January 7, 2022

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents,

We hope that the holiday break was relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your family.  Students were very excited to see each other again this week as the hallways and cafeteria were buzzing with excitement.  As we head into the longest stretch of the school year for students, we wanted to pass along a few suggestions and updates.  

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.     

Girls’ Basketball: Girls’ basketball tryouts were Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.  Practice will begin on Monday next week.  The 7th grade will practice immediately after school; 8th-grade practice will be held later in the evening.  Practices and home games will be here at Beagle.  If your student is on the basketball team, please look for more detailed information to come from the coaching staff. 

Wrestling: There was a parent meeting on Wednesday for parents of students interested in joining our Beagle Middle Wrestling Team this year.  If your student is interested in wrestling, please note that there is still time to join the team.  Students still interested in joining the team should pick up an informational packet in the Student Services Officer here at Beagle; in addition, they should contact Mr. Buckland, room 700. 

Robotics Fundraiser: The middle school’s robotics team will be holding a fundraiser on January 14th during both lunches.  They will be selling candy bars and cans of soda for $1 each.  They appreciate your support as they continue to raise funds to support their upcoming competition.  

Hayes/Beagle Joint PTO: We are very happy to announce that our joint PTO with Hayes is up and running at this time.  Our first meeting was held via Zoom on Wednesday.  Moving forward, our future 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: As you are aware, Covid numbers, in general, continue to be high.  With that being said, please continue to monitor for symptoms.  When in doubt, please keep students out to formally rule out Covid.  If your student tests positive for Covid, please fill out the Covid Reporting Form, which is found on our district’s homepage.  If your student is close contact, you will be contacted by our health team.  If your student is a close contact and fully vaccinated, they do not have to quarantine; they will monitor for symptoms.  If your student is a close contact and they are not vaccinated, then they must test to stay on a daily basis to remain in school.  If–and hopefully not–this impacts your household, our district’s health team will provide you with more information. 

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