Welcome to the BHS Express

A newsletter keeping you informed about Batavia High School

September 23, 2022

Andrea Conner, BHS Principal

Hello Bulldog Families.

Only in Ohio can you begin the week with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s to quickly turn at the end with the highs in the 60’s! The cooler weather is certainly refreshing and is a sure sign that autumn is already here.

Our students settled into a week of classes after the excitement of homecoming, and I started to notice more students engaged in our Learning Lab. As we are halfway through the first quarter, it’s important for students to make sure they are completing all missing assignments so that they are in good standing at the end of the quarter on October 13.

I also want to take a quick moment to express the importance of attending school in-person every day. We are working really hard to make sure our students understand that there is no substitute for in-person instruction and when too many days elapse in attendance, the makeup work becomes too overwhelming to complete. Now that COVID restrictions have been adjusted for schools, we strongly encourage our families to help our young students understand the importance of “showing up”. The famous saying, “80% of success is just showing up”, is certainly true. If your students come to school regularly and on time, we will make sure they are learning and are prepared for what comes after high school. We can’t do it without your support. Please help us help your students.

Take some time to review some of the important dates noted below as well as review the statement about unexcused absences related to in-car driving sessions during school hours.

Have a nice weekend.

In service to our Bulldogs.

Andrea Conner, High School Principal




Matt Buis, BHS Assistant Principal


Senior Chris Thompson’s Heart of Service

Chris Thompson, a Batavia High School student, is often seen throughout the building working with our head custodian, Ginny Pittman, or shadowing our school resource office, SRO Ashcraft. He assists in the cafeteria every day and makes sure the area is clean and safe for all of our students. Every Friday, he arrives at 5:30 a.m. to sweep and run the floor scrubber in the gym and during basketball season, cleans the gym floor every morning.

During homecoming week, we watched Chris come in at 5:30 a.m. on Friday and assist in the cleaning and set up for all of the homecoming festivities while working late into the evening. He truly has a servant’s heart and does not ask for people to notice. His humility is what makes him special.

When we asked Miss Ginny about Chris, she stated that “Some days he drives me crazy, but most days I couldn’t do it without him.” Thank you, Chris, for everything you do for Batavia High School.


      • If it is necessary for your student to take medication while in school, a parent/guardian must bring the medications to our Nurse’s Office. Please do not send medications with your students or ask them to bring the medication to the office. Thank you for helping us with this matter.

      • Please note that removing your students from school to complete their in-car driving requirements is considered an unexcused absence. Please make arrangements to schedule all in-car driving sessions outside of the regular school day.

      • Are you wanting to travel to Brazil and Argentina, but missed the informational meeting? Please check out the tour page for details. Please note the enrollment deadline is September 30th, and if enrolled by the 25th there is a $200 discount. Please email Mr. Scheel (scheel_k@bataviaschools.org) with any questions.


      • Please continue to update information in Final Forms.

      • September 27- BHS Hope Squad Sponsors Suicide Prevention Awareness

      • October 3-7, 2022: Spanish Honor Society Spirit Week

        • Monday: Ranchero(a) day (Wear your country apparel)

        • Tuesday: Sombrero day (Wear a hat)

        • Wednesday: Jersey day (wear a soccer or baseball jersey)

        • Thursday: Neon Day (Highlight Hispanic culture and history)

        • Friday: Latinx in action (Wear red to support Latinx)

      • October 7, 2022: School picture retake/makeup day for students in grades 9-11.

      • October 7, 2022: BPA Queen Bee Field Trip 8:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

      • October 11, 2022: Senior Meeting with Graduate Services for Live Oaks Career Center seniors

      • October 11, 2022: Field trip for Biology, AP Biology, and Environmental Biology students (Ohio River Foundation)

      • October 13, 2022: Speed Mentoring for all seniors

      • October 14, 2022: No School for Students

      • October 17, 2022: No School-Fall Break

      • October 17, 2022: Senior Meeting with Graduate Services for Scarlet Oaks Career Center seniors

      • October 19, 2022: NHS Anthony Munoz Leadership Conference Field Trip

      • October 26: Parent/Teacher conferences 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (More information will be provided closer to the date.)

      • October 27, 2022: Grade 12 Senior Portrait Day for students attending Batavia High School.


Check out the Batavia High School Guidance Counselor website.


Your Guidance Counselors are:

Felicia Grooms

9th - 12th Grade Counselor A-L

(513) 732-2341 ext: 7037


Beth Poling
9th - 12th Grade Counselor M-Z

(513) 732-2341 ext: 7036


  • PSAT/NMSQT Information
  • The Test will be held October 12, 2022 at BHS at 7:30 am. This test is for College Bound Juniors. Students interested need to sign up in the Guidance Office starting September 26th. More information and details will be available in the next week.
  • A Special Event for Juniors and Seniors about Career Trends and Jobs for after High School
  • In-demand, well-paid jobs in Ohio are going unfilled. Teens and families need information about these 21st century career options in emerging technologies and how to gain the skills for these jobs. Ohio Technical Centers provide post-secondary educational opportunities in a wide variety of fields including healthcare, computers, culinary, welding, HVAC, automation, and many more. Join representatives from the Ohio Technical Centers and At The Core for an informative, free webinar on October 13 at 6:30 pm.
  • Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2916590175468/WN_WgRB_Bud

Have a great week.

Mrs. Grooms and Mrs. Poling


Mark Pierson, Athletic Director


Tim Young, Assistant Athletic Director


Link to Athletic Website:




Click here for the official website of Batavia Athletics


Click here for the official website of Batavia High School


Click here for information from the BHS Guidance Department


Andrea Conner, Principal

513-732-2341, ext. 7051

Matt Buis, Assistant Principal

513-732-2341, ext. 7052

Melissa Anstaett, Administrative Assistant

513-732-2341, ext. 7055

Edie Strine, Administrative Assistant

513-732-2341, ext. 7054

If your student is absent, call

513-732-2341 and leave a message on the attendance line