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March 31, 2014


TO: B-C-S Students, Staff, Families, and Community

 

RE: School Calendar

 

I am writing to update everyone with the latest information on this school year’s calendar.  Due to the extraordinary nature of this past winter, our Board of Education will be taking advantage of the four additional calamity days that do not need to be made up, which were granted when Governor Kasich signed a bill into law last week.  Therefore, this means that the last school day will be Wednesday, June 4, which was the original last day of school.

 

Furthermore, I want to remind everyone that Monday, April 21 will still be a mandatory school day for all students and staff.

 

To summarize, the calendar for the remainder of this school year will be:

 

Friday, April 18………….No School (Good Friday)

Monday, April 21……….Mandatory School Day

Monday, May 26………...No School (Memorial Day)

Sunday, June 1…………..Graduation (2:00 PM)

Wednesday, June 4………Last Day of School for Students

Thursday, June 5………...Teacher Work Day

 

If B-C-S School District is closed for any additional calamity days, these days must be made upbeginning on Thursday, June 5 and continuing in June Monday through Friday as needed.  I am sure that we all hope that this will not be necessary.

 

Please contact your school and/or supervisor if you have any questions.  All the best to everyone for a successful and safe end to this school year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Guy L. Parmigian

Superintendent

   
   

State of the District 2014

To the citizens, staff, and Board of Education of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District, I wish to report to you on the state of our school district as we begin a new calendar year.

 

I will open with the notion that we can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.  As we take a moment to reflect on the state of our school district, it is important to note that our school district is like our nation—it is built to serve its people.  As we look forward to the year ahead, we will continue to draw on lessons from the past, but we will be urgently focused on continuing to build the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District institution.

 

Who do we build the school district for?  We build it for the young people who stream into our buildings each day, and their parents/guardians who have high expectations of all the adults with whom their child comes into contact.  We build our school district for the generations of children not yet in our buildings; for the children who will enter B-C-S School District in 2030, in 2040, and beyond.  Last but not least, we build the B-C-S School District to ensure that we are providing a great value to the citizens and taxpayers who keep our schools operating.

 

B-C-S, like school districts across the state and nation, face a great deal of uncertainty.  Questions remain about how the legislature will fairly and equitably fund a system of schools in Ohio.  Questions remain about the assessments we will have to administer to our children.  Combined with these uncertainties, we face critical challenges.  For example, how do we best harness and utilize technology to advance the learning of our students.  Knowing that the one constant about technology is that it is constantly changing, what can we do today and how do we prepare for tomorrow to utilize technology resources—from wireless hand-held devices to computer labs—to enhance instruction in our classrooms?

 

Today, I call on the staff, parents, and community of Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools to be not afraid of the uncertainties or feel overwhelmed about the challenges we face, but to look at the challenges and uncertainties of our institution as opportunities to take value-added actions for the students of today and tomorrow.

 

To help us turn challenges and uncertainties into opportunities, today we are guided by a strategic mission statement.  The development of this mission statement was a collaborative effort between the Board and administrative team of B-C-S School District, and was approved by our Board of Education on December 17, 2013.   The mission statement utilizes the letters B, C, and S.  While the letters B, C, and S stand for the proud townships of Benton, Carroll, and Salem (and the villages situated within them) that make up the name of our school district, we proudly use the letters B, C, and S to state the mission of our school district going forward.  Therefore, the mission that will guide the school district is that WE:

 

Believe each child can achieve success and all staff must remain ready to meet the needs of children;

Challenge all students and staff to be civic-minded leaders, problem solvers, and critical thinkers, and;

Succeed when we work collaboratively with all district stakeholders to prepare our students for the challenges of higher education, training, the workforce, and life in a democratic society.

 

In addition to this mission, we have established objectives for six areas that represent six critical areas within the operation of our school district: Student Academic Performance, Stakeholder Engagement, Athletic/Extra Curricular Activities, Support Services/Operations, Finance, and Facilities.  (Visit the B-C-S website at www.bcssd.com to view the entire mission statement and specific objectives for all areas.)

 

This mission of “Believe, Challenge, Succeed,” along with the objectives, will give us guidance and direction as we are certain to encounter challenging decisions that have to be made in the future.  The mission set out above is highly ambitious, and it will require fortitude on the journey ahead—but we owe our children nothing less.  The staff of B-C-S School District and myself, however, must be comforted by knowing that the citizens, the parents, the grandparents, the aunts and uncles of former, current, and future students will be there to help in this journey as volunteers, as fans, as individuals who selflessly donate time and effort to make our school spaces better and more welcoming, and in countless other ways.

 

Since we are all invested in our school district, I encourage you to take the time to look at the full document that lists out all of the objectives we are working toward because we want your feedback.  The administration and staff will be checking our progress on our objectives, and we are always open to your thoughts and feedback on how you think we are doing.

 

In closing, the key lesson that we can draw on from our past is the importance of working together for the common good of our students.  In my time here as your superintendent, it is clear to me that people working together has been a key ingredient in  the success of B-C-S School District since it was formed from consolidations in 1967.  Let us honor the past and build for a future with the mission—Believe, Challenge, and Succeed.

 

This state of our school district is respectfully submitted by Guy Parmigian, B-C-S School District Superintendent on January 13, 2014. Your feedback is appreciated via telephone at 898-6210, or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

Support Your Child in the New Common Core Standards

 

Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for student learning.  The Common Core Standards were developed National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and were adopted by the vast majority of states, including Ohio.

Standards do not tell teachers how to teach, but they do help teachers figure out the knowledge and skills their students should have so that teachers can build the best lessons and environments for their classrooms. Standards also help students and parents by setting clear and realistic goals for success. Standards are a first step – a key building block – in providing our young people with a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and work. Of course, standards are not the only thing that is needed for our children’s success, but they provide an accessible roadmap for our teachers, parents, and students.

Please visit the link below for a plethora of information about Common Core Standards being implemented in our schools.  The website includes "parent roadmaps" that are specific to grade levels and subject areas that will empower you to support your child's education.  At B-C-S, our teachers and administrators have worked diligently over the past few years through planning and professional development to prepare lessons and instructional delivery so that our students can meet and exceed the rigorous Common Core Standards.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher(s) or building principal.

 

   

B-C-S Eager to Open 2013-2014 School Year

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is working diligently to be prepared to welcome back students on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 27th. While some staff worked to refurbish school busses and others dusted and waxed floors, still others were involved in training and coursework over the past few months to prepare engaging lessons for students.
The district wishes invite students and families to open houses and orientations that will be taking place in all three buildings. The open house for R.C. Waters Elementary (Grades K—3) will be on Monday, August 26th from 5:30—7:00 PM.
Oak Harbor Middle School will host a special informative open house/orientation for incoming 4th graders and their families on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00—8:00 PM. At this special open house/orientation for 4th graders, students and families will have a chance to ask questions, practice moving from class to class, and other procedures to help the students make a smooth transition to the middle school. Then, on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:00—7:00 PM, Oak Harbor Middle School will host an open house for all students and families in grades 5—7.
Oak Harbor High School will host an orientation for 8th grade students/families on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30 PM, and for 9th grade students/families at 7:15 PM. Both orientations will be held in the Auditorium. In addition, the high school will be hosting an open house for all students on Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30—8:00 PM.
Also, as a reminder, all student fees will be collected at Oak Harbor High School. Fee collection times will be Monday, August 19th and Wednesday, August 21st from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM. No fees will be collected in the other buildings prior to the start of the school.
Also, B-C-S Schools will continue to accept registrations for both Rocket Overtime (OHMS) and Acorn Alley (R.C. Waters). Both state-licensed childcare programs will operate for the 2013-2014 school year. To register your child, please check the district’s webpage (www.bcssd.com) or call the Board Office at 898-6210.
Superintendent Guy Parmigian commented: “Please call your child’s school or the Board Office if you have any questions or concerns as we want to have a smooth and successful start to the coming school year.”

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is working diligently to be prepared to welcome back students on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 27th. While some staff worked to refurbish school busses and others dusted and waxed floors, still others were involved in training and coursework over the past few months to prepare engaging lessons for students.

The district wishes invite students and families to open houses and orientations that will be taking place in all three buildings. The open house for R.C. Waters Elementary (Grades K—3) will be on Monday, August 26th from 5:30—7:00 PM.

Oak Harbor Middle School will host a special informative open house/orientation for incoming 4th graders and their families on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00—8:00 PM. At this special open house/orientation for 4th graders, students and families will have a chance to ask questions, practice moving from class to class, and other procedures to help the students make a smooth transition to the middle school. Then, on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:00—7:00 PM, Oak Harbor Middle School will host an open house for all students and families in grades 5—7.

Oak Harbor High School will host an orientation for 8th grade students/families on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30 PM, and for 9th grade students/families at 7:15 PM. Both orientations will be held in the Auditorium. In addition, the high school will be hosting an open house for all students on Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30—8:00 PM.

Also, as a reminder, all student fees will be collected at Oak Harbor High School. Fee collection times will be Monday, August 19th and Wednesday, August 21st from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM. No fees will be collected in the other buildings prior to the start of the school.

Also, B-C-S Schools will continue to accept registrations for both Rocket Overtime (OHMS) and Acorn Alley (R.C. Waters). Both state-licensed childcare programs will operate for the 2013-2014 school year. To register your child, please check the district’s webpage (www.bcssd.com) or call the Board Office at 898-6210.

Superintendent Guy Parmigian commented: “Please call your child’s school or the Board Office if you have any questions or concerns as we want to have a smooth and successful start to the coming school year.”

   

B-C-S Students Start Tuesday, August 27th

The first day of school for students in Grades 1—12 for the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will be Tuesday, August 27. There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, August 26 due to the approval of our waiver day application by the Ohio Department of Education.

 

The school day for each of the three buildings has changed slightly from last school year.  R.C. Waters Elementary School’s student day will be from 8:05 AM until 2:45 PM; Oak Harbor Middle School will be from 8:00 AM until 2:48 PM; and Oak Harbor High School’s student day will be 8:00 AM until 2:40 P M.

 

Below is a revised B-C-S Schools Calendar that includes waiver days:

 

August 27       FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for students in grades 1-12

 

September 2    No School – Labor Day

 

October 17 & 18         Waiver Days (No School for students)

October 25                  End of 1st Nine-Week Grading Period

 

Nov. 4  & 11   Grades 4—12  Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:15-6:45 pm)

Nov. 7 & 14    Grades K—3  Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:15-6:45 pm)

Nov. 27, 28, 29           No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 No School – Winter Vacation

 

January 6         Classes Resume

January 10       End of 2nd Nine-Week Grading Period

January 20       No School – Martin Luther King Day

 

February 13     Grades K—12  Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:15-6:45pm)

February 14     No School for Students – Grades K—12  Parent/Teacher Conferences-8:00-11:30 am

February 17 & 18        No School for Students – President’s Day & Waiver Day

 

March 21         End of 3rd Nine-Week Grading Period

March 24-28    No School – Spring Break

 

April 18 & 21  No School – Easter Vacation

April 22           Classes Resume

 

May 26            No School – Memorial Day

 

June 1  Graduation – 2:00 p.m.

June 4  Last Day of School for Students – End of 4th Grading Period

 

As required by Ohio Revised Code, if school must be closed due to extreme weather conditions or other circumstances, make-up days would begin June 4 and run Monday through Friday in June as needed.

 

For questions or more information please contact your child’s school, or the Board Office at 898-6210.

   

B-C-S Finish Fiscal Year in Black

For the first time in 5 years, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools ended the fiscal year without deficit

spending. After many years of using up cash reserves, the board along with administration began the

long, painstaking task to reduce expenses. In the span of one year, expenses were reduced by nearly

12% which played the largest part in ending the deficit spending trend. Treasurer Tim Coffman stated,

“while it is certainly great to have eliminated deficit spending this past year, it is a trend we would like to

see continued and we will work very hard to try and make that happen.”


The past academic year was not without pain and hardship. Deficit spending and dropping enrollment

necessitated major changes for the district. The district moved forward in 2012-2013 with 40 fewer

positions in our certified and classified staff district wide. The changes in personnel affected all areas

within the district including curricular and extracurricular activities. The elementary buildings,

Graytown, Carroll and Rocky Ridge, were consolidated into one at R.C. Waters which was reconfigured to

service kindergarten through third grade students. The fourth grade students found a new home at Oak

Harbor Middle School and the eighth graders were placed in their own wing at Oak Harbor High School.

Start times for all buildings were changed and bus routes were reconfigured into single routes from

double routes in years past. Changes in administration in both the treasurer and superintendent

positions were crucial to the district’s success. None of the changes above were easy. All of the

sacrifices incurred by both the staff and parents of the B-C-S district contributed to the end of deficit

spending. “The strength and resiliency of all B-C-S staff, and putting students first, have made the

2012-2013 transition school year a success for the school district,” commented Superintendent Guy

Parmigian.


While 2012-2013 was most definitely a year of change in the B-C-S district, these changes will not define

the district. The board and the administration are committed to making good financial decisions in an

effort to ward off massive changes to the educational system as seen last year. Even though revenue

streams are relatively stagnant, the Treasurer, Mr. Tim Coffman, remains vigilant when trying to identify

possible ways to recoup current expenses. Superintendent, Dr. Guy Parmigian, scrutinizes any

additional expense and has adopted a zero-sum approach to finances meaning that where possible, any

additional expense must be balanced by a reduction.

   

Acorn Alley and Rocket Overtime Are a Go for 13-14; Registration deadline has been extended.

We are excited to let everyone know that our minimum enrollment has been met, and the Acorn Alley and Rocket Overtime childcare programs will be on for the 2013-2014 school year!  We are eager to provide high-quality, state-licensed childcare programming for your child at both R.C. Waters Elementary (Acorn Alley) and Oak Harbor Middle School (Rocket Overtime).

We are also pleased to let everyone know that we have extended the deadline to register your child in Acorn Alley and Rocket Overtime.  Registration forms are available by clicking here. These forms can be completed and mailed in.  Registration forms are also available at the Board of Education Office.  Please act quickly to register your child for these outstanding and convenient child care programs.

There are several enrollment options/costs.  Part-time registrations are now being accepted (option 7).  We will make every effort to accommodate part-time students.  However, we cannot guarantee the enrollment of part-time students until we know the number of families interested in the part-time option.  If you are interested in the part-time option, the best thing for you to do is to get your registration in early so that we can guarantee your child’s spot.

Below is a listing of the various enrollment options and fee schedules.  As you may be aware, we made changes to the fee schedule to ensure that the district does not lose money by providing our childcare programs—we are not looking to make a profit, but to break even.  One of the changes for the coming school year will include the requirement that fees for the week be paid on the Friday prior to the week of attending.  Also, there is a price break for students on free or reduced lunch.


2013-2014 Acorn Alley/Rocket Overtime

Enrollment Options and Fee Schedule

 

 

1)      AM Session: 6:30 until the start of school - $22.50/wk.

2)      PM Mini-Session: dismissal of school until 4:00 - $22.50/wk.

3)      PM Session: dismissal of school until 6:00 - $45.00/wk.

4)      AM & PM Full-Time: 6:30 AM until start of school and dismissal until 6:00 PM - $65.00/wk.

5)      Two hour delay day: 8—10 AM* - $6.00/day

6)      Cancellation Day: 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM* - $27.00/day

7)      Part-Time Option (one or two days per week) - $5.00/hour

 

*These options are only open to students who are registered for Acorn Alley and Rocket Overtime and participate in one of the options one through four above.

Registration Fee: $25.00 per child

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Parmigian at 898-6210.

   

B-C-S Schools are 'Excellent with Distinction'

It is with great pride that the B-C-S School District Community received official word recently that the district earned the highest possible rating on its local report card for the 2011-2012 school year!  The local report card was slated to be released in August 2012, but was held up due to a statewide audit of student data by the State Auditor.  The report card was just released in late February.

 

Factoring student performance on state assessments, graduation rate, and other measures, the Ohio Department of Education assigned the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools with the rating of “Excellent with Distinction.”   The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District was the only district in Ottawa County to receive the “Excellent with Distinction” rating.  Only 138 out of Ohio’s 610 school districts earned the “Excellent with Distinction” rating.

 

B-C-S Board of Education President Heather Dewitz commented, “This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of all the staff at B-C-S.  It is an accomplishment of which to be proud.”

 

Superintendent Guy Parmigian extended his congratulations to all staff and explained that the “Excellent with Distinction” rating is just one more reason to continue to innovate, and find ways to improve educational opportunities for all students.  Parmigian stressed the importance of all staff working together and with the community to be a beacon of educational excellence within our region while living within our budget.  “We have been working closely with our principals and others to implement some very new and engaging initiatives for next school year,” Parmigian stated.


The B-C-S School District has a vision of preparing its approximately 1700 students to be successful in the 21st century global society.  The district now educates its students on three campuses: Oak Harbor High School (grades 8—12), Oak Harbor Middle School (grades 4—7), and R.C. Waters Elementary School (grades K—3).


For more information about the B-C-S School District, visit the district website at www.bcssd.com or call (419) 898-6210.

 

Click here for the district's report card.

 

 

   

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