Old Orchard Elementary students are benefitting from a unique partnership with students from the University of Toledo.

A celebration was held recently to mark the end for the school year of the UT Book Buddies program, which had UT students coming to the elementary school to implement learning strategies they were learning in Literacy and Reading Development for Young Children (CI 3460:002).

The class, taught by Professor Susan Parks, covers such topics as the study of literacy development, literacy-related instructional practices and materials, understanding the reading process and teaching for comprehension, writing development, reading-writing conventions and visual literacy as well as related state and national standards.

The UT students completed field work by working with the kindergarten students at Old Orchard.

Studies have shown that early literacy efforts will help students find success in later grades.

Posted on April 29, 2016

The Belvedere Room at The Toledo Club was the place to be on Thursday, April 28, when the best and the brightest of Toledo Public Schools were honored at the annual Celebration of Excellence.

The valedictorians and salutatorians from the eight TPS high schools with graduating seniors were honored with a dinner and a special program, as were the recipients of scholarships from the Toledo Public Schools Foundation.

Students brought along special educators and family members who helped them on their journey and were treated to a speech from Eastern Michigan University communications professor Dr. Dennis Patrick that was heavy on practical advice. (DO read the syllabus and go to professors' office hours, DON'T sit in the front row and text while the professor is talking ...) The dinner was sponsored by Eastern Michigan.

Click here to learn more about the students who were honored: 2016 Celebration of Excellence program

The top athletes in a number of sports – as well as those who carry high grade point averages – were honored on Wednesday, April 20, at the annual All City Sports Night.

The event, held this year at Scott High School, was designed to honor Athletes of the Year -- as well as All-City teams -- for baseball, softball and track and field for the spring 2015 season, as well as for the fall seasons of cross country, football, tennis and volleyball and the recently concluded winter seasons of basketball and wrestling.

Click here for a program that lists all of the student athletes: All City Sports Night program

Posted on April 22, 2016

A unique partnership between BP and the University of Toledo is going to develop Toledo Public Schools students into engineers.

Select TPS students will earn full tuition and money for academic-related fees through the new Rocket Engineering Prep Program. The students will attend the UT College of Engineering in exchange for successfully completing three summers of enrichment and mentoring programs during high school.

More than 200 people who make the district run - the volunteers - were feted on Thursday, April 14, at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the UAW Hall on Ashland Avenue.

The audience was treated to a delicious lunch by Chef Les and heard stirring remarks by Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, along with Toledo Board of Education Vice President Chris Varwig and board members Stephanie Eichenberg and Polly Gerken.