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Welcome to Tippecanoe Valley!

Please click on one of the schools to the right to access specific school information. If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact our Director of Technology at 574-353-7741574-353-7741. Thank you for visiting our web site!

Important publications can be found by clicking on the Information menu and by choosing Document Library. You'll find downloadable Adobe PDF documents including School Board agendas, meeting minutes, school calendars, and issues of the View of the Valley.


Tippecanoe Valley High School Among Area's "Best High Schools"

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Tippecanoe Valley Schools are proud to announce the upcoming Rachel’s Challenge program for all Valley students and community members. Generously funded through donations from the community, Rachel’s Challenge will be presented in all TVSC schools September 2nd -4th.  For Program times and more information, Click Here.

Pictured are the three Tippecanoe Valley teachers honored during today’s corporation-wide Teacher Orientation Day at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School for perfect attendance during the 2013-2014 school year.  Pictured, left to right, are Sidney Reed (Special Education Teacher @ Akron Elementary School), Linda Randall (Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School), and Amy Forbes (Sixth and Seventh Grade Math Teacher at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School).  This is Mrs. Randall’s third consecutive year with perfect attendance.

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Tippecanoe Valley welcomed 13 new educators during today’s corporation-wide Teacher Orientation Day at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School.  Seated, left to right, are Ashley Hohman (first grade teacher at Akron Elementary), Elizabeth Bendicsen (media specialist at Mentone Elementary), Chanda Terwiske (second grade teacher at Mentone Elementary), Gloria Werner (special education teacher at TVHS), Shauna Magid (science teacher at TVHS), Hayley Cooper (fourth grade teacher at Akron Elementary).  Standing, left to right, are Melanie Darling (TVSC speech/language pathologist), Mike Bendicsen (principal at TVHS), Cory Cooper (assistant principal at TVMS), Ethyn Brumbaugh (fifth grade teacher at Akron Elementary), Kyler Kearby (eighth grade math teacher at TVMS), Chris Rassi (fourth grade teacher at Akron Elementary), and Elizabeth Aucacama (TVSC school psychologist).

New Staff 14-15

The Indiana State Department of Health has updated school immunization requirements for the 2014-2015 school year.  Click on the link below for a chart detailing the latest requirements:

IN State Department of Health School Immunization Requirements

The Tippecanoe Valley offers summer meals, breakfast and lunch, to all student 18 years of age or younger.  For more information click here.

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is seeking nominations for the Tippecanoe Valley High School (TVHS) Distinguished Alumni Class of 2014. To learn more, read the full SNR here.

School News Release -- Nominations Sought for TVHS Distinguished Alumni Class of 2014

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation (TVSC) is accepting applications for non-resident students (students residing outside the school corporation boundaries) who would like to attend any TVSC school – Akron Elementary School, Mentone Elementary School, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, or  Tippecanoe Valley High School – during the 2014-2015 school year.  For more information or to download an application, follow the links below:

School News Release -- Non-Resident Student Transfer

Appliation for Permission to Transfer


The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation offers responsible individuals who enjoy young people the opportunity to earn a competitive wage as a school bus driver.    For information on how to become a bus driver for the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation, contact director of transportation – Lyle Butt at 574-353-7145574-353-7145.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation uses the STI InformationNOW student information system.  STI InformationNOW will allow parents or guardians to logon one time to one web site and see information for any students they have in the school district, regardless of what school they attend. 

Our preference would be that you come to any of your children's schools so we may verify your identity and information and provide you with access.  However, you may also call to receive your logon information.  We will ask several questions to verify your identity, as we want to protect access to the educational records of your student(s).

Once you have your login information, you may access STI InformationNOW by clicking on the STI Menu link at the top of any of our school or district web sites.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation provides a great service for the parents/guardians of all Tippecanoe Valley students.  In the event of a school delay, early dismissal, cancellation, or other school-related emergency, an automated calling service will contact each student's parent/guardian on the primary telephone number provided at registration.  For example, in the event of a weather-related two-hour delay, a telephone call will be received, typically between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., notifying the parent/guardian of the delay.

If any parent/guardian of a Tippecanoe Valley student prefers to be removed from the calling list, or would like to provide an alternate contact number, please notify the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation in one of the following ways and provide the number you wish to have added or removed along with the name(s) of the associated student(s):
·    Email your request to Director of Technology, Keith Lang, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or
·    Call (574) 353-7741(574) 353-7741 and ask for Keith Lang or extension 1010.

This service continues to benefit the families served by the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation by communicating important school-related emergency information in a more time efficient manner.   

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation will continue its use of the We Are Closed Today online notification system to notify area radio and television stations as well as community members of weather related school announcements.

Community members may register with We Are Closed Today and receive email and/or text message notification of any Tippecanoe Valley school delay, closing, or early dismissal due to weather conditions. In addition to specific notification, anyone may go to, enter their zip code, choose a radius, and see all the delays or closings within that area.

Local radio stations broadcasting the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation's weather related school announcements include Warsaw's WRSW-FM (107.3), WRSW-AM/ESPN (1480), Willie-FM (103.5), WIOE-FM (98.3) and Rochester's WROI-FM (92.1 FM).

Local television stations broadcasting the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation's weather related school announcements include South Bend's WNDU-TV (Channel 16) and WSBT-TV (Channel 22).

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation's weather related school announcements include Akron Elementary School, the Burket Educational Center, Mentone Elementary School, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, and Tippecanoe Valley High School.

For more information, visit the We Are Closed Today website at or contact Graham Pearson of the Northern Indiana Educational Services Center by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone at 866-254-5322866-254-5322.

Many parents and guardians mistakenly believe their child's school carries medical insurance for accidents that occur at school. The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation offers student accident insurance to all students. Student accident insurance costs just a little, but may save you a lot later. If you don't have other insurance, student accident insurance is vital. Even if you have other insurance, you may have deductibles or co-payments. Student accident insurance will help to fill those expensive gaps. Don't wait until you are faced with costly medical bills to think about purchasing student accident insurance.

The student accident insurance available to all students in the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is underwritten by the Markel Insurance Company. Multiple plan options (Economy Plan, Basic Plan, and Deluxe Plan) are available for school time coverage and around the clock coverage. There is also a plan offered for interscholastic football coverage for students in grades 9-12. Click here to learn more.

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is accepting applications from qualified and caring individuals for positions in substitute teaching. Opportunities are available at all grades (K-12) at Akron Elementary School, Mentone Elementary School, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, and Tippecanoe Valley High School.

Applicants must have at least a high school diploma.

The daily rate of reimbursement is based on the applicant's level of education.

Applications for a position in substitute teaching in the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation are available from the Administration Office at 8343 South State Road 19, Akron, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Questions about substitute teaching opportunities may be directed to Dawn Rowland at 574-353-7741574-353-7741, extension 1000.

Office Hours

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Central Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Central Office is closed for all school holidays and breaks, but remains open during the summer.

School Board

The minutes and agendas may be accessed by visiting the Document Library or clicking on the links below:

School Board Documents


All Write!!! Consortium - Angela Miller

Bowen Center Services - Meagan Wilks, Coordinator

Corporation Technology Committee - Director of Technology, Chair

Curriculum/Textbook Committee - Building Principals, Chair

English Language Learner Program - Blaine Conley, Director
GED Program, Section 504/ADA - Meagan Wilks

Health & Wellness Advisory Council - Deb Potter, Chair

HIPAA Privacy Officer - Jessica McFarland
Insurance Committee - Brett Boggs, Chair

Local Coordinating Council Representatives:
LeAnna Bell, Fulton County LCC
Carolyn Kirchenstien, K.C.O.D.E.

Mentor Training Program - Meagan Wilks

Negotiations - Brett Boggs

Policy Review Committee - Brett Boggs, Chair

School Safety Specialist - Jon Hutton & Scott Backus

School Improvement Steering Committee - Brett Boggs, Chair

Substitute Teacher Training/Screening - Erin Proskey

Summer School Coordinator - Dan Kramer

Corporation Testing Coordinator - Chrissy Mills

Title IX Coordinator – Dan Kramer

Title I Coordinator - Angela Miller

United Way Campaign – Scott Backus, Chair

Great Things at TVSC

The Tippecanoe Valley High School (TVHS) Distinguished Alumni Class of 2011 has been named.  The 12 members of this year’s class join a noble group of TVHS graduates who have led successful lives while making substantial contributions to their chosen field of work or have provided outstanding services to their community, state, or country.  The Class of 2011 will stand as a vivid example for all current and future students of what is possible for those who pass through the halls of TVHS. The Class of 2011 includes four graduates from the 1970’s – Vernon Goodman (1977), Greg Hoover (1978), Sherri (Miller) Johnson (1978), and Kevin Deardorff (1979).  Three are 1980’s graduates – Jerry Meadows (1982), Todd Stokes (1982), and Dean Trippiedi (1988).  Three are graduates from the 1990’s – Nicole Borem (1995), Jason Bowman (1995), and Micah Lukens (1999).  Two are graduates of the 2000’s – Jayme (McCalla) Parker (2001) and Rebekah Parker (2004). The TVHS Distinguished Alumni Class of 2011 will participate in Induction Day activities to be held at TVHS on Friday, September 23.  Induction Day will begin with a breakfast and brief orientation.  The inductees will then spend the morning meeting with groups of students to discuss their career and other life experiences that led to their selection for this honor.  The inductees will also talk about how their experiences at TVHS prepared them for the years ahead.  The inductees will eat lunch with the students, providing opportunities for individual interaction.  Following lunch, the Rochester Telephone Company will conduct and record individual interviews with the inductees.  A Community Dinner honoring the inductees will be held in the TVHS Commons from 5:30-7:00 p.m., prior to the home football game.  During the dinner Rita Price will interview each inductee.  Induction Day will conclude with the introduction of the inductees at halftime of the football game.  At that time, a commemorative plaque will be presented to each inductee. The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is proud to honor such a distinguished group of TVHS graduates as inductees into the Class of 2011.
Tippecanoe Valley High School’s 2010-2011 graduation rate improved again to 84.4%, up from 80.4% the year prior.  The state average is 85%.  Below is a history showing the significant improvement in Tippecanoe Valley High School’s graduation rate during the past five years. 2006-2007  68.1% 2007-2008  71.9% 2008-2009  75.4% 2009-2010  80.4% 2010-2011  84.4%
During Monday’s 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day ceremony in Winona Lake, 2011 TVHS graduate, Diana Gonsalez, was the recipient of an award for Academic Excellence.  The award was based Diana’s academic excellence and involvement in a wide variety of curricular and extracurricular activities while a student at TVHS.  She was also honored for a letter written to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King in which she wrote, “Dr. King is famous for his wisdom and persuasive speech against segregation between African Americans and European Americans.  He fought his battles with words instead of violence much like the teaching of Muhammad Gandi.” Diana was one of only two recipients of the award for Academic Excellence.  Each recipient received a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship. Diana is currently a freshman at Bowling Green State University where she is studying nursing.
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Akron Elementary School’s Flyer Time Program will be highlighted in upcoming WRSW United Way radio spots.  Parent Kim Miller and student Chase Miller are the stars of the ad.  Listen to the attachment to hear the entire ad.  The spot will run 3 times a day in the very near future.  United Way funds both the Flyer Time and Bulldog Buddies after school programs for our schools.  Listen to it here.
Click here to view the FOX28 Story on TVSC's Anna Higgins!
TVHS Interview With Gabe Newell Goes "Viral" on YouTube

When Ben Rogers' Sports/Entertainment Marketing class was able to arrange a video conference with Gabe Newell, Founder/Managing Director of Valve Software in Bellevue, Washington, they knew they had a unique opportunity to learn some real-world business lessons from an expert in his field.  However, they had no idea the interest their conference would generate when they posted it as a Youtube video on the Internet.  In the last four days, over 85,000 people have watched their conference.  The video has been the subject of numerous gaming articles online and many people have discussed and commented on the topics discussed in the conference.  Mr. Rogers is really using the video conferencing equipment at TVHS to open the outside world to his class and give them opportunities to interact with individuals that they would have otherwise never had an opportunity to even meet, not to mention the ability to learn from their vast experiences.  Next up for this exciting class, a conference with three-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver, Art Monk!  You can view the YouTube video of their conference with Gabe Newell here.


Tippecanoe Valley High School
Distinguished Alumni
Class of 2010

In the spring of 2010 the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation (TVSC) in cooperation with the Tippecanoe Valley High School (TVHS) Alumni selected a group of TVHS graduates to be recognized as the TVHS Distinguished Alumni Class of 2010.  Graduates from the 1970's, the 1980's, the 1990's, and from the 2000's were selected.  A new group of TVHS Distinguished Alumni will be selected annually.

The TVHS Distinguished Alumni are graduates of Tippecanoe Valley High School, living or deceased, who have led successful lives while making substantial contributions to their chosen field of work or have provided outstanding service to their community, state, or country.

Individuals selected as TVHS Distinguished Alumni will  share their experiences with current TVHS students and serve as mentors.  A digital display at TVHS will honor the TVHS Distinguished Alumni.

The TVHS Distinguished Alumni will be honored each September during a full day of Induction Day activities concluding with a Community Dinner and the introduction of the inductees at halftime of a home football game.

Each year the selection committee will consist of the previous year's inductees and TVSC administrators.

Anyone who would like to nominate a TVHS graduate for the TVHS Distinguished Alumni Class of 2011 may obtain a nomination form from the TVSC website here, the Tippecanoe Valley Alumni website at ,  the TVSC administration office, or the office of any TVSC school.  Nominations for the 2011 TVHS Distinguished Alumni are due no later than May 1, 2011.

Questions about the TVHS Distinguished Alumni may be directed to TVHS Principal Kirk Doehrmann at 574-353-7031574-353-7031 or TVSC Superintendent Brett Boggs at 574-353-7741574-353-7741.


Amanda Alexander's passion for international causes took root at TVHS long before she graduated in 1996, followed her to Indiana University's Kelly School of Business and was tucked into her backpack when she volunteered on an organic farm in Spain after trekking most of Europe.

As marketing specialist at Teachers Credit Union, she planned events for Kids Helping Kids and People Helping Families. She volunteered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the South Bend Regional Museum of Art.

She joined the Peace Corps in 2002 and was sent to Peru where she established rapport with the indigenous people of a northern Andes village and taught artisans basic business concepts that enabled them to promote their products locally and internationally.

Fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese, she traveled through South and Central America before being accepted into The Ohio State University with a full tuition fellowship. She earned an M.A. in arts policy and administration in 2007.

She recently completed her doctorate at OSU by focusing on Peruvian artists, returning there several times to do case work and to help artisans set up a website to further their abilities to sell their products and maintain a better quality of life.

Now an assistant professor at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and known as Dr. Alexander, she teaches art education, cultural policy and arts administration. She continues to advocate for international social justice and education and is unrelenting in her protests against unfair trade, child labor and environmental degradation.


By the time Dion Anglin graduated from TVHS in 1989, he had earned TRC awards in basketball, baseball and football and was ready for new challenges.

After playing varsity football and basketball at Manchester College, he transferred to Ball State University and played football one year before opting to concentrate on academics. Majoring in Entrepreneurship, he also took ROTC classes.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps while a senior and, four days after graduation, reported to San Diego, CA, for training. After two years as an enlisted man, he entered officer candidate school where he received a Military Occupational Specialty in ground intelligence that made him eligible for top secret security clearance. His first duty station was in Okinawa. Eventually he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Desert Fox, earning a Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal.

He interrupted active duty to earn an MBA at the University of Notre Dame but returned to the front in 2004 when he led his platoon into combat in Iraq, earning commendations for meritorious service as an intelligence officer. Following a second tour in Iraq, he returned stateside to help train reconnaissance Marines and joined Oshkosh Corporation's Defense Division. Through online classes, he graduated from Command and Staff College.

Now regional manager for Oshkosh Defense in Asia, Australia, India, Turkey and Israel, he has traveled more than 100,000 miles this year.

In spite of his success at meeting new challenges, he says, "I do not see myself as famous. I try to better myself through education, national service, working hard and doing the right thing."


While at Valley, Britton Burkhart was active in National Honor Society, Peers, Student Government, baseball, football, swimming and basketball, but he really wanted to learn to fly.

As a senior, having earned his coveted private pilot's license, he flew a single engine Piper Cherokee over the school's football field with members of his class waving and cheering while spelling out "2004." The photos he snapped remain treasured possessions.

Three and a-half years later, with a major in professional aviation flight technology and a minor in business administration, he earned a BS from Indiana State University, graduating cum laude. He served as social chair and president of ISU's Alpha Eta Rho aviation fraternity, was a member of Indiana State Flight Team and worked for Air Support, an air show logistics company.

He holds commercial single and multi engine land certification, commercial single engine sea certification and is a certified flight instructor for instrument ratings and multi-engine planes. While at ISU, he spent two years as a certified flight instructor. So far, he has logged over 2,000 flight hours without incident.

His community service includes two years as a member of the Burket Volunteer Fire Department, occasional assistance serving at soup kitchens and trash pick-up for Adopt-a-Highway. As a member of the Park Valley Estates Neighborhood Watch, he chased and caught two of three burglars breaking into a neighbor's car.

He and his wife, Jenni, reside in Indianapolis where he is a First Officer with Chautauqua Airlines, a regional carrier.


Joe Cook completed high school at Burket Educational Center, graduating from Valley in 2006. He immediately began his career in the United States Marine Corps.

Now a corporal, he has served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. While in Iraq, he led three hundred combat patrols, served as mentor to Iraqi police in the field and was in charge of armory, logistics and supplies.

In Afghanistan he assumed many of the same responsibilities he filled in Iraq but took his work with the police a step further by helping establish a police station from scratch. He also served as a team leader, vehicle commander and patrol leader.

During those two assignments he had to familiarize himself with several native languages, including Arabic.

He has earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal and ribbons for Combat Action, Afghanistan Campaign, Iraqi Campaign, Sea Service Deployment, NATO ISAS and Good Conduct. In addition, he earned distinction as "expert rifleman," the highest possible marksmanship award.

Joe and his wife, Megan, currently are stationed in North Carolina.


According to Jerrod Feldman, a member of the class of 1989, he is most famous for being a husband, father and coach.

That's a statement several hundred area youngsters would dispute. To them, he is Dr. Jerrod, their beloved pediatrician at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester.

Jerrod began his medical studies after graduating TVHS where he excelled in academics, athletics and 4-H. He played football while earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis and went on to acquire his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at the I.U. Medical Center, spending many hours at Riley Children's Hospital.

 A board certified Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he is former Chief of Staff at Woodlawn. He has served as consultant for community organizations and school functions regarding health education. He enjoys coaching and working with children.

He and his wife, Brooke, live in Rochester with their children Andy and Emma.


Being the only member of the TVHS class of 1977 to earn ten varsity letters in basketball, cross country and track paved the way for Kirk Robinson to continue collecting honors, titles and things.

Although he earned a degree in mortuary science, he opted to become purchasing director at Pike Lumber Company. Deeply involved in the Akron community, he is president of Akron Revitalization Committee, past president of the Akron Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Fourth of July committee, a member of the Akron Lions Club and its tree planting committee, assistant project chairman of the Akron Community Center, Pike Memorial Park trustee, vice president and soon to be president of the Fulton county Community Foundation

In the past 25 years he has officiated ten IHSAA state championships. In 1998, he started a "To Be Your Best" mentoring program for high school officials that gained national recognition.  He has been ranked No. 1 volleyball official five times in the last eight years and was the 2006 IHSAA Volleyball Official of the Year. Head clinician and sport rules interpreter in both IHSAA volleyball and basketball for the past 12 years, he chaired basketball clinics in 2006 and 2008.

He and his wife, Kim, the parents of two grown children, annually crank about 150 gallons of cider. The rest of time Kirk continues collecting. He has the world's largest stash of cereal prizes and a fleet of bicycles he rides countless hours each week.


Currently a research scientist at Cook Biotech, Inc. in West Lafayette, Eric Rodenberg was valedictorian of his TVHS class of 1996, graduating with an Indiana Academics Honor Diploma.

He continued his studies at Purdue University where he earned a B.S. degree in chemistry in 2000. In 2006 he earned a Ph.D. in cellular and integrative physiology from Indiana University. His dissertation was on the development of a biocompatible small-diameter vascular prostheses derived from small intestinal submucosa.

During this time he earned a medical biophysics/bimolecular imaging predoctoral fellowship, participated in the Sigma Xi research competition and married Jenny Stover, a fellow doctoral candidate at I.U. While Jenny completed her degree, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at the I.U. School of Medicine. 

The couple moved to Houston, TX, in 2008 where Eric was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College. They returned to Indiana in 2010 when he accepted the position with Cook Biotech.

His Curriculum Vitae includes major awards from the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine, Baylor College and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Search and a number of professional affiliations. He has published two original manuscripts and many abstracts and scientific conference proceedings. He is co-holder of two patents.

His community service includes American Cancer Society Relay for Life, I.U. School of Medicine Spring House Calls and program lecturer/mentor for USA Biology Olympiad.


Sara Kerkhoff Rundell likes to say she is especially famous for making the world's best chocolate chip cookies. However, the 1999 Valley graduate and Fulbright Scholar has a lot more going for her than that.

While at Manchester College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude, she received recognition from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association for three articles published in the college paper and was a member of Alpha Mu Gamma National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society.

As a Fulbright Scholar, she went to Morocco to study literature by women. She found libraries rare and private, with most research projects dealing more with interviews than with writing. "I ended up mostly talking with Moroccan women, some of whom were kind enough to write down their stories that reflected on the realities of being a Moroccan woman," she said. These included their struggles to get an education, finding a balance between being a traditional woman dedicated to husband and family and being a professional.

Sara became Manchester College's first graduate to attend Harvard Law School, earning her degree while serving as supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review.

She now lives in Denver, Colorado, where she just finished clerking for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid.  She will become an associate in the law office of Holland and Hart in late September.

She has worked with Habitat for Humanity and prepares and serves meals to Denver's homeless.


Matt Shilling graduated from Valley in 2000 and later from IPFW where he was active in student government, served as student senator and student body president.

He found those skills valuable assets when he moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

During the 2004 presidential election, he was responsible for the re-election campaign of Vice President Dick Chaney in the western half of the nation. When President George W. Bush and Vice President Chaney were re-elected, he became associate director of the White House office of public liaison, serving as the president's connection to agriculture, conservation, energy and fire and law enforcement communities.

While he and his wife, Abigail, currently live on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, their home is several blocks from the White House. That's not to say, however, that his life is any less exciting.

As president of Ocearch, an ocean research organization dedicated to the protection and management of the world's marine resources, he recently visited Panama, the first Central American country to prohibit purse seining within its waters. (Purse seining is a type of fishing in which a long rectangular net with a weighted bottom edge and a buoyant top, floated by the cork line, is run around a school of fish to contain it.  The net forms a "purse.")

Matt describes Ocearch as focusing on research, education/awareness, sustainability and marine debris.  In 2009 Ocearch assisted National Geographic in producing a series on great white shark research.


As a preschooler, Paula Shireman wanted to be a veterinarian, but by third grade she decided "People were okay too" and began telling everyone she wanted to become a doctor.

The 1982 TVHS graduate did exactly that. She earned a B.S. in nutrition science at Purdue University, her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and an M.S. in clinical investigation from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX.

A vascular surgeon at the UT Health Science Center where she is a tenured professor, she has earned recognition for her research in blood vessel formation, skeletal muscle regeneration and tissue engineering. She also serves as staff physician at Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio where she treats veterans with vascular disease. She has received grants from the National Institute of Health, Veterans Administration and the American Heart Association.

She currently serves on the board of directors of the South Central Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) and chairs its research committee.

Her 30-page Curriculum Vitae contains dozens of scholarships, professional development courses, publications, board certifications and areas of expertise. She has received awards from Purdue, UT, Loyola University Medical School, The Chicago Surgical Society, American Venous Forum, IU School of Medicine and others. She was named Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery in June of this year.

Paula and her husband, Patrick Conroy, reside in San Antonio with their three children.


Akron Elementary School was recently named by the Indiana Department of Education as Fulton County's top high-growth school for English/Language Arts.  Using new data from the Indiana Growth Model, Akron Elementary School was honored because a large percentage of its students achieved high academic growth in English/Language Arts during the 2009-2010 school year.

According to Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett, "For the first time ever, we have the ability to do more than just recognize high test scores; the Growth Model allows us to identify schools making the largest gains in student learning.  No matter what a child's gifts and limitations - no matter what they know upon entering a classroom - we want to distinguish and praise those educators who meet students where they are and push them to reach their highest academic potential over the course of the school year."

Principal Blaine Conley and the staff of Akron Elementary School are to be congratulated for being among the state's leaders in helping students achieve high academic growth.

TVHS Students Heading for Indy 500 Festival Parade

Three members of the Tippecanoe Valley High School Band - Patrick Hughes, Adam Solano, and Dan Solano have been selected to march in the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade as members of the Indiana All-Star Marching Band.  The All-Star Marching Band is comprised of high school wind players and color guard members from across the state of Indiana and is sponsored by the National Band Association.  Patrick Hughes, Adam Solano, and Dan Solano were nominated by TVHS Band Director, Miss Janell Riner, and will join the All-Star Marching Band for its thirteenth annual performance in the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade on May 29, 2010.

Harmony Publishing Donates Printing Press to Graphic Imaging Technology Program at TVHS

Tim Harman of Harmony Publishing recently donated a Hamada Star offset printing press to the Graphic Imaging Technology program at Tippecanoe Valley High School.  The Hamada Star was manufactured in Japan sometime in the mid 1980's.  It is a one-color press capable of 11"x17" format printing.  Last used in the Grace College Print Shop, the press will be useful in helping students learn the initial concepts of offset printing press set-up and operation, serving as a stepping stone to the program's larger, more complicated presses.

The Graphic Imaging Technology program at Tippecanoe Valley High School is a career and technical education program offered through the Warsaw Area Career Center.   The class is open to juniors and seniors from Tippecanoe Valley High School, Warsaw Community High School, and Whitko High School.  Graphic Imaging Technology is a two-period, two-semester course that focuses on theory and hands-on experiences in pre-press, press, and finishing operations.  Emphasis is placed on design and layout leading to computerized electronic image generation, plate preparation, pressroom operations, and finishing techniques.  The course includes actual production processes in conjunction with classroom assignments using the technologies of printing, publishing, packaging, electronic imaging, and their allied industries.

Tippecanoe Valley Awarded Distance Learning Equipment

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is one of six northern Indiana school districts awarded a Lifesize Room 200 Conferencing System, including a 50" monitor/cart, professional development, and installation.  The approximate value of the equipment is $18,000.  Installation will occur on Thursday, April 22, at Tippecanoe Valley High School.

The new state-of-the-art distance learning equipment was awarded to the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation by Views on Learning (VOL), a not-for-profit organization established to provide "˜World Class' distance learning and collaboration opportunities for schools.  In 2008 VOL formed a partnership with the Northern Indiana Educational Service Center (NIESC) to facilitate the mission of VOL by accessing their network of education experts and resources.  VOL is dedicated to creating an interactive distance learning community to meet the needs of the 21st Century K-12 "digital natives".  VOL will use technology to enhance the quality of learning, to increase opportunities for collaboration, and to share educational resources, including professional development.

With this system our schools will have free access to VOL's Lifesize Multipoint Video Bridge, which will allow schools to connect with other classrooms/events throughout the United States using existing Internet connectivity and be an active participant in the VOL consortium.

The authors of the grant application responsible for bringing this new distance learning equipment to the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation were Angie Miller, Brad Hagg, and Kirk Doehrmann.   


Four members of the Tippecanoe Valley Middle School Band - Ben Ridenour, Juan Baca, Diana Baca, and Sarah Jones - have been selected by audition to perform in the Three Rivers Honor Band on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on Saturday, February 6, 2010, in the Three Rivers Band Honor Concert.  The IPFW Three Rivers Honor Band Festival is an opportunity for talented young musicians from across the region to join together in the performance of quality concert band literature with nationally respected teachers and conductors.  Additionally, students have sectionals and master classes with outstanding professional musicians.  

The Tippecanoe Valley Middle School students selected to participate are Ben Ridenour, grade 7, son of Jeff & Raquel Ridenour; Juan Baca, grade 8, son of Juan and Martha Baca;  Diana Baca, grade 8, daughter of Jesus and Maria Baca; and Sarah Jones, grade 7, daughter of Dan and Jennifer Jones.

Ben, Juan, Diana, and Sarah will perform among 70 student-musicians representing 20 northern Indiana schools


The Board of School Trustees of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation was recognized as a Master Board during the Fall Regional Meeting of the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) in Plymouth on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. Tippecanoe Valley's Board was one of 17 in the state to receive this recognition. Master Board recognition requires all members of a school board to individually earn at least 75 points for participating in various ISBA activities which includes the annual fall conference and the completion of a formal self-evaluation.

Members of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation's Board of School Trustees include: Bryan Murphy (member), Mark Wise (secretary), Hal Hoffman (vice-president), Rod Eaton (member), and Dave O'Brien (president).

Tippecanoe Valley Names Donna Lehmann Director of Special Services

Donna J. Lehmann was approved as the new Director of Special Services of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation during the May 11th meeting of the Board of School Trustees. Mrs. Lehmann, currently employed as an administrator with the Elkhart County Special Education Cooperative in Goshen, assumes the duties of her new position on July 1. Mrs. Lehmann worked as a special education teacher/administrator in the Dublin City Schools, Dublin, Ohio, from 1991-2003. When her husband accepted a job in Indiana, she was hired as a special education teacher/assistive technology consultant in the Whitko Community School Corporation where she served from 2003-2006, prior to taking the administrative position in Goshen.

A graduate of Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Mrs. Lehmann attended Wheaton College and California State University, Chico where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She later earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from Boston University. Her certification as a Director of Exceptional Needs was earned from Indiana University in 2007.

As Director of Special Services for the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation, Mrs. Lehmann becomes the administrator of the Burket Educational Center where her office is located. She will oversee special education services in the school district with additional responsibilities in adult education, also serving as the school district's ADA compliance officer and expulsion hearing officer.

Mrs. Lehman and her husband, Joseph, a professor of English at Grace College, are the parents of Philip, who just finished his first year at Grace College. Her hobbies/interests include being outdoors, hiking, camping, and cross country skiing. She enjoys an annual trip to New Hampshire with her family.

Tippecanoe Valley Honored to Be Part of Warsaw Area Career Center

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is honored to be part of the Warsaw Area Career Center which allows students in Tippecanoe Valley, Warsaw, and Whitko schools to take part in courses that may not be available in their home school district. Take a look at the Winter Edition of Career Connections to see some of our students in action!

TVMS Spell Bowl Team Captures First Place
Tippecanoe Valley Middle School won 1st place in the Running Rivers Conference Spell Bowl Competition on October 20th at Manchester Junior High School. Making the most progress in one year of any of the schools represented (Manchester, North Miami, Northfield, Peru, Rochester, Southwood, Tippecanoe Valley, Wabash), Tippecanoe Valley moved from a 8th place finish last year to 1st place this year.

The spell bowl team was composed of the following 6th grade students: Lauren Early, Megan Howard, Austin Nault and Josh Petgen and the following 7th grade students: Abbii Barnes, Chad Kintzel, Casimir Kromkowski, Elizabeth Shepherd, Heaven Vick and Ericka Webb. Elizabeth Shepherd was given special recognition for correctly spelling 100% of the nine words she received in her round. The spell team was coached by Mrs. Susanne Siebrase. Mrs Niki Early served as proctor. Congratulations to these students who spent over a month preparing for this tournament.

Tippecanoe Valley High School sees significant increase in the 2008 SAT scores

Tippecanoe Valley's SAT scores rose in all three areas tested Reading, Math, and Writing. In 2007 Valley's overall mean score was 1355 well below the state average of 1487. In 2008 Valley's overall mean score was 1524 which surpassed the state average of 1485 and was 166 point increase over the 2007 average.

The state average in SAT Math mean score for Indiana in 2008 was 508 and the national score was 515. Although Valley did not reach the state or national average, Valley's Math mean score raised from 455 to 497, an increase of 36 points.

The state average in SAT Reading mean score for Indiana in 2008 was 496 and the national score was 502. Valley was above state and national averages with a mean score of 503. Valley's Reading mean score rose from 458 in 2007 to 503 in 2008 for a 45 point increase.

In Writing, the Indiana state average mean score was 481, while the national average was 494. Valley improved their SAT Writing mean score by 85 points by scoring a 527 in 2008 over 442 in 2007. This score ranked Valley 8th in the state in SAT Writing scores.

Valley's combined 2008 SAT Reading and Writing scores ranked among the top five percent (18th out of 364) in the state of Indiana.

Tippecanoe Valley Announces Districtwide Accreditation Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation announced today that all schools have been granted accreditation under the Districtwide Accreditation Model from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and AdvancEd.

To earn accreditation, schools must meet the high standards of the AdvanEd Districtwide Accreditation Model, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous school improvement plan focused on increasing student performance. The accreditation process is voluntary and requires annual review. The QAR Team visited Tippecanoe Valley Schools March 10-12, 2008.

Accreditation provides an external mark of quality and a focus on continuous school improvement. Angela Miller, who leads the corporation improvement team, stated, "The real value of NCA CASI accreditation is the focus on improvement. The accreditation process focuses the school staff on analyzing student performance data, identifying areas of weakness, and developing clear goals and plans for improvement. We regularly assess and measure our progress in all goal areas, and NCA CASI holds us accountable for demonstrating growth. The process keeps everyone in the building focused on raising student achievement. This process is a team effort and our teachers and staff worked hard for this accreditation."

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It is the policy of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, in its programs or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act (I.C. 22-9.1), Title VI and Title VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964), Title IX (Educational Amendments 1972), the Equal Pay Act of 1973, and Section 504 (Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973).
Inquires regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Assistant Superintendent, Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation, 8343 S State Rd 19, Akron, IN - Telephone (574) 353-7741(574) 353-7741;  Inquires regarding compliance with Section 504 may be directed to the Director of Special Services, Burket Education Center, 5095 S 700W, Box 8, Burket, IN - Telephone (574) 491-2555(574) 491-2555.
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