Tippecanoe Valley to Host Open Swim

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Friday, October 23, 2015

 Tippecanoe Valley to Host Open Swim


The Tippecanoe Valley High School Pool will be open to patrons of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation for Open Swim on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 p.m. during the months of November (1, 8, 15, and 22), and December (6, 13, and 20), 2015, and January (10, 17, 24, and 31), February 7, 14, 21, and 28) and March (6, 13, 20, and 27), 2016. A certified lifeguard will be present; however, swimming instruction will not be provided. To participate in Open Swim children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Proper swim attire is required. A fee of $2 per swimmer will be collected to cover pool supervision and lifeguard costs.



SNR-TVSC Increases Substitute Teacher Pay

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tippecanoe Valley Approves Pay Increases for Substitute Teachers

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation (TVSC) announces recently approved pay increases for substitute teachers. Based on one’s level of education, the rates range from $70 to $85 per day.

Quality substitute teachers are an important asset and require special attributes to enhance the learning process. The best substitute teachers demonstrate the desire to work well with children ages 5-18, relate well to all students, inspire a love of learning, and have a good sense of humor. They must be flexible, dedicated, patient, kind, fair, and consistent.

TVSC is currently accepting applications from qualified and caring individuals for positions in substitute teaching. Opportunities are available at all grades (K-12) at Akron Elementary School, Mentone Elementary School, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, and Tippecanoe Valley High School.

Applicants must have at least a high school diploma and a valid Indiana Substitute Teaching Permit or a valid Indiana Teaching License. Individuals applying for an Indiana Substitute Teaching Permit from the Indiana Department of Education may do so by going to https://license.doe.in.gov/

Applicants for a position in substitute teaching in the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation may contact Dawn Rowland ([email protected] and 574-353-7741, ext. 1000) at the TVSC Administration Office at 8343 South State Road 19, Akron, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Announces Parent Teacher Conferences and Fall Break Schedule

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The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation (TVSC) will host parent-teacher conferences at each TVSC school – Akron Elementary School, Mentone Elementary School, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, Tippecanoe Valley High School, and the Burket Educational Center – on Thursday, October 15, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 16, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Parents yet to schedule a conference are encouraged to contact the office of their child’s school to arrange one.

Students will attend school as usual on Thursday, October 15. School will not be in session for students on Friday, October 16.

School will not be in session on Monday, October 19, for Fall Break.

School resumes on Tuesday, October 20.

Distinguished Alumni: LT B. Luke Scripture

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During his senior year at Tippecanoe Valley High School, B. Luke Scripture was named to the 2003 academic All-State first team in football, received the faculty’s Golden “V” Award, and received a Congressional appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduation from TVHS in 2004 he reported to Annapolis and became a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy. Four years later Luke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and received a commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy along with orders to report to Pensacola, Florida for Navy flight training. He completed Navy flight training (fixed-wing and helicopter) and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator in 2010. In 2011 Luke received orders to report to HSL-51, a forward-deployed helicopter squadron based in Atsugi, Japan. While there, he was promoted to Lieutenant and in 2013 was designated a Helicopter Aircraft Commander in the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter. During his time in Japan, he deployed numerous times aboard three different navy warships, conducting joint and international exercises, humanitarian assistance missions, and operations supporting national and allied interests throughout the southwest Pacific. After over three and a half years in Japan, LT Scripture was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal in 2015 and received orders to report to his current duty assignment as a Navy flight training instructor in Pensacola, Florida.

No matter where he is stationed, he is active in church worship music and youth groups. His nominator said, “Luke not only was active in his religion but he treated people with respect. Luke is very well-disciplined and worked hard in school to earn good grades.” He is very thankful for the opportunities he had to see many parts of the world and to serve our nation, but he says he is most thankful for his family. Luke and his high school sweetheart, Sarah, have been married for seven years and have two young sons, Bronson and James.

Distinguished Alumni: Marilyn McDonald

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Marilyn McDonald, a 1981 Valley graduate, made Silver Lake her business base for more than 25 years by being a successful wedding photographer who also manufactured and sold craft products wholesale.

But she wanted something else, a Subway franchise right there in Silver Lake. Lacking previous restaurant experience, she was turned down. “I fought to gain the franchise,” she says of the establishment that opened in November 2012. It currently runs above the national average and has received excellence of service awards every quarter it’s been open.

“What I am most proud of is the customer service we offer,” she says. “Managing 17-18 employees has its challenges but I strive to work with their schedules, which gives me some great employees.”

Last winter, she and her husband, Trent, took a look at a vacant spot in the Subway’s parking lot and decided a walk-up ice cream shop would complement the restaurant. The Igloo, the name of a business her stepfather Doyle Heckaman’s family operated from 1958-1975, sounded appropriate.

As inexperienced at operating an ice cream shop as she had been at owning a restaurant, she plunged in and now offers 20 flavors of Wisconsin ice cream, soft and hand dipped ice cream, non-fat yogurt, Italian ices, malts, shakes and sundaes. “It’s a fun place for everyone to come,” Marilyn says.

“With no formal education beyond high school, I’ve had to work hard and learn as I went,” she adds, “but it’s been worth it.”

Distinguished Alumni: Elizabeth Ann McCullough

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If there’s anything Elizabeth Ann McCullough enjoys more than dancing, it’s teaching others to dance.

By the time she graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 2004 she had spent more than 10 years studying dance with Pamela and Louise, another Rochester studio and Debra Collier in Warsaw. And she had performed at the Akron United Methodist Church where she also taught dance to second, third and fourth graders.

By that time, Elizabeth Ann, more familiarly known as Liz, knew what she wanted: a dance studio of her own. Realizing it would take training, self-discipline and a lot of grit, she attended Ivy Tech Community College and Ball State University, where she majored in business and minored in dance. She continued choreographing and performing dances at the Akron United Methodist Church while polishing her own techniques.

In February 2011, she began teaching dance to children and adults at RTX (Rochester Tumbling Express). By September of that year she was able to see her dream become reality when she opened Liz’s Dance Studio LLC in Rochester’s old fire station, offering lessons in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.

“Starting my own business was a tremendous step out of my comfort zone,” she said. “I’ve had to adjust to working long hours between two jobs plus recently becoming coach for Rochester High School’s dance team. I honestly don’t consider these things obstacles. Everything worthwhile in life takes hard work and dedication.”

In recognition of her work, the Akron Area Arts League in 2012 presented her its fifth annual award for promoting the arts, and her studio received a first place award at the Round Barn Festival.

But as far as Liz is concerned, she receives awards daily. “Teaching dance to children and being able to fulfill my dream is such a huge reward,” she said.

“I’m lucky to be able to have a job that I love and that I am so passionate about. Most importantly, I get to share that with others.”