Shifting the Focus to Skills: Universal Learning Outcomes Propose a New Way of Assessing Students

By Alyssa Cocchiola, editor-in-chief SEPTEMBER 2022 — All Bio-Med Science Academy courses from grades K-12 will assess students using the same learning outcomes (LOs) for the 2022-2023 school year. Each LO defines a skill or concept that students are expected to be proficient in. This preset list of universal learning outcomes reflect the Bio-Med attributes and assess…

Credit Concerns: Are Juniors Overworked?

By Ken Burchett, associate editor SEPTEMBER 2022 — Juniors at Bio-Med Science Academy are required to take 7.25 credits worth of classes with only six class periods in a day, and some juniors have opted to take additional classes, adding even more credits to their schedule. Many juniors have expressed that they have been feeling overwhelmed due to the workload. “You’d…

Growing Bacteria at Bio-Med

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer SEPTEMBER 2022 — Sanitation and cleanliness has always been a topic of concern in schools. Throughout the pandemic, Bio-Med encouraged students and staff to partake in sanitization measures like desk-wiping, but how effective and consistent are these measures, and are any surfaces within the school being neglected? The Hive conducted an experiment throughout the Bio-Med…

Parking Changes at Bio-Med

by Meadow Sandy, staff writer SEPTEMBER 2022 — In addition to pending changes regarding parking passes, student drivers are expected to park in a different lot this school year.  Juniors and seniors at Bio-Med received an email from Bio-Med administrators regarding parking passes Sept. 1. This email served as a reminder to purchase a parking…

Ohio’s New Graduation Requirements Take Effect This Year

by Avery Miller, staff writer SEPTEMBER 2022 — Ohio’s new graduation requirements for the class of 2023 and beyond allow students a more customized high school experience through earning seals on their diplomas. The seals allow students to show proof of proficiency in various areas and are earned by meeting the state or locally defined requirements. “Students need…

Monkeypox Madness: Is There Another Pandemic on The Rise?

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer SEPTEMBER 2022 — Monkeypox infection rates are rising, according to the Ohio Department of Health, and many Bio-Med students wonder how the virus will impact their educational experience during the school year. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) explained that monkeypox is currently known to spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with…

Student ID Rules: Ones To Keep, Ones To Change

by Mallory Butcher, associate editor SEPTEMBER 2022 – The staff of Bio-Med Science Academy enforced regulations around identification cards (IDs) this year, to the dismay of many students. Per the request of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the Bio-Med Rootstown campus has used IDs for staff and students since the school’s beginnings in 2012. Even with their long legacy of use,…