TVHS band students excel at Indiana Solo and Ensemble Contest

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Tippecanoe Valley High School is congratulating the following students for their performances at the Indiana Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, January 27th.

Bradly Caudill took home a silver medal, while Quintin Allen, Dakota Prater and Jacob McDonald all received gold medals.  McDonald also earned a perfect score on his drum set solo and is now headed to the state contest on February 24th for both drum set and snare drum. The boys are led by and Tippecanoe Valley Band Director Janell Riner.

Pictured left to right are Quintin Allen (Grade 10), Jacob McDonald (12) , Dakota Prater (12), and Bradly Caudill (9)

Adult education classes offered at Tippecanoe Valley schools

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The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is offering adult education classes at various school sites now through March.

Courses offered include canvas painting, first aid and CPR certification, high school equivalency test training and a series on nutrition. The classes are open to the public for a cost, or for free depending on the class. Here is the schedule of classes offered:

 

CPR/First Aid Classes

Date: March 6, 13, and 20

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Location: Tippecanoe Valley High School

Cost: $35

Details: Take this class to get certified or re-certified in first aid and CPR. Participants will also learn about automated external defibrillators and emergency first aid for gunshot wounds. Participants must attend all three classes to be certified. Call Debbie Johnston or Jeff Shriver at (574) 598-2100 to register or for more information.

 

Rustic Bouquet Canvas Painting

Date: March 28

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Mentone Elementary School. Enter through the back of the building at door J.

Cost: $18

Details: Register at http://www.happypaintbrush.com by clicking the event calendar and event date.

Call or text Karla Hayden at (574) 268-4977 with questions.

 

Creating a Wooden Welcome Sign

Date: April 25

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Mentone Elementary School. Enter through the back of the building at door J.

Cost: $25

Details: Register at http://www.happypaintbrush.com by clicking the event calendar and event date.

Call or text Karla Hayden at (574) 268-4977 with questions.

 

 

Zumba and Yoga Classes

Date: Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 5

Time: Zumba is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and yoga is from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Bell Memorial Public Library in Mentone

Cost: $3 per person, per class

Details: Contact Eva Mudd on Facebook or by emailing [email protected] for more information.

 

Nutrition Class Series

Date: March 15, 22, and 29

Time: 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Location: Tippecanoe Valley High School – Family and Consumer Science room

Cost: $10 to cover cooking demonstrations and food sampling

Details: Is it time to achieve a healthy lifestyle? Come to these sessions for three weeks and you’ll learn how to take the first step to achieving a healthy way of life. Join Nancy Hudson, HHS Extension Educator, as she uncovers “three easy bites” to better health.

Session 1 – Start with Breakfast – Thursday, March 15, 2018
Many of us skip out the door in the morning with nothing for our body to use as fuel. Learn how to make breakfast simple, quick and healthy.

Session 2 – Snack Right – Thursday, March 22, 2018

When we are hungry we reach for the quickest, most convenient food to satisfy our hunger. Strategize on ways you can snack in a healthy way that won’t add calories to your plan and sabotage your healthy goals.

Session 3 – Enjoy a Healthy Plate – Thursday, March 29, 2018

Adults of all ages have different nutrition and physical activity needs as their lives and bodies change. A strong and healthy body can provide many benefits. Maintaining healthy habits is an important way to lower your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. This session will help you create a healthy eating plan.

 

HSE/GED Classes

Date: Monday and Wednesday evenings (ongoing)

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Location: Akron Elementary School

Cost: Free

Details: This class helps people learn the skills necessary to complete his or her HSE/GED certificate.

Contact Debbie Johnston by calling (574) 598-2100 to register or for more information.

 

Open Weight Room

Date: Tuesday and Thursday evenings now through March 29

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Location: Tippecanoe Valley High School – Enter through door 8

Cost: Free

Details: Elliptical equipment and free weights are available for people to use.

TVHS to host community blood drive Feb. 2

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The Tippecanoe Valley High School student council and the American Red Cross will host a community blood drive on Friday, Feb. 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

The blood drive is open to anyone who meets the donor requirements outlined by the American Red Cross. Anyone interested in donating blood can go online to www.redcrossblood.org and register using the zip code 46910. You can also register by emailing Crystal Heckaman, student council sponsor, at h[email protected].

The high school student council hosts several blood drives throughout the school year. The American Red Cross provides scholarship money to students depending on the number of blood donations collected during the blood drives.

According to the American Red Cross, a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Nominations sought for Tippecanoe Valley Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018

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The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is seeking nominations for the Tippecanoe Valley Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018.

Distinguished Alumni are graduates of Tippecanoe Valley High School, Akron High School, Beaver Dam High School, Burket High School, Mentone High School, or Talma High School (living or deceased) who have led successful lives while making substantial contributions to their chosen field of work or have provided outstanding service to their community, state, or country. The Class of 2018 will serve as a vivid example for current and future students of what is possible for Tippecanoe Valley graduates.

Individuals selected as Tippecanoe Valley Distinguished Alumni will be asked to share their experiences with current Tippecanoe Valley High School students when they are honored publicly in September.

To nominate a graduate for the Tippecanoe Valley Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018, go to the corporation website at www.tippecanoevalleyschools.com. Click on the Distinguished Alumni Quicklink in the middle of the page, then complete the online nomination form. Paper copies of the Tippecanoe Valley Distinguished Alumni nomination form are available from the office of any Tippecanoe Valley school or the administration office.

Nominations are due no later than May 1, 2018. Questions about the Tippecanoe Valley Distinguished Alumni may be directed to Superintendent Brett Boggs by calling (574) 598-2759, ext. 2767.

Click here to read more about the Distinguished Alumni Class of 2017.

TVHS Honor Roll | 2nd Nine Weeks & First Semester | 2017-18 School Year

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2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll – TVHS – 2017-18 School Year

Freshmen – All A’s

Alexis Banghart

Allison Mahler

Arika Warren

Delaney Wagoner

Hannah Engstrand

Jonathan Helvey

Kiara Taylor

Kristina Bubb

Mackenzie Costello

Mallorie Isley

Marissa McLean

Payton Mills

Sidney Wagner

 

Freshmen – All A’s & B’s

Alexis Evans

Andrew Hurd

Ashley Butler

Ava Craig

Benjamin Bowser

Bradly Caudill

Brandt Alber

Brianna Kreiter

Chase McLaughlin

Flor Rivera

George Gillman

Hannah Parson

Hayley Backus

Jada Hicks

Jaxon Seaney

Jazimine Gilley

Jerzey Conley

Johnny Gonsalez

Kailey Rudd

Kaitlin Neese

Kaylee Nance

Kelly Ruiz

Kinsi Cline

Lucas Goble

Matthew Hodge

Matthew Howes

Melissa Ramirez

Mikayla McCord

Olivia Holstein

Parriah Laramore

 

Sophomores – All As

Amber Evans

Amy Baca

Colt Demske

Delaney Sandbakken

Jace Potter

Kirstyn Yoder

Makenzie Woodcox

Quintin Allen

Shelby Baker

Valeria Jimenez

 

Sophomores – All As and Bs

Aleesa Marshall

Alexis Michael

Allison Betten

Allison Miller

Alyssa Bell

Brendon Grubbs

Bryce Fisher

Cade Brouyette

Caleigh Byrer

Chloe Hostetler

Destiny Swick

Emily Murphy

Emma Craig

Faith Kamp

Grace Smythe

Jakob Jones

Jalen Potter

Jaxn Torpy

Jaydin Conley

Jessy Weitzel

Jorge Rosas-Jimenez

Kaitln Lewis

Lillie Collins

Luke Prater

Mason Stephen

Mayde Fear

Nikolas Vera

Olivia Livengood

Shakira Vail

Tanner Trippiedi

Tucker Shull

 

Juniors – All As

Billy Gillman

Dylan Wood

Elijah Holder

Hannah Jansma

Kamile Yocum

Kinzie Prater

Lauren Sponseller

Olivia Ellenwood

Olivia Smith

Rachael Randall

Sarah Tucker

Shayleigh Shriver

Sierra Marshall

Sophia Bussard

Sydney Howard

 

Juniors – All As and Bs

Alexandra Gomez

Austin Crill

Brooke Gothan

Cameron Parker

Czichilski, Taylor

David Krebs

Emily Peterson

Haley Lewis

Hanna Prater

Hannah Durkes

Jake Gearhart

Jonathan Humes

Kaitlin Shepherd

Karma Stiles

Laura Campos

Lorena Santiago

Madison Francis

Makenna Bradley

Makenzie Oldham

Maria Vargas

Marlea Myers

Matthew Helvey

Patrick Kelley

Rodolfo Diaz

Sarah Myers

Tiphanie Hodge

Wesley Melanson

 

Seniors – All As

Alejandra DeLaRosa

Baylee LaFollette

Brena Baney

Carissa Ziemek

Cora Alber

Dakota Parker

Gary Klinger

Hailey Becker

Hannah Ames

Jalyssa House

Jameson Baker

Kayla Scott

Kelsey Justice

Matheus Bagarollo

Morgan Gilbertson

Tristyn Lewis

Zachary Mulldune

 

Seniors – All As and Bs

Adam Yers

Addy Miller

Angelica Ortega

Asia O’Connor

Austin Vining

Bailey Engholm

Bradly Shepard

Brittany Wilhite

Bryce Cudney

Camden Tucker

Chase Brower

Cheyene Oldfather

Daisy Arroyo

Derek Hunsberger

Drake Manwaring

Emily Ruiz

Eric Wright

Grace Grosch

Gretchen Runyon

Guadalupe Ramirez

Hannah Gibbons

Hunter Hyden

Inola Slone

Issac Prater

Izaiah Brown

Jacob McDonald

Kaitlynd Heiden-Moore

Kayley Drummond

Logan Parker

Madison O’Connell

Makayla Sandbakken

Olivia Bell

Olivia Trippiedi

Raymie Shoop

Seth Hoffman

Shannon Dugan

Stefany Vilela Valloci

Susan Nickerson

Travis Hyden

Tyler Craft

William Johnston

Xabier Armentia Touza

 

1st Semester Honor Roll – TVHS – 2017-18 School Year

 

Freshmen – All A’s

Arika Warren

Hannah Engstrand

Hannah Parson

Kiara Taylor

Mackenzie Costello

Mallorie Isley

Marissa McLean

Payton Mills

 

Freshmen – All A’s and B’s

Alexis Banghart

Alexis Evans

Allison Mahler

Andrew Hurd

Ashley Butler

Ava Craig

Benjamin Bowser

Brianna Kreiter

Delaney Wagoner

Flor Rivera

George Gillman

Grayson Sriver

Jacob Davis

Jada Hicks

Jazimine Gilley

Johanna Aguilera

Johnny Gonsalez

Jonathan Helvey

Kaitlin Neese

Kinsi Cline

Kristina Bubb

Mackenzie Fisher

Matthew Howes

Melissa Ramirez

Mikayla McCord

Olivia Holstein

Sidney Wagner

Taylor Biddle

Taylor Hale-McKinney

 

Sophomores – All As

Allison Miller

Amber Evans

Amy Baca

Colt Demske

Delaney Sandbakken

Jace Potter

Kirstyn Yoder

Quintin Allen

Shelby Baker

Valeria Jimenez

 

Sophomores – All As and Bs

Aleesa Marshall

Alexis Michael

Alyssa Bell

Brendon Grubbs

Cade Brouyette

Caleigh Byrer

Chloe Hostetler

Emily Murphy

Faith Kamp

Grace Sythe

Jadyn Kolesiak

Jakob Jones

Jalen Potter

Jessy Weitzel

Jorge Rosas-Jimenez

Kaitlyn Lewis

Kelton Johnson

Luke Prater

Makenzie Woodcox

Mason Stephen

Mayde Fear

Mercedes Roszak

Nathaniel Heckman

Olivia Livengood

Roni Newsome

Tahya Lybarger

Tanner Trippiedi

Tucker Shull

 

Juniors – All As

Billy Gillman

Dylan Wood

Elijah Holder

Hannah Durkes

Hannah Jansma

Kamile Yocum

Laura Campos

Lauren Sponseller

Olivia Ellenwood

Rachael Randall

Sarah Myers

Sarah Tucker

Shayleigh Shriver

Sierra Marshall

Sophia Bussard

Sydney Howard

Tiphanie Hodge

 

Juniors – All As and Bs

Alexandra Gomez

Alexus Cooper

Annabell Gutierrez Eberly

Brooke Gothan

Cameron Parker

David Krebs

Emily Peterson

Gabrielle Olson

Haley Lewis

Hanna Prater

Hannah Lewallen

Kaitlin Shepherd

Kinzie Prater

Lorena Santiago

Makenna Bradley

Makenzie Oldham

Maria Vargas

Marlea Myers

Matthew Helvey

Olivia Smith

Patrick Kelley

Rodolfo Diaz

Swaide Kimble

Tristen Grubbs

Wesley Melanson

 

Seniors – All As

Adam Myers

Brenna Baney

Cheyene Oldfather

Dakota Parker

Gary Klinger

Hannah Ames

Jaemson Baker

Jalyssa House

Kelsey Justice

Matheus Bagarollo

 

Seniors – All As and Bs

Addy Miller

Alejandra DeLaRosa

Alyssa Brito

Amy Ortiz

Angelica Ortega

Baylee LaFollette

Bryce Cudney

Caleb Zuniga

Camden Tucker

Carissa Ziemek

Chase Brower

Cora Alber

Daisy Arroyo

Daniel Alexander

Derek Hunsberger

Drake Manwaring

Emily Ruiz

Eric Wright

Grace Grosch

Gracie Manns

Gretchen Runyon

Guadalupe Ramirez

Hailey Becker

Hannah Gibbons

Hunter Hyden

Inola Slone

Izaiah Brown

Jacob McDonald

Jade VanMeter

Kaitlynd Heiden-Moore

Kayla Scott

Kayley Drummond

Logan Parker

Macy Engstrand

Makayla Sandbakken

McKenzie Murphy

Morgan Gilbertson

Olivia Bell

Olivia Trippiedi

Raymie Shoop

Seth Hoffman

Shannon Dugan

Stefany Vilela Valloci

Susan Nickerson

Travis Hyden

Tristyn Lewis

William Johnston

Xabier Armentia Touza

Zachary Mulldune

 

TVSC adopts “next generation” board management technology

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The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is leveraging Cloud-based technology to improve its governance processes. The board management solution, called BoardDocs, is a remarkably powerful, easy to use service that will allow the school corporation to maximize the effectiveness of its board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for better and more open communication with the public, while improving productivity.

BoardDocs will increase the amount of time members of the board have to review agenda information, enabling them to better prepare for meetings.  BoardDocs gives the board a turn-key electronic solution for processing virtually any type of governance document, including agenda items, supporting documents, policies, and more.  BoardDocs eliminates the enormous task of assembling, printing, distributing, and revising board packets.

Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide unprecedented public access via the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation website to agenda items and other board-related information.  This process will allow interested parties to review information prior to school board meetings.  All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s comprehensive search feature.

The new BoardDocs board management features can be accessed via the corporation’s website at www.tippecanoevalleyschools.com.  Click on the “Board” tab, then click on BoardDocs.

Questions about BoardDocs may be directed to Superintendent Brett R. Boggs at [email protected] (574-598-2767) or Treasurer Jessica McFarland at [email protected] (574-598-2768).

TVSC Superintendent Brett Boggs announces retirement

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Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Superintendent Brett Boggs has announced he will retire at the end of the current school year.

The board of trustees officially accepted his retirement at the Jan. 15th school board meeting, but Boggs will continue to serve as superintendent through June 30th. He is putting an end to a 40-year career as an educator at Tippecanoe Valley. Boggs has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent over the past four decades.

“Having had the opportunity to work with many students and staff members during that period of time has been extremely fulfilling and rewarding,” said Boggs.

Boggs graduated from Grace College in 1978 and began teaching fourth grade and coaching junior high basketball and track at Akron School, which at the time, was kindergarten through eighth grades. He moved into administration in 1985 as assistant principal and athletic director and became principal in 1988. He served as the principal of Akron School for 17 years before being named assistant superintendent in 2005 and superintendent in 2008.

“Tippecanoe Valley is a community where people truly care about each other and put the needs of children first,” said Boggs.

Boggs was named Indiana Administrator of the year for 2002-2003 by the Indiana Association of Student Councils and the District 2 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Principals in 2003.

Some of the more notable achievements during his tenure at Tippecanoe Valley include establishing the Valley Hometown Fund, honoring the first class of Distinguished Alumni in 2010, the implementation of the Professional Learning Community model in each Tippecanoe Valley school, completion of the $17.6 million Akron Elementary School renovation project, establishing Project Lead the Way classes at all grades levels and the achievement of Tippecanoe Valley receiving district accreditation by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission in 2008, 2013 and again in 2018.

But along with the positive achievements Boggs looks back on, he said there have also been plenty of challenges to education during his time as superintendent.

“One of the most significant changes I’ve seen in education in the past 10 years involves schools competing for students. Because of legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly, the same schools we should be collaborating with we are now competing with for students. Since the state took over each school district’s general fund in 2009, the funding follows the child, which has resulted in intense competition for students,” said Boggs.

Other notable achievements Boggs said he is proud of are the energy-saving upgrades to several Tippecanoe Valley facilities. Those upgrades include a comprehensive energy-savings initiative at the Burket Educational Center in 2009, the construction of a 900 kilowatt wind turbine on the campus of Tippecanoe Valley High School and Tippecanoe Valley Middle School in 2011 and a new 44-panel solar array being installed on the grounds of Mentone Elementary School during the winter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Boggs is also highly involved in the community in which he lives. He currently serves as board president for the Palestine Bible Church and the Palestine Cemetery and is a member of the board of directors of the Fulton Economic Development Corporation, Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation, Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, Gradway and the Fulton County Leadership Academy.

Boggs also served on the board of directors of the Akron Carnegie Public Library for 16 years. He is the founder and currently a member of the Akron Community Relations Task Force and is also the founder and chair of the Tippecanoe Valley Community Mental Health Task Force. The task force was formed with the vision of empowering all citizens to good mental health and the mission to both increase knowledge and provide support, while reducing the stigma of mental illness.

“The two and one-half year period in which we lost multiple students and staff members to suicide and tragic accidents was the most difficult period of my professional and personal life. Today, our students, staff and the community are better prepared to see the warning signs and know how to properly respond to individuals at risk of suicide,” said Boggs.

Brett and his wife, Sarah, live in Akron and are the parents of three grown children with three grandchildren.

“We enjoy being a part of this community. I am looking forward to finding something that is flexible and will keep me busy. I am looking at a few possibilities, but no decisions have been made. There is no more noble profession than that of educating the young people of our community. There is no place I would rather have been than Tippecanoe Valley,” said Boggs.

VALLEY INSIGHT: The impact of the new graduation pathways on middle school students

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Written by Tippecanoe Valley Middle School Principal Scott Backus

The staff at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School (TVMS) works very hard to make sure our students have the skills necessary to move successfully to high school.  Our task is to make sure that every student has a solid foundation for the work they will need to do at the high school to be successful and graduate.  As graduation requirements have changed in Indiana in recent years, TVMS has responded by offering specific high school credit courses to help kids get a head start on their journey toward graduation.

This past December, the Indiana State Board of Education voted to change graduation requirements beginning with the class of 2023, our current seventh graders.  This decision at the state level will again impact course offerings at TVMS moving forward.

Under the newly approved graduation pathways, the graduating class of 2023 will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn academic credit to obtain a high school diploma.
  2. Learn and demonstrate employability skills through a project-based learning experience, service-based learning experience, or a work-based learning experience.
  3. Complete post-secondary competencies by doing one of the following: earning an honors diploma, completing an apprenticeship or career-technical courses (CTE) or meeting college-ready standards for ACT, SAT, ASVAB, or other lesser known tests.

These new standards are being advertised as allowing students more academic choice, flexibility, value, and relevance as they journey through high school and into college or a career. But they are also forcing some really crucial life decisions to be made by students very early in their educational career, so it is critical that TVMS students explore these options BEFORE they get to high school.

The question we have to address locally is how will this affect our kids?  Mr. Cripe, TVHS principal, and I have had many discussions about the impact of these new rules on our students.  There is still a great deal that is unknown, but here is how we see this impacting our kids:

  • Our academic honors students will see little impact on their path to college.  A student earning an academic honors diploma fulfills all three requirements.
  • In most cases students who do not earn an academic honors diploma will have to choose a Career Technology Education (CTE) career pathway to graduate.

There are many graduation pathway options with CTE under the new rules and it is CRITICAL that parents and students educate themselves on what has to happen for graduation pathway requirements to be met successfully.

The prerequisite course for all CTE pathways (under standard 3 above) is Preparing for Colleges and Careers (PCC).  All current eighth grade students at TVMS are taking this course during the second trimester and earning a high school credit for successful completion of the course.  This course will remain at TVMS for the foreseeable future to allow students to get a head start on the more rigorous graduation requirements.  We are also looking at the possibility of introductory courses for the CTE requirement occurring in Family and Consumer Science, Project Lead the Way, and Agriculture in the future to help our students meet these requirements.  Currently, students in eighth grade have the opportunity to take Algebra and Biology for high school credit if they are academically ready for those courses.  We will continue to offer high school credit in Algebra, but Biology will likely return to the high school after this year based on the new rules.

I strongly urge parents to research the new requirements if you have a child currently in seventh grade or younger.  Tippecanoe Valley is working to make sure every student has planning and support for the new requirements as we continue to learn about them ourselves.

At TVMS, we are committed to student success and will continue to do whatever it takes to equip all students to be outstanding – today, tomorrow and beyond.

Valley Insight is a recurring monthly article written by administrators on a variety of topics related to education and the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. Articles will be posted to the district’s website and also shared with the local media.

January Health Tip from Kosciusko Community Hospital

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As part of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation’s ongoing partnership with Lutheran Health Network Kosciusko Community Hospital, each month we will be sharing a health tip with our parents and staff. January’s health tip is all about community wellness screenings.

More information about the screenings can be found here: http://kch.com/wellness