TCS@ODU Family Newsletter

January 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Fri. Jan. 21 - Panther Power Hour - 1:30-2:30pm - Click here to join
  • Sat. Jan. 22 - Winter Formal - 7:00-10:00pm - Whetstone Park of Roses Shelter House
  • Tues. Jan. 25 - Free Produce Drive Thru - 4:00-6:00pm
  • Wed. Jan. 26 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm - Click here to join
  • Thurs. Jan. 27 - Panther Table Talk - 7:00-7:45pm - Click here to join
  • Thurs. Feb. 3 - TGFS Virtual College Access Night - 5:00-7:00pm - Click here to join
  • Fri. Feb. 4 - Panther Power Hour - 1:30-2:30pm
  • Wed. Feb. 9 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm - Click here to join
  • Thurs. Feb. 10 - Family Engagement Council Meeting - 7:00pm
  • Fri. Feb. 18 - No School - Front Office Closed
  • Mon. Feb. 21 - No School - President's Day
  • Tues. Feb. 22 - Free Produce Drive Thru - 4:00-6:00pm
  • Wed. Feb. 23 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm - Click here to join

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Free Covid-19 Tests - Complete the Online Form Today!

Click here to complete the online form to request free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Tests usually ship in 7-12 days.

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.

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TCS@ODU Free Produce Drive Thru

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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!

Check out the TGFS employment opportunities!

Click here to check out TGS employment opportunities.

Click here to check out TCS@ODU employment opportunities.

Student Government Working on Winter Formal

Student Government has been working on Winter Formal, which will be held on Saturday, January 22 from 7:00-10:00pm at Whetstone Park of Roses Shelter House. Tickets are limited to TCS@ODU students only and cost $15 per ticket. Enjoy an evening under the stars while dancing the night away!

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Don't Miss the January Panther Table Talk!

Panther Table Talks (formerly known as Family Crew) starts this 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.

Click here to join the meeting!

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OLEPA Testing in February and March

English Learner students at The Charles School will take state English language proficiency testing in February and March. English Learners (we prefer "Emergent Multilingual/Emergent Bilingual students") take the required state OELPA test every spring. Families of students who will test should receive letters through the mail with more information soon. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Chris Spackman, the ESOL Coordinator, at

Technology Class Updates

Information Technology - Students have been learning about networking. We took a walk around the school, looked at the schools new wiring, servers, access points, and learned the difference between area networks. Next chapter we're making a light up birthday card.

Web Design - Students in Web Design have created multi file websites. They are learning to edit web pages combining style sets to edit an entire website with one set of commands.

Programming - We are reviewing variable types and working with our putt putt golf course programming spheros.

The Skills USA Club made gifts for the deans to give to teachers. Each student worked really hard to make sure our orders were consistent, met the design needs and expectations of the deans, and were high quality work!! We are so proud of all their hard work. It brings us to 30 hours of combined work experience and community service per student.

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Cultural Studies Class Celebrates Three Kings Day

In Hispanic traditions, the Three Kings bring gifts and wealth to children and families. One tradition is the roscón de Reyes, or Kings’ Cake. The round cake is topped with dried fruits to represent jewels that adored the King’s crown. Students picked a slice in hopes of finding the small baby Jesus inside their piece, which means good luck for the next year!

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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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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-19 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 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 required to perform a monthly review of student files and randomly select families for residency verification. Please 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.