Tusculum View Tiger Talk

News for the week of February 27, 2023.

Tusculum View Mission Statement

Tusculum View has a heart for ALL kids by providing engaging opportunities to achieve excellence.

Good Afternoon Tiger Families,

We are winding down the month of February! This has been a quick month filled with lots of activities and learning. A few weeks and we will have our spring break! For our 3-5th grade students, we are gearing up for TCAPS and focusing on the skills we have not mastered. Please encourage your students to do their best and continue to work hard each day! Thank you for all of your support!

Please read through all of the newsletter. Lots of new information below.

Spring pictures are tomorrow - Monday - remember - Don't wear green as all pictures are made in front of the green screen so backgrounds can be changed out.

I hope you all have a great week!

Dr. Luttrell

**If you arrive at 8:00 or later, the side doors are locked. You MUST bring your student in the office to check them in. Please DO NOT let students out at the side parking lot at 8:00 or after and drive off.**

Spring Pictures are February 27th! Don't Wear Green!

Individual and Group pictures will be taken. There will be a green screen with several possible backgrounds. DO NOT WEAR GREEN!
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Ways for Parents and Families to Support Students at Home

Below is a link to a document with many helpful ideas and tools for you to assist your students with learning at home. Please reach out to your teacher if you have questions or need assistance.

Parents Supporting Learning at Home Document

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Dr. Suess Week is coming soon!!! March 6-10th. Below are the dress up days!

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Spring Break is March 13 - 17th! No school for students!

Check out our Tiger News!

*Tiger News is on our video site- on school website, find the link under NEWS tab or click the Tiger News button right under the photo slideshow

Renewals for TennCare and CoverKids will be starting soon. Normally TennCare and CoverKids are renewed on a yearly basis—this is a federal requirement. Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, Congress temporarily paused this requirement in 2020. The requirement is being reinstated in 2023. Please see attached flyers about TennCare’s upcoming re-enrollment period. An estimated 500,000 TN children stand to lose coverage unless they re-enroll.

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Check out your students in action describing how to support academics at home!


Our TV students have been working hard to put together some suggestions for parents when it comes to helping with homework. We know homework can be challenging for parents and students. Each 2nd-5th grade has put together some helpful tips for parents, and each video is grade specific with the suggestions coming directly from that grade’s teachers. The videos are on our TV website and can be accessed by using the QR codes with your phone. We hope you enjoy our videos and will be monitoring the number of clicks to each QR code. The grade with the most clicks will win a prize for their grade, so get those phones out, and start viewing.

2nd Grade Parent Video:


3rd Grade Parent Video:


4th Grade Parent Video:


5th Grade Parent Video:


Afternoon dismissal will now begin at 3:08 pm. Please begin lining up for car riders at 3:00 pm.

TDOE and GELF Partner to Give Free Reading Resources to Tennessee Families

TDOE and GELF Partner to Give Free Reading Resources to Tennessee Families

In partnership with Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), the department is opening up an opportunity for parents to order free at-home reading resources this winter for any of their children in grades K-2.

Through this partnership, the department and GELF want to encourage at-home reading practice to help young learners become stronger readers outside of the classroom. Based on if a child is in kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, they will receive seven At-Home Decodable Book Series, which contain 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to practice, and age-appropriate, high-quality books from Scholastic.

All Tennessee families can order one booklet pack for each of their kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students using this site.

This launch is part of the family component of the state’s Reading 360 initiative to help boost strong reading skills amongst Tennessee students.

Nurse Sally's Corner

February is American Heart Month!

5 Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure

What you don’t know about high blood pressure could hurt you. High blood pressure affects nearly half of the adult population in the United States, yet many people who have the condition don’t know they have it.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States, fortunately, high blood pressure is treatable and preventable. To lower our risk, get your blood pressure checked regularly and take action to control your blood pressure if it is high.

1. High blood pressure may be linked to dementia.

Recent studies show that high blood pressure is linked to a higher risk for dementia, a loss of cognitive function. Timing seems to matter. Evidence suggests that having uncontrolled high blood pressure during midlife (ages 44 to 66) creates a higher risk for dementia later in life. The takeaway? It’s never too early to start thinking about your blood pressure and taking steps to manage your high blood pressure.

2. Young people can have high blood pressure, too.

High blood pressure doesn’t just happen to older adults. Nearly 1 in 4 adults aged 20 to 44 have high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, a condition that is on the rise among younger people. Experts think the increased risk for stroke in this age group is a direct result of the rising rates of obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes—conditions that are preventable and treatable.

Ask your health care team how often you should check your blood pressure. You can get your blood pressure checked at a doctor’s office or pharmacy, at work or you can check it at home if you have a home blood pressure monitor.

3. High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms.

High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer”. Most people with high blood pressure don’t have any symptoms. Because many people feel fine, they don’t think they need to get their blood pressure checked.

Even if you feel normal, your health may be a t risk. Talk to your doctor about your risk for high blood pressure.

4. Many people who have high blood pressure don’t know it.

About 1 in 3 U. S. adults with high blood pressure aren’t even aware they have it and are not being treated to control their blood pressure.

Even though most people with uncontrolled high blood pressure have health insurance and visit a health care team member at least twice a year, the condition is often not diagnosed. CDC is working with health care professionals to find patients with high blood pressure who are hiding in plain sight.

5. Women and African Americans face unique risks when it comes to high blood pressure.

Women with high blood pressure who become pregnant are more likely to have complications during pregnancy than those with normal blood pressure. High blood pressure during pregnancy can harm a mother’s kidneys and other organs, and it can lead to premature delivery and low birth weight infants.

Some types of birth control can also raise a woman’s risk for high blood pressure. Women with high blood pressure who want to become pregnant should work with their health care team to lower their blood pressure before becoming pregnant.

African American men and women have higher rates of high blood pressure than any other racial or ethnic group. These individuals are also more likely to be hospitalized for high blood pressure. Experts think these health disparities are tied to higher rates of obesity and diabetes.

By living a health lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. A healthy lifestyle includes:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting enough physical activity
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol use

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NHRA YOUTH AND EDUCATION SERVICES PROGRAM IS BACK! AT THE 2023 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Friday June 9, 2023

(Deadline to Register and Receive a Free Race Ticket is Wednesday June 7th at 3:00 PM EST)

In order to sign up and attend the NHRA YES Program, simply go to www.nhra.com/yesprogramregistration. You will then be prompted to the registration page with the same registration questions that you are accustomed to seeing in previous NHRA YES Program events.

Ballad Health Virtual Clinic Opportunity

Greeneville City Schools now have a partnership with Ballad Health for a School Virtual Health (Telehealth) Clinic.

Below is some information from Ballad Health about what the program entails:

· When your child needs medical attention during school, you’ve always been able to rely on the caring touch of your school nurse. Now, for minor illnesses or injuries that need a higher level of care, your child can have virtual access to our medical professionals without leaving the nurse’s office. Using telemedicine technology, students and school staff receive quality healthcare in the convenience of the school setting.

About the Ballad Health Virtual Health Clinic:

  • Your child will be seen by a physician or licensed nurse practitioner who can assess the child, work with the school nurse to perform basic labs (flu, COVID, and strep testing) and write prescriptions if needed.
  • The school will call you before initiating a visit to obtain your consent.
  • Parents can come to the school to participate in the virtual visit or receive a link to participate remotely in the virtual visit.
  • Our Ballad professionals will follow up with the guardian / parent after the call. There will also be a faxed copy sent to the primary care provider if this was indicated on the paperwork.
  • Ballad will bill your insurance, or you can pay a flat fee of $49 for the visit. If your child does not have insurance, Ballad can also work to determine if they are eligible for the state health insurance plan (TennCare).

Attached is a PDF link to the Ballad Telehealth permission form packet for you to fill out for your student if you would ever like for your child to be seen. Participation is optional and not required. Packets should be turned in to the school nurse.

References: School Virtual Health Clinic in East TN & Southwest VA | Ballad Health

Important Information

  • If you would like for your child to eat breakfast please arrive by 7:45 in order to allow time for them to eat as class begins at 8 am.
  • DO NOT pass cars in the car line unless instructed to do so by a staff member or SRO.
  • When dropping students off at side parking lot in the mornings, please DO NOT turn LEFT out of the parking lot. Right turns only during drop off and dismissal.
  • IF you are front circle pick up, please use the line on Lafayette St only. If you are side parking lot, please only use the line on Luther St.
  • Please utilize Front circle for morning drop off as soon as the PreK sign is gone - usually around 7:40. This helps keep our lines moving.
  • When you make the choice to be front circle or side parking lot during afternoon pickup, you must keep that same pick up location all year.
  • Please DO NOT get out of your car in car line to help your student get out of or in to the car. If you need to do this, please pull over in to a parking space.
  • Please pay school fees ASAP. Fees -$15; over the counter - $5;
  • Computer protection plan for grades K-5 - $30. The protection plan is very beneficial if your student incurs damage to their device. It is very costly to repair them without the protection plan.

Bus transportation

If you have questions about bus pick up or drop off times or need to add bus transportation, please reach out to Kristen Rollins at 423.787.8003. If you are changing your mode of transportation that you selected during registration, even if for just one day, you will need to submit this in writing to Mrs. Mary before it can be changed.

We cannot accept a phone call to change to/from riding the bus, walking, or pick up. Thank you for your help in this matter. Safety of our students and getting them home to you is our top priority!

Car Tags

To ensure the safety of students, all car rider vehicle’s picking up students MUST have a car tag issued from our office. Only a parent or guardian can obtain these from the office, but will need to distribute them to whoever will be picking up your student(s). All persons with a car tag MUST be on the approved pick up list. If a car tag is not present in the vehicle, the driver must park and come in the office to check out the student with their driver’s license and be on the APPROVED PICK UP LIST. If you have not gotten your car tag, please come to the office and pick them up prior to the 28th. You receive the following at no cost - 2 for car riders, 1 for bus riders, and 1 for walkers. Extras are $2 each. Only a parent or guardian can add or remove individuals from the approved pick up list and must do this in person at the office.

Please remember that we will not be able to allow vehicles to begin lining up in our parking lots or the side roads until 3:00 pm for afternoon student pickup.


If your child misses a day a school, per policy you must submit written documentation to the school office within two days of the child returning to school. You are allowed three parent notes per semester.

    1. Several ways to submit your written documentation
      1. Send written parent note, doctor, dentist, or therapy note with your child to school. Your child will give the written note to their teacher and it will be sent down to the school office.
      2. Email your excuse to Mrs. Mary at freshourm@gcschools.net
      3. Fill out the Online Absentee Reporting. This is found on Tusculum View Website at the top click Report Absence. Remember to give the reason why your child was absent from school.
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If you have had a change in address, phone numbers, or emergency contacts, please contact the school at 423.639.2751 ASAP to get your information updated.


Visit our school store to get Tiger apparel to show your school spirit and Tiger Pride! You may purchase and pay on our site. Merchandise will be sent home with your student when it arrives.

TV Online School Store

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