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Welcome to the blog of Mrs. Crew, Superintendent of the Tecumseh Local School District! Mrs. Crew will focus on news about the district, interesting student work, and achievements by students and staff on this blog. She will also share information about pertinent educational topics.
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Strategic Planning Information
Posted 12/8/2018 at 5:08:53 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]

      This past Thursday we had our third strategic planning committee meeting. The committee has identified the Tecumseh Local Vision and Mission Statements which reads as follows:

Mission Statement: Tecumseh Local Schools is the driving force behind a community of diverse and proudly connected Arrows. We are relentless learners who strive to become better tomorrow than we were today.

Vision Statement: Learning for All ~ Whatever it Takes!

The mission statement is the “work” that we do as a district to realize the vision statement. Hopefully, you recognize the vision statement, as we have embraced this statement for several years. The mission is new and the committee is excited to develop goals that will help us realize our mission statement.

Next, we brainstormed a list of “critical issues” we need to address at Tecumseh Local. We prioritized this list and identified four specific categories, or goals, that we will focus on at our next meeting in January. The four categories include, “Wellness,” “Growth,” “Community Engagement,” and “Fiscal Responsibility.”

I will continue to share information regarding the strategic planning process as our district plan develops. I greatly appreciate the time and effort of the committee members!


Proactive Capital Outlay Planning
Posted 11/27/2018 at 11:32:58 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]

     We are fortunate to have newer buildings at Tecumseh Local Schools. It’s hard to believe it is going on close to twelve years since the new buildings were completed. The first two, Medway Elementary and Donnelsville Elementary were completed in August of 2006. The completion of Tecumseh Middle School, New Carlisle Elementary School and Park Layne Elementary School were opened in January of 2007.  Tecumseh High School opened in August of 2007. Our students are afforded the opportunity to enjoy an education within the newer buildings. This is especially beneficial for climate control, as regardless of the weather outside, our students and staff can have the comfort of quality heating and air to ensure their comfort. We also have a sense of pride when we have parents, community members and visitors from other districts attend events in our buildings, as they are quite stellar. 

         I would like to share with our community that we are taking appropriate proactive measures to keep our buildings in the best shape possible. We have an incredible team of custodians at each of our buildings that work diligently to maintain the cleanliness and upkeep of the buildings. Their routine diligence keeps our buildings looking new. In my opinion, it would be difficult to find a more dedicated custodial team than we have at Tecumseh Local Schools. Many visitors to our schools have commented that it is hard to believe the schools are over a decade old given the pristine condition of the buildings.  

         Another area in which we are being proactive in the upkeep of our buildings is the work we have done to create a capital outlay plan for spending purposes. Specifically, our treasurer, Denise Robinson, Asst. Superintendent Ivan Gehret, our Maintenance Supervisor, Roger Diller and myself have worked this fall to develop this plan. Essentially, we are mapping out the upkeep and replacement of necessary items based upon identified need and available financial revenue. We work to find strategies to elongate the life of our HVAC systems and roofs at each building, as these are the major high dollar replacement cost items. For example, this summer and fall we had an infrared scan completed on all school roofs. The scanning report identified areas of moisture under the roof that could not be detected with a routine inspection. As a result, we were able to take corrective action on these identified areas instead of waiting until the areas were damaged to the point that we would have to replace sections of the roof(s). We are cognizant of the need to stretch the life of our newer buildings to ensure we are getting the maximum amount of years possible.  We continue to be appreciative of our newer buildings and extend our gratitude to our voters who made this possible over a decade ago.

         If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me at paula.crew@tecumsehlocal.org or 937 845-3576.

Strategic Planning Committee
Posted 11/12/2018 at 5:03:21 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]

      Tecumseh Local Schools is currently involved in the development of a comprehensive strategic planning process. A committee has been organized that includes board members, staff, parents, and community members. At our second meeting last week, members of the administrative team shared a State of the Schools presentation with the committee. The information was designed to provide demographic and financial information, along with specific initiatives underway in the district. Committee members indicated the information was informative. Thus, this prompted me to want to share a bit of this information via my Blog for our collective community to provide you with specific information about our district.

         One initiative that we are working on at Tecumseh Local Schools includes providing support for the whole child, to include working to create an environment where all students find success. We have established a Mental Health Committee in the district, comprised of administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, a school nurse, and our School Resource Officer. Together, the committee analyzes the barriers our students encounter and strategize to implement research-based strategies to meet their specific needs. Specifically, we have worked to increase mental health services and supports for our students, as we find this area to be of great need for many of our students. We have added a guidance counselor beginning this school year to serve the elementary schools, where previously one did not exist. We recognize the need to routinely offer bullying prevention programs and assemblies for our students, as the reduction of bullying behavior is of upmost importance.  Recently, the State Superintendent of Public Education for Ohio, Paolo DeMaria, visited our district. He indicated he wanted to visit, as he was intrigued and had heard about the district’s work in this area. The district will continue to promote opportunities to meet the needs of the whole child. This is imperative, as our students will not realize maximum learning if the barriers that impede their education are not addressed.

         Please contact me at paula.crew@tecumsehlocal.org if you have any questions, or would like additional information.  

Financial Information
Posted 10/26/2018 at 5:17:01 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]

      At Tecumseh Local Schools, we are cognizant of the need to maximize the use of financial revenue generated though local tax dollars and state aid. Since the onset of the school year, we have strategized to save the district substantial costs in multiple areas. 

A large expenditure in all school districts is the cost of copy machines that are needed in all school buildings.   The contract with the current company we leased the copy machines from ended at the end of last school year. We worked diligently to explore other potential companies that we could lease from in an effort to reduce costs in this area. Through the diligent work of our Treasurer Denise Robinson and our Technology Coordinator, Veronica Cassidy, we were able to enter into a lease agreement with a different company. The previous leasing agreement cost the district $100,000 annually, and the new contract will cost approximately $50,000 annually, thus a $50,000 savings.

Treasurer Robinson, Asst. Supt. Gehret and myself spent quite a bit of time investigating the trash removal cost this summer as well, as this is another costly expenditure for school districts. Previously, the district paid approximately $77,000 annually for this service. We explored potential strategies to save costs in this area. We were able to find different company that provides recycling opportunities that will help the district save major costs in its trash removal. The new cost for our trash removal is approximately $27,000 annually compared to the $77,000 previously, thus another $50,000 savings. This was a two-fold positive, as we saved cost and majorly reduced the amount of trash going to area landfills through recycling efforts.

We have not passed a levy for new money in over twenty years at Tecumseh Local Schools. Therefore, it is imperative that we be as strategic as possible with the funding we receive through local tax dollars and state aid. We strive to provide the best education for our students with the financial resources that are generated for the district. Strategizing to save cost in areas such as those detailed above, will help provide opportunities for our students, such as updating the much needed curriculum resources for example, so our students can be successful and be on a level playing field with students in other districts.

I'm happy to answer any questions or discuss our finances and cost-saving plans and initiatives if you would like more information. Please contact me at paula.crew@tecumsehlocal.org.

Sincerely,

Paula 

       

Curriculum Visits
Posted 10/4/2018 at 5:13:59 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
We have a District Leadership Team that met this week to conduct curriculum visits. The District Leadership Team (DLT) is comprised of the district administratiors and several teachers representing each school. The purpose of the DLT is to oversee the District Improvement Plan and make appropriate changes to the plan as needed. There are three goals on the plan: Goal One focuses on student academic learning and improvement. Goal Two focuses on supporting positive behavior and the mental health needs of our students. Goal Three focuses on the incorporation of technology useage by teachers and students to enhance student learning. Three times a year the DLT conducts Curriculum Visits. The Curriculum Visits are an opportunity for the DLT members to ascertain the degree to which the strategies outlined in the District Improvement Plan are being incorporated within the classrooms.  A curriculum visit checklist is used to record evidences of specific strategies used. The DLT analyzes the data to determine what areas we need to give additional attention to as identified in the District Improvement Plan. This is a group of committed educators working diligently to improve student learning and achievement.
Powerful Message on In-service Day
Posted 9/23/2018 at 6:07:38 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Tecumseh Local staff, joined by the Northwestern Local staff, listened to a presentation by Tim Kight today. Tim Kight is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Focus 3 Foundation. He works with many organizations, including the Ohio State Football team. Tim helps organizations align the power of leaders, culture, and behavior to achieve results. His message in a nutshell is to strive to manage our responses to any given situation, whether it be in the work setting, or in our home lives. The concept E + R = 0 seems simple, but it's quite powerful.  The "E" respresents the events we encounter daily. We all encounter situations or events everyday.  They are going to happen and we can't stop them...but our response or our "R" will determine the "O" or the outcome of those events. We can choose to have a "below the line" response, which will negatvively affect the outcome, or we can choose to have an "above the line" response which will help us problem solve and learn from the event.  We are striving to choose above the line responses at Tecumseh Local Schools.
A Successful Start to a New School Year
Posted 9/8/2018 at 9:05:23 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]

From the Desk of Superintendent Crew

Students and staff members have worked hard to get back into routines for the start of another school year.  Several new positions were added to the district in an effort to support students, staff and parents. We have partnered with the Clark County Commissioners and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department to hire a full-time School Resource Officer, dedicated solely to Tecumseh Local Schools. Deputy John Loney, our SRO, has worked diligently to help provide a safe environment. He has strived to meet as many staff members and students in his short time with us. The connections and positive relationships he is making with our students are quite impactful and, often times, can assist in proactively deterring  potential issues and safety concerns. We would like to thank and acknowledge the Clark County Commissioners for their financial support to cover more than half the cost for Deputy Loney. We’d also like to thank the Clark County Sheriff’s Department for supporting the SRO Program at Tecumseh and throughout Clark County.

All school districts have experienced an increase in the number of students who are in need of counseling services and mental health services. At Tecumseh Local schools we have many initiatives in place to help support our students in this area. Prior to this year, we had guidance counselors at the middle and high school. Recognizing our elementary students, staff and parents are in need of more support, we created a new guidance counselor position beginning with the onset of the school year. Mrs. Meagan Wagner, our new elementary guidance counselor, divides her time between Donnelsville, New Carlisle and Park Lanye Elementary Schools. We have established a mental health committee at Tecumseh Local Schools.  The committee works to determine the specific needs in our district and researches potential strategies and initiatives that will support this area most effectively.

Recently, the district offered staff members, parents, and community members the opportunity to complete a survey.  The survey is the first step in a comprehensive strategic planning process we are embarking on at Tecumseh Local Schools. We had an excellent response to the survey, with close to 600 individuals completing it. We would like to thank those who took the time and effort to respond. We are currently in the process of organizing a strategic planning committee.  Individuals on the committee will include staff, parents, and community members. During the first meeting, scheduled for October 11th, committee members will analyze the survey responses, which is the first step in creating a strategic plan.

It’s an honor to work at Tecumseh Local Schools. We have  dedicated staff members, parents, and community members that work hard to provide an excellent educational opportunity for our students. If you have any additional questions, or would like more detail about the information shared, please do not hesitate to contact me at paula.crew@tecumsehlocal.org.  I welcome any opportunity to talk with you about Tecumseh Local Schools.
An Outstanding Start to the School Year!
Posted 8/22/2018 at 6:38:10 PM by Paula Crew [staff member]

We are off to a great start to the school year. I’d like to express my gratitude to ALL of our staff members who worked diligently to prepare for the return of our students! Each contributed to this team effort in a unique way. I’d also like to thank the parents for helping your students return to a new school year, attending open houses, and sharing your child with us!

We’ve had a busy first week with many positive initiatives happening throughout the district. I’m not sure if you are aware, but we have collected plastic bottle lids as a district for the past year. The students in Mrs. Wright’s classroom at Tecumseh High School started this recycling project with a goal to collect 400 pounds. This amount of plastic lids can be converted into a recycled bench. The students reached their goal last year, and a red and black bench is now located at the west side of Tecumseh High School for all to enjoy.

What we found is people continued collecting the lids and turning them into the district. So, what began as a single-class initiative, morphed into a recycling project with the entire district and community involved in the collection of plastic lids. This collection went on throughout the year and into the summer. On our first day of school the lids were weighed and loaded into a large box truck. The total weight…one ton! The plastic was taken to a recycling center and in exchange, Tecumseh Local was given FIVE more recycled benches! The benches will be donated to different schools and throughout the community in the next couple of months. We are still collecting plastic lids and plan to continue with this recycling project in the future.

The momentum of the community and the district working together to make this happen is exciting. What this tells us is we can do anything if we work together as a united front. I’m looking forward to the many more things we can do together for the betterment of our district, our community, and most of all our students!

Safety Training for the Transportation Department
Posted 8/10/2018 at 6:56:32 PM by Paula Crew [staff member]
Our bus drivers participated in safety training this week.  Drivers reviewed appropriate responses to take if dangerous situations develop on the school bus.  Some of the scenarios they practiced responding to included an intruder coming on the bus, a weapon on the bus, and evacuating the bus in the event of a fire.  I'd like to extend the district's appreciation to the New Carlisle Fire Department and the Bethel Fire Department for their assistance and expertise today.  They helped by fogging the bus to simulate smoke in order to make the drill more authentic.  Drivers took turns practicing evaculating students under these conditions.
 
Safety and security is continuously on our radar at Tecumseh Local Schools. We continue to explore additonal methods to provide training for our staff and implement addditonal safety measures at Tecumseh Local Schools. 
Clark County Fair Begins
Posted 7/20/2018 at 6:44:21 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
The Clark County Fair begins today through next week.  This is the exciting culminating event for many students, staff and parents of our district, as it reflects hours of preparation and hard work.  The students, and often times parents as well, have spent hours caring for their livestock and animals throughout the winter and spring months.  This includes routine early mornings and late night feedings and cleaning of stalls.  The FFA Proram at Tecumseh Local Schools provide students an opportunity to develop a strong work ethic and responsbility as they care for their animals.  I encourage people to take time to visit our students at the barns as well as the numerous students projects at the fair.  Thank you for all involved in making this opportunity possible for our students!
Welcome New Administrative Team Members!
Posted 7/1/2018 at 10:06:35 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
I am thrilled with the additions to the administrative team we have to begin a new school year at Tecumseh Local.  The change started with our new Treasurer, Denise Robinson in January.  Denise has been a crucial addition to our team, as her years of experience as a school treasurer has already resulted in major savings in several areas for the district.  More recently, the BOE approved the promotion of Mr. Ivan Gehret from High School Principal to Assistant Superintendent.  Although he officially begins this position on August 1st, he has already started taking on projects and responsibilities this summer.  I am looking forward to partnering with Mr. Gehret to lead this incredible district.  At the board meeting last week, the BOE approved the hire of our new High School Principal, Mr. Aaron Oakes.  Mr. Oakes comes to us from Tipp City High School, where he served as the Assistant Principal.  Mr. Oakes plans to continue with the implementation of PBIS at the high school, which is a system that provides positive systems and strategies of support to serve all students.  This is something I support and feel strongly about to help our students succeed, regardless of the barriers they face.  Lastly, the BOE at Tuesday's meeting approved the hire of Ms. Beth Moore as our new Curriculum Specialist.  Ms. Moore has taught fifth grade in our district for close to twenty years.  Her expertise is in the area of reading literacy, curriculum development and data analysis.  She will be a vital asset to assist our administrative team and staff as we continue to improve the learning process for all students K-12.  This is an exciting time at Tecumseh Local Schools as we add these new positions to an already excellent administrative team.

Safety and Security are on the forefront at Tecumseh Local Schools
Posted 6/22/2018 at 5:33:55 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
 Safety and security measures are contstantly on the forefront at Tecumseh Local Schools.  The Board of Education and our staff continuously evaluate our needs and execute plans to maximize the safety for our students and staff.  Most recently, the Board of Education approved the hiring of a School Resource Officer assigned solely to Tecumseh Local Schools.  We'd like to welcome Deputy John Loney, who will be our School Resource Office effective with the onset of the upcoming school year.  Deputy Loney's office will be at the high school, but he will be actively involved with students and staff in all of our school buildings.  Deputy Loney is a veteran deputy with the Clark County Sheriff's Department and he is excited to get started!
 
We'd like to extend our appreciation to the Clark County Commissioners who stepped up to help cover over half the cost for employing Deputy Loney.  They were receptive of our request for assistance, which I appreciate on behalf of the welfare of the Tecumseh Local School District. We'd also like to express our appreciation to personnel at the Clark County Sheriff's Department for their support and assistance in making the School Resource Officer program possible.
Summer Food Programs
Posted 6/15/2018 at 9:05:47 PM by Paula Crew [staff member]

There are several food programs available for our students this summer. Impact Bethel will once again be hosting their annual summer lunch program. Free lunches will be served to area children starting Monday, June 4th through Friday, August 3rd at two locations. The locations include the shelter houses in Smith and Raynor Park. The Park Layne location will move to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on days it rains. The program is available for children up to eighteen years of age who live in the Tecumseh Local School District.

Second Harvest Food Bank will host a summer food program every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at New Carlisle Elementary beginning June 12th and ending July 26th from 1:15 – 2:15 for students eighteen years of age and younger. Students will receive a box lunch that will usually be a hot meal. Students will also receive fresh fruit and vegetables and a “go pack” of non-perishable food each Thursday to take home.  A food pantry will be available on these days for parents to visit.

We are fortunate to have these organizations and volunteers to assist with summer food needs. 

Please contact me at paula.crew@tecumsehlocal.org with any qeustions. 

Greetings from Tecumseh Local Schools
Posted 6/9/2018 at 5:45:10 AM by Paula Crew [staff member]
I am honored to be the next superintendent of Tecumseh Local Schools.  We have an amazing district with a team of dedicated staff that strive to meet the needs of all students.  Communication is paramount.  My plan is to use this Blog platform to share information and events, as well as celebrate the successes happening at TLS.  I welcome questions and communication you may have for me.  My email address is paula.crew@tecumsehlocal.org.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have quesitons about our school district.
 

                              "Learning for All ~ Whatever it Takes!" 

 

About Mrs. Crew
Superintendent Paula Crew
 
Mrs. Paula Crew has served as an administrator with Tecumseh Local Schools since 2003.  She spent a decade as the Director of Special Education and Professional Development, and five years as the Assistant Superintendent, until her promotion to Superintendent in the spring of 2018.  Prior to working at Tecumseh Local Schools, Mrs. Crew began her career as a teacher for students with special needs followed by an assistant principal at Clark-Shawnee Schools. She is also a veteran, serving six years in the military.  Mrs. Crew enjoys being actively involved in many of the school and community initiatives and events and has a passion for education and Tecumseh Local Schools. Her educational philosophy supports that of the district, Learning for All ~ Whatever it Takes!
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