The Beechwood community gathered on Thursday, February 19th to celebrate the construction of the second half of Beechwood School’s new campus. Stirring speeches from the principal, Mr. Laurance, and from Beechwood founder Dick Jacobsen, honored the hard work and consideration of the contractors, the flexibility and patience of the staff, students, and families, the generous contributions of donors, and the encouragement of community members that made the new campus possible. They reminded us that the purpose of the whole effort was for the wonderful Beechwood students who gathered to sing a rousing rendition of the Beechwood Song for those in attendance.
The first half of our new campus is built and there is much rejoicing an the part of parents, students and teachers. The classrooms are roomy and designed for the latest technology. There are spacious outdoor areas for our students to run, play and explore. Beechwood appreciates the patience of its community as we wait for the completion of the project in 2015. We also appreciate the generous donors, skilled contractors and the City of Menlo Park, who are making all of this possible.
The whole Beechwood community came together on September 5th, 2013 to break ground for our new campus. Enjoy the photos of this wonderful, landmark day, celebrated by all of us. Click on the small thumbnail images to see more.
The non-profit Little Kids Rock surprised Beechwood with some new guitars. Watch the fun video to see how delighted the students were to receive this generous gift.
An article published on Palo Alto Online highlights the involvement of Beechwood’s third graders with the Palo Alto Humane Society through the Critter Club pilot program. The article quotes Beechwood Principal Dave Laurance: “It’s easy to say to children, ‘We want you to be kind to others,’ but, like all of us, they need a model.” Laurance said the model was Delgado and the others at the Humane Society who taught the third-graders some crucial life lessons. Read article >
Nathan Pantoja, a 6th and 7th grade teacher at Beechwood, received The Mayor’s Diversity Award from Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki and State Senator Jerry Hill on October 30th. Nathan was honored along with 20 other San Mateo County citizens for his outstanding contribution to his community. In addition to his dedicated work with the students of Beechwood, Nathan founded and currently runs East Peninsula wrestling along with Menlo Park Police Officer James Lovato. East Peninsula Wrestling is a co-ed team that promotes teamwork, fair play, hard work and healthy living. Nathan does this work on a volunteer basis. Recently Nathan was named head wrestling coach at Menlo-Atherton High School, allowing him to bring his positive influence to an even wider cross-section of the community. We are privileged to have the great “Mr. P” on our staff! See additional photos and more >
Mary-Eileen Gallagher's classroom was featured in a recent edition of the Acknowledge Alliance newsletter, highlighting their resilient response to the challenge of losing their classroom to fire. Thanks to Chris Chiochios for the nice article. See the article online >
On September 5th, 2013, friends of Beechwood School - including students, teachers, parents, founders, board members, community leaders and others - gathered to break ground for Beechwood's new campus. The new campus will include classrooms for lower and upper grades, a social center and performance space, library and music and art building and a new administration building, among other planned additions. See the San Jose Mercury article online >
See the article in The Almanac >