April 14, 2023

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 

Here are some important updates we wanted to pass along:

Successful PSAT Testing: We wanted to thank our parents for helping us make Wednesday a successful day of testing for our 8th-grade students. Our 8th graders did an amazing job with being on time, following expectations, and giving their best effort on the standardized assessment.  We will continue to pull students that missed the assessment next week on Monday and Tuesday. PSAT test results will not be available until much later in the school year.  We will communicate with families when we are notified by the College Board regarding the release of scores to parents.  

Parking Lot Safety: We have had several parents report to us that cars are cutting through the parking lot–not following the lanes–in an effort to cut in front of the line, allowing students to cross at the crosswalk.  While morning drop-off can appear to be crowded, the reality is that Beagle’s parking lot is the most efficient parking lot in the district.  After working at Hayes and other buildings in the district, we can assure parents of this.  We thank our parents for continuing to stay in the appropriate lanes in a patient fashion while dropping off and picking students up from school.  Student safety is our top priority, and we appreciate your continued support.

Spring Dance–Friday, April 21st: Our Spring Dance, hosted by our PTO, will be on Friday, April 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm.  Tickets will be sold for $15 during both lunches on the day of the dance to only Beagle students; students that purchase tickets will be provided a wristband. Once provided a wristband, students are expected to immediately wear the wristband; this helps with the flow of things and ensures the safety of our students. Students cannot purchase multiple dance tickets; they may only purchase their own tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door, beginning at 6:25 pm. Doors will open at 6:25, and students will be released from the cafeteria at 8:30 pm.  Students must have a ride home from the dance; students cannot walk home.  We appreciate parent support here in ensuring the safety of our students. 

Spring Dance Parent Support–A Message from our PTO: We are looking for chaperones to work the Spring Fling Dance.  If you plan to be at the dance you will need to sign up to chaperone. You will NOT be allowed in the building without completing the district volunteer form and will need to show your ID at the door before being allowed in the building.  Here is the link for you to complete your volunteer registration: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4eacaa22a31-beagle2#/

MSTEP Testing 8th Grade: Because our 8th graders just took the PSAT and the MSTEP testing window is very long, we will not engage in MSTEP testing (Social Studies and Science) for our 8th graders until the week of May 8th. 

MSTEP Testing 7th Grade: 7th-grade MSTEP testing for ELA and Math will be spread across two weeks beginning May 2nd.  7th graders will take the ELA MSTEP beginning May 2nd; they will engage in the Math MSTEP beginning May 9th.  

Spring NWEA Testing: Spring NWEA testing will take place across two days: May 15th (ELA) and May 23rd (Math).  We will use the same format as we did in the winter: NWEA testing the AM followed by an altered schedule in the PM.  

May 17th–7th Grade Lugnuts, 8th Grade Activities at Beagle: 7th graders will be heading to the Lansing Lugnuts School Day on May 17th. 7th graders were provided a permission slip last week in Science class with detailed information.  Permission slips and money are due by Friday, April 21st.  If your family needs assistance with the cost of this trip, please contact our counselors, Ms. Driscoll driscollk@glcomets.net or Mrs. Weaver at weavers@glcomets.net. We are actively planning fun, engaging activities here at Beagle for our 8th graders on the 17th as well; we will share more information in subsequent newsletters.  We are looking forward to the 17th for our students as it will be a nice break from all of the standardized testing that comes each year in the spring!

Kona Ice: Kona Ice will be visiting Beagle several times over the remainder of the school year.  Students have a chance to purchase a sweet treat as part of their nutritious school lunch.  Prices range from $4 to $7.  All proceeds go to support Beagle PBIS programs and rewards.  Look for Kona Ice on Monday, April 24th, and then again on the following Fridays: May 5th, May 19th, June 2nd, and June 16th.  

Joint Hayes/Beagle PTO Meetings: The next PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30pm.  We welcome parents to attend our PTO meetings either in-person here at Beagle or virtually.  If interested in attending virtually, here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82744686994

Students’ of the Week, Community, and Extra Curricular Resources:   To view our students of the week or to review additional community/extra curricular information on our webpage, then please click https://www.glcomets.net/ourschools/beagle-middle-school/ and then click on the appropriate icon on the left side of our homepage.  

These are all the updates we have at this time.  

Take care,

Dave and Eric