concussion picTo All Fall Sports Parents

Athletic Parent Concussion Video – Monday August 25 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium..To all fall sports parents, if you did not see this in July, you will need to see it…it is a requirement by OHSAA. Please plan to attend.     Thanks!



Superintendent’s Beehive Buzzzzz

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Superintendent’s Beehive Buzz

August 2014


Another exciting year has begun at Bethel Local Schools with many changes and challenges!  New administrators, teachers, families and building project….. and did I forget to mention….new drop-off and pick-up procedures!  In the midst of all those changes, I am reminded of a quote from Pauline Kezer that I shared with the faculty and staff on our in-service day…… Continuity gives us roots, change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow reaching new heights.  The Bethel School District is a system rooted in strong moral and educational values; my goal as superintendent is to build upon those values and traditions to enable the district to “stretch and grow”!  Although we will experience growing pains as we move forward, my hope is that we can partner together to help our students grow and thrive in a 21st Century learning environment!


In order for you to get to know me better, I thought it would be a good idea to share a little bit about myself. I had planned to do this the first week I started in the superintendent’s office; however, the hiring of Mr. Craig Vasil, our new high school principal, and Alexis Dedrick, our new assistant principal K-12, was my first priority among a few others! On a professional note, I have spent over twenty-five years in education, fifteen of those in an administrative role.  I graduated from CedarvilleUniversity with a B.A. in Secondary Education/English and from WrightState with an M.A. in Educational Leadership with principal and superintendent licensure.  Presently, I am pursuing my doctorate in Education from LibertyUniversity.  I have taught middle school through college-age students and recently finished a thirteen year administrative position in the CedarCliffLocalSchool District as the middle/high school principal.  Being in a smaller system for that many years, I wore my share of different hats covering every type of job and position from elementary school through building facilities management!  I also served on Cedarville’s Core Building Team walking alongside of the architects, construction managers and craftsmen as they completed a K-12 twenty-two million dollar project.  On a personal note, I have been married thirty-four years to my husband John who has a private counseling practice and have two sons, Stephen who works as the Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Universal One Credit in Dayton and Matthew who is a compliance attorney for Humana in Louisville. And yes, my husband and I are anxiously waiting for one of them to provide us with grandchildren!  Next to my family, my two favorite things are Diet Coke and chocolate!


During the next few months, I will be rolling up my sleeves and working with the Board of Education and administrative team to review the district’s strategic plan and determine a direction that enable us to move forward and provide students with the educational opportunities needed to be successful in a global economy.  We will be reviewing curriculum, technology, communication strategies and facilities as we deal with our growing enrollment… I plan to visit every teacher’s classroom during my first three months; that way, I can see firsthand the great things they are doing with students and how I can better assist them to accomplish their instructional goals.  In addition, I will be meeting with the architects, construction managers and core team members as we prepare to break ground for the new building project. Speaking about the building project, I appreciate your patience as we try to accommodate the parking needs of our students, parents and community during the construction phases; just remember it’s temporary and will be worth all of the present hassles when the addition is finished!  I also hope to attend as many extra-curricular activities as possible throughout the fall season, so feel free to stop and introduce yourself!


Periodically, I will be sending out community updates to keep you informed of the “beehive buzz”.  If you would like to be removed from this email list, please do not hesitate to send back an email telling me to delete your name from the email list.  If you know of someone who might be interested in being part of the communiqué from the Superintendent, send me their email address and I will be more than happy to add them.


Again, I am excited about the great things that are happening at Bethel and am looking forward to serving as your superintendent. I trust we will partner together to uphold the school’s traditions of excellence as well as create new ones!




Virginia“Ginny” Potter

Superintendent, Bethel Local Schools

7490 South State   Route 201

Tipp City, Ohio45371

(937) 845-9414


Important Back to School Information

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Important Back to School Information

Please click the links below for important information about the start of school.

Traffic Patterns 

Parking Procedures  Updated 8/13/2014 – HS/JH Pickup location change only.

Back to School Information


Bus Routes for 2014-2015 School Year

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Please click the link below for the bus schedules.


2014-2015 Bus Schedules

Bethel School Improvement Bonds



 Bethel Township, Miami County, Ohio- The Bethel Local School District placed a bond issue on the May 2014 ballot that was approved by voters.  As a result, the District is planning to publically offer long-term bonds on or about August 6, 2014.  As part ofthe  public offering, the District is working with their underwriter, Stifel, to make the bonds available to the local community.  The bonds will carry a Moody’s  rating (rating to be determined) and will be sold with maturities from 2015 to 2051 in minimum denominations of$5,000.

 The District’s  bonds are being offered by Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and the legal opinion will be provided by the Columbus law firm of Peck Shaffer & Williams. Local residents interested in purchasing Bethel Local School District’s  bonds should contact Robert A. Lucas Sr. V.P. Investments and Joshua A. Weiland Sr. V.P. in Stifel’s Dayton, Ohio office at (937) 847-8214, Toll Free (866)-590-6036.

Bethel Local School District contact:

Ms. Karen Newman, Treasurer

Phone number: (937) 845-9414

Bethel Board of Education Special Meeting 7-29-2014

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The Bethel Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. the board will be taking action on various items. It will be held in the main floor conference room.

Fall Sports Physicals

physicalsFall Sports Physicals

To all fall sports athletes…physicals must be completed and the form turned in by August 1, 2014 for the coming fall season for grades 7-12.

The athletic office will be open July 21st and 23rd if you need to check the status of your physicals.

Bethel Girls Participate in AEGIS 2014


Bethel Students Complete 3-Day Event Aimed at Getting Girls Interested in Science

DAYTON, Ohio  – June  2014 – Five students from Bethel Junior High have completed a three-day program, called AEGIS 2014 (Activating and Energizing Girls in Science) that was sponsored by Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) and facilitated by the Ohio Energy Project (OEP).

The idea behind the program is to reach middle school girls early to get them interested in science, engineering and technical careers.

As part of the program, held June 9-11, the girls worked as a team and learned how to wire and build an Energy Bike, which generates electricity by pedaling. They also toured DP&L facilities and talked to women working in science-related jobs.

The girls taking part in the program from Bethel were 8th graders Abigail Cartwright, Kasie Durham, Makenna Floyd, and Tabitha Boitnott. They were accompanied by their teacher Leslie Mosley during the event. All their meals, lodging, and educational materials were provided by DP&L. The girls were also allowed to transport their completed Energy Bikes back to their school so other students can learn about electricity and energy.

Other Miami Valley schools participating in the program included Beavercreek, Dayton Public, Troy and Vandalia-Butler. This is the second year DP&L has sponsored the AEGIS event.

DP&L works with OEP and Vectren each spring to hold the Energy Fair for students at the University of Dayton. Since 2009, thousands of students have learned about energy efficiency and conservation at the Energy Fair. DP&L’s School Education Program, facilitated by OEP throughout the school year, is part of the company’s energy efficiency efforts for DP&L customers.

For more information about DP&L’s energy efficiency programs, visit Or find out more about DP&L’s School Education Program.

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