December 18, 2014
Happy Thursday, Hornets!
So many activities, so little space! Watch for additional photos from this week's activities in our schools in next week's Holiday Edition of the "Hornet Blast."
Holiday Break Schedule
Last day of school: Friday, December 19
No School - Monday, December 22 - Friday, January 2
School Resumes on Monday, January 5
Check out the new Beech Grove City Schools Video!
This Week's Hornet Highlight!
BGHS Graduate Kirby Crook Receives Morley Fraser Award
Central Elementary School Generosity Project
Central Elementary now has 799 single-serve drink mixes collected to help troops overseas! Keep those drink mixes coming in! Thanks to everyone who has donated!
Kim Self Presented with "Turn the Key" Award
The Teachers Turn the Key scholarship brings together agricultural educators with four or fewer years of experience and immerses them in three days of professional development that addresses issues specific to the early years of teaching agriculture. Participants also have the opportunity to become involved in National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) leadership and network with other NAAE convention attendees. Teachers Turn the Key (TTTK) participants come away from the experience with a long-lasting peer cohort and tools that will help them have successful careers as agricultural educators.
Kim has been certified to teach multiple courses in the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education and has gained international experience in agriculture and education through trips to South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Costa Rica.
Budding Artists at Central Elementary!
Ms. Long, Hornet Park and Central Elementary art teacher, reports that the 3rd Grade Art Club concluded their Fall Semester with a reindeer painting! Ms. Long stated, "we had a great time completing four different paintings this semester on canvas!" Photo of the Art Club members with their paintings appear below . . .
6th Grade Holiday Concert
Second Grade Music Club Performs at Active Day Center
Central Elementary's Music Teacher, Mrs. Natalie Etter, brought the Second Grade Music Club to perform songs and poems from their Christmas program. The Active Day Center provides services to seniors and adults with special needs.
Ryan Skinner, Active Day's Director, provided the photos pictured below.
Retired Teachers Holiday Luncheon
Fifth Grade Fun!
Nutrition and Wellness Classes Compete in BGHS "Iron Chef"
Ms. Baker's Block 2 Winners - Most Artistic Plate - Angel Hair Pasta
Best Tasting Dish - Baked Spaghetti
Ms. Baker's Block 5 Winners - Most Artistic Plate - Breakfast Casserole Muffins
Best Tasting Dish - Breakfast Sandwiches
Best Tasting Plate - Pasta Salad
Most Artistic Plate - Baked Ziti
High School Robotics Competition at Warren Central
South Grove's Buzz Club Gives Back to Beech Grove
South Grove's 5th Grade Choir Performs for Hornet Park Elementary Students
Central Elementary Hosts Annual Holiday Luncheon
"Ugly Holiday Sweater Day" at Central Elementary
Central Elementary was looking very festive last Friday! The staff celebrated National Ugly Sweater Day with a contest. Not only did the teachers enjoy their colleagues' creations, the students gave great "compliments" to all.
Winners of the contest: Kristin Towe, Stephanie Sutterfield (grand prize winner), Kacie Kelly, Julie Beeson, and Brooke Schroeder.
Community Service Class Wrap Holiday Gifts
South Grove's "Girls on the Run"
Another important part of Girls on the Run is understanding the value of community service. This year's service project, as selected by the girls, was to make small gifts for the residents at Beech Grove Meadows, a local nursing home. The girls made cards and attached lip balm and tissue packets with messages such as "Merry Kiss-mas" and "Have a Chappy New Year!"
This program is meaningful to the girls and the teaching staff at South Grove who volunteer their time. Nine staff members serve as coaches. Coach Beth Walker states, "It's amazing to watch the girls grow in confidence personally and athletically throughout the program. It is always so special to see the look of accomplishment on the faces of the girls after they finish the 5k. I love being a part of Girls on the Run and empowering young girls to be successful in life!" Sixth grade teacher Kelly Agee says, "GOTR is a fabulous program to instill confidence and healthy behavior in our students. My favorite lesson is the one that South Grove teacher Lisa Bair teaches on Media Literacy, where we show these very impressionable young ladies the truth behind those magazine photos they see. It's such a great program! Many thanks to Ellen Collinsworth for her constant inspiration and organization!" Special thanks to South Grove parent Tony Petrecca for many of the photos pictured below.
This Week's Article from the Beech Grove High School Publications Staff . . .
Parents Night Out - Small Numbers, Big Fun!
On the night of December 12, 2014, the yearbook staff hosted its second parents night out for the 2014-2015 school year! As it has in the past, the night lasted over a period of four hours. Although only two kids arrived, the yearbook staff still had a wonderful time with the children. The children played games like Mario Kart and watched holiday movies like Elf. For the remainder of the time the children colored and played games with the yearbook staff. All in all, it was a fun way and a great help towards the yearbook! Thanks and we hope to see you at the next one!
- By: Zachary Miller
Happy Holidays from Beech Grove High School
BGHS Credit Recovery Information
A Note from Our Nurse Coordinator . . .
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 Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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