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TVMS After School Program Parent Satisfaction Survey
All parents and guardians of students enrolled in the TVMS After School Program are invited to participate in a brief satisfaction survey.  Results of this survey are anonymous and will be used by the stakeholder team to evaluate this year's program and plan for next year.  Your feedback will be used to improve our program and offer students more choices for after school.  Completion only takes a few minutes and is a necessary component for 21st Century Community Learning Centers subgrantee compliance. Click here to complete the survey.

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 Akerman came in first and second respectively at the Ohio Regional International Bridge Building Contest Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Kent State University Tuscararwas 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.

NHS Bake Sale for "Pennies for Patients"
The National Honor Society members will be sponsoring a "Pennies for Patients" fund-raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from February 17 - 27. Students can show their support by donating a dollar for an "I Made a Difference Today" tag that will be displayed in the hallway by the main office or by supporting our bake sale. The bake sale will be Monday, February 23rd.

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!

Information on TVLS Calamity Make-Up Days
Question:  How does the new law regarding "days to hours" affect Tusky Valley Schools?  

Answer:  Like most school districts, Tusky Valley far exceeds the minimum hours required by the new state law (910 hours for K-6; 1,001 hours for grades 7-12)  If our school district operated under the new law, we could miss approximately 26 days of school without making them up.  We believe our TV district is not about meeting "minimum" standards and that it is educationally sound and financially responsible to make up for lost instructional time after five days.  Our teachers are contracted to work 184 days, and we feel it's right to maintain that work commitment to the greatest extent possible.

So far this school year, we have missed five days.  Any future missed day will be made up according to our Board-approved calendar:

Friday, May 15 (make up day #1)
Friday, May 8 (make up day #2)
Thursday, April 2 (make up day #3)
Monday, April 6 (make up day #4)

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.


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