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Innovative Middle School teaching and learning at B-C-S

Pictured above, left to right, are award winning athletes Bryce Buderer, Cooper Hicks, Jeremy Balboa, Ben Petersen and Andrea Cecil, along with Coach Tom Kontak and Director of Athletics Drew Grahl.

At its March 18 meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education heard first hand from students and teachers at Oak Harbor Middle School about innovations that increase student achievement, highlighting how teaching and learning continue to evolve using technology. 

Language arts teacher Mr. Kelly Croy and some of his students discussed how students are able to get peer feedback on their presentations using a secure online platform. Science teacher Mr. Aaron Bomer and his students explained how he is able to provide immediate feedback to his students using online software to ensure that students stay on the right track when doing school work after school and on weekends. OHMS Principal Mrs. Marie Wittman explained how student-led conferences piloted by Mr. Kyle O’Neill this school year have increased and enriched the level of parent involvement in their child’s education.

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BCS Volunteer Appreciation Night

The Intra-District Committee of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will host a Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment Night on Thursday, April 3, at the Oak Harbor High School Cafeteria. This event is open to current volunteers, people interested in learning more about volunteering, school staff, and all community members. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a welcome from Superintendent Guy Parmigian.  Free pizza and a free open swim will be available from 6:15-7:30 p.m.  The walking track will also be open during this event. 

This will be an opportuninty to meet representatives from school organizations, network and learn about becoming a volunteer for BCS Schools to make a difference in the lives of students.  Volunteers are needed to work directly with students, work behind the scenes (yard work, office work, bulletin boards, etc.) and work on special projects (website, Career Day, taking photos, etc.).

Door prizes for this event have been donated by African Safari Wildlife Park, Allied Chiropractic of Fremont, Bill's Auto, Coffee Express, Drown's Dairy and Ella Lou handmade creations on Etsy. 

Call 419-898-6210 to make reservations, to ensure proper amounts of pizza and lifeguard staffing are available.

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Benefit for Kyler Hammer

There will be a benefit chicken barbecue for Kyler Hammer on March 30 at the Eagles Nest Hall, 210 Jefferson St. in Oak Harbor. The event, sponsored by Batdorff Real Estate, will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until the dinners are sold out. Tickets are $9 for the meal that includes chicken, baked potato, cole slaw and dessert. Carry-out only.

Kyler is the son of Nick and Megan (Brandt) Hammer, grandson of Dean Hammer, Laura (Behnken) Hammer and John and Karen Brandt and great-grandson of Bernie and Gene Hammer and the late Clarence and Joan Behnken. He was born on June 3, 2013, with a genetic disorder requiring extensive therapy that is not covered by insurance.

Advance purchase is recommended for the dinner. Tickets can be purchased or donations can be made at Batdorff Real Estate, Inc., 149 Church St., Oak Harbor; or call Batdorff at 419-898-9503, Bernie Hammer at 419-307-4060 or any other Batdorff real estate agent. Checks can be made out to Kyler Hammer Benefit.

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