Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will hold a Kindergarten Information and Registration Night for parents of incoming kindergarten students on Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm. at R.C. Waters Elementary School (220 East Ottawa St. in Oak Harbor). During this meeting, parents will receive enrollment paperwork, information about kindergarten, a tour the building, and will sign up for a screening appointment. Kindergarten Screening appointments will be on Monday, April 15 (8:15 AM until 7:30 PM) and Thursday, April 18 (8:15 AM until 3:30 PM) at R.C. Waters Elementary. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. All kindergarten students should be screened and registered to begin the school year. If you have any questions please call the school at 419-898-6219.
It was announced today that Oak Harbor Middle School is the recipient of two huge awards from the State of Ohio for its commitment to student achievement for all.
First, Oak Harbor Middle School was named by the State Superintendent as a “2018 High Progress School of Honor” based on their 2017-2018 Ohio School Report Card performance. Oak Harbor Middle School was one of only 67 schools in the state, and the only school in Ottawa County to receive this prestigious award! The criteria for earning this award are: a school serving 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students, who achieved performance gains in English language arts and math in the 90th percentile statewide over the last five years among all students.
Upon making the award, State Superintendent Paulo DeMaria commented: "Our mission is to prepare studentsfor a future that has yet to be written. Many consider this to be a daunting endeavor. Your education team, however, has clearly embraced this challenge."
Second, Oak Harbor Middle School was the only school in Ottawa County to earn the “2018 Momentum Award” presented by the State of Ohio Board of Education. Now in its fourth year, the Momentum Award is the State Board’s way of recognizing schools that received A’s on every Value-Added measure included on the Ohio School Report Cards.
Upon making this award, the President of the Ohio Board of Education Tess Elshoff commented to Principal Laramie Spurlock: "I want you to know how much we appreciate your leadership and the dedication your team has to providing a high-quality experience for all students. Please share our gratitude with all of those who contributed to this accomplishment."
B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian proudly stated: “I am so proud of the leadership, and each and every professional at Oak Harbor Middle School, and congratulate them for earning these extraordinary honors from the State of Ohio! I know they all work very hard to get the results they get. These awards reflect the staff's commitment to serving the needs of all students, which includes strong relationships with all students and their families.”
Oak Harbor Middle School is led by Mr. Laramie Suprlock, Principal, and Ms. Leigh Carroll, Assistant Principal. Both are in their 4th year in their respective positions. Oak Harbor Middle School educates all Benton-Carroll-Salem students in grades 4 through 7.
Oak Harbor Middle School will be honored by the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education at their January 9, 2019 Board meeting.
District citizens are invited to join B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian and Treasurer Cajon Keeton to attend a district coffee. Coffees provide an informal opportunity to introduce yourself, chat, ask questions, and learn more about the B-C-S school system and where we are heading. All district citizens are invited to attend. There are no reservations needed, and there is no cost to attend.
Below is a listing of the dates/times/locations of Coffee Connections:
**All subject to change if needed**
Contact the Board Office at 898-6210 if you have any questions.
Important School Calendar Information:
School delays are typically decided by 6:00 AM while school closures are decided by 8:00 AM.
There is much talk on the news lately about the switch from a days-based to an hours-based school calendar. B-C-S is on an hours-based calendar. As you can see from the calendar this school year and the ones for the upcoming school years, we still make up calamity days beyond five just as we did under the days-based calendar. The switch from a days-based to an hours-based calendar has not impacted most people; the switch impacts staff responsible for state reporting and student attendance. Along these lines, I was recently asked by a newspaper if the switch from days to hours impacts the decisions about delay or closure of school, and the answer is that the switch has absolutely no impact on these important decisions.