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Bethel-Tate School District Receives Federal Grant to Purchase Chromebooks
In August, Bethel-Tate Local School District applied for a federal grant to purchase student Chromebooks. In October, the district was notified that they received the first round of grants from the Emergency Connectivity Fund for $166,858.05.
John Burns, Bethel-Tate’s Director of Operations, learned of the grant and conducted a survey to determine the need for devices. Based on this research, he moved forward with writing and submitting the grant application.
The grant has enabled the district to purchase 639 student Chromebooks through the E-Rate Program. These laptops have been recently delivered to the district and will be configured and assigned to individual students who indicated a need. District officials plan to distribute the laptops before the winter break, enabling students to take them home for remote and online learning.
“Now more than ever, students need access to technology at home to provide continuity to their learning. When we surveyed our families at the end of last school year, we discovered that more than 600 students did not have access to personal computers or laptops for remote online learning,” said Melissa Kircher, Superintendent. “We knew we had to find a way to fund such a large purchase. I am proud of our team’s hard work to secure this significant grant to help our students in need.”
The Chromebooks will be assigned to Bethel-Tate students who indicated a need and will remain with them while enrolled in the district. Those Chromebooks assigned to seniors will be returned to the district before graduation. The district anticipates the Chromebooks will be able to be used by students for at least three years.
The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help schools and libraries support remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period.
Community Savings Bank Sponsors BTHS Student for Leadership Seminar
Congratulations to Bethel-Tate Sophomore Sarah Munn and a big THANK YOU to Community Savings Bank of Bethel!
Community Savings Bank has sponsored Sarah to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) in the summer of 2022. HOBY’s mission is “to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation.”
Sarah was selected by the teachers and staff at Bethel-Tate High School to participate in this leadership seminar due to her dedication and leadership skills exhibited every day at school. Congratulations Sarah!!
Staff and students throughout the district had the best Halloween spirit!
Bick Honors Students of the Month
William Bick Primary is proud to recognize the following students as our October Students of the Month. These students consistently displayed the three PBIS expectations; to Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible.
BTMS Students Selected for Honor Band
Congratulations to our Bethel-Tate Middle School Band students who were selected for the OMEA District 14 Honor Band. Four out of the six Bethel-Tate MS band students who auditioned were selected for the Honor Band. District 14 is made up of Hamilton and Clermont Count schools close to 350 students auditioned for some120 open positions.
7th Grade Honor Band:
Jordan Stropes - Percussion
8th Grade Honor Band:
Caleb Reed - Saxophone
Trace Gearig - Percussion
Ethan Wood - Percussion
BTMS Day of Donations
Bethel-Tate Middle School will host a Day of Donations on November 15. They will be collecting shampoo, bards of soap, deodorant, laundry detergent, and toilet paper. Everything collected will go into the BTMS Free Store to be distributed during the Free Store Community Day will be December 4. See details below.