Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, joined with other TPS officials and community leaders to announce that Jones Leadership Academy will become a High School of Business in 2018-2019, with an emphasis on preparing students to become the business leaders of tomorrow.
The news was made during a news conference on Monday, May 7, at the school, 430 Nebraska Ave.
Jones, which will graduate its inaugural graduating class in just a few weeks, will now have a Career Technology focus on business in an effort to ensure that students are prepared for college and 21st century careers after high school.
Starting with the upcoming 2018-19 school year, JLA students will take classes focused on marketing, finance and other business-related courses. To insure that students will continue to achieve their academic goals – and be prepared for college and a future of working in their chosen fields - several changes are being made to benefit students:
· High school students will follow a more traditional format of boys and girls taking their classes together so they can learn the interpersonal skills necessary for today’s workplace.
· The 7th and 8th grade students will continue to follow a gender-specific model, although they will be separated by class rather than wings of the school and girls in the other. Students will come together for school-wide activities and projects.
· Since technology is a focus at JLA, all 7th and 8th graders will receive a Chrome Book to help with their studies, while full-time high school students will be given mini-laptops.
These changes are being made with the best interests of our students in mind but we understand that there will be questions, so we’ve set the following meetings so you can learn more:
• Jones Leadership Academy: Wednesday, May 9 – 5:30 p.m.
• Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls: Thursday, May 10 – 5:30 p.m.
• MLK Academy for Boys – Thursday, May 10 – 6:30 p.m.
Diana Ruiz-Krause was named the new Director of Public Safety on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
A retired captain with the Toledo Police Department, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in law enforcement that she plans to put into practice to keep the students and staff members of TPS safe.
Mrs. Ruiz-Krause was born and raised in the south end of Toledo, and is also TPS Proud. She attended Marshall Elementary, Jones Jr. High School and Libbey High School for her freshman year, but graduated from Whitney High School.
After serving the department for nearly 34 years, she brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in law enforcement and leadership. She has worked in various positions that include patrolman, sergeant and lieutenant. Mrs. Ruiz-Krause has also worked in recruitment, personnel, planning, internal affairs, background investigations and at the Police Academy. She spent more than 13 years as captain and three as deputy chief.
She made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to become captain after ranking first in the promotional process. “It was a great moment. I worked hard, studied hard, prepared a lot and was very fortunate to rank first in the promotional process for captain and was promoted. It was a big achievement for me,” Mrs. Ruiz-Krause said.
After her retirement in June of 2017, it became apparent that she was not ready to retire. She felt as though there was more she could do, more she would like to accomplish. She saw a lot of opportunity at TPS to serve the students, staff members and families. Mrs. Ruiz-Krause shared that she was excited to get started because "working in a new environment is a challenge, and I’m always up for a challenge, I’m always up for new things."
Click here to see Mrs. Ruiz-Krause speak on safety issues: Safety Message
In light of the tragic shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, has written a letter to parents and guardians that spells out the numerous ways that TPS administrators and staff members work to keep our students safe.
Click here to read that letter: Superintendent safety letter
The safety of students and staff members is the top priority for TPS administrators. In order to keep everyone safe, they ask that if any student, parent/guardian, TPS employee or community member sees or hears something suspicious, to please alert the Toledo Police Department and TPS administrators. All threats are investigated immediately.
A Snow Day on Friday, February 9, interrupted the District's initial celebration of the national No One Eats Alone Day, but the rescheduled plans were a big success.
On National No One Eats Alone Day, students all over the country committed to making a difference in their school and communities by ensuring everyone was included during lunch. The TPS schools that participated had a wide range of activities planned, with some very intimate and focused on student and staff interaction, while others were more large scale and focused on school and partner engagement.
Students at Birmingham Elementary have joined more than 97,000 Northwest Ohio students across Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Defiance, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Erie and Huron counties in moving more while enhancing learning throughout the day, thanks to a sponsorship by Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital.
Mercy Health is bringing GoNoodle Plus to 249 public and private elementary schools in Northwest Ohio at no cost for a three-year period, expanding this program to more than 5,600 elementary classrooms across these nine counties.