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2016-2017 Web Archives

Hall Named PAC Scholar Athlete
Congratulations to TVHS senior Kayla Hall as she was named the 2017 PAC Scholar Athlete at the PAC banquet on Wednesday night. Hall was the PAC volleyball Player of the Year and helped lead the Trojans to the state championship game. She also starred on the hardwood as she was Honorable Mention PAC performer and helped lead the Trojans to their first regional appearance since 1989. Hall plans to attend Muskingum University in the fall and major in nursing.

Rock This Summer with TVPS!
Find a rock, paint a rock, hide a rock!  Our first graders are ready to make someone smile with their painted rocks.  If you haven’t heard about it, just Google it!  Each student painted a rock with their own special design to brighten a person’s day.  Now their job is to hide it, whether it is when they go on vacation this summer or visit a park.  Then we will get to follow our rocks on the NORTHEAST OHIO ROCKS! Facebook page with our special hashtag #TVPSrocks.  Keep your eyes open for the colorful rocks hiding in our area!

DeBos, Merrick Headed to State
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Madisan DeBos and junior Justin Merrick as they qualified for the State Track & Field Championship this past weekend. DeBos finished in second place in the 1600M with a time of 5:15.17 and fourth place in the pole vault with a vault of 10'. Merrick will compete in the 400M as he qualified with a fourth place finish with a time of 50.31. Congratulations and good luck Madisan and Justin!

TVMS Wins County Math Tournament
Sixty TV Middle School students in grades 5-8 participated in the annual ECOESC Math Tournament held May 17 & 18 at Buckeye Career Center.  A total of 660 students from 11 schools in Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Harrison Counties participated.  TV won the overall championship for the second time in the past five years.  The following students placed in the top 6 of 33 students in their respective category. 

1st Place
Kaya Russell - 8th Grade Expressions & Equations
Elly Rothenstein - 7th Grade Expressions & Equations
Susan Thompson (tie) - 7th Grade Geometry
Taylor West (tie) - 7th Grade Geometry
Charity Ramser - 7th Grade Number System
Hunter Kirtley - 6th Grade Ratios & Proportional Relationships
John Leffler - 5th Grade Geometry
Rees Maloon - 5th Grade Numbers & Operations in Base Ten

2nd Place
Sydney Clements - 8th Grade Number System
Sawyer Ramsey - 8th Grade Geometry
Mia Kuharich (tie) - 6th Grade Number System
Cara Stump (tie) - 6th Grade Number System
Paige Price - 5th Grade Numbers & Operations - Fractions
Jacob Harpst - 5th Grade Geometry
Sarah Warren - 5th Grade Numbers & Operations in Base Ten

3rd Place
Hayden Burrier - 8th Grade Functions
William Sayner - 7th Grade Expressions & Equations
Trevor King - 7th Grade Number System
Kimberly Christ (tie) - 6th Grade Expressions & Equations
Elizabeth Angione (tie) - 6th Grade Expressions & Equations
Molly Sams - 6th Grade Number System
Riley Sites - 5th Grade Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Teagan Perkowski - 5th Grade Numbers & Operations - Fractions

4th Place
Eli Cox - 8th Grade Statistics & Probability
Valin Kramer (tie) - 7th Grade Statistics & Probability
Hannah Spicer (tie) - 7th Grade Statistics & Probability
Corinne Hamilton - 6th Grade Geometry
Noah Williams - 5th Grade Measurement & Data

5th Place
Joy Beach - 8th Grade Number System
Tanner Phillips - 8th Grade Geometry
Jake Kapper - 5th Grade Geometry
Jenson Garber - 5th Grade Measurement & Data

6th Place
Jordan Aukamp - 8th Grade Number System
Katie Christ - 8th Grade Geometry
Tyler Stump - 8th Grade Expressions & Equation
Mackenzy Witts - 7th Grade Expressions & Equations
Ashley Price - 7th Grade Ratios & Proportional Relationships
Colton Lake - 6th Grade Ratios & Proportional Relationships
Sydney Haas - 6th Grade Statistics & Probability 
Cole Clements - 5th Grade Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Sally Ray - 5th Grade Measurement & Data

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TVMS Presents Willie Wonka Jr.
Tusky Valley Middle School Presented Willie Wonka Jr. on Wednesday, May 24th and Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium.

7th Grade Students Visit Huff Run
Students in Mrs. Whitehair's 7th grade science classes recently visited Huff Run to learn about acid mine drainage and how the people at Huff Run are working to make the water less acidic. The students explored the creek and examined water creatures they caught in the nets. Click here to see pictures from the day.

TVHS Inducts 22 into National Honor Society
TVHS inducted 22 students into the National Honor Society at the Scholar Banquet on May 17th. The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. This year's inductees are Megan Brown, Mary Donaldson, Abigail Ernst, Emily Hall, Kyndal Hutchison, Zak Jones, Delaney McConaha, Charley McCune, Lily Marburger, Justin Merrick, Rhiannon Moyer, Hannah Mosgrove, Emma Potts, Micehl Rininger, Nicole Scott, Melissa Snyder, Nathan Sparren, Natalie Specht, Clint Spillman, Kierrah Stewart, Nadine Stewart, and Scout Weber.

Maloon Wins OMSAA State High Jump Title
Congratulations to TVMS 8th grader Hailey Maloon as she won the Division II state championship in the high jump at the Ohio Middle School Athletic Association this weekend. Maloon captured the state title with a winning jump of 4'10". Congratulations Hailey!

DeBos Captures District Titles, Several Advance
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Madisan DeBos as she captured the district championship in the pole vault on Saturday. DeBos took the district title with a vault of 10'5". DeBos also individually qualified for the regional meet in the 1600M as she placed second in that event. Other regional qualifiers were Kat Gaiser (3rd place, 800M), Justin Merrick (4th place, 400M) the girls' 4x800M relay team of DeBos, Gaiser, Samantha Owens and Kaylyn Lloyd (3rd place) the boys' 4x100M relay team of Brock Haas, Brandon Steinbaugh, Owen Clugston and Merrick (3rd place) and Arvie Wolf in the pole vault (3rd place). The regional track meet will be held this Thursday and Saturday in Athens.

Tusky Valley Bids Farewell to the PAC
Wednesday night's softball game vs. CVCA not only ended the 2017 spring sports season, it also brought to a close Tusky Valley's 28-year affiliation with the Principals Athletic Conference. When the old Senate League folded following the 1988-1989 school year, Tusky Valley became a founding member of the PAC-7 along with Tuslaw, Fairless, East Canton, Sandy Valley, Manchester and Coventry. Over time the PAC-7 saw changes as East Canton, Sandy Valley and Coventy left the league while Indian Valley, CVCA, Triway, and Timken joined. With the closing of Timken, Orrville became a PAC member for the 2016-2017 school year. Now it is time for Tusky Valley to move on. The Trojans, along with Indian Valley, will compete in the Inter-Valley Conference beginning in the fall of 2017. While excited about the future, Tusky Valley is also going to miss competing in the PAC. During our 28 years in the league, Tusky Valley brought home 58 PAC championships. Tusky Valley saw the most PAC success on the volleyball court where the Trojans won 17 PAC titles. The Trojans also brought home league titles in numerous other sports including boys' track (10), boys' golf (9), girls' cross country (6), girls' basketball (4), girls' track (3), football (3), baseball (2), soccer (2) and boys' cross country (2). Thank you to all of the schools who have made competing in the PAC such a great experience for our student-athletes.

TVHS Students Compete at State Science Fair
TVHS Senior Nate Ackerman, junior Nicole Scott and freshman Gavin Perkowski competed in the 2017 State Science Day at Ohio State University on Saturday, May 13th.  Nate received a Superior rating, the highest rating possible.  This was his fifth year presenting a project at State Science Day and the fourth time he was awarded a Superior at the state level.  Nicole and Gavin both earned an Excellent rating.   

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Antonia McClain
Student of the Month
Hayley Gates
Fine Arts Student of the Month
Justin Merrick
Athlete of the Month

The May Student of the Month is senior Antonia McClain. Toni is the daughter of Frank and Rebecca McClain of Massillon. Toni was nominated by Mrs. Leshon and Mr. Phillips for her outstanding help in the office every day. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to do anything needed to make the office more efficient. Outside of school, Toni is very active in her youth group and works at McDonald's. She also enjoys singing, shopping and playing the piano. Upon graduation, Toni plans to go to college to become an Intervention Specialist and work for Stark MRDD.

The May Fine Arts Student of the Month is senior Hayley Gates. Hayley is the daughter of Jeff and Heather Gates of Bolivar. Hayley was nominated by Mrs. Gensley for her outstanding performance in concert band. Hayley is a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys reading, drawing and painting in her free time. Hayley plans to attend Stark State College and wants to become a physical therapy assistant.

The May Athlete of the Month is junior Justin Merrick. Justin is the son of Ryan and Christine Merrick of Bolivar. Justin was nominated by Mr. Finney and Mr. Franks for his outstanding efforts in track this season.  Justin has finished in the top three positions seven times so far this season with first place finishes in the 400 meters at both the West Holmes Invite and the Thrilla in Zoarvilla. Justin is also a member of National Honor Society Outside of school, Justin is involved with youth group and enjoys fishing and spending time with friends and family. After graduation, Justin would like to continue running in college and pursue a degree in the healthcare field, possibly Pharmacy.

Spina Shines at National Speech Event
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Drake Spina as placed 8th at the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Kansas City, Missouri. There were over 900 students from all over the United States competing in this national tournament.

DeBos Captures PAC Championship
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Madisan DeBos as she captured the PAC title in the 1600M with a time of 5:20.84 at Friday's PAC Championships. Justin Merrick finished in second place in the 400M.

Tusky Valley Dominates PLTW Showcase

Congratulations to the TVLS Project Lead the Way Program as the dominated the PLTW Showcase at Buckeye Career Center on Thursday night. Tusky Valley claimed first place in every high school category and also claimed two seconds and a third. Tusky Valley also earned a second and third place finish in the middle school divisions. Click here to see some pictures from the night.

Place Project Name Students
First Place IED
Weighty Walks with W
Jacob Rothenstein, Cain Winkhart
First Place POE
Trailer Trash
Parker Fox, Violet Hutchison, Missy Snyder
First Place DE
TV ‘Open’ for Business
Charley McCune, Natalie Specht
First Place CIM
Safe Spinner Station
Nate Ackerman, Grant Gursky, Liz Hutchison, Heather Rich
Second Place IED
Bottle 1000
Abbey Dillon, Taylor Galigher, Hannah Hostetler
Second Place POE
Trashie Runner
Kathryn Gaiser, Olivia Galigher, Brock Haas
Second Place GTT
Pegboard Toy
Elizabeth Angione, Austin Brothers, Corben Overton
Third Place GTT
Grandma’s Getting Old
Eli Cox, Ben Williamson
Third Place CIM
CIM Spinner
Nate Ackerman, Grant Gursky, Liz Hutchison, Heather Rich

TVHS Students Visit Huff Run
Students in Mrs. Tidrick's Science III class and students in Mrs. Mace's classes visited Huff Run on Thursday afternoon. Students learned about acid mine drainage and remediation and compared affected sites to sites that have been remediated.

Baseball Wins Sectional Title
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley baseball team as they defeated Coshocton 5-3 on Tuesday night to capture the sectional title. The baseball team will wrap up the regular season this week and then face Fort Frye in district play on Monday, May 15th. The game will be held at Meadowbrook High School with first pitch at 5:00 PM.

Sites Honored with Overcoming Obstacles Award
Congratulations to TVHS junior Bailey Sites as he received the Overcoming Obstacles Award presented by the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center on May 2 at Buckeye Career Center. 

TVMS Names May Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Coy Beardmore, Kaya Russell, Ashley Merrick, Paige Price, Colton Lake

TVHS Band Makes History at State
Congratulations to the TVHS Concert Band for an amazing performance at the OMEA State Competition on Saturday. The band received four straight ratings of 1 which is the highest rating possible. It was the first time in school history the band received four 1s at the state competition. Congratulations on an amazing job!

Trojan Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Congratulations to seniors Brenton Franks, Kayla Hall, Sammie Pruett, Clara Ackerman and Dillon Collins as they recently signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers. Brenton Franks & Kayla Hall will attend Muskingum University where Franks will play golf and basketball while Hall will continue her volleyball career for the Muskies. Sammie Pruett and Clara Ackerman will also continue their volleyball careers as Pruett will play at Baldwin Wallace while Ackerman attends Walsh University. Finally, Dillon Collins will put the helmet on for four more years as he will play football at Ohio Wesleyan College. Congratulations and good luck to all of you!

TVHS April Students of the Month
Grant Gursky
Student of the Month
Whitney Sowers
Athlete of the Month
Molly Donaldson
Fine Arts Student of the Month

The April Student of the Month is senior Grant Gursky. Grant is the son of Dan and Gail Gursky of Mineral City. Grant was nominated by Mr. Gauding because he is a hard-working, dedicated student who definitely has a thirst for knowledge. His conduct in and outside of the classroom is exemplary. Grant is also a member of the Speech team, Interact Club, Academic Challenge team, National Honor Society and is the president of the Robotics Club. Grant enjoys photography, biking, and hiking. Upon graduation, Grant plans to attend The Ohio State University to study either civil or environmental engineering.

The April Athlete of the Month is sophomore Whitney Sowers. Whitney is the daughter of Tim and Tonia Sowers of Zoarville. Whitney was nominated by Mr. Franks for her great start at the plate in softball including three home runs and a grand slam. Whitney enjoys drawing and listening to music. After graduation, Whitney plans to go to college to study something in the medical field.

The April Fine Arts Student of the Month is senior Molly Donaldson. Molly is the daughter of Andy and Denise Donaldson of Bolivar. Molly was nominated by Mrs. Gensley because she is always prepared and has been a great section leader for the trumpets. Molly is a member of the Tusky Valley marching, concert and jazz band, Youth to Youth and is on the Youth Advisory Board. Molly enjoys reading and playing with her nephew. After graduation, Molly would like to attend Kent State for Pre-Pharmacy and eventually political science to earn a double major.

Hutchison Receives High School Leadership Award
Congratulations to TVHS senior Elizabeth Hutchinson for being recognized by the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce with the 2017 High School Leadership Award. The High School Leadership Award honors the student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, good citizenship and service to the school and community.

DeBos Earns MVP Honors at Thrilla
Tusky Valley held the 12th Annual Thrilla in Zoarvilla track meet on April 28th. The Coventry Comets took the boys' team title for the third year in a row and the Dover Tornadoes took the girls' team title for the fourth consecutive year. However, the star of the night may have been Tusky Valley's own Madisan DeBos as she was named the meet's female MVP. DeBos earned 40 points on the night as she took first place in the 800M (2:27), the 1600M (5:18), the 3200M (11:13.6) and the pole vault (10' 6"). Coventry's Dusty Burkhart won MVP honors for the boys. Sophomore Justin Merrick also picked up a victory for the Trojans as he won the 400M (51.2). Click here to see pictures from the event.

TVMS Names April Students of the Month
TVMS April Students of the Month are Emily Bower, Katelin Hathaway, Jake Alborn, Cody Robinson, and Chelsie Campbell-Maley

Kubina, Clements Win Ray Kroc Youth Award
Congratulations to TVMS eighth grader Sydney Clements and TVHS senior Matt Kubina for earning the Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Award for "demonstrating all-around excellence in the areas of citizenship, leadership, scholarship, and sportsmanship." Both students recognized Tuesday at the Myron Phillips Banquet Center in Dover.

TVHS Students Perform in Honor Band
Congratulations to TVHS students Emily Dyko, Justin Pirolozzi, Chloe Dorland, Lily Marburger, and Kaylyn Lloyd as they performed in the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Honor Band on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The students are pictured with conductor Eric Benjamin.

Information on 2017 TVHS Award Ceremonies
With the transition from Top 10 to Cum Laude recognition, Tusky Valley has restructured the awards ceremonies. Our Senior Banquet and Scholar Banquet will now be combined into one evening. The Scholar Banquet will be held May 16, 2017 - 6 p.m. at the Amish Door in Wilmot, Ohio. Students recognized will include: senior academic letter winners, junior and senior National Honor Society inductees, senior scholarship recipients, Cum Laude honorees, and special senior award winners. Invitations will be mailed to guests. Please RSVP by May 5th. Underclassman will be honored May 25th -8:30 a.m. in the high school gymnasium. The Underclassman Awards Assembly will recognize academic letter winners, classroom achievements, and other special awards.

TVMS Student Council Donates Mat
Thank you to the members of the TVMS Student Council as they recently donated a new "Trojan Country" all-weather mat for the main entrance to the middle school. The mat was purchased with money raised by holding school dances. The mat looks great and adds a nice touch of Trojan Pride to the TVMS entrance!

Pruett, Sanders Named Prom Royalty
Congratulations to Sam Pruett & Adam Sanders as they were named the 2017 TVHS Prom Queen and King

Tusky Valley Transportation Hosts Bus Roadeo
The Tusky Valley Transportation Department for coordinated and hosted the 2017 East Region School Bus Roadeo on Saturday, April 22nd. The event was coordinated by Mrs. Beth Dyko. The event featured 70 participants and TVLS was represented well as Glenda Gribble (bus 8) came home in 3rd place while Angie Terry (bus 12) finished in 11th.

Ackerman Takes First Place at Rotary 4-Way
Congratulations to Nate Ackerman on placing first at the Rotary 4-Way Test District Speech Tournament this past Saturday. Ackerman is the first student to place first two years in a row at the district tournament! Ackerman won a $400 prize for taking first place with 17 different Rotary clubs participating. Congratulations Nate!

TVHS Names March Students of the Month

The March TVHS Student of the Month is senior Brandon Unklesby. Brandon is the son of Brian and Melissa Unklesby of Beach City. Brandon was nominated by Mrs. Lindon who said he is deserving since he an outstanding young man who volunteers at Fairless Food Cupboard and works as a lifeguard. Brandon also has taken on a large responsibility at home where he has an intercom hooked up between his house and the place where his grandfather is living and he is "on call" from the time he gets home after school until the following morning when he leaves for school. Brandon is a member of the TVHS Ski Club, Academic Challenge team, Interact Club, and a Freshman Crunch Leader. Brandon really enjoys reading, woodworking, welding with his dad, lifeguarding, snow skiing, hunting, and fishing. Upon graduation, Brandon plans to attend Kent State University Stark Branch.

The March TVHS Fine Arts Student of the Month is sophomore Jacob Stump Jacob is the son of Aaron and Chris Stump of Bolivar. Jacob was nominated by Ms. Gensley because he is a great student who always does his homework!  Ms. Gensley also shared that Jacob is never in a bad mood and is doing very well on his music in band. Jacob is a member of the Tusky Valley marching band, concert band, jazz band, varsity soccer team, Project Lead the Way program, youth group, and Youth to Youth. His hobbies include playing card games and video games.   After graduation, Jacob would like to attend college.  He plans to major in computer engineering and/or computer science.

The TVHS Athlete of the Month is senior Brenton Franks. Brenton is the son of Steve and Gina Franks of Bolivar. Brenton was nominated by Mr. Phillips. Brenton is a member of Student Council, varsity basketball team and varsity golf team. His hobbies include playing sports and hanging out with friends. After graduation, Brenton plans to attend Muskingum University.  He plans on playing golf and basketball while studying special education.

TVMS Names March Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Zoe McConaha, Tyra Hampton, Alayna Burrier, Hannah Spicer &  Nico Suarez

Mr. Murphy Discusses Changes for 2017-2018
TVOnline's Justin McCauley sat down with Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools Superintendent Mark Murphy to discuss the common start time for the 2017-2018 school year, changes to transportation, and the district's future plans for facilities. Links to answers for specific questions are included in the YouTube video description.

Three Trojans Earn All-Ohio Recognition
Brenton Franks
Boston McKinney
Kierrah Stewart
Congratulations to TVHS senior Brenton Franks and juniors Boston McKinney and Kierrah Stewart as they each recently received All-Ohio recognition in basketball. Franks was an Honorable Mention All-Ohioan as he helped lead the Trojans to the district championship game. McKinney was a Special Mention All-Ohioan while Stewart was an Honorable Mention All-Ohioan. McKinney and Stewart led the girls' team to a district championship and the second most wins in a season in school history. Congratulations Brenton, Boston and Kierrah!

TVMS Students Perform in Honors Band, Choir
TVMS students participated in the ECOESC Honors Band and Honors Choir on Wednesday at the Kent State-Tuscarawas PAC. Honors Band students included Laura Wallace, Ben Williamson, Katie Christ, Hailey Schlegel, Ellie Dorsey, Hallie Carpenter, Joy Beach, Reagan Brothers, and David Leshon. Honors Choir students included Kallie Fockler, Hannah Spicer, Katie Meyer, Mackenzy Witts, Valin Kramer, Caleb Weiland, Dawson Williams, Rylee Farnsworth, Macey Hicks, Jordan Aukamp, Josie Edwards, Donnie Jones, and Sawyer Ramsey.

TVMS Raises Over $3600 for PFP
Tusky Valley Middle School recently raised over $3600 during the annual "Pennies for Patients" Fundraising Drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students in Mrs. Settimio's homeroom ($703.52) will receive a catered meal from Olive Garden for raising the most money. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped make this year's fundraiser a huge success!

2nd Graders Build Marshmallow Catapults
TVIS second graders recently built catapults to shoot mini marshmallows. Class competitions were held and one group from each class qualified for the finals. The finals were held in the TVIS gym with all second graders in attendance to cheer on their classmates. In the end, the team of Jake McDermott, Karson Frame and Luke Salapack won the competition with a winning launch of 43' 2". The pictures above are of the top top five teams that qualified for the finals, the catapults that were used in the finals, and the winning team.

TVHS Announces 2017 Prom Court
Molly Donaldson
Brenton Franks
Caitlin Gerber
Grant Gursky
Kayla Hall
Peter Hopwood
Mariah Horstman
Matt Kubina
Samantha Pruett
Adam Sanders

Cheerleaders Shine at Open Nationals Competition
Congratulations to the TVHS varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders as they each captured first place at this weekend's 12th Annual Open Nationals Competition held at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky. Team members include Lauren Hartline, Lauren McMullin, Emily Hall, Danielle Bierwirth, Dakota Grande, Lily Marburger, Megan Brown, Sara Williams, Ryann Stutz, Layla Heck, and Megan Boyd.

2017-2018 School Calendar Now Available
The Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools Board of Education officially approved the 2017-2018 school calendar at Monday night's board meeting. The first day for students will be Wednesday, August 23rd and the final student day will be Wednesday, May 30th. Students will get the traditional Thursday, Friday, Monday break over Thanksgiving and Christmas break will begin on Wednesday, December 20th with students returning to school on Wednesday, January 3rd. Spring break will be Thursday, March 29th through Monday, April 2nd.

Ms. Owen Named T-R Amazing Teacher for March
Congratulations to TVMS 6th grade teacher Ms. Owen as she has been named the Times-Reporter's Amazing Teacher for the month of March. Click here to read the article about Ms. Owen and her nomination letter.

TVHS Select Choir Performs National Anthem
The TVHS Select Choir performed the National Anthem at the Canton Charge on Sunday, March 12th.

TVHS Sending Three to State Science Fair
Congratulations to TVHS senior Nate Ackerman, junior Nicole Scott and freshman Gavin Perkowski as they each received ratings of "Superior" at the District 13 Science Fair and have qualified to participate in the Ohio State Science Fair and the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair with a chance to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. In addition, Ackerman earned the ASM International Canton/Massillon Chapter award for Materials Engineering, The State of Ohio Governor's Award for Advanced Materials Science Research, and a University of Mount Union $1500 Renewable Scholarship. Scott also earned a  University of Mount Union $1500 Renewable Scholarship. Olivia Andrews, Hannah Hostetler, Sierra Williams and Amanda Ackerman also particpated at the District 13 Science Fair with each receving an Excellent rating.

TVHS Concert Band Heading to State
Congratulations to the TVHS Concert Band as they performed at OMEA Large Group Adjudicated District 8 Contest this past Saturday at Lake High School. The band received a superior rating of one, the highest rating possible, and qualified for the state contest at North Royalton High School on April 29th.

Ramsey, Galigher Chosen as HOBY Winners
Congratulations to TVHS sophomores Seth Ramsey and Olivia Galigher 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 Students Perform in District Honors Band
TVMS students Katie Christ, Laura Wallace, Hallie Carpenter, and Reagan Brothers participated in the 2017 OMEA District 8 Honor Band held recently at Alliance High School. Congratulations on a great performance!

District Champs! Girls Advance to Sweet Sixteen!
The Tusky Valley girls' basketball team used a thrilling comeback to capture the district championship with a 47-46 victory over Barnesville on Saturday afternoon. The girls now move on to regional play for the first time since 1989. The Trojans will face Sardinia Eastern at 6:15 PM on Wednesday night at Logan High School.

Boys Claim Sectional Title
The Tusky Valley boys' basketball team captured the sectional title on Friday night with a 57-51 upset of top-seeded Martins Ferry. The boys now move on to face the Coshocton Redskins on Tuesday night at West Holmes High School. The game will tip off at 7:00 PM.

Fox, Spina Place at State Speech Tournament
Congratulations to TVHS senior Landon Fox and sophomore Drake Spina as they received medals for their performance at the Ohio State Speech Tournament. Fox placed 7th in Program Oral Interpretation while Spina came home 11th in Humor. Both Fox and Spina received medals for advancing to the semifinal round. Alyssa Tausch, Alexis Courtney and Nate Ackerman reached the quarterfinals with Ackerman earning a $100 scholarship as the Canton District recipient of a scholarship from the Ohio High School Speech League.

Ramsey Wins KSU Robotics Competition
Congratulations to Seth Ramsey for winning the Kent State Tuscarawas High School Robotics Competition at the 35th annual Engineering Expo. Ramsey won a $1500 Scholarship and a $100 cash award. Seth is pictured with Kent State Tuscarawas Dean, Dr. Bradley Bielski.

CBIP Team Wins Regional Knowledge Bowl
Congratulations to the TVHS Career Based Intervention Program students as they captured first place at the Region 10 Knowledge Bowl. The team advanced to the State Knowledge Bowl which will be held in April at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Team members include coach Chadd Wallick, Savannah Wilson, Makayla Locker, Sam Haney, Jessi Oliver, Victoria Norton, Lindsay Eggan, Jaden Cantrell, Levi Simpson, and Dylan Vaughan.

Stewart, Edwards Chosen for Buckeye Girls' State
Congratulations to TVHS juniors Kierrah Stewart and Jaden Edwards as they have been selected to represent Tusky Valley at Buckeye Girls State this June at the University of Mount Union. Buckeye Girls State is a week-long program designed to educate Ohio's young women in the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of good citizenship. Buckeye Girls State focuses on aspects of city, county, and state government.

TVHS Shines at Bridge Building Competition
TVHS senior Nate Ackerman finished in second place at the Ohio Regional International Bridge Building Contest held Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Kent State - Tuscarawas. This was another record breaking year as 142 bridges were tested at the event. Forty six students represented TVHS at the event and we captured 7 of the top 10 cash awards and 32 of the top 50 places overall. We would like to thank Allied Machining and Engineering for sponsoring their travel and lodging for the International Bridge Building Contest being held in Dallas, Texas and Kent State University Tuscarawas Branch for hosting the event. Congratulations Tusky Valley bridge builders!

TVHS Students Participate in OMEA Honors Band
TVHS Band students Lawrence Leshon, Michael. Leshon, Chloe Dorland, Emily Dyko, Gina Pirolozzi, Jaden Edwards, Justin Pirolozzi, and Erica Hattery participated in the OMEA District 8 Honors Band this past weekend at Alliance High School.

Spina Qualifies for National Speech Tournament
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Drake Spina as he finished in second place in Humorous Interpretation at the Eastern Ohio District Speech Competition held February 17-18 at Copley High School. Spina's performance qualified him to compete in the National Speech and Debate Tournament in June in Birmingham, Alabama. Nate Ackerman finished 4th in Original Oratory, making him the first alternate to Nationals in his category. Alyssa Tausch finished 6th in Dramatic Interpretation. Congratulations and great job to our Speech & Debate team!

Wallick Finishes 5th at State Youth Wrestling
Congratulations to TVMS 6th grader Jarett Wallick (150) as he finished in fifth place at the Ohio Youth Wrestling Championships held at Firestone High School on Sunday, February 19th. Pictured with Wallick are coaches Tom Varadi and Tom Wiseman.

TVLS Change Bandits Raise Over $1300
Students at TVPS & TVIS recently served as "Change Bandits" as part of Akron's Children's Hospital's annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon. We are proud to announce that this year our students raised and donated $1320.33 to Akron Children's Hospital. Since 2009, TVLS has raised at least $8200 for Akron Children's Hospital. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's event and great job TVPS & TVIS students!

Sites Performs National Anthem at Rockets Game
TVHS junior Bailey Sites performed the National Anthem prior to the Tuscarawas County Rockets vs. Jefferson Super Stars Special Olympics basketball game held on Monday night at New Philadelphia High School. Check out the video of Bailey's awesome performance! We are proud of you Bailey!

Jarett Wallick Qualifes For State Youth Wrestling
Congratulations to TVMS 6th grader Jarett Wallick (150) as he qualified for the Ohio Youth Wrestling Association State Tournament this past weekend. Wallick qualified by going 4-1 to finish in third place at the District Tournament held at Glenoak High School. Other TVMS students to participate in the District Tournament included Tyler Wiseman, Tatum Stahlman, Wyatt Wallick, and TJ Wilson.

TVMS Names February Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Tristan Russell, Austin Kohler, Susan Thompson, Kimmie Christ & Nolan McKinney

TVHS Names February Students of the Month
Toria Cope
Student of the Month
Corey Keim
Athlete of the Month
Alexis Courtney
Fine Arts Student of the Month

The February Student of the Month is senior Toria Cope. Toria is the daughter of Marsha and Todd Tacy and Brian and Debbie Cope of Mineral City. Toria was nominated by Mr. Dunlap.  Toria is a founding member of  Youth to Youth, has been a mentor and has a member of the Tusky Valley Youth Advisory board the last two years. Toria is also a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the 4H Heartlanders, plays on the Tusky Valley softball team and enjoys beekeeping in her free time. After graduation, Toria plans to attend college and earn a degree in occupational therapy.

The February Athlete of the Month is freshman Corey Keim. Corey is the son of Don and Lisa Keim of Bolivar. Corey was nominated by Mr. Phillips and Mr. Wallick for his outstanding sportsmanship and integrity representing Tusky Valley in wrestling. Corey is also a member of the Tusky Valley track and cross country teams. Corey's hobbies include playing piano and video games. After graduation, Corey plans on attending college.

The February Fine Arts Student of the Month is junior Alexis Courtney of Bolivar. Alexis was nominated by Mrs. Spina because she is a member of the Tusky Valley Speech and Debate team and just qualified for the state speech tournament. Alexis is also a member of the Drama Club and recently performed in The Christmas Carol. In her free time Alexis enjoys acting and singing. After graduation, Alexis plans on attending college.

Community Food Pantry Receives Trojan Pride Award
At Monday's Board of Education meeting, Mr. Murphy presented the Trojan Pride Award to Pastor Bill Eckert, Mary Swonger, and Janice Currence of the Bolivar United Methodist Church in recognition and appreciation of the Community Food Pantry. The food pantry serves hundreds of children and families throughout the greater Tusky Valley community each year.

TVHS Sending Sixteen to State Speech Tournament
The Tusky Valley Speech team not only placed 6th among all schools competing at the Canton District Tournament held on February 4th, but qualified an additional 13 students to move on to the state competition! Joining pre-qualifiers Alyssa Tausch, Drake Spina and Nate Ackerman are: Alexis Courtney, Erika Cremeans, and Kaylyn Lloyd (Dramatic Interpretation); Missy Snyder (Informative); Mariah Sanderson and Nadine Stewart (Declamation); Ensleigh Hollon (Original Oratory); Delaney McConoha, Landon Fox and Angele Enghoang (Program Oral Interpretation); and Brooklyn Fockler, Grant Gursky and Chloe Dorland in Student Congress.

McKinney Sets Single Season Assist Record
Congratulations to TVHS junior Boston McKinney as she set a new school record for assists in a single season on Thursday night at Tuslaw. McKinney had 10 assists on the night and now has 121 assists for the season. McKinney broke the record of 111 assists originally set in 1974 by Donna Barnhart. It's the second time this season that McKinney has set a new school record as she also became the school's all-time leader in made 3-point field goals back in December. Congratulations Boston!

Winter & Spring Sport Decals & Yard Signs for Sale

The TVHS cheerleaders are selling winter and spring sports decals and yard signs. Orders can be placed in the cheer mailbox in the TVHS office. The last order date is February 28, 2017. Please make all checks payable to the Tusky Valley Boosters. Click here to download an order form.

TV Change Bandits Ready to Strike Again

Tusky Valley Primary & Intermediate Schools are happy to announce that we will be Change Bandits for Akron Children’s Hospital annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon the week of Jan. 30th.  We have done this for many years and hope you and your family will send in your change to help support this worthy cause. You can also donate online by visiting http://ach.kintera.org/2017changebandits, clicking on "all teams" on the right and choosing Tusky Valley Schools. We will also have the following dress up days.

Day Event Description
TV Trojan Spirit Day
Wear TV attire or black & red to support Tusky Valley
Silly Sock Day
Roll up your pants and show off your silliest socks
Bandana & Jeans Day
Be a Bandit! Wear jeans and a bandana
Super Bowl/Sports Day
Wear clothes to support your favortie sports team
100th Day of School
Dress like your 100 or something with 100 things on it

TVHS Students to Appear on Academic Challenge
TVHS seniors Nate Ackerman, Elizabeth Hutchison and Brandon Unklesby competed in the WEWS Academic Challenge on Sunday, October 23rd. Their show aired on Saturday, January 28th at 7:00 PM.

Stewart Takes Top Honors at Norton
Congratulations to Nadine Stewart as she took first place in declamation at the Norton Speech tournament on January 21st. Mariah Sanderson also competed in declamation and took third place for the Tusky Valley. Both Stewart and Sanderson received bids to the state tournament for their performances. Drake Spina had another solid performance as finished in fourth place finish in humor. Others who scored well include Alyssa Tausch and Alexis Courtney, who both finished in the top 10 in drama, and Justin Pirolozzi, who finished 12th in humor.

Ackerman Takes Top Honors at TV Science Fair
Congratulations to TVHS senior Nate Ackerman as he captured the Best of Fair award at Saturday's Tusky Valley Science Fair for his project "The Application of the Meissner Effect in Response to Superconductivity." While Ackerman captured the top honors, his wasn't the only outstanding project. Overall, there were 30 projects that received a Superior rating. These projects are now eligible to participate in the District Science Fair at Mount Union on March 11. Here is a list of the day's top projects.

Award Name Project Title
Best TVMS Project Aliyah Ross "Bring Forth the Artemia"
Best HS Team Project Megan Brown
Hannah Mosgrove
"How Does Conversation Affect Reaction Time?"
Best 9th Grade Project Cain Winkhart "Effects of Thermal Compound Substitutes on CPU Temperatures"
Best 10th Grade Project Ensleigh Hollon "Synthesizing Solutions"
Best 11th Grade Project Nicole Scott "Generic vs. Name Brand: Which Liquid Antacid is Most Effective"
Best of Fair Nate Ackerman "The Application of the Meissner Effect in Response to Superconductivity"

Christ Sisters Take Top Honors at Spelling Bee
Congratulations to 8th grader Katie Christ as she is the TVMS 2017 Spelling Bee Champion. The runner-up was her sister, 6th grader Kimberly Christ. It took 26 rounds to crown our new champion. Thank you to all 32 participants for a job well done!

TVHS Students Perform at OMEA Festival
Congratulations to the TVHS Percussion Ensemble for their 1 rating on their class B piece at OMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday! Additionally, Justin Pirolozzi, Lawrence Leshon & Kaylyn Lloyd each received a 1 rating for their solo performances while Michael Leshon, Tyler Boyd, and Emily Dyko received a rating of 2.

Spina Wins at Sylvania, Ackerman Qualifies for State
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley Speech team on their outstanding performance at the 2-day Sylvania tournament this past weekend. Congratulations to Drake Spina, the tournament champion in Humor; Alyssa Tausch for taking 2nd place in Drama; Alexis Courtney for her 4th place finish in Drama and a bid to State, and Nate Ackerman for taking 4th in Original, securing his 4th and final bid needed to attend the State tournament in March! Ackerman joins Spina and Tausch as Tusky Valley state qualifiers!

TVMS Names January Students of the Month
Kallie Fockler, Ellie Dorsey, Katie Meyer, Camberlee Perkowski, Preston McCue, & Corey Moore

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Kyle Hendrix
Student of the Month
Boston McKinney
Athlete of the Month
Emily Hall
Fine Arts Student of the Month

The January Student of the Month is junior Kyle Hendrix. Kyle is the son of Wendy Rorrer of Bolivar. Kyle was nominated by Mrs. Lindon because he is polite and respectful and has been working very hard on his academics this year. Kyle enjoys riding ATVs, fishing and hiking and in 2016 Kyle became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Kyle enjoys working and is excited to finish high school so he can be employed full time.

The January Athlete of the Month is junior Boston McKinney. She is the daughter of Cami and Anthony McKinney of Bolivar. Boston was nominated by Mr. Franks for her efforts in basketball.  She has led her team to a 13-1 start and is now the school leader in career 3-point made baskets. Boston is averaging 10.1 points per game along with 3.7 steals per game. Boston is also a member of the Tusky Valley softball team. Her hobbies include playing snow football with her family and hanging out with friends. After graduation, Boston wants to go to college, play basketball and major in veterinary medicine.

The January Fine Arts Student of the Month is junior Emily Hall. Emily is the daughter of Jeanie and Richard Hall of Dover. Emily was nominated by Mr. Jacobs because she is a compassionate, respectful and hard-working. Emily is a member of the Tusky Valley cheerleading squad and her hobbies include sketching and designing.   After graduation, Emily would like to become a fashion designer in Paris, France.

TVLS Seeking Donations for Auditorium Renovation
TVLS is approaching our original fundraising goal of $150,000 to renovate the existing 1960 TVHS auditorium. We would like to extend to our TVLS parents, families, businesses, and community organizations a FINAL OPPORTUNITY to contribute to this much-needed renovation project.  The scope of the renovation project includes updated seating, sound, new LED lighting for the “house” and stage, painting, and flooring. Redesign of the stage, including ADA handicapped accessibility, has been added to the project.  The deadline to be included for name or contribution recognition is February 15, 2017.  Please consider a year-end or beginning of year tax deductible contribution (please consult your tax advisor for details). Click here for more information or contact Mark Murphy at mark.murphy@tvtrojans.org or by calling 330-859-2213.

Alyssa Tausch Qualifies for State Speech Tourney
Congratulations to the Tusky Valley Speech Team for placing 9th as a team in the Hoover Speech Tournament on Saturday, January 7th. Also, kudos to the following students for their outstanding individual performances: Alyssa Tausch (1st place in Drama, earning her 4th and final bid needed to the State tournament in March); Drake Spina (2nd place in Humor); Mariah Sanderson (7th place in Declamation); Delaney McConoha (7th place in POI and a bid to State); and Landon Fox (8th place in POI and a bid to State).

Cheerleaders to Hold Mini Cheer Night

The TVHS varsity cheerleaders are holding a mini cheer camp. The girls will be performing at halftime of the varsity boys' basketball game on January 20th. Practices will be held on January 16th & 18th from 6:00-7:30 PM in the TVHS lobby. The cost is $35 and includes a shirt and bow. There is a $5 discount for siblings. RSVP by calling coach Tami McMullin at 330-575-6159 by January 11th. Late entries may not be accepted.

McKinney Sets New Career 3-Point Record
Congratulations to Boston McKinney as she in now Tusky Valley's career leader in made 3-point field goals. McKinney made her 105th career 3-pointer in Tusky Valley's win at Triway on December 17th. Cori Morris (class of 2014) previously held the school record with 104. McKinney set the new record in just the eighth game of her junior season. Congratulations Boston!

TVMS Names December Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Bryan McClure, Olivia Burgess, Naomi McCreery, Kate Burrier, & Avery Hilles

TVHS Names December Students of the Month
Lauren Hartline
TVHS Student of the Month
Missy Snyder
Fine Arts Student of the Month

The TVHS December Student of the Month is senior Lauren Hartline. Lauren is the daughter of Andrew and Michele Rennicker of Dover. Mrs. Tidrick nominated Lauren because she is a very hard worker and is always willing to lend a hand to teachers and fellow students. Lauren is a varsity cheerleader, a leader in Freshman Crunch, and an active member of the TVOnline class. Outside of school, Lauren has been a member of 4-H for eight years and has served on the Junior Fair Board for the past three years. After graduation, Lauren plans to attend OSU Agricultural Technical Institute of Wooster to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

The TVHS December Fine Arts Student of the Month is senior Missy Snyder. Missy is the daughter of Charlie and Stephanie Snyder of New Philadelphia. Missy was nominated by Mrs. Spina for her great effort as a member of the speech and debate team. Missy is an active member of the Tusky Valley marching, concert, and jazz bands and is a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program. Missy's hobbies include eating, shooting and watching Netflix. After graduation, Missy plans to go to the Naval Academy for political science international studies.

Fifth Grade Students Attend Young Authors
Fifteen fifth grade students from Tuscarawas Valley Middle School attended the 2016 Young Authors' Conference at The Quaker Dome in New Philadelphia. These young writers had the opportunity to meet published author, Nancy Kangas, 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!

TVHS Names Students of the Month
Sage Peters
Student of the Month
Samantha Pruett
Athlete of the Month
Abby Ernst
Fine Arts Student of the Month

Sage Peters is the TVHS November Student of the Month.  Sage is a sophomore and is the daughter of Bethany and Chett Peters of Uhrichsville. Sage was nominated by Mr. Hartman for her outstanding effort, positive attitude and her willingness to help anyone who is struggling in class. Mr. Hartman said Sage is a natural leader and is always looking to perform at her highest ability. Sage is a member of our state runner-up volleyball team as well as a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She enjoys spending time with her family, watching her brother wrestle and spreading the word of God.  After high school, Sage has aspirations to go to West Point Military Academy and pursue a degree in the medical field, possibly to become a surgeon. 

Samantha Pruett is the TVHS November Athlete of the Month.  She is a senior and is the daughter of Danielle and Ryan Pruett of Bolivar. Mr. Franks selected Sam as the Athlete of the Month for her role as one of the setters and middle hitter for the state runner-up volleyball team.  Sam has earned a letter the last four years in volleyball. Sam is also a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, National Honor Society, Student Council, and Freshman Crunch.  She enjoys spending time with her family and boating at Atwood Lake.  After high school, Sam plans to continue her volleyball career and study education in college.

Abby Ernst is the TVHS Fine Arts Student of the Month.  Abby is a junior and is the daughter of April and Adam Ernst of Bolivar. Abby was nominated for her great effort in the TVHS Band.  As Mr. Middleton stated, Abby’s continuous effort to not only perform at her best but continuously improve herself as both a person and a musician has endeared her to both her teachers and fellow students alike. Abby also plays basketball, is the junior class president, and is a member of Student Council and the Interact Club.  After high school, Abby plans to go to college and study education.

TVMS Names Students of the Month
TVMS Students of the Month Madison Madden, Cara Stump, Samuel Russell, Toby Grossi, and Kolton Wetz

Speech and Debate Competes at Copley
Congratulations to Alyssa Tausch, Nate Ackerman, and Drake Spina as they each received bids to the State Speech & Debate Tournament for their performances at the Copley Speech & Debate Tournament on Saturday. Spina brought home top honors in humor and earned his third bid of the season. Ackerman came home in second place in original oratory while Tausch finished in third place in drama. Congratulations Drake, Nate & Alyssa.

Trojans Finish as State Runner-up
The Tusky Valley volleyball team finished their season with a record of 27-2 and are the Division III state runner-up. The Trojans defeated Sparta Highland in the state semifinals on Friday by a score of 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-22 to advance to the state championship game. On Saturday, the Trojans staged an incredible rally from two sets down to force a decisive fifth set before falling 18-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 6-15 to Miami East. Congratulations on a great season girls. We are proud of you!

Volleyball Headed Back to State Tournament
The Tusky Valley volleyball team is headed back to the state volleyball tournament as the Trojans defeated Frankfort Adena 28-26, 25-19, 17-25, 25-17 to capture the regional championship. The Trojans (26-1) will now face Sparta Highland (27-1) on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University.
Cross Country Team Takes Eighth at State Meet
The Tusky Valley girls' cross country team put on a fine showing at the state meet in Columbus on Saturday as the girls placed eighth out of 20 teams. Individually sophomore Madisan DeBos earned a podium spot as she finished in 18th place overall. Great job girls! We are proud of you!

TVMS Holds Literacy Night
Tusky Valley Middle School held a Literacy Night in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, November 3rd. The evening included a free cookout, activities, games, prizes, and many community groups were there to share with the whole family. The Natural Museum of History had their Star Lab present for three showings and the event's theme was Henry Ford and the assembly line. Click here for pictures from the night.

Speech & Debate Competes at Carrollton
Congratulations to Tusky Valley speech team members who brought home awards from Saturday’s novice tournament at Carrollton. Winners include Angele Engohang (6th place in program oral interpretation), Chloe Devine and Justin Pirolozzi (3rd place in duo interpretation), and Ace and Storm Waldron (2nd place in duo interpretation).

Girls' Cross Country Headed to State
Harriers Capture Regional Championship
The girls' cross country team is headed to the state cross country championships after capturing Tusky Valley's first ever regional girls' cross country championship on Saturday afternoon! The girls became the sixth girls' cross country team in TVHS history to qualify for the state meet joining the 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987 & 1993 teams. The girls will run for a state championship at National Trail Raceway on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM. Great job girls! We are proud of you!

Volleyball Team Captures District Title
The volleyball team captured the program's 17th District Championship as they dominated previously undefeated Buckeye Trail 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans will now face the Huntington Huntsmen in the regional semifinals on Thursday evening at 6:00 PM. The game will be held at Logan High School.

Happy Halloween!!!

TV Cheer Holds Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
The Tusky Valley cheerleaders held a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday, October 22nd at the TVHS football stadium. Baked goods were available and the cheerleaders raffled an "All Things Pink" raffle basket. Donations were also accepted. The cheerleaders also sold baked goods during lunch periods at TVHS. $562 was raised and proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Kubina Named T-R Teen of the Month
Congratulations to TVHS senior Matt Kubina as he was named the Times Reporter October Teen of the Month. Each school in Tuscarawas County nominates a male and female student for the Teen of the Month program. The Times Reporter Teen Board then reviews the applications and chooses a male and female Teen of the Month based on the quality of the application. Congratulations Matt!

Girls' Cross Country Wins District Championship
Madisan DeBos Captures Individual District Title
Congratulations to the girls' cross country team as they captured the Division III District Championship on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Madisan DeBos captured the individual district title and the Trojans also placed three others in the top ten as Kat Gaiser finished 5th, Kaylyn Lloyd 7th, and Sierra Williams came home in 9th. Taylor Galigher finished in 25th to round out the scoring for the girls. The girls will run for the Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon at Pickerington High School. The top 5 teams and 20 individuals will advance to the State Cross Country Championships on November 5th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8th Grade Volleyball Captures PAC Title
Congratulations to the 8th grade volleyball team as they defeated Triway Tuesday night to win their second consecutive PAC championship. The girls finish their middle school career with a perfect record of 43-0 and back-to-back PAC championships. Congratulations girls!

TV 12U Softball Wraps Up Perfect Season
The Tusky Valley 12U softball team completed an undefeated 15-0 fall season, winning the championship game over Valley Force 6-4.  Congratulations to team members Ashley Merrick, Susan Thompson, Krystal Spillman, Maddy Carr, Lexi Dyrlund, Taylor West, Stephanie Lackey, Elly Rothenstein, Coach Nate Rothenstein, Kylie Rohr, Coach Ben Rohr, Katie Thompson, Lauren Reesman, Hannah Spicer and Corrine Hamilton.

DeBos Captures PAC Title, Gaiser Makes First Team
The girls' cross country team had a strong showing at the PAC championships on Saturday morning as Madisan DeBos claimed the individual championship and Kat Gaiser finished in 8th place to claim First Team PAC honors. DeBos won the event with a time of 19:26.7 to set a new record on the Clay's Park course. The girls' team finished in second place overall at the meet.

In a Class of Their Own
Volleyball Program Makes History With 20th Consecutive 20-Win Season
Congratulations to all of the Tusky Valley players and coaches from the past 20 years as Tusky Valley has become the first volleyball program in the state of Ohio to win 20 games or more for 20 consecutive seasons!

The Birth of a Dynasty
The Story of How Tusky Valley Volleyball Became the State's Most Consistent Program
The Trojan volleyball program now stands alone as the only program in the state of Ohio to win 20 or more games in each of the last 20 seasons.  However, the path to history for the volleyball program did not begin in 1997.  It began in 1986.  Here’s a look at how the Trojan volleyball program became the state’s most consistent winner.

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

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

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

DeBos Captures County Championship
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Madisan DeBos as she captured the girls' Tuscarawas County Cross Country championship on Saturday morning. Fellow sophomore Kat Gaiser finished in seventh place to join DeBos on the All-County First Team. Kaylyn Lloyd (8th) and Sierra Williams (11th) were All-County Second Team members while Taylor Galigher (19th) and Emma Potts (21st) made the All-County Third Team.

Pruett, Sanders Named Homecoming Royalty
Congratulations to TVHS seniors Samantha Pruett and Adam Sanders as they were named the 2016 Homecoming Queen and King at Friday night's Homecoming football game vs. Manchester.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TVMS Names Students of the Month
Reagan Brothers, Julia Felgenhauer, Landon Tausch, Ty Staples, Cole Lab

State Report Cards Released
Click image to view a comparison of local school districts

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

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

Other notes of interests from the report card:

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

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

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

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

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

District Report Card: A Response From TVLS

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

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

DeBos Takes Top Honors at Dover Invitational
Congratulations to TVHS sophomore Madisan DeBos as she finished in first place at Saturday's Dover Invitational cross country meet. DeBos ran a 20:47 and outdistanced her nearest competitor by nearly 37 seconds. DeBos' performance highlighted a strong showing by the girls' team as they finished in second place overall despite competing in the large school division. Kat Gaiser (8th), Kaylyn Lloyd (10th), Sierra Williams (12th) and Emma Potts (32nd) rounded out the scoring for the girls team.

Boys' Golf Team Off to a Strong Start
The boys' golf team started the 2016 season in early August and the team has been off to a strong start. The Trojans opened the season by capturing the championship at the Griffith Cup for the fourth year in a row. The Trojans backed up that performance with victories at the Indian Valley Open and the PAC Preseason Tournament as well as a second place finish at the Tillapaw Appraisal. The golf team also got a jolt of excitement when senior Landen Thompson accomplished the rarest feat in golf as he recorded a double eagle on the 530-yard, par 5 third hole. A double eagle is a score of two on a par 5. According to the United States Golf Association the odds of a double eagle are approximately one-million-to-one.

Vesco to March for Ohio University 110
Congratulations to 2016 TVHS graduate Katey Vesco as she is a member of the Ohio University Marching 110 this fall. Vesco joins 2013 graduate TVHS Josiah Pugh who will be the tenor sax section leader for the OU110. Congratulations Katey and Josiah! We are proud of you!

2016 Football Mini Cheer Camp Information
The TVHS cheerleaders held a mini cheer clinic for students in grades K-6 during the week of September 12th. Participants were taught cheers, proper cheer techniques and jumps and participants received mini camp t-shirts and hair bow. The mini cheerleaders then attended the September 16th home football game and helped cheer on the Trojan Football team vs. CVCA.

5th Grade Orientation Held on August 18th

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

Back to School Blast Held August 18th

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

Bird, Spina Represent TV at National Speech Tourney
Current TVHS sophomore and Drake Spina and 2016 TVHS graduate Aric Bird traveled to the National Speech Tournament in late June. Spina, who had finished 4th in the Ohio State Tournament, placed 16th in the nation (out of 258 competitors) in humorous interpretation. Bird finished his high school speech career as a 4-time state qualifier, 2-year national qualifier, and the 2016 State Champion. Bird will be attending Eastern Michigan University on a partial speech scholarship this fall. Congratulations Drake & Aric!




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