Summer / Fall 2015 Information
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Barberton Middle School
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August 13 - Freshmen Orientation 6:00-8:00 pm
August 19 - First Day of School 
Barberton Middle School
August 18 - Open House 
August 19 - First Day of School  
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Barberton Elementary Schools
August 18 - Open House  
August 19 - First Day of School  
Barberton Middle School Lip Dub 2015
Barberton City Schools News
Free, Online Summer Math Program

Looking for Summer Math help? Sign up for TenMarks, a Free (previously $39.95 a student) Online Math Program aligned to common core and state standards. TenMarks is the smartest way for kids to practice & master math. Practices available for students entering grades 1-8 and Algebra 1, Algebra II, or Geometry.

Click here to sign up for TenMarks.
ACT Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada

ACT Website
Teens Against Cancer

BHS TAC and Team Trevor team members present a $9017 donation to Akron Children’s Hospital.  
Our Young Author!

Barberton Elementary East Second grader, Olivia Wagner, wrote a story entitled "The Book That Came To Life" and submitted it to the PBS Kids Writer's Contest. Olivia won second place in the second grade division. Way to go Olivia!!  
Community Health Center Adolescent Treatment Program
Camp Invention is coming to Barberton!

Camp Invention is coming to Barberton Elementary School East!

July 27-30 and August 3-6, 2015 from 12:15-4:30 pm.

Register for $15! Thanks to funding provided by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Scholarships are available on first-come, first-served basis. Call 1-800-968-4332 to register your rising 1st - 6th grader today!

Click here for more information.
High School Volunteers Needed

Camp Invention is in need of high school students to be Interns for Camp Invention. The Volunteer Leadership Intern opportunity is ideal for high school students entering grades 10, 11 or 12. This opportunity will build leadership skills through formalized training and practical experience, introduce entrepreneurial and intellectual property concepts, strengthen college applications and provide a meaningful setting to complete required volunteer hours.

Camp Invention will be at East Elementary July 27-30 and August 3-6 from 12:15-4:30. If you know of anyone who would be willing to volunteer, please have them contact Sheila McGhee at

Click here for a Volunteer Packet.
BEE Spelling Bee!

2015 Barberton Elementary East Spelling Bee winners.
Xander Zwick - Runner Up. Talia Martin - 1st Place.
Teens Against Cancer - Pantene Beautiful Lengths

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Read to Achieve!

Students from Barberton Elementary West who completed "Read to Achieve"

Between November and April, fifty-eight students at Barberton Elementary West, Barberton Elementary East, and Barberton Middle School completed six reading challenges in the Cleveland Cavaliers "Read to Achieve" program!

For their efforts, each student was rewarded with a Cavaliers cinch bag and poster, and tickets to visit Castaway Bay Waterpark.
BMS Withem Award

On Monday, October 27, 2014 Barberton Middle School lost someone very special to all of us, Mrs. Toni Withem. We honor Mrs. Withem’s memory by presenting two very deserving eighth graders the annual Withem Award.

The Withem Award has been created to recognize students who exemplify certain qualities and characteristics which Mrs. Toni Withem, former Guidance Secretary for Barberton Middle School, both possessed herself and admired in others. For those of you who had the opportunity to know Mrs. Withem, you undoubtedly remember her high spiritedness (many people described her as a ball of fire) and strong convictions. When she believed in something … or someone … she would ceaselessly stand up for them and quickly became their greatest ally. She rooted fiercely for the underdog, and cheered on and supported countless students who needed a shoulder and a warm smile. Mrs. Withem was known for finding the good in everyone, even when they, at times, made it very difficult to find. She connected with many through her gregarious sense of humor and quick wit; her giggles and laughter still echo in our minds even today.

The first recipients of the Withem Award were: Kennedy Humphrey and Jacob Gruber.
A.L.I.C.E. Drills

Criminal Science Technology juniors assisted the Barberton Police Department with A.L.I.C.E. drills conducted at Barberton Middle School and Barberton Elementary West School.  
BHS Graduation Photos
The 2015 BHS Graduation photographs are available online for purchase! Click here to purchase photos.

The Order Deadline is Wednesday, August 05, 2015. Orders placed after this date will be charged a Late Order fee.
Superintendent's June Message

Year ends with student accomplishments

Patti Cleary


The school year ended on a high note for Barberton City School students, from academic honors to extra-curricular awards.  It underscores the fact that Barberton has excellent students and athletes.  Please excuse the overuse of exclamation marks in this column; I can’t help myself!  

Global Recognition!!!

"Umm, I Forgot Their Name," our 8th grade DI team from Barberton Middle School, won 3rd place Globally and had the Highest Instant Challenge Score Globally at the DI Global Competition this week! They competed against 68 teams Globally!

They are the first DI team from Barberton to place at the Global Competition. Congratulations Brandon Fogle, Courtney Kemp, Jaycee Lappin, Jamie Matheson, Brevan Mitchell, Nelson Velo!
Superintendent's Message (May 2015)

Calendar Changes Allows For More Parent Conferences 
Patti Cleary 

Parent-teacher conferences are the best way I know for parents to really learn how their students are doing in school.  They can see children’s work and discuss student progress with teachers.  I’ve learned, however, that there is not enough time during our designated parent-teacher conference nights to see every parent who wants a meeting. 

Beginning next school year, we plan to extend. . .  
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.  
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?  

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

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
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.
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. 
Barberton City Schools
Vision: Barberton City Schools ... pursuing excellence for a bright tomorrow.
Mission: To serve every child by challenging him/her to act with purpose and compassion in order to be productive, contributing citizens of our community and the world, and to impact future generations.

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School Closing Information

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 weather 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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