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Innovative Middle School teaching and learning at B-C-S

Pictured above, left to right, are award winning athletes Bryce Buderer, Cooper Hicks, Jeremy Balboa, Ben Petersen and Andrea Cecil, along with Coach Tom Kontak and Director of Athletics Drew Grahl.

At its March 18 meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education heard first hand from students and teachers at Oak Harbor Middle School about innovations that increase student achievement, highlighting how teaching and learning continue to evolve using technology. 

Language arts teacher Mr. Kelly Croy and some of his students discussed how students are able to get peer feedback on their presentations using a secure online platform. Science teacher Mr. Aaron Bomer and his students explained how he is able to provide immediate feedback to his students using online software to ensure that students stay on the right track when doing school work after school and on weekends. OHMS Principal Mrs. Marie Wittman explained how student-led conferences piloted by Mr. Kyle O’Neill this school year have increased and enriched the level of parent involvement in their child’s education.

Director of Athletics, Mr. Drew Grahl, presented Board commendations to winter sports student-athletes including: Cooper Kicks, Division II Boys State Diving Qualifier who finished eighth at State; Bryce Buderer, Division II Boys State Diving Qualifier who finished tenth at State; Jeremy Balboa and Rhett Peterson, Division II State Wrestling Qualifiers; Ben Petersen, a Division II State Wrestling Placer who finished eighth at State; and Andrea Cecil, who was named Associated Press Division III third team All-Ohio in Girls Basketball. Mr. Grahl also recognized Oak Harbor Girls Basketball Coach Tom Kontak, who was named Associated Press Division III Co-Coach of the Year.  

In other business, the Board approved the treasurer’s report, and authorized the treasurer to seek bids for the replacement of two school busses as part of the district’s school bus replacement schedule. The Board also approved substitute teachers, extended days for two staff members, and approved the Oak Harbor High School Summer Physical Education fee of $100 per student, which is unchanged from last year. Additionally, the Board approved the 2014-2015 course/curriculum guide for Oak Harbor High School. The Board also accepted with gratitude two donations to benefit improvements being made to the Rocket Soccer Complex, $1,272.52 from the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor and $50.00 from Mrs. Barbara Sprouse.

The Board then adopted a resolution recognizing April 6-12 as Volunteer Recognition Week. Mr. Parmigian noted that Oak Harbor High School will host a Volunteer Appreciation and Information Night April 3 at 6 p.m. Call 419.898.6210 for further information or to make reservations.

In the discussion portion of the meeting Mr. Jim Boss, Mrs. Sara Stahl, and Mrs. Judy Peters discussed proactive methods that the district is using to support positive behaviors in students. One of the ways is for adults to model positive behaviors, and for adults to teach students how to deal with the anxiety and frustration which may be barriers to learning.

The next regular B-C-S Board of Education meeting is set for Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.

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