grove Lions Club is selling Discover Books this year as a fundraiser. The Lions Club supports the school system through school supplies, scholarships and additional assistance when called upon.

If you would like to purchase a 2021-2022 Discover Book you will get a mobile coupon free for your iPhone. The cost for both is the same as last year at $ 25.00 each.

If you shop at Kroger you get a $ 5.00 off coupon for each month.

You can contact Don by email or phone and he will get a Discover Book to you:

Don Stowers



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!

"Only the Best. Only Beech Grove."
Small Schools. Big Opportunities.