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Superintendent's Message


John Stoddard
Superintendent

February 2021

Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,

As the entire Badger Family presses forward through the winter months, bright spots of academic achievement and substantive learning can be found around every corner in the Berkshire Schools. On behalf of everyone in the District, thank you to our families and supporters for continuing to prepare our students on a regular basis for productive days in the classroom.

The Berkshire Local Schools would like to congratulate Mary Bresnahan, Alayna Canter, Nicole Cindric, Maitland Fuentes and Hannah Gilbert on their recent induction into the National Technical Honor Society. These individuals have demonstrated a mastery of their respective trade and learned skill set. Mary was inducted for her proficiency in Cosmetology 1A, Alayna for Emergency Medical Services, Nicole for Architecture Project Management, Maitland Emergency Medical Services and Hannah Dental Assistant Technology. A ceremony took place earlier this month to recognize these Berkshire students. On behalf of everyone in the Berkshire Local Schools, congratulations goes out to Mary Bresnahan, Alayna Canter, Nicole Cindric, Maitland Fuentes and Hannah Gilbert for their recent induction in the National Technical Honor Society. Your technical skills will undoubtedly grow, and we look forward to the contributions each of you will make in the coming years with your skills, to the greater community.

The District is also proud of two special 6th grade students, Dakota Carver and Elaine Kartley, who recently participated in a contest sponsored by the “Association for Women in Mathematics” and “Math for America.” The essay these students wrote was based on personal Zoom interviews with women currently working in a mathematical career. Dakota interviewed Dr. Christelle Vincent from Wisconsin and Elaine interviewed Dr. Abdellafif who lives in France.  The experience these young ladies had in interviewing seasoned women in roles of great significance helps to advance the project based learning approach that abounds in the Berkshire Local Schools. Congratulations to Dakota and Elaine for their participation and superb work!

Finally, Berkshire Local Schools’ youngest students enrolled in the Badger Virtual Academy recently participated in a project-based learning opportunity to formally and creatively express gratitude to the front-line workers who help our entire community. Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade students in the BVA were given an assignment to thank the health care workers, first responders and others with graciously crafted cards and other notes of encouragement. These items were recently delivered to the front-line workers and pictures were taken of these individuals with the messages of support. The Berkshire Local Schools commends all health care workers and front line first responders during this season of battling the global pandemic, and also salutes the students in the BVA and their instructors for developing such a meaningful assignment.

Winter may be cold around us, but these stories of hands-on learning opportunities, thoughtfulness and real-world experiences serve as priceless reminders of the importance of our educational approach. You can read more about these successes, and more, on our District website.

Stay warm. Remain Safe. And as always, GO BADGERS!

John Stoddard
Superintendent 
Berkshire Local Schools




2/17/2021


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