June 3, 2022

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents,

Here are some important updates and reminders:

Chromebook Return: Students will be expected to turn in their assigned Chromebooks and chargers during Check and Connect classes beginning June 9th. Chromebooks must be returned with chargers and cases (if your student took a case). Please send a check made out to Grand Ledge Public Schools to cover the cost of any broken/missing pieces when the Chromebook is returned; checks can be delivered to Ms. Douglas, our librarian, when turning in a damaged Chromebook, beginning June 9th.  The final day to turn in a Chromebook is June 14th; however, our goal is to have them all turned in by June 13th for logistical purposes. Here are the fees for:

  • Missing Charger: $35
  • Missing Chromebook: $270
  • Damaged Chromebook: $50-$270, depending on the extent of the damage

We will also send along a reminder next week just before we begin to collect Chromebooks. Within this upcoming email, we will differentiate damaged Chromebook fees.  

Yearbooks: Students that ordered yearbooks earlier in the year will receive them beginning June 8th during both lunches.  We do have a few extra yearbooks, and the cost is $10.  Yearbooks can be purchased in our main office from our secretary Mrs. Hubbard.  

June 15th End of Year Celebration (Big Fun Day):  Our last day of school is June 15th, which is a half-day, and we plan on celebrating all of our students with a Big Fun Day filled with inflatable obstacle courses; tug of war; kick ball; and a gaggle of additional fun, outdoor and indoor activities thanks to Planet X Events.  Kona Ice will also help us celebrate the last day of school. This has been a tradition at the middle level for the past decade (prior to COVID), and we intend on having even more activities for our students this year.  On June 15th, students will report to their Check and Connect class at 7:55 where attendance will be taken, and then they will engage in our Big Fun Day around 8am.  Staff will be supervising both the outdoor and indoor activities in conjunction with volunteers from Mt. Hope Church.  At 10:45, students will report back to their Check and Connect class where attendance will be taken again before dismissal at 10:55am.  Please note that students are not allowed to bring backpacks to school on June 15th.  Teachers will review expectations for Big Fun Day in Check and Connect class on June 14th with their students. 

For Current 7th Grade Parents: In our upcoming newsletters, we will be communicating our logistics for schedule pick-up and orientation for next school year, which will be near the end of August.  Please be on the lookout for this detailed information in upcoming newsletters.  Please also note that we will continue to communicate early and often when we return to the building in early August regarding schedule pick-up, orientation, and other beginning of the year information.  While we have been working actively on our master schedule, student schedules will not be released in PowerSchool to students and parents until later August, so please do not be alarmed if you cannot view next year’s schedule in PowerSchool over the summer. 

End of Year Medication Pick-Up: This is just a friendly reminder to pick up your child’s medication or medical supplies from the main office on Tuesday, June 14th from 7:15am-2:45pm or on Wednesday, June 15th from 7:15am-11am. 

Thank You for Your Continued Support/Summer Resources: We thank our parents for continuing to have discussions at home regarding school appropriate behaviors as we near the end of the school year.  For most students, the end of the school year is extremely challenging because the consistent routine of school and the social atmosphere it provides comes to an abrupt halt, which causes an increase in anxiety and frustration.  A great way to support children through this transition time is to register them for various activities, clubs, sports camps, etc., and many of these aforementioned activities within the community begin immediately in June, intentionally, to support students into the summer transition. The Grand Ledge District Library, Grand Ledge Community Recreation, and DeWitt Area Recreation Authority (DARA) are all great resources to find engaging, team-based, and often outdoor activities for children of all ages. Finally, Woldumar Nature Center is also something to consider.  

For 8th Grade Parents–High School Test Out in August: If you are interested in having your current 8th grader student test out of specific high school classes for next year, then please use this link for more information: https://www.glcomets.net/ourschools/grand-ledge-high-school/counselingstudent-services/course-opportunites--glhs/#testingout

Opportunity to Support the Grand Ledge Facility Dogs Program: By now, most of you are aware of the Facility Dog program that Grand Ledge Public Schools has implemented into each building in the district.  Here at Beagle Middle School we are host to Gretyl, a black goldendoodle full of personality and support.  Gretyl has made a noticeable difference in our students and our staff.  Gretyl, along with all of the other facility dogs in the district, was trained by a non-profit organization called Canines for Change.  This organization continues to offer training and support to the dogs and their handlers.  The success of the program has sparked many other districts to seek out the facility dog program for their schools. On June 18th Canines for Change is hosting a golf outing. You can support Canines for Change through this outing.  One way is to sponsor a hole.  Hole sponsorship is $100.  If you believe that Gretyl has made an impact on your student and you are able to make a donation we will pool any donations collected to sponsor a hole on behalf of Beagle Middle School.  Gretyl's name and Beagle Middle School will be on the sign at the sponsored hole during the outing. Please contact Lisa Henning at henningl@glcomets.net if you are interested contributing to the hole sponsorship or if you are interested in other opportunities like: forming a team and play in the outing, sponsoring a hole on your own, requesting more information about volunteering at the outing, requesting more information about Canines for Change volunteer opportunities.
If you plan on donating to this organization please send in your donation with your student by June 3rd, 2022.

MSU Women’s Basketball Summer Camp: The 2022 MSU Women's Basketball Day Camp is scheduled for June 27-29, 2022.  Spots are still available but filling up fast. Campers will receive expert instruction, as well as individual attention from the MSU women's basketball camp staff. Alongside Michigan State head women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant, campers will learn from Spartan assistant coaching staff, as well as current and former MSU women's basketball players. The 2022 MSU Women's Basketball Day Camp is available for girls from third grade to 12th grade.   Daily drills will focus on individual skill development with a target on team-oriented workouts.  Open to all levels of skill, campers will enjoy basketball activities, daily station work, shooting contests, team games and much, much more. Parents can register online at www.sportcamps.msu.edu. Cost for day camp is $350 and includes cost of attendance, camp shirt, camp evaluation and lunch daily. Parents are encouraged to register early as space is filled on a first-come, first-filled basis. Check in will begin on Monday, June 27 from 8-9 a.m. and camp runs 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.  Pick up and drop off points for camp will be Breslin Center inside the Gilbert Pavilion entrance.  For more information call (517) 353-8613 or msuwbbhoops@ath.msu.edu.

8th Grade PSAT Scores:  While College Board will not be releasing 8th grade student PSAT scores to our school until June 21st, scores are available to students and parents.  To view scores, students will need to create a College Board account using the following link: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/scores.  Please note that since scores have not been released to the school yet, we cannot look up scores for parents or students.  If you have any technical issues in looking up your child’s scores, then please call College Board directly at 866-870-3127 as they can provide direct assistance.   Next fall, these scores will be available to parents via Parent Portal within PowerSchool, and the process to obtain these scores in Parent Portal is the same for NWEA and MSTEP scores as described above. 

Students Leaving Grand Ledge:  If your student will not be returning to GLPS for the 2022-23 school year, then please email Joan Pedraza at pedrazaj@glcomets.net, providing your student’s name and why they will not be returning. 

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 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