Berkshire Middle School

Inspiring all learners to positively impact their world.

Annual Education Report

Principal's Weekly Update

  •  Mr. Clinkscale's Weekly Update

    Greetings Berkshire Families:
    It was very nice to see so many Berkshire parents and families at our Curriculum Night on Thursday (9/13). Hopefully, you had a chance to walk your child’s schedule and get a better understanding of their teachers and the various classes that they attend. In addition, if you did not get a chance to pick up your child’s MSTEP reports during Curriculum Night, the report will be mailed home next week.

    Thanks again for your ongoing support of Berkshire and we look forward to continuing our partnership between home and the school throughout the year!

     Stay Informed by …

    …receiving and reading Mr. Clinkscale’s Berkshire Weekly Update email.
    …signing up for Mr. Clinkscale’s Remind text messages by texting the message @berks to 81010 from your mobile device.
    …visiting the Berkshire Middle School webpage (
    …following us on Twitter (@Berkshiremiddle) and FaceBook.

    Upcoming Events: 

    Monday (9/17)
    Girls Tennis @ Derby (4 pm @ Birmingham Racquet Club)

    Tuesday (9/18)
    Yom Kippur

    Wednesday (9/19)
    Yom Kippur
    Forensics – Informational Meeting (3:15-4:30)

    Thursday (9/20)
    Forensics – Informational Meeting (3:15-4:30)
    Girls Basketball vs. Bloomfield Hills MS (4 pm)
    Girls Tennis vs. West Hills MS (4 pm @ Birmingham Country Club)
    Berkshire Cross Country @ Abbott MS (4 pm @ Marshbank Park)

    Friday (9/21)

    Berkshire News

    #NoPlasticStraws #PlasticPollutes

    Good afternoon, 
    We had students at Pierce ask why we still use plastic straws as it's destroying our planet.  So we're excited to be making this important change that will make a huge difference for our children in the future.  We loved the idea so much we're going to be doing it district wide!  No more milk straws in our Cafes.  We will have a box of straws so if a student needs accommodations they will be available.  Please feel free to pass this information along to parents. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me. 
    Here is the blurb that is on our website and Facebook.  

    #NoPlasticStraws #PlasticPollutes
    In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, Chartwells in partnership with Birmingham Public Schools has ditched our plastic milk straws in our school Cafes. Americans alone discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year; only 8 percent of it gets recycled and plastic never goes away. Plastic is a durable material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of it is used once and then discarded. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. Let’s protect our Earth, and get on board with ditching the plastic! 

    Thank you,
    Pattie Guck *Director of Dining * Chartwells Dining Services
    Birmingham Public Schools *(248)228-7172

    Forensics Team – Informational Meeting!
    Does your child love to talk, perform, or debate? This is the team for them! Informational Meetings for our Forensics Team will be held next Wednesday and Thursday, 9/18 and 9/19, from 3-4:30pm in room 110.

    Berkshire Improv Club
    Is your student interested in improv acting?  If so, they are invited to join the Improv Acting Club!  If you’ve ever seen the show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” then you’ve seen improv acting.  It’s acting without lines – everything is made up on the spot! 

    This club is available to all Berkshire students.  At the weekly club meetings, students will learn the basics of short-form improv.  The club meets from 3:15-5:15 pm every Wednesday (except half- and non-school days) for 9 weeks starting on Wednesday, September 26.  The cost is $35 for the 9 week course, payable to Berkshire Middle School.  The club will end with a show the evening of December 12.  The cost ($35) includes weekly instruction, snacks/drinks, t-shirt and student dinner on the night of the show.

    This class is for everyone!  Students don’t have to be funny to do improv.  The class is great for a student who enjoys acting and wants to develop characters.  It’s also a chance for shy students to come out of their shell.   Learning improv is mostly playing creative games.  There will be lots of laughing!

    One thing unique about improv acting is that there are no lead actors – everyone is important to the scene so everyone gets equal “play time.” 

    Starting in January, an intermediate program will be offered for those who completed the beginning program or have other improv acting experience.  Sign-ups for the intermediate program will take place in December.  The current sign up is just for beginners.

    If your student is interested, there are registration flyers available in the Berkshire office. Last year’s class filled up quickly and enrollment is limited so sign up early!  Registration will close on Friday, September 21.  Payment ($35)  must be included with your registration. 

    Berkshire PTA Directory
    Welcome back to school! If you would like your information in the Berkshire PTA Directory, please go to and enter the code Berkshire2016
    All PTA members will be given access to this online directory. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Pam Lucken (

    Cell Phone Policy 2018-19
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:05 am – 3:14 pm (including lunch and rec) unless students are given permission from teachers/administration.  Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/administration approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video/audio or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member.

    •         1st Violation – Student pick-up from the front office
    •         2nd Violation – Parent pick-up from the front office
    •         3rd Violation – Parent pick-up from the front office and conference with an administrator
    •         Further violations will result in additional consequences determined by an administrator

    String Bags
    Berkshire students are not allowed to carry backpacks to their classes. Backpacks can be used to carry materials to and from school, but only string bags can be used to carry materials to classes. Thanks for helping to support this policy.

    Berkshire Parking Lot Rules for Student Drop Off and Pick Up
    Parents/families… We need your help in the Berkshire parking lot! Berkshire is committed to maintaining a policy of safety and respect regarding transportation and parking. The following guidelines have been established to promote this policy.  Please read this carefully as you prepare to begin dropping off and picking your child up from school next week. Thanks for your support in helping keep our parking lot safe and accident free.

    Parent/Driver/Student Rules:

    • Drop Off - Students that are being driven to school should be dropped off curbside (sidewalk) in the driveway circle.  To assist with the flow of traffic, please pull your car forward as far as possible in the circle. We do not want any students walking across lanes of traffic or through the parking lot.  Please do not leave any vehicles unattended in the circle.  If you need to come in the building, please use one of our many available parking spaces. 
    • Pick Up - Parents that are picking students up after school should line up along the perimeter of the entire parking lot and circle drive.  DO NOT line up in the parking lot lanes. Students should enter vehicles curbside (sidewalk) and should not cross lanes of traffic or walk through the parking lot without an adult to get to a vehicle.  Again, please do not leave any vehicles unattended unless they are parked in an appropriately marked parking space.
    • You MUST obey all traffic laws on the streets surrounding the school at ALL times. We will be enlisting the help of law enforcement throughout the year.  Parking lot speed is 5 MPH.

    Understandably, mornings and afternoons can be extremely hectic as we are all rushing to get to many different places.  However, our students’ safety has to be our first priority.  Therefore, please take time and drive slowly through our parking lot.  Your cooperation with these basic safety rules is greatly appreciated.

    Fall Sports Registration
    Fall sports registration is open at and physicals should be turned into the front office prior to the first day of practice. The earlier you register your child for a sport, the easier it is for us to guarantee that your child will be ready for the first day of practice. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for Mr. Brooks’ athletic Remind text messages by sending @dkc7c to 81010. 

    2018-2019 Media Center News and Events

    • Media center check-outs will begin after student ID’s are received and Media center Orientations are complete. REMEMBER: Parents should automatically receive emails on the status of your student’s library accounts (late books, fines, etc.). Questions, please email Ms. Jefferson
    • Birbery Reading Program - Kick-off begins the week of November 5th during Language Arts classes. Check-out for the selected books will begin Friday, November 9th for students library accounts in good standing. Quiz Bowls - February 26th, 27th and 28th. Representatives trip to Baldwin Public Library - March 1st
    • Hour of Code Week Event in the Media center - December (TBA)
    • STEAM Event - April (TBA)
    • Follett May Book Fair - May 20th- May 24th
    • All Books due and library accounts cleared - June 3rd.
    • Baldwin Public Library Visit - presenting Summer Reading programs

    Berkshire Proud Dads Club Annual Meeting (10/3)
    2018-2019 Kick Off Meeting:  OCTOBER 3RD
    School Cafeteria
    6:30 PM 
    Pizza , Salad, and Soft Drinks Will be Served!
    Find more information at:

    Birmingham District News 

    Groves Marching Band Invitational - Saturday September 22 at the Groves Stadium. It starts at 2:30 pm with Groves being the final band performing at 6:30. Come see the half time shows from 10 marching bands including: Walled Lake Northern, Warren Cousino, Warren Mott, Walled Lake Western, Center Line, Troy, Seaholm, Roseville, Bloomfield Hills & Groves. 
    There will be concessions available all day for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
    Any questions? Please contact

    Superintendent Search Community Forums
    Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Seaholm High School – Cafeteria
    2436 W. Lincoln St.
    Birmingham, MI 48009

    BPS District Code of Conduct

    Community News

    Oakland County African American Male Task Force
    The Oakland County African American Male Task Force, sponsored by Oakland Schools, is hosting a Parent Expo on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Birney K-8 School in Southfield Public Schools (see attached flyer). Parents/guardians will interact with educators, including classroom teachers, consultants and administrators to learn practical tools to successfully navigate the elementary through high school years. Everyone is welcome to attend and childcare is available. To register, please log onto

    As always, thanks for taking time to read the Berkshire Weekly Update. Please feel free to contact me with any important information that you would like to see included in our next Update!

    Have a great week!

    Jason Clinkscale
    Berkshire Middle School


Contact Us

  • Administration




    Jason Clinkscale

    Assistant Principal
    Joanna McKinney
    Grade 6th Grade /7th Grade A-L

    Assistant Principal
    David Brooks
    8th Grade /7th Grade M-Z


    Main Office

    Principal’s Secretary

    P. VanFaussien

    Main Office Receptionist

    W. Borovsky

    Clinic/Attendance Secretary

    H. Dacey

    Attendance Reporting
    248-203-4700 ~ (Option # 2) 

    Counseling Office

    A. Battle
    Last Names M-Z:

    R. Hardeman
    Last Names A-L:


    Cafeteria Manager