November 2023 🦃
In this Edition:
4. 0 Achievement Award Winners
Substitute Teachers Needed!
UAA Stem Day
On Time Reward Dance
No School on Friday 11/10/23
In honor of Veteran's Day, students will not have school on Friday November 10th. Thank you to those who served and continue to serve our country.
A special thank you to Begich's veterans:
Congratulations to our Students who Earned a 4.0 for Quarter 1!
The following students will be recognized at a breakfast on 11/17 for their hard work that helped them to earn a 4.0 for first quarter. Way to go Snow Leopards!
Josue Nolasco Ruiz
We want to emphasize the critical role that regular attendance plays in your student's academic and personal development.
Academic Success: Regular attendance is directly linked to academic achievement. Each day in the classroom presents new opportunities for learning and skill development. Missing school means missing out on valuable lessons, discussions, and interactions that contribute to your child's academic progress. Consistent attendance lays the foundation for a strong educational journey and better prepares students for high school and beyond.
Building a Strong Work Ethic: Attending school regularly instills a sense of responsibility and discipline in your child. By consistently showing up, students learn the importance of commitment and hard work—essential qualities that will benefit them not only in their academic pursuits but also in future endeavors.
Social and Emotional Growth: School is not just about academics; it's also a place for social and emotional development. Regular attendance allows your child to build friendships, develop social skills, and engage in extracurricular activities. These experiences contribute significantly to their overall well-being and help shape their identity.
Preparation for High School and Beyond: High school and college admissions often consider attendance records. Establishing good attendance habits in middle school sets a positive precedent for your child's future academic and professional endeavors. It demonstrates a strong commitment to their education and personal growth.
Teacher-Student Connection: Regular attendance facilitates a stronger connection between students and teachers. This connection is crucial for effective learning, as teachers can better understand individual needs, provide targeted support, and foster a positive and encouraging learning environment.
Reducing Achievement Gaps: Consistent attendance is a key factor in narrowing achievement gaps. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to stay on track with their peers, reducing disparities in academic performance.
We understand that circumstances may arise that could lead to occasional absences. However, we encourage you to prioritize your child's attendance whenever possible. If there are challenges affecting attendance, please communicate with us so that we can work together to find solutions and support your child's continued success.
Thank you for partnering with us in your child's education. Together, we can ensure that they have the best possible foundation for a bright future here.
Students are permitted to wear costumes to school on Halloween. However, costumes must still conform to the Begich dress code -- no masks, no fake or real weapons, no overly revealing outfits, no inappropriate messaging, etc. We also ask that your student does not bring large quantities of candy to share. We know students will have candy after Halloween, which is fine, but distributing big bags of candy is disruptive to our goal of educating your student. Thank you for your help on this matter.
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to school districts. The goals of our Title I Program for 2023-24 at Begich are to raise academic achievement, improve climate and behavior, and increase family engagement. As a parent/guardian you are an integral part of your child’s success. I encourage you to support your child’s education through regular communication with teachers, counselors, and administrators at Begich Middle School. The Parent Compact linked below has been developed to outline the partnership between students and families and Begich Middle School’s teachers and staff. Through family involvement and partnership, we can provide your child with the best education possible.
Laura Carter, Acting Principal
Substitute Teachers Needed!
Do you or someone you know want a flexible job working at Begich Middle School? We are currently in need of substitute teachers and have a need to fill positions most days. Candidates for teacher substitutes must have a four year college degree and complete an application with the Anchorage School District (Application Instructions Here). Substitute pay at Begich starts at $200 per day (7:45am-3:15pm).
To sign up as a parent volunteer at Begich Middle School, follow a few simple steps to get involved in your child's education and contribute to the school community. Please visit: https://www.asdk12.org/volunteer to fill out a volunteer application or contact Begich at 742-0501. Being a parent volunteer is a wonderful way to actively participate in your child's educational journey and make a positive impact on the school community.
UAA Stem Day
UAA STEM Day will be held on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building (3101 Science Cir). This is a FREE family event that is open to the public.
UAA students, staff, faculty, and several community organizations will be hosting dozens of booths and tour stops, each with their own STEM-themed activity or demonstration. This is a great opportunity to explore UAA's campus, meet STEM students and professionals, and inspire your students to consider pursuing a career in STEM.
There will be plenty of learning opportunities related to engineering, health sciences, chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and so much more!
On Time Reward Dance
All students who have fewer than 25 tardies during quarter 2, will be eligible to attend Begich's On Time Reward Dance on December 15th at 3pm. Tardies only accumulate for occasions when students are late between classes at Begich, not for the first arrival at school. We hope to see your student at the dance!
Safe Driving on Campus
Parents and guardians, please make sure you are giving your full attention to driving, especially on our campus. During drop off and pick up there are often students moving to and from cars and it can make for a dangerous situation if drivers are distracted. This will only get worse as it gets darker. It is our duty to protect the safety and well-being of the students and all those who walk or play on school grounds, and this begins with staying focused and undistracted while behind the wheel. Thank you for your help!