Student and Community Engagement
SchoolEach of Bexley's elementary schools has a dedicated school counselor on staff, a feature that is uncommon in most public school settings. In February 2017, Bexley welcomes Jim Bisenius of Bully-Proofing Youth to the community. The expert will lead workshops for students in each elementary school and present an evening program for parents.
Bexley Schools passed a groundbreaking Gender Expression and Gender Identity policy in 2016. “We are committed to ensuring that every student has equal educational opportunities and equal access to the District’s programs and activities.” Review the policy here.The members of the BMS club Students Make A Difference took the lead with fundraising activities for the school's Charity Newsies efforts. The club was founded in 2015 to reflect the school's work around the importance of a promise. The BMS club LGBTQ and Allies held its inaugural meeting in September 2016.Maryland students took part in early 2017 in the The Great Kindness Challenge, a week devoted to performing acts of kindness from a 50-item checklist provided by Kids for Peace.BHS's new Social Justice Club joined the national “It’s On Us” campaign to help end campus sexual assault. Environmental Club hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive in February 2017.
Maryland set up Mentoring Emerging Leaders to help connect students with leadership opportunities. The group met monthly to share a snack, play a game and work together on a service learning project.
HomeBexley Schools supports initiatives that promote and support a safe, welcoming and inclusive school community. It calls on students, parents and the greater community to participate as active contributors in a well environment for the growth, learning and success of all students. The district has presented the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS), the parent/guardian part of a school-based mental health program designed to help students identify signs of depression, self-injury, and suicide in themselves and others, and teach them how to respond effectively.
Some school programs that strengthen the home-school connection: the winter Montrose School dance, Maryland's annual talent show, and the district's Health and Wellness Committee's Family Fit and Fun Expo.Bexley students help out at the Mid-Ohio Food BankFor more information, contact Leisan C. Smith, Bexley's Director Student and Community Engagement.
CommunityBexley Schools, together with community partners in the 43209 area like the Bexley Police Department, Capital University and Jewish Family Services, hosted representatives from the Ohio Attorney General’s office for a September 2016 Town Hall discussion about opioid and heroin addiction. Bexley Schools has continued this discussion and education efforts with all-school programs at BHS and BMS with Wayne Campbell, from the local non-profit organization Tyler’s Light.
Bexley Schools marked January as the national Human Trafficking Awareness month, offering resources to the school community, such as a state e-newsletter with info and links to resources, provided by Ohio's Mental Health Network for School Success, the Ohio Department of Education and Project Aware Ohio.
Bexley in the News
Read more about Bexley's programming to overcome non-academic barriers:
- Bexley Legocy Club
Students' team effort recognized
- School Climate Work
Bexley's elementary counselors write in This Week
- Conversation on substance use matters to all
This Week column by Superintendent Mike Johnson outlines the importance of the discussion.
- Transgender Policy is a Good One
Columbus Dispatch praises the district's new Gender Identity and Expression policy
- Hipsley is Educator of the Year
This Week highlights school counselor's commitment to helping vulnerable children and families
- Bexley Legocy Club