Buckeye Intermediate Buzz

April 2021

Principal Buzz with Mrs. Kelli Davisson

Hello Buckeye Families!

We are in the final quarter of school and many fun and exciting things are headed our way! Our 6th graders will be heading to Camp Nuhop for a day trip in May and all grade levels will get to enjoy their own field day in May! We are all looking forward to ending the year STRONG and on a POSITIVE note!

State Testing will be occurring this month. Make sure that your child gets a good night rest and eats a healthy breakfast on testing days! Please see below for dates/times and information. If you have questions please give us a call in the office.

Please be sure to check out all of the important information in this month's newsletter including a link to our YouTube Channel! Search Kelli Davisson on YouTube to find our morning announcements and announcers!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me via email or phone kdavisson@buckeyeschools.org 330-722-8237 ext. 4342.

School Counselor Buzz with Ms. Zablotny

Please see below testing dates for students, in-person and VLA:

4th Grade

ELA - April 13 and April 14

Math - April 21

5th Grade

ELA - April 15 and April 16

Math - April 22

Science - April 26

6th Grade

ELA - April 19 and April 20

Math - April 23 and April 27

State Testing Make-ups are tentatively scheduled:

All ELA make-ups are April 21-23

All Math and Science make-ups are April 28-30.

VLA Testing Information

Due to technology and test security requirements, there is no option to remotely administer state tests. All testing must be done in person.

In order to ensure the safety of our VLA students, they will report directly to their homeroom classroom where they will maintain 3 feet social distance from each other.

Please DROP OFF your child in the Intermediate loop at the times and days listed below. Students will enter the side doors where there will be staff present to direct them.

PICK UP will be in the back of the building at the Intermediate playground gate, please see the map for directions.

Masks will be worn throughout the testing period with the exception of a mask/snack break.

Please send in a snack with your child as well as a water bottle.

Testing Dates:

4th Grade ELA April 13th & 14th 9:00AM - 11:30AM

4th Grade Math April 21st 9:00AM - 11:00AM

5th Grade ELA April 15th & 16th 9:00AM - 11:30AM

5th Grade Math April 22nd 9:00AM - 11:00AM

5th Grade Science April 26th 9:00AM - 11:00AM

6th Grade ELA April 19th & 20th 9:00AM - 11:30AM

6th Grade Math April 23rd & 27th 9:00AM - 11:30AM

Please confirm with your child’s VLA teacher that your child will be there at the assigned time

or inform your VLA teacher of an anticipated conflict. It is important to know that the safety of

your child is of the utmost importance to us as we comply with the state mandate and follow safety protocols adopted by the Buckeye Board of Education.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact kdavisson@buckeyeschools.org or czablotny@buckeyeschools.org.

Important Crisis Contact Numbers: ● Support Hotline/Suicide Hotline: 330-434-9144 ● National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK ● Crisis Text Line: Text - 4hope to 741741 ● The Lifeline: Twitter - @800273TALK ● Call: 1-800-418-6423, extension 359 OR​ www.safeschoolhelpline.com ● Tweet: 66746, then type TIPS ● Medina County Sheriff Department *For immediate safety concerns regarding yourself or others:​911or 330-725-6631 o ● The Crisis Center​ at ​ (330) 725-9195​.

Additional information can be found at http://www.medinamentalhealth.com/Crisis_Intervention.html

As always, please contact me at czablotny@buckeyeschools.org if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

April 2021

4/1 - Little Bucks Preschool Tuition Due

4/6 - SPRING BREAK ENDS - Students Return to School

4/7 - Club Invention - Orbots

4/13 - 4th Grade ELA Testing

4/14 - 4th Grade ELA Testing

4/14 - Club Invention - Orbots

4/15 - 5th Grade ELA Testing

4/16 - 5th Grade ELA Testing

4/19 - 6th Grade ELA Testing

4/20 - 6th Grade ELA Testing

4/21 - 4th Grade Math Testing

4/21 - Club Invention - Orbots

4/21 - 4/23 - All ELA Make Up Testing Due

4/22- 5th Grade Math Testing

4/23 - 6th Grade Math Testing

4/23 - Preschool Screening at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm

4/26 - 5th Grade Science Testing

4/27 - 6th Grade Math Testing

4/28 - Club Invention - Orbots

4/28 - 4/30 - All Math and Science Make Up Testing Due

4/30 - Preschool Screening at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm

Little Bucks Preschool Registration Information - March 1

Parents may register students for Little Bucks Preschool March 1. Students must be 3 by August 1, 2021 in order to attend preschool.To register, please select the link with the date and time of the session you would prefer your student to attend. These links are also available on the Little Bucks Preschool page of the Buckeye Local Schools website.

April 23 @ 9:30 AM

April 23 @ 12:00 PM

April 30 @ 9:30 AM

April 30 @ 12:00 PM

Screenings will be performed in person in small groups. A staff member will meet the parent vehicle at the preschool doors located at the North end of the building and walk the student into the building. Parents will remain in their vehicles throughout the screening process. Students will wear masks while inside the Intermediate building.

There will be a $20 nonrefundable registration fee.

If you have any questions, the Little Bucks Preschool Resource Guide is a great place to start, otherwise, please contact Mrs. Tracy Taylor at ttaylor@buckeyeschools.org.

SNAP! Fundraiser Hits $5,000 Goal

We want to send a personal THANK YOU to everyone that was able to participate in our Spring Fundraiser this year! Between the Snap! emails and direct donations we raised $6,055 dollars! WOW! We greatly appreciate your generosity and participation in this fundraiser for our students! We are getting ready to purchase our new Gaga Pits for the playgrounds and those should be ready for play before the end of this school year!

Congratulations to all of our supporters who downloaded 20 emails! They win a free lunch: Micayla Majkrzak, Delaney Weldon, Kevin Gillum, Logan Chapman, Ivy Tinay, Kara Goodwin, Ashton McClellan, Hope Wodzisz, Isabelle Krakowski, Kylie Rider, Isabella Cirone, and Greyson Contini!

Congratulations to our top five 6th Grade supporters: Isabelle Krakowski, Isabella Cirone, Aiden Smith, Kylie Rider, and Cameron Gallion. These top supporters win an Apple or Amazon gift card and a free lunch!

Congratulations to our top five 5th Grade supporters: Kara Goodwin, Hope Wodzisz, Ashton McClellan, Noah Heath, and Cooper Kay. These top supporters win an Apple or Amazon gift card and a free lunch!

Congratulations to our top five 4th Grade supporters: Kevin Gillum, Micayla Majkrzak, Logan Chapman, Reagan Kurilec, and Aria Thomas. These top supporters win an Apple or Amazon gift card and a free lunch!

Congratulations to our top supporter, Kevin Gillum. Kevin is a 4th Grade student in Mrs. Auber's class and he raised $580 for our fundraiser! Kevin wins an Apple or Amazon gift card, a free lunch, and he'll be entered in the raffle to win the Apple Airpods.

Congratulations also goes to our second place top supporter, Kara Goodwin, and our third place top supporter, Micayla Majkrzak. Our second and third place top supporters win an Apple or Amazon gift card, a free lunch, and they will also be entered in the raffle to win the Apple Airpods!

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Library Books Due

Students must have all library books turned into the Buckeye Elementary library before the end of the school year. If you have any questions about your student's library book(s), please contact Mrs. Rhonda King x 4202 or rking@buckeyeschools.org.
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World Down Syndrome Day Celebrated with Crazy Socks

World Down Syndrome Day was March 21st. People celebrate in a lot of ways, but one fun and easy way is to wear crazy socks!!

Why March 21st?

Down Syndrome is due to an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. This gives someone with DS three copies of this chromosome instead of the typical number of two. Since there are three 21s, World Down Syndrome day is March 21st (3/21)!

Why Crazy socks?

There are a few reasons...

  • When looking at a karyotype (a picture of our chromosomes, stained for viewing under a microscope), the chromosomes look like paired socks. The staining makes them look striped. Some folks even wear an extra sock to represent the extra chromosome.
  • Another reason for wearing mismatched socks is to promote the celebration of differences. Some buddies wear the same set of mismatched socks to also point out that we are more alike than different.
  • One last reason for the crazy socks is that they get attention. If someone notices the socks, they may ask about them and allow for a discussion about DS, differences, acceptance, and hope. Plus, who doesn't have a pair of mismatched socks (some loads of laundry seem to lack a pair of matching ones!) so this is something in which everyone can easily participate. If you forget, you can swap a sock with a friend!
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Third Quarter Virtual Rewards Winners

Congratulations to our Third Quarter Buckeye Buck Rewards Winners! 4th Grade: Logan Temple, Aiden Williamson, Bennett Pecnik, Brianna Mangin, Greycee Holden, and Kole Lanham. 5th Grade: Brennan Porec, Emma Branning, Madison Habrat, Ben Lange, Aiden Bushner, and Genna Pituch. 6th Grade: Madison Kreeger, Mark Shevchenko, Kendelle Yunker, Elaina Scolaro, Brody Zoul, Kylie Rider, and Aurora Allen. Each student won a $20 Target gift card!
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Early Band Returns

BIG NEWS!!! We are finally able to make music in the band room! 6th grade Early Band started this week, and we had a blast! If any more students would like to join us, here are the details:

  1. Students must already play a band instrument (no beginners).

  2. Rehearsals are Wed and Fri @ 8 - 8:35 a.m.

  3. Drop-off is RIGHT AT 8 a.m. in the front of the building.

  4. VLA students may also participate provided someone can transport them back home.

  5. Chairs are 6 feet apart and musician-masks for woodwinds/brass are available.

  6. Performance TBD

Read Across America

As part of Read Across America week in early March, Mrs. King's 6th grade VLA class paired up with Ms. Elliott's 2nd grade VLA class and Mrs. Johnston's 6th grade VLA class paired up with Mrs. Szuc's 1st grade VLA class for some reading fun!

Each 6th grader was paired with a 1st or 2nd grade virtual student and read books from an online digital Dr. Seuss library. Then, Ms. Elliott's and Mrs. King's students played Tic Tac Toe with Dr. Seuss characters as X's and 0's. Mrs. Szucs students shared what they wrote to describe a sock puppet that they made with their 6th grade buddy. Great fun was had by all!

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Leprechauns Caught by 5th Grade Students

They’ve been caught! Rumor has it that there were some sneaky leprechauns on the loose, ready to steal our treasures in 5th grade. Fortunately, Mrs. Vetrick’s students were prepared to catch these tricksters!

First, groups brainstormed ways to catch a leprechaun using only basic supplies such as cups, rubber bands, straws and folders. Next they created a prototype to see how they would work to catch these thieves. Prototypes included ways to lure a leprechaun into a trap. Many students chose gold as a lure, and some even lured the leprechaun to a trap by offering the Covid vaccine!

After making modifications, students created their own persuasive arguments in a presentation. Presentations were then shown to their peers, who voted on which leprechaun trap they thought would be the most effective. Leprechauns didn’t stand a chance with these smart 5th graders!

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February Door Contest Winners Enjoy A Sweet Treat

Mrs. Abraham's 6th Grade class enjoying their donuts as one of three winners of the February door decorating contest!
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Liam Phillips Finishes First in AAU Nationals for Indoor Track

Sixth grader, Liam Phillips, recently competed in the AAU Nationals for Indoor Track. He finished first place in the 400M with a time of 52.33 and second place in the 200 m with a time of 24.95. Congratulations Liam!
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6th Grade Day Camp

Although students are unable to go to Sixth Grade Camp for our usual overnight trip, we are traveling to Camp Nuhop for the day on Monday, May 3, 2021 (Mrs. Abraham, Mrs. Nunn, and Mr. Piehl’s Classes) and Thursday, May 13, 2021 (Mrs. Johnston, Mrs. King, Mrs. Dieter and Mr. Adam’s Classes) to enjoy as much of the “camping” experience as possible.

Departure - Students will arrive at school as they would on a normal school day. We will depart from school as soon as possible on school buses.

Return - Students will return from camp on school buses, but will need to be picked up outside the Intermediate School by the sixth grade wing at approximately 8:00 p.m.


  • ALL SCHOOL FEES MUST BE PAID TO ATTEND AND ONLINE GATEWAY REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Moore at kmoore@buckeyeschools.org.

  • Payment Options - Must be made by Friday, April 9, 2021.

    • Checks - Please write checks out to Buckeye Intermediate School in the amount of $50.00 and return to school with your 6th grader. For virtual students, checks can be dropped off at the office between 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM or mailed to school.

    • Online Payment - Pay online using Payforit.net, which can be found on our Intermediate School Website page.

    • Cash - If you are paying in cash, please place it in a sealed envelope with your 6th grader’s name and teacher’s name on the outside.

Lunch and Dinner

  • Lunch -

    • Option 1 - Students can bring a packed lunch and drink in a disposable bag. Everything in the lunch must be disposable.

    • Option 2 - A packed lunch will be provided by the school at no cost.

  • Dinner - Dinner will be provided at camp before departure.

The Camp Nuhop parent forms must also be completed. They are available HERE, on our social media sites, and on the BIS page of the Buckeye Local Schools website. Hard copies will be sent home with students. If you need to pick up a copy of the forms for your VLA student, please email kmoore@buckeyeschools.org. The forms are due Friday, April 16.

Clothing - Masks must be worn to camp. Students should wear comfortable clothing, appropriate for hiking and for the weather. Closed shoes, like tennis shoes or hiking shoes, are required. Prepare for rain, as we will participate in all activities regardless of weather. Students may carry a small backpack with a water bottle and packed lunch.

Students Not Attending - Camp is optional and students not attending will still attend classes that day.

Please complete the appropriate attached form Monday, May 3, 2021 (Mrs. Abraham, Mrs. Nunn, and Mr. Piehl’s Classes) or Thursday, May 13, 2021 (Mrs. Johnston, Mrs. King, Mrs. Dieter and Mr. Adam’s Classes) and return by April 9, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact your sixth grader’s teacher at the email address or phone number listed below.

Mrs. Nunn mnunn@buckeyeschools.org 330.722.8257, ext. 4304

Mr. Piehl dpiehl@buckeyeschools.org 330.722.8257, ext. 4301

Mrs. Abraham sabraham@buckeyeschools.org 330.722.8257, ext. 4306

Mr. Adams eadams@buckeyeschools.org 330.722.8257, ext. 4307

Mrs. Dieter ndieter@buckeyeschools.org 330.722.8257, ext. 4302

Mrs. Johnston kjohnston@buckeyeschools.org 330.722.8257, ext. 4305

Mrs. King cking@buckeyeschools.org 330.722.8257, ext. 4303

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Camp Invention

Join us for Camp Invention: Recharge at Buckeye June 21-25 for students entering grades 1-6. Watch the video (below) to learn more about this year's fun activities! To register go HERE. Use code SUM40 to get $40.00 off your registration (expires March 30).

5th Grade Students Learn American Sign Language

Mrs. Lewis giving ASL (American Sign Language) lessons to 5th grade students.
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Buckeye Soccer Players Compete In First Ever Buckeye Futsal Season

Buckeye youth soccer players concluded the first ever Buckeye Futsal Season on March 31st. Over 55 students from 1st-8th grade were broken into 4 divisions and completed 8 sessions over the two month season. High school coaches and players organized small-sided games and helped each player work on their individual foot skills in preparation for their spring season.

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Preschoolers Wow With Early Career Choices

Mrs. Iorfida's VLA preschoolers have been working hard at making good green choices this past month! Their class reward was to have a career day. The students were able to dress up as they saw their future selves. They had many different occupations represented between Elsa, Maui, and Spiderman, nurses, a builder, a vet, a garbage man, and even a paleontologist! The students discussed what they wanted to be when they grew up and shared this with their peers. These preschoolers are ready to take on the World with whatever career choice they have when they grow up!
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Stream Buckeye's Musical Production of Disney's "Newsies" This Weekend

We are excited to announce that THIS WEEKEND, March 25th-28th, you will have the opportunity to stream this year's Buckeye Musical production of Disney's "Newsies"! For only $15 (plus fees)- a family/individual can stream the show on any device that has internet access! Stream from anywhere- you don't even have to be in Ohio (but watch for time zone changes- we stream in EST). The show plays in real time, so it has a start time and once it starts you can't pause, rewind or fast forward. There is a 10 minute intermission. Kick off your Spring Break with this inspiring show full of fun singing and dancing!

Check out the following link to purchase your ticket: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/48156 .

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2019-20 Elementary Yearbooks Still Available

The 2019-20 Buckeye Elementary Yearbooks from last year are still available for purchase. Hard cover yearbooks are $20.50. Soft cover yearbooks are $15.50. Checks should be made payable to Buckeye Intermediate School. If you are interested in buying last year's yearbook, please contact the BIS offices at kmoore@buckeyeschools.org or call x 4337.


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NEW Buckeye Family Resources Website

Please check out our new Buckeye Family Resources website! This website was created to provide resources, general information, and education to families and students (as well as staff) regarding a variety of topics including: mental health, chemical dependency, COVID 19, emergency resources, and more.

Our hope is that this helps our school community understand more of what Buckeye does to support students and their families, as well as, provide quick access to community resources and information.

VLA Meal Bag Distribution for Spring Break

Meals will not be distributed over Spring Break. If you have any questions, please contact cafeteria@buckeyeschools.org.

Student Fee Waivers 2020-21

A student must qualify for the free lunch program to have fees waived. If your student normally qualifies for the free lunch program, please:

1) complete a Free and Reduced Lunch application. Applications are available by emailing kmoore@buckeyeschools.org.

2) sign and return the Direct Certification notice sent directly to parents/guardians by Buckeye Food Service. For questions regarding Free and Reduced Applications or Direct Certification notices, please contact cafeteria@buckeyeschools.org.

Student Fees 2020-21

School fees for students Grade 4-6 are $80. $40 per grade level for workbooks and materials and a $40 tech fee for the maintenance of BIS-issued electronic devices.

If a VLA student does not use a BIS-issued electronic device, they will not be required to pay the $40 tech fee.

Students must pay all past and current year's school fees. Students with unpaid school fees:

- will be unable to print student report cards or receive a printed copy of report cards

- will be ineligible to participate in school-sponsored fundraisers

- will be ineligible to attend school field trips, including 6th Grade camp

Payment can be made with cash or a check made payable to Buckeye Intermediate School. Parents may also pay online using the online payment system, PayForIt.net. For questions regarding student fees, email kmoore@buckeyeschools.org.

No Visitors Permitted Inside School Premises Before, During, or After School Hours

No parents or outside visitors will be permitted to enter school buildings, at any time, until further notice. If you need to drop something off for your student at the school, there will be an area outside the office doors, in the entranceway where you may leave your student's items. Upon entering the school, please utilize the bell system (button) located to the right of the office doors to notify the office staff what you are leaving for your student. Office hours are from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

In Person Students MUST Complete 1:1 Agreements AND Registration Gateway In Order to Take Home a BIS-Issued Electronic Device

1:1 Agreement

To complete Registration Gateway for your student, please utilize the Returning Student Link.

Your username is your student ID (this is the same number as your child’s lunch code, and it is available on report cards, in Progress Book, and in PayForIt) and your password is your student's birthday (MM/DD/YYYY) make sure to include 8 digits in the birthday and the two backslashes.

Because of the important nature of information contained in Registration Gateway, students of parents who have not completed verification will not have access to the following:

Students will not have access to the District Computer Network or Internet for class activities and they will not be allowed to take home a BIS-issued electronic device.

Substitute Positions Available

If you are interested in being a substitute educational classroom aide, a substitute student monitor, or a substitute classroom teacher, or all three, we promise to keep you busy! Please see the links below with information related to those positions or send us an email at kmoore@buckeyeschools.org.



Bus Drivers Positions Available

Interested in being a substitute bus driver? Call the Buckeye Local Schools Transportation Department at 330-722-8257 x 1019 or email Mrs. Karen Galden kgaldun@buckeyeschools.org.

Buckeye Intermediate School Offices Contact Information

Kelli Davisson - kdavisson@buckeyeschools.org, Principal x 4342

Candice Zablotny - czablotny@buckeyeschools.org, School Counselor x 4344

Kelly Lockhart - klockhart@buckeyeschools.org, School Psychologist x 4345

Shannon Kissinger- shannon@buckeyeschools.org, School Psychologist x 4124

Kelly Moore - kmoore@buckeyeschools.org, Building Secretary x 4339

Donna Comuzie - dcomuzie@buckeyeschools.org, Attendance Secretary x 4337