Welcome to the Blue Connector, an e-newsletter from Brookville Local Schools.
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November 14, 2016
43rd Edition

Brookville Local Schools, (937) 833-2181 | http://www.brookvilleschools.org
In This Issue
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Brookville High School
1 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309

Mr. Christopher Bronner
Asst. Principal
Mrs. Lynne Sayre-NIckell

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Veteran Mr. Requarth

Blue Devils
Athletic Schedules

Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball

Winter Sports Passes

Winter sports family passes are now on sale at BHS.

You can also purchase presale tickets for home varsity boys basketball games. For more information, please visit our website  here.

Brookville Intermediate School
2 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309

Mr. Erin Wheat
Asst. Principal
Mrs. Lynne Sayre-Nickell

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Brookville Elementary School
3 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309

Mrs. Stephanie Hinds

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District Office
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Board of Education Offices
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Brookville, OH 45309
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Timothy L. Hopkins

Mrs. Tiffany Hiser

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Paraprofessional Mrs. Puskas

Our Mission
The Mission of Brookville Local Schools is to challenge, prepare, and support all students to realize their full potential.
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Board of Education
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Scott Rutherford

Vice President
Judy Hoover

John Gordon
Joe Mellon
Rick Phillips

Paraprofessional Mrs. Smoot

2 Hour Delay Schedules
High School
9:50 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Intermediate School
9:50 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Elementary School
Grades 1-3
11:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

AM 11:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
PM 1:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We Thank Those Who Have Served
Veteran's Day 2016
Friday, November 11, Brookville Local Schools were honored to host our annual Veterans Day Program. Approximately 75 Veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces were in attendance. The program this year was put on by our elementary students. 

The third grade class provided the music, with students from each grade providing video messages that expressed a sincere appreciation to the Veterans for their service. Elementary music teacher Mrs. Jessica Swett guided the music based presentation. Elementary principal, Mrs. Stephanie Hinds, acted as the emcee and ended the program by thanking the Veterans for their service to our country. It was an outstanding program enjoyed by everyone. Please enjoy the video which showcases the third grade's musical talents, along with photos  from the event.  You can also view the video presentation which includes messages recorded for our veterans from students and staff here.
Superintendent's Corner
As a school district we would like to say "thank you" to everyone who supported passage of our renewal levy.  Approval of the levy allows us to maintain the educational programming currently in place. Your continued support as a community is greatly appreciated.
Upcoming Events At Brookville Local Schools
Please take a moment to watch this video highlighting some of the exciting things that are coming up in the next few weeks at Brookville Local Schools.

Oh Canada!
Enrichment Project Enlightens Eighth Graders
During each quarter of this school year a group of 8th grade acceleration students will be participating in a content area enrichment program. These students were in the able hands of Social Studies teacher Ms. Jen Howard for the first quarter.  Ms. Howard said, "My goal was for students to learn more about our neighbor to the north and to take ownership of their learning by accepting the responsibility of teaching others."  She set out to do this with a project based learning experience about Canada and its government.

The students began by learning basics about the Canadian government, geography, economy and culture.  Once they broadened their own knowledge base, they were charged to design and develop a project to teach their BIS peers about Canada.

Divided into small groups, one developed a display to be placed in the case at the entrance of the building.  Another group created a Canadian fact forest in the BIS halls. A third group created a scavenger hunt using QR codes which led to another group who completed the scavenger hunt using either their BYOD devices or district owned iPads. Finally, a group created and advertised a series of videos. The bonus is that students learned how to generate the QR codes themselves and actually became experts at it.  

By the end of the quarter the 7th and 8th grade hallway and display case was filled with all types of learning tools about Canada. The students had great fun learning and designing their projects which were then made available to their peers!

In the second quarter, this group will be doing an enrichment project in science with Mrs. Gulley. We look forward to seeing their work.
Blue Devil Athletics
Meet Our Winter Athletics Coaches
In what seems like a blink of the eye our Fall sports season has come to an end. Our Fall athletes competed very well and represented our school district admirably. Now, as the days get shorter and the air outside becomes more crisp, we move indoors to the Winter athletic season.

Brookville student-athletes compete in four OHSAA sanctioned interscholastic varsity sports along with a number of Jr. High programs. These are in addition to the cheerleading and pep band squads who support these athletes. The coaches for each of these programs will no doubt dedicate numerous hours to working with students who participate.  

The following is a list of the Blue Devil coaches for the Winter athletic season:

BHS Boys Basketball:
Jeff Davidson
BIS Boys Basketball 8th Grade:
Nathan Feitshans
BHS Girls Basketball:
Braden Kindell
BIS Boys Basketball 7th Grade:
Chris Storer
BHS Cheerleading:
Maggie Skinner
BIS Girls Basketball 8th Grade:
Marcus Lamb
BHS Coed Swimming:
Amy Fortener
BIS Girls Basketball 7th Grade:
Jill Lenser
BHS Wrestling:
Tyler Bey
BIS Cheerleading:
Amanda O'Dell
Pep Band Director:
Emily Moler
BIS Wrestling:
Pete Chakiris

You can find all of the winter sports schedules on our website here.

Getting to know Coach Fortener
BHS Coed Swimming

How many years have you been involved in the swim program at BHS and when did you become the head coach?
I have been involved with the BHS swim program for the past 7 years and this is my third year as the head coach.

What is your own personal experience in competitive swimming?
I began swimming competitively when I was 8 years old. I swam year-round for over 8 years on a Columbus Club Swim Team. In high school, I was on the varsity swim team which practiced before and after school every day. I earned letters in both swimming and water polo all 4 years in high school and qualified for the State Meet my junior and senior year of high school. I also played water polo at the University of Dayton my freshman year.

What is your first impression of the swimmers as they begin their practice?
I am very excited for the Brookville Swim Team as we finish our first week of practice. We have 13 returning swimmers and 19 new swimmers who have no previous competitive swimming experience. All of the swimmers are working hard and are a lot of fun to coach. I have seen a great deal of improvement already in only 4 practices! I think there is a great deal of potential on our team and I am very excited to work with them as they all continue to improve!

What are your goals for the team this year as follow up last year's successes both in individual swimmers and team events?
Our hope for the BHS swim team is to continue to improve both as a team and as individual swimmers. We lost a great deal of experience graduating 11 seniors last year, but this year's team has a lot of potential I have seen already! They are overall very young but as they learn and improve this year I am hopeful that we will have some great races and times towards the end of the season. Individually, Sophomore Emma Swabb is our only returning State or District Qualifier and I am expecting strong showings from her throughout the season as well. We are hoping she will return to the State Meet in Canton and improve her personal race times as well.

What else would you like to add for Devil fans to know about the swim program at BHS?
Swimming is a great sport to be involved in as well as watch. It is a newer sport at BHS and is growing in popularity because it is a fun, team sport. If you missed being a part of our team this year, come out and cheer us on at one of the meets we have at Trotwood!  

Having A Heart to Help
Paraprofessionals Fill The Needs of Students
Mrs. Ebbing
Sometimes being a hired hand is just not enough. That is not to say that an extra set of eyes and hands on the job is not good; in fact sometimes it is absolutely necessary. However, for the paraprofessionals of Brookville Local Schools, it is much more than extra hands and eyes. They also bring a heart for our children and a desire to help some of those who have the greatest needs.

Our school district employs 21 paraprofessionals who have a wide range of responsibilities. From a handicapped bus transportation "para" (as we call them), to paras at the high school who work in the library. The paras in between cover 14 grade levels, including preschool handicapped.

Ms. Early
As one might expect, many of our paras are assigned to children who need help navigating the physical and mental demands of a school day. They are caring, dedicated and committed to their work. "The most rewarding part of my workday is seeing the kids come to school filled with excitement and smiles wondering what the day has in store for them....it just puts a smile on my face," says Nicolle Carnes, one of our paras at the elementary building.  

The schools have a number of paras who fill the gaps where instruction is needed but a certified teacher is not required. For instance, we have paras who: provide sign language to hearing impaired students, serve as technology support in computer labs, direct on-line math intervention for students, operate our high school and intermediate library, lend support to students where English is their second language and help students in the cafeteria with lunch needs.

Mrs. Hoops
As one might expect, there are layers of duties added to each paras primary responsibility. Often they serve as playground and lunchroom monitors, clerical support, assess diagnostic reading tools and just about any other duty asked of them. With so many layers, we cannot ignore the most important one, helping children learn and grow as people. "Helping students learn a new concept is fulfilling, but what I truly enjoy the most," says para Erin Ketchen, "is that I can play a part in their character development." Mrs. Ketchen spends the majority of her time in the intermediate building.

Our most experienced paras in the district include Mrs. Cindy Hoops, who assists transporting handicapped children on our buses (24 years) and Ms. Marti Early, who works with students who have English as a second language along with helping in kindergarten (20 years). We appreciate all of our paras and the work they do. The added set of hands they offer is greatly needed. However, the heart they bring for helping children is invaluable.
Staff Spotlight
We would like to introduce you to Mrs. Deana Herbert, one of our intervention teachers at BHS. The Staff Spotlight is a regular feature in the Blue Connector and is designed to assist you in getting to know our teachers and staff. Please take a moment to learn a little bit about Mrs. Herbert and what she does at BHS.

Where is your hometown?
Dayton, Ohio.

Where do you live now? 
I live in Brookville.

H ow many years of teaching experience do you have?
I have 22 years of teaching experience.

How many years have you worked at Brookville?
I have been teaching at Brookville for 14 years.

What is your position in the school district?
I am an Intervention Specialist at Brookville High School, working with students in grades 9-12.

Tell us about your family and hobbies outside of teaching?
My favorite hobby is spending time with my family. I also like to read, bake, catch up on DVR'd episodes that we miss through the week, visit Sephora and watch football.
What is your favorite thing about working in Brookville?
The best part about teaching Brookville is BLEEDING BLUE! These students are incredible! I love the conversations I have with them. They may be a student I only know by name, but they will say "hello", "good morning" or have a quick chat just because I am part of their school.
How do you spend June and July?
I love my job; however, I soak up every amount of summer that I can. Luckily I get to be with my girls every single day. I love sleeping in, making a late breakfast and chilling on the couch until we are all ready to do something. We may play outside, go to the library or pool, have picnics, etc. I know they are only going to be little for so long and I want to take full advantage of the time I have with them.
Where Are They Now?
Brookville Schools are proud of our series "Where Are They Now", which features profiles of past Brookville High School graduates. These graduates have responded to brief questions concerning their education or training after high school, their current occupation and their words of wisdom to the students in our buildings.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, our profiles are taking a short break. Our next profile will be highlighted in the November 28, 2016 edition of the Blue Connector.  We encourage you to take some time to view our past profiles on our  website.
High Five's
Maggie Hart

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-political women's service organization whose mission is historic preservation, education and patriotism. Each year they sponsor the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship.  It is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.  Maggie Hart, a senior at BHS, is Brookville's recipient of the DAR Good Citizens Award this year.  Students selected must exhibit the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.  Congratulations Maggie!


Austin Hill

BHS senior Austin Hill, a member of Boy Scout Troop 47 will become an Eagle Scout Sunday, December 4.  Eagle Scout is the highest rank advancement in the boy Scout program.  Eagle Scouts exemplify the virtues of service, leadership, and duty to God, using their training and influence to better their communities and the world. Congratulations to Austin!


Staff Food Collection

During the month of October the employees of the school district did a food drive to support 2 local food pantries.  In the end the staff collected 2,700 pounds of food to split between the food banks.  This comes one month after the outpouring of support the staff provided to the Breast Cancer Walk showing what a caring and giving group we have!   


Book Fair Participants

Congratulations to Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Young who led very successful book fairs in our two school libraries. Special thanks to all the parents and students who came and purchased books supporting this event. All proceeds go to buy new books for the libraries!!


Rotary Club

Thank you to the Brookville Rotary Club for making their annual visit to the schools to supply a free Thesaurus to every 5th grader and a free dictionary to every 3rd grader.  This support to local education and the children of our community is greatly appreciated. More photos can be found in the gallery here.