Weekly Update

Dr. Ryan Glaze, Superintendent

Friday Message October 16, 2020

Friday Message 10/16/2020

In the four months that I have been superintendent at Tipton Community School Corporation, I continue to be amazed by the resilience and adaptability of our staff and students. The strides and accomplishments made during the first nine weeks of this school year have been nothing short of impressive. In a year unlike any other, our team has successfully supported the needs and enhanced the learning of our students in the classroom and virtual environments.

Based on what I have seen, I believe we are uniquely poised to make the move to a new scheduling option at the high school next year. On Tuesday evening, the Tipton Community School Corporation School Board agreed and voted to approve a transition from the current Block 4 schedule to Block 8 scheduling at Tipton High School beginning in the fall of 2021-22 school year. This decision was the result of careful research and data that supports Block 8 as an effective class scheduling option at this level to optimize student learning outcomes, self-efficacy, and instruction.

I recognize that the most important aspect of maneuvering through any change is a shift in mindset. It is not lost on any of us that with change comes a degree of pessimism and self-doubt initially. With that said, I have the utmost confidence in our staff in their ability to develop successful strategies designed to increase student motivation achievement, performance and success with Block 8 scheduling.

Also, on Tuesday, we were pleased to be able to reopen the middle school building and welcome back students for in person learning.

On Wednesday, our COVID-19 Task Force met and discussed plans for after our fall break and decided to continue with the same in-person student schedule we are using now. Our Task Force will continue to meet and analyze the data to keep our students and staff safe.

October is National Principals Month, and our school district is fortunate to have an amazing group of principals leading our schools. Thank you, Lori Rayl, and Caylie Dicken (TES), Melissa Kikta and Craig Leach (TMS), and Rik Stillson and Brett Sanders (THS). Your dedication to your profession, to this district, and most importantly, to the children in our classrooms is commendable and valued. The sacrifices you make to give to our students, staff, and district the very best in public education has not gone unnoticed.

With fall break ahead of us, I know this time will allow our students, staff, and their families the opportunity to rest, relax, and recharge. Whether you are vacationing out of town or enjoying a staycation in Tipton County, please use good judgment and follow basic health guidance during this time. How we interact with others over the break can have an impact on our school operations and community afterwards. As much as we would all love to return to life as normal, we’re not there yet, and we need to remember that.

As always, thank you for your patience, participation, and commitment to our schools. Let’s continue to move forward with confidence and success. Wishing you good health and a great fall break! #TiptonPride