Tippecanoe Valley High School Named Unified Champion School

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AKRON, IN – At a special convocation on Friday, May 18, Tippecanoe Valley High School was named a Unified Champion School. Champions Together is a partnership between the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Special Olympics Indiana.

Lee Lonzo, Director of Champions Together presented the banner to Tippecanoe Valley High School and the TVSC Community. Mr. Lonzo commended the students and their adult mentors for being named a 2017-2018 Unified Champion School and for being a statewide leader in the Champions Together movement. Tippecanoe Valley is one of an elite group of schools in Indiana that have achieved this honor and the first school receiving the banner for being named a Unified Champion School for the 2017-2018 school year.

An award program was established to recognize schools that embrace partnerships and do exemplary work in the areas of student leadership, respect for persons with intellectual disabilities, inclusion, Unified Sports participation and fundraising to support the goals of Special Olympics.

TVHS sponsored activities that were planned, organized and administered by an Inclusive Leadership Team (Kris Walker’s Peers Class), that strives to do things with student with disabilities, not for them. The school participated in several activities designed around whole school engagement that promoted and encouraged awareness, respect and inclusion. The school organized and participated in an IHSAA Unified Track and Field. The teachers of TVHS also raised $1500 for the Champions Together project.

Mason Metzger led off the convocation with an inspiring message for all the students at TVHS. Mason’s message included ways to look at opportunities from a unique perspective, teamwork, and encouraged the audience that through the obstacles, you get stronger. Mason concluded with ways to create a personal mission statement of just 15-20 words, understanding “growth mindset” and asking the audience what legacy they wanted to leave.

Tippecanoe Valley High School Names 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Congratulations to Cheyene Oldfather for being named 2018 TVHS Valedictorian.

Cheyene plans to attend Florida State University to major in Chemistry. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field. Cheyene is the daughter of Beth Oldfather.

Congratulations Dakota Parker for being named 2018 TVHS Salutatorian.

Dakota plans to attend Purdue University to major in Engineering. He plans to pursue a career in the engineering field. Dakota is the son of Joshua and Lichelle Parker.

Graduation Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 3.

Congratulations to all Tippecanoe Valley High School Graduates!



Akron Elementary School Staff Bestowed “Shining Star Award”

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 AKRON, IN – At the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation regular board meeting held this evening at Akron Elementary School (AES), the entire staff at AES was awarded with the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Shining Star Award.

The Chamber’s Shining Star Award recognizes an individual, business, or organization who has demonstrated outstanding community service.  The award was presented during Spotlight on the Valley portion of the meeting.  The entire staff received this award for their hard work and dedication during the recent construction project.

“My staff and I are very honored to be receiving this award. We pride ourselves in making this building feel like home to every person that walks through our doors,” shared AES Principal Chrissy Mills.

Superintendent Brett Boggs commended the staff, “Congratulations to Mrs. Mills and the entire Akron Elementary School staff on being named the recipient of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Shining Star Award.  You are most deserving of this award because of your hard work and dedication during the lengthy process of demolition, renovation, and construction that resulted in the beautiful, new Akron Elementary School.   Your willingness to go above and beyond to make this happen for our children and the community is truly appreciated.”

Valley Insight – Guest Author Dr. Shelly Engle

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by Dr. Shelly Engle
Language Arts Teacher
Tippecanoe Valley High School

The Many Reasons I Love Tippecanoe Valley Schools

I often find myself telling my husband, community members, colleagues, students, and my own children, “I love Tippecanoe Valley Schools.”  Some may think that I am simply stating this as a contingency of my employment; however, anyone who knows me will know that this is not the case at all.  I graduated a Viking, as did my husband, Jason. We have raised one Viking graduate, Johnathan, and have two more, Matthew and Lydia, coming up through the ranks to be Valley graduates.  I live, work, and spend much of my free time in our community and schools.  There are two sides to my Tippecanoe Valley experience:  the parental side and the teacher side.

Being a parent of a student at Tippecanoe Valley is a full-time job.  Valley students are awarded some of the best opportunities around to excel and grow into productive community members.  This keeps parents busy and involved; Jason and I are thrilled to be so active supporting our children.  Johnathan was able to graduate high school with 27 credit hours that transferred to college, shaving one full year off of his collegiate academic time.  He had the privilege of attending both elementary schools, TVMS, and TVHS.  Matthew started his academic career as a kindergartener this year at Akron Elementary.  Akron has always been near and dear to my heart as I started both my academic and teaching career there.  His year has been the best that we could ever ask for as parents.  Lydia will be a kindergartener next year.   We cannot wait for her to start her academic journey at Valley as well!

Being an educator in the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation has been and continues to be immensely rewarding.  I love being a teacher and being with our students.  Throughout my career, I have worked with some of the best educators in the profession.  Teaching involves strong collaboration, personal learning and growth, high-quality planning and implementation, vertical articulation, old-fashioned hard work, and a host of other responsibilities.  The people your children are exposed to are top-notch individuals, caring about students and their success first and foremost.  They spend their time, energy, prayers, and even their own money to ensure that kids have everything they need to be equipped to be successful today, tomorrow, and beyond.  No teacher in this corporation considers this a 7:30-3:30 job.  No student is just a number to be seen for 180 days and moved on to the next setting.  Valley teachers view our students as our future community to be served and to be fostered into the people that make communities blossom and prosper.

There are so many other things that I could say about TVSC schools.   Each school offers its students numerous ways to grow, thrive, and flourish.  High-quality academics taught and supported by effective and caring staff is just the beginning of what is available to our students.  Spend any time at all in our schools and you will see for yourself why I love TVSC so much.


Tippecanoe Valley High School – Building Trades Open House May 20, 2018

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AKRON, IN – The Tippecanoe Valley High School (TVHS) Building Trades program will hold an open house on Sunday, May 20, at a home near Akron that students have been working to build throughout the school year.

The community is invited to attend the open house from 1 to 4 p.m. The home, owned by Duane and Janet Hackworth, is located at 9547 East 350 South, Akron.

The Hackworth’s home is three bedrooms with two and a half baths. The home is roughly 1530 square feet on the first floor featuring a tiled walk in shower, cathedral ceiling and a kitchen that is open to the dining and living room.

Outside the living room door is a beautiful 400 square foot elevated deck and a 400 square foot patio outside the partially finished walk out basement. The home has a 40 square foot front porch and a two car garage.

The Hackworth’s homestead sits on almost 40 acres and the house overlooks a scenic lake.

The TVHS Building Trades program has been a highly successful program with a waiting list due to the quality of construction. Students involved in the TVHS Building Trades program can earn up to 15 college credits by participating in Building Trades during their junior and senior years. College credits are offered at no cost through Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne. Students must maintain a C or better grade in the class to earn college credits.

Tippecanoe Valley to Host Community Job Fair May 10, 2018

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AKRON, IN – Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation (TVSC), in cooperation with WorkOne of Northern Indiana, will host a community job fair on Thursday, May 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Tippecanoe Valley High School auxiliary gym. Tippecanoe Valley hosts this event as a way to connect community members with potential employers in the area as a public community service.

Job seekers will find many opportunities as many local employers will be present to share information about their companies. Employers include ABC Industries, Benteler International, Cardinal Services, Creighton Brothers, Flexaust, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Helvey and Associates, Instrumental Machine & Dev, Ivy Tech, Jimmy Johns, Kerlin Motors, KGP, Lippert Components, Louis Dreyfus Company, McAlister’s Deli, Mentone Fire Department, Miller’s Merry Manor, Penguin Point, Pike Lumber, Pontoon Restoration, Rochester Homes, Rochester Metal Products, Sonoco Products, Splendor Boats, Tecomet, U.S. Army, and Wildman Business Group, among others.

TVSC will also host a table for certified and classified positions open within the district. Positions include Speech Language Pathologist, Summer Maintenance, Certified Teaching Positions, Instructional Assistants, Custodial, and Extra-Curricular Coaching. Current openings can be found at tippecanoevalleyschools.com.

Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and be prepared to fill out applications. Employers may choose to conduct onsite interviews during the event.

There is no charge to attend the event. Tippecanoe Valley High School is located at 8345 S State Road 19, Akron, IN 46910. Attendees should enter at the auxiliary gym doors on the west side of the building.

For more information or questions contact:

Lori Tilden-Geiger
Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation
Director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Grant Writing
[email protected] or 574-598-2146