Old West End Academy third graders were recently invited to a Book Tasting event so they could 'sample' great books across various genres.

The purpose behind the event - spearheaded by teachers Sheryl Pitsenbarger and Sandra Chittum - was to spark the reading interest of the students, who have a goal of reading 40 books each this school year.

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.

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).

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.

Ten-year-old Rylei Young, who will be a fifth grader at DeVeaux Elementary this fall, got a surprise when she walked into Wersell's Bike Shop on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 20.

Waiting for her there was teacher Jeanne Dotson, who had nominated Rylei to receive a free bike through the Bikes for Kids program sponsored by the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices because of her kindness this past school year to a classmate who has autism.