Parent Newsletter - March 13, 2014

 

Message from the Principal

I suppose many of you were surprised to receive your 5:30AM wakeup call yesterday. Never before had I made a decision to close school (for snow) when the temperatures where in the 40's and it hadn't even begun raining or snowing! Throughout the morning I questioned myself more than you can imagine, but by noon I was confident that the right decision had been made. The afternoon driving was treacherous and I can't recall a time when so many of the interstates and turnpike were closed due to multiple accidents. I worry so much about our young drivers and I was relieved to know that none of our girls were put in situations where they could have been involved in one of the many accidents on their way home from school. I pray that none of you were injured or involved as well. We will all be relieved when spring arrives and driving conditions will be back to normal.

Because of yesterday's snow day, our sophomores are a day behind in the OGT testing schedule. Each tenth grader in the state of Ohio is required to take five standardized tests and pass each one in order to graduate from an Ohio school. The tests are two and a half hours each and all schools are mandated to give the same test on the same day. Our girls did the Reading test on Monday, the Math test on Tuesday, missed the Writing test on Wednesday, did the Science test today and will do the Social Studies test tomorrow. If a school cannot conform to these guidelines due to calamity or unavoidable circumstances, a request needs to be made in order to administer the test on another day. Ms. Stefanos, our Testing Coordinator, made contact with the state yesterday and was granted permission to give yesterday's Writing test next Tuesday. Therefore, our sophomores will need to keep their St. Patrick's Day celebrations to a minimum and get a good night's sleep on Monday to be prepared for this final test on the 18th! Next year will be the last sophomore class that will be required to pass all five OGT tests prior to graduation since the State has chosen to adopt the Common Core and use the assessments for graduation that coordinates with this initiative. Our sophomores take this test very seriously and we are so proud of them.

Don't forget that tonight is opening night of our spring play,The Ash Girl. The girls have been very committed to practices and are well prepared for the weekend performances. Tickets are still available so plan on supporting the drama department and our participants. You won't be disappointed.

Next Friday we will be hosting a Blood Mobile throughout the day. Walk-in parents are welcome to support this cause. There is a desperate need for blood and anything we can do to help truly makes a difference. Our National Honor Society is responsible for organizing and implementing this important service. Consider donating blood if you can.

I will be attending a conference sponsored by the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) this weekend with Mr. Beyer and Ms. Pamies. We are excited to attend the conference to hear the keynote speakers, Daniel Pink, author of Drive, and Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. Along with these great speakers, we will be attending mini sessions. There are so many sessions to choose from we are finding it difficult to decide on which ones to attend! We will bring back our enthusiasm and findings and share it with the faculty at our next faculty meeting. Pray that we have a safe and productive trip.

Thanks again for all you do to support your daughters and our school. Beaumont continues to be a special place. As always, Beaumont is blessed,

Mary Whelan



Beaumont Buzz

March16 - 22, 2014

Sunday, 3/16
Spring Show, The Ash Girl: 2:30 PM in Theater

Monday, 3/17 NO SCHOOL: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, 3/18 OGT-Adjusted Regular Schedule: 90 minute blocks & 10 minute HR (*3, 4, 1, 2)
Sophomore Writing OGT in Dining Room: 8:00-11:00 AM / ILTs in class from 8:00-11:00 AM
*NO Late Arrival/Early Dismissal Privileges!
WEDNESDAY 3/12 Altered Lunch Schedule: Check flyers posted from last week
Voices of Harmony Bake Sale during Lunches A and B
"Girls Go Red" Heart Health Awareness Week
Mission Integration Team: 3:30-4:30 PM in Faculty Dining Room
Spring Concert: 7:00-8:30 PM in Theater

Wednesday, 3/19 Regular Schedule: 90 minute blocks & 10 minute HR
"Girls Go Red" Heart Health Awareness Week
Make Up OGTs: 7:30-11:00 AM in Faculty Dining Room
Voices of Harmony Bake Sale during Lunches A and B
Rotary Club 4 Way Test Speech Competition: 12:00-3:00 PM at Cleveland Skating Club
Mallorca Field Trip: 3:15-5:00 PM
Pre-Freshmen Registration: 4:30-6:45 PM in Foyer/Dining Room/Library
Mothers' Guild Meeting: 6:00 PM in Faculty Dining Room

Thursday, 3/20 Regular Schedule: 90 minute blocks & 10 minute HR
"Girls Go Red" Heart Health Awareness Week
Senior Lunch in the Dining Room during Lunches A and B
Shamrock Shakes in the Dining Room during Lunches A and B
"Chill Out and Study" (sponsored by Link Crew): 3:15-4:30 PM in Dining Room
Scheduling Large-Group Meeting: 3:15-4:30 PM in Faculty Dining Room

Friday, 3/21 Regular Schedule: 90 minute blocks & 10 minute HR
"Girls Go Red" Heart Health Awareness Week
All students encouraged to wear appropriate red tops and accessories to "Go Red!" (Uniform bottoms) NHS Blood Mobile: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM in St. Ann Hall
Bandstand: 7:00 PM in Theater (Setup @ 5:00 PM)
JV and Varsity Softball Scrimmage: 4:30 PM at Cuyahoga Heights (Departs at 3:15 PM)
JV LAX Scrimmage: 5:30 PM at Brunswick HS (Departs at 3:15 PM)
Varsity LAX Scrimmage: 7:00 PM at Brunswick HS (Departs at 3:15 PM)

Saturday, 3/22
Best Medicine Science and Engineering Fair
Bandstand: 7:00 PM in Theater
JV and Varsity LAX Scrimmage: 11:00 AM at NDCL (Meet at site)