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Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,

As the 2019-2020 School Year progresses into full swing, the District will continue to strongly pursue the lifelong skills outlined in its Graduate Profile, including the 5 C’s which stand for: Critical Thinking, Civic Responsibility, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity. These attributes, once successfully combined, embody what the community expects from a student in the Berkshire Local Schools as was outlined during our community engagement process. Berkshire has made a commitment to the Project Based Learning model of instruction as the desired method to best promote the achievement of the 5 C’s among our student body. We encourage you to review the Graduate Profile which is posted on the website to see the comprehensive summary of the 5C’s for our students.

This past summer, the Berkshire Schools was a participant in a new initiative entitled: Now That’s What I’m Talking About Summer Lunch Program, sponsored by the Claridon Community Helps non-profit organization. Students in the Berkshire Schools were among approximately 89 students in the community who benefitted from approximately 2,849 lunches served between May 28th and August 19th. Volunteers played a critical role in helping to distribute the lunches which were assembled in large part due to donations from local grocery stores, growers and producers of fresh foods. A special thanks is offered to Judi Maloney who coordinated this massive effort to ensure that students from nearby communities, including those served by the Berkshire Schools, had lunches and other snacks throughout the summer months.

We would also like to express our gratitude to the team at Great Lakes Cheese who generously raised $1,800 through a penny drive that will go to benefit our District’s Project SALES initiative. Project SALES, which stands for Service and Leadership Experiences for Students, is an experiential learning model engaging students in service learning at a high level that allows them to explore local issues that impact them and their community, as well as how these issues are reflected in the larger context of our nation or globally. Project SALES promotes deep learning, teamwork, communications, civic engagement, and challenges students through authentic assessments with clear, measurable outcomes to be achieved. Students participate and collaborate as members of project, work, and program teams to accomplish common goals. The opportunities provided by the funds raised by Great Lakes Cheese will help to reinforce these important pillars. On behalf of the Berkshire Local Schools, thank you to Great Lakes Cheese, for your generosity. Go Badgers!

Finally, a word of congratulations goes out to Burton Elementary School on being a recipient of the Ohio Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (P.B.I.S.) Gold Recognition Award for 2019! Burton Elementary School has demonstrated a visible display of positive behavior throughout the building; Burton Elementary will be recognized at the 5th Annual 2019 Ohio PBIS Showcase on December 11th in Columbus, Ohio.  Way to go, Burton Elementary School.

Be sure to check out our website for information, upcoming events and important district updates.



John Stoddard

Superintendent of Schools


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