Friday Message

February 12, 2021

Friday Message February 12 II

A Message from Dr. Ryan Glaze, Superintendent, Tipton Community School Corporation

At this week’s Board of Education meeting, a parent asked a question about when students at the middle and high school will be able to return to the classroom full time. I’m sure this is a question on the minds of many of our parents. We are currently assessing the transition back to the classroom full-time for the last nine weeks. Our intent is not to end the year on a four-day week schedule, however, there are factors that will impact the decision on the scheduling format going forward.

The primary factor that will influence our decision will be the county metrics of transmission and spread of COVID-19 and/or the impact of its new variants. The downward trend in positivity and new weekly cases is encouraging. We are in close communication with our local and state health partners as well as our neighboring districts who are operating on a variety of different schedule formats in keeping their buildings open and school in session. We will continue to assess and will make the call on what the last nine-week schedule format will be in early March.

During Monday’s professional development day, we offered a program entitled, “Communication 101.” It reinforced the importance of two-way communication in developing positive outcomes for students. We also understand that communication works best when teachers and parents maintain strong and open lines of communication. We know effective, two-way dialogue develops out of a common goal, growing trust, a mutuality of concern, and an appreciation of contrasting perspectives.

These parent-educator relationships are the foundation for a strong school system and essential to ensuring that we deliver the best educational experience possible. This is why we have long promoted an open-door policy where we encourage and welcome input and feedback from parents and members of the community. Working together is truly the key to success in everything we do.

Speaking of success, we have a few congratulations to share including senior Dane Burton (French Horn) who was selected to the IBA All-State Honor Band and senior Katelyn Riddle (Clarinet) named the IBA All-State Band; The Tipton Achievement Academy, developed by Brett Sanders, Assistant Principal at THS, received provisional approval from the Department of Education and will roll out next fall; and senior Megan Phifer who tied for 13th place at regional competition on Tuesday. She is the third female diver from Tipton to compete at the regional level. Tipton Aquatics Coach Steven Thompson was named Coach of the Year for the Noblesville Sectional.

In other exciting Blue Devil news, on Saturday the Lady Blue Devils Basketball Team brought home the 2A Taylor Sectional Championship title. Heading into Regional play, at 17-7, the Lady Blue Devils will play Frankton in the second game at the Frankton Regional tomorrow. Tipoff is at 12:30. The winner of this game will advance to the final game at 8 p.m.

Despite all that the health pandemic has taken away, it can never take away the enthusiasm, commitment, and accomplishments we see every single day thanks in great part to our educators, coaches, and staff like Matt Skiba, Brett Sanders, Steven Thompson, and Chad Wetz. Good luck Lady Blue Devils! #TiptonPride

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Calendar Updates

February 15-Make-up Day-President's Day-Student report for in-person learning

March 9-End of Third Nine Weeks

March 9-TCSC School Board Work Session 5:30 PM/Board Meeting 6:30 PM THS Auditorium

March 14-Daylight Saving Time Begins

March 26-Spring Break Begins

April 5-Students Return