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Sites, Weber Named Prom Royalty
Congratulations to TVHS seniors Bailey Sites and Scout Weber as they were named the 2018 TVHS Prom King and Queen at Friday night's Prom. Click here to see pictures from the night!
TVHS Holds Pay it Forward Day
After a week of miserable weather, TVHS freshmen and sophomores were greeted with bright sunshine and a beautiful morning as they participated in the 9th Annual Pay it Forward Day. Students were bussed to 13 different locations to provide community service while juniors & seniors spent the day preparing for tonight's Prom. The sites included Sandy Township Park, Fort Laurens, Hennis Care, the TC United Soccer Fields, Fairfield Township Fire Department, Zoar Gardens, Zoar Cemetery, Zoar Fire Station, the Village of Zoar, Zoar Wetlands, Camp Tuscozoar, Warren Township Community Center, and the Atwood Lake public use areas. After completing the community service students returned to TVHS for a school cookout and fun activities. Click here to see pictures from the day's activities!
TVLS Offers New Online Safety Feature
 

Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools has begun to use Securly, a specialized internet filter, to improve the online safety of all students with district-issued Chromebooks.  One of the unique features includes a weekly email to parents detailing their child(ren)’s online internet activity from their district-issued Chromebook.  The weekly email also gives parents the capability to request additional information about their child’s online activity.

We will begin to send these email notifications by the end of April. 

If your child(ren) has a district-issued Chromebook, yet you do not receive the weekly email, please notify your child’s school office. It is imperative that the district has the correct contact information (including email addresses) for all parents/guardians.   If you experience issues with the Securly Parent Portal itself, please contact Securly directly by emailing: help@securly.com.

TVHS Prom Set for Friday Night
Tusky Valley High School is set to the hold the 2018 Prom on Friday, April 20th at Spring Valley Golf Course. Lifetouch Pictures will be from 3:30-5:30 PM in the TVHS gymnasium and the Prom walkthrough is from 4:30-5:00 PM in the TVHS auditorium.
Megan Brown
Abby Ernst
Jenna Franks
Scout Weber
Tyler Boyd
Charley McCune
Aidan Palumbo
Bailey Sites
Girls' Track Team Wins Lidderdale Invitational
Congratulations to the girls’ track team as they won the Lidderdale Invitational Saturday afternoon at Sandy Valley High School. Madi DeBos won four separate events including the pole vault, 1600M, 3200M (set new meet record) and was part of the 4x800 team that also included Kat Gaiser, Hannah Hostetler, and Kaylyn Lloyd. The girls’ 4x400 team of Hannah Hostetler, Kennedy Willis, Lexie Engstrom and Kat Gaiser was also victorious. The boys team placed 4th out of 11 teams with Justin Merrick winning the 400M and Zak Jones winning the shot put. Click here for complete results and pictures.
TVMS Raises $3500 for Pennies for Patients
Thank you to the TVMS students and staff as they raised $3500.00 during their recent Pennies for Patients fundraisers. Students in Mrs. Settimio's homeroom raised the most ($730.60) and will receive a lunch from Olive Garden. Great job TVMS!
TVMS Named PLTW Distinguished School
Congratulations to Tusky Valley Middle School as they have been recognized as a Project Lead The Way Distinguished School for their Gateway program. TVMS is one of just 110 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. TVMS earned the recognition by offering at least one PLTW Gateway course at every grade level, having more than 50% of the student body participate and have at least 25% of student continue to participate in PLTW in high school. Click here read the full press release.
McKinney Signs with Gannon University
Congratulations to TVHS senior Boston McKinney as she signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and basketball career at Gannon University. McKinney was a key member of the Trojans' 2018 IVC North and 2017 District title teams. She ended her TVHS career as the school's all-time leader in career assists, career 3-point field goals, single season assists, single season 3-point field goals and 3-point field goals made in a single game. McKinney also became a member of the school's 1000 point club this past season. Congratulations Boston!
Tausch Accepted into Performing Arts Program
Congratulations to TVHS senior Alyssa Tausch as she has been accepted into the prestigious Conservatory of Performing Arts program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Out of the more than 1,000 students who audition each year, the college only accepts 22 students into the program. Tausch currently participates in in the Kent-Tusc Performing Arts program and is a member of the Tusky Valley Speech & Debate team where she currently ranks 8th in the nation in dramatic interpretation. You can see Alyssa perform April 13-15th in the TVHS Drama Club's presentation of The Addams Family.
Boys' Track Relay Team Breaks School Record
Congratulations to the sprint relay team of Brock Haas, Owen Clugston, Brandon Steinbaugh and Justin Merrick as they set a new school record in the sprint relay with a time of 1:38.9 at the Newcomerstown Relays.
Croto Signs to Wrestle at Tusc-Kent
Congratulations to senior Austin Croto who signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Kent State-Tuscarawas today.
Distance Medley Relay Team Makes History
Congratulations to girls' distance medley relay team of Caylin Knous (200), Hannah Hostetler (400), Kat Gaiser (800) and Madisan DeBos (1600) as they had a record setting day at Saturday’s Newcomerstown Relays. The girls broke the meet record set in 1984 and the Tusky Valley school record that was set in 1985. Congratulations girls!
Perkowski Claims 2018 SumoBot Title
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Gavin Perkowski as he captured the 2018 SumoBot Challenge championship. Junior Parker Fox placed second while freshmen Sawyer Ramsey finished third and the team of Coy Beardmore and Josh Lynch came home fourth. Perkowski earned a $100 cash prize for his victory while Fox pocketed $75, Ramsey $50 and Beardmore and Lynch earned $25 each. This year’s competition featured 17 Sumobots. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations Gavin!
Mahaffey, Rockets Capture State Championship
Congratulations to TVMS 7th grader Aidan Mahaffey (#32) as he was part of the Tuscarawas County Rockets Division IV state championship team. The Rockets captured the Ohio State Special Olympics title on Saturday with a thrilling 79-74 victory over the Hamilton County Bulls. The Rockets are coached by 2007 TVHS graduate and former Trojan basketball player Ashley Metzcar.
TVHS Names March Students of the Month
Nicole Scott
Student of the Month
Chloe Dorland
Fine Arts
Student of the Month
Boston McKinney
Athlete of the Month
Kierrah Stewart
Athlete of the Month

The March Student of the Month is senior Nicole Scott. Nicole is the daughter of Bruce Scott II of New Philadelphia and Marla Scott of Mineral City. Nikki is a member National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and the Academic Challenge team. Nicole also participated in the 2017 Ohio State Science Fair. In her free time she enjoys crafts and do-it-yourself projects, volunteer work, and spending time with family and friends. Nicole plans to take a year off before pursuing further education or a career.

The March Fine Arts Student of the Month is sophomore Chloe Dorland. Chloe is the daughter of Jannette Devine of Mineral City. Chloe was nominated by the fine arts team for her outstanding work. Chloe enjoys playing in the band and participating in the drama club. Chloe also likes coming to school, being with friends, and listening to music. After graduation, Chloe plans to attend The Ohio State University and major in criminal justice and minor in Spanish.

The March Athletes of the Month are seniors Kierrah Stewart and Boston McKinney.

Kierrah is the daughter of Cory and Tiffany Stewart of Bolivar. Kierrah is a 4-year member of the basketball and volleyball teams and a 3-year member of the track team. Stewart was a key contributer during the volleyball team's three straight trips to the Final Four and became a member of the school's 1000 point club in basketball this past season. Kierrah enjoys reading, fishing, and four-wheeling in her free time. After graduation, she plans to attend college and major in exercise science. Then she would like to attend graduate school for physical therapy.

Our second March Athlete of Month is Boston McKinney. Boston is the daughter of Anthony & Cami McKinney of Bolivar. Boston is a 4-year member of the basketball team and also played softball and girls' golf during her time at Tusky Valley. Boston ended her basketball career as the school's all-time leader in career assists, career 3-point field goals, single season assists, single season 3-point field goals and 3-point field goals made in a single game. McKinney also became a member of the school's 1000 point club this past season. In her free time Boston enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing in AAU, riding, and hunting. After graduation, Boston plans to attend Gannon University to continue her basketball career. Boston plans to major in athletic training and minor in sport and exercise training.

TVMS Names March Students of the Month
Tusky Valley Middle School March Students of the Month Riley Wigfield, Sarah Warren, Nicole Dyko, Jack Ritterbeck, Cameron Butcher-Wagner
TVHS Announces 2018 Prom Court
Megan Brown
Abby Ernst
Jenna Franks
Scout Weber
Tyler Boyd
Charley McCune
Aidan Palumbo
Bailey Sites
Sixth Grade Camp Reminders
Click here for a list of reminders for TVMS students attending sixth grade camp at Camp Muskingum.
TVIS Holds Ohio History Day
TVIS held Ohio History Day for 4th grade students on Friday, March 16th. The students listened to several presenters including some from our local community. Click here to see pictures from the day!
2018-2019 TVLS Calendar Now Available
The 2018-2019 school calendar is now available. The first day of school will be August 22, 2018. The traditional two week winter break remains in place as well as two "May Days." The final day for students will be May 29, 2019. Click here to view the calendar.
TVLS Shines at District Science Fair
Tusky Valley High School Receives the Ohio District 13 Science Excellence Award
On Saturday, March 10th several Tusky Valley students participated in the Ohio District 13 Science Day at the University of Mount Union. All 9-12th grade students who received a Superior qualify for the Ohio State Science Day at Ohio State University on May 12th, 2018. The following students received superior ratings on their projects:
  1. Brock Haas & Hannah Hostetler - Denaturing Proteins - Superior
  2. Gavin Perkowski - The Effect of Shape and Material  on the Effectiveness  of a Faraday Cage - Superior
  3. Nicole Scott - The Road to Relief: Does the Dosage Form of Naproxen Sodium Affect its Breakdown in the Body? - Superior
  4. Jesse Brothers - Canine/Feline Parasite Prevention on Tuscarawas County School Playgrounds and the Effect of Different Playground Materials on that Prevelance - Superior

Only the top 11 projects at the Ohio District 13 Science Day qualify for the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair (BSEF) on April 7th, 2018 at Ohio State University. This is the fair that feeds into the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in Pittsburg this year.  The following TVHS 9-12th grade students qualify for the BSEF: Brock Haas & Hannah Hostetler, Gavin Perkowski, and Nicole Scott.

Other Awards on the day included:

  1. TVHS received the Ohio District 13 Science Excellence Award.  We were one of four schools who received this award out of the 22 schools who participated in the district fair.
  2. Jesse Brothers - State of Ohio Governor's Award for Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Research
  3. Katie Christ - Akron Section of the American Chemical Society - Sponsored Award
  4. Cain Winkhart & Corey Keim - ASM International Canton/Massilon Chapter - Sponsored Award
  5. Nicole Scott - Stark County Medical Society - Sponsored Award
  6. TVHS students Nicole Scott, Brock Haas and Hannah Hostetler received $1500 renewable scholarships to the University of Mount Union.
TVMS Participating in "Pennies for Patients"
Students at Tusky Valley Middle School are participating in "Pennies for Patients" week the week of March 12-16th. Pennies for Patients is a fundraiser held by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers. Students can donate pennies to their homeroom and the homeroom that donates the most will win a catered meal from Olive Garden.
TVLS Raises $2200 for Rainbow Connection
Thank you to the students and staff of TVPS and TVIS as they raised over $2200 for Rainbow Connection.
TVLS Holds School Safety Forum
Thank you to all of the TVLS community members, students and staff who attended Tuesday night's safety forum. A special thank you to Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell for visiting TVLS to discuss this important issue. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the presentation here.
CBIP Knowledge Bowl Team Headed to State
Congratulations to the TVHS Career Based Intervention Program Knowledge Bowl team as they captured the regional runner-up at today's CBIP Region 10 Knowledge Bowl competition in Byesville. The team will now move on to the State Knowledge Bowl competition to be held at the Columbus Convention Center.
Speech Performs Well at State
Spina Selected for National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley Speech and Debate team on their performance at the Ohio State Speech & Debate Tournament. Brooklynn Fockler was a quarter finalist in Informative Speaking. Alyssa Tausch was a semi-finalist in Drama and placed in the top 10 in the state and Drake Spina advanced to the finals at state and placed 3rd in the state of Ohio in Humor! Separately, Spina has been selected to compete in the 2018 NCFL Grand National Tournament in Washington DC this May.  The Ohio NCFL (National Catholic Forensic League) chose 6 students to represent Ohio and perform in Dramatic performance (a drama or a humor). Drake will be competing at Catholic Nationals in May and will travel with kids from all over the state to represent Ohio! Congratulations to all the speech & debate students on another fantastic season!
DeBos Wins Indoor State Track Title
Congratulations to TVHS junior Madisan DeBos as she won the 2-mile state championship at the OATCCC Indoor State Championships on Saturday. DeBos ran the race in 11:22 to capture the title. DeBos also placed 4th in the 1-mile race while Justin Merrick came home 4th in the 400M and Arvie Wolf placed 8th in the pole vault.
Dunn Captures District Title, Headed to Columbus
Congratulations to TVHS senior Jackson Dunn as he captured the district championship at Saturday's district wrestling meet. Dunn (38-3) now advances to the state wrestling tournament where he will face Troy Christian's Craig Montgomery (20-5). Click here to see the complete 170 lb. state tournament bracket.
Engineering Students Take Top Prizes
Congratulations to Charley McCune, Olivia Galigher, and Violet Hutchison for winning all three awards for the KSU Tuscarawas High School Alternative Energy Competition at the 36th annual Engineering Expo on February 22, 2018. This year’s competition was about creating electrical energy using the wind. Charley McCune took first place and a won a $100 cash prize and $1,500 scholarship. Olivia Galigher placed second and earned a $50 cash prize and a $1,000 scholarship. Violet Hutchison finished third to claim $25 cash prize and a $750 scholarship.
TVHS Bridge Builders Perform Well
Congratulations to Taylor Galigher, Arvie Wolf, Clint Spillman, and Kat Gaiser for finishing in the top 10 at the Ohio Regional International Bridge Building Contest Thursday February 22, 2018 at Kent State University Tuscarawas Branch in New Philadelphia, Ohio. This was another record breaking year in that 193 bridges were tested at the event. Thirty-nine students did an excellent job of representing TVHS at the event by capturing 4 of the top ten $50.00 cash awards and 17 of the top 40 places overall to lead all schools with 42.5%. We would like to thank Allied Machining and Engineering of Dover for sponsoring the event. Congratulations Tusky Valley bridge builders!
Several Trojans Claim IVC Awards
Boston McKinney
IVC Offensive Player of the Year
First Team IVC North
Jadyn Kuykendall
IVC Defensive Player of the Year
First Team IVC North
Matt Ward
IVC North Coach of the Year
Kierrah Stewart
First Team IVC North
Jenna Franks
First Team IVC North
Jeremy Salvo
First Team IVC North
Arora Levengood
Second Team IVC North
Austin Croto
Second Team IVC
Jackson Dunn
Second Team IVC
Lilli Peterson
Honorable Mention IVC North
Jared Kienzle
Honorable Mention IVC North
TVMS Names February Students of the Month
TVMS February Students of the Month Andria Lab, Shoshanna Rinehart, Devin Gerry, Emma Murphy, Aliyah Ross
Grapplers Take Sectional Title
Congratulations to the wrestling team as they captured the sectional title today. Individually, Jackson Dunn won the title at 170 while Austin Croto (145) was runnerup & Corey Keim (106), Tucker Pruett (132), Noah Love (160), Luke Herron (182) & Seth Johnson (220) placed third. Todd Zbuka (138) and Eli Cox (120) each finished in fourth place. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the district meet this weekend.
TVHS Names February Students of the Month
Scout Weber
Student of the Month
Taylor App
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Jeremy Salvo
Athlete of the Month

The February Student of the Month is senior Scout Weber. Scout is the daughter of Rob and Tanya Weber of Mineral City. Scout was nominated by fellow senior Dani Bierwirth. Scout's activities include being a member of the National Honor Society, fall play, Black Plague, Pep Club, and TV online. Scout has also been a member of the honor roll all four years. Scout enjoys skiing in the winter, swimming in the summer and spending time with friends and family. Scout plans to attend Ashland University to study political science through the Ashbrook Scholar Program.

The February Fine Arts Student of the Month is senior Taylor App. Taylor is the daughter of Gary and Maria App of Bolivar. Taylor was nominated by Mr. Jacobs for her outstanding work in his class. Taylor's hobbies include painting, playing the piano and singing. After graduation, Taylor plans to earn a Masters of Fine Arts at Kent State University and sell her artwork fulltime.

The February Athlete of the Month is junior Jeremy Salvo. Jeremy is the son of Phil and Jodi Salvo of Bolivar. Jeremy is a member of the basketball team, in youth group, and volunteers at the Greater Dover New Phila Food Pantry. Jeremy's hobbies include spending time with friends and listening to music. After graduation, he plans to attend Mount Vernon University and at this time his major is undecided.

Spina Claims Eastern Ohio District Title
Congratulations to TVHS junior Drake Spina as he captured the Eastern Ohio Speech & Debate District Championship in the category of Humor this weekend at Perry High School. Senior Alyssa Tausch also made it the finals in the category of Dramatic Interpretation and ended up in fifth place. Spina has qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament June 17-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida while Tausch will be the second alternate in her category. Congratulations Drake & Alyssa!
Salvo Honored With Trojan Pride Award
TVLS is proud to present the February 2018 Trojan Pride Award to Mrs. Jodi Salvo, Program Director of Personal Family Counseling Services in New Philadelphia. Mrs. Salvo and her team brought the "Takin' It to the School" program to students in grades 4-6 in Tusky Valley (and other area school districts) in 2002. Over 1,500 students are served each year through this program which reinforces healthy choices for our young people. Mrs. Salvo also coordinates the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition, working closely with legislators, community, and school districts in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. Congratulations, and thank you, Mrs. Jodi Salvo!
Stewart Joins 1000 Point Club
Congratulations to TVHS senior Kierrah Stewart as she became the fifth player in Tusky Valley girls' basketball history to score 1000 career points during Saturday's IVC Showcase game vs. Hiland. Stewart now stands at 1004 career points with two regular season games and tournament play remaining. Congratulations Kierrah!
Inaugural Booster Club Ball Drop a Huge Success
Thnak you to everyone who supported the inaugural Booster Club Ball Drop. The event was a huge success as it raised $6500 for TV athletics! Congratulations to Jodi Salvo and Mike Johnson who had the winning balls.
7th Grade Basketball Completes Perfect Season
Congratulations to 7th grade boys' basketball team as they completed a perfect 17-0 season and won the IVC North championship.

TVMS Students Compete at Power of the Pen
On February 3rd the TVMS 8th grade Power of the Pen creative writing team competed in a county tournament at Claymont Middle School. Team members included Olivia Burgess, Lexi Dyrland, Camberlee  Perkowski, Ashley Price, Alyvia Skotnicky and Hannah Spicer. Tusky Valley placed third as a team in the tournament. Individually, Camberlee Perkowski placed 6th, Hannah Spicer finished 7th and Ashley Skotnicky came home in 10th place. Camberlee Perkowski also won a "best of round award" for one of her stories. Congratulations girls! ​
TVMS to Host STEAM Night & P/T Conferences
Students participate in an activity during the 2017 TVMS STEAM Night
Tusky Valley Middle School will be holding parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, February 8th from 3:30-7:00 PM and Thursday, February 15th from 3:30-5:30 PM. Parents can schedule a conference by clicking here. TVMS will also be holding STEAM Night on February 8th in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences. STEAM Night will be from 4:00-7:00 PM and the entire family is invited to come have fun learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Families are encouraged to visit the many stations for hands on activities and demonstrations. PATHS will be providing free food and a prize will be given to each student who attends and participates! We hope to see you there!
Zagales Signs With College of Wooster
Congratulations to TVHS senior Joe Zagales as he signed his letter of intent to continue his education and football career at the College of Wooster Tuesday morning. Zagales was a 3-year letterwinner for Tusky Valley and leaves TVHS as the school's all-time leading tackler. Zagales earned First Team IVC, First Team Eastern District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio his senior season. Zagales plans on majoring in education. Congratulations Joe!
Hollon, Kassell Compete in Chinese Competition
Congratulations to TVHS juniors Ensleigh Hollon and Jillian Kassell as they placed third in the National Chinese Competition Performing Arts Division in Utah this past weekend. The girls were chosen to represent TVHS by their Mandarin Chinese Competition and did a great job by finishing 3rd out of 13 teams.
Speech & Debate Sending 13 to State Tournament
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley Speech & Debate team as they had 13 members qualify for the State Speech & Debate Tournament at Saturday's district meet held at Jackson High School. State qualifiers include Drake Spina (Humor), Zoe Mcconaha (Humor), Alyssa Tausch (Drama), Storm Waldron (2nd alternate Drama), Brooklyn Fockler (Informative Speaking), Delaney Mcconaha (Program Oral Interpretation), Ally Watson (2nd alternate Program Oral Interpretation), Nadine Stewart (Declamation), Ellie Dorsey (Declamation), Zane Miley (Student Congress), Ensleigh Hollon (Student Congress), Kaylyn Lloyd (Student Congress), and Madeleine Ellsworth (Student Congress). Congratulations to all of the qualifiers!
Girls' Basketball Takes IVC North Title
Congratulations to the girls' basketball team as they captured the IVC North championship on Saturday by defeating East Canton 64-42. The Trojans are now 11-0 in IVC North play and can wrap up a perfect league season with a victory at TCC on Wednesday. Congratulations girls.
Tusc. County PLTW Program Gains National Attention
Tusky Valley swept the high school awards at the 2017 PLTW Showcase
Ten years ago TVLS decided to enter a new program that was coming to Tuscarawas County called Project Lead the Way. Since then, countless students have benefitted from this great program and Tusky Valley's PLTW has become the standard by which others are judged. Practical Machinist recently published an article tracing the origins of Tuscarawas County's Project Lead the Way program. This is a great read for any student or family of a student who may be interested in Project Lead the Way.
Youth Wrestlers Compete at Novice State Tournament
The youth wrestlers recently competed at the Ohio Novice State Tournament. The Trojans came home in fourth place as a team with Hunter Witts, Tori Wilson and TJ Wilson taking first place in their respective divisions While Rylee Adams (2nd), Kayleigh Wiseman (3rd), and Coleton Adams (5th) also placed in their divisions.
McKinney Joins 1000 Point Club, Sets 3-Point Record
Congratulations to TVHS senior Boston McKinney as she scored 26 points on Wednesday night vs. Conotton Valley to become just the fourth member of Tusky Valley's 1000 point club. McKinney joins Dani Fishley (1994), Holly Rhodes (1990) & Tessa Pohovey (2006) as the only Trojan players to have scored 1000 career points. McKinney also set yet another school record as she made eight 3-pointers in last night's game breaking the record of 7 set by Paige Ricketts in 2009 & Tenille Burkhart in 1991. Congratulations Boston!
Hostetler and Haas Take Top Honors at Science Fair
TVHS juniors Hannah Hostetler and Brock Haas earned the coveted Best of Fair award

The annual Tusky Valley Science Fair was held on January 27th with 124 projects being judged according to criteria defined by the Ohio Academy of Science. The Best of Fair award went to the team of Brock Haas and Hannah Hostetler for their project on "Denaturing Proteins." Overall, there were 18 projects that received a superior rating and students receiving Superiors are now eligible to compete in the District Science Fair at Mount Union. Here is a list of the top projects from the day:

Award Name Project Title
Best 7th Grade Project Jesse Brothers "Parasitic Growth in Different Types of Soil"
Best 8th Grade Project Leaha McMullin Sound and Light
Best 9th Grade Project Sydney Clements "Magnetic Force in Liquid"
Best 10th Grade Project Gavin Perkowski
 "The Effect of Shape and Material on the Effectiveness of a Faraday Cage"
Best 11-12 Project Nicole Scott "Does Dosage Form of Naproxen Sodium Affect Breakdown in the Body"
Best HS Team Project Cain Winkhart
Corey Keim
"Thermoelectric Energy Generation from a Desktop PC"
Best of Fair Hannah Hostetler
Brock Haas
"Denaturing Proteins"
DeBos Receives OHSAA Ethics and Integrity Award
Congratulations to TVHS teacher and cross country coach Sandy DeBos as she was awarded the OHSAA's Sports Ethics & Integrity Award on January 26th. Congratulations Mrs. DeBos!
Mitchell Honored by Chamber of Commerce
Congratulations to TVPS first grade teacher Shannon Mitchell as she was named the Educator of the Year at the 59th Annual Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Wednesday night.
TVHS Names January Students of the Month
Sierra Williams
Student of the Month
Charley McCune
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Jenna Franks
Athlete of the Month

The January Student of the Month is sophomore Sierra Williams. Sierra is the daughter of Nonnie and the late Phillip Willams of Dover. Sierra is a member of Student Council, a two-time member of the state qualifying cross country team and plays on the girls' varsity basketball team. In her free time, Sierra enjoys running, hanging out with her friends and skiing.

The January Fine Arts Student of the Month is senior Charley McCune. Charley is the son of Tim and Kris McCune of Bolivar. Charley is a member of Student Council, the Robotics Club and Drama Club. Charley's hobbies include being with his friends, fishing, and drawing. After graduation, Charley plans to attend the University of Akron.

The January Athlete of the Month is senior Jenna Franks. Jenna is the daughter of Steve and Gina Franks of Bolivar. Jenna is a member of Student Council, plays on the girls' varsity basketball team and was a three-time state qualifier as a member of our volleyball team. In her free time Jenna enjoys being with her friends and family and playing sports. After graduation, Jenna plans to attend Urbana University to study education and play volleyball.

TVMS Names January Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Jacob Bierwirth, Kallie Fockler, Sara Barbera, Walker Gonzalez, & Mikayla Vansickel
Christ Captures TVLS Spelling Bee
Tuscarawas Valley Local School District held its annual Spelling Bee on January 17, 2018 in the TVHS Auditorium. Thirty two students in grades 5-8 participated in the annual event consisting of twenty-three rounds.  Kimberly Christ (7th grade, contestant #2) was declared 2018 Spelling Bee Champion, and Hunter Kirtley (7th grade, contestant #1) was Runner Up. Both students now have the opportunity to compete at the 72nd Regional Final Spelling Bee on March 3, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. at GlenOak High School Theater.  Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell, Mineral City Mayor Rick Cain, and retired Gifted Coordinator Peggy Range served as judges. Attorney Jim Range served as pronouncer.
Levengood Named to Freshman All-American Team
Congratulations to TVHS freshman Arora Levengood as she was recently named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team. Levengood was one of 25 freshman players nationwide to be earn the recognition. Levengood averaged 34.2 assists per game this season and helped the Trojans to a 28-1 record and the IVC, district and regional championships. Congratulations Arora!
Spina Takes Top Honors at Sylvania
Congratulations to TVHS junior Drake Spina as he placed first in humor at this past weekend's Sylvania Speech & Debate Tournament. Senior Alyssa Tausch made the finals in drama before placing fifth while Madeline Ellsworth reached the semifinals in humor.
Spina, Tausch Qualify for State Tournament
Congratulations to TVHS junior Drake Spina and senior Alyssa Tausch as they have qualified to compete in the 2018 Ohio Speech & Debate State Tournament this March. Spina (Humor) and Tausch (Drama) qualified at this past weekend's North Canton Hoover tournament by receiving their fourth bid to the state tournament! The Ohio High School Speech League gives students the opportunity to qualify before districts if they place in the top six in their category at four or more tournaments. Congratulations Drake and Alyssa!
McKinney Sets All-Time Assists Mark
Congratulations to TVHS senior Boston McKinney as she became Tusky Valley's all-time assists leader during Saturday's victory over Newcomerstown. McKinney now has 393 career assists passing the mark of 387 set by Kim Quillen between 1972-1975. Congratulations Boston!
TVMS PATHS Donates Banner
Thank you to TVMS PATHS and Lightning Signs & Decals LLC for the new banner in the TVMS gymnasium.
TVLS Affordable Christmas a Success

Thank you to everyone who helped make the inauguraul TVLS Affordable Christmas a huge success. On December 2nd selected parents, grandparents and guardians were invited to shop and purchase new, unused gifts for their children. Gifts were priced at 1/10th of retail cost and families experiencing financial hardships were empowered to still provide a fun and exciting Christmas for their children.

The program was coordinated by TVLS teachers Sarah Schoeppner & Erin Karolewski and over $10,000 was raised by TV teachers & staff, individual & family contributions, toy drives and sponsorship from area businesses and organizations including Allied Machine & Engineering, Applebee's, Atwood Lake Boats, Biscotti by the Bunch, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cable Manufacturing & Assembly, Rhonda & Andrea Company DDS, Dover Hydraulics, Gooding's Nursery & Landscaping, Lockport Brewing, Hennis Care Center, Heiwa Center, Hometown Toys, MC Warrior Project, Millwood Lumber, Nilodor, Progressive Foam Technologies, Ragon House, Rotary Club of Bolivar-Zoar, Stark County Community Foundation. Over 450 toys were available and 125 Tusky Valley children benefited from this event. Once again, thank you to everyone who helped support this wonderful program!

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.

Cheerleaders to Hold Youth Clinic in January
The TVHS cheerleaders will be holding a youth cheer clinic for any student in grades 1-6 on January 10-11 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the high school. Participants will then cheer during the first half of the varsity basketball game on January 12th and do a short dance at halftime. The cost is $30 and includes a t-shirt to be worn at the game. Click here for more details and to download a registration form!
TVHS Names December Students of the Month
Natalie Specht
Student of the Month
Brooklyn Fockler
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Jackson Dunn
Athlete of the Month

The December Student of the Month is senior Natalie Specht. Natalie is the daughter of Robin and David Angel of Bolivar and Brian Specht of Sugarcreek. Natalie's activities include volunteering at New Pointe Community Church, participating in Bible study, leading the Black Plague student section and being a member of the stage crew. Natalie enjoys photography, art, and spending time with friends and family. Upon graduation, Natalie would like to attend Palm Beach Atlantic to study business marketing and graphic design and would like to pursue a career in photography.

The December Fine Artist of the Month is sophomore Brooklyn Fockler. Brooklyn is the daughter of Keith Fockler and Stephanie Heck of Bolivar. Brooklyn's activities include band, select choir, drama, speech & debate, church choir, PSR teacher at Holy Trinity, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In her free time Brooklyn enjoys reading, singing, playing the flute and piccolo, and babysitting. After graduation, Brooklyn plans to attend Kent State University and NEOMED for a degree in pharmaceutical compounding.

The December Athlete of the Month is senior Jackson Dunn. Jackson is the son of Donald Dunn. Jackson was nominated by Mr. Franks for his outstanding accomplishments so far this year in wrestling.

TVMS Names December Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Zachary Swiney, Tyler Wiseman, Liam Ellsworth, Hannah Wyler, Madison Standley
TVHS Speech Tournament a Success
The Tusky Valley Speech Tournament held on December 9th was a huge success! We hosted over 24 schools from all over Ohio with over 430 competitors that competed in Speech or Debate at three different buidling throughout Tusky Valley Local! With awards sponsored by the Bolivar Zoar Rotary, Tusky Valley brought home a 7th place finish as a school in sweepstakes, a second place finish with straight 1's in humor by Drake Spina, Tournament champion in drama with first place Alyssa Tausch and tournament champion in declamation with first place Ellie Dorsey also with straight 1's! All three students received a bid to the state tournament this March! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped make the tournament a success.
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, 21-25. 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
Superintendent


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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