TVA Times

August 29, 2021

A Message from Mr. Zeck

TVA Families,

Thank you for another great week. Here are a couple of quick notes to keep you connected and in line with us:

  • Registrations - If you have a K-8 student please make sure you read below and complete the registration process for our onsite day on September 9th.
  • Pictures - We have scheduled our pictures for October 4th from 2-6 pm. All students K-12 can participate. Students 9-12 who missed pictures this week will have pictures sent to CHS for the yearbook if they are taken on this day.
  • PSAT Testing Days Grades 9,10,11- All students in grades 9-11 will need to report to CHS on October 13th for a testing day. More to come on this as we get closer.
  • Adobe - Our iPads are more than equipped to work with PDFs. Watch the video below from one of our team on how to make that happen for your student. Several of you have asked for assistance here.
  • Exact Path - Students in grades K-5 had exact path loaded into their courses this week. They are having tech difficulties. Look for full use in the coming days.
  • Reports - You should have received an email on Friday with a progress report for your child. Our Success Coaches will start reviewing these and reach out to you next week with summaries and offer support as needed. We are pleased to see the vast majority of our students on track and staying focused.
  • Coaches - Please welcome Sara Lorenz and Taylor Lipniskis to the TVA team as our Success Coaches.
  • Jobs - Duneland has many openings for jobs including several that come with benefits. Please check information out below about opportunities for you or someone looking for a job.

We learn and grow each day much like our students. We appreciate your continued partnership and trust in us. Thank you for making each day the best.


Mr. K. Zeck

TVA Director

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K-8 In-Person Day Sept. 9, 2021

One of the key requirements when applying for enrollment into the TVA was the understanding that students would periodically need to come onsite for local and state assessments. We also have additional annual items such as vision and hearing screening and body safety presentations that we are required to provide to students as well.

We have been working to plan to the first of these days on September 9. Our goal is to get as many of these items done in one day to reduce the need for onsite visits for our TVA family. Based on the success of this first day, we will have better understanding on how to proceed and schedule the rest of the days for this school year.

The TVA Staff is now fully located in the southeast corner of Chesterton Middle School. All onsite days, meetings, and training will take place at 601 W. Morgan Ave at entrance 8. This entrance is the old Y-Care entrance closest to the tennis courts near the pool parking lot.

On September 9th the following will take place.

- All Students will take NWEA Reading and Math Assessments

- Students in Grades K-4 will work with a Reading Specialist to participate in their mCLASS DIBELS Assessment

- Students in Grades 1, 3, 5, & 8 will have vision screening (time permitting)

- Students in Grades 1, 4, & 7 will have hearing screening (time permitting)

- Students in Grades 5-8 will participate in our Annual Body Safety Program through Dunebrook

Families are asked to sign up for one session using the link provided below.

Students should bring their full charged school issued iPad to the session to participate in all assessments.

Duneland will follow current COVID level requirements for social distancing and mask usage for students & staff. Families that opt for bus transportation need to be aware of the face covering/mask requirements for all students when riding the bus. TVA Staff will be using masks and face coverings at all times when working with students.

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Grades K-8 School Pictures

We are currently working on scheduling a school picture day for students who are in grades K-8. We will be using the same company as other Duneland schools. We are aiming for a mid-October date. Please look for further communication on this topic.


Families should report to Entrance 8 at CMS for pictures.

Grades 9-12 School Pictures

Did you miss picture days this week at CHS? Please plan to attend picture day on October 4th from 2-6 p.m. We will work to coordinate with CHS so student pictures still are in the Yearbook for this school year.

Upcoming Events - Month at a Glance


  • NO School - Labor Day


  • Time TBD - 5th -8th Grade Parent Preview of Body Safety Presentations - Zoom Mtg.


  • K-8 In-Person Testing Day
  • 6 PM - School Board Meeting

Need Technical Support During the Day

We are happy to announce the inclusion of Mrs. Jennifer Bye to the TVA team. Mrs. Bye serves as an administrative assistant and will be the voice on the other end of the line when you call us at the TVA. If you find you need technical assistance during the school day please email her at or call our new line at 219-983-3743. Mrs. Bye will answer and then work with our IT department to find resolution to your needs.
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Check out the weekly Dune News for the most recent announcements.

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The Duneland School Corporation is seeking candidates for the following positions:


Child Nutrition associates provide nutrition services to students and staff. Benefit-eligible positions available. Apply online at Click to apply online


Duneland School Corporation Transportation positions (Bus Drivers, Sub Bus Drivers) require eligible persons to operate all school vehicles or (Sub Bus Aides) to assist in the transportation of all special students needing additional attention. These positions are highly responsible roles in transporting and dealing with students and staff on a regular basis. Transportation personnel interact with individuals both inside and outside of the corporation and therefore, must have the ability to present a professional and organized image at all times. Benefit-eligible positions available. Click to apply online


Duneland School Corporation Custodians are required to clean and sanitize all corporation facilities. This position has a highly responsible role in providing custodial services and dealing with students and staff on a regular basis. Custodians interact with individuals both inside and outside the corporation and therefore, must have the ability to present a professional and organized image at all times. Custodians may be required to work in other Duneland School Corporation facilities. Benefit-eligible positions available. Click to apply online


Seeking substitute teachers for all grade levels. To apply for a substitute teaching position, please apply in person at the Duneland Administration Center, 601 W Morgan Ave. in Chesterton to complete an application.

Relocating: Used Paper Retriever at CHS

Looking for the paper recycling container at Chesterton High School? The Paper (formerly Abitibi) paper recycling will be relocating the CHS retrieval unit presently in the front of the school to the back of the building. The containers will now be located in the northeast corner parking lot behind the school between the soccer field and next to the tennis courts.

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