Hornet Blast Newsletter

December 12, 2019 - Celebrating and Informing our Hornets!

Josh Fryar Receives All-American Jersey

BGHS SeniorJosh Fryar joined an elite group of football athletes, as he was selected to play in the 2020 US Army All-American Bowl. On Monday, December 9, he received his All-American Bowl jersey in a special presentation and press conference.


At BGHS playing offensive and defensive line, Josh was a relentless force. At 6’5″ and 305 lbs, he was an unmistakable presence on the field. This caught the attention of many top level universities and this past year he committed to Ohio State University as an offensive lineman. This past season he recorded over 60+ pancake blocks and 8 sacks. As a more quirky stat, Fryar was also the team’s punter. Josh has earned recognition as an All-Conference and All-County athlete. In the bowl game Josh will be positioned at center.


The US Army All-American Bowl features the top 100 high school football seniors in the country. The game will be played on January 4th in San Antonio, Texas. This will be the 20th All-American Bowl game and it has quite a history of highlighting top level football athletes. According to NBC Sports, 410 NFL draft picks have played in this all-star event; 57 Super Bowl champions; 144 Pro Bowl selections; and 16 Heisman finalists. The East vs. West matchup will be nationally televised, live on NBC at 1:00 PM ET. Congratulations, Josh! We're Hornet Proud!

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Neasia Lee Signs with Ohio Christian University

Neasia will play basketball at OCU. Congratulations, Neasia!
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Fifth Grade Families

Holiday Concert . . .

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Girls Basketball

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BGHS vs. North Central

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Winter Choirs Concert

In the Mike McMorrow Auditorium . . .

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Gingerbread Project at Hornet Park Elementary

From Mrs. Osborne . . .

"Our littlest hornets took a break from the normal STEAM engineering and design challenges this week to do an extra special holiday project. After discussing holiday traditions and reading "The Gingerbread Man" every student decorated their own gingerbread man to take home and enjoy with their families."
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Anna's Celebration of Life

From Mrs. Speziale. . .

"Last Saturday night was so awesome! I had the honor of attending and speaking at the "Rock the Night" event put on by Anna’s Celebration of Life. This amazing organization gifts high ticket items to special needs families, and this year they chose Beech Grove! We are super blessed that they chose our schools to help. I’ve never seen our kids smile bigger! Some gifts received were adaptive tricycles, Bluetooth hearing aids, hearing assistive technology, iPad with apps to help learn communication, and a showering and toileting system. They also surprised me at the end of my speech and gifted Beech Grove schools with two additional adaptive tricycles to be used at our schools. If you can ever make it to one of their events and support ACOL, I highly recommend it! Brad Haberman is the Director of Anna's Celebration of Life and helped to make this all possible. Crimson Edwards and her family were unable to attend the event, but they were there with us in spirit! So amazing!!"
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Kacy Kestner, Brad Haberman, and Lois Speziale

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Matt English Bronze

This beautiful bronze plaque was donated by the Beech Grove Alumni Association in loving memory of Matt English. It was presented at the June Alumni Association dinner and recently installed in the athletic lobby of Beech Grove High School.


#WeB4Me #StandingTallTogether

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BGMS Runners Participate in Jingle Bell Run

From Coach Kestner, Coach Keeley, and Coach Webster . . .

"Part of the Middle School Running Club entered into the Jingle Bell Run downtown this past Saturday. It was super cold, but we bundled up and had a ton of fun. We started at City Market mingling, playing games, winning prizes, and, of course, taking pictures. When it became race time, the BGMS runners got to start right up front. They took off around the circle and continued on their 3 mile course, walking little to none. Hannah Webster finished first in her age group and received a medal for her accomplishment. We ended the morning at Starbucks getting tasty treats and replacing all the calories we burned in the race. Such a great experience for our first outing as a Running Club. We have the Donut Dash 5K coming up next in February, which benefits Teachers' Treasures."
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A Wonderful Holiday Band Concert!

Thank you to Mr. Wynn, Mr. Barton, and Mr. Goodman and all of our wonderful student musicians for a great holiday concert!


The concert included the 6th, 7th, 8th and high school concert bands, middle and high school percussion groups, trombone quintet, and middle and high school jazz bands!

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Kindness Calendar

From Mrs. Trudi Wolfe, Counselor at Central Elementary

We can all use a little more kindness!

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Three Sweet Elves at Central Elementary

From Ms. Hackman. . .

These three sweet students are the Central Elves for this Holiday Season! They are Mrs. Yeoman's students, and some of their responsibilities include delivering Holiday goodies around the building.... especially Secret Santa gifts that the teachers exchange. They are building confidence, social skills, and they spread so much happiness and joy to everyone they meet!
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Mary Story Presented with IASP President's Award

Each year, the President of IASP has the privilege of giving the President's Award to an outstanding leader in the field of education who has made a positive impact on the lives of students in Indiana. Some of the previous winners are Dr. Suellen Reed, Jerry Funkhouser, Dave Emmert, Bill Duke, Ryan Snoddy, Wood Barwick, and Gerald Mohr. This annual award is presented with distinction and honor for the many creative and innovative ideas and services provided for the students in Indiana schools.


This year's award was presented to our own Mary Story, BGCS' Director of Secondary Education. Congratulations, Mary!

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"Shop with a Cop" for our Beech Grove Students

Several of our BGHS students and BGCS staff volunteered at the annual Beech Grove Police Department's "Shop with a Cop" held on Saturday, December 7. Special thanks to BGHS teacher, Paige Anderson and her husband Dirk, who have volunteered for this event for many years, and for coordinating the students from BGHS who volunteered. And, thank you to our own School Resource Officer, Kelly Spivey, and transportation director, Misti Mack. And, the Beech Grove Wal-Mart and their staff were very accommodating and helpful!


And, a very special thank you to our Beech Grove Police Department officers and their spouses and families who volunteered their time to treat our Beech Grove students to a very special Holiday! Colleen Treat "Police Wife Extraordinaire" and Mike Treat, BGPD, continue to coordinate this annual event. We're thankful for all of your efforts, kindness and commitment to our BGCS students.


If you would like to make a donation to the "Shop with a Cop" program, please send your donation to: Beech Police Department, "Shop with a Cop" program, 340 E. Churchman Avenue, Beech Grove, IN 46107.


Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Mike and Colleen Treat

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One of Hornet Park's Favorite Subs!

We see you, Ms. King!

Ms. Jannis King also serves as a member of our School Board. Totally committed to our BGCS students!
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BGHS Art Students Teach our Teachers!

From Mrs. Weller. . .

"A few of the Art Club students and my Advanced 3D Art students came together last night to "Teach Teachers" how to make a small stained glass suncatcher. What a fun activity! The students were so excited to show teachers how to do "their thing."
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Middle School Students Attend "We the People" Competition

Just before Thanksgiving Break, Mrs. Lacee Hunter, Social Studies/Reading Lab teacher at Beech Grove Middle School, took 27 students downtown to the "We the People" competition. This competition provided her students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles. We are Hornet Proud of these excellent middle school students!
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The "Nutcracker" at Beech Grove High School

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Save the Date!

A suspense thriller from the BGHS Drama Department. . .


"The quiet town of Bentonsport is struck with tragedy when two high school cheerleaders mysteriously disappear and a local teacher is accused of their murders. Seven years later, a group of friends connected to the tragedy is still trying to heal and move on with their lives. They quickly discover that their thorny past cannot be so easily forgotten as a sinister figure returns to haunt them..."


This is a new play that has never been performed; our students are excited to be working on a completely original production.

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Holiday Break

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COMMUNITY EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

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Send Us Your Hornet Highlights!

We know there are many, many positive stories about Beech Grove City Schools involving our students, teachers, staff, and programs that we don't always hear. If you have a positive story to share, please send the details to Melody Stevens, Community Relations/Communications Director, at mstevens@bgcs.k12.in.us. We also encourage you to send stories that include personal achievements of your child such as: attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, performing in a community play, earning Girl Scout badges, serving as a volunteer in a non-profit organization, etc., etc. You might just see your story in a future edition of the "Hornet Blast" or in one of our local south side newspapers. We want to celebrate our Hornets!


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