Newsletter for employees of the Tippecanoe School Corporation
TSC Matters
Back-to-school celebration
Purdue baseball coach Mark Wasikowski
"Every day you have an opportunity to make a difference. What will you do with your opportunity?" That's the message Purdue Head Baseball Coach Mark Wasikowski shared with TSC employees at the back-to-school celebration August 13 at Battle Ground Middle School.

Wasikowski challenged all employees, regardless of their position, to be humble and lift each other up. "Rally yourself to give your best to each student and coworker. Let's get everyone on base!"

Teacher professional development workshop
The Purdue Center for Economic Education is hosting a workshop September 11, "Classroom Business Enterprise for K-8 Teachers ." This one-day workshop is an opportunity to discover how your students can flourish by starting and running a real money classroom business.

Read more .

Grant opportunities
Indiana Retired Teachers Association logo
The Indiana Retired Teachers Association is accepting applications for its annual Active Teacher Grants . Grants up to $500 are avaialbe to public school educators in Pre-K through grade 12.

Applications must be submitted by September 20.

SIA Foundation
The SIA Foundation is now accepting applicati ons for its fall grants.

The foundation awards cash grants to support funding of specific projects in the area of health, education and arts.

Click here to apply. The deadline is September 30.
Aaron Hamilton in classroom
Wyandotte teacher honored as finalist
The Indiana Department of Education announced the 2017-2018 state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Aaron Hamilton, a fourth-grade teacher at Wyandotte Elementary, is among three state-level finalist in science. He will be recognized at a luncheon this fall.

Read more .
The United Way campaign is underway
Make your pledge today

Many of our students and their families depend on United Way agencies and programs, like Read to Succeed, Riggs Community Heath Center and Food Finders Food Bank.

Please make a pledge today so we can help ensure every student can succeed. Extra pledge cards are available in your school office or HR.

Donate early so you will be eligible for all three drawings for prizes: 
  • Tuesday, August 21 -- $250 Bellinger’s Gift Card 
  • Tuesday, August 28 -- $200 Visa Gift Card
  • End of campaign Wednesday, September 5 - $100 Gift Card

TSC hosts school safety forum
TSC school safety officials updated families on security measures, programs and other initiatives during a forum August 9  at McCutcheon High School. It was also an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and give input.

We encourage our students and staff to play an active role in school safety. Be observant and let administrators or a SRO k now if you see or hear something suspicious.

Read more .
Open enrollment closing soon

Open enrollment is underway through August 22. TSC will have two open enrollments in 2018 because our insurance plan year is changing from October to September to the calendar year, January through December.

Current employees : If you do no log into the Benefits Portal , your insurance elections from last year will roll over into the new plan year.

New employees: You must log into the Benefits Portal . if you do not log in, you are effectively waiving all your benefits for the 2018-2019 contract year.

American Fidelity logo
American Fidelity - Section 125 enrollment
All TSC employees who work over 17.5 hours per week are eligible for ancillary benefits through American Fidelity.

All TSC benefit eligible employees are required to meet with American Fidelity to sign off on Section 125 (pretax health, dental and vision).

Purdue vouchers available
The TSC has Purdue University credit vouchers available that expire July 2019. Click here to learn more about eligibility and guidelines. Applications are available here .

To be considered for the first round of voucher distribution, please have your application to Julie Slunaker by September 7.

Please contact HR if you have any questions at .

Paycheck checkup

Do you need assistance knowing how to complete your federal payroll withholding forms?

The IRS has created this video to assist you.

August - Set yourself up for success.
Refresh your go-to lunch and snacks

It can be difficult to think of healthy options to pack for lunch or snacks. Click here to learn more and to see some ideas for easy, healthy, tasty lunch and snack ideas.

TSC INtegrate employee discount guide
Click here to see what discounts you are eligible for as a TSC employee -- just in time for the start of the new school year.

Personal coaching program
Are you ready to live healthier and feel better in the new school year? Learn more about NuStart's personal coaching program .

  • Get individualized support
  • Set goals for accountability
  • Customize lifestyle strategies
  • Gain life skills education
  • Find your inspiration

Click here to apply.
Register for the Cupcake Run
The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County is hosting its third annual Cupcake Run for Public Education September 23 at Cumberland Park, West Lafayette.

PSF Cupcake run and walk
If you are a teacher, student, or school employee, please indicate as such on your registration, as well as what school you represent. The fastest male teacher and the fastest female teacher will each receive an award. The school with the most participants will receive a traveling trophy. Help out your school and get as many friends/coworkers to participate and win that trophy!

Cupcake tasting party

Four teachers, including Cindy Aubuchon of McCutcheon and Jill Baker from Harrison, have been paired up with different bakeries and representatives from Tate and Lyle for a cupcake bake-off.
rows of cupcakes
Cupcake Tasting Party
5 - 7 pm Tuesday, September 4
The Long Center
111 N. 6th Street, Lafayette

Sample four cupcakes and vote by dropping a donation in the tip jar. The teacher from the winning team gets a $1,000 for a classroom or school project.

New web filter
The TSC recently transitioned to a new web filter, Securly. The most significant change for end users relates to the use of their personal devices (smartphone, tablet, etc.) on TSC's network. While users can still connect their personal devices to TSC's Wi-Fi and use most apps, in order to use a mobile browser (Safari, Chrome), users will be required to install a security certificate on their device. 
Please visit the new   Personal Device WiFi Access webpage  to access instructions on how to install the certificate for your device. Included on this page are instructions for Android, iOS, OS-X, and Windows operating systems. 
As staff and students return to school and begin accessing online resources, we are bound to come across sites that should be blocked but aren't, and vice versa. To request a website to be unblocked (for staff and/or students), please use the Website Unblock Request form located in the 'Support' drop-down menu in SMART. Thank you in advance for your patience as we fine-tune the new web filter to meet our unique needs!
With Kathy Nimmer

A recent business trip took me to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. My hotel was not far from the Capitol Building, an area usually teaming with activity, but interestingly, the weekend made the streets and sidewalks quiet and nearly serene. As I walked beside the Department of Education, listening to birds chirp and a distant train whistle, it struck me that this city at that time was a metaphor for all of us. We can be intensely engaged and sometimes even frantic when we are on a mission, but we also must quiet ourselves and disengage when that mission is not our center. Knowing that both activity and stillness are important, maybe we can learn to value each a bit more as we seek both productivity and peace.
Mark Zwolanek
Employee Name: Mark Zwolanek
Years with TSC: 15
Position: Technical specialist, McCutcheon High School and Mayflower Mill Elementary School
Why is TSC a great place to work : I enjoy working for TSC because I am surrounded by people who care deeply about the education of their students.

Bea Younker
Employee Name: Bea Younker
Years with TSC: 12
Position: Director of Student Services
Why is TSC a great place to work: TSC truly puts students and families first. I am inspired daily by the commitment, caring and support provided by all TSC employees at all levels. TSC is truly a team. 

September 3 - No school, Labor Day
October 12 - End of the first nine weeks
October 26 & 29 - No school, fall break