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May/June 2011

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In This Issue
Yearbook Pick-up
For Seniors Only
Senior Cruise
FBLA State Champion
Beloit Fine Arts Incubator
Outdoor Adventure
Phy Ed Active Projects
Zumba & Open Gym
Beloit Triathlon
Summer School
Important Dates to Remember
2011 Prom
Graduation 2011
Blood Drive
Art Department News
Knight Readers Book Drive
Prom Letter
PEP Grant Update
New Immunization Requirements
Counseling Office News
News from Dr. Johnson
Locker Cleanout
Fall Registration Dates

2011 Yearbook Pick-up!


Yearbooks will be distributed on TUESDAY, MAY 31st and WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1st BEFORE and AFTER SCHOOL in the cafeteria.  Students may pick up their own book ONLY and MUST have a student ID to do so.




For Seniors Only! 



The Senior Scholarship Award Night will be held on May 25th at 6:30 pm.  If you have received an acceptance letter or scholarship awards to a college please bring a copy of the letter to Mrs. Grace-McKinley in the Counseling Office by May 6th.  We need this information to recognize you at the Awards Night Ceremony. 


Graduation Practice will be held on June 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm.


Graduation Ceremony - June 11th at 10:00 am. Graduation will be held at Jacobson Field.  Tickets will be handed out at practice in case of rain in which case the ceremony will take place in the Barkin Arena.  REMEMBER: Graduation is not contigent on paying fees, but to participate ALL fees and obligations must have a zero balance. 


VIDEOGENICS will tape the Graduation Ceremony this year.  DVD's will be available for purchase.  You can order by calling 754-8411 before or after the ceremony.  You may also place your order at the ceremony.






Senior Cruise

Lady of the Lake


Senior Cruise Date Change!
The Senior Cruise will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
The bus will leave BMHS at 6:00 pm and travels to Lake Geneva to take a 2 hour boat ride around Lake Geneva. There will be a  DJ for dancing & listening, food and beverages are also provided for the low price of $15.00 per person. We will return at 10:00 pm. Permission slips are available in B216.  Payment is required for your reservations. Checks may be made payable to BMHS and should be given to Lynn Kinzer in room B216. Call 361-3156 with questions. Bring your camera, yearbook and join your friends for a "Knight of Traditional Fun!"


Lynn Kinzer

Senior Class Advisor







Congratulations to Alex Molland, freshman at BMHS, winning the state FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America - competition in "Introduction to Business".  The competion was held on April 11th - 12th and Alex captured the award over all other competitors in the state.  He has earned the opportunity to attend the national competition in Orlando, Florida this summer.

Joe Eley and Kyle Kraeplin also attended the conference and completed the "Project Lead" leadership training program.  Good things are happening in the Business Department at BMHS!

Beloit Fine Arts Incubator of Beloit


The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator of Beloit is excited about offering an Art show and judging for students.  This is an opportunity for your student to publically display their art for family and friends while having it reviewed by judges.  The work should be delivered to the Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave. from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm by May 3rd giving staff time to arrange the works for hanging.


The exhibit will open on Friday, May 6th at 5:30 pm through the month of May.  The regular hours of the gallery are weekdays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. 


Open Swim

Morning Swim

Through the Moving More Moving Better Grant we are offering morning lap swim from 6:30 - 7:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students, staff, and parents are welcome.  Come and take advantage of a great morning jump start.  Swim pointers are available.  For any questions contact: Coach Vogel (361-3286) or Shawn Fredricks (361-3049.)  Showers are available and breakfast can be purchased at a reasonable price in the cafeteria.




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Outdoor Adventure




Outdoor Adventure is a senior physical education class that many students look forward to.  OA has started out the quarter with team building and a SCUBA experience.  Many students meet challenges along the way and conquer personal fears.



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Active Projects





In Physical Education classes the students are assigned an active project.  The project consists of three activity choices they are to complete and turn in at the beginning/end of the week for five weeks.  Make sure your student is involved with this project.  If they are in a sport they reflect on the workouts for the week and get the coach to sign the sheet.  The students can also complete a row/column of a BINGO sheet.  The BINGO sheet has a variety of tasks/challenges the student can tackle.  For the third option students can log their activity and food intake for the week.


The students also have three options for extra credit.   The extra credit is a great way to make-up for any missed classes.  One of the options includes any family activities that you may do, such as a hike, going fishing, biking, roller blading...


Students that are active are found to do better in school.  Physical activity jumpstarts the brain and gets it fired up to learn.  Get your student moving!



Zumba & Open Gym

basketball open gym


ZUMBA is offered on Wednesday mornings at 6:15.  Students, staff, and parents are welcome.  ZUMBA is aerobic dancing spiced up with high energy music.  Come and enjoy!  Showers are available.  Enter through the Fieldhouse Lobby.


There is open gym on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during lunch.  It has been increasing in popularity.  The freshman students now are getting an opportunity for physical activity through the Link Crew Time once a week.  It is important to keep our students moving.


Beloit Triathlon


Beloit Leisure Services and Krueger Pool are hosting the Beloit Triathlon this year.  It will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2011 and consists of a 400 yard swim, 15 miles of biking and a 5k run.  Start time is 7:00 am.  Registration for this event closes on June 17th at 11:59 pm.

All proceeds will benefit the beautiful and historical natatorium in Beloit.


Registration at the Web-site below:


by Jacqie Harding
Social Worker BMHS


As a school district we are working on our policies and procedures about how to handle the complex issues of bullying, cyberbullying, rumors, etc.  These issues seem to arise about the time students are in late elementary to early middle school years.  As a school social worker, I spend a great deal of time every year talking with students who feel left out, lied about, the victim of false rumors, and the ever present social networking sites that allow students to post comments on each other's walls that are very public and at times embarrassing. 


As parents it is so important to talk with our children about appropriate communication patterns- the when, where, and how.  Bullying is not the same as "teasing" as we may remember it.  It is not "eye rolling" at someone, accidently bumping into someone in the hallway, or not wanting to be friends with someone.  It is hurtful, demoralizing, and at times has driven our youth to the point of suicide or suicidal attempts.  Bullying or harassment is about power, pure and simple.  It is an attempt to control another by having the power to make someone feel embarrassed, unwanted, left out, and alone.  There is nothing positive about bullying or harassing.  If we think of the picture of how this looks in the adult world, we may see domestic violence, abuse both verbal and physical, depression, etc.  Not a pretty picture any way you look at it.  We as adults need to help our children understand common human courtesy toward each other.  Not everyone has to be a friend but they don't have to be an enemy either.  Please talk with your students about respect and courtesy toward each other and toward all others in the building. 








Summer School


June 20th - July 29th

No Classes on July 4th


Session 1

8:00-10:00 am


Session 2

10:05 am-12:05 pm 


More for information see

Ms Jefferson or Mr. Witt



Course Selection forms are available in Academic Affairs B113 with Ms. Timmcke.

As the school year approaches its end, May becomes a very active month with many activities and events.  A few are hightlighted below.  Please make sure to read the full articles for specific dates and times.
  • Approximately 198 Advanced Placement students will be taking 287 AP Tests in early May.
  • Prom will be held on May 7th. Our theme this year is a "Knight at the Beach".
  • Many of our BMHS Students will be participating in awards ceremonies from academics to athletics, music, theatre and JROTC.
  • Our seniors are experiencing the excitement  as they look forward to the Graduation Ceremony on June 11, 2011 at 10:00 am.

May 2011

PTO Meeting                                                              May 2nd

BMHS Blood Drive                                                      May 6th

BMHS Prom                                                                May 7th

Professional Development (Early Release at 12:00)      May 11th

Orchestra Concert (7:00 PM)                                      May 16th

Academic All-Stars (6:30 PM)                                    May 18th

Senior Academic Scholarship Night (6:30 PM)            May 25th

Memorial Day (No School)                                          May 30th


June 2011

JROTC Awards Night (6:00 PM)                                 June 2nd

Band Awards Program                                                June 5th

PTO Meeting (6:00 PM)                                              June 6th

Last Day of Classes                                                    June 8th

Senior Cruise (6:00 PM)                                             June 8th

Athletic Awards Night(7:00 PM)                                 June 9th

Graduation Practice (1:00 PM)                                   June 10th

Graduation 2011 (10:00 AM)                                      June 11th




  • AP Chemistry                           May 2nd (AM)
  • AP Psychology                          May 2nd (PM)
  • AP Spanish                               May 3rd (AM)
  • AP Calculus                              May 4th (AM)
  • AP English Lit/Comp                 May 4th (AM)
  • AP History                               May 6th (AM)
  • Studio Art Portfolios Due        May 6th
  • AP Biology                                May 9th (AM)
  • AP Music Theory                      May 9th (AM)
  • AP Physics                                May 9th (PM)
  • AP Government/Politics            May 10th (AM)
  • AP French                                May 10th (PM)
  • AP English Lang/Comp              May 11th (AM)
  • AP Statistics                            May 11th (PM)  
Beach at Night

2011 PROM 

     "Knight at the Beach"

Prom will be held on May 7, 2011. The dance will be from 7:00 - 11:00 pm in the Barkin Arena.  Tickets are $15.00 per person and $25.00 per couple.  Students need to sign a dance contract and have all fees paid prior to purchasing tickets. Pictures will be available at a cost of $15.00.

Graduation, graduation, graduation!!!  Senior parents and students...please be aware that within the next 2-3 weeks you will be receiving a post card from the Josten's Company if you ordered any invitations for graduation.  If you want to pay for these things before they arrive at the school, you may do so by sending your payment directly to the company. Otherwise, the full amount will be due when you pick up the items at the school.  The post card you receive in the mail will let you know when the representative will be delivering the items to the school.  Please watch for this! 

Also, there will be many things for seniors coming up in the next few weeks that you need to be aware of.  Please listen to announcements, watch for emails or text messages, and be sure that you do not miss anything that you will need to be aware of!  Graduation is the biggest event of your student's life.  They don't want to miss any part of it, so please watch for everything that is going on.


Blood Drive
BMHS Blood Drive

Beloit Memorial High School 
Friday, May 6, 2011

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

BMHS Fieldhouse



Blood Donors Must:

* Note: Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Sign up in B113. Bring a valid ID and drink plenty of fluids before donating!


Art News...

Art works made by Beloit Memorial High School student artists will be on display at an art show at the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator beginning Monday, May 6th until Friday, May 27th. The opening reception with refreshments and appetizers will be on Friday, May 6th from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  The show is open to all area high school students. Cash prizes will be given to winning entries.  First prize is $100, second prize is $50, and third prize is $25.  The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator is located at 520 East Grand Avenue, across from the former Beloit Public Library building. It is open weekdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 am or by appointment.


Congratulations to our senior art students who will be continuing their education in art.  One who should be especially proud is Heather Huebner who is planning to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  Heather received a $60,000 scholarship.  Her work in Advanced Placement Drawing at BMHS has been outstanding.  Michelle Weston is also planning to attend MIAD and has done excellent work in Sculpture, Art Metals, and other art courses at BMHS. Vayda Nerge has done excellent work in Drawing and is going to attend UW-Whitewater.  Krystal Kryshak is a very accomplished BMHS artist and is planning to attend Edgewood College. Adam Rayment is planning to attend Columbia University.  Adam is an accomplished installation artist who has received local media attention. Maxi Carlson is going to attend UW-Stevens Point. Maxi recently exhibited  her drawing at the Big 8 Conference Art Show.  All of our seniors do beautiful art and are a pleasure to work with. The BMHS art department is very proud of our student artists and wish them much success in their careers in the art field.


Knight Readers
Knight Readers Book Drive

The Knight Readers Book Club recently participated in a book drive sponsored by Turtle Creek Bookstore.  Manager Peter Fronk was instrumental in making the arrangements for a tour of the bookstore as 12 members visited in late February.  Students browsed the books and selected one each to put on their "wish list".


Turtle Creek Bookstore offered customers a 20% discount on each book purchased.  Guy Bucciferro, manager of the South Beloit McDonald's, also contributed to the book drive by offering a free breakfast, lunch or dinner Extra Value Meal for each book purchased for the students.


A few teachers from BMHS as well as community members were the generous donors of the books.  Club members' eyes lit up when Mr. Fronk visited the club's last meeting to distribute the books.


The Knight Readers Book Club and Turtle Creek Bookstore are already looking forward to next year's book drive!  Thanks to all Purple Knights and their families for doing your part to support this generous local business.


Prom Letter

Dear Parents/Guardian,


The Prom and Graduation activities soon will be here and so will the possibility that your kids may be offered alcohol and/or drugs as part of their celebration.  As parents, you are the most important prevention specialist in their lives.


Research shows that every day teens confirm the fact that you, the parents, make a critical difference in whether they use alcohol or drugs.  When they are faced with the choice to use alcohol or drugs or not, the relationship between you and your child will be the most important determining factor.  Your influence is the strongest.  Parents remember - you are the most important group in the fight against kid use of alcohol and drugs. 


You can make a huge difference in your child's life.  Here are a few helpful prom and graduation tips (for everyday also).


  • Set clear rules and discuss in advance what expectations of behavior you have and what the consequences will be if violated. 
  • Set a curfew time for Prom and Graduation.  It may be negotiated, but it should be strictly enforced.
  • Set clear rules about no alcohol or drug use.
  • Absolutely no riding with someone who has been using alcohol or other drugs.
  • Make sure that if they go to a party, that you contact the parents.  Make clear to the parents your expectations of no alcohol or drug use at the party and that you expect that there will be adult supervision at all times. 
  • Do not allow your kids to go to hotels, motels or after Prom and Graduation parties.  This is trouble waiting to happen. 
  • Be awake when your kid gets home.  Ask questions.
  • Remember, providing alcohol to non-family minors at home parties is illegal. It could result in a fine of $428 per child.

The Beloit Police Department, together with the School District of Beloit, encourages you to talk to your students about the consequences of alcohol use.  Let them know that drinking alcohol leads to risky behaviors, such as driving while intoxicated.


Let's make this Prom and Graduation a happy, fun experience for all kids.  It begins with you, the parents, by setting limits and boundaries and communicating these expectations to your kids. 


Norm Jacobs

Chief of Police

Thomas Johnson
Principal, BMHS



There are two more data collections coming up: April 28th - May 5th and May 19th - May 26th. Thank you to the students and families that have supported the grant by particpating fully.  Your efforts are appreciated.  It does have a way of bringing activity and nutrition practices to the forefront. 


Strength, conditioning and cardio equipment should be arriving by July.  There will be renovations to the weight room to make it a strength and conditioning center.  There will also be changes to rooms A111 and A112 to create a cardio center.  Other equipment is being purchased to increase physical activity and enhance lifelong activity.


By the end of April the HECAT will take place to evaluate component of the health curriculum.  If there are any parents that are interested in helping with the evaluation please contact Shawn Fredricks at 361-3049 or email .


Mark your calendars for May 21st.  It is the 22nd Annual Wellness Biatholon (Run 2 miles - Bike 11 miles - Run 2 miles).

Students are encouraged to participate.  Teams of friends and or families can register.  Students may choose to do the event on their own also.  Contact Shawn Fredricks at 361-3049 or email for more information.  There are student scholarships available through the Moving More Moving Better Grant.  You may also contact the Stateline Family YMCA at 365-2261 or stop by the YMCA to pick up an entry form.






New Immunization Requirements for the 2011-2012 School Year

The Wisconsin Student Immunization Law was recently changed and two different vaccine requirements have been added.  These requirements have been in a "phase-in" process since the 2008-2009 school year.  Next year students in grades 9th and 12th will be affected by one of the new requirements. 


All students in 9th and 12TH GRADES  are required to have the following vaccine:

  • Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. Previously the law required only one dose.  If your child has had the chickenpox disease, this vaccine is not required 

The other new requirement that has been completely phased in for all high school students is a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis/whooping cough) booster.  All students in grades 9th through 12th should already meet this requirement, however students new to the district may not have had this shot, especially if they were attending a school in another state last year. 



Please review your child's immunization records and make sure he/she has already had or receives the necessary immunizations.  Failure to have the required immunizations could result in suspension from school and possible fines.  These requirements can be waived only for health, religious or personal conviction reasons.



If you have any questions, please call the BMHS School Nurse, Kathy Pohl RN at 361-3070.


Counseling Office News...



Summer School

We will be conducting summer school at Beloit Memorial High school this year. Please check with your counselors to determine classes and times. The dates are June 20th to July 29thMonday - Friday. There will be no classes on July 4th. We encourage students to attend, particularly if they need to make up classes failed during the school year.  

Recognition/Awards Programs

Put these dates on your calendar:  Academic All-Stars, a recognition program for underclassmen, will be held Wednesday, May 18th, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The following Wednesday, May 25th, is the Senior Scholarship Awards program, also at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have you checked out this section of the Counseling Office web site?  On it you'll find quick answers to a variety of questions from getting a work permit to searching for scholarships.


Parents: Make sure that you know where your son/daughter is academically. You need to understand how many credits are needed to meet BMHS graduation requirements, how many credits your student currently has, and if they are on track to graduate. Also, do they have the right classes selected to get into the post-secondary school of their choice? 

Remaining ACT Test Dates

The last ACT test of the year will be given at Janesville Parker, Craig HS and U-Rock on June 11th, 2011. College bound juniors who did not take the April test are encouraged to take this one. The registration deadline is May 6. Late registration with additional fees is available until May 18th. You can register online at


Looking For a Job?

The Job Center (1900 Center Ave, Janesville) can help. They have staff especially designated to help people looking for full time work identify their skills and find jobs to match. Many employers conduct interviews and hire only through the Job Center.  Drop in anytime before 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.


College orientations

We encourage you to sign up for the first available freshman orientation date this summer for your college.  Usually at orientation you will choose your first semester classes and those classes fill quickly. You do not want to be shut out by procrastination.


Wisconsin Private College Week

Wisconsin's private colleges and universities invite students, especially juniors, and their families to explore their postsecondary options during Wisconsin Private College Week, July 11-16, 2011.  All of the 20 private colleges and universities in our state will be holding "open house," and many plan special events that week.  As a bonus, students will receive a waiver of application fees at each campus they visit.  There is more information at or


Seniors, Don't Quit Now!

If you are hoping to attend college in the fall and plan on graduating from college, you need to be at the top of your game to be successful.  Remember that all admission invitations are provisional and based on how you finish your senior year. You don't want to run the risk of being denied.


Important to Seniors

  • Please notify Mrs. Grace-McKinley at 361-3209 about scholarships received by May 1 if you want that information included in the Senior Awards program.
  • The Senior Scholarship Awards program will be May 25 at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend and honor our senior award and scholarship winners.
  • Remember to notify the colleges you have decided not to attend. They are holding a spot for you while your friends are wait-listed and worrying.
  • And speaking of "holding" spots, make sure you get your deposit in on time or you will lose yours.
  • Students are reminded that if their college or technical school requires a final transcript, they must order one from Mrs. Cavitt in the counseling office.

Off to College??  Beware....

Before heading off to college (and once there), you will be bombarded with mail for checking accounts, free CD's, refrigerator rentals, phone cards,  and a thousand other things that someone will say you must have.  The truth is you can probably do without any of those offers.

Before you start filling up your dorm room with a refrigerator, microwave, stereo, CD, TV/VCR, etc., check with your roommate.  Dorm rooms are small and there is no need for two of anything listed above, so find out what your roommate has and work out a share agreement.  Another thing to beware of credit card offers.  As a college student, you will get many offers-don't be suckered in!!  Interest rates are high and credit lines are easy to get, even with no income.  Learn to shred those offers into the recycling bin.  You will probably leave college with enough debt without personal credit card debt also.


College-Bound Juniors: A Timeline

1. If at all possible take the June ACT.

2. Visit colleges this summer.

3. Make your first and second choice decisions

4. Take challenging classes in your senior year.

5. Make a resume if you don't have one.

6. You can begin applying Sept. 15. You should

      plan on having all applications sent before


7.  Begin looking for scholarships in September.

8.  Schedule a credit check with your counselor.

9.  Keep checking this newsletter for senior year


College Pre-View Visits

Juniors-this coming summer is the perfect time to start making campus visits of those colleges/universities you are considering attending.  Do not show up unannounced, call the Admission's office beforehand.  Many campuses have planned visitation days.  Take your parents with you-they need to be a part of this decision-making process.  If you want to tour a UW campus, you can find out Pre-View dates and make reservations at 


Students, you must sign up for any desired classes through the Youth Options Program no later than October 1st.  This is the cut-off date to turn in your Youth Options form for the Spring Semester courses. Remember, you always sign up for a class the semester before the class actually begins.

You can pick up a Youth Options form in the Counseling Office. Mr. Jon Watson is the contact person for the Youth Options Program.


Fire Science Career Exploration Camps:

Through a variety of hands-on-application, young men and women ages 15-20 will participate in a variety of activities that present a realistic view of fire service careers. The camps will be held on the UW Oshkosh campus. To learn more about the Fire Science Camps and to register online go to


Blackhawk Tech's Tech Knowledge College:

Career Exploration at its best! Tech Knowledge College is a great way for students to explore careers.  June 14-16, 2011 at the BTC Central Campus for grades 7-10. Choose one or two classes to participate in exciting, hands-on activities that combine discovery with fun!  $40.00 tuition covers the cost of classes, class supplies, a t-shirt, snacks and transportation. Pick up a registration form in the Guidance Office. Limited Scholarships are available. To request a scholarship application e-mail



This next newsletter will be sent to you electronically the end of May. 
Locker Cleanout begins soon after school is out for the summer.  DON'T forget to clean our your locker items.  ALL TEXTBOOKS MUST be returned directly to your teachers.  Any unreturned textbooks will be assessed a fine on your student's fee account.





Fall Registration

Tuesday, August 16th
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 17th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm and 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 18th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm