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August 2017

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Dear Twinsburg Schools Family:
Welcome to the 2017/2018 school year! It’s an exciting time of the year as we prepare for the return of our Tigers and for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 16th. Bus schedules will be mailed the week of August 7th. If you have questions about transportation once you receive your bus schedule, please contact our Transportation Department at 330.486.2348.
It has been a very busy summer! Here is an idea of some of the projects that occurred during summer break:
  • Thanks to our generous corporate sponsors, Carpet Country, University Hospitals, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group and Cardinal Health, our Multimedia Project at Twinsburg High School and Tiger Stadium is well on its way to completion! The Multimedia Project brings a new scoreboard to Tiger Stadium, a new scoreboard and stats board in the gymnasium at Twinsburg High School and four (4) large LCD screens which are being installed in the Commons at Twinsburg High School and which will provide for the simulcasting of programs from the auditorium to the Commons. All of these enhancements are at no cost to our residents, thanks again, to our very generous sponsors!;
  • The roof project at RBC is underway and should be completed before the first day of school;
  • Repairs to the roofs at Wilcox Primary School and Twinsburg High School are completed;
  • The auditorium floor at Twinsburg High School has been refinished;
  • Technology has been upgraded in several computer labs and classrooms at THS and RBC;
  • Sidewalk repairs are completed at Samuel Bissell Elementary School and George G. Dodge Intermediate School;
  • The auditorium carpet will be replaced at George G. Dodge Intermediate School; and
  • An HVAC renovation is completed at Samuel Bissell Elementary School
Thanks to our residents who supported the Permanent Improvement Fund many years ago, we are able to continue to maintain excellent grounds and facilities!
District administrators have been busy these last few months, recruiting and hiring the very best talent. With this task nearly complete, I am happy to introduce the newest members of our staff:
Allyson Lengacher – Instructional Assistant
Joan O’Hara – Instructional Assistant
Kimlicia Brown – Instructional Assistant
John Koutras – Pre-Engineering/PLTW
Lisa Moorer – Assistant Principal
Melissa Walters - English
Ed Basch – Janitor
Laura Bucy – Family & Consumer Sciences
Ning-Lun Chang – World Languages, Chinese
Erin Maschek – Instructional Assistant
Ken Piechowiak – Head Custodian
Melissa Wade - Janitor
Joyce Checki - Cook
Denise Suveges – Cook Manager
Jo Szabo – Instructional Assistant
Leatha Goff – Instructional Assistant
Julianne Walker – Assistant Principal
Central Office
Beth Mariola – Supervisor of Innovative Programs
Catherine Roberts – Administrative Assistant
                                    to the Business Manager
Lavonda Creel – Permanent Substitute Bus Driver
Tina Falconberry - Permanent Substitute Bus Driver
Jonathan Fennell - Mechanic
Gia Herod – Bus Driver
Paul Terry – Permanent Substitute Bus Driver
I want to take a moment to remind you about PowerSchool Registration formerly known as InfoSnap, our online process for the registration of new families and the enrollment verification for our returning Tigers. PowerSchool Registration provides a secure site and offers parents the ability to complete some of the required paperwork, such as emergency medical information, in a manner that avoids the need to retype or rewrite the same information on multiple forms. PowerSchool Registration allows the District to distribute forms to our families in an electronic format which will in turn reduce costs for paper and postage. Furthermore, I believe there is an increase in the accuracy of our student information. Parents/guardians will receive a separate letter which will include important information about your PowerSchool Registration account. Included in that letter will be phone numbers and email addresses parents/guardians can use should questions arise. I am very pleased that our District transitioned to this online format last year as our families found the process parent-friendly and efficient.
Mailed to you was a copy of the Student Fee Guidelines and the Student Fee Payment Form for 2017/2018. In lieu of using the Student Fee Payment Form, parents are encouraged to pay Student Fees online using the EZ Pay online payment plan. Information about the online payment plan can be found on our District’s website at www.twinsburg.k12.oh.us. Simply click on the EZ Pay icon for more information. An EZ Pay user guide will be e-mailed to parents once you have registered in the system. Parents will need to know their child’s “Student Password” to register. The “Student Password” is the same password your child uses to purchase lunch, to log onto the network at school or to log into Progress Book. Questions about EZ Pay can be directed to Brian Fantone, Athletic Director/Coordinator of K-12 Student Activities at 330.486.2480 or directed to EZ Pay at 1.866.693.9729.
Student Fees, excluding Pay-to-Participate Fees, may be paid at your child’s school beginning on August 16th. Staff members will also be available at your child’s school to accept Student Fees, which include Academic and Course Fees, during the August Open Houses and Orientations. You are encouraged to complete and bring the attached Student Fee Payment Form with you to Open House/Orientation where you can pay your Student Fees. It is highly recommended that high school and middle school students wait until the second week of the school year to pay for course fees so they are certain that their schedules are set for the semester. Pay-to-Participate Fees for the Fall Sports Season are due on August 7th. THS and RBC students interested in participating in fall sports should forward fees to the Athletic Office at Twinsburg High School.
As a point of clarification, please note that the Dodge Yearbook Fee is not intended to pay for a yearbook, but to participate in the Yearbook Club. Also, please note that fees for co-curricular activities such as Band, Orchestra and High School Yearbook are considered Course Fees. As such, these Course Fees as well as other Academic Fees, may be waived for students who participate in the Federal Breakfast/Lunch Program. Reduced Pay-to-Participate Fees for students who are eligible for the Federal Free Breakfast/Lunch Program (fees reduced by 50%) and students who are eligible for the Federal Reduced Price Breakfast/Lunch Program (fees reduced by 25%) are available. Students’ eligibility from the 2016/2017 school year will be used to determine reduced Pay-to-Participate Fees for the fall season. A copy of the Waiver Form that parents/guardians need to complete and submit if their child qualifies for the Federal Lunch Program can be accessed when parents/guardians log on to their PowerSchool Registration account. Waiver Forms will also be available on the District website and at each of the school’s main offices. The completion of this form allows the District to waive or reduce the fees of qualifying students.
I look forward to personally welcoming you on our first day of school, Wednesday, August 16th! It is going to be an exciting year filled with many opportunities for our students to learn and grow! Best wishes for a wonderful school year!
Yours in education,
Kathi Powers
Kathryn Powers
Administrative Assistant:
Marianne Franko
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