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Superintendent's Message


John Stoddard
Superintendent

March 2021

Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,

As the weather slowly begins to break, and our Badger family emerges to enjoy warmer temperatures, the school district remains on the move providing a safe and successful education to our students of all grades. Special thanks to the staff who remain devoted to our community’s children and our families for the patience and flexibility required during the last twelve months. Without a doubt, our students continue to achieve and grow in creative ways that are certain to help them becoming meaningful contributors of our community.

One such great example of learning taking place in innovative and global ways is the ongoing pen pal correspondence among students at Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School with a similar group of students at a secondary school in Uganda on the African continent. Inspired by the summer reading assignment entitled I Will Always Write Back, written by two individuals, one from America and one from Zimbabwe, our very own Berkshire students have been given the year-long assignment to research the nation of Uganda and then write a pen pal letter to an assigned student. Recently, our Berkshire learners received returned correspondence from their friends halfway around the globe. Thank you to Maria Koler and Lynn Hunter for overseeing the assignment and for encouraging our students to truly think and learn in a worldwide capacity about students of a similar age in a different part of the world!

In other exciting news, the ongoing construction project for the Berkshire Local Schools new PreK-12 facility rolls forward. Recently, our very own District 18 State Senator Jerry C. Cirino joined me and several members of the Board of Education in taking a tour of the construction site. The Berkshire Local Schools thanks Senator Cirino for taking time from his busy schedule to walk the grounds of the new facility, which is set to open during the 2021-2022 School Year. The Senator’s interest and attention to our project is humbling and inspiring and we look forward to a healthy and positive relationship with Senator Cirino and all of our local and statewide elected leadership.

The Berkshire Local Schools encourages our community to support the Prime+ Capital Campaign for the District, which is sponsored by the Berkshire Education Foundation, to raise the additional funds needed for the athletic facilities and enhancements to the arts programs and educational components. A variety of methods have been created for you to show your support, including individual donations, naming rights and class challenges. Please take a moment to visit our online site and consider a donation today.

Finally, congratulations to our winter season co-curricular participants on a number of fine individual and team performances over the last several months. You are to be commended for your accomplishments. Special thanks to the coaches and advisors who devote their time and energy with our student participants. Thank you for your continued support!

John Stoddard
Superintendent 
Berkshire Local Schools




3/17/2021


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