Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools 2637 Tusky Valley Rd. Zoarville, OH 44656 Home of the Trojans!

TVMS Names October Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Cammie Lang, Dylan Burke, Adison Mahoney, Madisyn Levengood, Nathan Glaser

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Nate Ackerman
Student of the Month
Madisan DeBos
Athlete of the Month
Kate Waller
Fine Arts Student of the Month

Senior Nate Ackerman is the October Student of the Month.  Nate is the son of Warren and Diane Ackerman of Bolivar. Nate was nominated by both Mrs. Garcia Menendez and Mr. Gauding.  Nate is very active in our Project Lead the Way program, Speech and Debate, Interact Club and Academic Challenge. Nate enjoys reading and doing activities with friends and family.  After graduation, Nate plans to attend the University of Akron to become a mechanical engineer.

Sophomore Madisan DeBos is the October Athlete of the Month.  She is the daughter of Kenny and Sandy DeBos of Zoar.  Mr. Franks selected Madisan for the excellent year she has had so far in cross country.  Madisan had 4th place finishes at the Boardman and Pickerington Invitationals, a 3rd at North Canton, 2nd at the pre-state meet and placed 1st at the Dover Invite, Malone Invite, and All-County Championship. Along with running, Madisan is in Ski and Board Club, a member of our Youth to Youth Program and volunteers at Union Hospital.  Madisan plans to go to college to continue running and study to become a physical therapist.

Senior Kate Waller is the Fine Arts Student of the Month.  Kate is the daughter of Dennis and Susan Waller of Mineral City. Kate was nominated by Mrs. Gensley.  Kate is a great leader in marching and concert band and is also a member of our Jazz Band. Kate has been a Freshman Crunch leader and enjoys writing and enjoying life.  Kate wants to study marine biology in either Hawaii or California.

TVMS to Hold P/T Conferences, Literacy Night
Tusky Valley Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences and Literacy Night on Thursday, November 3rd from 3:30 - 7:00 PM. All families are invited to come out for an array of games, activities, free food, and prizes.  The theme of Literacy Night is "Every Hero has a Story."  The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will also have their Star Lab and will do planetarium showings at 4:155:15, and 6:15 PM. TVMS will also hold a second night of parent-teacher conferences only on Wednesday, November 9th from 3:30 - 7:30 PM. Parents can reserve a time for their parent-teacher conference here.

TVLS Thanks Transportation Department
This week is National School Bus Safety Week and TVLS says, "THANK YOU" to our team of school bus drivers, mechanics, supervisor, and secretary as they safely transport our students each day! Pictured are Mr. Wiseman, Mrs. Hoagland, Mr. Cordes, , Mrs. Reed, Mr. Cornell, Mr. Simmons, Mr. Martin, Mr. Spillman, Mrs. Farnsworth, Ms. Terry, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Stocker, Mrs. Gerber, Mr. Himes, Mr. Addington, Mr. Archer, Mr. Schandel, Mr. Burton, and Mrs. Dyko. We would also like to recognize Mrs. Gribble and Mr. Boyd who are not pictured.

TV Cheer to Hold Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
The Tusky Valley cheerleaders will be holding a breast cancer awareness walk on Saturday, October 22nd. Everyone is invited to join as the cheerleaders raise money to support breast cancer research. The event will take place at the TVHS football stadium from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Baked goods will be available and the cheerleaders will be raffling an "All Things Pink" raffle basket. Donations will also be accepted. The walk will begin at approximately 12:30 PM upon conclusion of the JV football game. Please come out and show your support. All proceeds will go to breast cancer research.

8th Grade Volleyball Captures PAC Title
Congratulations to the 8th grade volleyball team as they defeated Triway Tuesday night to win their second consecutive PAC championship. The girls finish their middle school career with a perfect record of 43-0 and back-to-back PAC championships. Congratulations girls!
TV 12U Softball Wraps Up Perfect Season
The Tusky Valley 12U softball team completed an undefeated 15-0 fall season, winning the championship game over Valley Force 6-4.  Congratulations to team members Ashley Merrick, Susan Thompson, Krystal Spillman, Maddy Carr, Lexi Dyrlund, Taylor West, Stephanie Lackey, Elly Rothenstein, Coach Nate Rothenstein, Kylie Rohr, Coach Ben Rohr, Katie Thompson, Lauren Reesman, Hannah Spicer and Corrine Hamilton.

DeBos Captures PAC Title, Gaiser Makes First Team
The girls' cross country team had a strong showing at the PAC championships on Saturday morning as Madisan DeBos claimed the individual championship and Kat Gaiser finished in 8th place to claim First Team PAC honors. DeBos won the event with a time of 19:26.7 to set a new record on the Clay's Park course. The girls' team finished in second place overall at the meet.
In a Class of Their Own
Volleyball Program Makes History With 20th Consecutive 20-Win Season
Congratulations to all of the Tusky Valley players and coaches from the past 20 years as Tusky Valley has become the first volleyball program in the state of Ohio to win 20 games or more for 20 consecutive seasons!
The Birth of a Dynasty
The Story of How Tusky Valley Volleyball Became the State's Most Consistent Program
The Tusky Valley volleyball program now stands alone as the only program in the state of Ohio to win 20 or more game in each of the last 20 seasons.  However, the path to history for the volleyball program did not begin in 1997.  It began in 1986.  Here’s a look at how the Trojan volleyball program became the state’s most consistent winner.

TVHS Cheerleaders Selling Trojan Spirit Gear
The TVHS cheerleaders will be selling Tusky Valley spirit gear until October 25th. See any high school cheerleader or contact Coach McMullin at 330-575-6159. Make checks out to Tusky Valley Athletic Boosters. You can click on the picture above to see a larger picture of the spirit items for sale.

TV Booster Club to Sponsor NYC Red Eye Trip
Th Tusky Valley Athletic Booster Club is once again sponsoring a red eye trip to New York City. This year's trip will be on Saturday, November 19th. Busses will depart from TVHS on Friday the 18th at 10:00 PM and leave NYC on Saturday night at 10:00 PM. The cost of the trip is $125 and you will be able to spend Saturday in New York City however you wish. If you have any questions or concerns contact Rachelle Watt by emailing wattr264@yahoo.com (please title the message “NY BUS TRIP”) or call 330-447-3211. You will make your reservation by phone/or email and mail your payment to: Rachelle Watt, PO Box 264 Bolivar, Ohio 44612. Make checks payable to Tusky Valley Athletic Boosters. Students under the age of 18 can go with another adult chaperone by filling out the required intent form.

Volleyball Team Wins the PAC Championship
The volleyball team wrapped up the PAC title with a 25-11, 25-15, 25-18 victory over the Tuslaw Mustangs Thursday night. The victory improved the Trojans to 18-1 overall and a perfect 12-0 in the PAC. The league title is PAC championship #17 for the volleyball program. Congratulations girls!

Girls' Cross Country Claims County Title
After a few days of sorting out scoring confusion from Saturday's Tuscarawas County Cross Country meet it is finally official and the Tusky Valley girls' cross country team is the best team in Tuscarawas County! The girls claimed the county title and placed six girls on the All-County team. Congratulations on a job well done girls!

DeBos Captures County Championship
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Madisan DeBos as she captured the girls' Tuscarawas County Cross Country championship on Saturday morning. Fellow sophomore Kat Gaiser finished in seventh place to join DeBos on the All-County First Team. Kaylyn Lloyd (8th) and Sierra Williams (11th) were All-County Second Team members while Taylor Galigher (19th) and Emma Potts (21st) made the All-County Third Team. Due to scoring confusion at the event team results are not yet available.
Pruett, Sanders Named Homecoming Royalty
Congratulations to TVHS seniors Samantha Pruett and Adam Sanders as they were named the 2016 Homecoming Queen and King at Friday night's Homecoming football game vs. Manchester.

TVHS 2016 Fall Homecoming Court
Brenton Franks
Senior Attendant
Caitlin Gerber
Senior Attendant
Elizabeth Hutchison
Senior Attendant
Matt Kubina
Senior Attendant
Samantha Pruett
Senior Attendant
Adam Sanders
Senior Attendant
Charley McCune
Junior Attendant
Emma Potts
Junior Attendant
Olivia Galigher
Sophomore Attendant
Brock Haas
Sophomore Attendant
Nick Aul
Freshman Attendant
Hannah Hostetler
Freshman Attendant

TCPL Visits Fifth Grade Students
Thank you to Virginia Wright and Jessica Conley from the Tuscarawas County Public Library as they visited Mrs. Horger's fifth grade language arts classes on Monday and issued library cards to all fifth grade students. Students were also shown how to checkout books online for classroom use. TVLS is very appreciative of all the services the Tuscarawas County Public Library provides for our students. Thank you Miss Virginia and Miss Jessica!

Golf Team Captures PAC Championship
Congratulations to the golf team as they captured the PAC championship for the third consecutive season yesterday. The PAC championship is decided on the cumulative score of the PAC preseason, midseason, and postseason tournaments. The Trojans won all three events this year to take the title in dominating fashion. Brenton Franks, Landen Thompson and Michael Thompson were named First Team PAC, Brandon Goldsmith was named Second Team PAC, and coach Terry Thompson was named Coach of the Year.

Elementary Cross Country Runners Shine at BCC
The elementary cross country runners shined at the recent Buckeye Career Center elementary cross country meet. The K-3 girls & 4-6 boys brought home first place team trophies while K-3 boys and 4-6 girls brought home third place team trophies. We are so proud of all our elementary cross country runners!

Mr. Murphy Receives CORAS Award
At the September 12th board meeting  Dr. Richard Murray, Executive Director of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS) presented Mr. Murphy with the CORAS President’s Award.  Mr. Murphy was cited as a leader and role model for young superintendents by Dr. Murray.  His active interaction with the State Board of Education has given all rural schools a voice in Columbus.

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Elizabeth Hutchison
Student of the Month
Matt Kubina
Athlete of the Month
Connor Everett
Fine Arts Student of the Month

Senior Elizabeth Hutchison is the Student of the Month. Elizabeth is the daughter of Jerry and Betsy Tucker of Bolivar. She was nominated by Mr. Gauding. Elizabeth is an excellent student and an outstanding young lady. She has developed into a great student leader. She is the Vice-President of Student Council and Interact Club and had a large voice in helping develop our cum laude system. She is also the co-organizer of our powder puff game. Elizabeth is a member of the Robotics Club and the Academic Challenge team. She enjoys working out and reading classic novels in her spare time. Elizabeth plans to attend Kent State University and major in applied engineering.

Senior Matt Kubina is the Athlete of the Month. Matt is the son of Mark and Cindy Kubina of Bolivar. Matt was nominated for his outstanding effort in football where he has a vital role on offense as the center. He has had a great year creating holes for our running backs. Matt is also a member of the National Honor Society, Freshman Crunch squad leader, the Academic Challenge team, and Student Council, on which he serves as president. He enjoys listening to music and spending time with family and friends. He plans to go to medical school and eventually become a physician.

Senior Connor Everett is the Fine Arts Student of the Month. Connor is the son of Theron and Tricia Everett of Bolivar. He was nominated by Mrs. Sams for his excellence in Choir. Connor has been a section leader, soloist and member of many honor choirs. Connor enjoys Ski & Board club and musical theater. He plans to go to Kent State University and major in journalism.

TVMS Names Students of the Month
Reagan Brothers, Julia Felgenhauer, Landon Tausch, Ty Staples, Cole Lab
State Report Cards Released
Click image to view a comparison of local school districts

The Ohio Department of Education released the 2016 State Report Card information this morning and once again the Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools finds itself among the highest achieving districts in the area.  While the setup of the new report card system certainly impacted the letter grades for all schools, TVLS continued to perform at a high level relative to other districts in the state of Ohio.  

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the report card was that TVLS received an “A” in the overall value-added category.  Value-added is a measurement of students’ academic growth with a grade level of “C” equalling one year’s growth.  A letter grade of “A” indicates that TVLS students learned more than the state of Ohio expected during the 2015-2016 school year.

Other notes of interests from the report card:

TVLS received a “D” for Indicators Met.   This grade however still puts TVLS among the top districts in the state as only 16% of district received a “C” or higher and 63% of Ohio districts received an “F.

TVLS received a “C” for Performance Index.  This grade measures the performance of every student during state testing with more points being awarded for higher passing scores.  Only two schools in Ohio received an “A” with an additional 86 receiving a “B.”  TVLS fell into a group of 288 schools that received a “C.”

TVLS received a “C” for Prepared for Success. This grade uses multiple measurements including but not limited to AP classes, college credit plus, honors diplomas, and college entrance exams to determine how well a district’s students are prepared for future opportunities.  Only 47 districts in Ohio received an “A” or a “B” in this measure.  TVLS fell into a group of 269 schools that received a “C.”

For a complete explanation of all report card measurements you can view the Guide to the 2016 Ohio School Report Cards provided by the Ohio Department of Education.

To look up the report card for any Ohio district you can use the database provided by cleveland.com.

District Report Card: A Response From TVLS

The Ohio Department of Education plans to release the 2016 Report Card for all Ohio school districts on September 15.  The report represents a multitude of measurement components, including achievement, progress, gap closing, graduation rate, and others. Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools fully supports high educational standards, quality measurement systems, and accountability to our local community; it’s what our students deserve and residents expect.  The challenge, however, is keeping up with Ohio’s accountability system described by the Department of Education as “in transition.”  Those in the field would more aptly describe the state’s measurement system as a running target, the complete opposite of sound educational practice and what is good for students. 

Before ODE releases report card results, it is imperative for residents and community leaders to understand the massive changes in the state’s accountability system in order to keep a healthy perspective on the district report card.  Educators and community members of Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools will likely gasp and struggle to comprehend how a strong performing school district, rated with an “A” just six months ago, could somehow plummet to a “D” a few short months later.  Did our students suddenly become less intelligent?  Did the quality of our teacher instruction abruptly plunge?  Have administrators lost their focus on what matters most?  Quite the contrary. Continue reading...

DeBos Takes Top Honors at Dover Invitational
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Madisan DeBos as she finished in first place at Saturday's Dover Invitational cross country meet. DeBos ran a 20:47 and outdistanced her nearest competitor by nearly 37 seconds. DeBos' performance highlighted a strong showing by the girls' team as they finished in second place overall despite competing in the large school division. Kat Gaiser (8th), Kaylyn Lloyd (10th), Sierra Williams (12th) and Emma Potts (32nd) rounded out the scoring for the girls team.
Boys' Golf Team Off to a Strong Start
The boys' golf team started the 2016 season in early August and the team has been off to a strong start. The Trojans opened the season by capturing the championship at the Griffith Cup for the fourth year in a row. The Trojans backed up that performance with victories at the Indian Valley Open and the PAC Preseason Tournament as well as a second place finish at the Tillapaw Appraisal. The golf team also got a jolt of excitement when senior Landen Thompson accomplished the rarest feat in golf as he recorded a double eagle on the 530-yard, par 5 third hole. A double eagle is a score of two on a par 5. According to the United States Golf Association the odds of a double eagle are approximately one-million-to-one.
Vesco to March for Ohio University 110
Congratulations to 2016 TVHS graduate Katey Vesco as she is a member of the Ohio University Marching 110 this fall. Vesco joins 2013 graduate TVHS Josiah Pugh who will be the tenor sax section leader for the OU110. Congratulations Katey and Josiah! We are proud of you!
Bird, Spina Represent TV at National Speech Tourney
Current TVHS sophomore and Drake Spina2016 TVHS graduate Aric Bird traveled to the National Speech Tournament in late June. Spina, who had finished 4th in the Ohio State Tournament, placed 16th in the nation (out of 258 competitors) in humorous interpretation. Bird finished his high school speech career as a 4-time state qualifier, 2-year national qualifier, and the 2016 State Champion. Bird will be attending Eastern Michigan University on a partial speech scholarship this fall. Congratulations Drake & Aric!

5th Grade Orientation Held on August 18th

Students received their beginning of the school year paperwork, t-shirt, and their Chromebook. 5th Grade Orientation is a time set aside for students to meet their teachers, navigate the building, and practice locker combinations.  Below is a schedule for the day. The event was immediately followed immediately by the Back to School Barbeque Blast.

Back to School Blast Held August 18th

TVLS families attended the annual Back to School Blast & BBQ on Thursday, August 18 from 5-7pm at the middle school.  Families enjoyed a complimentary dinner, BBQ style, catered by Kathy Stotzer, explored after-school programs, received complimentary haircuts by R U Stylin' of Bolivar, enjoyed inflatables, games, and outdoor disc jockey Justin McCauley, received a $10 Walmart gift card to first 140 TV students for back to school supplies, and received giveaways and information from local businesses, organizations, and civic groups. Click here to see pictures from the evening.

Upcoming Events

Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools
Superintendent Mark Murphy
2637 Tusky Valley Rd.
Zoarville, OH 44656
Phone: 330-859-2213
Fax: 330-859-2706
Tuscarawas Valley Primary
Principal Andrea Clements
PO Box 428, 8647 First Street
Mineral City, OH 44656-0428
Phone: (330) 859-2461
Fax: (330) 859-8885
Tuscarawas Valley Intermediate
Principal Diana Flickinger
216 Park Avenue
Bolivar, OH 44612
Phone: (330) 874-3234
Fax: (330) 859-8875
Tuscarawas Valley Middle School
Principal Erica Knowles
2633 Tuscarawas Valley Rd. NE
Zoarville, OH 44656-9692
Phone: (330) 859-2427
Fax: (330) 859-8845
Tuscarawas Valley High School
Principal Jason Phillips
2637 Tuscarawas Valley Rd. NE 
Zoarville, OH 44656-9692
Phone: (330) 859-2421
Fax: (330) 859-8805