Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools 2637 Tusky Valley Rd. Zoarville, OH 44656 Home of the Trojans!

TVMS to Host Community Day April 18th

TVHS Names March Students of the Month
Student of the Month
Gabe Shetler
Athlete of the Month
Paige Levengood
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Maddie Stoneking

Kirtley, Galigher Honored with Ray Kroc Awards
Congratulations to TVHS senior Dakota Kirtley and TVMS 8th grader Olivia Galigher as they were named recipients of the Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award. The award honors students who demonstrate persistence, determination, hard work and excellence.

Boys' Track Captures West Holmes Invite
Congratulations to the boys' track team as they took 1st place in the 16-team West Holmes Invitational this past weekend. The Trojans scored 89 team points to easily outdistance Carrollton (76) & Garaway (73). The Trojans were led by Aaron Beans who captured first place in the pole vault (12-6). The Trojans also got strong 2nd place finishes from the 3200M relay team of Gabe Shetler, Peyton Couts, Tyler McCaulley, and Brady Woods (8.28:64) and the 1600M Relay team of Kodey Lewis, Gabe Shetler, Justin Merrick, and Taylor Stahlman (3.36:10). Individually Tyler Burrier claimed 2nd in the 110M hurdles (16.32) and Brady Woods captured 2nd in the 1600M (4.45:33). Click here to see the complete results of the event.

Vega Qualifies for State Power of the Pen
Congratulations to TVMS 8th grader Miranda Vega on qualifying for the State Power of the Pen tournament. Vega will be doing her creative writing at the College of Wooster on Friday, May 22nd.

TVHS Announces 2015 Prom Court
Jesse Baker
Taylor Breitmeier
Zach Dozier
Jordan Flegenhauer
Kelcey Haas
Cheyanne Kohl
Zac Mitchell
Trystan Votava
Erin Weisgarber
Corrina White

TVHS Holds Annual Bunny Cake Contest
Most Bizarre
Most Creative
Most Realistic

TVHS Sophomore Class Holding Fundraiser
The TVHS sophomore class has partnered with Good Clean Fundraising for a fundraising opportunity. The Class of 2017 will be selling high quality liquid laundry soap and fabric softener in 5 gallon buckets with a pump dispenser. The product is comparable in quality to name brands and comes in a variety of scents, including free and clear. The company even offers a high efficiency formula. Everyone uses laundry soap and this opportunity allows the class to offer a quality product and raise funds for their class at the same time. Orders will arrive at TVHS on or near May 8, 2015. Pickup times will be announced when shipping is confirmed. Click here for ordering information and comparison pricing.

Post Prom Information for Parents
The TVHS Post Prom Committee will be holding the 23rd annual Post Prom on Friday, April 24th from 11:30 PM - 2:00 AM at the North Canton Skate and Entertainment Center. This year the Post Prom Committee will offer a bus that will drive your student from Tusky Valley High School to the North Canton Skate and Entertainment Center and back to Tusky Valley after Post Prom.  The Post Prom committee is also in need of prizes and/or donations.  If you would like to make a donation of either it would be greatly appreciated by our students. Click here more information on the Post Prom, bussing, volunteering or making a donation.

Tusky Valley Primary School held Kindergarten Registration on March 9th & 10th. If you have child that will be entering kindergarten (age 5 before August 1) for the 2015-2016 school year but were unable to register your child at that time please call the Primary School office at 330-859-2461 for information on registering your child.

Camp Invention Returning This Summer
Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame is coming to Buckeye Career Center the week of June 15th! Let your child's imagination go wild while exploring connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Camp Invention gives 1st-6th graders the opportunity to disassemble machines, learn through hands-on activities and build skills during fast paced, high energy games! Discounts and scholarships are available for all students. You can fiind out more at www.campinvention.org or by calling 800.968.4332.

TVIS 4th Graders Celebrate Ohio History Day
Tusky Valley 4th graders celebrated Ohio History Day on March 27th, 2015.  All 4th graders spent the past few weeks researching a famous Ohioan and completing a culminating project involving artwork, technology, and an oral presentation.  Students came to school dressed in character and spent the day learning about some of Ohio’s early days.  Special visitors included President William McKinley, the Mineral City Historical Society, Thomas Edison, Mrs. Evans (Housekeeper for the Reeves family mansion), and a citizen from the early village of Zoar.  The day concluded with a birthday celebration for Ohio’s 212th year of statehood.  The day was made possible by the support of the Tuscarawas County Heritage Grant and the Tusky Valley PTO.  

6th Grade Volleyball Captures Dover League Title
Congratulations to the 6th grade volleyball team as they also won the Dover League championship. The Tusky Valley volleyball future is bright! Go Trojans!

5th Grade Volleyball Takes Dover League
Congratulations to the 5th Grade volleyball team as they won the Dover League championship. Team members include Nicole Dyko, Leaha McMullin, Kailee Kohler, Taylor West, Katie Meyer, Josie McKinney, Elly Rothenstein, Camberlee Perkowski, Ashley Merrick, & Julia Felgenhauer. Great job girls!

TVMS 6th Graders Shine in Writing Contest
Congratulations to TVMS 6th graders Arora Levengood (1st place), Keegan Selinsky (2nd place) and Brett Johnson (3rd place) for their performance in writing contest titled: "The Funniest Trick My Pet Ever Did..." The contest was sponsored by the Animal/Child Abuse Prevention Council of Tuscarawas County Family and Children First. Great job! We are proud of you!

TVHS Honors February Students of the Month
Student of the Month
Aaron Ward

Fine Arts Student of the Month
Taylor Sayers

Athlete of the Month
Zach Dozier

Trojan Twelve Perform with Moravian College Choir
On Tuesday, March 10, twelve TVHS students performed at Dover High School with the Moravian College Choir and area high school choir students. The concert featured the Moravian College Jazz Band, TVHS Trojan Twelve, DHS Ars Nova, Moravian College Choir, and combined high school and collegiate choirs. Members of Trojan Twelve include: Aric Bird, Jeremy Brinkman, Justin Cochran, Zach Dozier, Stefanie Fockler, Grant Handrich, Lauren McMullin, Hayley Miley, Rebecca Radabaugh, Tricia Renicker, Heather Rich, and Austin Townsend. Congratulations to all students for the excellent performance.

TVLS Students Compete in District Science Fair
TVHS students Clint Spillman, Natalie Specht, Grant Gursky, Christian Baum, Micaliah Peffer and Julian Levengood participated in the District 13 Science Day at the University of Mount Union on Saturday, March 7th. Eighth graders Olivia Galigher and Seth Ramsey also competed.  Nate Ackerman will compete at the District 5 Science Day at the University of Akron on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Grant, Christian, Micaliah, Olivia and Seth qualified to go to State Science Day at the Ohio State University on May 16, 2015.  TVHS also received a trophy for the "Science Excellence Award".

Bird, Vesco Excel at State Speech Tournament
Congratulations to TVHS junior Aric Bird as he advanced to the final round and finished in 5th place in humorous interpretation at the State Speech Tournament this past weekend. Fellow junior Katey Vesco advanced to the semifinals in prose poetry and finished in 12th place overall. The entire TVHS Speech & Debate Team will share their performances on Thursday, April 25th in the TVHS Auditorium at 7:00 PM.

Updated Information on Calamity Make-Up Days

So far this school year the Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools have been closed for eight (8) days and had four (4) two-hour delays. We will be in session for the following calamity makeup days:

Friday, May 15 (make up day #1)
Friday, May 8 (make up day #2)
Thursday, April 2 (make up day #3)

As of now, Monday, April 6 (the day following Easter) is a non-school day.

TVMS Names February Students of the Month
TVMS Students of Month Dustin Kirtley, Zepporah Miller, Austin Kohler, Tyson Stahlman, & Drake Spina

CBIP Team Takes Regional Knowledge Bowl
The TVHS Career Based Intervention Program defeated Mid-East Career and Tech 235-152 to win the Regional Senior Division Knowledge Bowl and advance to the State Knowledge Bowl to be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center on April 14th. Team members include coach Chadd Wallick, Josh Beatty, Andrew Marker, Corey Rufener, Tom Rufener, Jay Norris, Steven Mayo, & Chris Norris.

Academic Challenge Team Finishes Unbeaten
Congratulations to the TVHS Academic Challenge Team as they wrapped up an undefeated regular season (7-0) be defeating Canton South 35-18. The team now moves onto tournament play beginning March 16th. Team members include Reid Palumbo, Lucas Whitmer, Dakota Kirtley, Jacob Schandel, Erin Weisgarber, Katey Vesco, & Rylan Clugston. The team is coached by Mrs. Marcia Speicher.

Alex Anzio to Play for Buckeye Cup
The Jackson Hockey Club, including TVHS senior Alex Anzio, claimed the North Coast High School Hockey League playoff championship Sunday with a 6-3 victory over previously undefeated Medina.  The team will head to Columbus this weekend for the Buckeye Cup club hockey state championship tournament. The team has players from Jackson, GlenOak, Perry, Green, Northwest and Tusky Valley.

Whitmer, Ackerman Tops in Bridge Building

TVHS senior Lucas Whitmer and sophomore Nate Ackerman came in first and second respectively at the Ohio Regional International Bridge Building Contest Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Kent State University Tuscarawas Branch in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Their performance qualified them for the 2015 International Bridge Building Contest. This was a record breaking year in that 98 bridges were tested at the event. A special thank you to Allied Machining and Engineering who will sponsor their travel and lodging for the International Bridge Building Contest which will be held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland Oregon. Congratulations Tusky Valley bridge builders!

Tusky Valley to Leave PAC, Join IVC
The Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools will be ending their affiliation with the Principals Athletic Conference (PAC) and joining the Inter-Valley Conference (IVC) in all sports. Tusky Valley hopes to begin play in the IVC during the 2016-2017 school year but many details will need to be worked out before the 2016-2017 start date will be official. At the latest, Tusky Valley will begin play in the IVC during the 2017-2018 school year. Tusky Valley was a charter member of the PAC when it was formed for the 1989-1990 school year. Over the past 26 seasons the Trojans captured 16 PAC championships in volleyball, 10 in boys' track, 6 in girls' cross country, 4 each in girls' basketball & boys' golf, 3 each in football and girls' track, and 2 each in boys' cross country, soccer, and baseball.

Bird Qualifies for National Speech Tournament
Congratulations goes to Aric Bird who placed 1st in humorous interpretation this Saturday at the National Speech and Debate Associations Eastern Ohio District Tournament. Aric Bird is now a National Qualifier in humorous interpretation. The National Speech and Debate Tournament is June 14th through the 19th in Dallas Texas, students must place as one of the top competitors at one of 110 district tournaments across the country. This June students will compete for college scholarships and the National Title. Aric is coached by Carrie Spina and assistant coaches Cierra Spina and Angie Thomas.

7th Grade Girls Capture PAC Title
Congratulations to the TVMS 7th grade girls' basketball team as they captured the PAC title by defeating Indian Valley 26-15. The victory wrapped up an undefeated 18-0 season. Great job girls!

TVLS Change Bandits Strike Again
Students and staff at the Primary, Intermediate, and Middle Schools all collected money to support Akron Children's Hospital "Have a Heart, Do Your Part" Radiothon this past week.  Thank you to everyone who helped us with this great cause.  The TVLS Change Bandits collected $1493.39.

TVHS Honors January Students of the Month
Student of the Month
Abby Thomas
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Kameron Murdock
Athlete of the Month
Leland Hostetler

TVMS Names January Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Bailey Keane, William Saynor, Emily Dyko, Faith Ramser & Titus Rennicker

TVHS Speech Team Sends 10 to State
Congratulations to the TVHS Speech Team as 10 members of the team have qualified for the 2015 OHSSL State Tournament to be held March 5-7 in Canfield. Qualifying for the state tournament were Aric Bird in humorous interpretation, Katey Vesco, Christian Arbogast, Alyssa Tausch & Kameron Murdock in prose poetry, Abby Thomas and Nate Ackerman in original oratory, and Leda McConaha, Gabbi Tausch & Abby Ackerman in student congress. Bonnie Grossi qualified as an alternate in dramatic interpretation. Congratulations and good luck to our speech team! We are proud of you!

Levengood Earns 2015 "Best of Fair"

Congratulations to Julian Levengood as he captured the "Best of Fair" award at the 2015 TVLS Science Fair. Other awards winners were Seth Ramsey and Olivia Galigher (Best MS Project), Nathan Sparren (Best 9th Grade Project), Grant Gursky (Best 10th Grade Project), & Micaliah Peffer (Best 11/12th Grade Project).

Best MS Project - Seth Ramsey and Olivia Galigher - "Wind Energy"
Best 9th Grade Project - Nathan Sparren - "Rust Prevention and Steel Wool"
Best 10th Grade Project - Grant Gursky - "How Light Color Affects Vision"
Best 11th/12th Grade Project - Micaliah Peffer - "The Color of Chemistry"
"Best of Fair" - Julian Levengood (12th Grade) - "Hydraulic Fracturing"

Hollon Wins 2015 Spelling Bee
Eighth-grader Ensleigh Hollon defended her 2014 TVLS Spelling Bee Championship title by capturing the 2015 contest in a fierce 19-round battle of words. Ensleigh was also the runner up at last year’s Regional Spelling Bee hosted by the Canton Repository. In March, Ensleigh will head back to Canton to compete in this year’s Regional Spelling Bee. The spelldown champion said her goal is to earn a spot in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in late May. Some of the words that Ensleigh had to spell to earn the repeat crown were ignominious, souchong, doubloons, and bas-relief. She spelled monarch to end the spell-off with runner-up, seventh-grader Dustin Kirtley. Congratulations Ensleigh and Dustin!

TVMS Students Advance in Power of the Pen
Congratulations to the TVMS Power of the Pen team as they placed 3rd at the recent Power of the Pen District Tournament held at Dover Middle School. Ensleigh Hollon, Miranda Vega, Olivia Galigher, and Ali Weekley advanced to the regional tournament by placing in the top 12 individually. Power of the Pen is Ohio's award-winning educational program devoted to excellence in creative writing. Great job girls!

Felgenhauer Named Winter Homecoming King
Congratulations to TVHS senior Jordan Felgenhauer as he was named the 2015 Winter Homecoming King at Tuesday's basketball game vs. Claymont. The formal Winter Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, January 31st at 7:00 PM in the TVMS cafeteria.

2015 TVHS Winter Homecoming Court

Zach Dozier
Senior Attendant
Jordan Felgenhauer
Senior Attendant
Dakota Kirtley
Senior Attendant
Troy Smolinsky
Junior Attendant
Adam Sanders
Sophomore Attendant
Luke Selogy
Freshman Attendant

TVPS Students Learn About Worms
Representatives from The Norma Johnson Conservation Center recently visited Tusky Valley Primary. Kindergarten teacher Ms. Austin arranged for a presentation on worms. The kindergarteners learned about worms and how they help the environment. The kindergarteners were able to touch the worms. They went through a worm tunnel with a flashlight to discover how worms live under ground. Thank you to the The Norma Johnson Conservation Center for stopping by TVPS!

McCauley Receives Big Brother Award
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Justin McCauley as he was named the recipient of the Big Brother of the Year Award for school-based mentoring. All case managers nominated mentors from their caseload that stand out above other mentors.  Votes are then cast for nominees from both staff and board. Big Brothers, Big Sisters is in 14 school districts and McCauley was chosen as the Big Brother of the Year from all districts. Congratulations Justin!

Why Do I Serve on the Board of Education?
“I serve on the Tuscarawas Valley Local School Board because I’ve always wanted ALL children to receive the best education we can possibly give them. What I enjoy most about serving on the TV Board is participating in the graduation ceremony!”
“I serve on the TV Board because I believe in education and love kids. It’s my desire to help in any way possible to provide the children of our school district the opportunity to get the very best education possible. What I enjoy most about serving on the TV Board is the shared vision and commitment to excellence I see in each of our members as well as in the personal and professional lives of our superintendent and treasurer. What I find exciting is that this same vision/commitment of excellence is also shared by our teachers and staff making in my opinion, Tusky Valley just an outstanding school district.”
“I enjoy being a part of providing new and improved educational opportunities for all our students K-12. I enjoy hearing about and seeing student successes throughout the year as they reach for new educational goals.”
“I serve on the TV Board because I believe every child deserves the right to quality education, that the community deserves fiscal responsibility, and the employees deserve our commitment and support to help them achieve these goals.”
"I serve on the TV Board to be a representative for the community who wants to see Tusky Valley thrive in both academics and sports programs. My experience, as a parent of students and active member of the community, positions me to understand the strengths of Tusky Valley as well as where we can improve and offer input in those areas. I most enjoy serving on the TV Board for the partnership of other board members, administration, and staff and the many ways we make Tusky Valley excellent."

TVLS Students Recognize Board of Education
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to play video created by Mrs. Robson, Mrs. Varansky and TVLS Students

The Tusky Valley School Board is important because without them our school wouldn’t be as organized or have some of the great things we have as a school. They make important decisions, such as funding. Without them, I most likely wouldn’t have one of my favorite classes, engineering. The people on the board are also very generous. I know this first hand because the engineering class received donated money in order to purchase new tools and even a toolbox to store them in. I really do appreciate everything they do for us. Without them this school would likely be very different. Thank you Tusky Valley School Board.

The Tusky Valley school board is important because it is comprised of individuals who understand our needs as students of the district. Parents of students and other involved members of the community that participate in the meetings can offer various perspectives on how to effectively educate today’s youth. Communication in any project, conference, or team is the key to success. Our board has used that motto and gone above and beyond in regards to both expressing their carefully cultivated points and keeping the district’s best interests at the core of their discussions. They focus on topics of vital relevance to the functionality of the schools, and without their passion for the quality of education, Tusky Valley wouldn’t be what it is today.

TVMS Honors December Students of the Month
Congratulations to the TVMS December Students of the Month
Sam Ray, Lauren Stotzer, Callie Marburger, Cooper Sites, & Katie Meyer

Spina Wins "Words With Wings" Contest
Congratulations to Tusky Valley 8th grade student Drake Spina on finishing in first place in his age group in the Words with Wings writing contest. The contest is for Tuscarawas County students who understand the value of storytelling. The prompt for the contest was "Keep your fork, something better is coming." Congratulations and great job Drake!

TVHS Honors December Students of the Month
Student of the Month
Lucas Whitmer
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Aric Bird
Athlete of the Month
Jordan Felgenhauer

Bird, Vesco Qualify for State Speech Tournament
Congratulations to TVHS juniors Aric Bird and Katey Vesco as they have qualified for the Ohio State Speech Tournament to be held on March 5-7 in Canfield, Ohio. In order to automatically qualify for the state tournament a student must earn at least 4 bids throughout the season. Bids are earned by placing in the top 6 in your category during speech tournaments throughout the season. Bird earned his 4th bid by placing first in Humorous Interpretation at the Highland Speech Tournament in late December. Vesco earned her 4th bid by placing first in Prose Poetry at the Canfield tournament in early January. Congratulations & good luck Aric and Katey!

Student Made Storage Barn for Sale
TVHS Construction students Brian Beans, Steven Halsey, Brandon Kendle, Raymond McClure, Brock McDaniel, Noah Orr, Micah Phillips, Cameron Prorok, Ryan Strain, Brayden VanMeter, Thomas Varadi and Jorge Vazquez recently finished a 10' x 12' storage barn. The storage barn is currently for sale for $3000. Please contact Mr. Gauding at ron.gauding@tvtrojans.org for more information.


Upcoming Events

Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools
Superintendent Mark Murphy
2637 Tusky Valley Rd.
Zoarville, OH 44656
Phone: 330-859-2213
Fax: 330-859-2706
Tuscarawas Valley Primary
Principal Mary Beth Markley
PO Box 428, 8647 First Street
Mineral City, OH 44656-0428
Phone: (330) 859-2461
Fax: (330) 859-8885
Tuscarawas Valley Intermediate
Principal Diana Flickinger
216 Park Avenue
Bolivar, OH 44612
Phone: (330) 874-3234
Fax: (330) 859-8875
Tuscarawas Valley Middle School
Principal Erica Knowles
2633 Tuscarawas Valley Rd. NE
Zoarville, OH 44656-9692
Phone: (330) 859-2427
Fax: (330) 859-8845
Tuscarawas Valley High School
Principal Jason Phillips
2637 Tuscarawas Valley Rd. NE 
Zoarville, OH 44656-9692
Phone: (330) 859-2421
Fax: (330) 859-8805