Hornet Blast

December 18, 2014

Happy Thursday, Hornets!

A few highlights from Beech Grove City Schools . . .

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!

Beech Grove District Promo 2014

This Week's Hornet Highlight!

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BGHS Graduate Kirby Crook Receives Morley Fraser Award

Hope College football player Kirby Crook has been chosen the 2014 NCAA Division III recipient in Michigan of the Morley Fraser Award. The Award is given to a collegiate football player who demonstrates academic achievement, football ability and leadership. Kirby, a senior defensive back at Hope College, is a 2011 graduate of Beech Grove High School, and was honored on Wednesday, Dec. 17, during a National Football Foundation and Detroit Free Press banquet in Dearborn, Michigan. The Morley Fraser Award is named in honor of the late Morley Fraser, who was a longtime football coach at Albion and an advocate for the MIAA.The award is presented annually by the Awards Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Crook was also chosen as one of 25 members of the 2014 Capital one Academic All-America Division III Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Hope College coach Dean Kreps stated that he "has not had a player more deserving of the Academic All-American recognition than Crook. Kirby truly exemplifies what Hope College Football is all about. He is a great student, great athlete and, most of all, a great person. Kirby has been stellar on the field as well as off. He led the MIAA in interceptions per game. He was also the second in the MIAA in passes defended. This is a well-deserved honor for a great young man." Congratulations, Kirby! Kirby is the son of Wendell and Marilee Crook.

Central Elementary School Generosity Project

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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

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Kimberly Self, agricultural educator at Beech Grove High School, is one of a select group of agriculture teachers nationwide who received the 2014 Teachers Turn the Key professional development scholarship. As a scholarship recipient, Kim attended the 2014 National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in Nashville, Tenn., November 18-22.

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.

Congratulations, Kim!

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 . . .

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6th Grade Holiday Concert

Photos pictured below are courtesy of Grace Hittel.

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

The Beech Grove Retired Teachers group met for lunch on Friday, December 12, at the high school. The annual Holiday luncheon, hosted by the Beech Grove Education Foundation, provides the district's retired teachers with the opportunity to catch up with each other, and for the Foundation to honor their past service to our district. Former high school Guidance Director, Mrs. Donna Joyce, serves as president of the group. After enjoying lunch, Dr. Paul Kaiser provided a "State of the School District" presentation. Photos from the event are pictured below . . .

Fifth Grade Fun!

Yesterday, 5th grade students from Ms. Wilson's and Mrs. Evans' homerooms were able to visit their Santa Shop to 'purchase' Christmas gifts for family members. Throughout the school year, the students can earn Citizen Slips for outstanding behavior. They may then use their Citizen Slips to shop! After purchasing their items in Ms. Wilson's room, the students were then able to wrap their gifts in Mrs. Evans' room. The students were very excited to 'spend' their slips and wrap them up!

Nutrition and Wellness Classes Compete in BGHS "Iron Chef"

Beech Grove High School Nutrition and Wellness classes competed for the "Iron Chef" trophy in Ms. Lauren Baker's class. Students prepared dishes using the secret ingredient: pasta! Some of the dishes prepared for the competition included spaghetti, stuffed bell peppers, and fettuccine alfredo.

Ms. Baker's Block 2 Winners - Most Artistic Plate - Angel Hair Pasta

Cristian Lopez

Liz Cowan

Judy Smith

John Young

Zachary Miller


Best Tasting Dish - Baked Spaghetti

Madison Patrick

Ally Billyou

Jacie Wynn

Colton Chappell


Ms. Baker's Block 5 Winners - Most Artistic Plate - Breakfast Casserole Muffins

Donald Smith

Sydney Lanahan

Eric Perra

Michayla Darling


Best Tasting Dish - Breakfast Sandwiches

Kenny Brown

Sierra Nelson

Reanna Roddy


Block 7

Best Tasting Plate - Pasta Salad

Bianca Hardiman
Brittany Shaw
Joe Smith


Most Artistic Plate - Baked Ziti

Evan Brock
MaKayla Willever
Emma Looney
Taylor Seneriz

High School Robotics Competition at Warren Central

South Grove's Buzz Club Gives Back to Beech Grove

South Grove Buzz Club participants made 500 Christmas cookies and wrote letters of thanks and appreciation to members of the Beech Grove Fire and Police departments. Cookies were also delivered to Beech Grove Meadows Nursing Home, along with holiday letters for those residents who might not have family nearby to visit at this time of year.

South Grove's 5th Grade Choir Performs for Hornet Park Elementary Students

Under the direction of South Grove's Music teacher, Mrs. Addie Alkire, the 5th grade choir performed holiday music for Hornet Park Elementary students on Wednesday, December 17.
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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

Ms. Tara Miller's Community Service class provided free gift wrapping services to Beech Grove High School staff as a way to provide a "sweet" ending to the semester!

South Grove's "Girls on the Run"

The South Grove Girls on the Run has been meeting since early September. Twenty girls were selected to participate in this nationwide program designed to teach life skills through interactive lessons and running games. The girls have met twice a week and have worked on skills to develop emotional and physical health. The program's highest point is when the girls complete their 5K race. South Grove's Girls on the Run (GOTR) group ran the Jingle Bell 5K this past Saturday, held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.


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.

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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

Take a look at the video below, produced by our student video team (SWARM) and starring several of our high school teachers! Enjoy!
Happy Holidays from BGHS

BGHS Credit Recovery Information

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A Note from Our Nurse Coordinator . . .

Just a quick reminder to students and parents to remember to cover their coughs and wash hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs. Let's keep healthy, Hornets!

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 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!


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