It is our pleasure to provide you with the attached video from the recent graduation of the Class of 2020. We are extremely proud of this group of young adults and wish them the very best as BHS Alumni. Enjoy!!
Today completes seven weeks of remote learning. Now we embark upon the final push to end the 19-20 school year. In reflecting on this journey there are so many people deserving of appreciation. The effort given by our students and their parents has been remarkable. I often speak of the triangle that makes up a successful classroom. Students and parents make up two parts of that triangle. They certainly have come through with high marks. A third crucial leg of the triangle is the teacher. As we conclude what would have normally been our staff appreciation week in Brookville Schools, we want to recognize their role in working with students and parents through this most difficult time. The commercials, signs and tributes provided lately for our healthcare workers, delivery drivers and grocery workers have been well deserved and touching. But on behalf of the Board of Education and school administration, we send this short tribute to all who have supported education during this pandemic. Especially our teachers.
Students and Parents, The attached is a VERY IMPORTANT message that we at Brookville Schools are sending to all of our students. Parents and caregivers of our young students, we ask that you help them view this video. We hope that you are all safe and doing well.
Students & Parents, I am sending this 9 minute video releasing information regarding the end of the school year. At your convenience please watch to gather important information. Topics included are: Year End Dates Semester Exam Update Plans for Student Transition to Next Year Access to Report Cards Fee Refunds Award Programs Graduation Thank You and have a great day!
Dear Parents and Students, As I am sure you are aware, Governor DeWine announced today that Ohio's school buildings are closed for the remainder of this year. We will continue distance learning. We have been planning and preparing in anticipation of this announcement. I wanted to reach out to you at this time to let you know that over the next couple of days we will be releasing pertinent information to cover plans for May 4th through May 28th. We will keep you as informed and up-to-date as possible. I know that some of what must be done will be easy to understand and accept and some decisions will be far more difficult to accept. We appreciate the work that our teachers and staff have done to this point and acknowledge the efforts of our students and parents. Now we know, without question, that students will not be back this year. As such we will roll out plans for May over the next few days. Thank you again for you patience and understanding through this difficult time.
Greetings Parents, Students and Staff, Welcome back to Remote Education 2020. Today, we reconvened distance learning. Most importantly, we hope this post finds all of our students and their families in good health. A community is often defined as a unified body of individuals with common interests living in a particular area. Together, we all make up the Brookville school community. Within this group we recognize everyone is facing many challenges. Whether it be COVID-19, the mounting list of mental stressors or any other cause, please know we intend to stay unified and help any way we can. There are a few school items I would like to make you aware of: Friday’s schedule moving forward . I have communicated with staff that beginning this week throughout continued distance learning we are going to dial back the amount of work given on Fridays. Our teachers will still be on the job, accessible to students and parents electronically and preparing for the coming week. In fact, some teachers have pre-scheduled class sessions or lessons that will still take place. This is also the day chosen each week for them to get into their classrooms. Most importantly, we have heard the concerns of parents, students and staff that sometimes the electronic assignments can become a bit overwhelming. This will offer an opportunity for students to catch up and stay organized. I believe it is imperative in our effort to keep remote learning sustainable over the long run. To those families that rely on breakfast and lunch food from school subsidized programs - food will be distributed again on Monday, April 20 from 10am-1pm in the circle drive in front of the high school. Two weeks will be provided at this time. If you have questions regarding this distribution or absolutely can not make this pickup time, please call 937-833-2181. If no one answers, leave a message and we will return your call. This Thursday morning our high school parking lot will serve as a Donation Drop-Off Location for Premier Health . Please go to the following link to view the items requested and time for donations. Let’s be Brookville and help in any way we can!! https://www.premierhealth.com/services/infectious-disease-care/covid19-info-and-how-to-help/ways-to-help/donation-drop-off-locations It goes without saying that Prom , scheduled for Saturday, April 25, is now officially postponed. High School students and their families can watch for future information about Prom. Kindergarten Screening . We will contact those involved as the picture becomes more clear. Obviously there is no screening now through May 1. We will continue to push the dates back and contact families relevant to when screening can take place. Stay patient . While a return to school this Spring is highly improbable, we can only operate within the official information we have been given. Right now school buildings are closed through Friday, May 1. You can imagine that behind the scenes we are actively preparing for any and all scenarios. We know you have a lot of unanswered questions. We will try to provide answers as timely as possible.
Parents and Students of Brookville Schools, Today, Monday, March 30, we begin our third week of electronic learning. Every indication is that those involved, students, parents and staff, have done an outstanding job of keeping the learning continuum active. It is understood that this has not been easy but certainly the effort has been outstanding. We appreciate your patience and help. Also today, the governor extended the closure of school buildings through May 1, 2020. As a result, we now know that beginning April 13, electronic learning will continue. We have planned for several different scenarios. Now that we know the most recent orders from the Governor’s Office, there are a couple of reminders worthy to give you: Teacher/Parent Conference Compensation Day is this Friday, April 3 and Spring Break is next week April 6-10. Earlier today I expressed to staff my expectation that during this time they walk away from the computer. I have asked that they respect the idea that no lessons or assignments go out during this break. Frankly, I feel kids, families and staff need the time away. To those families that rely on breakfast and lunch food from school subsidized programs - food will be distributed Monday, April 6 and Monday, April 20 from 10am to 1pm in the circle drive in front of the high school. Two weeks of food will be provided each of these dates. If you have questions regarding this distribution or absolutely can not make these times please call, 937-833-2181. If no one answers, leave a message on the voicemail and we will return your call. The OHSAA has extended the no contact period for all Spring athletic teams congruent to the closure of schools. As of now extra curricular programs remain shut down through May 1. Between now and Thursday, I will be communicating further with everyone regarding what will (or will not) happen beginning April 13. Most importantly we hope your families and kiddos are healthy. Hang in there everyone. Stay the course, we can do this.
An Open Letter To Our Parents and Caregivers “These are the times that try men’s souls” ~Thomas Paine, December 1776 Dear Parents and Caregivers, To say these are unprecedented and trying times would be a gross understatement. I want to publicly thank all of our staff. Support personnel, teaching staff and administration have all given an amazing effort to keep a continuum of learning for our students. We believe that is important and a sound decision. We understand and concede that it may not be perfect. We acknowledge there will be more mistakes ahead. But I am confident that our staff has and will continue to give their very best. If something isn’t right for you, please let us know. I felt very compelled to communicate with you today out of concern for our kids. I have no inhibition in writing to you that I love kids. All ages, all sizes, all attitudes, it really doesn’t matter. Watching them grow and develop as individuals serves to fuel my passion for my lifelong career. However, sometimes part of loving kids includes worrying about them. I probably worry too much. I know they live with great parents, grandparents and people who care for them. My personal faith tells me they will be protected by an even higher being. And yet, I have concerns. Brookville’s kids have been through a lot in the last 10 months. Tornado, check. Mass shooting, check. And now, COVID19. Little to nothing has been normal about what is often the most normal part of their lives, school. And so, I am asking for your support. I’m asking that more than ever you look out for them. Physically and emotionally. Being unexpectedly separated from their friends and social routine is going to be hard. They may not show this. They may even refute it. But it will not be easy. Squeeze them tight, say the words “I love you”, have patience, have more patience, have empathy, be the adult and the calm in their lives. We need you more than ever to step up and be great parents and mentors. I’m prejudiced, but our Brookville kids are great kids. They have been through a lot and continue to go through a once in a lifetime circumstance. Let’s look out for them in every way. Thank you, Tim Tim Hopkins