Richards Middle School Jr BETA Club Lives Here

Jr BETA Club



MEETINGS are Third Wednesday from 8:00 – 8:55am


September 21

December 14

March 21

October 19

January 18

April 25

November 16

February 15

May 16

BETA Club Special Events Calendar

November 16: Buy a BETA Club 2011-2012 Tshirt by labeling an envelope with your name, size and homeroom and enclosing $10 for old members. New inductees, the cost was included with registration!

November 17: Deadline for registration to our clubs first away-trip to Washington, DC. Cost is $500 for travel, breakfast, dinner, hotel and sights of DC from May 30 - June 3. Go online to for more information. Register using our Trip ID: 73836

September 28 : Induction Ceremony for new inductees – Café, 6:00 – 7:30.

*** Use these links if you need to print the Parent Informational Letter or the 2 Adult Questionnaires

October 20 : Half Time Movie Night #1: Soul Surfer

August – May : on the last day of the month, homeroom representatives collect and count Box Tops.

Jan – May, the 2nd & 4Th Tuesday : homeroom Donut Day Reps report at 8:30 to organize the distribution of +/- 500 donuts.

*** This page is updated regularly, please check back for updates.

National Vision Statement: The National Beta Club, a student-centered organization, continually develops and nurtures individuals by providing opportunities and experiences enabling them to demonstrate the ideals of character, achievement, service and leadership in a global community.

Our Local School Efforts include:

Half Time Movie Night – students who have an average grade of 85% in all classes midway in the first and second semesters will be treated to a free movie night. Each student who qualifies will receive an individualized invitation and ticket to attend. Concessions are sold, and BETA Club members are able to reward peers for a job well done!

BoxTops for Education – on the last day of each month a BETA club representative will collect and count the box tops that their assigned homeroom has collected. The effort not only allows student-teacher interactions that build confidence, but it gains money for our school and a tasty treat for homeroom winners. At the end of the year, we will present the school with items of the principal’s choosing. (

Donut Days – this program operates from January through May. Again, BETA club members take the lead in recording student orders, collecting money and distributing donuts to their assigned homerooms. It’s a large undertaking, but one that benefits our school’s Relay For Life team and allows the students to manage the customer care of their assigned homeroom. Last year we raised $1100 for our school’s team!

Lending a Hand – this year we’ve already begun getting invitations to help in areas of our school’s activities. The students enjoy chaperoning for career day, assisting with the music departments conferences/seminars, Peer Academic Tutoring (Tuesday’s @ 8:15), assisting with Library functions (Mornings @ 8:50). We hope that our positive example leads to character building and service amongst our RMS community.

Our Local Community Efforts include:

Canned Food Drive – students are asked to bring a canned goods to each meeting, and movie attendees will be asked to donate also. The BETA Club members will vote on the local charity that will receive our gifts. Last year we donated over 280 cans to needy families.

Book Drive – students are asked to bring previously enjoyed books to our book pantry. Each student has an opportunity to encourage reading in someone else by donating books to Better World Books (  As a club, we will collect books, chart our donations, and give to our local acceptance center.

Dear Parents:

We are pleased to inform you that because your child has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exemplified worthy character, and maintained a commendable attitude throughout the 2010-2011 school year. Therefore, he/she is cordially invited to join the National Junior Beta Club chapter at Richards Middle School.

The National Junior Beta Club recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, fosters leadership skills, grants scholarships, and provides settings for your child to develop interpersonal relationship skills.

There is a one-time membership fee of $25 to join. The fee includes dues for the Junior division of the National Beta Club, 2 celebrations and a local Beta Club t-shirt. Enclosed you will find a brochure that will answer questions and tell you more about the benefits that are included in this small fee. Students are also required to submit the two enclosed adult recommendation forms. Your child’s membership fee and recommendation letters are due at the September 21st meeting or should be delivered to me via  your child’s homeroom teacher.

Our induction ceremony is scheduled for September 28, 2010 in the Richards Middle School Library/Cafeteria at 6:00 o’clock pm. 6th and 7th graders will meet in Ms. Zipp's room in the white hall; 8th graders report to the gym for check-in.

Club meetings will be held monthly, on the third Wednesday at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. Each student will maintain a service log for the year – acknowledgments will be made based on documented service hours. Some of our proposed service opportunities are during: semester movie nights, Box Top Collections, Donut Day Distributor, Peer Academic Counseling, Relay for Life activities, Library Leprechauns and Career Day chaperones. We will also accept canned food donations and student novels at every meeting!

Congratulations on the achievements of your child! I look forward to an exciting year filled with activities and experiences that will continue to strengthen and build each student throughout their school years and their lives ahead.


RMS National Junior Beta Club Sponsors

Angela Alford    ~             David Kuny         ~             Riley Lathrup      ~             Mary Zipp

 Confidential Reference Questionnaire: Please ask each of your two references to fill out and return the form to a BETA Sponsor by Sept. 21st  (meeting @ 8 or Homeroom Tchr). It's courteous to thank those completing references for you and provide an envelope with the students name and grade. Top of Form


To be completed by the Applicant:

Applicant's Name________________________________________
Applying for the Junior National Beta Club at Richards Middle School
It is understood that this Reference Questionnaire is considered confidential. Responses will not be shared with the applicant.

To the person completing this Reference Questionnaire: The person named above is applying to become a member of the local and national organization. Your help in evaluating this person's service potential is of great importance in the selection process. Thank you for your sincere and candid appraisal of this person's character and ability.

1. How long, how well, and in what capacity have you known the applicant?

In each of the following items, please check the phrase that most accurately describes the applicant's usual behavior with regard to that specific quality or trait. Additional comments may be made.
2. Leadership: How does this person direct and influence others in a work group?
Poor leader; incapable of directing or working with others
Usually follows the lead of others
Normally successful in directing and leading others
Very successful in leading others
Exceptional leader; inspires others along desired lines of action

3. Cooperation: How well does this person work with others in a group?
Cooperates grudgingly; makes trouble; obstructs group efforts
Cooperates somewhat, but tends to choose own interests over common good
Cooperates actively; helps things run smoothly
Exceptionally successful in working with others and inspiring confidence

4. Responsibility/trustworthiness: How responsible is this person?
Irresponsible even under supervision
Usually needs detailed instructions with regular checks of work
With close supervision will do satisfactory work
Carries out routine activity on own responsibility
Exceptionally able to accomplish work without close supervision




5. Willingness to improve: How does this person react to suggestions/criticism by others?
Takes criticism as a personal insult, resents suggestions
Listens to suggestions but often acts without considering them
Follows suggestions willingly when appropriate
Asks for criticisms and suggestions

6. Depth of conviction: How does this person put principles/convictions into action?
Displays a seriously under-developed system of values
Holds convictions, but fails to carry them out under adverse conditions
Acts according to convictions under normal circumstances
Carries our convictions constantly and boldly, even in the face of obstacles

7. Persistence: How well does this person follow-through on tasks?
Needs much prodding to complete work
A bit indifferent unless deeply interested; may not finish task
Completes assigned tasks of own accord
Industrious, energetic, dependable at all times
Unusual perseverance; does more than expected

8. Stability: How well does this person control emotions?
Tends to over-respond (to stress, good fortune, etc.); is over-emotional
Tends to be unresponsive; apathetic
Has difficulty expressing emotions; over-controlled
Usually well-balanced
Excellent balance of both responsiveness and self-control

9. Maturity of judgment: How does this person make decisions?
Immature; untrustworthy in situations of stress
About average for his/her age in judgments made
Above average; can always be counted on upon to use good common sense
Exceptionally mature; decides wisely and prudently, even under stress

10. Your comments on any of the following items, or others of your own choosing, would be appreciated: Other significant strengths or weaknesses; signs of character and commitment; ability to articulate his/her ideas. Use an additional sheet if needed.

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