District News

Berkshire Local School District Unveils New Name for Badger Mascot! Bert the Badger

The Berkshire Local School District is excited to unveil the new name of the District’s mascot as ‘Bert the Badger,’ as a result of a student body contest where all were asked to submit their suggestions. 

Ledgemont First Graders Apply Creativity and Teamwork to Create Dot-Themed STEM Project Ledgemont Elementary 1st Grade STEM Project

First graders at Ledgemont Elementary participated in a fun, dot-themed STEM activity on Thursday, September 20, 2018.  

Join BHS Volleyball to Ace Out Cancer promo

Join the BHS volleyball team to ace out cancer with this wonderful fundraising event to help provide a Berkshire family battling cancer. Come out, show your support!

Important Information for Device Pick Up 2018 pick up

Protocol for device pick up has changed for this year, so please read for more information and the pick up times. 

Seventh Grade Orientation 2018

Read on for important Information about 7th Grade Orientation 2018 on August 16th.

Congratulations to the March 2018 Students of the Month SOTM

Congratulations to the March 2018 Students of the Month: Adrianna Ellis (grade 7), Riley Hornak (grade 8), Lauren Lappert (freshman), Ethan DeWeese (sophomore; not pictured), Madelyn Carver (junior), Aiden Burkley (senior). Keep up the great work, students!

Berkshire Looking for Yard Care Bids mow

Berkshire Board of Education will be accepting bids for yard care services for the district.  Bids will be received until 10:00 am on Friday, March 16, 2018, to john.stoddard@berkshireschools.org or in a sealed envelope to the Board of Education Offices at 14259 Claridon Troy Rd., Burton, OH   44021.  This notice and bid specifications are posted on the district website at www.berkshireschools.org.  The Berkshire Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

John R. Stoddard, Superintendent

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 tamara.beritzel-rowe@berkshireschools.org to order.

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!

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).

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.

LE DARE Graduation 2018 dare

Congratulations to LE's 5th graders on their DARE graduation. Grace Davis wrote this year's winning essay about what she learned in DARE class and how that will impact her life. Runners-up were Justin Phillips and Kiera Reckart.  

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!

LE's 3rd Grade Superbowl Party super bowl

Touchdown!  Coach Svigel and Coach Sherman’s third grade students at Ledgemont Elementary School celebrated Super Bowl LII on Friday, February 2, 2018.  The students and their teachers came dressed to support the Philadelphia Eagles (Coach Sherman) and the New England Patriots (Coach Svigel).  

Pictures from the LE 'Straight A' Breakfast A's

Congratulations to the students from Ledgemont Elementary that went above and beyond, earning all A's for the 2nd Quarter!!!

LE Students of the 2nd Quarter!! quarter

Congratulations to our second quarter winners!  What a great first half of the year!

 

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.

LE 6th Graders Rock Out at the Rock Hall rock hall

The 6th graders at Ledgemont were able to head to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Students were able to see the history of rock and roll along with the science of music. They learned how mathematics played a role in making music and how different artists used different rhythms to make their music unique. A huge thank you to Ledgemont PTC for sponsoring the trip.

“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.  

News from 1st Grade at BE santa

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

Berkshire Thespians present The Addams Family addams

The Berkshire Thespians are proud to present their spring production of the musical The Addams Family April 27-29. Read on for more information. 

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?

Burton Elementary End of Year 2018 Letter badger

Read this end of the year letter for information about  Burton Elementary summer reading, PLC Thursdays, Study Island, and more. 

Mrs. Maxwell's Kindergarteners Engage in Collaborative, Creative Learning K

Mrs. Maxwell's kindergarten class started out their first full week of school with a bang!  First, they read the story If You Take A Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff.  After sharing the story, they brainstormed to create a word web explaining what Teamwork meant to them.  Then they put teamwork into action.

LE Holiday Concert Packed the House Con

There was a packed house for LE’s holiday concert on Wednesday, December 6. Great job, kids, on outstanding performances and on a great finale!

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. 

District Staff Participate in Makerspace Training Makerspace Training

To help students develop future ready skills, select District staff members from all three buildings had the unique opportunity to participate in separate in-depth training sessions using Makespace equipment during the week of September 10th – 14th.  

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.

BHS Journalism Students Experiment with Broadcast News

 

 

Congratulations to the April 2018 Students of the Month SOTM

Congratulations to Students of the Month for April 2018: Taylor Doehrman (7th grade), Kayla Dingman (sophomore), Nate Masters (freshman), Shannon Chase (8th grade); Not pictured: Clark Jackson (junior), Kaylee Carmigiano (senior)

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2018 Grads2018

Congratulations to all 102 of the 2018 graduates from Berkshire Junior/Senior High School. Read the list of names here. 

BHS is looking for Makerspace Supplies request

At Berkshire Junior/Senior High School we are trying to put the finishing touches on and supply our Makerspace. We are looking for donations of some very common inexpensive items that you may have lying around your house. Can you help us?

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.

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. 

LE 5th Graders Visit Rookery scopes

On Monday, May 14th, the 5th grade class went on a field trip to the Rookery. The Rookery is a 562-acre park that features the Chagrin River and old Interurban Railroad Junction and is located in Munson Township. At this park, the students participated in a pond and marsh study and nature hike. Also, the students learned that they are able to keep their binoculars thanks to the Naturescopes program and their donors. Now that's a wonderful surprise!

P.R.I.M.E. Committee Presses Forward with Latest Community Engagement Meeting community engagement 1

More than 50 individuals who are part of the Berkshire Local Schools’ P.R.I.M.E. Committee recently reconvened with a meeting to move forward with the exciting next steps for the K-12 construction process. 

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.

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!  

 

Preschool Lunch Buddies buddies

  Lunch buddies for the preschool students going to Kindergarten was fantastic! During the week of May 7th, nine preschool students came to class early to eat lunch for the first time in our cafeteria! Each of the preschoolers had two fifth grade helpers that showed them how to go through the lunch line and ate with them at the table. The fifth grade buddies showed amazing leadership and made some new friends! The preschoolers learned how fun lunch can be with their new friends!   

Mrs. Stouffer's Kindergarteners Take On a Design Challenge volcano

Mrs. Stouffer's kindergarten kids jumped right into the swing of things as they started off the year completing a design challenge.  Their challenge was to create a volcano.

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. 

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.

Sophomore Honors English Creates Roman Newscast movie

View their complete video project here. 

Berkshire Represents at 2018 Pen Ohio Pen

Seniors Aiden Burkley and Dayna Rakoczy, juniors Josiah Cheung and Emily Dingman, and freshmen Gennah Brown, Joczlyn Woods, Daisy Yoder, and Dani Zilka were among the more than 200 state qualifiers from six regional tournaments held across the state of Ohio.

Berkshire Schools Remain Proactive in Exploring Best Future Use of Facilities and Properties Superintendent Stoddard Giving Presentation

In an effort to continually remain proactive and thoughtful about the future of the Berkshire Schools, Superintendent John Stoddard recently participated in a collaborative meeting among several organizations to explore the future and best use of the facilities and properties of the District once the construction of the new school campus is completed. 

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.

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. 

 

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 Jim.lester@berkshireschools.org for details.

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. 

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.  

Class of 2022 Tours Washington D.C. DC

Through blistering heat, multiple bus issues, and the daunting crowds, Berkshire's eighth graders prevailed as they toured our nation's capital on a 3-day trip to Washington DC on May 2-4.  Seventy-one eighth graders and their seven chaperones were able to visit such sites as The Capitol Building, Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II Memorial, The African American Museum, The Natural History Museum, The U.S. Holocaust Museum, The Supreme Court, The American History Museum, The Washington Monument, The Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, The 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, The Library of Congress, The Iwo Jima Memorial, and much more. Despite the temperatures reaching near record highs in the 90s, students walked DC, toured these amazing sites, learned a lot and bonded with their classmates. Here's to another successful 8th grade trip and special thanks to coordinator Rich Guthrie for his time and effort in organizing all the details of the trip and to the six other chaperones who traveled along to help things run smoothly. 

Berkshire Schools Gearing Up for 2018-2019 School Year with Several Significant Guiding Goals Areas of Focus pic

With the first full week of the 2018-2019 School Year completed and now smoothly underway, District leadership can now return their focus on several significant goals that are intended to guide the Berkshire Schools into the near future. 

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!

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.  

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!   

 

 

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! 

New Look Mascot Brings Badger Pride, Greets Berkshire Students Student Hugging Badger

Students in the Berkshire Local Schools got a surprise visit from the District’s updated badger mascot on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  

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.

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.  

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. 

Four Compete at Regional Junior High PenOhio Tournament Pen

On Saturday, April 21st, four Berkshire student writers participated in the Junior High PenOhio Regional Tournament held at Shaker Heights Middle School.  Eighth-graders Kelsey Adams and Jude Connors, and seventh-graders Abbi Connors and Marissa Tiber were among the 172 students from 19 different school districts who took part in the creative writing competition.  

LE's Badger Bash 2018! pic

On May 3, approximately 160 students, parents, and staff members came together at Ledgemont Elementary for The Badger Bash.  This cookout was a celebration of families and staff of Ledgemont Elementary to honor and observe the hard work that parents and staff collectively imbue on our community’s children.  Everyone enjoyed a night of food and fun, and the rain held off long enough that we were able to be outside! A big thank you to all who attended, the staff for helping to provide the food, and to Mr. Morbeto and Mr. Germovsek for being our Master Chefs!!

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.

Support the BHS Junior Class & Have Fun! cornmaze

Support the Junior Class of 2020 with a new fundraiser this year at Derthick’s Corn Maze in Mantua, Ohio.

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... 

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.

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!

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. 

BHS Device Turn In 2018 Schedule devices

Seniors (Shadow): 4/30 (cafeteria)
Seniors (Alt Proj) & 7th grade: 5/22
8th Grade: 5/24
Sophomores: 5/25
Freshman & Juniors: 5/29
Turn in device & correct model charger. Damages beyond insurance coverage/lost items will be added to student's fees

Junior Hannah Keough wins 2nd & Honorable Mention in Ohio Poetry Contest hannah

Congratulations to Berkshire junior Hannah Keough for her 2nd place finish in the Ohio Poetry Association’s 2018 High School Poetry Contest. Keough’s poem, titled “Just a Handmaid”, was awarded in the Character Sketch poetry category. She also received Honorable Mention for her poem “Dear ____”, entered into the Voices from the Past category.  Keep writing Hannah!

Parent Meetings for 8th Grade DC Trip DC

Read here for information about upcoming parent meetings for the 2019 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip.

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.

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.

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:

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.

2018 Spanish National Honor Society Inductions Spanish

 

On Monday, April 23rd, 2018, Spanish Honor Society inducted new members into the Berkshire High School Rigoberta Menchú Chapter. The new students inducted are Isabelle Brent, Josiah Cheung, Jacob Kastor, Julia Kastor, Jillian Kumher, Katie McGee, Madison Romask, Morgan Scott, Lucas Stoddard, Lianna Tiber, Kate Zeliznak. 

Berkshire Schools Officially Begin 2018-2019 School Year bts

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

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!

 

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. 

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.

Introducing....Burton Latchkey Program latchkey

Read on if you and your family are interested in the new Latchkey Program at Burton Elementary for the 2018-2019 school year.  Links to the Latchkey Parent Handbook and Registration Form are included.

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.

Grandparents Day at LE Gp

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

LE Kindergartners are 100 days smarter 100

On Friday, February 23rd, Kindergarten celebrated our 100th day of school. We had many 100th day activities and centers such as making 100th day trail mix, creating 100th day books by sorting objects in groups of ten, building towers with 100 Dixie cups, building creations with 100 marshmallows and toothpicks, and making 100th day sticker collections.

 

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!

 

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. 

 

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.

PRIME Community Presentation b

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

COSI comes to Ledgemont Elementary COSI

On Thursday, February 21, 2018, COSI came to Ledgemont Elementary to teach students in kindergarten through sixth grade about the weather. With the help of several volunteer Berkshire High School students enrolled in upper-level science classes running hands-on activity stations, LE students experienced how weather works. 

Three Students to Represent Berkshire at Buckeye Boys State BBS

Three Berkshire students have been chosen to represent the district at the American Legion’s Buckeye Boys State program.   Juniors Joseph Hughes, Nathan Schimmels, and Josiah Cheung will attend the eight-day seminar that focuses on democracy, politics, and citizenship beginning on June 10 and running through June 17.  The program takes place at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

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. 

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.

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.

Berkshire Local School District Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction auditor

Columbus- A recent financial audit of the Berkshire Local School District (Geauga County) by
Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The district’s excellent
record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

“Accurate bookkeeping enables school districts to focus on their chief duty – education,” Auditor Yost said. “The Berkshire Local School District’s clean audit demonstrates its commitment to both its students and taxpayers.”

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'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.  

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.