Friday Message

December 4, 2020

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

It was great to welcome students and staff back to the buildings after the Thanksgiving holiday. Our goal is to keep our buildings open and our students in school through the end of this semester. As hard as it is to believe, we are down to just two weeks remaining in the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. No one could have imagined the type of year we would face but we have stayed the course and continue to make the best of it.

To help us to finish the semester strong and in school, we will remain on our semi-hybrid schedule of in-person instruction Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with virtual learning days on Wednesdays for our middle and high school students. We believe this format works best to meet the learning and teaching objectives for students and our educators for the foreseeable for the times we are in.

Starting out with a two-hour delay the first day of December was an icy reminder about the winter weather ahead. As we know well, Indiana weather can be unpredictable and change quickly. Making the decision to have a weather-related school delay or cancellation is rarely an easy decision and is often made in tandem with our local, county, and state partners. Ice, snow, fog, a power outage, and other things all play a factor. However, the primary factor in our decision to delay or cancel school is based foremost on student and staff safety.

Decisions to delay or close school are made as early as possible and usually before 6:00 a.m. If the decision to close is made, we will shift to our E-Learning format. In preparation for possible delays and closures in the months ahead, stay weather aware and up to date at the corporation’s social media sites: Twitter (@TiptonSchools), Facebook, Tipton Community School Corporation’s website, and/or the local media outlets.

In other school happenings, we had 25 members of the Tipton FFA as well as Tipton 4-H members compete in this year’s state Livestock Skill-a-thon Career Development Events in October and November. It proved to be a tremendous learning opportunity for all involved. Bonus! The Tipton FFA Junior team consisting of Emily Hartley, Cora Rodibaugh, Brogan Foerg, and Lillian Cloud placed first at the Virtual Contest. Individually, Cora Rodibaugh was the top individual, and Emily Hartley placed fourth overall in the Junior Division. Congratulations! We extend our appreciation to the Tipton County Foundation for providing their facility to our students to practice while maintaining social distancing requirements. Thank you!

We are also excited to share that Colin Farr, a THS freshman and saxophone player, was selected for the 2020-2021 Indiana Bandmasters Junior All-State Band. Colin will be among the outstanding young musicians from schools from around the state to participate with this esteemed group. A video performance of the ensemble will be released to the public via YouTube on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Finally, due to the current limitations on spectator attendance at our events, we are pleased to share that we will bring exciting Tipton Blue Devil basketball action and music department holiday programs direct to you! Christmas concerts and home games will be live streamed from our auditorium and courtside at Tipton High School. Go Blue Devils! #TiptonPride

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Calendar Updates

Wednesday, December 9-WiFi Hot Spot Pick-up @ TMS Office 7:30-4:00 PM or by appointment

Friday, December 18-End of First Semester

Saturday, December 19-Christmas Break Begins for Students

Monday, January 4-First day of Second Semester