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Form Changes to Expect for the 2018/2019 School Year badger

Read this important information about form changes for next year. Berkshire will be going online for registration and annual forms. 

BE & LE Compete in Science Olympiad science teams

March 3rd was the annual Elementary School Science Olympiad at Case Western Reserve.  Berkshire Schools was well-represented by students at Burton Elementary and Ledgemont Elementary!  The students worked hard and had such a great day!   

 

 

The Winter Reading Challenge at Burton Elementary readers

Congratulations to all 30 students who participated in the Winter Reading Challenge at Burton Elementary. Students were treated to an afternoon snack party and prizes were given to some of our readers. Many thanks to our very generous community sponsors including Middlefield Walmart, Maggie’s Doughnuts, Whitehouse Chocolates, and Coffee Corners.

Thank you for supporting our students and helping us encourage a love of reading in our children!

Kindergarten Registration 2018 kind

Kindergarten registration night for both Burton and Ledgemont Elementary is Thursday, March 8, 2018, at each respective main office from 3-6 pm.

After Thursday, March 8, registrations appointments can be made by contacting the board office at (440)834-3380 ext. 2101.

BE STEM Club visits Rockwell Automation rockwell

   The sixth grade STEM Club Students toured Rockwell Automation during National Engineer's Week.  Very few schools get the opportunity to attend this yearly event, and we were fortunate enough to be one of them! Students spent the day doing activities relating to various areas of engineering, and also listened to several engineers speak about their career journeys.  The message?  Head for engineering of any kind!  Many shared that they had changed their specific area of expertise multiple times, but that having the engineering degree had opened those doors to anything they could dream of!

 

PRIME Community Presentation b

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

BE Kindergartners Celebrate 100 Days of School 100 day

On Wednesday, February 14, kindergarteners at Burton Elementary celebrated the 100th day of school with a whole lot of fun!  Check out pictures from the day here!

BE “Mathletes” Exercise their Skills math

“A Piece of Pi Squared”, Algebrainiacs”, Number Crunchers”  and “The Vertex” were among six teams of 5th and 6th graders from Burton Elementary who participated in a Math Problem Solving Tournament.

Mrs. Tiber's Winter Reading Challenge library

To participate in Mrs. Tiber’s Winter Reading Challenge, you must read one book from each of the following categories:
1. Book that became a movie or TV show
2. Caldecott or Newbery award-winning book
3. Re-read a favorite children's book
4. Book that has a hero or heroine
5. A nonfiction book

Pictures from the Burton Elementary Awards Assembly award

Congratulations to the students in grades 3-6 who earned merit and honor roll for the second quarter. They were recognized in an awards ceremony on Thursday, February 8.  Special congratulations to the Kiwanis Outstanding 3rd Grader Award winners for second quarter: Kit Wadsworth, McKena Welling, Tripp Kollman, and Becca Kessinger (from 1st quarter). Keep up the great work, students!

Check out the BE Read-a-Thon Video! read

Everybody at Burton Elementary is reading, reading, reading! It is Read-a-Thon time. Check out the cute video they made to celebrate the week!

Force in Motion Takes Flight At Burton Elementary! planes

What better way to learn about force in motion than with paper airplanes?  Each Burton Elementary second grader created two different paper airplanes using two different designs.  They then ran timed trials with both paper airplane designs and measured the distance of each flight.  Students made graphs to represent their flight data.  All the information helped inform discussions on force in motion.  

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).

BE First Graders Explore STEM & Winter Weather STEM

Burton Elementary first graders in Mrs. Mann's class have been busy with STEM activities. The recent weather temperatures and conditions have inspired them in the classroom.

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. 

STEM Club #1 Raft Challenge STEM

Burton Elementary STEM students explored buoyancy and the factors that affect it.  We discussed shapes that float best, if water depth, temperatures affect floating, materials that float best, etc.

They then built their rafts using given materials (aluminum foil and straws) and tested them out.  The students were very creative about the placement of the straws (because they can carry air) and how they would protect them from taking on water! 

It was great listening to their conversations as they debated what would or wouldn't work!  Partway through the process, they were able to revise their rafts to make them make better sense for the challenge.

 

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.

News from 1st Grade at BE santa

The first graders at Burton Elementary have been busy working on reading, writing and arithmetic! 

BE Fourth Graders Research & Create "Artifacts" artifact

Each year, fourth graders in Mrs. Wadsworth's social studies class study Native American history and culture as part of their curriculum. As an extension, Wadsworth guides students to research, design and create "artifacts" that were unique to historical Native American tribes and cultures and present their findings and creations to the class. Read on to see this year's fourth-grade creations. 

BE Stem Club builds robots robots

 

BE STEM Club students built robots this week!  They had to stand on their own, have a purpose, and of course, must have a name!  The students had many great purposes ranging from a bathroom butler, cleaning robots, to homework robots!  

 

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.

Burton Elementary Veteran’s Day Assembly 2017 Vet

Thank you, veterans, for your service and sacrifice. Burton Elementary and Berkshire Local Schools appreciate you. Check out photos and videos from the assembly here.

BE's Giant Paw and Small Paw Stores Are OPEN! PAW

Our Burton Elementary school stores, Giant Paw (and the satellite store Small Paw for 4-6 building) are open for business!   Second grade math students run the stores on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with the help of a few others.  

We have been busy working on advertisements as well as talking about inventory.  We will be having weekly business meetings to discuss supply and demand of products as well as sales/cost/profit.  We will be selling school supplies such as notebooks, pens/pencils, mechanical pencils, erasers, eraser toppers, pencil grips and more!  Notebooks cost $1 and everything else will be 25 cents.  

Kindergarteners through third graders can go to the store on Tuesday mornings from 8:40 to 8:55 and fourth through sixth graders can go to their store on Thursday mornings at the same times.  

Volunteer Mr. Mann named John Murray Commitment to Families & Children Award Winner for 2017 Mann

On October 23, 2017, Steve Mann was awarded the John Murray Commitment to Families and
Children Award in recognition of his deep devotion and dedication to so many children at Burton Elementary School.

Five years ago, Steve Mann saw an advertisement in the Geauga Maple Leaf for Community
Volunteers. He answered this ad from Job & Family Services and was placed at Burton Elementary. He began his volunteer experience in 6th grade math, which is the one area he did not request. Ironically, after sitting in 6th Grade math class several times a day for an entire school year, he developed a passion for the Common Core Math. Presently, he works with a variety of grade levels spanning from first to sixth grade.

BE 2nd Graders Make Learning Fun Across the Curriculum bats

Second graders at Burton Elementary combined reading, writing, math, and science to learn about living things.  A big thanks goes out to community friends who made learning a lot of fun!

 

BE 1st Graders Create a "Noun Town" noun

The Burton Elementary first grade classes have worked together to make a “Noun Town.” We started off with a blank bulletin board. We have learned about the city and country in our language arts unit so, we divided the bulletin board into a city side and a countryside.

As the first graders learned about nouns we started to add things to the bulletin board. We added buildings, houses, sidewalks, and a road. Then we added people (firemen, police officers, construction workers, farmers, adults, and children), vehicles (both on land and in the sky), plants, animals, and even a park. We will continue to add to our “Noun Town” as we come up with new nouns.

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.

Mrs. Mann's 1st Grade Class Learns about Community community

Mrs. Mann's first grade class at Burton Elementary has been learning about the world they live in and their role as citizens. They discussed how important each and every one of us is to our world, North America, the United States, Ohio, Geauga County, Burton, and Burton Elementary.

BE 6th Graders Fly High flight

The sixth graders did a class project where they used the scientific method to hypothesize about the things that make a plane fly the best.  They then designed and built their own 'planes' with a partner to test their hypothesis. 

The only control for the project was that all teams had to use a 2-liter bottle for their fuselage.  We learned about stabilizers such as elevators, rudders, and ailerons. We also learned about the position and size of wings. 

Blueprints were drawn to scale, and construction was based on their measures. After a test flight or two, students determined if more ailerons were needed or if trim (weights) were necessary to make the planes go further.

BE Reading Buddies buddies

On Thursday, September 28th students in Mrs. Klingman's third grade and Mrs. Bittinger's first grade met their Reading Buddies for the first time. Mrs. Bittinger's class shared an ABC Poem Book with the third grade students. This is the first of many times the two classes will meet to read each other during the school year.

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.  

BE 4th and 5th graders complete #thekindnessrocksproject rock

The 4th and 5th grade students in Mrs. Burnett's Language Arts groups just completed #thekindnessrocksproject.  We researched a way to make a positive impact on others and decided that painting rocks with upbeat messages was how we wanted to accomplish this. 

Students chose simple messages that are meant to bring a smile to the face of anyone who finds their rock.  Many of the rocks contain our Badger pride messages of Be kind....Be wise....Be a friend. 

If you find one, take a picture of it and upload to the Facebook page #thekindnessrocksproject.  It's a worldwide group!  Feel to take and re-hide a rock, or just leave them in the flower beds at the entrances to the Burton Elementary buildings.  And smile, be happy, and pass on the positive messages!

Second Grade Growers Busy at Burton Elementary plant

BE second graders learn by doing by planting vegetables in the school greenhouse! 

Be there for your Badger family! badger

We are #BadgerStrong!!

BE and LE kick off with flag raising ceremonies flag

Both Burton Elementary and Ledgemont Elementary kicked off the 2017-2018 school year with flag raising ceremonies as one big school community. See some pictures here! 

A Message from Mrs. Randles Message

Check out a back to school message from Mrs. Randles here!

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. 

The Burton Elementary Mystery Reader #4 and #5 mystery

Can you guess Mystery Reader #3? Listen to the story and follow the instructions to win prizes?

BE 1st Graders Research, Write, and Learn with Mrs. Mann write

The first graders at Burton Elementary have been busy working on their reading and writing skills and learning about the basic needs of living things and how they are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment! They read about animal habitats and characteristics through reading books from the classroom library and also by using their Chromebooks; researching with educational videos and digital media on Epic books! 

BE 3rd Graders Hatch Chicks chicks

A sure sign of spring is hatching out chicks. Mrs. Klingman’s students are learning about life cycles through a hands-on project and physically watching the transformation of an embryo to a chick. The students have been able to explore and learn all about the life cycle, a vital curriculum in this grade level, through the world of feathers.

Spring Weather Gives Burton Elementary Second Graders Something to Talk About socks

This spring certainly provided Burton Elementary second graders with a lot to observe, measure, record, and talk about!  Each day students completed observations of the air in the atmosphere by using thermometers and windsocks made in class.  

Relay for Life 2018 relay

 Saturday, May 12th from Noon - 6 pm. 

Opening Ceremony and Survivor lap is at noon|
Survivor Reception is at 12:15
Memorial Balloon launch at 5:30 pm. 
There will be plenty of games, raffle items, food, and face painting. 
DJ Eben will be entertaining us with a variety of music. 

All are welcome to join us to support the American Cancer Society and create a world with more birthdays. 

Summer Volleyball Camp for girls in 3rd-7th Grade volleyball

Camp will take place Tuesday, June 19th & Wednesday, June 20th from 9:00am-12:00 pm and is for girls currently in grades 3 through 7. Read on for more information. 

 

Giant Paw (and Small Paw) are closed for the year at Burton Elementary! paw

Our Burton Elementary school stores, Giant Paw (and the satellite store Small Paw for 4-6 building) are closed for the year!  What a successful year we have had. Thank you to all who have supported the stores this year. Our second graders had amazing weekly meetings during math time that encompassed economics discussions (advertising, supply/demand, profit, sales/cost, general inventory issues, etc.).  They also used mental math, calculators, and whiteboards with markers to figure two and three digit addition and subtraction money problems.

BE 1st Graders explore States of Matter matter

First graders at Burton Elementary started their project with the exploration of water and ice; how it is formed and the changes that occur with different temperatures. Then they experimented with different solids, liquids, and gases. The children were able to see first hand how a solid candle changed into a liquid with heat. They were able to touch the melted wax that cooled into a solid. They also spent one morning rotating to each first grade classroom to experiment with different solids, liquids, and gases.

Mrs. Bittinger's room experimented with steam by measuring and mixing liquids, boiling water, and then making Jell-o Jigglers. Once the Jell-o was cooled, they were able to enjoy a sweet treat! They also recorded their findings on a data collection sheet.

Writing Camp Opportunity for Students writing

Kent State University is offering a Writing Camp this summer for students who will be entering grades 4-9.  Open the links for more information and for the registration packet. 

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: