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Norm Glismann's Blog Page
Welcome to the blog of Mr. Norm Glismann, Superintendent of the Tecumseh Local School District! Mr. Glismann will focus on news about the district, interesting student work, and achievements by students and staff on this blog. He will also share information about pertinent educational topics.
THS Students Excel at BPA Competition!
Posted 2/2/2017 at 2:01:01 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
105 THS students attend the Springfield Clark Career Technology Center, and a number of them competed in a Business Professionals of America (BPA) Workplace Skills competition on 2-1 at Beavercreek High School.  First place students will advance to the BPA state competition in Columbus on March 16-17.  

Results of THS students:
Jacob Woosley won first place in both Computer Security and Network Design Team competitions.  

Eric Stephenson earned first place in Database Applications and second place in Web Site Design competitions.    

Natalie Shaffer took second place in the Economic Research Team competition.

Dallas Roberts was the first place winner in the Visual Basic Programming competition.

Congratulations to each of these students on their outstanding accomplishment!  Everyone at THS and in the district is very proud of you.  Best of luck at next month's competition in Columbus! 
Connecting Link "E News" Coming
Posted 1/26/2017 at 12:13:35 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
Beginning in February the district will post an electronic newsletter on the website.  The Connecting Link "E News" will be published ten times during the year from August-May.  News will be shared from the central office, from each school and from other district departments in each issue.
The newsletter will be available on the website, but if you sign up here,   Click here to subscribe!    the newsletter will be emailed to your inbox.
I hope that you enjoy the Connecting Link "E News"! 
Winter Poetry Jam at NCES!
Posted 12/20/2016 at 11:06:13 AM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
This morning the students in Mrs. Sarah Riley's 4th grade class held a Winter Poetry Jam in the NCES gymnasium.  The students have spent the past few weeks learning about various types of poems (Haiku, Acrostic, Couplet, Shape, etc...), and they have been reading from poetry collections contained in the NCES library.  In addition, the students wrote an original poem using one of the types that they learned about in class.  All of the information learned during the poetry unit culminated in today's "Jam."  

Parents/Guardians were invited to hear one original poem read by the student poet, and he/she also read his/her favorite poem selected from the poetry collections.

Parents/Guardians who weren't able to attend in person could view and listen to the "Jam" courtesy of a Google "Hangout" created by Mrs. Riley.  Four parents/guardians took advantage of this option.  Google provides many nice educational options for our students and staff, and "Hangout" is just one example.

The poems were creative, and it was easy to see that the students had a great time with the poetry unit while learning a lot about poems along the way.  Students and Mrs. Riley, congratulations on a job well done!  Thank you for inviting us to hear your creations this morning!    

 
PE Waiver Coming to THS During 2017-18 Academic Year
Posted 12/15/2016 at 10:54:15 AM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
At its regular meeting on December 13, 2016, the Tecumseh Local School District's School Board approved a new program which will be very beneficial to Tecumseh High School (THS) students beginning next year.

In accordance with Senate Bill 311, students in grades 9-11 may be excused from the PE requirement for graduation by receiving two (2) physical education (PE) Waivers in any combination of district-sponsored interscholastic athletics, marching band, cheerleading (per season) or AFJROTC (per year).  If the PE requirement is waived, the student will be required to complete one half (½) unit of credit, consisting of at least 60 hours of instruction in another course. All waivers must be earned at THS prior to the student entering his/her senior year.

Next year's freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be the first students eligible to earn the PE waiver.  This will benefit students by creating room in their schedule to select additional electives of interest.  Additional information will be available when students begin the registration process for 2017-18 at THS.  

We're excited to be able to offer this option to our students! 
Ohio Department of Education Information
Posted 12/6/2016 at 12:02:17 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]

Ohio Department of Education Launches Mobile App

Ohio families can now get the latest education news, search for schools in their neighborhoods and look at their schools’ report cards right from their smartphones. The Ohio Department of Education today launched a mobile app for iPhone and Android.

“More and more, we’re getting information directly from our smartphones,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “The Ohio Department of Education Mobile App brings valuable resources right to our families’ fingertips.”

With the app, Ohioans can:

News IconAccess timely educator and family resources;
GeolocationFind school report cards and other information from around their homes;
Updates IconReceive app updates and notifications straight to their phones;
Search IconInteract with the Ohio School Report Cards by school or district name, or by entering their zip code;
Share IconSend information from the Ohio School Report Cards to friends, family and colleagues;
Moving IconCheck out district and school grades in the area before they move; or
Features IconNavigate directly to schools or call them with easy to use in-app features.


The Ohio Department of Education Mobile App is available free of charge in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, search Ohio Department of Education.
Holiday Concerts
Posted 11/30/2016 at 8:37:07 AM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the 4th grade holiday concert.  The students did a great job of entertaining the large audience under the direction of Mrs. Melissa Willardson.  I encourage you to attend as many concerts as you are able.  The concerts will add to your holiday experiences.  Here is the schedule for the remaining concerts.  All concerts will be held in the Tecumseh High School auditorium.

December 1   5th Grade Concert 6:30 & 7:30 PM

December 6   Middle School Choir Concert 6:30 & 7:30 PM

December 7    2nd Grade Concert 6:30 & 7:30 PM

December 8    3rd Grade Concert 6:30 & 7:30 PM

December 12  High School Choir Concert 7:00 PM

December 13  Middle School Band Concert 7:00 PM

December 15  High School Choir Concert 7:00 PM

Happy Holidays to you!   
Thank You!
Posted 11/9/2016 at 3:46:00 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
Thank you Tecumseh Local School District voters for renewing the emergency levy that was on the ballot on 11-8!  The levy renewal will assist district personnel as we strive to maintain our current programs.  Rest assured that we will continue to be responsible and transparent regarding the district's funds.
Election Day
Posted 10/27/2016 at 3:19:12 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
All of the district's buildings except Tecumseh Middle School and New Carlisle Elementary School will be used as polling places on Tuesday, November 8.  School will be in session for students, but we have taken precautions to make sure that students and staff remain safe during the school day.

The district has hired deputies from the Clark County Sheriff's Department to be on site while students are present, and the City of New Carlisle was kind enough to offer to reimburse the district for the cost of the deputy assigned to Tecumseh High School.

We're confident that this proactive step will provide for a safe school environment on November 8.  Take some time to cast your vote on Election Day!
PTO Funding Field Trips
Posted 10/17/2016 at 11:12:00 AM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that supports students and teachers in the three elementary buildings has agreed to fund field trips for students in grades K-5 this year.  The teachers have selected these trips for students for 2016-17:
K: Learning Tree Farm (spring 2017)
1: Ohio Caverns (10-24 and 10-27)
2: Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
3: One Room Schoolhouse and Carillon Historical Park
4: Victoria Theater and Thomas Cloud Park
5: Sun Watch (Indian Village/Archaeological Park)
The district is fortunate to have such hard working individuals supporting our students and staff members.  You can assist by attending PTO meetings and getting directly involved in the cause and by supporting the PTO fundraisers during the year.
PTO members, thank you for all that you do for our students and staff members!  Keep up the great work!
Read to Your Young Children!
Posted 9/30/2016 at 1:29:04 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
Today I read stories to half of the first grade classes at PLES, and I'll read to the other half next week.  I also read to second grade classes at DES.  I enjoy doing it, and it helps me to get to know some of our students; however, it really helps our students!  Having stories read to them assists children to develop their own reading skills.

The National Education Association reports:
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.

Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet.  This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.

The NCES also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:

count to 20 or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)

write their own names (54% vs. 40%)

read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%).

Please take some time to read to your children as often as you can.  If your child is beginning to develop reading skills, have him/her read a story to you periodically.

All of us can assist our students to become better readers!
State Report Card Results
Posted 9/22/2016 at 11:56:34 AM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
The district's 2015-16 test results which make up the State Report Card that was released on 9-15 are not results which accurately reflect the education that our students receive on a daily basis.  I visit classrooms often, and I witness students who are actively engaged in the learning process.
Standardized tests are not the most accurate measurement of student learning, and test scores are down in the entire state. While district scores were far away from the percentage needed to pass the indicator in many cases, our scores match, surpass or are very close to the state's average in many cases.
Many Ohio superintendents are lamenting the fact that the assessments have changed each of the past three years and that students and staff are trying to hit a moving target, and that is true.  We are trying to do that; however, I choose to focus on improvements that we can make regardless of the assessments that are used.
I'm proud of the staff and administrators in this district.  When I visit classrooms and attend meetings, it is clear to me that optimum student learning is the goal of everyone.  Having written that, however, improvement in all areas is also a goal for all district employees.
I have asked our staff not to focus on the scores.  Instead, I've asked them to build positive relationships with our students, sincerely care about our students, teach our students to think critically, make sure our students are active participants in the learning process, and inspire our students to seek more information about topics elsewhere.  If all of us do these things, our students will learn.
I'm also asking our staff to set a goal of receiving a positive response to these four questions from parents/guardians.  If we can do that, we are being successful as a district regardless of our test scores.
1. Does your child experience success at school on a regular basis?
2. Do teachers and administrators provide you with ample evidence that your child DOES experience success regularly?
3. Is your child learning anything of value?  How do you know?
4. Does your child feel good about himself/herself?

I'm hopeful that you CAN respond affirmatively to these four questions every day.  I believe your children are receiving a quality education in the Tecumseh Local School District!
New Reading Garden at TMS
Posted 9/15/2016 at 1:42:36 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
Tecumseh Middle School (TMS) students recently began using the new Reading Garden located in proximity to the school's media center on the east side of the school.  The Reading Garden was funded by the TMS Student Council.  It is hoped that students and staff will take great advantage of the Reading Garden during nice weather.  I encourage you to take a moment to look at the Reading Garden the next time you're at TMS.  Thank you to the TMS Student Council for this wonderful gift!  
Parent/Guardian Text Tips from ODE
Posted 9/12/2016 at 11:49:57 AM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
If you'd like to receive age appropriate tips via text from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)...
For elementary students text: OHED EL to 468311  
For middle and high school students text: OHED HS to 468311     
Be Aware of a Very Dangerous "Game" Teens Are Playing
Posted 9/7/2016 at 2:40:48 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
I just read a very sad story about an 11 year old South Carolina boy who died while playing a "game" of trying to choke himself to achieve a high or "state of euphoria."  I have not heard of Tecumseh students doing this, but it's always good to know what is happening with school-aged children.  Here is the article from the USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/07/sc-boy-dies-after-playing-choking-game/89950828/
The New School Year Is Upon Us!
Posted 8/17/2016 at 3:10:00 PM by Norm Glismann [staff member]
It is my pleasure to welcome you, your children and your family to the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year!  The buildings are spotless and beautiful!  Our custodial staff did outstanding work during the summer to prepare for today.  In addition, you may have noticed some roof work being done at some of the schools during the summer.  A late spring storm caused damage to some of the roofs, and we were able to obtain funding via insurance to make the repairs.  All of the schools are between 9-10 years old, and they still look brand new.  I encourage you to visit the schools if you haven't been in them recently.

Since last spring we have purchased, or in some cases refurbished, over 600 devices for students to use to enhance their learning experience.  These devices consist of Chromebooks and iPads, and they were purchased very reasonably due to the low cost of Chromebooks and iPads.  The new devices represent approximately one for every five students.  Added to the devices already being used in the schools, we feel as though we've made some important improvements in technology.  If you have children currently enrolled, they should report to you that they have ample opportunities to use technology at school.


  
About Mr. Glismann
Mr. Norm Glismann joined Tecumseh Local Schools as Superintendent in August of 2015. Mr. Glismann brought 16 years of experience as a superintendent of private and public schools to the position, having most recently worked at Graham Local Schools in Saint Paris, Ohio, from 2009 to 2015.
In addition to his experience as a superintendent, Mr. Glismann has worked with students as a teacher, coach and principal, and began his career in education in 1976. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also earned a certification in Educational Administration and Supervision.

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