Beta Club lives by the motto “Let Us Lead by Serving Others.” Embodying the qualities of academic achievement, service, character, and leadership—the club’s four pillars—scholars united under Beta’s banner not only strive to make a difference in their communities but also have the opportunity to demonstrate their hard-earned skills in state and national competitions in subjects ranging from English and Spanish to the performance arts to robotics.

The Beta Club not only has a presence in the United States but also globally, in China, Japan, Guam, Russia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Panama, and Puerto Rico.

Beta Club is divided into two groups: Junior and Senior Beta. Junior Beta is made up of Haas Hall’s fifth- through eighth-graders. Senior Beta will consist of ninth- through twelfth-graders. Ninth-graders, though members of Senior Beta, will lead Junior Beta as its officers.

Competition events for Beta Club members include the following:
• language arts,
• science,
• social studies,
• math,
• speech,
• creative writing,
• visual arts,
• Quiz Bowl,
• robotics showcase, etc.
For more events and further explanation as to the event (individual or team, etc.), view the Beta Club handbook (https://www.betaclub.org/uploads/pdfs/jrnahandbook.pdf).

The State Convention for Beta Club members will be held at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, AR. The Junior Beta division’s competitions will be from January 24-25, 2020, and the Senior Beta division’s competitions will be from January 25-26. The deadline to enter the State Convention is January 4. For those who qualify, the National Convention will be held from June 19-22, 2020, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX.

Beta Club requires its members to perform at least two individual activities of community service per quarter. The length of the activities doesn’t matter (within reason, of course), but they must be separate activities. To have an activity count for the club, scholars must turn in an activity sheet within seven (7) days of the activity—otherwise, the hours will be counted but not as an official activity. Scholars should use “Group Me” to receive information about drives, volunteering events, etc.

All members of Beta Club, Junior and Senior, must retain a GPA average of 3.85. Scholars who wish to join Beta must have attended Haas Hall for at least one semester before joining. However, they are allowed to participate in Beta Club activities—they will simply not be an official member of Beta until after one semester has elapsed. The cost of membership is $15.00 per member. Should there be any financial hardship, such members should go see Rod Wittenberg at Haas Hall Academy’s Bentonville campus; Larry Henry at Haas Hall Rogers; Marilyn Schoppmeyer at Haas Hall Fayetteville; or Jamie Bendure at Haas Hall Springdale.

At Haas Hall Academy Bentonville, Senior and Junior Beta Club members will each meet once a month on Thursday during lunch in Mrs. Kate Cochran’s room (113). Senior and Junior divisions will have meetings on alternating Thursdays. All officers of Beta (from both the Senior and Junior divisions) will meet during lunch every week on Tuesday.

The sign-up sheets for scholars interested in joining Beta Club are at the front desk and are posted on Mrs. Kate Cochran’s door at the Bentonville campus.

For sign-up information for Beta at the other Haas Hall campuses, please contact Danalee Wise at Fayetteville, Claire Glover at Rogers, and Kevin Snyder at Springdale.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Beta Club meetings. More information on these meetings will follow. Welcome back to Haas Hall Academy, and prepare to make the most of this school year.

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