PANTHER POST

TVS HS/MS January 2022

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MIDDLE SCHOOL SPELLING BEE

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TVS CLASS VISITS PREBLE CO. HISTORICAL SOCIETY

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, 13 students from Twin Valley South High School helped kick off a new program with an Ornithology Club field trip to the Preble County Historical Society.


Click here to view the article in The Register-Herald.


*Picture below courtesy of PCHS.

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ATHLETIC NEWS

NEWPORT SIGNS WITH MALONE

Congratulations to TVS Senior Makiah Newport!


On Friday, January 14, Makiah signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career (Soccer) at Malone University in the Fall of 2022!

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TVS STUDENTS AND LIVESCHOOL

Congratulations to the following students who accumulated the most LiveSchool points for the month of December:


Seniors: William Jerdon and Allison Class

Juniors: Jesse Vlad and Madalynn Henkes

Sophomores: Cyrus Worley and Taylor Helling

Freshman: Isaiah Farren and Melissa Driver

Eighth Grade: Eshton Justice and Liliana Olsen

Seventh Grade: Samuel DeHart and and Madilyn Pope



LiveSchool correlates with PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), which Twin Valley South implemented at the beginning of the school year. LiveSchool is an award-winning app which makes students accountable for their behaviors. Students receive points based on their behaviors which help them earn rewards. LiveSchool also helps our teachers give feedback to parents so they understand how their students are doing in school.


Click here for more information on PBIS.

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PBIS STORE OPENS

The Panther Positive Behavior Interventions and Support or PBIS, store at Twin Valley South middle school and high school opened for business on Friday, January 14 for students who are showing positive behavior.


Justin Griffin, a MS/HS Intervention teacher, who is new to our district this year, oversees the store. The store offers a variety of items that students enjoy and is open during regular school hours.


The goal of the store is to inspire students to put forth their best efforts to earn points from staff and use those points to get items at the store.


Teachers and staff find the idea of the store a helpful tool in encouraging and rewarding good behavior.

SENIOR CLASS NEWS

2022 SENIOR INFORMATION: THE REMIND TEXT MESSAGE SYSTEM

Sign-up NOW, class of 2022

  • Get senior-only related information from our HS Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Douglas.
  • Your exact phone number is NOT saved. Your privacy is respected.


Follow the directions below to receive text messages regarding senior news and information:


or

  • Text #369k8b to the number 81010


JUNIOR CLASS NEWS

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SOPHOMORE CLASS NEWS

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COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS

Twin Valley South high school students have earned college credits while still attending high school for many years. In the past, many of the courses had to be taken online or at a nearby college. Now, students are earning more college credits than ever by taking college credit and advanced placement courses in the TVS building.


College classes in English, Math, Science, and other subjects are completed by TVS students each year. Not only do students earn both high school and college credit for the courses but they also learn study habits and strategies for success in college.


Advanced Placement classes are even more rigorous then entry level college classes. Students in the AP courses complete the demanding Advanced Placement curriculum for their class and must pass a demanding test at the end of the year to earn college credit for the class.


Each year, the opportunities for students to engage in high-level coursework to earn college level credits and experiences expand at TVS. Our goal is to prepare our students to reach their goals no matter what their field of interest.

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APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

  1. CHECK www.tvs.k12.oh.us - Click on Department heading, scroll down and click on HS Guidance. Local scholarships will be listed under the SCHOLARSHIP heading on the right side of the page starting after the first of the year. Other scholarship information can be found by clicking on the LINK heading and scrolling until you find scholarships. Print and complete applications from site or link or, some can be completed online.
  2. MEET THE DEADLINES - read the directions whether to send yourself or give to guidance.
  3. GIVE YOUR COUNSELOR - Mrs. Douglas, AT LEAST ONE WEEK TO COMPLETE HER PART.
  4. GIVE TEACHERS AT LEAST ONE WEEK TO WRITE RECOMMENDATIONS.
  5. IF TRANSCRIPT NEEDED - GIVE Mrs. Watkins 3 DAYS TO PROCESS.
  6. ALSO CHECK www.fastweb.com
  7. ASK YOUR PARENTS ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYERS/ORGANIZATIONS
  8. LISTEN TO ANNOUNCEMENTS
  9. SEE YOUR COUNSELOR WITH QUESTIONS.
  10. TVS will not print those that are available online. If paper copies of applications are available from TVS-those can be obtained in the Guidance Office.

SCHOLARSHIPS (DEADLINES BETWEEN JAN. 12 AND MAR. 31)

ULTATEL SCHOLARSHIP GRANT: $2,500 (DEADLINE: JAN. 31)

SOCIETY OF MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS SCHOLARSHIP: $10,000 (DEADLINE: FEB. 1)

HENNY PENNY LEADERSHIP AWARD: $20,000 (DEADLINE: FEB. 24)

PREBLE COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS: (DEADLINE: FEB. 4)


  • CHARLES C. FRIEND SCHOLARSHIP
  • CHARLES DEAN MURRAY SCHOLARSHIP
  • DALE F. KOONS SCHOLARSHIP
  • EATON ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
  • PREBLE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOLARSHIP
  • PREBLE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP
  • PREBLE COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS SCHOLARSHIP
  • UNITED WAY SCHOLARSHIP

BURDETTE EHRHARDT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: DEADLINE: FEB. 4

ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEGACY AWARDS: $4,000 (DEADLINE: FEB. 7)

PLAY SCHOLARS HELPING COLLARS SCHOLARSHIP: $1,500 (DEADLINE: FEB. 28)

THE PLACES YOU GO SCHOLARSHIP: 1,000 (DEADLINE: FEB. 28)

DEBBIE TAUSSIG COMPASSION SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000 (DEADLINE: FEB. 28)

HIMSS STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP: $500.00 (DEADLINE: MAR. 1)

BRITTANIE NICHOLE CECIL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000 (DEADLINE: MAR. 4)

PREBLE COUNTY PORK FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000 (DEADLINE: MAR. 11)

BREAKING THE STIGMA SCHOLARSHIP: $1,000 (DEADLINE: MAR. 31)

FROM MIAMI UNIVERSITY REGIONALS

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Miami University Regionals offers numerous scholarship opportunities to students. Students must be admitted by February 1 to be eligible.



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REGIONAL EXPLORATION DAYS

Students will meet current students and faculty, learn about services and student life, explore degree programs and go on a tour of campus! As an added bonus, the $35 application fee will be waived for students who apply during the visit.


Middletown Campus: Saturday, February 12 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hamilton Campus: Saturday, February 26 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

EDISON STATE

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Education Planner

A great resource tool for all aspects of education for high school and beyond.

College Prep Checklist

Individual Checklists for grades 9-12.

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CAREER CONNECTIONS AT TVS

As we all look to your student’s future, please take some time to explore a few of the videos shared by our Preble County Career Connections Director, Harold Niehaus. He is taking the opportunity to work with students K-12 in our county and to have them become aware, explore, and plan for their career and future. The TVS Career Connections semester class, is being co-taught by Mrs. Dianna Beneke and Mr. Harold Niehaus.


Our school would like to recommend that you and your middle school and/or high school student take 30-60 minutes to watch these informative videos through the links shared below. Also, you can choose other links through the final link shared below that will inform you about Preble County and Regional employers who can offer promising futures for your students and even your families.

Career Connections Library

MVCTC

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HIGHLIGHTING THE COMPUTER REPAIR & TECHNICAL SUPPORT PROGRAM

Englewood, OH -- The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Computer Repair and Technical Support senior class recently spent the afternoon at Interlink Advantage, a local IT company in Englewood.

Company CIO Ben Zechar gave the class a tour of the facility and explained all the different areas of IT support. Interlink Advantage provides computer support for individuals and companies, including software, hardware, networking, and security. It gave the students a good picture of what working in the IT industry is all about and the skills needed to succeed in the field.

Interlink currently employees a student intern from the Computer Repair & Technical Support Program and two former MVCTC graduates from the Computer Networking program. Mr. Zechar also serves as a Work-Based Learning Mentor and assists in making sure that students are learning the most up-to-date technology, hands-on skills in the computer industry, and customer service skills.

MVCTC Computer Repair & Technical Support instructor Amy Sugden shared, “This was an outstanding opportunity for our students to see the skills they are learning in the classroom being applied in the real world and see Daniel (current CR Intern) on the job!”

MVCTC Computer Repair & Technical Support senior class includes:

  • Seth Allen (National Trail)
  • Trey Buzzard (Northmont)
  • Daniel Cox (Vandalia-Butler)
  • Reed Howell (Vandalia-Butler)
  • William Mays (West Carrollton)
  • Jayce Phillips (New Lebanon)
  • Paul Rarick (Preble Shawnee)
  • Bailey Saettel (Miamisburg)
  • Brody Stall (Vandalia-Butler)
  • David Stewart (West Carrollton)
  • Landen Todd (Twin Valley South)

The Computer Repair and Technical Support Program prepares students to enter the IT career field or be prepared to enter the next level of training in the IT field. Students will learn to install, repair, and troubleshoot computer hardware systems. They will perform maintenance practices, learn techniques for maintaining computer hardware security, and learn 3D printer technologies and maintenance. Students will also learn the fundamentals of database management. This program will emphasize communication skills and professionalism in troubleshooting problems.

MVCTC CELEBRATES 50 YEARS!

The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Community Open House on Sunday, February 6, 2022, from 2-4 p.m. The Open House will allow MVCTC/MCJVS alumni and the public to visit campus and tour some newly constructed career-technical lab areas.

When on campus, please follow the posted signs and park South or West of the Student Activity Center (SAC). Please enter the new Multi-Purpose Activity Center (MAC) upon arrival. Once on campus, staff members will be able to assist you.

Please be aware that face masks are strongly recommended on MVCTC’s campus for all individuals, but not required. The district will have face masks available at the entrance as well as multiple locations throughout the facility. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available. If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, please do not attend this event.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS

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STEM EVENT

Each year, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s GRILL hosts a Full Throttle STEM event for local students. This event provides an opportunity for students to engage in STEM activities in an exciting, action-packed day. The best part is that this fun-filled day comes at absolutely no cost to the student or schools.

During this free event, you, your staff, and your students are invited to attend or participate in two main activities: a STEM showcase and remote-controlled car racing.

The STEM showcase is similar to a science fair. Students can create a project individually or as a team and present the project to GRILL engineers. The engineers bring their own projects to the showcase: students are invited to use simulators, Virtual Reality games, and other STEM tools.

Later in the day, students can participate in, or simply observe, three types of remote-controlled car races for the chance to win trophies for their design, maneuverability, and speed. The first race is a Challenge course, requiring students to maneuver turns, obstacles, and even other cars. The second race is a Drag race: students race on a straight and narrow path for maximum speed. The third race is an Autonomous Vehicle race: the students create autonomous vehicles that maneuver around the race course.

The GRILL provides information on how to work with the cars, recommendations on vehicles, and even quick-start guides at no cost.

This year’s Full Throttle STEM event will take place on May 10, 2022 at Eldora Speedway.

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CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS NEWS

FFA

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Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA members will begin selling Florida-fresh strawberries January 20th through February 7th. Strawberries are packaged by the quart and are sold in either 4 quart (1/2 flat) or 8 quart (full flat) totals. A 1/2 flat is $15 and a full flat is $25. Strawberries are shipped within a few days of picking. Great for freezing, baking or just eating! All proceeds will benefit FFA members raising money for FFA Banquet, FFA Camp, and/or FFA Apparel and jacket costs. Please contact any FFA member or reach out to FFA Advisor Mrs. D. at aderringer@tvs.k12.oh.us or (937) 839-4336 to order!

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MVCTC STUDENTS RECEIVE FFA GREENHAND DEGREE

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter recognized all members that earned their Greenhand Degree at the November FFA Chapter Meeting.

The FFA Greenhand Degree is given to first-year FFA high school students who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of FFA's history and purpose and have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) plan. The requirements to apply for this degree are:

  • Enroll in an agricultural education program and have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).
  • Learn and explain the FFA Creed, FFA Mission and Motto, and FFA salute.
  • Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and FFA colors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the organization's history, the chapter constitution and bylaws, and the chapter Program of Activities.
  • Own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the Official FFA Student Handbook.
  • Submit a written application for the Greenhand FFA Degree.

Congratulations to the MVCTC/TVS FFA Members Receiving their FFA Greenhand Degree:

Sean Derringer, Diesel Power Technologies

Jake Beneke, Natural Resource Management

NHS

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

On Tuesday, December 14, the TVS National Honor Society members visited the Dixie HS National Honor Society to observe and learn about their Blanket Making community service project. Dixie NHS supports a school-wide blanket making project which donates 400 + blankets to a variety of charitable organizations. Dixie invited TVS to help expand the blanket making community service project by giving TVS 200 blanket kits.
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STUDENTS HARNESS POWER OF THE PEN


Three middle school student writers will be representing Twin Valley South at the District Power of the Pen Tournament on January 29th: Kaylee Lipps, 8th grade, Eshton Justice, 8th grade, and Samuel DeHart, 7th grade. This year's contest will be virtual.

The competition consists of three rounds of impromptu writing each lasting 40 minutes. A team of judges will score each participant. Students will then learn whether they will advance to Regionals.

Middle School teacher, Victoria Clark, serves as the team’s advisor.

Founded in 1987, Power of the Pen is a non-profit educational writing program for seventh and eighth grade students in Ohio that allows them to compete and receive awards and recognition. At three levels of competition (district, regional, and state), students participate in impromptu writing and receive feedback from judges. For more information about the program, visit http://www.powerofthepen.org/.

INVENTION LEAGUE MEMBERS TRAVEL TO COLUMBUS

Ohio Invention League is an educational, non profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to bringing inventing & entrepreneurship education to students, educators & families in Ohio.

On Thursday, January 13th, our Invention League participants, Kaylee Lipps (8th grade), Samuel DeHart (7th grade), and Jenna Henkes (9th grade) presented their inventions and received recognition from the House of Representatives and the Senate in Columbus! Kyerstin Coffman (7th grade) is also an Invention League participant but was unable to make the trip due to illness.

Congratulations to all of our participants and special thanks to Amanda Beneke, Invention League Coordinator!

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REMINDERS

HOW TVS MS/HS TEACHERS ARE HELPING STUDENTS THROUGH 8TH PERIOD

Eighth Period is an integral part of the Tuesday and Thursday school days. It is an opportunity for students to get academic support or a quiet place for students to study.


The school launched its 8th Period afterschool program last year to help students to catch up in their classes and receive extra help. The program is open to ALL TVS students and is scheduled to run through the remainder of the school year. The administration has even worked with the athletic department to allow student athletes a chance to participate in 8th Period even if they afterschool sports practices. The ultimate goal is to get students to the end of the year successfully.


The program is from 2:35-3:25pm, with middle school students reporting to Mrs. Amanda Beneke's classroom and high school students to Mrs. Dianna Beneke's classroom. Students should bring missing or current homework assignments.


At the end of the session, students who are not walkers or car riders may ride the elementary bus routes home.

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ATTENDANCE

Your child’s success in school is a goal we share. We work hard to partner with our families to make sure all students are at school, on time for school, and throughout the school day, every day! Per Ohio state statute a parent/guardian can excuse their student for not more than ten days per school year. We understand that extenuating circumstances do happen in families, and we are committed to working with you. Your school welcomes the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s attendance. By figuring out the reasons for your child’s absences—whether they’re physical or emotional—and taking advantage of support services—such as school counseling, nursing, and social work services—you can help set your child on the path to success! Families can expect strong support from school personnel as you establish family practices that promote school attendance.

Here are a few actions you can make to help promote compulsory school attendance:


  • Call your student’s school each day they will not be in attendance and state the reason for the absence.

HS Office: 937-839-4693 MS Office: 937-839-4615

  • Obtain medical excuses when your student attends appointments so their absences can be excused and not count towards the 10-day limit.
  • Contact your school resource officer if you have concerns about your student’s absences or you student is refusing to come to school. We can work together to ensure barriers are eliminated to support attendance.
  • Review your student’s absences via ProgressBook to keep track of absences. Please note by law, the school district of Twin Valley South is required to begin the habitual truancy process once a student is considered habitually truant.

ATTENDANCE REMINDERS


  • A student MUST Have Permission to Leave the Building During the School Day.
  • Pre-arranged Absences: A prearranged/vacation form must be filled out and signed in advance.
  • College Visit Absences Three (3) per year for Juniors & Seniors Stop by the office to request the form.
  • Attendance Policy & Procedures can be found on pages 26-29 in the Student Handbook

KEEP INFORMED!

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TWO HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE

As we move towards colder weather and the possibility of inclement weather, the 2 hour delay schedule is posted below. Please note that any delays or cancellations will be made through a One Call and posted on Facebook. If there has been a change in your phone number since the beginning of the year, please notify the office so we can change it in our One Call system.
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TWIN VALLEY SOUTH YEARLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

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