Barberton City Schools News
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.”
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!!!
Celebrate My Drive

How do I make a commitment for our school?

To make a safe driving commitment in support of your high school, go to between 12:00:00 AM CT on October 15, 2014 and 11:59:59 PM CT on October 24, 2014. Limit of one (1) safe driving commitment per person and per e-mail address per day.
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.
Operation Warm

Game Change

The freshmen football game between Barberton High School and Norton High School will be played at Sharkey Stadium this on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 PM.
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!
BHS Magic Time Week Schedule - October

The next BHS Magic Time week will be the week of October 20th.

Monday, October 20 -Thursday, October 23, student dismissal from BHS will be at 3:00 pm. On Friday, October 24th, if your child turned in the one time permission slip, they will be dismissed at 12:46 pm. If you signed the one time permission slip, it is good for the year. If your child cannot leave early on Friday, we will have staff that can work with them on their academics until 2:30 pm in room A150. We will take attendance if a permission slip was not turned in.

Thank you,
Mr. Ramnytz
BHS Principal
Ebola Update #3

October 16, 2014

From: Dr. Margo Erme, Medical Director

PIO: Donna Skoda, Assistant Health Commissioner

A Message for Parents Regarding Ebola

Akron, Ohio. At this time based on the information collected by Summit County Public
Health there is no known threat to the public’s health. Summit County Public Health is
not advocating for the closure of schools and the cancellation of events. However,
Summit County Public Health supports Akron Public Schools and their decision based
on their assessment of the situation.

Summit County Public Health has released a list of the top things parents need to know
about Ebola.

1. Your child is not at risk while attending school in Summit County
. A risk for
Ebola only comes when you come into close contact with a person suffering from
Ebola. The health care worker who passed through Summit County did not visit any
county schools.

2. Being near someone who is sick with Ebola doesn't mean you'll get infected.
disease isn't contagious like the flu or common cold. You have to be in contact with a
patient's body fluids or blood, and you have to have a break in your skin or have the
fluids touch your eyes, mouth or nose.

3. Ebola does not live long on surfaces or outside someone's body.
Soaps, detergents
and hand sanitizers are effective at killing the virus. Keeping your area clean and
washing your hands will help prevent infections.

4. You and your children are really only at risk if you have traveled to West
Africa, where Ebola is currently spreading.

5. There are currently no known cases of Ebola in Summit County or Ohio.
Ebola Update #2

October 16, 2014

Summit County Public Health and Summit County Emergency Management Agency are coordinating with all local law enforcement, fire, EMS, local hospitals, and government personnel to provide accurate and timely information. Attached is an information sheet on ebola. To date, no cases of ebola have been reported in Summit County. Summit County Public Health has set up an information line for citizens with concerns about ebola. The number for the information line is 330-926-3939.

Additional information and updates will be posted to the Summit County Public Health webpage.

Ebola Fact Sheet
Ebola Update #1

October 15, 2014

From: Dr. Margo Erme, Medical Director
PIO: Donna Skoda, Assistant Health Commissioner

Ebola Update #1

Akron, Ohio. At this time based on the information collected by Summit County Public Health, there is no known threat to the public’s health and therefore no reason to close schools or cancel events at this time. After preliminary investigation is appears as though the healthcare worker who had Ebola had limited social contacts outside of a small number of friends and family. Secondly, Summit County Public Health has not identified any public events or large public gatherings attended by the affected health care worker in Summit County or any surrounding counties. For further information, Summit County Public Health has established an information line at 330-926-3939. This local Ebola information line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. until further notice.
For additional information please call the above number.
News from our School Nurses

In light of Ebola being on the local news with a connection to Akron, we would like you to know of the number to call if you have questions. Please call the Call Center at Summit County Public Health - 330-926-3939. The Call Center will be taking calls until 9:00 pm on October 15 and again the days after.
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!  
Youth Community Forum

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Buchtel CLC 1040 Copley Rd - Akron, OH 44320
Time: 9:00 am– 1:00 pm

The Youth Community Forum is FREE
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost. Registration is required

Click here 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."
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!  
BHS Students Click to Vote!

Click here to vote for Homecoming King and Queen! All grades may vote!
OHSAA Tournaments

Click for OHSAA tournament brackets.

BHS Volleyball, BHS Boys Soccer, BHS Girls Soccer.
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!  
Elementary School Day Includes Computer Instruction

Ms. Lucas teaches kindergarteners the “peace sign” and the “number 1 sign” so they can easily learn the control-alt-delete command to sign in to their computers.

Students use hand sanitizer before signing on to their computers. This helps to keep BCSD computer labs totally virus free.

Elementary students in Barberton City Schools receive technology instruction from teachers Miss Laura Lucas at East and Mrs. Denise Recob at West. The technology curriculum provides each grade level the chance to participate in a series of computer safety activities tailored to their specific grade level. All grades learn about parts of the computer and their functions, as well as a little bit of tech history. A hands-on approach teaches students why and how technology is helpful and useful. Throughout the year, each grade level will also build up tech knowledge (word processing, emailing, use of digital images, internet research, etc.). Students work throughout the year to complete a final project that increases their skills and strengthens their understanding of concepts taught in their classrooms:

Kindergarten: A collaborative alphabet book.
First Grade: A written piece with graphic illustrations, varied font and other text features.
Second Grade: An online presentation of an animal research project.
Third Grade: An online Barberton history presentation.
Fourth Grade: An online presentation of an Ohio inventor research project.
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  
Kidscripts comes to BMS

Barberton Middle School fifth graders had the opportunity to meet with Mr. O'Connell from the Magical Theatre Company as we kicked off a writing rally in preparation for our Kidscript program this year. All fifth graders learned about the important parts of a story, as well as fun ways to ensure a story is creative and an original piece of writing. 

Our fifth graders will be writing a two to three page story that will be submitted to their language arts teacher. Of all the stories submitted, fifty will be sent to the staff at Magical Theatre Company to read and enjoy. They will then choose 2 to 3 stories to turn into plays that will be acted out this spring for all our students to enjoy. We are excited about this program and the many important skills our students learn while participating in Kidscripts.  
Girls' Tennis Team Wraps up Season

The BHS Varsity Girls' Tennis Team defeated Ravenna 3-2 in the last match of the season! This is the third team win of the season.
Abbey Carneal won 2nd singles 6-1 / 6-2. Sarah Bittinger won 3rd singles 6-3 / 6-0. Jelena Bundalo / Hristina Bundalo won 1st doubles 6-4 / 7-5.

The JV Team won 3 of the 4 doubles matches played.
Monica Roberts and Marissa Russo won their court in a pro set with a score of 8-6. Marah Owens and Kat Chiti won their court with a score of 8-2. Katie Monroe and Cassie Ray won their court with a score of 8-3. Kylie Haynes and Alex Juersivich lost in a close tie breaker with a score of 7-8.

The team finished the season strong and is looking forward to the Northeast Ohio Division I Girls Tennis Sectionals Tournament, which begins Tuesday, September 30. All matches will be played at Springside Racquet Club (Montrose area).
Hristina Bundalo will face Brunswick in first round of singles play. Lexi Gardner will face Copley in first round of singles play. Maria Burns will face Firestone in first round of singles play. Sarah Bittinger and Emily Burns will play Nordonia in first round of doubles. Jelena Bundalo and Abbey Carneal will play Strongsville in first round of doubles.
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
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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 ...

Registration is now OPEN for the 2014 'Cancer Fears the Runner' on!!

Click here for information on the 2014 'Cancer Fears the Runner' 5K and 1 mile walk.
Summer /Back to School 2014 Information

Click Read More for the Summer /Back to School 2014 Information links that were previously displayed on the district webpage.
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. 
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