BMHS Weekly Update

December 2, 2019

Going Home at the End of the Day

As the weather has turned colder, we have had more and more students just staying in the building after school. This is problematic. We do not have any supervision in the building, and we are not just a hang out spot. All students need to be out of the building by 2:45pm daily unless they are staying to work with a teacher, serving a consequence, or attending a club meeting or athletic practice.

Students are not permitted to stay in the building for an evening event (e.g., concert or games). They should leave and come back for the event at the appropriate start time.

Students will be asked to leave after 2:45 unless they are in the building for the reasons outlined above.

Department Highlights: English

The English Department has been busy implementing “Writing the Titan Way” into each class. The department has developed a common writing language for all students taking English classes at Berea-Midpark. Find our posters throughout the building that show what we’re doing!!

Ms. Papakonstantinou and Mrs. Ferguson have been working hard preparing students for the annual Shakespeare Competition sponsored by The English Speaking Union. The winner of the Shakespearean monologue contest will compete at the county competition at Shaker Heights High School in February. The top competitor receives a trip to New York City to recite their monologue in the national competition.

Mr. Peoples and Ms. Bartlett have the Speech and Debate Team ready for competition this year. Novices and experienced debaters will compete this year at numerous schools. Berea-Midpark will host TWO events this year! The first event is the fifteenth annual Grindstone Invitational Tournament. We will then play host to the Cleveland OSDA District Tournament which is a state qualifying event.

“The Nine Muses” is the “reinventing” of the Berea-Midpark literary magazine. Ms. Papakonstantinou will advise the group and oversee the submission of various forms of creative writing such as poetry, short stories, and original art. There will be a web site featuring the works which should be live by May. We are also hoping for a printed version as well.

English teachers have been incorporating the active reading strategy of “Marking the Text” into the reading curriculum. As a result, our students have become more connected to their reading and seem to enjoy the process.

For the latest on the English Department, follow us on Twitter @BmhsEnglish

College Credit Plus (CCP) Meeting

College Credit Plus (CCP) is a program in which students may earn college credits before graduating from high school by attending courses either at their home school or on college campuses. A District College Credit Plus Informational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 7:00 P.M. in the BMHS Auditorium. All interested parents and student are encouraged to attend.

All incoming seventh through twelfth graders interested in participating in the CCP program, in the 2020-2021 school year, should, together with their parents, attend this meeting to hear the updated rules and receive the information regarding the Intent to Participate requirement that MUST be completed by April 1, 2020. Students who qualified this present school year for CCP need to also attend this meeting to hear important information regarding the necessary applications and Intent to Participate forms.

Representatives from Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College, as well as district representatives and school counselors, will be available to answer any questions. Dates for college entrance testing (qualifying tests for CCP) will also be announced that evening.

If you should have any questions or concerns, you are welcomed to contact the BMHS Counselors Office at 216-898-8900.


The next OML Math test is Tuesday, December 10th, from 2:25 to 2:55 in the students' math classrooms. The remaining testing dates for this year are January 7th, February 11th, and March 17th. Students should see their Math teachers for details.

BMHS Holiday Concerts

The BMHS Music Department proudly presents their Holiday Concerts. All concerts are in the BMHS Auditorium and begin at 7:00 P.M. Come join them for one, or all, and enjoy the sounds and spirit of the holidays as follows:

  • Orchestra, Tuesday, December 10th
  • Band, Thursday, December 12th
  • Choirs, Tuesday, December 17th.

BMHS PTSA Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser

Please help support the Berea-Midpark High School PTSA. We are having a Honey Baked Ham Gift Card Fundraiser now through December 15, 2019.

The link to the website is: BMHS PTSA Fundraiser

Plastic Shopping Bags Needed

Key Club, at both BMHS and BMMS, are collecting plastic shopping bags of any shape, size, or color, even with holes in them. The bags are being used to make water-proof mats for the homeless. Please bring your bags to Ms. Lyon in Room 134 at the high school and Room 223 at the middle school. Thank you for your help in re-purposing plastic bags!

Celebrating Success at BMHS

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Mix It Up Day

Last week our building had Mix It Up Day. The day is designed to allow students in AVID and PRIDE to experience spending a day in someone else's shoes. The goal is to allow the students to be more empathetic and see we all deal with many of the same things.