April 16, 2024

In this Issue

Testing Schedule and Assignments


Beachwood Schools K-12 Art Show


PTO Hosts Read-a-Thon


Classroom Spotlight: Eighth-Grade Guest Speaker and Maltz Museum Visit


Raising Gifted Children: An Evening with Dr. Sylvia Rimm


K-6 Bison Fun Run


An Evening with Author Michael Grant Jaffe: Insights into Creative Writing


Family Webinar: You, Me, and Chat GPT


Beachwood Students Shine in "Stop the Hate" Youth Speak Out Contest

Message from the Principal


Dear Beachwood Middle School Families,


I was delighted to attend the recent "Stop the Hate" essay contest awards ceremony and receive the announcement that Heeba Sossey Alaoui was the first-place winner in her division. Her essay, linked below, showcased her creativity and intellectual depth in response to a challenging topic. Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement!


We encourage all students to approach this week’s end-of-course tests with determination and focus. Their hard work and dedication throughout the year have prepared them to achieve great things. Students should report to school well-rested at their designated testing times with a charged, school-issued ChromeBook and charger. We wish every student the best in demonstrating their knowledge and skills on these assessments. 


I hope everyone has a wonderful week!



Dr. Tony Srithai


Important Dates

  • April 18 & 19: Ohio State Tests: English Language Arts
  • April 25: Sixth-Grade Parent Orientation at Beachwood Middle School, 7:00 p.m.
  • April 25 & 26: Ohio State Tests: Grade 8 Science and Honors biology Only
  • April 30 & May 1: Ohio State Tests: Math
  • May 3: Beachwood Middle School Sixth-Grade Student Orientation, 9:30 a.m.
  • May 10: Eighth-Grade Career Shadow Day

News & Announcements

CORRECTION: Testing Schedule and Assignments

Please note the testing schedule below and the corrected testing session assignments (based on student last name). Last week’s message incorrectly listed “A-L” for the morning session. In fact, students with last names beginning with "A-M" will test in the morning. Families received corrected information via email. As a reminder, students have the option to stay home when not testing. As stated in previous emails, additional transportation routes will be provided. Please complete the appropriate form that was emailed directly to you in order to indicate your child’s transportation plans for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. Last week’s email was sent directly to you by vkl@beachwoodschools.org. If a form is not completed, students will not be allowed to leave school early or report late when not testing.






ELA Part 1 (April 18) Thu

7:45 - 10:45 a.m.

11:45 - 2:45 p.m.

ELA Part 2 (April 19) Fri

7:45 - 10:45 a.m.

11:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Math Part 1 (April 30) Tue

7:45 - 9:45 a.m.

12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Math Part 2 (May 1) Wed - Late Start

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Science Testing Schedule for April 25-26

Beachwood Middle School will administer Ohio State Assessments for students in Grade 8 Science, Biology, and Honors Seventh-Grade Science on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26. These assessments will run from 7:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Sixth and seventh-grade students who are not taking the science test can arrive at 9:05 a.m. on April 25 and April 26. Students arriving earlier will be supervised in the auditorium.

Save the Date: Beachwood Schools K-12 Art Show

Mark your calendar for the Beachwood Schools K-12 Art Show, hosted in partnership with the Beachwood Arts Council. From May 1 - 28, the Beachwood Community Center will showcase the creativity of our talented students in kindergarten through high school. Join us for an opening reception on Wednesday, May 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The evening will feature student musical performances. To get into the spirit, students are invited to color this coloring sheet designed by Beachwood Middle School art teacher Rachel Hartwig. 

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PTO Hosts Read-a-Thon

The PTO will host a Read-a-Thon fundraiser this spring. Beachwood Middle School Language Arts teachers have encouraged all students to participate. Please complete this Google Form in order to permit the PTO to send you informational emails about signing up for this fun activity.

Classroom Spotlight: Eighth-Grade Guest Speaker and Maltz Museum Visit

Eighth-grade students had the opportunity to work with Susan Stein, educator in residence at the Maltz Museum, to read excerpts from diaries from the Lodz Ghetto in Poland and learn about how reading primary source documents can inform our understanding of the Holocaust. Afterwards, students visited the Maltz Museum’s “The Girl in the Diary” exhibit where they viewed the real diary entries and many more artifacts related to our study of Holocaust literature. They also heard from survivor speakers. Later this month, we will have the incredible opportunity to hear from a survivor personally. We are very proud of the students' respectful behavior and their engagement with this difficult but important material.

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Raising Gifted Children: An Evening with Dr. Sylvia Rimm

Beachwood Schools is excited to host a family presentation on raising gifted children on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Beachwood Middle School. Dr. Rimm, a distinguished psychologist and expert in the field of gifted education, will share her extensive knowledge and provide strategies for nurturing and supporting the unique talents of gifted children. This presentation will offer parents and guardians valuable insights into fostering their child's academic and personal growth while addressing the unique challenges they may face. All parents are encouraged to join this informative session.

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K-6 Bison Fun Run

Join the Bison track and field team for the K-6 Bison Fun Run on Saturday, April 20. Students in grades K-6 will compete in a 100-meter dash at the Beachwood Track Invitational. All participants will receive a T-shirt, snack bag and award. The first-place boy and girl in each age group will receive a medal. Check in starts at 9:30 a.m., and the event begins at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 or pay $25 at the door. Please sign up today!

Dance Real Slow

An Evening with Author Michael Grant Jaffe: Insights into Creative Writing

Beachwood High School’s creative writing club, Introspect, will host an engaging evening with novelist and journalist Michael Grant Jaffe on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Beachwood High School Community Room. Mr. Jaffe is the author of "Dance Real Slow," which inspired the film "A Cool, Dry Place." He will draw on his extensive experience, including his time at Sports Illustrated, to offer insights to high school and middle school students on navigating the professional world of creative writing, mastering strategies for recognition, and elevating your craft for continuous growth. Don’t miss this inspirational evening!


Family Webinar: You, Me, and Chat GPT

Families are invited to a webinar hosted by Beachwood High School librarian Angela Maxwell on artificial intelligence and its growing role in education. Families can choose to attend ONE of two dates: Wednesday, April 24, or Tuesday, May 7, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. via Google Meet. The webinar will highlight the potential benefits of AI for student learning, the challenges of AI and how to address them, and ways to prepare your child for a world shaped by AI. If you have questions about the webinar, please contact Ms. Maxwell directly at amm@beachwoodschools.org. Space is limited. Register today to secure your spot.

Beachwood Students Shine in Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out Contest

We're delighted to celebrate eleventh grader Radha Pareek and eighth grader Heeba Sossey Alaoui for their standout contributions to the Stop the Hate “Youth Speak Out” contest. Recognized at an awards ceremony on April 3 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, their work shone among entries from over 4,100 students across more than 100 Northeast Ohio schools. Heeba clinched first place with her essay on promoting inclusivity in sports, while Radha was a runner-up with her insightful exploration of systemic inequality. Beachwood Schools’ is proud to foster a community where students are empowered to address pressing social issues creatively and critically.

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From the Holocaust to Freedom

Beachwood Schools Rescreens Holocaust Documentary for Yom HaShoah

Beachwood Schools invites the community to a special rescreening of the 2010 student-produced documentary From the Holocaust to Freedom: A Journey to Cleveland. Free and open to the public, the rescreening will be held Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Beachwood High School auditorium. The documentary, conceived by former superintendent Dr. Richard Markwardt, recounts the stories of Cleveland-area Holocaust survivors. The rescreening will take place in observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins at sundown on Sunday, May 5. The district has extended invitations to the survivors, their families and friends, and all individuals involved in the documentary's production, emphasizing the importance of preserving these vital stories.

Family Kindness

Family Kindness Festival 2024

Rock out with kindness at the Family Kindness Festival! This free event, hosted by Senders Pediatrics on Sunday, May 5, from 1 to 4 pm at Beachwood High School, celebrates the theme "Kindness Rocks" with live music from Cleveland Keys Dueling Pianos, School of Rock House Band, Inlet Dance Studio, and Panorama Steel Drums. Meet inspiring students, engage with impactful nonprofits, create crafts for a cause, and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities. Learn more on the Family Kindness website!

Order 2023-2024 Yearbooks

The 2023-2024 yearbook is now available for purchase at $25 each. We have a limited supply of yearbooks, so please place your order promptly to ensure your child receives this keepsake. To order, please visit the LifeTouch yearbook ordering page and enter 13310624 for our school number.


Beachwood Bison Spring Youth Football Program

Whether your child is new to the game or looking to sharpen their skills, the Beachwood Bison Spring Youth Football program offers a fantastic opportunity for young athletes from second through eighth grade. Scheduled for Sundays - April 21 & 28, May 5 & 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Beachwood High School Stadium, this program focuses on honing fundamental football skills such as running, catching, throwing, blocking, and boosting speed and agility. The four-week session costs $25, payable to Beachwood Athletic Boosters at the first practice. To sign up, complete the Youth Football Registration Form. For more details, reach out to Head Football Coach Scott Fischer at fischerscott58@gmail.com

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