People interested in joining the TPS Proud team should plan to attend the Job Fair that the district is holding from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3.cc

The Job Fair, which will be held in the Thurgood Marshall Auditorium at the TPS Educational Campus, 1609 N. Summit St., will feature on-site interviews for the following positions: Bus drivers; clerical substitutes; food service substitutes; paraprofessional substitutes; misc. laborer substitutes; Head Start; licensed teachers and substitute teachers.

To learn more about the Job Fair, click here

To get more information about the individual jobs that are open, including salary ranges, go to to the Job Opportunities link - http://www.tps.org/tps-departments/human-resources/jobs - under the Employment tab at www.tps.org.

 

Some Byrnedale Elementary third graders got a pleasant surprise when they arrived at their classroom on a recent Friday morning.

That's because teacher Pam Denner had turned her room into a reading oasis as part of her effort to help her students succeed on their upcoming Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee test.

Mrs. Denner says her goal was to redesign the classroom to be more student-friendly.

“I looked at what the successful schools across the world were doing to help student achievement," she says. "I researched successful schools in the U.S. as well and what I found was that if students were comfortable while they worked, their achievement climbed."

She said adults need look no further than their local coffee shop for the concept she was going for.

"When you go to Starbucks, people can choose from a variety of seating options, and in turn, they will be able to work longer because of that level of comfort,” Mrs. Denner says.

She was able to fund the project through Donorschoose.org, getting most of the funding through the Byrnedale PTO and several private donations.

When students arrived for school on February 24, they found their room looked completely different than a typical classroom. They now receive their assignments or lessons on the community carpet and are now able to choose the seating that is right for them.

"There [are] many options available so that each student is comfortable and focused,” says Mrs. Denner.

Items now in the classroom include:
• A 20" HOKKI, an ergonomic stool that transforms stationary sitting into an activity, ideal for brainstorming sessions and other active sitting environments 
• A Backpatter’s seat, which provides cushioned back support and is ideal for reading a story on the carpet or for use with a travelling desktop
• A Giant-Sized Floor Pillow that is perfect for students who need to stretch their legs while continuing to work

Byrnedale Principal Christina Ramsey says the change in the students was immediate.

"The kids absolutely LOVED their new room and were working hard in their new seats all day," she reports about the first day.

Posted on March 7, 2017

Waite High School senior Anna Campos, a four-time state qualifier in diving, recently brought home her biggest achievement yet.

Anna won third place in the one-meter diving competition at the state championships, held late last month in Canton.

Anna says, “It was the best I ever did at a state competition, but I know I could’ve done better. I had a few hiccups in my dives, but I am really happy with the win.”

This is the first time that Anna has made the top three in qualifications. Starting with her freshman year, when she didn't move to the finals, she progressed to 18th her sophomore year and then to eighth place in her junior year.

Anna is in the process of picking the college she will represent next year for diving. The choices are between the University of Toledo and Youngstown University. She is planning to major in pre- veterinary or biology.

Until she decides, Anna is happy to represent Waite and be a role model for other students.

“When I first came to Waite as a freshman, they didn’t have diving. I told them that was my sport, and they made it a club sport - I would dive by myself but I represent Waite,” she says. 

Anna is happy she went to her brother’s practice all those years ago and fell in love with the sport.

She says, “Without going there, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I love the thrill of diving, and knowing after I graduate I will have made a difference for other student divers.”

Her TPS Proud moment is when she finished her last dive and she looked back at her scores and her name went to third, and she was in utter shock.

She ran to tell her coach she made it, and everyone was so happy.

“Standing on the podium, and looking out at everyone I was just so happy to be representing my school,” says Anna.

Posted on March 7, 2017

Beginning with the Class of 2018, the Ohio Department of Education is replacing the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)  with three new pathways to earn a high school diploma in the State of Ohio.

In order to test all students at once, Toledo Public Schools has revised its high school schedule for its traditional high schools on March 14 and 15 and for the week of April 24-28 (Note: High school students will be tested on their first day back from Spring Break). To learn more, click here for a parent/guardian letter. Here is where you can learn more about the testing: Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to learn about the options that Ohio is giving to qualify for a diploma. High school students are urged to choose the way that works best for them.

Click here for a PowerPoint presentation from Toledo Public Schools administrators. Note: TPS requires graduating seniors to have 21 credits, including the following:

English – 4 units/years
Mathematics – 4 units/years
Social Studies – 3 units/years
Science – 3 units/years
Physical Education - .5unit/2 semesters each counts as ¼ unit
Health Education – ½ unit- ½ year
Economic and Financial Literacy – ½ unit- ½ year
Electives – 5 units/5years
Fine Arts – 2 semestershhh

More information on the Ohio Department of Education's graduation requirements can be found by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2e6PLWH 

Uupdated on February 28, 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.