Brunswick High School Newsletter

August 2023

Welcome Back BHS! It's Going to Be a Great Year!

Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! The administration, teachers, and staff are looking forward to an exciting and successful school year. Brunswick High School is committed to providing each and every student a memorable, educational, and engaging learning experience. BHS is ready and is looking forward to meeting our students.

Success is achieved when there is a partnership between school and home. We strive to build a partnership with our parents and community is more important now than ever. I encourage you to come to Open House on August 23rd, from 5:15-7:15 p.m. This is an opportunity to walk the building and to meet the Brunswick High School staff. If you are looking to get involved, help support programs, clubs, or groups, BHS has many options from Brunswick Athletic Foundation (BAF), Brunswick Band Parents Organization (BBPO), Brunswick After Prom Committee, Brunswick Hall of Fame, and many others.

Students have five minutes between classes and that is plenty of time to go from one class to the next. During the school day, 7:25 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. students should only enter or exit the building through one of the three main entrances the East, Center or West Entrance where the grade level offices are located or an outside door with a security guard. This will help maintain the security of the building by following our safety protocols. School safety is a priority and I ask that you also talk to your child(ren) about listening, following directions, and taking our safety procedures and drills seriously. It is important that if anyone hears or see something, to speak up to a trusted adult at school or home.

Before we begin the year, I ask that you talk with your child(ren) about being on time, ready to learn, and actively participate in class. When students are engaged, complete assignments on time and participate in class discussions, they are more successful. A major distraction is technology, specifically cell phones and earbuds. Students are permitted to bring them to school, listen to music during lunches/study halls (non-instructional time), but are not permitted to wear or use them during an instructional period or use them to make phone calls during the day. If a student needs to make a phone call, they report to the nearest office. BHS will implement a building/classroom policy this year to address cell phone and earbuds in the classroom. I ask that you support this policy by talking with your child about the use of cell phones during the school day. BHS grade level principals will be addressing the cell phone policy at their grade level meetings.

With the development of artificial intelligence, internet searches, and other technologies, academic integrity is important. Help them understand why it is important to do their own work, not to plagiarize, copy others work or use any artificial intelligence to complete assignments. Any student who uses devices, technology, artificial intelligence or other tools to find answers or to submit work that is not their own is a violation of the code of conduct. Cheating and plagiarism will result in a zero in both content mastery or work habits.

Keith Merrill


Brunswick High School




Final Forms - Student Information

BCSD is using Final Forms for student information (Parent and guardian name, address, phone numbers, emails, emergency contacts and much more) Final Forms need to be updated every year and when important contact information has changed.

If you don't update your information and your email, address, phone number or custody has changed, you will not receive district and building calls, emails or emergency messages. It is important to update your information throughout the year.

Final Forms can be found on the district website under families, located at the top of the page. Click on Final Forms to update your information.

Freshman Class of 2027 Parent Orientation Meeting

The Freshman Parent Orientation Meeting will include discussions on school policies, the code of conduct, school activities and other important information. BHS administrators and staff of the high school guidance department will be available that evening to answer any questions you may have. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents.

Freshman Parent Orientation

Monday, August 14, 2023, at 7:00 P.M.

James J. Hayas Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Located Behind Brunswick High School

The Freshman Parent Orientation Meeting will include discussions on school policies, the code of conduct, school activities and other important information. BHS administrators and staff of the high school guidance department will be available that evening to answer any questions you may have. Students may attend with their parents but are not required to do so.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you! Enjoy the rest of your summer.


Mr. Christopher Scarcella

9th Grade Assistant Principal

We are looking forward to meeting all of you! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

BHS LINK Crew Welcomes the Class of 2027 to Freshman Orientation

Dear Freshman and Parent(s):

Welcome to Brunswick High School! We hope you are excited about your upcoming freshman year at BHS. We look forward to having you as a student. The ninth grade experience is an important foundation for your years in high school. To help make the transition from eighth to ninth grade a smooth one, freshman orientation will be conducted by our LINK CREW.

Freshman Orientation for Students (students are expected to be present for the entire 4 hour session):

Tuesday - 8/15/23 at 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for freshman students whose

last names begin with A-L

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. time to walk individual schedules and get help with lockers

Wednesday - 8/16/23 at 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for freshman students whose

last names begin with M-Z

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. time to walk individual schedules and get help with lockers

It is expected that students will stay for the entire orientation and tour. Students will not be permitted to attend at a different time than what has been assigned. No clubs, activities, sports or other extracurricular activities will take place on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, or Wednesday, August 16, 2023, so there will be no school-related conflicts with a student’s ability to attend freshman orientation. All students should enter through the East doors. Parents do not attend freshman orientation with their students.

At freshman orientation, students will receive:

  • 2023-2024 class schedule, locker assignment

  • Freshman LINK CREW leader assignment

  • Answers to their questions about Brunswick High School and will meet other students and staff members

  • From 12:00 -1:30 P.M. students may explore the building and walk their schedules with help from LINK leaders

New Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12, Welcome to Brunswick High School

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Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Schedules

BHS, please note that any schedule posted or seen in ProgressBook or Google Classroom are not finalized. Our school counselors are balancing out class sizes, moving class periods due to conflicts with your other course requests, and moving classes due to locations in the building.

Student schedules will be posted in ProgressBook sometime during the week of August 14th. Students can access, print, and save their schedules. Since students will have digital access, they do not need to pick up a paper copy of their schedule. All students will receive a printed copy during homeroom on August 23, 2023.

10th, 11th, and 12th Grade students can pick up their schedules in their assigned grade level office. Sophomores report to the West Office, Juniors East Office, and Seniors East Office. Schedules will not be passed out prior to the dates listed below.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 17, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

*Students are able to walk the building to see where their classrooms are located.

BHS Parking Permit

Parking permits can be purchased during the school year in the East Office. The parking permit application, past/current fees, and documentation for driver/car must be fully completed and paid before purchasing a parking pass.

Parking permits can be purchased all year long. Parking permits can be purchased prior to the start of school on:

Wednesday, August 16th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, August 21st from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Parking permit sales will stop at 3:00 p.m. Please do not wait to come up until 2:45 p.m.

Parking Permit Application

Parking is on a first come, first serve basis student are permitted to park in the front East Lot, Center lot east of the trees by the recreation center, and the back west lot. Students who speed, drive unsafe, or park in unauthorized areas will lose parking privileges, ticketed and towed.

BHS Guidance Department

Schedule Corrections

Counselors will be available during schedule pickup, Wednesday, August 16th, from 12:30- 3:00 pm and Thursday, August 17th, from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. to meet students on a first come first serve basis to correct scheduling errors. Scheduling errors include missing lunches, missing requested classes, missing graduation requirement classes, missing study halls, or balancing semester class loads..

Lunches, study halls, and class periods/locations cannot be changed. Level changes can only be made if a student is academically misplaced, which the student needs to be observed over the next several weeks to determine misplacement.

Beginning Wednesday, August 23rd, students can request to see their counselor using this Counselor Request Form - BHS or take a picture of the Guidance QR code located in the Guidance Office.

For all Course of Study Information or Policies, please visit for more information.

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First Two Days Of School - Students Report to Homeroom!

All students will report to their assigned homeroom by 7:25 A.M. the first few days of school. Students will participate in grade level meetings, safety procedures/drills, BHS building expectations, computer safety, & receive a printed copy of their 2023-24 schedule. The adjust schedule for homeroom will be posted the week prior to school starting.

Students will receive a paper copy of their schedule (which are posted in ProgressBook). Students who took a state graduation test last year, will receive a report of their scores, if the state has sent them to the district.

BHS Homeroom List Grades 9th - 12th will be posted around BHS at each office, cafeteria and emailed to students the week prior to school starting. Homerooms can be found in ProgressBook on their schedule, as well as, their locker information.

ProgressBook, Schedules, & School Fees

Fees & Schedules can be found by logging into your child's ProgessBook. If you owe school fees, pay online using MySchoolBucks at or mail a payment to Brunswick City Schools C/O Treasurer 3643 Center Road, Brunswick, Ohio 44212.


AUGUST 23, 2023, FROM 5:15 - 7:15 P.M.

Please join us for the BHS Open House on August 23, 2023, from 5:15-7:15 p.m. as we kick off the 2023-2024 School Year! Open House is a chance for you to quickly meet the teacher, follow your child's schedule and to become familiar with the building/classes your child(ren) are taking.

Before you come, open up ProgressBook to see your child's schedule. Print it out, take a picture, or write it down. It is going to be a great year! We look forward to seeing everyone at Open House.

Vaccination Clinic Opportunity- Tdap/Meningitis Required for Seniors to Attend School

In collaboration with the Medina County Health Department, we will be hosting a vaccination clinic at Brunswick Middle School on Wednesday, August 9th, from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations will be offered to students entering 7th and 12th grades for the 2023-2024 school year. In order to streamline the process, please pre-register by calling 330-723-9688 and select option 2.

Records can be turned into the Nurses Office or East Office!

ASAP- Food Services Breakfast & Lunch Program Application for Free or Reduced

Free and Reduced Lunch Application Process

The Brunswick City School District offers healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Students who qualify for free/reduced lunches may also be eligible to have their school fees waived. In an effort to make this process more convenient for families, we have created an online application portal.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices for 2023-24

BHS Breakfast $2.25

BHS Lunch $3.75

Please reach out to our Nutrition Services Coordinator Karen Becker with questions.

Summer Reading Reminder

The summer reading Google Classroom Codes to submit an assignment, will be turned off until integration and scheduling for the 2023-24 school year is completed. Google Codes will be available when students schedules post in ProgressBook.

Dear Students and Families,

As a department, we believe in the importance of reading over the summer, but that summer reading is about choice and taking a moment to read for pleasure. ALL STUDENTS are encouraged to choose a single book from a list created for their appropriate grade level. The *pick your own book* option allows your student to choose a grade-appropriate book that will be of interest and challenge your student. Additionally, students enrolled in AP and Honors courses will have a required reading selection and assignment upon returning to school.

After reading the book, students can create a Google Slide incorporating the items on the sample template below. Once a students reads the book, create the template, and turn it into the appropriate Google Classroom set up for their grade, they will be entered into a drawing for some pretty cool prizes. Such as gift cards, parking passes, prom tickets and much more.

Happy reading!

Required assignments for Honors and AP courses linked below:

Summer Book Recommendation Lists for BHS Students by grade level

This is the Google Slide Template that you should use. Please make a copy and then make one slide with the template provided.

Templates should be turned in by September 22nd.


Lives in Transition Google Classroom Code: isurgbk

10 ELA

The Power of Choices Google Classroom Code: cpfdgbx

11 ELA

The American Experience Google Classroom Code: lfc5nil

12 ELA

Personal Growth Google Classroom Code: wnszggj

One Way Patterns are In Place during arrival and dismissal. Buses Only are permitted in front of BHS. Students being dropped off, please drop off in any of the three parking lots. Students need to be in class before the 7:25 a.m. bell. Students who arrive late to class will have to sign in and will considered tardy.

2023-2024 MCCC Shuttle Request Form (To and from Medina County Career Center & Brunswick HS)

MCCC bus transportation is provided from the FRONT of Brunswick High School (EAST DOORS) leaving at 7:20 AM to Medina County Career Center (MCCC).

Students are permitted to ride the AM HS Bus Route from their home to the school to catch the AM MCCC Shuttle. HS Buses arrive beginning at 7:10am.

Afternoon bus transportation from MCCC is scheduled to arrive at Brunswick High School (EAST DOORS) by 2:40 P.M.

Note: there is NO PM transportation from the school to the home. Students/parents must arrange on their own due to the HS dismissal time. etc.

MCCC Transportation Shuttle Bus Request


How to Find Your Bus Number, Times, and Location:

Accurate Bus Route Information will be available for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students when face-to-face instruction begins. We will continue to offer busing for the high school students during the 2023-2024 school year.

  • You can find your students’ busing information on the transportation department web page: Then, click on the “My Stop APP” link. Your username and password are set to your home phone number unless you previously changed your password.

  • Please remember that at the start of the school year, the transportation department is extremely busy. Therefore, if you submit an address change or child care transportation request, please be aware that it may take a couple of days to handle your request.

  • “My Stop” Real-Time Bus Location: Parents/Guardians can view their students' real-time bus location through Versatrans.

    • If you have never logged into Versatrans before, please use the student’s primary phone number used on the Student Information Form (SIF) as the username and password. Once a parent/guardian has logged in, they must change their password. To change the password:

      • Click on the “OPTIONS” tab

      • Click on the “CHANGE USER PROFILE” tab

      • Complete the requested information and then click on the “UPDATE USER PROFILE” tab

    • After the initial login, parents/guardians click “STUDENT” and then “VIEW MY STUDENTS.”

Medina County Career Center MCCC Busing Information

If you are taking the MCCC shuttle bus from BHS to MCCC each morning, you need to report to the front East Entrance. The MCCC buses will leave around 7:25 a.m. each morning.

Afternoon MCCC students will be shuttled from MCCC to BHS each day. Families and students are responsible to provide transportation from BHS to home. MCCC students will return to BHS about 2:40 p.m. Please make arrangements as soon as possible.

Attendance Procedures:

Signing in and out and Attendance Phone Numbers:

If your child is not going to be at school, please call the appropriate attendance line each day. You can call the attendance line anytime day or night. Attendance lines are by grade level, please see the numbers below. Consider adding the attendance line as a contact in your phone.


9th/10th Grades (West Office): (330) 273-5964

11th/12th Grades (East Office): (330) 273-5966

NURSE: 330-273-0408

When picking up or dropping off your child, if they are coming in late or being pick up for an appointment, they need to sign in and out of their grade level office. 9th & 10th will report to the West Office and 11th & 12th will report to the East Office. If you have any questions, please contact the grade level office.

If your child is sick with the nurse, your child will be signed out at the Center Doors. For Safety reasons, never leave with your child without notifying and signing out with a grade level secretary, office or the Nurse.

Late Arrival, Early Release Requirements, & Parent Form

BHS Early Release/Late Arrival Form

Students who park in the back west lot, will enter through the back west of BHS, where the security guard is located. All students will sign-in the West Office everyday once you have been approved for late arrival. Students who park in the East Lot, will sign-in the East office. If you are being dropped off at school, students can sign in at either office.

Now Open to All Students Who Have A 1st and/or 10th Period Study Hall

The following criteria must be satisfied throughout the year for the Early Release/Late Arrival privilege to remain in place:

  • Students must not be on school property during the Early Release/Late Arrival period(s).

  • Parent/Guardian must approve Early Release/Late Arrival and submit this form ASAP.

  • If you choose to participate in an early release or late arrival, you must leave school grounds within 5 minutes after your last period and arrive no sooner than 5 minutes prior to your next period class.

The administration maintains the right to revoke Early Release/Late Arrival temporarily or permanently at any time during the year for any violation of the rules, regulations, and Code of Conduct for the Brunswick City Schools.

Please note: Schedule changes will not be made to facilitate Early Release/Late Arrival. For instance, a 1st period and/or 10th period class cannot be moved to another period in the day. If a student has two periods open at the beginning or end of the day, a double early release or late arrival will be permitted. If you have any questions, please call at 330-273-0490 and ask for the grade level administrator.

On days when the school schedule is altered students must follow the altered schedule.

(Exam days, assemblies, etc.)

Late Arrival students are required to sign-in with their ID each day to the appropriate Grade Level Office by 8:14 a.m. to make it to 2nd period class that begins at 8:19 a.m.

9th & 10th Grade West Office (Drop off/Enter Front West)

11th & 12th Grade East Office (Drop off/Enter Front East)

Early Release students are to exit the building at the end of their final class. In most instances, this will be 1:16 p.m.

If you are applying for a late arrival or early release, the Late Arrival/Early Release Form must be completed, signed, and turned into the guidance office. Once students are approved, their schedule will state Late Arrival or Early Release.

Brunswick High School Athletic Events


Brunswick students participate in many sports during the year. Please consider coming to support our student athletes. Please check out the athletic website for updates about spectators attending games & events. GO BIG BLUE!

See Something, Hear Something, Say Something

The Brunswick City School District encourages students, teachers, staff, parents and other members of our community to report any instances of potential violence, bullying, self-harm or any other issue where our students may be at risk. Information about the SaferSchools Tip Line can be found on the Brunswick City Schools webpage. The Brunswick City School District partners with SaferSchools Ohio to provide our families with a free resource for keeping our schools safe. The anonymous tip line service helps alert local law enforcement to potential school safety crisis. By calling or texting the statewide tip line (844-SAFEROH), you can report anything that is suspicious or endangering to you, your friends or your school. The SaferSchools Tip Line accepts calls and texts 24 hours a day /7 days a week.

Thank you for keeping our Brunswick Community SAFE.

Upcoming dates to remember:


8/9 All 7th and 12th Grade Vaccination Clinic at BMS - See above for information

8/14 Freshman All Parent Meeting 7:00 p.m. J. Hayes Performing Arts Center (PAC)

8/15 Class of 2027 - Freshman Orientation 8 a.m. -12 pm Last Names A-L

8/16 Class of 2027 - Freshman Orientation 8 a.m. - 12 pm Last Names M-Z

8/23 First Day of School All Students

8/23 Open House 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.


9/4 No School Labor Day

9/27 BHS Picture Day


10/13 NEOEA - No School

10/13 Class of 2024 Senior Pictures Day - Cavanaugh Photography Senior Session in the West Gym from 10:00 -12:00 P.M. and 12:30 - 4:00 P.M.

10/14 Homecoming

10/18 No School In-service Day

10/20 End of 1st Quarter


11/7 Parent Teacher Conferences - No School

11/22-11/24 Thanksgiving Break


12/15 Senior Pictures must be completed by this date.

12/18-12/20 BHS Midterm and Final Exams Adjusted Schedule

12/20 End of 2nd Quarter and end of 1st Semester

12/21-1/2 Winter Break


1/3 Return from Winter Break

1/15 No School Martin Luther King Day


2/6 Parent Teacher Conferences

2/7 No School In-service

2/19 No School - Presidents Day


3/13 End of 3rd Quarter

3/25 - 3/29 Spring Break


4/8 No School In-service


5/4 Prom and After Prom

5/8 Top 30 Class of 2024 Excellence Ceremony

5/17 Senior Awards Invitation

5/13-5/16 Senior Final Exams

5/16-5/22 Cap and Gown Pick Up (All fees, books, computers need to be returned to pick up)

5/21 Junior Awards

5/22 Sophomore Awards

5/23 Freshman Awards

5/23 BHS Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony 7 p.m. Brunswick Automart Stadium (Thursday Night)

5/24 Rain date Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony 7 p.m.

5/25 Rain date: Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.

5/27 No School - Memorial Day

5/28-5/30 Final Exams Adjusted Schedule

5/30 Last Day for Students & End of 4th Quarter

Questions, Visit the Brunswick City Schools Website for Information!

BHS Website

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