District News

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.

News from 1st Grade at BE santa

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

Berkshire Thespians present The Addams Family addams

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

The Burton Elementary Mystery Reader #4 and #5 mystery

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

Burton Elementary End of Year 2018 Letter badger

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

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

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

LE Holiday Concert Packed the House Con

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

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

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

District Staff Participate in Makerspace Training Makerspace Training

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

BHS Journalism Students Experiment with Broadcast News



Congratulations to the April 2018 Students of the Month SOTM

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

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2018 Grads2018

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

BHS is looking for Makerspace Supplies request

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

BE Fourth Graders Research & Create "Artifacts" artifact

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

LE 5th Graders Visit Rookery scopes

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

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

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

BE Stem Club builds robots robots


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


Preschool Lunch Buddies buddies

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

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

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

National Honor Society Inductions 2017 NHS

Congratulations to the twelve new inductees of the Berkshire chapter of the National Honor Society inducted into the chapter November 30.

Sophomore Honors English Creates Roman Newscast movie

View their complete video project here. 

Berkshire Represents at 2018 Pen Ohio Pen

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

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

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

Veteran's Day at LE vet

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


Berkshire Thespians seeking sponsors Thep

Berkshire Thespians are seeking show sponsors ($500) and program ads ($25 to $75) for our spring musical The Addams Family. Please contact Jim Lester at Jim.lester@berkshireschools.org for details.

Relay for Life 2018 relay

 Saturday, May 12th from Noon - 6 pm. 

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

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

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

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

Class of 2022 Tours Washington D.C. DC

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

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

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

Ledgemont Elementary Kiwanis Winners Fall 2017 kiw

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

BE & LE Compete in Science Olympiad science teams

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Four Compete at Regional Junior High PenOhio Tournament Pen

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

LE's Badger Bash 2018! pic

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

BE 3rd Graders Hatch Chicks chicks

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

Support the BHS Junior Class & Have Fun! cornmaze

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

Operation Christmas Child Spreads Goodwill & Cheer to Children Less Fortunate OCS

For the third year, Spanish Honor Society has participated in Operation Christmas Child to spread goodwill to children less fortunate and in need around the world. Spanish Honor Society set up a school-wide 1st period challenge in seeking donations to fill shoeboxes with many fun and useful items.

The Winter Reading Challenge at Burton Elementary readers

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

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

Writing Camp Opportunity for Students writing

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

BHS Device Turn In 2018 Schedule devices

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

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

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

Parent Meetings for 8th Grade DC Trip DC

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

LE First Graders Complete Architecture Challenge stem

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

Rotating Regular Board Meetings for this year Boe

The Berkshire Board of Education's regularly scheduled Board meetings for 2018 will rotate locations throughout the District.  Meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted, and will begin at 6:00 pm.  Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Berkshire Junior wins KSU Geauga Writing Contest Kat

Congratulations to Katrina Ostrander on her 1st place finish in Kent State Geauga’s “College Writing Contest 2017”!  Eligibility requirements were as follows: Students enrolled in Introduction to College Writing, College Writing I, or College Writing II at Kent State University Geauga Campus could submit an essay of their choice, as long as it had been an assignment for the course during the 2017 fall semester.

2018 Spanish National Honor Society Inductions Spanish


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

Berkshire Schools Officially Begin 2018-2019 School Year bts

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

Kindergarten Registration 2018 kind

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

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

Introducing....Burton Latchkey Program latchkey

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

LE Kindergartners are 100 days smarter 100

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


BE STEM Club visits Rockwell Automation rockwell

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


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

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


PRIME Community Presentation b

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

COSI comes to Ledgemont Elementary COSI

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

Three Students to Represent Berkshire at Buckeye Boys State BBS

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

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

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

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

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

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