May 27, 2022

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents,

Here are some important updates and reminders:

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.  

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. Here are the fees: missing charger: $35, missing chromebook: $270, damaged chromebook: $50-$270, depending on the extent of the damage.

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

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; laser tag; and a gaggle of additional fun, outdoor activities.  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.  There will be more detailed information in subsequent newsletters.  

LINK’s Program Community Support: LINK’s are peers that support children with dynamic learning needs throughout the school day with social skills and supports.  At this time, we would like to thank the following community partners that donated to support our LINK’s party here at Beagle:  McDonald’s, A&W, and Wendy’s.  We thank these Grand Ledge establishments for their support of our program.  

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 http://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.

Spring NWEA Testing:  Spring NWEA is now complete. As we have discussed previously in the year, NWEA is a norm-referenced, national, and standards-based assessment that helps to identify where children are with their learning, and it also helps to identify the next steps for learning.  NWEA data is actively reviewed by teaching and administrative staff to help guide instruction and provide necessary support and intervention when appropriate.  NWEA data comes back much faster than MSTEP, and it can be accessed in the same fashion via Parent Portal: School Net, Standardized Tests, and filtering for the correct year.  For a reference, scores between the 25–70th percentile are considered in the average range.  Fall and Winter NWEA scores are currently posted within School Net at this time, and Spring scores will be in the very near future now that testing is complete. 

MSTEP Scores: MSTEP scores take a great deal of time to process, so your student’s MSTEP results will not be available until early fall.  MSTEP scores can be accessed through Parent Portal by clicking on School Net, Standardized Tests, and then using the filter to identify the appropriate school year.  Again, these results will not be available until the fall.  

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. 

Hayes/Beagle Joint PTO:  The next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, June 1st 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.  You can also stay up-to-date with the Hayes and Beagle PTO by following them on Facebook.

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