Do you value what you do?

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As we wrap up another (almost) spring week, we’re reminded what a transitional time of year this is.  We’re hosting tours for middle schoolers making choices for their futures, the calendar is filling up with end-of-year activities which celebrate student achievement in a variety of ways, we’re building the calendar for next year, daffodils are coming up, and snow may be on the way–change is in the air! I attended the Ohio School Boards Association …

The building of our next class has begun

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Wow, the excitement is building as we prepare to welcome our incoming class for fall of 2017! You’ve been so gracious as we’ve hosted 10th graders “en masse” and in small-group tours–and you’ve clearly gotten students excited about what our programs offer. Last night’s First Chance Application Night was a huge success; the energy, smiles, pride, anticipation–it was all good! In talking with several students who applied and their families, I could tell they feel …

An eventful week throughout our nation and school district

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This has been quite a week for us as a nation and a school district.  Current events have brought tension to schools across the nation, and we’re not immune from that at Tolles.  Our students have strong feelings about the political process, and that’s not in and of itself a bad thing.  Thank you for your continued focus on learning, on teaching students to manage disagreement constructively, and on setting an expectation of mutual respect.  …

Dispelling myths and increasing awareness of “today’s” career-technical education

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Another week is in the books for this school year–and it’s been another week of great happenings at and around Tolles! I attended a meeting this week along with Roger Roberts, Director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. He sought me out to tell me what an amazing job our HOSA student volunteers did at the county’s recent Safety Expo. He described our students as professional, prepared, and energetic–and he said the event could …

Students are focused as school is underway

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It’s been fun to watch our students settling into the new school year. The word I think I’d use to describe them is focused. They seem genuinely excited about the opportunity to be here, and they exhibit such pride in their chosen programs. I’ve had students from Marketing & Logistics pitch their new wares (very convincingly!), watched students in Engineering & Manufacturing explore new software, and had students from Criminal Justice call me “ma’am.” (I …

A new school year starts full of hope

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It’s wonderful to have everyone back and to be writing my first Skylines blog of the school year! We’ve had a really great start to the new school year; a few “bumps” to smooth out along the way, but that’s not unusual with all that comes together to get a new year started. What’s important is our students have had a great experience! The new students started Wednesday and are a little quiet and timid …

Leaving our legacy as educators

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I once had an evaluator tell me that feedback is a gift, and recent events have reminded me what a gift it truly can be.  First, Mr. Snowden (Criminal Justice instructor) shared with me some great feedback he received from a former student: Hi,    How are you doing? I’m doing pretty good. How’s school?? I am going to New Mexico in June to start working on getting my Latent fingerprint license. After New Mexico …

Proud of our staff and students

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It’s been a heavy-hearted week with the tragic loss of our student Zach George. I want to thank you everyone for pulling together to support our students and one another through the shock and grieving process. It was truly a blessing for me to learn more about Zach through talking with his family and hearing the speakers at his funeral service. He was an exceptional young man and will be dearly missed. Over the course of …

The impact of career-tech is all around us

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Our students of all ages have certainly been making the most of their opportunities recently here at Tolles. Recently I was asked to have student interns at Autotool speak at a Union County Chamber Business Impact Breakfast hosted there. Trevor Stage (Jonathan Alder) from Welding, Maria Fletcher (Madison-Plains) from Marketing & Logistics, and Lily Cotter (Jonathan Alder) from Engineering & Manufacturing shared about the benefits of their CTE programs, their experiences as interns at Auto Tool, …

Satellites are shaping the lives of 850+ students!

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I have had the opportunity to get out and visit all of our satellite programs over the past few weeks.  What a treat!  I hear so much about all the great learning experiences that are happening in these programs, but it makes it all “real” when I see our satellite teachers and students engaged in rich, experiential learning.  And it’s gratifying to me to hear from our associate school staff how much they appreciate the …