The Beechcroft Family Newsletter

November 2021

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:

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.

For further information please check the district's Fact Sheet and visit CbusPromise.

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Partners Announce Free Community College for Columbus City Schools Graduates

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.

Thank you,


Family Ambassador

Office: 380-997-1587

Cell: 614-285-5367

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.


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

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.

The Facilities Master Plan (FMP) Meetings have entered Phase 6, “Transform”. FMP participation is critical to parents and caregivers since the decisions being made here will affect students and families for generations. FMP looks at school designs and creates better buildings to support student learning and school experience. The consensus made in Phase 6 will be brought to the Board of Education for final approval. Check the website for FAQs and register for this session to voice your thoughts and concerns about learning spaces and school facilities.

Upcoming Dates:

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

Facilities Master Plan Overview
Phase 5 of Facilities Master Plan Committee Begins

Virtual Family Engagement Sessions

CCS hosts weekly Zoom sessions addressing the most pressing topics and answering the most common questions families have. Called Virtual Family Engagement Sessions, these sessions are hosted by the Department of Communications and Engagement and feature expert District staff and many of our community partners sharing information and insights on important topics.

Visit the RSVP page to register for upcoming sessions. Check the archives to view missed 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

Meeting ID: 815 5912 5201

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

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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.

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The Diversity Club's Thanksgiving Food Drive

Donate canned goods, box foods and other non-perishables on Nov. 15-Nov. 19 to support families in need. There will be donuts and juice for the homeroom with the most donations.
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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.

In these two following videos, Mrs. Wright explains how to properly fill out the internship and community service and work permit documents.

Counselors Office

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.

Camp Car

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

Diversity Club

The History teacher, Ms. Soto's Diversity Club has fun and educational plans to engage the school community to celebrate our student population. If parents/caregivers are interested in being guest speakers, participating in some of the activities and events, or want to recommend someone, please contact Ms. Soto at

Cultural Months

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

November is Native American Heritage Month. "What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose." - The Library of Congress

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.

Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Reading: First Morning (For Shan) | In Touch
Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Reading: For Those Who Would Govern | In Touch

Free School Clothes from Charity Newsies

Through their Clothe-A-Child Program, Charity Newsies will be handing out free brand-new clothes to students in grades K-12. Shoes will not be provided since there currently is not an organization sponsoring them, but families can apply online until Friday, December 3rd for new clothes, especially jackets or even school uniforms. Visit Charity Newsies for more information on requirements before applying. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the organization at 614-263-4300.

The Salvation Army Christmas Cheer Toy & Food Program

2021 registration has begun. There is no need to make an appointment; just come to the location near you.

COTA PLUS On-Demand Transportation

COTA Plus is an on-demand transportation service that provides the community with mobility solutions. Download the app to request affordable rides in Northeast Columbus and South Side areas, Westerville and Grove City. Students ride for free. Operating hours are 5am-11pm seven days a week. Check the site for cost fares and transits. For more information contact Customer Care at 614-308-4400.
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Free Covid-19 Vaccines

Both Covid-19 and Flu vaccines are being offered to children ages 5-11 with no appointments needed on Saturday, November 13, 9:00 am-noon.

Cooking with Dad

This is a free event for all dads, grandfathers, uncles, siblings, father figures, etc. to cook with their students. There will be free merch and chefs participating.
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Emergency Broadband Benefit

This program helps families receive a discount on their internet services.

Ohio Kinship Caregivers Connect Support Group

The online support group meets every Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm on Zoom. We have a presenter/organization come for some meetings to present resources relevant to kinship care. We discuss topics like parenting strategies, legal services, navigating legal systems and trauma informed care. There is no attendance commitment and you are welcome to come whenever you’d like.

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

Check the website for more information.


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