Welcome to the Hive!

The Hive Staff, 2021-2022 Havann Brown — Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Alyssa Cocchiola — Associate Editor Ken Burchett — Associate Editor CJ Delaney — Reporter Elise Miller — Reporter Randall Hatfield — Reporter Camryn Myrla — Reporter Mallory Butcher — Reporter Jesse Mitchell — Reporter Logan Cook — Reporter Avery Miller — Reporter Alex Levy — Reporter…

Who is James Pennell?

by Aiden Hills, staff writer SEPTEMBER 2021- Mr. James Pennell is the new seventh grade social studies teacher at Bio-Med Science Academy, graduate of Kent State University, and this is his first year teaching. Pennell said, “I love how there is a focus on project- and problem-based learning. Instead of just studying for a test,…

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Back to Normal

by Elise Miller, staff writer SEPTEMBER 2021  – All Bio-Med Science Academy students are adjusting back to in-person learning after virtual learning was no longer an option. Students last year learned very differently depending on if they took classes online or in-person. Some students were happy with their learning style, and others not. Now that…

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Art Teacher Turns Her Passion into a Profession

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer  SEPTEMBER 2021 – Rebecca Putman has been teaching art at Bio-Med Science Academy since 2018, but after her recent switch to teaching grades nine through 12, many students may not know much about her.  Putman’s career journey began straight out of high school, when a family member recommended she be…

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Exploring A New Learning Management System with Otus

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor SEPTEMBER 2021 – Bio-Med Science Academy switched to a new learning management system (LMS) called Otus for the 2021-2022 school year. After five years of using Canvas, the previous LMS, the administration wanted a program to better support mastery learning, as opposed to the traditional grading system.  Ms. Elissa Fusco…

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Farm to Fair, A Student Spotlight

by Jesse Mitchell, staff writer SEPTEMBER 2021 – The Portage County Fair ran from August 25 to August 29 and provided Portage County residents with the opportunity to show animals through a nonprofit organization called 4H. Nate Swift, a 10th-grader, sold ducks there, just as he has for the past eight-years. Swift first became interested…

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New Year, New Staff

New Year, New Staff by McKenna Burchett, associate editor SEPTEMBER 2021 – Bio-Med Science Academy’s staff saw a lot of staffing changes over the summer as ten new teachers joined the campus and five have switched positions. Among these new teachers is Ms. Sarah Welton, the seventh-grade English teacher. She was a student at Kent…

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Gender Neutral Bathrooms

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer OCTOBER 2021 – Bio-Med Science Academy installed gender neutral bathrooms following the construction and building of the school’s newest addition. In April 2015, President Barack Obama installed a gender neutral bathroom in the White House. This response was in light of 20 state level bills intended to target transgender people,…

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Students Explore Their Passions and Hobbies at the Club Fair

by C.J. Delaney, staff writer  OCTOBER 2021 – During the Bio-Med Science Academy 2021-2022 school year, 14 diverse clubs are being offered to students. Similar to previous years, they were on display at the club fair. There, students had the opportunity to meet members of each club and get a taste of what the club…

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PBL-ementary School: Introducing STEM Concepts Early

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor OCTOBER 2021 — Bio-Med Science Academy soon plans to introduce STEM and problem-based learning concepts to elementary school students. This school year, Bio-Med admitted 25 kindergarten students and 50 first-grade students. Grades two through 12 have a maximum capacity of 100 students. Chief Administrative Officer, Mrs. Stephanie Lammlein, talked about the…

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Behind the Scenes of Accelerated Term

by Elise Miller, staff writer OCTOBER 2021 – As the holidays approach, so does a unique Bio-Med Science Academy tradition, fondly recognized by teachers and students as accelerated term. Unlike conventional schools, with electives offered throughout the year, Bio-Med offers all of its elective courses from Nov. 30 through Dec. 17. During this time, students and teachers receive a break…

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Leader On and Off the Battlefield

by Jesse Mitchell, staff writer October 2021 — A number of seniors at Bio-Med Science Academy are undertaking more responsibilities, all while facing challenges in their academics and extracurriculars. Senior Zachary Kelly, who has stepped up to do more in his extracurriculars, has taken on a leadership role on the Bio-Med esports team. After the…

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Who is Brice Schoenbaechler?

by Meadow Sandy, staff writer October 2021 – Brice Schoenbaechler is a ninth-grade student who has played many sports over the years. His favorite sports are “anything that involves running.” He became interested in cross country during the COVID-19 pandemic and joined late into the season. In total, he’s played seven sports, including cross country, track,…

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A “Long” Climb to Teaching

by Aiden Hills, staff writer October 2021-Kaitlyn Long is the new 10th grade history teacher at Bio-Med Science Academy. She is a graduate of Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in social studies, and a graduate of Kent State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education. Going into college, Long always planned to become a…

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