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BHS students go to OSU’s Stone Laboratory in Put-In- Bay

A few Berkshire students had the opportunity to attend a bird banding experience at Black Swamp Bird Observatory and a two-day aquatic science field trip program at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory in Put-In-Bay with high school science teacher Mrs. Katie Ritts. Students participated in a two hour science cruise on a research vessel, as well as laboratory practice that included exploration in limnology, geology, and biology and culminated in fish dissection. As extension activities the students also enjoyed a program on herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians) and a climate walk in which they investigated the impact of climate change on the Great Lakes and energy sustainability.

Pictured In Bottom Photo: Berkshire Students at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory

Ledgemont Elementary/Berkshire Middle Ski Club Sign Ups

Enjoy the winter snow this season and join Ski Club at Alpine Valley/Boston Mills & Brandywine. This program is open to students ages 8 (by 1/1/2017) through 8th grade at Ledgemont Elementary and Berkshire Junior High School. The Ski Club will ski/board on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm starting on January 7th and members get five consecutive weeks of lessons from 9:30 am – 10:30 am and then are welcome to continue visiting BMBW & AV on their designated day and time at no additional charge with their membership card. Sign up online at then go to ‘Groups & Clubs’, ‘Club Program’, then ‘Member Registration’. Login: ledgeberk password: member. For those with their own gear the heavily discounted member cost is $159, and for renters the cost is $223.05.

Burton Elementary 3rd Graders Extend Learning Out of the Classroom

Burton elementary third grade teacher, Mrs. Kriz’s class had a fabulous experience learning about the evolution of transportation in the early 20th century. On Tuesday, October 18th, as an extension of their pen pal program with Brooks House Assisted Living Facility in Troy, students learned about Henry Ford, and the many ways his innovations were pivotal in shaping the entire automobile industry — and in many ways– life in America. They watched a few short videos about Henry Ford, his early Model Ts and Model As, and assembly line production, then Brooks House director, Fran King, along with assistant, Marlene Zeigler presented a variety of photos and led discussion. They also shared brief interviews they conducted with our Brooks House friends, capturing stories from these wonderful primary sources about their experiences with these early automobiles. After the presentations, students met Mr. and Mrs. Kirby in the front parking lot and every student had the chance to look at their beautifully restored Model A — and even sit inside. Lively discussions and a flurry of questions and answers were prompted by their first – hand experience with the Model A and its current owners. We followed up with some additional study and discussion of assembly line production and Henry Ford as an innovator and inventor. Finally, they created our own assembly line in our classroom, “manufacturing” candy cars.

Pictured In Top Photo: Third Graders

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