Barberton City Schools Strategic Plan
The Board of Education determined in January, 2014 that there was a need to embark in a planning process that would lead the school district through the years ahead. There are many uses for district funds that are not optional when running a school district, but there are also programs, staff and facility improvements that are optional, and the community should be given the opportunity to voice an opinion.

At the heart of this plan are the students of Barberton. The Barberton City School District feels strongly that they are entrusted to provide the best educational opportunities to its students, as evidenced in the Beliefs, Mission and Vision Statements.

The Board of Education would like to thank all of the dedicated staff, students, parents and community members who gave their time and talents in order to complete this plan. We welcome further comments and suggestions from them and other stakeholders who were not involved in the original process. Please send these comments to Superintendent Patti Cleary at or to 479 Norton Ave., Barberton OH 44203.


Barberton City Schools News
Growing in Kindergarten!

The kindergarten students in Mrs. Barber’s class “planted” a lima bean and popcorn kernel in cotton balls in a plastic bag. Many were successful in growing the plants. They watched them for two weeks and recorded their observations. Shown are Paul, Mackenzie and Noah.  
BHS Football Team: Taking Pride in Barberton!

Several Barberton High School football players volunteered for "Take Pride in Barberton Day." Coach Gotto and the team cleaned from Wooster Road North expressway entrance to the Magic City Plaza.  
Cultural Event

War of the Roses Grand Nationals

Three girls from Barberton Middle school attended the War of the Roses Grand Nationals Tournament in Michigan on April 18-19, 2015 
Brooklyn Adamson (7th grade) placed: Greco-6th, Folk-4th, Free-4th
Unique Stallworth (6th grade) placed Greco-5th, Folk-3rd, Free-1st
Breanna Adamson (6th grade) placed: Greco-4th, Folk-2nd, Free-2nd
Congratulations Girls!!!  
Greek Pizza at BHS!

The cooks in our Food Services Department love trying new recipes. The BHS cooks have created a Greek Pizza featuring Chicken, Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese, a blend of Mozzarella and Provolone cheeses, fresh Green Peppers and a Jalapeno Honey Mustard Sauce ...its yummy!!!!!

Visit the Food Services page by clicking here for more pictures, menus, and more!  
OMEA District VI junior high solo and ensemble festival

Congratulations to the following BMS students for their excellent participation in the OMEA District VI junior high solo and ensemble festival held in Kent.

Band, receiving a rating of SUPERIOR:

Elaine Strong, trumpet solo
Julia McGrath, flute solo
Dorothy Matney, Shannon Smith, and Russ Smith, brass ensemble

Choir, receiving a rating of SUPERIOR:
Jacob Gruber
Chase Owen
Haley Swaino
Nick Vierheller, piano
Joe Berlin, Jacob Gruber, Jason Nevel, Chase Owen, Nick Vierheller; Boys' Ensemble
Macy Arrowood, Vivian Butz, Katie Gable, Jaycee Lappin, Aliyah Rhoden, Maliyah Shifferly, Sara Sines, Haley Swaino, Rhianna Turner; Girls Ensemble

Band, receiving the rating of EXCELLENT:
Mattie Tewell, flute solo
Crystal Fisher, trumpet solo
Sarah Stacy, Tommy Fennel, and Brevan Mitchell, percussion trio
Dorothy Matney, trumpet solo
Josh Ludwig, Brandon Erden, and Peter Mutic, saxophone trio
Sarah Stacy, Damien Mihal, and Zach Wallace, woodwind trio
Rebecca Pumphrey, oboe solo

Choir, receiving the rating of EXCELLENT:
Vivian Butz
Grace England
Sara Sines
Barberton Boys' Basketball BYBA Camps for 2015

In order to accommodate more kids, and for the convenience of parents, BYBA Magic Camps will be the first week in May and will take place at the schools each child attends. All BYBA Magic Camps will take place between Monday May 4th and Thursday May 7th and all will begin shortly after school.
BHS Baseball News

Barberton 2,
 Kingsway Christian 0

In the third game of the Chad Crawford Memorial Classic at Canal Park, Kyle Sacher led the Magics to a victory. Sacher threw a complete game shutout, striking out seven, walking none and only giving up a second inning single. He helped himself at the plate with one of Barberton’s five hits and scoring a run.
Attention 5th grade parents and students

Please be on the lookout for letters from the Barberton Band Department announcing those selected to participate in the 2015-2016 BMS 6th grade band.

Those wishing to participate need to sign the letters and return them to their homeroom teacher. School-owned instruments will be assigned first to those with a fee-waiver form on file with the school and second to the first students to return letters along for an instrument.

If there are any questions or concerns, please direct them to Mrs. Keserich, the BMS band director, at
November 2015 8th grade Washington DC Trip Information

Click here for Itinerary and Registration.

Qualifications to go on the 8th grade DC Trip

-No more than 3 unexcused absences (Doctors note excluded)
-Must not have excessive tardies

-2 or less days of ISS

** In addition, teachers and/or administrators reserve the right to remove any student from the DC trip at their discretion.  
High School Spotlight

Barberton, softball

Kaisk, a senior, helped the Magics sweep a doubleheader against Coventry, winning 14-0 and 10-0. She pitched a perfect game and also went 5-for-7 at bat with a double, home run, three RBI and four runs scored in the two games.
Important Senior Bulletin

BHS Class of 2015, click here for your most recent Senior Bulletin.
Three BCS DI Teams Advance to GLOBALS!

Barberton Schools sent five strong teams to the Ohio Destination Imagination State tournament on Saturday! Three teams have been invited to attend DI Global Finals in Knoxville, TN at the end of May! 
BHS Kaitlyn Claar is Chopped! Beef Challenge Runner Up

The Restaurant & Hospitality Management Chopped! Challenge for April was to prepare beef and a complimentary side dish for Marketing Management senior student judges. 

BHS student Kaitlyn Claar and Ashton Garrett (CHS) were the two runners up in the Chopped! Beef competition. Kaitlyn prepared a delicious savory steak salad with a homemade salad dressing. Ashton prepared a well season and beautifully cooked piece of beef with roasted asparagus and a scrumptious potato side dish. 

Chef Joe Schmeltzer designs the Chopped! Challenges to test the juniors on culinary skills, creativity and the ability to work in time constraints. Marketing Management senior judges included: Jeala Youseffi, Isabelle Little, Jon Roy and teacher Diane Dann.  
Superintendent's Message (April 2015)

The Magic Way: a positive approach

Patti Cleary


We all know how good education works.  Teachers explain and model good reading, writing and math skills, students practice the skills, get feedback from teachers, and then master the skills.  So it stands to reason that positive behavioral practices can be taught the same way, right?  


Attention anyone interested in wrestling at all ages. Barberton High School will be having open mats every Tuesday & Wednesday from 2:45- 4:00 pm. Come be a champion!!!
BEE Eastside Players Drama Club News

Under the direction of teachers, Mrs. Laura Lapehn, Mrs. Janice Firtha, and Miss Emily Nagle, Eastside Players Drama Club took the stage to perform Snow White. The club is made up of Barberton Elementary East fourth graders who worked after school for months to learn their lines and hone their acting skills. Many thanks to parents for help with costumes and to Barberton's Magical Theatre for their help with the set. In order to provide this enriching activity to as many students as possible, our teachers formed two groups and treated parents to two separate performances. The amount of time, talent, and volunteer work that went into the programs is amazing!
Career and Tech News

The Barberton High School Cosmetology students recently attended the mid America Beauty Show. The students observed many techniques in hair cutting, coloring, and styles for spring and summer. The student learned that the services in our profession is a form of art, math and chemistry. They are all excited to practice what they learned at the hair show.  
Class of 2016 Senior Class Picture Submission Information & Requirements

Class of 2016 Senior Class Picture Submission Information & Requirements

  • Student choice pose
  • Color, horizontal photo
  • Electronic submissions only via:
    1. Email
    2. CD from photographer
    3. Yearbook Snap (free app) using code BHSCigam and “portraits” category

Families in Action Classes

In today’s society, where children seem to become adults overnight and often make decisions about drugs, sexuality and violence before they understand the consequences, a parent’s job is more important than ever.

Join us at the next session and see the difference!
Sessions are FREE.

Open to Teens and Parents.

Tuesdays April 14, April 21, April 28,
May 5, May 12, May 19

Catholic Charities Community Services/Summit County
812 Biruta St
Akron, OH 44307

To register, please contact: Chloe Brown Phone: 330-762-2961 ext 205

Click here for more information.  
Superintendent's Message (March 2015)

The State Testing Debate

Patti Cleary

 I would like to give a big “thank you” to our students, parents, teachers, administrators, counselors and support staff for working so hard and showing the “can do” spirit in regard to the new state testing. I was very proud to see all staff working together to rearrange schedules and help each other. Our attendance rate during the testing was very high and students seemed to work extremely hard to do their best. Even when there were technical difficulties, students were patient and in good spirits, as were their teachers.  

College Credit Plus

From State Superintendent Dr. Richard A. Ross

As your child moves closer to high school graduation you are probably thinking about whether he or she will go to college. Will your son or daughter be prepared for higher education? Will you be able to afford it?

These are normal questions for parents to ask. We have good news that can help you answer them if you think college may be in your child’s future. Ohio’s College Credit Plus program offers students in grades 7-12 the chance to earn college credit from any Ohio public college or participating private college while earning high school credit for the same courses, if they qualify academically. If a student qualifies for College Credit Plus, all associated costs are free to students seeking credit from public colleges. There may be limited costs for students seeking credit from private institutions.

Click here for more information on College Credit Plus
Superintendent's Message (February 2015)

Positive Outlook for Barberton Schools

Patti Cleary 

The budget proposed by Governor Kasich last week was good news for Barberton Schools.  I am very cautious, however, of what the final appropriations will be by the time the budget is approved by the state legislature. 

Over the next two years, the plan calls for additional funding for both Akron and Barberton Schools, but takes away funding from many other Summit County school districts.  I expect there will be much push-back before the budget is finally approved, perhaps as late as June. In the meantime..... 

100% Pass State Tested Nursing Assistant Exam!!

Eighteen seniors from the Advancement to Nursing Program recently took their State Test Nurse Aide competency Exam. We had 100% pass this exam, which consisted of a written exam as well as skills testing.

Congratulations to all 18 seniors!  
Learning to Launch 2015

Barberton High School sophomores and juniors can attend Hiram College for an Entrepreneurship Academy from May 26-29, 2015.  The cost is only $25!

Click here for a video with more information.

Click here for Registration. Registration Deadline is May 15, 2015.
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.
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.
Progress Book Parent Access

Please Note: Parents and students will keep the same user accounts from year to year with Progress Book Parent Access. The school offices do not have Parent Access account usernames and passwords. If you need your user name/passwords, you will have to have the information reset through the “Can't access your account” link on the Parent Access sign in page or click here for account recovery.
BHS Magic Time

During the 2014-2015 school year, the high school will be running an alternative schedule one week a month. We are doing this to give our teachers two hours of uninterrupted time to prepare for new common core curriculum and end of year exams that your child will be required to pass to graduate.

Click "Read More" for more information, the Magic Time Schedule, and new Graduation Requirements. 
Child Find

Child Find is the process of locating and evaluating children with suspected disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. Federal, state, and local regulations require all Ohio Schools to conduct annual Child Find activities. Click here for the Barberton City Schools Child Find brochure.
New District Communication Tool
We have been looking for different ways to better communicate with you regarding upcoming events, district news and alerts.  We still plan to use the parent broadcast system, but we would also like you to be able to receive emails and/or text messages from us that you can open whenever it is convenient for you. 
School Year Calendars
District Calendars are available for school years

Events Calendar
Winter Weather Information

As we enter the winter months, there is always a chance that we may have to delay or close school because of inclement weather.
Please consult the following stations for possible school closings or delay:

WAKR (1590 AM)
WONE (97.5 FM)
WQMX (94.9 FM)
WKDD (98.1 FM)
WMJI (105.7 FM)
WMMS (100.7 FM)
WGAR (94.9 FM)
WCRF (103.3 FM)

For a two hour delay, these times will apply:

  • High school classes begin at 9:45 am, end at 2:30 pm
  • Middle school classes begin at 9:50 am, end at 2:35 pm
  • Elementary school classes begin at 10:45 am, end at 3:15 pm

We hope to avoid calling calamity days, but no one can predict what the winter months will bring. Be assured that we will always make decisions based on students’ best interest and safety. We understand that every family has different challenges when it comes to aligning beginning school times and parent work times, and we hope that this information will give you the opportunity to make the necessary arrangements to meet your individual family needs.

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