Hello ,

The month of December is action-packed for our TPS families! Not only are we all preparing for the the excitement of the holidays, our learners will be sharing their learning in a variety of ways. From musical performances that help get us all into the holiday spirit to our STEAM Center Expos, our students have wonderful opportunities to demonstrate their progress over the past few months. This is also a great time for our community to come together to celebrate that exceptional work of our learners and staff. I am so very proud of the work happening in our district!

Throughout the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, remember to take time to enjoy the moments that make the holidays so special and create new memories with friends and family.
I know that I will!

Happy Holidays!


Kelly M. Coffin, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Tecumseh Public Schools
Upcoming Musical Performances

Tuesday, Dec. 11
7 p.m.          5th Grade Choir Concert, Compass Learning Center - Small Gym
7 p.m.          THS Choir Concert, Adrian College Chapel

Thursday, Dec. 13
5:30 p.m.     Tecumseh South Christmas Concert at the Santa Supper, South Early Learning Center
6 p.m.          Grades 5 - 8 Band Concert, THS Cafetorium
7:30 p.m.     THS Band and Orchestra, THS Cafetorium

Saturday, Dec. 15
8 p.m.          THS Chamber Singers and Women’s Chamber Ensemble with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra,
                    Dawson Auditorium, Adrian College

Monday, Dec. 17
7 p.m.         Tecumseh Compass Holiday Sing-A-Long, Tecumseh Compass Library

Tuesday, Dec. 18
7 p.m.        Grades 5 - 8 TSO Concert, THS Cafetorium

Wednesday, Dec. 19
7 p.m.         Grades 6 - 8 Choir Concert, Tecumseh Center for the Arts
Tecumseh South ELC Craft Show

Just in time for holiday shopping, a Craft Show is planned to help support Tecumseh South Early Learning Center. Choose from handmade items, unique gifts and more 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at South Early Learning Center, 2780 Sutton Rd., Adrian.

Event details include:

                  • Free admission
                  • Up to 50 vendors and crafters
                  • Concessions available
                  • Raffle drawing

Personalized maple cutting boards, TPS branded coasters and insulated tumblers will also be available at the craft show for purchase. If you order a personalized cutting board by Dec. 10, it will be delivered by Christmas.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support the purchase of new playground equipment for the school.
Parents of learners with IEPs are invited to attend the first Parent to Parent meeting of the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the TPS Administrative Services Building, 212 N. Ottawa St., Tecumseh.

Parent to Parent provides parents and guardians the chance to come together to talk with Student Support Services staff, learn about available resources, and share ideas and experiences with others in an informal setting.

Read more on the TPS Website.

For a list of holiday activities within our buildings this month, please visit the district website.

REMINDER: TPS will be closed  Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4 for Winter Break.

Thank you to the local businesses who took the time to visit Tecumseh West to see our learners in action and learn about providing career exploration opportunities through the 100 Business Buy-In.

Businesses and organizations seeking to join in should contact mtommelein@tps.k12.mi.us.
Our STEAM Centers will be holding their first Learning Expos of the school year this month. Learning Expos are open to the public and we encourage members of the community to serve as an authentic audience for our learners' presentations.

We Built This City
Tecumseh West will present their city planning projects on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7:30-9 a.m. and 1:20-2:20 p.m.

Change Over Time
Tecumseh East will present a variety of projects that examine changes over time in an interest area of their choosing Thursday, Dec. 20 from 12:30 - 1:30 and Friday, Dec. 21 from 8:30 - 10 a.m.
THS Announces Community Walking Hours

Has the chill in the air discouraged you to get outside for your daily walk? Are you concerned about slipping on the ice and snow during your run? Tecumseh High School invites you to get your steps in this winter by walking or jogging in the warmth of the building before and after school.

Read the full details on our website.

Closings and Delays

With the weather getting colder, now is a good time to review the district's Winter Weather Plan. Information regarding school closures or delays will be sent to parents and students on the district Blackboard Connect Alert System. School closings, delays and program cancellations also will be shared via the following:

    • WJR-760 AM and WABJ-1490 AM
    • WQTE-95 FM; WIQB-102.9 FM; WLEN-103.9 FM

    • WTOL Channel 11
    • WTVG Channel 13

    • A pop-up message box will appear announcing school closures or delays.

    • The TPS Facebook page and Twitter account will announce any school closures or delays.

    • If you download the app and have push notifications enabled, you will receive a notification via TPS Connect App.
Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the TPS Board of Education is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 in the THS Media Center.

The Board meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month unless otherwise posted. Public notices are available on the District Website.

New Staff Introductions

We extend a warm welcome to Nikki Reinhardt and Ryan Rhoades. Nikki joins the staff at the Central Office where she is transitioning to the role of Finance Director for TPS. She replaces Judy Pfund who has accepted a new role within the LISD. The district will continue our cooperative agreement for financial services with the LISD with Nikki assuming full responsibility of the position by the end of the month.

Ryan began his first week at the district's Technology Director on Monday. Ryan has extensive experience in the field of technology, and recently relocated to the United States after retiring from a leadership position with a European technology company's Latin American operations. He is the parent of four children in our schools and is a member of the wrestling coaching staff.

We look forward to their contributions to our schools!

Open Positions

TPS is currently seeking candidates for the following positions. If you know someone that may be a good fit, please encourage them to visit our open positions page on the TPS website.

  • Assistant Aquatics Director
  • Head Lifeguard
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Noon Supervisor
  • Premiere Substitutes
  • Secretary at Community Pool
  • Secretary at THS