Welcome to the Blue Connector, an e-newsletter from Brookville Local Schools.
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October 11, 2017
59th Edition

Brookville Local Schools, (937) 833-2181 | http://www.brookvilleschools.org
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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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Mrs. Crabtree
Secretary to Director of Curriculum, Professional Development and Instructional Technology & Student Activities Director
Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Sewert
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Blue Devils
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Brookville Intermediate School
2 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309

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

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Mrs. Harris
Mrs. Boehringer
BIS Secretaries
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Brookville Elementary School
3 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309

Mrs. Stephanie Hinds

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Mrs. Staggs
Mrs. Caylor
BES Secretaries
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Mrs. Willoughby
Transportation Secretary

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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

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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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Scott Rutherford

Vice President
Judy Hoover

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.

AM 11:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
PM 1:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Genius Hour Fuels Young Writer

By Cole Allen

Intermediate School teacher, Miss Rebecca Holloway is poking into the passions held by her 8th grade Language Arts students.  Miss Holloway allows students one hour a week on Friday's to explore a true interest or subject that is a passion.  From there, the students will complete a project on that subject.  The guidelines?  Students must research the topic (one of the 8th grade Language Arts state standards), make or do a project about the subject and then present the project to their classmates (also an 8th grade Language Arts state standard).  That hour each Friday in her room is referred to as Genius Hour. Genius Hour provides the opportunity for students to be more creative, inquisitive, engaged in learning and self motivated.  

Little did Miss Holloway know, that from this initiative one of her students would be published on a national Blog Site.  BIS eighth grader Cole Allen took advantage of Genius Hour by chasing his passion for writing about the National Basketball Association.  Cole wrote an article giving his rational to the five teams who had the best opportunity to take the NBA Championship away from the Golden State Warriors.  The blog site MorningNBA - NBA Daily ran Cole's article Saturday, September 30. You can go to the blog site and read it here:

Cole isn't new to the blog world.  He has regularly submitted work to Basketball Tipoff, a Facebook site that will soon also feature NBA blog stories.  When asked if journalism was his chosen future career, he hedged just slightly.  "I either want to be a pastor or a journalist," he suggested. Active at Salem Church of God, Cole offered that he regularly helps with the Children's Service on Sundays and may also pursue that passion.  

In the meantime, he enjoys submitting articles to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites sharing his love for both the NBA and writing.  "I'm trying to do better in school now, because I know it can help me get where I want to be," shared Cole Allen.  We think having a BIS eighth grader published is pretty cool stuff!!  
Intermediate Building Adds High-5 Recognition
The elementary, intermediate and high school buildings that make up Brookville Schools each work to recognize successful students in an age appropriate way.  The newest program being implemented is the High-5 recognition taking place at Brookville Intermediate School.

The BIS High-5 Program is a systematic approach to imbed 5 foundational qualities of Growth, Grit, Accountability, Pride and Teamwork into our students. The goal is that students will embrace and adopt these qualities. The hope is they would become intrinsic attributes modeled by all Brookville students at school, at home and in the community at large.

Students seen embodying these qualities throughout the school will be given a ticket from their teacher. That ticket will be sent to the office, and Mr. Wheat will personally congratulate the student and assist them in hanging a handprint on a designated bulletin board. At the end of each month, any student who was given a ticket that month will be honored with a special lunch. At the end of the quarter, any student with a ticket will be entered into a drawing to receive one of several prizes.

This program is currently underway in grades 4,5 and 6.  A similar program with some variation of recognition will begin soon in grades 7 & 8.  We hope that parents of children in these grades take time to reinforce and discuss these attributes at home.
School News
District to Launch Vision and Strategy Development

Later this Fall, Brookville Schools will launch a vision and strategy development process with parents, community and staff.  The process will include focus on the following key areas:
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Academic Programs
  • Parent and Community Engagement and Communication
  • Safety and Security
The initial task will be to conduct focus group work with the aforementioned to determine the strengths, weaknesses and district capabilities in each of these areas.  Attention will then be given to the external threats to these capabilities and recommendations of emerging opportunities to enhance district services.

The Board of Education and key district leadership staff will engage in creating a comprehensive educational vision and strategy for the district based upon the core capabilities drawn from these focus groups.  As the district continues to grow and seek improvement, creating a comprehensive Vision and Strategy Plan will help guide future endeavors.      
Upcoming Events At Brookville Local Schools
We invite you to take a moment to watch the video which highlights some of the exciting things that are coming up in the next fe w weeks at Brookville Local Schools.

Staff In Service Day Productive
Monday, October 9 was a day when students were out of school to accommodate professional development of our teaching staff. These days are vitally important to allow for staff to further  their knowledge in areas that increase their ability to support students.  Depending on the year, the time of year and the most pressing needs, the area of concentration varies.  Below are a list of the topics our staff worked on October 9. 

High School Staff:
In Demand Career Fields - Local Economy Security
College and Career Ready Kick Off Session  
Site Visitation to American Testing Co.; Learn what skills employers are looking for.
College and Career Ready Deep Dive Session - Overcoming Obstacles to Career Preparedness
Intermediate School:
In Demand Career Fields - Local Economy Security
College and Career Ready Kick Off Session
Site Visitation to the Helix Center; Learn what skills   employers  are looking for.
Department and Grade Level Teams Connecting   Opportunities to teach work site skills
Elementary Staff:
Project Based Learning Deep Dive - work on using this strategy in the elementary classroom.
Special Education Staff:
Mandatory Crisis Prevention Institute Training.

We invite you to see a gallery of pictures from our staff development day here .
Athletic Teams Prepare for Postseason Tournament
Fall seasons are beginning to wrap up and with that comes the beginning of league and sectional tournaments.  Below is a thumbnail sketch of how you can catch your Blue Devils in postseason competition.

Boys Soccer - At the time of the Division III Sectional Tournament draw, the BHS boys soccer team held a record of 2-12-0.  The soccer team was seeded #19 of 28 teams and drew a first game against the winner of Yellow Springs and Stivers.  That game will be played Saturday, October 21, at 7pm .  The highest seeded team becomes the home site.  Therefore, if Yellow Springs wins, the game will be played at Yellow Springs if Stivers wins the game will be home.

Girls Soccer - The girls soccer team was seeded #18 of 27 Division III teams.  At the time of the draw our Lady Devils had a record of 4-9-1.  We will open tournament soccer play at home against National Trail on Monday, October 16, at 7pm .  If the team wins this initial game, they will play again Thursday, October 26 at home against Northeastern High.        

Girls Volleyball - Our girls volleyball team was seeded #13 of 19 teams with a record of 7-9 at the time of the seeding meeting.  The volleyball team will play here at home Tuesday, October 17 at 8pm .   Their opponent will be the Anna Rockets.  

Note:  These tournament contest are sponsored by the OHSAA, and therefore even at home contests, Brookville Athletic Season Passes are not Accepted .  You can look at the brackets for all these tournaments by following the links at swdab.org  

Wrap Up:   The boys golf and girls tennis teams have finished their respective seasons.  

The girls tennis team finished 5th in the Southwestern Division of the SWBL. Second team all league honors at 1st singles went to senior Grace Rohrer who finished 4th in the league tournament.  

The boys golf team finished 3rd in the Southwestern Division of the SWBL. Second team all league honors were earned by Parker Holt who was 9th in the league and Jagan Wilkerson who finished 12th in the league.

Yet to Come:   

Cross Country - The boys and girls cross country teams will compete this Saturday in the SWBL Meet.  The meet is hosted by Middletown Madison High School this year.  Both teams have had strong seasons and hold high expectations for the postseason. The boys and girls cross country teams run in a tough Division II Sectional at Cedarville University on Saturday, October 21.  

Football - The Blue Devil football team currently holds a record of 5-2 with three SWBL contest remaining.  A reminder that the final game will be played Thursday, October 26 at Franklin as a televised game.  League place and potential postseason playoffs will be determined by how the team fares in their remaining games.    
Staff Spotlight
We would like to introduce you to Mrs. Beverly Cox, Third Grade Teacher. 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. Cox. 

Where is your hometown?
Farmersville, Ohio
Where do you live now? 
Germantown, Ohio
How many years of teaching experience do you have?   27 years

How many years have you worked at Brookville?
27 years
What is your position in the school district?  
3rd Grade Teacher

Tell us about your family and hobbies outside of teaching?
Married to Roger for 39 years.  We have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.  Keeping up with the grandchildren is my favorite hobby.  I also enjoy crocheting and reading when I have the time.  I'm involved in my church's mission work, specifically with Haiti.
What is your favorite thing about working in Brookville?
The people I work with (I even like my bosses most of the time :)).  Of course the students keep the job interesting and since most 3rd graders still love their teacher, they make coming to work enjoyable.
How do you spend June and July?
Traveling (a couple trips with Rog and mission trip to Haiti), playing with the grandkids reading, working on crocheting hats for students' Christmas presents (I never seem to be able to get them finished before the Christmas breakfast--but I try). 
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 current profile is of Matthew Mendenhall, a 2011 graduate. Please take a moment to view this latest profile  here. You can also view our past profiles on our  website.                           
High Five's
High School Student Spirit Leaders - At the first home football game of the season the game day theme set by the high school spiritleaders was Tropical.  The students invited Kona Ice to set up at the game and in turn, Kona Ice donated 25% of their profits that night to the Brookville Community Scholarship Foundation. Pictured here with Superintendent Tim Hopkins, Student Body President Katie Shatsby and Student Body Vice President Spenser Schick present a check for $250 to BCSF Director, Dansen Brown.  

Manny Willis & Ali Meeks - Sophomore Manny Willis and Senior Ali Meeks seen here with Rotarian David Kindell, were recognized as the BHS Rotary Students of the Month.  Both were nominated by high school staff members for their excellent classroom work to begin the 2017-18 school year.

Brookville Rotary Club - High 5 to the Brookville Rotary Club for their annual donation of personal dictionaries to each of our third graders and a thesaurus to each 5th grader.  The service club came on Tuesday, October 10 to deliver the books.  Thank you Rotarians!! 

Around Town
Goodwill Drive to Victory - Brookville Schools hopes to defend their title as being the school district donating the most to the Goodwill this year.  Unlike years past, Goodwill has partnered with Arby's and the truck is located at the Arby's on Triggs Road.  An attendant is at the semi from 8am to 7pm each day through this Friday, October 13.  Please stop by and donate items  THIS WEEK!!  

Chamber of Commerce to Host 'Meet the Candidate Night'  - The Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "meet the candidate night".  Those running for public office as a city councilman or trustee in Perry or Clay Townships are being invited to participate.  Those in attendance will be able to learn who the candidates are, why they are running and greet or ask questions of candidates afterward.  The event will be held on  Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30pm in the Brookville High School Auditorium.