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Upcoming Events/Important Dates 


January 28, 2002: School Board Meeting

January 29, 2002: National Junior Honor Society Induction

January 31, 2002: Orchestra Chamber Music, 7:00 p.m.

February 4, 2002: CAT Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library

February 7, 2002: Eighth grade parent night, 7:00 p.m. at CRHS

February 8, 2002: Reception for Incoming Sixth-Grade Parents, 9:00 a.m. in Beck library

February 11, 2002: Curriculum night for sixth and seventh grades

February 19, 2002: Eighth Grade TAAS Writing Exam

February 25, 2002:  Student Holiday

February 28, 2002:  Papa John's Pizza Night

March 11, 2002:  Spring Break

March 28, 2002: Papa John's Pizza Night

March 29, 2002: School Holiday--Good Friday

April 19, 2002: Bulldog Bash, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

April 25, 2002: Papa John's Pizza Night

May 3, 2002: Eighth Grade Party, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


Beck News

Eagle Scout Project Beautifies Beck Junior High Landscape  

The 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.

 Early 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 trees.

 Beck’s 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.

Bruce 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."

"The 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."

Boys 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

Congratulations 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

Beck 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. 

Beck 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.

Students 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 Teacher.

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.



All-Region 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.


Beck 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 High students. 

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 faculty sponsors.  

(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” family.

Andrea 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.





Beck PTA Announcements 

Beck Teams Forming for "Relay for Life"

The 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

Beck Junior High Hosting Reception for Incoming Sixth-Grade Parents  

On 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 program. 

“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.

Merchant Rebate Program

Thank 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. 

Kmart 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.

 As 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.


Eighth Grade PTA News


Beck Jr. High PTA 8th Grade Activities

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.

Beck Junior High Video Yearbook (Available Spring 2002)

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students:

 The 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. 

If you have any questions, please call Linda Morales at 281-693-5757.


Eighth Grade Dance and Etiquette Classes for 2002  

The 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 and parents.  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. 

 To 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 received.  Last 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 reservation deadline.   Deadline for your reservation and payment is February 15.

Volunteers Wanted


Junior Achievement

Still 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 more self-fulfilling!

 As 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.

 The 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.

 The 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 electives. 

We 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:

Mr. Darnell       (8 per. 1:00-1:45)

Mr. Kenney       (7 per. 12:05-12:55)

Mr. Kenney       (8 per. 1:00-1:45)

Mrs. McHatton (2 per. 8:20-9:05)

Mrs. McHatton (5 per. 10:50-11:35)

Mrs. McHatton (7 per. 11:40-12:55)*

Mrs. Thomas    (3 per. 9:10-9:55)

Mrs. Thomas    (5 per. 10:50-11:35)

Mrs. Thomas    (7 per. 11:40-12:55)*

Mrs. Thomas    (8 per. 1:00-1:45)

*These 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.

 Beck Junior High PTA Nominating Committee 

The 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 positions are:


1st Vice President, Membership

2nd Vice President, Fundraising



As 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.

Thank you for your continued support of the Beck Junior High PTA! 

Nominating Committee Members: Ann Nix, Chairman (281) 395-3268, Carolyn Day, Rebecca Fox, Anita Kuhlmann, Kim Marques, Lynn Morris, Dr. Linda Menius.

 Welcome Desk

Attention Beck Volunteers!  Anyone interested in helping at the Welcome Desk is encouraged to contact Ann Nix at (281-395-3268).  A reliable volunteer substitute list is vital to ensure that the Welcome Desk is covered during those times when our scheduled volunteers find themselves unavailable for their regular shift. Please consider signing up to substitute at the Welcome Desk. It’s a great place to meet and greet our Beck visitors and at the same time help support a secure environment for our students.


Publicity Committee Looking for Volunteers

The 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 electives.  

Volunteers 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

Curriculum Support Committee


Two 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.

 Spirit Wear Volunteers

We 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 @ 281-693-1671.

 Be an Active Part of Your PTA 

Your support of the Beck Junior High PTA through membership dues, fund-raisers and donations, and most importantly the tremendous number of volunteer hours that are logged each year, makes numerous programs and activities possible for our children.  Your commitment enables the Beck PTA to proudly sponsor the following programs:

  •           Reflections

  •           Cultural Arts assemblies

  •           Junior Achievement

  •           International Festival

  •           Student Directory

  •           Beck Buddies

  •           Monthly BULLDOG BULLETIN newsletter

  •           After school parties and 8th grade activities

 Last year through your financial support of the Beck PTA, we were able to provide support to the school to fund the following enhancements:

  •           Wireless hand-held microphone

  •           Updated athletic banners

  •           Teacher scholarships and support

  •           Supplemental reading materials

  •           Specialized orchestra equipment

  •           Technology items such as laptop computers and software

  •           Telescope accessories

  •           Landscaping

In total, expenditures for the 2000-2001 school year exceeded $43,000.  As we begin another year, we look forward to working with the Beck administration and faculty with the goal of continuing to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for our children. The success of our education process is directly correlated with parental involvement.  WE NEED YOU!  We need your support in areas ranging from working directly with students, to teacher and school support activities.  If you have not already done so, please contact a chairman in the area or areas that you would like to become involved.

Debbie Schettek, Beck PTA President

Beck Junior High PTA 

2001-2002 Executive Board








Debbie Schettek

1st VP-Membership

Connie Marley

2nd VP-Ways & Means

Virginia Gent


Carolyn Day


Marla Thomas


Teresa Trant


Terri Skinner


Dr. Linda Menius



Standing Committee Chairmen





Sheila Ventura

Beck Buddies

Lynn Morris

Bulldog Bulletin

Eileen Fankhauser

Council Delegates

Tracy Benedetti


Helen Flowers


Kathy Dietz

Cultural Arts

Anita Kuhlmann

Curriculum Support

Laura Bohuslav

Eighth Grade Activities

Suzie Haines


Ruth Hogan


Rebecca Fox


Mary Kay Schuessler

Library Liaison

Betsy Zanghi


Kathy Larsen

VIPS Coordinator

Kim Marques

Welcome Desk

Ann Nix

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