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Natalie Hering Receiving Full Scholarship Check
Gabe Host

Senior will attend and play basketball on academic scholarship.

Berkshire High School senior Natalie Hering will continue her education and athletic career at Thiel College after being awarded a full academic scholarship during a surprise announcement at a recent basketball practice. Thiel College admissions counselor Sam Faber recognized Natalie in front of her teammates, coaches, family, and administrators to award her with the scholarship. Natalie joins a select group of five students to be selected out of hundreds of candidates to be nominated by Thiel College professors to earn a full academic scholarship. During his brief remarks, Mr. Faber shared that several of the professors were impressed by Natalie’s character and personal story of overcoming obstacles during a short period of time.

During the fall of 2023, Natalie plans on majoring in environmental safety management and competing on the Thiel college women’s basketball team. She is currently a team captain for the Lady Badgers and has been a member of the basketball team for four years. On behalf of the Berkshire Local Schools, congratulations to Natalie Hering on earning a full academic scholarship and best wishes for continued success in the future!

  • Berkshire High School
  • Berkshire Local Schools
First Grade Food Drive PBL 3
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First graders engaged in real-world, meaningful learning with students from other grade levels and community partners to support the local community in need.

Project-based learning has offered the students in each first-grade classroom several opportunities to support the local community in need during the 2022-2023 school year. The students developed a school-wide/community-wide food drive while incorporating skills from the district’s Graduate Profile.  First graders used critical thinking/problem-solving skills and collaboration to create a plan to promote and gather goods for our community members in need. They practiced communicating with others while being creative using language and writing skills to design posters and flyers on Google docs to promote the food drive. The students also designed turkey boxes for all donations. They even prepared written documents to use on the morning and afternoon announcements!

Project-based learning has also opened up areas for student-led learning.  During the community food drive, students had the opportunity to work with local experts from Geauga Jobs and Family Services. This year the students enjoyed developing relationships with community leaders and by collaborating on ways to help our community.  We believe in developing kind, caring, and loyal hearts! We worked with great student role models in our school. Each first-grade classroom worked with different grade levels on our campus and around our community to ensure reaching everyone in need. Being on one campus now opens so many opportunities for learning. Students also used math skills to measure, tally, skip count, add and subtract single and double-digit number sentences while keeping track of the number of donations. These are great ways to practice first-grade standards and incorporate real-world, meaningful learning!

Congratulations to the first-grade students for applying their creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration skills to help community members in need. We collected 2,264 items for our community members in need! The staff also enjoyed working together and listening to others’ ideas and thoughts. It was fun to see how each grade level came together to help our cause.  Thank you to all Berkshire staff and community members who helped us help others!

First Grade Food Drive PBL 2
First Grade Food Drive PBL 1
  • Berkshire Elementary School
  • Berkshire Local Schools
badgerlabstudentdelivery
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The Berkshire Badger Lab students have created another “vehicle” for helping the community, with a recently launched program that essentially helps local businesses to deliver fresh and hot meals during the months of January and February.

The Berkshire Badger Lab students have created another “vehicle” for helping the community, with a recently launched program that essentially helps local businesses to deliver fresh and hot meals during the months of January and February. While Badger Lab students help grow their employability skills, they become involved in the process of organizing orders, which primarily come from staff members during their lunch breaks, and then boxing, bagging, labeling and delivering items from the very moment that an order is placed. Emails come in from staff members from various local eateries, such as program participants Coffee Corners and Mary Yoder’s Kitchen, and the Badger Lab students become immediately involved in the process. The Badger Lab students are constantly identifying new ways of getting out into the community while gaining skills that will help them find a job someday. In fact, earlier this week, nearly 30 hot meals were provided by Badger Lab students from Vinny’s to our staff members.

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  • Berkshire High School
  • Berkshire Local Schools
HS students with umbrellas on balcony
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Students in the Berkshire HS Art III course placed original designs onto their umbrellas which will be available to purchase at the Singing in the Rain benefit auction and scholarship ceremony on April 29th.

Congratulations to our Berkshire High School Art III course students who completed the Umbrella Project! Students spent over 10 weeks planning and implementing their concepts onto their umbrella.  The project is offered by the LEAF (Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation) organization which offers career and college advising to Berkshire students and other local schools.  By participating in the competition, our students have an opportunity to earn various scholarships, earn community service hours, and share their creative talents with people all over the area.  The themes for this year were:  Nature is Beautiful, My Favorite Places, Favorite Spaces, Peacemaking and Bridge Building - Uniting us as People, Technology-Bringing People Together, and Favorite Pastimes.  During the week of January 23rd, umbrellas were on display in the commons area and the school had the opportunity to get involved by casting a vote for their favorites.  The next destination for the umbrellas will be at Lake Erie College on February 19th, where they will reveal the Top 50.  Finally, the umbrellas will be displayed at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor and the Singing in the Rain benefit auction and scholarship ceremony will be on April 29th.  This is when umbrellas will be available to purchase with proceeds benefiting the LEAF organization.  Feel free to join one of the events and support our talented artists!

Elementary students placing votes in clay cylinders

Pictured with umbrella from the left:  Brooklyn Pope, Mylee Klem, Jenna Revak, Madalyn Metzel, Emma Fuller, Alyssa Lawson, Hayden Farley's umbrella, Abby Bartholomew's umbrella, Chelsey Hare, and Beaux Hull.

  • Berkshire High School
  • Berkshire Local Schools
Women's Studies Class on Field Trip
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Students visited Hiram College to explore an art exhibit titled "Women's Rights are Human Rights."

Ms. Bomback’s Fall 2022 Women’s Studies class attended an art installation at Hiram College, titled “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights”. Students explored a series of graphic design pieces that highlighted gender inequalities and acknowledged women’s role in improving human rights for all people. The purpose of the collection is to insight reactions in viewers, and hopefully propel them to action. Questions about societal expectations of gender and prevailing attitudes that sustain discrimination were depicted in a variety of ways and connected to cultures around the world. Following the exhibition, students toured the fine arts building and saw what Hiram art students were currently working on. It was a thought provoking and powerful experience for students.

  • Berkshire High School
  • Berkshire Local Schools