The Grover

All Things Beech Grove High School


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The end of 3rd grading period is Friday, March 13th. Students be sure to check with all of your teachers to make sure all of your work has bee turned in. Students can use the morning Success period, which runs from 7:25-7:55 Tuesday through Friday, for any last minute make-up work. We also offer after school tutoring in the library from 3:00-3:50. Students can also backschedule during Activity period on Monday and Wednesday. Do not let these opportunities pass you buy.


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Jubilaires Have Strong Performance at Franklin Central Hoosier Classsic

The Jubilaires received 2nd RUNNER-UP in the small mixed division at the Franklin Central Hoosier Classic on Friday! They also took home Best Overall Vocals. Linnea Tuterow won Best Soloist for the evening. Great job, Jubilaires!

Wrestling Smileys Finish Strong

Congratulations are in order to brothers Evan and Ethan Smiley for their representation of Beech Grove at the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals this past weekend at Banker's Life Fieldhouse. Senior Evan finished 4th in the State at the 145 lb weight class. Evan has been an excellent representative for the Beech Grove community for his hard work and dedication, as well as his willingness to conduct himself with great dignity and maturity, not only Saturday, but throughout his career.

Freshman Ethan Smiley also qualified for the state championships over the weekend, however he was defeated by the eventual state champion in the 113 lb weight class. Ethan had a tremendous freshman season, winning the Marion County tournament and advancing all the way to the state finals; We are excited about his future and look forward to seeing his growth in the coming seasons!

Congratulations to Evan, Ethan, and the entire Beech Grove Wrestling Program

FAFSA and College Fair Reminders From Guidance

Seniors and parents: Have you filed your FAFSA? Don't miss out on grants, scholarships, and other financial aid that can help you pay for college! Make sure you go to and get your 2015-16 FAFSA filed by March 10th. Don't forget that you can estimate your family's income information now on the FAFSA because you have until May 15th to make corrections.

Come to the Greater Indianapolis Southside College Fair on Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30-8:00 pm at the University of Indianapolis! Representatives from 75 colleges from Indiana and out of state will be in UIndy's dome (called the ARC) ready to answer your questions about academics, admissions, scholarships, athletics, etc.

Students Teachers Learning From the Best

This semester Beech Grove High School is hosting four student teachers in our building as they prepare for their career as educators.

Guidance counselor Karen Matthews is working with Cody Johnson in our Guidance Department. Cody is a graduate of Franklin Community High School and Wabash College. He is currently working as an admission counselor at Butler University, working towards Master's degree in School Counseling. He and his wife, Steff, are expecting a daughter in early April. Cody enjoys working out, spending time with my friends, family, and dogs, reading, playing video games, and watching sports.

Mr. Bradford is hosting student teacher Daniel Scott Watson in the Music Department. Daniel is a Senior Choral Music Education major at the University of Indianapolis and he is currently completing his Student Teaching and studying piano with Dr. Richard Ratliff. As a an active performer, Watson also accompanies and teaches at schools and communities throughout central Indianapolis. Watson’s passion for music education stems from an enthusiasm for music making, an eagerness for personal development, and the desire to inspire. His performance of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 earned him the 2014 Madge Cathcart Gerke Music Performance Award. As an avid composer, he has worked with William Bolcom, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and StaceyGarrop, in composition lessons and masterclasses. Watson was recently recognized at the state level with the Indiana Music Educator's Association Outstanding Future Music Educator Award of 2015.

Mr. Kaufman is hosting student teacher Samantha Paschal in the Agri-Science Department. Samantha is a graduate of Huntington North High School and is currently attending Purdue University, where she is majoring in Agricultural Education.

Our final student teacher is Beech Grove Alum ('11) Katie Wolfe. Katie is working with Julie Bryant in our Language Arts Department. Katie is currently attending the University of Indianapolis and will graduate in May with a BA in English Education, with a minor in Reading and Literary Studies.

Welcome to Beech Grove. You are good hands with your Beech Grove Mentor.

FFA Displays Strong Performance at Districts

On Tuesday evening, February 24, at the District Parliamentary Procedure Contest, the Beech Grove FFA was well represented. This is one of the oldest, most competitive, and prestigious contests in the FFA. (Our FFA District consists of all of the FFA programs in schools in Marion, Johnson, Hancock, Hendricks, Shelby, and Morgan Counties.)

Our High School team placed 3rd in the Senior Division with team members consisting of: Abby Strahla, Lizzie Strahla, Brindin Parrot, Mollie Weisenbach, David Tolan, Allison Merritt, and Emily Arnold.

Boys Basektball in Sectionals

The Beech Grove boys will take to the court in Sectional action on Friday, March 6th at Danville. The boys will play sectional rival Tri-West at 6 pmat Danville High School. Over the past few years BG and TW have taken turns knocking each other out of the state tournament; 3 years ago, in 2012, the Hornets stung the Bruins 77-44 to move in the sectional semi-final. Last spring, the Bruins repaid the favor by clipping BG 64-61 in overtime; the Bruins went on to win the sectional. On an interesting note, the sectional field at Danville has the highest winning percentage of any sectional in the state, regardless of class. The total win loss record for the 5 teams in the sectional is 70 wins with only 33 losses, for a winning percentage of should make for an interesting, exciting tournament!

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are still in need of some community service hours, Beech Grove Middle School is looking for students to help tutor students after school in the subject areas of math and language arts. If you are interested, see Mr. Pugh in room 134 at the high school or Sara Wetzel ( the middle school. This tutoring opportunity would be immediately after the middle school day is compete, running from 3:35-4:05.

ACT to be Given on March 17

On Tuesday, 3/17, Beech Grove High School will give the ACT to 114 juniors who have signed up to take it. This score can be used for their college applications during their senior years.
See Karen Matthews if you have questions.

BGHS Announces Community Service Day...Earth Day

We are quickly approaching our Spring Community Service Day. The date is set for Wednesday, April 22nd(Earth Day) and the reschedule date for the following day Thursday, April 23rd.

BGHS Athletics Will Hold Fundraiser For the Kurt Aping Family

Athletic Director Matt English has announced that the Athletic Department will hold a fundriaser for the the Kurt Aping Family. As many of you probably know Kurt:...he is a Beech Grove graduate and since his graduation he has been actively involved in many aspects of Beech Grove athletics. He has served on the youth baseball and basketball boards of directors, while also serving as coach, umpire, and filling numerous other roles within the youth programs. In addition, Kurt has coached numerous travel teams in both basketball and baseball. Kurt has two sons actively involved in athletics in Beech Grove City Schools; son Kyle is an athlete at BGMS while older son, sophomore Kole, is involved in both basketball and baseball here at BGHS.

Unfortunately, last year Kurt was diagnosed with cancer. Due to his sickness he has been unable to work for many months, while undergoing a rigorous treatment regimen. We will be selling drinks, snacks and other items in the lobby tomorrow evening to help the Aping family as they work through this process.

On Sunday March 22nd we will be holding a larger, more extensive fundraiser for the family; as details for that event become clear we will make you aware.

Attention All Senior Parents

The BGHS Publications staff is selling advertisement space in the yearbook for parents looking to celebrate their students success. You can choose to feature a number of different aspects such as photos, quotes, or personal messages. If you are interested in placing a for your 2015 graduate, go to and use order number 8750. Any questions,comments, or concerns, contact please contact Mark Folger at

Buy a Yearbook

This year, the 2014-2015 yearbook will be in full color! To place an order, go to and use order number 8750, or go to Mr. Folger's room 110 or the front office to pick up an order form. Prices will soon be rising. Don't wait, order today
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Senior Parents: A Note From Guidance Counselor Karen Matthews

Dear Parents/Guardians of Seniors,

A few items concerning seniors as their last semester of high school speeds by:
1. Indiana’s deadline for submitting the FAFSA is March 10th. Be sure to file this form if your student is considering attending college during the 2015-2016 school year. The FAFSA is the major form used to apply for financial aid and should be filed at

2. Seniors’ Jostens orders will be available for pickup on Tuesday, March 3rd during lunch periods. Seniors received their Jostens statements from me yesterday or today and should bring their remaining balance in the form of cash, check, or money order on 3/3. Seniors will be given all of the items they ordered except for caps and gowns, which will be distributed May 15th.

3. There are many local scholarships that only BGHS seniors are eligible to apply for. A flyer detailing the scholarships available was given to seniors yesterday or today in English class and is attached to this message. If your student is planning to attend college in the fall, please encourage him or her to apply for any local scholarships for which he or she might be qualified. The odds of being awarded one of these scholarships are better than with other scholarships, because only BGHS seniors can apply for these. Applications for local scholarships must be returned to the Guidance Office by Wednesday, March 18th.

Have a great day and stay warm!

Karen Matthews

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DECA Students to Compete at State Competition

The Beech Grove High School Chapter of DECA will be attending the Indiana DECA State Career Development Conference and Competition running Sunday, March 8th through Tuesday, March 10th. The competition is held in downtown Indianapolis.

The following students will be competing in a variety of events, as well attending workshops on marketing, business, and DECA related topics, as well listening to speakers, and electing state officers for the next academic year.

The DECA students who will be in attendance are as follows: Evan Smiley, Tia Ramsey, Allison Richart, Andrew Wiggins, Elizabeth Armstrong, Elizabeth Pich, Abigail Myers, Kylee Gann, Brandon Traas, Zachary Capps, Avery Solomon, Jessica Kaiser, Blake Bragg.

Wish them luck in their competitions.