On Wednesday, October 19, the majority of TPS high school students will have a three-hour delayed start because all sophomores and select juniors will be taking the PSAT test. The only high school students who will stay on their regular schedule are those at Toledo Technology Academy (although TTA sophomores will be taking the test at the same time as their counterparts).

The elementary schools will follow a regular schedule but Early High School Opportunity, gifted classes and Career Tech classes will be cancelled.
This delayed start will allow the high schools staffs to administer the test and allow the sophomores to have an undisturbed block of time to complete their tests. The PSAT measures college and career readiness for our students and provides descriptive feedback of strengths and weaknesses. Students taking the PSAT can create an account through the College Board that loads their results into Khan Academy for individualized intervention and assessments. This is a free service.

That free account and the fact that all sophomores are taking the PSAT are just two of the reasons that TPS administrators have decided that all juniors in the district will be taking the SAT in April. That decision was made to fulfill the new mandate from the Ohio Department of Education that all school districts give the ACT or SAT to all 11th grade students.

To start preparing our students for the SAT as juniors, the district will be having all 8th graders take the PSAT in January. This is part of a system to ensure academic supports and interventions to help our students become college and career ready.

All students who will be taking the PSAT on October 19 will receive instructions from their teachers about the test and what classroom they should report to. Here is the revised schedule that the high school students will follow on October 19:

1st hour: 11–11:17 a.m. (17 minutes)

4th hour: 11:22 a.m.–12:52 p.m. (90 minutes)

A Lunch: 11:22 – 11:52 a.m. 
B Lunch: 11:52 a.m.–12:22 p.m.
C Lunch: 12:22–12:52 p.m.

2nd hour: 12:57–1:14 p.m. (17 minutes)

3rd hour: 1:19–1:36 p.m. (17 minutes)

5th hour: 1:41–1:58 p.m. (17 minutes)

6th hour: 2:03–2:20 p.m. (17 minutes)

7th hour: 2:25–2:45 p.m. (20 minutes - Announcements and Class Time)

Here is the revised schedule that Toledo Early College students will be following on October 19:

9:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: PSAT Administration

1st Lunch and 5th period: 12:08-12:42 p.m.

2nd Lunch (Stats class lunch): 12:45-1:17 p.m.

1st period: 1:20-1:54 p.m.

2nd period (advisory cancelled): 1:57- 2:31 p.m.

6th period: 2:34-3:08 p.m.

7th period: 3:11-3:45 p.m.

Posted on September 30, 2016

START SPARTANS BEAT WOODWARD POLAR BEARS IN OLD NEWSBOYS SHOE BOWL

The Start High School Spartans, which recently won their second straight City League title, took on the Woodward High School Polar Bears on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the revival of the Old Newsboys Shoe Bowl.

The game, which was covered by BCSN, was played at Start. The Spartans won the game with a score of 21-0, becoming the winningest TPS team in the Shoe Bowl since the first game was played in 1966.

Updated on November 4, 2016

WOODWARD'S HUNT NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Marcellus Hunt from Woodward High School has been named the City League's Player of the Year, while his coach, Rob Garber, was named Coach of the Year. Click here for the full listing of those players named to the 2016 All-City Team: City League's All-City Football Team 

Posted on November 2, 2016

DURANT HONORS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, has added a fun task to his duties each week: surprising the two TPS football players who have received the McDonald’s Players of the Week honors. Each player receives a TPS Proud sticker for his helmet and a TPS Proud t-shirt.

Congratulations to the following athletes (with the most recent honorees listed first):

Seventh Week

Offensive Player of the Week: The offensive line of Woodward High School (which consists of Daryl Houston, Antonio Adams, Dillon Johnson, Anthony Haynes, Sincere Barnett

Defensive Player of the Week: Damante Stewey of Rogers High School

Sixth Week

Offensive Player of the Week: Legend Tucker of Start High School

Defensive Player of the Week: Demorrus Bankston of Woodward High School 

Fifth Week

Offensive Player of the Week:Trey Mathena of Waite High School

Defensive Player of the Week: Jeff Hudson of Woodward High School

Fourth Week

Offensive Player of the Week: Bryce Mitchell of Bowsher High School

Defensive Player of the Week: Nate Ponce of Waite High School

Third Week

Offensive Player of the Week: Octavio Ortega of Waite High School

Defensive Player of the Week: Kejuan Jones of Rogers High School

Second Week

Offensive Player of the WeekRonnie Sanders of Waite High School

Defensive Player of the Week: Gnonn Caraway of Woodward High School

First Week

Offensive Player of the Week: Marcellus Hunt of Woodward High School

Defensive Player of the Week: Ke-Shawn Jones of Rogers High School

Two more players will be chosen after this weekend's games. 

Updated on October 14, 2016

We’ve Moved!

That’s right, the administrative offices for Toledo Public Schools have moved. The new address is 1609 N. Summit St.

The new Toledo Public Schools Educational Services Campus houses the Superintendent, Treasurer, Human Resources and other core administrative departments. The district has owned the building (the former Summit Annex) for many years; at one time it housed the district’s adult education program and offices for other community outreach agencies. The building has been renovated and staff are now situated in clusters, providing a more collaborative working environment.

District leaders weighed their options – renovate the Thurgood Marshall Building on Manhattan Boulevard or the former Summit Annex? In the end, it was determined to be more economical and feasible for the district to make the move to the fringes of downtown Toledo.

The phone number for the new administration building is 419-671-0001. You can also access a complete staff directory at http://bit.ly/29Pf4tW on the home page at www.tps.org.

Posted on July 15, 2016

Before Joseph Kebbie returned to his native Sierra Leone, he spoke of his year as an exchange student at Toledo Technology Academy in a speech at the U.S. State Department to his fellow KL-YES exchange students.

He spoke of the many lessons he had learned, and especially raved about his experience at TTA and living with Ted (Gladwyn) Richardson, a longtime science/technology teacher for Toledo Public Schools who has been with TTA since it opened.

Here is the part of Joseph's speech about TTA, a TPS magnet school that has students in grades 7th through 12th:

During International Education Week, I gave several presentations about my country of Sierra Leone, my culture, our food, clothes, Muslim holidays and so much more. The volunteering aspect of YES has greatly impacted me. I completed over 330 volunteer hours in my host community and volunteering enabled me to learn new skills and try new activities.

A big personal achievement was making it to the FIRST Robotics national competition with my team from Toledo Technology Academy that hadn't made it to nationals in over nine years. To finally make it to nationals during my exchange year was remarkable! Toledo Technology Academy didn’t just unlock my potential in STEM by building and programming robots on a team, but my school and my robotics team helped me believe in myself, helped me to see that I can do anything I set my mind to do. I have always been a student who is passionate about technology, and it was as if this school was built for me."

His praise was equally great for Mr. Richardson and his family.

"I lived with one of the most amazing American host families ever! They didn't just open their home to me, but they opened their hearts and showed me love. This was a love as if I had always been a part of their family. My host dad wasn't just the best host dad ever, he wasn't just the best student counselor, and he wasn't just the best alternative teacher who taught me how to construct and work with go-karts and alternative energy vehicles, he was one of my best friends and a true inspiration throughout my YES year. He supported me, he saw my potential, helped me develop a better sense of self, and directed me towards success by being the best Joseph I could be."

Gary Thompson, TTA director, said he wasn't surprised at the praise from Joseph..

"[Ted] is a superb teacher who understands how to engage students and transfer ownership of their success to them," says Mr. Thompson. "Ted has been a host father for many students and has traveled to their home countries to visit them and their families.

"All of his exchange students have been students at TTA and I have had the opportunity to watch them acclimate and grow in a culture foreign to them. This has a great deal to do with how Ted and his family integrate them into their home. All of his exchange students start calling him their Dad fairly early on in the process. Ted treats them like his biological family and they truly identify with that."

A number of TPS schools host exchange students during the school year because it allows Toledo students to see the benefits of a global experience.

"We have proved to people out there about the power of diversity!," Joseph told his fellow exchange students. "I have come to realize that there is power in diversity; people of different backgrounds coming together can help change misconceptions and prejudices in society. The blending of different cultures and the increase in understanding between 'opposing sides' is one of the most powerful tools to nurture peace and end those centuries’ long disputes that take our focus away from the real problems."

Posted on July 1, 2016

 

If you'd like your young child to be part of a fun, safe, and quality-driven Early Education Program, sign them up for Toledo Public Schools' Head Start.

You can easily do that by coming to the Recruitment Fair that is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Summit Head Start,1500 N. Summit St. Parents and guardians should bring the following information:

• Child’s immunization
• Child’s physical/dental
• Child’s Birth Certificate
• Child’s medical card
• Proof of income (last 30 days)
• 3 Proofs of residency
• Parent Photo I.D.

If you can't make it that day, call 419-671-9100 or fill out the forms below and stop in to the Summit Center and start the registration process.

Parents and guardians are asked to print the below forms out, fill them out completely and then return the COMPLETED pre-registration packets to the Head Start Summit location between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 pm., Monday through Friday.

Once the completed forms are turned in, parents and guardians will be contacted by a Family Support Partner to complete the enrollment application. Please note, the enrollment process will take between 45 minutes to an hour and parents and guardians must have all of their required documents with them.

Head Start Pre-Registration Information (English)

Head Start Pre-Registration Information (Spanish)

Head Start Form for Physical Exam

Head Start Form for Dental Exam

Click here for list of schools

Posted on July 8, 2016

Toledo Public Schools, an Ohio Public School District, participates in the Medicaid School Program.

The district is seeking advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) or licensed physician assistants (PA) to complete record reviews and refer children for therapy services (occupational, physical and speech therapy and audiology) provided in a school setting. These students are fully evaluated/assessed by the licensed providers, and services are also delivered by the same licensed practitioners of the healing arts, within their scope of practice, in accordance with Ohio licensure laws. Each student has an individualized educational plan (IEP) of care specific to the school setting.

Toledo Public Schools is building a temporary team of providers to serve until August 1, 2016, since licensed therapists in Ohio cannot serve as an Ordering, Referring or Prescribing (OPR) provider for the Medicaid program. Hired professionals must hold a current license as an APRN, be enrolled in Ohio Medicaid as an 'ORP only' or 'ORP' provider and have a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number as well.

Payment will be based per record review and related referral at $25.00/record, up to $75.00/hour. Work is flexible part time hours from your home via Internet access. Some positions are available onsite. Permanent part-time positions to be considered at the completion of the summer project.

To learn more, go to Job Opportunities under the Employment tab on the home page of www.tps.org.

 

Scott High School students Charlvon Gaston (student body president) and Blake Minter (valedictorian) proudly wore special stoles when they graduated recently.

Those stoles represented that they had successfully completed the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, which works to close the achievement gap by preparing all students to complete high school and be ready for college or success in the global economy. Scott High School was one of the first schools in the district to implement the program.

The AVID program offers teachers, students, community partners and parents a common language towards instruction and clear expectations of college and career readiness for ALL students.

Using WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading) strategies as a way for students to prepare for the rigors of college or the career world, AVID has proved so successful at Scott and Woodward High School that it is being implemented in more and more Toledo Public Schools elementary schools.

Click here to read more about this unique program: AVID 

Or you can look closer to home for AVID success stories: Charlvon will be playing football this fall at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, while Blake is heading to Daytona Beach, Fl. to attend Bethune-Cookman University, where she plans to major in Business Administration.

Posted on June 23, 2016

Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo have been collaborating since 2011 to deliver the UT@TPS program, designed to make college education more accessible to adults in the greater Toledo area while building a college-going culture in central city schools.

Their latest collaboration, Teach Toledo, is an initiative to recruit local students to pursue an associate of arts degree at UT that has a focus on urban education. Now is the time to register for this unique program, which is offered in a community-based, supportive environment (some classes will be conducted at TPS's Jones Leadership Academy on Nebraska Avenue). Students in this program will be involved in a TPS classroom experience from day one and they will learn the content skills and knowledge necessary to be effective teachers in an urban school district.

Plus, Teach Toledo students receive partial tuition scholarships.

Dr. Romules Durant, the CEO/Superintendent of TPS, is strong supporter of the new program. "As a TPS and UT graduate, I know the power of teaching in our city, which is why I believe in Teach Toledo."

To learn more about the program and to request information, click here: Teach Toledo

And remember, Teach Toledo will provide aspiring teachers with opportunities to:

  • Work in an urban school building in order to have extensive experience interacting with the children, families and communities in urban settings (aligns with the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) standards for teacher education);
  • Interact with peers from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds with a common purpose of improving urban education;
  • Understand the culture and history of racially and ethnically diverse U.S. populations, via University of Toledo associate of arts degree general education core requirements;
  • Become part of a community of practice in which novices and experts work together, combining learning with action;
  • Receive necessary information and support regarding management of finances, time and other resources to enable successful completion of degree.

Posted on June 21, 2016