January 17, 2024

In this Issue

Hiram House Information Session

Neurodiversity Social Gathering and Lunch

Alumni Recognition Night

Lunar New Year


Black History Month Celebration

Erika’s Lighthouse Program

Lunch Account Reminders

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Survey

Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Winner

Model United Nations

Classroom Spotlight:

Kirstyn Russell 

Message from the Principal

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Dear Beachwood Middle School Families,


I hope this week’s message finds you safe and warm. As a reminder, our second quarter will end on Friday, and grades will be posted in Infinite Campus on January 26.


This week, students at the middle and high school will participate in the launch of our district’s mental health awareness program. We are excited to partner with Erika’s Lighthouse to deliver the following program goals:


  • Raising awareness of good mental health.
  • Raising awareness of the signs of depression and risk and warning signs of suicide.
  • Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
  • Encouraging help-seeking skills and, if necessary, additional support service


More information about our Erika’s Lighthouse programming can be found below.


I hope everyone has a wonderful week!



Tony Srithai

Important Dates

  • January 19 - End of Second Quarter / First Semester
  • January 25 - Grade 8 and High School Band Concert
  • January 26 - Report Card grades posted in Infinite Campus
  • January 30 - Grades 6-7 and Hilltop Band Concert
  • February 1 - Hiram House Informational Meeting for Sixth-Grade Families
  • February 19 - No School: President’s Day


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Hiram House Information Session

We are excited to once again host the sixth grade Hiram House trip from May 29 - 31. Families are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, February 1, at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Beachwood Middle School auditorium. 

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Neurodiversity Family Network Social Gathering and Lunch

Bring the whole family, bring a friend! Please join the Beachwood Neurodiversity Family Network for a social gathering with lunch on Sunday, January 21, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Beachwood High School Community Room. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be provided, including kosher options. You are also welcome to Bring Your Own lunch. Feel free to bring activities, crafts, games, and toys to keep your children occupied. Some of the kids will be playing Minecraft on a shared server. If you would like to join them, make sure you have the most updated version of Minecraft. Please reach out to us at neurodiversityfamilynetwork@beachwoodschools.org if you have questions, comments, suggestions, and/or food requests.

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Beachwood High School Alumni Recognition Night

Attention Beachwood High School Alumni! We are excited to invite you to our Alumni Recognition Night during the varsity basketball games on Friday, February 2. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the girls varsity team going head-to-head with Lutheran West. The excitement continues as the boys varsity team takes on Orange at 7:15 p.m. This is a perfect opportunity to reconnect, cheer on your fellow Bison, and enjoy some exciting basketball action. Alumni: Please complete the Alumni Recognition Form to participate in the alumni recognition festivities and to receive further details.

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Lunar New Year Celebration

The Lunar New Year is just around the corner! The Beachwood Chinese Family Affinity Group invites you to celebrate the Year of the Dragon during a Lunar New Year Celebration on Friday, February 9, at Beachwood High School. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with artistic performances, followed by a potluck-style dinner and games and crafts for kids. Free and open to the public. Please bring a dish or drink for everyone to share! Please RSVP with the number of participants to: chineseaffinity@beachwoodschools.org.

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Black History Month Celebration

Join us for a Black History Month celebration presented by the African American Affinity Group on Sunday, February 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Beachwood High School. Free and open to the public, the event will feature African dance performances, crafts and cookie decorating, student performances, and many more activities! In addition, guests may participate in a drum-making workshop. In order to participate in this activity, drum kits need to be pre-ordered by February 14. Supplies may be limited, please use the link below to order your kit today!

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Erika’s Lighthouse Program

On January 10, we sent an email to families about our new mental health and depression awareness program developed by Erika’s Lighthouse. For more information on this program, please visit erikaslighthouse.org. The program will include three lessons taught by Beachwood teachers in January, March, and April. The first lesson is on Thursday, January 18. If you do not want your child to participate in this training, please complete the following opt-out form google form.

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Lunch Account Reminders

If utilizing the online payment system through Infinite Campus, please review your child’s account balances regularly. Any student with a negative or 0 balance is only provided with a sandwich, fruit, vegetable, and milk for lunch until sufficient funds are available. If you have questions, please contact Lucy DuHaime, Resident Director AVI Foodsystems Inc.

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Reminder: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Survey

Please provide your feedback to help us refine our PBIS strategies at Beachwood Middle School by taking the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) survey.

News & Highlights

Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Winner!

Please join us in congratulating Narayanan Baskaran for winning first place in the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest hosted by East View Church. This year’s topic challenged students to discuss ways to eradicate poverty in the United States. Narayanan was recognized at a ceremony on Monday and has chosen to donate his prize back to the event organizers.

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Congratulations: Model United Nations!

The Model UN team had an outstanding performance at the Winter Model United Nations Conference and John Carroll University. Eighth grader Sarah Zhou won the Gavel Award for her performance representing Japan in the United Nations Environment Program. Eighth graders Clarence Ouyang and Antoni Hinczewski won the award for Best Position Paper representing Peru for the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

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Classroom Spotlight: Kirstyn Russell

Recently, students began the team concept unit. Activities include handball, t-seg

ball, Bison ball, and 3-ball. Playing problem-solving games with a team helps

students enhance their teamwork skills, resolve issues, achieve goals, and excel


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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.

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Eighth-Grade Families: Register Today for the Washington, D.C.Trip

Families of eighth-grade students interested in attending our annual trip to Washington, D.C. should register online using the information in the D.C. Registration Packet. Final payment for trip attendance is due by March 23.

Resources for Families

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Clubs & Activities

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Lunch Menus

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Medical Forms

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