December 2, 2021

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 


It is with a heavy heart that we share this week’s newsletter.  As educators that have a genuine passion and commitment to our children and being parents ourselves, the tragedy that struck the Oxford Community this week hit us at our very core; no parent should ever have to endure such a loss. Please continue to keep the families of Hana St. Julian, Tate Myer, Madisyn Baldwin, and Justin Shilling in your thoughts and prayers. 

Given the circumstances, we would like to take this opportunity to discuss how we have prepared and will continue to prepare for these types of events.  Prior to the beginning of the school year, we worked in conjunction with Officer Christopher Chester, Grand Ledge Police Department’s School Liaison Officer, to update our staff emergency binders and lockdown procedures as we moved into a new building this year.  In addition, Officer Chester provided our staff with lockdown and active shooter training in early October.  Our first lockdown drill was conducted in early November, and we worked in consultation with the Grand Ledge Police Department after the drill to refine areas that needed improvement. Our next scheduled lockdown drill will be on December 15th, and we will continue to work with local authorities throughout the year, as always, to ensure we are preparing our staff and students for these types of events.  After our December drill, future lockdown drills will be unannounced, and they will also occur during passing and lunchtimes to ensure we are preparing our students across multiple settings and environments.  As drills occur, however, we will continue to announce them as drills to avoid needless panic.

In addition to working with our local authorities, we have also worked with our student body regarding how to report incidents or threats.  Back in early September, we met with all students via Social Studies classes for our Student Support Presentation.  Part of this presentation includes a thorough discussion of how students can report incidents directly to the administration.  During this presentation, we informed students that they can use a variety of strategies to report concerns including incident reports in the main office, conversations with teachers, or directly emailing us with their concerns.  We also strongly emphasized to all students during this time that if anybody is ever in imminent danger, then they must report it before leaving school that day.  Whenever we receive an incident report for any reason, all of our other work stops, and we begin investigating immediately.  In addition, when and if we receive a report regarding a threat to the school, we immediately remove the source of the threat indefinitely until our local authorities are able to conduct a risk and threat assessment in an immediate fashion.  Threats made to the school are also reported to the superintendent’s office, and disciplinary decisions are made in accordance with our handbook in conjunction with the results of the risk/threat assessment conducted by local authorities.    

Prior to our next lockdown drill on December 15th, our Check and Connect teachers will be reviewing lockdown and active shooter procedures with students in accordance with the direction provided by the Grand Ledge Police Department; this review will be both procedural reviews coupled with situationally-based scenarios. This will be common practice moving forward prior to future drills both announced and unannounced.  

On a related note, whenever incidents such as these occur there are frequently false “copycat” threats made and repeated online. Over the past couple of days, schools around Metro Detroit have closed because of such false threats. While the police will investigate each threat to determine their legitimacy, please use this as an opportunity to have a discussion with your child regarding whether it is most appropriate to share something with other students online or whether it would be best to report an allegation directly to law enforcement and school officials.


OK2SAY– is a program designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement to share and respond to student safety threats.  Learn more at http://www.michigan.gov/ok2say.  Please note, however, OK2SAY is anonymous; therefore, local law enforcement has no way to follow up with individuals reporting concerns.  If there is an imminent threat to our school, please report this directly to local law enforcement officials and school administration in lieu of using OK2SAY.  Local law enforcement can then interview and begin an immediate investigation.  

Band and Choir Concerts– On a positive note, Mrs. Zerman and Mr. McKimmy hosted a wonderful Winter Band Concert on Tuesday this week, and our advanced band students played exceptionally well.  We thank them for all of their hard work and dedication.  Please be sure to join us on December 13th for our Holiday Choir Concert from 7-9pm at the GLHS auditorium.  Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Karkau, and our Choir students have been preparing very hard, so it should be a great show. 

Students’ of the Week, Extra Curricular, and Community Resources:  Please click https://www.glcomets.net/ourschools/beagle-middle-school/ and then click on the appropriate link on our homepage.

These are all the updates that we have for now.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  

Take care, 

Dave and Eric