Patriot Post

December 2019

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New Outreach Formats at Beckman

In an effort to better inform parents, students, and community members of the events we have here at Beckman, we have recently added or altered several forms of communications. For those of you who prefer to utilize social media, we have added an Instagram and a Facebook page to go along side our current Twitter page. The links to all three accounts are here or you can click on the images below: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We will utilize these to push out current events and updates as needed.


For general announcements, we have moved away from the Blackboard Connect system that we have used for several years and will be utilizing Aeries Communicator going forward. This new system has several advantages: 1) multiple contacts for each student, 2) a variety of modalities (Email, Phone, SMS, Feed), 3) Full integration into our already existing database. In order to ensure that you are receiving the communications in the manner you prefer, please log into your Aeries accounts and manage your communications preferences.

Change Settings for Aeries Communications

You can change various communications settings within your Aeries parent account.


  1. Log into your Aeries parent account
  2. Click on “Communications” in the upper left hand corner (takes you to your Announcement Feed)
  3. Click on the circle with your initials in the upper left hand corner (when you hover over it, it turns into settings)
  4. You can click on "Notifications" on the left side to adjust the ways you receive your messages.

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Holiday Festival Friday December 6

Join us for the Annual Holiday Art FestivalPerfect for gifts that are one of a kind this holiday season. Support Beckman Visual and Performing Arts. Ornaments, sketchbooks, key-chains and jewelry all handcrafted by our Beckman Arts students. Gallery display and artwork for sale. Face painting, mini-movie theatre for screening student films, choir and orchestra students performing holiday music.

WHEREThe Gallery at Beckman High School in the 200 wing addition.

December 6, 2019 from 2:30-6:00

Fall Semester Finals

Just a reminder that we will be on FINALS schedule during the week of December 16th. Students will take two finals a day and be released at 12:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday will be a non-student day as teachers work to finalize grades.


Please click the image at the left for specific bell schedule

Early Finals and Winter Break

As we inch closer to the end of the semester, finals and our Winter Break are fast approaching. Please be advised that the last day of school is December 19th and vacations should not start prior to that date. We will not administer early finals to students who plan to be absent prior to the end of the semester

Lunch and Learn - GradeSlam

On Monday, November 18th we hosted a Lunch and Learn focused on familiarizing students with the new online tutoring program called GradeSlam. BHS students were guided through the process of chatting with GradeSlam tutors in real time and learned how to get quick 24/7 help with their homework. Go to GradeSlam.org and sign in with your mytusd email to get started!

Girls, Inc Attracts 80 Students to Learn About Externship Programs

On Tuesday, it was a full house in the library with 80 students in attendance to learn about the opportunity to further their professional skills and explore their career options with the Girls, Inc. Externship program! To learn more about the program and how to apply, contact Ms. Orozco or go to WWW.GIRLSINC-OC.ORG

PTO Corner

Happy Holidays! This month, no matter what or when you celebrate, make time for special gatherings with family and friends. It’s time to connect, and bring community together!

Please join us for a parent Wellness Workshop on December 11th, addressing Effective Communication Styles to help navigate life with a teen! You can RSVP at http://bit.ly/2mEQ97X Then in January, we’ll discuss Challenge Success, a district-wide initiative. Our guest speaker with be Challenge Success’s Program Director Margaret Dunlap. Look for more details soon!

PTO Volunteers bring community together by supporting events like Dino Dash XIX, TUSD’s College Fair, and the popular student Lunch & Learns. They’re also busy with behind-the-scenes planning on many events, like this month’s Teacher & Staff Holiday lunch!

We’d also like to thank our Corporate donors for matching their employee’s PTO membership donations. We are appreciative to United Healthcare Group, Broadcom, Skyworks Solutions and Google for their ongoing community support. If you have an employer that may match your donation, it’s not too late!

Finally, check out a few terrific holiday promotions! This month, Huntington Learning Center provides small-group prep testing http://irvine.huntingtonhelps.com/practicetest/2925

and Revolution Prep offers a $200 rebate for 2020 programs booked before the end of the year. You can visit https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/122/ to claim your gift card.

PTO also thanks our generous sponsors Zov’s Restaurants and Teen Road to Safety Driving School.

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