Something for all
by Patti Cleary
This year’s Homecoming Court inspired pride and tugged at
our heartstrings. Barberton High School
students voted to elect William Tresz as king and Ronni Johnson as queen, two
students with special needs. The joy and
excitement at this development was felt throughout the stadium when it was
announced before a packed house at the football game on September 25th.
Barberton City Schools have the reputation in the area of
having outstanding programs for all learners.
We have highly trained Intervention Specialists who work with students
ranging from mild learning disabilities to children with multiple handicaps. These teachers, tutors and aides are
passionate about moving students to their highest potential.
On the other hand, we also have an extensive program for
our gifted and talented students, going from the elementary level to high
school. The Search Program in the
elementary provides cognitive enrichment as well as social-emotional support
for our youngest gifted students. At the
middle and high schools we offer advanced class offerings, including Advanced
Placement courses and College Credit Plus courses. Some students graduate with a full year of
college credits before they move on to college.
Beginning this year, college coursework is available to qualifying
middle school students!
Barberton is also proud of our Destination Imagination
program. This program inspires and
teaches creativity and problem solving.
Not only that, but our students have lots of fun practicing and building
projects and scenery throughout the school year in order to compete with
schools all over the world. In the past
years, we have taken up to four teams of students to the DI Global
Tournament. This is amazing! Our parent and staff volunteers work endless
hours with our students in order to produce these results.
When it comes to opportunities for the arts, you can see
examples of this at our annual Tri-Arts Festival, which will be on March 19,
2016, featuring vocal and instrumental performances as well as visual art
displays from all buildings. Musical
theatrical productions show-off our students’ talents as well. Look for our middle school musical production
of “Annie”, running November 19-22,
2015 and our high school musical in the spring.
These events are open to the public.
While all our students are special and are talented in
unique ways, I was incredibly impressed by the election of our Homecoming king
and queen. This also shows the
compassion and huge hearts of our students.
Barberton parents, you not only have talented kids, but they show the
potential of being future leaders of the community with strong values and utmost