Our mission at the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District is to recognize students who possess exceptional talents and abilities. We will create a respectful environment that will continually be challenging and fosters world class learners.
Identified students who perform at or above the ninety-fifth percentile at the national level on an approved individual or group standardized test are afforded a differentiated curricular approach, subject acceleration, advanced/honors classes, and post-secondary options. The instruction will provide 21st century learning opportunities, which will help maximize the learning potential of the talented and gifted students.
What is a Gifted Student?
According to the Ohio Department of Education, "Gifted" means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience or environment and who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Revised Code. A gifted and talented student is one who shows or has the potential for showing an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression.
The Purpose of the Gifted Program
* To identify the specific talents and abilities of gifted students and nourish those abilities through placing students in appropriate setting.
* To provide an appropriate education based upon the specific abilities of each student.
* To challenge gifted students by providing educational programming that meets their academic and intellectual needs.
Gifted Services Options 2018-2019
The District adopts and submits to ODE a plan for a continuum of services that may be offered to students who are gifted.
1. The District ensures equal opportunity for all students identified as gifted to receive any or all services offered by the District.
2. The District implements a procedure for withdrawal of students from District gifted programs or services, for reassessment of students and assessment of students transferring into the District.
3. The District implements a procedure for resolving disputes with regard to identification and placement decisions.
4. Any District gifted education services are delivered in accordance with State law.
5. The District informs parents of the contents of this policy as required by State law.
The services likely to be provided to a student based on the nature of their identification are:
In grades K-5, gifted students will be served through cluster grouping with a focus on developing thinking skills of all learners. Differentiated instructional strategies will be incorporated into the regular classroom setting on a routine basis in order to meet the needs of all students. Services will be provided by a general education teacher receiving the prescribed professional development hours necessary to provide gifted service.
In grades 6 and 7, gifted students will be provided cluster grouping in advanced classes in the core subjects of English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Services will be provided by a general education teacher receiving the prescribed professional development hours necessary to provide gifted service.
In grade 8, gifted students may be offered an accelerated math program (Algebra I) or cluster grouping in an advanced mathematics course or honors English course. Services will be provided by a general education teacher receiving the prescribed professional development hours necessary to provide gifted service.
In grades 9-12, gifted students may participate in Honors courses, Advanced Placement courses (English, Computer Science, and/or Chemistry), and College Credit Plus courses. Honors and Advanced Placement courses will be instructed by a general education teacher receiving the prescribed professional development hours necessary to provide gifted service.
*Whole Grade Acceleration: This is an option for a qualified student to move ahead one entire grade level. The student must be exceptional and show appropriate social maturity to move ahead one grade level. The Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District follows guidelines through the Ohio Department of Education with the use of the Iowa Acceleration Scale for evaluation of a student who is referred for whole-grade acceleration.
*Early Entrance to kindergarten is an option allowing qualified students the opportunity to enter kindergarten earlier than their age equivalent peers. The Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District follows guidelines through the Ohio Department of Education with the use of the Iowa Acceleration Scale for evaluation of a student who is referred for early entrance to kindergarten.
Gifted and Talented Program Personnel & Roles 2016-2017
Responsible for the overall design and delivery of gifted and talented instructional opportunities to students, including communication with parent/guardian and collaboration with others to strengthen the capacity of the program; collaboration with the superintendent regarding curriculum improvement and professional development initiatives to improve outcomes for students; organization of meetings with parents of newly identified students, as well as writes WEP or WAP in consultation with others (such as the guidance counselors at the high school); responsible for making sure that newly identified into students are entered properly EMIS, and to ensure that all gifted services codes are appropriately documented in EMIS.
Responsible for overall administration of the program, and for developing the capacity of the program to serve the needs of gifted and talented students.
Dawn Bryant, Laramie Spurlock, Cheryl Schell-Building Principals
Building principals are responsible for ensuring the WEP and WAPs are administered with fidelity and that the needs of students who are identified as gifted and talented are met to the extent practicable. Principals assist the Director of Student Services in the supervision and administration of the program. The Middle School Principal, Mr. Spurlock, will be responsible for completing the evaluation of the Gifted & Talented Coordinator, Mrs. Giezie, in consultation with other administrations.
Is to perform testing for gifted identification, make communications with parent/guardian concerning testing.
Completes Gifted & Talented data entry as directed.
Ultimately responsible and accountable for the performance of the program and will monitor progress, and provide guidance and assistance.
Ultimately responsible for EMIS submissions.
All: Will work toward the goal of the program to increase the academic achievement of gifted & talented students as measured by metrics on the District Report Card.
Information and Forms:
As the Director of Student Services I welcome you to the department's web page. This site will provide you with information about our programs and services.
Our staff is committed to serving our students and their families. We pledge to you our dedication, enthusiasm and expertise in providing great educational opportunities. We look forward to an enjoyable and productive year of learning for our children.
| Contact Information:
Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools Office of Student Services
Danielle Krupp - North Point ESC
| Complaint Procedure:
To issue a complaint regarding an incident of seclusion or restraint, please send your complaint in writing to:
Complaints will be handled in accordance with Board policy and State Law.
Information regarding Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports can be found below.
Volunteers are a critical component of the success of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District. In addition to staff members who volunteer their time, we have several community members who volunteer to do tasks like reading to kids, mentoring, and working behind the scenes to do copying and put up bulletin boards. We greatly appreciate and value the hundreds of volunteer hours our community members provide: from those who assist in making our music and athletic programming stronger to those who provide support to teachers in various ways. The efforts of our volunteers help to make the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District the awesome, student-centered institution that it is.
We continue to have needs in our district that can be filled by you! Volunteering with B-C-S Schools not only helps to contribute to the success of our students, but it can also give the volunteer a strong sense of pride and accomplishment. If you have an interest in volunteering, please consider filling out the attached volunteer interest survey and return it to:
11685 W. State Route 163
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
If you are interested in just talking about ways that you can volunteer within our school district, please do not hesitate to contact me at (419) 898-6210.
Information and Forms:
Volunteer Survey (PDF)
Welcome to the B-C-S Transportation Department. Please see below for important information about our department. Our priority is to safely and efficiently transport students to and from school and other activities. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at (419) 898-6214.
Director of Transportation: Mrs. Jeannie Behnken
Head Mechanic: Mr. Matt Chasteen
Schedules and Forms
Field Trip Request Form (Word Document)
Our Bus Drivers (as of 11/13/17)
|Bus Safety Questions:
As the school year begins, the bus drivers spend the first couple weeks getting to know their new students, learning new routes, and confirming pick up and drop off times. Although pick up times are within minutes, there will be occasions the bus may be late due to construction, traffic, trains, or weather conditions. Our ultimate goal is to deliver your children safely to school and home. To keep them safe there are rules the drivers and the students need to follow. Take a moment to go over these questions with your child and if you have questions or concerns feel free to call me at 419-898-6214.
Q: Does my child have an assigned seat?
Q: Can my child move around on the bus while the bus is moving?
Q: Why do buses stop at railroad tracks?
Q: Where does my child need to stand while waiting for the bus?
Q: How does my child know the bus rules?
Q: Are students allowed to cross the road?
I cannot see my child's bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop location? No law requires a parent to see the bus stop from home. Students in Ohio may be assigned to a bus stop up to one-half mile from their home and we encourage parents to accompany their child to the bus stop whenever possible. This teaches the child safe habits of walking to and from the bus stop and may give the parent piece of mind. Bus stop locations are determined by each district's board of education.
Are sidewalks required for my child to get to his/her bus stop? Many students walk alongside of roadways to reach their bus stop and in some instances no sidewalks exist. While we understand this may be of concern in some situations, the Department of Education does not promulgate bus stop placement. Issues relating to where a child's bus stop is located and safety concerns along the way to the bus stop must be addressed with the district in which you reside.
I transport my child to a nonpublic/community school each day and just learned a program exists for reimbursement. How can I be reimbursed for transporting my child? As a parent, you should contact your public school district and request transportation. If it is not practical for them to do so, they will work with you to initiate a process to establish payment-in-lieu of transportation. Parents are not afforded the option of being paid for transporting their own child in cases where the service is provided by the district but is not the service parents prefer.
I make my child wait inside of my house until the bus is at the stop. I have heard this is not allowed – is this true? Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to its arrival. Bus drivers count the students at the bus stop before they load and as they get on the bus to ensure all children are safely on board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop the bus driver cannot count them and cannot be certain the students are all safely on board. Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives further ensures that no one chases after the bus – this is a very dangerous thing to do. Many districts also instruct their buses to not stop at locations where no students are waiting.
My child has an I.E.P. but transportation is not being provided. Why is this? A child who has an I.E.P. does not automatically receive transportation unless the I.E.P. team writes this into the related services. If transportation is not included on the I.E.P. your child will be transported similarly to regular education students in your district.
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How to Add Clip Art to a Word Document (PDF)
How to Add Graphics to a Word Document (PDF)
How to Tight Wrap a Graphic in a Word Document (PDF)
ProgressBook Documentation for Teachers (LINK)
BCS Wi-Fi (PDF)