Barberton City Schools News
Superintendent's Message

Planning for the future 

by Patti Cleary

Barberton City Schools have been collecting data and asking for community input since June in order to guide the creation of a Five-Year Strategic Plan. We are now in the final stages of writing/revising and will soon publish this plan to the public.  
Barberton Students Prepare for Careers in Chef Prep & Hospitality Management

Kaitlyn Claar, Derek Everson, and Morgan Harper are juniors from Barberton High School who are in the Chef Prep program at Copley High School. Seniors include: Devin Christopher, Devin Simpson, Makenna Garner, Alexis Karos, and Dustyn Hicks. This program is taught by Chef Joe Schmeltzer with 21 years experience at Copley High School and 29 years in culinary. Part of this program is a Chef Prep Marketing class taught by Ms. Diane Dann, who has taught for 36 years.

The Chef Prep Marketing class is helping us understand what it is like to run our own business, and teaches us the importance of resumes, and the different jobs that are in a restaurant. Another part of the program is working in the Tomahawk Room. The Tomahawk Room is a restaurant ran by the juniors and seniors of the Chef Prep Program. The restaurant is open from 10-12:15 on Thursdays and Fridays. The students cook and serve the food, from desserts to soups to burgers and chicken and much more. You can find the Tomahawk Room menu can be found in the community section of the Copley High School website.  
Advancement to Nursing Program News

The students of the Barberton High School Advancement to Nursing program (Barberton, Wadsworth, Norton and Copley students) recently assisted Pam Eaton, Barberton High School and Barberton East Elementary school nurse. The nursing students assited Mrs. Easton with Vision Screening and Hand Washing instruction during the month of November at Barberton East Elementary.  
Barberton Remembers Officer Winebrenner

Students and staff at Barberton High School and Barberton Middle School gathered today in honor of Officer Justin Winebrenner as his funeral procession moved to the James Rhoades Arena for viewing. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 21st from 1 to 7 p.m. at the University of Akron's, James Rhoades Arena, "The JAR", 373 Carroll Street, Akron, Ohio 44325. Service will be held Saturday, November 22nd, 10 a.m. at the same location.  
Remembering Officer Winebrenner

Barberton City Schools remembers one of our own, Justin Winebrenner, 2001 Barberton High School graduate. We will never forget you.

BHS Community Service!

Barberton High School seniors recently participated in a city wide community service project. The seniors worked throughout the community to rake leaves for elderly and disabled citizens.   
BHS offers Math and Science Tutoring

There will be Math and Science tutoring offered starting the week of November 17. This is tutoring for any math or science course students are taking at BHS.

Math - Mrs Cardinal in room 233 from 2:45-3:45 (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Science - Mrs. Walker in room 113 from 2:45-3:45 (Wednesdays)

Magic week times will be 3:15-4:15.
Barberton PTA Holiday Bazaar

Barberton PTA Holiday Bazaar, at Barberton Middle School, Saturday, November 22, 9 am - 3 pm
BHS ACT after school tutoring schedule

Tutoring for the ACT test on December 13th is as follows: Every Tuesday and Wednesday starting November 18th and 19th.

Dates for tutoring:
November 18th and 19th,
November 25th and 26th,
December 2nd and 3rd,
December 9th and 10th.

There will be a one hour review the Friday before the test on December 12 from 2:30 to 3:30 in BHS Media Center.
BMS News from BMS Students

Garden Club
by Sondra Jamison
BMS Student

According to Mrs. Jamison, a teacher at Barberton Middle School, the most exciting thing happening at BMS is the Garden Club. “The Garden Club is a good way to learn about nutrition and fresh food,” said Mrs. Jamison, who is also the founder of the Garden Club. The Garden Club teaches students how to plant their own plants and vegetables. “It is an exciting and fun way for students to learn,” Jamison said. On a personal note, I ate some peppers from the garden and they were delicious!

Mrs. Jamison, Mrs. Hance and Mrs. Roeck are the teachers in the Garden Club along with 30 students. This year is the first year for the Garden Club. They meet about once a month in the courtyard to tend the garden. Some of the things that the club has grown are flowers, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and various herbs. The students have shared vegetables with students and their families, made salsa, and have offered vegetables to students during school lunches. The exciting news is that the Garden Club has plans to expand the garden next year.
Honored Teachers

Congratulations to Barberton teachers honored at the Summit County Education Celebration! Nominated to the All-County Teaching Team was BEW teacher Sydnee Ortman. BEE teacher, Brittany Fox was Barberton’s Rookie of the Year.
Barberton Values Arts Education

The first grade students at Barberton Elementary East, under the instruction of Miss. Harris, the visual arts teacher, created these beautiful mosaic cats. The fourth grade students learned about Picasso and then created witches that mimicked Picasso’s style.  

The third grade students at Barberton Elementary East attend the Barberton YMCA for six weeks of swimming lessons. The students are learning life-saving skills for themselves and others. This picture captures the students practicing the Reach and Assist strategy.  
College Signing

Barberton seniors Riley Ries and Macy Kaisk have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers at Cleveland State University as members of the Vikings softball team.  
BEW Celebrates Veterans Day

Outstanding BHS Math and Science Students

Megan Stobaugh and Luke Dantz were honored by the Akron Council of Engineering and Science Societies as Barberton High School's outstanding math and science students. Outstanding senior students from all high schools in Summit County were recognized at an Awards Banquet at Guy's Party Center in Akron. Both Megan and Luke were nominated by their math and science teachers to receive this prestigious award.  
Top Summer Readers at BEE!

Students across the Barberton City School District complete a summer homework assignments to prevent the “summer slide.” They work to maintain and sharpen their reading and math skills. Congratulations to the following Barberton Elementary School East students who logged the most hours of reading throughout their break: Dahne C, Kahlen C, Olivia W, and Vincent V.  
College Signing

Congratulations to Barberton High School senior, Kloee Cuckler, who signed to continue her academic and softball career at Lourdes University.  
Washington D.C.

The Barberton Middle School 8th Grade Class recently completed a three day visit to Washington DC.  
BMS News from BMS Students

By Kasey N. and Kaylie S.
BMS Students

Something important going on at BMS in Mrs. Greenfields M.H. class. Mrs. Greenfield wants people to know that these special needs students “aren’t any different from any other students”. The past two weeks Kasey N and I have been going around our school BMS and asking all the grades on what the feel about the special needs kids .They all believe they should be able to have the same classes as us, play sports, and interact with other students more. Mrs. Greenfield also said, “I started off working in elementary school then I thought I should try working with the special needs kids. Every since that day I fell in love with them I never want to quit my job.” If we want to change how others view these students, we need to let the community know because if they know that our kids are accepting of the special needs kids, they can help us change this. We as 8th graders feel that the special needs should be able to do the same things as we do as long as it won't hurt them! We think that the BMS students treat our special needs kids like they are no better or no worse than anyone else in this school, which is really good. Many kids that have brothers and sisters that have special needs are the kids that are the most accepting. This is why we need to let the special needs kids interact with other students more and play sports with us.  
Financial Literacy Champion

Mr. Staats with students and representatives from the State Treasurer's Office

Mr. Brian Staats, Barberton High School Economics Teacher, received the "Financial Literacy Champion" award presented by the State of Ohio Treasurer’s Office. Staats was one of only 15 teachers in Ohio to receive this award.  
Semper Fi

Barberton Graduate, Cpl. Shane Blain from the USMC, came to Barberton Elementary East to visit with Ms. Light's first grade class. The students sang "Grand Ole Flag" and "Semper Fi" and presented Cpl. Blain with a banner thanking him for his service in Afghanistan. Cpl Blain will be deployed again in March.  
"Sweets and Tea Shoppe"

BHS Business management students were given an assignment to create a business and give an elevator pitch to the class. During the presentations, students chose a variety of potential businesses that they would like to pursue. The group of Shelby Stumpf, Sabrina Butz and Dylan Stewart went above and beyond the assignment and provided samples of the products they would sell. Their business name is Sweets and Tea Shoppe; a place where customers would enjoy homemade treats! The class enjoyed pumpkin spice chocolate Oreo balls and pumpkin spice tea.
Fire Safety

Barberton firefighters and paramedics, Matt Heinl and Neil Morgan, came to Barberton Elementary East to teach the third grade students about fire safety.  
Barberton Elementary East Flag

Petty Officer First Class Maxwell recently returned from Afghanistan, his third tour overseas. While he was there in 2014, he flew a flag over the base in honor of Barberton Elementary East. A ceremony was held at the school for the 3rd and 4th graders, where his wife, Mrs. Maxwell, a second grade teacher at Barberton Elementary East, explained the sacrifice someone in the military, as well as their family, must endure. The students were also encouraged to thank any military members they see or encounter on a daily basis. The flag was raised by Mr. Maxwell and his son, Preston, a fourth grader at Barberton Elementary East, followed by everyone reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The flag was then lowered and folded properly in the triangular fold. The flag itself will be displayed in the school’s front lobby case, along with the certificates of authenticity for being flown overseas under the US Navy.
Costume/Holiday Day at BMS

Costume Day at BHS

Winter Magic Mayhem
Thanks BHS student-athletes!

Student-athletes from Barberton High School recently took time out of their day to read to second graders at Barberton Elementary East and West. In addition to reading to the second graders, the BHS student-athletes provided each second grader with a "Hog Mollie" book of their own. The books were donated by the 2nd and Seven Foundation.  
How to Dress for Success

Business Management students were treated to a presentation by guest speaker Andy Platko, Senior Store Manager, from Men’s Wearhouse. He spoke to the students on How to Dress for Success. Not only did he provide a detailed presentation, but provided a demonstration by bringing in clothing and accessories to show the students how to put together outfits in order for them to stand out in an interview!
BMS News from BMS Students

B.M.S Student Scripts
by By Alec R. and Landon H.
BMS Students

There are some interesting things going on in Barberton Middle School. For example, all fifth grade students participated in a writing rally where they learned how write a story based on character, setting, genre, conflict and solution. Mason D. said, “My favorite part of the assembly was that I got to go up on the stage and I also liked the characters in my story.” Students will be taking what they learned and creating two to three page stories that will be submitted to the Magical Theater in downtown Barberton. Arriana H. added that her favorite part, “was when they went on the stage. My favorite part of my story is when it is raining cats and dogs.” Only fifty stories out of fifth grade will be submitted to the Magical Theater. Out of those fifty stories two of them will be turned into plays.

Saedie S. told us that she also liked it when the kids went on the stage and did the cards. “My favorite part of my story is when the teacher and her daughter got a pet pigeon in the classroom,” said Saedie. Chanden L. liked that his character’s named Mr Hopper. The students hope to see their stories turned into plays sometime around the end of February.
Bonnie Myers College Access Visits Mount Union

Advancement to Nursing Program News

In October the Advancement to Nursing class at Barberton High School assisted the Summit and Portage American Red Cross in making Comfort Kits for the disaster victims of Summit and Portage Counties.  
BMS Garden Becomes Community Project!

This weekend members of the BMS Garden Club and twelve members of the BHS Varsity Football Team volunteered to help close up the garden for the winter and prepare new garden beds for Spring of 2015. The help of the football team was greatly appreciated by the Garden Club members!

Interested in becoming a member of the BMS Garden Club? Students and BMS parents can email Mrs. Jamison for more information.
Classroom Parties & Celebrations

We all love a birthday or holiday celebration, but it is important to remember good nutrition when bringing in snacks for your child and their schoolmates. Click here for helpful tips on choosing classroom snacks from our Food Services Department.

Visit our Food Services Page for more healthy food and snack information.
BHS Informational Meetings

Barberton High School Guidance will sponsor two informational meetings for parents and students on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 pm.

A mandatory meeting for parents and students (first time, not those currently enrolled) interested in pursuing postsecondary enrollment options during the 2015-16 school year will be in the Library. At the same time the financial aid/FAFSA application process will be discussed with college bound seniors and parents in A150.

Mark your calendar!!!
Superintendent's Message (October)

Understanding State Testing

The State Report Card ratings came out last month and we at Barberton Schools were unhappy to receive two Fs out of the nine graded components.  It is particularly disappointing to our teachers who have been working very hard to increase student achievement, particularly with our students who have identified disabilities, so we take these ratings very seriously and will strive to improve them.

We do want to clarify, however some of the misconceptions that parents and community members may have about the new way the State is rating school districts...

BHS Cosmetology

The Cosmetology Department returning from the Primer Hair show in Columbus. The students are excited to share what they learned. The Cosmetology Department has 100% in job placement, every senior is currently working in a salon.

The BHS Cosmetology Department opens to the public at 11:45 am / Monday - Friday. The students are doing full salon services. Please call: 330-753-1084 ext 25309 for more information.  
Congratulations Brandon!!
 Congratulations to Brandon McCall who won the Game Balls contest after his "strong rushing performance against Akron North. Brandon ran for 334 yards and four touchdowns and also returned a kick 80 yards for a touchdown in a 42-36 win over Akron North."

Brandon was also named to the High School Spotlight by the Akron Beacon Journal. "McCall, a junior, guided the Magics to a 42-36 win over visiting North with 414 all purpose yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for 334 yards on 31 carries with four rushing touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown."
Bowling Club

Parents, the staff at Magic City Fast Lanes is working with us to provide a Bowling Club opportunity for our students at BMS. If your child is interested in bowling every Tuesday from 3-4 PM, the cost will be $5 per week. If there is enough students interest from the club bowling afternoons, a BMS bowling team may be formed. This is a great way for your child to have fun after school!  
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