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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.

    Berea CitySchool District

    Inspiring Excellence

  • 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 prob