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  • Inspiring ExcellenceInspiring Excellence, now and for the future.


    Berea CitySchool District

    Inspiring Excellence

    Berea City School District: Berea Brook Park Middleburg Heights

  • Berea City School District achieves Ohio Award for Excellence (OAE) Patterned after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the Ohio Award for Excellence recognizes high performing organizations in the state of Ohio. The Berea District underwent a rigorous investigation and examination, conducted by a team of the OAE board of more than 200 examiners experienced professionals in the key sectors of government, education, healthcare, business, and non-profit organizations. The District is one of only twelve K-12 public school districts in Ohio to receive this recognition. For additional information, go to


    A school district that delivers an

    Extensive online reference services are available in our school libraries.

    Midpark teacher Paul Kelly provides computer lab support to build student skills.

    The V-TEAM tapes an episode of The Loft for BCS-TV, the school districts 24/7 cable television station.

    Students in Roselle Orlandos

    kindergarten class at

    Brookview Elementary work

    hard, but also have fun along

    the way.

    Local attorney Neal Jamison presents a scholarship on behalf of the Educational Community Foundation.

    Think Globally... Educate LocallyTo assure that students in the schools of Berea, Brook Park and Middleburg Heights maintain their ability to compete in an increasingly global society, the District has developed a focused Vision statement, a Mission statement, and Goals:

    OUR VISION:To Inspire Excellence

    OUR MISSION:To help students achieve dreams they never imagined possible

    OUR GOALS:Accelerate Student AchievementFund the FuturePromote Excellence with One Voice

    Residents of the Berea City School District should be assured that we are working together to provide the very best education possible for our children our future.

    ExceptionalExceptionalBerea City

    School District

    Inspiring ExcellenceThe Berea City School District achieved an EXCELLENT rating on the 2005-2006 report card

    by the Ohio Department of Education. Furthermore, the Performance Index of our District has steadily increased over the past four years, meaning that our students are achieving at higher and higher levels each year... through inspired excellence.

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    have a tremendous opportunity to impact the lives of our children. What we teach, in the classroom and by example, creates the foundation for future learning and lifelong achievement.

    We recognize that to meet our obligations to students and parents, the District must continually improve to keep pace with educational and employment demands of an increasingly sophisticated, mobile, and technical society. In this race, the Berea City School District is leading the way.

    Although we function according to a district-wide Strategic Plan, individual schools are given considerable autonomy in developing learning programs that meet the particular needs of their students. This empowerment approach allows students to benefit from the special interests and talents of individual teachers, going beyond the scope of a regular curriculum. Learning is enriched, and children are the beneficiaries.

    Come and visit our schools. And, of course, we welcome any questions you may have about education within the Berea City School District.

    ReflectionsReflections on the future

    Berea Schools named among Top 100 for Music Education in the USAThe Berea City School District has consistently ranked in the Top 100 school districts in the nation for music education. For additional information, go to

    ReflectionsReflectionsOn the future...

    ACCOUNTABILITY District has won the Certificate of

    Excellence in Financial Reporting for 15 consecutive years.

    Berea City School District is one of only fifty government entities in Ohio (less than five are school districts) to publish a Popular Annual Financial Report.

    District won the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (highest recognition possible) three times.

    District earned five Distinguished Budget Awards.

    Treasurer earned the States Auditors Award for three consecutive years.

    Midpark High School Marching Band leads

    the crowd cheering on the team.

    Brookpark Memorial Elementary students work and learn in their

    courtyard learning lab.

    Berea High Schools Pride of Berea Marching Band performs at halftime.

    Midpark vs. Berea in the annual Grindstone Game.

    We, as teachers, administrators and support staff,

    High school students compare mass and elasticity properties of everyday objects.

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  • Teachers


    Art Educator of the Year Award to Berea High School teacherYoung Audiences of Greater Cleveland honored Jim Bycznski with the 2005 Art Educator of the Year award. He teaches traditional art and design classes, but it is his Visual FX course for which he is particularly known. The course, the only one of its kind in the United States, simulates a special effects workshop in the film industry, including full-motion graphics and animations for projects from full-length films to commercials for a Cleveland-based production company (

    Teachers Educational programs that prepare children for the future. Berea City School District provides a curriculum that meets the needs of ALL students. Basic skills, computer classes, fine arts, interdisciplinary studies, advanced placement classes, and college credit courses are all incorporated into our instructional program. Test scores reflect high student achievement - of which we are justifiably proud.

    In cooperation with Baldwin-Wallace College, new Cohort Groups are making a difference in helping our teachers improve classroom instruction through research and collaboration. The college also participates in our comprehensive Teacher Evaluation program, which provides an extensive mentoring program for new teachers and serves as a model for ongoing professional development for all teachers. We are proud to be in the forefront in the preparation and continued development of our staff.

    Highly Qualified TeachersFederal (No Child Left Behind) and Ohio Department of Education legislation has instituted new, higher teaching standards to be implemented by all public school districts. For the 2006-2007 school year, all of our teachers will need to achieve Highly Qualified Teacher status in order for our school system to be in full compliance with both federal and state requirements. All of our staff members, support staff, and administrators are committed to making a real difference in the lives of children to help each child reach his/her full potential.

    I was born in Berea, went to Berea High, live in Berea, and now teach music at Berea High School. Music has important roles in society, including leisure, intrinsic rewards, business, and industry. Music instills a feeling of pride in all people. Jeff Fudale, Berea High School

    I believe that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religious belief, or academic ability, are entitled to a quality education. Educators provide the patience, kindness, and time necessary to nurture each and every one of them. Lori Gulley, Ford Middle School

    I became a teacher because I wanted my students to discover the same love of lifelong learning that was instilled in me by my 7th grade math teacher. The National Certification process allowed me to ensure that everything benefits my students and furthers their learning. When my students complete a task they never dreamed they could complete successfully, those smiles are what I live for as a teacher.Heidi Hlas, Roehm Middle School,National Board Certified Teacher

    As a teacher, I hope to make a difference but differences in attitude, enthusiasm, and caring are not easily measured. Making intangible positive differences that is one of the most beautiful aspects of teaching.Len Muni, Midpark High School

    In Math their Way, the author states that if children cannot learn from the way we teach, we must teach the way that they learn. Children need a climate of safety, tolerance, and acceptance so that they can actively explore, discover, and share knowledge. Its great to be part of a profession where magic happens on a daily basis.Roselle Orlando, Brookview Elementary School

    My philosophy of teaching is to help my students reach their fullest potential. I want my elementary classroom to be a place where students feel safe, feel welcome, yet challenged. I strive to make sure that if a child has a weakness in an area, we work together to strengthen it. Matt Petrus, Parknoll Elementary School

    My teaching philosophy developed as a result of my own educational experience. My students know that they are getting my best, and that they are expected to give their best.LaVerne Shay Thomas, Riveredge Elementary School,National Board Certified Teacher

    Our district is a statewide leader in the number of National Board Certified teachers. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning.

    National Board certification measures a teachers practice against high and rigorous standards. The process is an extensive series of performance-based assessments, including a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.

    Kristine Arnold leads her primary class at Big Creek Elementary to create a model of the world, labeling areas of water and land forms.

    Midpark students enjoy art from past generations at the Alumni Art Wall.

    Berea CitySchool District

    Inspiring Excellence Midpark High School teacher Scott Piesen

    underscores the importance of math in todays global economy.

  • Facility Highlights State-of-the-art Library/ Media Centers in all schools.

    Swimming pools at each high school.

    Auditoriums (1000-seat) at each high school and middle school.

    A planetarium.

    Large sports complexes at each high school, plus athletic trainers. Elevated walking/jogging tracks open for community use.

    Low student lunch prices for hot meals; on-site preparation.

    A wide range of facilities for school programs, sports, and city recreation.

    Outdoor learning labs at elementary schools.

    Preschool and child care facilities... and more.

    Learning EnvironmentLearning Environments

    Learning EnvironmentsLearning EnvironmentsFacility highlights

    The renovated library at Berea High won the Impact on Learning Award from SCHOOL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT magazine and the Council of Educational Facility Planners.

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  • Special EnvironmentSpecial Environment

    District Highlights 2006 7600 students

    450 teachers

    Student/Teacher ratio: 19:1

    12 schools: - 7 elementary schools (grades K-5) - 2 middle schools (grades 6-8) - 2 high schools (grades 9-12) - 1 special needs school on the campus of the Berea Childrens Home

    Over 700 students enrolled in Gifted Services programs

    Widespread involvement of parents and other community members in the

    decision-making process

    Week-long outdoor education program for middle school students (Camp Mi-Bro-Be)

    Extensive co-curricular and extra-curricular programs

    Summer programs for all grade levels, including a summer camp

    enrichment program

    Extensive preschool and extended child care program

    A full spectrum of services for children with special needs

    Drop-out prevention program

    Video Lab winner of numerous Telly awards

    Virtual Learning Academy

    On-site Cleveland Scholarship Program advisor

    Post-secondary option program for secondary studentsAn elementary student

    describes her project at a Science Fair.

    Learning EnvironmentsLearning EnvironmentsSpecial Programs

    In addition to the extensive number of athletic and co-curricular programs, the District has many special programs and activities that enhance each childs learning experience. Gifted Services Computer labs in ALL schools District Arts Festival

    All-Class Field Trips: Playhouse Square Cleveland Orchestra Cleveland Museum of Art Service learning opportunities at all levels

    Art integration program, in collaboration with Playhouse Square and the Kennedy Center

    Robotics Teams (national competition) at both high schools

    Student-to-student mentoring programs Freshman Mentoring, Project Support

    Integrated Senior Seminar at both high schools language arts and social studies

    Nearly 100 Junior Achievement classes taught K-12 each year

    District hosted Ohio High School Speech League State Competition two of the last six years;

    hosted Power of the Pen regional competitions

    Dozens of our teachers and staff have been selected to serve on statewide educational committees curriculum assessment standards, lesson study, etc.

    District consistently receives grants from local and state foundations for innovative programs

    Students receive more that $4 million in scholarships each year

    Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) program for business excellence A variety of multi-age options for students

    An Educational Community Foundation that provides scholarships and grants to students and staff

    District Orchestra Festival

    All-City Choir

    All-City Band

    Artists-in-the-Schools programHealth aide Sherri Montifel is part of a unique collaborative with Southwest General Health Center, which provides outstanding nursing services to our students on a daily basis.

    Brookview Elementary students enjoy recess on their new playground.

    Volunteers from the community bring Junior Achievement programs to K-12 classrooms. Don Auble leads 5th graders through assembly line, unit, and batch production methods.

    The math wall reinforces learning of basic skill concepts and calculations.

    Robotics Workshop

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    Inspiring Excellence

  • Baldwin-Wallace College offers more than 50 majors. Over 4000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.

    Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music

    We believe we must all work together for the benefit of our children and our community. In the Berea City School District, were committed to promoting partnerships with all aspects of our community.

    We have an energetic Business Advisory Council, which contributes the interests, knowledge, expertise, and resources of the business community for the benefit of the District. An all-encompassing Volunteer Council provides the opportunity to share community ideas and resources with the schools. We maintain active cooperation with the city governments and recreation departments of the cities in the District, as well as Baldwin-Wallace College, Southwest General Health Center, NASA Glenn Research Center, Ford Motor Company, and our senior groups.

    Service groups (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.) are very active in our communities. Many District students get involved in community service projects; for example, Hand In Hand, the community cleanup project started in 1997, provides leaf-raking service to seniors and disabled residents of our communities. This collaborative effort brings together District students and staff, the cities, and several community service groups to make a difference.

    We are indeed fortunate to be so close to such a wide variety of community assets and activities. The Cleveland Metroparks wind their way through our District. The Cleveland Zoo and downtown Cleveland are 20 minutes away. In the Greater Cleveland area youll find art and science museums, The Cleveland Orchestra, a thriving theatre district, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, professional sports teams (Browns, Indians, Cavs), and lakefront activities swimming, boating, festivals, etc. The Cuyahoga County Public Library system is ranked among the top 10 in the nation.

    Brook Park City Hall

    Southwest General Health Center is a private, 340-bed facility serving the area.

    The Berea Gazebo on Coe Lake in Berea.

    Learning & LivingLearning & Living

    Teachers Mary Draves and Christa Myers were honored as 2005 Educators of the Year by the Cuyahoga County Soil & Water Conservation District for their conservation education program, which involved Berea High School biology, chemistry, and environmental science students in the study, analysis, cleanup, and replanting of the local Coe Lake Nature Trail. In addition to the science, this outdoor land laboratory provided student understanding of collaboration (for funding) and a civics lesson demonstrating how schools, government, businesses, and the community can effectively work together.

    The project is called The Coe Lake Nature Trail and Riparian Restoration Project. The nature trail is divided into four classrooms with picnic tables and educational signs entitled Sandstone Seminar, Environmental Science, Hydrology, and Life Science. Educational lessons are aligned with the Berea City School District curriculum, Ohio Academic Content Standards, and Project 2061 benchmarks for grades K-12.

    Since fall of 2004, students and community members have cleaned up this neglected area and helped to plant two native gardens to beautify the area. Native trees and shrubs are being planted in an attempt to restore the riparian zones and improve overall water quality at Coe Lake.

    Learning & LivingLearning & LivingPartners in raising children.

    Opened in 1975, Polaris Career Center offers career-path programs for 11th and 12th grade high school students, career-technical and special interest courses for adults, and on-site corporate training and consulting services for business and industry. A modern facility, convenient location, and state-of-the-art equipment and technology are just part of the reason Polaris is a recognized leader in career-technical education and training.

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    Inspiring Excellence

    High school science Improving the community

  • Middleburg Heights Community Center

    New home construction

    Learning & LivingLearning & Living

    Ford Motor Company is a major employer in Brook Park.

    The Triangle in downtown Berea is a focal point for a variety of community events.

    The Cleveland Browns Headquarters & Training Facility is in Berea.

    NASA Glenn Research Center, located on a 350-acre site adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, focuses on space exploration systems, microgravity, propulsion, turbomachinery, instrumentation, controls, and more.

    A turbofan engine is prepared for testing in NASA Glenn Research Centers Propulsion Systems Laboratory, which provides flight altitude simulations.

    20 minutes to Downtown Cleveland10 minutes to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport40 minutes to Downtown Akron10 minutes to Metroparks60 minutes to Cedar Point Amusement Park














    Berea City School District Administration Building390 Fair St.Berea440 243-6000

    Berea High School165 E. Bagley Rd.Berea440 234-5418

    Midpark High School7000 Paula Dr.Middleburg Hts.216 676-8400

    Ford Middle School 17001 Holland Rd.Brook Park216 433-1133

    Roehm Middle School7220 Pleasant St.Berea440 234-1326

    Big Creek Elementary School7247 Big Creek Pkwy.Middleburg Hts.440 243-0600

    Brookpark Memorial Elementary School16900 Holland Rd.Brook Park216 433-1350

    Brookview Elementary School14105 Snow Rd.Brook Park216 676-4334

    Fairwood Elementary School191 Race St.Berea440 234-4327

    Parknoll Elementary School499 Nobottom Rd.Berea 440 243-3855

    Riveredge Elementary School 224 Emerson Dr.Berea 440 234-0900

    Smith Elementary School535 Wyleswood Dr.Berea 440 234-2797

    Polaris Career Center7225 Old Oak Blvd.Middleburg Hts.440

    Berea Brook Park Middleburg Hts.

    Berea CitySchool District

    Inspiring Excellence

    Learning & LivingLearning & Living

  • Berea City School District Administration Building 390 Fair St. Berea 44017 216-898-8300 Berea High School 165 E. Bagley Rd. Berea 44017 216-898-8900 Midpark High School 7000 Paula Dr. Middleburg Hts. 44130 216-676-8400 Ford Middle School 17001 Holland Rd. Brook Park 44142 216-433-1133

    Roehm Middle School 7220 Pleasant St. Berea 44017 216-898-8906

    Big Creek Elementary School 7247 Big Creek Pkwy. Middleburg Hts. 44130 216-898-8303 Brook Park Memorial Elementary School 16900 Holland Rd. Brook Park 44142 216-433-1350 Brookview Elementary School 14105 Snow Rd. Brook Park 44142 216-676-4334 Grindstone Elementary School 191 Race St. Berea 44017 216-898-8305 Polaris Career Center 7225 Old Oak Blvd. Middleburg Hts. 44130 440-891-7600





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