Reflection on family engagement is a great way to understand strengths and challenges that can be used in developing a plan to create or enhance a family-friendly environment in all Toledo Public Schools.

That's why a committee has created a list of questions designed to get the input of families, community members and TPS employees about their experiences at TPS schools.

Please take a moment to complete the survey: Family Engagement Survey

Posted on August 16, 2017

There's still time to register your students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parents and guardians are asked to download and fully complete these registration documents and either bring them to the Student Data department at the TPS Educational Campus, 1609 N. Summit St., (419-671-0200) or drop them off at the school where their students are to attend. (There are staff members in the high schools now and all schools will be fully open on August 3).

2017-2018 REGISTRATION FORM

2017-2018 STUDENT ENROLLMENT CHECK LIST

2017-2018 PARENTAL CONSENT AUTHORIZATION FORM

PARENT CONSENT TO SHARE INFORMATION AND ACCESS PUBLIC BENEFITS

HOME LANGUAGE SURVEY 

Also, please note that TPS has separate dress code policies for its elementary and high school students. Here are the links to those policies:

DRESS CODE POLICY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

DRESS CODE POLICY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (SPANISH VERSION)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON HIGH SCHOOL DRESS CODE

DRESS CODE POLICY FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

DRESS CODE POLICY FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (SPANISH VERSION)

All elementary students are to report for a half day on Thursday, August 17 (and freshmen attend that day for a full day), and then school is in session for a full day for everyone on Friday, August 18. All kindergarten students will start on Wednesday, August 23.

And remember, all elementary schools will be having open houses on the evening of Wednesday, August 16 so your students can familarize themselves with the building and the teachers. All high schools will hold similar evenings within the first three weeks of school. Watch for information on those dates closer to the start of school.

Posted on July 20, 2017

On August 21, the first cohort of approximately 20 students will begin university coursework in Teach Toledo, a collaboration of Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo designed to encourage “Toledo citizens to become Toledo’s teachers.”

Cohort members will take five semesters of UT coursework held at Jones Leadership Academy that will culminate in an Associate of Arts degree. Those who want to be eligible for a State of Ohio Teaching License will then go onto campus to complete a Bachelor’s of Education degree.

What makes this associate degree unique? All students receive a 22 percent tuition scholarship for each of the five semesters, and all work together to master a curriculum based on state-of-the-art research on effective urban education.

Though graduates will not have any obligation to teach in Toledo, most of the cohort members already live and work in Toledo and most intend to stay.

The program is designed for adults of all ages and all backgrounds. Many cohort members have had earlier college experience but just as many are brand new to college. Many members, but not all, are already employed as paraprofessionals by TPS and are eager to become licensed teachers.

Applicants with experience living and working in urban Toledo are given preference due to the mission of the initiative; however, anyone can apply and several current cohort members are not Toledo residents.

The program has room for a few more students. Help is available on admissions applications and financial aid. To learn more about this exciting program, come to the Mott Branch Library on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m., visit http://www.utoledo.edu/education/teachtoledo/about.html or contact program coordinator Dr. Lynne Hamer at lynne.hamer@utoledo.edu or 419-283-8288.

Posted on July 6, 2017

The Board of Education recently approved a new contract for the Toledo Federation of Teachers, making it necessary to make modifications to the three-year student attendance calendar.

The main change is that four non-student attendance days have been added to each of the next three school calendars. That means, for example, for the 2017-2018 school year, students will not be in school on Tuesday, November 7 (Election Day); Wednesday, November 22 (the day before Thanksgiving); Monday, January 8, 2018 (the day after Christmas Break) and on Friday, February 16, 2018 (which gives students a four-day weekend in honor of Presidents' Day).

Teachers will have in-service days on November 7 and January 8, while November 22 is a negotiated holiday for both teachers and paraprofessionals and February 16 is a negotiated holiday for teachers (paraprofessionals will report that day). The contracts for members of the TAAP and AFSCME unions are still being negotiated.

For quick reference, here are the new calendars for the upcoming three school years:

2017-2018 Student Attendance Calendar

2018-2019 Student Attendance Calendar

2019-2020 Student Attendance Calendar

Students at Jones Leadership Academy have been busy after school, painting colorful murals that are being used to dress up abandoned buildings in Toledo.

The latest project they are involved in is doing a temporary artistic board-up of the Art Tatum birthplace at 1121 City Park. With support from Mr. Tatum's niece, Lucille Johnson, (the current owner of the property), the mural painted by the students will be in place until a decision is made about the next phase for this structure's revitalization, according to The Arts Commission.

One goal of the project is to spark ideas about the future of this Toledo site.

Members of the Student Leaders in Action at the Leadership Academy's YMCA program worked with mural artist Maura Amato and Victoria Stegner on the project. The students, whose school is not that far from the former home of Mr. Tatum, created a complex, colorful design, inspired by what they learned of Mr. Tatum's history and that of the surrounding neighborhood. Residents participated in the design process and painting of the boards through partnerships with the Junction Coalition and the Frederick Douglass Center.

Work has recently been completed on the mural and the boards will be installed on the building in the coming weeks.

The Arts Commission’s Creative Placemaking team - working in partnership with the Lucas County Land Bank - will continue this program of artistic
board-ups of vacant, blighted houses. The goal of each of the projects is to spark meaningful conversations between residents and artists with the ultimate goal being raising up neighborhoods through artistic opportunities.

For additional information on The Arts Commission’s Creative Placemaking projects, visit www.theartscommission.org/community.
Funding for this project comes from the Ohio Arts Council and Toledo LISC.

Posted on May 22, 2017

Toledo Early College will be the first TPS high school to hold its commencement ceremony this school year – on Tuesday, May 23, at 2 p.m. on the campus of the University of Toledo - while Toledo Technology Academy’s ceremony will be held on Friday, May 26, at 4 p.m.

The six traditional high schools are all hosting their ceremonies next week (four on Tuesday and two on Wednesday). Here is the complete schedule:

TUESDAY, MAY 23:
Early College - Nitsche Auditorium (on UT’s campus) - 2 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 26:
• TTA - Auditorium at the DeVilbiss building - 4 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 30:
Bowsher - Stranahan Theater - 10 a.m.
Scott - Scott Field House - 2 p.m.
Start - Savage Hall - 5 p.m.
• Rogers - Stranahan Theater - 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31:
Woodward - Woodward Gym - 10 a.m.
Waite - Waite’s Grant/Murray Fieldhouse) - 7:30 p.m.

Posted on May 22, 2017

It's time for the annual event that brings TPS Proud graduates together at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.

The 9th Annual District-wide Alumni Event, where TPS alums can reconnect with former classmates while cheering on the hometown Mud Hens, is set for Friday, June 16, 2017, at Top of the Nine at Fifth Third Field.

Click here to get all the details. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the Mud Hens will be facing off against the Durham Bulls starting at 7 p.m. There will be fireworks after the game.

Call 419-671-0440 or email pmazur@tps.org for more information. Deadline to order tickets is June 5. Click here to download an order form: District-wide Alumni Event

Have fun while you Hit a Home Run with Toledo Public Schools.

Posted on May 11, 2017

In an attempt to update alumni directories, the TPS Foundation has hired Texas-based PCI to contact graduates from all Toledo Public Schools high schools except Scott, which completed such a directory just a few years ago.

The first step in this process is through mailings of several postcards, which are now landing in the mailboxes of TPS graduates. The postcards are signed by Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent of Toledo Public Schools. This project is legitimate and supported by the district and the Foundation as a way to find as many members of the TPS Proud Nation as possible.

If there are any questions, please contact the TPS Communications Office at 419-671-0440. Again, this project will cover the TPS comprehensive high schools - Bowsher, Rogers, Start, Waite and Woodward - as well as the closed schools of DeVilbiss, Libbey and Macomber.

Posted on May 9, 2017​