Tzouanakis Trailblazer

Volume 5, Issue 16, December 2, 2015

Forever Moving Forward...NO Learning Limit!

School Hours

Student Hours

Mondays: 8:45-2:55

Tuesdays-Fridays: 8:00-2:55


Office Hours

Mondays-Fridays: 7:30-4:00

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Click Here for SCRIP Order Form

Sale Nov. 23-Dec. 8 Pick Up Cards Dec. 15, 6:00-7:00PM

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Lil' Shopper's Shoppe (Santa's Shop) is Coming to TZ Dec. 7-11

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Congratulations to the TZ Spell Bowl Team!


The team placed 1st in their Class at the Regional Spell Bowl Competition. The team placed 22nd out of 103 in their Class at the state level. The team scored 46 out of 56 points.


Way to go!


Team Coaches: Mrs. Dickey & Mrs. Hendershot


Spell Bowl Team:

Sophie Riggle, Rebecca Hebb, Charlie Menzel, Grace Clodfelter, Hadley McCoy, Ryan Kenworthy, Alice Howard, Boyd Ensley, and Hunter Miller


Perfect Spellers:

Rebecca Hebb, Hadley McCoy, and Sophie Riggle


Near Perfect Spellers:

Charlie Menzel & Hunter Miller

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American Legion Flag Program

The TZ fourth grade students participated in the American Legion Flag Program. Each student received a booklet about the American flag. Members of the local American Legion Post visited TZ and discussed the American flag history, facts, and care. All TZ students took an American flag test. The TZ winners were Charlie Menzel and Sophie Riggle. These students' scores will be sent in for the state-level competition. Congratulations!
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A Putnam County Community Foundation Grant Awarded to TZ!

Mrs. Rhoades applied for and received a grant for TZ in the amount of $700 from the Putnam County Community Foundation. The grant will be for use in creating "sensory totes" for each of our 6 pods. These totes will contain items that teachers can offer to students who need help coping and controlling their emotions throughout the school day. Items within the totes offer students a way of "busying hands", calming a frustrating moment, and "fidgeting" while listening to lessons being taught. Examples of the items to be included are: stress balls, chewy erasers, sensory sand, velcro strips, stability balls, and Find Its. We are excited to be able to offer these sensory to our kids and are very grateful to PCCF for selecting this project.
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This year our 4th graders have an exciting opportunity to join a new program offered by Tzouanakis and the DePauw University School of Music. During the second nine week period in the 4th grade general music classes, students learn about and listen to recordings of various instruments; this year they will actually play the violin for ten class meetings starting in October. Ms. Shannon Crow, a wonderful violinist and teacher, will join Mrs. Hamilton, TZ music teacher, for class lessons, with instruments provided by DePauw at no cost to the families.


After the ten-day period, if the student enjoys the experience and wishes to continue, they can do so through one-hour group meetings after school on Thursdays (at Tzouanakis) for the remainder of the fall. Seasoned string instructor, Mr. Ed Staubach, a retired middle school and high school orchestra teacher, and instructor for DePauw’s String Techniques course will teach these classes. By the time we reach winter break, all 4th graders will have had a ten-day period of violin lessons.


The plan for January to May is for those continuing on the violin to meet once a week during the school music class or related arts period and on Thursdays after school at Tzouanakis.


This year’s 4th grade class will be the foundation of what we hope will eventually lead to a youth orchestra in Greencastle and/or string classes in the schools.

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Check This Out...How the iPads are being used to enhance instruction and student learning at TZ

Volunteer in the Classroom or Field Trip--Need Background Check On File--Good for One Year

Greetings TZ Parents/Guardians!

At TZ we appreciate parents/guardians that would like to volunteer to assist in the classrooms and/or go on field trips. As a part of any volunteer activity, we must have a cleared background check on file for each person wanting to assist here at school or accompany a class on a field trip.

I wanted to take time to clarify the limited/volunteer background checks. These background checks are free to our volunteers. A limited/volunteer background check is only good for one calendar year. If a volunteer wishes to continue volunteering after one year, they must submit a new application.

A link to the form that needs to be completed and turned in to the TZ office is below. You may also come by the school to complete the form. We do need to have a copy of your driver’s license to process the request.

Again, we appreciate your willingness to volunteer.


Mr. Strube

We are looking for a few good men to volunteer their time at TZ.

Men can play an important role in the lives of our students. Please consider volunteering an hour of your time each month to help students, and support TZ. We are looking for volunteers to help welcome students as they start their day, provide classroom support, and help with special events and spirit days. If you are willing to help, please fill out the form below. If you have questions, please contact Jim Ensley at jim.ensley@gmail.com or jstrube@greencastle.k12.in.us. Any men interested in volunteering would need to have a current background check on file. Please request a background check form from the TZ office or you may go to printable forms on the TZ webpage to print your own form.
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TZ Spirit Wear On Sale Now

Spirit Wear On Sale All Year Long--We have to wait for min. order numbers, so it may take longer to receive items.

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