Our Local Schools: Briefs from Tecumseh

New Carlisle Elementary safety exercise

While Tecumseh students were enjoying a day off on Friday, Jan. 29, their teachers and staff members were busy working at school to sharpen their skills and develop new skills and knowledge to improve the educational experience at Tecumseh Local Schools.

Table Top Exercise

New Carlisle Elementary staff participated in a safety drill called a Table Top Exercise during their Professional Development Day. For the exercise, the staff met in the cafeteria with the resource officer and other fire, police and medical support. The school employees and emergency personnel then discussed every possible angle of an emergency situation such as a threat and evacuation to review district protocols and make improvements as necessary.

“So many things have changed and police have learned so much recently,” said Principal Kathryn Randenburg. “We want to learn from them, and make sure our teachers and staff are ready for any situation.”

Tecumseh Athletic Boosters sell ‘Excellence Bricks’

The Tecumseh Athletic Boosters are selling engraved bricks in an effort to raise money for track equipment needed once the all-weather track is completed.

With the purchase of the personalized engraved brick, a contributor’s name will be permanently set and prominently displayed as a new addition to the all-weather track and stadium facility. Current students, alumni, parents, friends, family, community leaders, and community members can honor a family member, recognize a graduation or athletic achievement, remember a loved one, show support of an organization, or advertise a business with the purchase of a “Commitment to Excellence” brick.

If you are interested in ordering a brick please visit Tecumseh.k12.oh.us to download an order form or call the athletic office at 937-845-4512.

DARE returns to Tecumseh Middle School

The DARE Program returned to Tecumseh Middle School this winter after a four-year hiatus.

Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Shaun Lisle will visit the seventh grade social studies class to present the national program, aimed at helping students develop the skills to make healthy and safe decisions. Lisle completed an 80-hour D.A.R.E. training course in Columbus, Ohio in September of 2014 and is certified to teach the D.A.R.E. Curriculum at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels.

“Along with the critical educational concepts we introduce to our students every day, we want to ensure they are well-prepared to be productive citizens who make good decisions that will put them on a path to success,” said Principal Brian Dixon. “We are grateful to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for their support of the DARE program and its impact on our students, and we look forward to welcoming DARE back to Tecumseh Middle School.”

Elementary schools participate in collaborative teaching training

The Building Leadership Teams of Park Layne, Donnelsville, and New Carlisle elementary schools are participating in a four-day training that will take place over the next several months entitled, “Collaborative Teams that Teach to the Edge.”

The workshop is presented by educators Margaret Searle and Marilyn Swartz and is funded by the Ohio Department of Education Office for Exceptional Children and State Support Team 10 with the purpose of Improving the effectiveness of collaboration for Teacher-Based Teams using Ohio’s 5-step process and refining the school’s focus for instructional strategies for Response to Intervention plans.

At this time, the teams have attended two of the four sessions.

“This is a great opportunity to build the capacity of our leadership teams to ultimately refine our focus, improve classroom instruction, and continue to evaluate our effectiveness at the classroom, building and district levels,” said Park Layne Principal Karyl Strader.

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