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TPS Seeks Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal

On Tuesday, Nov. 6 residents of the Tecumseh Public Schools district will see a Non-Homestead Operating Millage renewal on the ballot. The levy does not affect a homeowner’s primary residence and does not appear on their property tax invoices. Please review this important information before Election Day.

Tecumseh Public Schools Takes Steps to Become a  Trauma Informed District

TPS has taken next steps in developing a focus on the “whole learner” which includes developing socially and emotionally strong facilitators, learners and educational environments. Understanding how our experiences, including stressful situations, trauma and mental illness impact brain development and behavior provides better direction for educators as they work to grow all learners personally, socially and academically.

North ELC Learners Accepting Sock Donations

Tecumseh North Early Learning Center learners are collecting new socks in all sizes, colors and varieties to help keep area residents warm this winter. Donations may be delivered to the main office. The SOCKTOBER project runs through October 31. The socks will be distributed to local shelters and agencies.

BUZZ Portals

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East & West STEAM


You may view your child's progress using the Parent Observer feature of BUZZ. You can see completed assignments and those that are coming. Every Friday, STEAM Center facilitators will record P (Progress) or NP (No Progress) in each core area. This way, you will know if your child is on track to mastery.

Tecumseh High School

If you have questions about your child's progress, please contact his or her facilitator. If you have questions about BUZZ or its functions, please contact Stacy Bailey, Director of Learning.

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

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

Picture of front and back of SAIL shirt
S.A.I.L Tee Shirt SALE!
Tecumseh Compass Learning Center is selling S.A.I.L. tee shirts to support our new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.

S.A.I.L stands for Safety, Accountability, Integrity, and Leadership. It is our goal that all Compass learners will demonstrate these focus areas in their daily activities and interactions.

Shirts are $10 and available in both youth and adult sizes.

Orders can only be placed through MySchoolBucks, now through Oct. 12.


Compass Learning Center has developed new arrival and dismissal procedures 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

Floatable Boatable Challenge

On Friday, October 19, East STEAM will be competing in our Floatable Boatable Challenge. In preparation for this challenge, learners have planned with a team, created a prototype, tested different design options, and constructed a full-scale boat out of cardboard in their mentor classes. This preparation has led our learners through the product design process and also taught them about physics principles. This cardboard boat must float the team captain across "Lake Tecumseh" (also known as the Community Pool). Therefore, the learners of East STEAM will walk to the Community Pool at 9:45, compete in the Floatable Boatable Challenge, and walk back to East STEAM at approximately 11:00. Only the "captains" of the boats will be entering the pool - hopefully their boats hold them and they do not get wet. Mentor teachers will be contacting the parents/guardians of the boat "captains" individually.


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 3:30pm. 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.



Fossil Park Field Trip

On October 23, East STEAM will be headed to the Fossil Park, part of the Olander Parks System, in Sylvania, Ohio, located at: 5705 Centennial Road, Sylvania, Ohio. This trip will allow the learners of East STEAM to dig into their next unit, Paleontology, with a hands-on experience. Since this is an integral part of the Paleontology learning unit, we ask that every learner attend the experience. We will be leaving East STEAM at 8:45 am and will return before 2:30.

For this trip, your child needs:
*Old clothes that can get dirty
*Sack lunch without the need for a microwave
*$8 to be submitted through myschoolbucks

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's mentor teacher.


University of Toledo Education Day

East and West STEAM learners will travel to the University of Toledo on November 14. Tickets are only available until October 8, and this is a first-come, first-serve event. Tickets cannot be purchased after October 8. Please purchase your child's ticket through MySchoolBucks.Events:
University of Toledo Women's Basketball - Rockets vs. Iona Gaels at 11 a.m.
Demonstrations from various UT academic departments
Hands-on learning opportunitiesParents should have received an email on Oct. 2 with more information. Please contact the school office with questions.


Halloween / Glow Dance
Jr. SADD will host a Halloween / Glow Dance on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Compass Learning Center. Adult chaperones are needed. Please register using SignUp Genius. Thank you for helping our learners to have a safe and fun event!
Unwanted 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

South Early Learning Center

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.


Tecumseh Tumblers

Order a stainless steel Tecumseh Tumbler to help raise funds for the installation of the Tecumseh South ELC Outdoor Classroom and enhancement of the current outdoor learning space.

Tecumseh Tumbler

Tecumseh Tumblers Order Form

Tecumseh High School

Student Support Services Transition Information Night

THS Special Education learners and their families are invited to this post-secondary planning meeting designed with their needs in mind. Joe Yuhas from Michigan Rehabilitation Services will be the guest speaker.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. in THS Room D-109.

A pizza dinner will be served. Please RSVP to Laurie Church at 517-423-2167 ext. 1301 or lchurch@tps.k12.mi.us

Download an event flyer.



ALICE Protocol Review
Wednesday, October 17, during our first hour of the day......we will be reviewing the ALICE protocol that we rely on in the high school to keep our learners safe in the event of an active shooter in the building. We take our learner's safety very serious. No matter what we share with our learners, the most effective approach to keeping everyone safe is the "community" of learners, parents, staff, administration and community members listening, being aware and communicating if something doesn't seem right. We would rather continue being extra vigilant rather than have to rely on reactionary procedures. Thank you for sharing your learner with us and we will continue to do everything that we can to keep them safe. If something ever comes up that doesn't feel right to you, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately.


Freshman Schedule Change
Freshman Schedule Change On October 12 your son/daughter will be scheduling for the second 6-week period. The majority of their classes will be locked in, but the support classes and 6-week electives have been removed. These holes in the learner schedules allow them to choose their selections based on their need at that time. These needs change throughout the year and we want an opportunity for their schedule to change with them. However, the learners could simply reschedule the same classes as they had for the first 6-weeks. This simply gives them the opportunity to change. The "Schedule Change Guideline" documents below also highlights a few changes that were made due to feedback we received from learners, facilitators, and parents. We were able to add some additional core time with providing the flexibility needed for the learning facilitators to adjust as needed to meet the learner were they are at. Your son/daughter will bring home the "Needs Assessment" form today to help them in their selections tomorrow. They will also be given the "Parent Approval" form to be signed over the weekend.The freshmen learning facilitators, counselor, and administrator will also be reviewing schedules to ensure that they are receiving the support the need as well

10-12-18 Schedule Change Guidelines Needs Assessment

10-12-18 Parent Approval Form 10-12-18


Band-O-Rama Concert

Band learners from Compass Learning Center, East and West STEAM Centers, and THS will perform their first concert of the year on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the THS gymnasium. This is a family-friendly concert and will close with the traditional "glow show" by the THS Shooting Stars Marching Band.


Scholarship Night

Save the Date: Monday, Dec. 3; 6:30 p.m.

More information to come as the event gets closer.


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

West STEAM Center

DC/Gettysburg Registration
Candle order forms are DUE Wednesday, Oct. 17. Chelsea Village will be here on Thursday to finalize all sales and money for orders.We will not be able to take any later order forms. You will not receive cash or check back to you...it will be sent to the travel agent to subtract from your learner's account.

Please make sure you register if your learner will be attending the trip. They have assigned another bus to fill, so you have limited time to register. Click here for more information.


ALICE Safety Protocol Review

On Wednesday, October 17th, we will be reviewing the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) protocol that we rely on to keep our learners safe in the event of a credible threat in the building. We take our learners' safety very seriously. No matter what educational information we share with our learners, the most effective approach in keeping everyone safe is the community of learners, parents, staff, administration, and community members listening, being aware, and communicating if something doesn't seem right. We would rather be extra vigilant than need to rely on reactionary procedures. Thank you for sharing your learner with us, and we will continue to do everything that we can to keep them safe. If something ever comes up that doesn't feel right to you, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately.

October 8, 2018 Reminders
We are still in need of many families to update Home Access Center. It is imperative that this be updated every year.BUZZ is updated every Friday by 3p.m. Please make sure to check your child's weekly progress. Unsure of login? Contact Ms. Sanders.

DC/Gettysburg Trip Info:
DC/Gettysburg candle fundraiser is under way! If your child hasn't brought home information, please contact Ms. Sanders. All sales MUST be in by October 17th.Box Tops collection sheets are available in the office. We will take sheets as they are filled up. Please make sure all box tops are on glued/taped on and that your child's name is also on the sheet.Please reference this site for more information. All learners who will be attending the trip must be registered.

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


University of Toledo Education Day
East and West STEAM learners will travel to the University of Toledo on November 14. Tickets are only available until October 8, and this is a first-come, first-serve event. Tickets cannot be purchased after October 8. Please purchase your child's ticket through MySchoolBucks.Events:

  • University of Toledo Women's Basketball - Rockets vs. Iona Gaels at 11 a.m.
  • Demonstrations from various UT academic departments
  • Hands-on learning opportunities

Parents should have received an email on Oct. 2 with more information. Please contact the school office with questions.


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

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.

    Video Resources

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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.