Chess-playing students from grades 2 through 12 - whether at an area school, private school, Catholic school or homeschooled -- are invited to participate in the 14th Annual TPS Elementary and High School Chess Tournament.

The tournament will be held at on Saturday, April 15 at the Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo, 2225 Nebraska Ave.

Check-in time runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and the tournament runs from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

If students miss the April 1st registration deadline to turn in completed registration forms, they can still participate by paying $5 at the door.

There will be participation prizes, as well as the awarding of individual and team trophies.

For information, here is everything a student needs to know about the event: 14th Annual Chess Tournament Registration Click here for the rules

The tournament was founded 13 years ago by the chess clubs at Beverly and Whittier elementary schools as a way for students to advance their chess skills while having fun.

The contact for additional info is:

Checks and registration should be mailed to:

Jones Leadership Academy 430 Nebraska Ave. 43604 Toledo, Ohio

Checks should be made payable to: TPS Elementary Chess Fund

Updated on February 27, 2017

Families with students in grades 6 through 11 who are interested in learning more about College Credit Plus, a statewide program that helps students earn college credit while still in high school, are invited to attend one of the following meetings (Elementary students should attend the meeting at their nearest high school):

  • Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.: In the theater at Rogers High School
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5 p.m.: In the library at Start High School
  • Monday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m.: In the auditorium at Toledo Technology Academy
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 4:30 p.m.: In the library at Scott High School
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m.: In the library at Woodward High School
  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m.: In the library at Bowsher High School

Families who missed the Waite High School meeting on January 10 should plan to attend one of the upcoming meetings.


The Ohio Department of Education has changed the graduation requirements for the Class of 2018 (the current juniors). In order to inform parents and guardians about these changes, Toledo Public Schools is holding a series of meetings at its traditional high schools. The schedule is:

Tuesday, January 17, 5 p.m., at:
• Bowsher High School, 2200 Arlington Ave.
• Rogers High School, 222 McTigue Dr.

Wednesday, January 18, 5 p.m., at:
• Scott High School, 2400 Collingwood Blvd.
• Woodward High School, 701 E. Central Ave.

Thursday, January 19, 5 p.m., at:
• Start High School, 2010 Tremainsville Rd.
• Waite High School, 301 Morrison Dr.

Posted on January 9, 2017

Families with students in grades 4 through 8 will have a chance to discover what most of the high schools within Toledo Public Schools have to offer on Thursday, January 12.

On that evening, the six comprehensive high schools of Toledo Public Schools – Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite and Woodward – along with Jones Leadership Academy and the Toledo Technology Academy - will have staff and students on hand to tell their stories of why they think their school is the best. The event at each school will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

This event is designed to take the place of 8th grade visitations to home high schools. (Toledo Early College High School is holding the third of its five Open Houses the following week, on Thursday, January 19, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.)

The staff and students at each high school have been working hard on their plans, all with the aim of having younger students get a true feeling of what it would be like to attend that high school.

For example, at Bowsher High School, demonstrations by student athletes, along with tips from their coaches, will be held, as will a full roster of cool demonstrations, experiments and class discussions. For example, there’s a presentation entitled, ‘Interested in Guitar?’ in Room 2204, while visitors to Room 2106 will get to make Oobleck (slime!).

There will also be performances by the jazz band, the drumline and the famous Rebelaires, as well as demonstrations by students in a number of Career Tech programs, including making a pair of dice in Precision Machining and getting a 3-D printer demo in the CAD program.

Jones Leadership Academy, started in the fall of 2014 and which will eventually have students in grades 7th through 12th, specializes in business, service learning and leadership skills to create and grow future trailblazers.

The school is unique among TPS high schools because its students are educated in gender-separated classes so they receive a more individualized education, but there are the sports teams and the clubs that are offered at traditional high schools.

Discover TPS, Leadership Academy staff members said, is a way "to showcase what both our school and community partnerships have to offer our students and future Mustangs."

Over at Rogers High School, each Career Tech program will offer mini presentations for interested families and all departments have planned an activity for students. For example, visitors can do a hands-on cheek cell activity in Science, play graphing Connect Four in Music, create a craft project in Art and test their knowledge in a trivia game in Social Studies.

Plus, there will be performances by the Dance Team and flash mob performances by the choir’s voice ensemble, alternating with the band. Also on hand will be student athletes, cheerleaders and National Honor Society members and the Rogers Boosters will be serving popcorn and drinks at the concession stand.

Finally, a parent meeting will be held in the library for current students in the AVID program. Students who want to learn about the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program can stop by Room 201, where a staff member can explain AVID and take names of incoming 7th and 8th grade students interested in the program.

It’s all about the demonstrations at Scott High School, where the second floor Science wing will be transformed into a laboratory, with a flame test demo; a water quality testing demo, a dissection demo; and a Physics demo. There will also be demonstrations from students in the Med Tech program and in instructional strategy demo from AVID students.

The cosmetology salon will be open for demonstrations and hair and nail services (donations are appreciated but are not required). And there will be performances by the Dawg House Dance Team, the Step Team, the Fantastic Dancing Machines’ Band and the orchestra and the choir.

The school’s television and radio station will be open for tours, as will the Precision Machining Lab. There will be athletic activities in the Fieldhouse and visitors will get a chance to have their picture taken with Scottie the Mascot. And finally, participants will receive raffle tickets for each department they visit and snacks will be served.

At Start High School, it’s all about the experiences, with the Foreign Language Department planning a ‘Passport Experience,’ while the Family & Consumer Science department will have visitors playing a budget board game and showing how to take care of a ‘baby.’

Younger students can explore the opportunities available through the DECA and Fashion Marketing program, get a feel for the school’s Distance Learning Lab and visit with the Drama Club’s wandering thespians who will be in costume.

There will be performances by the Chamber Strings ensemble, as well as from the Jazz Combo. Visitors will also get a chance to see a dissection in the Science Department, participate in an interactive presentation on loops in the Social Studies Department and get free blood pressure checks from the nurse.

Finally, there will be tours of Start’s Career Tech programs, including the Auto Tech, CAD Tech, Electrical Trades, Residential Remodeling and Precision Machine Tech programs. Especially of interest for the eighth graders will be the chance to meet the Freshman Cluster teams and participate in a question and answer session on this innovative program.

Toledo Technology Academy is holding an old fashioned Open House for students from all over to discover why TTA is a different kind of school. Interested students are urged to move fast to enroll because there are only a few slots remaining for the school’s 7th, 8th and 9th grades.

Students and staff members will on hand from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to explain the story behind the school’s motto – A different kind of school. A different way to learn.

As its Open House promo says, “Our test scores rival all other schools in the region. We excel in academics and engineering technology. College credit, senior internships and project-based learning are all part of the TTA experience.”

Every department at Waite High School has planned a full roster of activities for visitors, starting with the demonstrations planned in the Career Center from students and teachers in the Auto Collision, Carpentry and HVAC programs. Instructors in the Career Tech Business program will be running mini lessons on finance and software apps.

The Family & Consumer Sciences Department will have various hands-on activities for students and handouts for parents and guardians. For example, the younger students will win a prize for classifying food items into the correct food groups, learn about the responsibilities of parenthood with computer programmed babies and get some tips on ‘managing transitions.’

The teachers in the Health & Physical Education department has designed exercise stations and an obstacle course and the visitors to the Teacher Education Exploration program will get to design their own flannel board piece of a character from the 10 Little Moneys Jumping on a Bed or from The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The members of the Young Men of Excellence and Young Women of Excellence chapters will serve as greeters and there will be performances by the orchestra, show choir and marching band.

Visitors can enter new worlds if they stop by the Foreign Language department, where the French, German and Spanish programs will be on display and then they can wander to the Science department and watch the making of dry ice, DNA extraction and Flubber.

Over at Woodward High School, there will be continual demonstrations in all of the Career Tech classrooms, including the popular Print Shop and there will be Science demonstrations and even a cooking lesson.

The choir members will be raising their beautiful voices during a 7 p.m. presentation, and the dance students will be teaching lifelong exercises. Visitors will be able to learn how to dance Spanish style, during a presentation at 5:30 p.m. and they will be able to tour the elementary school art that will be set up in the school’s rotunda. That art work will be judged during Discover TPS.

And if visitors are hungry and want to come early to support the Woodward seniors, they can attend a fundraising dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

Posted on January 6, 2017

The Toledo Public Schools Board of Education hereby gives public notice in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 3307.353 that the following retiree will be seeking re-employment in the same position following his service retirement: W. Paul Overman Jr., Director of Treasury Management.

The Board of Education will hold a public meeting at which re-employment will be discussed on February 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Educational Services Campus, 1609 N. Summit St.

Posted on January 5, 2017

Toledo Public Schools strives to provide an environment where all students can thrive and be challenged and supported. We currently support that goal through a variety of approaches:

  • Curriculum differentiation
  • Gifted sections of ELA and Math for 5th and 6th grades
  • Subject acceleration and EHSO
  • Whole grade acceleration following ODE guidelines and using the Iowa Acceleration Scale and approved assessments
  • College Credit Plus (CCP)
  • Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes

Children who are gifted and are receiving gifted services have a Written Education Plan (WEP) that provides goals for the student.

Children who are subject or whole grade accelerated have a Written Acceleration Plan (WAP) that provides a plan for the transition to the higher class or grade level.


Click below for more information about the Gifted Program at Toledo Public Schools:

Fact sheet/program schedule

2016-2017 bus schedule

Staff roster

Gifted Resources

This is a link to a guide to help educators and parents understand the difference between a bright child and a gifted child:

This is a resource for parents and educators:

The Ohio Association for Gifted Children is also a great resource of information for parents and educators:

The National Association for Gifted Children is another valuable resource for parents and educators.


Because of the frigid temperatures, Toledo Public Schools closed on Thursday, December 15, meaning high school students have to report for half a day on Friday, December 16, to finish their exams. It also means:

  • That elementary students have started their winter break but their teachers will still report on Friday, December 16, for a Teacher Work Day. Elementary students will report back to school, as scheduled, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
  • Because the high school students will attend a half-day of school on Friday, the Teacher Work Day for high school teachers is being moved to Tuesday, January 3, 2017. High school students will not report for classes that day. Their first day of school after winter break will be Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

The decision to close schools on Thursday was made after monitoring the forecast from local meteorologists and considering the weather conditions when students would be heading to school. The safety of our students is our number one priority and when weather conditions are as they were on Thursday, we must take into consideration the time students spend walking to and from school or to and from the bus stop.

Posted on December 15, 2016

Social Studies Joe Boyle looked out at his audience of high school students and put their semester-long research project into perspective.

He told them of an old saying that goes, "As long as someone's name is spoken, they're not really dead. In a very real and tangible way, you have kept them alive."

Mr. Boyle was speaking of the 40 men with ties to northwest Ohio whose lives - and deaths - the students researched and then wrote about. The men died during World War II and the members of Mr. Boyle's distance-learning class - students from Bowsher, Start, Waite and Woodward - read their reports during the annual Fallen Heroes event at Waite High School. The event had special poignancy this year because  it was held on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which catapulted the United States into the war.

Luis Mendez-Guerrero, a junior at Woodward High School, described the life and death of Clelan Croninger, who graduated from the former Libbey High School and who sailed across the Mediterranean Sea from Tunisia on the dark night of July 11, 1943. As the ship lay off the coast of Sicily, German bombers dropped high explosive bombs directly on LST-158’s deck.

Mr. Croninger and his companions attempted to contain the fire but, within minutes the crew members were ordered to abandon ship, Luis recounted. As the ship was lit up in flames, Mr. Croninger was killed in action.

Luis concluded his report by saying, "Clelan died defending our country, defending the Allies, defending his companions, and defending you and I. Will you honor his death or will you pass by without any restraint? Will you honor his effort or will you disgrace it? Will you honor not only his but, the veterans' efforts to protect our country or will you disgrace everything our veterans have done for us? I will chose to honor Clelan Overlin Croninger, his effort, and all the veterans effort in protecting our country and in defending all that we live for."

Condessa Croninger, the great-niece of Mr. Croninger, attended the Fallen Heroes event and was overcome with emotion by the work the students had put in to remember her great-uncle and others. She showed Mr. Croninger's yearbook and Purple Heart to Luis.

"This is just a wondeful program," she said.

Mr. Boyle said there's really no way of knowing the exact number of area residents who died during World War II, but he works with the number 1,192 people who lived in Toledo for any amount of time.

The students' research took them to the main Toledo-Lucas County Public library downtown and Mr. Boyle is hopeful that they learned some history.

“If they learn to write a little bit along the way, great. If they learned a little about researching, that’s fine too,” he said. “But I really want them to make that personal connection.”

The students shared stories about local men shot down in bombers and those who invaded Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, among others, and those who died tragically during training exercises or of disease.

Pvt. Chanler Acker quit his job as a longtime photographer at The Blade newspaper to be part of a photo reconnaissance squadron, reported Maegan Round, a Waite exchange student from Australia.

Mr. Acker was to fly missions from Pakistan to China but was killed in a crash in 1942.

“The unit’s job was to essentially take photos of the enemy’s front lines.”

For Start High School junior Kayla Cox, the assignment was personal.

Kayla researched the lives and deaths of Raymond and Russell Diemer, her fourth cousins who died during the war. She learned of them when she was 12, and was the first in her family to research their stories. The two privates were born in Henry County in 1919 and lived 10 miles from each other. Both joined the Army before they could be drafted.

Raymond’s unit was in the Philippines until Christmas, 1941, and then began to retreat. Many soldiers were forced to surrender to the Japanese in the Battle of Bataan April 9, 1942.

“Raymond became a prisoner of war to Japan and was forced to make the 65-mile march,” Kayla said. “During the march, Raymond’s unit was subjected to random stabbings and beatings.”

Raymond died in a Japanese POW camp July 17, 1942. A post in New Bavaria, Ohio, serves as a memorial.

Russell survived his first combat in the desert of Algeria, but he was wounded in the invasion of Italy in January, 1944. Russell died March 13, 1944.

“I’m really honored because they made such a big sacrifice,” Kayla told The Blade

Posted on December 14, 2016