TCS@ODU Family Newsletter

December 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs. Dec. 16 - Fri. Dec. 17 - 12:30 Early Release Days after Midterm Exams
  • Fri. Dec. 17 - Quarter 2/Semester 1 Ends
  • Mon. Dec. 20 - Fri. Dec. 31 - No School - Winter Break
  • Tues. Dec. 21 - Free Produce Drive-Thru
  • Mon. Jan. 3 - No School - PD Day
  • Tue. Jan. 4 - Classes resume
  • Thurs. Jan. 13 - Family Engagement Council Meeting at 6:30pm
  • Thurs. Jan. 27 - Panther Table Talk - 7:00-7:45pm

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Have you read the Family Communications?

Have you turned in your family's free and reduced lunch application?

It is essential for every family to complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application every year. This information directly effects school funding and resources.

Click here is the link to print the application. After you print and complete the application it can be mailed or scanned, OR dropped off at the front desk. Front office hours are Monday-Friday from 6:45am-3:30pm.

Have you completed the Tech Needs Survey?

Please take a moment to fill out our brief Tech Needs Survey. This will help us better ensure that all students have access to curriculum both at home and at school. Thank you so much!

Click here to complete the survey!

TCS@ODU Free Produce Drive Thru

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Check out the TGFS employment opportunities!

Click here to check out TGS employment opportunities.

Click here to check out TCS@ODU employment opportunities.

Technology Class Updates

Have been working on binary code. It's some challenging stuff! The Future Tech Professionals in Information Technology have risen to the occasion. They've just completed their Budget Project, and will be taking their practice WebXam for Certifications soon!

Web Design is working on designs for a teacher holiday project. They have earned more than 20 hours of community service in our sign shop. They've recently complete hall passes and are currently creating a Portfolio of their work and code to date. We're really proud of their hard work! Picture below of Mrs. de Groot's hall pass.

Programming is working on creating a putt putt golf course that they will need to navigate with robots. They will take the bots and create a program that allows them to touch one button and the bot will then navigate successfully. Each new iteration of the program will count as a point. The lower number of points will win. First they are going to build their stations. They'll be golfing each other's station after the New Year. They were required to use several angles inclines and declines.

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Save the Date for the January Panther Table Talk!

Panther Table Talks (formerly known as Family Crew) is starting next month! The goals of Panther Table Talks are to create a stronger community among TCS@ODU staff and families, provide an open space for students and families to voice their opinions with integrity, and offer extended support and resources for our TCS@ODU families. We are hoping to bring together the TCS@ODU community to socialize and have honest conversations in a nonacademic setting.

Our first meeting will be on Zoom on Thursday, January 27th from 7:00-7:45pm. Please contact your student's crew teacher or a dean if you have any questions. The meeting link will be e-mailed out in January.

Student Government - Movie Night, Wed. Dec. 15 at 3:00pm

Student Government is in full swing with the holiday spirit. They are hosting a movie night, Wed. Dec. 15 at 3:00pm at TCS@ODU to raise money for Winter Formal. More details about Winter Formal will be sent home soon.

TCS@ODU Needs Your Support!

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University has the freedom to pursue its unique educational mission within the structure of core standards and state requirements, however, state funding does not fully cover all of our expenses. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide unrestricted, critical resources that support the essentials of an Early College High School program, while allowing us flexibility to direct funds to where they are needed most such as building improvements, technology upgrades, college textbooks, and support for professional development that keeps our teachers at the leading edge of best practices in the field of education. Charitable gifts allow us to invest in those value-driven aspects that set us apart from other schools. Please join us in supporting the Annual Fund!

It is now common practice for a portion of our school’s annual operating budget to be supported by donations. Every member of our community is asked to participate: current parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, board members, community members and other friends.

Giving to TCS@ODU is quick and easy.

Click here to make a gift!

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Cultural Studies Class Makes Piñatas

Cultural Studies class is working hard and making progress on their midterms. This year the class learned the history behind piñatas and created piñatas.

Do you know anyone interested in attending TCS@ODU?

Please forward this newsletter and ask them to complete an online application. Click here to complete an online application. We are currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have any questions please e-mail Gail Collins at

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January Family Engagement Council Meeting

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When you shop at Kroger, and/or Amazon you can help TCS@ODU raise money for class supplies


Go to: or call 1-800-837-4483 to enroll in the program. You can search for TCS by name or use our school code: DC649. Shop! Every time you use your Kroger Rewards Card TCS@ODU gets rebates. Kroger totals those rebates and sends TCS@ODU a check.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile gives to The Charles School! When you make a purchase on Amazon Smile they will now donate 0.5% of your total purchase to TCS@ODU. Go to to start shopping!

Covid Vaccine Locations

Ohio Early College Association

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University is proud to be a member of the Ohio Early College Association. Representatives from each of the 13 Ohio Early College High Schools meet monthly to share best practices and resources, plan occasional group initiatives, and celebrate our work.

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The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University has been a member of Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) since opening the school in 2007. MCNC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of high school students across the country who have access to college classes with an integrated support system that positions students for success. Member schools develop and sustain a successful model of collaborative education that expands student's future opportunities.

EL Education

Our partnership with EL Education empowers our teachers to unleash the potential of their students. EL Education is built on ten design principles that reflect the educational values and beliefs of Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound and co-founder of EL Education. These principles also reflect the design's connection to other related thinking about teaching, learning , and the culture of schools.

Title 1

TCS@ODU is a School-wide Title 1 program, enabling us to receive Federal Funds to ensure that our students receive the support they need to reach and exceed grade level goals in reading and math. We welcome parent involvement in planning, review and improvement of Title 1 programs. Please contact Debbie Addison at with any questions.


Per House Bill 21 community schools are now required to perform a monthly review of student files and randomly select families for residency verification. Please be sure to contact the school immediately in case of an address change. Proof of residency must be submitted within two weeks of an address change. If evidence is not provided, requests for additional documentation or a home visit may occur.

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.