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Newsletter for employees of the Tippecanoe School Corporation
TSC Matters
Starting with a "TSC State of Mind"
TSC State of Mind
Our school year is off to a great start. Thank you to all our employees for your efforts in planning and preparing for a new year.

This year we will focus on a TSC State of Mind which includes practicing being mindful instead having a mind full. MSD Washington Township Social and Emotional Behavior Coach Deanna Nibarger explained during our kickoff celebration how adverse childhood experiences are common and can impact a person's well-being throughout life. She encourages everyone to practice mindfulness daily, have an accountability partner and support families.
Three #1 jerseys awarded
The TSC continues the tradition of honoring its longest-serving educator by presenting that person with a TSC jersey, sporting the number #1 on the back. This year we have three educators who share this prestigious title: Vic Clerget from McCutcheon High School, Rex Crum from Battle Ground Middle School and George Mugford from Woodland Elementary School.

Congratulations on 41 years of service in the TSC!

Most senior certified staff, Crum, Mugford and Clerget
Pictured left to right: Rex Crum, George Mugford and Vic Clerget
Welcome teachers new to TSC
New teachers gather for a picture outside a bus
Apply for the Anne DeCamp award
All regular contracted teachers, media specialists and counselors in the TSC can apply for the Anne DeCamp Award for Creative Teaching. The winner receives $500 to use toward a classroom project, activity or professional development.

The award is presented annually in honor of the late Mrs. John DeCamp, a former TSC board member (1974-1982).

Click here for more information and to apply online.

Opportunities with DonorsChoose.org
August 18 through August 24 is  DonorsChoose.org Welcome Week . Every teacher on our site will be eligible to earn a back-to-school donation. For new teachers, you could get a $50 donation. For returning teachers, you could earn $25 by referring a friend. Put down your wallet and check out the details.

Grant opportunity with SIA
The SIA Foundation is now accepting applications for its fall grants.

The foundation awards cash grants to support funding of specific projects in the area of health, education and arts.

Click  here   to apply. The deadline is September 30.

GLCA open house
Be a Classroom Superstar
Schools, clubs and various organizations are invited to collect donations for Food Finders Food Bank as part of the Classroom Superstars program. Groups can win $1,000.

Click  here  to learn more.

Student art contest
The Tippecanoe Latino Festival is hosting a youth art contest to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.

Click here to learn more about getting your students involved in celebrating cultures and embracing diversity through art. The deadline for submissions is September 7.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Give United
The TSC raised $21,763.24 for the United Way last year. It would be great to surpass that amount this year and increase the number of individuals giving (161 donors last year).

We are a Pacesetter this year, so other organizations will be following our lead!

Our giving has gone up steadily each year, so let's make this our most generous year yet.

Click here to make your pledge.
American Fidelity Section 125 enrollment 
  • All TSC benefit eligible employees are required to sign off on Section 125 (pretax health, dental, and vision) every year.  
  • Employees who work over 17.5 hours per week are eligible for ancillary benefits through American Fidelity. 
  • Accident, Cancer, Critical Illness, AF Life, Short Term Disability, and/or TX Life
  • Flex Spending Accounts: Medical and/or Dependent Care 

Section 125 Enrollment options
Online, self-enrollment (new option this year)
  • Now through August 26
  • Self enrollment instructions
  • For information on ancillary products, click on the PDF icon when you are going through the self enrollment system
  • August 26 - September 30 American Fidelity account managers will be at schools to answer questions and enroll you in your selected American Fidelity products
  • Schedule an appointment
  • New employees are encouraged to meet one-on-one

Questions? Mike Rivas | 765-404-4495 |  [email protected] 
Mileage info
The mileage rate, set by the IRS, is 58 cents for calendar year 2019. Please make sure you use the 2019 mileage reimbursement form when claiming mileage .

Advice on withholding taxes
The IRS has launched a new withholding estimator application. Check here to see if you have enough taxes withheld from your paycheck.

If you haven't had an opportunity to review the 2019-20 beginning of the year technology communication that was sent to staff before the start of school, you can access it here .

Important information for TSC instructional staff is shared, including resources for the new PowerTeacher Pro gradebook, the Clever single sign-on portal, teacher webpage tips and much more. Please contact a member of the Technology Department with any follow-up questions.

August - Mindfulness to make meaningful moments
The meaningful moments are ones that we remember and will impact us the most. What moments can you make more meaningful throughout your day? Click  here   to learn more about making more meaningful moments.

Mindfulness Matters
Welcome Back! It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and our community of students and stakeholders. I very much look forward to learning alongside you this year as we explore the “TSC State of Mind.”

Anne Marshall, TSC Instructional Coach

Why Mindfulness in Schools? Check out this article to find the answer.

Mindfulness Matters
Personal coaching program
Are you ready to live healthier and feel better in the new school year? Learn more about NuStart's personal coaching program.

  • Get individualized support
  • Set goals for accountability
  • Customize lifestyle strategies
  • Gain life skills education
  • Find your inspiration

Click here to apply for the personal coaching program.

Integrate this into your wardrobe
INtegrate t-shirts are available. Click here to get into the TSC State of Mind.

The online store will be open now through August 30. Shirts will be delivered to your school the week of September 14.

Spread the word! #TSCINtegrate
TSC State of Mind
Sign up for the Cupcake Run
Every year more and more of us from TSC participate in the annual Cupcake Run/Walk for Public Education. Come join the fun on Sunday, September 22. 

Click  here  to learn more about the event and/or sign up.

with Kathy Nimmer

A few weeks ago, gymnastics held Nationals to determine medalists and national team members. MyKayla Skinner was competing with a mission. She had been an alternate for the 2016 Olympics and wanted one more shot at making the team. This was her first competition back in the elite world after competing in the NCAA. While her routines were not perfect, she made the national team, and her joy was unmatched. Wherever this pre-Olympic year takes her, her fierce commitment is a great reminder that the journey and the goal are equally important.

Sharita Ware
Employee Name: Sharita Ware
Years with TSC: 7
Position: Teacher, East Tipp Middle School
How this employee demonstrates the TSC State of Mind: S harita provides our students with a variety of exciting, engaging STEM activities during, before and after school.
Laura Kenner
Employee Name: Laura Kenner
Years with TSC: 8
Position: Cafeteria Manager, Klondike Elementary School
How this employee demonstrates the TSC State of Mind: Laura is a team player who strives to form relationships with students and staff.

September 2 - No school - Labor Day
October 11 - End of the first nine weeks
October 18 and 21 - No school, fall break