Principal's Message


Patrick Hopkins

Hello 7th & 8th grade TVMS Parents & Guardians,

Welcome to Tri-Valley Middle School!

I am looking forward to meeting you and I wish you & our students a great opening to our 2019-20 school year.  I wanted to make you aware of some items as we look to start the school year.

TVMS will have three Open House opportunities on 8/15, 8/19 & 8/20 (notated times far below) before kicking-off the school year.  Schedule, Paperwork, Locker information and a tour of the building will be available for you with only some of our staff present…  Class Supply lists have been posted on teacher webpages and will be available for you to view (at each teacher’s classroom) when you obtain your child’s schedule at the August Open Houses. 

It is crucial for parents/guardians to complete the Registration Gateway Update regarding your child’s contact & medical information within our online Student Information System, prior to your child’s schedule being released on these Open House dates.  The child’s schedule will not be provided if this “R.G. Update” is not completed.  If you need assistance with completing this update, we have a staff member to assist you during each Open House.  The “Registration Gateway” online update is available on the District TV website for you to complete on your mobile device or a desktop version. 

Also, be sure to check out the middle school webpage for updates throughout the month, even the week, as the TVMS website is your best resource for the most up to date information. 

Parents: Please consider joining our TVMS Parent Advisory Committee (Formerly Building Boosters) organization.  This group meets and facilitates events throughout the school year to support school initiatives: like the Accelerated Reader program, student events and activities, school enhancements, as well as recognition of our students and staff members...  We are in need of more parent involvement and community members.  We always welcome your participation and the perspective of fresh ideas.  Please join us for our 1st MS Boosters meeting which will be Tuesday August 27th @ 4:45PM in the MS Conference Room (Across from Main Office). 

A Different approach regarding student grades:

Tri-Valley Schools will be shifting to an even more performance based approach when evaluating students this school year.  Rather than having kids evaluated as heavily on compliance based tasks (homework/classroom, etc.), we desire to prepare them in an even greater way in a performance based environment (Tests, quizzes, Performance Projects). 

This greater focus on student performance has the most value/ benefit to prepare your child for life, rather than simply servicing children.  We understand that practices are a life thing that refine performances…At TVMS we will be valuing Student Performance over Student Participation, therefore:

1.    Quarterly grades will be based on these Assignment Types & Weights:

                      a. Minimum 60% Summative Assessment (quiz, test, quarterly assessments, includes 10% Accelerated Reader) = 60% of Quarter

                      b. 30% Classwork & Projects; = 30% of Quarter

                      c. 10% Homework & Participation = 10% of the Quarter

2.    Students will have the option to retake certain assessments at the direction of the teacher. 

3.    Please note that subjects like Fine Arts & STEM classes lend themselves to more performance based projects that would meet the scrutiny of a summative assessment.  


Important Dates for the 2019-2020 School Year

Th 8/15 = MS Open House Night Option #1 from 6pm – 8PM at TVMS Gym.

8/19 = MS Open House Option #2  from 11AM -2pm

8/20 = MS Open House Option #3  from 9AM – 12PM.

8/21 = First Day of School for Students

8/21 – 9/13/19 = Washington DC Apparel Sale

Tues 8/27 = MS Parent Advisory Committee Kickoff meeting = 4:45PM at TVMS Conf Rm.

W 8/28 = TVMS Fall Pictures

W 9/4/19 = 7th grade Social Media Dangers presentation

Th 9/5/19 = 8th grade Social Media Dangers presentation

W 9/11/19 = 8th grade Washington DC Parent Informational Meeting at TVMS Cafeteria at 6:30PM

F 9/20 = TVMS Pep Rally & VB game fundraiser

M 9/23 & Tu 9/24 = Vision & Hearing Screenings at TVMS

M 9/30/19 = 8th grade Mid-East Career Center Field Trip

Tues 10/1 – Kickoff of Building Cookie Dough Fundraiser

W 10/2 = TVMS Picture Fall Retakes

F 12/20 = MS Holiday Music Showcase Assembly

W 2/26/20 = TVMS Spring Pictures

W 3/11/20 = Honor Society Applications are Due

F 3/20/20 = MS Yearbook Paper Orders Due

F 4/3/20 = MS Yearbook Online Orders Due

F 4/24/20 = TVMS Student/ Staff Basketball Game Fundraiser

TH 4/30/20-Mandatory 8th grade Parent - Spring DC Meeting at TVHS Café at 7PM

F 5/1/20 = MS Honor Society Ceremony

F 5/8/20 = Real Money/ Real World 8th grade simulation for 8th graders

5/13 – 5/16 = 8th grade Washington DC Trip

5/18 =Eighth grade Promotion on Monday 5/18 at 1pm in TVMS Gym.

5/19 = TVMS Field Day on Tuesday 5/19.

W 5/20 = Last Scheduled Student School day

Patrick Hopkins
Tri-Valley Middle School
Dresden, OH 43821
Voice = 740-754-3531  x2002
Fax= 740-754-1879


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