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Superintendent Cast Ballot #VOTEYES

Superintendent Darren Jenkins cast his ballot for the school levy!  Please vote yes on May 2nd for the students of Bellaire Local Schools.

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Bellaire Local Schools Emerge From Fiscal Emergency State Auditor


Photo by Shelley Hanson Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, left, presents a certificate of fiscal integrity for the Bellaire Local School District to board of education President Jason Ayers, center, and Superintendent Darren Jenkins on Monday.

BELLAIRE — After nearly 10 years of state supervision, the Bellaire Local School District finally has local control of its finances again.

The district was released from fiscal emergency on Monday — but not without receiving a warning from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

“We are releasing you from supervision today,” Yost said of the oversight that began in 2009. “But I do want to caution you that any number of variables … can cause downstream problems for you. You need to watch that bottom line very carefully.”

Yost noted the board, along with the supervisory body, the Bellaire Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, had to make tough decisions during the past few years.

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Talented & Gifted Students Hear From Former Student TAG

 Former student Olivia Tranovich talking to  7/8 grade TAG students on careers and colleges - exploration.  

McAninch Crowned Queen Queen of Queens
School Funding at Forefront Bellaire Schools Expected to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency in April Times Leader

Times Leader Saturday, March 25, 2017


T-L Photo/DYLAN MCKENZIE Fifth-grade teacher Kellie Cusick leads her class at Bellaire Middle School on Friday.

BELLAIRE — By the end of April the Bellaire Local School District should be free of fiscal emergency status and external oversight, Superintendent Darren Jenkins said.

The next meeting of the Fiscal Planning and Supervision Commission for Bellaire is expected to occur during the second half of April, and Jenkins anticipates the board will approve the district’s release from fiscal emergency. Jenkins and district Treasurer Cathy Moore said the primary reason the district’s finances got in such bad shape was a tremendous drop in the student population in the district.

In 1994 there were more than 3,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade; by 2004 that number had dropped to 1,600. The latest count found 1,300 students in 2016.

Losing more than half of its students meant the district did not need as many teachers and staff, but making those cuts was not an easy proposition, according to Jenkins. From 2010-2016 five administrators, 38 teachers, 18 classified personnel and one school resource officer were eliminated from the employment roles. The reductions resulted in $5.4 million in savings, Moore said, and they occurred through a combination of position eliminations and retirements.

The district achieved an additional $2.3 million in savings from improved business practices, including health insurance adjustments.

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Preschool Registration

The East Central Ohio Educational Service Center – Belmont County Bellaire Preschool Program will be holding Preschool Registration the week of May 15th for students that are turning three years of age by August 1st and also a resident of Bellaire Local School District.  Anyone interested in registering their child for the preschool program may call the ECOESC Belmont County Preschool Secretary, Fran Kasper at 740-695-9773 ext. 8401.  Deadline for pre-registration is Friday, April 7th.


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Queen of Queen’s Pageant  Queen of Queen’s Pageant

Bellaire High School’s Queen of Queen’s Pageant, sponsored by the Student Council, will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Bellaire High School Alumni Auditorium.  Admission is $4.00 and doors will open at 6:00 p.m. 


Contestants pictured are:  front row – MaKenna Berka, Savannah Allen, and Bethany Hawkins; back row – Khiah Kimbro, Sarah McAninch, Kelsie Moser, and Shayla Rosen.   Photo by Alex Street.  




This weekend-  Sunday, March 19, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Bellaire High School Cafeteria

Eat in or Carry-Out

Please support our Lady Reds as the get ready

to kick off their season.

$6 / adults       $4/ children

Tickets can be purchased at the high school from any softball player, the Middle School - Cusick, McAninch, or Hughes and Elementary-Lahna.

Thank you all for your continued support, it is truly appreciated!

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Thespians Present Spring Musical - Into the Woods Spring Musical 2017

The Bellaire High School Thespians will present their spring musical Into the Woods on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in the Bellaire High School Alumni Auditorium.  Admission is $7.00.

 Into the Woods is a present-day twist on the Grimm’s Brother’s fairy tales that follows the timeless tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel connected to create an original story including a baker and his wife; their wish is to start a family but to do so they must join forces with a witch who has put a curse on the baker’s family.


Row 1: Shannon Shiflett, Bethany Hawkins, Tanner Schmidli, MaKenna Berka, Savannah Allen, Benny Mounsey, Michael Funkhouser, Bryson Cash, Kaitlynn Johnston, Libby McGuffin, Tyler Bass, Alexandria Street. Row 2: Keni Williamson, Abbie Gianangeli, Mackenzie Ewan, Allison Wise, Steven Street, Riley Hoepfner, Liliana Yocum, Jessica Bocook. Row3: Rachel Richmond, Kassidi Tantillo, Katelynn Beck, Kaleb Hicks, Noah Giffin, Andi Paynter, Emily Harbaugh, Cassidy Garloch. (Photo by Rosen)

Art Field Trip to West Liberty

Selected Bellaire High School Art students will be going on a field trip to West Liberty for the 2017 Madfest, Media Arts & Design Festival.

On April 7, students will attend an awards ceremony and luncheon. Prizes and scholarships will be awarded. BHS student work is currently on display on West Liberty's webite and can be viewd at


Students competing include;

Nate Wilhelm, Levi Leeper, Kiah Kimbro, Summer Davis, Chase Yoho, Maci Crozier, and Taylor Kidd.

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The Times Leader - Bellaire Board of Education Prepares to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency

The Times Leader

Bellaire Board of Education Prepares to Emerge From Fiscal Emergency

BELLAIRE – A special meeting of the Bellaire Local Board of Education was held Tuesday to put measures in place as the district prepares to emerge from fiscal emergency.

Superintendent Darren Jenkins does not know exactly when the district will be able to get out from under state control, but said the process is well on its way to completion.

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office are both involved in the oversight of Bellaire Local Schools’ fiscal emergency status, and both agencies have set parameters for what it will take for complete control to be returned to the Jenkins and the board.

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Levy Meeting

Citizens Committee for Bellaire Schools will meet Monday, March 13th at the District Administration Building at 6:00PM. All parents and concerned residents are welcome to attend.  The future of the school district will be discussed. 

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Jostens On-line Store

Please find below the link to our school for our Jostens on-line store.



Math Counts Team Math Counts

Bellaire Middle School was well represented at Belmont College this Saturday for Math Counts.  Jadon Bellville took top honors.  

College Credit Plus Information Session Wednesday, February 22nd at 6pm

Bellaire Local School District is hosting an information session for students and parents interested in Ohio's College Credit Plus. 

Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help students earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students.

Please join us in the High School Alumni Auditorium on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6pm. Local colleges and school leaders will be presenting. This is open to grades 6-11. 

Please RSVP by calling the Central Office at 740-676-1826 ext.1004.

Kindergarten Registration School

Bellaire Local Schools have scheduled a phone registration for children who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parents are encouraged to contact Bellaire Elementary at 740-676-1272 from March 13th through March 17th, during the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM to schedule an appointment for screening.

Screenings will be held April 26th through April 28th.  At this time, you will need to bring, along with your child, his/her birth certificate, proof of residency, and their shot record.

To enroll in Kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.

ACT Testing Resources

Paper Testing Resources

Sample ACT test resources are also available for examinees. These items are posted to your testing program web page, but you may share the direct links with students and parents. Here are the links to the three sample test documents:


The paper testing resources require a password to open and view the content. The password for all three documents is ODE2017. You may share this password with students and parents as well.

The Lady Reds Softball Parents are hosting their annual fundraiser this Saturday.   FUNDRAISER

The Lady Reds Softball Parents are hosting their annual fundraiser this Saturday.  

Tickets will include snacks and desserts

50/50 raffle, Chinese Auction 

BYOB.  Adults only. 

Tickets available from any softball player or softball parent,

Cusick, McAninch, or Hughes at the Middle School, or Lahna at the Elem.

Also available that night at the door.  Hope to see you there!

Mrs. Carpenter's 4th grade Science Mrs. Carpenter's 4th grade Science

Mrs. Carpenter's 4th grade Science classes were studying changes to Earth's surface. They rolled up their sleeves and made landform models.

Thespians Rigatoni Dinner tHESPIANS


Sunday january 29th

11:00 - 5:00

Bellaire high School Cafeteria

all Tickets $8.00

Includes rigatoni, meatball, salad, dessert, roll and beverage.

Blessings in a Backpack backpack

The Bellaire Elementary started the Blessings in a Backpack program last Friday. NHS students were welcomed by Mr Ault. The students helped fill bags and distribute food to students to take home for the weekend. This is funded by a $36,000 grant through the Belmont County Health Department for 3 years. 300 students will take food home each Friday in their backpack for the weekend. Kroger in Bellaire is providing food from the grant. Students need to sign up with Mrs. Dunlap, School Nurse @ 740-676-3652 ext 1160. Each student receives 6 items each Friday.
Community Donations to provide additional food can be made online to Blessings in a Backpack.

EPA Testing

December 12, 2016


Dear Bellaire Local School Parents:


I hope this letter finds you and your family well and trust you are in the midst of holiday preparations.


As many of you may know, the U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA have been testing the soil and groundwater in the Village of Bellaire for some while.  The purpose of this letter is to inform you that while your child is on his/her 2016 holiday break, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) will be testing Bellaire High School as part of this testing program.  The sampling will test for the presence of the chemical tetrachloroethylene (PCE).


Tetrachloroethylene (also known as PCE, Perchloroethylene or PERC) has been used in a variety of commercial applications including dry cleaning and metal degreasing.  PCE is a member of the family of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCS).  The nature of PCE, and VOC chemicals in general, are they easily turn from a liquid to a gas when they are exposed to the soil or air.  Therefore, PCE has the potential, as a vapor, to move through the soil and can work its way into building substructures, such as basements where it can accumulate in the indoor air.

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Middle School Student Council Decorates Christmas

Bellaire Middles School Student Council decorated the administration office

for Christmas.  They did a great job!

Get Prepared for the ACT!

The following online ACT Prep courses are available to students in grades 6-12 through our STEM Academy:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Practice Test 1
  • Practice Test 2
  • Science: Math Concepts
  • Science Concepts

Please contact Ben Doyle at ben.doyle@bellairesd.org or 740-676-1826x1010 to get enrolled!

Snowbird Visits Snowbird

Meteorologist Stephanie Allison (and Snowbird) from WTOV9 visited Pam Carpenter's 4th grade Science classes today at Bellaire Elementary. We had a great time and learned more about weather. Thanks, Stephanie.

Free Webinar for High School Families

To Bellaire Local District High School Families-

Sorry for the short notice but due to popular demand we've decided to broadcast a special webinar THIS Saturday morning for parents of high school seniors:

FAFSA Pitfalls: Avoid The 7 Biggest Mistakes That Cost Families $$$

With families having a little extra time over the upcoming holiday weekend... it's an opportunity to complete this important Financial Aid form.

Topics included in this Webinar:

  • What’s New for 2017-2018 Financial Aid?

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Bellaire Schools

Spirit Week Rivalry-Bellaire vs. Martins Ferry Senior Sisters

BY: Ashlie Conner

This year will be the 109TH meeting of the long-standing rivalry between the Bellaire Big Reds and the Martins Ferry Purple Riders. This match up is the seventh oldest in the state of Ohio, beginning in 1907. Bellaire leads Martins Ferry in the win column 53-48 with seven games ending in a tie. Each year the two teams compete for SPARKY, a trophy that stands for Sportsmanship, Participation, Achievement, Rivalry, Knowledge, and Youth.

This game also signals the week long tradition leading up to the game known as Spirit Week. Students are permitted to dress up all week to show their team spirit.  This year the themed days are Monday-America Day, Tuesday-Cartoon Character Day, Wednesday-Crazy Day, Thursday-Purple and White Day, and Friday being Red and Black Day.

Also on Thursday, Oct 27, will be the annual Pep Rally and Bonfire beginning at 6:00 pm in the Bellaire High School Auditorium. The parade will march to Nelson Field after the rally for the tradition bonfire. 

The game will be Friday, October 28, at Martins Ferry Stadium; kickoff is at 7:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to join the seniors by showing off their team spirit. Go Big Reds!



Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.Taking the bus for the first time is a big step for your child. Help your kids get a gold star by following these school bus safety tips.

The Hard Facts

School buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus.

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Levy Support Letter

Warning to Bellaire Ohio  - Your kid’s future may be at risk:

Your children’s future depends on your support to vote YES for the upcoming levy on the Nov 8!

Your community’s future depends on your support to vote YES for the upcoming levy on the Nov 8!

On Nov 8th Bellaire will once again have the opportunity to fund and support the children and community by passing the proposed school Levy.   The sad history for the success of this levy is that in the last 8 times that the Levy has been presented it has been voted DOWN by the community.

Eight times since 2010 the school district has made an attempt to fund and support the children of its community.  Eight times the community has said NO.

In those eight years programs have been cut and some eliminated altogether.  As noted in the most recent newspaper article there is no music, art or physical education in the elementary or middle schools.  This is sad, very sad to know that the future of these young children is riding on the tax payers.  If students were able to vote for their own education I am sure the Levy would pass.

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Community Update 2016



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XTO Challenge Assembly XTO ASSEMBLY

By: Liliana Yocum

This past Tuesday, the XTO Challenge Program held an assembly to present outstanding students with cash prizes. The organization sets a precedence for students to strive for excellence in five different categories:  S.T.E.M., Attendance, Community Service, Academic Improvement, and Academic Excellence.

The following students received prizes:

From left to right front row: Abbey Cusick (Community Service Award), Liliana Yocum (Academic Excellence Award), Ashlie Conner, Sloane Porter (Academic Excellence Award), and Megan McCarthy.

From left to right back row: Joseph Knight (Academic Improvement Award), Charlee Daniels (Academic Excellence Award), Jacob Bellville (Community Service Award), Jordan Mehlman, Tyler Bass (Attendance Award), Brennon Conroy, Chase Yoho (S.T.E.M. Award), and Andrew McAninch (Attendance Award).

Thespians perform Pride and Prejudice CAST

First Row (left to right) –Jessica Bocook, Kassidi Tantillo, Savannah Allen, Summer Baker, Kaitlynn Johnston, Allison Wise, Andrea Paynter, Mackenzie Ewan.

Second Row- Tanner Schmidli, Katelynn Beck, Steven Street.

Third Row- Alexandria Street, Libby McGuffin, Bethany Hawkins, Shai Beck, MaKenna Berka, Bryson Cash, Sara Dodrill.

Fourth Row- Matthew Carpenter, Benny Mounsey, Michael Funkhouser, Shannon Shiflett, Lili Yocum, Lizzy Diehl, Tyler Bass, Jaydon Bellville, Kaleb Hicks.

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Art Class Participates Art Class Participates

Art Class ParticipatesStory by Shayla Rosen, Photos by Mrs. Megan Ritchea and Lili Yocum     

Bellaire High School’s art classes participated in the 3rd annual 2016 District 11 “Paint-A-Plow” Program.

District 11 invited schools such as, Martins Ferry, Saint Clairsville, and Union Local, to paint a snow plow to promote public safety using the theme Heroes and #Hashtags.

The non-profit organization is an opportunity to increase awareness for ODOT Snow and Ice Operations, and to display the talent of local artists.

            Bellaire High’s art teacher Megan Ritchea says, “ I am trying to get our program involved in a lot more community activities and this being our first year participating in this project was a great learning experience, and we have a lot more plans for next year.”

            High School students who participated in this activity were:

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Bellaire Elementary hosts Boys Night Out


Spelling Bee

Written Classroom Spelling Bee:

  • Monday, October 10.
  • It will be given during FLEX periods. 
  • There will be 20 words plus 5 challenge words for the classroom bee. 
  • The 5 challenge words will not be on the study sheet. 
  • Study Sheets are available.
  • The top 5 scores plus 1 alternate per grade level will advance to our District Spelling Bee.

District Spelling Bee:

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
  • SNOW DATE: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

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Mr. Scot McMahon Is the Voice of the Big Reds in and outside the Classroom

By: Haley Ault and De ’Asia Burney

New Bellaire High School social studies teacher Mr. Scot McMahon says his number one priority is his students.

He has a background in history, which he teaches through film along with American History class. You may also recognize his voice from Nelson Field during Saturday games.

 He is a Bellaire High School graduate and went on to West Virginia University to get his undergrad. He then continued at Ohio Northern and got his law degree, and finally received his teaching certification from Wheeling Jesuit.

Mr. McMahon stated that his favorite part of teaching at Bellaire High School, so far, is interacting with the students. One thing he would like to see instituted at the school is the programs of the past that have been cut due to money issues be brought back.

One thing he wants students to know about him, he says, “I’m here for them, and if they ever have a problem or a question never hesitate to come and ask.” 

Mr. Paul Xenakis Return to BHS

                By: Lili Yocum and Scott Mehlman

                An alumnus and previous teacher of Bellaire High School, Mr. Paul Xenakis has returned to teach chemistry and physics.

Mr. Xenakis studied at West Liberty University and West Virginia University, while majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Physics.

Back at Bellaire, he believes he can help out with the science program. Mr. Xenaxis also shows his love for everything about his alma mater. Formerly a teacher at St.John’s Catholic High School, this educator also likes to coach discus.

Mr. Paden Stewart Teaches Math and Coaches Wrestling

By: Scott Mehlman and Lili Yocum

Mr. Paden Stewart  is currently teaching Algebra, Applied Math, and Consumer Math at Bellaire High School. He attended River High school and has coached wrestling there. After high school he  graduated from West Liberty University and came to teach at our high school when an opportunity appeared for him.

                In the classroom, Mr. Stewart takes a hands-on approach to get his students to learn by a little competition and showing their work on the board. He would also like to see math books brought into the classroom. Mr. Stewart would like his students to know that he has a zero tolerance policy for not wanting to learn. In addition to his classroom duties,  Mr. Stewart is going to be assistant wrestling coach.

His favorite aspect of BHS so far is the school spirit!

Miss Blair Bolden Has Passion for English

By: Shavarr Price and Chase Yoho

With a passion for literature and an optimistic outlook on life, Miss Blair Bolden plans on making a huge impact on our students’ lives as an English teacher at Bellaire High School.   

Miss Bolden’s previous education at Greensburg Central Catholic and later at Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania, has allowed her to develop a love for reading and teaching. This eager attitude is something that she wishes to pass on to the students of our school through literature.                                                                                                                                               

Although she is now a teacher, her first career choice was as a social worker. Realizing she could more effectively impact young adults as an educator, she decided to follow in her family trade and become a teacher. Miss Bolden instantly liked the idea of teaching in Bellaire due to the small town feeling, the tremendous students and amazing faculty here.

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Mr. Kaz Pata Is New to Bellaire

By: Hannah D’Aquila and Danielle Gilli

Welcome Mr. Kaz Pata, the new Bellaire High School multiple resource teacher.

Mr. Pata graduated from St. Clairsville High School and Ohio University. He originally didn’t major in education, but then later started substituting which led him to enjoy teaching. After realizing he liked being around students, he went back to college to get a teaching degree.

Since he has begun to teach here, his favorite aspect has been the staff, students and how generous everyone is. Mr. Pata would like to see more sports incorporated into our school such as: golf, soccer, lacrosse, etc.

                Besides teaching, he is a football, basketball and track coach for St. Clairsville’s junior high school. He wants students to know that he’s definitely a fun guy and doesn’t want to be looked at as just a teacher.

Special Board Meeting

The Bellaire Local Board of Education will meet in a special meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 8:00a.m. for the purpose of consideration of bids for construction of physical education facility and the awarding of the contract to begin construction.  The meeting will be held at the Board offices at 340 34th Street, Bellaire, Ohio.

Miss Kylie Seevers Joins BHS Staff

By: Alex Street

Graduating from Bellaire High School, Miss Kylie Seevers, is back and excited to educate!  SHe is a teacher of Earth and Space Science, S.T.E.M. and Physical Science.  She recently graduated from West Liberty University and is eager to bring what she learned to her alma mater.       

 “I’ve always had an interest in science and feeding the penguins at the zoo, but that is too far from home, so getting to get kids as excited about science as I am, surpasses getting to feed penguins,” explained Miss Seevers. 

She says the students at Bellaire High are motivated and want to learn.  Although, she says that she’d like the students to know that she is still young and knows all the tricks they’re trying to pull because she has mastered them herself.

Miss Seevers would like to see better opportunities in and out of the classroom including a variety of sports and more technological advancements.  She also says that it is very nice to come back to her roots and give back to a school that gave so much to her.

BHS Welcomes Mr Jayson Keyser

By: Shavarr Price and Chase Yoho

Mr. Jayson Keyser is thrilled to be a member of the BHS family once again, but this time as a teacher. Mr. Keyser, who graduated from Bellaire, taught at the middle school last year and has now returned to teach health and physical education.

His athletic background paves the way for his new career as a PE and health teacher.  He was a gifted athlete while performing for the red and black. Bringing home a state runner up medal in track and field is one of his many great athletic accomplishments. Later on, Mr. Keyser participated in athletics while receiving his degree at West Liberty University.                                          

Returning to the wonderful staff and students here at Bellaire High School is something he is very excited about because of its familiarity. Although very excited to come back, Mr. Keyser would love to see an increase in the number of PE classes here at his alma mater.                                                                       

Above all else, Mr. Jayson Keyser is thrilled to be back at his old high school once more as a faculty member. 

September Student of the Month

Bellaire Elementary School:  Luke Mamie, Grace LaRoche, Emilee Menendez, Scott Balsei, Eliana Mason

Bellaire Middle School:  Aubrey Summers, Dalton Tranovich, Sophia Porter, Chance Maffe, Jenna Miller, Jaren Cash, Cassidy Garloch, Noah Clark

Bellaire High School:  Abby Gianangeli, Christoffer Marling, Albert (AJ) Bennett, Nicole Johnston, Alexandria Street, Chase Yoho, Levi Leeper, Khiah Kimbro

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Students in the District in grades 5-12 who have participated in a school or community volunteer activity after September 15, 2015 or at any time during the 2015-2016 academic year or who is currently a volunteer is eligible to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Online applications must be completed and submitted by November 8, 2016.

The online application can be found at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.
For complete information, please contact Ms. Zwack, High School NHS Coordinator.

Homecoming 2016

Homecoming weekend kicks off at noon on Friday, September 23rd when the court comprised of Shaye Beckett, Abbey Cusick, Riley Hoepfner, Sarah McAninch, Rylie Purtiman, Taylor Stoner, Eric Bennington, D’eondre Burney, Tyson Camsky, Brennon Conroy, Justyn Keyser, and Jordan Mehlman along with the Bellaire High
School Band and Red Line visit local businesses in town to be introduced.  The day concludes at 1:30 with the annual Homecoming Pep Rally in the Alumni Auditorium.

The homecoming festivities continue on Saturday, September 24th with the parade leaving Bellaire High School at 11:00.  During halftime of the Bellaire – Buckeye Local game, the 2016 Homecoming Queen will be crowned.  The dance, which is sponsored by the Bellaire High School Student Council, is being held from 7:30 to 10:30 in the BHS Cafeteria, where the 2016 Homecoming King will be announced at 7:35.  Pictures by Monica Lynne Photography will begin at 6:30. Parents are welcome from 6:30 to 7:45

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Baseball Field Announcment

Bellaire Local Schools, the Bellaire Park District, and Bellaire Jr. Sports are working together to improve the baseball field (Chase Field) at  26th Street, thanks to a resolution passed by the village council on Thursday, September 1.  The groups have been working on this arrangement for several months.  Bellaire Jr. Sports and the Bellaire Park District have done a tremendous job at the 26th Street Fields and the Bellaire Local Schools is excited to be a part of these improvements.  It is hoped that this will lead to other groups working together to better Bellaire.  

Bellaire Local Schools, through QZAB, will be able to put a significant amount of money into the field improvements.  The field has been in dire need of major upgrades for sometime.  Plans are to upgrade the playing surface, add all new fencing and a scoreboard, along with other upgrades.  School officials want to be a positive partner in the community and understand the importance of recreational opportunity for all youth in Bellaire.  

The agreement states that the Bellaire High School baseball team will have exclusive rights to the use of the field during their season for a term of fifty years with the possibility of renewing the agreement prior to the end of the term.   Bellaire Jr Sports and the high school baseball team will work together to hold tournaments.  Bellaire Jr. Sports will be able to use the field for practice and games when the high school team is not using it.  Thanks to Irish Youth Sports, the Bellaire Jr. Sports flag football program will be moved to their complex.  This move makes the improvements at the baseball field possible.  As plans progress further details will be available. 



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Elemetary School Open House





Thursday, August 18th from

5:00pm to 6:30pm

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21st Century Job Posting

East Central Ohio Educational Service Center

Site Coordinator Job Description


The East Central Ohio Educational Service Center is seeking two Site Coordinators to serve in the 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Programs at: Bellaire Middle School/High School and Martins Ferry/Bridgeport Middle School.


Overview of Position: The site coordinator is responsible for providing quality before/after school programming and oversight and effective management of the day to day operations of a 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Program during the school year. The position will build a positive working relationship with students, staff, parents and community partners.


Hours/Pay: The position is 29 hours per week for 40 weeks with hours varying to include both morning and afterschool hours. The position pays $33,640 and does not include benefits.

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School Supply Giveaway





TIME:   10 AM - 1 PM 



District Implementing One to One Technology

Just under three hundred new chrome books have arrived in the district.  District technology staff is busy setting up the new technology for the upcoming school year.  These were purchased with state Title Funds and Technology Fund (Casino Money).  This is the beginning of the district implementation of their plan to equip every student with some form of technology.  These chrome books will go to all fifth and ninth graders.  Elementary students will be getting tablets this year as well. 

Bus Schedule - Bus #19



6:30 – West Wheeling

6:37 – Mehlman Rd.

6:40 – Kilgore Rd. (High)

6:51 – Kirkwood Hgts.

6:58 – Hospital Rd.

7:10 – Belview Hts.

7:13 – Franklin St.

7:17 – St. Johns

7:20 – High School

7:26 – Middle School


Elementary Run

7:49 - West Wheeling

8:02 - Kirkwood Hgts.

8:12 - Hospital Rd.

8:22 - Belview Hts.

8:24 – Franklin St.

8:36 – Elementary School


2:36 - Franklin St.

2:41 - Belview Hts.

2:47 - Hospital Rd.

3:00 - Kirkwood Hgts.

3:08 - Mehlman Rd.

3:13 – West Wheeling


Elementary Run

3:50 - 26th Street

3:57 - Franklin St.

3:59 – Belview

4:00 – Belview Hts.

4:05 - Hospital Rd.

4:14 – Kirkwood Hts.

4:26 - Kilgore Rd.

4:28 - West Wheeling

Bus Schedule - Bus #18



6:42 – Mellott Road

6:46 – Cumberland Run (turn around)

6:50 – Glencoe Stewartsville Road

6:57 – Whitehill Road

7:05 – Bull Run

7:08  - Coalbrook Church

7:09 – School Street Neff's (Y-bridge)

7:13 – Middle School

7:23 – High School

7:24 – St. John's

Elementary Run

8:11 – Mellott Road

8:17 - Cumberland Run (turn around)

8:24 – Main Street Jacobsburgh

8:25 – Bull Run

8:29 – State Highway149

8:33 – Elementary School


2:44 - School Street Neff's (Y-bridge)

2:45 - Coalbrook Church

2:49 – Whitehill Road

2:50 – Boyd Ridge Rd.

2:51 - Bull Run

2:59 – Stewartsville

3:00 – Kozak Drive

3:02 – Regoli Road

3:07 - Cumberland Run (turn around)

3:08 – Mellott Road

Elementary Run

3:38 – Glencoe Stewartsville Road

3:41 – Kozak Drive

3:46 – Regoli Road

3:50 - Belmont Bridge

4:05 - Cumberland Run (turn around)

Bus Schedule - Bus #17



6:36 – Hawthorne Hill Rd.

6:45 – Lashley Hill Rd.

6:48 – Myers Hill Rd.

6:54 – Boyd Ridge Rd.

7:09 – Sand Hill Rd.

7:15 – Neffs

Elementary Run

8:11 – Hawthorne Hill Rd.

8:20 – Myers Hill Rd.

8:29 – Boyd Hill Rd.

8:38 – Sand Hill Rd,


2:46 – Neffs

2:55 – Sand Hill Rd.

3:05 – Boyd Ridge Rd.

3:08 – Myers Hill Rd.

3:14 – Lashley Hill Rd.

3:17– Hawthorne Hill Rd.

Elementary Run

3:39 – Sand Hill Rd.

3:51 – Boyd Ridge Rd.

3:57 – Myers Hill Rd.

4:09 – Hawthorn Hill Rd

Bus Schedule - Bus #16



6:30 – Poplar Dr.

6:32 – Govenor Dr.

6:37 – Fulton Hill

6:45 – Key Estates

6:46 – Riggs Rd.

6:59 – 147 Key Bellaire Rd.

7:03 – Cabinet Shop

7:07 – West 23rd

7:09 – Church parking lot

7:16 – High School

7:19 – St. Johns

Elementary run

7:46 – Seneca St.

7:48 – West 23rd

7:52 – Cabinet Shop

7:57 – Brooks Run

7:57 – Webb Hts.

8:00 – Key Rd.

8:09 – Chestnut Rd.

8:12 – Key Estates

8:15 – Riggs Rd.

8:24 – Fulton Hill

8:37 – Elementary School



2:34 – West 23rd

2:42 – Cabinet Shop

2:48 – Key Bellaire Rd.

2:56 – Key Estates

2:58 – Chestnut Rd.

3:03 – Riggs Rd.

3:12 – Fulton Hill

3:14 – Govenor Dr.

3:16 – Poplar Dr.

Elementary Run

3:48 – Seneca St.

3:49 – West 23rd

3:55 – Bel Haven

4:01 – Fulton

4:03 – Key Rd.

4:05 – Key Estates

4:09 – Chestnut Rd.

4:15 – Riggs Rd.

4:22 – Key Rd. / 147

4:24 – Webb Hts.

4:27 – Brooks Run

4:31 – Cabinet Shop

Bus Schedule - Bus #14




6:17 – Dixon Hill – McCurdy Rd.

6:26 – McGregor Hill Rd.

6:40 – Stobbs Estates

6:45 – Upper Moss Run

6:52 – Patterson Hill Rd.

6:57 – Jordan Run turnaround

7:05 – Breezy Point

7:08 – Overlook Court

7:10 – Hilltop Ave.

7:12 – High School

7:19 – St. Johns

7:22 – Middle School

Elementary Run

7:35 – Clinton St.

7:44 – Hilltop Ave.

7:46 – Breezy Point

8:00 – Moss Run

8:12 – McGregor Hill

8:16 – Dixon Hill McCurdy Rd.


2:39 - Rose Hill Pike

2:41 – Overlook Court

2:43 – Breezy Point

2:51 – Jordan Run

2:50 – Patterson Hill

2:56 – Moss Run

3:06 – Stobbs Estates

3:08 – McGregor Hill

3:11 – Dixon Hill McCurdy Rd.

Elementary Run

3:33 – 38th Street

3:34 -  Franklin Street

3:40 – 34th Street

3:47 - Overlook Court

3:49 – Jordan Run Rd.

4:01 – McGregor Hill Rd.

4:09 – Dixon Hill Rd.

Bus Schedule - Bus #12



6:10 – Wegee Ln.

6:16 – Wegee Rd.

6:21 – Kirkland Hill Rd.

6:24 – Cash Ridge Rd.

6:31 – Crozier Ridge Rd.

6:36 – Key Rd.

6:43 – W. Pipe Creek Rd.

6:47 – Pipe Creek Rd.

6:53 – Key Bellaire Rd.

7:15 – Middle School

7:25 – High School

Elementary Run

7:42 – Cash Ridge Rd.

7:46 - Crozier Ridge

7:51 – Pipe Creek

7:58 – West Pipe Creek

8:03 – Jacobsburgh Key Rd.

8:17 – Key Bellaire Rd.

8:28 – Elementary School


2:46 – Wegee Ln.

2:48 – Wegee Rd.

2:52 – Cash Ridge Rd.

2:57 - Crozier Ridge

3:12 - Jacobsburgh Key Rd.

3:14 - West Pipe Creek

3:18 - Pipe Creek

3:22 - Key Bellaire Rd.

Elementary Run

3:36 -  Key Bellaire

3:41 - Pipe Creek Rd.

3:46 – Jacobsburgh Key Rd.

3:54 – Crozier Ridge Rd.

3:58 – Cash Ridge Rd.

4:08 – Wegee Rd.

Bus Schedule - Bus #10



7:04 – Noble St.

7:06 – Jefferson St.

7:08 – Atchison

7:13 – Noble St.

7:19 – High School

7:28 – Middle School

Elementary Run

8:06 – Indian Run turn around

8:09 - 41st St.

8:11 – Noble St.

8:12 – Jefferson St.

8:16 – Atchison

8:21 – Noble (short)

8:36 – Elementary


2:36 – Noble St.

2:44 – Jefferson St.

2:49 – Atchison

2:50 – Gravel Hill

2:52 – Noble St. (short)

Elementary Run

3:40 – Noble St.

3:43 – Jefferson St.

3:46 – Atchison

3:51 – Noble St. (Short)

3:59 - 41st St.

4:01 – Indian Run

Bus Schedule - Bus #9

Special Needs


7:03 – 49th St.

7:06 – Noble St.

7:09 – Harrison St.

7:21 – Middle School

7:25 - Beth Drive

7:35 – High School


8:00 - 32nd st.

8:04 - 49th St.

8:09 – Harrison St.

8:16 - 38th & Harrison

8:24 – Jordan Run

8:31 – High Ridge Rd.

8:36 - 34th St.

8:40 – Hamilton St.

8:44 - Pinch Run

8:58 – Beth Drive

9:05 – Elementary School


1:55 - High School

2:05 - Beth Drive

2:12 – Middle School

2:19 - 21st Street

2:25 - 49th & Atchison

2:28 – Noble St.

2:31 -  Harrison St.


3:00 – Elementary School

3:08 – Beth Dr.

3:17 – Florence Ave.

3:31 - 34th & Franklin

3:39 – Harrison St.

3:43 - 37th Street

3:44 - 41st St.

3:46 – Atchison Rd.

4:00 – Jordan Run Rd.

4:10 – High Ridge Rd.

4:15 - Brewery Hill

Bus Schedule - Bus #8



6:51 – West Bellaire, 4th Ave, 3rd Ave

6:59 - High School

7:01– American Legion

7:02– Salvation Army

7:03 - 36th Belmont

7:04 – Corner Cresent & Belmont

7:05 – Guernsey St.

7:07 – Brewery St. Hill

7:08 – Hamilton

7:11 – Washington St.

7:13 – West Bellaire

7:17 – Middle School

Elementary Run

8:02 – BP station

8:05 – Union St.

8:06 – Guernsey St.

8:07 – Salavtion Army

8:08 - 35th & Belmont

8:09 – Shephard Apartments

8:10 - Brewery St. Hill

8:12 – Hamilton

8:15 - Washington St.

8:17 - West Bellaire

8:35 – Elementary School


2:18 - West Bellaire

2:24 – Hamilton

2:25 - Brewery St. Hill

2:27 - Guernsey St.

2:32 - Corner Cresent & Belmont

2:36 – United Bank

2:38 – Corner 36th St.

2:40 – St. Johns

2:42 – Salvation Army

2:44 - Corner 36th and Belmont

2:46 -West Bellaire

Elementary Run

3:15 - West Bellaire

3:19 – Washington St.

3:25 - Hamilton St.

3:27 - Brewery Hill

3:28 – Guernsey St.

3:29 – Cresent St. & Belmont St.

3:30 - 35th & Guernsey St.

3:31 - 36th & Guernsey St.

Bus Schedule - Bus #5



6:30 –  Winding Hill Rd.

6:41 – New Cut

6:48 – Webb Heights Rd.

6:50 – Cherry Lane

6:53 – New Cut Rd.

7:04 – Leona School

Elementary run

7:44 – Winding Hill Rd.

7:54 – New Cut Rd.

7:59 – Cherry Lane

8:04 – New Cut Rd.

8:14 – Leona School

8:24 – Middle School

8:27 – Elementary School


2:41 – Leona School

2:44 – New Cut

2:51 – Webb Hts.

2:53 – Cherry Lane

2:57 – New Cut

3:01 – Winding Hill Rd.


3:20 – Elementary School

3:34 – Leona School

3:41 – Webb Heights Rd.

3:44 – Cherry Lane

3:46 – New Cut Rd.

3:51 – Winding Hill Rd.

Bus Schedule - Bus #4



6:41 – Pinch Run

6:48 – Belmont Street

6:51 - 15th Street Apts.

6:53 - 17th Street Apts.

6:55 – Bardwell's

6:57 – High School

7:00 – 38th / Harrison Street

7:01 -  38th / Franklin

7:02 – Pelkey's Turn

7:04 – Rose Hill Towers

7:13 – Middle School

7:24 – High School

7:49 – JVS

7:52 – B-Cap


Elementary school

8:15 – Harrison Street

8:16 - 43rd & Harrison Street

8:18 - 42nd & Harrison

8:22 - 38th & Franklin

8:26 – Top of 38th Street

8:28 – Bottom of 214 (Franklin)

8:29 – Turn before Rose Hill

8:31 – Rose Hill Towers (Monroe Street)

8:41 – Elementary School


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Bus Schedule - Bus #3



6:50 – Willow Grove (turnaround)

6:51 – Willow Grove Road

6:57 – Willow Grove (bridge)

6:59 - Patterson Hill

7:03 – Bel Village

7:07 – Bel Capri

7:09 - McClainsville

7:10 – St Joe Rd / Nelen Road

7:11 – Moss Run Road

7:12 – Hope Chapel Road

7:14 – St Joe Main Road

7:16 – Middle School

7:23 – High School

Elementary School

7:53 – Bel Village

7:56 – Patterson Hill Road / Beth Drive

7:57 – Ann Street

7:58 – Bel Capre

8:04 – Mollendicks

8:06 – Moss Run Road

8:07 – Hope Chapel Road

8:08 – St. Joe Main Road

8:09 – McClainsville Road

8:17 – Willow Grove Road

8:25 – Neff's to Dixon Hill

8:29 – Belmont St.

8:33 – Elementary School


1:55 – Middle School

2:13 – St. Joe Road

2:16 – Moss Run Road

2:18 – Nelan Road

2:20 – Patterson Hill Road

2:21 – Beth Drive

2:23 – Ann Street

2:24 – Bel Capri

2:26 – McClainsville Road

2:32 – High School

2:41 – Patterson Hill Road

2:42 – Mollendicks

2:43 – Bel-Capre

2:46 – McClainsville Rd.

2:47 – St. Joe Merritt Rd.

2:50 – St. Joe Rd.

2:55 – Willow Grove Rd.

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Bus Schedule - Bus #1

                                                               INDIAN RUN / HARRISON ST./ South Belmont


6:43 - 41st St.

6:55 – Indian Run

6:58 – 41st & Harrison St.

6:59 - 42nd & Harrison St.

7:00 - 43rd & Harrison St.

7:10 – High School

7:21 – Middle School

Elementary Run

7:50 – Union St.

7:52 – South Belmont St.

8:02 – Pinch Run

8:17 – Elementary School


2:12 - Middle School

2:21 - 41st St.

2:25 – Indian Run

2:35 - 42nd & Harrison

Elementary Run

3:03 – Elementary School

3:08 – Middle School

3:14 – Union Street

3:18 – Belmont St.

3:24 – Pinch Run

Bellaire Jr Hi Football Meeting


Parents of sixth and seventh graders interested in playing football should report to Bellaire HS cafeteria on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 PM.  Players should also attend.  It is very important to attend as information will be given out, including schedules. Every athlete must have a physical to begin practice.  Information about physicals can be found at bellaireathletics.com.


TO: ALL FORMER LADY REDS VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS THE 2016 LADY REDS VOLLEYBALL TEAM CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THE LADY REDS INAUGURAL ALUMNI VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT THE BELLAIRE HIGH GYMNASIUM ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016 @ 12 P.M. TO RAISE MONEY TO SUPPORT THE LADY REDS VOLLEYBALL TEAM AND ESTABLISH A VOLLEYBALL SCHOLARSHIP _________________________________________________________________________________ YOUR COST TO PARTICIPATE: $10.00 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PLAYING, PLEASE EMAIL KSECHREST@BELLAIRESD.ORG WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OR YOU CAN SNAIL MAIL IT TO: KAYE SECHREST, BELLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL, 349 34TH STREET, BELLAIRE, OH 43906 BY AUGUST 1, 2016. CHECKS CAN BE MADE PAYABLE TO BELLAIRE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT. THE LADY REDS INAUGURAL ALUMNI VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT THE BELLAIRE HIGH GYMNASIUM ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016 @ 12 P.M. TO RAISE MONEY TO SUPPORT THE LADY REDS VOLLEYBALL TEAM AND ESTABLISH A VOLLEYBALL SCHOLARSHIP NAME: ____________________________________ MAIDEN NAME:________________________ ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ EMAIL: ______________________________________________________________________________ PHONE: ______________________________________________________________________________ YEARS ON TEAM (EX., 2013‐2016): __________________ POSITION PLAYED: _______________ FAVORITE MEMORY:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Bellaire Elementary Supply List

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Vacancies For The 2016-17

The Bellaire Local School District, Bellaire Ohio has the following teaching vacancies for the 2016-17 academic year:

High School English/Language Arts

High School Mathematics

High School Science

Elementary Special Education/Developmental Disabilities

Middle School Special Education/Developmental Disabilities

Interested candidates should contact:

Darren Jenkins, Superintendent

Bellaire Local Schools, Bellaire, Ohio


2016 Graduation

Bellaire HS graduating senior’s received a surprise gift at graduation ceremony.  While first year Principal Kassie Anderson was speaking at graduation she asked the students to look under their chair.  What they found there was a hand written note from the principal.  Each one personalized to the student. Ms. Anderson wanted the students to know that they had made an impact on her during her first year.  As you can see on the faces of the students they were surprised and touched by the act of kindness.  

2016-2017 Bellaire Middle School Supply List

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Bellaire HS Vacancies

The Bellaire LSD has the following vacancies for the 2016/17 school year:

High School Mathematics

High School English

High School Science

These vacancies will remain posted until filled.  Should you have questions regarding these vacancies please contact Mrs. Kathryn Anderson, High School Principal or Mr. Darren Jenkins, Superintendent. 


Underclass exams will be Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1

Tuesday May 31

5th Period (Early Class)                        7:35 – 8:59

1st Period                                               9:01 – 10:26

5th Period (Early) Lunch                     10:29 – 11:00

5th Period (Late) Lunch                       11:03 – 11:34

2nd Period                                            11:37 – 1:02

3rd Period                                              1:05 – 2:30

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Elaine Petredis Senior Honors Banquet

Bellaire Local Schools


The BHS National Honor Society

Elaine Petredis

Senior Honors Banquet

Guest Speaker - Chris Arno, Bellaire High School, Class of 1990,and Bellaire Middle School Faculty Member


Josh Bumgardner, Josh Myers, Tara Bumgardner, Natori Neff,  Cameron Burton, Markiah Peltz, Kaitlyn Callarik, Anthony Piper, Bethany Christy, John Price, Tylar Eden, Taylor Price, Mary Garloch, Morgan Runyan,  Billie Geary, Taylor Scott,  Jerrika Gilbert, John Schuetz,  Alexander Hibbitts, Devin Shaw,  Steven Krupa, Raven Shively, Patrick Littleton, Olivia Tranovich, Brandon Lucas, Coda Wines,  Dylan Marling, Isaac Wyckoff, Matt Montgomery, and Cadence Yocum


On Tuesday, May 17th , students at the high school will complete their scheduling for next school year.  They will do this through the arena scheduling system.  Students will meet with teachers in each subject area to plan their schedule for 2016-2017 school year. Please be advised that changes may occur over the summer.  The curriculum guide for the HS is posted on the website under the left navigation, it is the last tab.  Parents are encouraged to review this with your child over the next few days and prior to scheduling Tuesday. 












Reds' Rumble

Seniors: Row 1- Raven Shively, Tara Duffy, Taylor Price, Markiah Peltz, Jerrika Gilbert, Sydney Badia, Kaitlyn Callarik, T'Asia Green. Row 2- Anthony Piper, Noah Harris. Alexander Hibbitts, Mitch Parker, Cody Guthrie, Joshua Myers, Tylar Eden, Tyler Stewart, Zachary Bellville, Dylan Marling, Michael Neil, Luke McDonough. (Photo by McConnaughy)


Sue Stanko Scholarship

Kaitlyn Callarik was the Sue Stanko Scholarship recipient.


XTO Energy Challenge Program

XTO Energy-Coda Wines, Sydney Badia, Tylar Eden, Caleb Kolenich and Presenter Amy Dobkin

West Virginia Northern Community College Scholarships

Mary Garloch, Morgan Runyan, Andrew Reed, Nicole Marple, and Presenter Dawn Barcus.

VFW Scholarship

VFW Scholarship-Terry Wildman, Taylor Price, and John Fodor.

AIR Test


As you know, Ohio is switching this school year from PARCC (Pearson) math and English language arts tests to Ohio-specific tests developed by Ohio educators with the American Institutes for Research. However, Ohio will still be receiving student tests results from last year’s Pearson tests along with Ohio’s science and social studies assessments.

These new tests are referred to as AIR tests by the Ohio Department of Education. 


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to become successful, responsible, and productive citizens in a diverse, global society.
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