District News

Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Brian Hiscox Secures $5,000 Grant from Cleveland Indians coach with check

In an effort to offset costs associated with the routine maintenance of the Baseball Diamond for the Varsity Baseball program, Berkshire Athletic Director Brian Hiscox recently secured a $5,000.00 grant from the Cleveland Indians Charities for various field upgrades. 

First Grade Students Demonstrate Project Based Learning at Board Meeting first graders and board meeting

First grade students from Mrs. Mann’s class recently attended the regular meeting of the Berkshire Local School Board of Education to share some of the classroom lessons they have been learning through the Project Based Learning approach. 

Foundation for Geauga Parks Brings Space Exploration to Ledgemont Elementary Students and volunteers outside the Stardome

5th graders at Ledgemont Elementary had the opportunity to explore the vast reaches of the solar system without leaving the school gym on Friday, December 11, 2018, thanks to the Nature Scopes binocular education program provided by the Foundation for Geauga Parks (formerly Geauga Park District). 

Berkshire Jr./Sr. High Teachers Earn $250 Grant Award from Geauga County Retired Teachers Association grant document

Two teachers from Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School, Jim Lester and Henry Hoover, were recently notified that they would each be receiving a $250 Grant Award from the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association. 

Berkshire Jr./Sr. High to Host State Sponsored Jobs Fair for Geauga County Schools This Spring Berkshire Badger

Aligned with the Berkshire Local Schools’ intent to purposefully equip students with future-ready skills so that they will become meaningful and contributing members of society, the District will play host to the Ohio Means Jobs, state-sponsored Jobs Fair for Geauga County Schools on Thursday, April 11, 2019. 

BE First Graders Take Action help

First graders in Mrs. Mann's class enjoy Project Based Learning! Driving question: How can we support our community members in need? Working closely with Sara from jobs and family services, first grade students were able to brainstorm their ideas and develop an action plan to support their very own community. They decided a food drive would be the best option to support those in need. The students used reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies daily to develop promotional strategies to involve all Burton Elementary students and staff in their mission.

LE 3rd Graders take on challenges with PBL's maps

 The Third Grade students at Ledgemont Elementary have been extremely busy the past two months with problem-solving around the school.  The students were first presented with the task of trying to help visitors find their way around the school building. The Third Graders jumped at the idea of creating maps that would be available to all visitors in the office as they enter the building.  They spent days researching the building, designing their maps and creatively displaying them in a pamphlet to welcome the guests.

Students Conduct Mock Trial After Reading Classic Novel, The Outsiders mock trial for outsiders

As a way to further enhance the values, ideas and lessons thematically presented in the timeless teen novel, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, students in Berkshire’s English Language Arts class recently conducted a mock-trial, to fictitiously place one of the book’s main characters on the stand, in a courtroom setting. 

Fill Boxes at Burton Elementary to Help Furry Friends Furry Friends photo

Students at Burton Elementary  are encouraged to help the community’s furry, four-legged friends through a partnership with the Geauga County Dog Warden

Berkshire Treasurer’s Office Receives Award of Distinction from Ohio Auditor of State treasurer's office

Berkshire Local School’s Treasurer’s Office, led by District Treasurer Beth McCaffrey, recently received the highly acclaimed Auditor of State Award with Distinction from the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office for their latest “clean” audit. 

Students Showcase Project Based Learning at December Meeting of Board of Education students at board of education meeting

A handful of student groups from Berkshire Junior and Senior High took time to publicly demonstrate the knowledge and creativity they have learned applying Project Based Learning skills to traditional classroom assignments. 

Burton Elementary Promotes Positive Student Behavior with Award Winning PBIS Program Burton Third Graders with Kindness Elves

At Burton Elementary School, the motto “be kind, be wise and be a friend” is an integral part of the learning experience due to the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program (PBIS).

Brian Hiscox Receives Certified Athletic Administrator Designation Brian Hiscox

Brian Hiscox, Director of Athletics and Activities at Berkshire Jr/Sr High School recently achieved a noteworthy professional milestone with the passage of the national exam for the Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) designation from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).  

Join the Geauga White-Out Ski Club ski club

For: Berkshire Schools, Elementary, Jr High and High school Also, for anyone else no matter what school you go to

Where: Alpine Valley - Chesterland Twp. in Geauga County

When: Friday nights 5pm-9pm, lessons start at 5:30pm

Who: Kids ages 8-18, does not need to attend Berkshire schools or live in Geauga County Sign up your brothers, sisters, cousins and friends too

Why: Have FUN in the snow with Friends, learn to ski or improve your skills


First Aid and CPR Certification Underway in the Berkshire Local Schools CPR training begins

The new statewide requirement to train students in basic First Aid and CPR certification is being taken to an entirely new level in the Berkshire Local Schools thanks to the initiative of Health and Physical Education teacher Heather Giel. 

School Resource Office Begins in District with Goal of Providing Added Safety and Security as well as Positive Mentorship SRO Begins

The Berkshire Local Schools is pleased to announce that Deputy Brian Haller has become the District’s new, official School Resource Officer (S.R.O) beginning the week of November 26, 2018

6th Graders Help Instruct 2nd Graders as Part of Cross Curricular Project Based Learning 6th graders teach 2nd graders

Project Based Learning has taken on all shapes and sizes in the Berkshire Local Schools and through all grade levels in the District. 

Giant Paw (and Small Paw) Opening at Burton Elementary! store

Our Burton Elementary school stores, Giant Paw (and the satellite store Small Paw for the 4-6 building) are opening soon for business!   Our second grade students run the stores on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with the help of a few others. We will open for business the week of November 26. 

Burton 2nd Graders Deliver Presentation to Board Regarding Exciting Learning Activities Burton 2nd Grade Presentation

To help students develop valuable critical thinking and problem-solving skills, Burton Elementary staff have been focused on incorporating Project-Based Learning (PBL) into the classroom on a consistent basis. 

LE Students of the First Quarter! Sotq

Congratulations to our first quarter winners!  One quarter down, three to go!

Project Based Learning Makes for Fun Experience at Local Growers for Burton Elementary Students great lakes growers

First grade students at Burton Elementary participated in a recent hands-on learning experience by visiting Great Lakes Growers  and learning about plant and produce growth. 

All 7th through 12 Graders to be Taught Lifesaving First Aid and Certified in CPR logo 1

As part of a new statewide mandate, House Bill 113, all students in the Berkshire Local Schools in Grades 7th through 12th will be trained in First Aid skills and certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), courtesy of the Health and Physical Education Department. 

Ledgemont Elementary Celebrates Grandparents Day and Veteran’s Day grandparents day

In a spirited day full of fun and meaningful activities, Ledgemont Elementary School hosted its recent Grandparents Day and Veterans Day celebration. 

Most Recent Community Engagement Meeting Prompts Input for New PreK-12 Facility community engagement 1

Natural light. Alternative energy. Outdoor educational spaces. These three concepts, among many others, were highlighted points of consideration emanating from the public at the most recent community engagement meeting for the new PreK-12 facility that took place at Ledgemont Elementary. 

Berkshire Sixth Grade Intervention Students Transform Literacy Assignment into Project Based Learning Intervention students with projects

Sixth grade intervention students in the Berkshire Local Schools creatively extended the learning curve of their summer reading projects into a tangible critical thinking exercise recently and the District would like to recognize their efforts. 

Valuable Input Continues to be Obtained for PreK-12 Building Project BE Community Engagement

Insights, hopes and aspirations for what practical design elements will be contained in the forthcoming PreK-12 building project were discussed earlier this week at the latest of a series of meetings being hosted to gather input by the architects and project managers. 

Students Participate in Practice Bus Evacuation Drills bus evacuations

Students in the Berkshire Local Schools recently participated in another practice opportunity to help them with the utmost preparedness in the event of an emergency. 

Geauga Preschool, Housed at Ledgemont Elementary, Awarded $15,000 Grant Preschool Program Receives Grant

The Geauga Preschool program, a unit of which is housed at Ledgemont Elementary School, was recently awarded a $15,000 to develop and implement an art therapy program for the 2018-2019 School Year. 

District Participates in First Planning Session with Construction Project Team of New PreK-12 Facility New PreK-12 Facility Planning Session

The Berkshire Local Schools participated in the first of an ongoing series of planning sessions regarding the construction of the District’s new PreK-12 facility at the Kent State University-Geauga Campus on Friday, October 19, 2018.  

Berkshire Jr./Sr. High Students Address Issue of Bullying with Research Project 9th grade students conducting interviews for bullying survey

As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, 8th and 9th grade students in Mrs. Jill Jaskiewicz’ English Language Arts class are addressing the important issue of bullying as part of an ongoing research project.  

Modern American Literary Classic Inspires 9th Graders to Stand Up for Important Issues Issues Important to 9th Grader Honors ELA Class

Published over fifty-years ago in 1964, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee continues to resonate with readers to this day, including 9th graders in Mrs. Jill Jaskiewicz’ Honors English Language Arts class.

Village of Burton Fire Department Visits Burton Elementary as Part of Project Based Learning Lesson BE Elementary Firefighter Visit

Burton Elementary recently invited members from the Village of Burton Fire Department into classrooms to help reinforce various lessons on safety and following proper protocols in the event of an emergency.

Thompson and Montville Fire Departments Visit Ledgemont for Fire Safety Week Fire Safety Week at Ledgemont

Members of the Thompson and Montville Fire Departments recently visited Ledgemont Elementary School as part of Fire Safety Week.  

Goofy Glasses Day Comes to Ledgemont Kindergarten Classes Goofy Glasses Day at Ledgemont Elementary

Ledgemont Kindergarteners and teachers celebrated Goofy Glasses Day on Thursday, October 11, 2018, as part of a fun and creative phonics lesson on the letter ‘G’ and its phonetic sounds. 

Ledgemont Third-Graders Get Hands-On to Explore Different Types of Energy Ledgemont Third Graders Building Wind Powered Cars

A series of hands-on activities are helping third-graders at Ledgemont Elementary to explore different types of energy, specifically, solar, wind and water.  

PenOhio and Power of the Pen Start this week pen

This week, both of Berkshire's creative writing clubs, PenOhio for grades 9-12 and Power of the Pen for grades 7-8, begin their weekly practices in room 202 with adviser Mrs. Koler. Both of these groups are great ways to blow off some creative steam, have fun writing creative stories, and surround yourself with other writers.

Check out both flyers for more information about when and where to meet and a little more about the clubs. 

Project Based Learning is in full swing at Burton Elementary goldi

Project Based Learning is in full swing at Burton Elementary. Mrs. Mann's first graders experienced quite the entry event to kick off their project! The students were surprised to have a visit from Goldilocks. The classroom was transformed into a crime scene full of clues that all lead back to a little blonde haired, blue eyed girl wearing a blue dress with size 2 shoe. Clues included a broken chair, porridge ingredients, a messy bed, and muddy footprints. Mrs. Ambrose and Mrs. Lillibridge also took part in this learning adventure by delivering "confidential evidence" throughout the day.  A design challenge was incorporated by building a trap to catch Goldilocks. 

LE 3rd Graders Problem Solve for the Classroom Problems

Calling all teachers!  Do you have a problem with students forgetting the rules of your classroom?  Do you often misplace your phone around your room? Do you run out of space in your garbage cans?  Do you hate to have to walk across the room to recycle?

If so, then the third grade students at Ledgemont Elementary have a solution for you!  On Friday, September 28th, the third graders were challenged to create something useful for their classroom. They rose to the test!

They created insightful inventions to promote the functionality of their classrooms:  A classroom rule book was created, a place for student-written books to be added to the classroom library, a place to keep the teacher’s phone (because apparently both third grade teachers have an issue with this), along with many other inspired ideas!  What a great opportunity to see how their inventive minds work!


Parent Meeting for 2020 Costa Rica Trip on October 10 Flyer

Join Señora Rea in room B-14 on Wednesday, October 10th at 7 pm for a mandatory parent meeting for those students who will be a sophomore, junior or senior in June 2020 and are interested in the Costa Rica Trip.

Educational trips abroad occur at Berkshire every year as a part of our mission to provide students with ample opportunities to become well-rounded citizens with a global perspective.

In the odd years, students have the opportunity to travel to Europe to explore art, history, and culture (like Spain, the South of France and Italy in 2019 and England, Ireland and Scotland in 2017)) and to Spanish speaking countries to explore language and culture in even years (like Peru in 2018 and Costa Rica in 2020). 

Homecoming 2018 is in the books! hc court

Berkshire Homecoming 2018 was a success! The rain held off for the parade and the game on Friday night and, despite a tough loss to Richmond Heights, the Badger boys of Friday night played tough until the end. 

As is tradition, the Homecoming Court 2018 was introduced at halftime and siblings, Julia and Jacob Kastor, were crowned homecoming queen and king. 

The dance, organized by Student Council and advisor Aimee Green, was very well attended with nearly 300 students in grades 9 through 12 showing up to dance and have fun with friends.  

Congratulations to the Berkshire Student Council for organizing such a fun and successful weekend for Berkshire students and thank you to all who volunteered to make the weekend great!  

New Boys Basketball Coach Ryan Dickard Announces Open Gym Times for Players in Grades 7-12 Coach Ryan Dickard

Preparations for the start of the winter sports season have already begun, as new boys basketball coach Ryan Dickard recently announced that he will be hosting open gym times for all basketball players in grades 7-12 on Sunday mornings from 8 – 10 AM at Berkshire Senior High School. 

Berkshire Elementary Students Go Outside the Classroom for Learning Opportunities outdoor image

First grade students from both Burton Elementary School and Ledgemont Elementary School had an interesting outdoor learning experience, as part of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum, and visited Penitentiary Glenn Nature Park

Homecoming 2018 Information dance

Click here to see details for the Homecoming Parade and Dance this weekend, October 5 and 6. 

Burton Elementary School Teacher, Amy Hochschild, Named Geauga Soil Water Conservation District Teacher of the Year amy hochschild2

Burton Elementary School 6th grade science and social studies teacher, Amy Hochschild, was recently named the “2018 Conservation Teacher of the Year” by the Geauga Soil Water Conservation District for her exemplary efforts and dedication to conservation education

Ledgemont Elementary Students Blend Literacy and S.T.E.A.M. Lab Skills literacy and STEAM

First grade students at Ledgemont Elementary School had the opportunity to blend literacy along with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) Lab work earlier in the week in a fun and interactive way. 

Berkshire Local Schools Students Provided with Clear Expectations through Graduate Profile Graduate profile pic

The Berkshire Local Schools has developed a clear summary of essential skills called its Graduate Profile that the District is dedicated to providing and to which students are expected to strive. 

Berkshire Schools to Offer Complimentary Meals to Local First Responders mascot

The Berkshire Local Schools will provide complimentary breakfasts and lunches to local public safety officials, as a way to recognize these individuals who are considered to be “first responders” to accidents, incidents or life-threatening scenarios. 

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


  • 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.

Be in the Know for Spirit Week 2016 Badger

All your Spirit Week 2016 info in one place.

Peru 2018!

Peru 2018!

BHS students/staff share their back-to-school hopes Lexi McDermott

A picture gallery!!

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.

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. 

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?

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. 

News from 1st Grade at BE santa

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

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. 

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:

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.

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!

The June 2017 Europe Trip Trip

Berkshire's 2017 Europe trip includes England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales. It is not too late to sign up if you are in grades 9-12 at Berkshire, or a staff, family, community member who would like to tour Brittania.  Monthly payment plans are available.

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.  

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. 

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!

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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?

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. 

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)

BHS Journalism Students Experiment with Broadcast News



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.

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.  


Burton Elementary Fun Day Video fun day

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

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. 

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. 

December Students of the Month at BHS SOTMdec

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

Art Students give thanks to service members caRDS

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

Maple Leaf Basketball Free Clinic Friday 10/14 basketball

This basketball clinic is offered for free for Burton and Ledgemont Elementary boys and girls in grades 3-6 on NEOEA day!

Jurassic Park: The Homecoming HC

A Homecoming 65 million years in the making!

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. 

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!

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 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.

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 May 2017 Students of the Month sotmmayLE

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

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 December Students of the Month SOTM december

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

Kiwanis Awards LE Outstanding Third Grader kiwanis1

Congratulations, Jacob Patterson!

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.

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!   

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!  


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.

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. 

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!

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.

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!

What's happening in kindergarten at LE? Kin

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

Vote for Berkshire Girls Soccer HERE! Girls Soccer

BHS Girls Soccer and player Cat Lillibridge are up for Team of the Week and Athlete of the Week for the MaxPreps/JJHuddle Ohio High School Boys & Girls Soccer Awards. VOTE FOR BERKSHIRE!

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. 

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.

Sophomore Honors English Creates Roman Newscast movie

View their complete video project here. 

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.

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. 

Congratulations to Outstanding Third Grader 3rdgrader

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

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. 

BHS February Students of the Month Febsotm

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

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.

Burton Elementary Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast Thanksgiving

Check out Thanksgiving, kindergarten style!

Congratulations Class of 2000 Alum Dan Taylor Alum

Berkshire Alum Dan Taylor is inducted into Ohio State athletics hall of fame.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 


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.

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! 

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!!

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."

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. 

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. 

BE Second Graders write their own tales write

Mrs. Starr's second grade language arts students at Burton Elementary are trying their hands at being adventure writers.

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 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 & 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!   



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.  

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!

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. 

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!

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.




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!

National Honor Society Inductions 2016 at BHS nhs

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

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

Congratulations, BHS! Keep up the great work!

Highlights from Costume Day at BHS Costume

Thursday at BHS was costume day and students got creative with their costumes this year. Here are a few highlights.

Students sound off about two big changes at HS Clarke

Arguably, the two biggest changes at the high school this year are the district's alterations to the school lunch/breakfast program and the implemetation of 1:1 iPads for students in grades 9 through 12.  The Badger Pause staff recorded some students' thoughts on these two changes after the first week of school.

Geauga Growth Partnership Internship Recognition Dinner GGP

Geauga Growth Partnership Internship Recognition Dinner

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.

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.

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!!

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.  

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

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

Berkshire'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.  

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.

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 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.  

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. 

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. 

Ledgemont Elementary Honor/Merit Roll for 1st Quarter awards

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

Burton Elementary & Berkshire High School Ski Club ski

Students at BE and BHS can get their ski and snowboard on this year, every Friday night, by joining Ski Club.

Highlights from Wednesday's America Day America

Check out the Spirit Berkshire students showed on America Day!

Back to school for the Berkshire Badgers Admin

Berkshire Junior/Senior High School is back in full swing.  Let's have a great year, Badgers!

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.

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!

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

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. 

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!

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.

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... 

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. 

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. 

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!

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!

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. 

Burton Elementary 1st Quarter Awards kiwanis

Students in grades 3-6 were recognized for their hard work in earning merit and honor roll for the 1st quarter, and three great third graders were recognized by Kiwanis. 

Mr. Reedy inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame reedy

High school principal, Mr. Reedy gets honored for his lifetime commitment to the sport of wrestling.

Ledgemont Elementary rings in the 2016/17 school year Students of the Month

With Miss Timmons as the new principal, Ledgemont Elementary started the school year with high hopes for a great year.  

Welcome Back to the 2016-2017 School Year! WB

2016-2017 School Year Starts August 23

Berkshire Schools Officially Begin 2018-2019 School Year bts

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

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 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.

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:

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.

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 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!

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! 

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'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! 

Geauga Park District Events SAR

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

LE Veteran's Appreciation Assembly Veteran LE

LE Students honor veterans and their contributions and sacrifices while learning about the importance of the day.

Highlights from Tuesday Twin Day Twin

Check out some of twins and triplets we had in the building Tuesday.

Berkshire High School Moves Forward on 1:1 Tech Initiative Kaser

As the times change, so too do the needs for school technology.  Berkshire High School and the whole district are moving towards a 1:1 learning environment for all students K-12.

Burton Elementary goes back to school! Mrs. Randles

There were smiles, there were tears, there were more than a few hugs as Burton Elementary families sent their 1st through 6th graders off to their first day of the 2016-2017 school year.  Staff and students are excited for a great year.

Berkshire/Kent State Geauga Telephone Survey Results Conducted June 5-7, 2016 PH

The consolidation telephone survey results are attached.

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.

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.

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. 

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!


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 there for your Badger family! badger

We are #BadgerStrong!!

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)

Power of the Pen goes to Regionals potp

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

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. 

OChem and Prob & Stats Mannequin Challenge

It's the newest fad, and students in Organic Chemistry and Probability and Stats tried it out. Watch the videos. See what you think..

Fire Safety Week at Ledgemont Elementary fire

Students have fun and learn important skills regarding fire safety.  Read about it and see the video slideshow.

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. 


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!


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.


Grandparents Day at LE Gp

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

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.

Second Grade Growers Busy at Burton Elementary plant

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

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. 

BHS Students of the Month for March 2017 SOTM

Congratulations, students! Let's finish strong!!

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!

Fall Athletics Ceremony & Banquet is a Success fallsports

Congratulations to all the fall athletes and their families and to AD Hiscox for organizing such a successful event. 

BE Second Graders visit The Pines pines

Burton Elementary second graders are excited to read letters from their pen pals at The Pines!

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. 

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. 

PRIME Community Presentation b

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

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.

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.

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!

LE Students of the Month for March SOTMmarch

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

Sophomore Josiah Cheung wins Rotary Speech Contest cheung speech

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

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)


Spanish Honor Society service project: Operation Shoebox shoebox

Berkshire's chapter of The Spanish National Honor Society exceeds goals with their service project.

What you need to know about the BHS CC super athletes! cc

Congratulations to the Cross Country team for a great season and especially to the Girls' team and Robert O'Conke for advancing to Regionals! Berkshire is proud of you!

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

BE “Mathletes” Exercise their Skills math

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

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.

The Great American Smoke Out smokeout

Berkshire participates in this annual American Cancer Society event. 

Highlights from PJ DAY at BHS Pj

Check out the photos here!

A Morning in the Life of Burton Elementary DITL

Burton Elementary is a happy place and it shows on the faces of students and staff alike. 

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.


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! 

Ac4P Workshop & Potluck ac4p

Ac4P enjoys workshop followed by a potluck get-together with the Chardon chapter of the group.

Congratulations to the King & Queen Homecoming 2016

The 2016 Berkshire High School Homecoming Queen is Anne Ritts and the King is Josh Espinosa.  

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.  

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. 

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

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

Congratulations to 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.

Senior Career Readiness Day Career

Seniors participate in their final of three career readiness days sponsored by Geauga Growth Partnership.

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.  

Relay for Life Organizes for a successful event Relay

Get your information about BHS Relay for Life here. 

LE 3rd Grade Superbowl Party Superbowl

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

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.

Burton Elementary Honors Veterans in Ceremony veteran

Principal Mandy Randles, students in the 6th grade class, and members of the American Legion Post 459 & Auxiliary featured in a building-wide honoring of those who have served in the military.

Berkshire proud to introduce new Superintendent Stoddard

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

BE puts the focus on Kindness and Growth Mindset kindness

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

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.

LE Nature Scopes Binocular Program scopes

LE 5th graders experience hands-on astronomy lessons.

Pictures from the BE Walk-a-thon Walk

On Thursday, October 13, Burton Elementary students in grades K-6 took to the streets of Burton Village in the annual Walk-a-thon to raise funds for the PTO. It was a crisp but clear day and the students had a lot of fun. Here are just a few pictures from the event. 

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! 

2017 Ethnic Food Buffet at LE food

LE sixth graders explore culture through FOOD!!

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.

Honors/AP English students attend workshop honors

Eleventh and 12th grade advanced English students take their studies to Ashland University.

The 2016 Berkshire Homecoming Court HC Court 16

Congratulations to the 2016 Court!!

Ledgemont Elementary Honor/Merit Roll for 2nd Quarter Honor

Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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!

Spanish 4 Students Visit Kindergarteners spanish

Spanish 4 students visit Mrs. Paul's Burton Elementary class.

BHS Students of the Month for October 2016 SOTMOCT

Congratulations to this month's recognized students.  Keep up the great work!

Girls Cross Country Team Heads to State Meet cross

Congratulations, girls! We are all very proud of your accomplishments!

LE 1st Grade Field Trip Fun! Patterson

Ledgemont 1st graders learn about cider and more at Patterson's!

Burton Elementary School Field Trips To Cleveland Initiative BE to CLE

Help The Burton Elementary PTO make B.E. to CLE a reality.

LE October Students of the Month LESOTMOct

Congratulations to these GREAT kids! Keep up the wonderful work!

Burton Elementary Walk-A-Thon Is Right Around the Corner Badger Walker

The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016.  Join BE and show your Badger Pride!

Berkshire 8th Graders’ Career Readiness Exploration 8th grade

Eighth graders explore local businesses to jumpstart thinking for their future.

LE September Students of the Month LE SOTM

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

Highlights from Spirit Week at Ledgemont Elementary lespirit

October 24-28 was Spirit Week for Ledgemont Elementary and students and staff came dressed and spirited all week.  Check out a few highlights!

Highlights of Spirit Week at Burton Elementary spirit

Spirit Week at BE was October 24-28, just like at the junior/senior high school.  Students and staff dressed up daily and the week culminated in a pep rally with a rousing ABC chant. Here are just a few highlights from the week.

BHS September Students of the Month September Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for September.  Keep up the great work. 

Multiplication Madness at Ledgemont Elementary games

Miss Svigel's 3rd graders master multiplication and celebrate with a day of GAMES!

Burton Elementary 3rd Graders Extend Learning Out of the Classroom cars

Mrs. Kriz's class had an awesome experience learning about automobiles from the early 20th Century with the help of Brooks House directors, residents, and some gracious community members with a really cool car! Check out the video and article.  It's awesome!

Ledgemont Elementary/Berkshire Middle Ski Club Sign Ups ski

Get your ski or snowboard on this winter, LE and Berkshire 7/8th graders!  Check out the details.

AC4P Kicks off 2016/17 Initiatives AC4P

Students gathered Thursday, September 22 for the first meeting of AC4P for the 2016/17 school year and set goals for the year.

BHS students go to OSU’s Stone Laboratory in Put-In-Bay Science

Students have a hands on science experience revolving around research of Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.

7th Graders Learn About Greek Gods Greek

Seventh graders in Mrs. Bartosic's World Studies classes have been learning about ancient Greece and researching a particular god or goddess.  Students could dress as their assigned deity to present or create wanted posters that demonstrated their knowledge of their deity's characteristics and major myths.  Here are just a few of the results.

A Morning in the Life of Ledgemont Elementary Ledgemont Elementary

Ledgemont Elementary is a warm, inviting place where students are eager to share their ideas and accomplishments.

Giant Paw (and Small Paw) Stores Opening Soon at BE! paw

Our school store, Giant Paw (and the satellite store Small Paw for 4-6 building) will be opening next week! 

Art Students Face Paint at the Apple Butter Festival AB

Students from Berkshire's Art Club took to the annual Apple Butter Festival to share their skills via face painting in order to raise money to fund their artistic endeavors.  Here are a few of the pictures from the fun they had at this community event.

2016 Longo Homecoming Scholarship Awarded Longo

Berkshire alumna Paula Longo Boykin awards scholarships to two deserving seniors.

BE 2nd Graders Go Batty with Geauga Water and Soil Conservation batty

Why should we protect bats?  BE 2nd graders know why.

Volley for the Cause exceeds expectations to help Berkshire teacher Stouffers

Volley for the Cause 2016 raises over $9000 dollars to help with medical costs for Burton Elementary teacher Monica Stouffer's triplets. 

Jennifer Ray Receives OCTM Emerging Leader Award Jennifer Ray

Jennifer Ray Receives OCTM Emerging Leader Award

Sixth Graders Soar High at the Geauga County Airport Sixth graders at the Geauga Co Airport

After designing and building their own model airplanes, Burton Elementary sixth graders extend their learning at the Geauga County Airport.

Burton 4th Graders Visit The Wall That Heals Wall

Mrs. Wadsworth's 4th grade social studies students were asked to send a picture and write a short paragraph about what they learned, observed, or felt after having visited The Wall That Heals which was at the Geauga County Fairgrounds from September 8-11.