Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer fun with new online Beach Bags!

Planning summer fun?
Don’t forget your new online Beach Bag!

These popular, online Beach Bags are free to all Ohio families. They are brought to you by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education.

  Designed for grades K-3, the Beach Bags feature stories and activities that let children practice reading skills while learning about careers and their environment: 
For additional summer resources for students, teachers, and parents, click here.

Friday, March 31, 2017

BC's "Weekly WOWs" Video: February 22 - March 17

Check out our latest "Weekly WOWs" video!

Survey on ODE's new LEARNING IN OHIO website - Deadline April 5th

The Ohio Department of Education is seeking feedback from parents and educators on their new Learning in Ohio website. The new website includes redesigned mathematics and English language arts sections, where users will find resources including suggested learning activities and side-by-side comparisons of the 2010 and revised 2017 standards. The site also describes how educators can use four major parts of Ohio’s education system – standards, model curricula, assessments and resources – to help students learn and succeed. Please take a moment to complete a short survey by midnight on Wednesday, April 5


Standards Revision - English Language Arts and Mathematics

Ohio’s Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, which were first adopted in 2010, explain the skills and knowledge students need to succeed. A standards review effort last year drew upon teachers' and parents’ experiences using the standards during the past six years. The State Board of Education approved the revisions to the standards in February 2017.

Ohio’s Learning Standards will continue to serve as the basis for Ohio’s State Tests. In 2018-2019, these tests will assess the revised standards. 

Learn about the standards revision effort

Monday, March 27, 2017

Message from the Board of Education - 3/23/17

Good Afternoon,

We are writing today to inform the staff and community that the Board of Education (BOE) passed a motion Thursday, March 23rd to start the process of conducting a search for a superintendent lead by myself and Mark Milless.  The BOE believes that we possess the skills to successfully conduct a search for a highly qualified individual to become our new superintendent on or before 7/31/2017.  The BOE has set an aggressive timeline to begin the process of recruiting, interviewing and selecting a candidate.  The process will begin next week.  Administrative support will be supplied by Jennifer Luckhaupt.  Should you have any questions, suggestions or concerns please feel free to contact me through the district email, schapman@bloomcarroll.org, or by phone at 614-595-2023.

The BOE has also requested that the process to fill the vacant Middle School Principal position begin next week.  This process will be headed by Dr. Landis and his team.

The BOE would like to sincerely thank Dr. Lynn Landis and Cindy Freeman for their service to the district.  Their contributions have been numerous and the lives of our students have been made better because of their dedication to providing leadership to develop and maintain a quality, comprehensive, and a holistic educational environment. We wish them much success in their future endeavors.

I  am requesting the support of each of you as we begin this search.

Have a great day and please feel free to contact me or any of the BOE members.

Sam Chapman, RN,MPH
Bloom Carroll Local School District
Board President

Mark Milless
Bloom Carroll Local School District
Board Vice President

Monday, January 23, 2017

Welcome to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for the Bloom-Carroll Local School District.

This department works to provide the instructional staff with resources, tools, and professional development essential to meeting the educational needs and goals of our students.   We have aligned our curriculum to Ohio’s New Learning Standards and have developed a rigorous and relevant program of studies for all students in grades K-12.
We aim to personalize learning for every student and to create a positive and enriched learning environment to help all students achieve their highest potential.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Jodi Ranegar, Curriculum Director, at 614-834-6714 or jranegar@bloomcarroll.org.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Five-Year Curriculum Review Cycle

In the ever-changing world of education, the curriculum within our schools requires continuous evaluation and monitoring.   Below is a chart illustrating the five-year curriculum review cycle for the Bloom-Carroll Local School District.  (There may be times when this cycle is disrupted by mandates from the Ohio Department of Education.)

Phase 1:
Evaluate and Select
(English Language Arts)
(Ex. Art, Music, PE, Foreign Language)
Social Studies
Phase 2:
Implement and Train
Social Studies
(English Language Arts)
(Ex. Art, Music, PE)
Phase 3:
Monitor and Adjust
Social Studies
(English Language Arts)
(Ex. Art, Music, PE)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

ODE Begins Update to Ohio's Learning Standards in Science, Social Studies and Financial Literacy

For Immediate Release
Nov. 18, 2016
The Ohio Department of Education plans to update Ohio’s Learning Standards in science, social studies and financial literacy in the next year and is giving Buckeye state residents a chance to have a say. Now through Jan. 9, all Ohioans can submit comments and suggestions about the standards through an online survey
“Ohio’s Learning Standards define the academic knowledge and skills Ohio students need to succeed in college, careers and life,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “We value feedback and input from teachers, parents and community members as we update the standards to better meet the expectations of colleges and employers.”
Survey takers can review each standard, make comments and indicate whether or not they believe it requires a change. After the survey closes, representatives from Ohio educational organizations serving on advisory committees will review the survey results and identify standards that need to be revised. Separate work groups of educators will propose actual language changes to the standards.
When the draft revisions are ready next spring, the Department will hold a second public comment period. Tentatively, the updated science, social studies and financial literacy standards will be ready to use beginning in 2018-2019.
Last year, the Department began updating the state’s English language arts and mathematics learning standards. This process is due to be finished in early 2017, so that teachers can begin using the revised standards in 2017-2018.
To receive email notifications of the latest news on standards revisions, sign up for the subject area of interest under Ohio’s Learning Standards. For more information on standards revisions, click here.

Monday, November 14, 2016

COMING SOON: Video highlighting Bloom-Carroll Local Schools

What is all of the filming about that is taking place throughout the district?   We are currently working to produce a video that will be highlighting the many positive and unique attributes of the Bloom-Carroll Local School District.   The video will not be completed until March 2017, so stay tuned! 


Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day Assemblies 2016

On November 11th, students throughout the district took time to honor and pay tribute to all of the brave men and women who have served our country.  Thank you to our students who shared songs and stories of gratitude during this year’s Veterans Day ceremonies.   And thank you to community member Colonel Joseph Contino and the American Legion Post 677 of Lithopolis for sharing in the day.   We thank all of you for your service!

Friday, October 28, 2016

2nd Grade Organizes Local Sock Drive

Mrs. Conrad’s second grade class has been inspired by the words of Kid President to participate in an October sock drive called SOCKTOBER.   Mrs. Conrad’s second graders organized their own sock drive this month and have collected a large bag full of socks that they plan to donate to the local Shalom Mission program that supports many local families within the Bloom-Carroll community.  Great job 2nd graders!  You are making a difference in your community.  #socktober

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ohio’s 2016 Local Report Cards:
The Impact of ‘Apples to Oranges to Lemons
on Bloom-Carroll’s LRC

The recent release of the 2016 Local Report Cards (LRCs) has created quite a buzz across the state.   Districts that typically received A’s and B’s on past report cards were suddenly looking at D’s and F’s for the first time.  What happened?  Did teachers suddenly stop teaching?  Did students suddenly stop learning?  What do all of these letter grades really mean and how did Bloom-Carroll Local Schools actually perform compared to other districts across the state?

To answer these questions in a brief write-up is a daunting task.  Many educators across Ohio are struggling to provide simple answers to a very complex accountability system.

On the surface, one may conclude that we did not do so well.  One A, one B, two C’s, and two F’s is not something the Bloom-Carroll community is used to seeing nor would ever expect and/or accept on our local report card.

 However, when you break down each of the six complex components of the report card and begin comparing the results to other districts across the state, Bloom-Carroll actually held strong on many of the components on the 2016 Local Report Card.  We received an A on the Graduation Rate Component, a B on the Progress Component (Value-Added), and a C on two components:  Achievement and Prepared for Success.   We received an F in the areas of K-3 Literacy and Gap Closing.    One must look beyond the surface to understand what these grades truly imply.   For example, we received an F in Gap Closing, but so did 526 districts out of the 608 districts throughout the state.   

Why the significant change in letter grades state-wide?  There are several reasons.  One main reason is the inconsistencies in state assessments that have been administered over the past three years.   We have transitioned from OAAs (2013-2014) to PARCC (2014-2015) to the AIR assessments (2015-2016), making it understandably challenging for teachers and students to adjust each year to the different expectations and assessment styles. 

 The impact of this transition is best explained in a recent article released by the Cleveland Plain Dealer on September 22nd entitled "How Ohio reached report card chaos - and one way to cut through the confusion."   The author explains the reason behind the sudden shift in letter grades state-wide.   The pie chart (left) is from the article and is a great visual illustrating how these continuous changes have impacted the Performance Index of all districts throughout the state over the past three years. 
It is important for our families, community, and even staff members to realize that the grades issued on the state report cards today are not apples to apples.  But rather, apples to oranges to lemons. The Lancaster Eagle Gazette published an article entitled "State school report cards show changing standards"  the day following the release of the 2016 LRCs.    In the article, area superintendents shared their thoughts on this year’s outcomes.   Dr. Landis stated that it is “very difficult to draw reasonable conclusions from the state report cards issued today.  School districts are struggling state-wide to hit targets that are constantly moving.”  And how true that is! The Lancaster Eagle Gazette followed up with an article on Tuesday, September 25th "State gets an "F" on report card system."   This article addresses the complexity and challenges of Ohio’s new report card system and compares it to the struggle of Charlie Brown trying to kick the infamous football held by Lucy.  For the past three years, districts have lined up to kick the ball, only to have it moved mid-stream.  

What can we expect this school year when the testing window rolls around in the spring of 2017?  For Bloom-Carroll, the ball will once again move as we transition for the first time to state-mandated online AIR assessments, instead of the paper-pencil versions we have issued in the past.  We are taking steps district-wide to prepare our students for this next wave of change mandated by the state.  
To our teachers…...I say, keep teaching and do not lose your passion!  To our students….I say, keep learning and discover your passion!  And to our families…I say, keep supporting and encouraging your children each day and feel confident that the staff of Bloom-Carroll Local Schools is dedicated to their mission ~ to create a compassionate and rigorous environment that prepares students for success.  By keeping our mission in the forefront, we will work hard to be a source of pride, inspiration, and confidence, not only for our students, but for our staff, parents, and community.   Outcomes such as this cannot be measured by a letter grade on any report card.  

Jodi Ranegar

For more information about the Ohio’s 2016 LRC, visit the Ohio Department of Education’s Webpage at www.education.ohio.gov
Recommended Links:

·         Ohio’s Guide to 2016 Ohio School Report Cards

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fairfield County Teachers “Get Connected”
On Monday September 26th, over 550 teachers and administrators from across Fairfield County had the opportunity to “Get Connected” at the 2nd Annual County-Wide Professional Development day hosted by Bloom-Carroll Local Schools.   Staff members from Amanda-Cleercreek, Bloom-Carroll, Berne Union, Fairfield Union, and Liberty Union-Thurston were able to join together for a day of collaborative learning and sharing.  Over fifty sessions were offered throughout the course of the morning for teachers to select from and customize their day of professional learning.  Topics included a variety of technology integration sessions such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Using Social Media in the Classroom, Videography, MAC App Smashing, Windows Movie Maker, and more.  Other sessions focused on academic interventions, classroom management strategies, state assessments, leadership, project- based learning, academic standards, and gifted education. 
Several guest speakers also participated in the day’s event.  The Fairfield County Sherriffs office presented sessions on Drug Trends in Fairfield County, Bricker and Eckler Law firm from Columbus shared sessions on legal updates in the area of Special Education, and the Ohio Department of Education presented a session on the state assessments and the Ohio’s new accountability measures.     
Teachers had the opportunity during the event to spend time collaborating with other teachers in their grade-level and/or content area in the afternoon.  This was the portion in the day that was most desired by teachers and the initial purpose behind organizing such an event.  Research shows that teachers collaborating with other colleagues is one of the most useful and powerful activities with regards to professional development.   Feedback from the day shows that our teachers agree.  The collaboration time was overwhelmingly one of the most beneficial aspects of the day.
Although the day came to an end, the collaboration and partnerships we developed will continue to grow and flourish throughout the school year.   Teachers were already making plans on how to stay “connected” with their Fairfield County colleagues to keep the momentum going.  

Here is a link to youtube video capturing the day's event:
Here are a few pics from the day!




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gearing Up to Host Our 2nd Annual County-Wide Professional Development Day

On Monday, September 26th, Bloom-Carroll Local Schools will be hosting its 2nd Annual County-Wide Professional Development Day.   Over 550 staff members from five local school districts in Fairfield County will be joining together for a day of collaboration and professional development at Bloom-Carroll Middle School.  Over fifty sessions have been planned for attendees to select from throughout the day to customize their day of professional learning.  The majority of sessions will be presented by teachers and staff members from the five participating districts, sharing their expertise, resources, and innovative teaching strategies.  Districts participating in this year’s event includes Amanda-Clearcreek, Berne Union, Bloom-Carroll, Fairfield Union, and Liberty Union-Thurston. 

Youtube Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TRiducCqp0&t=17s 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Welcome Back!

August 8, 2016

Welcome to the new school year! I hope you and your family have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break!
We are excited to begin the 2016-2017 school year. Administrators, teachers, and staff have been gearing up to make this school year our best year yet! Over the next two weeks, teachers will be returning to the district for various professional development opportunities to receive trainings on programs such as Schoology, Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled-Literacy Program, Saxon-Spelling Program, i-Ready Diagnostic Assessments, Progressbook, and more. We are proud of our teachers and their commitment to provide the best educational experience for the students of Bloom-Carroll Local Schools.
In our efforts to provide top-quality education, we are constantly evaluating and improving our curriculum offerings at all grades levels. This year, we are excited to be adding a several new programs, many of which have a blended curriculum format (both printed and digital resources).
New programs being implemented for the 2016-2017 school year include the following:
·         Social Studies Grades 5-11 – Houghton Mifflin – (Printed and Digital Resources)
·         Social Studies Grades 4 – The Ohio Adventure – (Printed and Digital Resources)
·         Social Studies Grades 2-3 – National Geographic Supplemental Materials
·         Math –Grades K-8 – Pearson’s Envision Math 2.0 – (Printed and Digital Resources)
·         Science Grades 3-4 – National Geographic – (Printed and Digital Resources)
·         Saxon Spelling Program – Grades K-2
Teachers will be sending home information over the first few days of school on how to access the digital resources for each program.  Most programs with digital resources will require a username and password. Be watching for information from your teacher during the first weeks of school regarding these online programs.
I encourage you to visit our website on a regular basis to stay informed on updates, news, and events of the district.
Once again, welcome back! And let’s make this year the best one yet!
Jodi Ranegar
Curriculum Director

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tree Planting Day for Kindergarten Classes

Throughout this school year, kindergarteners have been studying about their environment and the physical world around them.  One area of focus this year has been observing, exploring, and studying living things such as trees and plants.  As a final project, kindergarten students took part in a tree-planting activity of a red maple tree located right beside their playground.   The students are very excited about “their tree” and plan to watch it grow and change throughout the upcoming seasons. ~ Thank you to BC’s Dave Goslin and Keller Farms for making the day possible!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kindergarten Travels to Alley Park

Kindergarten students visited Alley Park for their “Spring Sprouts” field trip program.   Students visited the Nature Center and had a picnic lunch while at the park.  During the visit, they learned about different types of seeds and edible plant parts.   Part of their day included taking a hike with one of Alley Park’s guides which pointed out native Ohio wildflowers and signs of the park’s inhabitants.  Students were even treated to a view of the newly hatched goslings and their parents at their nesting site in the park!