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

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!
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
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.

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' 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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