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December 2018

Fall Semester Finals Week 2018

Just a reminder that we will be on FINALS schedule during the week of December 17th. Students will take two finals a day and be released at 12:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday will be a non-student day as teachers work to finalize grades.

Please click the image at the left for specific bell schedule.

Early Finals and Winter Break

As we inch closer to the end of the semester, finals and our Winter Break are fast approaching. Please be advised that the last day of school is December 20th and vacations should not start prior to that date. We will not administer early finals to students who plan to be absent prior to the end of the semester.

Counseling Newsletter

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Excalibur Robotics Tournament at Foothill High School

On Saturday Nov 10th, our 5 teams went to Foothill High School to compete in the Excalibur Robotics Tournament hosted by Foothill. It was the second tournament of the season for each of our teams. After a long day's work in competitions, our 2496R won the Design Award, and our 2496N team won the overall Excellence award. That makes a total of 4 teams to qualify for the State tournament in March.

Beckman in Space!

On November 10, 2018, the Irvine Cubesat Program successfully launched its first cubesat, Irvine01, on an Electron rocket operated by Rocket Lab from Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Complex in New Zealand. Irvine01 marks the first satellite built by high school students to be successfully launched into orbit and even now is orbiting around the Earth sending Morse code “Irv1…Irv1…” to ground stations throughout the world. Irvine01 also features deployable solar panels to charge its batteries while in orbit, an electronic propulsion system for maneuverability, and a low-resolution camera for the mission of taking photos of Venus from space. Currently, Beckman students in the Cubesat Program are working with teams at other Irvine schools and mentors in various aerospace programs to calculate two-line element (TLE) data in order to track Irvine01’s orbit and receive messages from the cubesat when it passes by a nearby ground station.

In addition to Irvine01, students will also have their hands full as they will be launching a second cubesat, Irvine02, aboard a Falcon 9 Rocket as part of the SpaceX SSO-A mission managed by Spaceflight Industries in Vandenberg, California.

Signing Day

Wednesday, November 14th was National Letter of Intent signing day across the country. At Beckman, we honored 8 current BHS athletes who signed their NLI: Jill Schneggenburger - Volleyball (Colorado), Sean McLain - Baseball (Arizona St), Connor McGuire - Baseball (UC Irvine), Justin Goldstein - Baseball (Oregon), Madison Chi - Volleyball (Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Carly Tobias - Lacrosse (Lindenwood), Lauren Drysdale - Soccer (West Point), and Karl Stenlund - Volleyball (Long Beach State).

BHS Band Carries on the Tradition

From a recent article on OCSportsZone (link here): "Beckman High’s band members, led by band director Matt Bausman, continued the tradition this year of playing in the pool for the boys water polo team’s senior day. The band members, some in water polo caps, got in the pool and played for half of the game during timeouts and the first quarter break. Players, fans and band members had some fun continuing the tradition started by former band director Jim Kollias."

Athletic Spotlight

Over the past four years, our Girls Tennis program has improved greatly and is now achieving at a high level. A consistent contributor to the team in those four years has been Kayla Cruz. She’s been a starter for our Varsity team since her Freshman year and has demonstrated great versatility for the program. Being a team player, Kayla has volunteered to split time between singles and doubles during her tenure. Last year, as a Junior, Kayla was a part of our CIF Championship team, paired up with Emily Lu to form our #1 Doubles team. Kayla then went back to playing Singles for the team her Senior year. With Kayla as our #1 Singles player this year, she helped lead the Patriots to their best regular season ever, finishing in 2nd place in the Pacific Coast League. Kayla is an excellent role model for the underclassmen demonstrating a great attitude on the court while simultaneously achieving in the classroom. Coach Friendt added, “What I really admire about Kayla is that she’s not afraid to constantly challenge herself on and off the court.” Kayla has been an integral part of the program’s development over the past four years and she’ll be remembered as a leader and a winner.

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