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

TVLS Holiday Program & Events Schedule
The holiday season is upon us, and the Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools invites all parents, families, relatives, and community members to support our students by joining us for the following upcoming school concerts, programs, and special events.
Date Event Location & Time
Thursday, December 7
TV Intermediate Concert
TV High School Gym, 6:30pm
Friday, December 8
Breakfast with Santa
TV Intermediate, 7:15-8:00am
Saturday, December 9
TV PTO Santa Shop
TV Intermediate, 9:00am-Noon
Thursday, December 14
TV Primary Concert
TV Intermediate, 6:30pm
Friday, December 15
Breakfast with Santa
TV Primary, 7:15-8:00am
Friday, December 15
TVHS Play: Lion, Witch, & Wardrobe
TVHS Auditorium, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 16
TVHS Play: Lion, Witch, & Wardrobe
TVHS Auditorium, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 17
TVHS Play: Lion, Witch, & Wardrobe
TVHS Auditorium, 2:30pm
Monday, December 18
7-12 Choir Concert & MS Art Show
TV Middle School Gym, 7:00pm
Booster Club to Hold First Ever Ball Drop
Winner(s) Could Receive as Much as $10,000

Tickets are currently being sold for the Tusky Valley Athletic Booster Club's first ever Booster Club Ball Drop. 1000 numbered balls are being sold for $20 each. The balls will be placed in a net and raised above the gym floor at the February 9th boys' basketball game vs. TCC. Following the game, a bucket will be placed at center court and the balls will be released from the net. If you own the ball(s) that lands in the bucket you will win the prize which could be as much as $10,000! If multiple balls land in the bucket, the prize will be split between winners.

Tickets can be purchased in the main office at any of our buildings, at TV athletic events, from athletic director Steve Franks, or any Trojan head coach. Only 1000 tickets will be sold, so be sure to grab your ticket soon. 50% of the money from ticket sales will go to the Booster Club general fund with the other 50% going to the winner(s). If all 1000 tickets are sold, the winner(s) could receive as much as $10,000! All checks should be made payable to the TV Athletic Boosters.

Girls' Basketball Selling Tusky Valley Apparel

The girls’ basketball program is selling Tusky Valley Basketball apparel during the 2017-18 basketball season.  All profit made from these sales will benefit the basketball program. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the TV Booster Club.

Primary and Intermediate staff and students should return the order form and payment to Mrs. Ward or your homeroom teacher. TVMS and TVHS staff and students should return the order form and payment to Mr. Ward. Commumity members can mail their order form and payment to Mr. Matt Ward, Tuscarawas Valley Middle School, 2633 Tusky Valley Rd. NE, Zoarville, OH 44656.

Orders placed by November 30th will be delivered on December 18th. Orders placed by December 15th will arrive on January 4th. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Ward at 330-859-2427 or email matt.ward@tvtrojans.org. Click here for an order form.

TVHS Names November Students of the Month
Bryce Goedel
Student of the Month
Ashley Wadley
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Madisan DeBos
Athlete of the Month

The November Student of the Month is sophomore Bryce Goedel. Bryce is the son of Robert and Danielle Goedel of Mineral City. Bryce was nominated by Mrs. Duffield for his outstanding attitude at school and also for his amazing effort in raising money for CFC International to help fight CFC Syndrome. Bryce participates in Challenger baseball, Rainbow Connection CFC International and volunteers at Warren Township Community Center. Bryce loves to fish in his free time and would like to become a professional angler following graduation.

The November Fine Arts Student of the Month is sophomore Ashlee Wadley. Ashlee is the daughter of Todd and Charlotte Reynolds of Bolivar. Ashlee's activities include taking classes at the Tuscarawas County Art Guild, competing as a member of the TVHS track team and participating in the TVHS Ski and Board Club. In her free time Ashlee enjoys working on art and playing her guitar. Following graduation, Ashley would like to do mission work and study music.

The November Athlete of the Month is junior Madisan DeBos. Madi is the daughter of Ken and Sandy DeBos of Dover. Madi was nominated by Mr. Franks for her outstanding effort in cross country as she finished in fourth place at the state meet and was a Division II All-Ohioan. Madi's fourth place finish is the highest finish ever at the state meet for a Tusky Valley girls' cross country runner. Madi is a member of the TVHS Student Council, FCA and bible study. In her free time, Madi enjoys running, working out, and being with friends and family. After graduation, Madi plans to go to college to continue running and study to become a dietitian.

Burky, Dillon Selected to Attend HOBY
Congratulations to TVHS sophomores Chase Burky and Abbey Dillon as they have been selected to represent Tusky Valley at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. HOBY is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community. Burky and Dillon were chosen by the TVHS staff based on their leadership potential as well as their integrity, excellence, and the desire to make a difference. Congratulations Chase and Abbey.
TVMS Names November Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Curtis Finlayson, TJ Wilson, Mackenzie Crank, Arieana Wade, and Chesney Logan
Ragon Named First Team All-Ohioan
Congratulations to TVHS senior Josh Ragon as he earned Division III First Team All-Ohio honors! Ragon scored a school record 33 goals & added 16 assists to help lead the Trojans to the best soccer season (15-2-2) in school history. Ragon ends his Tusky Valley career with 92 goals & 41 assists. Congratulations Josh!
Gilland, Franks Sign Letters of Intent
Congratulations to TVHS seniors Alexis Gilland and Jenna Franks as they signed their letters of intent today to continue their academic and volleyball careers. Gilland, who was a Division III First Team All-Ohioan and the IVC Player of the year, will continue her career at Walsh University. Franks, who was an Division III Honorable Mention All-Ohioan and the IVC Defensive Player of the Year, will now continue her career at Urbana University. Congratulations girls!
PLTW Presents at OSBA Capital Conference
PLTW presented at the 2017 OSBA Capital Conference on Tuesday, November 14, showcasing their projects and handing out coasters and key chains made by students in class.  Many school board members and administrators from around the state were impressed with our students' engineering knowledge and designs.  Students, under the direction of Mr. Gauding, participating in the presentation were Charley McCune, Seth Ramsey, Clint Spillman, Brendan Gill and Natalie Specht.
Volleyball Falls in State Semifinals
 The volleyball team's season came to an end on Friday afternoon as they fell to the Versailles Tigers 17-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21. The Trojans finished the season at 28-1. Thank you for an amazing season girls!
Volleyball Places Four on All-Ohio Team
Congratulations to our four volleyball seniors as they all were named All-Ohioans by the Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association. Alexis Gilland and Kierrah Stewart were named First Team All-Ohioans, Abbi Gillson received Third Team All-Ohioan honors and Jenna Franks was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio. Tusky Valley head coach Cortney Goodwin received the Coaches Achievement Award from the OVCA.
Girls' CC Takes Ninth, DeBos Takes All-Ohio Honors
Congratulations to the girls' cross country team as they placed ninth in the Division II State Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning. The girls were led by junior Madisan DeBos as she placed fourth individually to take All-Ohio honors. DeBos' fourth place finish is the highest finish at the state meet for a girls' cross country runner in school history.
Volleyball Wins Regional Title, Headed Back to State
The girls' volleyball team is heading back to the Final Four after defeating Southeastern 25-10, 25-11, 25-20 on Saturday afternoon. The regional title is the ninth in program history and the third in a row for the volleyball team. The Trojans (28-0) will now face the Versailles Tigers (22-6) in the state semifinals on Friday at 2:00 PM at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University.
Class of '67 Makes Auditorium Donation
Thank you to the members of the TVHS Class of 1967 as they recently presented TVLS with a $500 check for the high school auditorium renovation. 
Youth Football Wins Championship
Congratulations to the fifth and sixth grade football team as they won the Tri-County youth football championship on Saturday by defeating Sandy Valley Red 18-0.
Cross Country Heading Back to State!
Congratulations to the girls' cross country team as they are headed back to the State Cross Country Championships for the second year in a row! The girls finished in second place as a team at Saturday's regional race to qualify. The Trojans were led by Madi DeBos as she placed third overall while Kat Gaiser placed 13th and Sierra Williams 20th. Kaylyn Lloyd (32nd) and Emma Edinger (72nd) rounded out the scoring for the Trojans. The girls will now run at National Trail Raceway on Saturday morning at 11:45 AM. Congratulations girls!
Volleyball Claims 18th District Title
Congratulations to the volleyball team as they captured the district championship with a 25-8, 25-17, 25-13 victory over Buckeye Trail on Saturday. The Trojans improved to 26-0 and will now face the Wheelersburg Pirates on Thursday night at 7:30 PM at Logan High School. Presale tickets are on sale in the TVHS office for $6. Tickets at the door are $8. There is free pep bus sign-up sheet in the TVHS office for students.
Dream Season Continues as Soccer Wins District Title
Congratulations to the soccer team as they continued to rewrite Tusky Valley soccer history with a 2-0 victory over Hiland on Saturday. The victory was an historic one as it gave Tusky Valley our first ever district championship in soccer. Making the victory even sweeter was the fact the Trojans had to defeat Hiland, a team the soccer program had never beaten, to claim the district title. The victory also gave the soccer team yet another school record as they now have more wins (15) than any other soccer team in school history. The Trojans will now face Grandview Heights (15-0-6) on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM at Lexington High School. There is a free pep bus sign up sheet in the TVHS office for students. Tickets will be sold at the gate only and are $8.
TVHS Names Students of the Month
Molly Steiner
Student of the Month
Micehl Rininger
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Brandon Goldsmith
Athlete of the Month

The October Student of the Month is junior Molly Steiner. She is the daughter of Missy Jones of Bolivar.  Molly is a member of the TVHS marching and concert bands, the track team and Youth to Youth. In her free time, Molly enjoys reading, watching movies, watching Netflix and hanging out with her brothers. Upon graduation, Molly plans to attend college.

The October Fine Arts Student of the Month is senior Micehl Rininger.  Micehl is the daughter of Todd and Patti Rininger of Zoarville.  Micehl’s activities include musical theatre and art and she enjoys cooking, sketching and singing in her free time.  After graduation, Micehl plans to attend college and study an art related field.

The October Athlete of the Month is junior Brandon Goldsmith. Brandon is the son of Brian & Michelle Goldsmith of Bolivar. Brandon was nominated by Mr. Franks for his outstanding effort in golf this season which included him qualifying for the district tournament as an individual. Besides golf, Brandon is also member of the basketball and baseball teams After graduation, Brandon plans to attend college.

TVLS Holds Community Bonfire
TVLS held a community bonfire on October 26th at the high school. There was food, games, raffles, and the Mobile Jams DJ for the community to enjoy. At 7pm, the TVHS Swing Band and "Mystery Trojan Mascot" led the way to light the bonfire and our cheerleaders performed on the stage. Each of our fall athletic teams and the TVHS band were recognized on stage and head coaches spoke to the community about their seasons.  Following the playing/singing of the TVHS Alma Mater, community members gathered around the fire to just hang out, enjoy music, and spend time together. Thank you to everyone who came out and it was a great time for everyone who attended!
TVMS Names Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Cammie Lange, Kathryn Secoy, Josh Lehman, Dawson Williams and Hunter Wyler
Elementary Cross Country Competes at State
Congratulations to the elementary cross country runners who competed in the 12th Annual Elementary State Cross Country meet on October 21st. The boys' team finished in fourth place while the girls' team placed ninth. Congratulations on a great season.
Weber, Sites Named Homecoming Royalty
Congratulations to TVHS seniors Scout Weber and Bailey Sites as they were named the 2017 Homecoming Queen and King at Friday night's Homecoming game.
District Champs Again!
Girls' Cross Country Takes Second Straight District Crown
Congratulations to the girls' cross country team as they captured the district championship for the second consecutive season on Saturday. The girls, who are competing in Division II this season, showed off their depth as they placed four runners in the top 15. Madisan DeBos captured the individual district title for the second year in a row while Kat Gaiser (11th), Sierra Williams (12th) Kaylyn Lloyd (14th) and Emma Edinger (25th) rounded out the scoring for the Trojans. The girls will now run for the regional championship on Saturday morning at 11:45 AM at Pickerington High School. The top six teams and individuals that finish in the top 24 will advance to state.
2017 TVHS Fall Homecoming Court
Dani Bierwirth
Senior Attendant
Tyler Boyd
Senior Attendant
Charley McCune
Senior Attendant
Gina Pirolozzi
Senior Attendant
Bailey Sites
Senior Attendant
Scout Weber
Senior Attendant
Josh Baum
Junior Attendant
Izzy Cappello
Junior Attendant
Marisa Barbera
Sophomore Attendant
Corey Keim
Sophomore Attendant
Donnie Jones
Freshman Attendant
Layla Lovell
Freshman Attendant
Youth Baseball Takes League Title
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley youth fall baseball team as they finished their season undefeated and won the championship in the Holly Hills youth baseball league. Team members include Nick Miller, Ryder Steineck, Brenden Schlegel, Jayden Beatty, Trenton Puntenney, Brayden Wrana, Brayden Kollar, and Gavin Gooding.
Ragon Named East District Player of the Year
Congratulations to TVHS senior Josh Ragon as he was named the East District's Division III Player of the Year. Ragon set a new school record for goals in a single season with 31 and also added 16 assists to help lead the soccer team to the best regular season in school history. Congratulations Josh!
Girls' Cross County Captures IVC Title
Congratulations to the girls' cross country team as they captured the IVC Championship on Saturday. Madisan DeBos was the individual IVC champion while Kat Gaiser (3rd), Kaylyn Lloyd (4th), and Sierra Williams (7th) all earned First Team IVC honors. Coach DeBos was also named the girls' cross country IVC Coach of the Year.
Volleyball Completes Perfect Regular Season
Congratulations to the volleyball team as they wrapped up a perfect regular season with a victory over the Hiland Hawks at the IVC Showcase on Saturday night. The volleyball team becomes 11th team in school history to finish the regular season undefeated joining the 1970 & 1971 girls' basketball teams, the 1973 football team and the 1989, 1991, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2012 volleyball teams. The Trojans will begin their quest to bring home Tusky Valley's first ever state championship in a team sport on Tuesday night when they host the winner of the tonight's Sandy Valley vs. Bellaire game at 6:00 PM.

Soccer Team Wraps Up Historic Regular Season
The Tusky Valley soccer team wrapped up the greatest regular season in school history with an 11-1 victory at Sandy Valley on Wednesday night. With the victory the Trojans finish the regular season 12-1-2 and set school records for most wins in a regular season (12), fewest losses in a regular season (1), most goals scored in a regular season (99), fewest goals allowed in a regular season (15), largest goal differential in a season (+84) and longest unbeaten streak in school history (14 games and counting). Senior Josh Ragon also set a new school record for individual goals in a season with 31, breaking his own record set in 2015. The Trojans will begin tournament play on October 18th when they host Union Local at 4:30 PM.
8th Grade Volleyball Captures IVC Title
Congratulations to the TVMS 8th grade volleyball team as they captured the IVC championship on Saturday at Malvern. The 7th grade volleyball team finished in second place in their IVC tournament.
Affordable Christmas to Hold Dine to Donate Event
Tusky Valley is proudly  sponsoring a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in New Philadelphia to raise funds for the Tusky Valley Affordable Christmas program (10 percent of the total bill will be donated back to Affordable Christmas).  Plan now to EAT OUT on Wednesday, October 11th between 5:00-9:00 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings in New Philadelphia. Present this flyer on your phone at the restaurant. Click here to find out more about Affordable Christmas and how you can be a part of this wonderful program.
Volleyball Team Captures IVC North Title
The Tusky Valley volleyball team claimed the IVC North division title as they defeated Malvern 25-5, 25-5, 25-7 on Thursday night. The Trojans are now 18-0 overall and 10-0 in league play with two IVC North games remaining. The Trojans dominated league play as they have not allowed more than 10 points in a set to an IVC North opponent all season. The league title is the program's 18th overall and 13th since 2000.
TVMS Raises Over $1500 for Hurricane Relief
The students and staff of TVMS recently raised $1513.31 for Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas. The money will go to the families of the Fort Bend Independent School District, a southwestern suburban Houston district, which sustained extensive flood damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It is estimated that 90% of the 75,000 students were directly affected by this disaster. Unfortunately most families did not have flood insurance to help with the recovery. Great job TVMS students and staff!
Girls' Cross Country Wins Cambridge Invitational
Congratulations to the girls' cross country team as they won the Cambridge Invitational on Saturday. The girls placed four girls in the event's top 11 runners and were led by Madisan DeBos as she claimed the individual title with a time of 18:29. The girls have now won four meet championships this season and are currently ranked 11th in the OATCC Division II cross country poll.

Girls' Golf Advances to District Play
Congratulations to the girls' golf team as they advanced to the district tournament for only the second time in school history. The girls placed fourth at Tuesday's sectional tournament and will now compete in the districts at Cambridge Country Club next Tuesday. Congratulations girls!
Girls' Cross Country Claims County Title
Congratulations to the girls' cross country team as they are Tuscarawas County Champions for the second consecutive season. Tusky Valley placed four girls in the top 10 in the county and easily beat New Philadelphia to claim the title. Individually, Madisan DeBos captured her second consecutive county title while Sierra Williams (5th), Kat Gaiser (6th) and Kaylyn Lloyd (7th) joined DeBos on the All-County team. Congratulations girls!

Goldsmith Advances to District Golf
Congratulations to TVHS junior Brandon Goldsmith as he shot an 80 and finished in seventh place individually at the sectional golf tournament on Monday morning. Goldsmith's performance qualified him for the district tournament to be held on Monday at Eagle Sticks. The Trojans finished in 10th place as a team and did not advance to the district tournament.

TVLS Response to 2017 State Report Card

On the surface, it may appear that our Tuscarawas Valley Local School District has failed.  After all, a grade of “F” generally represents failure according to a set standard.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Let’s take a closer look:

  • Out of 608 Ohio school districts, 490 received an “F” for achievement.  Only 23 districts across the state earned an “A.”  As an educator, if 490 of my 608 students failed the test, I’ve done a terrible disservice and must make immediate correction.  Clearly, an “F” is NOT an accurate portrayal of our students’ academic performance. Click here to view a local achievement comparison.

  • For 2017, the state set the passage rate for all grades, all tests at 80% (2016 passage rates ranged from 62-75%).  This year, TV Schools met 9 out of 24 achievement indicators, resulting in an “F.”  Note:  Had the state kept the same standard benchmarks as last year, the district would have met 18 of the 24 indicators, which would have resulted in a “C.”

  • Pay close attention to the Performance Index, a weighted calculation for the performance of each student.  81% of our students scored in the proficient or higher ranges.  55% of TV students scored in the accelerated, advanced, and advanced plus ranges, an outstanding illustration showing the ability of our students to think and achieve at the highest levels.  In fact, our Performance Index score ranks 92nd out of 608 districts in Ohio.  Note: Only 124 of 608 districts earned an “A” or “B” for Performance Index.  Our “B” is an accurate reflection of our students’ performance. Click here to view a local Performance Index comparison.

  • Look at Overall Value Added.  We monitor this very closely because it represents the actual growth in student learning for all TV students, in comparison to all Ohio students, over a two-year time frame.  This grade of “A” is well-deserved, especially when a grade of “C” represents a year’s growth for the typical student.  Our teachers work diligently to ensure our students meet or exceed a year’s academic growth from one year to the next. Click here to view a local Value Added comparison.

Three final points:

1. I am extremely proud of our students, teachers and staff, leadership team, and Board.  
2. We will continue to grow and improve on all fronts (including the state accountability system).
3. We are 100% committed to making TVLS the most appealing school district around by being:

A. Personal in our Approach (by knowing our students and creating a safe, positive, and caring learning environment)
B. Purposeful in our Work (by developing a rich culture of thinking and learning for our students, expecting them to work and think hard, and challenging them beyond what they believe is possible)
C. Unified in our Message (by modeling and expecting excellent character traits such as responsibility, honesty, integrity, hard work, reliability, perseverance, manners, kindness, and face-to-face communication)

When we do these things well, everything else will fall in place.  GO TROJANS!

Mark A. Murphy

Youth Cross Country Dominates at Buckeye
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley youth cross country program as they took first place in every age group at the Buckeye Biddy meet held at Buckeye Career Center on Thursday night.
TV Softball Team to Hold Pancake Breakfast
The Tusky Valley softball program will be holding an all you can eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, September 16th from 7:00 - 11:00 AM in the TVHS cafeteria. The menu will include pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and milk. There will also be a raffle and gift baskets. Tickets are $5 and are available from any TVHS softball player. Walk-ins are also welcome. Please make out any checks to the TV Athletic Boosters. We hope to see you there and thank you for supporting Tusky Valley softball!
TVLS to Offer Financial Peace University
The Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools will once again be offering Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University to all Tusky Valley families. This program is free to all Tusky Valley parents and guardians and is funded through the 21st Century After School Program. This financial literacy course is very popular within our local communities. The course is limited to the first 20 registered. Classes will be held Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 PM beginning October 2nd and concluding November 27th. To sign up, please contact the Tusky Valley Middle School office at 330-859-2427. The deadline for registration is September 29th.
Gilland Records 1000th Career Kill
Congratulations to TVHS senior Alexis Gilland as she recorded her 1000th career kill on September 12th as the Trojans defeated Malvern 25-6, 25-5, 25-3.
TVMS Names Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Pierce McBee, Sophia Shaw, Cooper Amelung, Leah Wright & Allison Ernst
TVIS Breakfast with Firemen and 9/11 Remembrance
TVIS held the annual Breakfast with Firemen and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony this morning. Click here to see pictures from the day!
Girls' Cross Country Wins Dover Invitational
Congratulations to the girls' cross country team as they captured first place as this weekend's Dover Invitational. The Trojans were led by junior Madisan DeBos as she captured the individual title. Meanwhile, fellow junior Kat Gaiser came home in 9th place while Kaylyn Lloyd, Sierra Williams, Emma Edinger, and Hannah Hostetler all placed in the top 20. Congratulations girls!
TVIS 4th Graders Attend Zoar School Days
TVIS fourth grade students attended the Zoar School Days on Friday, September 8th. Zoar School Days is open to public schools and students learn how the Zoar Separatists and other citizens in the Union lived during the Civil War. Students were able to watch cavalry and artillery demonstrations, learn about life on the home front, and participate in hands-on activities. Click here for pictures from the day!

DeBos Takes First Place at Dave Clegg Invitational
Congratulations to TVHS junior Madi DeBos (18:47.2) as she captured first place individually at Saturday's Dave Clegg Invitational at North Canton High School. DeBos outdistanced Dover's Grace Nolen by nearly a minute to take the victory. The girls also received strong performances from Kat Gaiser (16th), Sierra Williams (17th) and Kaylyn Lloyd (27th) on their way to a second place team finish. Congratulations Madi!

Cheerleaders to Hold Youth Cheer Clinic
The Tusky Valley cheerleaders will be holding a youth cheer clinic to introduce younger students to cheerleading while participating in fun activities. The clinic is available to any student in grades 1-6. The clinic will be held on September 13th & 14th from 6:00-8:00 PM at TVHS. Clinic participants will then cheer during the first half of the football game on Friday, September 15th. Cost is $30 and includes a t-shirt. Click here for more information and to fill out a registration form.

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