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. 

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!   




BCMS Hosts its Annual Relay for Life Field Day

Bloom-Carroll Middle School hosted its annual Relay for Life event on Friday, May 6th, raising $3,969 for the American Cancer Society.   The day’s events began with a balloon launch ceremony honoring students and staff whose lives have been impacted by cancer.   

 A new event, organized by BCMS guidance counselor Jamie Johnson, allowed students an opportunity to purchase tickets to win a chance to cut the hair of one four teachers.  Through this event, students raised an additional $1,106 that was designated specifically for a seventh-grade student who has recently been diagnosed with leukemia.  At the end of the day, over $5,000 was raised by the students and staff of Bloom-Carroll Middle School.   ~ Thank you to all that made a contribution in the day and a special thank you to Jennifer Goins, Pam Engbert, Zac Neater, and Craig Brookover.  All of you at BC are making a difference in the fight against cancer!










Friday, May 6, 2016

All First Graders Received Free Bicycle Helmets from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Care Program

Through funding from the Kohl’s Care Program, Nationwide Children's Hospital representatives visited our first grade classrooms last week and gave each student a free bicycle helmet.    Julia Painter, Program Coordinator with Nationwide Hospital, taught our students about bike helmet safety and gave each of the children safety related materials along with their free bike helmet! This program is funded through the sale of the $5 plush toys and books available at Kohl's Department stores.  

Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85% if you are in a crash.  Helmets should be worn any time you are on wheels or outside doing winter sports, like sledding. For more safety information and activities, helmet fitting instructions, videos, a car seat chooser app, and a fun interactive safety game, please visit our website at http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/safety

Thank you Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s for your efforts in keeping our children safe.

 


Thursday, May 5, 2016

BCHS Students Attend Career Exploration Field Trip


Students from Mrs. Dinsmore’s Career Exploration course had the opportunity to take a day and explore careers of their interest in the area of Medicine, Business, Engineering, Architecture, and Construction.  Over 45 students visited various businesses throughout our local area.   Students interested in medicine were able to tour the OSU James Medical Center; business students toured OSU’s Medical Administrative Offices; engineering, architecture, and construction students toured the job site of Messer Construction at OSU where they are constructing new dorms.  One student, interested in the area of business and finance, was able to spend an afternoon shadowing BC’s Treasurer Travis Bigam. 


Friday, April 29, 2016

2nd Grade Science Fair

On Friday, April 29th, the 2nd Grade Annual Science Fair event was held in the middle school gymnasium.  Family and friends filled the gymnasium to see all of the outstanding experiments and projects.  Great job 2nd graders!  





Thursday, April 28, 2016

AG Day 2016

Every year the Bloom-Carroll FFA Chapter holds an educational event called AG Day. On this day classes from grades K-4 come to the high school and learn about agriculture. This event is planned and put on by the members of the FFA Chapter. This year the planning spanned over three months during after school meetings for an hour once a week. Along with the animals, large equipment and agriculture stations a food drive was conducted in three Bloom-Carroll buildings. All the food collected went to the local food pantry in Carroll. On the day of the event there were also public hours to encourage the community to come out and learn about agriculture.  The chapter is very happy with the turnout of this year's 16th Annual AG Day and plan on it again next year.    Written by AG Day Chairman Sydney Malone









Tuesday, April 26, 2016

District Showcase Night

On Tuesday, April 26th, Bloom-Carroll Local Schools hosted its first-ever District Showcase Night, with over 500 people in attendance.  The purpose of the event was to highlight and showcase a variety of the accomplishments, programs, and successes of the 2015-2016 school year.  Events included the BC Middle School and High School’s Annual Art Show, the Spring Instrumental Band Concert, and a K-12 building showcase event in the gymnasium.  Over 30 booths and activities were organized by teachers and students highlighting many of the outstanding programs and accomplishments of the year.   Some of the featured booths included AG/FFA’s Aquaponics Program, Invention Convention, Crunch-Out Obesity, 2nd Grade’s Famous Americans Wax Museum, BCMS Robotics Program, Technology Integration Programs and more.  One of the popular booths of the evening was BC’s Appreciation Station, which served free Perry’s ice cream to all attendees of the evening as a way of showing appreciation to the students, family, community, and staff members of the Bloom-Carroll Local School District.  Thank you to all that assisted and participated in the event. And thank you to Perry’s Ice Cream for donating the ice cream……your Lemon Chillo flavor was a hit!