Patriot Post

June 2017

Beckman High School Graduation 2017

Thursday, June 15th, 6pm

1171 El Camino Real

Tustin, CA

Northrup Stadium

Gates Open at 5:00

Senior Reflections

Thursday, June 8th, 7:30pm

3588 Bryan Avenue

Irvine, CA

Seniors meet in the Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm. Wear your cap and gown. Parents will be seated in the gym.

Additional Graduation Ticket Distribution

Due to the size of the graduating class and the capacity restrictions at the stadium seniors will be receiving 5 graduation tickets. If you are in need of tickets beyond the five issued per student, we will be passing out additional graduation tickets on June 15th 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.

Student Board Members Selected

Congratulations to Tiffany Chen and Jessica Lambert. Both were named Student Board Members for the 2017-18 school year. Tiffany will be taking on the student board member role, while Jessica will be serving as the alternate.

Arts Take Home Awards at the TACFA Event

The Annual Student Art Invitational showcases and rewards the artistic talents of Tustin middle and high public and private school students within the Tustin Unified School District. Students create works in a variety of visual media that are put on display for the community to enjoy.

The art invitational is a juried contest in which the student art are judged to select first, second and third place, honorable mention winners in a variety of categories. Student artists receive cash awards, and their respective art teachers receive money for the future purchase of art supplies. TACFA also sponsors a reception to recognize the winners and their teachers.

Anti-DUI Assembly

On Tuesday, May 16th, the Irvine Police Department offered an anti-DUI workshop to all Seniors. The workshop exposed students to the fact that driving under the influence does not only mean drunk driving, but getting behind the wheel when under the influence of any kind of narcotic, including prescription medication. It is our hope that our students will learn a valuable lesson to make better choices -- not only on Prom night but in their daily lives.

Parking for the 2017-18 School Year

Beginning this summer, solar panels will be installed in our front parking lot and a portion of the back lot. The installation will be done in phases in an attempt to limit disruptions to our parking lot as much as possible, however there will be fewer spaces and periodic closures of specific locations. We will be requesting a variance from the City of Irvine to allow for temporary street parking through the duration of the project. We will also not be able to sell parking permits or reserved spaces until the completion of the project which is tentatively slated to be the end of first semester. Details for purchasing a permit will be shared with students and parents once we have a firm timeline on the project.

Alumni Advances to US Open Qualifier

Congrats to @evertonhawkins for shooting a 4-under 66 and finishing in first place at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier. #B1GCats

Hawkins will move on to the Springfield, Ohio, sectional on June 5.

Pool Athletes in CIF

Congrats to our aquatics kids who had a solid season. Johnny Robinson was 2nd in Division 1 CIF and 2nd overall in the Southern Section for Diving. Kimmy Woolfenden qualified 13th in the 100 Breaststroke and Marci Yanagawa is 20th in the 100 Backstroke.

American Chemical Society at Beckman

The American Chemical Society Olympiad Exam is a competition where each school will send their best students to compete and test their knowledge of chemistry. There are two levels of competition: the First Year Exam which is only applicable to students that are taking chemistry for the first time. The exam covers every aspect of chemistry and quite similar to a harder SAT II Subject Exam. The Advanced/Olympiad exam is open to all chemistry students and will actually contain an examination and a laboratory assessment. Throughout the years, we have had multiple Top-3 finishes out of 48-55 high schools in the region (depending on level), with our highest finish at Second Place. Lastly, we have had a Beckman student get recognized and ranked nationally with High Honors for the Advanced Exam (Jennifer McCleary) and have a student win highest scorer in the region for the First Year Exam (Edward Jin).

College Case Study Program

On May 30 a member of the BHS Counseling team will come to the US History or US History AP classroom and introduce the case study program and explain the process. Then the counselor will show the students where the documents are located and ask them to review them and complete the Candidate Review Form before June 2.

On June 2 the Admissions Counselors from the colleges will come in to the US History or US History AP classroom and do a mock admission committee meeting with the students to demonstrate to them how college decisions are made. The experienced admissions counselor(s) will lead the students through their findings from the 3 sample applications that the students have reviewed. He/she will also go over what colleges look for in an applicant and what every college values. Students will learn first-hand how they will be evaluated, which helps them begin thinking of the qualities and strengths they bring to the process, and what they will need to do to prepare for the application process. They will also learn about the importance of doing their college research and the importance of finding the right college that fits them.

Then at lunch there will be a College Fair (in the commons) where all BHS students will be able to meet with the College Admissions Representatives.

Min Ji Seo, and the Congressional Award of Achievement

The Congressional Award is bestowed upon youth from ages 14 to 23 for achievement in volunteer service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration. There are no strict guidelines or methods to pass the requirements for this award, and each individual would follow their own path for the Congressional Award.

The Congressional Award comes in six different tiers. The lowest tier is the Bronze Congressional Award Certificate of Achievement, then the Silver Certificate, and then Gold. The requirements are cumulative, meaning that in order to receive the Gold Certificate, one must also make the standards for a Bronze and Silver Certificate. The medals are the top three tiers of achievement and thus require more work. They also come in the corresponding bronze, silver, and gold tiers.

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