Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 


It was so great to see so many students and parents during our schedule distribution the last two evenings.  We greatly appreciate your support and patience with the process, and we look forward to having a great year together!  

As we kick off the school year, we wanted to provide the next level of information to our parents regarding routines, procedures, expectations, and resources.  

School Start/End Times:  This year, the school day will begin at 7:52 am, and students will be released at 2:32 p.m.  Our updated bell schedule has been posted to our website: https://www.glcomets.net/ourschools/beagle-middle-school/  

Morning Drop-Off/Afternoon Pick-Up: To ensure the safety and proper supervision of our students, we open our doors for students at 7:37 a.m.  Parents may, however, drop students off at the front of the building with the understanding that until 7:35 a.m., there will not be direct supervision of students outside.  We kindly request that if you have to drop your child off early, that you tell them to remain at the front of the building where they can be in the view of secretarial staff.  The South Street crosswalk and the crosswalk in front of our building will consistently be supervised by school staff from 7:35-7:50 am and 2:32-2:42 pm; the roundabout to the South of the building will not be supervised by school staff.  Therefore, we strongly discourage students using the roundabout on the South end of the school.  If students do use the roundabout to the South of the school, we encourage parents to supervise their crossing.  We encourage parents to drop their children off using the innermost lane closest to the building as the outer lane is for passing only.  If students are dropped off in the parking lot, then students must be crossed by our crossing guard near our main entrance for their safety.  Finally, students that travel to the high school for after school clubs and recreation must use South Street and Spring Street to do so for their safety; this ensures that students enter the high school from the front of the building as expected. 

Bus Riders: Bus riders are dropped off at the back of Beagle each day, and this will be monitored by school staff.  Once students exit the bus, they will enter the building using the West to East travel corridor that separates the gymnasium from the pool area.  This area will also be monitored by school staff.  Bus riders will enter the building beginning at 7:37 am.  At the end of the school day, however, students may use any exit at or near the back of the building to board their bus. This year, the majority of our middle school students will not have to transition buses at the high school like they did last year, which means that once our middle schoolers are on the bus and depart from Beagle, they will be able to stay on that same bus when they arrive at the high school.  Students that do not follow the expectation of boarding their bus at Beagle and walk to the high school will not be allowed to board their bus. These expectations are in place to ensure appropriate safety and supervision of our students. 

Emergency Contact Info: Please watch for an email in the upcoming weeks from our secretarial staff regarding updating emergency contact information via Parent Portal. 


Cell Phone Policy: Students are allowed to bring their cell phones to school.  Once students enter the school building, students are expected to keep their cell phones off and out-of-sight the duration of the school day.  Cell phones are not to be used in the hallways, classrooms, cafeteria, playground, restrooms, or locker rooms.  Students may access their cell phones at the end of the school day once they exit the building.  Students that violate the cell phone policy will be expected to turn their cell phone in at the main office for the day, and the device will be returned to the student at the end of the day. Parents that need to get ahold of their student during the school are expected to call the main office at (517) 925-5680. 

Dress Code Policy: Students are expected to dress in a fashion that promotes a positive, safe, and focused learning environment. Students and parents are expected to use discretion to ensure that student clothing is appropriate for school. Pursuant to school board policy, clothing that contains religious or racially intimidating symbols (e.g. swastika, Confederate flag, etc.) or messages that are disruptive to the learning environment are not permitted.  Sexually suggestive messages, clothing that promotes drug and/or alcohol use, or violence are not permitted. For health and safety reasons, students are required to wear shoes or footwear with soles. Final decisions regarding dress code are exclusively up to administrative discretion.  

Passes: Students will be provided three passes per class, per trimester with the exception of Check and Connect (CNC).  Passes will be provided to students on colored paper at the beginning of each trimester. Unused passes can be turned in as Comet PRIDE tickets to earn prizes at the end of the trimester.  Students that have documented, specific accommodations or medical needs will be provided a break card to meet their dynamic needs if necessary.  

Passing Time: There is five-minute passing time between all classes. Students are expected to be in their class when the bell rings to be considered on time to class.  While we do have and enforce a tardy policy here at Beagle Middle, we also understand that the first few days of school is going to be a learning curve for many students, and we will be flexible and supportive in helping students find their classes.  

Tardy Policy:  Once students have become acclimated to the routine of middle school after the first few weeks, we will begin to mark and track tardies on an hourly basis, including first hour.  Students are able to be tardy for each class up to three times per trimester.  After the third tardy, Mrs. Swagart, ISS coordinator, will have a warning conversation in a one-on-one, private fashion.  If a fourth tardy happens for the same class within the trimester, a one-hour, after school detention will be assigned, and Mrs. Swagart will arrange that with parents.  

Locker Use: We strongly encourage students to use their lockers throughout the school day; however, we do not force students to use their locker.  We encourage students to use their lockers throughout the day as this helps to free up more space for interactive classroom activities; essentially, this prevents students and staff from tripping over backpacks, etc. 

Lunches: Please see the email that was sent by Mr. John Ellsworth if your student qualifies for free and reduced lunch.  This year, free lunch and breakfast will be provided to all students.  Free school lunches will contain specific items, which will be explained to students during the first few days of school.  Free lunches will not include cookies, bottles of water, chips, etc.  Students will have to pay for those ala carte choices. Please note that beginning this year, our food service will not be able to make change when items are purchased; the change will be applied to their lunch account. 

PBIS: As many are aware, Grand Ledge is a PBIS district.  PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Here at Beagle Middle, our staff engages in PBIS strategies to support the social, emotional, and behavioral growth of our students, which ultimately positively impacts academic growth and success.  At Beagle, we model and reinforce Comet PRIDE in all that we do together on a consistent basis.  This means that we are/show/have:

  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Integrity
  • Determination
  • Effort

Staff recognize positive behaviors using the PBIS model, and students earn Comet PRIDE tickets for demonstrating the aforementioned behaviors we model and reinforce on a daily basis.  Students can use their PRIDE tickets to earn prizes. Comet PRIDE pride drawings happen weekly in Check and Connect class and at the end of each trimester.

Check and Connect (CNC) Class: Check and Connect (CNC) is a twenty-five minute, end-of-the-day class that is multifaceted.  The goal of our CNC class is to provide our students with an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with a smaller group of students and one staff member for the duration of the year.  Throughout the week, activities and expectations vary depending upon the day.  On Mondays, our staff engage students in social skills lessons, which are designed to help students develop social and emotional skills; these lessons focus on building positive relationships, goal setting, and managing emotions.  Mondays are also used to present our school-wide PBIS lessons. Tuesdays and Thursdays are designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete homework assignments and prepare for assessments that they may have during the week.  On Wednesdays, students will utilize the IXL program to work on both Math and English Language Arts skills that are tailored to their needs based on screeners within the IXL platform.  Fridays are Comet PRIDE drawing opportunities where students may submit their Comet PRIDE tickets for positive behaviors to obtain prizes, and then students engage in fun activities that promote team building skills.  We also utilize CNC class for NWEA assessments throughout the year.  

Student Support Presentations: Our administrative team in conjunction with our student services office will be meeting with all students the second week of the school year.  This is a great opportunity for our students to meet all of the support personnel that are here to serve them in their education.  During this presentation, we provide introductions, explain our roles, review school expectations, and provide students with various supports and resources to help them solve future issues or concerns.  We meet with all students during their assigned Social Studies class in the media center.  We will meet with our 7th graders on Wednesday, September 6th; the 8th grade meeting will be on Thursday, September 7th.  After these presentations, our counseling staff with meet with all students again out of Social Studies classes to provide students with direct lessons on conflict management along with harassment and bullying; these presentations will take place later in the month of September.  Middle school is often a challenging time for many students, especially when it comes to peers, so we provide these opportunities proactively to help our tweens feel successful and supported.  

Who to Contact When Situations Arise: Our administrative and student services team members work very closely on all matters; however, we have different roles.  In an effort to ensure we are meeting the needs of our parents and students in a timely manner, we wanted to provide some insight regarding our roles in conjunction with introducing our team members. This will help parents know who to contact regarding various needs, issues, or concerns: 

Counseling staff

Ms. Driscoll and Mrs. Weaver

Our counseling staff:

  • Manages 504 plans
  • Address social or emotional concerns
  • Attendance concerns
  • Peer conflicts and restorative practices  

Our counselors are available to speak with parents regarding the aforementioned areas throughout the school day.  

Ms. Driscoll can be reached at driscollk@glcomets.net (last name beginning A-LEE)

Mrs. Weaver can be reached at weavers@glcomets.net (last name beginning LEF-Z)

Student Success Coordinators

Mr. Lester and Ms. Moore

Our Student Success Coordinators: 

  • Support the counseling staff in their capacity with the exception of 504 plans.  
  • Support students from a behavioral and academic standpoint in a variety of ways, including working with teaching staff in a variety of ways to better support students.
  • Restorative practices
  • Safety and supervision

Mr. Lester can be reached at lesterw@glcomets.net

Ms. Moore can be reached at badwoundmoorek@glcomets.net

Administrative Team

Ms. Moore, Dean of Students; Mrs. Shumway, Assistant Principal; and Mr. Kushman, Principal

The administrative team works together regarding:

  • Discipline, and they also support the student services team members on many fronts.  
  • Safety, supervision, and management

Ms. Moore can be reached at badwoundmoorek@glcomets.net

Mrs. Shumway can be reached at shumwayk@glcomets.net

Mr. Kushman can be reached at kushmand@glcomets.net

School Resource Officer

Mrs. Brown, Grand Ledge Police Department

  • Supports the administrative team in a variety of ways
  • Ensures the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

Mrs. Brown can be reached at browna@glcomets.net

Please note that if you have concerns regarding a staff member and your student, contact the staff member directly first.  If the situation is not resolved in an acceptable manner, then contact Mrs. Shumway or Mr. Kushman.

Questions regarding middle school athletics should be directed to Mr. Price at pricej@glcomets.net

We will post this information on our website for reference in the future. 

If you have been tuning in to our emails this summer, then please feel free to gloss over this portion of our newsletter as it is repeated information.  

Girls’ Volleyball: Girls' volleyball tryouts will be hosted here at Beagle Middle on August 28th, 29th, and 30th.  8th grade tryouts will be from 3-5pm each night. 7th grade tryouts will be from 5-7pm each night. Tryouts will be in our new gymnasium. Students should enter through the cafeteria doors from the parking lot, walk straight through the cafeteria (West), through the first gym, and enter the new gymnasium where student athletes will sign in for tryouts and drop of updated physicals (if necessary). In order to participate in tryouts, students must have a current sports physical on file dated on or after April 15, 2023.  Please bring updated physicals directly to practice the first night if your student does not have a current physical on file.  It is not necessary to make a special trip to our main office to drop off a sports physical, especially at the beginning of the year. Sports physicals dropped off at the first night of tryouts will be filed in our main office for the year. 

Cross Country: Please click here MS CC 2023.docx   for more information regarding cross country at Beagle Middle.  Optional, drop-in conditioning will begin on Monday, August 21 from 7-8pm at Beagle. Questions pertaining to cross country should be directed to either Mr. Jim Price, MS AD, or cross country coach, Mr. Matt Szydlowski; contact information is located within the link.  Please note that we need more female athletes at this time to join our Cross Country team. 

Important Dates

  • Open House–Tuesday, August 29th
  • First Day of School, Half Day–Wednesday, August 30th.  7:52-10:52am.
  • No School–Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.
  • Classes Resume–Tuesday, September 5th
  • Half-Day in October–Monday, October 16th

Again, we thank our parents and students for a very successful schedule distribution and walk-through over the past two evenings, and we are looking forward to another great school year.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  

Take care,

Dave and Kelly

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