Superintendent

Superintendent


Barberton City Schools
633 Brady Avenue
Barberton, Ohio 44203 
 
 

Mr. Jeffrey Ramnytz
Superintendent
Phone: (330) 753-1025
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884
jramnytz@barbertonschools.org 
Mrs. Kelly Garrett
Administrative Assistant, Superintendent
Phone: (330) 753-1025 ext 13124
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884
kgarrett@barbertonschools.org

Superintendent's Message

May 2018

Superintendent Ramnytz

i.C.A.R.E Mentoring 

ICARE – Mentoring - Everyone needs support from people outside of their homes. Mr. and Mrs. Ramnytz loved me very much when I was growing up but it was the people who took an interest in me outside of my home that helped me get to where I am today. You cannot put a measurement on how important it is for an individual to have support outside of the home. The other adults in my life who did not have to take time with me but chose to, had a significant impact in my life. The relationships that developed were lifelong and still impact me today. In my younger days, I did not want to disappoint my parents or my mentors. When my parents weren’t around to keep me in line, my mentors stepped in to get me back on track. I still communicate with them today and can call them my friends. When I speak to them about how much they have helped me through the years, they always let me know that they received as much from this relationship as I received from them. My goal as Superintendent is to have as many students in the BCSD as we possibly can have this kind of support system outside of their homes.

Currently in the Barberton City schools we have a group from the University of Akron that received a grant called The Community Connectors grant for mentoring students at the high school. Barberton community members and students from The University of Akron mentor our students under this grant. To help support and increase mentoring, we recently have involved the ICARE Mentoring program sponsored by The United Way. We have an ICARE representative Sarah Palace who works exclusively out of Barberton High School. Her job is to help the BCSD recruit and train new mentors. My goal is to have 50 more mentors on board by the end of the year. 

All mentors go through an extensive background check and get exclusive training and support on how to be a mentor through ICARE Mentoring. All we will ask of our mentors is one hour a week to meet with a student and to be that person who they do not want to disappoint. The mentoring takes place in the schools and during school time. Please consider being that person that takes an interest in a Barberton student’s life. It will have an immense impact on the student and you. We will have a mentor recruitment fair on May 2nd at BHS or you can contact Sarah Palace, at Barberton High school. If you ever have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call me. 

                                                                           The Importance of a Strong Vocabulary  

One of The Barberton City School District’s goals is to strengthen our student’s knowledge base which will begin with vocabulary.  If our students have a stronger understanding of words, they will become stronger readers and writers. The new state mandated tests have increased in the rigor of content and vocabulary. Our teachers and curriculum department have been working extremely hard to develop lists of words for each subject and each grade level that will be mastered and built upon from year to year until graduation.  The Barberton City School District has just launched our district-wide vocabulary website. Please visit this site at barbertonschools.org. We realize the importance of an advanced vocabulary to a student’s education. We have created a consistent and measureable vocabulary platform where each subject area has academic terms that need to be mastered. Teachers, parents and students are encouraged to explore the site and use it frequently. There are slide decks, word lists and flashcards for key vocabulary words that students should know based on their grade level. Together with our parents support, we can make sure our students have mastered each grade level word bank and create stronger students, communicators, and leaders.  

Our understanding of what we read and hear is determined by the strength of our vocabulary. Improving ones vocabulary is one of the most important academic investments a person can make, however, it is often disregarded.  Most people these days use slang words and simple phrases when they speak and write. A strong vocabulary is sometimes overlooked and is considered to be unimportant. Young people who are looking to advance themselves in the (Three E’s- Enrollment, Enlistment, and Employment) need to be careful about their choice of words.  A strong vocabulary will improve their communication skills and make them a more convincing candidate no matter what path they choose. Attaining a strong vocabulary begins in early childhood and continues throughout a lifetime. Whether we realize it or not, every time we speak, the language that we use will let others know how educated, competent, and successful we are. Therefore, it is not surprising that studies have shown that a strong vocabulary is directly linked to success and income potential.

Benefits of a strong vocabulary are:

  • Grants you greater respect and credibility - When you use a stronger vocabulary, people will start to pay more attention to you and begin to follow your lead.
  • Improves your communication and equips you to easily express your ideas - Having the right words to express your ideas effectively will make a difference in getting your point across.
  • Improves your writing – You will create the impression you intend in your emails and letters.
  • Improves your ability to earn high grades at school or college – You will be writing so well that your grades will likely improve.
  • Improves your confidence with words and conversation – You will reduce the amount of stuttering and stammering for the right word and be able to make your point boldly and clearly without losing others’ interest. 
  • Improves your score on tests such as the SAT & ACT – You will have greater confidence with an advanced vocabulary when taking these type of tests.
  • Improves your spelling
  • Empowers you with advanced reading and comprehension skills –You will be able to understand the words and concepts in most everything you read.
  • Improves opportunities for promotion and career progression – It has been proven by numerous studies that a good vocabulary is a strong predictor of career success. Having this knowledge will give you a distinct edge over your competition.

What the community needs to understand is that not only will this benefit the football program and possibly hosting playoff games, it will benefit a multitude of other programs and activities. It will be used for band practice, performances and competitions, soccer games and practice, and baseball and softball practice when their fields are wet and unusable. There are many school and community activities that potentially will be able to take place on the new turf. Finally, because we are fortunate enough to have a private group raising the money for the purchase and installation of this turf, it will allow the Board of Education to continue to be fiscally responsible and use our money for much needed improvements to our Bus Garage, which is in need of support and housing our busses which are an expensive investment. Again, I want to thank the community members on this committee and the current and future donors.  This endeavor will bring great pride to our city and provide years of bringing this great community together to celebrate our Magics! 

It’s not the Rubber Bowl Turf I Remember!

I want to thank the Turf Committee and its leadership Jim Stonkus, of the Barberton Community Foundation and Brian Canale, local businessman and restaurant owner for leading the way in raising private donations to fund synthetic turf at Sharkey Stadium. The Barberton Board of Education and district administration are thrilled and very supportive of this outstanding initiative. We appreciate all of the Turf Committee's hard work and all of the current and future donors. This is a very exciting opportunity and we can’t wait until opening night at Sharkey Stadium with the new turf.  Our facilities are second to none and adding turf like most area school districts in the area have will be the crowning jewel of what we offer our students and community.

I first experienced synthetic turf as a player, and coaching football at the Rubber Bowl in the late 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. I have to say, it was not the nicest surface to fall on, it was slippery and it took a great deal of my skin off throughout the years. It was very thin and was supported by what felt like a large concrete slab underneath. At this time in my life and because of the loss of skin, and the hard falls, I was a fan of playing on grass fields. In 1998, while coaching at a local high school, we made the trip down to Canton Central Catholic High School to play an away game. It was there, that I first experienced the new type of synthetic turf.  It was beautiful and looked and felt like grass.  It was not slippery and it did not shred your skin when you fell on it. My mind was changed from being an advocate of grass fields to being a supporter of the new synthetic turf. The new synthetic turf has improved every year since.  The new turf looks and feels like real grass and is used at just about every field we visit during football season.  Just imagining the new turf at our facility fills me with great pride and anticipation.  

What the community needs to understand is that not only will this benefit the football program and possibly hosting playoff games, it will benefit a multitude of other programs and activities. It will be used for band practice, performances and competitions, soccer games and practice, and baseball and softball practice when their fields are wet and unusable. There are many school and community activities that potentially will be able to take place on the new turf. Finally, because we are fortunate enough to have a private group raising the money for the purchase and installation of this turf, it will allow the Board of Education to continue to be fiscally responsible and use our money for much needed improvements to our Bus Garage, which is in need of support and housing our busses which are an expensive investment. Again, I want to thank the community members on this committee and the current and future donors.  This endeavor will bring great pride to our city and provide years of bringing this great community together to celebrate our Magics! 

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