Newsletter for employees of the Tippecanoe School Corporation
TSC Matters
Calendar adjustments
Because of the recent cancellations, the last student day will be Tuesday, May 28. The teacher half day will be Wednesday, May 29.

Also, remember TSC will be in session on February 18 (President's Day) to make up for the cancellation from November 15.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding through these challenges. We appreciate the extra efforts of our custodians, mechanics, bus drivers and others who helped us weather the snow and bitter cold temperatures.

Spring arrives in 44 days!

Five TSC teachers named Golden Apple winners
Greater Lafayette Commerce has announced the winners of the Golden Apple awards and all five teachers are from the Tippecanoe School Corporation.

A delegation from the Chamber and TSC administrators recently surprised the winners in their classrooms with the announcement and a check for $1,000.
Greater Lafayette Commerce Golden Apple Awards
The winners are:
  • Cindy Aubuchon, English teacher at McCutcheon High School
  • Tim Hayes, Math teacher at East Tipp Middle School
  • Marti Meyers, First-grade teacher at Wea Ridge Elementary School
  • Beth Rivas, Science teacher at Wea Ridge Middle School
  • Caren Walker, FACS teacher at Klondike Middle School

Please help us congratulate these teachers by attending the reception starting at 4:45 pm and the awards program at 6 pm March 5 at McCutcheon High School. Read more .

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.

Professional development opportunity
EconVersations is a free dinner and workshop series for middle and high school educators. The Purdue Center for Economic Education will present "Tariffs, Employment and the Dollar as a World Currency" March 20 at MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette. This program includes a guest speaker and demonstration lessons that you can put to use in the classroom.

Click here to learn more. Please register by March 19.

Be a part of Backpack Splash
The TSC will be hosting the Backpack Splash Saturday, August 3. About 100 volunteers provided school supplies, haircuts, shoes and more to 1,000 TSC families last year.

Click here to volunteer your time and talents to help make this year's event a success.
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How do you INtegrate?
hands wearing challenge bracelets
Be sure to use   #TSCINtegrate   to encourage others when you tweet/post pictures of how you are integrating movement into your daily routine.

Hershey Elementary is starting its "Hershey Happy and Healthy Heart Challenge." The 28-day challenge encourages all families and employees to reach these daily goals:
  • Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit recreational screen time to two hours or less
  • Eat at least one meal at home
  • Drink zero sugary drinks

TSC INtegrate employee discounts
Green Bean Delivery can bring organic, local and sustainable groceries to your home. TSC employees get special pricing on the first three orders. Check out that and other discounts in the TSC INtegrate Employee Discount Guide.

Mindfulness Matters
Mindful Schools report scientific evidence that mindfulness interventions produce numerous positive results. They include:
  • improved attention: brings focus back
  • emotional regulation: help us to recognize our emotions and change how we respond to them
  • adaptability: change and choose our habits wisely
  • compassion: awareness of our own thoughts and emotions grows our understanding of what others are experiencing
  • calming: relax the mind and body
  • resilience: see things more objectively

Mindfulness Matters
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TSC celebrates digital learning month
I ndiana Digital Learning Month 2019 offers many opportunities throughout the month of February to learn about utilizing technology to enhance student learning. Educators are also encouraged to share their own digital learning stories. Below are resources provided by the Indiana Department of Education's Office of eLearning.

  • eLearning Lab Webinars 
  • February 5, 4pm Eastern - What's the Hype with Hyperdocs?
  • February 26, 4pm Eastern - ACCESSibility for ALL Students 

  • DLM Teacher Videos - We have created a Flipgrid where you can share a short video about digital learning in your classroom. If you’re not ready to share your own video, check out the Flipgrid to see what others are sharing. 

  • Winter eLearning Book Club - Our Winter eLearning Book Club begins on February 4 and will continue until March 22. Join us as we read and discuss Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice by Trevor MacKenzie. Join the conversations with other educators around the state on the book club blog.

  • Social Media - During February be sure to use the special Indiana Digital Learning Month hashtag #INDLmonth along with with #INeLearn to share your digital learning stories and questions.

  • Instagram Takeover - Each week a different teacher will be taking over the INeLearn Instagram account. Check out the great things that are going on in Indiana classrooms!

Ignite Conference - Call for presenters
It’s time to share your most innovative and successful projects or lessons and best practices at the 2019 Lafayette Regional eLearning Conference. The 2019 conference, on June 5th and 6th, will focus on student learning with the theme, “Create. Collaborate. Celebrate.”

This year, we asked attendees what types of sessions they would prefer and we are asking you to think outside the box and create sessions that include interactive lectures and make-and-take scenarios. This could be as simple as creating a group Padlet that attendees would have access to after the session or having them participate in a lesson that they can implement within their class immediately. 

Keep in mind the following guidelines when considering what to submit:
  • Speaking submissions do not need to be finalized presentations; however an outline of your topics would be so helpful to attendees selecting sessions. If we have questions or need more information we may contact you.
  • You can submit more than one proposal — fill out the form as many times as you need.
  • Solo, dual, and panel presentations are all welcome. If you would like to bring students to assist, they are welcome.
  • Sessions will be 45 minutes long.

Additionally, as a TSC presenter you can enjoy these benefits:
  • Free registration 
  • $25 per session 
  • T-shirt 
  • Presenter Badge 

With your help, we will create the best conference ever! Session proposals can be submitted here .

Please contact Sarah Margeson with any questions.

With Kathy Nimmer

Gray skies and cold weather can affect our mood. However, these winter days also offer time to explore the joy in the world around us. My happiest discovery in recent weeks was this adorable, uplifting video of a baby hearing her big sister’s voice for the first time when hearing aids are activated. Watch and smile, then seek those moments of bliss exactly as often as you need to do so.

Connie Groves
Employee Name: Connie Groves
Years with TSC: 23
Position: Special Education Aide, Hershey Elementary School
Why this employee makes TSC great: Connie comes to school with a smile on her face every day! She has a special way of connecting with even the most reluctant learner. Connie is a team player that will do anything for anyone. She sees something that needs to be done and does it without being asked.
Laura Whitcombe
Employee Name: Laura Whitcombe
Years with TSC: 25
Position: T eacher, McCutcheon High School
Why is TSC a great place to work: I love being a Maverick because I am inspired to push myself to push our students to achieve skills they never imagined possible. We work to teach the whole student focusing on their Mind, Heart and Spirit.


February 18 - School is in session. Makeup day for cancellation November 15.
March 8 - End of third nine weeks
March 25-29 - No school, spring break