Tuesday, November 22, 2016

TJHS Fall 2016 Update - Find the AWESOME!

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches this week, it is a great time to stop and reflect on the numerous positive things that are happening here at TJHS.  I know that I am thankful for a supportive school community, an excellent staff, and a student body who achieves at a very high level academically and athletically.  I have challenged the faculty and staff of TJHS this year to find the AWESOME in every day.  As you read below, there is a lot of AWESOME that can be easily identified.

Image result for thanksgivingOnce again, we had a high number of students participate in fall sports.  Three of our fall teams finished in FIRST place in the GWOC North Division, with another team making it to the semi finals in the GWOC tournament.  Our 8th Grade Football team (Three Way Tie with Piqua/Tipp), Boys Cross Country team, and Girls Cross Country team all finished the season as the GWOC North Champions!  Our 7th Grade Volleyball made it to the Semi Finals in the GWOC tournament, losing to eventual champ Springboro.  All of this while 71% of our student-athletes were recognized as "Scholar Athletes" (3.5 GPA or higher)!  What a successful fall season for our student-athletes...Congratulations!!  TJHS has successful athletic programs...now that is AWESOME!

Our 1st Quarter Academic Awards recognized students for Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll (3.5-3.74 GPA), and Principal's List (3.75-4.0 GPA).  We handed out over 625 total awards, while having 166 parents and family members join us for the awards!  The dedicated teachers and staff, hard-working students, and supportive families at TJHS are AWESOME!

Our fundraiser with Coffelt Candy Company was a success this year.  This will help us to increase access to mobile technology such as chromebooks.  The top 20 students were transported to lunch at Al's Pizza by our business partner, Erwin Chrysler Jeep Dodge.  A Dodge Viper and brand new Dodge Chargers were used to transport the students.  Erwin even picked up the tab for lunch.  Having Erwin Chrysler Jeep Dodge as a great business partner helping us have a successful fundraiser is AWESOME!  

Student council again collected canned goods and held a "penny war"  to raise money toward helping local families during this Thanksgiving season.  More than 1500 total canned good items were needed in order for TJHS to reach its goal this year.  In total we collected over 3500 canned good items!  The donations combined with the money from the "penny war" is providing 30 local families with a Thanksgiving meal and more.  An active TJHS student council who leads the building in such meaningful and service oriented activities is AWESOME!

Recently, our 8th grade students had the opportunity to take trips that will help guide them as they begin to think about what they would like to do in high school and beyond.  One of the goals of TJHS is to provide our students with the necessary tools and experiences that will allow them to begin formulating realistic plans for the future before they walk across the parking lot to Troy High School.  The Future Begins Today sponsored our 3rd annual trip to Wright State University.  This allowed our 8th grade students to visit a local college campus, learn about the various programs of study, and interact with a representative from WSU to answer any questions.  Also, we took our annual trip to Upper Valley Career Center.  This trip allows our students to see the different programs offered at UVCC, and begin to think about whether or not this learning environment would be for them.  Living in a community who supports excellent learning activities that will help shape the future of our young men and women is AWESOME!

I hope this Fall Update finds you and your family well as we head into the upcoming Holidays.  Thank you for your continued support of TJHS.  This building is a great place to work and learn because of our excellent staff and supportive families.  Now that is AWESOME!!

Go Trojans!

Dave Dilbone
Principal

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TJHS Summer 2016 Update


As July comes to a close and the dog days of summer set in, TJHS is in full swing preparing for the new school year.  The custodians of TJHS have done another outstanding job with the summer cleaning, while envelopes are being stuffed with team letters in preparation for a mailing next week.   

Schedule pick-up for 7th and 8th grade students will continue on separate days.  Orientation for 7th grade students will be incorporated into the first day of school.   

Below you will find some important information and dates as we head into August.   

Parent Delivery/Pick-Up - 
  • When dropping a student off, use the one-way entrance off of Adams Street, proceed to TJHS, and drop off students at any point along the sidewalk in front; promptly continue to the one-way exit onto Adams Street. 
  • Students may be picked up from the front of the building, though parking on Ferguson Drive (in front of the building) is not permitted as it is a fire lane.  Parking is available around the island in front of TJHS or in the lot to the north of the building.  
  • PLEASE BE AWARE OF STUDENT CROSSWALKS, BUSES, AND OTHER VEHICLES! 
  • If it becomes necessary for you to pick up your child/children at school, we ask that you:
    • Report to the office
    • Identify yourself
    • Sign your child/children out on our release chart
  • We do not release any student from school without parental permission. 
Bell Schedules - TJHS bell schedules

 
Parent Orientation - We held a parent orientation in May for the parents of incoming 7th grade students.  The powerpoint can be found on the TJHS website under Forms and Resources.  You can click here to view the parent orientation powerpoint.

 
Athletics - Fall sports schedules are posted on the TJHS website under Forms and Resources on the right hand side.  You can click here to view the Athletic Calendar for game schedules.  Volleyball will hold try-outs Aug. 1st-3rd from 5-7pm each day.  CC practice starts Aug. 1st from 8-9:15am each day.  Football practice starts Aug. 1st at 9am each day. 

First Week of August - Team letters, Emergency Med. Forms, Fee Envelopes all mailed home.

8th Grade Schedule Pick-Up - Aug. 17 from 10am-2pm

7th Grade Schedule Pick-Up - Aug. 18 from 10am-2pm and 3-5pm

Open House (Team Meetings) - Aug. 22.  
8th Grade - 5:30-6:30pm, 8th Grade Team meetings begin at 5:30pm (Location in Team letter)
7th Grade - 6:30-7:30pm, 7th Grade Team meetings begin at 6:30pm (Location in Team letter)

First Day of School - Aug. 24

Labor Day (No School) - Sept. 5

Quarterly Academic Awards Assembly - 
Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll (3.5-3.74), and Principal's List (3.75-4.0)
Nov. 8, Jan. 31, Apr. 4
7th Grade - 7:45-8:30am
8th Grade - 8:30-9:15am

Conferences - 
Oct. 6 from 3-7pm
Nov. 3 from 3-7pm
Jan. 26 from 3-6:30pm
Feb. 23 from 3-6pm

All of the above dates can be found by clicking here to view the TJHS Building Calendar.  Enjoy the remaining days of summer.  I look forward to seeing everyone in August.

Go Trojans!

Dave Dilbone
Principal




Monday, April 11, 2016

TJHS Spring 2016 Update

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Hopefully winter has provided its final blast to us here in Troy.  With the cold temps last week, I know that I am ready for Spring to finally arrive.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that warmer weather is in sight and will stay this time!  As shared in the Winter update, we will begin our annual state testing this week.  Below are the upcoming events at TJHS and a calendar that will help determine which day your student(s) will test.  Please make sure that they get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast each day.


Upcoming Events:
Apr. 22 - 3rd Quarter Academic Awards Assembly
May 27 - Last Day for Students (1 hour early release)


2016 Spring State Tests Schedule:
Apr. 11 - ELA Both Parts (7-1, 8-1)
7:40-8:32 - 1st period
8:36-9:06 - Students in Testing Locations for Directions
9:06-10:51 - Testing Part 1
10:55 - 11:02 - Break
11:04-11:34 - Lunch
11:37-12:07 - Students in Testing Locations for Directions
12:07-1:52 - Testing Part 2
1:55 - 2:40 - 7th Period


Apr. 12 - ELA Both Parts (7-2, 8-2)        *(ELA Part 1 - All IEP/504 with Extended Time)
Same as above except lunch:
11:04-11:34 - 7-2, 8-2
11:37-12:07 - 7-1, 8-1
12:26-12:56 - 7-3, 8-3


Apr. 13 - ELA Both Parts (7-3, 8-3)       *(ELA Part 2 - All IEP/504 with Extended Time)
Same as above except lunch:
11:04-11:34 - 7-3, 8-3
11:37-12:07 - 7-1, 8-1
12:26-12:56 - 7-2, 8-2


Apr. 14 - Math Both Parts (7-1, 8-1)
7:40-8:32 - 1st Period
8:36-9:06 - Students in Testing Locations for Directions
9:06-10:36 - Testing Part 1
10:40-11:02 - 4th Period
11:04-11:34 - Lunch
11:37-12:07 - Students in Testing Locations for Directions
12:07-1:37 - Testing Part 2
1:41-1:46 - Break
1:50-2:40 - 7th Period


Apr. 15 - Math Both Parts (7-2, 8-2) *(Math Part 1 - All IEP/504 with Extended Time)
Same as above except lunch:
11:04-11:34 - 7-2, 8-2
11:37-12:07 - 7-1, 8-1
12:26-12:56 - 7-3, 8-3


Apr. 18 - Math Both Parts (7-3, 8-3) *Math Part 2 (All IEP/504 with Extended Time)
11:04-11:34 - 7-3, 8-3
11:37-12:07 - 7-1, 8-1
12:26-12:56 - 7-2, 8-2


Apr. 19 - Science Both Parts (8-1, 8-2)    *Science Part 1 (All IEP/504 with Extended Time)
7:40-8:32 - 1st Period
8:36-9:06 - Students in Testing Locations for Directions
9:06-10:21 - Testing Part 1
10:25-11:02 - 4th Period
11:04-11:34 - Lunch **Note 7-1 switches lunch with 8-2
11:37-12:07 - Students in Testing Locations for Directions
12:07-1:22 - Testing Part 2
1:26-1:46 - 6th Period
1:50-2:40 - 7th Period


Apr. 20 - Science Both Parts (8-3)      *Science Part 2 (All IEP/504 with Extended Time)
Same as above except lunch:
8-1 switches lunch with 8-3






Friday, February 12, 2016

TJHS Winter Update 2015-2016


Now that the 1st Semester has come to a close, we have the opportunity to look forward to a strong 2nd Semester at TJHS.  TJHS teachers and staff continue to provide a quality education to the students of this building.  I often remark that this building is full of students that simply come to school and do what we ask of them.  This statement is validated by the nearly 500 awards distributed in our 2nd Quarter Academic Awards Assembly, where we recognized students for Honor Roll (3.5-3.74), Principal's List (3.75-4.0), and Perfect Attendance.  This makes our job not only easier, but very enjoyable and rewarding to see the growth in the young men and women of TJHS.  With a new Semester in full swing, I wanted to provide a snapshot of upcoming events over the next couple of months.  Please note the window for our state testing in April.  Specifics of when each team will test will be available soon. 

Feb. 12 - NO SCHOOL
Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day
Feb. 18 - Conferences - 3:00-6:00PM
Mar. 24 - End of 3rd Quarter
Mar. 25 - Apr. 1 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday and Spring Break
Apr. 11-29 - TJHS Spring State Testing Window
Apr. 22 - 3rd Quarter Academic Awards Assembly

Thank you for your continued support of TJHS.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your child's education.  It is our supportive families, excellent staff, and diligent students that make TJHS a great place to work and learn.  

Go Trojans!

Dave Dilbone
Principal

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TJHS Fall 2015 Update - TJHS Is Thankful!


On this day before Thanksgiving, it is a great time to stop and reflect on the numerous positive things that are happening here at TJHS.  It also is a reminder of all the reasons we have to be THANKFUL.  

Once again, we had a high number of students participate in fall sports.  Three of our fall teams finished in FIRST place in the GWOC North conference.  Two of our teams came in second place in the North.  Our 8th Grade Football team and Girls Cross Country team finished the season in first place in the GWOC North!  The 8th Grade Volleyball team finished the regular season in first place as well!  Our 7th Grade Football team and our 7th Grade Volleyball team both finished the season in second place in the North.  This means that five out of six of our fall teams finished in FIRST or SECOND place in the GWOC North!  What a successful fall season for our student-athletes...Congratulations!!  TJHS is THANKFUL for successful athletic programs!

Our 1st Quarter Academic Awards recognized students for Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll (3.5-3.74 GPA), and Principal's List (3.75-4.0 GPA).  We handed out 550 total awards!  This is a direct result of dedicated teachers and staff, hard-working students, and supportive families!  TJHS is THANKFUL for this winning combination!

Our Trophy Nut fundraiser was once again a success this year.  This will help us to increase access to mobile technology such as chromebooks.  The top 20 students were transported to lunch at Al's Pizza by our business partner, Erwin Chrysler Jeep Dodge.  A Dodge Viper and brand new Dodge Challengers and Chargers were used to transport the students.  Erwin even picked up the tab for lunch.  TJHS is THANKFUL to have Erwin Chrysler Jeep Dodge as a great business partner, and THANKFUL for all of our families who participated this year in the fundraiser!  

Student council again collected canned goods and held a "penny war"  to raise money toward helping local families during this Thanksgiving season.  More than 1500 total canned good items were needed in order for TJHS to reach its goal this year.  In total we collected over 2100 canned good items!  The donations combined with the money from the "penny war" is providing 30 local families with a Thanksgiving meal and more.  TJHS is THANKFUL for an active student council who leads the building in such meaningful and service oriented activities!

Recently, our 8th grade students had the opportunity to take trips that will help guide them as they begin to think about what they would like to do in high school and beyond.  One of the goals of TJHS is to provide our students with the necessary tools and experiences that will allow them to begin formulating realistic plans for the future before they walk across the parking lot to Troy High School.  The Future Begins Today sponsored our 2nd annual trip to Wright State University last week.  This allowed our 8th grade students to visit a local college campus, learn about the various programs of study, and interact with a representative from WSU to answer any questions.  On Monday, we took our annual trip to Upper Valley Career Center.  This trip allows our students to see the different programs offered at UVCC, and begin to think about whether or not this learning environment would be for them.  Yesterday we took our 1st annual Troy area business trip.  All 8th grade students visited three of the ten following companies: Clopay, Raymath, Crown Equipment, Stillwater Industries, Hobart Brothers, West Troy Tool, American Honda, 3 Sigma, Kerber Sheet Metal, and UVMC.  This trip was sponsored by the Troy Development Council and the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.  Senator Bill Beagle spoke to the students during lunch at the Crystal Room.  TJHS is THANKFUL for a community who supports excellent learning activities that will help shape the future of our young men and women!

I hope this Fall Update finds you and your family well as we head into the upcoming Holidays.  Thank you for your continued support of TJHS.  This building is a great place to work and learn because of our excellent staff and supportive families.  TJHS is THANKFUL!!

Go Trojans!

Dave Dilbone
Principal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

TJHS Summer 2015 Update

As we close in on the end of July it appears that summer sunshine has finally arrived.  Cool and soggy days have plagued early summer this year, but 80s and sunshine blanket the forecast!  This summer we have been busy preparing for the upcoming school year.  If you have ever been in a school building during the summer, the "Caution, Keep Off, Wet Wax on Floor" sign is an indicator that the custodial crew is hard at work ensuring the building is clean and the floors are shining when the students return in August.  The custodians at TJHS are in full swing to ensure this is true for August 19.  

This year at TJHS we are excited to be able to offer a Pre-Engineering course as a part of our related arts offerings for 7th grade students.  This is possible through a partnership that we have formed with the Upper Valley Career Center. 

Schedule pick-up for 7th and 8th grade students will continue on separate days.  Orientation for 7th grade students will be incorporated into the first day of school.  

Below you will find some important information and dates as we head into August.  

Parent Delivery/Pick-Up - When dropping a student off, use the one-way entrance off of Adams Street, proceed to TJHS, and drop off students at any point along the sidewalk in front; promptly continue to the one-way exit onto Adams Street. 

Students may be picked up from the front of the building, though parking on Ferguson Drive (in front of the building) is not permitted as it is a fire lane.  Parking is available around the island in front of TJHS or in the lot to the north of the building.  

PLEASE BE AWARE OF STUDENT CROSSWALKS, BUSES, AND OTHER VEHICLES! 
If it becomes necessary for you to pick up your child/children at school, we ask that you:
  • Report to the office
  • Identify yourself
  • Sign your child/children out on our release chart
We do not release any student from school without parental permission, which can be granted by adding the name of the friend or relative to the emergency medical form on file in the office. 


Bell Schedules - TJHS bell schedules

Parent Orientation - We held a parent orientation in May for the parents of incoming 7th grade students.  The powerpoint can be found on the TJHS website under Forms and Resources on the right hand side.  You can click here to view the parent orientation powerpoint.

Athletics - Fall sports schedules are posted on the TJHS website under Forms and Resources on the right hand side.  You can click here to view the Athletic Schedules.  Volleyball will hold try-outs Aug. 3-6 from 5-7pm each day.  CC practice starts Aug. 3 from 8-9:15am each day.  Football practice starts Aug. 3 from 9-11:30am.  

First Week of August - Team letters, Emergency Med. Forms, Fee Envelopes all mailed home.

8th Grade Schedule Pick-Up - Aug. 12 from 10am-2pm

7th Grade Schedule Pick-Up - Aug. 13 from 10am-2pm and 3-5pm

Open House - Aug. 17.  
8th Grade - 5:30-6:30pm, 8th Grade Team meetings begin at 5:30pm (Location in Team letter)
7th Grade - 6:30-7:30pm, 7th Grade Team meetings begin at 6:30pm (Location in Team letter)

First Day of School - Aug. 19

Labor Day (No School) - Sept. 7

Quarterly Academic Awards Assembly - 
Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll (3.5-3.74), Principal's List (3.75-4.0)  
Nov. 10, Feb. 2, Apr. 19
7th Grade - 7:45-8:30am
8th Grade - 8:30-9:15am

Conferences - 
Oct. 1 from 3-7pm
Nov. 5 from 3-7pm
Jan. 21 from 3-6:30pm
Feb. 18 from 3-6pm

Enjoy the remaining days of summer.  I look forward to seeing everyone in August.

Go Trojans!

Dave Dilbone
Principal