February 25, 2022

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 

Here are some updates (and important repeated reminders) that we wanted to share with you:

Upcoming Lockdown Drill: In the next couple of weeks, we will be doing our next required lockdown drill. In accordance with state law, the date and time of this drill must remain unannounced to our students. We will conduct this drill during lunch or passing time, which is another state requirement for this lockdown drill. These situations often are less structured and can present students with more choice in how to keep themselves safe, depending on where they are in the building. We will be reinforcing lockdown processes with students through announcements in Check and Connect class, but please have discussions with your student at home about the upcoming drill, how it will only be a drill, and how they can best keep safe during an actual event.

March Parent/Teacher Conferences: Beagle Middle School Parent Conferences will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 8th, and Thursday, March 10th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm., and Friday, March 11, 2022, from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. Conferences will be utilizing Zoom for the meetings with teachers this trimester. Sign-up through PTCFast.com is now open. Please go to https://ptcfast.com/schools/Beagle_Middle_School_2 for detailed information and to sign up. Once you have completed scheduling all of your conferences, an appointment confirmation email will be sent. Simply click on the Zoom Conference Link for each teacher (in your email) at your conference time and you will be admitted into the teachers' “waiting room” for your personal parent-teacher conference. **Please keep your confirmation email as your notice of when your conferences are and to have your zoom links available. The middle school will not have a copy of your conference schedule. Please also note, that Counselors will also be available during conferences if you wish to make an appointment to speak with a counselor, please email: Ms. Driscoll (students last names A-K) driscollk@glcomets.net, Mr. Saade (students last names L-Z) saadee@glcomets.net. 

Half-Day Next Week: Just a friendly reminder that Friday, March 4th is a half-day for students in the district.  Students will be released at 10:50; Check and Connect class does not meet on half-days. 

LCC Career Preparation Program Tour for 8th Graders: 8th graders will be visiting LCC’s Career Preparation Center on March 9th.  Next week, we will provide more detailed information regarding this outing. 

Attention Parents of 7th Graders: It is already time to begin thinking about the 2022-23 school year at Beagle. On March 8th, students will participate in a presentation to talk about the Elective Course Request process for the 8th Grade year. Many opportunities continue to be available to your student including our award-winning Music programs, our Project Lead the Way STEM/Engineering programs as well as our stellar Visual Arts, World Language programs and competitive Athletic programs.  All 7th grade students will engage in a scheduling presentation during Science classes on March 8th, and they will submit their elective requests via PowerSchool later in March before Spring Recess.  

Attention Parents of 8th Graders: It is already time to begin thinking about the 2022-23 school year at Grand Ledge High School. On March 3rd, students will participate in a presentation to talk about the scheduling process at the High School. More information will be communicated from the High School administration regarding this process, and we will also continue to echo that information within our subsequent newsletters as well. 

Spring Dance Hosted by PTO, Parent Support Needed: We thank our parents and PTO members that continue to meet to plan for our spring dance on April 8th here at Beagle.  Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 6pm at the Grand Ledge Area Library.  We continue to encourage our parents to help support this event. 

Hayes/Beagle Joint PTO:  In an effort to continue to support Kindness Month, the PTO is asking parents and community members to please consider donating $5 via Venmo to your PTO to continue funding exciting activities such as an all-school book (Hayes), teacher appreciation activities (Beagle/Hayes), school dance (Beagle), and so much more.  Venmo username: @hayesandbeaglepto.  Please note that you do not need to enter a phone number as this step can be skipped.  

The next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, March 7th at 6pm via Zoom. We welcome and encourage Beagle parents to attend our PTO meetings.  Here is the recurring Zoom link for future PTO meetings: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/82744686994

Students’ of the Week, Extra Curricular, and Community Resources:  To view our students of the week or to review additional community/extra curricular information on our webpage, then please click http://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