The Joseph Badger Local School District will provide academic excellence to all students through an effective and challenging learning environment that encourages students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. The new Joseph Badger School opened September 5, 2006 with the first day of classes for students. Badger Elementary, Middle and High School form a 175,000 square foot state of the art K-12 facility that services the largest geographical school district in Trumbull County. Students attending the Joseph Badger School, named after a circuit riding minister, Reverend Joseph Badger reside in Gustavus, Hartford, Kinsman, Orangeville or Vernon Township.

There is also a small population of open enrollment students attending from neighboring school districts.Joseph Badger offers a diversified curriculum including Kindergarten/Enrichment and college preparatory courses which include five high school advanced placement (AP) classes. Badger Middle School is one of the select schools in Ohio to offer three grade eight classes earning high school credit; French, Algebra and Intro to Physics and Chemistry.  Joseph Badger offers a comprehensive co-curricular program coinciding with academic offerings and an interscholastic sports program which personifies team play, opponent respect and continued sportsmanship in all contests.


The Joseph Badger Local School Board of Education is accepting applications for a seat on the board to replace Patrick Manes, who is resigning effective June 1st, 2016 citing personal and professional reasons.  The term of Mr. Manes expires December 31st, 2017.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and complete a formal application.  Application can be obtained at the Board of Education, 7119 State Route 7, Kinsman, Ohio 44428 or BOE Application.  Application material should be postmarked no later than May 31st, 2016.  Interviews will be conducted at the June 15th, 2016 board meeting during executive session.  There will be no action following executive session.




Visit the Joseph Badger Cross Country & Nature Trail behind the school. The trail winds approximately .7 miles through the hardwood forest west of the school. Park your car behind the school and walk toward the trees, past the track and baseball/softball fields. You will see one of two signs that lead to the woodland trail entrance. As you meander along the path, you will come across signs indicating native tree species. If you are unsure of where the trail turns, look for red & white blazes on trees alongside the trail. The trail is easy and level.

Recent trail additions were made by Senior Girl Scout, Robin Forsha, as part of her Gold Award Project. She added 2 signs at the trail entrances, 17 signs identifying trees, blazes on trees to mark the path, and a culvert just inside the north entrance.  Robin’s project was sponsored by Hodge Foundry, 84 Lumber, Valley Lumber, The Home Depot, Arrowhead Transport, Buckeye Bulk, Buck’s Ground Maintenance and Ace Hardware of Kinsman.

Trail Map 

Joseph Badger Cross Country & Nature Trail Survey

News and Events

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DI-Global-Finals-1We are excited to announce that Joseph Badger Middle School level Destination Imagination team has qualified for the 2016 Global Competition in Knoxville Tennessee.  The team placed 3rd out of 11 teams in the State Tournament.  It has been 7 years since a team at our school has been able to participate in this competition. Globals brings competitors from 15 countries around the world and is a week long event.

How can you help? Each donation to our program will go to the Badger Middle School PTO and will pay for lodging and food for the students so that they may participate in a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Badger Middle School PTO is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and those requesting it will receive a receipt for tax purposes.


4/28    BMS Dance 6-8 PM

4/29    Progress Reports

5/4      HS Choir & Show Choir Concert 7 PM

5/9      Choir Concert gr. 5-8   7PM

5/17     Heritage Days   7-8:30 PM

5/18     School Board Meeting 6 PM

5/26    Graduation  7 PM

5/27    Gr. 7-8 Awards 1 PM

5/31     Gr. K-2 Awards 9 AM

5/31     Gr. 3-4 Awards  10:15 AM

5/31     Gr. 5-6 Awards  1 PM

6/1      Last Student Day – One Hour Early Dismissal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

In addition to receiving telephone calls and email messages from our automated SchoolConnects notification system, we are able to send school-related SMS text messages to your cell phone. But unlike calls and emails, which do not require any special action on your part, you must subscribe to receiving SMS text messages. The reason for this requirement is that you may be charged a nominal fee for each message you receive, and, as a result, your assent is required. Before subscribing, you should investigate the costs of doing so with your cell phone carrier and decide if you wish to incur them. Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time and become effective immediately.

Subscription Steps (Opting In)

1)      To receive text messages, take the cell phone you wish to receive text messages on and from that phone enter the short code 56360 in place of the phone number in the To: field, and the word “Join” (no quotation marks) in the message box. Send this message.

2)      If the phone number of the cell phone that you texted your subscription request from appears in our records, then you will receive a reply confirming that you have been opted in, and that you will receive SMS text messages whenever messages are sent out in that form from our SchoolConnects notification system.

If, however, the phone number of the cell phone that you texted your subscription request from does NOT appear in our records, you will receive a reply informing you that your subscription request could not be fulfilled. You will then have to notify our office staff so that we can add your cell phone number to our records. After that, you may once again try to subscribe by following the above steps. Your attempt should succeed at this point.

The “phone number” that appears on your cell phone display whenever an SMS message is delivered from our school is the short code (56360) that was entered when subscribing. In order to associate this number with the school, you can enter the short code 56360 in the Contacts list on your cell phone and identify it with the School Name. The School Name will then appear whenever a message is delivered from the school.

Un-Subscription Steps (Opting Out)

1)      The process of unsubscribing to SMS messaging is identical to step 1, except that you enter the word “stop” instead of “join” (no quotation marks).

Once again, you will receive a confirmation message in reply to your request. This confirmation will inform you that you will no longer receive SMS text message.

Please note, there are some cell phone carriers who do not support short code processing. If your cell phone service is provided by such a carrier, you will not have the ability to subscribe to SMS messaging, even though your phone supports SMS messaging from regular phone numbers.