Newsletter for employees of the Tippecanoe School Corporation
TSC Matters
Standing Ovation
Better late than never perhaps, but I finally watched the movie "Wonder" last weekend. "Wonder" tells the unforgettable story of August 'Auggie' Pullman, a fifth-grade student trying desperately to be ordinary at school despite his extraordinary facial features. In case you've not seen it, the 2017 film was adapted from a 2012 children's novel of the same name. It's good. The storyline is loaded with positive life lessons appropriate for school, and as I watched the movie, I couldn't help but draw parallels to how the lessons could also apply outside our school walls to our society today.

One of the most moving moments in the movie for me was near the end when Principal Tushman describes the character traits of the student about to receive an award during the graduation ceremony, an award reserved as the school's highest honor. In this scene, narrated by Auggie, the film recaps moments where the yet-to-be-named award winner was seen "lifting others up:" the basis for the award. It seems obvious to the viewer that Auggie is about to be named the winner, and as his name is finally called by the principal, the crowd erupts in applause and quickly rises to its feet. Auggie "floats" to the stage with the biggest of smiles, and after taking it all in, he politely bows to the audience amidst the continued applause. Cue the tears and tissues. As the film ends, Auggie continues narrating by recounting his school year, including his hurts, his joys, his friends, and Mr. Browne's class precepts of "choosing kind.” Many other stories of courage, kindness, friendship and character unfold. Ultimately, Auggie says something so profound that all the dots connected for me. He says "I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives." Imagine our students going about their day, interacting with others, finding ways to "lift others up." Multiply that inside and outside our school walls. Imagine standing ovations for your students. 

And, TSC family: in these remaining days of winter, in the coming spring, or during the dog days of summer when the school year is over, may you receive your standing ovation!

Choose kind,

Dr. Hanback
Anne DeC amp Award winner
T he TSC has awarded Battle Ground Middle School teacher Kyle Harris the Anne DeCamp Award for Creative Teaching.

Harris will receive $500 to pursue an Aquaponics Growing system.
Kyle Harris
Grant opportunities
Evonik Corporation is offering Partners in Education grants to local teachers to promote enrichment and educational excellence in STEM curricula. The deadline to apply is March 1.

The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County is accepting applications for its Seeds of Excellence grants . Go to to apply. The deadline is March 4 .

The SIA Foundation, Inc. is now accepting applications for its spring grant cycle. The organization strives to improve the quality of life and help support funding capital projects in the area of arts and culture, education, and health and welfare.
The deadline to apply is March 31.

TSC to host Kindergarten Roundup
The Tippecanoe School Corporation will host Kindergarten Roundup for the 2019-2020 school year Wednesday, April 10, at all 11 of its elementary schools.

Kindergarten Roundup April 10
2020-21 TSC calendar approved
The Tippecanoe School Board adopted the 2020-21 school calendar. The schedule is similar to the 2019-20 calendar which calls for a three day break at Thanksgiving and no school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

TSC/LSC Health and Wellness Clinic update
Patient Portal - After your initial visit at the TSC/LSC Health and Wellness Clinic, you will receive an invitation to sign into  Elation Passport  patient portal. If you use your TSC email, you will get a warning message asking if this email is Spam. You will need to click on "Not Spam" to receive.

TSC Teacher Fair April 6
February - Heart Month
How often and how much do you spend on eating out? Most Americans eats out 4.2 times per week and spends about $3,000 per year eating out. Click here for tips on how to choose well while dining out.

How do you INtegrate?
Parents and students exercising
Wyandotte Elementary School recently held a Family Fitness Night. The evening included sessions of Body Attack, Block 'Em and Kahoot Healt h. Families also enjoyed healthy snacks, including tropical smoothies.

Be sure to use  #TSCINtegrate  to encourage others when you tweet/post pictures of how you are integrating movement into your daily routine.

Spring 2019 Local and TSC Event Guide
There are many opportunities to get moving this spring. Mark your calendar for the LPD Foot Pursuit or the Burnett Creek Bobcat Run. Click here for the Spring 2019 Local and TSC Event Guide .

If you have an event to submit to the list, contact Bryce Lindsay at NuStart.

Mindfulness Matters
We begin the work of Applied Educational Neuroscience by teaching the neuroanatomy of the brain. Dr. Bruce Perry states if the brain is a 50-mile long journey, then we have only managed to learn about two inches of that journey. In other words, there are numerous parts and functions of the brain! The three parts of the brain we teach include the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and hippocampus.
Mindfulness Matters
We begin with the Prefrontal Cortex : Go to TSC Nueuroscience and click on the link "Educational Neuroscience: TSC Common Language."

Watch this video to learn more about the prefrontal cortex. 

New Google phishing quiz
Recognizing sketchy emails designed to steal your password or trick you into installing malware may be the most important cybersecurity skill one can learn.

People fall for phishing emails every day. In fact, phishing was involved in 70-percent of breaches last year, and despite awareness-spreading efforts (such as TSC's use of KnowBe4 ), phishing still works. Almost 11 percent of people who receive a phishing email fall for it. By comparison, less than five-percent of TSC employees clicked on one of the messages sent during the last KnowBe4 campaign!

Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Google,  just launched a quiz  that hopes to teach people how to spot phishing emails. The quiz   has eight examples of potentially malicious emails, all inspired by real phishing emails Google has seen "in the wild."

With Kathy Nimmer

If gray skies and cold temperatures are robbing your spirit of joy, check out this fuzzy, fluffy, shimmering gathering of over 1000 golden retrievers ! As one of the owners says, it will give you hope. What you do with that hope is up to you, but after you watch this video, I think you might find inspiration from these gorgeous dogs that such feelings are openings to share.

Julie Storms
Employee Name: Julie Storms
Years with TSC: 26
Position: First-grade teacher, Cole Elementary School
Why TSC is a great place to work: I enjoy working here because it is a positive place to work that is very focused on students. I work with an amazing staff, but more importantly, I have fun each day.
Christy Jacks
Employee Name: Christy Jacks
Years with TSC: 15
Position: Resource Paraprofessional, Battle Ground Middle School
Why this employee makes TSC great: Christy is here early every morning with a huge smile on her face. Our staff and students adore her. Being kind isn't just a phrase—it is how she approaches every situation.


March 8 - End of third nine weeks
March 25-29 - No school, spring break
April 10 - Kindergarten Roundup