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TVHS Honors Students
Student of the Month
Aliena Pugh
Artist of the Month
Katey Vesco
Athlete of the Month
Erin Weisgarber

TVPS Holds Safety Town Event
Last week Tusky Valley Primary participated in Safety Town . The students learned about bike safety from Nurse Crank. Mr. Sites and PTO volunteers ran the Safety Town Village that was set up in the gym. The children received Safety Town shirts from the PTO. Click here to see some pictures from the event.

Girls' Basketball Selling T-Shirts, Sweatshirts
The Tusky Valley Girls' Basketball team will be selling apparel through December 3rd. Orders will arrive before Christmas break. Orders can be taken from any TVMS or TVHS girls' basketball player or by contacting head coach Matt Ward at 330-859-2427 (ext.7605). Click here to download an order form.

TVMS Veterans Day Assembly Photos Now Available
In observance of Veterans’ Day, students at Tusky Valley Middle School waved flags and applauded as the veterans entered the gymnasium Wednesday, November 12, 2014. After an Honor Guard Ceremony, 8th grader Drake Spina led the entire school in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Middle School band performed “The Star Spangled Banner,” and the choir sang “America, the Beautiful.” In addition, four students: Ben Ackerman, Kat Gaiser, Calla Wadley, and Ali Weekley, shared their essays titled “My Hero.” Guest speaker, veteran Ron Weekley, discussed serving the nation as a sailor in the U.S. Navy. All veterans in attendance were recognized, and Julia Moser fittingly closed the ceremony with “Taps.” For the second year in a row, Lifetouch School Portraits was on hand to take photographs of the veterans and the students who invited them to attend. These souvenir pictures were provided by Lifetouch at no cost and were printed on site so they could be immediately enjoyed by all. Click here to see pictures.

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. Please contact Mr. Gauding at ron.gauding@tvtrojans.org for more information. Awesome work gentlemen!

Snow Days at TVLS

All public schools in Ohio fall under the new "Days to Hours" law (ORC 3313.48).  Like most schools in our area, the Tuscarawas Valley Local School District exceeds the state minimum hours required to be in session.  Even so, we are not permitted to schedule less hours than the district was in session the previous year. So, what does this mean for our Tusky Valley students, staff, and families?  We will do exactly what we've done in the past. Once 5 calamity days are used, we will begin to use the 4 built-in calamity make up days (for a total of 9 days).  If we exceed 9 days, the Board of Education will revisit whether or not the district will add any days to the end of the year. Calamity make-up days are as follows:

Friday, May 15 -- Calamity Make Up Day #1
Friday, May 8 -- Calamity Make Up Day #2
Thursday, April 2 -- Calamity Make Up Day #3
Monday, April 6 -- Calamity Make Up Day #4

This plan helps protect our student's learning and instructional time, as well as the community's investment in our schools.  If you have questions regarding the school calendar, please contact Mr. Murphy at 330-859-2213 or mark.murphy@tvtrojans.org.

Here is a quick glance at the number of calamity days TVLS has used over the last several years...

2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
6
11 (Flood)
8
6
13 (Flood)
1
3
12



District Satisfaction Survey Results

The Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools would like to sincerely thank everyone who completed the District Satisfaction Survey a few weeks ago. Over 130 responses were received providing valuable feedback regarding the district's educational services to our community's children and families. Areas of strength include academic achievement, educational learning environment, technology, fine arts, and communications. Areas for continued growth include athletics, facilities and grounds, and food services. 87% of respondents rated overall satisfaction as "satisfactory" or higher. Like any reputable business or organization, our ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to partner with you to provide the best education possible for our young people.

For All TV Children,
Mark A. Murphy
Superintendent, Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools


TVYAF Cheerleaders Shine at Competition
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley Youth Athletic Foundation cheerleaders for their outstanding performance at their recent cheer competition. The junior squad (3rd & 4th grade) placed 1st and the senior squad (5th & 6th grade) placed 3rd overall. Both squads were coached by TVHS cheerleader Lauren McMullin. Denise Kuharich and Stacy Howard also coached the junior squad. The cheer advisors, Beth Dyko and Selena Kohler, would like to thank everyone who particiapated.

TVMS Fall Students of the Month

September
Cain Winkhart
Ali Shane
Isabella Capello
Dawson Williams

October
Kaden Wells
T ucker Pruett
Amanda Ackerman
Lillie Armstrong

November
Josh Mark
Violet Hutchison
Taylor West
Emersen Huffman
Donnie Jones

Kohler Named First Team PAC Football
Congratulations to TVHS junior football player Adam Kohler on being named First Team PAC.

Vesco Claims Director's Chair at Perry Tournament
Congratulations to TVHS junior Katey Vesco as she took first place in prose poetry at the Perry Speech and Debate Tournament. The Perry tournament is considered to be one of the largest tournaments in the area. Senior Abby Thomas placed 2nd in original oratory. Both Vesco and Thomas competed against fields of more than 80 participants. Congratulations Katie and Abby.

McCauley, Hutchison Nominated for HOBY

Congratulations to TVHS sophomores Justin McCauley and Elizabeth Hutchison as they have been nominated to represent Tusky Valley at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. The seminar is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students attend three or four day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community.


TV Schools at New Towne Mall Reading Festival
TV Schools participated in the “Books Ahoy!” Reading Festival, held Saturday, November 1 at New Towne Mall.  Visitors to Tusky Valley’s Treasure Island themed booth were invited to decorate fish cookies with their names and Tusky Valley students were eligible to enter a drawing for a free book.  Book winners were Xander Tidrick, from Mrs. Duvall’s class at Intermediate and Toni Hicks from Mrs. Duff’s class at Primary.  Toni also won the Super Fitness coloring contest as well on that day and received a Leap Pad 2.  Mr. Gauding’s high school engineering students presented a Sumobot demonstration and Mrs. Cornell’s middle school engineering students participated in a STEM design challenge.

Kirtley Recognized as Commended Student
Congratulations to TVHS senior Dakota Kirtley on being recognized as a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Kirtley placed among the top three and a half percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2013 SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

TVHS Students Participate in YouthFest Honor Choir
TVHS students Stefanie Fockler, Heather Rich, Justin Cochran, and Landon Fox were selected for the Muskingum University YouthFest Honor Choir. On November 2nd, the students performed in a 75 member choir of students from Ohio and West Virginia. Congratulations to all the students involved in this event.

TVLS Raises Money for Breast Cancer Awareness
Students at TVHS and TVMS rasied money for breast cancer awareness through several events during the month of October. The high school Volley for the Cure game raised $619.00 while the middle school Volley for the Cure game raised $480. All proceeds from the Volley for the Cure games went to the Susan G. Komen fund. The TVHS "Black Plague" student section and Interact Club held a "Paint Trojan Pride Pink" day. This event, along with the Black Plague Goes Pink t-shirt sales, raised $900 for the Breast Cancer Research Fund. The events raised a total of $1999 dollars to help fund the fight against breast cancer.
Trojan Athletes Earn PAC First Team Honors
Dan Ackerman
Matt Ritterbeck
Erin Weisgarber
Alexis Gilland
Congratulations to TVHS senior soccer players Daniel Ackerman and Matt Ritterbeck, senior volleyball player Erin Weisgarber, and freshman volleyball player Alexis Gilland as they have been named First Team PAC in their respective sports. Great job!

District Champs!!!
Congratulations to the volleyball team as they captured the district championship by defeating Fort Frye 25-14, 25-12, 25-23 on Thursday night. This is the 15th district championship captured by the volleyball program. The Trojans now advance to the regional tournament where they will face Frankfort Adena. The match will be held on Thursday, October 30th at Logan High School.

Ernst Named TVHS Student of the Month
Congratulations to TVHS freshman Abby Ernst as she has been recognized as the 2014 September Student of the Month.   Abby is the daughter of  April and Adam Ernst of Bolivar.  She was nominated by Mr. Jarvis for her excellent effort and attitude in his class.  He said, “I wish there were more of her in class.”

8th Grade Volleyball Captures PAC Title
Congratulations to the 8th grade volleyball team as they captured the PAC title by defeating Triway on Saturday, October 19th! The team finished with a 13-3 record in PAC play this season. Great job girls!

Ohio's Preparedness Plan for Ebola

Ohio activated its Ebola preparedness plan when it learned that an Ebola patient visited the  state earlier this month.  Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges, State Superintendent Ross, and other state leaders have, and will continue, to conduct briefings to keep school districts informed.  A conference call update for school nurses was held Thursday.


Facts About Ebola:
  • Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.
  • Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).
  • Ebola is spread by touching the blood and body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or things with their blood and body fluids on it like clothes and bedding. Ebola is not spread through the air, food or water. 
  • Patients are contagious only when they are symptomatic and show signs of a fever. Anyone believing that they have been in contact with a person with Ebola should call their health care provider immediately.  
At TV Schools, our awareness is obviously heightened, yet it is important to remain optimistic and avoid panic.  We will remain in contact with the Ohio Department of Health and other local health care providers and will share any type of district emergency information, as necessary, with our parents/guardians via phone notifications, email, and/or website postings.  We always stress the importance of frequent and thorough hand-washing.  This is the best technique to prevent the spread of disease.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Debbie Crank or Superintendent Mark Murphy by calling  330-859-2213.  


TVMS Girls' Cross Country Takes 2nd at State Meet

Congratulations to the TVMS girls' cross country team as finished in 2nd place at the Middle School State Cross Country Meet on Sunday, October 19th. Great job girls! We are proud of you!

Woods, Schnegg Advance to Regionals
Congratulations to TVHS juniors Brady Woods and Breanna Schnegg as they advance to this week's Regional Cross County meet at Pickerington. Woods finished in 4th place in the District Meet at Cambridge with a time of 16:55.92. Meanwhile, Schnegg placed 6th with a time of 20:30.36. The top 16 runners from the regionals will advance to the State Cross Country Championships to be held November 1st at National Trail Raceway.

Ackerman Named October Athlete of the Month
Congratulations to TVHS senior soccer player Daniel Ackerman as he has been named the October Athlete of the Month. Ackerman scored 23 goals for the Trojans including 5 goals in a single game. Ackerman is a 4-year lettermen in soccer at TVHS.

Eight Perform at KSU All Star Choir Festival
Eight students from TVHS performed with 150 students from several school districts in Ohio on October 12th & 13th at the Kent State University All Star Choir Festival. Pictured from left to right are: Grant Handrich, Connor Everett, Jeremy Brinkman, Lauren McMullin, Rebecca Radabaugh, Tricia Renicker, Mekenna Farnsworth, and Austin Townsend. Congratulations on fantastic weekend and performance.

TVMS Girls' Cross Country to Compete at State Meet
Team Captured PAC Title This Past Weekend

The TVMS girls' cross country team will wrap up their outstanding season by competing in the Middle School State Cross Country Meet on Sunday, October 19th. So far this season the TVMS girls' team has won the Meadowbrook Invitational, Cambridge Invitational, Tusky Valley Invitational, the Tuscarawas County Meet, and the PAC Championship. Great job and good luck girls!

Woods, Schnegg Named All-PAC Cross Country
Congratulations to TVHS juniors Brady Woods and Breanna Schnegg as they earned First Team PAC honors at Saturday's PAC cross country meet. Woods placed 4th out of 74 runners with a time of 18:41.3 while Schnegg placed 5th out of 79 runners with a time of 22:28.

Erin Weisgarber Named 2014 Homecoming Queen
Congratulations to TVHS senior Erin Weisgarber as she was named the 2014 TVHS Homecoming Queen. Erin was escorted by fellow senior Zac Mitchell.

TVHS Ski & Board Club Accepting Sign-Ups
The TVHS Ski & Board Club is accepting students for the 2014-2015 season. The Ski & Board Club will travel to Boston Mills Resort for six Wednesday night sessions beginning January 7th. Please see Mr. Kennat in room 103 for details!

CBIP Students Provide Community Service
Students in Mr. Wallick's Career Based Intervention Program recently spent part of a day cleaning up the community billboard located on State Route 212 near Bolivar. Students involved in the project included Tyler Pierce, John Wade Miller, Andrew Marker, & Tom Rufener.

2014 TVHS Fall Homecoming Court
Taylor Breitmeier
Senior Attendant
Erin Weisgarber
Senior Attendant
Corrina White
Senior Attendant
Breanna Schnegg
Junior Attendant
Elizabeth Hutchinson
Sophomore Attendant
Abby Ernst
Freshman Attendant

Boys' Golf Team Captures PAC Title
Congratulations to the TVHS boys' golf team as they captured the PAC title Wednesday night. The Trojans, who had previously won the preseason and midseason PAC tournaments, finished in 3rd place in the PAC postseason tournament to claim the title. The PAC title is determined by the combined results of the 3 tournaments. Senior Tanner Johnson and sophomore Brenton Franks were named to the PAC First Team with senior Evan Walsh and sophomore Landen Thompson capturing PAC Second Team honors. Coach Terry Thompson was named the PAC Coach of the Year. Congratulations and great job guys!

ODE Releases State Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education released the 2014 State Report Cards on Friday, September 12th. Once again the Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools had an outstanding overall performance with a performance index ranking of 102.3. The performance index score measures student performance on the Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests at the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th (OGT) grade levels.  Tusky Valley's score of 102.3 was the 2nd highest score in Tuscarawas County trailing Garaway's 102.6. The graphic below shows how TVLS compared to other Tuscarawas County Schools.

TVLS Superintendent Mark Murphy offered the following comments on the new report card:

We are very pleased with the academic achievement of our students.  The results reflect the outstanding work of our teachers and staff, strong family support, and hard work of students. I am thankful for the good letter grades. We are more interested, however, in our individual students, and what those letter grades actually represent. We celebrate these types of wins along the way, and yet we clearly know there are areas for improvement. I believe in our students, staff, and community, and with everyone working together, we can achieve even at higher levels.



Attention Parents: Sign Up for Progress Alerts
As a parent would you like to receive an e-mail notification if your child has missing assignments or is receiving low grades on assignments? If so, be sure to sign up for the new Progress Book alerts feature. This service is free but you must register in order to receive the alerts. If you are interested click here to download an informational flyer with registration instructions.

Phone Notification System Information

The Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools uses a telephone notification system which allows us to quickly and effectively communicate important school and district news to parents and staff members through telephone messages.  School closing announcements, emergency information, and important school reminders are just a few examples of how the system may be utilized.  Please click here to view information on how to manage your account. If you have questions or experience problems, please call Mrs. Ramsey at 330-859-2213. 


Booster Club Sponsoring NYC Trip
The Tusky Valley High School Booster Club will be sponsoring a red eye trip to New York City the weekend of November 14-16th. Departure will take place from Tusky Valley High School on Friday, November 14th at 11:00 PM and the group will arrive in New York City at approximately 8:00 AM on Saturday morning. You will then be able to spend all day Saturday in New York City on your own. The trip is not escorted. The bus will reload at 8:45 PM on Saturday night and arrive back at the high school around 6:00 AM Sunday morning. The cost per person is $125. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Rachelle Watt. You can do so by e-mail wattr264@yahoo.com (please title the message “NY BUS TRIP”) or phone 330-874-3130. Click here for more information and to download the registration form.


TVHS Chamber Singers Perform at Bolivar Dam
The TVHS Chamber Singers performed at the Bolivar Dam Groundbreaking Ceremony on August 27th. Members of the Chamber Singers include Aric Bird, Jeremy Brinkman, Justin Cochran, Zach Dozier, Grant Handrich, Lauren McMullin, Hayley Miley, Patricia Renicker, Heather Rich, & Austin Townsend.

2014 Back to School Blast Highlights

Enjoy this video from the 2014 TVLS Back to School Blast & Barbeque funded by the Walmart Foundation Grant and the 21st Century Grant. The event was sponsored in part by the Community Business Association (CBA) of Northern Tuscarawas County. The video was shot & edited by Mr. Dave Kennat. Click on the screenshot to view the video.

Meet the New TVMS & TVHS Principals
Click the screenshot above to learn more about the new TVMS principal Erica Knowles and new TVHS principal Jason Phillips as they sit down with Mr. Murphy for an interview.





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