BCSD News & Information

February 4, 2021

Welcome to February!

February 12 - Staff In-Service Day, NO SCHOOL - SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW

February 15 - President's Day, NO SCHOOL

February 16 - Preschool & Kindergarten Registration Opens

February 16 - Board of Education Meeting

February 18 - Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent

February 24 - BMMS Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 25 - BMHS Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 25 - Elementary Schools Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Important COVID-19 Information: Staff Vaccination February 12th and March 5th

Today we received the news that Berea City School District employees will have the option to receive their COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, February 12th and Friday, March 5th. This is exciting news for us and something that we have been waiting to hear.


Please make note of this important information:

  • February 12: No school for all BCSD students, including TVLA, so that staff can receive their vaccine if they choose;

  • March 5: No school for all BCSD students, including TVLA, so that staff can receive their second dose of the vaccine if they choose;


While I know that an unexpected school closure can be difficult for some families, it is my hope that the advance notice will be helpful with your planning. It’s important for our staff to receive the vaccine so that we can maintain in-person learning. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


Sincerely,


Tracy L. Wheeler
Superintendent

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Virtual Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent

Grab a cup of coffee and join BCSD Superintendent Tracy Wheeler on Thursday, February 18th at 2:00 p.m. on Facebook Live for our second Virtual Coffee and Conversation event. Let us know what questions, ideas, or concerns you would like Superintendent Tracy Wheeler to address during her virtual coffee chat by sending in your questions in advance or you may participate in the live event.


Submit your questions, ideas, or concerns using this form


Can't attend? You can always give Superintendent Tracy Wheeler a call at 216-898-8300 or send her an email twheeler@bereaschools.org with your comments, questions, ideas, or concerns.

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Brook Park Elementary School Kindness Week

Last week, Brook Park Elementary School participated in the Great Kindess Challenge, a nationally recognized week highlighting kindness. They devoted the week to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. This provided an opportunity for every student to actively create a culture of compassion, inclusion, unity and respect at school and beyond.


Using a kindness checklist, students were “challenged” to complete as many acts of kindness as possible at home and in school.


  • Teachers and staff filled out hundreds of “Caught Being Kind” cards to recognize kids who were going above and beyond to help or be kind.
  • A school-wide Google Meet was held to draw names from those cards to win special BPE Kindness prizes.
  • Every pod had a “Kindness is Contagious” bulletin board surrounded by some of the kind deeds from students around the school on display.
  • Students took home a “Taco ‘Bout Kindness” worksheet for families to complete together and have meaningful conversation together.
  • “Tear-away Kindness” tabs were put up all over the school, giving kids the opportunity to get some kindness inspiration.
  • Every student designed a Kindness Quilt square that will be put together and hung in each pod as a continued reminder of the power of kindness.


Big or small, each act of kindness makes a difference.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Be sure to follow BCSD's social media accounts as we continue to share the ways our schools are acknowledging Black History Month.


Big Creek Elementary School

Morning announcements at Big Creek Elementary School include a daily reading from the book, "28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World."

"Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president. With powerful illustrations by Shane Evans, this is a completely unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country."


Berea-Midpark High School

Students in the Broadcasting and Video Production Program are once again creating Black History Month video segments. Watch the latest segment by sophomore Logan below!

Black History Month - Vision, Voice, Legacy - Martin Luther King by Logan

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National School Counseling Week


National School Counseling Week 2021 is Feb. 1-5, 2021. The week, presented by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school success. School counseling programs provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.


Thank you to our BCSD school counselors!

Genamarie Catino, Larissa Collins, Lorina Getz, Kristen Johnson, Laura Johnson, Sarah Kolis, Johnny Mancuso, Cara McGregor, Tina Medina, Dawn Ruebensaal, Dawn Sansone, Alyssa Santacroce, Robert Schuff, Kathryn Thompson, and Nicole Zsilko

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Summer Day Camp 2021

Planning for 2021 Summer Day Camp is underway. Registration forms will be available on the district website towards the end of the month.

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