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.
Joining our growing list of community partners are the fine folks at Whole Foods Market. As part of their nutrition education program, Whole Foods representatives Christina and Jamie gave a series of presentations to our students about how to make healthy food choices. The emphasis was on staying away from processed foods and looking for food in its natural state. The students were excited to sample a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and even partook in a delicious smoothie made with kale. Though there is still much work to be done, our families are making strides towards choosing foods that are healthy and delicious!
Beechwood was fortunate to have been chosen to participate in the Stanford Law School Day of Service this past Saturday. With smiles on their faces, six dedicated Stanford law students rolled up their sleeves and helped Beechwood teachers complete many grueling and time-consuming tasks, such as highlighting scripts for Mrs. Getter and cutting out laminated flash cards for Ms. Gallagher, to name a few. Thanks to these volunteers, Beechwood teachers can now spend more quality time with their students and less time icing their cramped hands!
Beechwood is working hard to take advantage of all that technology can offer in the way of educating students from traditionally under-served populations. Our community partners have been instrumental in providing donations of equipment and funds to purchase needed machines. Our latest donation arrived in the form of two iPads for our Academic Support Department to use when working with small pull-out groups. Thank you to the local law firm of Latham and Watkins for their generous donation that made these tools available to our neediest students. Closing the Achievement Gap? There's an app for that!
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 >
On February 20th, students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades at Beechwood performed Project:Peace at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto. The play was directed by Emilee Getter, Beechwood School's music teacher and touched on themes of tolerance, bullying and accepting our differences. The Palo Alto Daily News featured a great quote from Ms. Getter: "Just because they are kids doesn’t mean they can’t change the world." See the Palo Alto Daily News feature online, and more pictures >
On Monday, January 28th, five eighth grade students (Yareli Hernandez, Aniel Solis, Miguel Angulo, Bianca Vargas, and Jessica Moreno) had the unique experience of enjoying an evening with Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. They joined an audience at the Fox Theater, in Redwood City, where they had the opportunity to listen to an interview with "Sonia from the Bronx", as she likes to be named. Her story was a motivating one of adversity and triumph, which continues with her voice joining eighth on the country's highest court.
The highlight of the evening was each of the students receiving a personalized copy of her book, and having the opportunity to speak with her, on stage. Our thanks go to the Foundation for a College Education which made this opportunity possible. See coverage in the Palo Alto Weekly >