Tippecanoe Valley honors four retiring teachers for decades of service

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Four teachers who are retiring at the end of the school year from the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation were honored on May 8 for their years of service.

The board of trustees recognized Lois Ann Buss, Tippecanoe Valley High School (TVHS) language teacher, Kim Eiser, Mentone Elementary first grade teacher, Brenda Vanlaningham, Mentone Elementary kindergarten teacher and Doug Heinold, TVHS industrial technology teacher. All four have a combined total of 131 years of experience teaching at Tippecanoe Valley.

“The greatest reward I have is living with purpose and passion in a profession where I have the opportunity to make a difference in the world. Teaching allows me to impact the lives of young people, and even to sometimes save a life,” said Buss, who started teaching at Tippecanoe Valley in 1980.

Buss taught French, Spanish and English, but also wore many extracurricular hats at times including cheer coach, French Club and junior class sponsor. She is also very excited to have recently acquired the title of “Nana”, and will be traveling to Michigan often to spend time with her first granddaughter. She will also begin teaching French part time at Grace College this fall.

Eiser says some of the most rewarding moments of her career include seeing her former students accomplish their goals and return for visits years after their days in elementary school. She completes a 35-year teaching career at Tippecanoe Valley, starting just a few months after graduating from Indiana State University.

“It has been a delight to see my kids turn into parents and to have their children in my class. The most important rewards are the lifetime connections that I have made with my students and colleagues,” said Eiser, who plans to travel, read more and possibly substitute teach during retirement.

The day to day interaction with kids and working with the teachers at Mentone Elementary is what Vanlaningham will miss the most. She calls the school her “home away from home” and will miss everyone, she said.

“I could not have asked for more from the kind, caring, fellow teachers here. Thank you is not enough for this great group of colleagues,” said Vanlaningham, who spent 28 years teaching at Tippecanoe Valley.

Vanlaningham is looking forward to being a full-time grandma and getting to go to more sporting events, grandparents’ days and just being available when needed. She doesn’t have any immediate plans for retirement yet, but says she would like to take more mission trips in the future.

“I guess once a teacher, always a teacher! Maybe just in a different capacity or country,” she said.

Heinold says the most rewarding part of his time teaching at Tippecanoe Valley are the former students he bumps into on a regular basis who have made a successful career from some of the skills, knowledge and advice they may have gained from the industrial technology classes they took at TVHS.

Heinold came to TVHS in 1985 to teach woodworking and drafting, among other things, and to coach football, baseball and wrestling. He will miss all of the people at Tippecanoe Valley the most, he says.

“I have worked with a lot of great people from administrators to students during my time here. I hope that I will never forget all of the good times that I have had from the classroom to the field. Tippecanoe Valley has been a great place to teach and coach all of these years,” said Heinold.

Heinold is hoping to still be able to use his skills for a while longer. He loves the computer drafting and robotics aspects of what he taught for the past decade. He also hopes to spend more time with his family during retirement.

“I hope to be able to consider myself a Tippecanoe Valley Viking for life,” he said.

Picture from left to right: TVSC Board of Trustees Vice President Stan Miller, TVSC Board Member Bryan Murphy, TVHS Industrial Technology Teacher Doug Heinold, TVHS Language Teacher Lois Buss, Mentone Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Brenda Vanlaningham, TVSC Board of Trustees Secretary Adam Heckaman, Mentone Elementary First Grade Teacher Kim Eiser, TVSC Board of Trustees Member Aaron Zolman and TVSC Board of Trustees President Todd Hoffman.

TVHS juniors graduate from Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy

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The Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy’s Class of 2016-2017 was honored on May 3.

A graduation ceremony was held at Vitale Events in Warsaw. 32 students from the high schools that serve Kosciusko County – Lakeland Christian, Tippecanoe Valley, Triton, Warsaw, Wawasee, and Whitko – were members of this year’s class.

Two Project Proud presentations were made, one featuring Tippecanoe Valley High School’s McKenzie Murphy, Susan Nickerson, and Olivia Trippiedi and their project, “Covered with Love”.

Photo from left to right: Tippecanoe Valley High School juniors Susan Nickerson, Madison O’Connell, Olivia Trippiedi, McKenzie Murphy, Jacob McDonald, and Camden Tucker.

TVSC announces Summer Food Service Program details

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The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation announced on May 2 plans to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and under and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled. Free meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Free meals will be provided at the sites listed below beginning May 30, 2017 and ending July 25, 2017.

For further information contact:

Blaine Conley, Assistant Superintendent

8343 S. State Rd. 19, Akron, IN 46910

(574) 598-2765






Mentone Elementary School


301 E. Jackson St.

Mentone, IN 46910

Breakfast May 30th thru June 21st.  No breakfast on June 16th.

Lunch Monday-Friday from May 30th – July 25th.

No meals served on July 3rd & 4th.

Tippecanoe Valley High School


8345 S. State Rd. 19

Akron, IN 46910

Breakfast May 30th thru July 25th.   No meals served at the high school on June 30th & July 7th, 14th or 21st.

Lunch Monday-Friday from May 30th – July 25th.

No meals served on July 3rd & 4th.













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It has been an amazing year and an amazing journey for our seniors at Tippecanoe Valley. They have put in years of hard work, and as a result, their futures are coming together before their eyes. Some have been accepted to colleges across the country, some are pursuing a specific vocation while others are taking advantage of community college.

We will come together as a community to celebrate these students’ accomplishments together at our annual graduation ceremony on June 4, 2017. We hope to see you there!