There will be no school for students and teachers on Monday, January 18, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The administration offices of Toledo Public Schools will also be closed.

Classes resume on Tuesday, January 19.

Posted on January 15, 2016

The two newest Board of Education members were sworn in during an organizational meeting on January 5.

Stephanie Eichenberg and Perry Lefevre won their seats in the November election.

Mrs. Eichenberg, a graduate of Bowsher High School and now a mother with children at Beverly Elementary School, has a history of volunteering with the district and was most recently president of its Parent Congress. In that role, she increased participation of parents from a handful of schools to more than 20. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mrs. Eichenberg has a career in market research.

Mr. Lefevre is a social studies teacher at Northview High School in the Sylvania school system -- he was named Educator of the Year in 2009 -- but lives in the neighborhood near Arlington Elementary in the TPS district. ome. His now-adult children were educated at TPS schools; son, Matthew, is now a middle school math and science teacher with TPS. Mr. Lefevre is a former union president in the Sylvania district.

Also during the January 5 meeting, Bob Vasquez was unimously elected to serve again as president of the board and Chris Varwig was chosen to serve a second one-year term as the board's vice president.

Click here to read The Blade article about the meeting: bit.ly/22PIXkF

Posted on January 8, 2016

In the spring of 2014, staff members from Mayfair Preschool approached Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, about looking at a study on how to improve early literacy skills.

At the same time, representatives from the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) met with Dr. Durant regarding their own study on the same topic.

Dr. Durant brought the two groups together and a study took shape of four randomly-selected classrooms at Mayfair, said Anne Stockard, assistant director of the TPS preschool program. That first study ran from October through December of 2014 and had as its hypothesis that exposure to visual literacy will enhance cognition, visual-spatial perceptual skills, motor function and language development in young children.

Analysis of the results showed a strong correlation between exposure to visual literacy and use of Tier 2 vocabulary words. That pilot study proved so successful that this past October, Phase 2 of the study began and concluded on December 11. This was a large scale study of roughly 250 students in all of the preschool classrooms, both TPS and Head Start, at Mayfair and one Head Start classroom at Glenwood.

This second study also looked at the benefit of field trips to the museum versus seeing the art work via a poster. Results are expected in March, said Ms. Stockard

Very simply, visual literacy is the ability to read, comprehend and write visual language. In early childhood, this starts with the child’s ability to 'see' and comprehend symbols and the ability to produce what is seen and to use symbols to relate their own thoughts and feelings. First there's scribbles, then lines and shapes and then combining them to produce a meaning tied with language. For example, children seeing the golden arches as they ride in a car will then later draw the arches to represent McDonalds.

A research team from TPS, consisting of Evelyn Mylander, M.Ed.; Peggy Roth, MS, CCC/SLP; Rachel Reuss, MA, CCC/SLP and Liz Wharton, MOTR/L, designed extension activities to be used in the classroom in conjunction with activities designed by TMA. The teachers attended training in visual literacy and learned how the study would run.

A number of parents joined their child’s class, attending and participating in the art museum field trip, Ms. Stockard said, crediting the great team work of parents, teachers, secretaries, art museum staff and the leadership of Lynn Pearson, director of TPS Preschool.

Posted on January 8, 2016

Charles E. Boyk, a TPS Proud graduate of Start High School, honors outstanding TPS teachers and students each month.

Mr. Boyk's law firm, Charles E. Boyk & Associates, runs a contest in which teachers nominate students and students nominate teachers and the winners are surprised in their classrooms.

Please check out the current winners - Waite High School social studies teacher Joe Boyle and Scott High student Robert Lawson - and previous winners at this site: http://bit.ly/1YcXFCu

Posted on December 15, 2015

Led by Dr. Joan Simonis-Walldorf, the director, and Mr. Robert Duris, assistant director, the choirs of Woodward High School will present a Choir Christmas Carol on Thursday, December 10.

Admission for the concert, which will start at 7 p.m., is $3.  The event will take place in the auditorium at the school, 701 E. Central Ave.

Posted on December 9, 2015

 

Because of the dense fog, Toledo Public Schools is on a two-hour delay for Tuesday, December 8. That means:

o Schools will open two hours after their regular report time
o Early Morning Risers Program will be canceled
o Morning Head Start and Morning Preschool will be canceled
o Gifted Services will be canceled
o After noon Head Start and Afternoon Preschool will be open
o Full day Preschool sites will attend after the 2 hour delay
o EHSO classes will be in session
o All athletic programming is in session

Posted on December 8, 2015