Newsletter for employees of the Tippecanoe School Corporation
TSC Matters
Message of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving
It's almost Thanksgiving Day and for the first time TSC is trying a three-day school break: no school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. As we approach another holiday, I am always appreciative of all of our nation's designated holidays, especially Thanksgiving Day. The holiday is uniquely special because we are encouraged to pause and reflect. In our fast-paced, information-age, social media world, it's getting easier to let one's guard down and fall prey to the bombardment of negativity. Let's step away from that and pursue the positives this Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for.

My hope this Thanksgiving for the TSC is that we have the opportunity with friends and family to positively focus on all the ways we are thankful. If your plans include travel near or far please be safe. Thank you TSC for everything that you do to make our corporation an educational leader.

Happy Thanksgiving TSC! Enjoy!

With thanks,

Scott Hanback
Buses covered in snow and ice
Calendar update
The cancellation from November 15 will be made up on Monday, February 18, a built-in snow day. Any future school cancellations will be made up by adding days to the end of the school calendar.

The cancellation November 15 represents the earliest known corporation-wide cancellation in at least 30 years.
Lafayette Breakfast Optimist grants announced
T he Lafayette Breakfast Optimist Club has awarded several grants to TSC teachers. Here are the winners:

  • Tina Cupp, Battle Ground Elementary School
  • Rebecca Combs, Battle Ground Middle School
  • Denice Foiland, Battle Ground Middle School
  • Debbie Smith Beckett, Burnett Creek Elementary School
  • Emily Stillman, Harrison High School
  • Gail Haberstroh, Harrison High School
  • Kristin Strasser, Hershey Elementary School
  • Kelli Whitlock, Hershey Elementary School
  • Jacqui Grider, Mintonye Elementary School
  • Melissa Polk, Mintonye Elementary School
  • Joanne Sprunger, Wea Ridge Elementary School
  • Kristen Chesterman, Wea Ridge Elementary School
Lafayette Breakfast Optimist Club
The funds for teacher grants are the result of the growing success of the organization's Fat Tuesday fundraiser.

The event will be March 5 at the Outpost in Lafayette. Click here more more information.

Apply to be a Wood scholar
Applications for the Richard D. Wood Scholarship are available for certified employees seeking an administrator's license.

Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2019.

Apply for 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.

Click here for more information or to apply online. The deadline to apply is December 21.

Retirement solutions
Have questions about your Aspire 403b plan? Reach out to Elaine Schamber and she will be happy to assist you.


A healthier lifestyle with nutrition
The holidays are on the horizon. How do you maintain a healthier lifestyle when sugar-laden foods seem to be everywhere?  

Click  here   for tips on how to be sugar savvy.

chicken chili
Warm up with a healthy recipe
When you are tired of turkey leftovers, here is a recipe to try.

INtegrate opportunity
Are you interested in registering for the Mini Marathon or 5K on May 4? Join a group of TSC employees who are training and planning for the event.

Click here to learn more.

son and mother doing yoga together
How do you INtegrate?
Be sure to use   #TSCINtegrate   to encourage others when you tweet/post pictures and of how you are integrating movement into your daily routine.

Check out this group of parents, students and teachers doing yoga at the Klondike Elementary School Family Fitness Night .

TSC INtegrate employee discount guide
Have a runner on your Christmas list? You can save 10-percent on purchases at Fleet Feet Sports for being a TSC employee. Ch eck out that and other disc ounts in the TSC INtegrate Discount Guide .

Mindfulness Matters
Mindfulness Matters
More on focused attention practices: How do I get started? Check out these practical tips and strategies to help you incorporate a practice today.

To learn more, visit the TSC Neuroscience website.
Set Gmail as the default mail application in Windows 10
Many staff have experienced a challenge when clicking 'mail to' links in Windows 10 (email address links in PowerSchool, etc.). When the link is clicked, Windows 10 searches for a default mail application that doesn't exist. In order for Windows 10 to open Gmail to send the message, a setting has to be changed by the end user. Here are instructions on how to set Gmail as the default mail application in Windows 10. Staff who need additional assistance should submit a Technology Help Ticket .
With Kathy Nimmer
Kathy and Nacho on picnic table

This time of year is so full. It seems as if we are running this direction and that direction all at the same time. When we are overwhelmed, maybe we need to look at something where running many directions at once is not stressful but instead adorable! Check out this video from Nacho’s guide dog school. It features nearly 200 dogs being evacuated from their kennels during a practice fire drill. May we all strive to enjoy chaos this much!

Kimberly Johnson
Employee Name: Kim Johnson
Years with TSC: 17
Position: Aide, Burnett Creek Elementary School
Why this employee makes TSC great: Kim works wonders with our struggling students. She builds great relationship with each student in order to create the conditions for success. Students respect and trust her.
Connie Southern
Employee Name: Connie Southern
Years with TSC: 30
Position: Custodian, Cole Elementary School
Why is TSC a great place to work: I enjoy working at Cole because I love the kids. I love the job. It's offers a variety of duties each day. I get hugs every day and they call me "Blue."
November 21-23 - No school, Thanksgiving
December 21 - End of second nine weeks and end of first semester
December 24 - No school, winter break begins
January 7 - Professional day - staff only
January 8 - Students return to school