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Berlin High School

August 12, 2022

Bear Families -

Wow...August 12th!  We are getting closer to the 18th, the first day of school for students!  Back to school days and Freshman Orientation went off without a hitch!

A couple of notes before listing out dates, times and activities.  First, the construction that is being done on and around Berlin Station and Piatt Rds. will not be completed when we open for the school year.  So, please make sure that you chart out your course accordingly and plan on arriving a little early to the building if you are dropping off a student or two.  Please also remind your student about that as well!  As we all know, leaving 5 or 10 minutes earlier when we are leaving to go somewhere can make all the difference.  

Also, for our new parents and freshman parents, please know that at the high school level, there is not an items or school supplies needed list.  Everything that your student will need for each class will be communicated by the teacher during that first full week of school.  The first 2 days of school, even though it is a regular bell schedule, will be non-academic "relationship building/getting to know the building" days.  So, week 2 will focus on the nuts and bolts of each class.  

Once again, we work hard to over communicate and get you everything you need so that you and your student(s) will have a very successful experience at 3140BSR!  

Ok, here we go with dates, times and activities: 

August 15: Open House, 6:30 PM-9 PM
August 18: First Day of School
August 19: First Double Blue Friday, football home opener
August 24: Curriculum Night, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
August 26: Make up picture day, during all lunch periods
September 5: No School - Labor Day
September 19: No School - Professional Development day for Teachers
September 28: Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 1: Homecoming Dance

CLAWSUP and Remember, Berlin Pride....It's Forever!

TODD D. SPINNER
Principal

August 5, 2022

Bear Families -

Wow...August 5th!  We are getting closer to the 18th, the first day of school for students!

A couple of notes before listing out dates, times and activities.  First, the construction that is being done on and around Berlin Station and Piatt Rds. will not be completed when we open for the school year.  So, please make sure that you chart out your course accordingly and plan on arriving a little early to the building if you are dropping off a student or two.  Please also remind your student about that as well!  As we all know, leaving 5 or 10 minutes earlier when we are leaving to go somewhere can make all the difference.  

Also, for our new parents and freshman parents, please know that at the high school level, there is not an items or school supplies needed list.  Everything that your student will need for each class will be communicated by the teacher during that first full week of school.  The first 2 days of school, even though it is a regular bell schedule, will be non-academic "relationship building/getting to know the building" days.  So, week 2 will focus on the nuts and bolts of each class.  

Once again, we work hard to over communicate and get you everything you need so that you and your student(s) will have a very successful experience at 3140BSR!  

Ok, here we go with dates, times and activities: 

August 11: PowerSchool opens at 8 AM
August 11: Back to School Day for grades 10-12, 8 AM-3 PM
August 12: Freshman Orientation, 8 AM-12:30 PM
August 15: Open House, 6:30 PM-9 PM
August 18: First Day of School
August 19: First Double Blue Friday, football home opener
August 24: Curriculum Night, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
September 5: No School - Labor Day
September 19: No School - Professional Development day for Teachers
September 28: Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 1: Homecoming Dance

CLAWSUP and Remember, Berlin Pride....It's Forever!

TODD D. SPINNER
Principal

July 29, 2022

Hello BEARS,
 

I hope all of you have had a great summer and continue to enjoy time with family and friends. This is the first edition of Principal's Message and Bear Tracks Newsletter for the 2022-2023 school year. Please know that I work very hard to communicate with the entire Olentangy Berlin high school community, and this is one way of sharing useful, up-to-date, and valuable information. Please note that not all Bear Tracks will look the same, because there are certain times throughout the school year where we have testing, holidays, professional development days, multiple updates etc. and those Bear Tracks messages might be longer than regular ones. Once again, it is all done to over communicate information with the goal of helping our Bear students be as successful as possible! 

The first order of business is to welcome all our new Bear families from the class of 2026. What an exciting time for you to be joining the Bear family! Just two months ago, the family at 3140 Berlin Station Rd. was rightfully awarded and named America's Most Spirited High School!  This award is given to only one high school in the country each year, and it is given to the high school that demonstrates many qualities that all contribute to empowering student success and elevating the overall high school student experience.  Varsity Brands, the company that hands out the award, uses several predictors and determining factors when considering all schools that complete the application process. Once the field of thousands is narrowed down to under 20 schools across the country, four finalists are chosen and then videos are made from those schools, recommendation letters are written, and visits are made to each building by Varsity Brands. In the end, the disciplined, positive, inclusive culture and climate in Olentangy Berlin high school made all the difference. All of us are so proud of this accomplishment and will continue to work to build on the great culture and climate at 3140 Berlin Station Rd.  

With that being said, I want to make sure that everyone has a list of upcoming dates, times and activities so that you are all prepared for exciting and successful school year at Olentangy Berlin High School. Please know that in addition to the Bear Tracks Newsletter, we have several other ways we communicate information. We have a very informative website, a building and Main Office Twitter page, Instagram accounts, as well as daily announcements in the building. If for some reason, you are not able to get the information you were looking for from those outlets, you are always welcome to call or email the building and we would be happy to help you.

At Olentangy Berlin high school, we are proud to have a great group of teachers that lead many different groups, clubs, and activities. In fact, we have well over 65 of those, not to mention all our athletic teams and performing arts programs. One of those groups is our ClawTeam. This is our student leadership team of more than 100 juniors and seniors that applied for this leadership position and are looking forward to being positive influences on our freshman!   Their very first activity and leadership role for the school year is to help acclimate our freshman students to the building, the traditions, the positive cheers at events, and all things Double Blue!  Here is the link for the timeline and the schedule for that freshman orientation day on Friday, August 12th from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM. 

On August 15, we will be holding our open house for all freshmen students and parents as well as new students and parents to the building no matter what grade level. Here are the times:

6:30 PM-Freshman student and parents and new students and parents in the auditorium

7:30 PM-pep rally (all parents and students are welcome) in the main gym 

8:00-9:00 PM groups, clubs and activities fair in the commons - apparel and sign-up sheets. The Bears Den (school store) will be open!  

Next, our first day of school for all our students is, Thursday, August 18th. We will be on a regular bell schedule.  The first two days will be used to reinforce all things learned and discussed on the 12th. Students will participate in pep rallies, be able to walk their schedules and get to know their teachers and students in their classes. Both days will be non-academic days, and used 100% to build relationships, add to disciplined culture and climate at Berlin and answer commonly asked questions by Bear students. These two days are fun for the whole building!!  

August 11: PowerSchool opens at 8 AM
August 11: Back to School Day for grades 10-12, 8 AM-3 PM
August 12: Freshman Orientation, 8 AM-12:30 PM
August 15: Open House, 6:30 PM-9 PM
August 18: First Day of School
August 19: First Double Blue Friday, football home opener
August 24: Curriculum Night, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
September 5: No School - Labor Day
September 19: No School - Professional Development day for Teachers
September 28: Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 1: Homecoming Dance

As I started this message with, the goal is to over communicate and make sure that everyone has the information necessary so that ultimately our students are able to be as successful as possible!  That is all for now, and I look forward to touching base with all of you and once again having a very successful school year at Olentangy Berlin High School!

CLAWSUP and Remember, Berlin Pride....It's Forever!

TODD D. SPINNER
Principal