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First page of the PDF file: GCJFSHelpMeLearnDay2024_1
Melissa Malkus

Geauga County Job and Family Services will hold their school supply distribution program, Help Me Learn Day, on Tuesday, August 6, 2024 at Morning Star Friends Church from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is required to attend this event.

  • Berkshire Elementary School
  • Berkshire High School
  • Berkshire Local Schools
  • Berkshire Middle School
Jade Fink yearbook photo
Gabe Host

Congratulations to Berkshire High School Class of 2024 graduate Jade Fink!

Congratulations to Berkshire High School Class of 2024 graduate Jade Fink on earning first place in the Baking & Pastry category at the 2024 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Competition! This year’s competition was held in Seattle, Washington and took place from June 29th through July 3rd. As a student in the Culinary Arts program at Auburn Career Center, Jade competed against other students from across the nation and displayed an impressive level of both skill and knowledge. Congratulations once again to Jade Fink on her impressive achievement and best wishes in all future career endeavors!

  • Berkshire High School
  • Berkshire Local Schools
Footsteps2Brilliance flyer
Gabe Host

For all children (birth – third grade), including non-Berkshire students, who reside within the attendance area.

Berkshire Local Schools is excited to provide a new and engaging way for children from birth through third grade to get ready for school with the Footsteps2Brilliance literacy app. This FREE app is available to all children (birth – third grade) and families, including non-Berkshire students, who reside within the Berkshire Local Schools attendance area. An award-winning learning app with thousands of books, songs, and games, Footsteps2Brilliance helps students learn and establish a solid foundation for success in school. Getting your child signed up and started with using the Footsteps2Brilliance app can be accomplished in just a few simple steps. Learn more and how to register by visiting the district’s Footsteps2Brilliance resource page.

  • Berkshire Elementary School
  • Berkshire Local Schools
7th grade students work with BECC students
Gabe Host

Ongoing experience made possible through support of Geauga County Retired Teachers Association.

Thanks to the generosity of former teachers from Geauga County schools, the Berkshire Early Childhood Center is providing students with new and exciting learning opportunities featuring robotics. The Robot PBL (Project-Based Learning Unit) kicked off on March 21, 2024, and was made possible through a generous grant from the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association (GCRTA). Using robots purchased through the grant, seventh-grade students from Mrs. Mele’s classroom worked with the preschool students in a variety of fun learning stations focused on simple coding concepts.

After the conclusion of Robot Day, students continued their coding exploration in class using their counting skills and coding knowledge to direct each robot to navigate through obstacles they had created. Students also demonstrated their creativity by using stem tools and various art materials to design their own unique robot prototype.

BECC student shows off robot prototype

For the next part of the Robot PBL, students authored a story about the capabilities of their robot prototypes and how they can help people with everyday tasks. The students’ stories along with pictures of their robotic creations were then compiled into a book and shared with their second-grade reading buddies. During the interactive activity, the second graders read the book to the preschool students, who in turn, shared about their favorite robot used in the classroom.

2nd grade reading buddies read robot stories

As a fun way to strengthen their understanding of coding, the preschoolers dressed in costumes and used a floor grid to navigate coding commands to complete the mission related to their selected costume. From pirates, princesses, and construction workers, to cowboys, firefighters, and doctors, the students had a blast counting forward arrow and quarter-turn commands to complete the path on the grid and arrive successfully at their themed learning destination.

BECC student wearing construction outfit

Incorporating the study of coding into early childhood instruction provides several benefits for students, including introducing them to the engineering design process and strengthening computational skills that translate to reading and mathematics, such as using ordered steps to solve a problem. Students can also participate in coding activities described above that are screen-free and promote hands-on and exploratory learning. While not every student will become a computer programmer, exposure to programming helps prepare students to successfully engage in today’s computer-centered workplace and society.

BECC student watches robot move on carpet

This summer, BECC students will continue to grow their coding skills through fun games and exploration using a variety of age-appropriate robots such as ozobots, Coding Critters Ranger and Zip, the coda-pillar, and more.

A special thank you to Mrs. Mele’s seventh-grade computer class, Mrs. Nguyen’s and Mr. Malkus’ book buddy students, and the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association for their generous support and helping our students explore new pathways to learning.

  • Berkshire Local Schools
Berkshire Middle School students smile during the Wellness Fair on the stadium field
Gabe Host

Students benefit from Wellness Fair and therapy dog visits during the month of May 2024. 

From standardized tests to effective time management for co-curricular and athletic activities, students face a variety of challenges during the school year. Through the Sources of Strength program, Berkshire Middle School students can discover helpful tools and strategies to effectively navigate those challenges and the related stress that accompanies them. During the month of May, seventh and eighth grade students at Berkshire Middle School enjoyed the "Work the Wheel Wellness Fair" coordinated by the schools' Sources of Strength middle school group. The event offered students the opportunity to visit various booths staffed by community organizations which provide services and support to local students. Congratulations to the BMS Sources of Strength group for organizing a fabulous educational opportunity to all who were able to participate.

Students stand on turf of Great Lakes Stadium

During the early part of May, Berkshire Middle School hosted “Sources of Strength NAMI PAWS” days which featured visits by therapy dogs from NAMI Geauga County to reduce stress among students during state testing. Both events were very popular with the student body who enjoyed the opportunity to meet and pet the therapy dogs. A special thank you NAMI Geauga County for their support of our students and the Sources of Strength program.

Berkshire Middle School students stand with a NAMI Geauga volunteer and a therapy dog

 

Berkshire Middle School students pet a NAMI therapy dog

 

  • Berkshire Local Schools
  • Berkshire Middle School