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The senior class will be taking their annual trip to Cedar Point on Thursday, May 22nd. The cost is $20 and includes the chartered bus ride and admission to the park. Students are responsible for bringing their own money for food. Tickets can be purchased before or after school from Miss Geibel in room 108. All tickets must be paid for by April 28th. The chartered bus will leave at 7:00 AM.

Boys' Track Team Does It Again!
Congratulations to the boys' track team for their second inviational title in as many weekends as they came home victorious in the 2014 Knights Invite at West Holmes. The Trojans tallied 97 team points to easily outdistance Fairless (76 points) to win the 17 team event. Click here to view the event results.

A Taste of Tuscarawas Valley Returns
The Tusky Valley Music Boosters will be sponsoring the 5th Annual “A Taste of Tuscarawas Valley” to be held at the TV Middle School on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 PM. This event, which follows a “Taste of the Town” format, features signature dishes from local restaurants/vendors. As of today the list includes Canal Street Diner, Texas Roadhouse, Biscotti by the Bunch, Campesino’s Grill, Island Palm Winery, The Pampered Chef, Bolivar Giant Eagle, Zoar Market, and McDonald’s. Tickets for the event are $12.00 in advance and $17.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased from any bV Band member or in the Tusky Valley High School Office from 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM. The single admission price provides access to sample all of the participants’ dishes. Entertainment will be provided by the members of the TVHS band. A 50/50 drawing and raffles will also be held. All proceeds go to benefit the TV Music Boosters. For more information, please contact Lori Caughey at 330-224-4327.

Levy Question of the Day
Question: How are all of the lawn signs and activities the committee is planning being financed? Are school funds used?

Answer: School funds are NEVER used for the purposes of promoting passage of the levy. Lawn signs, the large outdoor signs, flyers, posters, the parade, cookouts and any other efforts are paid for entirely by Today's Committee for Tomorrow's Schools. Those funds come from private donors and fundraising activities such as the sale of t-shirts. No school district dollars are used to support levy initiatives.


Deserrae Potts Qualifies for USAG Regionals
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Deserrae Potts as she has qualified for the USA Gymnastics regional competition to be held in Illinois on April 25-27. Deserrae earned an all-around score of 34.925 to place 8th in the 2014 Ohio Level 8 State Championships.

Thomas Takes First Place in Rotary Speech Contest
Congratulations to TVHS junior Abby Thomas as she captured first place in the Northeastern Ohio Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest. Abby won $300 for capturing first place! Way to go Abby!

Did You Know...
Did you know that Tuscarawas Valley Local School district has reduced spending by $3 million over the last 7 years in an attempt to delay asking for additional operating funds? This conservative approach to spending has made TVLS one of the most cost-efficient districts in the state of Ohio, and to date, has done so without sacrificing quality of education. In fact, our school district achieved the Ohio Department of Education's "excellent with distinction" ranking for the 2011-2012 school year.

Boys' Track Rules Newcomerstown Invitational
Congratulations to the TVHS boys' track team as they took first place at the Newcomerstown Invitational on Friday night. The Trojans tallied 90 points followed by Indian Valley with 84 points to win the 8-team event. The boys' took first place in several events including the team pole vault (Alex Watson, Aaron Beans & Matt Kiem), the team long jump (Taylor Stahlman, Jordan Kienzle, & Kodey Lewis), the 4x800 relay (Brady Woods, Tyler McCaulley, Nick Gauding, & Gabe Shetler), the sprint medley relay (Jordan Kienzle, Kodey Lewis, Brandon Locker, & Taylor Stahlman), and the 4x400 relay team (Taylor Stahlman, Nick Gauding, Kodey Lewis, & Brandon Locker).

TVHS Students to Attend Buckeye Boys/Girls State
Congratulations to TVHS juniors Zach Dozier, Dakota Kirtley, Julian Levengood, Benjamin Liggett, Abby Ackerman, and Abby Thomas as they have been selected to attend Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State respectively. American Legion Buckeye Boys State is an eight-day hands-on experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Ohio government. Buckeye Girls State is a week-long program designed to educate Ohio's young women in the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of good citizenship. Buckeye Girls State focuses on aspects of city, county, and state government.

Nathan Sparren Advances to IEA Regional
Congratulations to TVMS 8th grader Nathan Sparren as he has advanced to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association's Regional Equestrian Competition. The competition will be held on May 10th in Sullivan, Ohio. Nathan qualified in Riding for Equine Differences Future Beginner Horsemanship. The mission of the IEA is to introduce students in middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports & to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition & instruction.

Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools Seek
Transportation Buildings/Grounds Supervisor

The Tuscarawas Valley Local School District is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Transportation and Buildings/Grounds Supervisor. Qualifications include: high school diploma or GED, post-secondary transportation training or work experience, record free of criminal violations, previous supervisory/leadership experience (preferred), ability to oversee and manage safe pupil transportation service, ability to administer boardapproved budgets, ability to oversee and manage the maintenance of district facilities, vehicles, equipment, grounds, boiler systems, etc. Applicant must hold or be qualified to obtain state-issued pupil transportation certification (CDL-P with school bus passenger endorsement) and possess outstanding character, people skills, work ethic, and professionalism.

This is a twelve (12) month, 260‐day contract (including paid holidays), paid in accordance with the TVLSD Supervisory Salary Schedule. Those interested should send written notification, resume, and completed classified application to Mark A. Murphy, Superintendent, Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools, 2637 Tusky Valley Rd NE, Zoarville, OH 44656 no later than Friday, April 11, 2014. Resumes and applications sent by email will NOT be considered.


Levy Question of the Day
Question: How does the TVLS compare to other districts in terms of spending?

Answer: More than 560 school districts (out of 613) spend MORE than TVLS does per child, per year, and they may or may not get the results our district does.  TVLS has consistently delivered an outstanding education for all children in the community in the most cost-effective manner possible. The school district also has established a pattern of frugality, spending as conservatively as possible, yet maintaining efficient operations. Locally, TVLS has establish itself as the area's most cost-effective traditional district.


Did You Know...
Did you know that the Tuscarawas Valley Local School District is currently "sharing" a treasurer with the Fairless Local School District saving taxpayers approximately $30,000 a year? This is just another way the school district has already shaved costs before asking voters for new money. The Emergency Operating Levy is only on the ballot because our schools are truly facing a financial EMERGENCY.


Local Mayors Offer Support for Issue 7
TVLS Superintendent Mark Murphy recently met with Mayor Rick Cain (Mineral City), Mayor Rebecca Hubble (Bolivar), and Mayor Larry Bell (Zoar).  Each of the mayors has expressed their public endorsement of the TV Schools emergency operating levy which will appear on the May 6, 2014 ballot as Issue 7.

Levy Question of the Day
Question: How will the funds raised by the Emergency Operating Levy be used?

Answer: The approximate $1.8 million will be used to support the overall operations of the school district. Here is an approximate breakdown of how the funds will be used:

1) $530,000 to replace state funding cuts
2) $800,000 to avoid Level IV cuts (see the attached pdf for a list of those potential cuts)
3) $175,000 to restore busing for grades 9-12
4) $300,000 to repair and maintain school district facilities. Ongoing general operational expenses include teacher and staff salaries, furniture, purchased services, school buses, lawn equipment, etc.

Levy Question of the Day
Question: What will be RESTORED once the levy passes on May 6?

Answer: Two major things will be restored at the start of the 2014-2015 if the levy PASSES on May 6:

1) Transportation Services:  Busing for grades 9-12 would resume on August 20, 2014. 
2) Instructional Time:  The K-8 start/end times would return to normal, therefore restoring approximately 45 minutes of daily instruction time at Tuscarawas Valley Middle School.


TVLS Now Accepting 2014-2015
Open Enrollment Applications

The Tuscarawas Valley Local School District is offering inter-district open enrollment with school systems throughout Ohio.  Applications will not be accepted after August 20, 2014 unless the student is currently enrolled in the district. New students who wish to enter Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools for the 2014-2015 school year must complete the open enrollment application forms.  Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and parents must have a contingency plan in place in the event that Tuscarawas Valley’s enrollment is too high for the student to be accepted. Applications are available in any school office, Central Office at 2637 Tusky Valley Road NE, Zoarville, or you can download an application here. For more information, please call 330-859-2213.


TVLS Launches Adopt-a-Chair Program
Before
After
The Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools Adopt-a-Chair program is a donation-based effort to refurbish the Tusky Valley High School auditorium. The auditorium was built in 1956 and has remained unchanged for nearly 60 years. The auditorium is used for multiple purposes throughout the year including choir performances, plays and musicals, assemblies, community meetings, district-wide staff meetings, professional development meetings, etc. The goal of the program is to give new life to the 440 wooden seats by restoring them with cushioned fabric to provide greater comfort, restore beauty, and enhance enjoyment for our students and community residents. A gift of $240 will refurbish one chair. Any donation amount will be accepted.  A donor plaque with the names of all donors will be permanently displayed in the lobby outside the auditorium entrance. To be placed on the donor plaque, a minimum donation of $50 is required. Click here to download a donation form and Adopt-a-Chair brochure.

 

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