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B-C-S Board approves personnel and calendar changes

Wednesday, June 4, was officially confirmed as the last day of school for students in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School district. This confirmation was the result of action taken at the April B-C-S Board of Education meeting (pending no additional calamity days). The Board took advantage of a one-time waiver allowed by state law given the unusually brutal winter, which resulted in an unusually high number of calamity days for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Board’s April 22 regular meeting opened with a presentation from third grade students and staff at R.C. Waters Elementary School on how computers are a powerful instructional tool. R.C. Waters Elementary School students presented and discussed with Board members their personal learning experiences with the various online programs available to students. Students explained how real-time feedback from the online programs helps to further their learning both during the school day and outside school.

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Oak Harbor eighth grade team is academic challenge champion

The Oak Harbor Eighth Grade Academic Challenge Team competed in the county Academic Challenge Contest that took place March 19 at Oak Harbor High School. The team competed against teams from Danbury, Port Clinton, and Put-In-Bay and were crowned Champions at the end of the competition. This is third time in the last four years that the group has won the county competition.

The team now is preparing for the Tri-County Contest that will take place May 19 at the BGSU Firelands Campus. Team members are Anna Dedes, Taylor Beard, Tyler Lovett, Chris Kuhn, Ben Swartz, Ross Friar, Aaron Lee and Jack Gleckler. The team is coached by eighth grade staff members Meghan Dougherty and Brad Schlagheck.

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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.

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