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Berkshire Thespians seeking sponsors Thep

Berkshire Thespians are seeking show sponsors ($500) and program ads ($25 to $75) for our spring musical The Addams Family. Please contact Jim Lester at for details.

HS Analysis Classes Hold the 20th Annual Pi Day Celebration Pi

On March 14, or 3/14, internationally recognized as Pi day, Mr. Lester's Analysis classes celebrated with a variety of mathematical activities. Students came equipped with pies they (or their family) had baked for the occasion as well as pi songs, pi poetry, and pi digit memorization. Special congratulations go out to junior Mason Mulacek, who memorized 816 digits of pi and broke the school record (set previously in 2008).  Additionally, students measured their pies' circumference and diameter and divide the circumference by the diameter to calculate the value of pi for their pie before digging into their treats. 

Berkshire Junior wins KSU Geauga Writing Contest Kat

Congratulations to Katrina Ostrander on her 1st place finish in Kent State Geauga’s “College Writing Contest 2017”!  Eligibility requirements were as follows: Students enrolled in Introduction to College Writing, College Writing I, or College Writing II at Kent State University Geauga Campus could submit an essay of their choice, as long as it had been an assignment for the course during the 2017 fall semester.

Juniors Fundraise with Honeybaked Hams ham

Juniors have started their third fundraiser of the year to help bankroll Prom 2018. This Honeybaked Ham fundraiser event runs through Tuesday, March 20. 

People wishing to purchase a Honeybaked Ham product should contact a member of the junior class or email advisor Mrs. Beitzel-Rowe at to order.

PRIME Community Presentation b

For more information about PRIME check out a recorded community presentation here!

Berkshire Junior takes 2nd in Rotary Speech Competition cheung

Berkshire junior Josiah Cheung earned a 2nd place finish in the Burton Middlefield Rotary’s 4-way Speech Contest that was held on Wednesday, February 14th at The Welshfield Inn.  This was Cheung’s second year participating in the event.  


Berkshire PenOhio Writing Team competes at Regional Competition Pen

On Saturday, February 10th, eleven Berkshire High School students competed in creative nonfiction writing for top honors and scholarships at the Regional PenOhio Writing Tournament held at Cuyahoga Community College.  PenOhio is a statewide writing league for public, private and parochial students in grades 7-12.  Students competed in two divisions: Varsity (grades 11/12) and Junior Varsity (grades 9/10).

Rotating Regular Board Meetings for this year Boe

The Berkshire Board of Education's regularly scheduled Board meetings for 2018 will rotate locations throughout the District.  Meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted, and will begin at 6:00 pm.  Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Information about the Flu at Berkshire flu

The Influenza virus that is making news headlines has shown up in our Berkshire community as well. Colds, strep and a nasty stomach virus are also making rounds. 

Please keep your student home if they have a temperature greater than 100 degrees and keep them at home until they have had no fever for 24 hours (and haven't been on fever reducing medications acetaminophen and ibuprofen).

The 2018 Berkshire District Spelling Bee is in the books! bee

Second-time champion, fifth-grader Gavin Foye, won the annual spelling bee with the word 'succulent' after several rounds of spelling taking contestants well into the eighth grade Scripps National Spelling Bee word list. Runner-up is fellow fifth-grader, Jordan Price with seventh-grader, Bleu Ceroky taking third amongst the group of 4th-8th graders. 

All of the contestants from Burton Elementary, Ledgemont Elementary and Berkshire Middle were commendable as they stood in front of a packed room full of family, teachers, and administrators to spell their hearts out. It takes a lot of courage to participate and these students showed real grit. 

Gavin Foye will go on to represent Berkshire Local School District at the Geauga County Spelling Bee on February 15, 2018. Best of luck to him in the next stage of competition and job well done to all of the 2018 spelling bee participants. 

Public Comment Sought on Federal Funds public participation

Public Comment Sought on Federal Funds for 2017-2018 on Tuesday, February 6th at 8:30 a.m. at the Berkshire Board of Education Office, 14259 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, Ohio.

BHS Journalism Students Experiment with Broadcast News



National Honor Society Inductions 2017 NHS

Congratulations to the twelve new inductees of the Berkshire chapter of the National Honor Society inducted into the chapter November 30.

Operation Christmas Child Spreads Goodwill & Cheer to Children Less Fortunate OCS

For the third year, Spanish Honor Society has participated in Operation Christmas Child to spread goodwill to children less fortunate and in need around the world. Spanish Honor Society set up a school-wide 1st period challenge in seeking donations to fill shoeboxes with many fun and useful items.

Berkshire's Little Women LW

Written by student journalist, Hannah Keough

On Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 17 at 7 pm, the Berkshire Thespians will be presenting the play, Little Women at Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School. For weeks leading up to the production, the cast, crew, director and some loyal Berkshire alumni worked tirelessly to perfect the production for the stage.  

McKenna Tucek signs NLI to attend Georgia Southern University tucek

Friday, November 10, senior McKenna Tucek signed her National Letter of Intent to attend and play volleyball for Georgia Southern University, an NCAA Division I school and member of the Sun Belt Conference. 

Spanish Students Share Story with Kindergarteners Spanish

Spanish students from Sra. Rea's Spanish III and IV classes went back to kindergarten to  read Cinderella in Spanish to Mrs. Paul's students. Afterwards, they spend some time coloring and talking with the kindergartners for a little social time and to foster strong relationships between the buildings.

Berkshire Students Attend Wicked Performance at Playhouse Square wicked

On Thursday, November 9, students in Mr. Lester’s theatre class and members of the Berkshire Thespians attended a matinee performance of the hit Broadway musical, Wicked, which is currently playing at the prestigious Playhouse Square in Cleveland. The theatre class has been studying the different genres of stage performances. 

Attention High School Writers: Join Berkshire's Creative Writing Team! PenOhio

Almost every Ohio high school has a football team, a volleyball team, and a soccer team.  Why not a writing team?  Now, thanks to PenOhio, we do!  PenOhio is a writing league (similar to Power of the Pen) comprised of public, private and parochial high schools across Ohio who want to see great literary talent inspired, challenged, and rewarded.  

Annual Sophomore Class Fruit Sale! fruit

Sophomore Class Annual Fruit Sale
October 11th – November 8th
Berkshire’s SOPHOMORE CLASS is selling Florida Citrus from
Florida Indian River Groves.

If you would like to place an order, contact a Berkshire sophomore or Mrs. Koler/440.834.3380 ext. 3627/  Orders will be accepted through November 8th.   The fruit will arrive sometime during the first two weeks of December.

Spanish NHS organizes the first middle school dance of the year dance

Spanish Honor Society sponsored the middle school 7th and 8th grade dance on Thursday, October 12th. Students paid a $5 plus one can of food pre-admission (or $6  plus one can of food at the door fee) that will support The Spanish Honor Society inductions this year. Mr. Gattozzi helped with sound for the music, Lisa Pavalonis and Natalie Girolamo organized a fun list of music that everyone enjoyed dancing to that evening.

The students also participated in organized games and activities throughout the night. Thank you to all of the Spanish Honor Society members for a great dance and to all the middle schoolers that attended and supported us and the local food cupboard. 

Students of the Month for September 2017 SOTMSept17

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for grades 7-12.  Way to start off the year with a bang!  Keep up the great work!

Junior High Dance dance

WHEN: October 12th

WHAT TIME: 7:00- 9:00


  • Tickets will be sold during lunch the week of October 9th!
  • The cost will be $5 plus one can of food for donation!
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tickets will be sold at the door on October 12th for $6 plus one can of food!
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Beverages and snacks will be available to purchase at the dance!

Come and enjoy dancing and other activities with your classmates! We are looking forward to seeing you there!!!

News for Winter Sports Athletes basketball

Winter sports are quickly approaching. The sports seasons at the high school and junior high school start as follows... 

Junior Class Fall Pie Fundraiser pie

On October 2, the Berkshire junior class is beginning its Fall Pie Sale. If you remember and enjoyed Market Day pies, you will be thrilled. These are the exact same recipes and quality, simply under a new company name. The pies come frozen and are ready to eat/reheat and serve. All proceeds from this sale will be used by the junior class for Prom 2018.

All orders must be turned in to the school by Tuesday, October 17 and no late orders will be accepted after Wednesday, October 18. This is a prepaid program and checks should be made payable to Berkshire Local Schools. Please include the student name and your phone number on each check. 

Announcements will be made to notify you of the delivery date, but it is tentatively scheduled for the week of November 13th.  

Looking for students in 7/8th Grade: Power of the Pen potp

If you’ve always wanted to be a part of something, but never considered yourself the star athlete, or if you love a good healthy competition, Power of the Pen is the right place for you. Consisting of multiple interscholastic writing tournaments, Power of the Pen inspires creativity and expression in young writers.

Established in 1989 and since grown to include over 80 counties in Ohio, the program is designed for seventh and eighth grade students and consists of three competitions: The District competition will be in January or February, the Regional competition in March or April, and the State competition will be held in May over Memorial weekend. In each competition, students are presented with writing prompts - a sentence or two designed to inspire a story. Students write until their story is finished or until the clock runs out. Their pieces are given to a panel of judges, who will look not at grammar, spelling or other technicalities, but at the quality of the story and expression, and how it transports the reader into a new world.

Sign Up for the 8th Grade Trip to D.C. washington

This educational travel experience is a right of passage for many 8th graders.  You will not want to miss out on traveling with your peers to our nation's capital with Student Adventures.  There is plenty of space left on the trip and coordinator, Rich Guthrie, is trying to get 70 students registered.  

The deadline for enrollment is October 13, 2017. Registration is done online at Click on LOGIN in the upper right corner of the Student Adventures website and sign up for EasyTrack.  Create your account, login, and register for your tour using this trip registration ID: Berk1678.  


Meeting for the 2019 Europe Trip riviera

Come to the library/media center on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 pm to get more information on the 2019 Berkshire trip to Europe. In June 2019 we will be traveling to Spain, the south of France, and Italy with EF Tours.  It should be an amazing trip. Berkshire students currently in grades 8-11, parents, alumni, and faculty are invited to travel with us.

There is a $200 discount for signing up early and also a discount for being a repeat traveler with EF Tours. Attend the meeting to get more details or email Meghan Hull at for more information about the tour and how to sign up. These trips are always amazing and a wonderful way to explore the world and extend your education. 

Eighth Graders explore careers career

On Tuesday, September 19, Berkshire’s 8th graders had the opportunity to tour several local businesses to learn a little bit about careers and entrepreneurship in their community as part of an annual event organized by Geauga Growth Partnership. 

Berkshire Junior/Senior High Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Ups conf

Parent/Teacher Conferences at the junior/senior high school for grades 7-12 are October 5th, from 5-8 p.m. To sign up for a conference time with your child's teacher(s) click here. 

BHS Class Officer Candidates 2017 seniors

Students wishing to run for Class Office in grades 9-12 gave their candidate speeches to their respective classes today, September 13, 2017.  Good luck to all the candidates running. 

More options for your morning munchies at BHS bfast

Students may now purchase breakfast from two locations before school starts! The cafeteria is open as usual, but there is also a breakfast cart conveniently located outside of the cafeteria near the lobby.  Stop by to fuel up on your way to class in the morning. 

What are Badgers looking forward to this fall? fall

The Badger Pause Staff asked Berkshire students grades 7 through 12 to tell us their favorite thing about fall. Here is what they had to say.

Be there for your Badger family! badger

We are #BadgerStrong!!

Welcome back, Berkshire! Berk

We asked students and staff at Berkshire Junior/Senior High School what they are most looking forward to this year. Here's what they had to say. 

A Message from Mr. King kingmessage

Check out this back to school message from new Berkshire Jr/Sr High School Principal, Mr. Michael King!

1:1 Device Pickup for Grades 7-12 Device

See when to pickup your device for grades 7-12. Both student and parent must sign paperwork in order to pickup a device. For grades 7-9 there is a very short informational meeting before pickup that goes over rules, responsibility and guidelines. 

Geauga JFS offers back to school event for low income children help me learn

School supplies, hair cuts, and school clothes available for Geauga County children. 

Congratulations to the BHS Class of 2017 Class of 2017

Congratulations and best of luck to all of the 100 graduates in the Berkshire High School Class of 2017.  

2017 Graduation Information grad

General Information 

Berkshire High School's 2017 Commencement Ceremony is on Wednesday, May 31 in the large gymnasium.  Doors will open for seating for the event at 6 p.m. and there are no tickets or reserved seats except for graduates, faculty, and ushers.  The ceremony lasts roughly an hour and is followed by a balloon launch on the front lawn (weather permitting).


For Graduating Seniors

You must be at graduation rehearsal at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31 in order to participate in the ceremony.  Please wear what you will wear to graduation and bring your cap and gown because we will take a group and individual pictures at this time.  You will get any honors cords at rehearsal.

Picture order forms are handed out to each senior at their exit interview the week before graduation. All obligations must be taken care of with the school in order to participate in the ceremony.  

Students who are giving speeches at the event should plan on staying after the large group rehearsal to practice delivery. 


Some Guidelines for Attire

Girls should wear a white or light colored dress or pant outfit with dress shoes that are easy to walk up and down stairs in.

Guys should wear dress slacks and dress shoes with a collared shirt.

Please refrain from decorating your cap or gown with anything besides any cords/medals that are issued. 

Please refrain from wearing the following for graduation:

  • Flip flops
  • Boots
  • Jeans
  • Heels that are difficult to walk in
LE Preschoolers Learn the Ropes lunch

As the school year begins to wind down, it is time to help our students transition to the next phase in their education. Talking to our students about the next steps and familiarizing them with upcoming situations always eases anxiety and prepares them for the start of a new year.  A huge thank you to LE fifth graders who took the preschoolers under their wing last week! Preschoolers were able to join the fifth graders for the full lunch experience in preparation for entering kindergarten next year. Students were able to get comfortable with ordering lunch choices, selecting food items in the line and understanding the whole process with a peer buddy or two to help them along the way. Preschoolers really enjoyed spending lunch with their older peers and the fifth graders loved having someone look up to their leadership! Great teamwork, Badgers!

BHS Students of the Month for April sotmAPRIL

Congratulations to the April Students of the Month! You are finishing the year strong and we are proud of you.  Keep it up through the finish line. (not pictured, Senior Ryan Johnson)

Fun Summer Events with Geauga Park District parkdistrict

Check out the free outdoor music and movies as well as the West Woods Wednesdays Farm Markets at Geauga Parks.  For more information and great local events go to  Enjoy your summer at Geauga Parks. 

Need a new mattress? Support Berkshire and sleep better! mattress

This Saturday, Berkshire will be hosting its annual mattress sale in the HS Gymnasium. Normally reserved for athletics teams, this year's fundraiser will benefit the Berkshire wrestling program AND the sophomore class. If you are in need of a mattress, please see the attached flyer for a discount if you come and shop. We would appreciate the support! 

Band students visit instrument factory to expand perspective band

On Thursday, April 27, a handful of junior and senior band students from Berkshire had the opportunity to tour the Conn-Selmer Eastlake Facility.  This factory, one of only a  few in the United States, produces a number of band instruments, almost completely by hand.  Students saw first-hand how a number of band instruments are built, from raw material to finished product.  There are even a number of Berkshire students who play instruments that come from this factory.   The tour gave them a new perspective on musical instruments and showed them different career opportunities within the music industry.

Berkshire's Shannon Chase is a National Champ shannon

Congratulations to seventh grader Shannon Chase who brought home the titles of All-Around National Champion, National Floor Champion, and National Vault Champion at the Level 9 National Competition this past weekend.  Berkshire is very proud of your accomplishments, Shannon!

Hess and Scott honored with CVC Sportsmanship Awards berk

Congratulations to seniors Emil Hess and Kylie Scott, the two Berkshire students recognized at the Chagrin Valley Conference (CVC) Sportsmanship Awards Conference on April 26.  Schools from the throughout the conference each recognized two students from their district who exemplifies sportsmanship and leadership. Both Hess and Scott are continuing their sports' careers at college. Hess will be attending John Carroll University and to play basketball. Scott is attending Cleveland State University and running cross country. Both have displayed leadership, poise, and hard work as student athletes at Berkshire. 

Berkshire Thespians Presents Cinderella cinderella

Come enjoy a night of magic with the Berkshire Thespians when they present Cinderella, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, where impossible things are happening every day.

Cinderella is a magical story based on the original fairy tale Cinderella. The story concerns a young kind-hearted maiden who dreams of a better life but is forced into a life of servitude by her cruel step-family. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into an elegant princess and is able to attend the ball that she so dreamed of. It is there she meets Christopher, the young prince of the kingdom, who is in search of a bride. Cinderella and The Prince fall in love with each other at first glance, and of course, they go on to live happily ever after!

Tickets will be available at the door 
Adults $10
Students/Seniors $7

Cinderella will be presented on Friday, April 28th & Saturday, April 29th at 7:00 pm

Third Quarter Honor/Merit Roll for BHS Badger

Congratulations to students in grades 7 through 12 who earned honor and merit roll for the third quarter at Berkshire Junior/Senior High School. Keep up the great work and finish the 2016-17 school year STRONG!!

BHS Spanish National Honor Society 2017 Inductions Inductees

    On Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Spanish Honor Society inducted new members. These students are Spanish 3 students or higher and have maintained academic excellence in the subject.

These student leaders show an interest in the subject and as a part of the Spanish Honor Society will work together in service for the school and community. Welcome to the students listed below.




Senior Kylie Scott signs to run for CSU Kylie

Senior Kylie Scott signed her National Letter of Intent on Thursday, April 13 to run cross country at Cleveland State University in the fall. 

Her family, friends, and team were there to cheer her on and support her as she signed.

What an accomplishment, Kylie! Berkshire is proud of you. 

Power of the Pen goes to Regionals potp

Berkshire Power of the Pen writers take their creative talents to Regionals.

BHS Students of the Month for March 2017 SOTM

Congratulations, students! Let's finish strong!!

Geauga Park District Caveman Crawl and Annual Poster Contest caveman

Check out information here about this year's Caveman Crawl and the annual GPD Poster Contest. For more information and to register for the Caveman Crawl click HERE

Free Information Session on Teens and Drug Abuse crisis

April 20th at Chardon High School from 6:30-8:30pm.  See the flyer for more information.