September 24, 2021

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 

Despite the weather, we had a great week here at Beagle!  Even though the past 18 months of our lives have lacked the typical in-person structure and routine, students continue to make great strides adjusting to school as we knew it pre-pandemic.  They are doing an amazing job in the classrooms, hallways, and during lunch.  We are up and running strong! 

Here are some important updates to pass along for the upcoming week:

Arrival and Departure:  When there is inclement weather in the morning, we will open the cafeteria doors for all students at 7:30am.  Expectations for this include: mask up, find a seat, remain in the cafeteria until 7:40am, and then head to first hour. Due to staffing, we cannot do this on a regular basis--only during inclement weather.  Please review these expectations with your student.  In addition, we kindly remind parents to pull all the way forward in the drop-off loop as this helps to keep traffic flowing.  Finally, please refrain from stopping in the roundabout and be sure to yield for buses as they are on a tight schedule with many routes consolidated due to staffing issues.  

Social-Emotional Wellness Screener: In accordance with the direction from the Michigan Department of Education, our middle school students will be participating in a social-emotional wellness screener in Check and Connect Class in early October.  The purpose of this screener is to identify and support students that may have social-emotional needs that school staff can support. Our district uses Rethink Ed, a virtual platform, to support with social-emotional lessons weekly in Check and Connect class; we will use the same platform for the screener in a couple of weeks.  Results from this screener will also help our building customize social-emtional lessons in Check and Connect Class in the future months to come. 

Lockers: We thank you for your patience on lockers.  We continue to actively work on assigning lockers to our students.  Our ideal goal is to provide students with lockers towards the end of next week; however, students may not receive their locker until the beginning of the following week.  We thank you for your support and understanding with this process. 

Work Completion While Absent: If your student is absent for any reason, please encourage them to utilize their school-issued chromebook to complete assignments within their teacher’s google classroom to the greatest extent possible, and please encourage them to communicate with their teachers via email. 

Students of the Week:  Last week, our English department nominated the following students as Students’ of the Week:  Matthew Dorsey, Asher Fizzell, Hernandez Madelyn, Kaity Sheehan, Corinne Taylor, Kai Thomas, and Izaac Violante.  

This week, our Elective teachers nominated the following students as students’ of the week: Jack Bull, Ian Deters, Aidan Droste, Karman Le, Alex McKennon, Elleigh Myszak, Noah Niska-Mobley, Mike Oakes, Nat Raymer, and Meah Tirdo.  

We thank our Students’ of the Week for being leaders in the classroom by consistently showing Comet PRIDE! 

School Pictures: School pictures will be on Tuesday, October 5th.  Student picture order forms will be coming home with students next week during Check and Connect Class.  

Fall NWEA Testing: Math teachers will give the fall NWEA in their classes the first week of October; English teachers will give the NWEA later in October.  Teachers will use this data to help guide instruction and provide necessary supports and interventions moving forward. 

Bus Drivers and Teacher Assistants: If you are interested in working for the district as a bus driver or teacher assistant, then please see our website for information regarding these positions. 

Communications Moving Forward: We will continue to send parents weekly emails from our desks.  At the end of each month, Mrs. Jennie Hernandez will send along our traditional newsletter, which will contain information such as: various student recognitions, upcoming extra curricular activities, and additional information from the district.  In short, our communications will be boots-on-the-ground information from the building level while Mrs. Hernandez’s communications at the end of the month will be more district and community specific while spotlighting some activities and accomplishments at Beagle.  

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic at GLHS:  Setember 27th, 3-7pm, GLHS cafeteria, 12 years and older must be accompanied by an adult.  Please click to schedule an appointment for this event.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. 

Sinking Fund Renewal: The Grand Ledge Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to place a Sinking Fund Millage Renewal question on the November 2nd ballot.  Voters will decide whether to renew the millage for three years at a rate of .7921 mills, which is just maintaining the current rate and is not an increase over the 2021 millage levy.  The Sinking Fund--also called the Capital Improvement Fund-- was first approved by the voters in 2002 at a rate of 1.000 mills, and the community approved a renewal in 2011.  Headlee reductions have lowered the tax rate over time to the current rate of .7921 mills.  It has paid for school building improvements, roof replacements, HVAC maintenance, parking lot work, athletic facility upgrades, and more.  Note: this publication is paid for by Grand Ledge Public Schools, 220 Lamson Street, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

These are all the updates that we have at this time.  Please reach out with any questions or concerns.  

Take care,

Dave and Eric