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2024-25 Program of Studies
Jon Franks

Read this Program of Studies to learn about the comprehensive course offerings at Berkshire High School. 

The high school years are significant ones in planning for the future. We urge students to take advantage of the many educational opportunities that are available at Berkshire High School. Read this Program of Studies to learn about the comprehensive course offerings at Berkshire High School. 

Link: The Berkshire High School 2024-25 Program of Studies

Parental involvement is crucial in making the scheduling process effective. Working together we can make a better future and ensure Berkshire students will have every opportunity to maximize their potential as an individual and responsible citizens.

If your student was not able to attend a presentation by a school counselor or you have a question, please email/encourage your student to visit their school counselor. 

● Mrs. Brittany Bakalar, School Counselor (last names M-Z):
● Mrs. Michelle Paluf, School Counselor (last names A-L):
● Mrs. Bitsy Hansel, School Counselor Secretary:

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Chemistry I students in hallway next to posters spotlighting chemistry related jobs that they created
Gabe Host

Chemistry I students use American Chemical Society for research. 

Chemistry I students recently investigated careers in the field of chemistry through the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) “Chemists in the Real World” activity webpages. Each student researched three career options in the field of chemistry and chemists who are employed in each respective field. Students then selected the most interesting fields and created electronic posters with the help of Mr. Kostiha in the school’s Makerspace Lab. A few examples of the selected career choices included a Research Scientist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Chemical Safety Officer, a Petroleum Chemist, a Nuclear Chemist, an Environmental Science Consultant, and a Material Research Scientist working with dyes and paints.

The students’ posters are currently displayed outside of the science classrooms in the high school wing. Students are encouraged to stop by and check them out! Your future career choice may be featured on one of the posters. The Berkshire High School Science Department would love to see you in the science wing!

This spotlight is part one of an ongoing series called “Berkshire Got Science?” which is designed to get kids interested in the study of science and science based careers.

Chemistry I students point to posters they created in the school's Makerspace spotlighting various chemistry related fields.
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Longo Scholarship Award
Gabe Host

Congratulations to Evania McCandless and Sofia Szilagyi. 

Congratulations to Berkshire High School seniors Evania McCandless and Sofia Szilagyi on being named recipients of the annual Longo Homecoming Scholarship! Berkshire High School recently recognized both students during an assembly in the school gym on Friday, September 22, 2023. The Longo Homecoming Scholarship Fund is made possible through the generosity of Paula Boykin, a Berkshire High School Graduate, as well as the first Homecoming Queen of Berkshire High School.

All graduating seniors were asked to respond to a prompt asking them to identify a critical issue in today’s world and ways to address it. The list of topics included diversity, social media, inequality, immigration, artificial intelligence, abortion, Founding fathers and more.

"We are so impressed with what's coming out of your senior class students...they have a lot of thought-provoking ideas and are all extremely articulate. As a result, we have decided for the first time to award two first place scholarship awards to these impressive young ladies! Congratulations!” – Paula Jo Boykin ASID, Longo Scholarship

The Berkshire Local Schools once again congratulate Evania McCandless and Sofia Szilagyi on being named 2023 Longo Scholarship Recipients and wish them continued success in the future.

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Berkshire HS Womens Studies Field Trip
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Students in Ms. Bomback's class visited the Burton Public Library to begin their research.

Shortly before the Labor Day holiday weekend, students in the Women’s Studies class taught by Ms. Bomback’s went on a field trip to the Burton Public Library. Students were assigned to find a book about a woman which they will research, and then deliver a presentation to the rest of the class. The goal is for all students to learn about women’s contributions to society, and then relate these women’s experiences to the concepts they are learning about in class. Some of the people chosen include Queen Elizabeth II, Malala Yousafzai, and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few. Students will present their research to the class at the end of the first quarter. Students stopped on their way to the library for a little lunch in the park, and a pleasant afternoon was had by all!

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Sophia Young headshot
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Sophia is one of only 22 sopranos statewide to receive this noteworthy honor. 

Congratulations to Berkshire junior Sophia Young on being selected to the Ohio All-State Choir as a first soprano. Sophia will join a select group of only 22 first sopranos statewide to be given the honor of performing at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference which will take place February 1st – 3rd, 2024.  The OMEA All -State Selection is a top honor for the student-musician who has already received many accolades in her young career. 

As a singer, Sophia has twice performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Center, being selected through audition to sing soprano solos in the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring concert and movie performance in the summer of 2022, as well as The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers concert and motion picture screening in the summer of 2023.  She has won top honors in her class in adjudicated competitions for the Ohio National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, a Cleveland-based choir that features the top high school singers in the Greater Cleveland area which regularly performs with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Youth Orchestra.  Sophia receives voice lessons at the Aurora School of Music and is a member of the Berkshire High School Concert Choir under the direction of Mr. Sean Eppler.

A role-model student in the Berkshire High School community, Sophia receives top marks in academically rigorous courses that include honors, AP, and college level offerings.  In addition to her academic excellence, Sophia is a flute player for the Marching Badgers, a soprano in the new pop acapella group, Berkapella, and is regularly recognized by her teachers as a top student. Congratulations once again to Sophia Young on her impressive selection to the Ohio All-State Choir!

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