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December Board Meeting Highlights December Board Video

Here are a few of the many highlights from November and early December.  We have had our Veterans Day Celebration, Breakfast with Santa, Elementary Light Up Night, Literacy Night, many great learning and leadership activities along with the Kick off of Winter Sports.  These are just a few of the great happenings over the past month here at Beaver Local.

Designer Bag Bingo - Scholarship Fundraiser
Beaver Local November Board Meeting Highlights November Board Meeting Video

Check out what was going on during the month of October here at Beaver Local.  

Interview with Superintendent Lowe - 2018 Levy Renewal
2018 Renewal Levy Information
Beaver Local October Board Video October Board Meeting Video

Here are some highlights from September and early October showcasing learning, Breakfast with Someone Special, athletics, the return of a very special young lady and more here at Beaver Local.

Beaver Local September Video Beaver Local September Board Video

Here is the month that was from the beginning of school through the months of August and September

June Board Video June Board Meeting

Highlights from May here at Beaver Local.  It was an exciting month leading into summer break.

Class of 2022 8th Grade Recognition Video 8th Grade Recognition

8th Grade Recognition Video

May Board Meeting Video

Lots of great happenings during the month of April at Beaver Local.

Class of 2018 Movie Class of 2018 Video

This movie was created by some members of the Class of 2018 to share some of their thank you's, advice, and best memories of high school here at Beaver Local.

April Board Video April Board Meeting Highlights

March was another busy month here at Beaver Local.  We had MakerSpace for students in grades 4,5,6.  We also had National Honor Society Inducations, spring sports kicking off, the first games played at the Coomunity Fields,  and a variety of great learning activities going on here at Beaver Local.  

Tips for Parents Tips for Parents

These are some suggested tips to help manage challenging situations with students as well as suggestions on how to manage social media and uncomfortable situations which you may encounter.

Young People across America are taking note and finding a voice.  Students are focused on the balance in their lives between personal liberties and public safety.  Tough questions are being asked by parents and students. It is a time of reflection of not only what we can do in schools but how do we work to make the world a safer place.  

Our district leaders have a strong partnership with local law enforcement, and are actively engaged in conversations about how to provide the safest environment possible.  We partner with parents, health care professionals, and community organizations to provide support to families while also increasing the dialogue between home and school about issues affecting parents and families.  There are no easy answers, no single tool we can purchase. In today's world, it also requires we listen and are knowledgeable about what goes on with students in regards to social media. As we know, we didn't grow up in that world, so we must work to have conversations about the importance of being proactive, knowing who your friends are on those platforms, and being aware of what is happening in their lives.  It takes a village in today's world for us to raise and keep young people safe.

  • Log into your child’s social media accounts, photostream and text messages.  Your children have no expectation of privacy from their parents – be proactive and make it a priority.  In almost every tragedy, there were warning signs. Follow your children’s posts and sign-up for alerts.  Follow your children’s friends ….. Intentionally know what is happening in their lives.

March Board Meeting Video March Board Meeting Video

#blyoumatter The last month featured a District DI Competition here at Beaver Local, Right to Read activities with students reading over 8000 books, Maker space, the march to the State Wrestling Tournament, and our Life skills students producing blankets for the Akron’s Children Hospital NICU unit along with a variety of other great activities.

Beaver Local February Board Highlights Beaver Local February Meeting Highlights

#blyoumatter Here are some of the highlights from January here at Beaver Local Schools. Lots of great learning activities from academics to music, along with sports success. We also had students create and build their own games which was fun for all involved. Congrats to our tournament and spelling bee winners, thanks for all your hard work.

February HS and MS Lunch Menu February Lunch  Menu

February HS and MS Lunch Menu

Blizzard Bag Information Blizzard Bag Information

1. Blizzard bags will be due two weeks from the day assigned in this case,  They will be due February 13th for the district.  All assignments must be completed. 
2. Blizzard bag assignments are meant to replace one “period” of instruction. Therefore, students will not be asked to do extensive projects.  An assignment is meant to take the place of approximately 45 minutes of instruction.
3. Paper copies will be provided for all who are unable to print blizzard bags.  Paper copies will be provided upon returning to school following the day of the assigned blizzard bag. Many teachers will use digital platforms for students to complete their blizzard bag assignments however some will use paper copies. Thus they will be provided on Wednesday January 31st if needed for our first blizzard bag.
4. Elementary students are to complete one unified arts assignment per blizzard bag. 
5. Student attendance will be credited for the day based upon their completion of the blizzard bags.  The Ohio Department of Education permits this for attendance purposes as part of the transition between days attended and hours attended.

January Board Meeting Video Highlights January Board Meeting Video Highlights

It was a great month that featured many holiday activities, and fun learning experiences for students.  We had a staff luncheon prior to break for the holidays, and winter sports are in full swing.  Students enjoyed themed days such as Pajama day, Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, and Elf Day.  Many of our studenidteso talents were also showcased in performances during the holidays.  

January Middle School and High School Lunch Menus Please check out the Beaver Local High School and Middle School Lunch menus for the month of January

Please check out the Beaver Local High School and Middle School Lunch menus for the month of January

Beaver Local Schools Closed for inclement weather Thursday December 14 Snow Day Video

Beaver Local Schools Closed for inclement weather Thursday December 14.  Thanks to these 8th graders for taking time to have a little fun!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

This Friday December 15 will be Ugly Christmas Sweater Day here at Beaver Local Schools

December Board Meeting Video Highlights December Board Meeting Month in Review

It was a great month that featured many differing activities here at Beaver Local.  Those have included Veteran's Day to honor our community veterans, Breakfast with Santa to benefit NHS, start of winter sports, Thanksgiving and many different learning activities for our students.  We also had a great day of professional development with our staff on waiver day and we were grateful to the students who came in to help demonstrate how they are using a variety of tech devices in their learning here at Beaver Local.

Makerspace Summer Camp Makerspace

Sign up today to attend our Makerspace Camp!

March Maker Space Madness

Beaver Local is excited to announce the first ever Maker Space/Steam month.  A maker space is a collaborative workspace designed to allow making, learning, and exploration through the use of various tools and materials.  These spaces allow students to use critical thinking skills to work through the design process in order to make something out of nothing.  STEAM activities involve Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math.

A total of 75 students will have the opportunity to participate.  The first 25 students in grades 4, 5, and 6 will be chosen.  Letters were sent home Friday, February 4th.  This is an after-school program that will be held from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm each Wednesday in March.  We plan to have future programs at Beaver Local in order to involve as many students as possible in these STEAM activities. 

BLMS Video Newsletter

Open Houses

Excitement is in the air as we get close to the time to take occupancy of our new building.  We will have Open Houses for our students the week before school starts and a public Open House the weekend prior to the start of school.  The following are the details:








Beaver Local Building Closures

Due to construction, the High School, Middle School, and Elementary Buildings are closed.  If you need assistance please visit the administration building or you may call 330-385-6831 or fax 330-223-2851

Office Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-3pm


Career Day for 8th Graders Career Day for 8th Graders

Our 8th graders participated in Career Day on Friday, April 10th. Local professionals were on hand to give students insight into their job descriptions, education experiences, and expectations for their positions.  Shown is Michael Ross who spoke during our opening assembly. Michael brought the message to our students that they hold the keys to their futures and no one can hold them back except themselves. Thanks to all the community members who came out to speak to our students and to Mrs. Eisenhart for organizing the day. 

School Calendar Changes

Because we have exceeded our calamity days this year by four, we will now be in session on April 6th.  This was originally part of our Spring Break. Students will be off on Thursday, April 2nd and 3rd and will return on Monday, April 6th.

Jr High State Wrestling Jr High State Wrestling

Congratulations to our coaches and students who competed this past weekend at the State Wrestling Meet for Jr. High. Pictured are Cole McComas taking 4th place, Beau Smith who was crown State Champion, and Garrett Givens who also placed 4th. Coaches Matt Bostian and Ron Foster are also pictured. 

5th Grade Boys Night Out 5th Grade Boys Night Out

On November 14th our 5th grade boys participated in the first ever Boys Night Out program.  This program is a spin-off from our successful Girls Night Out which has been organized by Mrs. Eisenhart for the past several year.  The boys participated in activities to encourage leadership, good health, drug awareness, and positive self-esteem. Michael Ross, a local author and motivational speaker , was our key note speaker for the program. 

Interact Club Annual Food Drive Interact Club Annual Food Drive

The Interact Club hosted the school-wide food drive in November collecting enough food for twelve local families.  Students brought in nonperishable food throughout the month in order to make this possible. This is just one way our students recognize the importance of helping others and serving their community. 

#BLMSYOUMATTER Interactive Magazine

We are pleased to have an interactive Flipboard magazine which highlights the great things that our teachers are doing in the classroom as well as special events as they happen at BLMS.  We are using the hashtag #blmsyoumatter as Each of our students and staff make a difference.  Their impact together makes BLMS a great place to be.



Information for the Start of 2014-15 School Year
8th Grade Recognition Video

This was the video shown at 8th grade recognition which many of you requested copies of.  The video highlights many of the great memories these students had this past year.  It can also be found on Twitter, Instagram under Mr. Lowe's accounts as well as on You Tube.

Hope You enjoy and Have a Great Summer!


8th Grade Trip to DC 8th Grade Trip to DC

A group of our 8th graders recently spent the weekend in Washington DC.  Pictured is Torey Calio and Mikayla Shulas who had the honor of presenting a wreath from Beaver Local Middle School at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetary.  To view more photos of the trip visit: http://flip.it/AZWEC

2014-15 Agenda Contest Winners 2014-15 Agenda Contest Winners

Once again our students were asked to draw and submit designs for our 2014-15 student agendas.  Each design was required to carry an anti-bullying message for our school. Students were asked to vote from the top four designs.  This year's winner is Sydney Cusick.  Pictured are the top four with their designs.  Left to right they are: Sydney Cusick, winner; Westley Simons, 3rd place; Morgan Talbott, 4th place; Hannah Leist, second place. 

Destination Imagination Teams Bring Home First Place Destination Imagination Teams Bring Home First Place

This past Saturday at Columbiana High School,  Beaver Local was represented by five teams at the Region 13 Destination Imagination Competition. Destination Imagination (DI) is the  largest educational, critical thinking, problem-solving program in the world. Its purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, it offers seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation.  All five of our teams won first place and will now advance to state competition in Columbus on April 26th.  Pictured are the two teams from our Middle School.


Adjustments to the School Calendar

The  Board of Education has ammended our school calendar due to the excessive number of snow days.  Waiver Day has been cancelled.  This means that students will have a regular school day on March 26th. Please note this does not count as a make-up day.   Also, we will be making up one snow day on Monday, April 21st.  This was scheduled to be a day of our Spring Break, but will now be a regular school day.  Again, students will now have school on March 26th and April 21st. 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, February 13th from 3:00 - 9:00 PM.  Parents can schedule an appointment with you childs' teachers by calling the school at (330) 386-8707. Our Book Fair will be held throughout this entire week and will remain open during conference evening for any parent interested in browsing through the book selection and purchasing books for yourself or your child. 

Students Visit Georgio's Oven Fresh Pizza Students Visit Georgio's Oven Fresh Pizza

Our MH students recently held a community visit to Georgio's Oven Fresh Pizza in Calcutta.  We would like to offer a BIG Thank You to Georgio's.  They allowed the students to make their own pizza, act as servers, and learn other items with running the business.  They treated the students in a manner that allowed them to have a terrific experience.  This is a great example of how local businesses work to always support Beaver Local.  Thank You!

Waiver Day December 5th

Our students will not have school on Thursday, December 5th in order to provide staff with building security training. Brian McKenzie, with the St. Clair Township Police Department,  has been working with a team of Beaver Local teachers and administrators in order to implement the ALICE model at Beaver Local Schools. ALICE is the leading training solution that increases our children and employees odds of survival during a violent intruder event. ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lock-down, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, is a post Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook strategy that goes beyond the conventional lock-down. The waiver day will be used to train all Beaver Local employees.

Thanksgiving Food Drive Thanksgiving Food Drive




The Interact Club is sponsoring our annual food drive for the needy families in our school.   Students are asked to donated nonperishable foods between now and November 15th. Walmart has become a corporate sponsor for us this year. They have generously donated gift cards which will be included in our food baskets that go out to families prior to Thanksgiving. If you wish to help our students, feel free to drop off a donation of food or money to the Middle School office any time before the 15th.  

8th Grade ACT Explore

 November 13th our 8th graders will once again take the ACT Explore.  This is made possible through the Columbiana County Educational Service Center. The results of the test will be made available to parents and students the first of the year.  The Explore is a precursor to the ACT test which most Ohio colleges and universities use as part of their acceptance process.  It will show student strengths and weaknesses in the areas of English, math, reading, and science. There is also a career readiness component which is designed to help our student clarify their goals and begin to planning for their futures. 

8th Grade Football Champs 8th Grade Football Champs



The 8th grade football team recently completed an undefeated season winning the BMC championship banner for the school. The future is bright for Beaver Local athletics.

8th Grade Champions 8th Grade Champions

Congratualtions to our 8th grade volleyball team who completed a perfect season and won the BMC title. This is the second year this group of  young ladies has been undefeated making their BLMS career unblemished. What an outstanding accomplishment for our lady beavers. 

7th Grade BMC Volleyball Champions 7th Grade BMC Volleyball Champions

Congratulations to our 7th grade volleyball team for completing an undefeated season and winning the BMC tournament.  This is the second consecutive year our 7th grade team has won the BMC and gone unbeaten. Great job ladies!

Unity Day Wear Orange Oct. 9 Unity Day Wear Orange Oct. 9
Show Your Support for Standing Up and Doing the Right Thing By Wearing Orange on Wednesday Oct. 9
Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on October 17th from 3:00 - 9:00 PM.  This is a change from the original published date.  Superintendent Polen and the Board of Education have made this change due to the original date falling during October Count Week.  This is the week the state uses to compute our funding for the year based on student attendance.  Using this date could have resulted in the district losing 20% of our funding.  This will mean there will be no school on October 18th and we will be in session on October 11th.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused, but felt it necessary to make the change in order to protect our funding. 

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be mailed home Monday, September 30th for any student who currently has a ‘D’ or an ‘F’.  Teachers will be sending home paper progress reports for students without internet access at home. We are trying to encourage parents and students to use electronic viewing of these reports in Parent Progress Book.  Your registration information was sent to you prior to the start of school in the letter with your child’s homeroom teacher assignment.  If you do not have this registration information, please call the school to get it.  We are also in the process of providing all middle school students with their own access to Progress Book.  We believe our students should monitor and be responsible for their own academic progress. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need assistance.  

Summer of 2017

Thanks to everyone for a fantastic school year.  The first day of school for the 2017-18 school year is August 28th! Stay tuned for information on our Back to School Bash on August 24th. We will have Back To School Bootcamp August 7th - 10th and 14th - 17th.  We also sent out information on our Summer Maker Space Camp.  Please call the school for any questions (330) 386-8700 or email Connie.Shive@beaverlocal.org. 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Interact Club is holding it's anual food drive.  Students are asked to bring in nonperishable items to donate to needy families in our district. Thank you in advance for your giving and kindess.

Asset Survey for 7th Graders

In November, Beaver Local School District will conduct a very important study on the needs, attitudes, and behavior of our students in grades seven and ten.The survey is titled Search Institute Profiles of Students Life: Attitudes and Behaviors. It will provide our school and community with a wide range of information, such as how students spend their time, their perceptions of school and community life, and their participation in a wide range of risky behaviors. Most important, the survey will tell us the extent to which our students are experiencing developmental assets. Developmental assets are the “building blocks” of positive relationships, opportunities, skills and values that young people need to grow into healthy caring, and responsible adults. The survey results will help all of us as we seek to address the developmental needs of our youth, and will help us to develop programs, and staff development geared toward meeting student needs. 

We will be sending home a form that parents are able to fill out if you would like your child to opt out of this survey.  Information from this survey is used to give us data for many local and state grants.  This information also helps us identify areas of need in the social/emotional development of our students. 

Track Teams County Champs Track Teams County Champs

Friday evening both our middle school track teams captured the title of Columbiana County Champions. The boys scored 108 points to best the field of eleven teams while the girls scored 101.  Awesome effort by our student athletes.

Spring Pictures

On Friday, March 7th, Magic Moments will be here to take spring pictures.  Parents do not send any money in for this session.  Once the pictures are completed, you will receive a composite sheet and then be able to purchase any of the pictures you wish.  For this spring shoot, the photographers will use a variety of backgrounds and poses which provide parents with an inexpensive means to have great photos of your children. 

Middle School Wrestling Middle School Wrestling

Our Middle School Wrestling team competed in the Indian Creek Tournament on January 4th walking away with second place.  Our team also defeated Oak Glen and heads to the BMC Championship on January 11th. 

5th Grade Open House

5th Grade parents are invited to meet teachers and learn about the Middle School.

7th Grade Immunization

A reminder that the State of Ohio requires all students entering the 7th grade to receive a TDap booster immunization and a meningitis vaccine.  Please make your appointment now with your doctor or the Columbiana County Health Department and return your shot record to the school prior to the start of school in August.  

Subscribe to Ohio’s New Parent Texting Service


A new texting service from the Ohio Department of Education now gives parents another way to be in the know about education news.Go to the department’s website at education.ohio.gov and enter the words text alerts in the search box. This will take you to a Web page where you can can sign up to receive periodic texts on topics you choose. They include ideas for families with elementary, middle or high school students; information on school choice scholarships; facts on how your child can earn free college credit in high school; and information on earning a high school diploma after the age of 22. You can limit your choices to only the topics that interest you.

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Students Design Frosty the CokeMan Students Design Frosty the CokeMan

Students in eighth grade math classes took time to design a snowman and polar bear out of Coca Cola over the last week.  Students came up with many quality designs working collaboratively along with connecting math concepts as they designed their creation.  Students chose the two winning designs to represent their hard work.

Unity Week

This week at BLMS we celebrate Unity Week.  This week was planned around a nation wide event that will be held Wednesday, October 22nd called Unity Day. This event is part of the National Bullying Prevention Center's call to stop bullying in our schools and communities. "When we stand together, no one stands alone" is the message behind Unity Day.  We will all be wearing orange on Wednesday to symbolize our hope, support, and unity against bullying. 

Our staff is also doing activities in their classrooms to show students:

  • We should celebrate our diversity
  • One kind word can change someone's day
  • You are not alone
  • We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided

Stay tuned for pictures from Unity Day!

Required Immunization for 7th Grade

Ohio Revised Code requires our students to provide written proof of immunizations. Prior to entering the 7th grade, students must have a Tdap booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). You can obtain this booster from your own physician or at no cost through the Columbiana County Health Department (330-424-0272). We encourage our 6th grade students to have this taken care of immediately. After recieving the Tdap booster please forward a copy of your updated shot record to the school nurse.  

Parents who for religious or philosophical reasons do not wish their child to have this vaccine can submit in writing a request for exemption signed by the parent or legal guardian.  If you have any questions regarding this issue, please call Nurse Ash at the Middle School. 

Digital Learning Day Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is a national initiative started to promote the philosophy that every child should be given the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment everyday, with the goal of success in college and a career. Schools are urged to make a difference with digital learning and promote the effective use of technology to improve education for all students. Beaver Local Middle School will celebrate DDL on Thursday, February 6th. While our staff currently uses a great deal of digital tools, this day is used to encourage and promote the value of a digital environment for our students. If parents are not already following us on Twitter @BeaverMiddle, we encourage you to do so now and celebrate Digital Learning Day with us. 

8th Grade Students Design Polar Bear 8th Grade Students Design Polar Bear

Students in eighth grade math classes took time to design a snowman and polar bear out of Coca Cola over the last week.  Students came up with many quality designs working collaboratively along with connecting math concepts as they designed their creation.  Students chose the two winning designs to represent their hard work.

Spelling Bee Spelling Bee

The BLMS Spelling Bee was held Thursday, January 23rd. Sixth grader, Kylee Scott, earned top honors in our school-wide bee,  The top six will advance to the Columbiana County Spelling Bee on March 12th held at David Anderson High School in Lisbon at 6:30 PM.  Over forty students participated with plaques being awarded to our top six and our two alternates. Pictured along with our winner Kylee, are qualifiers Vincent Hoppel, Michael Debord, Ashlee McLaughlin, Tommy Bailey, and Katrina Malcomson. Also pictured are alternates Smantha Meredith and Alannah Boyd. 

Smith Oil Company Donation Program Smith Oil Company Donation Program

Smith Oil is holding a contest which started August 1 and ends October 31, 2013.  The winning school's athletic department will win $2500.  All schools will receive 1% of their total receipts donated to their school and this will continue throughout the year.  All receipts can be dropped off to our drop box located at the high school or turned into any office. All Smith Oil purchases are counted towards the promotion.  Smith's Oil now accepts checks and credit cards.

OAA Testing

Beaver Local Middle School will begin OAA testing on April 30th. On this day all students will be taking the reading test. All students will continue testing on May 1st with the mathematics test.  We will conclude testing on May 2nd with the 5th and 8th graders taking their science test.  Please do not schedule any doctor's appointments or vacation days during these three testing dates.  It is critical that we provide students with an optimal testing environment and we believe this best achieved on our planned testing dates as opposed to make up days.  We will provide breakfast for all students on their testing dates.  It is important for students to get a good nights sleep the night before a test and to come with a positive attitude.  Parents can work with your children on previous test items by visiting:   http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Testing-Materials.