Welcome to the Beck PTA
Upcoming Events/Important Dates
January 28, 2002: School Board Meeting
29, 2002: National Junior Honor Society Induction
31, 2002: Orchestra Chamber Music, 7:00 p.m.
4, 2002: CAT Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library
7, 2002: Eighth grade parent night, 7:00 p.m. at CRHS
8, 2002: Reception for Incoming Sixth-Grade Parents, 9:00 a.m. in Beck library
11, 2002: Curriculum night for sixth and seventh grades
19, 2002: Eighth Grade TAAS Writing Exam
25, 2002: Student Holiday
28, 2002: Papa John's Pizza Night
11, 2002: Spring Break
28, 2002: Papa John's Pizza Night
29, 2002: School Holiday--Good Friday
19, 2002: Bulldog Bash, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
25, 2002: Papa John's Pizza Night
3, 2002: Eighth Grade Party, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Scout Project Beautifies Beck Junior High Landscape
landscaping around Beck Junior High received a face-lift this fall as boys and
their parents from Boy Scout Troop 230 worked on the final phase of fellow scout
Bryan Day’s Eagle Scout Project.
on November 17, 17 troop members in grades six through 11 converged on the front
lawn of Beck Junior High armed with shovels, rakes, weed mat, gardening gloves
and tons of energy. For most of the day, the boys and their parents helped
pre-treat for ants and insects, pulled all weeds, installed bedding tarp to
prevent weeds from coming back, replaced a dead tree and plants, placed new
mulch in all beds and around all trees, and trimmed dead wood out of existing
PTA Beautification committee had planned for an exterior improvement project
this year and offered it to an Eagle Scout applicant. Scout Bryan Day, currently
in ninth grade at Cinco Ranch High School, took on the challenge. He spent 15 to
20 hours planning the project, which included drawing the design of the front
lawn and beds at Beck, estimating how many new plants and trees were needed to
replace the dead ones, figuring how much mulch was needed, visiting local
businesses and presenting his project with a donation request letter, estimating
the cost of materials, enlisting scout and scout parent help, purchasing plant
and bedding materials, and arranging for delivery of mulch.
Thornton of Landscape Depot, located in Katy, donated a portion of the mulch and
its delivery, and the Beck PTA paid for all other materials.
It was exciting to have so many scouts and parents helping with my Eagle
Project,” commented Bryan. “The front of Beck looks great now and it makes
me proud to have helped out my former school."
scouts of Troop 230 provided Beck Junior High with a great service by making our
grounds more maintainable and adding additional plants and mulching to make the
landscaping more appealing to view," said Sheila Ventura, Beck PTA
Beautification Chairperson. "The PTA board greatly appreciates the
fine job that Bryan and the boys did to make all of this possible for Beck
Junior High School."
from Scout Troop 230 take a break after a morning of weeding, mulching and
planting at Beck Junior High. The landscaping efforts are part of Troop Member
Bryan Day’s Eagle Scout Project.
Beck Junior High Reflections--Katy Council of PTAs judging results
to the Beck Students whose Reflections entries received recognition at the Katy
ISD Council of PTAs level:
Award of Excellence-- Ann Andrews-Literature,
Andrew Usoro-Musical Composition, Zachary Flowers-Photography,
Justin Howell-Photography, and Jessie Kolesar-Visual Arts
The above students' entries advanced to District 4 PTA judging in January.
Award of Merit--Katelyn Long-Literature, Justin Bauman-Musical Composition
Honorable Mention--Claire Brown-Visual Arts
Musicians Perform Holiday Favorites for Elementary Schools
To kick-off the holiday spirit at Alexander, Creech, and
Williams elementary schools, select students in Beck Junior High’s band, choir
and orchestra visited those campuses and performed a variety of holiday songs.
Three busloads of students, along with a rented trailer
filled with chimes, drums and other percussion instruments, stopped at each
school on Friday, December 7, for an hour-long concert.
Before audiences comprised of kindergartners through fifth graders, the
Beck students played and sang several selections, including Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and the Ukrainian Carol.
Junior High students (left to right) Kristen McElwain, Dev Arwikar, Michaela
Lindsay, Emily Chabot, Samuel Hatfield, and Ross Yuvancic visit with Alexander
Elementary students from Sherry Rankin’s kindergarten class, (left to right)
Victoria Fontenot, Demilade Delano, Brett Smith, DaBin Park and Matthew Dupree.
Three busloads of Beck musicians performed several holiday selections for
the Alexander students during a concert at Alexander on Friday, December 7.
from Beck Junior High Named as Finalists in Holiday Card Design Contests
“They did a fabulous job,” commented Beck Art
Teacher Terrie Weaver. Designing for contests such as these helps the
students to learn to design towards a theme and the end-use, which is an
important part of the design process, added Ann McGowan, Beck Art
Eighth graders Jon Clark (far left) and Timothy
Raines (left) were finalists in the Katy school district’s holiday
card design contest. Entries can be seen on the KISD web page. Paige
Baumgart (right) and Ian Mitchell (far right), both eighth grade
students, placed as finalists in the Region IV student card design
contest. Over 600 student entries from 30 campuses were received by the
Region IV contest, representing 22 school districts. Entries are on
display at the Region IV office in Houston.
Band Selects 19 Beck Junior High Students
Judges for the All-Region Junior High School Band
competition selected 19 Beck students to participate after auditioning
approximately 1,300 students from Katy I.S.D., Cy-Fair I.S.D., Lamar
Consolidated I.S.D. and Spring Branch I.S.D.
“This is a very big honor to be
selected for Region Band,” said Beck Band Director Robin Cutting. “The
competition is tremendous.”
The 200-member All-Region Band performed its concert on December 1 at
Jersey Village High School.
Pictured are the students from Beck selected to
participate. Seated left to right are Josh Goates,
Michael McCormick, Sydney Beique, Stephanie Hunt, Shannon Skinner, Joey Grimmer,
Teresa Brucker, Jonathan Andring, and Paige Prehoda. Standing left to right are
Andrew Usoro, Hank Newmann, Chapman Bauerlein, Ross Yuvancic, Samuel Hatfield,
Emily Cendrowski, Jeff Kehm, Sarah Nelson, Tiffany Herbert, and Abby Barth.
Junior High Students “Adopt” Four Families For the Holidays
It was a busy shopping day on Saturday, December 8, for
Beck student council members as they loaded shopping carts with various toys and
clothes for four area families “adopted” this holiday season by Beck Junior
In a tremendous response to a call to help local families
in need, students and Beck staff members contributed over $3,000 in a fundraiser
to purchase clothes, blankets and holiday gifts for several families
participating in the Santa’s Sleigh “Adopt-A-Family program sponsored by
Katy Christian Ministries.
The student council coordinated the Santa’s Sleigh
fundraiser, a traditional Beck event since the school opened. In addition to
placing collection jars in classrooms and other areas throughout the school
during the week of December 3, student council members shopped for the families
at Wal-Mart, then wrapped and delivered the gifts to Katy Christian Ministries
on Monday, December 10. So that all money raised would be spent on items for the
adopted families, Beck parents also donated wrapping supplies.
Some of the items purchased by the students for their
adopted families included clothing such as jeans,
shirts, and underwear; toys; games; bikes and scooters with all protective gear;
dolls; stuffed animals; and CD players. Because of the tremendous response of
the Beck community, the students were able to purchase blankets and towels for
the adopted families too.
“This is an activity that
the entire school supports and looks forward to each year,” said Ann Prados,
Beck eighth grade Language Arts Teacher and one of the four student council
(photos by Beck student Emily Robles)
Beck Junior High student council members (left to right) Carlos
Mendoza, Tom Boyd, Colin Brown and Matt Skopak along with Beck parent
Leslie Brown select gift items for the children of their “adopted”
Beham (left) and Kristin Visser check out the clothing racks while
shopping for the four-year-old member of their “adopted” family.
Beck students and staff members raised over $3,000 for Katy Christian
Ministries Santa’s Sleigh “Adopt-a-Family” program.
Teams Forming for "Relay for Life"
American Cancer Society will be holding “Relay For Life” on April 12th
& 13th at the Katy VFW Park.
The purpose of this relay is to raise money to support research,
education, and patient services in celebration of cancer survivorship in
Texas. Each year the faculty at
Beck Junior High forms a team to participate in this event.
Starting this year, the students in the National Junior Honor Society
and the Student Council at Beck will also form a team.
We would also like to form an additional team composed of parents and
their children to participate in this event.
The registration is $10 per person, with the proceeds benefiting the
American Cancer Society. This is
a really fun and worthwhile event. If
you are interested in joining a team, or just need more information, you can
contact Kim Marques @ 281-578-0437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior High Hosting Reception for Incoming Sixth-Grade Parents
Friday, February 8, at 9:00 a.m., Beck Junior High PTA is
hosting a reception in the school’s library for the parents of students
entering the sixth grade at Beck next year. A “meet and greet” opportunity
will kick off the reception, followed by a welcome from Dr. Linda Menius, Beck
Principal, and introductions of the current PTA board. Each PTA committee chair
will present a brief overview of her committee, and the reception will conclude
with a question and answer session. Campus tours will be offered after the
“The purpose of the reception is to let parents know the
role the PTA plays at the junior high level,” said Beck PTA President Debbie
Schettek. She added that the Beck PTA planned this reception prior to selecting
the slate of officers for next year, so that incoming sixth grade parents will
have an opportunity to serve on the PTA board as an officer or committee chair.
Nominating committee forms will be available that day, and will also be given to
the feeder elementary schools for distribution via the communication folders.
“We want incoming parents to know they are needed and
wanted at Beck Junior High,” Ms. Schettek added, “and we want to give them
an opportunity to become familiar with our campus.”
For more information, contact Debbie Schettek, Beck PTA
President, at 281-395-9704.
you to everyone who is participating in our grocery rebate program!
We are doing great so far this year.
This is an easy way to support Beck PTA and our community.
now has a merchant rebate program that supports local schools.
Kmart’s School Spirit program is similar to the rebate programs at
Kroger, Albertsons and Randalls. Just
use the card and Kmart does the rest by tallying the total purchase and donating
a portion back to the designated school. The
plastic cards and key ring cards are available through the PTA.
If you (or any one you know) shops at Kmart, please get a card and help
support Beck PTA.
a reminder to those of you who are new to our community, the rebate program
involves buying everyday items at participating stores.
We shop at our local stores and a portion of the total sales is donated
back to our school PTA. Randalls Remarkable card is linked to Beck by a code number
(4673), which you tell the cashier at time of purchase. Albertsons, Kroger, and Kmart’s School Spirit program use a
separate card available through the PTA. We
will notify you if and when other stores begin participation in a rebate
program. You may use the form below
to request a card(s), or contact Ginny Gent @ 281-693-1385.
Beck Jr. High PTA 8th
The 8th Grade
Activities Committee for Beck Jr. High's PTA is in full swing with plans for
the Bulldog Bash in April and the 8th Grade Party in May. Committee chairs and
their volunteers are busy working on these exciting events and the activities
that lead up to them. Be sure to read your Bulldog Bulletin when it comes in
the mail because there will be information about 8th Grade Activities.
The 8th Grade is
sponsoring a Bake Sale in February--all Beck students will be able to
purchase baked goodies during lunchtime for 50 cents each. Eighth Grade Dance
& Etiquette lessons will start in March--watch for the registration sheet
to come home soon with your 8th grader & also in the Bulldog Bulletin.
We will soon be taking orders for the colorful plants that will be used for
decorating the 8th Grade Party. The March Bulldog Bulletin will have more
information about the 8th Grade Plant Sale. The 8th Grade Video Yearbook is a
work-in-progress. 8th Grade students will have the opportunity to purchase
this wonderful memento of their 2001-2002 school year at Beck--look in
upcoming Bulldog Bulletins for information about ordering the video.
Junior High Video Yearbook (Available Spring 2002)
Eighth Grade Parents and Students:
Beck PTA has been working with Heartland Productions throughout the school
year to produce a video yearbook for the eighth grade class.
This classic video will capture the wide variety of activities that the
students have been involved in throughout the year, such as classroom
activities, sporting events, various clubs and the year-end celebrations.
The memories and experiences of life in eighth grade at Beck Junior
High are once in a lifetime! Order
your copy now! Each video will be
available at the cost of $25.00. The
students will receive their copy within two weeks of the Eighth Grade Party. The deadline for orders is May 8, 2002.
you have any questions, please call Linda Morales at 281-693-5757.
Grade Dance and Etiquette Classes for 2002
PTA is pleased to announce an opportunity for our Eighth Graders to learn
popular dances, basic etiquette, and how to become more comfortable with their
peers in social situations.
We will be offering six weeks of one-hour sessions, which will
hopefully help prepare your student for the Eighth Grade Party on May 3.
These classes have been very popular in past years with both students
We will be asking for parents to help with the chaperoning and dancing,
if needed. The
professional dance instructor will, once again, be Mr. George Valtasaros.
sign up, please fill in the reservation form below and mail or take it to the
Beck office with your check for $55.00.
(Extra copies of the form are available at the Beck office.)
Space is limited, so reservations will be honored in the order they are
year the sessions were full.
Every attempt will be made to reserve the session you prefer, while
trying to keep both sessions balanced with young men and women.
A confirmation letter will be sent through advisory after the
Deadline for your reservation and payment is February 15.
searching for a New Year’s resolution?
Have you considered teaching a seventh grade JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT class at
Beck Junior High? The time
commitment is 45 minutes, once a week, for five weeks and starts on Monday,
March 18. This resolution would be easier than going on a diet and much
a Junior Achievement consultant, you will be a role model, showing students how
to achieve personal and professional success.
By making a commitment to be a consultant at Beck Junior High, you can
make a difference. This is a unique
opportunity for you to make a positive impact in our local schools.
time commitment to teach is minimal and volunteers receive training, materials,
and support from Junior Achievement. You
may teach a class alone or team up with a co-worker, friend or spouse.
seventh grade JA program is Personal Economics.
Personal Economics helps students assess their personal skills and
interests, explore career options, learn job-hunting skills and discover the
value of an education. They also
learn about budgets, personal and family financial management, and the use of
credit. The activities reinforce
economic concepts taught in career, life skills and other social studies
are in dire need of more volunteers to make this program a reality for our
seventh graders. The following is a
list of the classes that currently need a volunteer:
McHatton (2 per. 8:20-9:05)
McHatton (5 per. 10:50-11:35)
McHatton (7 per. 11:40-12:55)*
Thomas (3 per.
Thomas (5 per.
Thomas (7 per.
Thomas (8 per.
classes include lunchtime
I will leave a sample of the seventh grade Junior Achievement program at the
greeter’s desk. Please feel free
to view the material and if you are interested in teaching one of the above
classes, please contact Patti Cendrowski at 281-392-4051.
Junior High PTA Nominating Committee
nominating committee of the Beck Junior High PTA held its first meeting on
December 13, 2001 to begin the process of soliciting officers for the 2002-2003
board. The committee needs your
help to select a slate of qualified people to serve as Beck Junior High PTA
officers. The five elected board
Vice President, Membership
Vice President, Fundraising
part of the PTA board, there are also non-elected positions to be filled by the
incoming president. If you are
interested in being considered for any of these positions, see the reverse side
of this letter for their descriptions. Self-nominations
are encouraged and welcomed. If you
are nominating someone other than yourself, please make sure that you have his
or her permission to do so. We
greatly appreciate your help in the nominating process. Please feel free to contact any of the nominating committee
members with any questions or comments. To
nominate yourself or someone else for one of the elected offices or board
positions, please complete the following form and return it by mail no later
than Thursday, February 21, 2002 to: Beck Junior High PTA, 5200
South Fry Road, Katy, Texas 77450, Attn: PTA Nominating Committee.
you for your continued support of the Beck Junior High PTA!
Committee Looking for Volunteers
Beck PTA Publicity Committee is looking for volunteers to act as publicity
liaisons between the PTA and various programs around the school. Currently we
need parents to cover sixth, seventh and eighth grade activities as well as
band, orchestra, drama, fine arts, girls and boys sports, choir, and curriculum
would provide information about these activities to the Publicity Committee,
which will prepare and send out news releases to the community media and post
information on the PTA web site. We
can also use help photographing activities for media releases and PTA web site.
If you are interested, please call Kathy Larsen at 281-395-1293 or e-mail KathyRL785@aol.com
very important people are still needed to assist the Curriculum Support Chairman
in the areas of Youth Protection and Career Day.
If you have an interest in either of these positions, please contact
Laura Bohuslav at (713) 302-5676.
are still looking for a few good volunteers who are willing to sell spirit wear
at BJH sporting events. Anyone interested in helping with this or other spirit
wear volunteer opportunities are encouraged to call Rebecca Huebinger @