Buckeye Trail Joins New Conference

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Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Buckeye Trail athletics will compete in the Inter-Valley Conference along with 13 other school from Tuscarawas, Stark, Carroll, Coshocton and Guernsey counties.

In most sports, the schools will be divided along geographical lines with Buckeye Trail  competing in the Southern division. Buckeye Trail division rivals in basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball will include Ridgewood, Newcomerstown, Garaway, Claymont, Indian Valley, and Hiland. Buckeye Trail will face each division opponent twice annually and only division games will count in the league standings. The league championship will be based on final division standings.

In football, the schools will be divided based on enrollment, with Hiland and Conotton Valley not participating in IVC football. Buckeye Trail will compete in the small-school “North” division with East Canton, Malvern, Strasburg, Tuscarawas Central Catholic and Sandy Valley. The league championship will once again be based on division games only with the league championship decided on the final division standings.

Cross country, track, and golf will not have divisions and teams will be free to compete against each other during the regular season as each school wishes. In golf, the league championship will be based on the combined results of the IVC preseason and postseason tournaments. In cross country, and track the league championship will be decided based on the results of the IVC Championships held at the end of each season.

The IVC will also hold IVC Showcases at the end of the season for boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and volleyball. These showcases will pit teams from the northern division against teams from the southern division in showcase games. The matchup will be determined by the division standing with the first place team in the northern division facing the first place team in the southern division, the second place team in the northern division facing the second place team in the southern division, etc. All of the showcase games will be played at the same site on the same date giving IVC fans an opportunity to see all teams compete in one location. The showcases will not determine an overall league champion.

Buckeye Trail will continue to schedule games with traditional rivals Shenandoah, Caldwell, Union Local and Barnesville.  In addition, Buckeye Trail will still be able to participate in OVAC tournaments.

Students Grades 4-9 Experience Project Lead the Way

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Our STEM classroom is off to a great start providing Project Lead the Way curriculum and instruction to the students in grades 4-9. PLTW provides an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. East Guernsey is proud to present this type of opportunity to our students.

You’re Invited

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The Board of Education meets on the third Wednesday of each month, unless circumstances require a change in date. The public is invited to attend these meetings. Hope to see you there!

Make Your Time Count at East Guernsey

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Being on time and having great attendance is extremely important in making the most out of your education. Here are some tips on how to make your time in East Guernsey the best it can be.

  •         Being on time sets each student up for success
  •         Helping your child be on time shows them that you care about his/her learning
  •         Learning begins when the bell rings
  •         Your child could miss out on important information even if they are five to ten minutes late
  •         English and Math are usually taught in the morning
  •         Being on time helps keep your child from falling behind
  •         Being on time is an important life lesson

Three Keys to Success

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East Guernsey faculty and staff regularly emphasize three keys to succeeding throughout school: attendance, work ethic and extra participation. Students who show up on time, work hard and get involved will certainly get the most out of their middle school and high school years. This is not to say that they will not face challenges. School should be challenging to adequately prepare students for life after graduation. Students who work on these three keys, however, will find the strength within and the resources around them necessary to achieve in the face of obstacles. These keys not only help students to find academic success but lifelong fulfillment as well.

The Benefits of Reading Books

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It is our goal that every student develops a passion for reading. We provide many opportunities on a daily basis for students to be exposed to a variety of texts. Every once and awhile we are faced with the question, “Why do we have to read?” Here are a variety of ways to answer this question.

  1.      Reading exercises your brain.
  2.      Reading increases your ability to empathize with others.
  3.      Reading improves concentration and focus.
  4.      Reading helps develop creativity.
  5.      Reading is entertaining.
  6.      Reading provides knowledge and information.
  7.      Reading enriches language and vocabulary.
  8.      Reading reduces stress and puts you in a better mood.

Make the Most of this Time of Year

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Summer is a great time to enrich and enhance student learning in a fun way. Parents can plan small, inexpensive or free outings in and around East Guernsey that will allow students to expand their knowledge and pique curiosity. Parks and nature preserves serve as excellent outdoor classrooms where children can learn and explore. Children need to read daily, so picking out books at the library is a fun way to read for pleasure and keep up on reading skills. Going out with your child is not possible each and every day, playing at home and outside help children learn and grow.

You’re Invited

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The Board of Education meets on the third Wednesday of each month, unless circumstances require a change in date. The public is invited to attend these meetings. Hope to see you there!

Z-Passes are Required for Students Riding Buses

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All students who ride the bus need to have a Z-Pass and are required to use/swipe it every time they board the bus. The Transportation Department tracks this data for the following purposes: daily ridership, determination of route efficiency, and in the event of an emergency, to know which students were present on the bus. There is also a Z-Pass Plus program. With this program, parents can register a phone number to be contacted when their student boards or exits the bus. This technology capability can also be used by parents who have students on field trips or athletic trips to inform them when the bus is leaving the event. Parents can use this information to determine the time it takes for the bus to return to the school, therefore providing efficiency in parents picking up their child in a timely manner at the school after the event bus returns. Thank you for your cooperation in using Z-Pass!

Reduce TV/Screen Time with this Tip

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Is your child spending countless hours in front of a TV or tablet? Do you wish that your child would spend their time doing other things such as playing outside, reading or doing homework and chores?

Have them “buy” their screen time instead. For every one minute they would like to spend in front of the TV or tablet, they must spend one minute doing an activity of your choice such as homework, playing outside, chores or reading. They will need to purchase their time with these minutes. Time doing these things at school does not count and banking time from a previous day does not work either. Time must be used on the day it’s earned.

Give it a try! You may be pleasantly surprised with the results!