June 13, 2020
Stonycreek Shooting Center, Inc.
510 Kimmel Rd. Berlin Pa 15530
Registration begins at 8:00 am - Shooting begins at 9:00 am
Lunch/Concessions available throughout the day.
Proceeds benefit the Berlin Brothersvalley Senior High School Rifle Team.
BBSD Frequently Asked Questions
May 21, 2020
Will school buildings reopen in the fall?
The Governor ordered the closure of all Pennsylvania public schools for the remainder for the 2019-2020 school year. That included all face to face classes and activities associated with school district operations. The district enacted the Flexible Instruction Day (FID) plan to provide continuity of education for all students in the Berlin Brothersvalley School District. We are currently in the “yellow” zone which has loosened some of the restrictions in Somerset County. Following these as well as CDC guidelines, we plan to offer limited extended school year services over the summer. At this time, we are planning to be back in our school buildings to begin classes on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
What if we are not permitted to return to our school buildings in the fall or are directed to close buildings again during the school year?
We have evaluated our distance learning program over the course of the fourth marking period and have received feedback on how we could make the process more consistent and easier to manage from Kindergarten through grade 12. The district has selected a Learning Management System (LMS) called Schoology, which will make it easier to access and manage student learning for everyone. We just acquired the system and are working to integrate it with our Student Information System (SIS) which is PowerSchool. We will be providing training for staff as soon as possible and orientation for parents and students over the summer. We need to be prepared for multiple learning scenarios. This system will help us maximize learning in any environment.
Will the district have access to more technology and better internet connectivity?
The CARES Act is providing funding to school districts in the form of a grant to assist districts adjust to an uncertain educational environment. We are submitting a grant which will provide technology for every student K-12. This one to one learning environment will maximize the use of Schoology and standardize access to learning tools across the district whatever our learning situation. We will also work to increase the stability of our internet service in our buildings.
Will Prom be canceled?
The BBHS Junior-Senior Prom has been scheduled for July 2, 2020. As more information is available from the PA Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding large-group gatherings, we will provide additional information.
How will the closure impact graduating Seniors?
Graduation status for seniors will be determined in accordance with past years. March 24 was the last day of the 3rd Marking Period. The 4th Marking Period began on March 25 and will conclude on Wednesday, May 27. Seniors who began the second semester on track to graduate, but were failing one or more classes required to graduate were contacted by their guidance counselor, Mrs. McMillen. She has worked with students to create a plan to earn their diploma. All seniors who intend on graduating this year were informed that it was required to do work assigned in order to be eligible to receive a BBSD diploma. Seniors who do not complete the process will not graduate on time and will be provided with opportunities to complete the process over the summer in order to receive their diploma.
We will recognize the graduation of the BBHS class of 2020 on Saturday, May 30 with a ceremony conducted in the stadium at 12 noon. If the weather does not cooperate, students will still receive their diplomas that day and the ceremony will be rescheduled for Saturday, June 6 in the stadium at 12 noon. We will utilize guidance from the State Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education for safety guidelines.
Final Work Drop-off and Building Preparation for Deep Cleaning
May 26, 2020 is the final day to return work and materials in order to conclude the 2019-2020 school year. Parents and students were provided opportunities to pick up all belongings from lockers and classrooms at earlier times. After May 27, 2020 the buildings will be completely empty of personal belongings and prepared for a deep cleaning in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year.
Students (and parents) were expected to communicate and make a good faith effort to complete work assigned by teachers. Grades will be assigned for work and be uploaded into Power School to compute grades for Marking Period 4 which ends on Wednesday, May 27. Report cards will be mailed on Monday, June 1, 2020.
High School Scholarships and Awards Ceremony
Due to building closures, a traditional 2019-2020 awards ceremony will not be held. Award and scholarship sponsors will deliver awards to the district. Awardees will be contacted by phone to notify them of the recognition and how to access them in the in the high school office. A virtual award and scholarship presentation video will be created and posted to www.bbsd.com the week of May 25th.
When will the last cafeteria meal distributions occur for the year?
The last meal distributions for the year will be Tuesday, May 26 and Thursday. May 28.
ATOMS is going virtual
For 5 weeks, from June 15 through July 17, students in grades 2-8 for the 2019-2020 school year will have access to at least 10 courses offerings. These courses range from Civil War Tech to Escape Artists to Lizard Virtual Lab, along with many others. A list of courses is available on the ATOMS page. For a $75 membership fee students will have full access to all courses. The skilled teachers will be offering live instruction, as well as, hands-on activities.
Registration is now OPEN.
Notice is hereby given that the preliminary budget for the Berlin Brothersvalley School District for the fiscal year 2020-21 has been prepared and adopted and is available for public inspection in the Administration Office of the Berlin Brothersvalley School District, 1025 Main Street, Berlin, PA 15530. The Board of School Directors of said School District gives notice that it intends to take action on the adoption of its Final Annual Budget at a meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Location and mode of presentation will be listed on the front page of the school district website (www.bbsd.com) or via phone at (814) 267-4621, based on the State/CDC social distancing guidelines applicable at that time.
Every resident or inhabitant of the Berlin Brothersvalley School District upon attaining 18 years of age or over becoming a resident or inhabitant in the District shall, within 12 months after the happening thereof, notify the Berlin Brothersvalley School District, Administration Office, 1025 Main St., Berlin, PA of his/her becoming of age or becoming a resident or inhabitant. Any person failing, within said period, to notify the School District, shall, in addition to the tax levied by the School District, be liable to such school district in a penal sum equal to such tax.
Physical date changed from July 31 to August 4.
Any athlete planning to play a sport next year will need a physical between June 1st and the first day of practice. The first official day of practice for varsity football is August 10th and all other sports is August 17th. We will have physicals available at the school on August 4th starting at 9:00 AM, there will be a sign-up list at the drop-off dates or you can call the high school office. Cost of a school physical is $15.00. Those that will not be coming in on a drop-off date can contact their coach or Mr. Prosser to sign up. Physical forms are also available on the school website at https://www.bbsd.com/Page/16017
Athletes entering grades 7, 9, and 11 or athletes that did not play a sport last year are required to take a concussion test before beginning practice. Concussion tests will be available in the high school computer lab on July 31st and August 4th from 9:00 - 12:00. Athletes should enter the school at the high school office. Concussion tests typically take 20-30 minutes. If you have questions or cannot make one of those times please email Mr. Prosser at email@example.com.
Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission was recently awarded a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to complete an analysis of broadband needs in the region. The study will inventory existing broadband assets, identify gaps in service, and develop a plan for improving connectivity throughout the region. As part of the study, SAP&DC is conducting a survey to assess current levels of broadband service and needs.
The results of this survey will help guide SAP&DC on how best to ensure that residents and businesses in the region have affordable and adequate access to broadband internet. Participation is important, as it will help support future grant applications that can fund improved broadband infrastructure.
Take the survey in less than 5 minutes by visiting one of the follow websites:
For Your Home: https://tinyurl.com/BroadbandHOME
For Your Business: https://tinyurl.com/BroadbandBiz
Dear Berlin Brothersvalley Community,
In recent weeks, our nation has experienced heart wrenching and physically devastating violence. We want to acknowledge the toll that these events have taken on schools across the country. In the wake of these events, we want to reassure you that BBSD continues to provide a safe environment for our children to learn.
BBSD is vigilant in our efforts to ensure our schools are safe. We have a detailed emergency operations plan that lays out specific plans and responses related to prevention & mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. We conduct regular drills that provide practice to our students and staff on how to best respond to emergency situations. Also, we continue to work closely with law enforcement and other security professionals to maximize our safety efforts.
Please know that BBSD continues to be proactive in our safety measures. We encourage the community to work with the school district and local police departments, and to report any issues that may cause you concern. If you see something, please say something, and encourage your children to do the same.
Berlin Brothersvalley School District has the ability to send out text alerts and messages. In order to participate in this service, your cell phone number must be in our student database AND you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone.
*Although Berlin Brothersvalley School District does not charge for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.