The Board of Education recently approved a new contract for the Toledo Federation of Teachers, making it necessary to make modifications to the three-year student attendance calendar.

The main change is that four non-student attendance days have been added to each of the next three school calendars. That means, for example, for the 2017-2018 school year, students will not be in school on Tuesday, November 7 (Election Day); Wednesday, November 22 (the day before Thanksgiving); Monday, January 8, 2018 (the day after Christmas Break) and on Friday, February 16, 2018 (which gives students a four-day weekend in honor of Presidents' Day).

Teachers will have in-service days on November 7 and January 8, while November 22 is a negotiated holiday for both teachers and paraprofessionals and February 16 is a negotiated holiday for teachers (paraprofessionals will report that day). The contracts for members of the TAAP and AFSCME unions are still being negotiated.

For quick reference, here are the new calendars for the upcoming three school years:

2017-2018 Student Attendance Calendar

2018-2019 Student Attendance Calendar

2019-2020 Student Attendance Calendar

Students at Jones Leadership Academy have been busy after school, painting colorful murals that are being used to dress up abandoned buildings in Toledo.

The latest project they are involved in is doing a temporary artistic board-up of the Art Tatum birthplace at 1121 City Park. With support from Mr. Tatum's niece, Lucille Johnson, (the current owner of the property), the mural painted by the students will be in place until a decision is made about the next phase for this structure's revitalization, according to The Arts Commission.

One goal of the project is to spark ideas about the future of this Toledo site.

Members of the Student Leaders in Action at the Leadership Academy's YMCA program worked with mural artist Maura Amato and Victoria Stegner on the project. The students, whose school is not that far from the former home of Mr. Tatum, created a complex, colorful design, inspired by what they learned of Mr. Tatum's history and that of the surrounding neighborhood. Residents participated in the design process and painting of the boards through partnerships with the Junction Coalition and the Frederick Douglass Center.

Work has recently been completed on the mural and the boards will be installed on the building in the coming weeks.

The Arts Commission’s Creative Placemaking team - working in partnership with the Lucas County Land Bank - will continue this program of artistic
board-ups of vacant, blighted houses. The goal of each of the projects is to spark meaningful conversations between residents and artists with the ultimate goal being raising up neighborhoods through artistic opportunities.

For additional information on The Arts Commission’s Creative Placemaking projects, visit
Funding for this project comes from the Ohio Arts Council and Toledo LISC.

Posted on May 22, 2017

Toledo Early College will be the first TPS high school to hold its commencement ceremony this school year – on Tuesday, May 23, at 2 p.m. on the campus of the University of Toledo - while Toledo Technology Academy’s ceremony will be held on Friday, May 26, at 4 p.m.

The six traditional high schools are all hosting their ceremonies next week (four on Tuesday and two on Wednesday). Here is the complete schedule:

Early College - Nitsche Auditorium (on UT’s campus) - 2 p.m.

• TTA - Auditorium at the DeVilbiss building - 4 p.m.

Bowsher - Stranahan Theater - 10 a.m.
Scott - Scott Field House - 2 p.m.
Start - Savage Hall - 5 p.m.
• Rogers - Stranahan Theater - 7 p.m.

Woodward - Woodward Gym - 10 a.m.
Waite - Waite’s Grant/Murray Fieldhouse) - 7:30 p.m.

Posted on May 22, 2017

It's time for the annual event that brings TPS Proud graduates together at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

The 9th Annual District-wide Alumni Event, where TPS alums can reconnect with former classmates while cheering on the hometown Mud Hens, is set for Friday, June 16, 2017, at Top of the Nine at Fifth Third Field.

Click here to get all the details. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the Mud Hens will be facing off against the Durham Bulls starting at 7 p.m. There will be fireworks after the game.

Call 419-671-0440 or email for more information. Deadline to order tickets is June 5. Click here to download an order form: District-wide Alumni Event

Have fun while you Hit a Home Run with Toledo Public Schools.

Posted on May 11, 2017

In an attempt to update alumni directories, the TPS Foundation has hired Texas-based PCI to contact graduates from all Toledo Public Schools high schools except Scott, which completed such a directory just a few years ago.

The first step in this process is through mailings of several postcards, which are now landing in the mailboxes of TPS graduates. The postcards are signed by Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent of Toledo Public Schools. This project is legitimate and supported by the district and the Foundation as a way to find as many members of the TPS Proud Nation as possible.

If there are any questions, please contact the TPS Communications Office at 419-671-0440. Again, this project will cover the TPS comprehensive high schools - Bowsher, Rogers, Start, Waite and Woodward - as well as the closed schools of DeVilbiss, Libbey and Macomber.

Posted on May 9, 2017​

Kirk Heidelberg, a 1976 graduate of Woodward High School who went on to coach at the college level and in Europe, was introduced as the new head coach of the Waite High School Indians on Monday, May 8.

Mr. Heidelberg, who is in the Woodward Hall of Fame, is a graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky. He has been an assistant coach there, as well as at the University of Toledo, Tennessee State University, Lehigh University and Kansas University.

In addition, he has been the head coach of both the Hamburg Blue Devils and the Cologne Crocodiles of the German Football League and served as the offensive coordinator for Team USA in 2010 and was an assistant guest coach for the Toronto Argonauts in 2013.

Toledo Public Schools is thrilled that this TPS Proud graduate wants to return to his roots.