The Beechcroft Family Newsletter
Columbus Promise: Free Tuition at Columbus State Community College
What is the Columbus Promise?
The Columbus Promise is an exciting new program that enables Columbus City Schools graduates to go to college for free at Columbus State Community College. It covers six semesters of tuition and fees, grants an additional scholarship for expenses like books, offers special services and support, and connects them to jobs. The Columbus Promise is a joint initiative of the City of Columbus, Columbus City Schools, I Know I Can, and Columbus State Community College.
What can students take at Columbus State?
This program applies to any associate degree and many certificates and job training programs at the college as well, including many in the skilled trades area. Students can also use the first two years to transfer to a four-year university to get a bachelor’s degree.
How do students get accepted into the program?
To become a Columbus Promise Scholar, students must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Complete the Columbus State Community College application for admission
- Complete the Columbus Promise Application (available in mid-November 2021)
- Graduate from Columbus City Schools
What is the future of the Columbus Promise?
Currently, this is a three-year pilot, so students in the class of 2022, 2023, and 2024 can count on it being available. It might change or grow, but we have every intention of keeping the Columbus Promise program around and are also working to make it available past 2024, too. One priority in the years to come is to bring four-year universities into the program, leaning on Columbus State’s successful 2+2 Preferred Pathways transfer option for junior and senior year. Coalition partners are engaged in positive conversations with several such 4-year universities. In the next several years to come, the partner organizations share a long-term vision of expanding this program to cover more students in more neighborhoods and school districts or even to adults; to partner with more post-secondary destinations; and to incorporate more financial and career support in the years to come.
Hello Beechcroft Families,
My name is Simona Noor, the Family Ambassador at BHS.
I am writing to parents and caregivers because we at Beechcroft understand the negative impact COVID-19 has had on many of our families, which is why Columbus City Schools is starting a Check-in-Connect initiative this month. This means I will be calling to hear what you are experiencing in real-time and provide you with current information about social, health and government services. I will also share important information about the school and district.
I know receiving calls during the day may appear to be about your student, which is why I want to inform you that most of the calls I will be making this winter and even spring will be related to Check-in-Connect. Please, save my contact information: office # 380-997-1587 and work cell: 614-285-5367.
Please know that we are all in this together and I look forward to partnering with you this 2021-2022 academic year.
Your Input is Needed for the 2022-2023 School Year Calendar
Columbus City Schools is creating the 2022-2023 School Calendar. Prior to approval by the Board of Education, families have an opportunity to share their thoughts about the calendar and the process for planning out a typical school year. Including families in our district's decision making is important. Family Ambassadors are asked to complete the survey (link below) and to encourage families to share their opinions and ideas before Friday, November 12, at Noon.
SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE DRAFT 2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR: https://forms.gle/szRzp3peuzdm37Rq9
This survey is anonymous (we are not asking for names). Information will be shared with our leadership team and could lead to changes for next year or in the future.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Family Engagement at 614-365-8868 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a good opportunity for all parents/caregivers to voice their concerns or agreements, so please share your feedback. Families whose holidays are not included in the calendar can state their wishes to see those holidays being acknowledged by Columbus City Schools.
Tuesday, Nov. 30 Region #6 6:00pm Columbus Alternative HS
Wednesday, Dec. 1 Region #4 6:00pm Whetstone HS
Thursday, Dec. 2 Region #3 6:00pm Marion-Franklin HS
Virtual Family Engagement Sessions
Cougars Zoom Room
This month's Zoom Room gathering will be Wednesday, Nov. 10th at 11:00am-12:00pm. Come join and ask questions, share comments and concerns etc.
Join Zoom Meeting
Important Dates & Events
Upcoming events to keep in mind:
11/1-11/22 Mons & Weds – OST Tutoring after school
11/16 – Tues: I Know I can Virtual FAFSA Night – 5:30 pm (Senior Parents and Students Only)
11/16 – Tues: Picture Day – Underclassman
11/17 – Wed: Picture Day – Seniors (Photos taken will be used for graduation)
11/22-23 -Mon-Tues: *"Wellness Week" -Asynchronous Days - remote learning days for all students. Teachers will assign independent work to be due after the Thanksgiving break, but there will be no in-person or synchronous remote learning that week.
*Superintendent Dr. Dixon has declared Thanksgiving week as Wellness Week to give students and staff time to rest and recharge.
Full November Calendar:
11/4 – Thurs: Diwali – Festival of Lights
11/4 – Thurs: Girls Basketball – Scrimmage – DeSales
11/5 – Fri: Marching Band and Drill Team – Veterans Parade – 9:00 am
11/10 – Wed: Girls Basketball – Away – Scrimmage – Dublin Scioto
11/11 – Thurs: Career Readiness Workshop – Lunch – Library
11/13 – Sat: Girls Basketball – Away – Scrimmage – Whitehall
11/15 – Mon: Girls Basketball – Home – JV Preview 10 Teams
11/16 – Tues: Picture Day – Underclassman
11/16 – Tues: I Know I can Virtual FAFSA Night – 5:30 pm
11/17 – Wed: Picture Day – Seniors
11/17 – Wed: Girls Basketball – Home – Scrimmage – Westland/Grandview
11/18 – Thurs: Career Readiness Workshop – Lunch – Library
11/18 – Thurs: Theater Dept. Fall Play – "Selfie"
11/22 – Mon: Wellness Day – Asynchronous Day
11/23 – Tues: Wellness Day – Asynchronous Day
11/23 – Tues: Girls Basketball – Home – Eastmoor
11/24 – Wed: No School
11/25 – Thurs: Thanksgiving Recess – No School
11/26 – Fri: No School
11/27 – Sat: Boys Basketball – Away – Mason HS (Cincinnati)
11/28 – Sun: Hanukkah
11/30 – Tues: Girls Basketball – Away – Linden McKinley
Donation Drive at School
I Support the Girls
In partnership with I Support the Girls, a national organization that works 24/7/265 for people living on the streets, and in poverty in the United States and around the globe. The Beechcroft Senior Class officers will be holding a new and gently used bra collection at Beechcroft High School during the month of November. Bras are needed to help women stand up straight and tall. All the bras collected will be donated to the free store located in the Church of the Good Shepard located across the street from Beechcroft High School The free store is open to anyone in need every third Friday and Saturday by appointment.
Did you know that the shoes you no longer want could help create jobs in developing countries? We're excited to announce that we have joined forces with the nonprofit Soles4Souls and are launching a shoe drive to help break the cycle of poverty at Beechcroft High School. Donate your new and gently used shoes to Beechcroft High School during the month of November.
The Diversity Club's Thanksgiving Food Drive
Guidance Office Updates
Parents can use the code k2ssjnq to join the Career & Community Resource Coordinator, Shunda Wright’s virtual classroom to access all the internships, job postings, community service, and career exploration opportunities available to our students. To meet graduation requirements, students MUST complete a total of 120 hours of volunteering, internship/work, and job shadowing. Only 90 hours of internship/work are accepted so students still need to do community service.
Skate Zone 71 is currently hiring part-time birthday party hosts for $20-25 per hour.
Raising Canes is also hiring and they will be in the building Monday, Nov. 8th accepting applicants.
Students who are interested in taking college-level classes in the next school year 2022-2023, join one of the following virtual CCP Information Meeting from 6:30pm-7:30pm on the following dates:
November 16, 2021
January 18, 2022
January 25, 2022
February 2, 2022
For additional information, check HERE.
If students are interested in auto mechanics, attend a vocational auto mechanic training program this summer through The Ohio State University. Camp CAR is a FREE, weeklong summer day camp for high school students, ages 14-18. CAR introduces students to automotive engineering.
The 2022 application window opens Tuesday, Feb. 1 and the deadline is Monday, April 4th. If you would like to be part of the mailing list, send an email to CAR's Outreach and Events Manager, Jennifer Humphrey at email@example.com
September - Hispanic Heritage Month
October - LGBTQ History Month
November - Native American Heritage Month
December - Disability Awareness Month
January - African and Middle Eastern Heritage Month
February - Black History Month
March - Women’s History Month
April - European American Heritage Month
May - Asian American Heritage Month
National Poet Laureate
Joy Harjo is the first Native American to serve as poet laureate, and she is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation.
Free School Clothes from Charity Newsies
The Salvation Army Christmas Cheer Toy & Food Program
COTA PLUS On-Demand Transportation
Free Covid-19 Vaccines
Cooking with Dad
Emergency Broadband Benefit
Ohio Kinship Caregivers Connect Support Group
Caregivers can add their information via the link and begin to receive weekly invitations to join the support discussions. If they are unable to attend, there are resources on their website.
Angela Provenzano is the facilitator, and can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check the website for more information.