Hornet Blast Newsletter

October 14, 2021 - Fall Break Edition

School is Back in Session on Monday!

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Check Your Family's Health Symptoms Daily

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Stay Safe and Well, Hornets!

Covid-19 Symptom Checkers (in English, Spanish, and Burmese) are attached to this issue of the Hornet Blast. Families should continue to monitor their family's health symptoms daily.

If you have any questions, contact Brandee Beikman, RN, MSN, our nurse coordinator: bbeikman@bgcs.k12.in.us or call her: 317-786-1447.

As a reminder, masks are REQUIRED for all students, staff, and parents/guardians picking up their child from the school office.

Marching Hornets Senior Night

Our Marching Hornets Seniors are pictured below, left to right:

Front Row: Samantha Warrner, Imani Ballinger

Second Row: Robyn Warrner, Maddie Tucker, Chyanne Beaver, Maya Coker, Beth Petree, Kristen Lamb, Riley Jeffries, Kerissa Rosicato

Back Row: Jacob Stevens, Madelyn Schwartz, Kaleah Estep, Aidan Cole, Isaac Cole, Elijah Balph, Ryan Flanery, Matthew Pettigrew

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Volleyball Senior Night

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More Senior Night Photos in Next Week's Hornet Blast

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Coach Renfro Inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Congratulations, Coach!

Our own Coach Mike Renfro was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 9 on the 2020 Silver Anniversary Team!

Among his many athletic accomplishments as a student-athlete, Renfro was named an AP high honorable mention all-state, Indianapolis News 3rd team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team small school all-state, IBCA honorable mention all-state, Indianapolis 1st team all-city, two time all-metro, three time all-Marion County and four year all-Mid-State Conference after averaging 28.7 points (second in state), 7.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists as a senior for the Hornets' 18-5 team...set school scoring record of 1,855 points and set gym single-game record of 50 points his senior year. He was named "Most Complete Player" in 1995 by the Indiana High School Record Book, set records in two years at Allegany Junior College, was second team JUCO All-American and NJCAA all-tournament team. He played two seasons at Hofstra University, two seasons in USBL and coached two seasons at NCAA D2 Adelphi University. Mike now serves as the Head Coach of our BGHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team, leading them to 18-8 regional finalist last year.

We're Hornet Proud!

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Swim Lessons at BGHS

Registration took place yesterday; however, if you are interested, send an email to Coach Reeder: breeder@bgcs.k12.in.us

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Hornet Highlights with Dr. Hammack

If you have questions for Dr. Hammack to answer on an upcoming "Hornet Highlights with Dr. Hammack," please submit them IN ADVANCE using this link:


If you have student-specific questions or concerns, please contact your child's school.

BGHS Girls Basketball Tryouts

A current physical must be on file in order to try out!

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Middle School Cheer Tryouts

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Grandparents Day at Central Elementary

A Virtual Grandparents Day will take place on October 29th. We love our Central Grandparents!

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BGHS Student Council Trunk or Treat

Parents: a flyer was sent home before Fall Break regarding a candy collection contest. If you are able, and would like to donate candy for the Trunk or Treat, please send the candy to school with your child beginning after Fall Break through Tuesday, October 26th. Student Council members will collect the candy at the end of the school day on Tuesday, October 26th to weigh the candy by grade level. The winning grade level will receive a celebration and a trophy.
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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

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Beech Grove's Katie Gearlds

New Head Coach of the Women's Basketball Program at Purdue University, Coach Katie Gearlds participated in the recent Big 10 Media Day.

Coach Gearlds is a BGHS graduate and was a superstar athlete as a student at BGHS. Katie is a graduate of Purdue University and proud to be back home at her alma mater.

We're Hornet Proud!

"Once a Hornet, Always a Hornet!"

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Hornet Park Grandparents

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No Smoking Reminder

Parents, Caregivers, Students and Staff:

There is no smoking allowed on the grounds of any Beech Grove school. This includes our athletic facilities, buildings, car rider lines, and parking lots.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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The Beech Grove Lions Club is selling Discover Books as a fundraiser!

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



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From the City of Beech Grove:

Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. to noon.
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Purse Bingo Fundraiser to Support BG Girls Softball:

Thursday, October 21.
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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.


Adults: Lineage Research Workshop

Monday, October 18: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Adults are invited for a free in-person 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.

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Craft Fair Held at BGHS

Saturday, November 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beech Grove High School.
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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/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.