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 Original article can be found at Berkshire School News.

Staff Report; February 25, 2020

Strong partnerships with important community organizations have played an important role in students’ lives in the Berkshire Local Schools.

KIWANIS RECOGNIZES STUDENTS

Strong partnerships with important community organizations have played an important role in students’ lives in the Berkshire Local Schools. Such was the case earlier this week when the East Geauga Kiwanis organization offered recognition to third-grade students at Burton Elementary Schools for their classroom performance.

Each student was given an official certificate from the organization as well as the very generous donation of four books.

The value of a strong community partner underscores the district’s belief in the preparing students for college and career readiness after school.

STUDENTS PLACE IN BUSINESS COMPETITION

Two Berkshire High School students recently placed with top honors in the Northeast Ohio Regional DECA competition, which promotes distributive careers in marketing, business and finance. Madeline Kotowski brought home a second place finish in the competition for Principles of Hospitality and Tourismwhile Will Stigerwald earned a third place finish in the coveted Business Start-Up competition. In demonstrating their respective talents and skills in the regional competition, both Madeline and Will have qualified for the state competition at the end of April 2020.

The DECA competition enhances student preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Berkshire’s student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.

CREATIVE PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Ledgemont students in Mrs. Sivillo’s kindergarten class recently spent some educational time incorporating real-world experiences in the entertainment and customer service industry by developing their own restaurant names and businesses. Transforming their play-area into their own restaurants, students worked in groups to create and design their own business names, menus, pretend food items and cash registers.

They practiced many reading skills through the creation of their menus and many writing skills as they wrote down orders pretending to be waiters. For math, they practiced counting dollars and adding menu items together.

To conclude their activity, they hosted a “live” restaurant with “specials of the day.” Students actually used real food items from their menus and invited the teachers and staff members to place orders “to go” on their lunch breaks. The lesson served as a great learning experience for all and a great project to promote creativity and team building.

KAJEET DEVICES PROVIDED

As part of an ongoing emphasis on exposing students to technology and accessing resources from virtually anywhere, the Berkshire Local Schools recently deployed 10 Kajeet devices to each building in the district.

Kajeet devices are filtered WiFi hot spots called “smart spots” that use cellular signals to access the internet and are being safely incorporated in the most technologically advanced schools across the country. The Kajeet devices help to empower students who may not have access to the Internet through other means. They are safe, secure and responsible resources that limit activity, but broaden students’ educational horizons. Students of all ages and at all grades will have the opportunity to “sign out” the Kajeet devices for their supervised use. Parents should ask their students about the state-of-the-art tools that help Berkshire students remain connected to the global information highway.

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