Hornet Blast

April 23, 2015

New "Buddy Bench" Installed at Central Elementary

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Phil Wagoner, physical education teacher, wanted to give Central Elementary students a place to go when they needed a friend to talk with, or a buddy on the playground. Out of his desire to accomplish this, a "Buddy Bench" is now in place on the Central Elementary playground. Mr. Wagoner expressed his deep thanks to the following: our local Beech Grove Lowes store, and manager Kirk Martin, who provided a very special discount to purchase the bench and other supplies; and to Beech Grove's Sutterfield Plaque and Trophy, who completed the awesome paint and graphics on the bench. Central's "Buddy Bench" is one of nine such benches in Indiana.


Guidelines from the Buddy Bench website (www.buddybench.org) describe the proper use of the Buddy Bench:


• The Buddy Bench is not for normal seating. It is used by a student who needs a friend or she/he is having a bad day.

• If you see a friend you want to invite to play, you can get off the bench, go up to a person and ask if they would like to walk and talk or play today.

• If you use the Buddy Bench, you can make a new friend that you can play with more than once.

• The Buddy Bench should not be used by the same person every day.

• Once you make a friend on the bench, keep that friend by inviting them to play!


Thanks, Mr. Wagoner, for helping our Central Elementary students to make a new friend on the Buddy Bench!

Giving Back to Beech Grove

Community Service Day a success!

Thanks to our Beech Grove High School students and staff for another wonderful Community Service Day! Although the temperatures were chilly, the sun was shining, and a lot of projects were completed in Beech Grove and on the near south side. For those who submitted project requests, thank you for allowing us to serve you!


A few photos from the day are pictured below . . .

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Cleaning up the Old Southport Cemetery

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Assisting at the Benedict Inn

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Beech Grove Public Library

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Servant's Heart

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Perry Township Trustee's Office

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Around Beech Grove

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Another "1300 Club" Member!

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Beech Grove High School VIPs

Fifty six students at Beech Grove High School were honored on Friday, April 17, as VIP students. The students were selected by staff members as recognition for one of the 4A's of the school's Renaissance Program; achievement, attitude, attendance and/or academics. Family members joined the students for a buffet breakfast. Each student received a memento from the Beech Grove Alumni Association, Beech Grove Fire Department and Rosebud Flowers.


A group photo of the VIP students is pictured below.

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Softball Success for BGMS' 7th Grade Team!

Tuesday night, the 7th grade softball team beat Greenfield 11-3! Lexi Ham pitched for the Hornets where she had 10 strikeouts. JayLee Clubs, Arial Keown, and Hannah Horsley all had great base hits to advance runners on base. At the plate, Lexi Ham and Sarina Long both hit triples to help the Hornets’ lead. The Lady Hornets are back in action tonight at 5pm against Brownsburg. Congratulations, girls! A photo of the team after their win is pictured below.
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Irish Dancers Raise $900 for BGHS Performing Arts!

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Evan Smiley Signs with University of Indianapolis

Smiley will wrestle as a UINDY Greyhound

Evan Smiley's Dad and coaches look on as he signs with the University of Indianapolis. Congratulations, Evan!
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Don't Miss the Central/Hornet Park Spring Carnival!

The Spring Carnival is tomorrow night!

Many thanks to the Hornet Park/Central Elementary PTO for sponsoring the Carnival!
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Mrs. Gray's HS Class Assists Grounds Staff

Mrs. Sarah Gray's high school class kicked off Community Service Day a day early by assisting Mr. Dale Reid and the BGCS Building and Grounds Department with planting flowers in front of the high school. Thanks, Mrs. Gray and students, for all of your help! The flowers look beautiful!
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BGCS Free Summer Youth Camp

The application for the summer youth camp is attached.

Registration is due by May 1.
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Sports Physical Night

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Pajama Day at Hornet Park

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Another Middle School Track Record Broken!

Shayla Traas sets another record!

Shayla Traas ran the 2400 in 8:35.95. A photo of her holding the stop watch with the winning time is pictured below. Congratulations, Shayla!
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Tuesday's Middle School Track Meet Results are Reported below by Coaches Shively and Hunter

Tuesday April 21st, 2015

@ BGMS track


It was a close one - coming down to the final event - to determine if Paul Hadley’s or Beech Grove’s girls would come out victorious. In the end, BGMS Girls’ took 1st overall in the meet winning by a narrow margin of only 3 points!


The wind in “The Pit” was intense and worked against the athletes for the most part so there were no personal best times or school records set, but it was great to see the team and fans getting excited for the last event to determine who the overall winner would be! The girls are finding their niches within the team and we as coaches are getting a really great idea of who is best in which event. We think we may be a great contender for the Conference Title again this year! We’ve only got three weeks left to prepare for Conference and things are looking good right now!


-Coaches Shively & Hunter


Overall results:

Shot Put - 3rd Place: Hope Ballinger (6th)

High Jump - 1st Place: Breanna Small (8th)

Long Jump - 2nd Place: Tyonna Baxter (8th); 3rd Place: Yamiyah Shepherd (8th)

2400M - 1st Place: Shayla Traas (8th); 3rd Place: Alexa Peak (6th)

100M Hurdles - 1st Place: Tyonna Baxter

100M Dash - 2nd Place: Megan Goldman (8th); 3rd Place: Yamiyah Shepherd

1600M - 1st place: Shayla Traas; 2nd Place: Hannah Chandler (7th)

4x100M Relay - 2nd Place: Breanna Small, Deneja Troutman (6th), Tyonna Baxter, Yamiyah Shepherd

400M - 1st Place: Megan Goldman; 3rd Place: Mya Crawford (7th)

800M - 1st Place: Emily Leak (8th); 3rd Place: Marissa Hancock (8th)

200M - 1st Place: Megan Goldman

4x400M Relay - 1st Place: Tyonna Baxter, Hannah Chandler, Shayla Traas, & Megan Goldman; 2nd Place (by time - JV squad): Abby Colson (7th), Mya Crawford, Yamiyah Shepherd, Marissa Hancock

Beech Grove HS Places at Academic Super Bowl Meet

Beech Grove High School hosted the annual regional academic Super Bowl on Tuesday, April 21. Seventeen teams competed. Beech Grove's Science Team, consisting of Ethan Martin, Garrett Osos, Brindin Parrott, Justin VanSickle, Alyssa Alford, and Abby Strahla finished second in their class of five teams. The Beech Grove Interdisciplinary Team, consisting of Alyssa Alford, Victoria Frederick, Francia Gonzalez, Gwyn Hulquist, Ashley Renken, Jocelyne Whyde, Garrett Osos, and Bryan Gregor finished third. The team is coached by Kevin Banks, Kate Weller, Troy Edwards, Beth Wolfe, and Dan Mitchell. A photo of our Beech Grove students is pictured below. Congratulations to our students and coaches!
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Zumba Fundraiser Raises over $450 for South Grove Supplies

Many thanks to the South Grove PTO for sponsoring this great event!

Photos from the event appear below.
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Alum Andy McVey Inducted Into Hall of Fame

McVey named one of the 2015 Inductees of the Indiana High School Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame

On Saturday, April 18, Beech Grove High School Alum, Andy McVey, was inducted into the Indiana High School Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame at the Primo Banquet Center South. Andy McVey was a 1986 State Champion in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, setting state records in both. The 50-yard freestyle record stood from 1986-2001! Andy received the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award as a senior. Andy served as Senior Class President and as the National Honor Society President at Beech Grove High School. He attended the University of Illinois and was an All-American in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, and also was a member of the Big Ten All-American in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, in addition to serving as a member of the Big Ten All Conference Team in 1990. McVey coached the Greenwood Gators in the early 90's. In 1994, Andy moved to Sweden, marrying his high school sweetheart, an exchange student from Sweden. Andy coached Claes Andersson, an alumni of Indiana University, who won the Swedish Junior Championships and went on to win a gold medal for Sweden in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay at the European Championships in 2000. Andy now devotes his time to his three children and their sporting activities. His oldest son, Alexander, represented the US in the Floorball World Championships in Gothenburg in December 2014. Andy's other son, Christopher, represents Sweden's 18 year olds National Team in Soccer. His daughter, Kelly, currently is playing handball. Andy is married to Anette McVey, and has three children: Alexander (19), Christopher (17), and Kelly (14). A photo of Andy McVey from the ceremony is pictured below and is courtesy of Mr. Oskar Vuskalns, BGHS' current swim coach, who attended Andy's induction ceremony. Congratulations, Andy!
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South Grove Principal Tonya Reid Graduates from the IPLI!

Congratulations, Mrs. Reid!

The mission of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute is to provide building-level principals with the skills and tools needed to increase their personal leadership capacity, as well as to increase the learning capacity of their schools. Mrs. Tonya Reid, Principal, South Grove Intermediate School, graduated from the Institute on Monday, April 20. Mrs. Reid is pictured below with her mentor, Angela Lewis, and BGCS Superintendent, Dr. Paul Kaiser, at her graduation ceremony.
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Beech Grove Lions Club Donates to Beech Grove High School

The Beech Grove Lions Club recently made a donation to the Beech Grove High School Renaissance program. The Renaissance program is a national clearinghouse of over 2,000 schools nationwide that have developed programs for incentives in education. At BGHS the 4 A's of Renaissance are achievement, attitude, attendance and academics. The BG Lions were one of the founding sponsors of the program in Beech Grove. Pictured below, left to right, are Ron Ayris, Don Stowers, BGHS Principal Steve Cox and Norm Woods.
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Mark Your Calendars for the District Art Show!

Sponsored by the Beech Grove Education Foundation

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Crossings Students Help Out at BGCS

Thirty students from The Crossings helped with several projects at BGCS yesterday. The largest project included cutting down, and trimming, trees around the BGCS campus. The project helps BGCS to maintain a safe and beautiful environment and provides The Crossings students with hands-on experience. In addition, the students sell the wood to help fund their program. A few photos of the students working on this project are pictured below.
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Parents Night at RISE Learning Center

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FFA Cookie Dough Fundraiser

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Box Tops Competitions

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Parents Night Out has been scheduled for Friday, May 1

Parents: Need a night out? A registration form is attached!

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An Opportunity to Thank your Mom!

The Southside Times is holding Mother's Day Contest

The deadline to submit an entry is tomorrow, Friday, April 24!
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BGHS Juniors and Seniors: Part-Time Job Opportunity

The Whistle Stop Ice Cream & More is hiring for the upcoming summer season

To apply: See Karla Richardson at the store, located at 510 Main Street.

Beech Grove Community Events

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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, atmstevens@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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