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Berkshire Sophomore Josiah Cheung wins Rotary Speech Contest

Sophomore Josiah Cheung won first place in the Burton-Middlefield Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest that was held February 22, 2017 at Welshfield Inn in Troy. He competed against students from Newbury, Cardinal, and Berkshire to bring home first place. GTV will air a recording of the event the week of February 27th. Josiah has been invited to compete in the District Contest on April 8th at Aurora High School.

Honors/AP English Students attend the annual “African American Read-In”

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Berkshire High School students from Honors English II, Honors English III, and AP English IV traveled to the Tri-C Simon & Rose Mandel Theatre in Highland Hills to participate in the third annual “African American Read-In” to recognize Black History Month. Students, along with teachers Carrie Kleinhenz, Maria Koler, and Lynn Hunter, listened to distinguished members of the Cleveland community, speak about the meaning of leaving a legacy. This eclectic and diverse group shared excerpts from fiction and nonfiction literature in which they found inspiring through the readings of iconic African American writers, from the works of Niki Giovanni, Malcolm X, and Louis Stokes.

Burton Elementary “Mathletes” Exercise their Skills

“A Piece of Pi”, “Four Parts of a Whole” and “The Equilaterals” were among six teams of 5th and 6th graders from Burton Elementary who participated in a Math Problem Solving Tournament. The Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics sponsored the 36th annual tournament on Saturday, February 18th. Tournaments were held at fourteen different sites throughout northeast Ohio. The purpose of the tournament was to promote enthusiasm for mathematics and to recognize students for their interest and talents in problem solving. The students engaged in teamwork as they experienced challenging problems in a competitive setting. Various events consisted of a team problem solving round, a mental math round, and a team construction activity. Funds for the tournament were once again generously provided by the Burton Elementary PTO.

Fifth grade participants included: Anna Brown, Brooklyn Pope, Madison Rickelman, Madelyn Smetana, Emily Tessean, Nathan Vulinec, Maddie Walter, Brooklyn Barger, Evania McCandless, Mia Pirichy, Caeley Powell and Alex Sabol.

Sixth grade participants included: Conner Gilmore, Johnny Heiden, Jenna Revak, Brendan Ward, Bleu Ceroky, Joey Czekaj, Jarrett Long, Sidney Schaden, Hannah Washell, Slade Blair, Aidan Fekete, and Ellynn Weatherholt.

Ledgemont Elementary 3rd Grade Superbowl Party

Miss Svigel’s third graders had their own Superbowl party on February 3rd. In the morning, they completed a STEM challenge where they had to create two field goal posts using a limited amount of supplies. They were given five large popsicle sticks, three purple popsicle sticks, newspaper, tape, a pair of scissors, and a ruler. They had to make the field goal posts nearly identical in size. Then, they were each given a paper football where they had to test the best field goal distance. Afterward, they had to analyze the different results and reflect on why they made or missed field goals. In the afternoon, the students rotated through football-themed stations – 1st Down, 2nd Down, 3rd Down, Field Goal, Touchdown, and Halftime. 1st Down was football multiplication roll; 2nd Down was making various words using the word footballs; 3rd Down consisted of football word problems; Field Goal required work with prefixes and suffixes; Touch Down was football team superbowl math. During halftime, the students got to enjoy a variety of parent and teacher donated Superbowl snacks.

Burton Elementary Student Council goes to Burton Healthcare

Burton Elementary student council members spent an evening with the residents at Burton Health Care. Student Council members each chose an artwork from their portfolio, which Mrs. Lamb then hung gallery style at Burton Health Care. The artworks will remain there for a period of time for the residents to enjoy. Mrs. Laurie Lamb, BE art teacher and Mrs. Lauren Casey, BE music teacher worked collaboratively with Mrs. Maxwell, student council advisor, to organize the night. Mrs. Casey and the fifth and sixth grade band members performed for the residents. The students worked very hard on this performance and it showed! Congratulations to all who participated!

Sign Ups/Open Gyms for Spring Berkshire Rec Soccer

Spring soccer open gyms are at Burton Elementary: March 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st and 23rd. Sign ups will be on at the 7th, 9th and 14th during open gym, or you may sign up online by going to Berkshire Recreation .During open gyms, U6 and U8 will play from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and U10 and U12 will play from 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. U14 players may sign up, but the season may be canceled should there not be enough interest. If you have any questions, please contact Michell at 440-552- 1921 or at [email protected].

Pictured In Photos

Pictured In Bottom Left Photo: Josiah Cheung, First-place winner in the Burton-Middlefield Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest

Pictured In Bottom Right Photo: Honors/AP Literature Students attend annual “African American Read-In”

Pictured In Top Right Photo: Burton Elementary Student Council Members

Pictured In Top Center Left Photo: Burton Elementary 5th and 6th Graders compete in a Math Problem Solving Tournament

Pictured In Top Left Photo: Miss Svigel’s third graders have a Superbowl

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