Hornet Blast

December 11, 2014

Happy Thursday, Hornets!

A few highlights from Beech Grove City Schools . . .

Sounds of the Season . . .

BGHS Jubilaires Perform at Greenwood Park Mall

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Holiday Break Schedule

Last day of school: Friday, December 19
No School - Monday, December 22 - Friday, January 2
Schools Resumes on Monday, January 5

South Grove's Holiday Program

"The Incredible Reindeer"

The 5th grade did an outstanding job on Monday, December 8, performing "The Incredible Reindeer" Holiday program for the student body in the afternoon, and in the evening for their parents and friends. The evening performance was videotaped by On the Spot Productions. If interested in purchasing a DVD or Blu-ray of the program, please contact the South Grove office. Bravo to all the performers in "The Incredible Reindeer," - the Singing Bees, Colin Keenan, Keith Cox, Emma Pitz, Shyanne Thompson, and Mrs. Addie Alkire!

Photos of the program are pictured below . . .

It's Time for BG Idol!

BG Idol Auditions

BG Idol will be held on January 22nd, and January 23rd. The Junior Division competition will take place on Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m. The Senior Division and Finals will be held

Friday, January 23rd at 7pm!

Attached is a copy of the application.

Auditions will be Monday, January 19th on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. As in the past, we will use specific time slots to help organize the day, and be efficient with the audition process:

Grades 1 - 6 -- 12:30 pm- 2:30pm

BG Middle School-- 2:30 pm- 4:00pm

High School-- 4:30pm- 6:30pm

Special Holiday Program

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Middle School FFA Students Take Third Place

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Forestry Career Development Event

On Thursday, December 4, the Beech Grove FFA took 18 students to the FFA Area Forestry Career Development Event. These students are asked to identify the 50 trees of Indiana based upon wood samples, leaf samples, or seed samples, as well as take a general Forestry knowledge test. The BG FFA Middle School team consisting of Ashlynn Morelock, Lillian Ferguson, Kristopher Elliott, and Joseph Stewart placed 3rd in the Junior Division. Our Beech Grove members represented our school well and learned a little more about our Indiana natural resource.

DEEM Mechanical & Electrical Help Students "Step It Up!"

On Monday morning, December 8, a group of Hornet Enrichment Academy (HEA) students attended the Nutcracker at Clowes Hall, performed by the Butler Ballet. This trip was sponsored by DEEM through the HEA "Step It UP!" program.

HEA students had the following to say about the cultural experience:

Clayton Hamilton: "It was exciting and visually interesting."

Robbie Landers: "I liked the dancing. It was very theatrical."

Photos from the day are pictured below . . .

This Week's Articles from the Beech Grove High School Publications Staff . . .

Parents Night Out
The BGHS Publications staff is hosting another Parents Night Out! With so much success with the last one, another event was bound to happen. We are currently planning it for THIS Friday December 12th, just in time to get some last minute Christmas shopping done. Please contact Mr. Mark Folger at mfolger@bgcs.k12.in.us if you are interested!

"Bracelets for Books" - Yearbooks, that is!
The Beech Grove High School yearbook staff has been working to ensure that the 2014-2015 yearbook will be well worth the purchase. This year, the book will be in full color! Currently, the yearbook staff is fundraising for the books. So far, they have done a parents night out where parents can get some time to themselves, with another one coming up on Friday, December 12th. Also, the staff is currently selling bracelets for the students and faculty members at BGHS during all three lunch periods. Small bracelets are $1, medium bracelets are $2, and large bracelets are $3. They are very good quality, and would make wonderful Christmas presents! If any student or faculty member is interested, see the yearbook table in the cafeteria during any lunch period. Support the Beech Grove High School yearbook staff today and help make the 2014-2015 yearbook great!
- By: Brandon Traas

Santa Claus Customs
When we think of Christmas, what is one of the first things that pops in your head? Yeah, lights and gifts, but the usual icon for Christmas is Santa Claus! We see him everywhere at this time of year, but there once was a real “Santa." Ever wonder why we leave out cookies? Back in the 14th century, the real old Saint Nick made it a tradition to stop at people’s houses on Christmas Eve as they gave him nuts, apples, and sweets! As the tradition continued to go on, his name developed into Santa Claus. The story that he still stops by is one of the most common stories of all time.

- By: Kylah Crowe

New Teacher Interview

An interview with Ms. Kimball, the new Biology Teacher at BGHS. . .

Q: How do you like this school so far?

A: “I love this school, the staff and students are phenomenal.”

Q: What was your last job?

A: “I was a biological technician for the National Park Service.”

Q: Where is your hometown?

A: “Arvada, Colorado.”

Q: What degree(s) do you have?

A: “I have a bachelors in natural Resource Management and a masters in education.”

Q: Is this your dream job?

A: “Sure is!”

Q: What is your most favorite thing about your job?

A: “The students.”

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: “I like to hike or walk my dogs… Anything outside. I love to snowboard!

- By: Richard Clayton

Don't Miss Out on Your Memories of Beech Grove Middle School - Buy Your Yearbook Now!

Support your BGMS Hornets! Until Christmas break you can purchase a yearbook for $25! Make checks payable to Beech Grove Middle School. If you have any questions, see Ms. Bowman in the Media Center or call her at ext. 7020.

"On My Way Pre-K" Program

A message from Representative Cindy Kirchhofer. . .

If you are a family with a 4-year-old, you may qualify for the State’s “On My Way Pre-K” pilot program starting in January. Families will receive a scholarship and choose a program from a list of qualified, high-quality providers. There will be NO additional costs.

The deadline to apply is Monday, December 15.

An application and additional information is attached.

New District Video Highlights Beech Grove's Great Students and Staff

To access the video, click on the link below . . .

Middle School Students Celebrated at "Start Smart" Breakfast

Beech Grove Middle School held their semi-annual Smart Start Breakfast yesterday and had a wonderful turnout! The Smart Start Breakfast is made up of students who exemplify the positive characteristics of Beech Grove Middle School and who were nominated by Beech Grove Middle School staff . We would like to thank all of the parents, students and staff that attended the breakfast! We would especially like to send a big thank you to Mayor Buckley who so graciously came to our breakfast! It was such a privilege to have him join us!

Each student received a certificate with the signature of Mr. Gearhart and the staff member who nominated him/her, a placemat with positive adjectives submitted from our staff describing the student and a T-Shirt with a hornet made up of the words Beech Grove. Middle School Teacher, Mrs. Kathy Keller, coordinated the event. Students celebrated at the breakfast: Alex Lagle, Alexia Hernandez, Alexis Byrd, Amy Dilley, Ana Ramirez, Ashlea Gerhing, Ashlie Rice, Ben Gearlds, Caitlyn Patrick, Cameron Hester, Collin Eckstein, Dallas Culpepper, Diane Tucker, Emily Frye, Erica Redman, Garrett Delk, Gavin Hess, Hannah Chandler, Haven Price, Isabelle Challis, Jordan Brickley, Jordan Smith, Kaitlynn Harrell, Kaliana Duncan, Karina Almazan, Kayley Capps, Kelcey Williams, Keyon Johnson, Jr., Kinzley Thompson, Kyle Aping, Lilli Ferguson, Lindsay Liddle, Linzee Glover, Litzy Lopez, Logan Boyce, Noah Cleary, Olivia Marschke, Riley Judd, Robbbie'On McColley, Samantha Gross, Sara Hale, Seth McCollom, Seth Rumler, Sierra Hodges, Spencer Chapman, Tony Hines, Trent Eckstein, Wendy Flores, and Yara Rodriguez. Congratulations, students! Group photo and other photos from the event are pictured below . . .
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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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