Hello ,

The month of November has already been pretty busy and we are just in the first week!

Election Day brought many decisions that will impact our district, our community, and our state.  It was exciting to see so many voters heading to the polls, and we are thankful to everyone who took the time to exercise their right to vote. We are so fortunate to have an active and engaged community and we know that together great things can happen.

While the mid-term ballot was a big one, there were a few issues that directly affect Tecumseh Public Schools:

Non-Homestead Operating Millage
The TPS Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal passed. This levy is assessed on non-homestead properties such as industrial, commercial, some agricultural properties and second homes, and will not affect a homeowner's primary residence and the revenue generates the operation of our district. Thank you for your continued support.

Board of Education
Voters elected seven new members to the Tecumseh Public Schools Board of Education. Milt Abbott, Becky Brooks, Kevin Johnson, Mike McNamara, Suzanne Moore will begin their service as board trustees in December; John Benzing and Tim Simpson will assume their new roles in January. I will be contacting each in the coming days to schedule meetings to begin the transition and on-boarding process.

I wish to thank our current Board for their vision and leadership. The countless hours each committed to research, planning, attending conferences, observing educational practice in our buildings are a testament to their dedication to serve the youngest members of our community. Thank you for upholding the District’s mission of being uncompromisingly learner centered and for taking bold steps to ensure all learners are inspired and empowered for life.

Issue 1
The legalization of recreational marijuana does not change the fact that marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs are prohibited from our school campuses. Marijuana use by children or teens harms the developing brain and negatively impacts learning. Our schools are, and will remain, drug free zones.

November brings with it the beauty of the changing seasons, and the results of the election will also bring change to our country, state, and community. As we gather together this holiday season, I am thankful for the new opportunities change brings, more conversations around the education of our children, and the collective effort to create the ideal learning experience for each and every child.


Kelly M. Coffin, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Tecumseh Public Schools
Veterans Day Breakfast

The Tecumseh High School Cadet Program will host breakfast for local veterans beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Tecumseh High School, Room D-107. Veterans and their immediate families are encouraged to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 9 to Nick Benschoter or 517-423-6008 ext. 7555. Thank you for your service to our country.
REMINDERS: Happening Tonight

Transition Information Night
THS Special Education learners and their families are invited to learn more about the opportunities that await them beyond graduation.

Student Support Services is hosting a Transition Night Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Tecumseh High School, Room D109.

Cyber Safety Seminar
Learners, parents and community members are invited to attend a free Cyber Safety Seminar tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Tecumseh High School Media Center.

Representatives from the State Attorney General's Office will be on hand to provide practical safety tips for interacting online including cyberbullying, sexting, and over-sharing personal information.
THS Ceramics Alumni Invited to Participate in Bowl Throw

THS graduates are invited to reminisce about their days as a ceramics student, network with current art students and contribute their talents in support of support the 2019 Empty Bowls Project at an Alumni Bowl Throw.

The event will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at Tecumseh High School. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 16 by calling 517-423-6007 ext. 7211 or via email at jwhiteley@tps.k12.mi.us.
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.
Fall Conferences

Grades 7 - 12
Wednesday, Nov. 7
5 - 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8
1 - 3 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m.
Half-day for learners in grades 7 -12

Grades Y5 - 6
Monday, Nov. 19
5 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20
1 - 4 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m.
Half-day for learners in grades Y5 - grade 6

Thanksgiving Break

No School
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Thursday, Nov. 22
Friday, Nov. 23

Enjoy time with friends and family!

Tecumseh Public Schools is looking for parents and community members interested in serving on a Health Advisory Committee to review the district’s K - 12 health curriculum. Download a committee membership application from the TPS website.

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.
Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the TPS Board of Education is Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Tecumseh High School Media Center, located at 760 Brown St., Tecumseh, MI.

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.

School Safety Reminders

The end of Daylight Saving Time means increased hours of darkness and we all need to be extra vigilant in watching for children as they make their way to and from school. Over the past two weeks, several children across the country were injured or killed in accidents as they waited at the bus stop. These tragic accidents were preventable.

The safety of our learners is our top priority, and we ask that drivers:

  • Watch for school buses on the roadways, particularly in the early mornings and afternoons.
  • Leave enough time to safely get to your destination.
  • Eliminate distractions behind the wheel.
  • Remember school buses use their flashing lights to alert motorists.

    • Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop.
    • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms mean the bus has stopped and children will be entering or exiting the bus. Drivers must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn and the bus begins moving. Stop at least 20 feet away from the bus.

Parents, please encourage your children to:
  • Follow traffic and pedestrian signs
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible
  • Stand back away from the street while waiting for the bus
  • Avoid engaging in horseplay at the bus stop
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely and the driver to signal before approaching the bus
  • Make sure they wait for the hand signal from their driver that it is safe to cross
  • Wear light-colored or reflective clothing.

Thank you for helping to ensure all children arrive to school and home safely.
Roll Tribe

Congratulations to our fall athletes for their accomplishments!

  • Boys Varsity Soccer is the 2018 District champion.
  • The Girls Golf team finished their season 13th overall in the state
  • Runners Kaitlin Knape and Katie Selenko represented Girls Cross Country very well at the MHSAA State meet, finishing 37th and 86th, respectively.
  • Good luck to the Indians swimmers participating in the State finals November 16 & 17: Emma Hoffman, Veda Massanari-Thatcher, Linda Hensley, Ashlyn Clewis, Amelia Danley, Kylie Dawley, Kamilla Linn, and Julianne Lore
Take a peek behind the scenes and hear from facilitators and learners with this short video.