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2015-2016 Web Archives

7th Grade Students Visit Huff Run

Huff Run is a 9.9 mile long tributary of the Conotton Creek in eastern Ohio within Sandy Township. Mineral City is the only incorporated town within the Huff Run Watershed. The mission statement of the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership is to restore the watershed by improving water quality and enhancing the wildlife habitat. Tusky Valley Middle School 7th graders visited several sites within the watershed on May 19. While at these sites they learned how runoff affects the local streams, conducted pH tests on streams and wetlands, captured stream macroinvertebrates and learned how scientists use fish shocking to make population and species counts to determine the health of a stream.

Swinford, Gauding Named Employees of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Heidi Swinford and Mr. Ron Gauding for being recognized as "2016 Employees of the Year" by the Tuscarawas Valley Ruritan Club.  Mrs. Swinford and Mr. Gauding, along with principals Mrs. Knowles and Mr. Phillips, were invited to the Ruritan dinner meeting on May 17th where they were presented a special plaque in their honor.

Burrier Dominates District Meet

TVHS senior Tyler Burrier had a dominant weekend on the track as he captured the district championship in the 110m hurdles, 300m hurdles and the high jump. Burrier will now advance to this weekend's regional track meet in Athens. Several other Trojans qualified for the regionals by finishing in the top of four of their events including Brady Woods (1600m & 3200m), Gabe Shetler (800m), Matt Kiem (pole vault), Justin Merrick (400m), the boys' 4x800 relay team (Justin Merrick, Brady Woods, Gabe Shetler, & Kodey Lewis), the boys' 4x400 relay (Justin Merrick, Tyler Burrier, Brady Woods & Gabe Shetler) Madisan DeBos (1600m & 3200m), Emma Potts (pole vault), & the girls' 4x400 relay team (Jadyn Kuykendall, Emily Goedel, Breanna Schnegg, & Madisan DeBos). As a team the Trojan boys came home in second place while the girls finished in eighth place. Freshman Madisan DeBos also set a new school record in the 3200m as she ran a 11:25.22 to beat the record she had previously set earlier this year.

TVMS Students Compete at County Math Tourney

The TVMS Math Tournament teams competed at the Tuscarawas County Math Tournament on May 17th at Kent State - Tuscarawas.

Eighth grade award winners inlclude Corey Keim (1st) and Jonathan Rennicker (3rd) in functions, Hannah Hostetler (2nd) in expression & equations, Kayden Russell (2nd), Sierra Williams (3rd) and Felicity Sands (5th) in geometry, Natalie Yoder (T-2nd), Abbey Dillon (T-2nd), and Dustin Kirtley (3rd) in statistics & probability, and Tori Campbell (2nd), Taylor Galigher (4th) and Kayla Scott (6th) in the number system.

Seventh grade award winners include Kaya Russell (3rd) & Sawyer Ramsey (5th) in expression & equation, Arora Levengood (3rd) in ratios & proportional relationships, Katie Christ (6th) in geometry, and Sydney Clements (6th) in the number system.

Sixth grade awards winners include Charity Ramser (1st), Valin Kramer (3rd), and Jacob Bierwirth (4th) in the number system, Taylor West (1st), Lauren Reesman (4th) in geometry, Hannah Spicer (T-2nd), Trevor King (T-2nd), and Austin Kohler (6th) in statistics & probability, Camberlee Perkowski (2nd), Kolton Kohler (5th) abd Dawson Williams (6th) in ratios & proportional relationships, Elissa Rothenstein (4th) and William Sayner (6th) in expression & equations.

Fifth grade award winners include Hunter Kirtley (1st), Colton Lake (2nd) and Josh Owens (3rd) in number & operations - fractions, Beau Wolf (2nd) in operations & algebraic thinking, Kimmie Christ (2nd), Molly Sams (T-5th) and Cara Stump (T-5th) in number & operations in base ten, Connor Gardner (4th) & Teagan Phillips (6th) in geometry, and Aubrey Howard (4th) and Sydney Haas (6th) in measurement & data.

TVMS Students Take Prizes at PLTW Showcase
Three groups of TVMS Gateway to Technology students recently participated in the Project Lead the Way Showcase at Buckeye Career Center. Bella Olinger and Cooper Amelung placed second in the 6th grade competition with their " How Things Fly" presentation. Seventh graders Josh Lynch, Griffin McConaha and Lance Scott placed third with their "Shipping Container House" project. The 8th grade team of Gavin Perkowski, Jake Rothenstein and Noah Yoder placed third with their project, "Going Up" The Elevator Challenge. Congratulations to these students on a job well done!

Tusky Valley PLTW Team Shines at Showcase

Congratulations to the Tusky Valley Project Lead the Way classes for their performance at last Thursday’s Project Lead the Way Showcase.  Freshman Seth Ramsey and senior Nicklaus Walsh brought home the first place trophy for their project, the VTR (VEX Transmission Robot) in the Principles of Engineering competition, Also in POE, sophomores Nathan Sparren and Clint Spillman won the third place plaque for their marble sorting robot, the Sorter 9000XY.  In the Digital Electronics competition, juniors Nate Ackerman, Grant Gursky, Elizabeth Hutchison, Mitchell Polka, Heather Rich, and Clay Scott all won TV the first place trophy for their amazing show-stopping (or more accurately, traffic-stopping) project, At the Corner of DE and TV.  Finally, Reid Palumbo, Ben Reesman, and Jacob Schandel closed out their last PLTW Showcase bringing home the first place trophy in Computer Integrated Manufacturing with their model robotic work cell, the Grind-O-Matic. Palumbo, Reesman, and Schandel also brought home the third place plaque for their mass-manufactured cup holder coin sorter, Coin Buddy, which was also presented to the large audience at the showcase.  Congratulations to all of the participants in the PLTW Showcase this year!  The seniors of the TVHS PLTW classes would also like to extend special thanks to Mr. Ron Gauding.  Without you, Mr. Gauding, we would not have been able to accomplish all that we have these past four years!

Woods, Burrier, & DeBos Capture PAC Titles
DeBos Breaks Own 3200m School Record
Congratulations to Tyler Burrier, Brady Woods, & Madisan DeBos as they each captured titles at the PAC Track & Field Championships on Friday night. Burrier took first place in the high jump as he cleared 6'2". Woods captured first place in the 3200m run with a time of 10:06.27. Meanwhile freshman Madisan DeBos took first place in the both the 1600m (5:15.98) and 3200m (11:31.20). DeBos time in he 3200 broke her own school record that she had previously set at during this year's Tusky Valley Invitational. The girls team came home in third place overall while the boys team finished in fourth place.

TVMS Raises Money for BBBS
Tusky Valley Middle School recently participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser to raise money for BBBS of East Central Ohio.  TVMS raised $1200 as a school. 23 students raised over $40 individually and were treated to pizza and bowling by the BBBS staff. 

Tusky Valley Trio Inducted into NTHS
Congratulations to TVHS & Buckeye Career Center seniors Adam Kohler & Elise Thompson and junior Alex Mizer as they were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Buckeye Career Center on May 4th. The NTHS is America's highest award for excellence in career and technical education. Congratulations on this great achievement!

Burrier, Shetler Capture County Titles
Congratulations to TVHS seniors Tyler Burrier and Gabe Shetler as they each brought home titles from the County Classic track & field meet on Monday night. Burrier claimed titles in the 110m hurdles (15.37) and the 300m hurdles (40.76) while Shetler took top honors in the 800m run (2:03.31). Freshman Jadyn Kuykendall (200m), the girls' 4x100m relay team of Riley Jarvis, Jadyn Kuykendall, Kierrah Stewart & Emily Goedel, the girls 4x800m relay team of Breanna Schnegg, Kaylyn Lloyd, Kat Gaiser, & Madi DeBos, Kodey Lewis (200m), and Brady Woods (1600m) each recorded second place finishes for the Trojans.

Debos Breaks School's 3200M Record
TVHS freshman Madisan DeBos had a Friday night to remember at the annual Thrilla in Zoarvilla track inivtiational. DeBos not only won the 3200m race but she also set a new school record with a time of 11:41.7. DeBos broke the previous record of 11:50.6 that was set by her mom, Sandy DeBos, in 1984.

TVHS Names 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
2016 Valedictorian
Reid Palumbo
2016 Salutatorian
Riley Jarvis
2016 Top 10
Brady Woods
2016 Top 10
Deserrae Potts
2016 Top 10
Rylan Clugston
2016 Top 10
Megan Swiney
2016 Top 10
Arizona Stewart
2016 Top 10
Jacob Schandel
2016 Top 10
Matt Arnold
2016 Top 10
Gabe Shetler
Congratulations to TVHS senior Reid Palumbo as he has been named the 2016 TVHS Valedictorian. Fellow senior Riley Jarvis is the 2016 Salutatorian. Other members of the 2016 top 10 include Brady Woods, Deserrae Potts, Rylan Clugston, Megan Swiney, Arizona Stewart, Jacob Schandel, Matt Arnold, and Gabe Shetler. Congratulations on a job well done!

TVHS Holds 7th Annual Pay it Forward Day
What started out as a wet morning turned into a beautiful day to work outside as TVHS freshmen and sophomores successfully battled the elements and participated in the 7th annual "Pay it Forward" challenge. Students were bussed to 17 different locations to provide community service while juniors & seniors spent the day preparing for tonight's Prom.. The sites included Fort Laurens, Bolivar Fire Department, Bolivar Library, Bolivar Commons Pool, Fairfield Township Fire Department, Mineral City, the Nicole Donant Library, Zoar Gardens, Zoar Cemetery, Zoar Fire Station, the Village of Zoar, Zoar Wetland, Hennis Care, 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!

TVHS Announces 2016 Prom Court
Jake Arrendale
Jessica Barbera
Aric Bird
Ericka Frame
Sam Higl
Adam Kohler
Reid Palumbo
Micaliah Peffer
Deserrae Potts
Breanna Schnegg

TVMS Students Prepare to "Survive the Test"
TVMS held an assembly on Monday to kick off testing week.  The theme was "Surviving the Test" and there were a series of "survival style" games and teams were eliminated as they lost the challenge.  Events included a blind folded shoe race to remind students to come to school dressed comfortably, a pencil scavenger hunt to remind students to bring their supplies with them, a cup pyramid game to remind students to use all of their knowledge they have learned, and the final challenge was to eat a jar of baby food to remind students to eat a good breakfast.  Winners of the 5th and 6th grade contest were Elly Rothenstein and Madison Carr.  The winners of the 7th and 8th grade game were Anthony Zombeck and Trevor Kohler.  A special thanks to the TVMS staff for participating and going above and beyond for our TVMS students!

TVMS Drama Club Students Compete at State
TVMS Drama Club students participated in the Middle School State Speech Tournament at Canton Central Catholic High School on April 16th. Zoe McConaha placed second in humorous interpretation, Griffin McConaha received the young writers award for his informative speech and Katie Christ received most improved with a 7th place finish in drama. Congratulations to all of the TVMS students who participated.

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Bailey Sites
Student of the Month
Seth Johnson
Athlete of the Month
Christian Arbogast
Fine Arts Student of the Month

Sophomore Bailey Sites is the March Student of the Month.  Bailey is the son of Terry and Kelly Sites of Bolivar. Bailey was nominated by Miss Hall.  She said his is a very hard working student who is always willing to help out in class especially recalibrating the smart board.  Bailey says hello to everyone and is always smiling. Bailey is in choir and really enjoys singing and playing the piano.  He loves computers and making people happy.

Sophomore Seth Johnson is the March Athlete of the Month for his outstanding effort in baseball.  Seth is the son of Jason and Carrie Johnson of Magnolia. Seth has had a great start to the 2016 baseball season.  He had two home runs including a grand slam in the first week of the season. Seth is also a member of the football and wrestling teams. He enjoys hunting and fishing and plans to go to college and study to become a pharmacist.

Senior Christian Arbogast, March Fine Arts Student of the Month.  Christian is the son of Michele Kirby of Bolivar. Christian was nominated for his outstanding performance as King Sextimus in the musical Once Upon a Mattress.   Christian enjoys acting and musicals.  He is also a 3-year member and 2-time state qualifier for our speech and debate team.  Upon graduation, Christian plans to attend Kent Stark and pursue a degree in special education while possibly minoring in theatre.

TVMS Names Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Zoey Lake, Josie Edwards, Hannah Hostetler, Faith Ramser, & Kylie Weiland

TVHS Holds 2nd Annual Speech Showcase
The Tusky Valley High School Speech team held their 2nd Annual Speech Showcase on Saturday, April 16th in the TVHS auditorium. Patrons enjoyed a dinner that included rigatoni, roll, salad, green beans & dessert before watching the performances the team has been working on all season!

Ackerman Wins Rotary Speech Contest
Congratulations to TVHS junior Nate Ackerman as he captured first place in the Rotary District 6650 4-Way Speech Contest held Saturday morning at Fairways Country Club in North Canton. Nate's inspiring and thought-provoking "Judgement Day" speech earned top honors out of 15 contestants. TV Schools and the Rotary Club of Bolivar-Zoar congratulate Mr. Nate Ackerman!

"Points of Light" Program Delivers Blankets
Students in the TVMS Points of Light after school program recently traveled to Akron Children's Hospital to deliver blankets they made in the program. The students have been working on the handmade blankets since September. The program's advisor is 6th grade teacher Lisa Owen. Click here to see pictures of the day.

Leshon, Patton Take Top Honors
Congratulations to TVMS eight-grader Rachel Patton and TVHS freshman Michael Leshon as each took first place in their age group at Saturday morning's Union Hospital Run for Home 5K race.

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Abbi Kuykendall
Student of the Month
Hunter Watt
Athlete of the Month
Drake Spina
Fine Arts Student of the Month

Senior Abbi Kuykendall is the February Student of the Month.  Abbi is the daughter of Buffy Plummer and Andrew Kuykendall. Abbi was nominated by Miss Humphrey for her outstanding efforts in her class.  In addition, Miss Humphrey said she is always prepared and participates in discussions and is a very polite young Lady. Abbi is now involved in track, likes to read, and enjoys being with her friends.  After graduation, Abbi is planning to attend the University of Akron.

Senior Hunter Watt is the February Athlete of the Month for his outstanding effort in wrestling.  Hunter is the son of Rachelle and Mike Watt of Bolivar. Hunter had an outstanding year in wrestling highlighted by becoming a state qualifier.  To qualify for the state tournament he had to wrestle his way out of the consolation bracket.  He won four matches in a row, including his 100th career win, to place third at districts and advance to the state tournament. After graduation, Hunter plans to attend Mount Union followed by the Air Force.

Freshman Drake Spina is the February Fine Arts Student of the Month.  Drake is a freshman and is the son of Carrie and Sean Spina of Bolivar. Drake was nominated for his outstanding efforts in speech.  He has forhad a great year competing in humorous interpretation in which he placed 4th at the state competition and has qualified to the national competition in June.  Drake enjoys gardening and acting and already has a plan after high school.  He would like to go to Ohio University to become a Botanist.

TVMS Names Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Austin Brothers, Trevor King, Carrie Freitag, Emily Sheetz, Chase Burkey
TVMS Raises Nearly $4000 for PFP
Tusky Valley Middle School raised $3,982.86 during the annual "Pennies for Patients" Fundraising Drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society March 7-11. Students in Mr. Fletcher's homeroom ($1,032.85) will receive a catered meal from Olive Garden that includes pasta, salad, breadsticks, and dessert for raising hte most money. Congratulations to all of the students and families that made this year's fundraiser a huge success! Proceeds go directly to families of children with blood cancers in the East Central Ohio area.
Kirtley Competes in Regional Spelling Bee
Recently Dustin Kirtley, an eighth grader at TVMS, participated in the Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee at GlenOak High School in Canton. The Regional Spelldown is one step away from the National Spelling Bee held yearly in Washington, DC. Dustin had won the TVLS district spelling bee in January. He represented the Tuscarawas Valley Local School district with poise and confidence while competing with fifty-three other spellers from a four-county area. Dustin finished fifteenth in the field of talented spellers. Congratulations, Dustin, and thank you for your arduous work. You have put in many hours studying and learning the origin, definition, and spelling of unfamiliar words.

TV Students Compete at District Science Fair

Five TVHS students competed in the District 13 Science Day at the University of Mount Union on Saturday, March 5th, 2016.  Natalie Specht and Nicole Scott both earned a score of Superior and qualify for State Science Day at the Ohio State University on May 14th, 2016.  Natalie Specht also earned the Governor’s Award for Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Research, and is eligible to participate in the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair by finishing as one of the top 17 projects. Scout Weber, Jaren Levengood, and Violet Hutchison each earned an Excellent.  Nate Ackerman will compete in the District 5 Science Day at the University of Akron on March 19th, 2016.  Good job to all students who participated in the Science Fair this year and good luck at State Science Day to Natalie and Nicole!

Natalie Specht, 10th Grade, “"How Does Equipment Affect Gel Electrophoresis", Superior
Nicole Scott, 10th Grade, "Regular vs. Diet Coca-Cola:  The Effect on a Chicken Bone", Superior
Scout Weber, 10th Grade, "Does Multitasking Really Help Concentration", Excellent
Violet Hutchison, 9th Grade, "What Category Was It?", Excellent
Jaren Levengood, 9th Grade, "Where Does Bacteria Grow Best", Excellent

TVLS Raises Over $2500 for Rainbow Connection
TVLS raised $2501.04 for the Rainbow Connection during the week of February 29 - March 4. TVIS Principal Diana Flickinger attended the telethon on Sunday, March 6th and presented the check to the Rainbow Connection. The Rainbow Connection keeps all of their donations in Tuscarawas County and they are especially generous to the needs of disabled children at home and school. TVLS students and families have directly benefited in recent months from the Rainbow Connection. TVLS raised money through popcorn sales, a raffle for a free lunch at Sublime Smoke, a rainbow day where TVPS & TVIS students brought in a dime for every year old they are and staff jeans week. It is never too late to donate to the Rainbow Connection so please consider them the next time you are looking to donate to a worthy cause.
Aric Bird Captures State Title in Humor!
Congratulations to TVHS senior Aric Bird who captured the state championship in humorous interpretation at the Ohio State Speech Tournament on Saturday! Freshman Drake Spina also advanced to the finals and placed 4th in humor while Katey Vesco advanced to the semifinals and placed 11th in the state in program oral interpretation. There were over 1000 students from all over the state competing in the tournament. As a team, Tusky Valley finished 16th out of 62 teams. Tusky Valley coach Carrie Spina also received the Linda Miller Coaching Award for Tusky Valley being the fastest growing speech & debate team in the state formed in the past 5 years! Congratulations everyone on an outstanding season! We are proud of you!

Woods Places 3rd at State Indoor Track Meet
Congratulations to TVHS senior Brady Woods as he placed 3rd at the Indoor State Track Meet in the mile. Woods ran a personal best 4:27 at the event. TVHS senior Matt Kiem also qualified for the event and placed 14th in the pole vault.

TVPS Kindergarten Student Earns Award
Congratulations to TVPS kindergarten student Piper Raygen Symons as she won second place at the Tuscarawas County Patriot Rally Essay contest for her age group (K-2nd Grade). Students could write an essay or draw a picture of an event in history and Piper drew the 1969 moon landing as an event in U.S. history. There were over 200 kids entered in the competition. Congratulations Piper!
Dunn, Watt Headed to State Wrestling Tournament
Congratulations to senior Hunter Watt (160) and sophomore Jackson Dunn (170) as they both qualified for the state wrestling tournament this weekend! Watt finished in 3rd place at the district tournament and picked up his 100th career win along the way joining teammate Leland Hostetler who picked up win #100 in January. Dunn finished in 4th place in districts and improved his season record to 35-3. He became the first sophomore wrestler to qualify for state in school history. Click here to see the brackets for the state tournament.
TVMS Drama Students Excel at Tournament
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley Drama Club who participated in the Holy Cross Academy's Middle School Speech contest this Saturday! Zoe McConaha placed first in humor, Kallie Fockler placed second in drama, Storm Waldron placed 4th in drama and Griffen McConaha tied for 4th place with his informative speech. Brooklyn Fockler and Justin Pirolozzi placed 3rd in duo interpretation!

2015 TVLS State Report Card Released

A Message From Mr. Murphy:

The students, teachers, staff, and families of Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools did it once again!  The State of Ohio actually anticipated lower student achievement and academic performance with the implementation of higher learning standards and online PARRC assessments (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) for the 2014-15 school year. Results for Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools show otherwise.

TV Schools met 31 out of 33 achievement indicators (93.9%) for a grade of A.  In addition, the district earned a Performance Index grade of 82.4% or B, which is a weighted measure of achievement for all tested students.  Only six schools in the entire state of Ohio received an A as their Performance Index grade. Progress or Value Added data which shows students’ growth from one year to the next resulted in an overall grade of A for all students, a grade of A for gifted students, and grade of C for students with disabilities.  A grade of C represents one year’s growth, so TVLSD is meeting and exceeding state targets. 

Financially, our schools spend nearly 70% of the entire operating budget on classroom instruction.  Total operating spending per pupil is a very low $8,000. 

These are astounding results, a clear reflection of the strong sense of family, care, teamwork, and vision in our school district.  I have deep appreciation and respect for our teachers, staff, and school leaders.  Everything we do great is a TEAM effort.  We will continue to maintain a relentless focus on what matters most (not a test, by the way):  Students…all that they are, and all that they can become! 

I am so proud of our students, staff, and families!  GO TROJANS!    

For All TV Children,
Mark A. Murphy

TVHS Students Perform Well at Engineering Expo
The Project Lead the Way students of Tusky Valley High School participated in last night's competitions at Kent State University - Tuscarawas. At last night's event the winners for the KSU competitions were announced and the bridge building competition was held. Read more...
Barwick Takes Top Honors at Patriot Rally
Congratulations to TVMS 6th Grader Mackenzy Barwick as she captured first place for her essay on Japanese Americans during World War II at the 6th Annual T-County History Patriot Rally on February 20th. Barwick won $40.00 and flowers for taking top honors. Congratulations Mackenzy!

Bird, Spina Advance to National Speech Tourney
Congratulations to TVHS senior Aric Bird and freshman Drake Spina as they both qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah this June! Bird and Spina qualified by placing 2nd and 3rd respectively in eastern Ohio in Humorous Interpretation. Seniors Katey Vesco and Christian Arbogast each reached the semifinals in Program Oral Interpretation.
Jackson Dunn Captures Sectional Title
Congratulations to sophomore Trojan grappler Jackson Dunn as he captured the sectional title at Saturday's Division III Sectional Title. Dunn pinned all three of his opponents on his way to claiming the title. Dunn's season record now stands at 32-1. Other Trojan wrestler advancing to districts include Nevan Shedron (126), Leland Hostetler (145), Hunter Watt (160) and Adam Kohler (182). Click here to see the district brackets.

TVMS Names Students of the Month
Avery Hilles, Hannah Spicer, Liam Ellsworth, Brooke Albaugh, & Dawson Conklin

TV Change Bandits Raise $1759.41

Thank you to all the families and students who participated in the Akron Children's Hospital "Have a Heart, Do Your Part" Radiothon. Tusky Valley Primary & Intermediate Schools raised $1759.41 this year! Click here to listen to Mrs. Richardson's interview on WKDD.

Trojan Basketball Teams On Fire This Weekend
The Tusky Valley basketball program certainly had a weekend to remember. The weekend started with the boys' varsity sweeping their final two games against Indian Valley and East Canton. The boys will enter tournament play as one of hottest teams in the area as they were victorious in 8 of their final 9 regular season games. The boys will open tournament play vs. Bellaire at Indian Valley High School on Friday night at 7:30 PM. Meanwhile, the girls' varsity advanced to the sectional championship game by dismantling Newcomerstown 81-21 on Saturday afternoon. The margin of victory was the 3rd largest in school history. The girls will now face Sandy Valley at Dover High School on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM. To top it off the 7th grade boys & 8th grade girls brought home some hardware over the weekend as both team captured PAC titles. The 7th grade boys defeated Indian Valley 43-37 while the 8th grade girls captured their PAC title by also defeating Indian Valley by a score of 38-19. The 8th grade girls ended their TVMS careers undefeated and as back-to-back PAC champions!

Speech & Debate Team Enjoys Another Big Week

The Speech & Debate team had another great day at the Bethel Park Black Hawk Invitational. Aric Bird and Christian Arbogast both brought home first place finishes while Nate Ackerman finished in fourth place. Drake Spina, Landon Fox, Kameron Murdock, Alexis Kourtney, Delaney McConoha, & Alyssa Tausch all advanced to the semifinals while Missy Snyder advanced to the quarterfinals.

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Kierrah Stewart
Student of the Month
Sam Higl
Athlete of the Month
Alyssa Tausch
Fine Arts Student of the Month

Speech & Debate Team Sends 15 to State
Congratulations to the TVHS Speech & Debate team as they had a tremendous showing at today's state qualifying tournament at Jackson High School. The students qualified for the State Speech & Debate Tournament include Christian Arbogast (Program Oral Interpretation), Aric Bird (Humorous Interpretation), Drake Spina (Humorous Interpretation), Alyssa Tausch (Dramatic Interpretation), Kaylyn Lloyd (Dramatic Interpretation), Alexis Courtney & Kameron Murdock (Duo Interpretation), Delaney McConaha & Landon Fox (Duo Interpretation), Nate Ackerman (Original Oratory), Katey Vesco (Program Oral Interpretation), Leda McConaha (Congressional Debate), Bonnie Grossi (Congressional Debate), Grant Gursky (Congressional Debate), & Nadine Stewart (Congressional Debate). Leda McConaha is the first Alternate in Informative Speaking. The team came home in 5th place in the team sweepstakes.

TVHS Class Participates in Ohio Mock Trial
The TVHS mock trial team recently participated in the Ohio Mock Trial held at the New Philadelphia Courthouse. The Ohio Mock Trial is a program to help students learn how our legal system works. While our team did not advance, TVHS senior Jacob Spina and junior Lydia Vanoster won the award for best witness. Click here to see pictures from the day.

Spina Takes Top Honors at Norton
Congratulations to TVHS freshman Drake Spina as he captured the top honors in humorous interpretation at Saturday's Norton High School Speech tournament. Spina also received his fifth bid to the State Tournament to be held at Canfield High School in March.  Congratulations Drake!

Phillips Recognized by CORAS
Mr. Mark Phillips, Tusky Valley Treasurer, was recognized by Dr. Richard Murray, Executive Director of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS), at a recent meeting held at Ohio University in Zanesville. Mr. Phillips provides exemplary leadership in school finances and continuously seeks opportunities to streamline services and save the district money. Learn more about district finances by clicking here.

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Justin McCauley
Student of the Month
Kayla Hall
Athlete of the Month
Dakota Grande
Fine Arts Student of the Month

Specht Takes Top Honors at TVHS Science Fair

Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Natalie Specht as she captured the Best of Fair award at Saturday's TVHS Science Fair for her project "How Does Equipment Affect Gel Electrophoresis." While Specht captured the top honors, hers wasn't the only outstanding project. Here is a list of the day's top projects.

Award Name Project Title
Best HS Team Project Seth Ramsey
Olivia Galigher
"Effects of Airfoil Density on Wind Turbine Efficiency"
Best 9th Grade Project Ali Weekley "It's Tea Time"
Best 10th Grade Project Natalie Specht "How Does Equipment Affect Gel Electrophoresis"
Best 11th Grade Project Nate Ackerman "A Re-evaluation of Einstein's Photoelectric Effect"
Best of Fair Natalie Specht "How Does Equipment Affect Gel Electrophoresis"

Kirtley Tops 2016 TVMS Spelling Bee
Congratulations to 2016 TVMS Spelling Bee Champion Dustin Kirtley (8th grade) and Runner-Up Lauren Reesman (6th Grade). The spelling bee was held Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in the TVHS Auditorium. We commend all 32 participants for a great job and express our thanks to Judges Mrs. Lori Robson, Judge Roger Lile, and Captain Orvis Campbell and pronouncer Mr. Jim Range.

TVLS Board of Education - A Work of Heart
Click on the image above to watch a short video created by Mrs. Schoeppner and her students thanking the Tuscarawas Valley Board of Education for all that they do!

TVMS Names January Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Justin Pirolozzi, Lilly Edwards, Alyvia Skotnicky, Mia Kuharich, & Bailey Kinney

Mizer Shines on NAETF Test
Congratulations to TVHS and Buckeye Career Center junior Alex Mizer as he recently scored in the 99th percentile of the nationwide National Auto Technicians Education Foundation automotive brakes competency test. Mizer is enrolled in Mr. Brad Fisher's Auto Technology class at Buckeye. “Alex is not only an excellent student grade wise but he has a great work ethic, always dressed in his uniform ready to work, and has perfect attendance,” said Mr. Fisher. Tusky Valley superintendent Mark Murphy commented, "We are very proud of Alex as he continues to excel as one of our TV students attending Buckeye Career Center." Congratulations Alex. We are proud of you!

Snowman Pots Raise $1100 for BackPack4Kids

Eric and Diann McGovern, founders of the Loving Heart Foundation and TV Backpacks 4Kids program, are pictured with their grandson, Jordan, and teachers Sarah Schoeppner (technology) and Misty Ward (steAm) to celebrate the fact that over $1,100 was raised from selling snowman pots and holiday posters designed by TV elementary children. All proceeds will go to the TV Backpack 4 Kids weekend nutrition program.

Magic of Electrons Students Make Nightlights
The TVMS 8th grade students in the Magic of Electrons class recently completed a unit on building circuit boards. They learned about resistors and sensors and how to solder. The finished product was a nightlight. Click on the picture above to watch the video!

TVMS Students Play "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"
Seventh Grade students in Mrs. Sams' General Music class recently performed Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" on xylophones. Click on the picture above to watch the video!

Arbogast Qualifies for State Speech Tournament
Congratulations to TVHS senior Christian Arbogast as he finished in 5th place at this weekend's McKinley Speech Tournament to earn his 4th bid this season and qualify for the Ohio State Speech Tournament! Fellow senior Aric Bird finished in 1st place today and earned his third bid towards state while sophomore Alyssa Tausch finished in 5th to grab her first bid towards state. Overall, Tusky Valley finished in 7th place as a team out of 20 teams. Great job Speech & Debate team!

TVMS Names Students of the Month

Maddison Carr, Aubrey Howard, Rayna Vanasdal, Louise Engohang, & Tyson Stahlman

Lloyd Takes Top Honors in Drama

Congratulations to TVHS freshman Kaylyn Lloyd as she took first place in drama at the 3rd annual Tusky Valley Speech & Debate Tournament. Lloyd received the highest score of "1" in each of her three rounds on her way to the victory. Senior Aric Bird came home in 2nd place in humor while Drake Spina placed 3rd also in humor. Lloyd, Bird, and Spina all received bids towards the state tournament this March. Individuals need four bids to qualify for the state tournament. Other TVHS stud nets who placed Saturday include Nate Ackerman (5th in original oratory), and Elizabeth Hutchison & Grant Gursky (7th in duo). Tusky Valley finished in 6th place as a team. Click here for complete team results & individual results

Fifth Grade Students Attend Young Authors
Fifteen fifth grade students from Tuscarawas Valley Middle School attended the 2015 Young Authors' Conference at The Quaker Dome in New Philadelphia. These young writers had the opportunity to meet published author Paul Orshoski and illustrator Greg Scott. They also wrote and illustrated a science fiction story with another writer on an iPad, learned how to come up with ideas for writing, and learned how to draw illustrations using three-dimensional shapes. Students are anxious to begin applying what they learned to their own writing in the classroom! Click here to see pictures from the day.

Kaitlyn Ankrom Has Poem Published
Congratulations to TVHS freshman Kaitlyn Ankrom who recently had an original poem published in Eloquence: 2015 Poetry Collection. The book is a collection of student poems but less than 20% of all student submissions are selected so Kaitlyn was one of the few who had her worked published. The poetry contest is open to all American and Canadian students in grades 3-12. Click here to read Kaitlyn's poem.

Clugston to Star in The Nutcracker
TVHS senior Rylan Clugston will be dancing in the lead role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Tuscarawas Dance Art Center's production of The Nutcracker. The show will be held on December 4th and December 6th at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State - Tuscarawas. Tickets are $12 and available at the dance center website or the PAC Box Office.

TVPS Holds "Antique Road Show"
Before Thanksgiving break, all fist grade students studied the differences between items in the past and current technology.  Each student was asked to bring in an item from the past and write a short description of what the item was, who it belonged to and its use.  The items were on display in the art room for a few days while each class took a turn sharing in their “Antique Road Show”.  Items ranges from antique tools, to Christmas decorations, to Mrs. Lab’s family Ford Model T car!   It was a fabulous learning experience for all!

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Peter Hopwood
Student of the Month
Josh Ragon
Athlete of the Month
Taylor Stahlman
Fine Arts Student of the Month

Arbogast Takes Top Honors at Copley
Congratulations to our speech team members who placed at the Copley Tournament this past weekend. Senior Christian Arbogast captured 1st place in Program Oral Interpretation and earned his 3rd bid to State. Sophomore Alyssa Tausch took 5th place in Dramatic Interpretation and senior Aric Bird took 5th place in Humorous Interpretation. The Tusky Valley team also took home 3rd place honors for total overall points in the small school category.

TVMS Names Students of the Month

TVMS Students of the Month Kathryn Secoy, Emily Bower, Emma Frey, Audrey Gerry, and Owen Miller

Higl, Locker Earn Academic All-Ohioan Awards
Congratulations to TVHS seniors Sam Higl and Drew Locker as they have earned Phil Allen Academic All-Ohio Honors. Higl and Locker were members of the Trojan PAC champion golf team.

Ernst, Sparren Chosen to Attend HOBY

Congratulations to TVHS sophomores Abby Ernst and Nathan Sparren as they have been nominated to represent Tusky Valley at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. The seminar 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 attend three or four day seminars and 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.

TVMS Honors Veterans

On Thursday, November 12, 2015 students at Tusky Valley Middle School spent the morning honoring local veterans. This year Lifetouch Portraits again partnered with TVMS to take and print complimentary pictures of every veteran in attendance. Felicity Sands acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the assembly. Brooklyn Fockler led the Pledge of Allegiance. Additional performances by the band and choir rounded out the morning. The highlight of the assembly was most certainly guest speaker Mr. John Moser who spoke to the crowd about his time in the military. After every veteran was recognized, Gavin Perkowski performed Taps in honor of those members of the service who have fallen.

TVIS Honors Veterans

On Friday, November 13th TVIS held a breakfast and assembly honoring our veterans. The assembly included a performance from the TVIS and 4th grade choir and the students received a speech about the sacrifices soldiers make in order to serve our country from Mr. Fanty. Click here to see pictures from the day.

Start Unknown, Finish Unforgettable

Start Uknown, Finish Unforgettable. Those were the words that adorned the Tusky Valley volleyball banner prior to the 2015 volleyball season. Little did anyone know how prophetic those words would become.

The Trojans entered the season as a young team with limited varsity experience. Not a single member of the 2015 team had earned postseason honors during the 2014 season. The Trojans were simply unknown. Twenty-eight games later these players are now simply unforgettable. Their picture will forever hang in the halls of TVHS as members of the Wall of Fame. Mariah, Ankita and Jadyn. Kierrah, Scout, & Abby. Jenna & Kayla. Clara & Sam.

Congratulations to the 2015 volleyball players and coaches on an amazing season and thank you for letting us take this memorable journey with you. We are proud of you!

Volleyball Headed to Final Four
Congratulations to the volleyball team as they defeated Westfall 25-14, 25-21, 25-14 to capture the regional championship and advance to the Division III Final Four. The Trojans will face the St. Henry Redskins on Thursday at noon. The match will be held at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University. There will be a sign up for a charter pep bus in the TVHS office. The cost will be $25 and will include your ticket to the match. The bus will leave at 7:30 AM on Thursday morning.

Youth Cheerleaders Take Top Prize at Competition
Congratulations to the youth cheerleaders who took first place in both the junior and senior divisions at Saturday's youth cheer competition at Strasburg.

Woods, DeBos Headed to State
Congratulations to TVHS senior Brady Woods and freshman Madisan DeBos as they qualified for the Division II State Cross Country Championships on Saturday. They will run on Saturday, November 7th at National Trail Raceway. DeBos will run at 11:45 AM and Woods will run at 2:15 PM. Great job and good luck!

Happy Halloween!!!

TVMS Cross Country Runs at State Meet

Congratulations to all the runners who participated in the Elementary and Middle School Cross Country Championships on October 25th. The boys' 6th grade team and the girls' middle school team each finished in 4th place as a team. Click here for pictures from the day's events.

Ragon Named Ohio Soccer Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Josh Ragon as he has been named the JJHuddle Ohio High School Soccer Athlete of the Week. Josh set a new school record with his 28th goal of the season on Wednesday, October 14th. Ragon received 17,833 to win the award over Firestone's Jacon Koehler (15,921 votes). Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations Josh!

TVMS Names Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Jarett Wallick, Noah Yoder, Lucas Loibl, Rylee Farnsworth and Tanner Phillips

7th Grade Volleyball Wins PAC Title
Congratulations to the TVMS 7th grade volleyball team as they completed an undefeated season by defeating Tuslaw to win the PAC championship on Wednesday night. Team members include Kaya Russell, Macey Hicks, Keegan Selinsky, Aurora Levengood, Ali Shane, Katie Burrier, Emily Scheetz, Jaidenn Hiple, Jenasys Mullen, Sydney Clements, & Jenna Ohler. The team was coach by Erica Smith. Way to go girls!

Art Class Participates in "Paint a Plow"

Winter is not too far away so TVHS art students, under the direction of instructor Mr. Mike Jacobs, painted a snow blade as part of the ODOT "Paint the Plow" project. Students involved in painting the plow were Taylor Stahlman, Dean Kerr, Emily Hall, Diedra Avon, Celena Adams, and Ashlee Totten.

Grade School Cross Country Wins BCC Meet
The Tusky Valley boys' grades school cross country team took first place at the Buckeye Career Center Cross Country Meet on October 15th.  Team members include Wyatt Wallick, Jarett Wallick, Logan Stotzer, Tate Edinger, Dawson Williams, Austin Brothers, Colton Lake, Jake Kapper, Zachary Leshon & David Leshon.

Woods, DeBos, Gaiser Earn PAC Honors
Brady Woods
Madisan DeBos
Kat Gaiser
Congratulations to senior Brady Woods and freshman Madisan DeBos & Kat Gaiser as they earned PAC First Team honors at Saturday's PAC Cross Country Championships. Woods was the highest finishing Trojan as he came home in 4th place in the boys' race. DeBos and Gaiser captured first team honors by finishing 6th & 7th respectively in the girls' race. The top 8 finishers in each race earned first team honors.

Points of Light After School Program
Helps Spread Breast Cancer Awareness
Members of the Points of Light after-school program painted windows at Ohio Billing last week in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Terri Davis, owner of Ohio Billing, treated our students to pizza and a presentation from Pam Sprowl, a breast cancer survivor.  Pam shared how important it is to get regular mammograms.  Students in attendance were:  Devin Gerry, Aubrey Howard, Brooklyn Kahler, Kadence Stutz,  Raya Miller, Kylie Leach, Charity Ramser, Kylie Weiland, Olivia Burgess, and Kailee Kohler.

TVMS Holds Volley for the Cure
Tusky Valley Middle School held a "Pink Out" and Volley for the Cure game on Monday, October 12th. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this an awesome day!

TVPS Shows Trojan Spirit
TVPS is working to show their school spirit.  Each Friday students are asked to dress to show their TV pride by wearing red and black or Tusky Valley apparel.  At the end of the day, we find the percentage of each class wearing their Trojan colors in order to determine the class with the most school spirit.  Congratulations to Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Lab's classes for winning the first two weeks!  GO TROJANS!

TVHS Students Perform in KSU Honor Choir
On October 11-12, the following students participated in the Kent State All-Star Choir: Justin Cochran, Connor Everett, Grant Handrich, Tricia Renicker, Mekenna Farnsworth, Sydney Terry, and Hayley Miley. The students performed in a choir of 160 other students from around the state of Ohio, watched KSU choral groups perform, and took part in several clinics and rehearsals. Congratulations on a job well done.

TVHS Homecoming Court
2015 Fall Homecoming attendants are freshman Kat Gaiser and Ethan Love, sophomores Scout Weber and Justin Merrick, juniors Caitlin Gerber and Austin Thomas, and seniors Leda McConaha, Breanna Schnegg, Micaliah Peffer, Reid Palumbo, Troy Smolinsky and Aric Bird. The 2015 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced prior to the start of Friday's Homecoming game vs. Tuslaw.

TVHS Choir Students Perform at OSU
TVHS choir students Scott Elliott, Mekenna Farnsworth, Kiersten Gaiser, Bailey Eaton, Heather Rich, Tricia Renicker and Connor Everett participated in the Ohio State Vocal Arts showcase on October 5th. The showcase involved 212 students from ten Ohio high schools and included performances by OSU ensembles and students, intense rehearsals with high school and collegiate students, mentor meetings with OSU students who share an interest/major and a flashmob performance in the Ohio State Student Union.

Junior Achievement Visits TVMS

TV Online Contributer Kaitlin Tomblin | Pictures

Last Thursday, September 24th, TVMS 7th and 8th grade students were given the opportunity to participate in an activity called “Junior Achievement.” Junior Achievement encouraged students to begin thinking about their future and planning ahead of time. The volunteers gave the students many helpful tips and planning methods to use throughout the course of their lives. Read more...

TVHS Gym Students Canoe the Mighty Tusc!

TV Online Contributers Paige Levengood and Kiersten Gaiser | Pictures

On Thursday, September 24 the TVHS gym classes went to the NTR Canoe Livery in Bolivar to participate in the Introduction to Paddling and Safe Boating course. There were about 50 students that participated in the course. This is the second year that our school has done this program. The students went through three stations. The first station the students unloaded the canoes from the trailer and went over strokes. The second station the students learned throw rope techniques and parts of a canoe. The third station students practiced basic strokes in the pond. Once they learned the basics they headed out on a 3 mile trip down the Tuscarawas River. The students thought that the trip was an exciting experience and it was a fun way to spend the day.

TVMS Names September Students of the Month
Justin Finley, Silas Miller, Zachary Nussbaumer, Moriah Watson, Ashlee Wadley

Bryce Goedel Participates in Teddy Bear Run
TVMS 8th grader Bryce Goedel participated in the 21st Annual Children's Caravan Teddy Bear Run on Sunday, September 20th. Bryce rode in the caravan to Akron Children's Hospital to help deliver the teddy bears to patients. Click here to learn more about the Teddy Bear Run or you can check out the Flipagram made for Bryce's Teddy Bear Run.

Warren TWP Community Center Honored
with September Trojan Pride Award
Portia King accepted the Trojan Pride Award presented by the Board of Education to the Warren Township Community Center in New Cumberland at its regular September meeting Monday. Portia was accompanied by Harry Nichols and Sharon Loucks, and volunteer representatives of WTCC. The Tusky Valley Schools congratulates the community center and thanks all volunteers for the significant impact the WTCC has on our students, families, and community.

Golf Team Captures PAC Championship
Landen Thompson PAC Player of the Year
Congratulations to the golf team as they captured the PAC title Wednesday afternoon & Landen Thompson captured Player of the Year Honors! Team members include seniors Drew Locker and Sam Higl, juniors Landen Thompson, Brenton Franks, and David Thompson, sophomore Michael Thompson & freshman Billy Crone and Brandon Goldsmith. Read more...

TVMS Students Receive eBook Training
On September 11th Bolivar Library Branch Supervisor Jessica Gard visited TVMS to show the middle school students how to download eBooks with OverDrive Read on their new Chromebooks. OverDrive Read is a browser-based eBook reader that works on most tablets, computers, and mobile devices. Read More...

Thompson Nominated for Athlete of the Week
TVHS junior Landen Thompson was nominated for the JJHuddle/Bucknuts Ohio High School Boys' Athlete of the Week. Thompson had a dominant week on the links as he was the overall medalist at both the PAC Midseason Tournament and the Dover Invitational. Thompson blistered the course with 7 birdies on his way to a 4-under par round of 68 and a 6 shot victory at the PAC Midseason tournament. Thompson then bested an 80 player field with a round of 73 at the Dover Invitational. Thompson finished 2nd in the voting.

TVLS Holds 5th Grade Orientation
Tusky Valley Middle School held the annual 5th Grade Orientation on August 13, 2015. Students and parents got an opportunity to meet your teachers, navigate their way around the building, get organized in their classrooms and worked on those pesky lockers! Click here to see pictures of the event!

Back to School Blast Held August 13th

Tusky Valley held the 9th Annual Back to School Blast & Barbeque on Thursday, August 13th.  Free food (barbeque style) was provided by Kathy’s Cookies and Catering.  Walmart gift cards for back to school supplies were distributed to TV children on a first come, first served basis.  Complimentary haircuts for TV children in grades K-4 were also provided, courtesy of R U Stylin’ of 148 Tuscarawas St. SW, Bolivar.  An information station was available featuring the following school district services:  central office, technology, transportation, Office of Student Services, guidance, and district nurse. 

Various community organizations, civic clubs and businesses were on hand to share resources with families and residents.  “This is an amazing opportunity to pull our entire community together to celebrate the back to school season and to celebrate all that’s great in our community.  We are thankful that our district can serve as the venue to bring everyone together,” said Superintendent Mark Murphy.  

Musical entertainment was provided by Tusky Valley junior Justin McCauley and Mobile Jams Entertainment.  Students also enjoyed large inflatables, including a bounce house and obstacle course. 

The TV Back to School Blast and Barbeque is sponsored by the Community Business Association of Northern Tuscarawas County, PTO & PATHS, Walmart Foundation of New Philadelphia, and various grants and donations.  Click here to view pictures of the event.

Cheerleaders Excel at Capitol University Camp
Congratulations to the TVHS cheerleaders for their performance at the Capitol University Cheer Camp. The varsity squad placed second and won 12 separate ribbons for superior performance. 5 girls made the final cut and are now on the All American Dream Team Cheer Squad. They have the option to cheer in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl halftime show. Congratulations on a great performance girls!

Bird Competes in National Speech & Debate
Congratulations to TVHS senior Aric Bird for finishing 69th out of 300 candidates in the category of humorous interpretation at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas. The top 60 continue on to finals. Aric now has the opportunity to compete in a supplemental category. We are proud of Aric and our entire speech team for their strong accomplishments. Thanks to coach Carrie Spina and assistant Angie Thomas for their outstanding leadership.



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