Q U A R T E R L Y
In This Issue
Superintendent’s Message . . . . . . Pg 2
TVHS Student Services . . . . . . . . . . Pg 3
Contacts for Winter Sports . . . . . . Pg 4
Homecoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 4
Camp Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 5
Elementary Happenings . . . . . . . . Pg 6
High School & Middle School . . . . Pg 8
Scotties in the Spotlight . . . . . . . . Pg 9
Academic All A’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pg 10
Washington DC Fundraiser. . . . . Pg 11
Important Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 12
Frazeysburg & Nashport Elementaries
October 8 - 10, 2014
Adamsville & Dresden Elementaries
October 15 - 17, 2014
Tri-Valley Local School District
from the superintendent . . .
It is hard to believe that the first grading period is over, but we have
begun the second quarter of school and the beautiful fall season has
Congratulations to the Tri-Valley Marching Band on qualifying for state
competition for the 33rd consecutive year. They will be performing on
Nov 1st at the OMEA State Final at Hilliard Bradley Stadium.
Congratulations also to the Scottie football team on their 6th consecutive
playoff appearance. Playoff details will be available at the conclusion of
the regular football season on October 31st.
There are several state and federal education issues that have become
controversial in the last few months that I would like to discuss briefly in
this month’s newsletter. One of these issues is the shifting of public dollars
to private charter schools. While losing students to private and charter
schools is not really a problem here at Tri-Valley, losing state revenue to
support these schools around the state is a problem. The shifting of state
tax dollars to pay for private institutions simply means that there is less
money to pay for public education. High performing school districts like
Tri-Valley, where there is little to no demand for private education, are
losing state dollars because of the many failing districts around the state
where there is a demand for educational alternatives.
The same type of pushback to failing schools is happening in terms of
curriculum. While Tri-Valley students are performing at a high level on
all of the state assessments and on the ACT/SAT’s, that is not the case in
many of the large urban centers around the state. The state and
federal government solution to this problem has been a monumental shift
in educational standards, major changes to teacher evaluation
requirements, and federal oversight of everything from school lunch to
field trips. I am not optimistic that these changes will do anything to help
failing schools, and I am 100% certain they are not going to be a benefit
We have attempted to minimize the impact of these changes to our
students, while also complying with all of the new state and federal
mandates concerning education. I assure all Tri-Valley residents that we
will continue to prepare our students academically for the real world with
the high quality education they will need to be successful adults.
Mark K. Neal, Superintendent
Tri-Valley Dual Enrollment
TVHS Student Services
Tri-Valley’s dual enrollment program gives
qualifying juniors and seniors the
opportunity to not only receive college
credit, but to also remain on the high
school campus. The courses are taught by
Tri-Valley teachers who are also certified to
teach college level classes. Some features of
the dual enrollment program are:
The Tri-Valley High School Guidance Office has a new name . . .
it is now the office of Student Services. Two new counselors and a
new secretary will be working with students this year.
Classes are college level and challenging
Students earn high school and college
Dual enrollment credits are transferable
to most two - or four-year colleges
in the state of Ohio
The tuition cost is paid for by our school
Students earn college credits without
leaving their high school campus
Student athletes can continue to compete
in their chosen sport without college
classes interfering with practices or
Available Dual Enrollment Courses
l Anatomy/Human Physiology
l College Algebra
l Composition 1 & Composition 2
l Macro Economics
l Mandarin Chinese
l Micro Economics
l Western Civilization
Distance Learning provides Tri-Valley
students the opportunity to take classes via
computer. The courses are taught by certified teachers, and students communicate
with their teacher live during their
scheduled class time(s).
Available Distance Learning Classes
American Sign Language
l Mandarin Chinese
Tom Crowley (counselor for students A-L) is a graduate of The
University of Virginia where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in
Psychology. Mr. Crowley was previously a school counselor at
Bishop Rosecrans High School. Mr. Crowley, who also has many
years of coaching experience, is currently the JV Boys Soccer
Tammy Hanby (counselor for students M-Z) has thirteen years
of educational experience in teaching and school counseling.
Mrs. Hanby received her Bachelor of Science in Education from
Otterbein University, and her Master of Science in School
Counseling from the University of Dayton. Mrs. Hanby was most
recently awarded Florida High School Counselor of the Year
Erin Welker (Student Services Secretary) has been employed by
Tri-Valley Local Schools for five years. Mrs. Welker previously
worked at TVMS and has also been employed as a caseworker at
Job and Family Services.
School Counselor Vision:
The Tri-Valley High School Counselor Office will provide students with academic, college/career, and personal/social
direction. We will reach each student to guide them toward
attaining their highest academic potential and becoming their
School Counselor Mission:
The school counselors will provide students with the knowledge
and support to attain their goals. We will encourage students
to challenge themselves academically and help them to find the
resources necessary to be successful. Our students will be
knowledgeable of what they need to not only meet their
graduation requirements, but to also achieve their goals beyond
Tri-Valley. Students will come to the school counselor office to
better prepare themselves for their academic and career lives
beyond high school.
As professional school counselors, we will create a welcoming
atmosphere in the office. We will foster a positive sense of self in
our students to help them to become confident and
contributing members of our society. By working with outside
resources, parents, teachers, and faculty we will provide students
with a network of knowledge and help. We will recognize each
student’s individual strengths and help them build upon those to
achieve their dreams.
Contacts for winter
Questions for winter sports and
extracurricular activities may be
addressed to the following
A Busy Fall in Our Elementary Buildings!
Our elementary students have done a
fabulous job this fall of settling into a routine,
building rapport with their teachers and working
hard in their classrooms. There have also been
many opportunities this fall to learn from outside
Dresden and Frazeysburg kindergarten students
took the annual kindergarten “walk around town” to
meet with community helpers. Each community helper
took time to explain their jobs, responsibilities and how going
to school prepared them for their profession.
Adamsville, Frazeysburg and Nashport elementaries sponsored a
Grandparents Day where students could share what they were
learning with “a very special person” in their lives. Frazeysburg had
over 400 visiting Grandparents and Grand “Friends” join them for
breakfast and a live program.
Dresden Elementary had a visit from author, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and held
The Ned Show Assembly for Positive Behavior. Nashport Elementary held
assemblies on bullying.
Dresden PTO volunteers have begun building an outdoor shelter on their
Adamsville students have explored the local area; visiting the fire department, The John and Annie Glenn Museum and McDonald’s Greenhouse.
Patriot Day was held at Frazeysburg in memory of the events that took place
on September 11, 2001. Constitution Day was held at Adamsville Elementary
and Nashport 4th graders participated in a field trip to the Statehouse.
Third grade students took the 3rd grade reading OAA. Dresden Elementary is
proud to say they had 100% of their 3rd graders in attendance on that day!
Nashport’s Fall Festival was a huge success! Thanks to all who volunteered and
Frazeysburg Elementary held motivational assemblies with a
message. Basketball Jones visited the school and shared
lots of great advice and showed some amazing tricks.
Ron Derry visited fourth graders with his message of
being “GOOD” which means when the going gets
tough, the tough go on, not defeated. This speaker sponsored by the Frazeysburg Lions’ Club also
speaks on good work and work habits, good grades
and good citizenship.
Kid’s Hope, a mentoring program, is up and running
in Frazeysburg and Dresden Elementaries. Together with
partners (Meadow View Church in Frazesyburg and the
United Methodist Church in Dresden), the idea is one mentor, with
one child, for one hour per week. Volunteer mentors are trained by a
project coordinator and understand the required separation of church
and state. During the mentoring hour, students may read, work on
class assignments, play an academic game, study spelling words or
complete whatever task the child may need. Students are recommended to the program by the school staff or by parent request.
Adamsville Elementary recently held auditions for their school play. This
year’s production will be Annie, with the performance date being December
10 at 7:00 p.m. Please plan to attend!
Accelerated Reading is a program utilized at all Tri-Valley Schools.
Students read books throughout the year and take quizzes on books
in their reading range, based on the Star Reading Test which
is given at the beginning of each quarter. In addition, AR
Nights are hosted at our Title I Schools which are
Dresden, Adamsville and Frazeysburg. The evening
activities vary a bit from building to building, but
parents can come in with their children, read great
books, and take quizzes to earn AR points toward
each reader’s individual quarterly goal. Check at your
school’s office to find out dates and times for upcoming
months and plan to join in the fun.
Tri-Valley Middle School
Mr. Brillhart’s American History Class
is working on a project about the
abuses of English colonists’ rights
by the British government and will
soon analyze the Declaration of
Independence. Mrs. Smart’s class
will be doing a Taxation without
Representations Skittles Activity to
help teach the students what it would
have felt like to be a colonist being taxed
without representation in Parliament.
8th Grade students recently visited
the Mid-East Career Center.
Miss Burris and Mrs. Hendershott’s 7th grade English classes
visited Dresden Elementary to
share books they created with
some kindergarten and first
7th grade math classes are currently
solving real life word problems, finding
actual distances on maps and scale
drawings, and comparing similar
figures while using proportional
skills. We’ll soon see how they
Mr. Ripple’s 7th grade science
classes are studying chemistry; using the periodic table, learning the
difference between elements, compounds and mixtures and learning
about chemical reactions.
Mr. Timm’s 7th grade science classes
are completing their annual scientific
inquiry to determine the best brand of
paper towel. Ask your child to hear
their conclusions as to which brand
you should buy.
Middle school students showed their
support in October by wearing pink for
Breast Cancer Awareness.
Tri-Valley High School
Mr. Johnson’s physics/robotics students
are working on their competition robots
for the Zane State competition this December. This year’s challenge is called
Skyrise and the job is to build towers
with their robots.
Students in Mr. Stillwell’s
AP Chemistry class have
been doing lab work with
two new spectrophotometers, a device that
measures the amount
of light that a sample
absorbs. They have
also been working on
and many other concepts
in preparation for the AP
test in May.
Mrs. Moore’s Spanish students
presented a project and cultural food day based on the
holiday in Mexico called
“El Dia de los Muertos”.
The assignment incorporated the Mexican culture, and
the Spanish language.
Juniors took the ASVAB test
in early October and received
interpretation of their results on
Students 16 and older recently
participated in the TVHS Annual
Sophomores will visit the Mid East
Career Center on November 21.
Representatives from numerous
colleges and universities have
visited the Student Services Office,
giving prospective students a look at
their institutions and what they have to
Scotties in the Spotlight
Featured Staff: Melissa Smalley
Graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1996.
Melissa earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood
Education from Muskingum Technical College. She then
attended Muskingum University and Ohio University,
earning a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
She has also completed a Masters Degree in Assessment
and Curriculum K-12 from Marygrove College.
Melissa taught preschool at the Longaberger Family Center for six years before coming to Tri-Valley. She worked
as a kindergarten aide for a year before taking over her
own classroom. She has been a kindergarten teacher at
Frazeysburg Elementary since 2006.
Melissa states that she has always felt called to work with
children. Her grandmother was a teacher and her sister
also chose to become a teacher. Throughout the years
there have been many wonderful individuals and teachers who have helped guide and support her in her chosen
Melissa believes in the importance of building a “connection” with her students by getting to know them, their
families and their interests. She looks forward each year
to meet her students. She states, “I truly love my students,
they are “my kids”, and I love them like they are my own!”
When asked about a favorite memory in her career she
recalls a time when she was assessing a student on their
colors. She asked the child, “What is this color?” The
child replied, “Why are you asking me, don’t YOU already
know?” Out of the mouths of babes!
Melissa and her husband, Gus, have two children, Reece
who is twelve and Xander who is seven. Anyone who
knows her knows that she loves to shop and decorate! She
also loves to read a good book and watch movies with her
Advice or words of wisdom she would give to
“Make the most of the time you have. It’s the little things
that matter most!”
Susan Montgomery McDonald
Graduated from Tri-Valley High School in 1992
Earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Affairs and
Speech Communication in 1996 and a Juris Doctorate in
2002 from Capital University Law School.
She was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 2002
and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court,
Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
Susan is a member of the Muskingum County and Ohio
State Bar Associations. Her major practice areas include
Estates and Estate Planning, Agricultural Law, Family Law
and General Practice. Prior to joining the firm of Gottlieb,
Johnston, Beam & Dal Ponte, PLL in 2003, she served as the
director of environment and health care policy at the Ohio
Chamber of Commerce. From 1996 - 1998 she served as
a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives in
Columbus and a Legislative Service Commission intern.
Susan and her husband James (a 1992 TVHS graduate)
live on the family farm and own/operate McDonald’s
Greenhouse & Corn Maze. The McDonalds state that their
interests lie with rearing their young sons, who attend
Adamsville Elementary; Supporting the 4-H program and
producing future leaders for our community; and Educating
the public about Ohio’s agricultural heritage. When asked
about awards or distinctions earned, Susan’s comment was
that she wants to be known for working toward raising
God-fearing, hard-working, respectable children.
Two since-retired Tri-Valley High School teachers inspired
Susan in her educational goals: Mr. Rotella and Mr. DeHaven. She states that “Mr. Rotella was a fun-loving English
teacher who gave me better appreciation for literature and
pretty good writing skills and Mr. DeHaven believed in me,
pushed me through Geometry class and National Honor
Advice she would give today’s students:
“Practice self-discipline. Look for a mentor in every walk of
your life. Get a skill or education before you start a family.”
at the time of publication
Marriah Cummings Hannah Moore
Aaron McConnell Sydney Abele
Maison Crawford Alexis Conrad
Kyleigh Hatfield Timothy Doyle
Kortney LeMaster Eli Grimes
Jeremiah Pletcher Ellison Jones
Gillian Hockenberry Emma Meadows
Jennifer Dannemiller Aaron Ross
Franchesca Emerson Elloria Shaw
Brage McCutcheon Brianna Dawson
Kirstyn McLoughlin Kyle Valentine
Washington DC Trip
8th grade students will once again have
the opportunity to tour our nation’s capital. Departing early morning on May 13,
2015, the first stop will be Gettysburg for
a full afternoon of touring the battlefield.
Thursday and Friday, students will have
two full days absorbing all that D.C. has
to offer. A few stops included on the tour
will be: The Capital Building, Smithsonian Museums, George Washington’s
Mount Vernon, and the Jefferson, Lincoln,
WWII, Vietnam War, Korean War, and
Pentagon Memorials. A stop at Arlington
Cemetery will include the Changing of
the Guard Ceremony. The Washington
D.C. trip always provides our students
an educational, fun filled, three days of
touring and learning. Please consider
supporting our students and defraying
the cost of their trip by purchasing a
ticket for the annual D. C. Raffle. Prizes
are given daily throughout the month of
Students are in session ALL DAY - the 2 hr.
early release listed on the calendar is incorrect
26 - Dec. 2
Thanksgiving Break - No school for Students
County Choir Festival at Secrest Auditorium
Last day before Christmas Break
22 - Jan. 2
Christmas Break - No School for Students
Tickets are available from middle school
students or at the TVMS office. Check
out the list of great prizes on the TVMS
End of the 2nd Grading Period
No School for Students
Grade Cards Distributed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
No School for Students
Annual TVHS Choir Discount Card Sale
FFA Annual Fruit
& Cheese Sale
If you haven’t ordered
fruit from the FFA you
still have time.
Orders will be taken until
Fruit will be delivered the
first week of December.
Call Mr. Merce at
754-1820 to order.
High school choir members are once again selling their popular discount cards.
For only $7.00 you can use your card to save at a variety of businesses for a full
year. The more you use your card, the more you save. The following businesses
are listed on this year’s card:
Squiggly’s Car Wash
Bill’s Real Pit BBQ
The Depot Restaurant
El Maguey Mexican Restaurant
A & W Rootbeer
Visions Hair & Tanning Salon
Great New China Buffet
Contact any high school choir member or Mrs. Briggs at [email protected]
to purchase a card.
They make great stocking stuffers!