August 30, 2021

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 

We are reaching out at this time to provide some updates regarding: schedules, construction updates, open tour/open house, and arrival/departure expectations for the school year. We are also including a repeated information from last week’s email regarding Check and Connect Class, lockers, and supplies at the middle level.  The new information for this week will be upfront followed by repeats from last week.  

Schedules 
Today after 9am, parents and students are able to go into PowerSchool to view student schedules.  When accessing PowerSchool, please be sure to view the entire year: 2021-22 year, which is located in the upper, right-hand corner of the screen.  If you are set on 2021-22 trimester one, all student electives for the year cannot be viewed.  

For the year, students will keep their Math, Science, Social Studies, and English teachers.  Only elective teachers will change at the turn of each trimester, and electives will stay within the same hour for the year.  Year-long electives including: Spanish 1, French 1, German 1, Band, Choir, and LINKs will remain with the same teacher all year, in the same hour.  

Please note that the electives that were requested last spring are just that: requests. While we try very hard to accommodate all requests, it is simply not possible.  We are happy to say that all students received many of the electives they requested for the year.  Please note that we do not honor schedule change requests based on teacher preference or preferred elective not received.  We do not have the capacity to do this.  

If you feel there are extentuating circumstances regarding your student’s schedule such as a missing class or a duplicate class, then please email Mrs. Jennie Hernandez, counseling secretary, at hernandezj@glcomets.net for a schedule change request form.  We will use this information case-by-case to review concerns regarding schedules. Final decisions on student schedules are determined by school administration.  

Construction Updates
We have received great news from Clark Contruction: our teachers have access to the building to begin to prepare classrooms this week, and we will be able to hold our open tour/open house on Thursday, September 2nd!  Please note there is a great deal of clean up taking place throughout the building this week, so we appreciate your patience.  In addition, we strongly encourage parents to park in the lot to the South of Beagle, which is the first parting lot on the right side when entering from M-43.  Parking in this location will allow Clark Contractors to continue to park in our main lot as they will continue to work on the pool area during the school year.  For now, we ask parents and visitors to park exclusively in the South Lot through the month of October; our staff will also be parking there for the first two months of the school year. 

Thursday, September 2nd
The open-building tour is scheduled as follows:

7th grade: 8am-11am

8th grade: 12pm-3pm

The open-building tour is an opportunity for students and parents to:

  • Tour the building locating classrooms
  • Update, sign, and submit Emergency Contact Forms
  • Obtain a printed schedule if unable to print at home
  • Drop-off medications with medical staff

The district-wide open house is scheduled for 4:30pm-6pm at Beagle.  This is an opportunity for families to meet teachers.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to complete the tasks listed above for the open-building tour during the open house due to time constraints and the potential for high traffic volume through the building.  We strongly encourage parents and students to come to the open-building tour with the open house being completely optional later in the day. 

Arrival/Departure Expectations for the School Year
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, students will be permitted on campus beginning at 7:40am.  This will allow for proper supervision of students, safety within the parking lot, and supervision at crosswalks.

For Foot Traveling Students: we will have two staff members along W. South Street, one at the main entrance and another at the intersection of W.South and Brookside; this is to ensure the safety for students that walk to school. Foot traveling students are encouraged to use these two points to cross W. South Street to ensure safety.

For Parents Dropping Off:  parents are expected to drop-off along the curb at the front of the building within Beagle parking lot (right lane).  The left lane cannot be used for drop off as it compromises the safety of our students. The left lane is for traffic to keep moving through the parking lot.  Please be sure to pull all the way forward, passing the main entrance before stopping to drop off your student.

M43 Entrance: dropping off students at the roundabout just before the entrance to the main lot is not permitted.  Students traveling through this roundabout creates a serious safety hazard; in addition, it will slow the flow of traffic.  If you enter from M43, please follow our expectation of looping through the parking lot to drop your student off along the curb at the front of the building, using the right lane to do so.

Bus Riders: buses will enter the bus loop on the South end of the building and loop around the back of the building in a clockwise fashion, exiting Beagle along W. South Street.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that if parents enter from W. South Street, they should exit out the M43 entrance when leaving for both arrival and departure to avoid bus traffic.  

For after school, we kindly ask that parents and students follow these same expectations. Students are to be off campus by 2:45pm each day. Students will not be permitted to cross the parking lot or walk out to the roundabout on M43.  Students are to be picked up as directed along the curb, at the front of the building.  Please be sure to pull all the way forward and use the left lane at slow speed to keep traffic moving along. We appreciate your consistent follow through with these safety expectations.  

In a few days, we will send parents a video detailing our drop--off/pick--up procedures, so please stay tuned for that. 

Check and Connect Class
We are very excited to introduce our Check and Connect class for this year!  After sixth hour, students will attend a 25-minute class at the end of the day, which will--to the greatest extent possible-- be instructed by a teacher they see at some point throughout the school day--mainly their first hour teacher.  The goal of this class is to help our students work on the following skills:  executive functioning; organization; planning; and building strong, positive relationships with other students.  This class also provides an opportunity for students to make a strong connection with an adult in the building that can support their learning needs throughout the year.  All students will be provided a planner at Beagle, and planners will be reinforced and supported during Check and Connect time.  

School Supplies at the Middle Level
At the middle level, it is recommended to hold off on purchasing specific school supplies until students work with their teachers the first week of school.  Given the fact that students will be working with six different teachers makes it challenging to make recommendations for school supplies before school begins. Just as an observation, many students move towards a single binder with tab dividers to house all of their handouts in one spot during the middle school years.  From a developmental standpoint with a focus on supporting executive functioning skills, we endorse the use of a 3-ringed binder (1.5 or 2 inch) with 6-7 tab dividers to help keep school materials in one spot.  For now, here are some additional, universal school supplies that can be purchased before the school year begins: 

Backpack (students may carry these throughout the year, class-to-class)

  • Spiral notebook 
  • Pencils
  • 2-pocket folder 
  • Black or Blue ink pens
  • Small pack of highlighters
  • Small pack of dry erase markers
  • Planners (will be provided to all students at Beagle in Check and Connect class)
  • Chromebooks (will be provided to students by the end of the first week in Check and Connect class)

We look forward to seeing you on Thurday, September 2nd.  Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  

Take care, 

Dave Kushman and Eric Leopold