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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/maria.koler@berkshireschools.org.  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

WHERE: SMALL GYM

  • 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 www.studentadventures.org. 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 meghan.hull@berkshireschools.org 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 bit.ly/gpdspecial.  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. 

BHS Art Students recognized for umbrella art Umbrella

Senior Anna Loveland and Junior Sarah Conklin won a scholarship from Lake Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) for the umbrella that they designed and created. 

Photos from Sophomore Career Readiness Day career

Thank you to the Geauga Growth Partnership for another successful career readiness day, this time with the sophomores. Here are some photos from the event. 

Snow Day Announcements Snow

Click here to find out about rescheduling due to the snow day on 3/14/17.

December Students of the Month at BHS SOTMdec

Congratulations to these great students! Keep up the hard work!

Great Lakes Growers Brings Fresh Greens to BHS lettuce

Located right down the road on Route 87, GReat Lakes Growers is a leader in locally grown produce and supplier of BHS's leafy greens.

National Honor Society Inductions 2016 at BHS nhs

Congratulations to the twenty students newly inducted into the Berkshire chapter of the National Honor Society. 

BHS November Students of the Month sotm

Congratulations Students of the Month! Keep up the good work and the positive attitudes!

BHS Junior's art on display in Columbus Aiden

Junior Aiden Burkley will have a piece of her art on display for a year in Columbus.  Congratulations on this accomplishment, Aiden!

Art Students give thanks to service members caRDS

Check out the lovely cards that BHS art students made for the 'A Million Thanks' initiative!

BHS Thespians Present Harvey harvey

Go see the BHS Thespians' performance of the fall play this Friday and Saturday, 12/2 and 12/3, at 8pm.  Read on for more details and a special dinner-and-a-show option. 

Go see the Thespians' production of Harvey Harvey

This Friday and Saturday, 12/2 and 12/3 at BHS.

A few pictures from CVC Honors Choir choir

Congratulations to the Berkshire High School students who participated in CVC Honors Choir on November 21. 

Berkshire Junior/Senior High School 1st Quarter Honor/Merit Roll 1st quarter

Congratulations, BHS! Keep up the great work!

Relay for Life Organizes for a successful event Relay

Get your information about BHS Relay for Life here. 

Seniors: Order your Senior Shirts shirt

Order and pay Online @ https://www.imagemarket.com/fbe7ce71 until March 22, 2017.  Don't miss out on your senior shirt!

BHS February Students of the Month Febsotm

Congratulations, students! Keep up the hard work and dedication! 

February Breakfast Drawing Winners breakfast

February Breakfast Drawing Winners: Jr/Sr High School: Lee Ward  and Reginald Ware    Burton Elementary: Grace Louden and Kathryn Wengard   Ledgemont Elementary: Jensyn John and Cheyenne Humes   Congratulations!

Real Money Real World returns to BHS Real world

This annual event for sophomores is always an eye opener as they learn how much money it takes to live independently in "the real world."

Berkshire Junior/Senior High School Honor/Merit Roll for 2nd Quarter Honor<erit

Congratulations, students! Keep up the hard work and dedication to your studies.

New Super John Stoddard Welcomed at March Board Meeting Stoddard

Berkshire Board of Education welcomes John Stoddard and his family to Berkshire with a meet and greet reception after the March 6 board meeting. 

Two Berkshire juniors are Americanism State Champs! Americanism

Congratulations to Berkshire juniors Jon Courtney and Dayna Rakoczy, Berkshire’s first state champions scoring higher than anyone else in the state on this year’s Americanism and Government Test of the Ohio American Legion which is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12.

 

Junior Class Honeybaked Fundraiser honeybaked

The junior class is holding a Honeybaked Ham fundraiser just in time for Easter.  Sales are from March 6 to April 4 and all money for orders is due April 4.  See a representative from the junior class or advisor, Tamara Beitzel-Rowe, or download the order form here in the post and print it off.

Berkshire Students of the Month for January 2017 SOTM

Congratulations to the Berkshire Junior/Senior High School Students of the Month for January 2017.  Pictured here: Junior Alexis Caponi, sophomore Josiah Cheung, freshman Grace Clarke, eighth grader Dani Zilka, and seventh grader Mason Sweigert (not pictured: senior Josh Espinosa)

 

Geauga Park District Events SAR

Check here for events and a writing contest sponsored by Geauga Park District.

Senior Jenna Landrus commits to Ursuline College Landrus

Senior Jenna Landrus signed her letter of commitment today to play soccer while attending Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio.  Congratulations, Jenna! 

Sophomore Josiah Cheung wins Rotary Speech Contest cheung speech

Congratulations to Josiah who won the contest on February 22, 2017.

Berkshire buildings recognized for providing students with Breakfast breakfast

Congratulations to Burton Elementary and Berkshire High School for being recognized in the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge-Fall 2016.  They were among 36 schools in Ohio that received the Rising Star Recognition for having at least a 30% increase over last year in average daily participation.

Honors/AP English Students attend the annual "African American Read-In" Read In Pic

Students in Honors/AP English classes honor Black History Month with readings in African American literature from distinguished Cleveland community members.

Congratulations to the 2016/17 Berkshire Spelling Bee Winner Foye

Congratulations fourth grader Gavin Foye for winning the Berkshire School District Spelling Bee in which 45 fourth through eighth graders competed to be the TOP SPELLER.  He will represent Berkshire in the county spelling bee in February! Great job!

Sign Ups/Open Gyms for Spring Rec Soccer soccer

Don't miss out on spring soccer with Berkshire Recreation for U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14.

Berkshire proud to introduce new Superintendent Stoddard

Welcome to Badger Country, Mr. Stoddard. Our new superintendent will join us in August 2017.

Berkshire Power of the Pen makes a showing at district competition potpdi

Congratulations to the Power of the Pen participants who went to the District Competition and to 8th grader Dani Zilka and 7th grader Jude Connors for placing!