January 21, 2022

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 

Here are some updates we wanted to share with you:

Winter NWEA: Winter NWEA testing will begin on Monday, January 24th, and testing will take place–including make-ups–across three total weeks.  We intentionally test one content are per week to prevent testing burn-out with our students.  Therefore, our English department will test the week January 24th; our Math department will begin testing the week of January 31st.  Testing will take place in the aforementioned core academic classes across multiple days.  Our counseling staff will conduct make-up testing sessions the week of February 7th, and students will be pulled from their elective classes to complete their NWEA testing. 

Hayes/Beagle Joint PTO:  At this time, we would like to give a huge shout out to our families that engaged in the “Beagle Winter Stock the Fridge” this past week.  Several families and PTO members brought several treats for our teaching staff, and these treats were very much appreciated!  A special thank you goes out to Kristy Merignac for helping to organize this event to support our staff. Just a friendly reminder that PTO meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82744686994

Covid Update: Beagle continues to implement mitigation measures  This past week, we had less positive cases of COVID-19 in our building than last week; however, positive covid cases remain higher than earlier in the year. All positive cases district-wide that were on school property are recorded daily online on our COVID-19 Dashboard.  Because of the GLPS universal masking during the instructional day, most close contacts from exposures at school need only to monitor for symptoms using the GLPS COVID-19 Family Screener and to wear a mask at school (“mask to stay”).  We are required to share information with health departments, and you may be contacted by health officials for contact tracing or additional information.  If your child will require the “Test to Stay” process to attend school, you will get individualized communication from GLPS about that.  If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form and keep your child home from school. Here is the link to our COVID-19 reporting form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQdmsi0kIt2hX6jcIya0JGZbIEmfPhoMltQXfGkfrhv6bIPQ/viewform.  For more information regarding the aforementioned information around Covid protocols and information, then please click here: https://www.glcomets.net/coronavirus/.  

2nd Trimester Dip: The second trimester is historically the most challenging for students–both behaviorally and academically.  We often notice a rise in behavioral referrals and a drop in academic performance this time of year.  We can all agree that this is mainly due to the seasonal changes here in Michigan where outdoor recreation is often limited, and students often resort to technology even more so for leisure. In an effort to combat this winter-time dip, please continue to promote consistent routines and expectations at home for completing homework and household chores as this helps to maintain high levels of self-efficacy.  Essentially, when children accomplish tasks regularly and efficiently, it increases their overall self worth, motivation, and sense of well being.  Beyond the day-to-day routines and expectations on the home front and at school, students also benefit from being immersed in a variety of physical and social activities this time of the year.  Some great local places for physical activity and socialization include:  Hawk Island for an exciting tubing experience that rivals many theme parks, Granger Park sledding hill, Potter Park Zoo, Defy to get some wiggles out on the trampoline, Royal Scott for bowling, and Fitzgerald Park for some scenic cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  If you are willing to drive a little ways, then the Muskegon Luge Adventure Park is also worth checking out if your family wants to explore ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or even doing the luge.  Overall, we always encourage the students to get outdoors because it's a great place to be!   

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. Because of the half-day today, we will celebrate this week's students' of the week on Monday of next week. 

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