BVHS Guidance

Last Updated: 4/18/2022 5:22 PM
Phone:  (740) 363-4340
Fax: (740) 417-9459
Eileen Burkhardt (formerly Sheppard), Counselor for seniors;
Jessie Combs, Counselor for all sophomores and juniors;
Tammy Cress, Counselor for all freshman;
Eileen Sheppard- I am a proud BV graduate and earned my degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Wesleyan University. After teaching for many years I earned my Masters in School Counseling from the University of Dayton. I was lucky enough to spend a few years as an elementary counselor, a few years as the middle school counselor, and now am excited to be at the high school! I have worked at Buckeye Valley since 1999 and hope to add many more years to my career here. I have a grown son, Christopher, who I am very proud of!I love animals (I have many) and nature and am still a science teacher at heart. 
Jessie Combs- My background is in psychology.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ohio Dominican University.  Following my undergrad, I went immediately to grad school and earned my Master's in School Counseling from The University of Dayton.  I am currently finishing up my Ph.D.  Mental health and counseling are my passion! I've been with BVHS for 6 years.  I love sports and all things outdoors.  My pups (Leila and Zeus) are my world.  I am a firm believer that traveling is good for the soul.  Music, llamas, and pickles are a must =)  
Tammy Cress-I am so grateful to be a school counselor at Buckeye Valley.  I am a proud BV graduate and community member.  My husband Josh and our 3 children are busy with our love of sports, 4-H and outdoor activities.  This is my first year at Buckeye Valley but my 14th year as a school counselor.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Purdue University and my Master's in School Counseling from Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).  We love being a part of the BV family!


At BVHS we support and advocate for ALL students in their academic, social-emotional, and college/career development. 

TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS: Click HERE to request a transcript during the school year. 

To request a transcript during summer break, send an email to with the following information: Name when attending BV, year of graduation, birthdate, and contact information for where to send your transcript.

College/Career/Military Information 


SELECTIVE SERVICE REMINDER All 18 year-old men must register with the Selective Service. It’s the law. Register on-line at

COLLEGE 101: "Soon to be" Seniors, Click for a PDF Presentation

APPLYING TO COLLEGECommon App is used by many colleges. Common App allows you to fill out one application and send it to multiple colleges as well as request transcripts and letters of recommendation. When creating your Common App account, be sure you list Mrs. Burkhart at as your school counselor. Click HERE for instructions on how to complete your Common App.

You may choose to apply directly to your chosen college. In that case, use the TRANSCRIPT REQUEST form to have your transcript sent directly to the school.


FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid): Many universities require incoming freshmen to complete a FAFSA report to determine how much financial aid they can offer. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA, regardless of if you think you will qualify for financial assistance. A helpful link is:


Free money for college (scholarships) come in three categories. National, Specific to the College, and Local. 

National: Sometimes referred to as "Lottery" scholarships, they are hard to obtain because the applicant pool is so large. However, there may be very specific scholarships (for students with diabetes, as an example) that narrow down the applicant pool. Some good websites are

Keep in mind, you should NEVER have to pay for a scholarship search service!

Specific to the College: Most colleges and universities will entice high school seniors to apply for scholarships that may only be used if the student decides on that specific college. Frequently check the universities' admission and financial aid webpages for links or information on how to apply for these scholarships

Local: Scholarship information for current seniors gets sent to us at various times throughout the spring and will be added here as we receive it. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL AND THIS PAGE FREQUENTLY

OSU/Notre Dame Columbus Foundation Scholarship

Kid Voting Scholarship

2021 Safety Patrol Scholarship

ACF Visionary Scholarship

SMPS Scholarship

2021 Winter Ohio Scholarships

Consolidated Electric Scholarship

OAPSE/AFSCME Memorial Scholarship

Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Scholarship

ESC of Central Ohio Scholarship

First Commonwealth Bank Scholarship

Delaware County Democratic Party Scholarship

Delaware County Foundation Scholarships- This page has many available scholarships!

PB&J Scholarship

Vansickle Scholarship

Music Boosters Scholarship

Medical Mutual of Ohio Scholarship

Martin Luther King JR. Scholarship

Delaware Arts Festival Association Scholarship

Ohio Gas Association Scholarship

Jacob Wade Richardson Memorial Scholarship

Stone Justin Foltz "Peace" Scholarship

CES Credit Union Scholarship

The Roundtable Fellowship

OAPSE Scholarship

Association of Government Accountants Scholarship Information

Association of Government Accountants Scholarship Application

Delaware County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Mary T Patterson Scholarship

PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

Chris Trousdale Dream Awards

Hiram Masonic Lodge 18 Scholarship

Early Spring 2022 Ohio Scholarships

Late Spring 2022 Ohio Scholarships

BVTA Scholarship

Ostrander Senior Citizens Scholarship

Late Spring 2022 Scholarships

Delaware Rotary Scholarship

Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship

IMPORTANT: All Buckeye Valley Juniors will be taking a free ACT in the spring. 

Sample ACT test resources are also available for examinees. Here are the links to the three sample test documents (when prompted, enter passcode ODE 2017):

Buckeye Valley is pleased to partner with several area test prep tutors as well as College and Career Consultants. We do not endorse any in particular, but provide the names as a service to our families. Please click here for our list: ACT/SAT Prep and College/Career Consultants

Career Information

College Athletics Click on "NCAA" for a .pdf on how to register for NCAA

Social Emotional Information

Counseling services that are available to all students include classroom lessons, small group counseling, individual support, and crisis response services. Buckeye Valley also collaborates with Syntero, a community counseling group, to provide school-based clinical counseling for students who need more intensive support. Syntero offers individual, school-based prevention services to Buckeye Valley students. Contact your school counselor for a referral, or parents may contact Syntero directly. For more information click HERE.


Baron Mentoring

All freshman will have access to a Baron Mentor who is a junior or a senior. Mentors will meet with mentees during Baron Time to discuss a variety of topics. Discussions, videos, and activities will focus on helping every freshman have a successful transition to high school.


Friday food bags are available for families who qualify for Free/Reduced lunch fees. Email your school counselor to get signed up!


If you and your family are in need of hygiene items email Miss Combs and she will get you and your family these necessities. 


Helpful Resources: is a site with resources for parents on MANY topics including mental health and behavior concerns.

Sanford Fit is a resource for parents with information and activities for keeping your family fit and healthy.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Delaware and Morrow County has family resources for anyone dealing with mental health issues.

Recovery and Prevention Resources of Delaware and Morrow Counties provides behavioral health services with a focus on alcohol and drug treatment, intervention, prevention and education.

Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board has links to many resources for Delaware families.

Helpline connects Delaware residents to available resources. NEW! Text "helpline" to 898211 for help via text.

Academic Information
For more information visit 
Honors Diplomas- 

BVHS students can gain state recognition for exceeding Ohio’s graduation requirements through an honors diploma. Students challenge themselves by taking and succeeding at high-level coursework and in real-world experiences. BV offers students the opportunity to pursue one of five honors diplomas: 

  1. Academic Honors Diploma
  2. Career Tech Honors Diploma
  3. STEM Honors Diploma
  4. Arts Honors Diploma
  5. Social Science and Civic Engagement Honors Diploma 

Click HERE for honors diploma requirements.

Honors Diploma Presentation

 Honors Diploma Application

College Credit Plus
If you are interested in taking college coursework while still attending BVHS, please carefully look through this CCP Presentation.
CCP Paperwork:
Peer Tutoring
Upperclassmen offer peer tutoring 2 days a week during study halls.  Every effort is made to have a peer tutor for underclassmen who request it.  Email Ms. Combs with your name and subject that tutoring is being requested. 


Students must earn a cumulative number of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across the science and social studies disciplines. Buckeye Valley will begin testing students who are taking these classes for the first time in April every year.

Option 1: State Tests

The seven end-of-course exams are:

• Algebra I and Geometry (4 pts combined are required)

• English 9 and English 10 (4 pts combined are required)

• American History and American Government

• Biology


Option 2: Industry Credential and Workforce Readiness

Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.

Option 3: College Admission Test

Students earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take the exam free of charge.

Scores that will qualify a student for graduation through this pathway are as follows: 



















If you have any questions about where your child stands currently, in terms of points or pathways to graduation, please contact your child’s school counselor.



Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) In November ALL SOPHOMORES will see a presentation, including a virtual tour, in their English classes. This is now LIVE!! DACC Virtual Tour. For an overview of what DACC offers, click HERE. For frequently asked parent questions, click HERE. For more information about upcoming events please go to  

JROTC- Aerospace and Leadership Elective Course FACT SHEET


Click here  *This is an external link to one of our educational partners; At The Core. The list is very comprehensive!


SUMMER SCHOOL: Click on the link here: BV SUMMER SCHOOL 2020 *Make sure you read the packet carefully. Summer School is NOT permitted for course advancement (NEW CREDIT) except in a few situations. 


The Buckeye Valley Local School Board of Education has adopted a policy to excuse from the high school physical education requirement each student who, during high school, has participated in interscholastic athletics, marching band, Show Choir, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons or JROTC for two years. Waivers for transfer students will be accepted if the Waiver is shown on the transcript of the previous school. No credit or grades are earned for a PE waiver.

Complete this form AFTER you have completed TWO qualifying seasons of a sport/activity.


Stay Safe. Speak Up.

bullying hotline

To Parents,

Buckeye Valley Local Schools is fully committed to curbing student bullying and school violence, and providing a positive learning environment for all students that enhances personal safety and promotes respect, dignity, and equality among students.  We believe our schools play an important role in helping faculty, staff and parents prepare students to be respectful and responsible citizens.  As part of our commitment, the district is initiating a new, integrated program, developed by former school officials, that provides: 

  • Online and telephone reporting tools for students, parents and staff. 
  • Student training regarding the need to speak up about safety and bullying issues. 
  • Staff training in recognizing and responding to incidents of bullying and violence.
  • Administrative systems to manage incidents and document district and school response to reported concerns of bullying or violence.

Buckeye Valley Local Schools will make every effort to handle and respond to every charge and complaint filed by students, parents and employees in a fair, thorough, and just manner.  Also, every effort will be made to protect the due process rights of all victims and all alleged perpetrators.

New Student/Parent Hotline!
Students who believe they have been harassed, bullied, victimized by fellow students, or have other concerns which may jeopardize the safety of students, employees or school facilities, are asked to Speak Up! and promptly report the issue using our district’s new student/parent Hotline – accessible both online and by telephone. 

Options to report an issue:

1.  Call 1-866-listen2me (1-866-547-8362) and talk with a live attendant.  When the student talks with the live attendant, he/she has the option of being forwarded to one of the following national hotlines:

  • 911 (Urgent response) 
  • National AIDS Hotline (AIDS / HIV) 
  • National Runaway Switchboard (Homeless - Runaway)
  • NINELINE Hotline (Relationship issues - peer/parent; alcohol/drug abuse)
  • RAINN (Sexual assault; domestic violence; physical abuse)
  • Suicide Crisis Center (Suicide)

2.  Call 1-866-listen2me (1-866-547-8362) and leave a voice message.  

3.  Click on:

speak up

Buckeye Valley Local Schools has contracted with a company called PublicSchoolWORKS to provide this service and to ensure you remain anonymous.  If you use the telephone reporting system, the person you will be talking with is not affiliated with our district.  The attendant will listen to your issue, complete a written report, and then, if you'd like, transfer you to a specialist or other support person. 

After you finish your call or make your report online, the district will receive a confidential report from PublicSchoolWORKS.  Your issue will then be investigated by our district.

To ensure your information is sufficient, please give names, times and event details which you feel we should know.  Please try to provide as much information about the situation as possible. 
Remember, this service is for the safety of everyone.