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August 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year

Welcome to Beckman High School! This year Beckman will be bigger than ever and will be home to an extremely diverse student body of approximately 3000 students. We're looking forward to this year and are excited for all that is to come.
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Nearly 3000 students came through registration this summer. Students made their way through the process with relative ease. A large part of the success is due to the help we received from our PTO volunteers who were nothing short of amazing.

BHS Welcomes Nine New Teachers!

Beckman will have 9 new teachers joining us this year. Our English department added 4 new members: Darlene Dzul-Baron, Tala Pirouzian, Alexandra Tighe, and Ryon Tanara. All 4 come with a wealth of experience and backgrounds and will be great additions to our staff. In World Languages, 2 new teachers were added: Silbana Uribe and Nicole Beauchamp will teach Spanish and French respectively. Ryan Duong will join our Math department and work with Mrs. York in our Algebra 2/Trig Honors classes. Rounding out the additions, we have Amanda Creacy who will join our special education department and Lauren Tipping who will take over our Photography program. Our new teachers are looking forward to meeting our students and building on our strong programs here at Beckman.

Follow Us on Twitter

We use Twitter to send out various updates pertaining to the many events we have on campus and also to share images of our students in action.

Link Cru at Beckman

All freshmen at Beckman take part in a year long orientation program called Link Cru. Link Cru is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. The program trains mentors from our junior and senior classes to be Link Cru Leaders to serve as positive role models to our 9th grade students. Link Cru Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.

Parking for the 2017-18 School Year

Very shortly, 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. As a result, we will 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.

What Goes On In PE???

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What is Naviance?

Every student at Beckman High School has access to Naviance to assist with College and Career planning. Naviance’s web-based software provides students with a variety of features, including college research and matching tools, course planning, career assessment and personality tests, and surveys to help students connect what they are doing in school to what they would like to do once they complete their education. Naviance provides additional functionality to school counselors to track the progress of individual students, communicate and collaborate with students and families, or create reports on their entire student population. Additionally, Naviance’s integration with "The Common Application" facilitates the submission of college applications, as well as online submission of transcripts, school forms and recommendations through Naviance eDocs. Naviance also houses data used to create scattergrams which show the acceptance history of students within a particular high school to a specific college or university using the historical average GPAs and test scores from the high school. A Naviance scattergram is a scatter plot that shows students within a high school who were accepted, denied and wait-listed by a specific college using symbols in the graph legend. Login today to get a feel for what is available!

AP Data and Beckman

Below is a 5-year summary of Beckman's AP data generated by the College Board. You'll notice that Beckman's pass rate is roughly 20 percent higher than both the state and the world. While we are extremely proud of the high scores, what we are most proud of is the continued growth in the number of students participating in AP classes. Countless research based reports indicate that students who participate in Advanced Placement classes are more successful in post high school endeavors regardless of their score on the actual AP test. As you can see below, we have an increasing number of students participating in AP classes and our pass rate has remained relatively constant. Some of this growth can be attributed to enrollment, however, the percentage of students actually participating in AP classes at Beckman has also increased by approximately 6 percentage points. This growth can be largely attributed to a great teaching staff and counseling team working together to encourage students to enroll in specific AP classes that they can be successful in.
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Girls Inc. at Beckman

Girls Inc.® of Orange County has been a respected member of the non-profit community for over 60 years. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. experience that equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Beckman has partnered up with Girls Inc. for nine years and a few of our students have received scholarships of $5,000 from them in the past. This year Girls Inc. delivered the College Bound curriculum to roughly 49 students who participated in the program. The emphasis of the College Bound curriculum is to provide a foundation of knowledge regarding college entrance requirements and how to finance a college education. In addition, College Bound exposes its participants to a breadth of choices regarding college majors and career opportunities. The College Bound curriculum is synthesized into a developmentally appreciate and palatable organization format which supports the connection of the participant own interest to real world college majors and careers

Summer College Readiness in the Career Center

This summer the Career Center held college readiness appointments for 255 incoming seniors along with a series of weekly college and career workshops. Seniors had the opportunity to begin the college planning process by discussing the steps to complete their applications including the essays, access to Naviance accounts to submit letters of recommendations, reviewing deadlines and outlining Community College options, financial aid, and scholarships. Six different workshops open to all students were offered on Fridays including:

• How to be a successful college student (Irvine Valley College)

• Community College and Financial Aid 101 (Santiago Canyon College)

• Common Application and Private Colleges (Chapman University)

• Benefits of Attending an out of State school (University of Oregon)

• Career Exploration (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising)

• UC system and Personal Insight Prompts (University of Riverside)

The workshops were a huge success with over 350 students and parents attending to receive valuable information from the presenters. We have been excited to share this information with our students as they prepare for the college admissions process!