January 2024 Newsletter
Tisdale Middle & Secondary School
Happy New Year and welcome to winter.
Thank you for all the support from families with the preparation and planning for our annual turkey dinner last month. Mrs. Lee and her Food Studies classes have done a lot of work for this dinner, but we can’t do it without family support and all the volunteers that come out on the day of the actual meal. It is days like this that confirm why we live in rural Saskatchewan and can appreciate the generosity of our community.
I hope your children enjoyed their two-week break away from school and you all enjoyed some downtime from work and activities. January finds us back in school on Monday, January 8th with our high school students preparing for final exams. We’ll have less than three full weeks of classes with our exams beginning on Friday, January 26. That time will go quickly. Grade 10 - 12 students will need to be sure they have all their assignments complete and handed in with passing marks to ensure they are eligible for the course credit.
May 2024 find you and your family happy and healthy,
The Grade 6 GRIT winner is Hannah Steinhaeusser. Hannah is on a daily mission to give her best effort at school. She is willing to complete her individual assignments with GRIT and shows that same respect when working with others in our class. Even when things are challenging, she is resilient and finds ways to get her job done and encourages others to do the same. She has a smile on her face and brings happiness to our classroom, spreading kindness in the grade 6 end of the school. She is always willing to share her ideas and thoughts while participating in our school events. Keep up the great work Hannah!
This month's Grade 7 GRIT award goes to Taylor Benson! Taylor is an extremely hard worker and shows integrity by putting her best effort into everything she does. She shows growth and resilience by listening to feedback and using it to help her improve. She also shows togetherness as she is a great listener and is kind to everyone around her. Way to go, Taylor!
The Grade 8 GRIT award winner for December is Daelen Lebel. Daelen has fit right in at TMSS. He is becoming a leader of the school. His hard work, positive energy, and a willingness to put others in front of him, has made him a great role model at TMSS. Grade 8 can sometimes be a hard move for a lot of people, but not Daelen. TMSS is excited to have you part of their team, we look forward to many great things from you. Thanks for representing TMSS in such a positive way, Daelen. Merry Christmas
Our Grade 9 GRIT award winner is Avarye Eberle. Avarye joined TMSS last year. She has been an active member in Drama and SRC, and looks forward to continuing these extra-curricular activities this school year. She brings enthusiasm and energy to any event she participates in, as well as an easy-going nature. She brings new ideas to the SRC and is always ready to help out. When given a task, she gets right to it and strives to always do her best. Avarye has set goals this year around her writing, and this shows in her willingness to seek feedback to improve. If she misses a day or two, she will independently plan ahead or get caught up quickly. Avarye is a student that demonstrates maturity, responsibility, and a kind heart for others. Well done Avarye!
The Grade 10 GRIT award goes to Joe Abiara. Joe had a tough start to this year as he broke his arm in September. However, Joe didn't let this ruin his semester. He took this negative and turned it into a positive by spending part of his phys. ed. classes by completing random acts of kindness for people around the building. Joe is always willing to help out, he helped out the football team on the sidelines after he injured his arm and you can now find him helping out with the score clock at the crazy amount of basketball games that we host. Congrats Joe, you deserve it!
This month, we are proud to announce Hannah Lewis as the recipient of the Grade 11 GRIT award. Hannah embodies the qualities of an exceptional student, both inside and outside the classroom. Hannah demonstrates a genuine commitment to her studies, always striving to produce her best work. In addition to her academic pursuits, she actively participates in officiating volleyball matches. Hannah shines not only as a student but also as a valuable asset behind the scenes, collaborating with our school SRC to enhance the overall experience and school spirit at TMSS. Beyond her own achievements, Hannah selflessly dedicates her time to assist her peers. Whether it's sharing comprehensive study notes or helping fellow students catch up on missed content, Hannah exemplifies the spirit of teamwork and support. We congratulate Hannah Lewis for being awarded this month's Grade 11 GRIT honor. Her unwavering dedication and positive impact on our school community make her a deserving recipient.
Please! Put your hands together. As we celebrate, our December 2023 Grade 12 G.R.I.T. winner … Tristan Olson! You have been on a roll lately and deserve a shout out this month! You have shown growth and resilience in your learning and demonstrate togetherness by being a reliable and contributing team player. You have found creative ways to share your learning and have been open to accepting new challenges. You’re doing great Tristan! Keep up the good work!
We’ve had an exciting start to our Sr. Curling season. We hosted the first games with Carrot River, Bjorkdale, Melfort, and Choiceland and had many successes on the ice. Our mixed team 1 had a big win against Choiceland, and our mixed team 2 took Carrot River to a tie in the final end. The two teams faced good competition in the Prince Albert High School Christmas Classic bonspiel and had a blast on the ice. We are looking forward to a busy January, filled with games and mixed doubles tournament!
Basketball season is well underway in Tornado alley. We have two teams of every age level, including the senior boys. Thank you to Keith Chapman, Jesse Sharp and Josh Boon for volunteering their time and allowing us to have two teams for the high school boys to play on. Both teams are playing in the NESSAC league as there is an A and B league on Mondays after school. In addition, the teams are playing in weekend tournaments and have been to Hudson Bay and Humboldt in the month of December. We’re hosting our home tournament January 19 and 20, so be sure to come out and support Tornado basketball.
Thanks from TMSS!
TMSS would like to send a big THANK YOU to Wayne and Rosalee Harrison, who have generously donated this upright bass to the TMSS band program. Ms. Will and her band students are excited about the addition!
We would also like to extend our appreciation to David Konotopski, who donated a beautiful violin to the TMSS music program as well. We are so lucky to be part of this wonderful community!
A big thanks goes to Dallas Rusnak of Grain Millers Canada Corp. in Yorkton for donating 100 lbs. of quick oats for TMSS food programs and the breakfast/snack cart.
The annual TMSS Christmas Dinner was a huge success, all thanks to Mrs. Lee's tireless efforts. She couldn't do it alone, though! We would like to sincerely thank her Foods 30 class as well as the following volunteers who generously donated their time to pull off this elaborate meal!
Marlyn Chin Ten Fung
We also extend our gratitude to all families who donated the cost of a meal so that all students could enjoy, regardless of their financial situation. This year, we had 72 meals donated by TMSS families. WOW! Thank you!