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August 2021

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Dear Twinsburg Schools Family:

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!  We look toward the beginning of this school year with great excitement and anticipation as our students and staff members return, for the most part, to our traditional grade band campuses.  

Our Soft Reopening Week is scheduled for August 23rd – 26th.  Students are scheduled alphabetically for their Soft Reopening Day.  This ensures that children from the same family are assigned on the same day, regardless of their grade level.  If you have an exception in your family, meaning your children have different last names, please contact your school principal and he/she will be happy to accommodate your family's scheduling needs for Soft Reopening Week.  Your child’s Soft Reopening Day is considered a school day and attendance will be taken.

Students are assigned their Soft Reopening Day per the following:
Last Names beginning A - E:      Monday, August 23rd
Last Names beginning F - L:      Tuesday, August 24th
Last Names beginning M - R:      Wednesday, August 25th
Last Names beginning S - Z:      Thursday, August 26th

During this special week, students will get a chance to meet their teacher(s) and some of their classmates, to revisit our COVID-19 health and safety protocols, to obtain their District-issued Chromebook (if they do not already have one) and complete preliminary assessments so that our teachers know a little bit about students’ mastery levels and areas that need extra stretch or intervention.  Parents will receive more information about our Soft Reopening Week as well as classroom assignments/schedules directly from building principals.

Parents who selected the Twinsburg Online Learning Academy through Ohio Online Learning for their children will receive additional information through an orientation session.  Parent/Student Orientation sessions are scheduled for Thursday, August 26th at 9:00 a.m. and Friday, August 27th at 2:00 p.m.  Families only need to virtually attend one session.  Details will be forthcoming.

Students will report together for the first time on Monday, August 30th.  Bus schedules for students in Preschool – Grade 12 will be mailed the week of August 9th.  If you have questions about transportation once you receive your bus schedule, please contact our Transportation Department at 330.486.2348.

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:

Wilcox Primary School
Anne Larsen – Quarantine Support Teacher
Nicole Leonard – Janitor
Lisa Morean – Administrative Assistant
David Ockuly – Art Teacher
Joan O’Hara – Preschool Administrative Assistant
Nancy Wagner - Cook

George G. Dodge Intermediate School
Katherine Darnell – Media Assistant
Eugenia Green – Quarantine Support Teacher
Laura Powaski – Cook
Abigail White – Intervention Specialist

Twinsburg High School
Brian Linn – Principal
Ryan Looman – Assistant Principal            
Kyle Archer – Intervention Specialist
Peter Hampton – Vocal Music Teacher
Hayley McConkey – English Teacher
Antonio Perera – Spanish Teacher
Christina Pistone – Quarantine Support Teacher

District Administrators
Alex Popovich – Curriculum Supervisor
John Sommers – Supervisor of Maintenance
                              & Custodial Plant Services
Samuel Bissell Elementary School
Melissa Cogan – Quarantine Support Teacher
Kira Kravchenko Krenisky - Cook
Annette Leister - Janitor
Lucas Walter – Music Teacher

RB Chamberlin Middle School        
Michelle Lowden – Assistant Principal
Spencer Genos – Physical Education Teacher
Peter Hampton – Vocal Music Teacher
Joseph Higgins – Science Teacher
Alecia Henderson – School Counselor
Cara Scrudders – Beech Brook Social Worker
Matthew Utz – Quarantine Support Teacher

Transportation Department
Margaret Cleveland – Permanent Sub Bus Driver
Michael Hiller – Bus Driver
Kortney Miozzi – Bus Driver

I want to take a moment to remind you about PowerSchool Registration, 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 of our returning Tigers will received a separate letter in the mail or via email if you selected this option last spring, 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.  Parents of our incoming Kindergarten students and other students new to our school family should not expect this information as you received it during your recent registration appointment.  I am very pleased that our District transitioned to this online format five years ago as our families find the process parent-friendly and efficient.

Click here to access a copy of the Student Fee Guidelines and the Student Fee Payment Form for 2021-22.  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 by sending your check and the attached Student Fee Payment Form to your child’s classroom teacher in a sealed envelope labeled with your child’s name.  Parents of students who are enrolled in our Twinsburg Online Learning Academy through Ohio Online Learning may mail or drop off their child’s Student Fees to the Board of Education Office, 11136 Ravenna Road.  Please remember to complete and include the attached Student Fee Payment Form in a sealed, labeled envelope.  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 16, 2021. THS and RBC students interested in participating in fall sports should forward fees to the Athletic Office at Twinsburg High School.  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 are eligible for 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 2020-21 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.  

We truly appreciate your continued support and your confidence in our District.  I hope you share in our excitement as we prepare to greet our Tigers beginning with Soft Reopening Week!  

Yours in education,
Kathi Powers, Superintendent





Superintendent:
Kathryn Powers
330.486.2000
 
Administrative Assistant:
Marianne Franko
330.486.2002