Oak Harbor Middle School Seventh Grade teachers and students held their 20th Annual School Bucks Auction today at the VFW Hall in Oak Harbor, Ohio.


The School Bucks Auction is a fun, interdisciplinary unit where students earn fake money for an entire quarter to bid on prizes at a culminating activity, which is an actual auction.

The prizes for the auction are donated by community members, BCS staff members, and businesses. Students earn the money by doing well on tests and quizzes, showing improvement, being leaders in and out of the class, good behavior and completing various academic tasks.sba1.JPG


Students maintain a ledger in math class. When they earn money they add it to their balance, and if they are unprepared they must make deductions. Students are reinforced for positive behavior and habits, and they learn the value of money as well.


Chad Brough, a celebrated local auctioneer, once again volunteered his time and talents to support this amazing school activity. Mr. Brough auctioned off prizes including: gift certificates, snacks, gift baskets, superintendent for a day certificate, novel trilogies, video game systems, photo shoots with a local photographer, and so much more. It was an amazing day for students.


A special lunch was provided for the students at the VFW Hall. The students modeled excellent manners and etiquette they have learned this year, while being rewarded for strong academic performance and exemplary behavior.


The auction has been an ongoing tradition now for twenty years. The seventh grade teachers worked diligently to make this year a success. Seventh grade teachers and staff involved in the planning of this year’s auction included: Tim Laderach, Rhonda Martin, Chad Hanely, John McKitrick, Jill Johnson, Tisha Augustyniak, Wendy Schmeltz, Kelly Croy, and Christy Whitaker. All staff in the Middle School and district supported this endeavor in various ways.


Many parent volunteers donated items and helped during the auction. IMG_0430.JPG


Some students bid on items for family members as gifts for Christmas.


The auction would not be possible without the support of area businesses and community members. The donations from the community and alumni are always greatly appreciated. The auction is held every year in December just before the Holiday Break.




Vocabulary Notes Are Now Online

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Good news! Starting with week 8 words, our vocabulary notes are going to be online. I am going to try this out and see how it works for you. The link to access the notes is below. I think this will save time in class from cutting and gluing. You will be responsible to copy these notes down in your notes and add your own unique flare to them! I am anxious to see that. 

Also, if you forget your notebook you will have access to them to study. 

I do ask that you create your own meaningful sentence for the words and use building better sentence parts to show the meaning through context clues.

Don’t put more than two words on a page.

Remember when taking notes: write neatly, underline, use spaces and leave room for your sentences. Group the parts anyway you like and add Sketchnotes however you wish, but make your notes useable and awesome! Put just two words on a page. Thank you!

Here’s that link:




Quick Update. November 6, 2016


This week my classroom tabletops changed from football helmets to Hogwart Houses, Darth Vader has been put in charge of papers without names, my computer and robotics club Skype another class during lunch, and students are getting “paid” for extra reading. We used our green screen for the first time, finished The Hobbit, and reading a lot of myths. We will be writing our own soon.

Reading Notes 2016-2017

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We have a few notebooks this year. Keep them updated and looking great. 

One is a composition with reading AND writing notes in it. The other is a notebook with vocab notes in it. 

This post is just about  READING NOTES.

If you are at home and do not have your notes to study with, or you want to update your notes because you are absent, please use this link: 


These notes will always be updated.  Don’t, however, get too far ahead. Stay where we are in the notes for work and quizzes. 

This is just a resource to help you out when you need it. 



Scope Magazine with Mr. Croy 2016-2017 School Year

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Dear students and parents, 

We will be using Scholastic Scope magazine. Each student in the seventh grade has a subscription and will receive a copy in August, September, October, November, December, February, March, April, and May.  So basically every month of the school year except January and June. 

Students will receive a physical copy of the magazine, but they will also have access to an online magazine in case they forget to bring it home, and the online site has some great extra resources.  Go to http://scope.scholastic.com and click the student log-in and use the password: amberlamb798

We will use some of the magazine in class, and some of it the students should read on their own at home.  Excited to use this resource.  Scholastic is awesome.