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Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

January 2022

Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,


Happy New Year! As we begin a new in 2022, we all share the excitement about all that the upcoming year has to offer our students, staff and school families. Without a doubt, the future will be bright! Please remember that our school community will recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17th with a day away from school.


The Berkshire Local Schools congratulates recently re-elected Board Members John Manfredi and Jody Miller, who were sworn in at center court of the main gym located inside the new PK-12 facility on Monday, January 10, 2022, by Geauga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Paschkea. Thank you very much to everyone who participated and helped to make this special ceremony possible. Congratulations once again!


In the classroom, Berkshire students continue to make strides with meaningful critical thinking and skills-based learning. Students in AP Chemistry at Berkshire High School recently conducted experiments to analyze the properties of several popular Gatorade sports drinks. Using spectrophotometers, students ran a spectral analysis to collect percentage transmittance data of FD & C dyes. A spectrophotometer is a device which measures the intensity of light in a part of the spectrum that is emitted by a specific substance. After collecting the information, students created a graph to identify the concentration of blue and yellow dyes in the Gatorade sports drinks. In addition to learning key content area skills, students gained valuable insight into the properties of popular food items.


Finally, we want to recognize and congratulate the successes of our winter sports athletics and co-curricular activities for representing our school district in fine fashion. Your dedication over and above academics and studies demonstrates your commitment to hard work. Thank you to our parents, our coaches and advisors who sacrifice their time and energy as well. In all, the Berkshire Local Schools family has a great deal of excitement taking place at all levels. Thank you for your continued support! 


John Stoddard
Berkshire Local Schools


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