Tawas Area High School

Tawas Area High School will provide an atmosphere in which all students can learn academically, mature emotionally, progress socially, and develop skills that will improve the quality of their lives.

2015-2016 Orientation Letter


PLEASE NOTE:  Chromebook take home devices are for grades 9-12.  8th grade students will not be receiving a take home device. 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Tawas Area High School classes will begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:50 a.m.  We will be having orientation on Tuesday, August 25 through Thursday, August 27, 2015.  ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS are required to attend an orientation session.  The sessions will begin promptly at the times listed below, with each session lasting approximately one and one half (1 ½) hours.  Students and parents should plan to report on time to the high school commons according to the following schedule:

¨       Seniors …...................Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 5:00-7:00 p.m.
¨       Juniors ………………Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7:00-9:00 p.m.
¨       Sophomores…………Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 5:00-7:00 p.m.
¨       Freshmen ……………Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7:00-9:00 p.m.
¨       8th Grade …………….Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 1:00-2:30 p.m.
¨       Make-up …………….Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Topics that will be discussed at the orientation include:


¨       Skyward parent on-line access to students’ grades and attendance
¨       Student Handbook and Planners
¨       Complete & collect information forms
¨       Student schedules with locker assignments
¨       Extra-Curricular opportunities
¨       TAKE-HOME CHROMEBOOK DEVICES (Insurance can be purchased at this time for $25.00 a year)
¨       School ID and pictures will be taken at orientation.  Students’ dress should be appropriate by Handbook standards.  Picture package choices are included in this mailing.  You may pre-pay online or fill out the form and pay at the time the pictures are taken.

 Also, please take a moment to thoroughly review the enclosed information.  Please correct any information or fill in any blanks that appear in the following sections of the data sheet:

¨       Student Information
¨       Emergency & Health Information
¨       Parent/Guardian Information
¨       Emergency Contact Information.  Please list at least one or two contacts, other than parents.  This information is extremely critical for us in the event that your student becomes ill at school and needs to leave.  We cannot allow students to leave school unless we have authorization from a person who is listed in this section – if a parent cannot be reached.  Please bring this data sheet with you to orientation.

It is MANDATORY THIS YEAR THAT AT LEAST ONE PARENT ATTEND ORIENTATION WITH THE STUDENT to complete information forms and to be fully informed about the Chromebooks and other school information. Become informed on how your child can benefit from using the Student Planners, and join us so that we may answer any questions that you may have.  Remember to mark your calendar for August 25 or 26, 2015 for the allotted time.  If you are unable to attend this session, there will be a make-up orientation on Thursday, August 27 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Thank you for your time, and we look forward to seeing you and your child(ren) at his/her respective orientation!


Stacey A. Mochty






Tawas Area band members held a pankcake breakfast to thank their parents for a successful year.

Band Pancake Breakfast (4) 

 Band Pancake Breakfast (3)

8th Grade Math Counts Teamphoto (7)

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TAHS ELA/World Language teacher Brenda del Rio recently attended the American Legion State Convention in Livonia where she was honored as one of five teachers selected as the American Legion Department of Michigan's Teacher of the Year Award.  Teachers are nominated from the state of Michigan based on the teacher's competence, community involvement, and school involvement in patriotism/Americanism/community service programs.  Only five teachers were recognized state-wide for this prestigious award. 

drive 4 ur school

TAHS Principal Eric Diroff and Assistant Principal Stacey Mochty accept a check from Lindsay Miller from Dean Arbour Ford for $1,500.  The money was raised through the Drive 4 UR School program. The Drive 4 UR School program is a fun, engaging way to help schools raise money to support their students. Dean Arbour Ford partnered with TAHS Student Senate and the Friends of Rachel group, to conduct a test-drive fundraising event. For every valid test-drive completed, Ford Motor Company donated $20 to the participating high school.  Funds from this event will go towards student initiatives/programs at the high school. 

NEMC All Academic 2013-14

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Back row left to right:  TAHS Principal Eric Diroff, Jayme Nunn, Samuel Loga, Jacob Carroll, Nolan Keim, Dylan Decker, Rudy Simpson

Front Row left to right:  Lauren Hedglin, Caitlin Fisher, Alaina Dehner, Rebekah Palmer, Josie Short, Cheyenne Dowdy

Twelve students from Tawas Area High School were honored as NEMC All Academic selections for the 2013-2014 school year at a breakfast commemorating the students' career academic accomplishments.    Students were selected based upon a formula that incorporated the student grade point average in their core content classes and their ACT score.  Twelve students were selected from each school in the league and based on the final calculations, were named either first, second or third team.  The Tawas students and their places were:

NEMC All Academic 1st Team:  Cheyenne Dowdy, Nolan Keim and Josie Short

NEMC All Academic 2nd Team:  Rebekah Palmer, Robert Nunn, Dylan Decker and Alaina Dehner

NEMC All Academic 3rd Team:  Lauren Hedglin, Samuel Loga, Jacob Carroll, Caitlin Fisher and Rudy Simpson 






Pep Rally

Pep Rally Pep Rally

Senior Homecoming Court

Senior Homecoming Court Senior Homecoming Court

Homecoming parade C/O 15

Homecoming parade C/O 15 Homecoming parade C/O 15

Homecoming King and Queen

Homecoming King and Queen Homecoming King and Queen

Dance Force

Dance Force Dance Force

Chemistry Lab

Chemistry Lab Chemistry Lab

Mrs. Grusecki Class Clowns

Mrs. Grusecki Class Clowns Mrs. Grusecki Class Clowns

Mr. Woelke Physics

Mr. Woelke Physics Mr. Woelke Physics

Student Section

Student Section Student Section

Donkey Basketball

Donkey Basketball Donkey Basketball

Varsity Girls Bball Champs

Varsity Girls Bball Champs Varsity Girls Bball Champs

Varsity Boys Bball Palace

Varsity Boys Bball Palace Varsity Boys Bball Palace

Boys Varsity Soccer

Boys Varsity Soccer Boys Varsity Soccer

USA vs Canada Football

USA vs Canada Football USA vs Canada Football