Hornet Blast

January 22, 2015

Happy Thursday, Hornets!

We hope you enjoy this edition of the "Hornet Blast."

Please note: Our next snow make-up day is Monday, February 16. School WILL be in session!

Beech Grove Idol

Come out and see our Beech Grove stars!

BG Idol Junior Division --Thursday, Jan 22nd 7pm in the Mike McMorrow Auditorium.

Nick Newlon and McKayla Willever will be featured soloists (See photo below).

Abbie Riedeman and Haleigh Ramsey will be our hosts.

BG Idol Senior Division --Friday, Jan 23rd at 7pm in the Mike McMorrow Auditorium

The Reen Family Singers will be featured guests (See photo below)

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Beech Grove Middle School Spelling Bee

On Friday, January 16, Beech Grove Middle School held its annual all-school spelling bee. Seventh and eighth grade qualifiers participated in the bee in front of the school’s staff and student body. Mr. Steve Bair, Beech Grove City Schools Math/Science Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Operations, emceed, and Ms. Sheila Corey from Teachers Credit Union sponsored the event. After ten rounds of great competition, Daryl Diss took third place and Marcus Bowden earned second place. Cheyenne Varner spelled her way to first place and is the 2014-15 Beech Grove Middle School spelling champion. Cheyenne will advance to the district spelling bee and represent the Hornets in February. Thanks to all who attended and congratulations to the student competitors.
Pictured Below: Back Row: Principal, Thomas Gearhart; Schools Math/Science Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Operations, Steve Bair; Teachers Credit Union, Sheila Corey; Front Row: Daryl Diss; Cheyenne Varner; Marcus Bowden
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A message from the Beech Grove High School Guidance Counselors:

A special note for 8th Grade Parents . . .

After school today, Thursday, January 22, the High School counselors will be stationed in the BGMS Media Center until 5:30 PM to answer any questions you may have about your current 8th graders' upcoming 9th grade school year. Please stop by if you're available!!


During their school day on Wednesday & Thursday at BGMS, your 8th grade student will begin the scheduling process with the High School counselors. Counselors will be walking them through their options and introducing them to some new vocabulary and concepts that will be very important at the high school (i.e. credits, GPA, transcript, electives, etc.). Students will be given their "Green Scheduling Sheet" to bring home where they need a parent/guardian signature. They will need to bring that signed paper back to BGMS the next day to turn in to the office!


Please stop by and let us know how we can help you!


Mrs. Shively

COUNSELOR (S-Z)

Beech Grove High School

Phone: (317) 786-1447

Beech Grove Middle School College Fair

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"Students of the Month" Recognized at January School Board Meeting

Students Pictured Below. . .

Front Row: Nathan Thomas (December), Hornet Park Elementary; Jayleana Tex (November), Hornet Park Elementary.
Middle Row: Austin Bryant (December), Central Elementary; Mikey Lee (November), South Grove Intermediate; Lindzie Lee (December), South Grove Intermediate.
Back Row: David Hreno, (November), BGMS; Cayleigh Donahue (December), BGHS; Jonathan Short (November), HEA; Katelynn Wright (November), BGHS; and Grace Salyers (December), BGMS. Not present: Jake Farrar (November), Central Elementary; Melissa Caito, Dental Careers/Central Nine Vocational; Harley Brown, Culinary Arts/Central Nine Vocational; Kristen Schneider, Health Science I/Central Nine Vocational; Aaron Brown, Culinary Arts/Central Nine Vocational; Joshua Messinger, Central Nine Vocational; and Jordan Lewis, HEA.
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Great job, Central Elementary Students and Parents!

Central Elementary has now collected 3,327 single-serve drink mix packets to send to our troops overseas. The collection of packets ended yesterday. Central Elementary Counselor, Mrs. Trudi Wolfe, first established a goal of collecting 1,000 drink mix packets. After an overwhelming response from our Central families, Mrs. Wolfe increased the goal to 2,000. And, our Central students and parents surpassed that goal! What a great kindness project! Many thanks to Mrs. Wolfe and our Central families for making a difference in the lives of our military members stationed overseas! Pictured below, left to right are: Emme Buckler, Selena Ebbing, and Rylee Blocker. These three students were among the top group of students who brought in drink mix packet donations. Thanks, girls!

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We Still "Believe in Blue"

Even though our beloved Indianapolis Colts lost to the New England Patriots, Beech Grove City Schools still "believes in blue." Several photos of our students and staff, taken on the Friday before the big game, are pictured below. Enjoy! Thank you, Colts, for a great season, and best of luck next season!
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Note from our Nurse Coordinator

Hello Beech Grove families! Next year's vaccination requirements have been posted to the school website! It might seem early; but if you are taking your child to the doctor any time soon, having this information may save you a future trip. If you have questions, feel free to contact me. Vaccination requirements for the 2015-2016 school year are posted below, in addition to being posted on the BGCS website.


Brandee Beikman, RN, BSN

Nursing Coordinator Beech Grove City Schools

(317)786-1447

bbeikman@bgcs.k12.in.us

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This Week's Articles from the BGHS Publications Staff

Yearbook Deadlines Fast Approaching!


STUDENTS: This year, the 2014-2015 yearbook will be in full color! To place an order, go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use order number 8750. Prices will soon be rising. Don't wait, order today!

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS OF SENIORS: The BGHS Publications staff is selling advertisement space in the yearbook for parents looking to celebrate their student’s success. You can choose to feature a number of different aspects such as photos, quotes, or personal messages.
1/8 of a page ad: $40
1/4 of a page ad: $70
If you are interested in placing an ad for your 2015 graduate, go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use order number 8750. Any questions, comments, or concerns, contact please contact Mark Folger at mfolger@bgcs.k12.in.us.

Make sure to get your order in as soon as possible, the deadline is March 2nd!

SENIORS: Please check your school emails for information on senior portraits! If you wish to have a senior quote and photo in the 2014-2015 yearbook, you MUST get your senior portraits done. To schedule an appointment with Prestige, go to www.prestigeindiana.com/greenwood.html (closest location) or call 317-829-2079. Hurry, the deadline is January 31!


Take a look at the video below with details on this year's yearbook, which will be in color!



Catching Up with "One Direction"
By Annabelle Leece

One Direction is back at it, the guys -– Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson are starting off 2015 off with rehearsals for their On The Road Again Tour in preparation for their tour to commence February 7th, 2015 in Sydney, Australia! The North American tour sets in motion on July 9th, 2015 at the Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, California. For the first time ever, they are coming to Indianapolis and will be performing at Lucas Oil Stadium!! One Direction released their new album "Four" in November. Its debut was a huge hit in over eighteen countries, and it quickly jumped to the number one spot. In addition to their first three albums also to debut number one in multiple countries as well. This not only sets them at a record with three albums being debuted at number one by the same artist, but they have managed to outdo even themselves and go for the fourth! Speculations have been made that there is a fifth album right around the corner, and we fans can only hope so! (A photo of "One Direction" appears below)

Want to keep your high school years forever? Buy a yearbook today to make that happen!

BGHS Yearbook Promo

Revised School Calendar (With Snow Days)

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South Grove Students "Pass It Forward"

On January 20, 2015, all South Grove Intermediate School students and staff members were sent home with a card that asked them to “Pass It Forward." Their mission within the week is to do something kind for someone (a friend, a neighbor, or a perfect stranger) and leave the card pictured below. South Grove's goal is to focus students on the idea that by doing something for others, the reward is amazing! Mrs. Tonya Reid, Principal, would love to have pictures of the South Grove students emailed to her so she can share them with others. These kindnesses do not have to cost any money; they simply are an act or a deed delivered because South Grove children care. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day students watched a video about this initiative.


Thank you for helping us to help students “Pass It Forward.”

Mrs. Tonya Reid
Principal, South Grove Intermediate School
email: treid@bgcs.k12.in.us

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activities at South Grove

6th Graders in Mrs. Bair's room learned and discussed the great works of Dr. Martin Luther King and others like him on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Monday, January 19th.

Middle School Athletic Photos Scheduled

Athletic photos for Middle School Girls Basketball, and the Swimming and Wrestling teams will take place on Monday, January 26. The times for each team, and the location for the photo sessions, are listed below:


Middle School - Main Gym: Wrestling : 3:45 p.m.

Middle School - Auxiliary Gym: Girls Basketball: 3:45 p.m.


High School Pool: Swimming: 5:30 p.m.

Beech Grove City Schools is an "A" District!

Many thanks to our teachers, staff, students and community for helping the District achieve this designation from the Indiana State Department of Education! We have a small quantity of yard signs available to place in yards or business windows (pictured below). If you would like an "A" District yard sign, please email Melody Stevens, mstevens@bgcs.k12.in.us, and the sign will be delivered to your child's school for you to pick up. Please include your name and the name of your child's school, in your email. Thanks, Hornets!
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Blue & Gold Celebration

If you would like to attend this annual Cub Scout celebration, please be sure to make a reservation so there is plenty of food for everyone! To make a reservation, email Sara Wilhoite: sarawilhoite@hotmail.com or by calling 317-760-6605. Parents, family, friends, and community members are all encouraged to attend and share this celebration with the Pack's Cub Scouts!
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Make a Difference - Register to Vote!

As we recently celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please remember that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Dr. King was right when he said this about voting, “The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic traditions and it is democracy turned upside down.” Make a difference in your community for present and future generations by registering to vote! For additional information on registering to vote, please visit: https://indianavoters.in.gov/PublicSite/PublicMain.aspx

President Lyndon Johnson, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (pictured below) after signing the Voting Rights Act in 1965

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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, 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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