It is a well-established fact that Beavercreek City Schools’ band program is among the finest in the state of Ohio. This reputation, coupled with an incredibly high level of performance, has produced an opportunity few programs will ever see.
The Jacob Coy Middle School Jazz Band has been selected to perform at the 2016 OMEA Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati. Chosen from a blind audition, Coy’s jazz band stood out from the hundreds who applied. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our kids and our program,” said Marlyn Strickland, who directs band activities at Coy Middle School.
The OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) is one of the oldest music education associations in the country. During their annual development conference, each selected ensemble will have 60 minutes to perform for attending members and supporters.
For members of Coy’s jazz band, it is the opportunity to show they are some of today’s best student-musicians. For Beavercreek City Schools, it is validation of the excellence many expect from the band program. “We want to push the program forward. Great things are happening here and we want people to know about it.” Come January, a lot more people will.
Bamford to Parkwood Elementary School
Susan Bamford will be the new principal at Parkwood Elementary School when classes resume, August 25th. Bamford has extensive classroom experience in multiple districts where she was a kindergarten teacher, literacy coach, core curriculum coach, and building turnaround coach. She comes to us from Middletown City Schools after completing her tenure as principal at Wildwood Elementary School.
Bamford’s postsecondary education began at Wright State University where she attained a bachelor’s degree in marketing. To complete her educational licensure program and receive a master’s degree in educational leadership, Bamford attended McGregor School of Antioch. From there, Miami University was Bamford’s choice to complete her principal licensure program.
“I am honored to be part of such a great community,” Bamford said. “I want to continue to create an engaging learning environment where the needs of my students are met.”
Beavercreek Township Fire Rescue partners with BCS to provide life-saving training
New principal for BHS
New principal at Shaw Elementary
With approval from the Beavercreek Board of Education, Susan Peveler will become the new principal of Shaw Elementary School to start the 2015-2016 school year.
Peveler comes to our district from Northwest Local Schools in Hamilton County where she was an assistant principal at White Oak Middle School. Prior to that, she completed a successful tenure as assistant principal/teacher at Monfort Heights Elementary in the same district. In addition to years of experience in the classroom, Peveler has experience as a gifted intervention specialist.
Camp Invention 2015 a success
Camp Invention is a program designed to help children use science to explore, create, and invent. Through hands-on activities and exercises, students learn skills needed for success in the 21st century workplace such as collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking. “This program is for every child, not just gifted children,” said Nichole Erwin, Camp Invention Director and teacher at Valley Elementary School.
Campers are given a lot of latitude when it comes to conceptualizing and ultimately building their ideas from scratch. Inspired by modules presented by instructors during the week, prototypes are built and tested to let campers see their ideas come to life. Erwin made it clear that Camp Invention is not a conventional approach to learning because it allows children the opportunity to see what happens when creativity works hand-in-hand with science.
The counselors and staff felt this year was a huge success and want to thank parents for their support and campers for their tireless energy, “they had great ideas and were excited to learn.” Also, staff members want to thank Lisa Walk, principal at Trebein Elementary School, for helping make this year’s Camp Invention a valuable experience for so many campers.
District technology fuels student learning
The goal Beavercreek City Schools achieved, with funding from the district’s first Straight A Grant, was implementing a program of individualized instruction through the use of technology. The district’s initiative takes learning one step further and allows students to continue to learn through the summer months.
The K-8 Summer Learning Opportunity allows students to use their district iPad during the summer months for additional individualized instruction. Specialized lessons that are commonly referred to as quests or missions are provided based on assessments given during the school year.
“Each quest or mission is created for an individual student based on the student’s performance on the NWEA’s MAP Test,” said Curriculum Supervisor Kevin Cornell. Administered three times a year, the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests are designed to identify strengths, weaknesses, and progress in the areas of mathematics and reading. Those results are used by eSpark, a company that specializes in personalized learning on the iPad, to create individualized quests and missions.
This kind of individualized instruction for kindergarten through 8th grade students is at the heart of a progressive philosophy; technology compliments classroom instruction to create content that best suits each student’s needs. “This is the beauty of using technology to help students learn.”
BHS seniors recognized and awarded
The Beavercreek community has a long, proud tradition of supporting Beavercreek City Schools and its students. This year, the tradition continued at the Larry Stevens Memorial Senior Awards.
A total of $80,900 in scholarships and grants were awarded to some outstanding students of the 2015 senior class. Representatives from organizations both public and private were on-hand to recognize students for dedication, leadership, and commitment to excellence throughout their academic career at BHS.
District D-Labs open for learning
The district’s four Design Thinking Labs (D-Labs) are officially open. These labs, built using funds from the district’s $995,000 Straight-A Grant, usher in an investigative and entrepreneurial approach to learning.
Located at Beavercreek High School, Ferguson Hall, Coy Middle School, and Ankeney Middle School, the recently completed labs are designed to foster creative thinking that helps students solve real-world problems. “Our students will now begin learning a process that incorporates collaboration, creating and defining ideas, peer feedback, and problem solving,” said Assistant Superintendent Susan Hayward, Ph.D. “It is known as Design Thinking and it will help students hone skills needed for success in the 21st century.”
The district’s new Design Thinking approach is embedded in science and social studies courses and in electives for students in grades 8-12. Classes are taught by district teachers who have received immersive, hands-on training. When students and teachers put Design Thinking principles into action, great things will happen, a belief shared by Hayward, “the synergy created by this process will create a positive impact on our students and district for years to come.”
BHS student wins national writing competition
Andy Rice, a Beavercreek High School student, demonstrated a keen understanding of events that occurred during the Second World War; his knowledge has now won him national accolades.
Rice received a $1,500 scholarship as the first place winner of the Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition. His research paper focused on the events, history, and rationale leading to the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Rice was also required to speculate how refusing to use atomic weapons would have changed the course of history.
For this year’s competition, 120 students across six states submitted similar research papers concerning the use of atomic weapons on Japan during the Second World War. After an initial judging determined the finalists, the Deputy Director of the U.S. Air Force Field Heritage Program determined that Rice was the first place winner.
6:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
6:30 PM Board of Education Meeting