Valley Insight: Maintaining Quality School Facilities – A Continual Process at Tippecanoe Valley

By Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Superintendent Brett Boggs  AKRON — In the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation, providing attractive, efficient and modern school facilities is a priority. Our community expects – and our students, staff and parents deserve – educational facilities that are safe and designed to meet the educational … Read More

Valley Insight: Success Of All Students

By Meagan Wilks AKRON — When Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation says in our mission statement that we “do whatever it takes to equip all students to be outstanding today, tomorrow and beyond”, we truly mean ALL students. Many students in our school corporation have unique social emotional and learning … Read More

Valley Insight: More Than Just A Number

By Mentone Elementary Principal Randy Dahms MENTONE — Walking into any workplace, it is satisfying to be a part of an organization that is moving forward.  At Mentone Elementary, our staff has refined our practice and has recently made quite a few changes with one thought in mind, … Read More

Valley Insight: Marking Public School Districts

By Tippecanoe Canoe Marketing Director Aaron Leedy  AKRON — In recent years, attracting new students and retaining current ones to public school corporations has become just as competitive as businesses competing for customers. Just like the success of a business depends on the revenue from shoppers, a public school … Read More

The Future of Indiana’s Small Rural Schools

By Brett R. Boggs Superintendent of Schools  Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation AKRON — Back in 2007, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels asked a small group of volunteers to help develop recommendations to reform and restructure local government in Indiana in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations … Read More

Valley’s Focus On The Growth Mindset

By Blaine Conley, Assistant Superintendent Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation MENTONE — Over the summer months, teachers from Tippecanoe Valley participated in the Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute for four days, All Write Summer Institute for two days, IDOE training on the new high school science standards for one … Read More

Valley Insight: Thriving Rural Communities

By BRETT R. BOGGS Superintendent of Schools, Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation AKRON — The information to be shared in this Valley Insight article comes from the March 2016 issue of Thriving Communities, Thriving State in an article titled, “Recommendations for Thriving Rural Communities.” The Rural and Small Town … Read More

Valley Insight: Making The Makerspace

By CASSIE JENSEN Director of Marketing, PR and Grant Writing AKRON — As children prepare for school to start at Tippecanoe Valley, the corporation is also preparing activities to engage and excite them. One of the programs that is sure to do this is Akron Elementary’s new makerspace … Read More

Valley Insight: Tippecanoe Valley Values Preschool Education

By RANDY DAHMS Mentone Elementary School Principal MENTONE — In a recent article by the Center for Public Education,  “PreKindergarten: What the Research Shows,” it states, “Across the nation, school districts are working on many fronts to ensure that no child is left behind and that all children reach … Read More

Valley Insight: Spread The Joy

By LOIS BUSS Fellowship of Christian Athletes Co-sponsor, Tippecanoe Valley High School AKRON — The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a national organization of students, teachers and coaches who unite their two passions of sports and faith to impact the world for Christ. At Tippecanoe Valley High School, this group … Read More

Valley Insight: High-Ability Learners

By MEAGAN WILKS Director of Special Services, Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation AKRON — In today’s classrooms, teachers address an extreme range of learning needs. Typically, much emphasis is placed on the needs of students who struggle academically. There are many resources and specific programs within schools designed to … Read More

Valley Insight: Positive Relationships Matter

By CAROLINE DAY Counselor, Mentone Elementary School MENTONE — At Mentone Elementary School, we know that academic rigor is important. We also know that positive relationships matter most. We, as a school and as a school district, facilitate many programs to assist students. It may sound simple, but most … Read More

Valley Insight: The ‘Heart’ Of The Matter

By SCOTT BACKUS Principal, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School AKRON — It is not a stretch to say that the world we live in today is very different than it was even 10 years ago. As society changes and the values of society shift, schools have to find ways to … Read More

Valley Insight: Why Change?

By Jon Hutton Assistant Principal, Tippecanoe Valley High School “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela At Tippecanoe Valley High School, 160 to 200 new students come through our doors at the start of every school year. Each group has its … Read More

Valley Insight: What Is Instructional Coaching

By Inga Omondi Instructional Coach, Akron Elementary School “No matter how well trained people are, few can sustain their best performance on their own. That’s where coaching comes in.” — Atul Gawande If you could peek into any Tippecanoe Valley classroom where an instructional coach is spending some … Read More

Valley Insight — Why Be A Bus Driver

AKRON — Typically, the response I receive from people when asked if they would ever want to be a bus driver is, “No way!” Everyone knows how critical transporting students to and from school is to the success of students. Many imagine how difficult it is to accomplish this task especially taking into consideration the conditions of our roads in the winter months, student behavior, and a lack of parental support. But, our bus drivers still get the job done day in and day out.

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