Welcome to the Blue Connector, an e-newsletter from Brookville Local Schools.
Please contact us at communications@brookvilleschools.org with any questions.
August 15, 2017
55th 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
937-833-6761
937-833-6302

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


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Mrs. Crabtree
Secretary to Director of Curriculum, Professional Development and Instructional Technology & Student Activities Director
Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Sewert
BHS Secretaries
Blue Devils
Athletic Schedules
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Brookville Intermediate School
2 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309
937-833-6731
937-833-6756

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

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Mrs. Harris
and
Mrs. Boehringer
BIS Secretaries
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Cub Scouts
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Brookville Elementary School
3 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309
937-833-6796
937-833-5354

Principal
Mrs. Stephanie Hinds

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Mrs. Staggs
and
Mrs. Caylor
BES Secretaries
School Calendars

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Mrs. Willoughby
Transportation Secretary

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District Office
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Board of Education Offices
75 June Place
Brookville, OH 45309
937-833-2181
937-833-2787 - Fax

Superintendent
Timothy L. Hopkins

Treasurer
Mrs. Tiffany Hiser

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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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President
Scott Rutherford

Vice President
Judy Hoover

Members
John Gordon
Joe Mellon
Rick Phillips

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.

Preschool
AM 11:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
PM 1:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Superintendent's Welcome Back to School Message

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  The busses have all passed inspection, the floors have been waxed and shined, employment of new staff has taken place and we are ready to go.  On August 23rd, school will be back in session and summer will be a mere memory.  We hope you have enjoyed these past few months and are looking forward to Fall and the return to school.  As superintendent I couldn't be more excited about the upcoming year.   

After some changes in personnel and an unusually busy Spring, the Blue Connector is back.  We plan to resume our bi-weekly coverage of the students, staff and alumni of Brookville Local Schools.  Please share this link with grandparents, family, friends and neighbors.  Great things are happening in our school system.  We hope you enjoy reading of them here.

With one week until opening day we want to provide you with some helpful information.  This 'back to school' edition will hopefully do just that.
Brookville High School
Things to Know as You Head Back to Class
Brookville High School will welcome approximately 130 incoming freshmen in the class of 2021.  Along with 135 sophomores, these are two of the largest classes we have had together in the high school at one time in a number of years.

As always the high school is already experiencing a lot of foot traffic.  Athletic teams and the band are heavily involved in preparation for the fall sports season.  The high school will have four new teachers, an unusually large turnover for this building, along with several new support personnel.  We will feature these individuals in coming issues.

Important Dates:

Schedule Pickup Thursday, August 17, 2017
Seniors: 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Juniors: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Sophomores: 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Freshmen Orientation Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m.
First Day of School Wednesday, August 23, 2017
School Hours 7:30 a.m. - Arrival & Entrance to Building
7:50 a.m. - Tardy Bell
2:35 p.m. - Dismissed to Lockers

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CTC Students

Juniors - First Day - Thursday, August 17, 2017
Seniors - First Day - Friday, August 18, 2017

If you will be attending CTC this year and intend to ride the bus, you need to be at the high school bus parking lot by 7:25 a.m. The CTC bus will leave promptly at 7:30 a.m. and will return for afternoon drop off at approximately 2:45 p.m.

For additional information regarding Brookville High School, please visit their webpage.
Brookville Intermediate School
Things to Know as You Head Back to Class
The intermediate building is home to nearly 600 students in grades 4 thru 8. The staff is ready to go and looking forward to children filling the hallways. New to Brookville Intermediate this year is STEM class being offered to 4th graders and a new Foundations class in grades 5-8.  This class will help students in developing helpful skills above and beyond the core content areas. Look for more information on these student opportunities in future editions of the Blue Connector .

The following information is intended to assist you in preparing for the upcoming school year.

Important Dates:

Schedule Pickup

Monday, August 21, 2017
7th & 8th Grade:  6:00 p.m.
Traditional Open House Monday, August 21, 2017
Grades 4-6:  6:00 p.m.
First Day of School Wednesday, August 23, 2017
School Hours 7:40 a.m. - Arrival & Entrance to Building
7:50 a.m. - Tardy Bell
2:28 p.m. - Dismissed to Lockers
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For additional information regarding Brookville Intermediate School, please visit their webpage.
Brookville Elementary School
Things to Know as You Head Back to Class
Our youngest students are sometimes the most excited about the start of a new school year.  Getting back to friends, fun on the playground and the excitement of classrooms is always electric in this building.  Kindergartners will be taking their customary bus ride, and an open house will welcome these early learners.  As usual, elementary teachers have already spent much time in the building preparing classrooms.  

The following information is intended to assist you in preparing for the upcoming school year.

Important Dates:

Kindergarten Open House
Kindergarten Bus Ride
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Open House - 6:00 p.m.
Bus Ride - 6:30 p.m.
Open House
Preschool, Grades 1-3
Monday, August 21, 2017
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
First Day of School Wednesday, August 21, 2017
School Hours 8:45 a.m. - Arrival & Entrance to Building
9:00 a.m. - Tardy Bell
3:20 p.m. - Dismissal
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For more information regarding Brookville Elementary School, please visit their webpage.
Blue Devil Athletics
Fall Sports Well Underway
Athletes in grades 7-12 have descended on the school grounds and practices and contest have begun. There are numerous opportunities for the community to see these teams perform.  Much work goes into an athlete's season and much is gained from their participation.  We encourage you to take advantage of attending upcoming contest.  Below is somewhat of a kick-off guide of the programs and their early season schedules.

Golf - Head Coach Mr. Caudill

The Gentlemen of Fall are already well into their season.  In the Ryder Cup, Jagan Wilkerson and Parker Holt led the way with a score of 72.  The team soundly beat Waynesville in a dual match 172 to 199 and then finished a very respectable 6th of 18 teams at the Miamisburg Invitational. Parker Holt led the way with a score of 80.  

The upcoming home schedule (matches played at Beechwood Golf Course at 4 pm) includes the following:
  • August 16 Preble Shawnee
  • August 22 Bellbrook
  • August 24 Milton Union

Girls Tennis - Head Coach Ms. Wright

The Lady Blue Devils are 24 participants strong as the numbers in this program continue to grow.  Last year senior Laura Bowen advanced to the District Tournament.  However, with her graduation it leaves big shoes to fill. The season has already started and home matches are played on the courts at BHS.

The upcoming home schedule includes the following:
  • August 17 Kenton Ridge
  • August 29 Oakwood
  • August 30 Waynesville

Boys Soccer - Head Coach Mr. Harris and Girls Soccer - Head Coach Mr. Hope

Both of these teams have worked hard in preseason tournament opportunities and throughout the early days of August practices.  The preparation and attention given should only help them both get off to competitive starts to the 2017 season.  Both teams are very young with a limited amount of seniors but very solid team numbers.  Their seasons officially kick off beginning August 19.

The upcoming home schedule includes the following:

Boys Soccer Girls Soccer
September 5 Oakwood
August 22 Milton Union
September 9 Tri County North
August 24 Franklin Monroe
September 14 Valley View
August 29 Bellbrook


Volleyball - Head Coach Ms. Hunley

Much like the other teams the Lady Blue Devil Volleyballers have spent many hours in open gyms, summer league games and preseason practices preparing for the upcoming year.  They have a nice balance of returning lettermen off what was a young team a year ago, plus some new young athletes to round out their roster.  The team looks to be very improved this year and offer exciting matches for those in attendance.

The opening home volleyball schedule looks like this:
  • August 21 National Trail 
  • August 24 Tri-County North
  • August 29 Bellbrook
  • August 31 Monroe

Women's and Men's Cross Country - Head Coach Mr. Bland

With over 30 runners the cross-country teams look to have very strong seasons.  The girls team continues to be very young with only one senior. Meantime the boys team returns some outstanding athletes from last year and if healthy, could be in contention for an outstanding year.  These athletes put countless hours of roadwork in to prepare for the rigors of distance running.  You will thoroughly enjoy any opportunity to see them compete.
  • The Brookville Cross Country Invitational will be held Saturday, September 9 at Golden Gate Park.

Football - Head Coach Mr. Hetrick

The football team has over 50 athletes in the high school program this year and hopes to replicate two straight seasons of qualifying for the state playoffs. This team has spent the summer in the weight room and running to get ready for another season.  Again, this is a young team with approximately 20 freshmen included in their numbers.  How quickly the inexperienced players can learn and mature will help determine their success. 

The early season home schedule looks like this: 
  • August 18       Kenton Ridge (premier                          scrimmage)
  • August 25        Tri-County North
  • September 1    Anna



 

Sports Passes Are On SALE Now!

Any passes purchased before August 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. will be discounted as follows:

Family Pass:  $200.00
Adult Pass:  $80.00
Student Pass:  $70.00

If you wish to purchase a pass at the discounted price, please call 833-9611. Passes will be prepared and ready when you come in to pick them up. 

You can keep up with our athletic department by accessing the schedules at our website, www.brookvilleschools.org,  then selecting "Athletics" on the top bar, and "Athletics Department". New information along with sports schedules, forms and other news is on the right side.
Foundations Class New at BIS
Intermediate School Course to Build Personal Skills
Parents of students in grades 5-8 will notice a new course on schedules this year titled Foundations.  The course is part of a continued effort to build and develop instruction that fosters skills directly linked to college and career success.   School personnel started with trying to identify both the character traits and skills that an ideal Brookville graduate, as future employees, should possess. Foundations Class plants the roots to the development of these skills.

As seen in the adjacent diagram, the content of this class will support Project Based Learning competencies of team building skills and establishing a growth mindset (see https://characterlab.org/ ). This will be combined with activities that develop professional and technology skills, accountability, reflection for improvement and grit (taking action with intentional perseverance).   

The course will meet one day a week all year for 5th and 6th graders. This will replace keyboarding which is being moved to the elementary grades.  Foundations will be a semester class for 7th and 8th graders that will work in conjunction with STEAM class.   

A year ago, Brookville Schools introduced a new senior level course titled IMPACT.  The acronym stands for I Make a Positive Contribution Today. IMPACT class helped graduating seniors develop personal skills through project based learning that would support them in the next phase of life. Whether they were college bound, going into the military or workforce, IMPACT class put them in a position to learn and grow characteristics that lead to real life success.

This next phase of Foundations class at the Intermediate School expands our efforts of graduating students who understand the employability skills needed to secure a job and then be a valued member of a team.  At the same time helping students learn the 21st century skills that are unquestionably necessary for success in today's world.  
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.

Our profiles have taken a break for the summer, but we are ready to bring it back in full force beginning with our August 28, 2017 edition! In the meantime, view our past profiles on our  website.
Transportation and Food Service Information
The Buses and Cafeterias Are Getting Ready
Transportation:

Our buses are all clean and shiny and ready to pick up the eager learners who will be coming to Brookville Local Schools. Mr. Requarth and Mrs. Willoughby in the transportation office have been hard at work scheduling the bus routes.

If you have not changed residences and your child is attending the same building as last year you can expect bus pick-up and drop-off to be generally the same. If your schedule has changed (3rd grader moving to 4th) or you are at a new location (moved, new to the district or kindergarten), you should have received a letter giving you pick-up and drop-off times.  WE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT BUSSES ARE GENERALLY BEHIND SCHEDULE THE FIRST 2-3 DAYS OF SCHOOL. The kinks are typically worked out after a few days and routes are adjusted when necessary. 
 
We encourage you to take advantage of our school bussing. There truly is no safer way to travel to and from school. A tip would be that if you intend to transport your child by personal vehicle you leave plenty of time. Back up lines can often be lengthy. School start and end times can be found at our website:  www.brookvilleschools.org.  You will also find times for non-traditional days such as STAR days. Questions can should be directed to the Transportation Center at 833-4724 or your child's building office. school
 
Food Service:

Food Service is another department that is geared up and ready for school. Plate lunch prices remain the same as last year: $3.05 (BIS/BHS) and $2.80 (BES). Depending on your child's age there are also ala carte items available. 

Parents should also be aware that our cafeteria provides a breakfast option to students each morning. The cafeteria is open before the tardy bell with quick breakfast options. We encourage parents to pre-load their child's lunch account which can be accomplished by paying at the school office or cafeteria in advance or through a PayForIt.Net account. Your child receives a pin number to pay for meals electronically and you can receive statements from PayForIt to keep up-to-date on their spending.
 
Remember that hungry students are often distracted learners. Help your child in the classroom by taking advantage of the school breakfast and lunch program. You can access the lunch menus online for BIS/BHS and BES
High Five's
Golf Team - The Blue Devil Golf Team set a new standard this month by bringing home trophies in back to back tournaments.  The team finished 1st of 14 teams in the Brookville Invitational then turned around and finished 2nd of 13 teams in the Ridge (Northridge) Classic.  This team is well into the season and setting a high standard for our Fall athletic programs.  We wish them the best as they progress through their schedule!!

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Dedicated Teachers - Fourteen educators from Brookville Schools went to New Albany, Ohio in late July to a three day conference on Project Based Learning.  These staff members came home with a great deal of enthusiasm about this professional learning opportunity.  They will return this Fall having enriched their skills in classroom instruction.  We look forward to seeing the positive effect on students!

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Top 22 - 2017
Bailey Wallen - Congratulations to senior Blue Devil running back Bailey Wallen.  As shown in this video, Bailey was recently selected to the Fox 45, TOP22 preseason players to watch list.  Coming off a season of 1,789 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns we are excited to see Bailey along with all of the Blue Devil team as they embark upon a new season of high school football.