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Veteran's Day at LE vet

Ledgemont Elementary School's veterans day celebration was filled with spirit and pride.  Students sang a variety of patriotic songs for our grandparents and veterans. As the song representing each branch of the military was heard veterans and loved ones stood in recognition of their service. 

 

Ledgemont Elementary Kiwanis Winners Fall 2017 kiw

  On November 16, two 3rd graders from Ledgemont Elementary School were recognized by the East Geauga Kiwanis Club for their performance in the classroom.  Each student received a certificate and 4 literature books.  Pictured (left to right): Stephanie Svigel, Skylar Humes, Jaymond Jones and Lisa Sherman.  

“Staying Connected” Kids, Families, School, Community at LE kid

PTO Special Event
Ledgemont Elementary
Thursday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m.

“Staying Connected”
Kids, Families, School, Community

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!!!

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.  

A Message from Mrs. Kelly (Timmons) Rinehart badger

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year. 

A Message from Mr. King kingmessage

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

A Message from Mrs. Randles Message

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

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
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! 

Kiwanis Outstanding 3rd Graders Kiwanis

East Geauga Kiwanis recently presented awards to 3rd graders from Burton Elementary and Ledgemont Elementary. Students from each school were recognized by their teachers for their outstanding performance in school.  Each student received a certificate and four literature books. Pictured below are students from Burton Elementary.

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!

A Science Night to Remember April 19 Science

Come get your science on at BE. Check out 5th and 6th grade science projects, Science Olympiad and STEM Club members, and cool demonstrations for KSU staff. All are welcome!

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. 

The Great Mail Race is On for Second Graders at Burton Elementary! mail

The Great Mail Race connects students with peers all over the country and provides a cross-curricular learning experience for BE second graders.

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. 

Second Graders at BE are up to the Egg Drop Challenge! egg drop

BE second graders test their nest making abilities with a STEM lesson that incorporates biology, physics, and engineering. Way to go Mrs. Sherman's classes!!

Snow Day Announcements Snow

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

BHS November Students of the Month sotm

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

LE November Students of the Month nov sotm

Congratulations, Students of the Month! Keep up the great work!

4th Grade Native American Artifact Project project

Students in Mrs. Wadsworth's fourth grade social studies class have been studying Native American history and culture and, as a culminating project, created a variety of Native American 'artifacts' to share with the class.  Check out the slideshow of their projects. 

Go see the Thespians' production of Harvey Harvey

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

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!

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.

Revak, Stute, Sivilio, and Martin honored with RA Horn & Franklin Walter Awards award

Burton Elementary's Jenna Revak and Ledgemont Elementary's  Athena Stute were awarded the Raymond A. Horn Outstanding Student Awards for 2017 at Auburn Career Center on April 26.  Additionally, Berkshire Local Schools teachers Michelle Sivilio and Rebekah Martin were awarded the Franklin B. Walter Awards for Educators.  Congratulations to all four!

Here is what was said about the four of them at the ceremony:

BE End of the Year Letter badger

Get all of your important end of the year and summer information from Burton Elementary Principal Mrs. Randles here. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

BE Field Trips, Concerts, Events, OH MY!!! field trip

A lot went on at Burton Elementary at the end of the 2016/17 school year.  There were a variety of field trips, ceremonies and even a special concert by Mr. Gardner and his band!  Here are a few highlights.

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. 

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.

Art Students give thanks to service members caRDS

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

December Students of the Month at BHS SOTMdec

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

B.E. Science Olympiad Students Excel science olympiad

Congratulations to the fifth and sixth graders who competed in the Science Olympiad. Read on to see what a great job they did. 

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. 

Burton Elementary Fun Day Video fun day

Check out a video of the 2017 Burton Elementary Fun Day! 

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.  

 

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.

LE First Graders Complete Architecture Challenge stem

Students in Mrs. Girdler and Mrs. Zembower’s first grade classes have been exploring architecture and engineering through weekly S.T.E.M. activities. This past week, first graders were given an architectural challenge - Build a structure using only toothpicks, DOTS candy, and mini marshmallows.

Kiwanis Awards LE Outstanding Third Grader kiwanis1

Congratulations, Jacob Patterson!

LE December Students of the Month SOTM december

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

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

LE May 2017 Students of the Month sotmmayLE

Congratulations to the Ledgemont Elementary students of the month for May 2017!!

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. 

LE Fire Safety Week fire

The Thompson fire department visited Ledgemont Elementary school during fire safety week to educate our students on the dangers of various household hazards.  With the use of Bainbridge Fire Department’s smoke room, students were taken through each chamber identifying hazard in the kitchen, living and bedrooms.  They were able to problem solve as they received instruction on how to crawl beneath the smoke and check walls/doors for heat as they exited the back of the trailer through the window. The fire department quizzed the students and answered their questions. Students loved their bags of treats from the firefighters as well.

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. 

What's happening in kindergarten at LE? Kin

Kindergarteners practice literacy skills and get creative at the same time!

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!

LE Outstanding Third Grader for the 3rd Quarter kiwanis

Congratulations to Ayden Lewis for being selected as Ledgemont Elementary's Outstanding Third grader for the third quarter of 2016-17. Ayden has been working very hard this year and always has a cheery disposition. He received recognition at our awards banquet from East Geauga Kiwanis representative, Mr. Claire Zurbuch in addition to four Learning Tree books to enjoy.  Thank you to Kiwanis for supporting and encouraging.

Swine Creek Park Scientists swinecreek

Our Ledgemont second graders enjoyed a science filled field trip to Swine Creek Park in Middlefield!  

They participated in the program called Pondlife Primer.  The naturalists from the park district were very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the pond habitat.  

Many parents and grandparents joined us and helped with the search for the living creatures that live in this habitat.  We LOVE Science!

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. 

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.

Grandparents Day at LE Gp

Check out some adorable pictures from Ledgemont Elementary’s Grandparents Day!

Burton Elementary Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast Thanksgiving

Check out Thanksgiving, kindergarten style!

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.

BHS February Students of the Month Febsotm

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

A Science Night to Remember Science

Fifth/sixth grade science teacher Amy Hochschild hosted a highly successful Science Night to Remember at Burton Elementary on April 19. Fifth and sixth grade science projects were on display, science professors from a Kent Geauga were there to share exhibits and demos with students and parents and the Burton Elementary STEM Club and Science Olympiads were recognized. 

Students were able to check out all of the fun science projects their peers completed as well as interact with faculty from Kent to learn about anatomy, biology, chemistry, and more. 

Thank you to Kent Geauga for their collaboration and donating their time to this awesome event. 

Congratulations to Outstanding Third Grader 3rdgrader

Congratulations to Holly Phillips for being selected as LE’s Outstanding Third Grader for the fourth quarter.  

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. 

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.

Grandparents' Day at Ledgemont Elementary Grandparents

On November 10 and 11, Ledgemont Elementary hosted their annual Grandparents' Breakfast on which students could invite their grandparents or another special senior in their life to enjoy some breakfast and bonding time.  See some pictures and a slideshow here. 

Second Graders visit with author Sigmund Brouwer Brouwer

Check out the pictures and videos of this awesome visit between author Sigmund Brouwer and Mrs. Starr's 2nd grade language arts students. 

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."

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!!

LE Fifth Graders complete NatureScopes program with Geauga Parks rookery

On Friday, May 19th, the fifth grade students at Ledgemont Elementary went on a trip to the Rookery in Munson Township. While at the Rookery, they actively participated in 3 activities: the pond investigation, the forest walk, and wetland observation. For all these activities, they used their binoculars and field guides to help them discover the various creatures and plants around them. At the end of the trip, they learned that their binoculars and field guides were given to them by the Naturescopes Program. This was a terrific surprise to them all! Thank you, Naturescopes for sponsoring this trip and giving our students' gifts that allow them to experience all the beauty that nature has to offer! 

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.

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. 

National Honor Society Inductions 2016 at BHS nhs

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

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!

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.


 

 

 

LE 2nd Graders Have Great Lakes Science Center Fun sci

Our Ledgemont second graders were given the opportunity to go to the Great Lakes Science Center for their field trip.  The students were able to put into practice the skills that they’ve learned in science this year.  

They enjoyed the many hands-on learning activities that were offered throughout the center!  The second graders want to thank the PTC for helping to make this trip possible!

LE 3rd Graders Kick Off the Year with STEM stem

Mrs. Sherman's third Graders at Ledgemont Elementary developed their problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity skills while practicing teamwork and focusing on STEM activities. 

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!

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.

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. 

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. 

BE Sixth Graders Rock Out in CLE Rock

On May 23, the Burton Elementary sixth graders visited the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Burton PTO BE to CLE program.  The had a blast visiting the museum in Cleveland, the home of Rock and Roll.  
 

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. 

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.

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.  

BE 1st Graders learn about Japanese culture Japan

Burton Elementary welcomed Haruhide Osugi from Kent State University as Burton elementary first graders learned a little about Japanese culture. 

LE celebrates Tribe Home Opener LETribe

Ledgemont Elementary School celebrated the Cleveland Indians Opening Day in style!  On Tuesday, April 11, the students and staff all dressed up to support the American League champions, the Cleveland Indians, by wearing their favorite Tribe gear and Tribe colors!

Miss Svigel’s third graders had a ball with Opening Day.  Miss Svigel decorated the room with red and blue streamers.  The students moved through nine centers appropriately named for each inning in a Major League Baseball game.  The centers focused on math and reading test prep.  The third graders are ready to hit the AIR out of the park!

LE scores great weather with the Tribe tribe

     On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Miss Svigel’s third graders at Ledgemont Elementary went to the corner of Carnegie and Ontario in downtown Cleveland to participate in weather day.  They watched Channel 3 WKYC Betsy Kling, Hollie Strano, and Michael Estime give weather-related explanations through activities that connect to baseball. 

     They taught students about molecules, states of matter, trajectory and severe weather.  They also did a density experiment and a low pressure demo with marshmallows allowing students to see science in action. The Ledgemont Elementary PTC sponsored this exciting third grade field trip to Cleveland.

     After the weather day presentation, LE got a mini tour of the stadium, visiting the bullpen, the dugouts, and the FOX Sports Ohio tent. Students got to stay and watch the Cleveland Indians play the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field. Relief pitcher Dan Otero waved to students up in the stands and they were even on the Jumbo Tron!  

    From the seats along the first base line,  LE watched the game and was there to witness Zimmer’s first career hit.  Even though the Tribe lost 7-4, they still had an amazing field trip, one they will never, ever forget!

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. 

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. 

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... 

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.  

Geauga Park District Events SAR

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

BE's Authors and Artists Night a Huge Success AAfront

April 13 marked the annual Authors & Artists Night at Burton Elementary School.  This well-attended event features students' Young Authors' books on display from kindergarten through sixth grade. Family and friends can peruse the books and leave a kind note or a signature in the back.  It is always amazing to see the creativity of our elementary students and the growth as writers that they experience in K-6.  

Students also display a piece of art that they are particularly proud of from their class with Mrs. Lamb. Family and friends could purchase these pictures, as well as books and Berkshire apparel. 

Lastly, there was "art for your ears", which featured a few piano students performing for the crowd. 

Bravo young authors, artists, and maestros!! And thank you to the Burton Elementary PTO for organizing this awesome event! 

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!

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! 

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!

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 Student Council organizes event for Burton Healthcare band

BE brings art and music to the residents of Burton Healthcare, organized by the BE Student Council with a performance from the BE band. 

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 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)

Be there for your Badger family! badger

We are #BadgerStrong!!

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.

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!

 

Berkshire 4th Grade Spelling Bee Champ Takes Second at County Bee Foye

Congratulations Gavin Foye! We are proud of your hard work and super spelling!

BHS Students of the Month for March 2017 SOTM

Congratulations, students! Let's finish strong!!

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. 

Second Grade Growers Busy at Burton Elementary plant

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

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.

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)

 

Burton Elementary Honor/Merit Roll for 2nd Quarter Great Work

Congratulations, students! Keep working hard!

Sophomore Josiah Cheung wins Rotary Speech Contest cheung speech

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

LE Students of the Month for March SOTMmarch

Congratulations, students! Keep up the great work!!!

LE to offer both AM and PM PreSchool Enrollment for 2017-18 5star

The SUTQ Geauga ESC Preschool housed at Ledgemont is now enrolling.  We are looking for 3-5 year olds for both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify.  Call 440-729-0137 for enrollment information.  Currently, the LE afternoon preschool follows an integrated model serving children identified with a disability/delay and also peer models.  In our classes, we help our youngest learners to develop their self-confidence, social/emotional skills, and a love of learning that will help them find success in school and in life!

Preschool Students at LE learn the ropes with their friends preK

Students at Ledgemont Pre-K take part in fun activities to acclimate them to school and routine.

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.

BE “Mathletes” Exercise their Skills math

Great job representing Berkshire at the annual math tournament, fifth and sixth grade "mathletes"!

Things are STEAM-ing Up at Ledgemont Elementary steam

MobileEd Productions brought their amazing STEAM assembly to Ledgemont Elementary on April 4. Read on to see the great STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities LE students experienced. 

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.

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! 

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.

 

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.

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

Congratulations to BE & LE 5th grade DARE graduates DARe

In January, 5th graders at both Burton and Ledgemont Elementary completed their DARE program and had their DARE Culmination Ceremony.

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.

Ledgemont Elementary is Building a Community of Readers Read

January through March, Ledgemont Elementary creates a school-wide community of readers with engaging activities and cross-curricular connections. 

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.

LE 3rd Grade Superbowl Party Superbowl

Miss Svigel's class makes a whole day of learning out of the Superbowl. 

Relay for Life Organizes for a successful event Relay

Get your information about BHS Relay for Life here. 

LE Nature Scopes Binocular Program scopes

LE 5th graders experience hands-on astronomy lessons.

BE 5th & 6th Graders Love STEM Club! STEM

5/6th-grade science teacher Mrs. Hochschild had an incredible response to join STEM club this year. So much so that she had to create two separate STEM club groups to accommodate all the eager students. Check out some pictures of a recent project here.

BE puts the focus on Kindness and Growth Mindset kindness

Above and beyond academics, Burton Elementary is focusing efforts on fostering kindness and grit. 

Berkshire proud to introduce new Superintendent Stoddard

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

LE Pre-School Earns 5-Star Rating 5 star

Congratulations and thanks to Danna Meek and Dee McGee on their ongoing commitment to ensuring that our children have the best opportunities to succeed before they enter kindergarten.

2017 Ethnic Food Buffet at LE food

LE sixth graders explore culture through FOOD!!

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! 

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!

Ledgemont Elementary Honor/Merit Roll for 2nd Quarter Honor

Congratulations! Keep up the good work!