News and Notes From Berlin Middle School 12/19/14

Thank You, Bus Drivers!

As we move into the winter break I would like to thank a very special group of staff who generally go unsung:

Bus drivers are amazing people.

Bus drivers maneuver buses that are 35-45 feet long and carry 60-80 students. They have to keep their eyes on the road at all times while also keeping their eyes on students behind them, by a 10" x 30" mirror, making sure that students are well-behaved.

They have to keep their buses running on schedule, which is not always an easy task especially when the weather doesn't always do what we want it to or expect.

So, when you see a bus driver, please, send them a bit of gratitude this wintery season. Thank you to those who helped with making/packaging their baked goods as well. I was able to stop by the bus garage with them yesterday.

Safe travels, everyone.


Ms. Rezey Wins Target Stores Field Trip Grant!

Sarah Rezey is a recipient of a Target Field Trips Scholarship America grant. With this money the 7th grade will enjoy a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village in May. It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target launched Field Trip Grants in 2007. Since then, they’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. I would like to express my appreciation for Ms. Rezey and the work it took to achieve this grant.

Shared Staff Items Below

Mrs. Wetmore Wins Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest!

"Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. One school in each state, and the District of Columbia, will each receive $20,000* in technology – including a Samsung GALAXY Camera™ 2, ATIV Book 9 laptop and Adobe Elements software – to complete the next phase of the competition."

Congratulations to Mrs. Wetmore for this achievement!

Additional Information can be found here.

Student Artwork Selected for Cover of NAEA Holiday Card!

Last spring Mrs. Wallace sent a letter to the National Art Education Association with information on our chapter of National Art Honor Society and examples of our student artwork. She is beyond excited/proud that our very own Matt Rizzo's (graduated last June) photograph was featured in the 2014 NAEA holiday card! Only 15 names are listed and we are the only school from NY!
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Instructional Technology

Thank you to those who attended the faculty meeting last Tuesday. We looked at Nearpod as an instructional tool that help you create and provide content as well as provides a great platform to formatively assess student learning - pretty engaging tool! As you continue to explore new and innovative ways to use technology in the classroom, let us know.

The link to Nearpod can be found here: Nearpod

I've recently been investigating other free formative assessment platforms like Socrative and Edmodo which can be found here:



January Faculty Meeting

January's meeting will be reserved for taking a more critical investigation into learning goals and providing feedback to students. We will begin a book study as well as continuing to review the Essential Elements.

Jason M. Breh, Principal - Berlin Middle School

Berlin Middle School is a rural public school in Upstate New York serving students in grades six through eight.