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All Things Beech Grove High School

Chorale Group Competes for State Competition

The Beech Grove Chorale sang Saturday, May 2 at Whiteland High School to qualify for State Competition. Even though the scores did not put them in the top 16 throughout Indiana, they did receive a Gold Rating from all three judges. Please congratulate the singers.
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Hornets Participate in Community Service Days on Earth Day

On Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) students participated in a variety of community service activities in and around Beech Grove. Students spent time at locations such as the Southside Animal Shelter, Goodwill, and in various clean-up/beautification projects throughout the city of Beech Grove. The service day was led by BGHS teacher Tara Miller. BGHS requires all students to complete community service hours in order to graduate. The April 22 experience, along with the one held in the Fall, help the students reach part of their goal for service hours. Students are charged with earning the remaining hours through service activities of their own.

Spring Spectacular

Saturday, May 16th the Beech Grove HS Choral Department is producing their 37th annual spring spectacular. This will be Mr. Bradford's 30th Spring Spectacular and Lynn Herrick is celebrating her 25th show with us! The seniors of all the choirs will be honored throughout the evening with the theme of "Night at the Movies." Come join us at a new time, 8:00pm as Mr. Brad Brown, RTV6 Weekend News Anchor hosts the show. The members of Jubilaires, Élan, Sensations and Stage Craft have worked hard to bring you a quality and entertaining show.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 6th. $8.00 Adults/ $5.00 Students. Reserved Tickets can be held for you at "Will Call" by emailing the quantity of each and any seating preferences to . Tickets will be sold at the door as well for general admission on a first come first served basis. We hope to see you there: 8:00 p.m. in the Mike McMorrow Auditorium.

Ahlemeyer Joins 1300 Club

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Community Service Class Helps Local YMCA

The Beech Grove High School Community Service, under the leadership of Tara Miller has been working locally with the Baxter YMCA. The students have been volunteered at the Baxter YMCA two days last week where students helped to clean the indoor play areas and then mulched the outdoor playground. The YMCA coordinators and custodial staff were extremely thankful because so much of their help comes from volunteers and without volunteers they said "we would have a hard time keeping up with all the demands otherwise." The class plans to return next week to continue helping the YMCA prep for the their upcoming summer programs that they offer.

Any students wanting to get involved can check out the Baxter YMCA volunteer page or contact Sarah Rish for more information on how to get involved and log those community service hours.

Thank you community service students for your hard work and commitment in becoming "service leaders".

VIP Students Honored

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 theBeech Grove Alumni Association, Beech Grove Fire Department and Rosebud Flowers.
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Cadet Teachers Get First Hand Experience

Seniors in the cadet teaching program benefit greatly from the mentoring skills of the professional staffs of the Beech Grove School System. Students get to learn teaching skills and tasks in a hands-on environment. They also get to know many young students through the process of guiding and teaching. Teachers often comment just how helpful the cadets are to their students. Friendships are developed among many of the cadets and their mentor teachers.

Some teacher comments are:

“It’s so nice having a cadet teacher not only for helping me but helping the students. They are an extra set of hands. The students really love having a high school student work with them.”

“With a cadet teacher, my students have more opportunities to have some one-on-one time with a positive adult.”

“I like having a cadet teacher in my classroom because it gives an extra hand that is very beneficial to me and my students. The students enjoy the ‘big kids’ and think it is cool.”

“I like the relationship that the cadets with my students.”

Students Explore Career Options

The Work-Based Learning (Formerly School to Career) program is a one semester course whereby students learn hands-on about a particular professional career path. It is invaluable to the student and is a help to the career site. Many sites have been partners for a while now. Pictures of students and their site supervisors are shown below.
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National Honor Society to Induct New Class

The Beech Grove High School chapter of the National Honor Society will induct it's new members on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00pm in the Beech Grove High School HTC. The members who were selected have displayed excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, character, and leadership during their high school career.

Smiley Signs with Greyhounds

Senior Evan Smiley recently signed to wrestle next year with the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds. Smiley is pictured with his father and Beech Grove High School wrestling coaches.

High School Students Assist Grounds Crew

Mrs. Sarah Gray's high school class kicked off Community Service Day a day early by assistingMr. 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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Science Team Puts in Solid Performance

At a recent competition, the Science Team, consisting of Ethan Martin, Garrett Osos, Brindin Parrott, Justin VanSickle, Alyssa Alford, and Abby Strahla finished second in their class of 5 teams. The Interdisciplinary Team, consisting of Alyssa Alford, Victoria Frederick, Francia Gonzalez, Gwyn Hulquist, Ashley Renken, Jocelyne Whyde, Garrett Osos, and Bryan Gregor finished third.

Thanks to all staff that helped to put on this event. Without the help you provided, we would not be able to host and put on such a quality event.

Exam Schedule Announced

The final exam schedule has been announced. Seniors will take exams on May 21, 22, 26, and 27. Underclassmen will take their exams May 26-29. Tuesday, 5/26 will be exams for Blocks 1 and 4. Wednesday will be exams for Blocks 5 and 8. Thursday will be exams for Blocks 2 and 3. Friday will be exams for Blocks 6 and 7. Seniors will take the same exams as the underclassmen on May 26 and 27. On May 21, seniors will take exams for Blocks 2 and 3 and on May 22, they will take exams for blocks 6 and 7.

High Schools Students Assist with Hornet Park/Central Elementary Spring Carnival

On Friday, April 24, members of the BGHS Chapter of the National Honor Society, along with other student volunteers from the high school, assisted with the Hornet Park/Central Elementary PTO 2015 Spring Carnival. The students ran the games for the Carnival as well as assisted in the clean-up of the event afterwards. The National Honor Society students participated in this event as part of their group service project. The other students were able to earn individual community service hours for their efforts. Freshman Mariah Murdock had this to say about the event "I had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed seeing the kid's excitement when they won the game!"

BGHS Alum Andy McVey Inducted Into 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, Anette, who was 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.

Lions Club Supports BGHS Renaissance Program

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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Want to Host an International Student?

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is looking for

host families to open their home and hearts and welcome an international

exchange student into our community.

Students would arrive before school starts! These students hail from all

over the world and are eager to learn about the US and become a member

of an American family. Many of these students have worked hard to

earn scholarships for this program and are looking forward to meeting

their new host family.

Students come with insurance, spending money and must follow your

family rules! With my assistance you will select your student.

Years from now will you be more disappointed about the things you

didn't do than the ones you did? Don't miss out on this educational

opportunity of a lifetime for your family. Visit our website at or call Janet Shaffer at 317.372.8971

or email for more information.

A former family said:

" If you have thought any about hosting, do it!! Just open your heart

and home to a new adventure that you and your family will treasure


Part-time Job Opportunity for BGHS Students

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.

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Students Excel on ACT

Guidance Counselor Karen Matthews announced recently that there are two members of the Class of 2016 to join the 1300 Club by scoring 29+ on the ACT we gave on March 17th.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Campbell and Josh Porter!