The proposed assignment involving research on the topic of the Ku Klux Klan that was recently identified as being planned in one of our 7th Grade English Language Arts classes in January 2017 has been withdrawn.
The teacher recently submitted a letter to the parents of all of her students to simply inform them of various activities and assignments being undertaken in class with this particular assignment being just one of them. As the teacher stated in the letter to parents “the goal of the research paper was not to teach the students the Klan was correct in their behavior, but rather to teach the students how to write persuasively.” To the best of our knowledge there was no malicious intent involved.
BEAM feels that the objective of teaching students how to write persuasively is important. However, we feel that the choice of topic is inappropriate for a 7th grade class. A new topic will be selected for the assignment.
We understand the concern of the parent who contacted the school. The principal was out of the office on Friday, 12/16/16 and, thus, unavailable. He is in the process of trying to talk with the parent to address her concerns.
The teacher, who is African American, has been temporarily removed from the classroom while an investigation is underway.
Families, always feel free to contact the school Administration with any concerns. We are your partner in the education of your child and working together is the key to success.
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On March 10th Ms. Leazer took JA students to participate in the Financial Investment Challenge Bowl (FICB) held at Manpower. FICB is a team competition held at the Middle School and High School levels to test students in business and economic concepts that encompass local, national, and global events. Students were selected by Ms. Leazer based on their knowledge and dedication to learning business and economic concepts.
The program kicked off with a Saturday meeting and information session in January. Once the core teams were chosen, Ms. Leazer spent numerous hours, juggling her time between teaching and coaching, preparing the students for competition. Participants were expected to attend after-school sessions and prepare independently.
Two teams from BEAM participated against 10 other schools from southeastern Wisconsin. BEAM came in 2nd place, coming up just short in the finals against Golda Meir Middle School. Congratulations to all who participated. Thank you, Ms. Leazer, for all your hard work and dedication. You efforts are evident in the students’ success. We look forward to bringing the trophy to BEAM next year.
Please congratulate the BEAM faculty members who made this 2014 BEAM – The Sky’s The Limit Academy (BTSTLA) possible – Brian Hansen, LaDonna Leazer, Anjanette Nickel and Anne Wise – and for winning the 2014 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award as selected by hte Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy and for which they are being recognized on January 28, 2015 in Madison. This award is given to individuals and organizations and BEAM won in the organization category as a team. The criteria used in the screening process included innovative implementations, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups. There were a total of 38 nominations submitted for consideration and 17 individuals, businesses, and organizations were named recipient of the 2014 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award.
Something to be proud of….
BEAM’s The Sky’s The Limit Academy (BTSTLA) is an academic-intensive learning opportunity for students entering grades 7th through 8th. The first annual Academy took place in July 2014. This two week program introduced students to the basics of career planning and how to save and invest for the future. Students learned how our free market economy works and about individual roles within the economy. The Academy focused on the steps students can take to build the skills needed to be successful in middle school, high school and beyond.
The goal of this program was to educate middle school students on the basic principles of personal finance, career planning, investing and economics. Special Features and Objectives of BTSTLA included:
• Identifying career interests and how to achieve your goals
• Introduction to how to prepare for college
• Writing and presenting a Career Report
• Recognizing the basic principles of personal finance
• Writing and presenting a Stock Analyst Report
• Learning the basic principles of our market economy and how it works
• Recognizing and applying the economic way of thinking
16 Students participated in our Summer 2014 Academy. Check out the fun they had in our video on You Tube .
Is this something you are interested in? Start planning for your financial future by participating in our Summer 2015 Academy.
Thursday, December 1–Honors Day Program. We take the time to celebrate students’ achievements during 1st quarter. 9:30-10:00 am for grades K4 AM and K5; 11:45am-12:45pm for grades 5-8; 1:00-2:00pm for grades K4 pm, 1-4.
Tuesday, December 6–Free Dental Services. Preferred Dentistry will be providing free dental services for BEAM students. For more information on how your child can receive services contact Glenda McMiller, Student Support Manager, 615-3915 ext. 310.
Tuesday, December 20–BEAM Primary Concert and Family Holiday Mixer. Come for music, dinner, games, and a raffle. 5:30pm-7:30pm.