Barberton City Schools News
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.  
Winter Magic Mayhem
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

Eighth Grade Washington DC Reminders

1. Early luggage check-in will be on Wednesday, November 5 from 2:40 - 3:30 pm and 5:00 - 6:30 pm. We highly recommend you use early check-in!

2. Students traveling to D.C. need to be at school on Thursday, November 6 by 6:30 am. Please use the student drop off lot. Students will meet in the main gym. Please sit in the section that is designated for your bus.

3. If you are bringing a beverage for the trip, only plastic bottles with screw top lids will be permitted on the bus. No energy drinks.

4. Students are allowed one carry-on bag on the bus for snacks, drinks, reading material and one piece of luggage for the overnight stays. Student will not have access to their luggage that is stowed until we arrive at the hotel on Thursday evening.

5. Medications need to be turned in at the main office (mark for School Nurse) no later than Friday, October 31.
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.  
Calling Hours for Mrs. Withem

Calling hours for Mrs. Toni Withem, BMS Guidance Office Secretary, will be Thursday, October 30, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Rd W. Services will be held Friday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The family has indicated that donations can be made to Barberton Middle School in her name. A memorial tree / garden is being planned.
BHS Costume Contest

Teens Against Cancer (TAC) will be sponsoring a costume contest this FRIDAY, October 31. Costumes must be school appropriate and cannot have masks and/or weapons. Students can pay $1 to participate and money will be collected by a TAC member during homeroom. There will be a prize for the best costume with the winner being announced at the end of the day. All proceeds from the contest will be donated to Barberton Relay for Life.
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.
News from Mrs. Walker

Parents, Today we learned that Toni Withem, our guidance secretary, passed away unexpectedly last night. Mrs. Withem has been a dedicated employee of the Barberton City Schools for years. Her friendly words and great smile greeted all students and staff as they entered the counseling office. Fond memories of her will live on through many of us!

This news was unexpected for all of us so your child might have seen or been part of groups of teachers and students mourning the loss of a dear friend and confidant. We met with all students today in their homerooms to discuss the loss. In addition, we had counselors in the library throughout the day for students and staff to meet with as they processed this loss and how it personally impacted them. We will continue to be here to support our staff and students in the days to come, so please encourage your child to come to the guidance office if they need to talk.

In memory of Mrs. Withem, we will be postponing our Spirit Week. Instead, the students have asked that we celebrate the memory of Mrs. Withem starting this Wednesday through next Wednesday. The details will be shared soon on the website and with students. All proceeds brought in will go towards the creation of a memorial that will be placed at BMS.
Mrs. Joyce Walker
BMS Principal
BMS Second Grading Period Update


We will be completing our 1st quarter on Tuesday. Most students have worked hard, which is exciting to see on our end! We will be celebrating our 1st quarter accomplishments on November 14th, so students will be recognized for attendance, strong academic performance, leadership and character.

On Wednesday, we will be experiencing a change to our class schedule due to our large numbers and enrollment. This change is being made to shift students so class sizes are balanced for all grade levels. No changes will be made to specials, but there may be a change for your child given his or her content classes. We will support all students through this change and will be working with students to help them understand if and how the change impact them beginning. These conversations will begin on Tuesday morning.

With all decisions made, my goal was to maximize instruction, balance class size and create as few changes as possible for our students and teachers. As you learn about how this specifically impacts your child, please call me if you have questions or concerns.

Remember that this week is SPIRIT WEEK for our kids. It simply costs $1 for the entire week, with funds going to our PTSA for student programming. Monday is tie/neon day, so either borrow a tie from dad or dress with a color that will brighten our hallways on Monday. Tuesday is Hat Day. On Wednesday 5th and 6th graders need to wear WHITE while 7th and 8th graders wear PURPLE for our group photo. Thursday is crazy socks day and Friday is costume day.

Joyce Walker
BMS Principal
Fill the Truck

The Musical Magics are hosting a “Fill the Truck” Fundraiser
Friday October 31, 4:00-7:00 pm
Saturday November 1, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday November 2, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Barberton High School Parking Lot
555 Barber Rd.
Barberton Musical Magics in Partnership with the Easter Seals is asking for donations to help the Musical Magics and to help the community in giving back to Children and Adults with Disablities.
We are accepting any cloth items.
The Musical Magics Band Program will be paid per pound of cloth collected.
We would like to thank you in advanced for your support!
Any Questions, please feel free to contact Deanna Ingram 330-217-4456  
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.
BMS News from BMS Students

By Hunter A.
BMS Student

I just sat down with Mr.Vernacotola and interviewed him and got some great news! The book fair is coming in November. ‘’The book fair is coming up November 17-21” he said. The book fair is great because they have more than just books. ‘’The book fair is going to have more than books it will also have posters and more.” It’s great that they are having a book fair because then students will have a book they like and they can read it whenever they want to. This reminds me of book fairs my other school had. It also had posters, erasers, books, and more.

We should begin to start seeing posters about it soon! They are going to be selling the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book: The Long Haul (book number 8), posters, pencils, erasers, Hunger Games, AND MORE! For more information visit Mr.Vernacotola in the library. Also there are fliers in the library with more books that you might want to look at on the counter. All you need to do is ask Mr.Vernacotola for one. If you like books you can check one out. By the way, if you are a fan of Diversion and Hunger Games, like me, then you will love the new book they have called The Maze Runner.

Articles in "BMS News from BMS Students" are contributed by students in our Communications classes.
BMS News from BMS Students

By Gino C.
BMS Student

A new thing here at BMS is our school and district report card that we just got from the state of Ohio. Mrs. Walker said, “We did no worse than we did the year before, the state just increased the percentage score needed to receive a certain grade. For example, in one area, if the kids scored 2% higher we would have gone from a F to an A.” I think it is hard to base a schools on one test a year because some people aren’t good at sitting down for two and a half hours and some people just don't try. Mrs. Walker added, “At the middle school, we know how hard our students work and how much they learn in a year. What many of you showed from the beginning of seventh grade to the end of seventh grade was more than a full years of growth.” This measure is called Value Added on the report card. The value added score tells you how students are doing on not just the state test but also over the course of the year and show that we really are learning. It doesn't bother me to sit down for a long time and take a test but for some people it is hard to stay focused and they get nervous and distracted and some of them don't end up doing so well on the test. So when the state gives our final grade, the grade we receive does not always reflect the learning going on from day to day. Mrs. Walker said “We have to look at what the report card tells us and then thoughtfully plan our instruction accordingly because no matter what, we want our students at BMS learning and growing throughout the years they are with us.”

Articles in "BMS News from BMS Students" are contributed by students in our Communications classes.
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!!!
BMS News from BMS Students

By: Taylor G.
BMS Student

Something new and interesting at the Barberton Middle School is what the fifth graders are doing in S.T.E.M! The school has started a new Robotic program. “The robots have to do with distance. They have a sensor about an inch from the table that you put it on,” said Mr. Kaser, the STEM teacher. These robots are brand new. Mr. Kaser also shared, “When you put the robot on the table you start to drive it. When the moving robot’s sensor is over the edge of the table it will stop because it knows that the distance from the floor and the table is different.” This is interesting because the 5th graders will have to do the math when they get the two different heights. So it isn’t just be fun for them because they will have to learn and apply math while using the robots. This is cool because when I was in fifth grade we didn’t have STEM. I wish I could have taken this class.

The whole reason for Robotic education is not to create robotic engineers, but to try to create deep thinkers who will consider complex problems and recognize that they usually cannot be solved in one attempt. The schools that use these systems are wanting the kids to think harder on what they are doing instead of barely using thought. They are young and they do not know what they will want to be later in life.

Articles in "BMS News from BMS Students" are contributed by students in our Communications classes.
PTA Holiday Bazaar

The 3rd Annual Barberton PTA Holiday Bazaar is November 22, 2014 from 9 am - 3 pm at Barberton Middle School. We will have vendors, crafters, a fabulous raffle, and our Magics Main St. for all your purple pride needs! Best of all SANTA!!

Cost: $1 per adult,children 0-5 are free, all students are free, plus free parking!

Vendors are still being accepted. Contact Holly McInerney at 330-706-0315 or by email if you would like to rent a space. You may also click the here to access a copy of our rules and contract.

See you there!
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...

Save Fred at BEE!

 Barberton Elementary School East’s third grade science students had a chance to save Fred the Worm. He was trapped under his capsized boat without his life jacket. Students used problem solving skills, the scientific method, and lots of cooperation to rescue Fred. It was great fun to see how each group solved the problem. When the first attempts did not work, there were lots of guesses and unique trials. Of course, the best part was when the students got to eat their own gummy worms!
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.  
New Technology at BEE!

Barberton Elementary School East’s fourth graders work on Chromebooks for their language arts lessons. This year students have spent time working to build reading skills through web sites such as Raz-Kids and other skill building sites. They are working on writing skills with through a Scholastic writing activity as well as strengthening their lifelong computer skills.  

Kaylib Sutton (senior) and Christopher Brown (junior) are participants in the F.I.R.S.T. program. The F.I.R.S.T. program is a job training program made possible due to a partnership between Summa Barberton Hospital and The Four Cities Compact. Kaylib and Chris were in a presentation, at Norton High School, during which they described jobs they do as part of preparation for life after graduation. Also pictured with Kaylib and Chris are Darla Ruff, F.I.R.S.T. coordinator and Jason Niehaus from Summa Barberton Hospital.  
Rabbit Ears

Barberton High School junior Will Reed has found employment as a correspondent with the Barberton Herald. He will be receiving course credit for doing so through the Career Based Intervention Program at BHS. You can read his introductory column on page 18 of the most recent issue of the Barberton Herald.

Congratulations Will!  
King and Queen

Congratulations to Michael Hodgen and Joanna Hrepcak, this year’s Barberton High School Homecoming King and Queen!  
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."
College and Career Fair!

BMS News from BMS Students

By: Krystiana F
BMS Student

Positive student rewards is a new initiative at Barberton Middle School in which students get rewarded for being respectful. The rewards are a great way to get students to start doing more respectful things than usual. Mrs. Hance, a 6th grade math teacher at BMS said “In order to promote positive behavior throughout the building, teachers, administrators and all adults are acknowledging all of the good things the students are doing.” By acknowledging all of the good things the students are doing the teachers are triggering other students to do good things as well. “Students who display behaviors that model respect receive a ticket. The students put their first and last name on the ticket and put them in their grade level box. Names are drawn on Friday for prizes.” The reward system will also persuade students to do better things throughout the school day. I believe that the positive student rewards motive is an awesome way to bring out the good in the students at Barberton Middle School. This new program is officially called PBIS and is a state initiative schools are being asked to incorporate at all building levels. We are excited about our strong program at BMS!

I personally know a student who has received a positive student reward ticket for helping someone pick up their things when they fell in the hallway. After seeing her help this person pick up their things a teacher gave her a ticket for her good deed. After getting the ticket she filled out the back of the ticket with her first and last name and then at lunch she put her ticket in our grade level box. By doing this, she now has the chance to win a prize when they pull a ticket out of the box on Friday. Even if she doesn’t get picked this time, she will still have a chance next Friday because they keep all of the tickets in the box that were already there when they pulled tickets. When she got the ticket my friend was happy and felt very proud of herself. I have also noticed her doing good deeds more often now in hopes of getting another positive student rewards ticket. Positive student rewards should be used in more schools because it’s a great way to get students to start doing positive things.

Articles in "BMS News from BMS Students" are contributed by students in our Communications classes.
Barberton Graduate in the News

James Honored on’s Team of the Week
Brandon James
Brandon James

Brandon James
of The College of Wooster was named to the Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware, for his work on special teams this past Saturday at No. 11 Wabash College, the popular website announced on Tuesday.

James, a senior strong safety, blocked a field goal on Wabash's first drive of the second half, and later in the third quarter, took a direct snap during a successful fake punt and went 46 yards, breaking multiple tackles down the right side line, before being pulled down inside the five-yard line. On the next snap, Wooster scored its first touchdown of the game to pull within 28-9.
In addition to his standout play on special teams, James tied for the team lead in tackles with 12, including one for a loss.

The Fighting Scots, who lost to the nationally-ranked Little Giants 35-16, will try to bounce back this week when they host Allegheny College Saturday at 1 p.m.  
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!  
Magics Crush Cancer!

Mrs. Robison, Mrs. Gerak, and the Career and Technical Cosmetology Class.

BHS Staff Supporting Mrs. Jena Robison

Barberton High School Students and Staff wear pink to support Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Jena Robison, in her fight to Crush Cancer!  
Barberton's Riley Ries, Macy Kaisk commit to play softball at Cleveland State University

The Barberton City Schools would like to congratulate Riley Ries and Macy Kaisk on their signing with Cleveland State University Softball Program. Both Riley and Macy will continue their academic and softball careers for the Vikings of Cleveland State University.

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. 

“Riley and Macy have played together since they were seven years old and are excited to continue their playing careers together for coach [Becky] Norris and Cleveland State,” said Barberton coach Steve Kaisk, who is also Macy’s father. 

Ries and Kaisk will both sign their national letter of intent in November. 

Ries, a catcher, is a 2014 All-Northeast Ohio and Honorable Mention All-Ohio selection. She also plays basketball. 

Kaisk, a pitcher, is also a 2014 All-Northeast Ohio and Honorable Mention All-Ohio selection. She also plays volleyball and basketball. 

Ries compiled a .529 batting average as a junior with six home runs, 29 runs batted in and just one strikeout. She also hit for the cycle in a game against Geneva. She plans to major in Sports Medicine. 

“Riley is undoubtedly one of the smartest players I have ever coached at the high school or travel ball level,” Kaisk said. “Her knowledge of the game and leadership skills put her in a class by herself. She is also one of the hardest working players I know.”

Kaisk posted a 9-2 record as a junior with one save, a 1.03 earned-run average, 83 strikeouts and eight walks. She also batted .333 with four home runs and 18 runs batted in. She plans to major in Accounting. 

“Macy is one of the toughest competitors in the circle,” Kaisk said. “She is what every coach would want in a pitcher. I have never seen her rattled no matter the situation.”

By Michael Beaven  Beacon Journal Sports Writer Published: September 25, 2014  
Bonnie Myers College Access Program

The Bonnie Myers College Access program at BHS consisting of students grades 10-12 visited Walsh University and The University of Akron. Students had the ability to tour both campuses, while having the opportunity to ask questions and seek information regarding campus life, available majors, etc. Students who participate in the program will continue to have opportunities to experience local college/universities. Monthly meetings will allow students to focus on ACT prep, financial aid packages/scholarships and other access information that will be benefit them in their college searches. For more information regarding the Bonnie Myers College Access program please see Mr. Hartzell or Mr. Andric. 
2014-15 Barberton City Schools Quality Profile
Click here for the 2014-15 Barberton City Schools Quality Profile 
Superintendent's September Message

Barberton Schools Seeks Community Input

Superintendent Patti Cleary 

The Barberton Board of Education has been seeking ideas and opinions from parents, community members, staff and students as they create ...

Superintendent's August Message

A New and Improved Barberton High School

Patti Cleary

Improvements to Barberton school buildings are still ongoing.  BHS is the last phase of the district’s construction project.  We have been able to enhance the high school even more because the district came in under budget after building or renovating the middle school and both elementary buildings, and ...    
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. 
Superintendent's Message


Patti Cleary

  Governor Kasich’s Midbiennium Review Budget has outlined new graduation requirements for students entering ninth grade this fall.  The requirements for the Class of 2018 will include 

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