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STEAM Centers Invite Community to Learning Expos

Learners at Tecumseh East and West STEAM Centers will mark the close of their first units of study with Learning Expos on December 20 and 21. The expos are open to the public with stakeholders encouraged to attend. Click for more details.

West STEAM City Planning Unit: Part 4

West STEAM learners, Madeline McRoberts and Redd Braun are serving as reporters for the City Planning Unit. This report discusses the learners' work in creating models of their city and preparing a creative writing piece about their dystopian societies.

THS Announces Community Walking Hours

Tecumseh High School is open for community walking hours weekdays from 6 - 7 a.m. and 4 - 8 p.m. Members of the community are welcome to enjoy their workout inside by walking or jogging in the hallways or indoor track. 

Holiday Activities

TPS will ring in the holidays with plenty of spirit! Check here for the latest winter and holiday activities.

BUZZ Portals

Early Learning Centers

East & West STEAM

Tecumseh High School
About Buzz Learner Management System

Buzz is a Learner Management System (LMS) designed to support personalized learning in online and blended courses. It offers a number of features that each school district uses differently to meet the needs of their students.

At TPS, our learners use Buzz to access class materials created by our facilitators. These materials may include the course syllabus, assessment rubrics, assignments, information sources, study materials, etc. Buzz serves as a central location for learners to find and use this class information.

Parents also have a username and password to access the Buzz Parent Observer. There they can view their child’s completed assignments and upcoming class work and monitor their child’s progress. Each building uses Buzz slightly differently, based on its needs.

North and South Early Learning Centers
Buzz is used at our K-1 buildings only as a communication tool for parents to monitor their child’s progress on the Essential Skills Checklist. South ELC families currently have access to Buzz, and families at North ELC will have access in a few weeks.

Compass Learning Center
Buzz is not used at Compass.

East and West STEAM Centers
Seventh and eighth grade learners use Buzz to access teacher-prepared materials for class. Buzz is also used to allow parents to view their child’s assignments, weekly progress and achievement. Parents have their own login information and can access this information at any time. While Buzz is useful for these weekly updates, eSchool is still the primary way that final assessments, grades and skills mastery are shared with parents and learners.

Tecumseh High School
Facilitators use Buzz in a few courses at the high school, to provide learners with access to teaching materials that they have created. Learners may access these class resources at any time.

Learner Data Collection
Our learners' privacy is important to us. There are safeguards in place to protect our learners’ information and board policy requires that we provide notice to parents if data is collected from a learner for the purpose of marketing or selling that information. We do not collect data from our individual learners for this purpose. Any student performance information stored in Buzz is for district internal use only for student achievement monitoring and may be reviewed by parents/guardians.

Agilix, the parent company of Buzz is COPPA and FERPA Compliant. The company tracks only non-identifying usage and statistical information to improve product quality. This is not personal information, and is not shared with other companies. You may choose to visit the Agilix website to view their full privacy policy.

Looking Ahead
While we have heard from several parents that they appreciate having Buzz to monitor their child’s academic progress, we have also received feedback that the software is ‘clunky’ and not user-friendly. In speaking to other competency-based learning districts, I’ve learned it is fairly common to switch learning management systems periodically as software programs continue to improve and offer more features to facilitators, learners and their parents.

As a result, we have been researching other LMS software options and will be piloting a new LMS software at our STEAM Centers over the next few months. Please look for more information to be shared with you as we get closer to that time. If the pilot goes well and we receive positive feedback, we will consider making the switch at other buildings.

Buzz (and other LMS programs) is simply one way that learners access course materials. Facilitators still work with learners in large group and small group instruction and one-on-one coaching; and use written materials to educate children. We receive no compensation for using Buzz.

If you have any further questions about Buzz please feel free to contact your child’s principal or Stacy Bailey, Director of Learning at sbailey@tps.k12.mi.us or 517-423-2167 ext. 1203.

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Announcements

NEW: Update Your Child's Information Online Using HAC!

It's important that your child's school has the most up-to-date address, phone, and emergency contact information - and it's now easier than ever for parents / guardians to update their child(ren)'s accounts. New families may enroll and current families can now update most records information online using the Home Access Center (HAC). Please use the instructions below or use our printable step-by-step guide to update your account, or register a new student. If you have questions, please contact the main office of your child’s building.

Current TPS Families


1. Go to Home Access Center (HAC) and login using your username and password.

2. Click Registration.

3. Select the Update Registration tab.

4. Click New.

5. Review and update your child's information. At the end of each section be sure to check complete and click save before moving on to the next page.

6. When complete, click Review All, and be sure all changes are correct.

7. Check I Agree and click Submit.

New TPS Families

1. Go to Home Access Center (HAC)

2. Click Register New Account

3. Enter your child's information. At the end of each section be sure to check complete and click save before moving on to the next page.

4. When complete, click Review All, and be sure all changes are correct.

5. Check I Agree and click Submit.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Proof of residency and immunization records may be uploaded online.
  • An official birth certificate must be presented to your child’s school office to complete new learner registrations.
  • Records release forms must be completed in person in your child’s school office.

Questions? Please contact your child's office.

Building Announcements

Building Schedules

BuildingFull DayHalf Day
North Early Learning Center8: 30 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
South Early Learning Center8:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.8:25 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Compass Learning Center8:35 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.8:35 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
East and West STEAM Centers7:35 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.7:35 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Tecumseh High School7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.7:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Compass Learning Center

Parents please take a few minutes to fill out the TPS Fall Parent Survey by clicking the link below. We would love to hear from you in order to best serve you and your child on their educational path.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPSFallSurvey


Compass Learning Center developed new arrival and dismissal procedures for 2018-19 that should eliminate much of the congestion near the building at the start and end of the day. Please review the new Compass Arrival and Dismissal information.

East STEAM Center


Parents please take a few minutes to fill out the TPS Fall Parent Survey by clicking the link below. We would love to hear from you in order to best serve you and your child on their educational path.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPSFallSurvey


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Equations Team

Tecumseh East STEAM is excited to start its Equations Team for the 2018-2019 school year! All learners are welcome and encouraged to join. Equations is a creative game of mathematics where learners challenge each other using the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It's a great way to have fun using math and enhance critical thinking skills. We compete with other schools throughout the county once a month in tournaments at the Lenawee ISD. It is a great way to meet other learners and engage in mathematics.

We will hold practices on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school beginning on October 24. Practices will be in Ms. Marecle's mentor room until 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to come check it out! All levels of experience are welcome! I look forward to seeing you at our first practice!

Please contact Ms. Marecle (kmarecle@tps.k12.mi.us) if you have questions.


Android Devices Needed

Tecumseh East STEAM Center is accepting donations of old Android cell phones and tablets for learners to use in a new Project Lead the Way course. The App Creators unit will introduce learners to mobile app development and computer science. They will choose a problem that interests them from the areas of health, environment, emergency preparedness, education, community service, and school culture; then conduct research and develop an app that solves a real-world problem.

Devices should:

  • have the ability to connect to the Internet
  • be wiped of a personal information by performing a factory reset
  • include power cords

Please deliver your unwanted Android smartphones and tablets to the main office of the East STEAM Center at 600 Herrick Park Dr. in Tecumseh. Questions may be directed to mnowak@tps.k12.mi.us or 517-423-2324.

Download a flyer to learn more.

North Early Learning Center

Parents please take a few minutes to fill out the TPS Fall Parent Survey by clicking the link below. We would love to hear from you in order to best serve you and your child on their educational path.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPSFallSurvey


Sent 11/15:

I want to take a moment to talk with all of you about the new learning management system that our facilitators are using this school year. The new system is called Buzz. This is a tool that will allow parents to regularly check their child's progress. Parents will be able to access Buzz at anytime and will be able to see their child's progression towards mastery of essential learning skills. These essential skills are what we expect the students to have mastered by the time they leave the Early Learning Center. This new reporting system will take the place of report cards, as report cards are only given three times a year, we feel that this will give parents a more timely look at their child's educational progress.

Included in the learning management system, will be notes on your child's progress as well as which essential skills have been mastered. As this is a new system for facilitators and families, I am sure that there will be some questions. I will make sure to be available at conferences and will hopefully be able to answer any questions that the facilitators may have not been able to answer. I am also going to make sure to be available to help any parents that may need help logging into the system or navigating the system. Below you will find information on how to login and navigate the system. The best way to get familiar with Buzz is to login and play around with it.

The login information is as follows:
Username: firstname.lastname - for example: josh.mcdowell
Password: password

The video below will help parents learn a little bit more about navigating through the system. However, if you do have questions after reading this, watching the video, looking through the system and talking with your child's teacher please feel free to contact me or talk with me at conferences. A one page document with additional information about your login will be coming home with your learner on Thursday, November 15th.

We are looking forward to using this system and allowing families to have timely access to their child's progress towards mastery of the essential learning skills.

In partnership with you,

Josh McDowell
Principal
Tecumseh North Early Learning Center

South Early Learning Center

Parents please take a few minutes to fill out the TPS Fall Parent Survey by clicking the link below. We would love to hear from you in order to best serve you and your child on their educational path.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPSFallSurvey


PTO Santa Show

The PTO will be hosting a Santa Shop on December 12 (Kindergarten) and December 13 (First Grade). Santa Shop will also be open during Santa Supper on December 13 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Spirit Week

Spirit Week will be held the last week before winter break.

Monday, Dec. 17 - Red and Green Day
Tuesday, Dec. 18 - Holiday or Winter Sock Day
Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Ugly Sweater Day
Thursday, Dec. 20 - Holiday Hat (Santa, antlers, elf ears) Day
Friday, Dec. 21 - PJ Day

Sickness & Absences

Please review good hygiene practices with your child to help prevent the spread of colds and the flu. Good hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and good nutrition go a long way in helping keep us all healthy.

If your child is not feeling well and is vomiting, or has a fever or rash, please keep them home for 24 hours following the symptoms. As a reminder, all rashes should be evaluated by a doctor.

Please remember on each morning of your child's absence or tardiness to call the school office at 517-423-2367 to report the absence and reason for it. Whenever possible, please send in a doctor's note to excuse your child's absence.

Dressing for the Weather
As the winter months are fast approaching, please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather and bring with them their coats, hats, gloves, etc. Please make sure their name is on them in the event they get misplaced. Also, check with your child often about items they have brought to school to make sure they are coming home. Our Lost and Found is filling up with sweatshirts and other items that have been left at school. Please remind your child to check the Lost and Found for their belongings.

Volunteers/Visitors...
Anyone who volunteers, attends field trips, etc. at school MUST have a volunteer background check form completed and on file. Forms may be obtained in the school office or on the TPS website. When entering the school, you must first stop in the office to sign-in and be given a visitor's sticker to wear while you are in the building. Please remember to sign-out when you leave. If you bring your child to school late you must accompany him/her to the office to sign-in and receive a tardy slip. If you are signing out your child early, proper identification (driver's license) must be presented.


Back to School Night

Back to School Night was held at South Early Learning Center Monday, Sept. 24. Important information regarding curriculum and grade reporting was presented.

Topics discussed were:

  • the reading, math, music, art and physical education curriculum
  • how to use the Buzz Learner Management system to access student progress reports
  • an introduction to the school’s new Essential Skills Checklist which will replace the traditional report card

In case you missed it, or would like to review the information shared at Back to School Night, click to download the presentation.

West STEAM Center



Parents please take a few minutes to fill out the TPS Fall Parent Survey by clicking the link below. We would love to hear from you in order to best serve you and your child on their educational path.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPSFallSurvey


Student Council Food Drive


Join us in a friendly Mentor Tribe Competition by bringing in a donation of canned and non perishable food items. Each item donated earns the mentor tribe a colored ornament on The Giving Tree in the lobby of West. The Tribe with the most ornaments(and items donated!) on our tree by December 21st will win bragging rights until our next competition!


Saturday, Dec. 8: West STEAM Student Council is hosting a Holiday Party from 3 - 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $8. Learners may purchase tickets before school or during lunch. Refreshments will be provided by Student Council. Formal attire is NOT a requirement as holiday attire is acceptable.

We are collaborating with the High School Formal that same evening, and they will not only be donating to the Class of 2023 Fund in exchange for our decorating, but we are working with the DJ to get a better rate as well to maximize our profits.

Chaperones are encouraged to sign-Up to help here.

Thursday, Dec. 20: First EXPO of the 2018-2019 school year! We are so excited to show off all of our learners' work! More information to come.

Friday, Dec. 21: is a 1/2 day in which holiday break begins. Learners return to class on Monday, Jan. 7.

***Don't forget to check your child's weekly progress in BUZZ. LF's update this information every Friday!

2018-2019 YEARBOOKS are now on sale and will be throughout the year!

Click here to purchase a yearbook.

They are only for sale via the website only


All field trips:

ALL field trips must be paid through MySchoolBucks.com. Please sign up for an account if you haven't done so. Lunch accounts can also be paid here as well. You should have one account with all of your TPS learners attached.

REMIND Text Feature:
Office updates will also go out via REMIND text app. --Enter this number: 81010 --Text this message: @tecumsehwe


Washington, DC Trip
Learners have the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC from May 29 through June 1, 2019. Registration, payment information, trip itinerary and other important information was sent home in a parent e-newsletter on Sept. 24. Please use the link below to view these important details.

2019 Washington, DC Trip Information

Tecumseh High School


Spring Semester Schedule Changes

THS learners wishing to make changes to their spring 2019 semester should complete a Schedule Change Request before Friday, Jan. 11. Questions? Contact your guidance counselor.

SUBMIT SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUEST


THS Choir Concert Rescheduled

The holiday concert originally scheduled for Dec. 11 has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. in the THS Cafetorium. Contact Brett Yzquierdo, choir facilitator with questions.



Parents please take a few minutes to fill out the TPS Fall Parent Survey by clicking the link below. We would love to hear from you in order to best serve you and your child on their educational path.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPSFallSurvey


LISD TECH Center Open House and Applications

Attention Sophomores and Juniors: The LISD TECH Center applications will be accepted now through January 18. Click here to access the online registration form. Stop by the Guidance Office with any questions.


Testing Out of Courses

Tecumseh High School learners are provided the opportunity to test out of some courses. However, there are certain criteria that must be met:
  • Learners cannot attempt to test out of a class they have taken and failed.
  • They can only test out of one course at a time.
  • Learners are responsible for reaching out to facilitators for review information. Facilitators will not provide study guides, but may share a book or other materials learners may use.
  • Learners who wish to test out of a full-year course (ex. World History) must take and pass the 1st semester exam, then they will be permitted to take the 2nd semester exam.
  • Learners must earn a 78.5% on the exam to pass the class.
  • If the learner passes, the course will appear on their transcript as tested out (ex. World History - Test Out). The learner will earn an 'S.' If the learner does not pass, nothing goes on the transcript.

The fall test out window has now closed. The next opportunity to test out of courses will be the week of May 20, 2019.

Learners should contact Mrs. Followell in the Guidance Office with questions.


See Your Photos in the THS Yearbook
Have a great shot of an athletic event, dance, or other THS event? We'd love to have it for the 2018-19 yearbook. Submit your photos by visiting Pictavo and using school code 80362. Thank you for being a part of our history!

Senior Timeline Meeting
A planning meeting was held on Sept. 12 to help seniors and their parents navigate the final year of high school. If you were unable to attend, or would like to review the presentation materials, please click the link below.

Senior Timeline Presentation

Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Calendar & Category Legend:

  • Holidays
  • Tecumseh Compass LC
  • Tecumseh East SC
  • Tecumseh North ELC
  • Tecumseh South ELC
  • Tecumseh West SC
  • THS
  • Athletics

Transportation

For more information or questions about school transportation, please visit the Transportation Department page.


East STEAM Band Learner Transportation

Starting on Starting Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 East STEAM Center band learners will attend class at Compass Learning Center from 7:35 - 8:30 a.m. each day. Please note the transportation information below:

  • If your East STEAM band learner rides the bus, they will be transported to and from Compass by bus - there is no need for you to make special arrangements.
  • If your East STEAM band learner walks to school or takes alternate transportation, they can go directly to Compass and enter through the band room exterior door.

Please direct questions regarding band learner transportation to: Amy Wells at awells@tps.k12.mi.us, Kellie McInchak at kmcinchak@tps.k12.mi.us, or call 517-423-2324.


West STEAM Learner Transfer Buses

All learners who ride the bus will be transported to the High School in the AM to get on one of transfer buses to West. In the PM, learners will be transported from WEST to the High School to get on their regular bus home. Transfer bus numbers are as follows:

  • To/From Tecumseh High School: 24, 28, or 34
  • To Compass for AFTER School activities: 102

Forms

Parent Resources

Tecumseh Public Schools encourages parents, guardians, and families to become involved and engaged in their child's education. This section is provided as a resource for articles, books, and websites that you may find interesting as you seek to learn more information about educational research, the future of education, and child development.

DISTRICT STRATEGIC DESIGN INFORMATION

The files below offer a brief overview of the TPS Strategic Design. For more, please visit the District About Us page.

  • Strategic Design / Ideal Learning Experience Infographic
  • Strategic Design Summary
  • TPS Strategic Design Information and Resources

  • Articles


    Websites


    Books

    Have a favorite you'd like to share? Email your suggestions to connect@tps.k12.mi.us.



    Project-Based Learning Research

    Listed below are a selection of the numerous research-based articles, studies and videos about our Strategic Design, Individualized Learning, Project-Based Learning (PBL) and the work that our district is doing to provide learners with the opportunity to identify and explore their gifts and talents and prepare them for life beyond the classroom.

    Michigan's Read by Grade Three Law

    In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed a law that requires schools to identify learners who are struggling with reading and writing and to provide additional help. The law states that third graders may repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

    Facts for Families: What is the Read by Grade Three Law? is provided by the Michigan Department of Education to help families understand the law so they can better support their children.



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    Contact

    We want to hear from you: Tecumseh Public Schools values the feedback we receive from parents and community members as we strive to maintain a positive educational experience for all learners. Please share your questions, concerns, ideas, and praises.

    Where to start: Most questions and concerns can be addressed by contacting the classroom facilitator or building administrator. The District Communications Guide lists the contact levels for common district departments. Start by contacting the first individual on the list, then move down the list if your concern is not resolved.

    General questions may be directed to the main office of your child's building, the Administrative Services Building at 517-423-2167, or connect@tps.k12.mi.us. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Looking for a particular staff member? Visit our searchable district directory.

    THS Guidance Contacts

    The Tecumseh High School Guidance Office is a valuable resource for learners and parents as they work through the challenges and successes of the high school, and while making post-secondary plans.

    More information is available on the THS Counseling Webpage. You may also choose to contact a counselor directly. Please download the THS Counseling Quick Start Guide for more information.

    Volunteers

    Parent and community volunteers are an important part of our learning community and we appreciate your willingness to help children in the school setting. We know there are many demands for your attention and we thank you for spending time in service to our learners.

    Please check back here for more information about serving as a volunteer coming soon.